FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Jeremiah Curry and Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Curry closed out a strong weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place performance in the 400m event at the Tyson Invitational. The Jacksonville, Ark., native crossed the line with a 21.03 in the 200m race and a 47.47 in the 400m event.Ellis closed out an impressive weekend at the USA Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., with a Southland record-setting performance in the pole vault. The sophomore captures his third weekly honor of the season after taking second place with a 19-00.25 vault, a mark that ranks third nationally.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jeremiah Curry, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Jacksonville, Ark.Curry performed well for the ‘Jacks over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational, grabbing gold-medal honors in the 200m dash with a personal-best 21.03 clip. He also registered a PR in the 400m race with a time of 47.46 in order to take fourth place distinctions. Curry now ranks second in the Southland in the 200m race and third in the conference for the 400m event.Honorable Mention: Ryan Linton, Abilene Christian; Jordan Atkins, Central Arkansas; Kobe Nevills, McNeese; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis set a Southland Conference record and concluded a second-place finish in the pole vault event at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships over the weekend, clearing the bar with a 19-0.25. The mark came on his sixth jump of the afternoon and finished second at the prestigious event. He currently ranks tied for third nationally. Ellis’ conference record-breaking performance bests fellow Lumberjack Adam Keul’s mark of 18-07.50, set in in the 2001 season.Honorable Mention: Jacob Mechler, Abilene Christian; Tylen Guidry, Lamar; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Quindarrius Thompson, Northwestern State; Zach Johnson, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
THE eyes of Europe are on Monte Carlo as the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw gets underway.Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and defending champions Liverpool are all set to learn their fate as 32 teams go into the hat in the south of France.1 Liverpool go into Pot 1 as they defend their titleCredit: PA:Press AssociationHow can I live stream for free?THE group stage draw for the 2019/2020 group stages takes place TODAY, August 29.As ever, it’s set to be a lavish ceremony in Monte Carlo as stars of past and present jet in for the formalities.BT Sport 2 is the place to head for TV coverage, which begins at 4.30pm.Whilst BT customers can also watch wherever they are by downloading the BT Sport app on their mobile, tablet or PC.There are two ways to watch the draw from the south of France for free.Head to the Uefa website, where a free live stream will be provided by the federation.It will begin at 4.55pm, five minutes before the ceremony starts at 5pm.Or go to BT Sport’s Youtube, where coverage has already begun of the ceremony.This is Uefa, so expect the actual draw sometime after 5.15pm BST. 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League. MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubChampions League potsPot 1Liverpool (ENG, holders)Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)Barcelona (ESP)Manchester City (ENG)Juventus (ITA)Bayern Munich (GER)Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Zenit (RUS)Pot 2Real Madrid (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP)Borussia Dortmund (GER)Napoli (ITA)Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)Benfica (POR)Ajax (NED)Pot 3Lyon (FRA)Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Salzburg (AUT)Valencia (ESP)Inter Milan (ITA)Club Brugge (BEL)Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Olympiakos (GRE)Pot 4Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)Genk (BEL)Galatasaray (TUR)RB Leipzig (GER)Atalanta (ITA)Lille (FRA)Red Star Belgrade (SRB)Slavia Prague (CZE)Draw rules
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Takeda announced Tuesday he will stand down when his term ends in June, but he denied corruption allegations against him. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO— Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year’s Olympics.Takeda announced Tuesday he will stand down when his term ends in June, but he denied corruption allegations against him.ADVERTISEMENT Without Love, Cavaliers still torment playoff-hopeful Pistons MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Takeda is also a powerful International Olympic Committee member and the head of its marketing commission. He holds the IOC spot by virtue of the Japanese presidency.He said it was his own decision, and in the interests of the future of the Japanese Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I would like to leave the future of the JOC to a younger generation to lead up to Tokyo 2020,” he said. “At the end of my tenure in June, I am pulling out as JOC chairman and as a committee member.”His departure as head of the JOC will also end his terms at the International Olympic Committee and with the local organizing committee for the Tokyo Games. Lamine Diack had huge influence over Olympic voters in Africa. In 2013, IOC members voted for Tokyo, eliminating bids from Madrid and Istanbul.Takeda has said he was not involved in the decision-making process and had no reason to question what he termed a “regular commercial contact” approved by others at the JOC.The scandal has also shined a light on the role on Dentsu, the giant Japanese advertising and marketing agency. Since getting the Olympics, Dentsu has helped