Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town It wasn’t the response James wanted to see when he called out teammates in the wake of their loss to New Orleans on Monday.READ: NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe notched his second triple-double in as many games with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but the champions lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.After the defeat by the Pelicans, James called the Cavaliers “top-heavy” intimating he, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love didn’t have a strong enough supporting cast. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives against Sacramento Kings’ Darren Collison during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. The Kings won 116-112 in overtime. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double but it wasn’t enough to stave off an upset as the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers fell 116-112 in overtime to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.After Aaron Afflalo’s three-pointer with 30.8 seconds left in overtime put Sacramento up 115-112, James missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining and Kings star DeMarcus Cousins capped the scoring with a free-throw with five seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Love scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Irving added 20 points, but the Cavaliers made just 17 of 34 free-throw attempts and they turned the ball over 18 times.Cousins led all-scorers with 28 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals for the Kings. Afflalo scored 14 and Darren Collison added 23.A layup by Collison with 35 seconds left in overtime put the Kings ahead 112-111 but Love split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 112-112.Afflalo responded with what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer.In a game in which each team led by as many as 10 points, Kyle Korver’s three-pointer with 7:43 remaining in regulation had put Cleveland up 97-87.But Sacramento scored 11 straight points. Cleveland still had a chance to win it in regulation, but James’s attempt to inbounds the ball to Love was thwarted by Cousins — who grabbed Love’s jersey but wasn’t whistled for a foul. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 De la Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that the team would handle their superstar’s outburst internally.“We talked to him and he understands, he understood and now we’re going to move on,” Lue said.General manager David Griffin was especially stung by James’s suggestion that the team wasn’t committed to retaining the title but said he had a “good conversation” with James.“The comment about the organization being complacent I think is really misguided,” Griffin said. “Organizationally there is absolutely no lack of clarity on what our goal set is. We are here to win championships and there is no other solution, there is no other outcome that is acceptable and there never has been.”But James won’t be soothed by Wednesday’s on-court performance.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims
Never in the history of Liberia for a Congress of the beautiful game of football to last for less than one hour and 30 minutes, especially with the crucial activities and financial reports, budget covering the next fiscal year, membership fees and proposals for a change in the statutes, amongst others.Perhaps, the scathing statement of ex-Inter star Luis Figo owing to his withdrawal from FIFA’s elections, that FIFA is a dictatorship – and by extension might have affected member countries – and the Liberia Football Association (LFA), too, is a dictatorship.The traditional presiding officer of the Congress – the President – Musa Bility domineered over the Congress, with a gavel in his hand as if he threw a spell on the 33 voting-right stakeholders at the 20th LFA Ordinary Congress, held at the PA’s Ribhouse in Sinkor–Lakpazee. The stakeholders were speechless as they bowed to the intimidation of Musa Bility, chastising and teasing them “they should have known better by writing on any item of the agenda before Congress.”The “Yes” or “Blue” cards overwhelmingly dominated the Congress and in less than an hour-and-a half, it was all over – and there was a rush of U$50 transportation and spicy food.Registration began at 8:00am, but the formal convocation of congress didn’t kick off at 9:30am as indicated but started at 10:46am, about 15 minutes after the president Bility’s arrival. Thirteen of the 15 Executive Committee members were present – Rochell Woodson and Cllr. T.C. Gould were absent.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr and the vice president for administration of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Cllr. Sylvester Rennie were part of the invited guests, while journalists were termed as observers.Congress opened with a moment of silence as an opening prayer – with a weird announcement from LFA Media Director, Henry Flomo, that in football, there is no religious recognized.Interestingly, Mr. Flomo forgot to know that football belief is subject to a country’s principal religion. In past congresses, Christian prayer was offered at the beginning and an Islamic prayer closed the congress – so when did Flomo realize that in football, there is no religion?Secretary General Alphonso Armah, in consonance of Chapter 19 of the LFA Revised Statute told the stakeholders that the Congress is an annual event.Cllr. Rennie of the LNOC hailed Mr. Bility for the level of progress made at the LFA and pledged the LNOC’s continuous support.The LFA boss thanked the stakeholders for their presence and said the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus, which