Pronet: Understanding the ‘new normal’ for the Premier League

first_img Share Submit Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon With the Premier League well and truly back, albeit with a noticeably different look and feel, SBC News spoke to Bobby Longhurst, Chief Commercial Officer at Pronet Gaming, about what it has learned since the return of the world’s most popular football competition.With a significant mid-season break, a host of safety stipulations in place and empty stadia, it was always unlikely that football would return with quite its usual pizzazz. Nevertheless, one thing that has not changed is the enthusiasm with which customers have seized on the opportunity to place their bets on The Beautiful Game again. Business is booming.What has been really fascinating about the return of the Premier League in particular, however, is the way in which the trends around those bets have shifted. Here at Pronet Gaming, we’ve been keeping a close eye on how the new conditions have affected play on the pitch, and in turn, how gamblers are placing wagers. In most of the leagues, teams have struggled to pick up where they left off before the lockdown. Many who are safe from the dreaded drop appear to be playing the season out. This has resulted in fewer goals, fewer shots and a lower conversion rate of chances to goals.With the exception of Serie A, which is bucking the trend, this is the case across all of the big European leagues. Over 70% of goals have been scored in the second half of games, indicating that the extended hiatus may have had more of an impact on match fitness than some previously envisioned.Football is a game in which teams thrive in a febrile atmosphere. Our initial prediction that an absence of cheering fans would affect player performance proved accurate, with Premier League home games now as close to being played on neutral ground as they could be. In particular, this seems to have impacted the teams in the lower reaches more when facing those above them in the table. We anticipated games would be more likely to be cagey as a result, and that has certainly rung true, with 58% of the matches (before gameweek 36) so far being goalless at half time as opposed to just 29% before lockdown.Following the reduction in home advantage, we amended the thinking around our models accordingly. This proactive approach has been paramount in helping our clients stay ahead of the curve. These amendments ensured we spotted trends early and adjusted our typical goal dependencies to mitigate possible value takers on the ‘unders’ in line with a drop in goals since the restart.Many competitors and their clients have taken a hit in recent weeks because they have simply run their tried and tested models without adjusting to the changing circumstances. This lack of foresight has undoubtedly led to an erosion in margins. A case in point is the popular both teams to score market, which has seen a spike in customers backing No.When it comes to the return of recreational bettors with no hidden agenda, many have picked up where they left off, with match accumulators, over goals and both teams to score remaining the most popular. But shrewder ones have picked up on the lack of goals. To counterbalance this trend, our traders and customer profiling departments have proactively stayed ahead of the curve. They’ve done that by ensuring our risks are properly managed across the lifecycle of the odds, from creation to settlement and everything in between.What we are concentrating on now is whether these current trends will remain once things make their way back to normal. With goals down, shots down and even sprints all down, as players look to conserve energy, what we are currently seeing is almost a facsimile of friendly matches, with teams not match sharp, and a lack of atmosphere producing lacklustre performances. After a full pre-season and with the stadiums back to capacity, normal service will hopefully resume once again in the Premier League and beyond. But if it doesn’t, we’ll be prepared. Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Week 14 NFL DFS Picks: Best value players, sleepers for FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy football lineups

