Rob Green starts for QPR on ‘Stan Bowles Day’ at Loftus Road despite speculation the goalkeeper is about to re-sign for his former club West Ham.Rangers are unchanged from the side which won 3-2 at Wolves in midweek.Keeper Alex Smithies, signed from Huddersfield on Thursday, is among the substitutes.The home side are still without Jamie Mackie, who who has a groin problem, while Yun Suk-Young and Leroy Fer are close to returning following knee injuries.Rangers are honouring club icon Stan Bowles, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Bowles is attending today’s game with his family and will be presented to the crowd before kick-off.Bowles is a guest of honour at Loftus Road this afternoonRotherham, meanwhile, are without the suspended Kirk Broadfoot. The Millers line-up includes former R’s player Emmanuel Ledesma.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Faurlin, Luongo; Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Doughty, Kpwekawa, Hoilett, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas. Rotherham: Roos; Buxton, Halford, Collins, Newell; Frecklington, Smallwood, G Ward, Ledesma; Derbyshire, Clarke-Harris. Subs: Collin, Thorpe, Rawson, Green, D Ward, White, Maguire.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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The report states that South Africa has in less than two decades become one of the most significant and successful countries on the African continent. (Images: Wilma den Hartigh) Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, has released a comprehensive landmark report about South Africa’s standing as an investment destination.While the report doesn’t ignore the country’s challenges, South Africa is still an attractive investment environment that few countries in the region could match.The Report: South Africa 2012 is the result of more than eight months of research by a team of analysts from OBG, assessing trends and developments in the economy, including macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments.The study has been produced in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. Contributions have also been made by Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs for the report’s law chapter, and ABSA Capital provided the report’s capital markets analysis.Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg, Dr Rob Davies, South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, said that the findings of the report are good news for the country.“South Africa offers significant and serious long term growth and development potential, despite challenges of the world economy,” Davies said.Michael Benson-Colpi, chairman of the OBG, said that the message about South Africa is reassuring. “South Africa is doing well,” Benson-Colpi said. “This is not often the message, but the country is in pretty good shape in comparison with other African countries and the rest of the world.”According to the report’s political overview of the country, South Africa has in less than two decades become one of the most significant and successful on the African continent.Ignatius Sathekge, Brand South Africa stakeholder relations director, said that South Africa’s ranking as the most competitive African country in the 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Index for Sub-Saharan Africa, confirms its standing in the global economy.“We know that great opportunities for growth, stability and development lie in increasing intra-African trade and cooperation,” Sathekge said.Those interested in getting hold of a copy of the report may order one from the OBG website. An important report for South AfricaOBG’s constructive outlook of South Africa is important for the country’s reputation as an investment destination.The OBG’s critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business intelligence for investors who are looking to enter markets in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.The report also contains a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for investors, including macro-economic and sectoral developments in the areas of banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.The report contains an exclusive interview with President Jacob Zuma, and it also provides a wide range of contributions from experts in the areas of politics, the economy and business. These include Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, and the minister of mineral resources Susan Shabangu.Some international personalities such as the president of Virgin Atlantic, renowned businessman Richard Branson, also offer their views on the country’s economic development.Focus areasRobert Tashima, OBG’s regional editor, explained that South Africa has intrinsic strengths and competitive advantages such as its political stability, solid regulatory regime, vast natural resources and well-developed infrastructure.“South Africa stands out as an example of a market built for growth,” Tashima said.He pointed out that political stability is possibly South Africa’s single biggest competitive advantage over its neighbouring countries.The country’s infrastructure such as telecommunications, energy and transport is also very impressive in comparison with the rest of Africa.Tashima says that in the group’s analysis of South Africa, it doesn’t deny that the country also has real challenges such as unemployment, education, high levels of inequality.In his speech, Sathekge said that South Africa can address these issues successfully. “Global competitiveness and our ability to compete for the global investment pool will be key factors in our ability to reduce unemployment, poverty and our economic inequity.”While job creation remains a high priority for government, a central topic of the report is South Africa’s efforts to stimulate industrial output. There is extensive analysis of the automotive and steel sectors, which have been flagged as key areas to further economic growth and attract investment.“The focus over the medium term will need to unshackle greater output in productive sectors, particularly those that provide greater multiplier effects, such as industry and infrastructure,” Tashima said.OBG’s new report also puts South Africa’s mining industry in the spotlight. It outlines the potential for expansion in new markets, particularly China, while exploring promising growth segments such as iron ore.Quoted in a media statement, OBG’s country director, Elizabeth Denworth said the report captures and analyses significant developments in South Africa.“We have produced a report that will be hugely useful to the global business community when they come to make their investment decisions,” Denworth said.
