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Corning >> Typical of early season non-league bouts, both the Corning High wrestling team and Red Bluff shifted around its weight classes when the two schools battled each other in the annual Tehama County wrestling Shootout Wednesday night in Corning. The Cardinals, a lower division power out of the Westside League, rallied late with a couple pins in the heavier divisions to drop Red Bluff, 42-34. The Cards led 42-22 after freshman call-up and 195-pounder Dillon Bailey recorded a fall on …
Alors que les societes a travers le monde qui repondent a une pression sur l’efficacite et les prix de plus en plus grande, l’Afrique du Sud devient un emplacement international de choix pour la sous-traitance de processus commerciaux.La sous-traitance des processus commerciaux (BPO) est une tendance mondiale importante et le secteur, estime peser 130 milliards de dollars par an, presente un taux de croissance attendu d’environ 50% pour les cinq prochaines annees.Le BPO implique de delocaliser certains processus commerciaux qui sont habituellement realises en interne par une societe au profit d’un fournisseur de services tiers comme un service clients ou des centres d’appel pour prester des services pour le compte de la societe concernee.Identifie comme un secteur cle au sein de la strategie du gouvernement pour accelerer le taux de croissance economique du pays et creer des emplois, la sous-traitance des processus commerciaux devrait creer 25 000 emplois directs et 75 000 emplois indirects en Afrique du Sud et contribuer jusqu’a 95 milliards de rands a l’economie nationale d’ici 2009.La sous-traitance des technologies d’information (TI) est aussi une activite end developpement en Afrique du Sud grace a la diversite du marche, un savoir-faire de classe mondiale et au contexte d’un pays en voie de developpement qui en font un laboratoire de test ideal pour les innovations.La sous-traitance TI represente plus d’un tiers des 30 milliards de rands du marches des services TI d’apres une etude de 2008 de la societe d’etude et de conseil IDC qui represente la plus grosse part des categories de services de TI.Gartner, le groupe d’etude international, classe l’Afrique du Sud parmi ses 30 destinations de sous-traitance de developpement de logiciels, l’etude de 2007 la mettant a egalite avec Israel dans la region Europe, Moyen Orient et Afrique et proche de l’Australie et de l’Inde au niveau mondial.Appeller l’Afrique du SudD’apres Business Day, le secteur local des centres d’appel a progresse d’environ 8% par an depuis 2003. Il emploie environ 54 000 personnes et contribue a 0,92% du produit interieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique du Sud.Un programme de financement de BPO appuye par le gouvernement, lance en 2007, vise a ameliorer la competitivite de l’Afrique du Sud et comprend un budget d’incitations aux investissements de 1,1 milliard de rands. Le programme est axe sur:Une strategie marketing au sens large.Un programme de financement public qui comprend une subvention d’investissement et des subventions de formation.Un cadre de tarification en developpement pour les telecommunications.De avantages concurrentielsL’Afrique du Sud presentent de nombreux facteur favorables, comme:Des niveaux de services de rang mondial du personnel des centres d’appel.Une large base de connaissances en matiere de fournisseur de services et de gestion, associee a des connaissances en matiere de services financiers, surtout en matiere d’assurances, d’hypotheques et de traitement et collecte de prets.Un fuseau horaire partage avec l’Europe.Un niveau d’anglais courant eleve associe a de accents anglais neutres qui sont facilement compris sur les marches occidentaux.Un taux de change favorable.Un fort soutien public.Encouragements publics, comme des subventions pour les start-up et les expansions et des prix reduits des telecommunications.Un secteur des telecommunications moderne et en developpement.Le gouvernement prend des mesures pour garantir une capacite haut debit plus disponible qui permettra des appels telephoniques internationaux moins chers. De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Le monde en un seul paysLes societes internationales qui ont deja choisi l’Afrique du Sud comme destination de BPO comprennent IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis et Car Phone Warehouse.L’engagement de l’Afrique du Sud a l’egard du secteur BPO a ete souligne en 2007 par la decision de construire un centre d’appels de 125 millions de rands et 1 500 places dans la zone de developpement industriel de Coega en dehors de Port Elizabeth dans la provinde d’Eastern Cape.Le Parc BPO s’etend sur cinq hectares dans le quartier des services commerciaux de Coega et comprend des lieux de formation et un espace de loisirs. La societe de gestion a declare que l’espace etait conçu pour prevoir differents scenarios et pourrait accueillir differents investisseurs.Les autres investissements recents sont : En mai 2008, la multinationale petroliere Royal Dutch Shell a ouvert un centre d’appels au Cap. Le centre offrira des services aux clients de Shell en Belgique, au Luxembourg et aux Pays-bas, avec des operateurs afrikaans natifs qui seront formes au neerlandais et au flamand. En novembre 2007, le geant de sous-traitance de processus commerciaux base aux USA TeleTech a commence la construction d’une nouvelle usine en dehors du Cap, sa premiere base sur le continent africain. Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Day
