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Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket

first_imgView comments Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Despite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

James returns, Cavaliers debut new starting lineup

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe King has returned.LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday after missing Cleveland’s first three games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 17 points, but also had eight turnovers in the 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PISTONS: Langston Galloway scored 16 off the bench and Andre Drummond finished with 14 points and 11 points. Detroit’s starters shot just 13 for 39 (33.3 percent) from the floor.RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Serge Ibaka added 14 and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 13.PACERS 108, MACCABI HAIFA 89Newly acquired Victor Oladipo did a little bit of everything for the Pacers as he scored 18, grabbed five rebounds, handed out four assists and had five steals.Former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith scored 16 and pulled down seven rebounds in the loss.HAIFA: The NBA exhibition tour continued for Maccabi. Angel Rodriguez scored 15 and Oz Blayzer and Samardo Samuels added 14 apiece. Haifa actually outscored the Pacers 56-47 in the second and third quarters combined.PACERS: Darren Collison scored 15 as Indiana navigates a world without Paul George. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 and Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis each scored 12 in the win.UP NEXT: The Pacers (3-1) open the regular season by hosting the Nets on Oct. 18. Maccabi Haifa (0-2) travels to face the Trail Blazers on Friday. It was the first chance for James to play with close friend and former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as the Cavaliers showed off their new starting lineup. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue brought out his new starting group for the first time now that James is back. He was joined by Wade, Kevin Love and newcomers Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder. Lue announced the lineup, which includes three former MVPs on Monday. James and Rose have won regular-season MVPs and Wade was the 2006 Finals MVP.Rose finished with 13 points and Iman Shumpert added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Tonight, I was off. I could feel it,” James said. “It’s just my first action since the Finals and my timing was a little off and turnovers, I think, just trickled down to everybody. So, I made everyone’s timing off.”The starting five was expectedly rusty with the group having spent little time together. Wade was just bought out by the Bulls on Sept. 24. Crowder and Isaiah Thomas went to Cleveland as part of the Kyrie Irving trade on Aug. 30. And Love was just recently informed that he’d be moving to center with the unit from power forward. Anthony, Jackson gone, but Knicks’ losing likely to continue Love and Wade were a combined 2 for 19 Tuesday.“I don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week,” James said. “It’s going to be for the whole season. We’re going to have changes, we’re going to make changes, we’re going to become a better team as the games go on. So, the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be.”RAPTORS 116, PISTONS 94The Raptors never trailed as newcomer CJ Miles scored 19 points off the bench, including a 5-for-8 effort from 3-point range.Ish Smith led the Pistons with a game-high 22 points off the bench as the starting five struggled.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Stop the rhetoric, lay the bill! – Dr Anthony

