C-rich & Kenzie – New kids on the block

first_img“C-rich and Kenzie” was founded but two young men who have a passion for music and who fell they could transform the musical landscape of the local music fraternity.Twenty-year-old Chardon Antoine Richardson, also known as “C-Rich” and 22-year-old Shaquille Gordon Mckenzie, called “Kenzie” chose the moniker “C-Rich & Kenzie” as they embark on their musical careers together.They both grew up in Georgetown. It all stared around June last when Mckenzie was writing a song which required a rapper. Immediately he started asking around until a producer recommended Richardson.At that time, he was not sure who Richardson was and as such, jumped on Facebook and searched for the young man. In a flash, he realised he knew the person but was unaware he was so talented.Mckenzie contacted Richardson and the collabortion started after the young rapper sent him a demo of his work. In an instance, they agreed that they should work together.In a matter of weeks, Kenzie sent the rapper a new piece he was working on and it instantly set off a spark. For the first time, after weeks of being in contact, the duo met and put the track together.The duo’s focus is mostly on mixing R&B with a touch of Hip-Hop, but intends to explore other genres of music. The due however, continues to promote their skills and was recently part of an ‘open mic’ night at Indulgence Bar.Although it was a small gig, it gave them the much needed exposure and some practice since it was their first time performing together. They have been working on other songs to bring to the table with the aim of attracting positive responses from spectators.This, they believe, can work as a motivator to do more and record more music but more so, to secure more gigs.Meanwhile, inspired by family, friends and artistes such as Drake, Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Kendrick Lamar and a few others, the duo is optimistic that in a few years from now, they will be performing at hundreds of shows, tours, and promotions; gained millions and have lots of fans.When they have accomplished a portion of their set goals, they intend to reflect on their past as they move forward in the future.The duo claims that their hit single “All I Want”, which is available on YouTube and all popular music platforms, being their first release, is not the first song they wrote together. The song was recorded at DP records.last_img read more

Pro Patria sanctioned after Boateng racist chants

first_imgThe governing body that runs third and fourth division football in Italy, the Lega Pro, reacted Tuesday by ordering that no fans be allowed to attend Pro Patria’s upcoming match.The behaviour of a group of Pro Patria fans was “of an extreme seriousness”, the Lega Pro said.What made the matter worse, it added, was that the discrimination came in a friendly and not a competitive match “which, without constituting a justification, could have been an extenuating circumstance”.The decision to make Pro Patria play behind closed doors was a stronger punishment than a previous 5,000-euro fine handed down earlier this season on the club, which the Lega Pro deemed had been “inefficient”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, Italy January 9 – The fourth division club whose fans caused Kevin-Prince Boateng to lead a walk-off of his AC Milan teammates in a friendly because of racist chants will play their next match behind closed doors, it was announced on Tuesday.Boateng, a German-born Ghanaian international, has been hailed worldwide for his stance against racist fans of Pro Patria.last_img read more

