MEDIA RELEASEDATE: 24 JULY 2018More than 1000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 for the BRICS Business Forum which will takes place as part of the 10th BRICS Summit. The Heads of State of the BRICS countries will preside over the afternoon session of the Business Forum and provide direction on strategic issues under discussion.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Chairperson of the BRICS Business Council, Dr Iqbal Surve will deliver speeches at the opening session of the forum starting from 09:00. Their address will be followed by four thematic sessions that cover various topics. The Ministers of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Economic Development and External Relations of the five BRICS countries will all be panelists in the session where The Role of BRICS in Trade and Investment facilitation amidst a Changing Global Political Economy will be discussed.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the delegates who will comprise of captains of industry, heads of state-owned entities and government leaders will deliberate on strategic economic matters affecting the future of BRICS.“In line with the BRICS Summit theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Business Forum will deliberate on the current global political economy and its implications for BRICS member countries, the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on inclusive growth and transformation, facilitating intra-BRICS trade, as well as fostering BRIC-Africa partnerships,” says Minister Davies.Minister Davies added that the business forum will provide a platform to showcase the economic prowess of the African continent with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, energy, technology, rail, aviation, information and communication technology, financial services and beneficiation (agro-processing and mining), as well as to enhance the flow of foreign direct investments from the BRICS bloc into the continent.“The Business Forum will also offer an opportunity to facilitate the creation of manufacturing value-chains on the African continent, to stimulate dialogue on the utilisation of financing packages offered by the New Development Bank, and to promote synergies with development finance institutions on the continent. The Business Forum is also important because it will create opportunities for partnerships between African and BRICS companies as well as develop concrete measures to address the deficiencies within productive sectors impeding the optimal development of the continent,” said Minister Davies.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dti
All the world’s a stage’, this rings true for 27-year-old Play Your Part Ambassador Luntu Vuyisa Masiza, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) along with two awards for best male performance on a stage production and best male performance in a television production.Luntu was awarded the 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student and the Czech Republic’s, Setkani/Encounter Theatre Director’s Special Award for his performance in The Island, which was directed by Chris Weare. Luntu’s journey now continues as he perfects his craft by pursuing his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).RADA is a drama school in London, that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.“My journey has not been easy, I have had many challenges that have come my way in investing in my craft and these challenges have helped to shape my character, but I am so determined to grow as a storyteller because this is what I love doing”, writes Luntu in his motivation letter.Tackling the international stage to learn, enhance his work as an actor and find his voice as a storyteller. Luntu calls on citizens to play their part and assist in fulfilling his dream by donating towards his fundraising target. He is eager to fly the South African flag for the world to see.The creative industries have proven to be strong nation builders that showcase a country’s strengths to enhance its reputation and image. These industries are rich in authentic stories and talented individuals which contributes to the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPartPhoto credit: @masiza_luntu
Accused of selling Chinese-made flooring that gives off dangerous levels of formaldehyde, Lumber Liquidators offered free test kits to any consumer who requested one so homeowners could check for themselves whether the air inside their homes was safe to breathe.But a lawsuit filed in California claims the test kits are provided by a third party paid by the retailer, do not use commonly accepted methods, and are basically faulty.“The test Lumber Liquidators is offering are inherently unreliable, designed to under-report the formaldehyde levels present in the composite flooring, and are not designed to measure formaldehyde emissions from a particular source,” reads part of the complaint filed in a federal district court in California.That’s the latest twist in a story that began unfolding in March when the television news program 60 Minutes reported laminate flooring manufactured in China and sold in Lumber Liquidators outlets in California and elsewhere contained dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. In a statement, the retailer said its flooring complies with regulations set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and it accused 60 Minutes of using improper test methods.“We stand by every single plank of wood and laminate we sell all around the country and will continue to deliver the best product at the best price to our growing base of valued customers,” the company said. The wrong kind of kitThe lawsuit, filed on behalf of six people who bought flooring, contends Lumber Liquidators knew that flooring manufactured in China emits unsafe levels of formaldehyde but continued to label the products falsely anyway.The test kits it offered were part of a campaign to “cover up the dangers inherent in its products with misinformation and with a disingenuous public relations campaign,” the lawsuit claims.“By offering unreliable testing, by seeking to discredit the laboratories that conducted the tests finding that its products exceeded CARB limits for formaldehyde, and by promulgating misleading information regarding the dangers and properties of formaldehyde, Lumber Liquidators’ actions will cause people to believe the floors in their homes are safe when they are not and will expose them to even greater risk than if Lumber Liquidators had honestly addressed the findings of multiple laboratories,” the complaint says.The Journal of Light Construction said in an article posted online April 10 it had contacted Tom Neltner, special advisor on regulatory affairs at the National Center for Healthy Housing for more information about the test kits.The test kits, Neltner said, need a certain amount of air flow in order to deliver accurate results. The kits are of a type that can be worn in a workplace by an active worker. “But if the kit is left on a coffee table or desk in a home, you are unlikely to get that kind of air movement without a fan,” JLC reported.“The test kits are useful if used properly — meaning plenty of air movement across the face. But don’t trust them if not used properly,” he said.The Chinese-made flooring also is under investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which says it will test flooring from Lumber Liquidators to see if formaldehyde levels may warrant a recall, Reuters reported.
