These FTSE 100 stocks’ high dividend yields look safe to me in this market crash

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Manika Premsingh | Monday, 16th March, 2020 These FTSE 100 stocks’ high dividend yields look safe to me in this market crash Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week and stock markets crashed following that move. Policy responses such as quantitative easing and increased government spending should hold the FTSE together in the days ahead. But the fact is, no one’s certain how long this situation will last. What’s certain is that some sectors will be harder hit than others in the coming days. I’d bear this in mind when I invest for dividend yields. Badly hit by the stock market crashThis is a good time for income investing with dividend yields at very attractive levels. Of FTSE 100 stocks, 16 offer over 10% yields at present. At least some of these, however are avoidable for now. Consider, for example, FTSE 100 travel stocks TUI and Carnival, both of which have been hit hard by restrictions on people’s movement. Both offer high yields, of 12.5% and 12.3% respectively. But I don’t know now if they will be able to sustain dividends in the long term. I’d much rather wait a little longer and see how things play out for this segment. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Good dividend yields and good prospectsStocks like the multi-commodity miner Glencore and the insurance biggie Aviva look like good bets however. I flagged both of them as potential buys last week, and their yields look even better now at 12.5% and 11.3% respectively.  I also like the FTSE 100 miner Rio Tinto, which has a dividend yield of 10.2% now. Its share price has fallen by 24.3% since the start of 2020 (which also explains the high yield), but that’s still less than the fall in the FTSE 100 index of 29.4%. This says something about investor faith in the stock. The contrarian bets For investors who don’t mind an occasional contrarian buy, there are at least three FTSE 100 stocks that offer rich rewards. Two of these are the big FTSE 100 oil companies Royal Dutch Shell and BP, which offer dividend yields of 13.6% and 11.9% respectively at current prices.  These have been hit by a double whammy of the coronavirus-driven stock market meltdown and the sharp fall in oil prices. At the time of writing this, the Brent crude price was likely to end the week with a 24% fall to $33.40, according to CNBC, making it the worst fall since December 2008. With the global economy looking uncertain again, oil prices may well remain weak for the foreseeable future. Both poor demand and prices are bad news for oil producers.  I’ve been slightly doubtful about both RDSB and BP given their poor recent financial results. But the fact is that both are also dependable income stocks. Even if they were to cut dividends, their yields could still keep the income investor quite happy. Over the longer term, of course, the future of big oil has a big question mark around it. For now, however, they’re still stocks to watch. The FTSE 100 real estate developer Persimmon, which has an almost 11% yield is also one I’d consider. It’s a unique buy that offers both capital growth and a high dividend. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img See all posts by Manika Premsingh Image source: Getty Images. Manika Premsingh owns shares of BP and Glencore. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Vihiga next, but Kerr’s sights on SuperSport

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issuing instructions to his charges during their KPL match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has hinted that he will once again rotate his squad as they travel to Kisumu to play Kenyan Premier League new boys Vihiga United on Saturday, his eyes cast on putting up a good show against SuperSport United.The Kenyan champions face the South Africans on April 7 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off and with a continental phase group stage berth at stake, Kerr says he will most definitely put his focus on that. K’Ogalo are still unbeaten in the league in six matches despite using a different starting 11 in almost all the games.“We have had four players out on international duty who have come back on Thursday and above that we have that important fixture against SuperSport coming up. We have to look at everyone and the condition they are in but definitely we will need to give some players rest,” the tactician said.He expects a tough duel against Vihiga who they will be facing for the first time.“I don’t know much about them but just like everyone else, they will be coming in to beat Gor Mahia. We expect a tough game but it is a challenge to the players who will be fielded to go out there and get a result. They know what I expect of them,” the tactician further noted.Kerr is still hurting from the narrow 1-0 loss to Esperance in the CAF Champions League, but the tactician hopes his players can take lessons from the tie to make it into the group stages of continental football for the first time in 24 years.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We have to make sure we are ready focused and fit. The experience of the Esperance game will be vital for us. They (SuperSport) have had a squad together for a long time, the gap is massive but we have to go there believe in ourselves and get results,” Kerr opined.SuperSport have not been in the best of forms locally and sit third from bottom on the log, three points off the relegation zone. It is this precarious situation Matsatsantsa find themselves in that makes it harder for Kerr to plan for the tie.“They have a game against Polokwane on the 4th then they travel here on the 5th so you don’t really know whether the squad they will field is the same as the one that will play us. Also, you don’t really know what their priority is so it will not be easy to plan for them,” Kerr said.“But SuperSport is a club I have known for a while and above all, it will be a very tough game. They are a big team, reached the final last year losing to TP Mazembe, but we should not be scared. Everyone didn’t give us a chance against Esperance but we went in and showed what we can do,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia will make it into the group stages of the Confederation Cup if they win the home and away ties. This will guarantee them at least Sh15mn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

