Silver for Tomlinson, Kane in doubles

first_imgSimon Tomlinson and Kane Watson put Jamaica on the medal table at the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Championships yesterday inside the National Arena. The pair played their way into the men’s doubles final where their bid for gold was thwarted by Emil Santos and Samuel Galvez of the dominant Dominican Republic squad. Galvez, the 2017 men’s singles champion, and Santos, outsteadied the Jamaicans 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 to take the gold medals. Speaking after the final, Tomlinson nevertheless thinks the silver is the start of a rebound from a disappointing fifth place finish in the team event. “We weren’t happy with how the teams ended. From last year, we’ve been saying that we want a medal in doubles so just to reach the final, we’re happy but we could have had a better showing at the end,” he said. Not pleased with the result, but Tomlinson is happy to get on the podium. “We did what we could and got the country a medal,” he resolved. Candid as ever, he explained that he had a problem controlling the length of his serves. Galvez and Santos were often able to attack when he served. “We both knew before the match,” he lamented, “but we had to try to find some way around it.” The silver medal has lifted some of the gloom emanating from the team competition. Tomlinson said improving his serve is key. “Playing in the team events, I got a good warm-up for the singles, a good view of everybody else so we have things to fix but we’ll get there.” The win by Galvez and Santos continued the good showing by the Dominican Republic as Eva Brito and Zariris Ortiz beat their teammates in a one-sided women’s doubles final. The tournament continues today with competition in the Under-21 and Over-45 categories. Among Jamaica’s entries is 2003 winner Alphanso Morris.last_img read more

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Now one of Gilas leaders, Blatche believes ‘anything is possible’ for World Cup bid

first_imgPriyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ With Gilas heroes Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, Marc Pingris, Ranidel De Ocampo, Gary David, Jeff Chan, and LA Tenorio out, players like Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, Poy Erram, Marcio Lassiter, CJ Perez, Roger Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright are waiting to take their spot.Fortunately for Blatche, he’s been teammates with the new faces at one point or another during the Asian Qualifiers in 2018.“I have total faith in our guards,” said Blatche. “They have to step up, they have to hit big shots, and they got to lead us.”ADVERTISEMENT Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Half a decade ago, Blatche was just the new guy in the Gilas Pilipinas team that was returning to the World Cup after 60 years.This time around, he will be carrying the veteran’s mantle as Gilas Pilipinas marches to its second straight tournament and he expects things to be a lot more different from the last time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Anything’s possible. Me, Gabe, some of the other guys know what to expect in the fourth quarter, how each possession means a lot, how each rebound means a lot,” said Blatche during Gilas’ sendoff ceremony Wednesday at Meralco.Although Blatche will be teaming up again with Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Paul Lee, this year’s lineup is vastly different from the 2019 roster. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake LATEST STORIES Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor?center_img ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Defending champs Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic are No. 1 seeds for US Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—There will be a lot of changes when Andray Blatche dons the Philippine colors in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Why Many People Ignore Open Source Software

