first_imgChelsea have struggled to create chances in a cagey opening 25 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Stoke started brightly with Xherdan Shaqiri prominent, but the first chance fell to Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore,Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, miscued completely from Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-time cross after a glorious long pass by Branislav Ivanovic.Eden Hazard – on his 200th Chelsea appearance for Chelsea – was at the heart of the home side’s best moments but was unable to find a final pass on several occasions.Oscar also sent in a testing low cross after a neat turn, while at the other end Thibaut Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf shot over when he should have scored.Blues boss Guus Hiddink left Cesc Fabregas on the bench, but there were recalls for John Mikel Obi, Willian and Baba Rahman.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could see them which could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Traore.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Pato. Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Awethu Project is calling all entrepreneurs in South Africa who have established, innovative businesses with the potential for growth to apply for up to R5-million in equity funding.Brand South Africa reporterYusuf Randera-Rees, co-founder and chief executive officer of the Awethu Project, told talk radio station 702 that the South African government had given the initiative R64- million to invest in entrepreneurs. “Early stage entrepreneurs looking for between R500 000 and R5-million equity capital can apply on our website,” he said.The Awethu Project is an entrepreneurship development company that was started by Randera-Rees in 2009. He said whether you were a black industrialist or a spaza shop owner, if you wanted help, you should be willing to partner with Awethu.Awethu was not interested in just giving debt. “We want to help you (the entrepreneur) grow. We focus on things like finance, giving you a chance to go to an academy to get your MBA. I know all entrepreneurs need that, because I am an entrepreneur,” he said.If your application was successful, you would get your money in 30 days. But, he cautioned, “it’s going to be a lot of hard work; you have to show how excellent you are”.Support for growthYusuf Randera-Rees, co-founder and chief executive officer of the Awethu Project. (Image: GEC)This opportunity was for entrepreneurs who were seeking financial and operational support to grow their business, without giving up control, News24 quoted Randera-Rees as saying. “The Awethu Project will partner with them,” he said.It would also back up the successful candidates with a support team of experts in everything, including recruitment, black economic empowerment, labour law and marketing.“Awethu elects to invest in equity because we want to be partners, and want to help entrepreneurs grow – we believe this is the answer to our country’s unemployment problem. The basic idea is that we go into partnership with the business owners we work with. We have the same incentive as the business owners to grow their businesses, and if we accomplish that we share in the rewards.”The cost of the investment is a negotiated equity stake, which brings Awethu on board as a high impact partner. “With over 100 successful entrepreneurs that have passed through Awethu’s doors, this venture capital fund has a proven track record of solid returns for investors, and high growth rates for entrepreneurs.”With funding from the government’s Jobs Fund and Discovery, as well as support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Awethu is offering an opportunity for entrepreneurs who have “ambition and talent, but lack entrepreneurship training and funding”.Origins of the Awethu ProjectRandera-Rees grew up in a mixed-race family in apartheid South Africa. It shaped his identity and inspired his commitment to social and economic change into South Africa.“While studying at Harvard, Randera-Rees realised that South Africa has people in under-resourced communities with talent equal to those at Harvard and Oxford. The difference being that the people back home were not being given the opportunity to achieve their potential. It was clear that there was talent in our country that wasn’t being developed,” reads the project’s website.Believing that South Africa should be an equal country, Randera-Rees decided he was going to use business as a means to achieve effective and sustainable social impact.He returned to South Africa with R60 000, and headed for Alexandra township in north-eastern Johannesburg. He gave the Awethu Project message to the community that it could “offer you world-class resources”. One month later, 2 000 people had applied for funding.Six years later, Awethu has hundreds of millions of rands to invest in entrepreneurs, with its sights set on R1-billion in the future.Awethu offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs who have “ambition and talent, but lack entrepreneurship training and funding”. (Image: Awethu Projects) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Government#international#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google turning over Street View information to European authorities. After gathering personal information, instead of public information, from Wi-Fi users, Google initially refused to hand over that information to German investigators. Those investigators wish to discover the depth of what Google insists