Towns, Timberwolves beat Suns

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns, 115-108, on Monday night.“I was going to do everything in my power and my part to ensure we didn’t come out of tonight with a loss,” Towns said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAndrew Wiggins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists and Minnesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17.Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Brandon Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shooting for Phoenix. After Phoenix cut the Wolves’ lead to 105-103 with four minutes to play, Towns grabbed two offensive rebounds against Tyson Chandler, who ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding, and scored on the second putback after getting fouled.Towns let out a yell and pounded his bicep, then swished the free throw for a five-point lead. The play ignited a 10-2 run that put away the game.“Even missing the first one, I was determined to get that second one,” Towns said. “I would’ve gotten a foul running over someone to get it. Every single ounce of energy I had left to make sure I go up and get that ball.”That kind of intensity is what Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been trying to instill from the start.“Great, multiple-effort play,” Thibodeau said. “That’s will and determination and often times that’s the difference right there between winning and losing.”TIP-INSSuns: Knight made 8 of 13 shots, and his efficiency in the first half kept the game from getting away from the Suns while Booker and Bledsoe started 3 for 14. … Jared Dudley scored 12 and Leandro Barbosa had 10 points for the Suns bench, which outscored Minnesota’s 44-20. … The Suns missed 10 free throws.Timberwolves: Rubio made two technical free throws to run his streak to 34 straight without a miss. That’s the longest active streak in the league after Stephen Curry’s ended at 44 in a row last week. … The Wolves went 24 for 25 from the line.VOLATILE SUNSMarqueese Chriss and P.J. Tucker both picked up technical fouls for arguing with the officials, and the Suns had trouble keeping their composure for much of the night. Chriss was particularly erratic, barking at officials Monty McCutcheon, David Guthrie and Kane Fitzgerald and wrestling with Towns under the basket. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Tucker voiced his displeasure often while guarding Wiggins, with officials not letting him play as physical as the burly forward likes to on that end.“We let it get to us early as far as the refs and the other team, we let it get to us and we could never recuperate from it,” Bledsoe said.UP NEXTSuns: Phoenix heads back home to face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The game figured to be heavy on offense, with two young teams far more concerned with putting the ball in the basket than stopping anyone on the other end.The Suns came into the game second in the league in pace, second in fast-break points and third in points off turnovers. And the Wolves are the first team in history to have three 21-year-olds averaging at least 20 points per game.“One thing we know we need to get better at is our toughness,” Suns coach Earl Watson said. “That’s not a stat. We have to become more feisty because we are small on the perimeter.”The Wolves built a 14-point lead in the first half, but have given away double-digit leads all season long. They were coming off a particularly disheartening loss against Houston on Saturday night in which they blew a 12-point lead with two minutes to play before losing in overtime.Phoenix cut the deficit to two points several times in the fourth, but the Wolves had an answer each time.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH APMINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns has watched his Minnesota Timberwolves give up so many leads this season that he had finally had enough.Once he made up his mind, the Phoenix Suns couldn’t hold him down.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls break out of slump, rout Pistons As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

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Manchester City news: Player ratings from League Cup defeat at Everton

first_img SUB – Jesus Navas (for Delph, 54) – 7/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Injected the pace that was lacking in the City side and scored a fine counter-attacking goal. 14 Bacary Sagna – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Largely troubled by Baines on the flank. 14 Willy Caballero – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – The Argentinian made some key saves, especially in the second half, but could have done better for the opener. 14 14 Fernandinho – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Had to drop deep and was unable to impose himself massively. Nicolas Otamendi – 8/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Broke up a lot of Everton attacks early, made a vital challenge on Lukaku and had a good chance to score. 14 Gael Clichy – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Another City player that had difficulties dealing with Everton’s pace. Man City were beaten 2-1 by Everton in the first leg of the League Cup semi final at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Jesus Navas scored the only goal for the Citizens in the second half, to make it 1-1, before Romelu Lukaku won it minutes later. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were off the pace from their usual best and they have given themselves a hard task for the return leg in three weeks’ time. We have rated the starting XI and substitutes out of 10.Take a look at the ratings in the slideshow above, and let us know your verdict by leaving a comment below.Read the report here: Everton 2-1 Man City: Lukaku’s header gives Toffees advantage in League Cup semi-final 14 Fabian Delph – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Looked full of running but made way as manager Manuel Pellegrini searched for a way back into the game. 14 Sergio Aguero – 7/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – There were signs of the old sharpness coming back as he tested Robles and fed Navas for his equaliser. SUB: Fernando (for De Bruyne, 90) – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Damage limitation substitution in injury time. 14 Eliaquim Mangala – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Got in the right positions and showed improvement on recent displays, replaced at half-time. Yaya Toure – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Showed early signs of promise in his advanced role but faded quickly and looked off the pace. David Silva – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – The trickiness and vision that makes him such a handful was seen only sporadically as Everton kept him quiet. Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Showed only flashes of the brilliance he has brought to City this season. 14 14 SUB – Martin Demichelis (for Mangala, 45) – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Kept busy by Everton’s hard-working forwards. 14 14 14 14last_img read more