Tokyo organizers line up a record $3 billion in local sponsorship.Dentsu has acknowledged it advised the Japanese bid committee about bid consultants just before the IOC vote in 2013. Tan was among them.In a 50-page report by the Japanese Olympic Committee investigating the bid, it said the committee — citing an evaluation from Dentsu — decided “that Tan was an extremely competent Asian consultant.”It is not clear if Dentsu is a target of French investigators.IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking in December in Tokyo and standing alongside Takeda, described the games as “the best prepared” in history. They have overcome early problems that included a plagiarized logo design, and a redesign of a new national stadium because of soaring costs.General cost overruns have continued to be an issue for Tokyo, which is now spending three times more than it said it would when it was selected. All venues are expected to be ready ahead on time. The new national stadium is to be completed by the end of the year.Takeda, 71, is a distant member of Japan’s royal family, the great grandson of the Meiji emperor who ruled late in 19th century and into the 20th. 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…PPP lawyer points to waste of taxpayers’ money for Govt’s legal teamAs the cases regarding the appeal for the no-confidence motion were brought up for hearing on Monday at the Court of Appeal, a battery of lawyers representing the Government regurgitated arguments used in the High Court matter that saw the acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruling against them.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallAttorney General Basil Williams, along with former Attorney General of Grenada and now Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados, Dr Francis Raphael Alexis, took the lead in making oral submissions to the court on behalf of Government.During his arguments, Dr Alexis maintained that the vote regarding the no-confidence motion was not properly taken, while putting to the court that there is a stark difference between a vote of confidence and a vote of no confidence.“All of these are very weighty issues and Guyana is opening the eyes of the world, certainly the Commonwealth as to what issues can arise when a young country like Guyana is charting its own way constitutionally. This is one for the law reports to teach the rest of the world,” he told media operatives.Williams believes that the Government team’s oral submissions were good, explaining that he was able to get over the point that the entire Constitution should be looked at and not just Article 106 (7) in isolation.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe said, “As I argued today (Monday) how you construed the Constitution and the importance of looking at everything in a whole. And the court has a duty where there is inconsistency and absurdity to use a purposive approach to construction and arrive at a construction that would not lead to chaos and dire consequences.”Meanwhile, lead attorney representing the Opposition, Anil Nandlall said the constitutional provisions under review are very clear.“The ruling of the Chief Justice was only an interpretation of the plain literal language of those provisions. Here you have lawyers standing up for hours and hours trying to distort the clear meaning of the language of the Constitution which we are all acquainted with,” he added.Nandlall argued that a no-confidence motion is nothing new, because the parties comprising the coalition Government wanted to pass one in 2014, but now they were arguing that a no-confidence motion was not provided for in the Constitution.“They were planning to use 33 votes to win the no-confidence motion in 2014, now you hearing that 33 votes can’t win a no-confidence vote anymore … they were planning to win the no-confidence motion in 2018 had Charrandas Persaud not voted the way he voted, now you’re hearing 32 votes can’t win.”He believes that it’s all lawyers playing with words and it’s all a political strategy.WasteNandlall used the opportunity to declare that Government was wasting taxpayers’ money by hiring more lawyers, referring to Dr Alexis.“Look at the amount of money they are spending on an exercise which in my mind is futile. We now have a distinguished lawyer from Grenada brought here and it is costing the taxpayers,” Nandlall said.He pointed out that Dr Alexis’s submissions were based on the whole argument that 34 is not a majority of the 65-seat National Assembly of Guyana. “That was said in the High Court a million times,” he added.“We are careening into a state of crisis and the Government is unconcerned and all they are doing is trying to find devices, mechanisms and methods to try to justify their position or delay elections.”In a Notice of Appeal filed, the Government said that the acting Chief Justice erred and misdirected herself in law, when she ruled that the National Assembly of Guyana properly, validly and lawfully passed a motion on a vote of confidence provided for by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution by 33 votes and that the Government was defeated.The Attorney General further contends that the CJ erred and misdirected herself in law, when she ruled that the passage of the motion of no confidence provided for by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution by the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, requires the immediate resignation of the President and Cabinet.Presiding over the cases are acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Justices of Appeal Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory.The matter continues today when Nandlall and others representing the Opposition and Christopher Ram will make their oral submissions.
