Manny Pacquiao says Freddie Roach ‘never left’ his team

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Just over six months later he will be back in the ring, this time against Broner, a 29-year-old American, for his first US fight since 2016. “I am already excited. (After) more than two years I am coming back to Vegas to fight,” said Pacquiao.Speculation remains high that the Broner bout could be a warm-up for a sequel to 2015’s “Fight of the Century”, that Pacquiao lost to Mayweather on points.Undefeated Mayweather said in September he was ready to fight Pacquiao, but no definite plans have emerged since.Last week the Filipino champ told reporters he and Mayweather have talked about fighting again, but said he would see after the Broner match.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Search for national champion begins as PCCL launches new format Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao did not address the speculation on Tuesday, saying only about any future matches: “I can fight anybody. We are not picky when it comes to our opponents.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a boxing gym in Manila on November 27, 2018, ahead of his WBA Welterweight bout title with US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday that veteran trainer Freddie Roach never left his orbit, despite a public split, and was helping the Filipino boxing legend get ready for his upcoming bout in Las Vegas.Pacquiao was training in Manila ahead of the January 19 showdown against Adrien Broner, a fight that may be a prelude to a long-speculated on rematch with Floyd Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT The Roach-Pacquiao reunion comes after the men abruptly parted ways, breaking up one of boxing’s most famous double-acts, following the Filipino’s defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017.Roach was reported to have been upset by his dismissal, but agreed to return after late-night talks with the fighter last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I tell people even in America that Freddie never left Team Pacquiao,” Pacquiao, 39, told reporters after hitting the mitts. “He is still involved in the training.”Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, got a boost to his storied, but slowing boxing career, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July in Kuala Lumpur. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Man in the middle

first_imgEL SEGUNDO The words, out of Phil Jackson’s mouth, might have sounded strange. Jackson recently declared that Kwame Brown would be the difference-maker in the Lakers’ ultimate success or failure. Not Kobe Bryant, not Lamar Odom, not transition defense, but the enigmatic Brown. The same Brown who is two years removed from a disastrous postseason with Washington. The same Brown who once came under public criticism from basketball deity Michael Jordan. The same Brown who missed half of this season with various injuries, who averaged just 8.4 points and six rebounds per game and whose most memorable action involved an airborne birthday cake. But remember, this is also the same Brown who, as part of Jackson’s “Inside Man” strategy last season, helped the Lakers to the verge of a first-round upset of Phoenix. The same Brown who is the Lakers’ biggest defensive threat and the same Brown who can single-handedly take some pressure off Kobe Bryant. The Lakers begin the playoffs today in Phoenix, and no less than their entire postseason hopes rest on the shoulders – or more accurately, the gimpy ankle – of Brown. Good luck, they’re all counting on you. “Kwame coming back and giving us some real good minutes in the last couple games, that’s extremely important to us,” Jackson said. “He’s the kind of player we feel real comfortable with in screen rolls and the majority of the stuff they like to do against opponents. “We feel we have a decisive player in that situation who can step out and play. He may not be able to stop (Suns guard Steve) Nash, but he’s going to make him take some jump shots.” So, to recap, all Brown needs to do is neutralize Amare Stoudemire, force Nash into uncomfortable situations and give the Lakers a threat in the post on offense. All that on a gimpy ankle. Jackson and the Lakers aren’t even sure how long Brown’s ankle will hold up, and how many minutes he can go, with just one day off between each of the first three games, but Brown is a key to success. “He’s one of them,” Bryant said, “because of his versatility and the number of positive things he can do for us out there, controlling the paint and things of that nature. He’s definitely one of them.” At the start of this month, there were no assurances that Brown would even be on the court at the start of the playoffs. Since the start of the calendar year, he’s been bothered by ankle issues, and the Lakers merely hoped that Brown would make it back for the start of the playoffs, but they weren’t certain. In the hours before the April12 game against the Clippers, Jackson waved a handkerchief when asked about Brown, apparently a signal that he was waving the white flag of surrender. A few moments after Jackson drew chuckles with his gag, Brown ambled into the dressing room with a boot on his foot. Three days later though, Brown returned to the lineup. He started the Lakers’ final two games of the regular season and, in the season finale made seven of eight shots and finished with 17points. That’s a great sign for the Lakers, considering that Stoudemire is in top form. He was in street clothes last year, when Brown and the Lakers pushed the Suns to the brink of elimination, but now it’s different. “(Boris) Diaw did a great job,” Brown said of Stoudemire’s replacement in last year’s series. “Everybody keeps saying how it’s going to be so tough with Amare, but I think Diaw was a very big difference-maker for them winning that series. He made plays, and when he didn’t score, he got other guys involved. Amare’s a big body. If he catches it in the paint, he’s going to finish it.” The numbers prove Brown correct. He had his hands full with Diaw, who averaged 18.3points and 5.9rebounds in last year’s seven-game series, compared with Brown’s 12.9points and 6.6rebounds. Stoudemire’s return would seem to tip the balance heavily in the Suns’ favor, but Jackson points out that Brown, although hobbled, is a year wiser and more experienced. Last season, Brown didn’t become a full-time starter until mid-March and showed steady improvement as the year advanced. But will that be enough? Behind Brown sit Andrew Bynum, an enigmatic youngster, and Ronny Turiaf, an energetic fan favorite but a player who seems to do his best work only in short bursts. So the burden falls on Brown, who still has a chance to redeem what has been a difficult season. “We feel he’s got a little more under his belt, as far as experience,” Jackson said. “Can he hold up and run the floor and play the kind of minutes we want him to play? I’m not so sure he can play 30 minutes a game and play every other night. So we’re going to have to watch his minutes, but Kwame has played great.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Unemployment rate jumps in Northeast B.C.

