Five-piece folk/Americana group Hot Buttered Rum has just made some exciting announcements. The band has revealed plans to release three five-song EPs over the coming months, and each release will have a different theme.The first EP will be downtempo acoustic music, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The second will be all bluegrass, in the tradition of the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, produced by Sally Van Meter. The final release will have more of a late night feel, with production by Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident.You can help the band out by visiting their PledgeMusic page and donating towards the production and release of these exciting new albums. Additionally, the band will be out on tour throughout the remainder of 2015! They just added some dates in early November, and are scheduled to embark on a big NYE run with Head for the Hills.The full tour schedule is below, and you can visit the band’s website for details!Aug 14 @ Comatopia | Calpine, CA15 @ Wild Rivers Music Fest | Brookings, OR16 @ Long Meadow Ranch Winery | Saint Helena, CA21 – 22 @ Sawtooth ValleyGathering | Stanley, ID23-28 @ Pickin’ On the Middlefork Adventure | Stanley, ID29 @ River City Roots Fest | Missoula, MTSept19 @ Old Grove Fest | Guerneville, VA23 @ 1st Ward Chop Shop | Chicago, IL 24 @ Boats & Bluegrass | Winona, MN25 @ Wooly’s | Des Moines, IA26 @ Overland Park Fest | Overland Park, KS26 @ Knuckleheads Saloon | Kansas City, MO27 @ Redstone Room | Davenport, IA 30 @ LL Grange | Willits, CA31 @ Hopmonk Tavern | Sebastopol, CANov4 @ SLO Brew | San Luis Obispo, CA5 @ SOHO Restaurant | Santa Barbara, CA6-7 @ Winston’s | San Diego, CA19 @ The Historic Ashland Armory | Ashland, OR w/ Poor Man’s Whiskey20 @ Revolution Hall | Portland, OR w/ Poor Man’s Whiskey21 @ Nectar Lounge | Seattle, WA w/ Poor Man’s Whiskey22 @ Hi-Fi Music Hall | Eugene, OR w/ Poor Man’s WhiskeyDec30 @ Pink Garter Theatre | Jackson Hole, WY31 @ The State Room | Salt Lake City, UT w/ Head For The HillsJan1 @ The State Room | Salt Lake City, UT w/ Head For The Hills2 @ Sheridan Opera House | Telluride, CO w/ Head For The Hills3 @ Sheridan Opera House | Telluride, CO w/ Head For The Hills
The deceased victim, a 41-year-old Port Neches resident, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Ben Collins at the scene.The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the victim as Juan Jose Hernandez Jr.DPS is asking for the public’s help with any information that will lead to the location of the vehicle and/or the driver involved in this fatal crash. On Tuesday at approximately 9:45 p.m., DPS Troopers responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Interstate 10, near mile marker 839, in Jefferson County.The crash occurred approximately six miles west of Beaumont with the involved vehicle fleeing the crash scene.The preliminary crash investigation indicates a pedestrian was walking on the eastbound improved shoulder of Interstate 10.The pedestrian was struck by an unknown vehicle. Police have released a possible description of a suspect vehicle involved in a hit-and-run fatality of a Port Neches man.Sgt. Stephanie Davis said the vehicle involved in Tuesday night’s auto-pedestrian fatal collision on Interstate 10 is believed to be a 2007-2014 Champagne-colored Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban.The vehicle will have damage to the front right bumper, headlight and passenger mirror.Anyone with any information should contact Texas Department of Public Safety Communications at 936-699-7340.The pictured item was taken from a fatal crash Tuesday evening.