first_imgOut of nowhere, the Buccaneers defense posted five sacks, forced two fumbles and two interceptions and scored a defensive touchdown to become the highest-scoring unit on last week’s DraftKings slate. While it’s a stretch to assume that they can repeat that, they’re one of the more affordable options to consider on this slate.  Kansas City D/ST: Chiefs at Patriots (DraftKings $2,200 | FanDuel $3,200)Very few people will consider rostering a defense against the Patriots in Foxborough, but the Chiefs are dirt-cheap across the industry, and New England’s offense has uncharacteristically struggled lately. Receivers simply couldn’t get open against the Texans, and Tom Brady has not looked remotely like himself. Although a defensive touchdown might be a stretch, any NFL defense has double-digit scoring potential due to variability. It’s safe to say that Week 13 was a funky NFL DFS slate. After all, DeVante Parker was the highest-scoring player on DraftKings and Dolphins teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick was the highest-scoring quarterback. No one saw that coming. Just six players scored more than 30 DraftKings points and one big name was missing from the list: Christian McCaffrey. Somehow, not only was McCaffrey held to just 17.2 DK points by the lowly Washington defense, but 14 running backs outscored him, including opponent Derrius Guice, who dropped 30.7 DK points in his breakout game. Looking ahead to Week 14, there are a number of captivating value plays to consider on both DraftKings and FanDuel. But before we break down top Week 14 value plays, please note that the picks and analysis below are provided by the industry-leading DFS experts at RotoQL Find out why 100,000 DFS players trust RotoQL to build lineups. Optimize, find value plays, and increase your chances of cashing today!  WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPNFL DFS Picks Week 14: QB sleepers, valuesRyan Tannehill: Titans at Raiders (DraftKings $5,800 | FanDuel $7,300)Tannehill was ultra-efficient last week, going 17-for-22 for 182 yards and two touchdowns, while Derrick Henry went crazy on the ground. That game plan will likely continue this week against the Raiders, but it’s worth noting that Sam Darnold put up 315 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland two weeks ago, and the Chiefs easily hung 40 points on them last week. Andy Dalton: Bengals at Browns (DraftKings $5,200 | FanDuel $7,000)Dalton went 22-for-37 for 243 yards and a touchdown in his return to the starting role in Cincinnati and, most importantly, led his team to their first victory of the season. The Browns need a miracle to make the playoffs, could suffer from a deflated locker room and home crowd, and Dalton should continue to see somewhere around 35-to-40 pass attempts at a discounted rate across the industry. Knowing that these may be his last starts at the NFL level, expect Dalton to show more urgency than some of his teammates. Gardner Minshew II: Jaguars vs. Chargers (DraftKings $5,400 | FanDuel $6,600)Minshew was named Jacksonville’s starter for the remainder of the season and based on what we saw from him earlier in the season, you can expect a gunslinging attitude and some rushing ability. He recorded 42-plus rushing yards in three of his appearances and will likely use this opportunity as an audition to earn the full-time starting gig heading into next season. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 14 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, valuesJames White: Patriots vs. Chiefs (DraftKings $5,500 | FanDuel $6,000)Although it’s always difficult to trust the Patriots for DFS purposes (and especially their stable of running backs), White’s usage against the Texans was hard to ignore. He took 14 carries for 79 rushing yards (season-high in both categories) and also hauled in 8-of-11 targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns. While the game script dictated more of his usage, it’s easy to assume that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be