Guyana Goldfields Inc, owner of Aurora Gold Mine (AGM) located in the north-west of Guyana’s Mazaruni Region, is set to begin underground mining very soon, after securing its much-needed clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Officials from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Guyana Gold Board (GGB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and members of the media during a safety brief at Aurora Gold Mine before a planned tour of the Cuyuni/ Mazaruni mining operationFinal clearance has to come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). According to AGM’s Chief Executive Office, Scott Caldwell, all the necessary documents have been submitted to the GGMC for processing.GGMC Commissioner Newell Dennison corroborated Caldwell’s statement, telling members of the media that all documents have been submitted and the usual technical checks were now being conducted. “These things take time, but I can say everything has been submitted and clearance will come; but the checks have to be made.”On Thursday, AGM hosted the Government and private media on a tour of its Mazaruni operations. During the visit, the company’s safety measures and records to date came in for praise from Commissioner Dennison.The Aurora Mine is one of the largest gold mines in Guyana and the world, with an estimated reserve of 6.54 million ounces of gold.AGM’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Caldwell speaking with members of the media following a tour of AGM’s Cuyuni/ Mazaruni mining operationAGM began open-pit exploration in Guyana in 1995, and began producing in 2016. So far, the company has invested approximately $63 billion (US$300 million) in its Guyana operations.For the underground mining exploration, $5 billion (US$25million) is the set bill for the first three years of exploration, with another $21 billion (US$100 million) to be used in the next ten years of production.AGM has a 16 per cent female workforce, with a special programme designed to teach women how to operate heavy machinery. Training and internship are also offered to GGMC staff and University of Guyana students, specifically in the area of environmental studies.
As the old Chinese proverb goes, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for one day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If L.A.’s politicians truly want to help the poor people of the city, they would teach them to fish rather than just offer them a fatter fish that might last an extra day or two. The housing equivalent of learning to fish is the opportunity to get good jobs and the chance to own property. And that’s what will make the difference in the lives of the city’s vast renter class. Boosting relocation pay is politically expedient, but it won’t turn renters into owners or make Los Angeles a healthier city. This debate and policy change comes as a response to the explosion of condo conversions that has greatly reduced the city’s rental stock, which must already be disproportionately high if it can accommodate about 2.5 million people. Why L.A. would even want to preserve such a shamefully high proportion of rental stock is another question entirely. Increasing the rates of homeownership would do more for this city than traffic relief on the 405. Once again, the council has been reactive rather than progressive, and could do more harm than good to available housing. Already, the real-estate market is cooling, and as it does, so will the pressure to convert apartments into condos. The bottom line is that the city needs to stop reacting to the immediate political pressures wrought by the housing boom. Instead, it should start developing a comprehensive housing plan that seeks to encourage homeownership – including in newly converted condos – rather than simply putting more restrictions on rental units and landlords.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles City Council spent hours Wednesday listening to testimony on increasing the relocation aid for evicted renters. Council members debated extensively about how to expand the safety net for people who find themselves on the short end of the condominium-conversion trend that’s transforming much of the city. They heard from low-income, hard-working people who are facing evictions from their apartments and can’t afford the market rate out there. And they heard from middle-income people who also can’t afford the market rate out there. In the end, the council voted to double the amount of money – up to $17,080 – that landlords have to pay to evicted tenants. They also introduced a means test that would make poorer families eligible for more money than others, the latest examples of City Hall’s municipal socialism policies and one that will require even more bureaucracy. According to council members, about 70 percent of the city’s residents are renters. That means it’s good politics to be on their side – even if it’s with an act that will do little to help low-income workers and families find long-term affordable housing in Los Angeles.
