SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone is suing an assessment board that gave the 49ers a multimillion-dollar property tax break he says shortchanged local governments and school districts.Stone filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the assessment appeals board’s decision to slash the 49ers’ annual property tax bill for Levi’s Stadium by $6 million and give the football team an immediate refund of $36 million — retroactive to August 2014 — from the Santa Clara Unified School District, …
8 December 2003Despite the stagnation of global markets, total investment in South Africa grew by more than 8% in the first half of this year, continuing the momentum achieved in the latter half of 2002, which saw an increase of 9%.Private investment expanded by 7% in the same period, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told an investment forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Johannesburg last month.With net private capital flows expected to top the US$110-billion mark this year – the highest level since the mid-1990s – South Africa is “well-placed to capture a substantial share of this to channel into economic growth and development”, Manuel said.And together with more impressive numbers like the 15 quarters of uninterrupted growth in investment spending and 18 quarters of uninterrupted growth in gross domestic product (GDP), the picture gets even rosier.South Africans have also been able to diversify their savings and earnings, said Manuel, which has helped spur investment in the domestic economy.However, Manuel said South Africa still had a number of challenges to overcome to increase the pace of investment, adding that the rate of investment had to rise from the current levels of around 16% of GDP in order for the country to experience more rapid growth, development and poverty reduction.“Sustained growth, job creation and poverty alleviation demands that we invest more”, he said. “Investment in our people, our infrastructure and our private sector to achieve more rapid growth and rising incomes lies at the heart of our policies.”Increased levels of investment could be achieved by dipping into the global savings pool, he said, while a favourable credit rating meant that South Africa could attract foreign savings to meet its investment requirements.“But we also know that the vast majority of our savings for investment must come from our own citizens and corporations.”Manuel said the recently announced financial sector charter, which will see more people having access to financial services, would contribute to greater saving. “Bringing more saving into the formal financial markets, in turn, will increase the pool for allocation to productive investments, greater employment and growth.”He said his medium-term budget policy statement, unveiled in October, set out an agenda for fostering high levels of investment, faster growth and lower unemployment.In the spirit of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), South Africa’s role in fostering economic development beyond its borders to the rest of the continent was highlighted. But, said Manuel, “sustainable development in Africa is only possible if domestic resources, foreign aid, trade and investment are used efficiently and investment is realised.”Manuel suggested that African governments should put in place enterprise development policies which would help the continent’s private sector to develop and stimulate growth, thereby luring foreign investment.An abundance of natural resources, large labour supplies, and huge potential markets put the developing countries of Africa in a strong position to attract higher levels of investment, he said.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Spanning the globe, the international organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Doctors Without Borders in English – helps those affected by natural disasters or caught in conflict zones. We profile South Africans working in this organisation, elevating the country’s reputation through the work they do.Claire Waterhouse has been an MSF fieldworker since 2012. She works during the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa in 2015. (Image: Supplied)Compiled by Priya PitamberIn 1971, 13 doctors and journalists in France joined forces to form Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders.Its aim, reads the MSF website, was to “establish an independent organisation that focuses on delivering emergency medical aid quickly, effectively and impartially while also speaking out about what they witnessed”.On its founding, it comprised 300 volunteers ranging from nurses to doctors and other staff to help people in distress, both natural and man-made and those caught in the middle of armed conflict.Watch:“MSF remains fiercely independent of both governments and institutions,” reads the website. “MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.”Today, the MSF has offices in 28 countries, including South Africa. And South Africans in the organisation help raise the country’s profile through the work they do. We talk to four such MSF staff.Claire Waterhouse joined the MSF as a field worker in 2012.Stefan Kruger, a