first_imgSince its advent, Open Source Software or OSS has grown significantly over the years. This is due in part to the advances made in its development. A few of these advances include: “user-friendliness”, functional capabilities, and their low cost. But despite these achievements, OSS has not achieved the type of pervasive adoption that we have envisaged. And this, in my opinion, is a result of a variety of reasons in different regions. In Liberia for example, I have come to learn of two cardinal reasons: lack of OSS knowledge and the unwillingness by some individuals to ignore common myth held against OSS. The lack of OSS knowledge in Liberia echoes one thing: Our unarticulated unwillingness to remove ourselves from that which we are comfortable with –proprietary software. Across the Liberian ICT spectrum, Open Source Software is a mundane topic. Yet, it is rare to see ICT professionals in Liberia proffer Open Source Software solutions, even though their ICT budgets face serious strangulations. One can inarguably surmise therefore, that the option for perfunctory proprietary solutions is sought only because it aligns with the skills of their choosers. But how does this benefit a struggling organization? As ICT professionals, our job is to find the right solutions and align them with our employers’ strategic goals, at the lowest cost, to achieve competitive advantage and increase profit. And if this requires the integration of Open Source Software solutions, then we must orientate ourselves toward that paradigm. As a nation whose ICT sector is resource-challenged, it is imperative that every ICT professional and those aspiring to work in ICT gain better insight of OSS in order to promote innovation. OSS allows innovation and creativity because everyone has access to the source code. With this access, you can learn, and create a solution of your own. The second reason for the slow penetration of open source software in Liberia relates to the alarming myths that are being spread about Open Source Software. On several occasions, I have listened to some ICT managers explain their refusal to adopt Open Source Software. Many of these managers erroneously claim that the “openness” (access to the source code) of open source software makes it more vulnerable to exploitation/penetration. In my opinion, this perception demonstrates a shocking misunderstanding of software security paradigm as well as the inner workings of Open Source Software. So, today, once again I will attempt to dispel FOUR myths about Open Source Software that are being espoused across the Liberian spectrum. Please read on:1. Open Source Software is not secure because the source code is available to anyone: A lot of people think that when something is kept a secret, private or locked that it is secure. Secrecy does not necessarily mean security. Proprietary software tend to hide their source code yet they are still vulnerable to malware. Is that security?. We have heard on several occasions of malware and intrusion attacks on proprietary software from companies like Microsoft Corporation. Frankly, I believe that there are probably more malware for Microsoft Windows than there are for Macintosh or Linux. 2. Open Source Software is unreliable: If reliability is a problem for open source software then I can argue that the Internet is unreliable as well. This assertion is based on the fact that the Internet infrastructure relies heavily on Open Source software. Every single Internet address–both web and email–depends on the Domain Name System, or DNS. Additionally, BIND which is core to DNS, is an open source program that was originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley. BIND is currently being maintained by its principal developer as an independent free software project under the auspices of a group called the Internet Software Consortium. Moreover, the Linux operating system is an open-source software which is widely used by large companies and runs several servers on the Internet. SENDMAIL is an open source mail transport server that serves a significant percentage of emails sent over the Internet. The Apache web server is an open source web server that hosts more than 60% of the world’s web sites. The TCP/IP protocol stacks used in most commercial Internet software are based on the code originally written as part of the Berkeley networking package. PHP(server-side scripting language) and MySQL(database server) are all open source products that are used to run the Internet. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which is the body that creates and governs the Internet standards, utilizing approaches that parallel those used in the open source community. These are just a few examples of mission-critical open source software.3. Open Source Software is only for hackers and computer programmers: Initially, open source was pretty much a “geek”, hacker, or programmer’s initiative. However, so much progress has been made that it is now a household computing tool. Ubuntu Linux, which is probably the most popular distribution of Linux comes pre-installed on Dell personal computers and are used in schools, businesses, and governments. 4. Open Source Software is given out freely so a person cannot profit from it: Individuals in the business sector would like to make this argument. The philosophy behind Open Source is “freedom”; freedom to access, tweak, or tinker with the source code of a software built on open source standards. It means that I can take the kernel of Linux and write a “CUSTOMIZED” operating system. Finally, OSS provides an ICT resource-challenged environment the opportunity to be innovative and creative. Clearly, Liberia is a nation that lacks ICT resources (skills, infrastructure, etc) which are needed to provide the innovation and creativity that can reap benefits. With a robust open source software initiative that provides adequate knowledge of how it benefits us as a people, we will be able to enjoy the transformative power of modern technologies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Administrative blunder places local football in quandary

first_imgDear Editor,Following the Golden Jaguars consecutive losses in the third round of the Caribbean Cup to Suriname and Jamaica, both of which occurred in extra time despite the locals leading in both instances at the end of the second loss by a 4-2 margin to the Reggae Boyz; the average football fan/man in the street was demanding the former head coach Jamal Shabazz, be fired instantly.This was against the backdrop that moreover, with a 2-0 half-time lead over the Jamaicans, the locals had no right to lose. While it may be true from a tactical perspective, maybe the second half instructions were not heeded to, albeit when possession is lost, each player must get behind the ball. But with this being my opinion, it’s not necessary that it may be so.However, with the absence of domestic football at the time, most importantly the Elite League, it would have deprived all the local-based national players of competitiveness and game time. Was this the fault of Shabazz and his coaching staff? Absolutely not! That, with the most four full training sessions, compounded by the entire squad being present.Surely, Editor this administrative blunder places local football, and by extension, meaningful preparation in a quandary. Had the GFF ensured the nation’s premier competition, the Elite League, was up and running. Then a more favourable account of the Golden Jaguars would have been forthcoming barring the two losses. Were it to be two victories instead, the Gold Cup inaugural participation by Guyana would have been a step closer.That French Guiana, an overseas-based territory of France, along with Guadeloupe and Martinique, doesn’t play in any FIFA Qualifying World Cup Tournaments. Editor, this remains a clear indication what development, in totality is all about. Since French Guiana have already booked their place in this year’s Gold Cup. Where is Guyana, when will they be qualifying, in what year? So close, yet so far! Shabazz, you have walked the walk and talked the talk.At the end of the day, your resignation as Head Coach, Golden Jaguars was quite rightful within the realm of professionalism. After all you are not a magician. Meanwhile, your recent appointment as a member of the T&T Coaching staff, ahead of two important World Cup Qualifying matches early in 2017. Beyond any stretch of imagination is the limited success Guyana’s football secured was with you and your coaching staff. The most significant of which was defeating your native land by a 2-1 margin at the National Stadium, Providence on November 11, 2011 in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier.This performance enabled the Golden Jaguars to advance to its furthest ever in the World Cup Qualifiers. Jamal, in silencing your critics locally, the tide has changed; the tables have turned; your just reward, securing employment with T&T Senior Male National Team.In words of a former national captain and stalwart, Earl O’Neal “90 per cent of the local spectators at a match know virtually nothing about what they are seeing. But yet still, remains extremely critical of administrators, coaches and referees.” On more than one occasion, I was forced to rebut comments that “Shabazz can’t gain employment in Trinidad with a male national team.” My heartiest congratulations Jamal.Respectfully Yours,Lester Sealeylast_img read more

