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Flemenstar ruled out of Punchestown

first_img Press Association Flemenstar has been ruled out of the Champion Chase at the Punchestown on Tuesday after connections decided to give the eight-year-old a wind operation. Casey said: “He won’t be running in Punchestown. When he came home from Liverpool, he was all wrong. He had stuff coming out of his nose, it wasn’t blood but it was a bit like it, and the vet came to see him every day for a week. “He didn’t run his race at all in Liverpool. That’s as bad as I’ve ever seen him run. He’s going to have a little wind operation now. The jockey (Andrew Lynch) thinks he needs it and now is the right time to do it. “Hopefully the everything will be right for next season, it will be the same routine, and the next time you’ll see him will probably be at Navan in November (Fortria Chase).” center_img Peter Casey’s gelding looked set to take the season by storm after winning his first two starts of the campaign in impressive fashion, but things have not gone to plan since. Narrowly beaten in the Lexus Chase and Hennessy Gold Cup, he missed the Cheltenham Festival after it was discovered he was suffering from a lung infection and although he returned to action at Aintree, he appeared well below-par in finishing a distant third in the Melling Chase behind Sprinter Sacre. last_img read more

Clippers’ Lou Williams in exclusive company with triple-double off the bench

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He’s also just the second player to record one after playing 900 games — Friday was Williams’ 904th NBA contest; Zach Randolph’s triple-double came in his 974th.Personally, the 10 rebounds matched Williams’ career best, a high recorded twice previously in the 2009-10 season when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s now recorded 10 or more assists eight times in his career, including three other times this season, and is leading the Clippers in assists with five per game.“He just made terrific passes all night,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Chicago. “Lou is one guy that when you trap him, he has no problem passing the ball. I think he’s been covered by so many defenses, it’s not that hard for him.”Also, for the record, two of Williams’ points Friday came on his first dunk this season. He flew in for a right-handed slam with 3:37 left in the third quarter, bringing the Clippers to within 78-69 and sparking an 11-4 run entering the fourth.‘HE HAS A CANNON’“I want to shout out Jerome Robinson,” Tobias Harris told the media after Friday’s victory.  “Last two games, he’s been really big for us, just making shots and getting in an open area and giving us that added shooter out there on the floor.”The rookie guard has scored eight points in each of the Clippers’ past two games, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in each, including a couple timely second-half 3-balls in Chicago.“He’s been big for us,” Harris said. “I thought he was a big part of this game. He had two 3’s, but they were big 3’s for us. He’s got to keep on going, keep rolling.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Entering Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. home game against Sacramento, Robinson appears to have set course to do that: Over the past five games since returning from his assignment with the Agua Caliente Clippers, he’s scored 23 points, showing no hesitation in shooting 9 for 18 from the floor and 5 of 11 from deep in 56 minutes of work.The Clippers drafted Robinson 13th overall, impressed with his offensive acumen in three years at Boston College, including a junior season in which he averaged 20.7 points per game and shot nearly 41 percent from 3-point range. In 13 appearances with the L.A. Clippers, the 21-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., is shooting 50 percent from the field and from distance.“He’s a confident player,” Rivers said. “We’ve worked on that confidence, but it’s here now. It’s good to see it. Early in the season or in camp, we were yelling at him to shoot. Now he’s shooting, and that’s what he should do. He has a cannon. He should shoot it every time.” Lou Williams posted a smiling photo of himself on Instagram on Friday night with the caption: “Wouldn’t swap shoes with a soul.”In his typically elegant manner, the Clippers’ star reserve produced a singular stat line, recording his first career triple-double and just the 32nd triple-double off the bench in NBA history, according to 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists lifted the Clippers (27-22) to a 106-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and their third win in the fourth and final game of their road trip.It also added Williams — twice a Sixth Man of the Year awardee — to a few pages of the ever-evolving NBA record books. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Not only did the 6-foot-1 guard become the only player in league history beside Detlef Schrempf (who had three bench triple-doubles) to record a 30-point triple-double as a reserve, but at 32 years and 90 days, Williams became the third-oldest player to do it. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Booed Aubameyang can go if Arsenal meet price – Dortmund

