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first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pelicans, Davis, hope new faces, faster pace mean more wins Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Pirates improved to a 15-2 record to claim one of the top two spots and in the processed eliminated the Blazers, who dropped to an 8-8 record. Benilde can win as much as 10 games but fourth seed University of Perpetual Help already has 11 wins after 16 matches. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissReymar Caduyac lit up for the Pirates, scoring six points in the last two minutes and effectively took the fight out of the Blazers. Lyceum showed no remorse on Benilde in the final minutes, forcing the Blazers to three straight turnovers off a timeout with Caduyac capping off a 7-0 Pirate run with a layup that came off a steal from Justin Gutang for the 75-62 lead with 1:08 left. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Lyceum notched the twice-to-beat bonus come the Final Four after taking down College of St. Benilde, 77-64, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Despite Caduyac’s performance, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson still poked fun at his point guard. “I call him Speedy Bagal (slow) because what he lacks in physical ability in speed he makes up for it with smarts,” said Robinson. “The things he does in games, I don’t see it in practice. He’s always full of surprises. It’s a blessing to have somebody like him.”CJ Perez led all scorers with 17 points with 10 rebounds, and four steals for the Pirates while Mike Nzeusseu had 13 points and eight boards.Caduyac finished with 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Justin Gutang had 13 points and seven boards for the Blazers. ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

18 01 20

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The program will continue next year, and more Chinese youth will come to Argentina, Diaz said.“Gradually, we learn what the kids need, what they want to eat and how to accommodate them in ways to make them feel comfortable,” he said. “We will replicate the Banfield experience with more clubs in Argentina. Now we have a set of procedures on how to work with the Chinese kids, and how best to develop their day-by-day training program.”For the second step, Diaz is considering selecting Argentine coaches to go to China to offer guidance to Chinese coaches on how to train the next generation of Chinese soccer players.The third step is to have both Chinese super leagues play each other to boost their competitiveness, he said, adding that Argentina is ready to receive qualified Chinese talent to play in the Argentine super league in the future.“Soccer is something that unites people. It symbolizes friendship and cultural exchange, so we believe this is a small step toward greater friendship between our two countries,” Diaz said.Calling soccer “a religion in Argentina”, Diaz said that when a massive population of youngsters takes to playing soccer in China, it’s only a matter of time before the next Messi is identified.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Banfield is not the largest club in the country, but was carefully selected from among 10 candidates, Diaz said.“We want these kids to be treated like family. Because of the cultural differences, mostly in food and climate, it is good for the group of kids to experience a welcoming environment so they can live, train and play together,” he added.The boys will spend their first month at the Argentine Football Association’s training facilities — where the country’s national soccer team is trained — before moving to Banfield Club.Fourteen-year-old Yu Runze was excited to learn that he would be staying in the same room that Messi uses during training.“I’m a real fan of Messi and I’m so lucky to be here. I cherish the opportunity to be here for training, and the Argentine coaches are very nice to us. I really hope I can take advantage of the training to improve myself,” Yu said.ADVERTISEMENT An Argentine soccer coach trains young Chinese players, affiliated with Beijing Sport University, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday. China Daily/Asia News Network/XU JINGXINGBEIJING – The China-Argentina Football Cooperation Program, which has been gaining steam since the two countries signed an agreement in May last year, aims to seek out a Chinese version of Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer superstar, according to an Argentine official with the program.Pablo Diaz, executive secretary of the program, said in an interview with China Daily that Argentina is willing to share its soccer assets to help China realize its goal of becoming a world soccer power before 2050.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Mei Yamaguchi eyeing statement win over Jomary Torres to spark title hopes A group of 28 Chinese boys ranging in age from 14 to 16, along with three Chinese coaches, arrived in Buenos Aires last month, shortly before President Xi Jinping’s visit to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit in the Argentine capital and his state visit to the South American country, which concluded over the weekend.The promising young athletes will stay in Argentina for 10 months, during which time they will compete in approximately 30 friendly matches against Banfield Club and other Argentine youth teams. They will also receive specific training under the supervision of Banfield’s coaching and physical conditioning staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe youth program is the result of the deal signed by the two countries during Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s visit to China last year, Diaz said.This is the first time that Argentina and China have cooperated in this way. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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12 01 20