able to produce some points against New England this week, which would allow White to see a lot of time in the backfield. Derrius Guice: Redskins at Packers (DraftKings $4,900 | FanDuel $6,300)Guice showed off his explosiveness against the Panthers last week, taking 10 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in two catches for eight yards. Although Adrian Peterson was still worked into the backfield rotation and split carries with him, Guice could be given the opportunity to see what he can do with additional touches against the Packers this week. As massive underdogs, game script could be a concern, but Washington is committed to the run, and he should hopefully see a minimum of 12-15 touches this week. Raheem Mostert: 49ers at Saints (DraftKings $4,600 | FanDuel $6,200)Although Matt Breida’s potential return creates a three-man running back group again for the 49ers, Mostert’s 19-carry, 146-yard performance with a touchdown and a couple of catches last week could be enough to earn him double-digit touches yet again (especially since Tevin Coleman only had five last week). Mostert averages 5.9 yards per carry and has incredible explosiveness out of the backfield, which could come in handy against a team like the Saints. MORE WEEK 14: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emFanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 14: WR sleepers, valuesDeebo Samuel: 49ers at Saints (DraftKings $5,600 | FanDuel $6,000)Samuel has been a DFS factor over the last four weeks and although he was a possession receiver in the first two of those weeks (catching eight balls in each for a total of 246 yards), he has found the endzone in back-to-back recent games. While 2-50-1 and 4-41-1 lines don’t exactly get anyone excited, Samuel has proven to be one of Jimmy G’s top targets, and if the Niners find themselves playing from behind, he should be heavily utilized once again.Christian Kirk: Cardinals vs. Steelers (DraftKings $5,200 | FanDuel $5,900)Although Kirk caught just three passes for 23 yards last week, he’s still Kyler Murray’s favorite target. He’s seen double-digit targets three times this season and has attracted 10, nine and seven over his last three weeks, respectively. He’s simply too cheap and will look to get back on track against the Steelers at presumably low ownership due to last week’s dud, making him a viable tournament option.Robby Anderson: Jets vs. Dolphins (DraftKings $5,100 | FanDuel $6,400)The first time the Jets played the Dolphins this season, Anderson had two catches for 33 yards. However, he’s been on a roll the last two weeks, posting 5-86-1 and 7-101-0 lines. Most importantly, Sam Darnold threw the ball his way 10 times last week against Cincinnati. Due to his big-play ability, Anderson is a stellar boom-or-bust tournament option this week against a beatable Miami secondary.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, valuesO.J. Howard: Buccaneers vs. Colts (DraftKings $3,200 | FanDuel $5,400)Although Howard has been a DFS nightmare this season, he’s coming off of a 61-yard performance, and fellow tight end Cameron Brate was essentially a non-factor. Tampa Bay will likely want to see what Howard can do in the final stretch of the season, and he’s one of the few tight ends with legitimate upside. Jacob Hollister: Seahawks at Rams (DraftKings $3,900 | FanDuel $5,500)Hollister has been one of Russell Wilson’s top targets over the past four weeks, attracting an average of seven targets per game while hauling in three touchdowns in that span. Known as more of a pass-catcher than a blocking tight end, Hollister will most likely be featured in Seattle’s game plan against the Rams this week. BetQL, RotoQL’s sister product, simplifies the research process for sports bettors by equipping them with real-time line movements, value bets of the day and meaningful team trends. Check it out here!MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepersTampa Bay D/ST: Buccaneers vs. Colts (DraftKings $2,300 | FanDuel $3,800)last_img read more