Columbus Catholic also has one athlete moving onBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterROSHOLT — The Spencer track team will be well-represented at next week’s WIAA State Track & Field Championships after seven individuals qualified in 12 events, and two girls relays teams moved on with top-four finishes at the WIAA Division 3 sectional Thursday at Rosholt High School.Senior Noah Zastrow and his freshman sister Hannah Zastrow combined for eight berths at the state meet, which will be June 2-3 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.Noah Zastrow won the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet 7 inches and will return to state in the event for the fourth-straight year. He placed third his freshman and sophomore seasons before taking second last year at state.Noah Zastrow also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.67) and the 300 hurdles (41.81) and was fourth in the long jump (20 feet, 5½ inches) to qualify for state in all four of his events.Hannah Zastrow won the girls high jump (5-3) and the 100 hurdles (16.67) and was second in the pole vault (9-3) behind teammate Johanna Ellefson (11-0), who is the defending Division 3 state champion in the event.Ellefson also teamed with Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup, and Hannah Zastrow to take second in the 400-meter relay, finishing in 51.57 seconds.The other Spencer girls state qualifier was the 800 girls relay team of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Eichman, and Northup (1:50.86).For the Spencer boys, Max Johnson was second in the shot put (52-3¼), Logan Zschernitz was third in the shot put (49-6) and fourth in the discus (140-1), Jacob Miller took third in the pole vault (12-3), and Aaron Pankratz finished fourth in the 400 (51.96) to also advance to La Crosse.Marshfield Columbus Catholic has one state meet qualifier as freshman Jessica Jakopin placed third in the girls shot put with a toss of 34-8½.The Auburndale girls, winner of its first-ever Marawood Conference South Division championship earlier this month, will also be well-represented in La Crosse as three individuals and two relay teams earned top-three finishes at the sectional.Rachel Gronemeyer will return to the state meet in the 400 after taking second in 1:02.20. Her teammate Isabella Jewell just missed out in the event, taking fifth in 1:02.57, less than 1 second behind the fourth-place finisher.Jewell will still be going to state, however, as she teamed with Gronemeyer, Kali Karl, and Isabelle Hilber to take second in the 1,600 relay in 4:09.61.Also moving on to state for the Apaches were Hilber in the 200 (third, 27.16), Karl in the 800 (third, 2:23.93), and the 3,200 relay team of Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, Macie Schmeiser, and Karl (third, 10:07.23).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 WIAA Division 3 Track & Field SectionalsMay 25, at Rosholt High SchoolGirlsTeam scores: 1. Edgar 82; 2. Wild Rose 78; 3. Oshkosh Lourdes 61; 4. Spencer 56; 5. Iola-Scandinavia 52; 6. Wausau Newman Cahtolic 44; 7. Auburndale 43; 8. Rosholt 42; 9. Stevens Point Pacelli 34; 10. Crivitz 30; 11. Marathon 29; 12. Gresham/Bowler 23; 13. Loyal 21; 14. Three Lakes 20; 15. Pittsville 18; 16. Tri-County 13; 17. Suring 11; 18. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Tigerton 8; 20. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 7; 21. Neenah St. Mary Catholic 6; 22. Lena/St. Thomas Academy 5; 23. Marion 3; 24. Oshkosh Valley Christian, Manawa and Gillett 2; 27. Coleman and Port Edwards 1.Top 4 in each event qualify for WIAA State MeetHigh jump: 1. Hannah Zastrow (SP) 5-3; 2. Reanne Kietlinski (GB) 5-2; 3. Katie Stegeman (SUR) 5-2; 4. Rylie Vaughn (WNC) 5-1; 6. Sabrina Vircks (SP) 5-1.Long jump: 1. Maya Dix (WR) 17-3.5; 2. Leighten Fischer (IS) 17-2.5; 3. Kortnie Volk (TL) 16-7; 4. Julianne Barkholz (WNC) 16-5.5.Shot put: 1. Katelyn Schmidt (MAR) 36-8; 2. Izzy Gemza (ROS) 35-2.5; 3. Jessica Jakopin (MCC) 34-8.5; 4. Raechel Russo (OL) 34-6.5.3,200 relay: 1. Oshkosh Lourdes (Emily Foley, Katie Van Scyoc, Carly Vandenhouten, Ellen Moore) 9:47.32; 2. Rosholt (Riley Walski, Jenna Trzebiatowski, Brittany Gagas, Jordan Zdroik) 9:50.53; 3. Auburndale (Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, Macie Schmeiser, Kali Karl) 10:07.23; 4. Stevens Point Pacelli (Elizabeth Cisweski, Grace VanHandel, Grace Engebretson, Christonna Shafranski) 10:11.56; 8. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Morgan Albrecht, Natalie Pospyhalla, Hannah Grubofski, Melanie Lang) 11:18.87.100 hurdles: 1. Zastrow (SP) 16.67; 2. Daria Hoesly (ED) 16.85; 3. Edrea Kubista (LOY) 16.87; 4. Katie Craig (TC) 16.88.100: 1. Ashley Caswell (WR) 12.71; 2. Barkholz (WNC) 12.88; 3. Fischer (IS) 12.96; 4. Allison Stewart (GB) 13:06; 6. Isabelle Hilber (AUB) 13.41; 8. Delaney Eichman (SP) 13.71.800 relay: 1. Wild Rose (Caswell, Dix, Olivia Jenkinson, Olivia Bennot) 1:47.44; 2. Oshkosh Lourdes (Delaney Gresser, Kelsey Schwochert, Alexis Rolph, Joely Hurkman) 1:48.06; 3. Spencer (Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Eichman, Kaily Northup) 1:50.86; 4. Edgar (Kamryn Butt, Lydia Myszka, Rachel Heiden, Bailey Imhoff) 1:51.08; 13. Auburndale (Anna Biehoffer, Natasha Neve, Skyler Wolff, Alexandra Wolf) 2:03.85.400: 1. Barkholz (WNC) 59.06; 2. Rachel Gronemeyer (AUB) 1:02.20; 3. Candice Milne (WR) 1:02.45; 4. Grace VanHandel (SPP) 1:02.50; 5. Isabella Jewell (AUB) 1:02.57.400 relay: 1. Edgar (Butt, Imhoff, Hoesly, Macey Wirkus) 51.55; 2. Spencer (Eichman, Johanna Ellefson, Northup, Zastrow) 51.57; 3. Wild Rose (Addy Lauritzen, Jenkinson, Bennot, Dix) 51.85; 4. Loyal (Edrea Kubista, Rachel Hederer, Gabrielle Hederer, Bailey Waldhauser) 52.12.300 hurdles: 1. Wirkus (ED) 45.11; 2. Fischer (IS) 46.46; 3. Craig (TC) 49.01; 4. Lonna Minniecheske (TIG) 49.05.200: 1. Barkholz (WNC) 25.93; 2. Caswell (WR) 26.13; 3. Hilber (AUB) 27.16; 4. Stewart (GB) 27.19.3,200: 1. Erika Kistinge (IS) 11:30.96; 2. Trzebiatowski (ROS) 11:31.88; 3. Marissa Ellenbecker (ED) 11:33.78; 4. Zdroik (ROS) 11:34.82; 14. Anna Kollross (AUB) 13:44.40; 15. Pospyhalla (MCC) 13:51.84.1,600 relay: 1. Oshkosh Lourdes (Emily Foley, Kelsey Schwochert, Van Scyoc, Rolph) 4:07.71; 2. Auburndale (Gronemeyer, Jewell, Karl, Hilber) 4:09.61; 3. Stevens Point Pacelli (Grace Engebretson, Jennelle Higgins, VanHandel, Shafranski) 4:10.18; 4. Iola-Scandinavia (Makenna Brown, Beacom, Kistinge, Fischer) 4;11.10; 9. Spencer (Lauren Faber, Endreas, Vircks, Northup) 4;29.21.Discus: 1. Schmidt (MAR) 106-2; 2. Emalee Johnsen (CRIV) 102-6; 3. Amanda Piotrowski (PIT) 102-0; 4. Morgan VanLanen (CRIV) 100-9; 13. Jakopin (MCC) 79-9; 16. Sam Jensen (AUB) 73-10.Pole vault: 1. Ellefson (SP) 11-0; 2. Zastrow (SP) 9-3; 3. Ana Klein (PIT) 9-0; 4. Daisy Campbell (TL) 9-0; 7. Julianna Kollross (AUB) 8-0.Triple jump: 1. Wirkus (ED) 36-2.5; 2. Butt (ED) 35-1.25; 3. Dix (WR) 34-5.25; 4. Kietlinski (GB) 33-6.25; 11. Jewell (AUB) 32-1.25.1,600: 1. Kistinge (IS) 5:19.54; 2. Ellenbecker (ED) 5:27.33; 3. Cisweski (SPP) 5:29.77; 4. Moore (OL) 5:31.78; 11. Mitchell (AUB) 6:07.15; 14. Leah Nieman (SP) 6:31.01.800: 1. Emily Foley (OL) 2:19.11; 2. Ellenbecker (ED) 2:20.07; 3. Karl (AUB) 2:23.93; 4. Candice Milne (WR) 2:24.51; 9. Stanton (AUB) 2:35.14.