South Africa’s 2009 sports highlights

first_img24 December 2009 The Indian Premier League, hosted at short notice, proved to be a massive successive with jam-packed crowds throughout despite the 59-match schedule. Combining show business and cricket, with many of the owners having links to Bollywood, it was cricket with a funky twist and South African cricket lovers lapped it up. CyclingIt was a good year for South African cyclists and cycling events. CricketSouth Africa could make a strong claim as having been the focus of world cricket in 2009. The country hosted the ICC Champions Trophy, the Indian Premier League, and series featuring the Proteas against Australia at the start of the year and England at the end of the year. AthleticsSouth Africa produced two gold medallists at the World Championships in Berlin, with Caster Semenya and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi winning the women’s and men’s 800 metres respectively. Jordy Smith tasted victory at the end of March in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Marrawah, Tasmania. He finished 2009 in 11th place on the elite ASP World Tour. Greg Emslie placed 31st and David Weare 43rd. In the must-win situation of the playoffs, the Bulls produced their best rugby to capture the Super 14 title for the second time. They beat the Crusaders 36-23 in the semi-finals, behind four drop goals by Morne Steyn, and followed that up with a sublime performance against the Chiefs in the final. At the end of the year, losses to France and Ireland, either side of a win over Italy, by a tired-looking team took some gloss off of the Springboks’ achievements, but the fact that they had won the two toughest challenges outside of the World Cup in the same year ensured they were named the IRB Team of the Year. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa’s swimmer of the year, proved himself to be the fastest breaststroke swimmer in the world. In August, at the World Championships in Rome, he finished third in the 100 metres, but followed that up with victory in the 50 metres in a world record-setting time of 26.67 seconds. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material New Zealand had three teams in the top four, with the Crusaders, who would be the Bulls’ opponents in the semi-finals, finishing in fourth place, ahead of the Waratahs on points’ difference. The Sharks finished in sixth. SpringboksThe Springboks were crowned the IRB Team of the Year in 2009 despite a remarkably difficult season, which was possibly the toughest in their history: three matches against the British and Irish Lions, three matches against New Zealand, three matches against Australia, and end-of-year tour outings against France, Italy, and Ireland. SevensSouth Africa captured the IRB World Sevens Series overall title for the first time in the 2008/09 season. Michelle Eray, who won all eight races she entered in the World Series, went unbeaten and was named the Paddler of the Year. While not as well supported as the MTB World Cup, the BMX World Cup went off smoothly, but the stakes will be much higher in 2010 and the crowds, no doubt, far larger when Pietermaritzburg hosts the World Championships. TennisSouth Africa’s tennis team enjoyed a good run in the Davis Cup. After 5-0 whitewashes of Belarus and Macedonia, they had won 10 ties in succession, which set them up for a shot at playing in the prestigious World Group in 2010, if they could beat India in a promotion/relegation tie. Other South African winners during the course of the World Cup included George du Rand, Darian Townsend, and Kathryn Meaklim, who all set world records, as well as Gerhard Zandberg and Chad le Clos. It was an up-and-down year for the national team, which completed a South African record run of five successive wins in January, but then went on to lose eight of nine games later in the year, which cost coach Joel Santana his job. That led to the return of the Brazilian’s predecessor Carlos Alberto Parreira. Super 14A late season collapse by the Sharks saw South Africa miss out on having two teams in the Super 14 semi-finals. The Bulls finished strongly, however, to take top spot on the table, just ahead of the Chiefs and the Hurricanes. Later in the year, he finished as the overall