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Costa Rica hero Navas Bayern bound

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, July 11- Levante vice-president Tomas Perez has claimed that a 10 million euro deal to sell goalkeeper Keylor Navas to Bayern Munich is already agreed.Navas, 27, has been one of the breakout stars of this summer’s World Cup, making a string of superb saves as Costa Rica surprisingly topped a group including England, Italy and Uruguay, and then saw off Greece in the round-of-16 in a penalty shootout. He had already impressed many La Liga observers with his performances last season for Levante, and a number of teams reportedly including Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen are thought to have been interested in signing him this summer.Atletico had a player-plus-cash deal rejected by Levante last week for Navas, but Perez has told Teletica that a deal with Bayern is already finalised.“[Navas] is going to one of the best teams in Europe,” Perez said. “For sure he will enjoy playing there. And he will have tough competition from [new] teammate [Manuel] Neuer.“We are happy for him, because I believe he deserves this as a player and as a person. He has earned this, he has had a phenomenal season and we are delighted that he can move on in his career.”Bayern will reportedly pay the 10 million euro release clause in Navas’ current contract, with two million euros to go to the player himself.“I still do not know the exact terms,” Perez said. “But if it is done it is because the two parties are satisfied with the agreement.”-ESPN0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Lukas gets surprise finish in Santa Ynez

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAs the Santa Ynez unfolded, jockey Edgar Prado sent Folklore right to the front while jockey Jon Court stalked the leader in second with Dance Daily. Folklore was able to control the pace, traveling comfortably through fractions of 23:18, 46:06 and 1:10.59. Folklore still looked in command of the proceedings a furlong from the wire, but Dance Daily now was starting to close ground on the outside, while Talullah Lula with jockey Garrett Gomez was thundering home along the rail. With 100 yards left to the wire, Folklore weakened and was passed by both rivals, but Dance Daily saved the victory for the chalk players, winning by a scant nose over Talullah Lula in 1:23.34. Folklore was 3/4 of a length behind the top pair in third with Lake Como fourth. The entry of Dance Daily and Folklore returned $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 and created a minus place pool of $1,409, and a minus show pool of $85,076. “She (Folklore) handled everything really well,” said Lukas, who looked a little stunned by the result of the race. “She might have needed the race. She’ll go on to bigger and better things, so we’re happy to get this one (Dance Daily) a stakes win. I thought she’d (Dance Daily) make a little bit of nose in the race and she did. “In Folklore’s defense, she was coming off a long layoff on three works and I think she got a little late right there at the end. But she’ll be back. We’ll build off this. I’m not too concerned.” When racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, there will be a pick six carryover pool of $185,319. While several jockeys have invaded Santa Anita for the first time this winter, apprentice William Antongeorgi is leaving Arcadia to ply his trade in Arizona. “He’s going to Turf Paradise to ride five or six horses a day,” agent Jimmy Allard said. “Hopefully, he’ll win a bunch of races over there. The young lady who was dominating the standings, Kristina Kenney, was injured and will be out three to four months, so her agent (Chris Valimont) will take his book.” With Hall of Famers Gary Stevens, Laffit Pincay, Chris McCarron and Eddie Delahoussaye all retired, the atmosphere in the Santa Anita jockeys’ room has changed. “It’s hard to replace those kinds of guys,” veteran jockey Alex Solis said. “We still have a good group in the room. But we miss the old guys. Has Solis taken over the role of senior leader? “I just do what I’m supposed to do like I always have.” Lady Diplomat, the 39-1 upset winner of last month’s Hollywood Starlet, worked six furlong last Saturday in 1:12 1/5 at Hollywood Park in preparation for the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 11. Stretch running DaSvedonya (which means good-bye in Russian) has been nominated to the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs on Jan. 28 at Santa Anita. Trainer Wesley Ward hasn’t started many horses so far, but after his Her Red won Monday’s sixth race ($12.80) with jockey Aaron Gryder aboard, his record is a perfect 4-for-4 this meet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since both 3-year-old fillies are owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, they were coupled in the wagering and sent off as the lopsided 1-5 favorite. Show bettors couldn’t get enough of the entry and wagered $463,667 out of pool of $486,727. center_img ARCADIA – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled the winner of Monday’s $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes, but not with the horse everyone expected to win. Lukas entered Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Folklore, and at the last minute put up a $3,000 supplementary fee to also get Dance Daily into the seven-furlong Grade II race. last_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri backs Alvaro Morata amid Olivier Giroud’s fine run of form