first_img– in separate incidents Two men – one a contractor and the other a school teacher – were on Tuesday placed on a total of $360,000 bail for allegedly having sexual relations with three teenagers. The men appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court charged for two separate and unrelated cases but were both granted bail.Zafiel Yusuf, 25, a teacher and the son of a former AFC Regional Councillor, was charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother.Zafiel YusufIt is alleged that on April 19, 2017, he had sexual penetration with the teenagers at a Corentyne village. Yusuf, who operates a private school on the Corentyne, was granted bail in the sum of $120,000 on each of the two charges. He will return to court on July 27, when the Police are expected to file statements.It was alleged that Yusuf went to the teenagers’ home and requested to see their mother and told her that he had hampers to give to poor people and if she wanted one she will have to send her children with him to collect it.The children got into his car and he stopped at a Chinese restaurant and asked them if they wanted beer to drink. The girl said she did not want a beer but would accept a bottle of juice.Dexter ClerkIt is alleged that the siblings were later taken down a dam and next to a clump of bushes where she was told to perform a sexual act on Yusuf. It was also reported that she refused and was cuffed and told that she would be killed if she did not comply. Out of fear, the teenager performed oral sex on the school teacher.It is alleged that her brother was also forced to do the same after his sister.After the teenagers returned home, the matter was reported to the Police.Meanwhile, also appearing before Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer on Tuesday was Dexter Philadelphia, also called “Dexter Clerk”, 43, a contractor.He is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old in August 2015. He was granted bail in the sum of $120,000 and will return to court on July 4.It was reported that the victim and Philadelphia were known to each other.  On August 16, 2016, she was in the bathroom at their Corentyne home which is located at the back of the yard when the suspect came into the said bathroom and began to touch her. She told him to stop but he allegedly continued. After the bath, she went upstairs to her bedroom and Philadelphia went after her.At the time she was wrapped in a towel. The towel was pulled off and she was allegedly raped. At the time, Philadelphia was involved in a relationship with the teenager’s mother.When the matter comes up again on July 4, the Police will be expected to file statements.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgNo-confidence cases– cite case law, dictionaries to substantiate casesVarious parties in the slew of no-confidence vote related legal challenges have filed and sent out their submissions to the High Court. In one, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, through his legal representatives, is arguing that the court processes are being abused to overturn that fateful vote.This is according to the submission made on Jagdeo’s behalf in the Compton Reid vs Speaker of the National Assembly; Charrandas Persaud; the Attorney General; Jagdeo and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) General Secretary Joseph Harmon.Asking the court to strike out Reid’s application, Jagdeo’s legal team (led by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall) noted that “it does not disclose any reasonable ground for bringing the claim; it is an abuse of the process of the Court and it is scandalous, frivolous and vexatious.”The submission goes on to argue that Reid’s application “flies in the face of the Constitution”, when one stops to consider the National Assembly (Validity of Elections) Act Chapter 1:04.AG vs Speaker, Opposition leaderMeanwhile, a second submission was made on Jagdeo’s behalf by Nandlall and two other members of his legal team – attorneys-at-law Manoj Narayan and Rajendra Jaigobin – in the case of AG vs Speaker and Jagdeo.In this submission, the team argues that the AG’s application is “incurably bad in law” and should be dismissed. According to the team, the court has no jurisdiction to deal with the application by way of a “case stated”, based on the Civil Procedures Rules (CPR).The team, nevertheless, addressed the substantive issues raised by the AG’s application, such as his claim that 33 is not a majority of 65. Here the team cited Blacks’ Law Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary and the Webster’s third new International Dictionary, in order to define a majority.Blacks’ Law Dictionary states “A majority always refers to more than half of some defined or assumed set. In parliamentary law, that set, may be all of the members or some subset, such as all members present or all members voting on a particular question.”The Oxford Dictionary defines a majority as “the state or fact of being greater, the number by which in voting, the votes cast on one side exceeds those cast on other.”Meanwhile, the Webster Dictionary states that a majority is “the quality or state of being greater: number greater than half of a total: the excess of such a greater number over the remainder of the total.”The team went on to assert that by the AG’s definition, the meaning of what a majority has a ripple effect. The team gave as an example the Court of Appeal and its three Judges and the Public Service Commission.“The Attorney General’s approach will also lead to unusual and unworkable results under the Constitution. Thus for any question proposed for decision to be passed in the National Assembly under section 168(1)1, where all 65 members are present and voting, the votes of 34 members must be obtained.”“Where a Government is formed on the basis of the support of only 33 of the 65 elected members, it means that in order to implement any legislative measure, it must obtain the vote of at least one opposition member,” the team stated.Ram vs AG, Opposition LeaderMeanwhile, Attorney General Basil Williams, through his legal representative, has submitted a response contesting the arguments put forward by activist Christopher Ram, who had approached the court seeking to have the Government resign as per the Constitution.In the AG’s response, filed by Attorney Maxwell Edwards, he argues a number of things. According to the AG, resignation depends on Parliament being dissolved before General and Regional Elections.In this instance, the AG cited Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana to support his arguments. He then went on to reject calls for Government to be in a caretaker mode, contending that the vote was not a valid one.On the matter of former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud’s dual citizenship, the AG then pointed to Article 165 (2) of the Constitution. The AG noted the danger to Guyana’s democracy to have MP’s who are disqualified from voting due to dual citizenship, vote in the National Assembly.When the cases were first heard in her chambers, Chief Justice (acting) Roxanne George had given the sides a date of January 18 to exchange submissions, January 21 for rebuttal submissions and in the case of Christopher Ram versus the Attorney General and Speaker of the National Assembly, submissions will be heard today.Oral submissions for Compton Reid versus the Attorney General, former MP Charrandas Persaud and the Speaker of the National Assembly will be heard on January 24. And finally, in the case of the Attorney General versus the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader, oral submissions will be done on January 25. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