winner of the Fina World Cup for the second year in succession. During the course of the five-stop series, he set world short course records in the 50 metres in 25.25 seconds, and the 100 metres in 55.61. He received the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave award for a ride on a wave measured at 20 metres (61-feet) at Tafelberg Reef near Hout Bay in Cape Town in August 2008. In addition, he collected the Surfline Best Overall Performance award for his dedication in pursuing huge surf and competing in big wave events all over the world. Jonathan Kaplan made history in March when he became the first man to referee 50 test matches. The women’s victory went to Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova, who romped to an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Eva Hrdinova of the Czech Republic in the final to claim the first title of her career. SwimmingSouth African swimmers excelled in 2009 after failing to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The final outcome of the event was very surprising as the Deccan Chargers, last in 2008, claimed the title after a six-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. He had missed four cuts in succession, when he entered September’s Mercedes-Benz Championships at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. After a back-and-forth final round, during which the lead changed hands numerous times, Kingston and Anders Hansen (who would go on to top the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit) met in a playoff. Kingston clinched the title on the first extra hole and bolstered his bank balance by about R3.5-million. South African rugby teams finished the year as holders of the World Cup title, the Tri-Nations title, the Super 14 crown, and the IRB Sevens World Series title. That makes rugby the place to begin a look-back on the year that was… In the new Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic, McGregor and Eray added further victories to their impressive list of successes. In late September, South Africa played host to the biggest ICC event of the year, the Champions Trophy. It didn’t go well for the Proteas, who entered the event ranked number one in the world in the 50 overs a side game, but for Australia, whitewashed by England in England just before the Champions Trophy, it was a chance at redemption that they seized with both hands as they claimed the honours. After falling behind 7-0 early on, the Bulls swamped the New Zealanders, running in eight tries to two, as they won by a record margin for the final of 61-17. Umpire Rudi Koertzen became the first man in history to stand in 200 one-day internationals, and only the second man to take charge of 100 tests and 100 ODIs. Soweto hosted two events, the Soweto Men’s Open and the Soweto Women’s Open, and there was another French win in the men’s event with veteran Fabrice Santoro beating South Africa’s Rik de Voest 7-5, 6-4 in the title-decider. SurfingSouth African big wave charger Grant “Twiggy” Baker was recognised at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the sport – with victories in two major categories. James Kingston, the winner of the South African Open in 2008, an event co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour and Sunshine Tour, claimed his first European Tour win on European soil. FootballPride of place on the South African football front in 2009 went to the Fifa Confederations Cup. The precursor to the 2010 World Cup went off without a hitch in June and the national team, Bafana Bafana, rose to the occasion by reaching the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Brazil through an 88th minute goal. Later, in the playoffs for third and fourth, South Africa went down 3-2 to Spain in a extra time thriller. The series against Australia was round two of an away and home face-off. After winning Down Under for the first time, and handing the Aussies their first series loss on home soil in 16 years, the tables were turned in South Africa, with Australia winning the series 2-1 for a 3-3 share of the spoils. There was some consolation for the Proteas in the final test; they thrashed the visitors by an innings and 20 runs to hand Australia its first innings defeat since 1998.center_img