Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Five reasons the Raiders made the right move in their trade for Antonio Brown:1) Derek Carr needed a go-to receiver he could trustFor whatever reason, things went south went Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Crabtree, in his final season, wasn’t even on the field late in the season during key situations. Cooper sagged statistically in his final two seasons. If that happens with Brown, it’s a disaster. Yet there’s no …
9 February 2006Leading UK telecommunications firm TalkTalk is to spend R200-million setting up two call centres, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg, in the biggest foreign investment yet in South Africa’s burgeoning call centre industy.TalkTalk, a subsidiary of the Carphone Warehouse Group, offers landline, broadband and mobile services to 2.5-million customers and was the first UK company to offer free calls between its customers “all day, every day, forever”.TalkTalk’s two SA call centres will each initially recruit about 250 people and operate from 8am to 10pm UK time.TalkTalk customer service director Steve Rescorla told Business Day that South Africa offered “a real pool of talent that’s an excellent fit with our business in terms of both skills and culture.”South Africans, Rescorla said, have a reputation for strong empathy with British callers, along with excellent customer skills.Rated ahead of IndiaResearch published in November 2004 by independent analysts Datamonitor predicted that South African call centre numbers would double by 2008 – and rated Cape Town ahead of India for quality of service.Datamonitor predicted that there would be 939 call centers in South Africa by 2008, almost double the number of 494 in 2003 – a compound annual growth rate of 14% over the period.It said South Africa offered outsource providers a higher quality, more culturally aligned front-office and back-office location, with labour costs running at about two-thirds of their US or UK equivalents.These findings were echoed in a report released in 2005 by the Ion Group, which polled many of the UK’s top 1 000 companies for their ideal offshore location – and ranked South Africa ahead of India, Mexico and the Philippines.Competitive advantagesA favourable time-zone, neutral English accents and similar cultural outlook all contribute to South Africa’s competitive edge as a destination for business process outsourcing – which includes the processing of accounts and claims, as well as front office activities such as call centres.And the government is all for it. President Thabo Mbeki, in his 2006 State of the Nation address to Parliament, identified the call centre industry as one of the high-potential sectors targeted in the government’s strategy to boost the country’s economic growth rate and create employment.The strategy aims to make South Africa the world’s third-biggest business process outsourcing centre – after India and the Philippines – by 2008.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads up the task team busy fine-tuning the government’s growth strategy – said that business process outsourcing investments had already created 5 000 new jobs in the country, and had the potential to 100 000 more by 2009.Research by Deloitte, published in December 2005, found that there were 535 call centres in SA employing about 65 000 people.Calling the CapeAccording to investment agency Calling the Cape, which facilitated the TalkTalk deal, the body has facilitated call centre deals worth R933-million in foreign investment since the beginning of 2004, with investments in 2005 up by 19% over 2004.79% of this investment originated from the UK, with companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the US also represented.Companies running call centres in the province include Barclays, JP Morgan, Lufthansa, the Budget Group, Merchants/Asda, Dialogue and STA Travel.Calling the Cape director Luke Mills says the “pipeline is extremely full for 2006”, with a number of the investments secured in 2005 set to expand significantly, and with inquiries being received from “some of the world’s top 10 companies”.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP legislator who had claimed a threat from him to her life because of marrying a Dalit man, moved a petition in Allahabad High Court on Thursday seeking protection. The 23-year-old, whose father Rajesh Misra is the MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district, had uploaded a video on social media on Wednesday declaring her marriage with Ajitesh Kumar, 29. In another video, she appealed to her father to stop opposing her love marriage and call back associates he had allegedly set upon them.In the petition filed in court, the couple repeated the allegation and sought security. The petition claimed that Mr. Misra is unhappy as he is a Brahmin and his son-in-law a Dalit. The judge posted the next hearing for July 15 since the couple was not present in court.Stung by the embarrassment, Mr. Misra told reporters on Thursday that the allegations against him were “false”. He said his daughter was an adult and “has the right to decide for herself”.“I have not threatened to kill anybody, neither have any of my men or family. Nobody faces any threat from me,” the MLA said, adding that he was busy with the membership drive of his party.Bareilly Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj G. said the police came to know of the matter through social media and assured the couple of protection if they wrote seeking security. “We have put Ajitesh’s house under round-the-clock security. We are trying to trace the couple and assure them regarding their safety,” said the SSP.Family leaves homeHarish Kumar, Mr. Ajitesh’s father, alleged that his family is getting threats from people close to the BJP MLA. The family left their house on July 5 for an undisclosed place. “I have approached the local police, media and the BJP MLA and apprised them of the situation and also shown them the marriage certificate. The issue is between two families and we can sort it out,” said Mr. Harish.In short videos shared on social media, Ms. Sakshi said her family led by her father and his aides were after the life of her husband and her.
The Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) used videos of the 2002 Gujarat riots to “motivate” David Headley to carry out jihad against India, it has been revealed.Headley, a co-accused in the 26/11 strike, was allegedly trained by the LeT as well as the ISI in terror operations after seeing the videos “that revealed the persecution of Muslims in India”.As a star witness during the just-concluded trial of his childhood friend Tahawwur Rana, Headley told a US court in Chicago how the banned Pakistani militant group was using the 2002 riots as a potent tool to radicalise possible recruits.Headley told the Chicago court last month that the Gujarat riots were very often the topic of discussion among him and his Pakistani handlers, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as well as senior LeT leaders such as Sajid Mir and Yusuf Muzammil.When the US government prosecutor asked him if the Gujarat riot motivated him to carry out jihad against India, Headley said: “Yes.””It was a massacre that had happened, and they showed people running, houses being burnt. And also since that time from 2002 till 2007, the Lashkar office itself had received hundreds of letters from Muslims in Gujarat asking for help,” Headley said.”All of us spent a few weeks there watching videos of different actions that had taken place in India against Muslims,” Headley, 50, said. He saw the videos at the outfit’s Muzzaffarabad headquarters.He told the court of having seen a hidden-camera interview of one Baba Bajrangi, said to be a VHP leader, who relocated himself from Mumbai to Gujarat during the riots.advertisement”In the video, Baba Bajrangi claimed that he had killed a lot of women and burnt houses and stuff. That’s available on YouTube,” Headley said referringto his conversation with LeT leaders in Pakistan.”They are videos of the massacres that had taken place in Gujarat a few years earlier and the breaking of the Babri Mosque, other things like that,” Headley said when asked about the videos that were shown to him by the Lashkar leaders ahead of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.The terror accused also revealed how his handlers used a US cell phone number to communicate with him in order to deceive Indian security agencies.He said the ISI’s Major Iqbal – another accused – used to call him from an American number while the Pakistani-American was scouting for targets in India.Headley told the court that Iqbal gave him a New York cell phone number starting with 646 so that both of them could have unhindered communication while he was in India.Headley said he was asked to call on that number to talk to Major Iqbal when he was travelling inside India.”This was done because all calls between India and Pakistan were mostly monitored,” Headley explained.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
LATEST STORIES The new Simonne Mathieu court is seen as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza serves against Taylor Townsend of the U.S. during their first round matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild.Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame strong opposition from critics who long sought to block construction in a 19th-century garden of the 5,290-seat arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It’s like being in a forest,” said Parisian Kelly Orsinet. “It’s relaxing and pleasant.”Sinking the red clay court and surrounding it with tasteful modern hothouses filled with leafy plants prevented it from being an eyesore in its historic surrounds, the Auteuil gardens that date back to 1898 and are loved for their majestic steel and glass greenhouses for prized botanical collections.Expanding into the gardens is part of a massive, partially completed 380-million euro ($425 million) revamp of Roland Garros, the smallest of tennis’ Grand Slam venues that can feel uncomfortably cramped in its busiest opening week.Gilles Jourdan, the project manager overseeing the modernization, was on hand to savor the new arena’s atmosphere with its first crowd, a landmark in what has been a difficult birth, complicated by legal challenges from opponents.Neighbors who overlook the site had “said ’It’s a disgrace! A disgrace!” Jourdan recalled. “Fewer and fewer are saying it’s a disgrace now.”ADVERTISEMENT “You can’t see the court. That’s very important and that was the most fundamental idea,” he said. “If you’re not flying overhead in a helicopter, you wouldn’t know there’s a court there.”Like other showcase courts at Roland Garros, the lower of the arena’s two tiers is tastefully fitted with cream-colored, hand-finished seats of chestnut wood from eastern France. Upper-tier spectators, some of whom have a view of the Eiffel Tower, are seated on benches, because fitting seats up there would have blocked lines of sight, clogging the arena’s airy, open feel, Jourdan explained.Named after the French Open women’s champion in 1938 and 1939, the Court Simonne Mathieu was about half-empty for the start of the match but continually filled as Muguruza fought back from her unsteady start in a westerly breeze that shook leaves on the tall trees overlooking the arena.Modernization work will resume after the tournament. The Chatrier court, largely torn down after Rafael Nadal won his 11th title there last year, has been rebuilt but is still missing the retractable roof planned for next year.In the meantime, organizers have done a good job of making the project-in-progress look spic and span for the next two weeks.“It’s a bit like at the theater: You look backstage and go ‘Ooops,’” Jourdan said. “We’ve hidden everything, and 10 days after the tournament, we’ll start again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Automatic sprinklers periodically doused the lush greenery from Africa, Asia, South America and Australia as Garbine Muguruza, too busy to notice, beat Taylor Townsend of the United States 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Muguruza, the 2016 champion, later gave a big thumbs-up to the sunken arena that is now the third-biggest at Roland Garros, after the 9,829-seat Court Suzanne Lenglen and the 14,962-seat showcase Court Philippe Chatrier that is in the process of being rebuilt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a very cute court. It’s not small, but it’s, you know, cozy,” Muguruza said. “It’s like in a garden. It’s a different feeling.”Spectators were impressed, too. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments