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PVL: Cignal tallies 2nd straight win at expense of Smart

first_imgMOST READ Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat had their will against the Giga Spikers, putting up 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the HD Spikers to a 2-0 record in Group B.Despite handling the Giga Spikers easily in the first set, the HD Spikers were rattled in the second set allowing Smart-Army to force an extension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd that is a source of confernce Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga who reminded his players to get their composure back and finish the match in the third set.“That’s been our problem once the morale of the team goes down, you have to compose them right back up,” said Barroga in Filipino. “You have to remind them of their responsibility.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Koreas to field joint teams at Asian Games Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cignal started to build momentum for its title defense after taking its second straight win at the expense of Smart-Army, 25-10, 26-24, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Thursday at Strike Gym in Bacoor.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Daquis was the first one to dictate the tempo in the third set with two straight service aces for the 16-5 lead.Although the Giga Spikers cut the deficit to four, 22-18, the HD Spikers were able to finish off the match after scoring three straight points.Nerissa Bautista and Dimdim Pacres had six points apiece to lead the 1-1 Giga Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Gov’t Needs US$135m to Tackle Skills Deficit

first_imgIn an effort to tackle unemployment in the country, the Liberian government will need US$136m to train at least 12,000 youths in the technical and vocational sector, within five years (2015-2020), according to the National Policy for Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in its 5-year operational plan.At the official launch of the policy yesterday at the Ministry of Education, Vice President Joseph Boakai said he has a strong conviction that vocational and technical training is the premier strategy for achieving a higher rate of employment.“For a post-conflict country like Liberia, there is no better place to deliver TVET than ours,” Amb. Boakai said. “We are a country that is transitioning from the setback of a conflict.”In a solemn tone, Ambassador Boakai stated that contributing to the inherent skill deficit is the structure of our national education program.He revealed that over the years, the UP Administration had placed all the eggs in the ‘holy bucket’ that produces accountants, economists, political scientists, public administrators, among others, but little emphasis has been placed on technical education. Besides the constraints triggered by the government’s inaction to change the education narrative, the country is lagging behind in producing what we consume, thus making Liberia an almost entirely an import-based economy, lamented the VP.“We are importing drinking water, valued at US$9.9m even though we have water everywhere! This policy addresses the manufacturing sector, Amb. Boakai pointed out. We need to get our people to work by the provision of demand-driven skills.”“US$15m for meat products importation and this was before Ebola! Liberia has more than 40% of the forest in the Upper Guinea region, yet we are importing tree products for US$18.5m.”The TVET Policy and its 5-year operational plans are resting on 10 inter-related pillars, namely improving on governance, management and efficiency of the TVET system, improving the trainability and capacity of the work force; providing quality and relevant TVET for all to enhance employability and livelihoods and harnessing human capital for increased manufacturing and industrialization.Other pillars include promoting productivity and sustainability in agriculture; developing a competitive workforce for tourism and hospitality sector; promoting productivity in the informal sector; building capacity in the ICT Sector; financing and branding.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe said the policy and operational plan is a major strategy to address the weaknesses assigned to the available employment opportunities.He urged the National Legislature to pass it into law to serve as a vehicle for promoting access to quality skills training, stimulating economic growth, creating sustainable employment and reducing poverty. He urged government and the international community to support the policy to achieve what has been spelled out.The Chairmen on the Committee of Youth and Sports and Education in the House and Senate, Lester Paye and Jewel Howard Taylor, promised to support the passage of the policy.US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac also pledged the US government’s support to youth development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Acarous Gray Denies ‘Phone Theft’