Analysts see slow fourth quarter for vehicle sales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Merkle predicted an annualized sales rate of 16 million vehicles for October. The annualized rate shows what sales would be if they continued at the same pace for a year. The rate in September was 16.2 million, according to Autodata Corp. The rate peaked at 17.3 million in 2000. The auto research site Edmunds.com expects 2.4 percent sales growth for October versus a year ago. Edmunds said Japanese automakers and General Motors Corp. could buck the trend because of hot-selling new vehicles, including the redesigned Honda Accord and Cadillac CTS sedans. An October decline would mark a year since Ford has seen a monthly sales increase, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. Toyota Motor Corp. is on track to replace Ford as the No. 2 automaker after GM in the U.S. market, based on sales in the first nine months of this year. Edmunds.com chief economist Jesse Toprak predicts Ford’s sales will drop 16 percent in October, while Toyota sales will rise. Ford is ready to take the hit. It wants to reduce sales to rental-car agencies because they can hurt brand image and resale values. In September 2006, for example, Ford sold nearly 23,000 of its old Taurus models to fleets. This year, Ford is no longer selling the old Taurus, and its new Taurus can’t make up the lost volume. Ford sold 4,230 new Taurus sedans this past September, according to Autodata. “I don’t think anyone would ever expect them to get up to 22,000 per month on the new Taurus, because it isn’t the darling of rental companies,” Merkle said. Merkle also said the new Taurus has a sedate design that isn’t firing up consumers. “It’s a left-brain purchase. That’s the problem. Toyota and Honda will beat you on the left side of the brain each and every time,” Merkle said. “It’s got to become a right-brain purchase. It’s got to become more emotional.” Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally pushed to revive the Taurus name on what used to be the Five Hundred. Although sales of the new Taurus were slow in its first few months in showrooms, Mulally said Ford is just starting to market the revamped full-size car. “It’s not over yet,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “This is a big change. We’re the ones that stopped it. Now we’re trying to start it again, and it’s going to be a little difficult.” The Taurus became the best-selling car in America in 1992 with sales of nearly 410,000, unseating the Honda Accord just as Japanese imports were starting to take hold in the United States. It held the top spot for five straight years until it was supplanted by the Toyota Camry in 1997. Ford stopped making the Taurus in October 2006 until Mulally brought the name back. Mulally called the new Taurus “fabulous,” but he said the next generation of the Taurus is the vehicle to watch. “They’re just eye-watering,” he said. “I would have given anything if we would have done that, like, first. But again, we are where we are. The plan is consistency of purpose. Every one of these cars in each segment, improve them year after year, add a couple of new models in there and give the customers what they want.” Ford already has placed up to $1,500 in cash discounts on the 2008 Taurus, but spokesman Jim Cain said incentives are used often by automakers on new products these days. “Most vehicles today launch with some sort of cash or interest rate incentive,” he said. Merkle said Ford could start to turn things around in 2008 and early 2009 with new products, including a new F-150 pickup and the Flex crossover. Ford isn’t the only automaker on a bumpy ride this fall. Toyota reported its third straight monthly decline in September, a string of rare losses for the automaker. Toprak says Toyota’s sales will be up in October, but Merkle believes they’ll be flat.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Auto analysts forecast another slow month for the industry in October, with Ford Motor Co. falling hardest as it cuts sales to rental-car fleets. Erich Merkle, vice president of auto industry forecasting for consulting company IRN Inc. in Grand Rapids, said sales will probably be soft through the rest of the year because of the weak economy and anxious consumers. Automakers report October sales Thursday. Merkle’s dim view was echoed throughout the industry. On Wednesday, AutoNation Inc., the nation’s largest automotive retailer, said its third-quarter profit tumbled 12 percent. AutoNation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Jackson said he expected auto sales will be hurt by confidence-sapping weakness in the housing market well into 2008 despite tight management of expenses and inventory. “Exactly when consumer confidence will come back that we see a stabilization in auto sales, it’s very difficult to say,” Jackson told The Associated Press. “Most likely sometime next year.” last_img read more


first_imgHarry in his new Donegal GAA wellies – Pic courtesy of stockists McElhinneys of BallybofeyLITTLE Harry McGlynn may one day follow in his dad’s footsteps to All-Ireland glory!But he wasn’t getting fitted for football boots today – he was getting his new wellington boots instead.Harry – son of Frank and Diane McGlynn – looked as pleased as punch as he got his new wellies at McElhinneys in Ballybofey. The Donegal GAA wellies, first pitched on TV’s Dragon’s Den, are the latest craze in GAA fashion. DONEGAL GAA STAR’S SON GETS HIS NEW COUNTY WELLIES! was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 GAA STAR’S SON GETS HIS NEW COUNTY WELLIES!last_img read more

American diplomat killed

first_imgNEW DELHI, India – President George W. Bush said early today that an American diplomat was killed in the bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Pakistan’s biggest city. At least one bomb exploded outside the consulate and a luxury hotel in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing four people and wounding 49 just days ahead of a visit to Pakistan by Bush. Speaking in New Delhi, Bush said a U.S. foreign service officer was among the dead. He did not elaborate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

Huddersfield vs Leicester live on talkSPORT 2: Full commentary and stream

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Leicester, who have won four of their last five, are still looking to be the best of the rest in the top-flight and finish seventh this term.The tie in West Yorkshire will be live on talkSPORT 2 this weekend and here’s how you can catch every kick. 2 Getty Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury deals tense Huddersfield will begin life planning for the Championship with a visit from Leicester this afternoon and it will be live on talkSPORT.The Terriers’ defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend confirmed their relegation from the Premier League and they’ll be looking to start rebuilding against the Foxes. Huddersfield vs Leicester: How to listenFull commentary from The John Smith’s Stadium will be exclusively live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage getting underway at 2:30pm.Ian Danter and Neil Redfearn will bring you all the build-up and commentary and to tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Huddersfield vs Leicester: Kick-off timeThe action will get underway at 3pm on Saturday, April 6.Leicester won the reverse fixture 3-1 in September thanks to goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining REVEALED REVEALED Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester take on Huddersfield today center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars whoops Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Huddersfield have been relegated from the Premier League no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REAL DEAL 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Huddersfield vs Leicester teamsHuddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Stankovic, Hogg, Lowe, Pritchard, Ahearne-Grant.Subs: Bacuna, Kachunga, Coleman, Mbenza, Williams, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal, Choudhury.Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)last_img read more

On-loan wonderkid is proving to be exactly the kind of player Real Madrid need

first_img Odegaard could be recalled early by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Odegaard in action for Real Sociedad in pre-season LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES There was a certain irony in how during the same weekend in which Madrid sleepwalked their way to a draw, a player they own produced a Man-of-the-Match display in the middle of the pitch, sealing a win for his temporary club.Martin Ødegaard’s name is all over the big Spanish sporting outlets this week, and for good reason.The Norwegian’s excellent start to the league campaign on loan at Real Sociedad suggests he not only has the quality to dominate games at this level, but also that he could be a viable option for Real Madrid in the near future. The fact Ødegaard has been on the books at Madrid for four years now can make it seem like he failed to deliver on his potential, but the Norwegian is still only 20, and his progress as of late is significant. 5 AFP OR LICENSORS statement LATEST AFP OR LICENSORS There were dribbles, disguised passes to break Mallorca’s press, and relentless effort, but the key intervention came with less than 10 minutes to go.When Real Sociedad won back possession in their own half, Ødegaard first released Portu in space behind the defence with an excellently weighted pass. Then, using Alexander Isak’s run as a distraction, he drifted into the box. With a first touch that left an opponent on the ground, his second was to thunder a shot into the net, close to the post and impossible to save.It was a combination of vision, split-second thinking and end product that only the best players have, and the goal echoed around Spain as the proof that Ødegaard has arrived in LaLiga with a bang. Getty Images – Getty 5 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 5 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas As the Basques have an excess of options on the flanks and in the forward line, they have found more use for Ødegaard in a central position – a development that only makes him more attractive for Madrid, whose summer has been marked by the failure to add fresh quality to their midfield.Recast in playmaker mould, in the opening round of the LaLiga season against Valencia he completed more passes in the opposition half than any other player that matchday, showing willingness to receive the ball in difficult areas and skill to resolve those situations.Valencia are a team known for their quality on the break: losing possession high up the pitch is an invitation for them to kill you, so decision making on the ball is key. Ødegaard was mature enough to be selective in his passing against Los Che, not trying to force the issue.Against Mallorca on matchday two he played it far less safe however, and when space started to open up in the second half, he was first to punish the islanders. AFP or licensors on target It’s not only the Norwegian’s quality that Madrid could do with in the middle of the pitch, but also his running.According to Marca, Real Sociedad’s analysis of the pre-season showed that Ødegaard covers the most distance, produces the most changes in pace, and makes the most consecutive sprints of any player in their squad.Against Mallorca he ran 12.4km but still had the energy to win the game in the closing phase, showing excellent physical conditioning. Madrid must be watering at the mouth. rookie error Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update targets New season, same old Real Madrid. That was the feeling when Los Blancos stumbled to a lethargic 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabéu last weekend.Two matches of the 2019/20 campaign were all it took for the same issues that have plagued them for several years now to reappear, a lack of energy and ingenuity making things all too predictable and simple for the visitors who were happy to out-run the LaLiga title hopefuls and come away with a point from a stadium that used to be one of Europe’s fortresses. 5 OFF Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 5 If he keeps this up throughout the season, Ødegaard will make a case to be a regular member of Madrid’s first team squad that will be difficult to ignore.It is with that possibility in mind that Los Blancos had the foresight to include the option of ending the 20-year-old’s two-year loan early and bringing him back to the Bernabéu next summer. At this rate, the only disappointment is that they can’t do it sooner. Odegaard during Real Sociedad’s clash with Valencia Has Zidane made a mistake by allowing Odegaard out on loan Odegaard’s ability in LaLiga is on show for all to see latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ The attacker spent last year on loan at Vitesse, playing 39 games in which he scored 11 and assisted 12.For some perspective on just how outstanding he was, consider that Ødegaard was the only player not at Ajax or PSV to make the Eredivisie Team of the Season starting XI.Madrid renewed the youngster’s contract until 2022 this summer before telling him out to go out and further prove himself by taking on a bigger challenge still.A number of attractive loan options were on the table but Ødegaard chose the possibility of playing regular LaLiga football with Real Sociedad, where he would be better observed by Madrid than anywhere else.The calculation already looks a smart one, the Norwegian quickly establishing himself as one of the first names on La Real’s teamsheet during pre-season, and playing 90 minutes in both of their league fixtures to date. 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Man City join United in transfer battle for prolific striking sensation