Rodriguez wows his audiences with his 70s songs. His double album – Cold Fact, and Coming from Reality. (Images: Rodriguez website)MEDIA CONTACTS • Stephen Segerman Owner of Mabu Vinyl, Cape Town +27 21 423 7635RELATED ARTICLES • SA songbird wins top opera prize • Lira to usher in Obama term • Homegrown artistic talent honouredUpdate: At the 85th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February, Searching for Sugarman won the award for best documentary. The film has been the favourite to win.Director Malik Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn were on hand to accept the golden statuette. The singer himself was absent, because he “doesn’t want to take credit for this film”, according to Chinn, speaking backstage afterwards.Lucille DavieSouth Africa’s most unlikely export must be Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Detroit in the US. The Mexican-American cut two albums in the early 1970s which went nowhere in his homeland but were a huge hit in South Africa, culminating in the 2012 hit movie Searching for Sugarman.On stage in Johannesburg during his February 2013 tour he said: “The last time I was this happy was the last time I was in South Africa.” That was in 2008.After his albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality, flopped in the US, he disappeared for decades into a working class suburb of Detroit where he still lives, continuing his work as a labourer on construction sites, until two South Africans went searching for him.The discovery of the aged hippie, now 70, has the quality of a miracle, with a man who was thought to have died, rising from the dead to become a worldwide sensation.The release of the movie has catapulted Rodriguez into a place very far from his humble beginnings, with tours to Europe, South Africa, Australia, America and New Zealand, coming quick and fast.Sugarman, directed by Sweden’s Malik Bendjelloul, has been nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary and has already won the corresponding award at the 2013 Baftas or British Academy of Film and Television Arts, plus a bagful of other awards. The Academy Awards take place on 24 February.America has fallen for him big time – he has appeared on top-flight talk shows and news channels, and fans just can’t buy tickets for his concerts fast enough.Timeless appealRodriguez’s 2013 South African tour has seen extra concerts scheduled, with tickets sold out within hours. His folk-rock songs have appealed across the generations, a phenomenon seen at the concerts where 20-somethings sat alongside balding 70-somethings.His opening line on stage is typical laid-back Rodriguez: “Thanks for stepping out this evening.”Standing there in leather pants, black vest, black hat pulled down over his forehead, and large shades, he had the audience on their feet after almost every song. The quality of his voice hasn’t diminished over the years – classics like Sugar man, I wonder and I think of you are still able to take the baby boomers back to a dreamy place in the 70s.More than a prince“South Africa made me feel like more than a prince,” said Rodriguez in the movie, talking about his first tour to the country in 1998.Various music producers in the movie described him as better than the Rolling Stones, Elvis and Bob Dylan. And yet outside of South Africa and Australia, he was an unknown entity. All that changed in the late 1990s when two South Africans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and music journalist Craig Bartholomew, set out to find their hero.Rodriguez is an extraordinarily modest, humble man who has lived in the same house for the past 40 years. It was difficult to get hold of him as he didn’t even have a phone in the house, but the two South Africans persisted.They had heard stories that he had died, dramatically committing suicide on stage. Their search began in 1997 – they scoured his songs, looking for clues to his whereabouts. Eventually a clue emerged: in the song Inner City Blues there was mention of a Detroit suburb called Dearborn.In the same year the pair created a website, asking for anyone with details of Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s eldest daughter Eva, who now lives in South Africa, responded by leaving her phone number. Segerman phoned her and told her his story, and she reassured him that her father was alive.Bartholomew describes that revelation as “a euphoric moment”.Segerman left his number with Eva. That night his wife took a late-night call. It was Rodriguez. “Hello, is that Sugar?” he said. “I knew I was talking to Rodriguez, it was one of the greatest moments of my life,” says Segerman in the movie. He had been given the nickname “Sugarman” in the army because he loved listening to the song.Once they’d traced him Segerman and Bartholemew persuaded Rodriguez to tour to South Africa where he still had a huge fan base. That was in June 1998. He had six sold-out concerts in that year and has returned to tour three or four times.But if the Americans were taken aback, the local fans were even more so. It took that first audience of some 5 000 people back in 1998 up to 10 minutes to stop cheering and screaming. Said Bartholomew in the movie: “It’s like seeing someone like Elvis come back from the dead.”And Rodriguez simply said: “Thanks for keeping me alive.” His daughter Eva said: “It was beautiful, a beautiful dream.”An educated manHis three daughters describe him as an educated man with a degree in philosophy, who exposed them to art, music and culture and taught them that they could do anything they wanted. He once ran for mayor of