A Placerville barber has realized the err of his ways and removed a doll of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that had been hanging in a noose from his ceiling for two years.“I literally had no idea that I was offending people,” the tonsorial artist, who goes by Bowtie Barber, told FOX40 in Sacramento. “We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong. It was absolutely wrong.”Placerville was once known as Old …
17 August 2005According to a new study by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), South African business is taking off in Ghana – and the country is set to become a stepping-stone into the rest of the West African region.The report – “Glimpse of Hope in West Africa” – found that the relationship between South Africa and Ghana has improved greatly since the early 1990s, with both countries undergoing political liberation and economic expansion. Ghana’s first democratic elections were held in 1992, and South Africa’s in 1994.For the research, 26 South African companies operating in Ghana were interviewed. The survey covered mining, retail, insurance, transport, tourism, banking, telecommunication, construction, services, franchising, manufacturing, fishing, advertising, aviation and energy.South African investors see Ghana as a “beacon of hope” in the volatile and conflict-ridden West African region, the report says. Since 1992 Ghana has become a stable democracy striving to rebuild its shattered economy after decades of military misrule and economic mismanagement.Its economy now offers generous government incentives for foreign investors, sound macroeconomic reforms to slash inflation, debt, poverty and unemployment, and the implementation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes aimed at stable growth.South African exports to Ghana increased from R21.7-billion in 1992 to R1 162-billion in 2003, while imports from the country rose from R4-billion to R52.5-billion over the same period.Alternative to EuropeSouth Africa has taken advantage of this new strength by increasing trade and investment with Ghana.Although a late entrant to the country’s market – historically dominated by Britain, France and Germany – South Africa has actively promoted its brands and products, offering an alternative for Ghanaians who, for a long time, have had to rely on European goods and investments.Ghana is now South Africa’s second-largest trading partner in West Africa, after Nigeria.South African investor confidence has been bolstered by Ghana’s educated and skilled workforce, vast mineral and agricultural resources, the official use of English and a shared colonial legacy.South Africa companies can also use their operations in Ghana as a springboard to other West African markets, as the country shares borders with a number of states that lack direct trade routes to South Africa.South African investment is in a wide range of Ghana’s economic sectors, with mining the largest and most lucrative. Other sectors with significant South African investment are multimedia communication, beverages and franchising.SA companies currently doing business in Ghana include AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, SABMiller, Woolworths, Engen, Hytec Engineering, Afripa Telecom, African Explosives Limited, Multichoice, Alliance Media, Steeledale, Stanbic Bank, Shoprite Checkers, Sherwood, Steers, SAA and 3M South Africa.Optimism and incentivesThe SAIIA study found that most South African firms intend to keep doing business with Ghana. They are optimistic about the country’s political and economic prospects and confident in an administration credited with many economic reforms and investment incentives.Incentives to invest in the country include low equity requirements, full ownership, low corporate taxes, tax holidays, tax rebates on establishing companies in certain regions, exemptions from customs duty on some import items, and investment guarantees that profits and dividends will be transferable out of the country.Ghana has an ample supply of skilled, educated and low-cost labour for many South African firms, the study found.South African companies have found that in-house training for managerial positions need seldom be lengthy and rigorous, because Ghanaians are already highly skilled. Moreover, English is the official language in Ghana; most of the country’s West African neighbours are French-speaking.Most importantly, the study found, Ghana’s stable political climate has attracted foreign investors averse to the risks associated with political and economic instability in the rest of the region. South African and other foreign firms see Ghana as a safe destination for investment.