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West Ham must drop Mark Noble if they want to progress under Pellegrini

first_img possible standings 4 gameday cracker One thing Noble could always be relied upon was his composure and consistency from the penalty spot, having scored an impressive 31 in his career thus far.However, fans were left perplexed as to why Marko Arnautovic stepped up to slam home a spot-kick against the Cherries on Saturday, but a club insider has revealed all.According to the trusty @ExWHUemployee on Twitter, Noble has even been stripped of penalty duties after missing a spot-kick in pre-season. Mark Noble.West Ham’s engine room. pic.twitter.com/eL2PhxmMy3— Dave Ellis (@fullback03) August 20, 2018For years, Noble has been portrayed as the ‘local lad’ who is living his dream and giving everything for the shirt. His unquestionable loyalty regularly allows him to escape unscathed when results are bad.When new Crystal Palace signing Cheikhou Kouyate was caught failing to track back towards the end of his ill-fated career in east London, he was continually chastised by the Hammers faithful. silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Noble has given his all for the club, but the pace of the Premier League has caught up with him. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal REVEALED A Premier League winner, Pellegrini knows the importance of winning, but is able to do so with style.Under his tutelage, Manchester City played fast, attacking football and tore teams apart for fun.If West Ham are even going to consider breaking into the fabled European places, they must sacrifice the archaic and sluggish ‘Mr. West Ham’ who only serves to clog up their midfield.Footage captured from the weekend’s defeat at home to Bournemouth shows just how off the pace the 31-year-old is and how the demands of Premier League football are now too much. 4 ALTERED Latest Premier League news Sentimentality is the only thing keeping Noble in the West Ham midfield How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures latest Mark Noble is seriously hampering West Ham United’s chances of progressing in the Premier League under Manuel Pellegrini.The Chilean was brought in over the summer to replace David Moyes and inject some much-needed vitality and excitement to a rather dour West Ham side. NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Never thought I’d say it but one of our biggest problems is Kouyate… lazy, makes no effort to make an angel for others to pass to him, doesn’t track back & slows momentum down at throw ins by jogging over.I’d sell him this month if £20m is bid. He wants out.— Brownie (@WestHamMatters) January 2, 2018So why does Noble manage to escape criticism?With the Premier League continually becoming much more pace-orientated, West Ham can ill-afford to remain so vulnerable in their engine room. His loyalty cannot be questioned, but Noble is weighing the Hammers down center_img revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But after spending over £100million on transfers in the summer, how much time can Manuel Pellegrini have at the London Stadium, and can he can really afford passengers?Although the new boss is undoubtedly a long way away from finding his favoured starting XI, it remains to be seen if ‘Mr. West Ham’ will be part of that. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Like all West Ham fans, Noble loves a maverick The reason Noble didnt take the the penalty yesterday according to one of my sources was because he missed one in preseason and it was also felt by letting Arnautovic take the penalties he has a greater chance of being one of the league’s top scorers.— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 19, 2018There are a number of possible reasons for Pellegrini continuing to persist with Noble, all equally valid.Seven summer signings were given home debuts on Saturday, with the argument being made that Noble is needed as a cohesive mechanism in the side.He revealed to The Telegraph before the beginning of last season he constantly called Arnautovic after the forward arrived from Stoke City last season to offer him assistance and make sure the new signing settled.There is also evidence to suggest Noble thrives when the club have splashed on luxury, maverick players. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 TOP FOOTBALL STORIES ON TALKSPORT.COM Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal BEST OF predicted Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware When given a run by Alan Curbishley during the club’s ‘Great Escape’ in 2007, the Canning Town native won seven of his 10 Premier League appearances, with both of his goals being assisted by cult hero Carlos Tevez.Similarly, his form during Payet’s sole season at the club led for many to call for the midfielder to be included in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.He scored a career-best seven Premier League goals that campaign, leading the club to an impressive seventh-placed finish.If new signings Andriy Yarmolenko or Felipe Anderson can manage to click in east London, perhaps Noble’s performances will also start to improve. After conceding 68 goals last season, they have already started this season by shipping six. Noble’s personal statistics show he has failed to make a single interception, block or clearance this campaign.For eagle-eyed fans, this will hardly come as a surprise.The club captain has been on the wane ever since the 2015/16 campaign where Dimitri Payet nearly single-handedly dragged the club into the Champions League.During the course of the season, he averaged 2.8 tackles per game as well as 2.2 interceptions. The following season, it had dropped to just 1.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game. REVEALED How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Against Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season, Noble was more than happy to play conservative side-to-side passes, doing little else other than to boost his own pass completion rate.He lacks the cutting edge of a modern Premier League midfielder, woefully lacking the ability to either beat a man or to find a defence-splitting pass.Last season, he failed to record a single assist in the league and made just 17 chances – even Chelsea’s defensive stalwart N’Golo Kante made 20 more.For those who think he at least offers the Hammers a protective screen, think again.last_img read more