first_imgHe headed over the bar in the first-half with his single effort in a performance so poor that he was even booed by home fans for each of his 19 touches.“No player is bigger than our club,” said a banner unfurled by angry Dortmund supporters.Dortmund have reportedly rejected a second bid by Arsenal of 58 million euros ($72m) with the German club thought to be holding out for 70 million euros for their top-scorer.“We know that Aubameyang wants to leave,” said Zorc. “We must not forget that he is already in his fifth year in Dortmund.“We have made it clear that we are ready to realise a transfer when our wishes are completely fulfilled. Arsenal has made several attempts so far and we have rejected them.”Aubameyang has scored 141 goals in 212 games for Dortmund in all competitions since his arrival in 2013.“I cannot say how it will turn out: either our demands are fulfilled or he stays here until the summer,” added Zorc.“This has been communicated to his family and everyone accepts it.”Zorc pointed out Aubameyang was disciplined twice by Dortmund in January — which means he has fallen offside with the club four times in the last 16 months. He was also dropped in late 2017 for coming late to training and also in November 2016 for jetting to Milan just before a Champions League game. Berlin, Germany | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was jeered by his own fans and told he can leave Borussia Dortmund if Arsenal meet the asking price, the German club’s director of sport Michael Zorc confirmed on Saturday.Having been dropped for the last two matches, Aubameyang made his first start for a month in Dortmund’s 2-2 Bundesliga draw at home to Freiburg.center_img “We have to look at things soberly — he had two misconducts in January,” said Zorc.“Once he did not show up at an important team meeting and then did not train well before a game in Berlin, so we sanctioned him.“In the meantime, we have been able to calm the situation. We had talks and now we assume that he is fully focused.”Aubameyang’s father, also his agent, is pushing for the switch to Arsenal to replace Alexis Sanchez, but time is running out with the transfer window to close at midnight (2300 GMT) on Wednesday.Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki slammed Dortmund’s fans for booing their own team — especially Aubameyang.“People came to the stadium to whistle their own team — they should stay at home,” fumed Burki.“That is no support — these are people who have no idea about football, they probably have nothing better to do.”Zorc rejected Burki’s comments and said the fans had the right to boo such a poor performance.“I find his statement inappropriate and the content wrong, I recommend our players watch the game for another 90 minutes,” said Zorc.“The spectators have the right to show their displeasure.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Leafs ride out regular season with weekend series against Rebels

first_imgSince the happy man in the nice red suit paid a visit to the NDCC Arena, the Leafs have been a dismal 8-8-1 and 0-5 since the final week of January.The Castlegar series is crucial to the Leafs playoff hopes as the Green and White enjoy a slim two-point advantage over the surging Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks, fresh from being swept by the Rebels last weekend, meet Spokane in a season-ending home-and-home series.The first game of the series goes at 7:30 p.m. in the Castlegar Arena Complex.The return contest is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.GAME NOTES: The Rebels success has been sparked by the one-two goaltending punch of Connor Beauchamp and Jordan Gluck. The latter leads the entire KIJHL with a 2.14 goals against average. And Beauchamp is not your regular backup, sitting third with a 2.32 average. . . .In contrast, Leafs Brett Soles is fifth in league goaltending but is 4-4 in his last eight games after starting the season with a 12-0 mark. Soles teammate Marcus Beesley, brought in to be the Nelson stopper, sits 21st in league netminding with a 3.29 goals against average. . . . Offensively Castlegar is led by veteran Stuart Walton with 73 points. Leafs top point man is Colton Schell with 66. . .The Rebels post an amazing 90-goal difference between offence and defence. . . . Only two Leaf players have scored more than 20 goals this season. So will the real Nelson Leafs please stand up.Ya the Leafs that reeled off a 10-1 November and not the squad that’s winless in February.The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Murdoch Division Champion Castlegar Rebels beginning Friday in the Sunflower City.The Rebels clinched the Murdoch title with a three-game win streak last weekend and are out to claim the KIJHL title with at least one victory against Nelson.The Leafs have been a shadow of the team that was tearing up the league in prior to the Christmas break.last_img read more


