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Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about unhappiness at Arsenal before Roma move

first_img PLAY Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coral BarryTuesday 10 Sep 2019 5:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link456Shares Mkhitaryan joined Roma on loan (Picture: Reuters)Henrikh Mkhitaryan was so desperate to leave Arsenal this summer he didn’t even discuss a potential salary with Roma before agreeing to join the Italian side on loan.The midfielder joined Roma on transfer deadline day and although he has not ruled out a return to the Emirates, Mkhitaryan admitted he was too unhappy to stay at Arsenal.Unai Emery sanctioned Mkhitaryan’s exit and the Armenian explained what forced him to leave Arsenal.‘I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place,’ Mkhitaryan said. ‘In England, I no longer felt happy.ADVERTISEMENT Mkhitaryan admitted he was unhappy at Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)‘The last month at Arsenal I was not happy, so that’s why I said it was better to come to Roma and to get happy and to get the pleasure from playing football again.‘Now I am in Rome and I focus on them. This is not a step backwards as great football is played here.‘I wanted to change scenery and for me it is an opportunity to be seized.’MORE: Arsenal have ‘made a mistake’ by selling Alex Iwobi to Everton, reckons Nwankwo KanuMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coming Next / Skip Ad Video Settings Comment 1/1 Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More 1 min. story Full Screen Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about unhappiness at Arsenal before Roma move Advertisement Skip by Metro Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Top articles ‘I got a call from my agent and I wanted to come, because it was a great opportunity for me.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I didn’t even have a discussion with my agent about money.‘Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football, so I think a change was good.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Incentives for exporters

first_imgThe government provides various incentives to South African firms to export their products internationally. Export Marketing and Investment Assistance The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme compensates exporters for the costs involved in developing export markets for South African products and services. Set up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EMIA aims to develop an export market in South Africa and to assist South African exporters gain access to this market. By encouraging individual manufacturers and exporters, the DTI hopes to recruit new foreign direct investment. The scheme is administered by Trade and Investment South Africa’s (TISA) export promotion unit. Under this scheme, the DIT offers exporters incentives and financial assistance with market research, trade missions, showcasing products and services at international exhibitions, among other things. Costs covered can include exhibition fees, stand construction, travel and daily allowances. Who qualifies for EMIA assistance?South African manufactures and exporters;South African export trading houses representing at least three SMMEs or businesses owned by Historical Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs);South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs or HDI- owned businesses; andSouth African exports councils, industry associations and joint action groups (JAGs) representing at least five South African entities. The Industrial Development Corporation The IDC makes financing available at reduced rates for selected expansion schemes that are expected to result in increased foreign exchange earnings. Financing of credit for exporters of capital goods is also available through the IDC or private sector merchant banks at reduced rates. The Export Credit Insurance Corporation The ECIC provides export credit and foreign investment insurance cover on behalf of the government. The ECIC, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to facilitate and encourage South African export trade by underwriting export credit loans and investments outside the country to enable South African contractors to win capital goods and services’ contracts in other countries. Website: sars.gov.za Website: www.ecic.co.za Website: www.idc.co.zaSee the official portal for South African government incentive schemes: www.investmentincentives.co.za Website: sars.gov.za See the DTI website for the latest information on EMIA Download the DTI’s Guide to Incentive Schemes 2011/12, [PDF]Contact the EMIA administrators:General enquiries: (012) 394 1014DTI Customer Contact Centre: 0861 843 384 Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Offers exporters insurance covering domestic or international debtors, which means exporters are protected against non-payment. IDC is a shareholder of the company.Website: www.creditguarantee.co.za See the DTI website for the latest information on sector specific funding, including Project Funding For Emerging Exporters guidelinescenter_img See the DTI website for the latest information on CPFP, including guidelines and to download application forms Sector Specific Assistance Scheme The Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) is a reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations. The scheme has a subprogramme specially designed to assist emerging exporters. Eligible enterprises are non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub- sectors of the industry prioritised by the DTI. Customs and Excise duty refunds Provision is made in the Customs and Excise Act for general refunds, as well as a large number of specific drawbacks and refunds of customs and excise duties, to exporters. These concessions are available to manufacturers as well as to merchants who import goods for re-export. Assistance is divided between individual and group offerings; and each scheme has its own defined criteria. VAT Export Incentive Scheme Exporters may zero-rate VAT on exports regarded as a direct export. Applicable to exporters registered as VAT vendors in South Africa. You must be registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to export commercial goods from South Africa. Capital Projects Feasibility Programme The Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP) is a cost-sharing programme that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects outside South Africa that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and services. All South African enterprises are eligible, as long as the study is undertaken by local companies. SA.info reporter Reviewed: 5 August 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why Do Americans Hate Technological Change?