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FAMILY OF TODDLER SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE CONDITION OVERWHELMED BY FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

first_imgThe family of a 20 month-old Donegal toddler who has an incurable life-limiting condition have been overwhelmed with the response they’ve got for their fundraising efforts for both the Children’s Ward in Letterkenny General Hospital and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.Five Men in Donegal have graciously offered to run 5km everyday in January to raise funds to help Leah says thanks – the initiative has now become known as the 5 Men 1 Challenge.Little Leah McGeehan lives in Fintown with her parents Brenda and Brendan, and her big brother Aidan. Leah has a mitochondrial condition which unfortunately is a devastating diagnosis for any family to receive for their child.It is incurable and life limiting. Mitochondrial disease is a metabolic disorder that prohibits cells from producing the energy needed for organs, and the body overall, to effectively function.Leah’s short journey of life so far has been hugely tough and demanding on Leah and her family.Her mum Brenda says, “When I was 35 weeks pregnant our lives changed when we were giving the devastating news after a fetal assessment in Letterkenny General Hospital that all was not well with our unborn baby. “The scan showed extra fluid around our unborn child’s brain.They were referred to the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin for further tests. The outlook wasn’t good.A date was arranged for April 15th 2013 for the baby to delivered by caesarean.“Leaving our then 3 ½ year old Aidan was heart-breaking and we were expecting to be in Dublin for weeks or months if the baby was to survive, Brenda says.“Just after midday I was taken to theatre and our princess Leah was born at 1.26p.m. on April 15th. “She did everything she wasn’t expected to do, she breathed, she took her feed, she cried etc. She was taken to the neo – natal unit and held her own.“We got the brilliant news that we would be discharged that Friday. She was taken to Temple Street that day for an MRI and we headed for home.Two weeks later we got the MRI results from Leah’s consultant in Letterkenny – it wasn’t the result they had hoped for.A week later they were told she had very little hearing, but to wait as it might develop. “All we could do for the next few months was wait and see, but deep down in my heart I knew Leah was going to have a lot of challenges ahead,” Brenda adds.“After numerous trips to Dublin we were referred to the metabolic team in Temple Street, and it was arranged for us to come into the hospital to have a series of test over a few days.“So in December 2013 she was called in for the tests, once we got settled on the ward, one of the Doctor’s said to me ‘you are aware that Leah has a lot of markers for a mitochondrial disorder.’”Brenda added, “When I asked her to repeat the name of the condition she told me not to Google it!“Of course I couldn’t wait to get her out the door to Google it and I cried when I read about the prognosis.“We were told we would have to wait for a few months for the results which would be from a skin biopsy that they took of Leah.“As the months went by I knew things were going to be tough, Leah wasn’t meeting her milestones and interacting.“She was diagnosed in January 2013 with Cortical Visual Impairment that meant she didn’t smile until she was 10 months. When she eventually did we were on top of the world.Leah was finally confirmed as a mitochondrial patient in June 2014; the type she has is pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency.As Brenda explains, “We were told it was a life limiting condition and not much else. Walking down O’Connell Street that day my head was spinning.“So it was life as normal again not really knowing much about this horrific diagnosis.“It wasn’t until I joined a facebook page of the condition I found out the real extent of the condition and over time when I met up with other mothers of kids with mitochondrial.In December five children in Donegal had been diagnosed with mitochondrial.“Sadly, one of these special kids passed away suddenly, little Katie Rodgers, which was a heart-breaking.“In recent times Leah’s hospital stays have become more frequent.” It is not as easy to take her out especially during the winter months as we are so afraid of her becoming sick, therefore the support we get from the Jack and Jill Foundation means we can have a normal as possible life for Aidan’s sake.Now with the help of friends Brenda and Brendan McGeehan have decided to give something back to the Jack and Jill Foundation and the Children’s ward at LGH as Jack and Jill provide them with a carer to do normal things with Aidan or even just to go and get the grocery shopping.“We want to give something back to LGH for the great care and support we receive on each admission.“I feel most families in Co Donegal will encounter a stay in Letterkenny General Hospital when they have kids.“Our aim is to buy something for the ward that will make things a little more comfortable for patients and parents for when their kids are in hospital.”The Jack & Jill Foundation is totally dependent on fundraising and the support it provides to families is second in to none.“At present Leah is doing relatively well and is a content happy wee lady,“We would like to thank anyone who has helped out in any shape or form for this fundraising.”The Challenge is now in its last week and to celebrate the fantastic efforts of the 5 Men, there will be a Celebratory Country Night in the Highlands Hotel Glenties this Saturday night.Visit the 5 Men 1 Challenge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fivemen.onechallengeOr you can even donate online at: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/5_men_1_challenge/FAMILY OF TODDLER SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE CONDITION OVERWHELMED BY FUNDRAISING EFFORTS was last modified: January 28th, 2015 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:Baby Leahcharityfundraiserhealthhome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