29 12 19

first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, says a fully funded and equal CAP programme is essential for Donegal farmers.Senator Ó Domhnaill was speaking after a sizeable meeting on CAP reform was held in Dunfanaghy, Donegal last night, attended by almost 200 people.“The meeting was very constructive and there were quality contributions from many farmers who are genuinely very concerned with the implications of the CAP reform,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “The farmers were informed of the different proposals that have been put forward for CAP reform from the Minister for Agriculture and the EU. The feeling coming from the meeting was that there should be a fair and equitable distribution of CAP for all farmers. It is important that CAP negotiations go well for Irish farmers as agriculture is crucial for the economic recovery of Ireland.He added that farmers should not be unfairly penalised for living in an area of poor land and the Minister should take this into consideration in the CAP negotiations.“I am totally opposed to the idea that there would be land abandonment in marginal land areas due to the low return from the land, this would lead to an ecological disaster in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the country.“We must make agriculture attractive to the next generation and a package of measures should be introduced to encourage and help young people take up farming. 70% of farmers receive less than €10,000 in Single Farm Payments and it is essential that smaller farmers are not penalised in order to protect the 2% of farmers who are in receipt of 12% of the payment. “We need a better deal for smaller farmers in Donegal and I will continue with meetings throughout the county to gauge the view of farmers. The next meeting will be held at the Highland Hotel in the Glenties on November 29th where party Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív will be the guest speaker.”EQUAL CAP PROGRAMME VITAL FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – MEETING TOLD was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

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first_imgFollowing on their hugely successful production of Snow White last year the Letterkenny Pantomime Society is inviting people to come along to auditions for their production of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.The new show will be staged at An Grianan.The latest production will be staged in An Grianan in January 2015.Auditions will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th September at 7.30pm. Please note that these auditions will be for adults only as auditions for the children’s scene will be advertised at a later date.We in the pantomime society are always delighted to welcome and promote new talent from all parts of the county.So whether your talent lies on or offstage the pantomime society will be delighted to see and welcome you to our crew.It’s a fun filled way of shortening the winter so make a note of the date and venue and we look forward to seeing you there!  LETTERKENNY PANTO SOCIETY LOOKING FOR MERRY MEN AND WOMEN FOR NEW SHOW was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:auditionsLetterkenny Pantomime SocietyRobin Hoodlast_img read more