—BoysTeam scores: 1. Coleman 63; 2. Spencer 60; 3. Rosholt 55; 4. Wild Rose and Marathon 48; 6. Suring 38; 7. Stevens Point Pacelli 37; 8. Neenah St. Mary Catholic 35; 9. Loyal 33; 10. Edgar 32; 11. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 31; 12. Pittsville and Oshkosh Valley Christian 30; 14. Shiocton 28; 15. Wausau Newman Catholic 21; 16. Northland Lutheran 18; 17. Three Lakes and Oshkosh Lourdes 14; 19. Oneida Nation and Tri-County 12; 21. Manawa 11; 22. Florence/Niagara 9; 23. Crivitz 7; 24. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 6; 25. Gilett 3; 26. Almond-Bancroft, Auburndale and Iola-Scandinavia 2.Top 4 in each event qualify for WIAA State MeetDiscus: 1. Bryce Seubert (MAR) 155-1; 2. Josh Pillath (COL) 144-11; 3. Ben Veverka (WRA) 142-4; 4. Logan Zschernitz (SP) 140-1.Pole vault: 1. Noah Zastrow (SP) 14-7; 2. Mitch Stegeman (SUR) 12-6; 3. Jacob Miller (SP) 12-3; 4. Zach Anklam (MAR) 12-0.Triple jump: 1. David Burgess (NL) 43-4.25; 2. Karson Butt (ED) 42-7.25; 3. David Lauritzen (WR) 41-10.75; 4. Gunnar Patz (COL) 41-8.110 high hurdles: 1. Pillath (COL) 14.78; 2. Clayton Shears (SHI) 15.25; 3. Zastrow (SP) 15.67; 4. Mike Fitzgerald (WR) 15.99.100: 1. Chris Snook (PIT) 11.16; 2. Patz (COL) 11.23; 3. Jordan Lacey (NSMC) 11.34; 4. William Vollmar (SUR) 11.44.1,600: 1. Wesley Schiek (OVC) 4:29.44; 2. T. Jackson Moore (OL) 4:29.87; 3. Conner Dolan (WRA) 4:30.24; 4. Adam Rzentkowski (ROS) 4:30.50.800 relay: 1. Loyal (Devin Witt, Skylar Ruggles, Parker Leffel, Dalton Kroening) 1:33.46; 2. Wild Rose (Paul Hernandez, David Lauritzen, Tommy Friday, Nolan Jenkinson) 1:33.47; 3. Stevens Point Pacelli (Jesse Vaughan, Cale Jakusz, Richard Zupan, Alexander Schmitz) 1:34.32; 4. Manawa (Zach Kreklow, Brett Zielke, Ethan Hass, Bo Koehn) 1:34.42; 6. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Leo Pittsley, David Nielsen, Jose Martin, Nadim Torbey) 1:35.21; 7. Spencer (Rylie Schmidt, Isaiah Schilling, Mason Barth, Miller) 1:36.23.400: 1. Snook (PIT) 50.84; 2. Nate Weisenbeck (WRA) 51.06; 3. Andrew Blanker (SPP) 51.23; 4. Aaron Pankratz (SP) 51.96; 7. Carver Empey (AUB) 53.10.400 relay: 1. Edgar (Alec Hafferman, Tyler Sommer, Butt, Mason Stoudt0 44.93; 2. Wausau Newman Catholic (Raymond Meyer, Sawyer Berumen, Braxton Resch, Connor Miller) 45.13; 3. Loyal (Witt, Ruggles, Leffel, Kroening) 45.14; 4. Stevens Point Pacelli (Vaughan, Jakusz, Zupan, Schmitz) 45.68.300 hurdles: 1. Pillath (COL) 39.84; 2. Shears (SHI) 41.46; 3. Zastrow (SP) 41.81; 4. Mason Malm (LOY) 42.68.200: 1. Patz (COL) 22.71; 2. Snook (PIT) 22.96; 3. William Vollmar (SUR) 23.04; 4. Lacey (NSMC) 23.24; 8. Leo Pittsley (MCC) NT; failed to qualify for finals – Pankratz (SP) 24.35.1,600 relay: 1. Rosholt (Cade Bowker, Sawyer Fleming, Cole Bembenek, Cody Niewiadomski) 3:28.36; 2. Stevens Point Pacelli (Alexander Schmitz, Blanker, Hayden Jurgella, Daniel Mitch) 3:29.96; 3. Wild Rose (Friday, Paul Hernandez, Lauritzen, Hayden Schwartzman) 3:31.35; 4. Oshkosh Lourdes (Moore, Marshall Pecore, Colyar Newton, Axel Frank) 3:33.37; 10. Spencer (Schilling, Collin Neiman, Barth, Schmidt) 3:48.42.High jump: 1. John Christensen (SUR) 6-2; 2. Luke Ferro (SPP) 6-2; 3. Pillath (COL) 6-1; 