first_imgWorld No Tobacco Day todayBy: Devina SamarooShadow Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony is urging government to stop pussyfooting and act expeditiously to bring the draft Tobacco Control Bill to the National Assembly.Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing ‘World No Tobacco Day’ today, however the parliamentary opposition spokesperson on health believes that the country in lagging behind in its efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco smoking.In an official statement on Monday, Dr Anthony expressed that the government should stop giving lip service to the need to introduce stricter legislation to clamp down on tobacco usage.“Do tangible things to address this public health concern. We would like to know: what is government’s strategy for the prevention and reduction of tobacco smoking in Guyana? When would the draft Tobacco Bill, already drafted by the previous Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, be brought to parliament?” he stated.World No Tobacco Day 2016 is being observed under the theme: “Get ready for plain packaging”; and is aimed towards highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardised) packaging of tobacco products, a method which restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.In this regard, Dr Anthony is urging government to comply with Article II (Packaging and Labelling of Tobacco Products) and Article 13 (Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) which recommended the adoption of plain packaging of tobacco and tobacco products.The draft legislation seeks to make all enclosed spaces, public places, work place and public transportation smoke-free areas; ban tobacco promotion and sponsorship; ensure clear graphic warnings on all tobacco products with the warning picture being 50 per cent of the cigarette package; and ban selling cigarettes by and to minors.Recommendations have also been made for there to be increased taxes on the product.Statistics and dangersThe former government minister underlined that there are about 1.3 billion smokers in the world, most of them from developing countries and all of them at risk for debilitating chronic diseases.Dr Anthony emphasised that the impairment of peoples’ health by tobacco smoking is a serious public health challenge and should be comprehensively addressed.The latest disease burden report estimates that globally tobacco kills approximately 6 million people annually. The global health care costs relating to tobacco disease is expected to increase to US$200 billion per year.He noted that although several studies on tobacco use were completed in Guyana, particularly monitoring smoking by youth, very little statistics are available on the prevalence of tobacco smoking, and the health care cost has not been estimated.But the school prevalence for tobacco smoking shows increasing numbers of young people smoking, and judging by what is happening in developing countries, this burden is significant, he observed.A study conducted by the Global Youth Tobacco Survey showed that 21 per cent of students aged 13-15 smoke or had smoked in Guyana.Tobacco smoke poses significant harm to primary users and those affected by second-hand smoke.In 2012 the United States Food and Drug Administration published a list of Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents in Tobacco Products and Tobacco Smoke.This lists identified 93 chemicals, these include 82 carcinogen substances, 24 respiratory toxicants, 12 cardiovascular toxicants, 13 reproductive or development toxicants and four addictive substances.These substances when inhaled over time have been implicated in a number of diseases such as coronary heart diseases, cerebrovascular disease, aortic aneurysm, chronic airway obstruction, cancer (lung, larynx, lip, oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus, bladder and other urinary organs, kidney, pancreas, stomach, liver, colorectal, cervix, acute myeloid leukaemia), it has also been associated with sudden infant death, infant respiratory death syndrome and low birth weight at delivery.last_img read more

Joseph gets demerit point for send-off

first_imgWindies pacer Alzarri Joseph has earned International Cricket Council (ICC) sanctions for his send-off to Anamul Haque during Wednesday’s day/night One-Day International (ODI) at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.Alzarri JosephThe former Windies U-19 speedster has received an official reprimand and one demerit point after match referee Chris Broad found him guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct.Joseph was found to have violated article 2.1.7 of the code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.The Windies quick-man gestured towards the dressing room after dismissing the Bangladeshi opener in the third over of the Tigers’ chase. Following the match, Joseph admitted to the offence and accepted the sanctions imposed on him without need for a formal hearing.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. Meanwhile, Joseph’s current teammate and ex-Windies U-19 skipper Shimron Hetmyer scored a record-breaking ton to help the Caribbean side level the 3-match ODI series 1-1.last_img read more

IT’S A WRAP FOR COMEBACK CHEF CONRAD!

first_imgDonegal celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher is giving it another go – this time in Hollywood.Conrad has started an online party food business.The Letterkenny cook has tried numerous ventures since leaving Ireland a couple of years ago.And this time the former Michelin star chef has opened his own online catering company. Vanity Catering does online upmarket catering for weddings, sixteen birthday parties and all sorts of high-brow functions.And just weeks after being set up, Conrad is catering for his first Hollywood wrap party with more than 1,200 guests this weekend.The chef is running the company with wife Candice out of their offices in Newport Beach, California.He has also secured a contract for a wedding for 800 guests at Newport Beach next June. But in between the major money gigs, Conrad is happy to pay the bills.For $580 including free delivery, Conrad will provide a buffet for 20 people.  IT’S A WRAP FOR COMEBACK CHEF CONRAD! was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conrad GallagherVanity Cookinglast_img read more

WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE ACTIVE OVER 50’S SHOW AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgCOMPETITION: The active over 50’s show is expected to draw a large crowd at the two-day event on the 25th and 26th of April.With over SIXTY exhibitors attending the two-day event it promises to be a superb event.By attending you could be in with a chance of winning a FREE weekend away in a choice of 26 hotels nationwide. The event is being organised by Senior Times and for more information on the event go to www.seniortimes.ieTo be in with a chance of winning TWO FREE ADMISSIONS to the show simply like and share this post on the Mount Errigal Hotel Facebook page.WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE ACTIVE OVER 50’S SHOW AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesMount Errigal Hotelnewslast_img read more