first_imgIn April 2012, the unemployment rate was 4.2 per cent with 39,200 people working.The Northeast no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the Province.  The lowest area is now Prince George at 4.6 and the Kootenay’s at 4.7.  Across the province, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 per cent, while the national rate remained steady at 7.2 per cent.- Advertisement –last_img

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GOLF NEWS: GERRY PEOPLES WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf ClubSunday 3 August 2014 Confined1st Gerry Peoples (17) 41pts 2nd Scott McElhinney (13) 38pts3rd Tim Creedon (12) 38pts4th Liam Doherty W (6) 38ptsGross: Brendan devlin (2) 34pts CSS 71 Saturday 2 August 2014 Captains Day- Mr Páid Sweeney.1st Neil G Duffy (18) 43pts2nd Barry Desmond (16) 42pts3rd John Farren (9) 41pts4th Jeremy Foster (12) 40pts Gross: Des Kemmy (6) 33grossPast Captain: Jim Porter (9) 38ptsTeam Captain: Seamus Mallon (18) 35ptsCouncil Member: Pascal Mooney (11) 32pts Front 9: Donal Carey (22) 23ptsBack 9: Mark Nelson (13) 22ptsNon Qualifier: Alan Doherty (o) (3) 32ptsStudent: DJ McGeoghegan (16) 38 pts.Visitor: John Martin (13) 32 pts. CSS 71.Friday 1st August 2014 Friday Scramble.1st B Northy, M O’Mahoney, B Boyle, M Boyle. (24.0).2nd G Friel, J rose, N rose, M Hackett (24.8).3rd B McLaughlin, R Doherty, S Collins, T O’Doherty. (25.8)Ladies Results.Saturday 2 August 2014 Captains Day- Mr Páid Sweeney.1st Margaret Doherty (o) 34 pts. (Bot).2nd Lucia Mullen 34 pts.Gross: Roisin Rooney 17 gross pts.3rd Annette Doherty 33 pts.F/9 Mary McGonagle 20 pts.B/9 Marie Gough 17 pts.Visitor Cecila McCole. 22 pts. CSS 76Saturday 2 August 2014 Captains Day- Mr Páid Sweeney.1st Theresa McLaughlin 67 nett.2nd Breige Doherty 73 nett. (bot).B/9 Roisin Rooney 36 ½ nett. (bot). CSS 72.Forthcoming FixturesFriday Scramble every Friday Evening from 5 pm.Sat 9th Aug 2014 Carndonagh FC Classic. (Timesheet in operation).Sun 10th Aug 2014 Confined on Glashedy.Sat 16th Aug 2014 President’s Day – Mr Pascal Harper.Tues 19th Aug 2014 Lady Captain’s Day – Mrs Cathy McGeoghegan Day 1Sat 23rd Aug 2014 Lady Captain’s Day – Mrs Cathy McGeoghegan Day 2.Tues 26 Aug 2014 Ladies & Gents Open – on The Old Links.GOLF NEWS: GERRY PEOPLES WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Wolves to sign Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho in cut-price deal