Detroit, wanting to represent the working poor in the city, but wasn’t successful so he continued with his construction work, saying it “keeps the blood circulating, keeps you fit”.His daughter Regan says of him: “He was doing work no one else wanted to do. He was a harder worker than a lot of other fathers were.”Sugarman director Bendjelloul says of Rodriguez in a January 2013 interview: “He was very warm and welcoming and a lovely guy. I really liked him. But he didn’t like to be on camera. It’s very hard when you make a film about someone who doesn’t like getting filmed. So I didn’t get much footage with him. I went there every year for four years, and every time I got maybe 20 minutes of footage.”Of the singer’s sudden fame, Segerman says: “Rodriguez is enjoying room service,” he laughs. “He has his family with him, and it’s one big happy family. He likes meeting his fans.”Segerman has wanted to introduce Rodriguez to his Amercian countrymen since 1997, so is now “just thrilled that the whole world has discovered him and his music. The dream continues”.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few producers began soybean and corn harvest last week in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 13th. Scattered showers helped alleviate the very dry conditions in some regions, while other regions noted very hot and humid conditions leading to crops progressing rapidly. Crop condition ratings remained virtually unchanged. Most producers spent the week mowing hay, chopping corn for silage, tiling, and harvesting specialty crops. Livestock producers were thankful for scattered rains as the pastures greened up a bit from the dry spell they had been experiencing.View the full report here
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producing a bounty of food, fiber for clothes and renewable fuels for cars is a vast agricultural undertaking and one that few consumers today know much about. That’s not surprising, considering that most Americans are three or more generations removed from farming.Although most of us aren’t involved in full-time food production, it can still be fun – and educational – to ponder facts about how modern farmers and ranchers go about their work. That’s where Food and Farm Facts, a publication from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, comes in.“Food and Farm Facts provides the opportunity to learn about the many ways modern farmers produce food to meet the needs of today’s consumers,” explained Foundation Chairman Zippy Duvall, who also serves as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.The 32-page, full-color book features hundreds of updated agriculture facts and easy-to-read infographics organized into sections: Consumers, Modern Farmers, Trade & Economics, Environment and Production.Fifteen fantastic facts about agriculture to whet your appetite for the Food and Farm Facts book are below.Ninety-nine percent of all U.S. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.Farmers will have to grow 70 percent more food than what is currently produced to feed the world’s growing population by 2050.Each American farmer produces food and fiber for 165 people annually, both in the U.S. and abroad.Eight percent of U.S. farms market foods locally through farmers’ markets and food hubs.One day’s production for a high-producing dairy cow yields 10.5 pounds of cheese.Women make up 30 percent of today’s farmers.More than 20 percent of all farmers are beginning farmers.There are 257,454 millennial farmers.Texas has 248,809 farms, more than any other state in the nation.About 25 percent of all U.S. agricultural products by value are exported yearly.Careful stewardship by America’s farmers spurred a 44 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982.One-third of the U.S. or 750 million acres, is covered with trees.Many of the products we use in our everyday lives are byproducts of food produced by America’s farmers and ranchers – everything from detergents and paints to X-ray film and crayons, textbooks, chalk and strings for musical instruments.An acre of land is about the same size as a football field.Biotechnology saved the Hawaiian papaya industry after a virus nearly wiped the crop out.Order the Food and Farm Facts book and related resources online.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was yet to decide whether it should file an appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s judgment acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case last year.The Talwars were released from jail on October 2017 after the High Court had acquitted them. In murder cases, probe agencies were required to appeal against acquittals within three months of such an order. The CBI had failed to do so in the Aarushi-Hemraj case.“The appeal has not been filed yet. However, the investigating team may approach the court seeking that the delay be condoned, as and when it decides to file the appeal,” said a CBI official.Aarushi was found murdered at her Noida house on May 16, 2008. A day later, the body of domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace. The case was initially investigated by the Noida Police, which arrested Dr. Talwar for his involvement. It was transferred to the CBI that initially zeroed in on three helps. The agency then investigated the alleged involvement of Dr. Talwar and his wife. However, it filed a closure report on the grounds of insufficient prosecutable evidence. The Special Court refused to accept the closure report and converted it into a charge sheet against the Talwars.