doctor with the MSF, is proud to contribute as a South African to the international community during times of need. (Image: Supplied)Stefan Kruger, 33, is a Cape Town doctor. He has sporadically worked for the MSF since 2012.Anna Cilliers is a professional nurse with the MSF. She travels to South Sudan in June 2013 for a vaccination campaign to reduce the spread of seasonal meningitis. (Image: Supplied)Anna Cilliers, 47, is a nurse and has been with the MSF since 2012. She is responsible for co-ordinating medical activities at project/field level.Midwife Jeanne Rene (Zani) Prinsloo has been with Doctors Without Borders since 2012. She’s travelled to Pakistan, the Philippines, Afghanistan, South Sudan and other countries putting her skills use. (Image: Supplied)Jeanne Rene (Zani) Prinsloo, originally from the Eastern Cape but now living in Johannesburg, is a social worker and a midwife. She has been with the MSF since 2012.Brand South Africa: How did you get into this role?Claire Waterhouse: I had moved back to South Africa from Hong Kong and was looking for a job. MSF caught my eye and luckily, I caught theirs too. They offered me a mission in the Central African Republic for six months and the rest is history.Stefan Kruger: I always had the idea of spending at least a part of my career doing humanitarian work. When the timing was right I followed the normal recruitment process of MSF South Africa.Anna Cilliers: As a young and inexperienced nurse, I was introduced to the work of MSF during the 1980s when I read The Dressing Station by Jonathan Kaplan, where he also writes about his work experiences with MSF in conflict zones. I knew then that I would like to join MSF in the future.I qualified and worked as an intensive care nurse and in 2003 joined international medical humanitarian organisations to work in Iraq and Liberia.In 2007, I returned to South Africa and worked for a few years in Johannesburg with community-based organisations. In 2012, I applied at MSF. My work and life experiences prior to that definitely prepared me for my work with MSF. My first project in June 2013 was as a nurse in South Sudan where we did a vaccination campaign to reduce the spread of seasonal meningitis.Jeanne Rene (Zani) Prinsloo: Two quotes inspired me a great deal:“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhiand“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammed AliMy skills, strong sense of humanity and willingness to positively contribute to improving other people’s lives were the motivating factors for me to join MSF.Here I am four years later, still at MSF and I am happy to have made this decision. I also love travelling, so by joining MSF, I am also [able] do that.BSA: How does your work help elevate South Africa’s national profile?CW: There are not that many South Africans in the field, so I hope that when we are seen in the field, it helps to elevate the country’s profile by showing that there are South Africans out there working hard all over the world to make a difference and provide emergency medical care to those who need it most.SK: MSF is a truly multinational organisation and it is part of an international community that cares about some of the greatest tragedies of our time. I love the fact that I get to be a part of it,
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Indian ace P V Sindhu said she is confident of striking gold at the World championship in August after settling for the silver medal twice in the last two editions.”Yes, last two times it was silver in the World championship. I am hopeful of winning the gold this time,” Sindhu, who finished runner-up in the last two editions of the world championship, said.”It is one of the biggest tournaments and nobody is going to give it away easily. It is just about giving my best. Everybody is aiming for Tokyo 2020 and there are many good players and its not going to be easy.Sindhu on All England Badminton Championships The next big event for Sindhu will be the All England Championship, a tournament last won by her mentor and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand in 2001.It would be a great chance for Sindhu to end India’s 18-year jinx at the tournament, considering three-time World Champion Carolina Marin is not playing due to the knee injury sustained during the Indonesia Masters final last month.”Even though Carolina is not playing, it is not going to be easy. There are very good players from China, Japan, Thailand. The top-15 ranked players are on the same level,” Sindhu said.”Sometimes you might play brilliantly, give more than 100 percent, but might make few unforced errors. Sometimes your mind might not work, the strategy might not work,” she added.Sindhu, who was here to launch Mission Sports, an organisation committed to providing high-quality sports, said her focus is to remain physically fit.advertisement”It depends whether you are able to give your 100 percent or not. For me, every tournament is to give it my all and it’s important to stay focused and remain physically fit,” she said.”It is not about just participating and coming back. It is about discussing the situation with the coach and picking the tournaments and choosing which