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first_imgA search party which was launched for a missing man this morning has been sadly called off following the discovery of a body. Family and friends of Stanley Dill became gravely concerned yesterday afternoon when the 64 year-old went missing from his home in Abbey Villas at around 3pm.Gardaí with the help of local volunteers co-ordinated a search party which begun earlier this morning. However, it was sadly called off just after 9am this morning following the discovery of a body.The body was located close to the roundabout at Manorcunningham which was close to where the man was last spotted.Gardaí have thanked volunteers who helped take part in the search party this morning.They have also expressed their sympathies to the family and friends of the late Stanley Dill.   SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN CALLED OFF AFTER BODY DISCOVERED was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Newslast_img read more

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first_imgThe optimistic title, “Humans could survive Mars visit,” belies the bad news in the body of the article on BBC News.  The article reports on findings announced at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, based on data from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft instrument, Mars Radiation Environment Experiment (MARIE), which, unfortunately, stopped working after October’s record solar flares (See Nov. 6 headline).  It gathered enough data before its demise to characterize the risks of radiation to humans on Mars.  Though the hazards are twice those experienced on the space station, scientists feel they are survivable enough to allow for limited manned exploration of the red planet.This might be rephrased as an old-fashioned bad-news, good-news joke.Bad news: Mars has no protective magnetic field, so is bombarded by deadly radiation.  If you go, you would be at high risk of cancer, cataracts, nervous system damage, and other unknown health problems.Good news: You could live underground.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgThe cradle-to-cradle principles drive waste management around the world. According to the practice, landfills brimming with unrecycled rubbish are the least desirable outcome when it comes to getting rid of the world’s waste.Solid waste landfills are a potential danger to the environment, which municipalities mitigate by using a synthetic liner to isolate the refuse. Its purpose is to bury the refuse in such a way that it will be isolated from groundwater, will be kept dry and will not be in contact with air.Under these conditions, refuse does not decompose much. The landfills also contain waste that could have been recycled, with the amount of such waste varying from country to country. And as the world’s population expands and consumerism grows, more and more landfills have to be created. Land used for solid waste that is recyclable is land wasted – it could have been used for agriculture or housing, for example.But much solid waste can be recycled, such as paper. Paper recycling follows a set process:Paper is collected for recycling from industry, schools, homes and offices, from across the country.The collected waste paper goes to a recycling plant, where it is tipped into a vat and mixed with water and chemicals that turn into a slush.The slush is cleaned several times to remove items like staples, thread and grit.A machine removes printer’s ink from the slush using water and soap – the soap makes bubbles that lift out the ink.After the slush has been cleaned three more times, it is bleached and cleaned yet again.From the recycling plant it goes to the machine that makes new paper.Many South African newspapers are printed on paper that contains 25% recycled paper pulp.● Sources: Enviropaedia, Mpact Paper Pickup, and Bureau of International Recyclinglast_img read more