first_imgIMPROVEMENT EXPECTED FROM DENMAN’S CALL IN BARRERADenman’s Call was beaten 24 ½ lengths in the Santa Anita Derby, but Leandro Morasays you can dismiss that performance because of the sloppy track.Doug O’Neill’s trusted assistant expects dramatic improvement from the son of NorthernAfleet in Saturday’s Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.“We kind of drew a line through that race,” Mora said, “not that he was going to beatanybody, but he kind of took the path that had more water on it, and that doesn’t help a horse that’s always been on the lead.“I get the feeling he’s going to run better this time. We also have Mrazek in the race,and he’s been first or second in his five races, all sprints, so we expect another big effort.”The Barrera, which goes as race six on an 11-race card starting at 2 p.m.: Bistraya, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Iron Bob, Stewart Elliott, 4-1; Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Westbrook, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; and I Will Score, Martin Garcia, 5-2.ARCATURE RETURNS TO MILE IN SINGLETARY STAKESArcature cuts back to a mile in Saturday’s $75,000 Singletary Stakes for three-year-oldson turf, and trainer Simon Callaghan is confident the son of Archarcharch fits well.The bay colt owned by Arnold Zetcher was a close fourth in the Pasadena Stakes at amile on grass March 13, beaten less than two lengths despite a wide trip.“A mile is fine,” Callaghan said. “I think anywhere from a mile to a mile and an eighthsuits him, but he’s training great and it looks like he has a really good shot in there.”Callaghan was understandably delighted with the impressive victory by Taris in theGrade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.“She definitely likes that distance (seven furlongs),” he said. “She’ll probably go in theVanity (Mile) next.” The Vanity is expected to attract champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, so it would definitely be an event worth seeing.Firing Line, also owned by Zetcher, had his first breeze Tuesday since running in last year’s Preakness. Second to American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Firing Line went three furlongs in 37.20. “He came out of it great,” Callaghan said.The Singletary, which goes as the third race: Lucky Bryan, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Arcature, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mr. Roary, Stewart Elliott, 10-1; Tristan’s Trilogy, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Unapologetic, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Opportunistic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. TEAM O’NEILL ALL SMILES OVER CHAMP NYQUISTSONGBIRD COULD RETURN IN SUMMERTIME OAKSDENMAN’S CALL, MRAZEK SET FOR LAZ BARRERAARCATURE RETURNS TO MILE IN SINGLETARY STAKESSANTA ANITA HOSTS TACO FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY NYQUIST FIT FOR SECOND JEWEL OF TRIPLE CROWNTeam O’Neill hopes it’s déjà vu all over again when Nyquist runs in the PreaknessStakes on May 21, hopefully following on the path American Pharoah took to capture the Triple Crown last year.Like American Pharoah, Nyquist calls Santa Anita home, and Like American Pharoah’s regular rider, Victor Espinoza, Nyquist’s pilot, Mario Gutierrez, is a native of Mexico.All systems were go for Nyquist at Pimlico, where the 141st Preakness will be contested at 1 3/16 miles a week from Saturday.