Earlier in the year, Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock became the first South Africans to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. For the first time ever, two South African women qualified for the World Tour; following the 2009 Dream Tour, Rosanne Hodge and Nikita Robb secured their places on the 2010 Tour. Hodge was the star of South Africa’s team at the World Surfing Games, winning a silver medal as SA placed fifth overall. Moroka Swallows, without silverware since their win in the Absa Cup in 2004, won the same title, now named the Nedbank Cup, in 2009. Lamontville Golden Arrows, who first entered the PSL in the 2000/01 season, won the first title in the club’s history when they captured the MTN 8 with a stunning 6-0 demolition of Ajax Cape Town in the final. Chad Ho became the first South African to win an open water medal at the World Championships when he placed third in the five-kilometres. GolfRetief Goosen, after a gradual slide down the Official World Golf Rankings, found his game again in 2009, winning two titles, one in the USA and one in South Africa. Greg Minnaar was runner-up in the downhill at the World Championships, second by only five-hundredths of a second to his team-mate and friend Steve Peat. Apart from in Pietermaritzburg, Minnaar also won World Cup events in Fort William, Scotland and Bromont, Canada. He finished second in the overall standings. In the Tri-Nations, South Africa won five of their six matches. They beat New Zealand three times in succession for the first time since 1949 – 28-19, 31-19, and 32-29 – and defeated Australia 29-17 and 32-25, before losing 6-21 in Brisbane. The South African Tennis Open continued its revival when it drew a strong field to the 2009 event, which took place at Montecasino in Johannesburg. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the title with a 6-4, 7-6 win over his fellow countryman Jeremy Chardy. Surf skiingSouth African surf skiers excelled on the world stage in 2009. Hank McGregor powered to victory in the Molokai Challenge, the unofficial world championship of surf skiing, to become the fourth South African winner of the famous race after Oscar Chalupsky, Herman Chalupsky, and Clint Pretorius. Although Australian Tim Jacobs won the Dubai Shamaal, the world’s richest surf ski race, South Africans filled 10 of the top 20 places to underline the country’s strength in the sport. They led the standings from the start to the finish of the season after a strong start to it, which included a victory in Dubai followed by a first ever title on home soil in George. Those titles proved to be the springboard to the overall crown. There was good news for the sport in October when the International Olympic Committee announced that Sevens and golf would be part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; South Africa is strong in both sports. For Burry Stander, it was a year to remember. After finishing third in the cross-country in Pietermaritzburg, he successfully defended his under-23 World Championship title in Canberra in early September. A week later, he scored the first World Cup win of his career in Champery, Switzerland. On the road, South Africa dominated the African Championships in Namibia, Daryl Impey earned a prestigious invite to join Lance Armstrong’s newly-formed Team Radioshack for 2010, while the country’s juniors enjoyed international success in Europe in a manner never before achieved by South African cyclists. The MTB World Cup especially proved to be a huge success, both from the point of view of spectator support and from the point of view of results for South African competitors. Three-time overall World Cup champion Greg Minnaar, competing in his home town, thrilled the big crowds by taking a spectacular victory in the downhill. Burry Stander scored what was at that time a career-best third place in the cross-country. Terence Parkin, the winner of a silver medal in the 2000 Olympic Games, dominated the Deaflympics, winning seven gold medals in Taipei to take his career total to an astounding 29 in four Deaflympics. It was not to be, however, as the Indians won 4-1 in Johannesburg, but the defeat should not detract from the long run of success enjoyed by South Africa in the