first_imgDan Lyons’s provocative question about Why Do American’s Hate Android And Love Apple?, got me to thinking about even larger questions involving my fellow countrymen’s relationship to technology.A.J. Schuler, in his 2003 paper, “Resistance to Change,” lays out 10 reasons why people resist change. His first two points may help us understand why we cling to technology that might not be the best for us.The risk of change is seen as greater than the risk of standing still.People feel connected to other people who are identified with the old way.Why Did Macs Never Rule America?Dan suggests one reason Americans support the iPhone is because “Apple is an American company, and Americans like to root for the home team.” He also says “lawsuits against Android phone makers have been an effective form of marketing” and that Apple fanboys have depicted Android users as “low-class people who are uneducated, poor, cheap and too lacking in `taste.’”While we might like the home team and being part of the cool-guy club, there is more to iPhone love than Apple and its “superior” marketing.For instance, when Dan asks, “Why do such a huge majority of Americans go out of their way to choose Apple?” he is talking about smartphones – because as a country we are not really in love with Apple’s computers. According to Ars Technica even at their peak of popularity, the computers of Apple have never even been one third as popular as the iPhone.From 1996 until his death, Steve Jobs tried fairly unsuccessfully to get Americans public to embrace the Mac the way they now love, love, love the iPhone. (As a former Apple employee, this is a problem that I lived first hand.)For many years after Mac OS X’s initial release on March 24, 2001, it was arguably the best desktop operating system in the world. For one thing, OS X was far more secure than Windows XP. Whole agencies in the federal government could be taken down by a virus or worm attack, but their CIOs would cling to Windows XP like they were married to it.Many businesses were even worse. And it isn’t all about not liking Apple. Many companies still cling to Windows XP when almost anyone with computer experience will tell you that Windows 7 is a far superior operating system. And let’s not even talk about Windows 8.Because Everyone Else Is Doing It – And They Will Help YouSo why are the 11-year-old Windows XP and the no-longer-clearly-superior iPhone still so beloved?It could be because they were the first widely accepted products of their type. While the Macintosh brought us the first graphical user interface, it was never as widely accepted as Windows. People got used to Windows, and the risk of going to something different became greater than the risk of sticking with XP.In a similar fashion there were smartphones before the iPhone – but Apple’s breakthrough was the first one to be widely accepted.In technology, “being connected to other people who are identified with the old way” also means that you have a support system of people to call if you screw things up.If you needed assistance when Windows XP broke, you probably knew someone who could help. And if you have a problem with your iPhone, how hard is it to find another iPhone user?Fast Food – But Not Fast Internet?It is not just Microsoft’s operating systems or Apple’s smartphone technology that Americans cling to. We seem perfectly happy with slow Internet access that even Russia and the notably technology adverse British wouldn’t tolerate.“Technology adverse British” is actually a slam our friends across the pond do not deserve. The Brits have adopted smartphones faster than the United States.It’s An American Thing, You Wouldn’t UnderstandStill, I wonder how America, birthplace to the personal computer and so many other technologies, has become so complacent when it comes to adopting the latest and greatest. I worry about the security vulnerabilities caused by our government’s refusal to aggressively diversify its operating system portfolio.But whatever you think of iPhones or Windows XP, there is one thing that we should all be able to rally around: faster Internet connections.Once we see the positive results of forcing change even when we are comfortable hugging our cable modems, perhaps change will come easier to us the next time.That’s important, because a “good enough for me” attitude towards technology is not the best way to keep up with the global economy. And we might fall even further behind if our international competitors can see more on their larger smartphone screens.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… david sobottacenter_img Tags:#Apple#Internet#iPhone#Mac#Windows 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img