claimed over 5,000 lives, was the delay of the 20th Ordinary Congress.Deputy Sports Minister Yonton praised the partnership between the Ministry and the LFA and urged Bility to inform the stakeholders about government’s financial assistance to the national football team.There was a unique video-highlight presentation of the 2014/2015 League and the games between Liberia and Tunisia and Togo – was sticky and messy.Congress was called to order at 11:10am by Bility.Mistakenly vice president of administration, Musa Shannon, during the vote of thanks, hailed Nimba United for their first championship as well as Mighty Dragons for the 2nd division title, but didn’t recognize BYC II – and humbly apologized during the 15 minutes break.Bility also thanked the three winning teams and pledged to support Nimba United in the CAF Club Championship.He announced that FIFA has approved the erection of the LFA headquarters – but didn’t state the amount, which was contributed by FIFA and pointed out that the football rivalry has shifted between IE and Barrolle to LISCR and BYC and then Nimba United and FC Fassell.He disclosed that the George M. Weah Technical Center in Careysburg is about 90% completed and would be functional before March 2016.He praised Chief Patron President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for instructing Finance Minister Amara Konneh to make about 70% of the expenditure for the game between Liberia and Guinea Bissau on Thursday, October 8 and also Cellcom for being a truthful partner.He said he is positive of Liberia setting another record of producing the President for FIFA.The president’s activities report, presentation and approval of the financial report and auditor’s report were also passed but Lemuel Sherman, who made the motion for these items to be opened for discussion, restated his motion for it to passed and placed into the archive when Bility’s compelled him to in accordance to the Statutes that items on the agenda should have been discussed through written application before the Congress.LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji, who raised the contention of Sherman’s motion that it be opened for discussion, was muted when Sherman apologized for the wrong motion.There was a heated argument between Raji and Bility on item “I” of the Agenda on the consideration of proposal of amendment of the Statutes and Regulations.Raji argued that there could be consideration of proposal of the amendment of the Statutes and Regulations if the agenda could have been opened for subsequent approval, and for stakeholders to make recommendations for their amendment, according to Article 35 of the LFA Statutes.The LISCR boss argued that the Statutes gave the right to 2/3rd members of the delegates to place items in the agenda or make some changes.Bility described Raji’s argument as “absurd” and said only 45 days to Congress, stakeholders should have written the Secretariat for proposal of amendment of the Statutes and Regulations.This is the first time for Bility to describe a stakeholder’s remarks as an absurd.According to Saturday’s agenda, there was no item for approval meaning that perhaps the EC resolved to delete an agenda item even though it’s usually part of FIFA and CAF’s agenda.The item for the LFA’s next congress was not also part of the agenda – the EC would make that decision.After Congress, Raji expressed his dissatisfaction to Bility – indicating that he was insulted publicly for trying to make a correction.Raji refused to receive the US$50 transportation for the clubs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…patients have no access to basic medicationThe sick, the elderly, and those seeking medication in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are bitterly complaining about the inaccessibility of essential drugs at the public health facilities across the Region. There are also reports that the Suddie Hospital Pharmacy is also affected.Regional Democratic Councillor and Head of Health and Sanitation committee, Arnold AdamsAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, more than 100 essential drugs are in short supply at the Suddie Pharmacy, which has resulted in a disruption in supply to other health facilities, including the one in Akawini, in the Pomeroon River.Hospitals’ representatives have also informed this publication that requests for supplies had been made two months ago, and to date, there has been no delivery. Doctors, nurses and medical professionals are also finding it difficult to execute their duties with the unavailability of medication. The medical practitioners have also explained that they were now being forced to issue tablets instead of injections since bandages and IVC infusion sets were not available. They said too that the current situation was forcing them to conduct “messy” practices.Diabetic patients who are enrolled at the diabetic clinic also reported that their treatments were not repeated owing to the shortage, and they were burdened with paying for their medications and treatments.Meanwhile, People’s Progressive Party Region Two Councillor and the Head of the Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams, at the last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), raised the issue of the drug shortages. Adams said that the Region has been hit by the worst drug shortages and despite representation, no meaningful follow-ups were being made to rectify the situation. Adams confirmed that residents were severely affected by the current situation. Residents, medical practitioners and regional officials are calling on the Public Health Minister to urgently intervene and to ensure that the Region is supplied with the necessary medicines.
