Taarabt scheduled to return to action

first_imgAdel Taarabt is set to return to action later today.Taarabt, recently involved in an extraordinary public fall-out with manager Harry Redknapp, is due to play for QPR’s development side in a match against Swansea this afternoon.He has been accused of being overweight and unfit to play by Redknapp and missed training last week because of illness.But Redknapp has insisted the Moroccan can expect to be given a first-team recall if he proves his fitness.“Absolutely he is in my thoughts,” Redknapp said.“We need him fit and need him available. I’ve told Adel that but it’s up to him now.”See also:Taarabt lambasted by furious QPR bossHarry rapped over handling of Taarabt rowWarnock sympathises with Harry over rowRedknapp does not regret Taarabt attackQPR v Aston Villa player ratingsNo Taarabt as QPR Under-21s battle backFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Land tenure plan ‘not anti-investment’

first_img25 February 2013 The proposal to limit foreign land ownership in South Africa to a leasehold of a minimum of 30 years, part of a new land tenure system contained in the Green Paper on Land Reform, is not a sign of antagonism to foreign investment, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. At the same time, says Nkwinti, foreigners cannot be excluded from playing a role in land transformation. “If we are saying to South Africans we will limit the extent of your [tenure] holding in order to have land to redistribute, we can’t leave [foreigners] out of that process, just because they are here and are investing,” Nkwinti said last week.New land tenure system proposal Under the new land tenure system proposal, state and public land will be available on leasehold, while private land will be available as freehold with limited extent, and communal tenure through institutionalised use-rights. If the proposal is approved, foreigners will only be permitted to lease land on a long-lease basis for a minimum of 30 years, Nkwinti said, although this could grow to 50- or 99-year leaseholds. Nkwinti said he would meet with foreign ambassadors next month to explain the significance of the proposal. His department had already met with a European Union delegation in 2011 and with a delegation from Germany last year. He said the Land Management Commission, which is also proposed in the Green Paper, would oversee land owned by foreigners, but Nkwinti said the focus for now would be on restricting agricultural land ownership by foreigners. Permanent residents would be treated as free-hold holders with limited extent, he said.Re-opening of land claims In all, 78% or 96-million hectares of South African land is privately owned, while 26-million hectares or 22% of land is owned by the state. Nkwinti said a team of lawyers was working on the re-opening of land claims and addition of claims for land confiscated before 1913. The re-opening of lodgment of claims would take place once amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act had been signed into law by President Jacob Zuma. In his State of the Nation Address last week, Zuma announced the re-opening of the lodgement of land claims for those who could not claim during the first window of opportunity. This announcement has two aspects to it. Firstly, the reopening of the lodgement of land claims, and secondly, the creation of exceptions to the 1913 Natives Land Acts for heritage sites, historic landmarks and opportunities for the descendants of the Khoi and San to claim. Nkwinti said he had been working with the legal team for the past 18 months and had held a workshop with them last weekend, giving them two weeks to codify the new changes to the Act. As at 31 March 2012, R24.6-billion had been spent to settle a total of 76 705 land restitution cases in South Africa, with about 5 000 opting to reclaim the land. This had made it difficult for the state to achieve its target of 30% black ownership of South African land by 2014, Nkwinti said, adding that many land-claim recipients had opted to be paid out because of poverty or because they wanted to move to cities. The department was compiling a manual, to be translated into all 11 languages, on how to go about making a land reclaim. Nkwinti is due to meet descendants of Khoi and San communities to discuss land claims next month. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Say Yes

first_imgYou call your dream client to ask them for a meeting. After you pitch them on the value of a meeting, they say: “Can you email me some information?” You tell them you can’t send anything, rejecting their very first request, and ensuring they feel it is more important that you get what you want than helping them get what they want.Emailing information and having a meeting are not mutually exclusive, and as much as your dream client wants the information without the meeting, you can say, “Yes. I’ll send you some information. But it isn’t going to be as valuable as a conversation, especially because it doesn’t let me learn anything about you and your company and your goals. I promise I am not going to waste one minute of your time.” (Insert your request for a meeting here) The real concern is you wasting their time, and you still have to ask again whether you say yes or no. Say yes.Your dream client asks you about your pricing while you are on a phone call, and you haven’t even met with them. They say: “Tell me how much this costs.” You believe it is way too early to share pricing, and you worry that you haven’t created enough value to justify your pricing. You tell them you’ll need a discovery meeting to give them pricing, ensuring you get what you want, and projecting that you are sensitive about your price, hiding it until you absolutely must share it.If you have a higher price, you use to differentiate your offering. If sharing your price disqualifies the prospect, it’s better to know now than to learn that after you both have invested time in a deal that was never possible. You can share enough about your price to satisfy your prospect and still put a meeting on the books. You say, “The price is going to be between X and Y. At the end of a meeting, I’ll be able to dial that in for you and give a better idea of what you might have to invest.” (Insert your request for a meeting here)You can say yes and do what is right—for you and your prospective client. If you continually say no, you are projecting that you and your company are challenging to work with. By saying yes and continuing to ask for the commitment you need, you are giving your prospect the experience of what it might be like to have you as a partner.last_img read more

Car rams men doing yoga, six killed

first_imgA speeding car rammed a group of people doing yoga by the roadside in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district on Thursday morning, killing six men, police said. The accident occurred on Kumher-Dhanwada highway when the car driver lost control over the vehicle. The group of six men was taking a morning walk and had stopped on the way for a yoga session, Kumher SHO Raghbeer Singh said. Nobody in the group survived. Four men died on the spot and two other succumbed to injuries later, the officer said. The victims were identified as Raghubar Baghel (62), Nirotilal Saini (65), Makhan Lal Kathik (60), Harishankar Tamboli (65), Prem Singh Baghel (55) and Rameshwar Baghel (45), the SHO said.last_img read more