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So close to signing! 10 deals set to be done before the Premier League kick off

first_img 11 Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United – Let’s face it, the thought of this transfer dragging on much longer is enough to make even the strongest person weep. After weeks of talks and haggling, while Pogba enjoys playing basketball and practicing his kickboxing in America, a deal is likely to be concluded soon – but only if Mino Raiola gets his tasty slice of the pie. Davide Santon – Inter Milan to West Ham United – With Aaron Cresswell cruelly hit by injury in pre-season, the Hammers have been on the hunt for a new left-back. Several player are under consideration but the latest reports suggest ex-Newcastle man Santon could be the player who comes in on a season-long loan deal. Julian Draxler – Wolfsburg to Arsenal – The German midfielder, who starred at Euro 2016, could be set to leave the Bundesliga club after just one season. The fact they failed to qualify for the Champions League is likely to have swayed his decision to force a move and it’s the Gunners who look like profiting. 11 11 11 The new Premier League season is just around the corner and there is still transfer business to be done.Several big deals have been done but there are more to follow in the coming days with sagas set to come to a close.But what are the transfers which are likely to happen in the coming days?Click the right arrow above to see which deals could be completed by August 13… Jonathan Calleri – Deportivo Maldonado to West Ham United – The Argentine, who formerly player for Boca Juniors, has claimed a deal to join the east Londoners is all but done. The Hammers haven’t announced it yet but this one should cross the line before August 13, even if the striker is in Brazil at the Olympics. Diego Costa – Chelsea to Atletico Madrid – And one of the main reasons he needs a partner for Batshuayi is that Costa could well be going back to Spain. Diego Simeone appears to want the player, even though he’s also just added Kevin Gameiro to his ranks. A back injury has sidelined him in pre-season but his last Blues game could come against AC Milan in the International Champions Cup. Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Chelsea – If talk of £100m for Pogba hasn’t brought you out in hives, the fact Lukaku may be set to rejoin Chelsea for around £65m-£70m, might just push you over the edge. As Antonio Conte seems set to go with a front two this season, Lukaku is a transfer he’s likely to push through as he looks for a partner for Michy Batshuayi. 11 11 Mario Gomez – Besiktas to Borussia Dortmund or Barcelona – The German’s resurgence has been nice to see over in Turkey, while his goals at Euro 2016 confirmed he’s back in business. As such, a number of top clubs are looking at landing the 31-year-old. Saido Berahino – West Bromwich Albion to Stoke City or Crystal Palace – After a disappointing campaign for the Baggies last year, the young striker will be keen to get his career back on track. The Potters and The Eagles are both keen on the player and West Brom will sell if a good offer comes in of around £20m. Alex Pritchard – Tottenham to Brighton and Hove Albion – Sadly for the player and the club, just when it looked like the set-piece specialist and crafty attacking midfielder was about to get his chance with the first-team, injuries struck. A deal worth £8m is likely to see him drop into the Championship and we’ll put our necks on the line and say we don’t think it will be too long before he’s back for a crack at the Premier League. Clinton Njie – Tottenham Hotspur to Marseille – click the arrow above, right, to check out more deals that could be done before start of the Premier League season – Njie is preparing to leave White Hart Lane, with a season-long loan deal to Marseille close to completion. He made only eight Premier League appearances last term, struggling with injuries, and seems to have accepted a temporary move away from Spurs is the best option for his career. 11 11 11 11 11 Blaise Matuidi – Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus – If Paul Pogba does indeed complete his switch to Old Trafford, we reckon the Old Lady will be swift in replacing him. And the man moving to Turin could actually be his France midfield partner Matuidi. A fee of around £25m-£30m should be enough to prise him away from the Parc des Princes.last_img read more