1 Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez during their time together at Monaco World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez is delighted his international team-mate Radamel Falcao has joined Manchester United and feels the striker deserved the move.Falcao joined United on a season-long loan on Monday, with the total deal reportedly costing the Red Devils £20m.Monaco fans have expressed their fury at the transfer, as the club have now sold star players Falcao and Rodriguez without signing any replacements.However Rodriguez, who joined Real Madrid for £71m earlier in the summer, says Falcao deserved the move to one of England’s biggest clubs.“I am happy for Radamel Falcao because he deserves to join a club like Manchester United,” said Rodriguez.“I hope he can continue scoring goals and have much success there.”
Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson has vowed to reimburse fans who travelled to watch the team’s humiliating defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.The Addicks, second from bottom in the Championship, were thrashed 5-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium as their woeful season took another turn for the worse.Jackson posted a message on Twitter after the game: “I know words are cheap but on behalf of myself and the players, I want to apologise for tonight. It was disgraceful and you deserve better.“We are going to reimburse fans who travelled up to support us. I will arrange this with the club + they will let you know how to be refunded.”Charlton’s defeat to the Terriers followed an FA Cup exit at the hands of League One strugglers Colchester on Saturday and has left interim boss Karel Fraeye’s future in doubt.Fraeye was plucked from the Belgian third division to take on the job in October and has overseen just two wins in 13 Championship matches.Charlton fans are dismayed by the failure to appoint a permanent replacement for the axed Guy Luzon and have held protests at The Valley in recent weeks to voice their displeasure with club owner Roland Duchatelet and chief executive Katrien Meire’s running of the club.Fraeye refused to talk to the media following the defeat at Huddersfield and there were suggestions he had been sacked.But Charlton have yet to make any comment on the 38-year-old’s future and he remains in interim charge for now. 1 Johnnie Jackson
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Given the chance to play armchair quarterback, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would’ve rested guards Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar a bit more against Cal. Afflalo played 39 minutes in the 68-61 home loss and Farmar, who’s played on and off with a sprained right ankle this season, played 36. After watching game film four or five times, Howland blamed himself for not resting the talented backcourt duo more. “I thought I did a poor job of substituting with the changing of our team and guys getting hurt,” Howland said. “I should’ve played (Michael) Roll more minutes or Janou Rubin more minutes. I played both Arron and Jordan too many minutes in that game. It’s something I have to do a better job of, in terms of substituting to keep us fresh.” Roll, a freshman guard, played just one minute and Rubin, a sixth-year senior, didn’t play at all. Not only is Afflalo the team’s leading scorer with 18.5 points per game, he usually guards an opponent’s best defender, meaning he could probably benefit from a break or two. If Howland had a complete roster, it would be easy to criticize him for playing Afflalo so much. But UCLA has been riddled with injuries and it’s no surprise Afflalo leads the team in minutes played at 34.5 per game. It’s hard to imagine Afflalo getting much of a break Thursday as UCLA (11-2) plays at Arizona (9-3). Afflalo has the task of guarding Hassan Adams, who leads the Wildcats in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Afflalo wouldn’t mind a break. “Those other guys need a chance. Of course, I would love to be on the floor as long as I can give my all,” Afflalo said. “Sometimes, when you play 39 or 40 minutes, sometimes you tend to take plays off. Those one or two plays can be the difference in the game, as you saw last week. (Howland) said as long as I’m going hard, he’ll leave me in. He probably doesn’t want to see us out there being ineffective.” No contact: UCLA didn’t have a contact practice on Monday. Howland opted to rest Farmar, Ryan Wright (ankle) and Josh Shipp (hip surgery), who are all dealing with injuries. Shipp said he felt stiff after the Pac-10 openers but he expected to practice Tuesday. Shipp said there’s still a couple of moves he doesn’t feel he can make. The pain, he’ll have to deal with. He played 29 and 27 minutes against Stanford and Cal. “At first, I was so glad to be out there, I didn’t really notice (pain),” Shipp said. “I felt it in the second half of both games. It feels a lot better today. … I’m going to have to fight through this pain and stiffness all year.” Injury report: Center Michael Fey (sprained ankle) is not practicing and is not expected to play this week. … Center Ryan Hollins (groin) has begun strengthening exercises but Howland said he is probably a week away from playing. … Cedric Bozeman (torn shoulder cartilage) is not expected to play this week. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 firstname.lastname@example.org