A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation said the role of mining ministers in Uttar Pradesh under the tenure of Akhilesh Yadav would be probed in connection with alleged illegal mining, the Samajwadi Party chief on Sunday the “BJP has shown its true colours.”Mr. Yadav suggested the raids by the CBI by opening up old cases were an attempt by the BJP-led Centre to stop the SP-BSP alliance. The two parties along with the RLD are close to formally announcing an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”The Samajwadi Party is trying to win as many Lok Sabha seats as it can. Possibly the CBI or the government that runs the CBI is trying to…What do we have? We can form an alliance and go to the people. And those who want to stop [us], what do they have? They have the CBI,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here.Mr. Yadav, who served as Chief Minister of UP from 2012 to 2017 and held additional portfolios of mining in 2012 and 2013, also said he was ready to be questioned by the probe agency.”If they question us, we will have to answer. We will give them an answer. But the people of the country are ready to give an answer to the BJP,” said Mr. Yadav.The SP national president also used sarcasm to allege political motive of the CBI raid.”I’m happy the BJP has once against shown its true colours. First the Congress gave us an opportunity to meet the CBI, now the BJP is giving us an opportunity,” said Mr. Yadav.He also warned the BJP that it would also have to face the brunt of the “culture” it was leaving behind.The CBI on Saturday said the role of the mining Ministers in UP between 2012 and 2016, which includes Mr. Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.The CBI registered an FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who fought the 2017 election on Bahujan Samaj Party ticketSearches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun. The FIR alleges that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor minerals between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.
The Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersAsian shares fell for a second day on Thursday, tracking weakness on Wall Street after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December, Reuters reported.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.35 percent in early trade, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 lost 0.2 percent.Overnight, the Dow ended down 0.67 percent, while the S&P 500 fell 0.55 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 141 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,844 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee ended unchanged at 64.78 per dollar on Wednesday from its previous close of 64.79 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.2 billion in local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile on Thursday as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.73 percent at $64.94 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.91 percent to $61.12 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.
A view of National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).IANS [Representational Image]Negative global cues, along with a depreciating domestic currency, pulled the Sensex down 140 points during the afternoon session of the trade on Friday.While auto and the telecom counters were the bright spot, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in IT, banking and TECK (technology, entertainment and media) stocks on the BSE.”The weakness in the domestic markets can be attributed to the Asian markets, as all the major economies have huge debts and are facing heavy inflation along with currency depreciation,” Anuj Gupta, Deputy Vice President – Research – Commodities and Forex, Angel Brooking, told IANS.”Currency depretation and high crude oil prices have impacted corporate earnings, which is evident in their balance sheet.”The domestic currency was trading at around Rs 73.36 a US dollar (12.58 p.m.), after closing at 73.28 on Friday while the benchmark brent crude was at $76.40 a barrel.The S&P BSE Sensex which had opened at 33,776.80 points from its previous close of 33,690.09 points traded at 33,545.60 points (1.09 p.m.), down 144.49 points or 0.43 per cent.It touched an intra-day high of 33,776.80 points and a low of 33,332.10 points.The NSE Nifty50 traded at 10,081.80 points during the afternoon trade session, down 43.10 points or 0.43 per cent.Among the major losers was Yes Bank, which on Thursday reported a decline of 3.7 per cent in its net profit for the quarter ended September. Its stocks traded over 6 per cent lower at Rs 185.75 apiece. ITC was trading over 2 per cent lower, at Rs 279.95 apeice ahead of its Q2 results due later in the day