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Who will win between Man United and Middlesbrough? These are the facts

first_img Master and apprentice: Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka during their Real Madrid days It will be master against apprentice at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as Manchester United take on Middlesbrough.Boro boss Aitor Karanka was Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid, but tomorrow they will lock horns in the Premier League.It’s a game you can hear live and exclusively on talkSPORT 2 from 3pm on Saturday, and these are the stats and facts you need to know ahead of the big kick-off…* Manchester United are unbeaten in seven Premier League matches against Boro (W4 D3), last losing to them 4-1 in October 2005.* Middlesbrough have scored three goals at Old Trafford on three occasions in the Premier League (May 1997, December 1998 and February 2004). No visiting team has done this more often (Chelsea and Manchester City have both achieved it, too).* Middlesbrough’s last visit to Old Trafford was in the League Cup last season, beating United on penalties 3-1 after a 0-0 draw.* Wayne Rooney has scored twice and assisted three goals in his last four Premier League games against Middlesbrough, but the most recent of these came in May 2009.* Manchester United kept a clean sheet in their final league game of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.* Middlesbrough haven’t lost their final league game of a calendar year since 2009 (W4 D2 since).* The Red Devils have won their last four Premier League games, last achieving a run of five in April 2015 when they won six in a row.* Middlesbrough have now won only one of their last 22 away Premier League games (D6 L15), failing to score in 12 of those games.* After six Premier League games without having a hand in a single goal, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 10 goals in his last seven games (eight goals, two assists).* Only one of Middlesbrough’s last 19 Premier League goals against Man United has been scored by an Englishman – Stewart Downing scoring in October 2004.*stats provided by Opta 1last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp struggles to find positives after Burnley draw at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he struggled to see the positives after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley at Anfield.Defensive hesitancy allowed Scott Arfield to smash home a half-volley and, although Mohamed Salah equalised almost immediately, the hosts could not find a winner despite having 35 attempts and 71 per cent possession.“It feels strange, it feels wrong, but it is a fact we drew,” Klopp said.“A lot of parts of the game I was really happy with. We created moments but could not create in each one a finishing situation often enough.“That is why I am still not in a perfect mood, I would say. Unfortunately I still don’t feel any positivity in this moment. I am still in a 1-1 mood.“It is easy to see the positive things (on Sunday).”Liverpool’s defence has been under the spotlight this week after conceding a lead to Sevilla in the Champions League.Although Klopp changed his centre-back pairing again – bringing in Ragnar Klavan to partner Joel Matip – it did not prevent an all-too-familiar sight of a failure to deal with a high ball into the penalty area leading to a goal.“It was just a long ball,” the German said. “Trent (Alexander-Arnold) could have won the first header and the block on Joel (by Chris Wood) was difficult because the defender cannot do exactly the same because it is a foul.“Raggy (Klavan) was there to protect the situation but the ball bounced in the wrong direction and Robbo (Andrew Robertson) knows he could see Arfield quicker.“It was a bouncing ball and they (Burnley) were quicker. They are better in these situations, they are more used to it and he hit the ball perfectly but we could have defended much better.“We conceded one goal and that is where we have to improve most, to switch the mood from being offensive all the time.“We forget Mr Arfield and he can score. It doesn’t feel good.” The Reds could not find a winner despite having 35 attempts 1last_img read more

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Apple creates iTunes section for Latinos

first_imgSAN JOSE – Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday launched iTunes Latino, a dedicated area within its U.S. online store for Latin music, videos, audio books and podcasts. The iTunes Store, the world’s leading digital music outlet with more than 1.5 billion songs sold since its launch, had previously included Latin as a music genre, but company officials said customers were asking for more Latin content. Offering a dedicated Latino section with a broader product mix also made sense given the nation’s growing Hispanic population, of which more than half are Internet users, said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “It’s a key opportunity that we were missing,” said Cue, whose father is from Spain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The new section features different music genres, including regional Mexicano, baladas y boleros and pop Latino, as well as Spanish-language and bilingual TV shows under a new deal with NBC Universal’s Telemundo, the nation’s second-rated Spanish-speaking network. last_img read more