He said: “It’s pleasing but, to be honest, you need a certain manager in this league.“Just because someone has played in the Champions League final, has played for their country, it doesn’t mean they can manage in Scotland.“We are playing at a certain level and need to look at that level right now.“Maybe four or five years down the line you’ll be looking at that level of manager. “At this time we are looking for someone who can motivate the players we’ve got and continue the good work Jack has done.”Former Ross County boss Jim McIntyre and Tranmere manager Micky Mellon are understood to be on St Mirren’s shortlist, alongside ex-Wigan coach Gary Caldwell.Scott said while a manager such as Kluivert and Guti would bring kudos to the Scottish game, St Mirren require a manager with hands-on experience of football north of the border.He added: “I think anybody who comes in has to know Scottish football, it’s different if you are Celtic or Rangers, they can bring in players from all over the world.“We know ourselves what we want in a manager.“Although these guys are great in terms of experience, do they know the Scottish game?“They are going to have to come over here, disrupt their families, it’s not practically really.“It’s great to have them interested, short term it’s brilliant for the media and Scottish football, but for St Mirren we need someone with good knowledge of the Scottish game.” St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott said the club were flattered to have received high-profile applications but admitted he expects the Buddies to appoint a manager with knowledge of the Scottish game.As STV revealed yesterday, former Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert has applied for the post and Saints will talk with him. Ex-Real Madrid star Guti is amongst the other renowned names to have shown interest in replacing Jack Ross.Scott, who wants to appoint a new manager by Friday, said that receiving applications from such distinguished names was pleasing.However, the Buddies chief questioned the practicalities of such an appointment for a side just promoted to the top tier.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterWRESTLINGMarshfield tops MerrillMarshfield improved to 3-0 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference with a 52-18 victory over Merrill on Jan. 5 at Marshfield High School.The Tigers are tied with D.C. Everest for first place in the conference and wrestles at Everest next Thursday.Caden Dennee (120 pounds), Tanner Kanable (126), Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (170), Sam Mitchell (195), and Alex Brost (220) won by pin for the Tigers. All but Schwanebeck-Ostermann’s came in the first period of their respective matches.Spencer Wirthlin added a technical fall victory at 132, Caden Pearce (138) and Nolan Hertel (145) won by major decision, Payton Young (152) won by decision, and Gabe Pugh (113) won by forfeit for Marshfield.Auburndale loses at MarathonWith 10 of the 14 matches forfeited by one team, or both, the Marawood Conference wrestling match on Jan. 4 came down to four matches on the mat.Each team won two, but Marathon won both by pin, to edge Auburndale 36-31, at Marathon High School.Auburndale’s two victories came from Isaiah Hasenohrl, who won a major decision 13-2 at 132 pounds, and Cody Poeschel, who won 8-7 at 152 pounds.Stratford wins Lehrke InvitationalStratford won eight individual championships and cruised to the team title at the 62nd annual Fred Lehrke Wrestling Invitational on Jan. 6 at D.C. Everest High School.Stratford racked up 477 points to easily outdistance Medford (238) and D.C. Everest (222) for the title. Auburndale finished 10th with 100 points.Karter Stuttgen went 5-0 at 106 pounds and Manny Drexler was 3-0 at 113 pounds to win round robin titles for the Tigers.A.J. Schoenfuss (126), Dilan Dehlinger (145), Jake Drexler (152), and Dylan Schoenherr (220) had pins in the championship matches to win their respective weight classes for Stratford.Also taking titles for the Tigers were Trevor Dennee at 170 and Kaelen Schmitt at 182.In addition to Keller Wolfe’s second-place finish, Samuel Hasenorhl took fourth at 220, Hunter Godard was fifth at 132, Dylan