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Virtualization is now viewed as viable for companies of all sizes. VMware leads the market by a longshot but there are a number of vendors to choose from.PCWorld compared the leading virtualization vendors in a five-part series that ran earlier this month.Overall, VMware leads the group of vendors, which included Citrix Xen Server; Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2; Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 and VMware VSphere.But PCWorld says the gap is closing fast. All are viable in a production environment. The largest of companies still see virtualization as the best option but small and mid-sized companies have options to choose from as seen in this feature chart that PCWorld posted: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#Virtualization alex williams Microsoft is VMware’s closest competitor. PCWorld:Among the three challengers, Microsoft Hyper-V comes closest to VMware vSphere in overall management functionality. However, whereas VMware, Red Hat, and Citrix combine virtualization host and VM management in a single management server, Microsoft spreads the functions across multiple System Center tools. Hyper-V’s advanced capabilities come at the cost of additional overhead, configuration, and complexity for administrators.That last sentence sums up the challenges to those considering virtualization. It’s no longer the cost that should keep customers from adopting virtualization. Instead, it’s the expertise required that should become one of the biggest considerations. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Four members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out “violent” attacks with the aim of causing “destruction”, police said on Thursday night.Police also released the photograph of one of them and issued an advisory to the citizens of this metropolis to remain alert.”The four were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The four recently sneaked into the city to carry out extremely dangerous activity,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told a news conference. Roy also released a sketch of Jinnah.The strikes were being planned in connection with possibly the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities, he added.Roy said he had no information on the nationalities of the four persons.On Tuesday, the Centre had sounded a terror alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad following specific Intelligence inputs that the LeT teams may have entered the two western cities to carry out strikes.The four persons are in the age group of 20 to 30 years, Roy said.”The four persons are planning violent attacks that is going to cause destruction,” the JPC (Crime) warned.The information of the plans by the terrorists are “fairly specific”, he said, adding “We believe the threat is serious.”Roy also said Mumbai Police has formed Special cells in a bid to “neutralise” the four terrorists. He did not want to speculate whether more than four LeT men have entered the metropolis which witnessed the country’s worst ever terror strike in November 2008 killing 166 people.advertisementThe police have set up dedicated phone number — 022-22633333 — to enable the people pass on information about the militants and in the event of an emergency.”Citizens can call up at the dedicated number or at 100, if they spot the one whose photo was released,” Roy said.In September, police released photographs of two suspected foreign terror suspects–a clean-shaven Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and bearded Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25) sporting a skull cap–on the eve of Eid and Ganeshotsav festivities. But the duo could not be traced.A Crime Branch source said that Kalimuddin was a Pakistani and Sarif was from Bangladesh and both were suspected to be members of terror outfit HuJI.Police were taking utmost precautions and massive deployment of police have been made at all sensitive locations, worship places and crowded places to ensure safety of the citizens, Roy said.Several police teams have been formed to track the four who are believed in aged between 20 to 30 years, police sources said.”On the eve of Ganesh festival, we had released the photographs of two terror suspects and alerted the citizens.The ten-days of the festival went off peacefully. Now also we feel that the citizens will remain and help us in all possible way and we hope everything goes fine,” Roy said.Asked if it was the same input given by Central agencies two days back, Roy said, “We are not in a position to reveal our sources.”Asked if security agencies lost track of the four due to which they had to issue advisory and release the photo, Roy replied, “We have not lost their track. But we want to keep the citizens alert as well.” He refused to divulge as to how the LeT men entered the city.Security forces launched “house-to-house” searches in some specific areas in Mumbai, sources said.A three dimensional security apparatus– land, air and water — has been put in place, particularly around the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the sites of the 26/11 carnage.Roads near the iconic Taj remained closed from today for 15 days and the area is under complete surveillance.Similar security arrangement was in place near Taj during the visit of US President Barack Obama, who stayed in the plush hotel, in early November.Parking on the roads around Taj has been banned for the same period and the cars of guests of Taj and residents around the hotel would be allowed but only after thorough checking.The residents would be soon provided with security stickers for their cars to avoid inconvenience.Colaba area, particularly the places, including the Gateway of India, where large crowds are expected during the festivities, would be under complete surveillance through high resolution CCTVs.The sea-front up to five nautical miles was being guarded round the clock by police armed with advanced boats and sophisticated equipment, police said.Police are also co-ordinating with Navy and Coast Guard officials who are conducting air surveillance.