“Nyquist jogged today at Pimlico, and I received a short clip from Doug with everybody smiling,” said O’Neill assistant of 15 years, Leandro Mora, at Santa Anita Thursday morning. “(Exercise rider) Jonny (Garcia) was on the horse and gave Doug a thumbs up.“(Assistant) Jack (Sisterson) also sent me a text to keep me posted, so we’re all smiling right now. The track was wet but he jogged at his normal time and he was fit.“We are not going to breeze him before the Preakness, merely baby-sit him, because with just two weeks from his last race, there’s nothing major you need to do. He just ran a mile and a quarter, so he’s very fit.”Said O’Neill of Nyquist in a Pimlico press release: “He looks fantastic. The guys are all happy. He’s a horse that gives off such positive vibes. He still continues to talk to us in his own way, and he’s doing really well.”Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator walked at Churchill Downs Thursday and is scheduled to go to the track the next two days before vanning to Pimlico on Sunday.Meanwhile, trainer Gary Sherlock plans to work California Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino five furlongs tomorrow under regular rider Fernando Perez before shipping to Pimlico Tuesday for the Preakness.“I’ve never been to Maryland before,” said the 70-year Sherlock, “but I’ve had good luck out of town with Grade I races. I won the only two I ever shipped for, the Humana Distaff and the Ballerina, with Intangaroo in 2008.” SUMMERTIME OAKS JUNE 18 POSSIBLE FOR SONGBIRDUndefeated and untested champion Songbird, who missed last Friday’s Kentucky Oaksdue to a fever, could return to the races in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 18.The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer has been galloping on Santa Anita’s main track since recovering from a fever that surfaced after her victory in the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.“No breeze date has been set,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “When she’s ready, we’ll go from there. We’re hoping she can make the Summertime Oaks.”The Summertime Oaks is a Grade II event at 1 1/16 miles with a purse of $200,000. FINISH LINES: Trivia question: At what race track did Kelso (five time Horse of the Year from 1960 through 1964) break his maiden?. . . Congrats to Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special Projects Pete Siberell, a man of many hats and a resident of Sierra Madre the past 20 years, on being named Grand Marshall of the Sierre Madre Fourth of July Parade. The volunteers of the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee note that “Pete has demonstrated time and time again that he is the Spirit of Sierra Madre.” . . . Fans can purchase a Trackside Package for the Tacos Y Cerveza Festival Saturday that hosts the best local taco vendors serving their delicious creations, including Mexican Craft beers on the trackside apron. Visit to purchase a trackside package for only $35 . . . Horse Racing Nation Southern California correspondent Scott Shapiro and Thoroughbred owner Roddy Valente will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Trivia answer: Long gone Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing, N.J. Bonus points if you name his rider. It was John Block, the lesser-known brother of jockey Henry Block. Their agent was brother Karl.last_img read more