was an oversight, not a purposeful transgression. Google claimed that German privacy laws kept it from immediately handing over the information, although it might look to some like a stall. The PR has been bad enough without specific examples of emails and photographs that might have found their way onto Google servers. However, Google CEO Eric Schmidt today announced that they would be turning over that information to European data protection authorities within the next two days, according to the Financial Times. Schmidt also said that Google would publish an external audit of the system that led to the collection of personal information. Russian blogger arrested. Leonid Nikolaev has been arrested. Nikolaev posted a video of a man attacking government cars. The issue of government officials using lights normally reserved for police and ambulance, in order to avoid traffic laws, has gotten many in Russia furious. I mean bucket-on-the-head furious. Website editor facing 50 year sentence in Thai court. The trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the editor of the Prachatai website, is currently taking place in Bangkok. “She is facing up to 50 years in prison for failing to act with sufficient speed to remove ‘offensive’ comments about the monarchy posted by visitors to the site.”Bangladesh blocks Facebook. Bangladesh blocked the entirety of Facebook, to censure the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day page. Not coincidentally, they also complained of satirical materials aimed at the country’s rulers being hosted there. Previously, Pakistan had also blocked Facebook, for the same reason. Pakistan, however, removed the block when Facebook apologized and excised the material. Nice way to set precedent, Facebook. 60 journalists arrested on Gaza flotilla. There is no indication that bloggers and web journalists were among those arrested on the Gaza relief flotilla. However, it seems highly likely that they were there. RSF is quite right in noting, whether of traditional or new media, “the journalists were there to do their job, which was to cover what happened. They should not be confused with the activists.”Manacle photo by Captain OrangeBangladesh photo by Ahron de Leeuw Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgWith terror and investments high on his agenda for talks with the UAE leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began his two-day trip to this strategic Gulf nation with a visit to the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the world’s third largest.Within hours of his arrival in the UAE capital for the visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 34 years, Modi went around the mosque’s 180,000 sq ft courtyard which has an exquisite floral design. It is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.Selfie diplomacyUAE culture minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and minister of state for foreign affairs Dr Anwar Gargash were present at the mosque and Modi took a selfie with them.The Prime Minister, wearing a kurta with a cream and red stole, spent about 40 minutes at the mosque, built at an estimated cost of USD 545 million, evincing interest at the imposing 82 domes in seven sizes located inside the worshipping place.”I am delighted to visit this magnificent place of worship, strikes with its size and beauty. It brings together requisite skills and creation from around the world and serves as a fine example of human achievement and unity. I am confident that it will be a symbol of peace, piety, harmony and inclusiveness that are inherent to the faith of Islam,” Modi wrote on the visitor’s book.”It will also serve to remind generations about the extraordinary vision of the late president of UAE his highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he wrote.advertisementMany Indians had come to see Modi at the mosque.The Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, a key place of worship in the UAE, is known as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.The mosque is third largest in the world after the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.The mosque, constructed from 1996 to 2007, can accommodate around 40,000 people.The Prime Minister was earlier warmly received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi along with his five brothers at the airport, in a departure from protocol. The last dignitary to be received by him was the King of Morocco in May this year.Soon after his arrival, Modi tweeted, “Hello UAE. I am very optimistic about this visit. I am confident the outcomes of the visit will boost India-UAE ties.” He also tweeted the message in Arabic.Modi said, “I deeply appreciate kind gesture of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who received me at the airport.” The Prime Minister was also accorded a ceremonial reception at the airport.UAE allots land for building templeThe UAE on Sunday decided to allot land for building a temple here, the first in the Emirati capital as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his two-day visit to the strategic Gulf nation.Modi thanked the UAE leadership for this “landmark” decision.While there are two temples in Dubai, one of Lord Shiva and another of Krishna, there is none in Abu Dhabi.”A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM’s visit, UAE Govt decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.”PM @narendramodi thanks UAE leadership for this landmark decision,” he said.There are nearly 2.6 million Indians in UAE which constitutes 30 per cent of the total