Quebec City dumps 46 million litres of raw sewage into St Lawrence

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec City dumped about 46 million litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River over 12 hours in order to do scheduled maintenance work on a pumping station, the city said Friday.A spokesperson for the city said everything went as planned.The city said earlier this week that neglecting to do the repairs could lead to equipment breakdowns and more serious environmental problems down the line.“Failure to carry out this maintenace work could lead to major breaks in the equipment,” the city wrote in a press release.The riverbanks were to be inspected following the work.Quebec City treats about 137 billion liters of wastewater annually.Montreal’s administration was widely criticized in 2015 for dumping 4.9 billion litres of raw sewage into the river.An original estimate of eight billion litres was downgraded after the city finished its sewer repair work three days early.last_img read more

BJP govt released Masood Azhar Doval escorted him says Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Pulwama suicide bombing, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raked up the issue of release of Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar in 1999.Sounding the bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Modi’s home state, he fired a fresh salvo at the NDA regime on a slew of issues, including the Rafale deal, demonetisation and the implementation of the GST. Addressing a rally at Adalaj village of Gandhinagar district in the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, his sister and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other top party leaders, he reiterated that there was massive corruption in the Rafale deal. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “He (Modi) talks about patriotism. Masood Azhar conducted bomb attack in Pulwama. I would like to ask Narendra Modiji, who released Masood Azhar and sent him to Pakistan? (It was) the BJP government, the Vajpayee government put Masood Azhar on a special plane, gave him money and sent him to Pakistan,” Rahul Gandhi said. “And Narendra Modiji, your National Security Adviser, (Ajit) Dovalji (who was then with the IB), escorted Masood Azhar to Kandahar (in Afghanistan),” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAzhar and two other terrorists were set free by the Vajpayee government in exchange of hostages of the IC-814 Indian Airlines flight hijacked to Kandahar in December 1999. Azhar later went on to set up the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terror outfit that claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. “Explain to the country, why did you send the person who killed those 40-45 martyrs, on a special plane? Tell the country why your government sent him to Pakistan. Who had arrested Masood Azhar? Congress party had arrested Masood Azhar, he was kept in jail,” he said. While mocking the industrialist, the Congress chief said, “Anil Ambani has never made a plane in his life. If I give him a piece of paper he would not be able to make a plane out of that also.”last_img read more

Real Madrid should give Barcelona a guard of honour – Alba

first_imgBarcelona’s Jordi Alba is convinced that Real Madrid should give them a guard of honour for having recently been crown La Liga championsThe Catalan giants sealed their 25th league title with a 4-2 win against the now-relegated Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.The title marks their seventh one of the past 10 seasons and they recently defeated Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final.But for Sunday’s El Clasico against bitter rivals Real, Zinedine Zidane announced that they will not be performing any kind of guard of honour due to Barcelona’s refusal to the same gesture when they won the Club World Cup in December.“It’s not a decision we take, everyone has respect for those who want to,” said Alba, according to AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The Club World Cup was a competition we didn’t play in. At the [Santiago] Bernabeu, in the league, we have previously performed a guard of honour. If they don’t want to give us a guard of honour it will be because it comes from upstairs.”The defender also defended his head coach Ernesto Valverde for Barcelona’s shocking exit from the Champions League to AS Roma.“It’s an embarrassment, the players have to show our faces, we all make mistakes,” admitted the 29-year-old.“Valverde deserves it more than anyone, he’s the sixth coach to have won a double. He’s managed the dressing room perfectly.”He added: “[The double] has only been done eight times in Barcelona’s history and we have to be very happy. Everyone would have taken it, although we know that in the Champions League we were knocked out badly. The double has been won eight times and the club was founded ages ago.”last_img read more