first_img 2 Wolves are set to sign another Portugal star in experienced midfielder Joao Moutinho Wolves are set to sign Joao Moutinho from Monaco after agreeing a £5million deal for the Portuguese star, according to reports. 2 The experienced midfielder will join the Premier League newcomers after agreeing a cut-price deal with the French club, claim Sky Sports News.He will reportedly sign a two-year deal with the Championship winners, becoming the fourth Portuguese player to join them this summer, and will partner Ruben Neves in midfield.The 31-year-old only signed a new two-year deal with Monaco in March, but the Ligue 1 club will allow him to join compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo at the Molineux Stadium.It’s an impressive coup for Wolves, who will welcome yet another Portugal international to their ranks. Moutinho made 31 appearances for Monaco last season and played three games at the World Cup Euro 2016 winner Moutinho is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who acts as an adviser for the for West Midlands club – whose squad boasts goalkeeper Rui Patricio, midfielder Ruben Neves and forward Diogo Jota among the seven Portuguese players in their squad.Moutinho made three appearances for his country in the World Cup, starting against Spain and Morocco and coming off the bench against Iran.He made 31 league appearances for Monaco last term, scoring one goal, and is the third highest-capped player in Portugal’s history with 113 international appearances, placing him behinds only Cristiano Ronaldo (154) and Luis Figo (127).He also helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2017, having won the Europa League and three Primeira Ligas with Porto.last_img read more

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HSE ANNOUNCE THEY WILL REVIEW MATERNITY SERVICES UNIT AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL

first_imgThe HSE have confirmed they will review the maternity services unit in up to four obstetric units, including Letterkenny General Hospital with one expected to be face closure. The units at Ballinasloe, Castlebar, Sligo and/or Letterkenny could close as part of a reconfiguration of maternity services in the two regions, according to options set out in the politically explosive report, seen by The Irish Times.In response to a series of reports into Ireland’s maternity services including the HIQA report, last year the HSE established a National Group to oversee the implementation of a series of recommendations arising from these reports. This group has developed implementation plans for 2014 to build on the many initiatives that are already underway in maternity services and to implement the recommendations.It is in this context that a review of the existing models of maternity services care is being conducted across the West/North West Hospitals Group, including the maternity units Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe, University Hospital Galway, Mayo GeneralHospital, SligoRegionalHospital and Letterkenny GeneralHospital.To be absolutely clear, no services reconfiguration options have been recommended to or approved by the Board of West/North West Hospitals Group or by the senior management of the Group.Feasibility studies have not even been carried out and, as stated previously, speculation at this early stage in the process is unhelpful and upsetting for patients and staff. At the February Board meeting the Board welcomed the first phase of the review and accepted the short-term recommendations to further develop the clinical governance structures across the Group and to develop consistent models of care.The Board also welcomed a discussion on different service models including Midwife Led Units co-located with existing obstetric units and agreed that staff and public engagement on this would be included in the second phase of the review.The stakeholder consultation with existing maternity hospital staff across the West/North West Hospitals Group that was agreed at the Group’s February board meeting has now commenced and the feedback from this will inform future decision-making.When complete, the review of Maternity Services for the West/North West Hospitals Group will be considered as part of the broader national review of maternity services (as per the HIQA recommendations), which will be led by the Department of Health with input from the HSE.HSE ANNOUNCE THEY WILL REVIEW MATERNITY SERVICES UNIT AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:healthHSELetterkenny General HospitalMaternity Servicesnewsreportsreviewlast_img read more