CAMPAIGNERS opposing the proliferation of wind farms in Co Donegal have written an open letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing the Government of using this county as a ‘dumping ground’ for turbines.Ernan O’Donnell, speaking on behalf of the Glenties Windfarm Information Group, said the turbines are destroying tourism.Mr O’Donnell spoke out as more than TWO THOUSAND Co Donegal townlands are designated as ‘preferred for wind farm development’ under the County Development Plan 2012-2018. This is his letter in full:Dear Mr Kenny,This is to inform you that I abhor the designation of my county as a money generating bonanza for faceless, money mad creatures from God knows where.We have entrusted you with our county but this is what you do to it: a) Sixth century churches and graveyards designated, ‘preferred for wind development’.b) Hills and valleys that our people fought and died for designated, ‘preferred for wind development’.c) Ancient hand crafted stone ditches, scallans, cairns, Mass rocks and monuments designated, ‘preferred for wind development’.All of this is your plan for our county. All of this is to generate more money for obscenely financially wealthy people. All of this is in the name of ‘green energy’ but it will actually increase our carbon emissions and remove our carbon storage (and credits). All of this will destroy our tourism as you have already destroyed our fishing and our farming.Wind farming on our hills will not be economically viable, nor environmentally viable. It will destroy. Is this your answer to some problem? Is this your version of ethnic cleansing ? Is your plan to empty Donegal of people and then make it the scrap metal capital of Europe ? Do you think this will satisfy the demands of your masters ? If it is your wish to go down in history then this designation will achieve for you. You will go down in history, down, down, down to the pits. You will be spoken of in the same breath as Diarmuid MacMurrough who sold his daughter and his country to the foreigner. Your daughter might be safe from you but this county is not.Your great renewable ‘wind energy’ is a myth. It is subsidized by taxpayers’ money. These taxpayers will never see nor use, the electricity, nor the profits, generated. The foreign money invested will be ‘hoovered’ up by the developers/destroyers and the taxpayers will have to repay the loans as taxpayers are already repaying the loans from the ‘building burst’.Some of the major players/countries in wind energy have already ceased erecting new turbines. Some of them are already being hit with medical claims, property value loss compensation and also with the realisation that the removal of turbines does not, and never will, restore the environment. The damage is great and it is permanent. The profit goes elsewhere and the debt remains; the stigma will attach permanently to your name.Is this what you want to be remembered for ? The destruction of a county and its heritage; i.e. the ethnic cleansing of a county; the ruthless ‘clearance’of a county’s population to make way for foreign metal junk. Take a look at the list of 2363 townlands preferred for wind development, take a look at the map of the areas preferred for wind development, take a look at what will remain of Donegal county for the people of Donegal. When you’ve looked at all of that take a look at yourself. I do not know what you will see but I know what I see. Ernan O’Donnellon behalf of the Glenties Windfarm Information Group’2300 DONEGAL TOWNLANDS DESIGNATED FOR WINDFARMS AS CAMPAIGNERS CHALLENGE TAOISEACH was last modified: April 10th, 2012 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:2300 DONEGAL TOWNLANDS DESIGNATED FOR WINDFARMS AS CAMPAIGNERS CHALLENGE TAOISEACHdonegaldaily.comGlenties
That’s because the association’s affordability index is a rather narrow measure, assuming a 20 percent down payment and no more than 30 percent of household income servicing the mortgage. Reality is much different, with lenders accepting 40 percent to 50 percent of the household income going toward housing and a huge host of loan products available. As has been the case for months, the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, was the state’s more affordable area – 28 percent of households could afford a median-price home costing $305,700. In Ventura County, 13 percent of households could afford a median-price home costing $685,680. That’s unchanged from July and up 1 percentage point annually. Kleinhenz believes that while affordability is close to the bottom, it could dip lower. An upturn probably isn’t coming soon, though. “Based on what we’ve seen, it can get into these low double digits and stay there for quite some time,” he said. Market analyst Nima Nattagh said that with prices this high, buyers open to the most risk are those taking teaser-rate loans that have an