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are said to be investigating Representative Acarous Moses Gray on allegation of “theft and physical assault”,  according to a communication obtained by Daily Observer.The Montserrado County lawmaker is under investigation based on a formal complaint addressed to Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi by one Musa K. Sackor, station manager at Voice FM, Monrovia.In a letter dated April 30, 2014, Sackor alleged that Rep. Gray ordered his bodyguards to physically assault him at a bar in Crystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point. In the process of the assault on him, Sackor claimed his iphone, valued US$600, and other personal belongings were stolen.Said event took place on April 28, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., the letter indicated.“It all started when Rep. Gray entered into a fight with some group of guys outside of the bar that morning. They claimed that he nearly hit them with his official vehicle marked ‘HOR 32’ while trying to back [out]. When we heard the noise, we all rushed on the scene to find out what was going on. It was at that point when Gray identified me as a media collaborator and supporter of Mr. Benoni Urey. He felt insecure and claimed I would have used his misconduct against him on the radio. In that vein, he ordered his bodyguards to assault me and they made away with everything I had to avoid me using recordings against him.“I left the scene and immediately reported the case to the Central Police Station. Regrettably, officers on duty that early morning informed me that ‘the individual in question is a Representative and he couldn’t be questioned by them,’” the letter said.In a quest to follow up the story, Sackor told our reporter over the weekend: “I didn’t stop there, I wrote a formal complaint to Director Massaquoi and copied Deputy Director for Operations Abraham Kromah. My complaint is still before the police and I’m yet to get a redress.”According to him, the police announced that it had started investigation into the matter, but added: “I can’t get my phone, and my number with all my contacts remain off.”When contacted, Rep. Gray debunked the information asserting that, “This is a scheme.”“In your right mind, I will take somebody’s phone? What purpose will make me engage into that?” Gray asked.When first contacted on Saturday afternoon, Gray declined to comment, adding; “I’m eating; I will call you back.”However, Gray did not call as promised until late Saturday evening when our reporter managed to get thru after several attempts.Sackor’s allegation against Rep. Gray, who is a senior official of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party, is reminiscent of the case involving another CDC’s stalwart. The CDC deputy chairman for operations, Mr. Mulbah Morlu was accused by former Transport Minister Willie Russell of allegedly stealing his (Russell’s) phone while they were having political discussions in Sky FM Building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pols’ suicide rhetoric is an indignity

first_imgSo, too, might Levine’s spay-neuter bill. If so, the warped message from Sacramento would be: Injecting a stray cat with a lethal medication is a tragedy; feeding a dispirited and vulnerable senior citizen a lethal medication is a civil right. But coming from Levine, this all somehow makes sense. Levine is the same lawmaker, after all, who has proposed banning pet cloning and the sale of incandescent light bulbs. For him, there are some grave moral wrongs the law must forbid — like creating two pets out of the same genetic material, or pole lamps — but barring doctors and HMOs from offing distressed, suggestible patients isn’t one of them. Go figure. What about doctors who don’t want to get into the business of shortening their patients’ lives, physicians who take seriously the Hippocratic oath and its pledge to do no harm? Not to worry, says Levine; his bill includes a conscience clause, ensuring that no medical professionals would have to do anything they consider morally abhorrent. Take that assurance with a large grain of cyanide. Levine is also the one-time author of legislation that would have forced pharmacists, against their moral or religious objections, to distribute abortifacients. As the assemblyman has demonstrated, when “conscience” goes up against “choice,” conscience loses every time. WHY should California adopt Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s bill requiring dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their pets? Because, the Van Nuys Democrat has said, doing so would “address the needless slaughter” of as many as 500,000 animals in the state’s shelters each year. Remember that turn of phrase: “needless slaughter.” This is how Levine describes euthanizing dogs and cats. It’s a telling description because, in Levine’s view, when the victims of euthanasia are not animals, but humans, theirs is a “Death with Dignity.” That’s the popular name of another piece of legislation the assemblyman has authored, one that would permit doctors to help kill patients whom they determine have no more than six months to live. The bill twice failed to clear the Democratic Legislature in the past three years, but Levine and his co-sponsor, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Santa Rosa, are reluctant to usher it off to an early death. This time, thanks to the co-sponsorship of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, it could just pass. And if the erratic spinnings of Levine’s moral compass disturb you, you won’t find much solace in the words of his suicide bill’s co-sponsors. Take Nunez’s angry response to L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony’s suggestion that, by championing assisted suicide, Nunez is supporting a culture of death. “I support the `culture of death?”‘ Nunez fumed. “I don’t even support the death penalty.” Indeed, and the irony is thick. While the courts have suspended capital punishment in California out of concern that lethal injection may cause pain to condemned killers, Nunez sees fit to bring lethal medications to those whose only crime is despair. And even though the state is hard-pressed to find willing doctors to oversee its executions, the speaker wants doctors to preside over the killing of its terminally ill. (No wonder both the California and American Medical Associations oppose this bill.) Then there’s Berg, who rejects the term “assisted suicide” because “suicide implies that you can live.” The terminally ill, according to the logic of this formulation, apparently can’t live, which raises the question: Why, then, does Berg insist that they need doctors to help them die? A better question, though, is what makes surrendering to sickness, grief and financial or familial pressures a “death with dignity” in the first place? Is suicide somehow more “dignified” than fighting illness or treating suffering? Is our dignity really lost when we can no longer feed, dress or take ourselves to the bathroom? Assisted-suicide supporters insinuate that dignity is not inherent in the human condition, but contingent upon one’s abilities and the value society puts on them. Stick around too long — become too weak, too feeble — and you’re undignified. Unlike other would-be suicides, your tragically low sense of self-worth is justified. (No wonder disability-rights groups also oppose this bill.) The notion that the infirm or dying are lacking in dignity points to an astonishingly narrow view of humanity. Often, the weak and the sick can teach the rest of us a good deal about courage, acceptance, strength — and dignity, above all. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