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DONEGAL PEN BOYS WRITE ANOTHER CHAPTER ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

first_imgDonegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc GarveyThe McGarvey brothers of Donegal Pens have just made a major investment in their business taking it to a new level.Not to be beaten by the refusal of funding from state agencies due to their young age, the Loughanure boys have taken a huge step to further their business.Ronan, 17, and Conor, 14, travelled to the UK where they spent “quite a lot” of their hard earned cash on a new laser engraving system. The boys had been outsourcing their engraving work since last year but decided that it was time to look at in-house engraving.The newly installed Mantech laser machine now allows them to laser engrave names, messages, logos, etc on the wood part of their handmade pens. In addition to that they can also engrave glass, marble, tile, ceramics, aluminium, leather and many other materials. They have even personalised the flutes for the Mullaghduff marching band.The new system is one of just four from the long established UK based Mantech company’s laser systems that is operating in Ireland and the boys are excited about the new addition to their business.“We explored this option for quite some time but the price of some of the basic laser systems we looked at exceeded €12,000 and that just wasn’t within our budget. We were put in touch with Mantech UK and travelled over to see their high end equipment and soon realised it was what we needed. “We underwent onsite training at their facility, and following some negotiations on price, we returned to Loughanure with the new system for somewhat less than €12,000,” said Conor.The boys looked at several machine options and finally went with a model that can both engrave and cut a variety of materials. It has an engraving bed size of 600 x 400mm that will allow them to carry out many other projects in addition to engraving their pens.They were fortunate to secure a very large corporate order for pens recently and decided they would reinvest the proceeds and put it towards the funds required for the new system.“It was a huge sum of money to be handing over but we decided that we would take the plunge and add a new dimension to our business. Unfortunately our age restricts us from receiving any grant aid or financial support which we feel is ridiculous. It’s not much of an incentive for young entrepreneurs when funding agencies won’t entertain you because “you’re too young” but that isn’t going to stop us in trying to bring Donegal Pens to a new level,” said Ronan.It took a bit of time for the boys to get accustomed to the new equipment but they have finally ironed out all the issues and are now up and running with the latest addition to their business. “So far we’ve had a lot of enquiries and orders for both personal and corporate gifts. The fact that we can engrave company logos etc is a huge bonus as businesses like to use our pens as corporate gifts. Our options for engraving and cutting are basically unlimited so we are excited about this new chapter for Donegal Pens,” added Conor.Donegal Pens are now stocked in just under forty outlets in Ireland and three in Germany, and the new engraving option is also available on www.donegalpens.comDONEGAL PEN BOYS WRITE ANOTHER CHAPTER ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL PENSengraving systemlast_img read more

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Cosmologists Out of Touch with Reality