first_img 2 Olivier Giroud bagged a brace on Thursday night 2 Giroud scored twice against PAOK, but has been second-choice in the Premier League behind Morata, who also netted after coming on as a substitute.An apparent ankle knock may preclude Giroud from selection and Sarri is happy with Morata’s form.The Spain striker sported a new buzz cut – shaving his heavily gelled, carefully coiffured hair – and a stern face when celebrating against PAOK.“With a new hair cut he scored with a header,” said Sarri, when asked if Morata’s hair hinted at a no-nonsense approach.“Morata is serious. It’s not a problem. His attitude is not a problem for the group, for me in training he’s doing very well. In the last month he has scored.” Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to revert to his first-choice line-up when against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, with the main selection dilemma between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud up front.Sarri insisted last weekend’s loss to Tottenham was not down to one or two players and hinted after Thursday night’s 4-0 Europa League win over PAOK Salonika of Greece that he would his first-choice line-up to face the Cottagers. Morata came off the bench to score on Thursday For all the suggestions of Morata under performing this season, he has five Premier League goals, two fewer than Chelsea’s leading scorer Eden Hazard.Hazard is expected to shake off an ankle problem to feature against Fulham.N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger are anticipated to return after being rested on Thursday, along with Jorginho and Marcos Alonso, who were unused substitutes against PAOK.Mateo Kovacic is likely to displace Ross Barkley in midfield, while Willian is also set to start.The Cottagers won their first game under Claudio Ranieri. The game is Chelsea’s first of nine matches in December, which include Wednesday’s at Wolves and next Saturday’s with Manchester City.last_img read more

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Spurs ‘to announce’ opening date of new stadium next week

first_imgTottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to announce when they will be ready to open their new stadium.Spurs’ redeveloped £1billion stadium was supposed to be ready to host Liverpool last September, but has been hit by numerous delays. no dice Tottenham’s new stadium will be open in 2019, having cost around £1billion to build Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card deals tense gameday cracker LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The matches against Crystal Palace on March 17 and Brighton on April 6 have been pencilled in as potential move-in dates.Both games could be re-arranged, though, should Palace and Brighton progress in the FA Cup.This could create a further stumbling block to the north London club as they may not wish their grand opening to be a mid-week fixture. REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The Mail also earlier reported that should there be any further delay to the stadium, Premier League bosses would force them to play their remaining fixtures at Wembley.After their match with Brighton, Spurs have just three more Premier League fixtures at home.They face Huddersfield on April 13, West Ham on April 27 and Everton on May 12. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Daniel Levy had earmarked the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 as a possible opening fixture for the ground but this was refused by Metropolitan Police chiefs due to security fears.The Daily Mail report that Tottenham will finally confirm when White Hart Lane will be officially opened in the next seven days. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 The east stand of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow last_img read more

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Cocu explains he is up to speed on intense Nottingham Forest rivalry

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LIVE on talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “It is good, it’s great. There will be a fantastic atmosphere.“You have to keep your emotions under control, keep the good balance between aggressiveness and to be able to play football, and don’t get into other stuff too much.“If you are a football player, you have to love to play these kind of games.”Derby have failed to beat Forest in their last three meetings, with their last victory coming in a 2-0 win in October 2017.Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi says he will not field a weakened team against Derby. Phillip Cocu has made an underwhelming start to life as Derby boss Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNewcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT targets FAREWELL Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week on target Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “To be honest, before [joining Derby] I didn’t know [about the rivalry] because I did not have the experience to work here,” Cocu, who has won just one of his first five Championship games since replacing Frank Lampard in the summer, said.“But, of course, it is one of the first things people let you know. It is the biggest game, and we are playing a cup game against them already. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman rookie error Phillip Cocu is well aware of the intense rivalry between Derby and Nottingham Forest. The manager takes his Rams side to the City Ground for the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, LIVE on talkSPORT. latest 1 He said: “A lot of our players have played a lot of games.“We need to check on them and will then prepare immediately for Derby.“On Tuesday, we need to pick the best possible team – a team which can cause Derby problems and which can get the win.”Nottingham Forest vs Derby County is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Tuesday 28 Augustlast_img read more