first_imgSUNNY DAYS AHEAD AS HORSEMEN WEATHER THE STORMSANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAYCTBA PRESENTS GRAY WITH KENNETH L. MADDY AWARD ASSEMBLYMAN GRAY RECEIVES MADDY AWARD FROM CTBACalifornia State Assemblyman Adam Gray has been honored as recipient of the prestigious Sen. Kenneth L. Maddy Award, presented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at its annual awards banquet.“Adam has been a great supporter of racing and agriculture in the state and CTBA is honored to present him with such a prestigious award,” said Doug Burge, president of CTBA.Gray, a Democrat representing the 21st District that includes his native Merced, is only the second legislator to receive the award, which is named for the late California senator who was a great friend of the California Thoroughbred industry and a force behind a bill that brought licensing relief to tracks. The only other recipient of the award was Sen. Andy Vidak in 2014.“It is an honor to receive the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Award,” Gray said. “California horse racing and the breeding of quality California-bred Thoroughbreds are synonymous with Senator Maddy.“California is at the forefront of producing top-quality Thoroughbred racehorses, which are able to compete and win races throughout the country and the world. Two words – California Chrome.”Gray authored a bill in 2016 that will save $1 billion in worker’s compensation costs and he worked tirelessly on an Internet poker bill that would have boosted race purses by $60 million. Gray also has been committed to preserving and protecting agricultural water rights.Gray, first elected in 2012, is chairman of the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee and serves on committees for aging and long-term care, agriculture and appropriations.The CTBA works diligently at all governmental levels to create the optimum legislative climate to maximize the profitability of California breeders and the overall popularity and growth of Thoroughbred racing. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed on Thursday, Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Santa Anita Jockeys’ Coach.  Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Bob Baffert3584523%49%$816,061 Tyler Baze14427311419%50%$1,314,706 Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 16) Doug O’Neill9210211711%52%$966,061 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas7915141219%52%$762,154 Flavien Prat13433192325%56%$2,152,593 John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 William Spawr2091245%60%$261,071 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Luis Contreras819102111%49%$448,347 Jerry Hollendorfer781491718%51%$1,173,049 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott9111101612%41%$506,082 Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 Peter Miller611513625%56%$885,045 Tiago Pereira6496714%34%$272,820 Peter Eurton3473321%38%$382,399 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato50125924%52%$728,970 Joseph Talamo881061611%36%$375,653 MOVE OVER ANNIE: THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROWYes, that was the life-sustaining star known as the sun breaking through rainclouds at Santa Anita Saturday morning after the biggest storm of the Winter Meet took respite.After the storm that hit the Arcadia area with just over three inches of rain Friday, forcing cancellation of that day’s races, it’s game on for Saturday and that’s good news for everyone, including local horsemen.“We’re all going through the same thing,” said trainer Eric Kruljac, who turns 64 nextSaturday. “Some of us are more willing to run on an off track than others, but I’m not real keen on it. I’ve never been a mudder.“I’ve got my share of grass horses, so the weather’s slowed us way down, but I’m optimistic and looking to the future. I started training at 38 and owned horses when I was 23. I claimed my first two horses in 1976 and bought my first two yearlings in 1977.”Kruljac comes from a family of horsemen. His grandfather, Walter S. (for Stele) Markham was a horse owner, cattle rancher and produce broker. Some of his horses were trained by Hall of Famer Buster Millerick.Born in San Jose, Kruljac “kind of split my childhood in Carmel Valley and Phoenix. When Mr. Markham died, he was the longest tenured member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA).”Eric’s 28-year-old son, Ian, is an accomplished trainer in his own right, having developed Finest City into an Eclipse Award champion as best female sprinter of 2016, mainly by virtue of her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 4.Since mid-December, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that began Dec. 26 has been hit with more than 23 inches of rain, according to ever-diligent Track Superintendent Dennis Moore.But if you think it’s been rough at Santa Anita, it could be worse.You could own a car wash. Martin Pedroza719131313%49%$395,063 Mark Glatt4698520%48%$366,510 FINISH LINES: There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $32,114 . . . Richard Baltas and Peter Miller are tied for the training lead with 15 victories each, with Jerry Hollendorfer one back at 14 and Phil D’Amato three behind with 12. D’Amato has Lily Pod entered in today’s Buena Vista Stakes and he didn’t mind that rain forced it to be moved from turf to dirt. “I really entered based on the chance it would come off the grass and be run on dirt,” he said. “She loved that off track when she won last time (romping by 4 ½ lengths on a wet/fast surface at seven furlongs Jan. 21), so we’ll see.” . . . Congratulations to trainer and all-around good guy Art Sherman on the occasion of his 80th birthday yesterday . . . Mario Gutierrez and Israel Ocampo ride in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby today at Golden Gate Fields, the former on 2-1 morning line chance Ann Arbor Eddie for Doug O’Neill and the latter aboard 10-1 Kona Dreams for George Papaprodromou . . . Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, and’s Aaron Vercruysse, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday, respectively, in the East Pack Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Sunday and 10:50 a.m. Monday, when first post time is 12 noon . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Anita. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast).The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same location. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website, as are those for the Medication Committee (agenda and package) . . . Apprentice jockey Evin Roman is suspended three days (Feb. 26, March 2 and 3) for causing interference aboard Avaudrey in last Sunday’s second race resulting in a disqualification of his mount from fifth to seventhlast_img read more