ones to play and which ones to skip,” she added.Sindhu talks up Senior National ChampionshipSindhu, who will play in the Senior National Championship in Guwahati said the event would bring to the fore the country’s badminton standard.”I think we get to see a lot of young players and previously I have seen that there are many youngsters who have good skills,” she said.”It will be a good opportunity for them to play against us and us getting to see them. I think the Nationals will help us to see the standard of badminton in India,” she added.Also Read | Step by step: Carolina Marin starts recovery after knee surgeryAlso Read | All England 2019: Gopichand banks on Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth to end title droughtAlso Read | Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina NehwalAlso See:
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Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers Etan Thomas features Facebook Read more Pinterest How the NBA’s rift with China laid bare the cost of free speech Read more The Clippers now have a proven winner in Kawhi Leonard to go alongside the formidable Paul George. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/AP Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Which team had the best off-season? Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook LA Clippers 4-2 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks were the best team in the East last season but they lost to Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the Conference finals. Leonard’s in the West now, which means their biggest challengers in the East are an oddly-constructed Philadelphia 76ers team and whatever the post-Kyrie Boston Celtics end up being. The bad news? They may end up facing Leonard again eventually. The Clippers will have a tougher road to the finals, but if they make it they will have a clear advantage over whoever comes out of the East. HFPhiladelphia 76ers 4-3 LA Clippers. The superteam era may be over but Philadelphia may have the closest thing resembling one. The Sixers lost Jimmy Butler in free agency but added Josh Richardson and the still-underrated Al Horford to a lineup that includes Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. This is a team that’s built their identity around size, versatility and defense and one of the few outfits equipped to counter the Clippers’ two superstar wings. One year after pushing Kawhi and the Raptors to the limit in a seven-game Eastern Conference semi-final thriller, look for Philadelphia to go further and capture their first NBA title since 1983. BAGLA Clippers 4-2 Milwaukee Bucks. With the Warriors’ dominance drawing to a close, this season feels like one of the hardest to predict. The star power is heavy across the league but so are the issues. The Clippers, Warriors and Nets have injury issues, the Lakers and Bucks have short rotations and the 76ers and Nuggets are still green. Equipped with the best stars and the strongest supporting cast, the Clippers are essentially my pick by default. DPLA Clippers 4-3 Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard and George are going to be an incredible duo, and they’re going to be hungry. Coached by Doc Rivers, this team is going to go far. As for the 76ers, it’s quite tough to bet against a team that added Horford to a roster with Simmons and Embiid. It will be an exciting series, with the Clippers coming out on top. MR Zion Williamson has this one locked up if – and it turns out this could be a big if – he’s healthy and doesn’t miss more time once he’s back from the knee surgery that has ruled him out for the start of the season. Expect the New Orleans Pelicans to be extremely cautious with the Future of the Franchise, but here’s hoping that we aren’t denied what could be a rookie season of the ages. HFZion Williamson’s bully ball won’t immediately translate to the NBA, so I expect the No 1 pick to endure some growing pains as a rookie. He’s also surrounded by an intriguing mix of young and veteran talent, which could make it difficult for him to stand out even if he plays 30 minutes a night. Instead look to Ja Morant, who put up PlayStation-like numbers at Murray State and will get plenty of opportunity running the point for the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies. BAGZion Williamson. A rare lock in a season that is otherwise impossible to predict. Williamson’s game is built for New Orleans, a team full of young guards who are sure to get up and down the floor. If preseason and Summer
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stayby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Lindelof has urged Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba to stay at the club.Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in January.”So, he has a contract with the club and is a very important player for us,” he said.”I am very happy to have him as a teammate.”Not only because he is a good person but also because he is a good footballer.”We have a very good relationship, a nice and kind guy who is very fun to hang out with.”There is nothing more to it. We live very close to each other too, so that makes things easier.”