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South Africa possible new BRIC member

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma could soon be sharing the stage with (from l to r) Presidents Dmitry Medvedev, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Hu Jintao, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (Image: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlatsi MmineleDepartment of Foreign Affairs media liaison+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432 RELATED ARTICLES • SA-China trade ties to strengthen • India-South Africa trade booming • South Africa-Brazil cement ties • SA, Russia sign uranium deal• China deal: a new day for AfricaJanine ErasmusSouth Africa may be poised to join the BRIC group of nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – after both the Russian and Indian heads of state expressed their support for the move.The BRIC group, also known as the Big Four, is a powerful economic alliance of the four fast-growing nations, two of which have the biggest populations of any country on earth.At a function in South Africa earlier in August 2010, held to mark the Indian day of independence on the 15th, India’s newly appointed high commissioner to the country, Virendra Gupta, said that his government desired the development of more opportunities for close collaboration with South Africa.Such collaboration, he said, would strengthen the two countries’ already close ties. Besides being home to one of the largest Indian communities off the subcontinent, South Africa also exports vast amounts of coal to India, recording an export increase of 74% in July 2010.Precious stones, steel, minerals and fertilisers are also highly sought-after commodities. Incoming goods include computer software, pharmaceuticals and textiles.The two countries also share a strong historical link. Indians first arrived in South Africa in November 1860, 150 years ago, and their descendants have played an important part in the country’s sporting, legal, social and economic development as well as in the fight for freedom. The renowned Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1915.“As important developing countries, we have much to talk about; much to consult about and coordinate,” said Gupta. “The Indian government attaches a high priority to very close connections, both at bilateral level and at the regional multi-lateral level, that is, in the G20 forum and in the IBSA forum.”He added that the Indian government hoped that “South Africa will be able to join BRIC in the not too distant future”.Russian supportHis sentiments were echoed by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who voiced his support for South Africa’s inclusion during South African President Jacob Zuma’s Russian visit in August. The South African president was accompanied by a high-level delegation of business and political leaders.It was Zuma’s first official visit to the northern country since his inauguration in 2009. The president is an avid campaigner for South Africa’s BRIC membership, and visited Brazil in April and India in June 2010. At the time of writing he was wrapping up his BRIC crusade with a visit to China.At a press conference Medvedev said that South Africa’s participation in BRIC proceedings would be advantageous, since the group is an alliance of fast-growing nations, of which South Africa is one. Russia is the world’s biggest producer of gas, and South Africa is the most powerful economy on the African continent.The two leaders discussed the situation at a meeting before speaking to the media.We are prepared to develop various forms of cooperation with our South African partners, including in the BRIC format,” said Medvedev, but he cautioned that this would not happen unless the views of all BRIC members were in accord.While South African trade with Russia is nowhere near the levels of that with India and China, the latter being South Africa’s biggest export destination with trade in 2009 valued at US$16-billion (R119.7-billion), a stronger liaison between the two countries would boost economic exchange.India, Brazil and South Africa also make up the IBSA group. However, it is unlikely that the two groups would merge. Earlier in 2010 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that IBSA and BRIC were two entirely different entities.“IBSA has a personality of its own,” said Singh in April. ”It is three separate continents, three democracies. BRIC is a concept devised by Goldman Sachs.”Powerful allianceEconomist Jim O’Neill, of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, coined the BRIC acronym in 2001.The Brazil, Russia, India and China group contributes a massive 16.5% to the global GDP and together cover 25% of the earth’s land area. Nearly half the world’s population – 43% – call these countries home.A recent Goldman Sachs projection states that China has the potential to supersede the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2027. In this scenario the US would be second on the list, followed by India, Brazil and Russia.By 2050, according to Goldman Sachs, the economies of the BRIC powerhouse could be greater than the combined economies of the world’s current richest nations.The Goldman Sachs BRIC report may be downloaded (PDF, 3.4MB).The first official BRIC summit took place in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, with a second meeting in Brasilia in April 2010.last_img read more

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