first_img 1 Haaland is widely rated as one of the best young players in world football LIVE on talkSPORT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 9.92%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2 Alan Brazil tells Man United to sign Aston Villa trioThe Norway international’s incredible performances have caught the attention of a number of clubs, with some of Europe’s biggest sides starting to check Haaland out.And, according to The Sun, Man City have joined the growing list of teams keen on Haaland and sent scouts to watch him during Salzburg’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.The youngster netted in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield to impress those watching on, and Salzburg are bracing themselves for big-money bids and have slapped a £50million asking price on Haaland.Real Madrid and Barcelona, the LaLiga giants, have similarly been linked with Haaland, while City’s fierce local rivals Manchester United have long been keen.center_img Man City are keeping tabs on talented teenager Erling Haaland following his rapid rise to stardom, reports claim.Haaland, the forward, hit the headlines this season with a series of stunning performances for Red Bull Salzburg.Still only 19, he has scored a remarkable 18 goals in only 11 matches this term, and the youngster marked his Champions League debut by netting a hat-trick against Genk. Getty – Contributor Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Haaland represented Molde before joining Salzburg, playing under Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Norwegian city.The teenager hopes to spend part of his career in England, following in the footsteps of his father, Alf-Inge, who played for City in the early 2000s.He admitted a couple of years ago that his ‘dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds’, as he was born there and supports the Elland Road club.last_img read more

Mobile swipe machines take off in SA

first_imgMobile transaction machines are becoming popular. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The mobile swipe-card machine industry is booming and looks set to grow further, as more businesses and consumers in South Africa realise how convenient and safe the devices are.An increasing number of establishments are enlisting the services of such machines, said Paul Kent, managing director SureSwipe – an independent supplier.The gadgets have gained popularity as local consumers have become more confident in using them.“It’s almost unheard of for a business not to have a portable swipe-card machine,” Kent said.Debit cards are being used more and more in swipe machines, as opposed to credit cards – although the latter still dominates the market. Debit card users now account for about 30% of the market share, Kent said, but he predicts that by 2012 the market will be 50% debit and 50% credit cards.Debit-card usage is “around 30% at present and growing fast”, he added.The machines, also known as speedpoints, have grown in popularity over the last 12 months as new, faster technology has been introduced. About two years ago the industry was still using “first-generation machines that were not as reliable”, said Kent.Swipe-card machines are very popular in the hospitality sector, Kent said. These days one doesn’t need actual cash when eating out or even enjoying a drink at a bar, as a waiter can bring the handy device to your table.Grocery outlets, both big and small, have also introduced the machines in some of their branches. Furniture and clothing stores are using them too.“For consumers, the peace of mind of watching the transaction taking place in front of them, and the convenience of the machine being brought to their table, if they are at a restaurant, … is a significant advantage,” Kent said.“This market is growing rapidly and soon we might tell our grandchildren that once cards were taken from us and swiped some distance from us,” he added.Rental agreementSwipe-card machines are supplied by all four major banks in South Africa – Absa, Standard Bank, FNB and Nedbank – and groups like SureSwipe. Kent said the industry standard is for suppliers to rent out the devices and provide internet connectivity for them.He said they charge businesses R400 (US$58) per month to rent out a mobile machine and R250 ($36) for a fixed machine. Internet connectivity is R119 ($17.20) per month for a portable machine and R180 ($26) for fixed one.“This is the industry standard. With these machines, rental is more expensive than connectivity.”Machines currently available in South Africa take between 10 and 20 seconds to complete a transaction. Kent said his organisation is now eyeing machines that are much faster, like those recently introduced in Brazil, which “cut the time of a swipe to less than three seconds”.New mobile phone technology is changing the way payments are made overseas. Kent said that in the US, consumers can make purchases using their smartphones.With these gaining significant market share in South Africa as well, the country may not be too far away from adopting such payment methods.“The technology is advancing rapidly – from wireless links to satellite transmission – and even capacity to swipe using smartphones,” Kent said.Preventing fraudThe prevailing concern for retailers is that swipe machines use sim cards for internet connectivity, which Kent said can be taken out and used in any mobile phone. “For instance, a waiter could take this out and use it in his or her cellphone to make personal calls. It is quite difficult to do this, but not impossible,” he added.Another concern is that older credit cards can be used without the consent of the owner, as they do not require a secret pin code for machine transactions – but banks are aware of this and have started introducing a pin system for such cards.Debit cards are generally safer, as a user always needs to enter his or her secret pin number when buying or withdrawing money.If a credit card is lost or stolen, it needs to be reported to the police and bank as soon as possible, so it can be barred.“If the credit card company has frozen the account, the machine will decline the card and the credit card company will receive an alert about the transaction,” Kent said. “Overall, credit-card swipe machines can also prevent fraud or criminal activity.”last_img read more