I don’t think Mourinho will wait until 2017 to take over Red Devils – Joe Cole

first_imgJoe Cole has told talkSPORT Jose Mourinho will not wait until the start of the 2017/18 season to take charge of Manchester United, despite the Red Devils wanting to keep Louis van Gaal around until then.The Dutch boss has reportedly been promised the opportunity to stay at Old Trafford until the end of his contract, which expires at the end of next season.However, Mourinho is unlikely to be keen on this change of heart from United, who have been pressing so hard to get the Portuguese boss tied down before the end of this campaign – reportedly even agreeing a deal with him.They would not want to risk missing out on Mourinho completely, but Cole believes his former Chelsea manager will not want to wait for another whole year before getting back to work.When asked if Mourinho would reject United’s advances if forced to wait until the 2017/18 season, Cole told the Two Mikes: “You would think so. Knowing him how I know him, he’d want to be back in work.”The playmaker spent a trophy laden spell at Stamford Bridge under the 53-year-old, and Cole believes Mourinho is the best manager he has ever worked under, and will guarantee trophies for whichever club he eventually takes charge of.The 34-year-old added: “He’s a top boss. I still think he’s the best I worked under.“We get on really well know. I mean, we did have moments, but I learnt a lot from him, and I think he’ll be great at wherever he decides to come back to in the Premier League.“They’ll be getting a really top manager, who more-or-less in this modern day guarantees trophies.”last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed on way home from working at children’s theatre production

first_imgA leading stage technician and musician was killed when his motorbike was struck by a car which had been sent into a tailspin after being hit by another car being driven by an 81-year-old pensioner.An inquest into the death of Arthur ‘Lenny’ Nelson heard how he had just finished working at a children’s Halloween theatre production when the tragedy happened. Mr Nelson, 58, a nephew of the late showbusiness legend Billy Barry, suffered multiple injuries and died instantly following the collision at Lisfannon, Burt, Co Donegal in October 2014.Pensioner Moira Edwards, of Burt, previously pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of Mr Nelson.She was fined €1,000 and banned from driving for four years at Falcarragh District Court.The inquest into the death of Mr Nelson, of Cullion Road, Letterkenny, heard from several witnesses who came across the horrific crash.The late Lenny Nelson. RIPThe coroner’s court was told that Mrs Edwards, had been visiting a neighbour on the night of the accident.She was emerging from the woman’s farmhouse near Lisfannon, Burt, and was turning right on to the main road to drive home after 10pm.A BMW car collided with the front of Mrs Edwards’ emerging car and it went into a tailspin, hitting an oncoming motorcycle being driven by Mr Nelson, of Cullion Road, Letterkenny who was returning from working at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry.The accident and emergency services arrived at the scene within minutes.Garda Sgt Niall Cody told how he and others tried to resuscitate Mr Nelson, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.It had been raining earlier that evening on what was described as a “dirty night.”Garda PSV inspectors examined all three vehicles involved in the crash and all three were found to be in good pre-accident condition.Fiona Doherty was driving from Derry to Burt with her son and was one of the first people on the scene.She felt a slight pulse from Mr Nelson and said he still felt warm but a short time later she felt his pulse again but it was gone.She had tried to take his motorbike helmet off twice but it would not come off.He was wearing motorbike leathers and said she remembered them being of a dark colour.Mrs Moira Edwards was not in court because of ill health but was represented by her two sons, Robert and Leslie.In her statement to Gardai, she said did not remember seeing any vehicles coming from the direction of Derry and, after she looked left and right, all she remembered was hearing a bang.The driver of the BMW, Conor Gallagher, from Derry, said he had been driving at around 90kmh and was coming around a bend when a car emerged onto the road and he tried to swerve to avoid it.The victim’s wife, Ms Máire Ní Threasaigh, had told a previous court how her life had changed utterly since her husband’s death.She that one of the most painful things she went through was covering the hands of Mr Nelson – who played several musical instruments – at his wake because they had been so badly disfigured from the crash.The victim’s brother Barry gave evidence of formally identifying his brother at the morgue at Letterkenny University Hospital.However, he asked coroner Dr Denis McCauley why he was not informed of his brother’s death by Garda until 8am the following morning.Solicitor for Mrs Edwards, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn, said he noted that it was “remarkable” that Donegal County Council has changed the road layout of the area in recent weeks.He said that at the time of the crash, a broken yellow line was just two feet out from the driveway from which Mrs Edwards had emerged onto the main road.That broken yellow line was now up to ten feet from the driveway entrance which now allowed cars to edge out in a much safer manner.Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon gave a detailed account of Mr Nelson’s injuries which included a fracture of his spinal chord.She said his death would have been instantaneous and said the cause of death was due to multiple injuries consistent with an involvement in a road traffic accident.The seven-person jury found that death was due to injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said a letter had been submitted to the court by Mr Nelson’s children thanking all those who had helped their father.He said “Incidents like this are always so tragic and they can happen in the blink of an eye. My condolences go to someone who had just finished working with a number of children and this terrible thing happened.”Motorcyclist killed on way home from working at children’s theatre production was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 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:carDerryDoegalinquestkilledLenny NelsonletterkennymotorcyclistMusicianlast_img read more