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A record year for Finn Valley College PLC courses

first_imgFinn Valley College in Stranorlar held their annual QQI Awards for Post Leaving Certificate students on Friday last on what was a record year for enrollment. Seventy-two students were enrolled across the three courses for the 2017/18 year, which was a record number for FVC.Guest of honour on the awards night was Mr Ian Harkin, Managing Director of Lottie Dolls who presented awards to the Business Administration, Sports, Recreation and Exercise and the return, after 20 years, of an Early Childhood Care and Education class. PLC Childcare class at the Finn Valley CollegeIan Harkin of Arklu at the Finn Valley College Post Leaving Certificate Awards, 7th September 2018Mr Harkin spoke to the audience about his own personal journey that began with an Accounting degree in LYIT, took him to many parts of ‘what has become a very small world’ to where he is today with his company which is based ironically back where it all began at LYIT in the Co-lab.  He offered several nuggets of sound advice to the students including don’t be afraid to take risks and to always ask for advice.PLC Business award recipients at the Finn Valley College Post Leaving Certificate Awards, 7th September 2018Deputy Principal and PLC Co-ordinator Ms Boland speaking at the Finn Valley College Post Leaving Certificate Awards, 7th September 2018In her address, course coordinator Ms Boland congratulated the students on their excellent results with many students obtaining distinctions in all modules.Quite significant this year was the high percentage of students gaining entry into degree courses in NUIG, DCU, UCC and Maynooth University as well a number of courses in LYIT, IT Sligo, NWRC and England.Many of the students used their PLC results and gained entry in Round 0 in early August. A number of other students, particularly those studying Childcare, obtained employment in their vocational area. Alongside completing their QQI Level 5 courses, the students obtained several other useful qualifications in other areas – a number of the Sports class qualified as Lifeguards and all completed their Coaching Badges in Gaelic and Soccer.PLC Sports award recipients at the Finn Valley College Post Leaving Certificate Awards, 7th September2018The Childcare students completed a First Aid Course and online Child Protection Training. 17 of the Business Administration class sat the Department of Education Advanced Typewriting Exam which is the practical element of The Teachers Certificate in Typewriting, with all achieving 1st and 2nd class honours.The high enrolment figure and the huge number and variety of pathways leading from the PLC courses are a fitting endorsement of the quality of courses on offer at FVC.Limited places are still available for enrolment on the Business and Sports courses for this coming year.  Contact the school at 074 9131684 or email finnvalleycollege@donegaletb.ieA record year for Finn Valley College PLC courses was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardseducationFinn Valley Collegepost leaving certificatelast_img read more

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This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — September 8, 2019