You get what you focus on.If you focus on distractions, you will be distracted. If you focus on the next novelty, the next interesting thing that might capture your attention, your results will reflect the fact that you were distracted.If you focus on excuses, you will find them. If you look for reasons that you can’t do something, the reasons will appear as if by magic. And your results will reflect the rationalizations and excuses you make.If you focus on blaming other people, you will always find your scapegoat. Your parents, your teachers, your manager, your boss, your President. Your results will reflect your other-focus.If you focus on having the identity of procrastinator, you will indeed procrastinate. You will put off the work you should be doing now, and your results will reflect that decision–and the identity you have chosen for yourself.If you focus on creating opportunities, you will produce new opportunities. And those opportunities will provide you with growth and success. If that’s what you focus on.If you focus on continuous improvement, you will go from day-to-day, week to week, month to month, and year to year getting better, faster, stronger, smarter, and more capable. That focus will produce a bigger, better you.If you focus on taking action instead of waiting, your focus will produce real, tangible outcomes. Focused action always gets results.If you focus on success, you will produce success. It may not be as fast as you want it to be. It may not be the straight line upwards that you want. And may not be anywhere as easy for you as it is for someone else. But if you focus on success, you will most assuredly produce it.What are you focused on right now?
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel insists Chelsea upset can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel insists they’re capable of upsetting Chelsea this weekend.Puel took heart from their performance in defeat to Manchester City this week in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.He said, “It will be a good challenge. We need to give our best to get a result. We need to have a collective response.”If we have the same mentality as against Man City, we can hopefully get a result.”Puel also gave a brief injury update and admitted they are still waiting to find out if England defender Ben Chilwell will be fit to face Chelsea.”I think he can participate [in the Chelsea game]. We will see tomorrow.”We have doubts about Wilfred [Ndidi], we will see tomorrow [for Chelsea]. It’s about his knee.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful groupby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma says they’re ready for the derby against Inter Milan.Milan have won two of their first three games under coach Marco Giampaolo.Donnarumma said: “We’re a beautiful group. With a new Coach it’s normal to have some difficulty at the beginning, but we’re working well.“We’ve picked up two wins from three, not playing very well, but winning helps us win more and slowly we’re getting to grips with our game.“A derby goes over everything else, it’s a game that prepares itself and gives out a lot of energy and emotion. Playing the derby is a unique satisfaction.“Samir [Handanovic] is a very good lad and a great goalkeeper, I like how he attacks the ball, plus we know all his other qualities.“With D’Ambrosio I have a beautiful relationship, he’s my compatriot and he also lives near me. I’ll surely cross him.”
georgia spike squad mark foxGeorgia basketball coach Mark Fox has always made it clear how much he supports the school’s football team. Saturday, he’ll be going all out, yet again, to help cheer on the Dawgs against SEC juggernaut Alabama.Friday, Fox, on Twitter, revealed that he’ll be joining the Spike Squad in the stands for the contest. The Spike Squad is notorious for wearing body paint and spiked shoulder pads to games.…& forgive me when I drip paint on you cause I’m #100%Dawg @UGASPIKESQUAD – I’m in! Time to GATA pic.twitter.com/ldchIG1e2q— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) October 2, 2015This isn’t the first time Fox has done this, and it probably won’t be the last. Very cool.