BEAT THE BANKER! CLLR FRANK McBREARTY WINS LANDMARK CASE AGAINST AIB

first_imgDONEGAL county councillor Frank McBrearty has won a landmark legal action against the AIB over how it invested monies he received as compensation.The battling Labour Party councillor won a complicated legal judgement over how the AIB managed €1M of his money – €750k from his compensation payment from the State and €250k in a loan given to him by the AIB. A court in Belfast has found that AIB – operating as First Trust in the North – and its investment arm “engaged in negligent misrepresentation” of the terms of an investment product sold to both Frank McBrearty jnr and his wife Patricia.Mr McBrearty, the son of Donegal publican Frank McBrearty snr, was the innocent victim of a murder charge in 1996 in a case which led to the Morris tribunal and exposed Garda corruption in the county.The councillor said he didn’t want to comment at this stage on his victory over the bank.But the Northern Ireland Courts Service released details of the case where the Raphoe couple showed that AIB were guilty of breach of contract and negligence in the investment of €1 million.They claimed they were promised they “would walk away with the capital amount of €1,000,000 plus €80,000 and that the fund would increase by a minimum of 5 per cent per annum”, according to the judgment delivered by Mr Justice McCloskey.The McBreartys claimed damages of €342,000 – while the AIB sued for the return of its €260,000 loan.AIB sought to recover loans totalling €260,000, which the bank claimed the McBreartys owed it.Some €700,000 was invested in two “guaranteed” funds in 2006 with the balance put into a “low to medium risk” fund.Mr Justice McCloskey ruled it “was a term of the contract” between the McBreartys and the AIB (UK) and independent financial advisors (AIB) that the latter would secure a 5 per cent annual return on the couple’s investment and that this would not be overtaken by their borrowings.He said that, viewed through this prism the terms as set out “had the character of misrepresentations, made negligently, which were plainly intended to – and did – induce the plaintiffs to enter into . . . the investment agreement”.Damages have not yet been measured. The case will be back before the court later this month.The judge noted that the bank’s claim that it was owed €260,000 appeared to be uncontested and that a “balancing exercise” was required.Cllr McBrearty received €1.5 million compensation in 2005 for wrongful arrest, libel and breach of constitutional rights.BEAT THE BANKER! CLLR FRANK McBREARTY WINS LANDMARK CASE AGAINST AIB was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Govt ‘sorry’ for failure to support Pece stadium renovation