first_img(Visited 632 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secular cosmologists can’t find things that they tell us should exist. Is reality the problem, or is it dead-end thinking instead?Dark Matter Remains LostThey’ve had decades to find it, even with ever-increasing sensitivity of detectors, but they continue to fail. Does dark matter exist outside of theories that require it? Science news reports continue to tantalize readers, but then fail to deliver.Hunting for dark matter in the smallest galaxies in the Universe (Phys.org). “Dark matter makes up most of the mass of the Universe, yet it remains elusive,” this article states. If you can’t find it, how can you know it makes up most of the mass of the Universe? Cosmologists assume that motions inside galaxies are proxies for dark matter, but the models that “measure” dark matter are theory-laden. When one theory’s model fails to match expectations, another model takes its place. One dwarf galaxies used as a prop for the story, Eridanus II, now appears to have “less dark matter in its centre than expected” (expected by whom? See Tontology). “If similar results are found for a larger sample of galaxies, this could have wide-ranging implications for the nature of dark matter.” In other words, the man on the street will remain unaffected. It will only increase the secretions of sweat in the foreheads of certain theorists still trying to get in touch with reality.Photograph of dark matter. White background provided for contrast.Our study suggests the elusive ‘neutrino’ could make up a significant part of dark matter  (Ian G. McCarthy at The Conversation). McCarthy defends the ‘standard model’ because of its success, but then admits to an utter failure to find dark matter that the theory predicts make up 80% of the matter in the universe. Do you call that success? His proposal, that “extremely light particles called neutrinos are likely to make up some of the dark matter – challenges our current understanding of its composition.” Is that another success?This Is (Probably) the Only Way Dark Matter Interacts with Ordinary Matter (Harrison Tasoff at Space.com). Hedging his bets with “probably” (but without calculating any odds), Tasoff admits another upset in thinking. “Dark matter has led scientists on a bit of a wild goose chase lately,” he says. Is it just a bit of a wild goose chase, or a complete one? Read on: “New, more accurate measurements of a group of colliding galaxies appear to indicate that the mysterious substance likely interacts with itself and ordinary matter only via gravity, reversing conclusions scientists had drawn from observations three years earlier.”“It’s a nutty idea, but every idea of what dark matter might be is a nutty idea.”Beguiling dark-matter signal persists 20 years on (Davide Castelvecchi at Nature). Cosmologists sometimes falsely claim to have “seen” dark matter, but it’s fake news: they only see its effects, if their theories are right. This “signal” is just a blip in some data that might encourage some model-builders. Catelvecchi admits, “A number of increasingly sophisticated experiments that should also see dark matter — although with different techniques — have so far found none.” He says that dark matter makes up 85% of matter, compared to the 80% claimed by McCarthy. When you’re dealing with mysterious, unknown stuff, what difference does 5% make anyway?Artist conception of dark matter expanding in a field of dark energy.Is Dark Matter Made Up of Mini Black Holes from the Big Bang? (Meredith Fore at Live Science). In honor of the late Stephen Hawking, Fore puts forward the “controversial” idea that his mini-black holes make up the missing matter. One LIGO scientist quoted in the article found his confidence in the claim “shaken” over the last year on evidential grounds, but he still finds it “intriguing” and “very interesting.” The last sentence in the article can be taken as a status report on the quest to discover dark matter. It comes from Marc Kamionkowsi at Johns Hopkins University: “It’s a nutty idea, but every idea of what dark matter might be is a nutty idea.”Missing Antimatter Remains MissingThe Most Precise Measurement of Antimatter Yet Deepens the Mystery of Why We Exist (Aylin Woodward at Space.com). Big bang theory predicts equal amounts of matter and antimatter should exist, because almost every particle in the particle zoo has its own antiparticle. Aarhus University failed to find any difference between these opposing twins. Woodward concludes, “to an incredibly high degree of precision [2 parts per trillion], antimatter and matter behave identically.” The universe should have equal amounts of each, but it doesn’t. This “elephant in the living room” of cosmology is causing angst for Jeffrey Hangst at Aarhus, whose team made the difficult measurements on anti-hydrogen, which can only be sustained briefly in magnetic fields before it annihilates its ordinary-matter counterpart.Be happy, though, that this is the case, Woodward comments:Physicists posit that there should have been equal amounts of matter and antimatter created by the Big Bang, and each would have ensured the other’s mutual destruction, leaving a baby universe bereft of life’s building blocks (or anything, really). Yet here we are, in a universe made up almost wholly of matter.It isn’t the place for humans to tell the universe what it should have done. The “kicker” for Woodward is that “We don’t know of any primordial antimatter that made it out of the Big Bang.” The universe tells humans what to do, not the other way around.Every once in awhile, we like to show what the secular cosmologists are doing, lest anyone think the “hard sciences” are invincible. In these cases, it looks like their failings are still being evinced.Are they not trying to build a mythical world picture by natural causes as a way to avoid considering the real reality of design?last_img read more