initial low rate but then adjust upward after a period of time. And while the affordability index doesn’t track the sales curve, it does point out a troubling trend. “It really captures the reality that prices have been increasing much faster than household income,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 firstname.lastname@example.org PRICED OUT How market forces compared between now and the last time housing affordability dipped to 14 percent in May, June and July of 1989: THEN Median price: $199,400 – $201,600 Interest rate: 10.4% – 10.6% Qualifying income: $68,000 NOW Median price: $568,890 Interest rate: 5.87% Qualifying income: $133,800 Source: California Association of Realtors160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Affordability in Los Angeles County began moving down in April as prices continued to make hefty annual gains. It had been stuck at 17 percent from June 2004 through March. Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist, expected affordability to decline in August after the state median price jumped $28,190 from July. “What was surprising was the fact that the median did shoot up by as much as it did,” he said. Interest rates probably played a role. While long-term rates were relatively stable, adjustables have been moving up. Buyers jumped into the market in August to get ahead of the rising rate curve and that pushed up prices and drove down affordability, Kleinhenz said. But while affordability is at all-time lows, sales remain on a record pace in both the state and Los Angeles County. Housing affordability sank to a record low level in Los Angeles County during August and matched its all-time low statewide reached 16 years ago, a trade group said Thursday. Statewide affordability hit 14 percent in August, down an annual 4 percentage points, said the California Association of Realtors. Affordability in Los Angeles County fell an annual 5 percentage points to 12 percent. That’s 2 percentage points under July’s record low. Nationally, affordability was at 48 percent in August. The association measures affordability by the number of households that could qualify for the median-price home – the halfway point between the most and least expensive – in their community.
That … For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Five things we learned Wednesday as the Raiders began preparations to visit the Los Angeles Chargers:1) Daryl Worley is back in the fold and ready to goComing off a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy for substances of abuse, Worley has been with the team but not officially a part of it, working out at the facility and participating in meetings but unable to practice or even attend games.
The Northern Cape, South Africa’s largest province, offers profitable investment opportunities in mineral processing, agroprocessing, fishing, mariculture and tourism.Part of the massive Kumba iron ore mine in the Northern Cape. (Image: Brand South Africa)The Northern Cape is the largest of the nine provinces, taking up 30.5% of South Africa’s land area. Its borders on four other provinces, as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the countries of Namibia and Botswana to the north, making it an ideal gateway to western African markets.The province lies to the south of its most important asset, the mighty Orange River, which provides the basis for both a healthy agriculture and an alluvial diamond industry. Northern Cape overviewNorthern Cape provincial governmentNorthern Cape Economic Development AgencyThe province offers profitable investment opportunities in minerals and metals processing, agroprocessing, fishing, mariculture and tourism.Four investment corridors have been developed:Namaqua corridorKaroo corridorDiamond field-Kalahari corridorOrange River basin The major infrastructure to support these developments include the Buchu Bay-Doring Bay deepwater harbour, Upington airport, and the Gamsberg to Loop 10 railway line.MiningThe Northern Cape is rich in minerals, with the country’s major diamond pipes found in the Kimberley district. Alluvial diamonds are found on the opposite, western, side of the province, washed westwards by the Orange River into the Atlantic Ocean, where they are extracted from the beaches and sea between Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth.The province accounts for some 7% of global diamond exports, 13% of all zinc and lead exports and more than 25% of the world’s manganese exports. Mining giants such as Mittal Steel, Samancor, Gold Fields, PPC Lime, Alpha and Assmang operate in the Northern Cape.The region also supplies most of the country’s iron ore production. Other important metals and minerals include copper, limestone, gypsum, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, mica, verdite and semi-precious stones. These metals and minerals are mostly processed