Baird finished fifth at 120, and Isaiah Hasenohrl took seventh at 126 for Auburndale.BOYS SWIMMINGSPASH sweeps MarshfieldStevens Point won all 11 events to defeat Marshfield 101-68 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys swimming dual meet Jan. 4 at Stevens Point Area Senior High.All three Marshfield relay teams finished second, as did three individuals in four events.Jacob Dick was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:57.96) and the 100 breaststroke (1:10.08), Jeffrey Berres was second in the 100 backstroke (1:10.91), and Calvin Lawler took second in the 100 freestyle (1:07.79) for Marshfield’s top individual performances.Jeffrey Berres, Dick, Nathan Albanito, and Ethan Dagit were second in the 200 medley relay (1:57.05); Alec Brenner, Connor Berres, Jarreth Schaefer, and Scott Thompson were second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:54.63); and Jeffrey Berres, Albanito, Dick, and Dagit took second in the 400 freestyle relay (4:04.81) for the Tigers.GYMNASTICSMarshfield third at RapidsEmma Haugen finished third in the vault and fifth in the floor exercise for Marshfield, which took third place at the eight-team Wisconsin Rapids Gymnastics Invitational on Jan. 6 at Lincoln High School.Haugen took third in the vault with a score of 8.85 and fifth in the floor with a score of 9.05 for the Tigers’ top two individual finishes.Melanie Hafenbredl took eighth in the all-around (32.9) and Haugen was ninth (32.725) for Marshfield, which had a team score of 129.0. Mukwonago won the meet with a score of 134.45.Hafenbredl took seventh in the floor (9.0), tied Haugen for eighth in the uneven bars (7.675), and was ninth in the balance beam (7.825).BOYS HOCKEYMarshfield wins twiceMarshfield scored twice in the first 5 minutes of the third period to break open a tie game and defeat Ashland 4-3 in a nonconference boys hockey game Jan. 6 at the Marshfield Area Ice Arena.Nick Urban scored 3:14 into the third period and Isaac Wellens added another score less than 2 minutes later to push Marshfield (8-7) to the victory.Marshfield overcame an early 1-0 deficit with two goals in the final 2:07 of the first period. Tyler Spaeth and Urban scored for the Tigers, to give them a 2-1 lead.Ashland tied it with a goal midway through the second period, before the Tigers pulled away late.A.J. Trierweiler had 31 saves in goal for Marshfield.Marshfield ripped Mosinee 8-3 at home on Jan. 2. Ryan Krueger hit for a hat trick in the first 21 minutes of the game to lead the way for the Tigers.
21 October 2014 Sub-Saharan African countries should focus on channelling spending towards infrastructure investment and other development needs, says the IMF. (Photo: African Development Bank)The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate.Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating to around 5.75% in 2015′. “This growth momentum is particularly pronounced in the region’s Low- Income Countries, where activity is forecast to accelerate to 6.75 to 7% in 2014- 15,’ she said.Tailwinds to economic growthA combination of infrastructure investment, expanding services, and robust agricultural production are proving tailwind to the strong economic growth in most of sub-Saharan Africa countries, according to Marco Pani from the IMF African Department.“Growth momentum remains particularly strong in Nigeria, the region’s largest economy, and in the region’s low income countries. Recent revisions of national accounts data, notably in Nigeria, have also revealed that the economies of the region are more diversified than previously thought, highlighting in particular the large role played by services.’But in a few other countries economic activity is facing headwinds from domestic policies, according to Pani. He said South Africa’s growth remains stunted, “under the drag of difficult labour relations, low confidence, and inadequate electricity supply’.Sub-Saharan countries should continue implementing monetary policies which focus on reducing inflation. South Africa is among countries that are tightening monetary policy and began an interest-rate hiking cycle with a 50 basis point increase in rates in January this year. Another rate increase of 25 basis points was implemented in July. The moderate rate increases are to take into account weak economic growth.Fiscal consolidationSouth Africa is also one of the sub-Saharan African countries that has embarked on a fiscal consolidation and Sayeh said these countries should continue on this path.