competition. BoxingBrian Mitchell, who lost only one bout in his 49-fight boxing career, defended his WBA junior-lightweight title a world record 12 times between 1986 and 1991 when he retired. His excellence was recognised by the International Boxing Hall of Fame when he was inducted into it in June 2009. At the Global Games, which drew intellectually-impaired athletes from over 40 countries, South Africa finished third on the athletics medal table, picking up three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Khanti Mncedi was the most successful of South Africa’s athletes, with an individual haul of two gold medals and one silver medal. Pietermaritzburg was the place to be for events, with the city hosting the UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) World Cup in April and the UCI BMX World Cup in August. The two biggest challenges were the series against the British and Irish Lions, who had beaten the Springboks 12 years previously in 1997, and the Tri-Nations, which featured the teams holding down the top three places in the International Rugby Board rankings. South Africa won both. At home, SA paddlers dominated the Durban Surf Ski World Cup. Clint Pretorius won the men’s race as South Africans claimed the top five places. Michele Eray led the women home as South Africa again supplied the top five finishers. Fourie du Preez and Francois Steyn earned nominations as the IRB International Player of the Year. Later in the season, SA successfully defended the Adelaide Sevens title. They also finished runners-up at the Hong Kong Sevens and the Edinburgh Sevens. South Africa picked up a third medal at the World Championships when Candice Neethling claimed third place in the junior cross country. There was further good news for golf in general when it was announced that the sport would be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Considering the country’s fine pedigree in the golf, it is good news for South Africa’s Olympic medal prospects. He captured the Transitions Championship for his first win on the PGA Tour since 2005. He also took the honours in the Africa Open in East London. And speaking of the Africa Open, it has become the latest South African event to be included on the PGA European Tour; the first co-sanctioned tournament takes place in early January 2010. Without the advantage of facing a second tier nation before taking on the Lions, it was a difficult start to the international season, but the Boks scored 26-21 and 28-25 victories in the first two tests to ensure a series victory. A decision to make 10 changes to the Springbok line-up for the third test, with the series already won, backfired badly as the Lions romped to a 28-9 victory. It was an excellent event for South Africans. De Villiers’ Volkswagen Touareg was first across the finishing line, with the second placed Tourareg including SA navigator Ralph Pithcford. Two Nissan Navara pick-ups, purpose built by Nissan Motorsport in South Africa for the rally, finished in fourth and fifth. Dakar RallyGiniel de Villiers, together with his German navigator, won the Dakar Rally – raced in Argentina and Chile!!- in January. Wheelchair racingWheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk continued his remarkable record in the Boston Marathon when he won the world famous event, which attracts the world’s leading wheelchair athletes, for the eighth time in nine years. The Boston Herald headlined its story on the South African star, “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He shares the record for most wins with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll, but will go for a ninth victory in 2010. Roland Schoeman finished second to Van der Burgh in the World Cup overall standings and also swam the 50 metres freestyle faster than any man in history at the South African Short Course Championships in Pietermariztburg, clocking an astounding time of 20.30 seconds. SuperSport United showed their first PSL title, won in the 2007/08 season, was no fluke as they repeated as league champions. It was tight, however. They won their first title by only two points, but the second one was even tighter with United edging out Orlando Pirates on goal difference after both team finished with 55 points.last_img read more