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Trade conditions in positive territory

first_img15 December 2011Trade conditions moved into positive territory in November, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reports, driven by high volumes of business-to-business trade ahead of the festive season.“The Sacci Trade Conditions Survey for November 2011 indicates that trade conditions moved into positive territory as the trade activity index (TAI) that measures present trade conditions, improved by three points to 53 in November,” the chamber said in its monthly release on Wednesday.In September, Sacci said overall trade conditions had been in negative territory since April.The seasonally adjusted TAI was at 49 points, increasing by one point from 48 in October. The seasonally adjusted TAI also stood at 53 in November 2010.“Although retail sales usually have the highest sales volumes in December, the TAI has its heightened activity in November, reflecting high volumes of business-to-business trade before year end,” Sacci said.In November, the sales volumes index improved to 60 from 52 after increasing by three points in October, while the inventory index came down by four points in November given the increased sales in November.While all the other components of trade activity increased, the employment index declined by two points to 46 in November.According to the survey, expectations in the trade environment declined by two points, with the Trade Expectations Index (TEI) measuring 53 in November. However, the TEI remains five points below the 58 of November last year.Trade outlookMeanwhile, the outlook for sales, new orders, employment and supplies for the next six months was slightly lower than in October. Expected weaker demand caused the backlog on orders index to decline.The current sales price index decreased marginally by one point to 60, while the input price index decreased by five index points to 69 in November 2011. Sacci said this was surprising given the sharp increase in producer inflation and other cost increases.The six-month outlook for sales prices continued to increase to 71 from 70 in October 2011 while expectations for input prices rose by two points in November, which is 13 points above the most recent low of 66 in July 2011.“Inflationary pressures will become more widespread as the prices of basic inputs such as fuel, public utility services and labour costs enter the general price level. The weaker rand appears to be settling around R8 to the US dollar and will unfavourably impact cost structures and domestic inflation.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Why the Telcos Will Go On a Spending Spree

first_imgThe news came yesterday that Verizon is buying Terremark, a cloud services provider. The deal is worth a reported $1.4 billion.We’ve seen a lot of talk about possible acquisition targets since the news broke. But it feels like it’s more interesting to explore why the market conditions are right for telecommunications companies executives to continue spending mergers and acquisition budgets on infrastructure providers and cloud management companies.Chuck Hollis is vice president of global marketing and chief technology officer at EMC Corporation. It’s clear to him that the acquisition is evident of the move to providing information technology more as a service than anything else:If you believe in the secular trend that — over time — more IT will be delivered as a service vs. consumed in a traditional fashion, you quickly realize that telcos can have a compelling position.They’ve got lots and lots of pipe. They know how to deliver a related form of service — communications. They know how to price their offerings and bill for them.Their strategic motivations are usually clear as well. More ordinary network services are quickly becoming commoditized. There’s only so much content you can sell people. And, before long, you go looking for the next big market to attack.Indeed, early on, many people thought that IT-as-a-service would go to the telco carriers, and that would be that.Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm writes that telecommunications companies see the ability to manage customers networks and their infrastructure.That’s a new play that correlates to the deeper interest that the telecommunications companies have in extending the data they offer through APIs. To offer the computing, the network and also data capabilities means telecommunications providers need to invest in cloud management technologies and new routing capabilities for data services. We’ll see how these kinds of companies are viewed as telecommunications executives target more companies for acquisition in the year ahead. Tags:#Analysis#cloud#news Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williamslast_img read more

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