Obama, Zuma at one on Africa growth

first_img30 June 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama emerged from their meeting in Pretoria on Saturday speaking in one voice on increased trade and investment in Africa. Zuma received Obama and his delegation at the Union Buildings at the start of the US president’s three-day visit to South Africa. Their talks focused on boosting trade, business ties and regional security.Africa ‘on the rise’ Speaking to journalists afterwards, Zuma told Obama that he was visiting Africa at the right time, when the continent was on the rise, shifting from “disinvestment to reinvestments”. Africa was the second-fastest growing region after Asia and had become an attractive market for investment, Zuma said, adding: “Arising out of this visit, we would like to see increased investment in the economy for mutual benefit.” Emphasising South Africa’s position as a financial and logistical gateway to the continent, Zuma tabled bankable projects ranging across infrastructure development, youth skills development, information and communication technology, agriculture and the green economy. He said investment in these projects underpinned South Africa’s drive for regional integration, industrialisation and the localisation of supply and manufacturing. Zuma said the US strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa, launched last year, was “well timed to take advantage of Africa’s growing market”.South Africa ‘critical to US’ Obama said South Africa was critical to the US, as it was the gateway to the continent. Responding to suggestions that the visit was prompted by China’s growing influence on the continent, Obama said: “I am here in Africa because the US needs to engage in a continent full of promise and possibilities”. He said the US administration was not threatened by the interest showed by other regions in the continent, adding: “the more the merrier …. I welcome the attention Africa is receiving … It will help incorporate Africa into the global economy”. Obama noted, however, that relationships should be mutually beneficial and that Africans had to ask questions such as, ‘Are they hiring African workers? How much [is the] profit?’ He noted that the continent had been heavily exploited for its raw materials. Zuma said Africa had to be part of the global movement, adding that South Africa was willing to work with anyone for the benefit of Africa and towards a united continent.Renewing, improving Agoa Showing support for African growth, Obama announced that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was one of the issues Zuma brought to the table during their meeting, would be renewed, upgraded and improved. “I want to renew Agoa so that we can generate more trade and more jobs,” Obama told the packed press conference. Trade negotiators, however, still needed to work out the details, Obama said. Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States tariff-free, expires in 2015, but African countries are pushing for its extension. Regarding to social issues, Obama praised South Africa for how it had managed its HIV/Aids prevention programme, saying it showed that aid was not “just a one-way street”.‘We can work together’ He also commended South Africa for being at the forefront of matters relating to regional security and integration through the African Union (AU). “Our governments don’t agree on everything, but we have seen progress. We can work together,” Obama said, citing successes in areas such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. He believed that South Africa and the United States could stand shoulder to shoulder on issues of security, justice and fraud on the continent – a view that was shared by Zuma. “We would like to cooperate with the US in enhancing peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development, under the umbrella of the United Nations and the African Union,” Zuma said, acknowledging concerns over matters such as the mushrooming of rebel movements in Africa. On international peace and security, Zuma told Obama that South Africa remained concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process. “We unequivocally support the Palestinian bid for statehood and believe in the principle of a two-state solution. We have noted your latest attempts to revive the stalled negotiations, and you have our support in this regard. “At the same time, we are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East would not be possible without addressing the other ongoing conflicts in the region, which are a source of much insecurity and instability.” Zuma also touched on the long-overdue reform of the United Nations Security Council, telling Obama that it remained a high priority for South Africa, the African continent and the developing world as a whole. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more