South Africa regains UN Security Council seat

first_imgMinister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says South Africa is humbled by the overwhelming support it received at the UN General Assembly elections in New York. (Image: Nicky Rehbock) The UN Security Council is set up to function continuously, and a representative of each of the 15 member states must be present at the UN headquarters at all times. There are five permanent seats and 10 non-permanent positions. (Image: UN Security Council) MEDIA CONTACTS • Department of International Relations and Cooperation +27 12 351 1000 RELATED ARTICLES • SA judge UN Human Rights head • UN, AU strive for peace in Africa • UN lifetime award for Tutu • UN resolution supports SA 2010 Nicky RehbockSouth Africa has won a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC), strengthening its commitment to peaceful conflict resolution and development on the continent.This will be the second time the country will serve on the UNSC, having first gained a temporary seat in 2007/2008.The council is one of the chief bodies of the UN and is responsible for maintaining peace and security throughout the world.“We think we come back emboldened by the experience of the last term, to start where we left off, and to consolidate the gains made with all other countries inside and outside the council,” said Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.South Africa was most recently elected on 12 October 2010 at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, and will begin its two-year term on 1 January next year.The government has welcomed the appointment, saying it proves that South Africa is respected internationally.“This election indicates the UN’s confidence in South Africa as a global player and is the outcome of many years of hard work to ensure that the developing world has a strong voice in the UNSC,” government spokesperson Themba Maseko said.“South Africa is humbled, and at the same time delighted by the overwhelming support it received from the member states of the United Nations during these elections,” Nkoana-Mashabane added.During its tenure the country will continue to place emphasis on issues affecting women and children, as they are often the greatest victims of conflict, the minister said.Diplomatic campaigning pays offSince 2008 South Africa has received support for a second UNSC term from the US, the African Union, India, Russia and China.Recent state visits by President Jacob Zuma to countries elsewhere in Africa and Asia also strengthened the campaign, as did Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s working trip to the UK in September.In the last month South Africa, Swaziland and the Republic of Congo have called for a more representative UNSC, and for the continent to have a permanent presence on the council, as it was the focus of so much of the body’s work.Nkoana-Mashabane told the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate on 25 September that a transformation of the UN would not be complete until there was a “fundamental reform” of the council, which currently has 15 members. Five are permanent and 10 are non-permanent.The UNSC must be “truly representative of the membership and effectively responsive to international crises …” she said.During the same sitting, Swaziland’s King Mswati III said his nation backed the call for such reform.This is reflected in the 2005 Ezulwini Consensus, developed in the Swazi town of the same name, which states that Africa should be given two permanent and five non-permanent seats on an expanded council.Although negotiations on this matter have lasted for nearly 20 years, the king said he hoped they could be concluded in the next year.Basile Ikouebe, the foreign minister of the Republic of Congo, said the make-up and working methods council should be changed to ensure it becomes more effective.Convincing win for SAPermanent seats on the council – occupied by France, the UK, US, China and Russia – were given to the victorious powers of the Second World War following the UN’s founding in 1946. These representatives have the right to veto any council resolution.Other non-permanent members chosen in October this year were Colombia, Germany, India and Portugal. The five nations will replace Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, whose two-year terms come to an end on 31 December.For a spot on the council, candidate countries need to win a two-thirds majority in the 192-member UN assembly vote. Seats are allocated according to geographical groupings, which include Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; Asia; Eastern Europe; Western Europe and others; and the Arab bloc.Results for Colombia, India and South Africa were unopposed, with the countries receiving 186 votes, 187 votes and 182 votes respectively in the first round of balloting. South Africa’s result this time around was four votes less than what it achieved for the 2007/2008 term.Germany, Portugal and Canada vied for the two non-permanent seats representing the Western European and others category. Germany won a position during the first round with 128 votes, but there was no definitive result for Canada and Portugal, necessitating a second round of voting. Canada later withdrew, and Portugal got the remaining seat.As temporary council members, Colombia, India, South Africa, Germany and Portugal will join Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria, whose terms end on 31 December 2011.Seeking peaceful resolutionsThe UNSC structure and mandate is outlined in the UN Charter, a multilateral treaty that distributes responsibilities among the various UN bodies.The council is set up to function continuously, and a representative of each of the 15 member states must be present at the UN headquarters at all times. This requirement came out of an identified weakness of the League of Nations, which preceded the UN, as the former was often slow to respond to a crisis.When a threat to peace is brought before the council, it first tries to get the parties involved to reach an amicable agreement.If a dispute leads to fighting, the UNSC attempts to resolve it as soon as possible, which may include issuing a ceasefire to prevent further hostility. If required, UN peace-keeping forces are deployed to keep opposing factions apart and restore a sense of calm.The council can also enforce trade embargoes or issue a call for collective military action.last_img read more