Cancelo pays tribute to Ronaldo

first_imgFor the Portugal international footballer, the impact his fellow countryman had in Real Madrid was gigantic and cannot be equalAfter Real Madrid lost 5-1 against a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona team, Portugal international footballer Joao Cancelo paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo.“Every day I train with Cristiano Ronaldo and so far he has won five editions of the Ballon d’Or,” Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“If Cristiano doesn’t win it this year, it’s just incredible. He is the best of them all and last season he was more decisive than any other player.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The Ballon d’Or can’t just be decided by the World Cup, because that tournament can only be won by a certain number of select nations,” he said.“If you are born in France, Germany or Brazil, clearly sooner or later you’re going to win a World Cup. Seeing Portugal win the Euros, that is a huge achievement and very rare.”“Cristiano won the Champions League as an absolute protagonist, scoring 15 goals. When he plays for a team, that team becomes the best there is,” he commented.“The proof is in the latest Clasico result. Barcelona without Lionel Messi win 5-1, Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo lose 5-1. That is the difference.”last_img read more

NOW volunteers plan patrols Tuesday

first_imgVolunteers with Vancouver’s Neighbors on Watch program plan a “saturation patrol” through the city from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.Forty volunteers, who act as extra eyes and ears for police officers, will split into 16 patrol teams and fan out across the city looking for problems such as vandalism or abandoned vehicles. Patrol areas will be based on areas that need special attention, according to a news release. One patrol will work in a specially equipped truck, trying to find stolen autos.The volunteers receive special training, wear special uniforms and drive vehicles with NOW signs, but they do not confront offenders. For more information on volunteering for the group, contact Kelly Cheney, 360-487-7467 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Crawling breathing fish on a course to invade Australia

first_imgAnabas scandens, = Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792). Credit: public domain Anabas testudineus Over the past forty years, the fish has slowly made its way to Indonesia, and then Papua New Guinea—more recently some have been spotted on two Australian islands, the Torres Strait islands of Boigu and Saibai, just 160K from the Australian mainland. Marine biologists are worried that the fish will take over habitat now being occupied by other species because it has so many survival capabilities. The fish can crawl on land using its sharp, spiny, gill covers, breathe air with its mammal-like lungs, and has been seen able to survive up to six days without any water at all. It also has been seen to puff itself up somehow after being swallowed by other fish or birds, sticking in the throat and causing either starvation or suffocation. As if all that were not enough, researchers have also found instances of the freshwater fish being able to live in near sea level saltwater, and, it has been discovered that the fish can hibernate in mud for up to six months. All these attributes make it relatively easy for the fish to survive in practically any environment, and that is what it has been doing as it has slowly moved south, overwhelming native fish populations. Marine biologist are worried that if the fish makes it to the mainland, it will make its way into watering holes and other waterways, simply by crawling to them and causing what some have described as a major disaster for native fish, turtles and birds.Despite its superfish characteristics, the fish cannot swim to Australia—to get there it will likely have to hitch a ride on the bottom of a boat or be tossed overboard by fishermen. For that reason, environmentalists are giving fishermen and boaters information about the fish and are being encouraged to help prevent its spread to Australian shores. Meanwhile, biologists are capturing specimens and studying them in a lab to learn more about both their strengths and weaknesses, hoping to find a way to either prevent them from coming to the mainland, or to eradicate them if they succeed. Australian marine biologists are worried that a species of perch native to Southeast Asia (the climbing perch, aka Anabas testudineus), will soon make its way onto the Australian mainland in the near future, putting native species of other fish and some birds at risk. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined Citation: Crawling, breathing fish on a course to invade Australia (2015, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-fish-invade-australia.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more