first_imgShare This!A hurricane wrap-up, a minor heat wave, and changes on the horizon: September at Walt Disney World started out with some wild weather! In what felt like the longest hurricane scare in history, Hurricane Dorian managed to wreck Labor Day Weekend in Orlando without actually making landfall. The storm influenced some shutdowns in the area, including early park closures at Walt Disney World and Disney Springs. There were tropical storm warnings posted for Orange and Osceola Counties for a period of time, with the potential for sustained tropical storm-force winds considered a possibility for the area.The Cloudiest Place on Earth: hardly anyone on the roads as Hurricane Dorian threatened over Labor Day Weekend 2019.In the end the Disney area received gusty winds and some rain bands, but the worst of the storm stayed well east as it moved up the Florida east coast. Parks reopened as normal on Wednesday and we had a cloudy, dry day, despite the presence of a hurricane less than a hundred miles away from much of the day!Hurricanes leave behind dry air in their wake. Any Floridian who has lost their power after a hurricane can tell you what a hot, miserable recovery day this is. And with the heat that Dorian left behind, we should all feel very lucky the Orlando area didn’t have any mass power outages. From Thursday through Sunday, we’ve seen temperatures soar into the mid-90s each day, with heat index readings above 103 degrees. Early morning and late evening humidity has kept temperatures high overnight, while midday dry air and the absence of thunderstorms has given us no relief or even a little shade from passing clouds.Dark clouds of an approaching rain-band from Hurricane Dorian just before Epcot closed at 7 p.m. in advance of the storm.This Week’s Weather at Walt Disney WorldA subtropical ridge has been sitting south of Central Florida, and its effects have blocked the sea breezes and kept dry air in place aloft. This is forecast to lift north of Florida during the week. As it begins to move away, we can expect more onshore flow from the Atlantic — slowly raising our rain chances.It will be a slow process and we won’t be back to normal rain patterns until late in the week. Look for a slight chance of a storm on Monday, then a return of dry air on Tuesday. Rain chances begin to heighten on Wednesday again. On Thursday we should begin to see the effects of a trough of low pressure which will push west across Florida. This will bring increased moisture and rainfall for Friday through the weekend.One bright spot in this dry forecast: on Tuesday, temperatures are expected to dip back into the mid to upper 80s. The return of an onshore flow from the Atlantic will give us more seasonable temperatures, and believe it or not… it’s supposed to start cooling off just a little from those summertime highs.The First Night Below 70Today the National Weather Service pushed out some welcome — and startling — news. The first overnight low below 70 degrees since May was recorded at Orlando International Airport on Saturday morning. Yes, it was only 69 degrees, but that’s a start. The last time the overnight low was below 70 degrees was May 29. Now, there are no lows in the 60s in this week’s forecast. This one largely came because the humidity was so low overnight on Saturday. But it also speaks to the shortening of the day and the changing sun angle of September. We’re down to twelve hours and about twenty minutes between sunrise and sunset now, down from a high of fourteen hours in late June. Some people argue that Florida has no real seasons, but the slanting light and shorter sunsets tell me that it’s almost fall. The next big milestone to look forward to? That’s October 15. It’s the average date of our first cold front, which usually brings us a spell of heavy rain followed by a cold, crisp day with dry air, and ushers out the rainy season for another year.Tropical Weather To WatchWith Hurricane Dorian ancient history (it’s actually causing a lot of trouble in the Maritimes but should be out of Canada’s hair shortly), we can turn our attention back to the wide Atlantic, where two areas of disturbed weather are being watched, and Tropical Storm Gabriella is heading off to nowhere in particular.Five-day tropical outlook with minor disturbances in the Atlantic. Image courtesy NOAA.Gabriella will bring heavy weather to the U.K. later this week, but there is a persistent cluster of storms around a tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic. This Cape Verde storm is going to continue moving westward towards the central Atlantic, and forecasters give it a 40% chance of further development into a tropical system in the next five days.Closer to the Caribbean, there is a another tropical wave which has been hanging around for a few days. It’s being affected by wind shear and so while it’s moving steadily northward of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, there’s no confidence it will begin to organize into a tropical depression. However, in the next five days it should be somewhere to the east of the Bahamas and could be in a more favorable position for development. That’s a big “could,” though.Bottom line for this week? It’s going to be a little bit drier than we’ve been accustomed to, and just a little bit cooler as well. But for most people visiting Central Florida, it’s still very much the summer season. Enjoy the sunshine!last_img read more

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No stopping South African tourism