Single voice will build a nation brand

first_img“Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity,” Sithembile Ntombela, BSA general manager of marketing, at the organisation’s stakeholder workshop.Johannesburg, Thursday 2 June 2016 – Stakeholders agree that a nation and its representatives need to all convey the same message to build the brand. For South Africa, people need to overcome the disconnect between the image they have of themselves and the way the rest of the world sees the country.It was easier to remind visitors, and South Africans, of our uniqueness if we had one voice, said Thabo Masebe, who delivered the keynote address at the first of a series of workshops on nation branding held by Brand South Africa.Communication specialists from national, provincial and municipal government as well as representatives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom convened to listen to presentations on branding, and more specifically nation branding, at the organisation’s head offices on 31 May.The departments and SOEs had to be united behind a single purpose, pointed out Masebe, who is the deputy director-general of Gauteng Provincial Communication Services.“There are events, like 2010 [the FIFA World Cup], that leave a mark. The question we need to answer is: how do we host the world in a way that lets them know that South Africa is the place to be.”A strong brand was built not just on a strong identity consistently communicated, but on being brave enough to embrace all that the brand represented, said Greg Maloka, the managing director of radio station Khaya FM. This honest approach, in nation branding, was the equivalent of the emotional attachment people developed towards commercial brands.“A nation is people with different experiences. What is it that appeals to us all on an emotional level? Is our diversity a strength or a weakness? Do we have a shared vision? How do we draw people in to share our diversity? If we all co-create this identity, then South Africans own the brand and are invested in its growth.”Dr Petrus de Kock spoke of the need for a single message to be delivered with one voice. Too many voices led to confusion, explained De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research. As an example, he pointed to the difference in perception foreigners had of South Africa versus the way we imagined the country to be.“Globally, audiences perceive us more positively than we do. Our open democratic system and strong institutions are important to investors and we remain the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Africa. Importantly, for the way we are perceived in Africa, we are the second largest source of investment in Africa,” he said.“For business, South Africa is the place to be if you want to do business in Africa. We are not doing ourselves any favours if we ignore the challenge of how we perceive ourselves.”Masebe said this was the result of people’s perceptions and as communicators it was the responsibility of the assembly to work to change that. “South Africans are positive about the country but they believe that the government has removed themselves from the people. We are the ones who need to change that (perception).”Brand South Africa was the organisation to do just that, added Sithembile Ntombela, the general manager of marketing. “Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity.”Its approach – to be both proactive and reactive – was the best way for a country brand to communicate its uniqueness successfully. Like great commercial brands, South Africa’s message should be focused, distinct, relevant and consistent. With Brand South Africa as the lead, South Africa’s message – its unique promise as a nation and destination – would be clearly heard.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch launched in India for Rs 12,999, will be available on March 7

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India. Alongside the two phones, the company also launched a new Mi TV called the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch for Rs 12,999. This is the third Mi TV that Xiaomi has launched in India this year.In January Xiaomi launched 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro and 43-inch Mi TV 4 Pro. The 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro sells for Rs 39,999, while the 43-inch Mi TV 4 Pro comes for Rs 22,999. The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch will go on sale in India for the first time at 12 noon on March 7 across Flipkart, and Mi Home.The new Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch comes packed with Ultra-bright HD Ready Display and 20W speaker. The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch like all other Mi TVs comes with PatchWall and Android TV support. The new Mi TV also comes with 7 lakh plus content, Chromecast inbuilt, and support for YouTube and Google Assistant like all other Mi TVs. The new Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch is powered by the latest Amlogic 64-bit processor with 7th generation imaging engine and runs Android TV 8.1. Like all the previous Mi TVs the new Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch also comes with Bluetooth remote.Xiaomi India has also launched Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Basic for a price tag of Rs 1,499. The Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Basic comes with a secure-fit design, and offers IPX4 splash & sweat proof, nine hours long battery life, dynamic bass, among others. The Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones Basic also works with Google Assistant. The earphones are available for pre-orders starting today on Redmi Note 7 comes in three variants in India including 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 9,999, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 11,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also comes in three variants including 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 13,999, and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available in India starting March 13 while the Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in India for the first time on March 6.ALSO READ | Xiaomi 55-inch Mi TV 4: Should you buy it?ALSO READ | Xiaomi 55-inch Mi TV 4: 4 key things to know before you buyALSO READ | Xiaomi 55-inch Mi TV 4 review: It’s an offer you can’t refuselast_img read more

10 months agoFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madrid

first_imgFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilipe Luis will make this his final season as an Atletico Madrid player.Off contract in June, the Brazil fullback will be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign, says Marca.Luis was blocked from moving to PSG last summer by Atletico management and the relationship hasn’t been the same since.The defender will now be allowed to leave next summer after finding himself on the outer of coach Diego Simeone’s plans.A move to Italy has been mooted for Luis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Draymond Green Says If He Could Hit Someone With A Snowball, It’d Be A Michigan Fan

first_imgDraymond Green being interviewed.draymond green snowball michigan fanThursday, Nike released a new two-minute commercial dedicated to “Snow Days” which features over a dozen of the brand’s professional athletes lining up against each other on the football field. One of those athletes is former Michigan State star Draymond Green, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.Nike also released a “Behind The Scenes” look at the commercial, and asked a few of the athletes who they’d hit with a snowball, given the chance. Green’s answer? A University of Michigan fan. Check it out:This isn’t the first time Green has expressed his dislike for the Wolverines. If you’re interested, here’s the actual commercial – it’s actually very cool.last_img

Bulls eye on US Permian Basin as oil prices rise

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation’s richest and most prolific oil and natural gas regions.Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessment Thursday that shows portions of the Permian Basin could hold even more promise.With the potential to double the nation’s onshore oil and gas resources, the agency estimates more than 46 billion barrels of oil and some 280 trillion cubic feet of gas are within two formations on the southwestern side of the basin. That’s the largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.While agency geologists caution that more study would be needed to determine the profitability of going after the resources, industry groups and top officials within the Trump administration are encouraged and say the assessment underscores the activity that’s already happening in the basin.“Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.”The announcement comes as OPEC countries voted Friday to cut oil production beginning next year as a way to force crude oil prices higher despite political pressure from President Donald Trump. The group of oil-producing nations was looking to rein in supply as prices had fallen about 25 per cent because major producers, including the U.S., have been pumping at high rates.Producers throughout the Permian were closely watching Friday’s developments and there were no indications of things slowing down in the oilfields.Stephen Robertson, executive vice-president of the Texas-based Permian Basin Petroleum Association, said the signs for the basin’s potential have been there for a long time.“The fact is that Reeves County, which in the heart of that play, is running more rigs than any other county in the nation and has been doing that for quite a while,” he said. “The people out here know that it’s there and it really is that improvement of the technologies and the increased efficiencies allowing people the ability to actually be able to access it and produce it.”Still, a main factor is price.“If the price drops to a point where it’s not economical, then it doesn’t matter if it’s there. It’s not going to be produced,” Robertson said.New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin has helped to drive production in the state to record levels in 2017. This year is expected to be another banner year as industry officials say the state is on pace to surpass 200 million barrels.The flurry of activity in southeastern New Mexico has put pressure on everything from housing and schools to highway infrastructure. Concerns also have been raised by state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn about the environmental impacts as state and federal regulators have had a difficult time keeping up with the pace of development across the region.Dale Janway, mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city of Carlsbad, told The Associated Press that with the news of more resources in the Permian comes greater responsibility.“We know that we need to redouble our efforts to improve and develop infrastructure in the area and to work closely with the county, state and our business partners to best prepare for the future. We’re in it for the long haul,” he said.The boom also has resulted in a significant budget surplus that will give incoming Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrat-led Legislature more options as they hash out spending priorities for everything from education and public safety to infrastructure.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Starbucks to expand delivery in US China

first_imgNEW YORK — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China.The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with UberEats. It isn’t yet saying which stores will offer it.In China, delivery will be offered from 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of this year, up from 150 stores at the end of September. Starbucks is partnering with delivery service in that country.Starbucks made the comments at an investor presentation Thursday in New York.Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says Starbucks has learned a lot about delivery since launching it in China in September. The company has special spill-proof cups, for example, and is making beverages hotter so they will be the right temperature to drink when they arrive.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Presslast_img read more