R13.2bn social spending boost

first_imgManuel said that evidence pointed to the fact that the child support grant, which is available to parents who earn less than R2 300 a month, has contributed significantly to a reduction in child poverty in South Africa. Twelve percent of public spending The government was therefore considering increasing the eligible age for the child support grant to 18 years of age, subject to affordability. Source: BuaNews According to the National Treasury, consolidated expenditure on social protection has increased from R72.3-billion (or 4.6 percent of GDP) in 2005/06 to a projected R118.1 billion (or 4.8 percent of GDP) in 2009/10. In addition, the extension of the state child support grant to children up to the age of 15 will also take effect this year, while the reduction in the qualifying age for old age grants for men, from 65 down to 60, is in progress. Proposals for this include longer-term public sector employment – such as home-based care and community health services – which is directly funded by departments and supported by targeted training and skills development. South Africa’s spending on social grants is set to increase to R80-billion for 2009/10, and will amount to about 12 percent of total government spending, making South Africa proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants. “R4-billion is added to the school nutrition programme and R2.5-billion goes to municipalities for basic services.” Public works programmes In 2008, the EPWP provided over one-million temporary jobs, and the 2009/10 Budget tables an amount of R4.1-billion for the roll-out of the second phase of the programme.center_img Spreading the net wider As of April 2009, the maximum values of the old age, disability and care dependency grants will rise by R50 to R1 010 a month, while the foster care grant and child support grant will also increase, by R30 to R680 and R10 to R240 a month, respectively. South Africa, proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants, will spend an extra R13.2-billion on social security in 2009/10 to help protect poor South Africans during the global economic slowdown. “The largest adjustments to spending plans go to poverty reduction: R25-billion is added to the budgets of provinces, mainly for education and health care, and R13-billion for social assistance grants and their administration,” Manuel said. The minister challenged participating departments, provinces and municipalities to exceed their targets for creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs in the year ahead, as the contingency reserve for 2009 had been increased to allow for additional funding of employment projects in the 2009 Adjustments Appropriation. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said that strengthening the social security net – which supports in the region of 13-million South Africans – was “critical during this period, when more poor families are vulnerable”. The aim is to increase the number of full-year equivalent job opportunities to over 400 000 over the next five years, as well increase the duration of temporary jobs. 11 February 2009 Creating lasting employment was another critical factor as the country headed for economic turbulence, Manuel said.last_img read more

South African businesses honoured

first_imgThe Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Minister Rob Davies to business mogul Richard Maponya, who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid. Africa Umoja, SA’s longest theatrical musical, executed a magnificent performance at the awards.(Images: Proudly South African) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gillian de Gouveia   Proudly South African   +27 11 327 7778 RELATED ARTICLES • Gordhan: Make SA work smarter • Team SA to call for investment • SA’s budget most transparent in world • Budget big on education, jobs • SA business gives budget a reporterThe best South African businesses in various sectors of the economy were showcased at the inaugural SA Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on Wednesday night, 20 March 2013.The awards were held in Sandton, Johannesburg in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, with the aim of recognising South African companies that invest in human and technical resources in various projects and stimulate job creation.“These awards are of value in particular because they give companies recognition and that recognition, we hope, passes on in some kind of tangible commercial reputational benefit can be significant for companies in enhancing their position in the market,” said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in his opening address at the awards.The top award for the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the minister. The award went to business mogul Richard Maponya who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid.“This is a great honour,” Maponya said, also congratulating all the young people who received awards. “South Africa is making history.”The winners, per category, were announced as follows:1. Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)2. SMME Award: Malcom – Ezindaleni Hydraulics & Engineering3. Young Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South Africa4. Women-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy Consulting5. Quality Award: Coega Dairy6. Technology Award: Tshwane University of Technology7. Green Award: MTN SA8. Media Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk9. Proudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D Holdings10. Most Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SA11. Investor Award: Nestle (South Africa)12. Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SA13. Exporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek Defence14. Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya“We are elated to receive this acknowledgement of nearly 30 years of contributing to rural development,” said Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat), which took home the Rural Development Award.“We are proud as an organisation in terms of our contribution to our beloved country but more so proud of the communities we support,” she said. Scat is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency based in Cape TownThe partners also thanked the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and ABSA for their contribution to the awards.More entrepreneurship encouragementDavies said the awards were an amalgamation of previous award ceremonies, and with such an award ceremony, South Africa can serve to encourage much more entrepreneurial efforts in the society as a whole.Entry form submissions for the awards closed in mid-February. A total 159 entries were received while a 12 member judging panel comprising of various role players from business and labour as well as the department among others, were responsible for selecting the winners. The adjudication process concluded in March.On 4 April dti will launch the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which will outline government’s plans to industrialise the South African economy.IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path which is an economic framework for 2010-2020, with the overriding objective of creating employment.last_img read more