population. Trade on agendaApart from seeking enhanced cooperation in energy and trade, Modi, during the visit, will reach out to investors to promote India as an attractive business destination.Visit’s focus on trade and investments is also reflected in the fact that Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is hosting a dinner in honour of the Prime Minister.ADIA has USD 800 billion sovereign funds and India is expected to woo it to attract investments in the infrastructure sector.India-UAE trade, valued at USD 180 million (Dirham 660.6 million) per annum in the 1970s, is today around USD 60 billion, making the UAE, India’s third largest trading partner for the year 2014-15 after China and the US.Modi also interacted with Indian workers at their camps I-CAD to know the problems they face and discussed ways Indian government can help them.The I-CAD Residential Labour Camp houses thousands of migrant labourers from the Indian subcontinent in an area spread over one square kilometre.advertisementAbout 2.6 million Indians constitute nearly 30 per cent of the population of this country.Notably, a large portion of the 2.6 million Indians in the UAE are from Bihar and many are Muslims.Security agencies of both nations had cleared a select group of 300 migrant workers to interact with Modi in a modest 20X40-metre sports hall on the premises. Much to the delight of the workers, Modi posed for group photographs.Soon after his arrival in the UAE, Modi tweeted, “Hello UAE. I am very optimistic about this visit. I am confident the outcomes of the visit will boost India-UAE ties.” He also tweeted the message in Arabic.Modi said, “I deeply appreciate kind gesture of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who received me at the airport.” The Prime Minister was also accorded a ceremonial reception at the airport.Hails UAE’s vision, skillMarvelling at the UAE’s spectacular achievements, Modi described the Gulf nation as a paradise built up in a desert with unmatched vision and remarkable skill.”I have always thought, how this paradise could come up in a desert? What vision! What remarkable skill!” Modi said of the country.Earlier, ahead of Modi’s trip, the UAE’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the Prime Minister’s maiden visit to the UAE provides a strategic opportunity to draw a new blueprint for taking bilateral ties forward, including in areas of counter-terrorism, defence and economy.”Our shared values and strong bilateral ties provide an important basis on which the UAE and India can elevate their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership,” he was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE provides an opportunity to chart a new course in our partnership for the 21st century. We look forward to a productive exchange of ideas covering a wide range of economic, political and security issues of mutual interest,” he said.Noting that his visit comes at a time when bilateral ties have never been warmer, he said: “The prime minister’s visit is of strategic significance in our bilateral relations and follows on the heels of growing diplomatic, economic, energy and defence cooperation between our two countries.”Asserting that terrorism poses a grave danger to humanity, Modi said all those countries who believe in humanity, must stand together without delay as it was extremely necessary to challenge the forces of terrorism.”As far as the Indian community is concerned, the languages that are spoken in India, are all spoken in the UAE! In a manner of speaking, the UAE is a ‘Mini India’. The way the two communities work together represents a special bond,” Modi, who will address a gathering of over 50,000 Indian expatriates in Dubai tomorrow, said.He said the Indian community was not only contributing to the progress and development of the host country, but also participating in the economic development of India through their remittances.”I have no doubt that with the overall economic reform programme in progress, they will find India an attractive, stable and secure destination for their investment and savings,” Modi added.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGrab a friend and meet Ashton Kutcher at City Summit during the weekend of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. One lucky bidder will get a Meet and Greet with actor/entrepreneur at the Summit, taking place March 2-3.The winner and a friend will get VIP tickets and backstage passes to the Summit, plus get access to the pre-event VIP dinner on March 1, reserved up-front seating at the Summit and a fun VIP gift bag. Funds raised by the online auction will support City Gala. To learn more about the auction, please visit www.charitystars.com/ashtonkutcher.The City Summit is a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience. The Summit was founded by Ryan Long in order to give entrepreneurs the ability to connect with each other and advance their knowledge and partnerships in elite social circles.The City Summit and City Gala raise funds to support startup, nonprofit organizations. The vision is to advance a sense of community through humanitarian activities and events. This year’s City Gala will feature a live and online auction put on by CharityStars, the world’s most comprehensive fundraising platform and creator of AidCoin. Learn more or purchase tickets: www.citygala.org.Guest speaker Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of Grade-A Investments and the Thorn Foundation – a nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse.last_img read more