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first_imgYoung Africans have taken to saving for their future rather than getting the instant thrill of spending on lavish items according to the Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: kris krüg).• The rise of South African-Angolan relations• What makes South African cities competitive?• South Africa could be swimming in opportunity• South Africa must work hard to raise rankings internationally• Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness ForumRay MaotaYoung Africans would rather invest their cash than spend it on luxury items, a survey by Barclays Africa Group has found.Released on 28 October in Johannesburg, Barclays Africa’s Prosper Report shows how Africans equate prosperity with achieving financial freedom. The report is the summary of a survey of more than 7 000 respondents across socio-economic groups from South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“The survey provides invaluable insights into what is important to people, their dreams and aspirations – essential intelligence if we are to contribute to building strong and sustainable economies on the continent,” said Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Barclays Africa Group. “The results are fascinating and underscore the fact that Africa’s rising middle class is effecting positive economic and socio-political transformation. What is particularly noteworthy is that nearly 80% of the respondents are between the ages of 18 and 35. This is significant because Africa has one of the highest youth populations in the world.”There was a remarkable similarity in the aspirations and hopes of the respondents even though they came from 11 different countries. “The results highlight the fact that as Africa’s young and emerging middle-class continues to develop and grow, they are expressing their economic power in new ways, for example, prioritising long-term financial security through investing and education,” she said. Bobby Malabie (left) Group Executive at Barclays Africa and Professor Monde Makiwane (right) of the Human Sciences Research Council at the launch of the inaugural Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: Barclays Africa) The surveyAt the top of each respondent’s list of what would help them progress were computers and books, while savings were considered to be the primary vehicle to achieve financial freedom to prosper and achieve specific goals.Bobby Malabie, Barclays Africa’s group executive of marketing, communications, citizenship and public affairs, said: “The Barclays Africa Prosper Report shows that people work hard for their money and want their money to work hard for them. What is particularly encouraging is that when questioned further, the youth of Africa would rather invest their money to fund further education than spend it on flashy consumer goods.“Investment, education and savings are seen by Africans as the main drivers of prosperity to open the doors to economic growth. It is also clear that Africa’s emerging youth presents the continent with an unprecedented opportunity to deepen our human capital, and with the right tools, tomorrow’s decision-makers can unlock Africa’s potential.”In the survey, 78% of the respondents were between the ages of 18 and 35, representing a significant portion of the “youth bulge”, the future drivers of the African economy. The youth bulge is a common phenomenon in many developing countries, where a large proportion of the population comprises children and young adults, thanks to a decrease in infant mortality and steady levels of fertility.Four of the main findings of the survey were that: if given $100 (about R1 000) to help them prosper, 49% of respondents would invest it; almost a third would buy a computer (30%) and books (24%) to help them prosper. For 66%, lack of finances was a major barrier to prosperity, but for 37% this was also the easiest aspect of their life to change. Almost half of respondents would most likely consult a bank to obtain financial prosperity; only 10% would consult a family member.Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) provided an independent analysis of the research. He said: “A decrease in mortality rates coupled with the youth’s connectivity to a global community which is increasingly aided by technology, means we have an emerging youth bulge of Africans [who] are more optimistic than ever before.“Africa’s youth are confident they will be around to live their future. Given this optimism, they prefer to spend their money on computers and books to aid their prosperity, rather than making flashy statements in their local communities by parading the latest must-have item.”The Barclays Africa Prosper Report addressed critical issues of financial behaviour and prosperity that had either been missed or poorly measured by previous social and financial surveys in Africa, Makiwane added.Across the 11 countries, 73% of those surveyed indicated that they were familiar with the term “prosper”. To prosper, they said, mostly meant “to be successful”, “to be fortunate” and “to thrive”, especially in terms of personal finances, but also in terms of health, career satisfaction, spiritual wellness and happiness. Spontaneous definitions of what prosper meant to an individual also revealed a commonality across the continent: 39% defined it as achieving one’s goals or dreams in life and 22% associated it with financial success.“Encouragingly, one of the most significant findings from this African survey is the high level of savings and investments reported by participants. Almost 50% of respondents would save or invest to help them prosper financially, a powerful statistic if viewed in the context of the Asian savings boom,” said Makiwane. Several decades ago, Asia experienced a youth bulge. The continent took advantage of this by creating employment opportunities and mobilising the youth to save. Continued economic growth and a high savings rate have fuelled wealth creation in the region and its propensity to save is exceptional when compared to the United States or Europe: gross national savings range from a low of 24% of gross domestic product in the Philippines to a high of 50% in China, compared with 13% in the United States and 19% on average across Europe. Survey methodologyAccording to Barclays, the survey was designed and deployed via the online research specialist, Columinate, to an online research access panel as well as to targeted social media channels in each country. Data collection ran from 14 April to 8 August 2014. A total sample of 7 052 was achieved. Eight of the 11 countries had more than 500 respondents; the Seychelles had a sample of 82, Mozambique 309 and Tanzania 416.HSRC contributed perspectives from the social sciences to the study. Its analysis team drew from theories and patterns of economic and social transition to analyse and interpret the data and the findings of the survey. Summary of sociological findingsSome of the important sociological findings from the survey are that Africa’s growing middle class is driven by three basic characteristics:·         They are mostly in the younger working age group with basic skills that can be advanced by exposure in different sectors of the economy and society.·         Their integration into economic and socio-political life in the modern global village is facilitated by advancements and increasing accessibility of the internet and mobile communication technology.·         A growing proportion of this group comprise a large and expanding middle class that is known to catalyse economic growth.Being financially successful was the most common current priority by participants. Three major obstacles to financial prosperity they reported were a lack of finance (reported by 68.9%), a lack of opportunity (50%) and a lack of financial advice (26.2%).last_img read more