first_img26 April 2013 International tourist arrivals in South Africa grew by 10.2% year-on-year to almost 9.2-million in 2012, more than double the global average of around 4%, President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday. “In 1993, South Africa received a mere 3.4-million foreign visitors,” Zuma told a media briefing in Cape Town. “By 2012, the figure had grown by 300 percent to 13.5-million visitors, of which 9.2-million were tourists.”‘Evidence of successful marketing’ Zuma said the country’s phenomenal tourism growth was evidence “that we are successfully setting ourselves apart in a competitive marketplace. It indicates that South Africa’s reputation as a friendly, welcoming, inspiring and unique tourism destination continues to grow”. Zuma thanked South Africans for playing their part in this success, saying that, “in addition to the beauty of our country and its outstanding facilities, it is because South Africans treat visitors warmly and hospitably that we see such positive results”. Europe remained the highest source of overseas tourists to South Africa in 2012, with arrivals growing by 9.5% year-on-year to 1 396 978 tourists, with the UK holding its position as South Africa’s biggest overseas tourism market – 438 023 UK tourists travelled to SA in 2012, a 4.2% increase over 2011. The United States was South Africa’s second-biggest overseas market, with the numbers up by 13.6% to 326 643 tourists, followed by Germany in third place, up 13% to 266 333 tourists. France, up 16% to 122 244 tourists in 2012, is now South Africa’s fifth biggest overseas market.Biggest growth from BRICS countries The biggest growth, however, came from Asia and South America, driven by large increases in arrivals from South Africa’s BRICS partners Brazil, India and China – since 2009, arrivals from China have more than tripled, arrivals from Brazil have more than doubled, and arrivals from India have almost doubled. China became South Africa’s fourth biggest overseas market at 132 334 tourists last year, up 55.9% on 2011 figures, while Indian arrivals grew by 18.2% to 106 774 visitors, and Brazilian arrivals grew by 44.7% to 78 376 visitors. “Africa remains the pillar of our tourism economy, and we are happy to see that arrivals from the region have maintained the solid growth path we have become accustomed to,” Zuma said. “Growth from our own continent was up by 8.5%.” Foreign tourists spent a total of R76.4-billion in South Africa last year, up 7.6% on the total foreign direct spend in the country in 2011.Economic growth, job creation Zuma also reported on Statistics South Africa figures for the period ending December 2011 which show that tourism’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 5% to R84.3-billion in 2011, while its contribution to employment increased by 31 000 direct jobs to 598 432 direct jobs in total. Tourism is identified in the government’s New Growth Path economic strategy as one of six key job-driving sectors, along with mining, manufacturing, the green economy, infrastructure development and agriculture. Zuma said the country’s National Tourism Sector Strategy aimed to make South Africa one of the world’s top 20 tourist destinations by 2020, in the process creating 225 000 additional jobs and contributing about half a trillion rand to the country’s GDP. The latest figures “give us confidence that we are making good progress in our efforts,” Zuma said. “But we cannot become complacent,” he added, noting that the country’s geographic position “makes our fight for the global tourism share more difficult than most. “As we prepare to celebrate Freedom Day, let me invite every South African to be an ambassador of the Republic. Let us all market our beautiful country diligently and passionately to one another and to Africa and the world. “We have done exceptionally well since the democratic transition in 1994. We have a story to tell, and a beautiful country to show off to the world.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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#Nextchat: Entering the Workforce – Ready or Not

first_imgReady or not, here they come.In just a few months, the Class of 2017 will be taking the full-time leap into the workforce.Starting a new job can be awkward at any age, but even more so for new graduates—and all new young professionals—who are entering the workforce for the first time.Whether or not they’ve had internships or part-time jobs, new graduates and other young professionals are expected to arrive on the first day equipped with basic levels of interpersonal ability, critical thinking skills and professionalism.Some organizations are fortunate enough to hire great interns and convert them into full-time employees when they graduate. Other organizations are not so lucky and are finding that America’s college graduates are simply not prepared to enter the workforce.Survey after survey of U.S. employers show a gap between what employers expect from their new hires and what they’re actually getting.The Forbes article “Are Recent Grads Prepared for the Workplace?” reports that “Fewer than two in five managers believed college graduates are well-equipped for a job in their field of study, and less than half believed they could write clearly, manage a project, give a presentation, conduct a meeting or create a budget.”The SHRM online news article HR’s Hard Challenge: When Employees Lack Soft Skills reports that the soft skills needed in today’s workplace are becoming increasingly hard to find and that “Soft skills—which are needed to effectively communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and organize—are becoming more important for success as the workplace evolves socially and technologically. The rub is that recruiters and employment experts report a ‘soft skills gap,’ especially among young workers, more accustomed to texting than talking, that forces organizations to hire many candidates who fall short on interpersonal abilities.”So why are our high school and college graduates so unprepared for the workforce, and what can schools and employers do to help graduates gear up to enter the workforce?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on March 29 for a SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) #Nextchat with special guests YPAC member Jillian Caswell (@JillianACaswell) and Jessica Gofforth (@JessicaGofforth) and other members of the 2017 SHRM YPAC. We’ll chat about workforce readiness issues and how employers and HR can help.    What’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chats Q1. As an employer or manager, what skills do you notice are most deficient in today’s new graduates as they enter the workforce?Q2. As a young professional, what skills and behaviors did you realize you were most lacking when you started your first job?Q3. As an employer, what would you ask our schools to focus on as they educate and equip the future workforce?Q4. As an employer, how do you assess the workforce readiness of new graduates in the application or interview processes?Q5. What specific skills should young HR professionals come equipped with as they enter the workforce?Q6. In addition to internships, how can students gain the soft skills needed to enter the workforce? Q7. How can employers work with colleges and universities to help prepare students for the workforce? What is your organization doing?Q8. What workforce readiness advice do you have for new graduates preparing to enter the workforce? If you missed this #Nextchat on March 29, please click here for the RECAP. last_img read more

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