“In the few countries where budgets have become overextended and financing constraints have emerged, fiscal consolidation is necessary, but will need to avoid overly adverse consequences for the poor and vulnerable groups,” she said.On the downside, continued high growth and favourable global financial market conditions have not been sufficient to avert debt build-up and financing difficulties for some countries. However, Sayeh warned that a pronounced economic slowdown in emerging markets, particularly China, or a disorderly normalisation of monetary policy in the United States, could have a protracted impact on the region’s economies.“In that context, for the vast majority of countries in the region, sustaining high growth rates remains the key policy consideration, including to foster job creation and reduce poverty. Policies should continue to emphasize growth- enhancing measures. In particular, the focus should be on boosting fiscal revenue mobilization, channelling spending towards infrastructure investment and other development needs, safeguarding social safety nets to encourage more inclusive growth, and improving the business climate,’ she said.Ebola a threat to Africa’s economyThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a threat, and is exacting a heavy economic toll in the affected countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Economic spill-overs are starting to be felt in some neighbouring countries, according to Sayeh.“In addition, the baseline scenario of solid growth is predicated on a number of increasingly potent downside risks being lifted. Should the Ebola outbreak be more protracted or spread to more countries, it would have severe consequences for activity in the affected countries and larger spill-overs.’Sayeh said in the countries currently affected by the Ebola outbreak, fiscal accounts are coming under considerable pressure. Ideally, any offers of aid should be channelled through grants from the donor community, to enable the countries to accommodate higher Ebola-related spending and to help avoid an even more pronounced decline in economic activity, she said.South African Competitiveness ForumFrom 4 to 5 November 2014, Brand South Africa will host the second annual South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) in Sandton, Johannesburg. A Brand South Africa initiative, the SACF is a strategic platform through which government, business and civil society stakeholders consult in an effort to identify the competitive and reputational strengths, and challenges the South African brand faces. Follow the conversation via Twitter @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.SAinfo reporter
A new survey by Recommind finds that there is a mini-war brewing between IT and Legal coalitions. The results show that communication between the two groups has waned over the last year. Now, only a little more than half say that they feel that they have “good” or “very good” relationships with the other group, a drop of 13 percent from last year.When asked if they’ve found that they’ve been working more closely with the other group this year over the previous one, only 27 percent answered affirmatively, a drop from 37 percent of the previous year.This is disturbing because issues like e-discovery, risk management and compliance are complex are be best solved when there is close cooperation between the two groups.When asked which groups are very involved in e-discovery purchase decisions, 78 percent said that IT was very involved, but only 33 percent thought that Legal was involved. In the previous year’s survey 48 percent thought that legal had a strong involvement in purchasing decisions. That’s a fairly big drop.Interestingly, when IT members were asked if they considered e-discovery a “high priority”, only 26 percent thought so. In the previous year, 40 percent had agreed. Again a big drop in attitudes.And when asked if the two groups ever even talk, 72% of respondents said their IT and Legal groups meet once a quarter or less; 52% meet once a year or less and 23% never meet at all.When asked about goals, the IT group responded that their main goal for eDiscovery projects is to “execute as quickly as possible”, while not too unexpectedly, legal had a primary goal of “complying with federal regulations and court orders”.How to interpret these results? It would seem that IT is taking a lead in preparing the infrastructure for responding to an e-discovery request, but the fact that IT doesn’t see e-discovery as that high of a priority can lead to some cause for concern. And the fact that there is a lack of clear input from Legal about what e-discovery features and capabilities to implement seems to be a recipe for disaster.Because things like compliance and e-discovery have significant overlap between IT and Legal groups, Gartner last year recommended that companies consider adding legal support managers, a liaison position between IT and legal, to help smooth out the handling of policies, schedules and execution between the two groups. 75 percent of the companies have not yet created this kind of position.