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Skilling South Africa

first_imgCalvin AugustineThe world has changed over the last few months, as developed nations edge closer towards recession and world growth prospects begin to fade. But this reversal in world fortunes is in one sense a positive for Africa, and particularly South Africa, in the area of skills development and retention.People tend to follow opportunities, says Bobby Godsell, former head of mining multinational AngloGold Ashanti. He believes South Africa has a wealth of opportunities ready for the picking, and the country will not have a problem in attracting the scarce skills it needs.Godsell is an adviser to the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), the body created to tackle the country’s skills shortage. He says emerging markets such as South Africa will be on world investor’s list of choice destinations, as this is where growth is expected over the next five to 10 years.Through his interactions with international companies, particularly those in the West, Godsell notes that their sentiment towards Africa has never been more positive. “We’ve got massive infrastructure development underway, corporate governance is improving,” he says. “I’ve never seen sentiment as positive as this. I think we’re going to see a return of engineers.”South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka echoes this, saying that the opportunities in South Africa for people to advance are “quite attractive”. Speaking at the release of the Jipsa annual report in April, Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the government and the private sector are actively engaging in various initiatives to attract skills.Better working conditions and remuneration packages are critical in retaining and attracting highly skilled professionals for South Africa, she says. Jipsa is looking into these retention areas and the government would also continue to improve the conditions of service.Chief economist in the Office of the Presidency Alan Hirsch says that Jipsa’s interactions with town and regional planners, a scarce skill highly demanded by South African municipalities as they expand, have revealed that it is not that the country is not producing enough planners, but that people did not stay in the profession due to the poor conditions of service.To remedy this, professional standards have been designed for the town planning profession, the South African Council for Planners has now been strengthened and the registration of planners is being promoted to enhance the profession.Urgent attention has also been given to foreign skills recruitment. The government, through the Department of Home Affairs, is facilitating the easier importation of skills with a quota of work permits. The quotas enable foreign professionals in specific categories to apply for work permits without having already found jobs in the country.In addition, in the two years since the inception of Jipsa, great strides have been made in training up South Africans as engineers, artisans, technicians and educators.According to the Jipsa report, the 2007/08 service levels agreements – signed between the various sector education and training authorities and the labour department – a total of 18 879 artisans have been registered. An additional 20 000 will be registered for 2008/2009 and a total of 50 000 is expected to be achieved by 2010. Jipsa overshot its engineering training targets with its target of graduating 1 000 engineers a year being topped by 500 last year; the body hopes to increase this to 2 000 a year by 2010.But Mlambo-Ncguka says South Africa will still need to improve skills development if the country wants to keep abreast with the rest of the world.“It is important to highlight that in the area of skills, since we started the world has changed,” she says. “The scale of the problem is bigger; it’s now time to up our game.”While the brain drain remains a concern, one solution is for South Africa to produce more skills than it requires. Another is the Jipsa Work Placement Programme, which fast-tracks deployment and improves productivity of qualified young people with scarce skills.This programme includes the placement of unemployed graduates both locally and internationally. Both local and international companies have responded to the call, with more than 20 000 offers received for graduates and about 15 000 already being placed. Eskom, Transnet, Microsoft, Shoprite, Old Mutual and Xstrata have taken several hundred, as well as the American Chamber of Commerce.Jipsa records that a few companies have recruited matriculants so far, but will in future focus more on these new entrants to the work force as well as semi-skilled people with potential for training. Foreign missions in South Africa have embraced the programme, with China, Canada, the US, UK, Cuba, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia so far committed to the programme.The mandate period for the Jipsa secretariat has been extended by another 18 months. In its second phase of operation, the body will focus more on research and evaluation.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email calvina@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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17 killed in J&K bus accident

first_imgAt least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.last_img read more

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Marshawn Lynch sits once again during national anthem

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Raiders rookie safety Shalom Luani also kneeled during part of the anthem, while star quarterback Derek Carr stood with his arm around teammate Khalil Mack.Rams linebacker Robert Quinn, who is not in uniform for the game, also stood with his fist raised.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch once again sat during the national anthem.Lynch sat on the bench Saturday night while the anthem was played before Oakland’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Lynch also sat last week and told coach Jack Del Rio he has done that throughout his career. Lynch has not publicly said why he is sitting for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastle

first_imgEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is convinced Mike Ashley is serious about selling Newcastle United.On the takeover, he says Ashley could do a deal quickly and even if it goes beyond January he think he will sell up.Jordan told talkSPORT: “He’s looking to sell. Absolutely he’s looking to sell.“Unequivocally this time without a shadow of doubt from my vantage point without actually having spoken to Mike for a significant passage of time, reading the signs, knowing how deals get done, last year with Staveley came to the table I pretty much said: ‘This deal will not get done, it will not get done.’“This time there’s a different feel to it, there’s a different metric to it and look from it. Ashley is going to sell this football club. Now it’s not going to hold them back in January from spending money because if he has to spend money he will add it to the ticket. If he doesn’t have to write a cheque for it someone else is paying for it and so be it.”With Mike I absolutely believe he should sell. I believe he will sell this time, I don’t believe it’s a PR spin.“If I was him I wouldn’t want to be there anymore. It’s so toxic and debilitating for everyone at the football club – he’s never going to recover from the impression that he’s not there for the football club when they need him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Indiana Lost The Pinstripe Bowl On Controversial Missed FG In Overtime

first_imgIndiana and Duke players react to Indiana's missed field goal attempt.Indiana Missed FGDuke just held off Indiana 44-41 in overtime in a wild New Era Pinstripe Bowl. It was the program’s first bowl win since 1961, and it came in dramatic fashion when Indiana’s Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard field goal by the slimmest of margins.Take a close look at the video. Oakes’ kick actually went over the upright. It was ruled no good, but while Duke players immediately began celebrating, Oakes also threw his hands up, convinced he had made the kick.To top it off, the situation isn’t reviewable, because of the fact it went over the upright. Indiana really cornered the market on heartbreaking losses this year. Tough way to end the season for the Hoosiers.last_img read more

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