The Australian Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s squads will train in Sydney this weekend as they commence the new cycle in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The squads will train together for the first time since their 2015 Touch World Cup wins in May last year, with the Mixed Open squad to train next weekend. The athletes have a busy start to 2016, with several playing in the TFA All Stars match in a fortnight, as well as the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League in March followed by the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in late April in Auckland. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels over the weekend for updates and contributions from our Camp Correspondents, as well as Tour Diaries next week:Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussies in Camp
Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo: Wolves have treated me phenomenallyby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo is enjoying his loan with Wolves.Vallejo is delighted with the way he’s been treated in the first months of his deal.He told AS: “Since the first day I have been treated phenomenally. I am very comfortable with the team, the coach and the way we play.”I wanted to live this experience. I spoke with Jony and Adama and Real Madrid strongly recommended me to come here. They told me that I would continue to progress. And of course the Wolves bet influenced. Nuno called me and told me about the project. “It was the club that bet most on me.”I have relied heavily on Jony, Adama, Raúl Jiménez … Here we are like a family because we spend a lot of time together in the sports city, we eat together … It shows.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsThe sound of drums echoed throughout downtown Ottawa Thursday.First Nation students were marching to demand the government come up with more money for education.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are three days left to return your completed Referendum Packages to the BC Service Centre in person.Your completed package is considered received by Elections BC when delivered to a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office even if dropped in a 24 – hour drop box.These packages must be handed in person before 4:30 pm, Friday, December 7th, 2018. With current numbers of Referendum Packages received, 34.1 percent from the Peace River North area, that is 8,660 packages out of 25,398 packages sent. While 31.6 percent from the Peace River South area, returned 5,543 packages out of 17,531 packages sent.The Fort St. John (Service BC Office and 24-hour DropBox) are located at, 10600-100th Street.For more Service BC Offices and 24-hour DropBox, locations CLICK HERE
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe independent group investigating the allegations against Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer should complete their investigation within 14 days, according to a statement made from the university.“A newly convened, independent working group — formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Urban Meyer — met late last week, appointed a chair, and engaged an investigative firm,” the statement said.The statement also said former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the group, and that the group “was formed to direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice, and to assist with communication to the full board on the matter.”“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” Davidson said in the statement. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”The investigative team will be led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. She is also the senior chair for the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.Meyer is being investigated for allegations that he knew about domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015 by former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.Smith was fired for the charges on July 23. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave last Wednesday.
An excited Jurgen Klopp was quick to describe Liverpool’s 3-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United as one of the best performances since his arrival at the club.Klopp’s Liverpool maintained their grip at the top as well as a 17 game unbeaten run, thanks to a brace from Xherdan Shaqiri and Mane’s opener.The Reds showed superiority over their rivals in the entire game and, Klopp admitted the first 30 minutes was “perfect”.He said in his post-match press conference: “It was a brilliant start, one of the best performances we’ve had since I was at Liverpool, to be honest. The first half an hour was outstanding. How we played was just perfect.”26 – Following Liverpool’s win against Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp has now beaten all 26 teams that he’s faced in the Premier League. Collection. pic.twitter.com/AAqEGdBfI2— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2018Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.He had earlier told Sky Sports: “I’m completely over the moon about the performance. The way the boys played tonight was just outstanding. We saw the line-up of United and their quality – how well organised they were and they fight from the back, you knew it could be really tough.“But the plan was to take the risks, be brave and chip the ball behind the lines. The first goal was how, if you could have drawn, it would have been the goal. It was just brilliant. A fantastic performance, it’s so deserved. Top, top first-class team.“I don’t think United wanted to play defensively but we didn’t let them out. Overall it was just brilliant.”Up next for Klopp’s men is a tricky away trip to Wolves on Friday night.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni say he will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over his return to international action.Messi has not featured for Argentina since they were eliminated by Kylian Mbappe inspired France in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA world cup.The Barcelona playmaker has also given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.Argentina Coach Scaloni who replaced Sampaoli’s says he is planning to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.“I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni told FourFourTwo on Friday.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.“For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.“He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.