SCULPTURE IN HONOUR OF 91 LETTERKENNY MEN KILLED IN WW1 TO BE UNVEILED

first_imgThe Letterkenny Community Heritage Group will unveil a sculpture on the Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at the Cathedral Square to the ninety one men from the Letterkenny area who were killed in WW1.Redmond Herrity who made the sculpture.The sculpture is a work of art by local man Redmond Herrity who himself has a keen interest in the subject and has volunteered his time to the project.Redmond’s Great Grandfather Barney Sweeney fought in the war. The sculpture will be unveiled by Donegal WW1 historian Paddy Harte and local man Johnny Keys from Sentry Hill who lost three Granduncles in the conflict, while a fourth brother was sent home a story similar to that of the Movie “Saving Pte Ryan” .All of the soldiers killed are interred in foreign countries and include the youngest man Albert Mills Knipe, age 17 from Main St and the oldest Jermiah McDaid 46 came from Crieve.The men are buried in France, Belgium, Turkey and what we call today the Middle East.A speech on the war and its effects locally will be delivered by former Army Commandant and military Historian Declan O’Carroll while a list of the men’s names to date will be read out by Kieran Kelly.Brian Walsh formerly of Mount Southwell Place will perform MC for the evening.L.C.H.G. would like to thank all of those who have helped and assisted in the project including the local Churches and former Town Council. The Group also extends a warm welcome to everyone from the town and its local environs and in particular relatives of all those who were involved in the war.SCULPTURE IN HONOUR OF 91 LETTERKENNY MEN KILLED IN WW1 TO BE UNVEILED was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Heritage Grouppaddy harteREdmond HerritysculptureWW1last_img read more

Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed

first_imgA Letterkenny man who stole a cash box containing €4,000 from a parked van has been jailed.Gavin Mitchell (40) with addresses at both Meadowbank, Letterkenny and College Park, Letterkenny, entered guilty pleas to stealing the cash and to burgling a local book store. The book shop burglary took place between October 29 and October 30 last year while the cash box theft occurred on June 12 this year at Glencar Shopping Centre.Garda English told the court that they received a report from a male who told them that he had gone into the shopping centre and left a passenger in the car.Mitchell had come over to speak to the passenger but had then left. When the passenger left the van to go into the shop too, the defendant had sneaked back and lifted the cash box.Garda English said the offence was captured on CCTV and when arrested, Mitchell had been co-operative.In relation to the burglary of Universal Books on Letterkenny’s Cathedral Lane, Mitchell had broken in and taken €1,000 and an electronic tablet.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the burglary had taken place “out of desperation”.“He had nowhere to live at the time and was essentially living rough. The opportunity arose and he took it,” the solicitor said.The more serious charge surfaced while Mitchell was at Glencar Shopping Centre, Mr Dorian said.“He was speaking to someone in the passenger seat, they got out to go to the shop and he took the cash box,” the solicitor said.Mr Dorrian said his client was a 40-year-old man who had battled “very strong addiction issues”.“He wants to put this behind him although he knows that the outcome of today’s proceedings are to some extent inevitable,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly enquired as to whether any of the money had been recovered. He was told that it was all gone and that the defendant had no way of getting it back.For the two crimes, Gavin Mitchell, who already had 50 previous convictions, was sent to prison for five months.Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGAVIN MITCHELLletterkennylast_img read more

Scientists Yank Obama’s Chain

first_img51; As President Obama takes office today, having said he will restore science to its rightful place, he will have the scientific community anxious to get their agenda on his table.  Nature News said, “Scientific groups are actively pushing their argument that modernizing the nation’s scientific infrastructure could help create the skilled workforce needed to address challenges such as global warming.”  His newly-chosen secretary of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, has promised to make that issue central in her tenure (see US News).  Nature also printed a commentary called, “Your inbox, Mr. President.”  In a swipe at the former administration, the subtitle read, “Rejuvenate the Environmental Protection Agency.  End the stem-cell ban.  Re-engage with the UN on climate change.  Six leading voices tell Nature what the new US president needs to do to move beyond the Bush legacy,” even though in his closing days in office Bush set aside the largest marine preserve in history.  The magazine did, however, include two issues from the Bush presidency that must continue: fighting AIDS, and preventing terrorists from building a nuclear bomb.  Nevertheless, they are clearly tantalized with the promised flow of dough from the left-leaning administration: “Science tipped to score in Obama cash stimulus,” wrote Jeff Tollefson in Nature News.  That’s what the British science journal had to say; the latest issue of the American journal Science said nothing about the new administration – yet.Keep the redcoats out of the US treasury.  Whose money do they think this is?  No taxation without representation.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Parastatal spending spree