outside the province, so there are opportunities for investors to establish value-adding beneficiation plants inside the Northern Cape.Agriculture and agriprocessingThe Northern Cape produces some of the highest-quality agricultural products in South Africa. Produce ranges from grapes, lucerne, cotton, wheat, corn, carrots, potatoes, ground nuts and soya beans. The province is fast becoming a significant exporter of table grapes, raisins and meat.The establishment of fruit and vegetable processing operations would add value to the province’s agricultural products. There are opportunities for the production and processing of dates, olives, rooibos tea and citrus products.Growth in agriculture-related industries would also create a market for related businesses such as fibre sack and cardboard carton manufacturing. The Northern Cape is also large producer of sheep and goats, with specialist products such as ostrich meat on the rise.TourismThe Northern Cape is richly endowed with natural beauty and resources that appeal to tourists who appreciate the vast open spaces and serenity it provides. The area is known worldwide its spectacular annual explosion of spring flowers which, for a short period every year, attracts thousands of tourists.The long sun-drenched days, the silence of the veld, the extremes that range from rolling sand dunes to stark and craggy lunar landscapes are features that are attracting increasing numbers of tourists. The tourism industry exhibits significant growth potential.The province has a wealth of national parks and conservation areas. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa’s first cross-border game park, joins South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park to the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. It is one of the largest conservation areas in southern Africa, and one of the largest remaining protected natural ecosystems in the world. The park provides unfenced access to a variety of game between South Africa and Botswana, over its land area of more than 3.6 hectares.Investment is required to upgrade accommodation facilities, develop new attractions and entertainment centres – like theme parks – and upgrade air transportation networks.A R160-million retail, leisure and entertainment complex is currently under construction at Kimberley’s Big Hole – the largest hand-dug mining excavation in the world, and itself a major tourist attraction.FishingPort Nolloth is the hub of the fishing industry on this stretch of the west coast. Because most of the fish caught in the Northern Cape waters have until recently been landed and processed outside the province, development of the fishing industry has been slow. This is all set to change, with the increased quotas that will be awarded to land and process fish in the Northern Cape.Stricter enforcement of quota rules, as from 1998, means that at least 65% of the catch, which totals 7 085 tons (mainly hake), are landed in the Northern Cape. This opens up the possibility for more fish processing plants around the expanded harbour at Port Nolloth.A burgeoning mariculture industry with, among others, abalone being farmed for export to the Far East, is also being established in the region.Value-added processingFor those who want to export to Southern Africa, Northern Cape borders the important markets of Botswana and Namibia and is the closest South African province to Angola, which is undergoing phenomenal economic growth of around 19% a year.The specific opportunities for companies that want to make locally sourced products are numerous. These include carrot and fruit juice processing, vegetable canning, ground nut and wheat processing, meat and leather processing, cotton and wool-based textiles, wine-making, sunflower oil production and soya-based products.In the minerals sector there is diamond cutting and jewellery manufacturing plus other specific projects such as an iron reduction plant, a steel mill, a zinc smelter and a ferro-manganese smelter.These energy-intensive industries could be especially interesting following the discovery of Namibian natural gas fields. The new source of energy could see power prices tumble when the Kudu gas fields are developed.The development plans for Port Nolloth will help facilitate exports of both processed minerals and fish. The R905-million project, which welcomes foreign investment, will provide the province with its own deep-water port serving key export destinations in Europe and the Americas. This would prevent the need for exported products to leave Northern Cape via another South African province or Namibia.Other advantagesAccess to raw materials, cheap energy, and upgraded communications infrastructure – most of the conditions are already in place for competitive value-added processing in Northern Cape.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.