first_img Tags: top Pece War Memorial Stadium in GuluGULU–The government has apologised for failure to support Gulu District in its preparations as hosts of the 2017 East African Secondary School games.Speaking during the official opening of the school games at Pece War Memorial Stadium on Sunday State minister for Sports Charles Bakabulindi said they are sorry for what happened but it should be put in the past.“We apologise for what might happened the renovation of Pece Stadium was on our behalf but we promise to finish the remaining part,” he said.The government failed to support the renovation of facilities the district picked for the games despite Prime Minister Ruhakanda Rugunda earlier visiting and pledging support.Earlier this month, Rugunda told the district that he would meet First Lady Janet Museveni, who doubles as Education and Sports minister, firsthand and get the needed commitment to support the district raise the Sh400 million it needed to complete the renovation in time for the games.However, the government reportedly released only Sh30 million on Saturday to complete construction of a swimming pool at St Joseph’s College Layibi.The district had since May been engaged in efforts to raise funds locally as well as through donations but with the clock ticking to a tilt, desperate officials turned to government for help. They got only promises, the emptiness of which left them frustrated.Gulu District chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi could not hide his frustration, but said Sunday that after assessing the situation, they had realised that under the ministry, sports is underfunded.He appealed to government to improve sports funding to improve on the standard of sports in the country because it is a spirit that promotes sports and that sports is a unifying factor that remains great for the future of the country.Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of East African Affairs Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, who represented the president, said bringing the games in Acholi was to recognise that they are part of East African Community after decades of armed conflict in the sub region.President Museveni, in a message read by Minister Kirunda, said selecting Gulu in Acholi sub-region to host the games was to show that the Northern Uganda was free of war after more than two decades of LRA insurgency that left thousands dead and thousands more maimed for life.Uganda is hosting the games for the fifth time. The East African Secondary School Games has been organised for the past 16 years.Justus Mugisha, the president of the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association, said most of their objectives have been met, citing preparation of schoolgoing children for opportunities and training of teachers.The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese, John Baptist Odama, called on political, religious and cultural leaders in East Africa to use sports to promote unity within the region so that they become stronger part of the continent.St Joseph College, Layibi, and Sacred Heart Girls School are jointly hosting the championship, while Pece Stadium and Kaunda Grounds are being used for hosting athletics and basketball, respectively.A series of games ranging from outdoor sports such as rugby, basketball, netball, handball, hockey, and volleyball to the indoor ones like chess, badminton and swimming are being played at Layibi College, Sacred Heart, Gulu High School and SOS grounds.Last year’s games were hosted in Eldoret, Kenya, with the hosts keeping the overall trophy.There are over 3,500 participants from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda participating in this year’s games.The minister flagged off the games with Jinja SS (Uganda) and Kakamega SS (Kenya) tussle it out in football, with the Kenyans pipping their Ugandan rivals 2-1 at Pece Stadium.Comments last_img read more

Arsenal v Chelsea: Ramires & Willian start

first_imgChelsea will start without a recognised striker against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would take the Blues to the verge of being crowned champions.With Diego Costa and Loic Remy still not fit, boss Jose Mourinho opted to leave Didier Drogba on the bench and bring Ramires and Willian into the starting line-up. Youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is among Chelsea’s substitutes.Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker plays despite limping out of last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading with an ankle problem. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Debuchy, Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Flamini, Welbeck. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Hazard Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Drogba. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Farming, auto industry ‘key to jobs’

first_img19 December 2012 The agriculture sector can create the most jobs for South Africa, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. “If you are looking for jobs numbers, agriculture is the sector,” he said at a Progressive Business Forum breakfast in Mangaung in the Free State. “That is why one of the best jobs drivers in the National Growth Path is agriculture.” He said the automobile industry was another sector which was creating jobs and attracting foreign direct investment. Patel said car manufacturer Ford had identified South Africa as its base for the manufacturing of its Ford Ranger vehicles. Ford increased production and created 800 jobs in its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth in September. BMW also produces its 3 Series range in South Africa following a R2.2-billion upgrade to its Rosslyn plant outside Pretoria in February, when 600 jobs were created to facilitate production capacity to more than double the number of exports from the country. Mercedes-Benz also marked South Africa as one of the manufacturing bases for its C-Class range and is training 800 technicians in a skills development programme ahead of the start of production of next-generation C-Class vehicles in 2014. Patel conceded there was a gap between government policy and implementation, which was a “central challenge” in government’s effort of achieving job creating growth. Sapalast_img read more