first_img6 February 2006State-owned enterprises Eskom and Transnet are to get the lion’s share of the more than R370 billion set aside by government for infrastructure development, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said on Monday.Briefing the media in Cape Town on Government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (ASGISA), Mlambo-Ngcuka said 40 percent of the R372 billion in state investment announced by President Thabo Mbeki on Friday in his State of the Nation Address would go to public enterprises.Infrastructure upgradeEskom will be spending R84 billion, she said, mostly on energy generation, transmission and distribution. Transnet would be spending R47 billion, with R40 billion of this going to harbours, ports, railways and a petroleum pipeline.The Airports Company of South Africa will be spending R5,2 billion on airport improvement and the Dube Trade Port, while R19,7 billion will go to water infrastructure.South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup will lead to spending on the building or improving the 10 stadiums to be used, along with investment in the environment around stadia, as well as on access to these World Cup venues, the deputy president said.TelecommunicationsInformation and communications technology will also receive investment, “with a strategy to rapidly grow South Africa’s broadband network”.This will also be facilitated by the pending operationalisation of a second national telecoms operator later this year, which is part of a broader plan to reduce telephony costs more rapidly in a bid to boost the call centre sector in South Africa, which has already attracted 5 000 jobs so far.This sector has the potential, she said, to create 100 000 additional jobs, directly or indirectly, by 2009, and marketing, skills/training, telecoms costs and regulatory challenges are being addressed towards meeting this.The other immediate priority sector is tourism. “This sector . is ready for a second phase of growth that could take its contribution to GDP from about 8% to about 12%, and increase employment by up to 400 000 people by 2014,” said the deputy president.Job creationWith South Africa’s unemployment rate at 26.7 percent, the infrastructure programme also has the key focus of creating and sustaining jobs, along with a programme to address a “maintenance backlog”.One of the key problems in job creation is a skills crisis. The deputy president said today that 70 percent of South Africa’s population was under 35 years of age, and the government intended to increase access to adult education and proceed with a number of other training programmes.Skills shortageThe drive for skills is a critical priority for South Africa and a lack of these threatens to derail some of the interventions being undertaken by ASGISA, said Mlambo-Ngcuka.The “binding constraint” of a skills shortage is receiving urgent attention, said the deputy president.“For both the public infrastructure and the private investment programmes, the single greatest impediment is the shortage of skills – including professional skills such as engineers and scientists, managers and financial personnel, project managers; and skilled technical employees such as IT specialists and artisans,” said Mlambo-Ngcuka.If necessary, skilled labour will be imported from outside the country, she said, while a new initiative, the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA), that was mentioned also by Mbeki in the State of the Nation address, is to be established next month.The job of JIPSA will be “to confirm the urgently needed skills and find quick and effective solutions”.“Solutions may include special training programmes, bringing in retirees or South Africans who are working outside SA, and drawing in new immigrants when necessary.”Overarching goalMeanwhile, other binding constraints being addressed by ASGISA are the volatility and level of the currency; the cost, efficiency and capacity of national logistics system such as freight transport; barriers to entry to markets for new businesses, limits to competition and limited new investment opportunities; a loaded regulatory environment and the burden this places on small and medium-sized businesses; and deficiencies in state organisation, capacity and leadership.These are all receiving urgent attention, said the deputy president, as South Africa strives to achieve an annual growth rate averaging 4.5 percent or higher, while between 2010 and 2014 South Africa will seek a growth rate of at least six percent or higher.An overarching goal through achieving a six percent growth rate is to meet the Millennium Development Goals of halving extreme poverty and unemployment by 2015.The target for government is to get unemployment to below 15 percent, said Mlambo-Ngcuka.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more