4. Burgess (NL) 6-1; 9. Miller (SP) 5-6.Long jump: 1. Lacey (NSMC) 20-8.5; 2. Knutson (TC) 20-8; 3. Butt (ED) 20-6; 4. Zastrow (SP) 20-5.5; 13. Empey (AUB) 18-8.25.Shot put: 1. Seubert (MAR) 52-6.5; 2. Max Johnson (SP) 52-3.25; 3. Zschernitz (SP) 49-6; 4. Michael Lang (MAR) 49-0.3,200 relay: 1. Rosholt (Bembenek, Rzentkowski, Bowker, Fleming) 8:22.94; 2. Wild Rose (Friday, Jacob Lund, William Dorsett, Schwartman) 8:29.09; 3. Neenah St. Mary Catholic (Jospeh Porter, Brandon Wagner, Connor Trader, Ethan Unruh) 8:30.68; 4. Marathon (Evan Pilgrim, Cameron Schilling, Nathan Franke, Joe Kraimer) 8:31.03; 6. Marshfield Columbus Catholic (Peyton Nystrom, Jon Viegut, Joshua Guyer, Jeremiah Giles) 8:40.97; 10. Auburndale (Darren Kieffer, Matt Leick, Gage Stoflet, Paul Peplinski) 9:14.46.3,200: 1. Schiek (OVC) 9:50.78; 2. Rzentkowski (ROS) 10:00.05; 3. Dolan (WRA) 10:01.24; 4. Lorenz Jordan (ON) 10:09.11; 11. Guyer (MCC) 10:55.09; 16. Benny Frericks (MCC) 11:24.19.800: 1. Schiek (OVC) 2:01.88; 2. Bowker (ROS) 2:02.14; 3. Fleming (ROS) 2:02.77; 4. Caleb Jones (FN) 2:04.05; 8. Neiman (SP) 2:08.69; 9. Nystrom (MCC) 2:09.12.
Mary AlexanderThe World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks South Africa as the 56th most competitive economy out of 144 countries, the highest standing on the African continent (the island of Mauritius comes in at 39) and ahead of its Brics developing economy partners India and Brazil.While the country’s competitive rating has slipped from the 50th position it held in 2011/12, it still punches way above its weight in certain areas, particularly the development of its financial market. For the strength of its business auditing and reporting standards, and the regulation of its securities exchanges, South Africa is ranked first in the world.The full rankings are below.GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – OVERALL INDICATORSPILLARSCORERANKGCI 2014–2015 4.456 Basic requirements (40.0%) 4.389 Institutions 4.536 Infrastructure 4.360 Macroeconomic environment 4.589 Health and primary education 4.0132 Efficiency enhancers (50.0%) 4.443 Higher education and training 4.086 Goods market efficiency 4.732 Labour market efficiency 3.8113 Financial market development 5.47 Technological readiness 3.966 Market size 4.925 Innovation and sophistication factors (10.0%) 4.137 Business sophistication 4.531 Innovation 3.643 GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – DETAILED INDICATORSPILLAR 1: INSTITUTIONSITEMSCORERANK1.01 Property rights 5.6 201.02 Intellectual property protection 5.3 221.03 Diversion of public funds 2.8 961.04 Public trust in politicians 2.6 901.05 Irregular payments and bribes 4.5 481.06 Judicial independence 5.4 241.07 Favouritism in decisions of government officials 2.6 1041.08 Wastefulness of government spending 2.8 891.09 Burden of government regulation 2.8 1201.10 Efficiency of legal framework in settling disputes 5.2 151.11 Efficiency of legal framework in challenging regs. 4.9 91.12 Transparency of government policymaking 4.5 351.13 Business costs of terrorism 6.0 301.14 Business costs of crime and violence 2.8 1331.15 Organized crime 4.3 991.16 Reliability of police services 3.6 1021.17 Ethical behaviour of firms 4.7 351.18 Strength of auditing and reporting standards 6.7 11.19 Efficacy of corporate boards 6.0 31.20 Protection of minority shareholders’ interests 6.1 21.21 Strength of investor protection, 0–10 (best)* 8.0 10 PILLAR 2: INFRASTRUCTUREITEMSCORERANK2.01 Quality of overall infrastructure 4.5 592.02 Quality of roads 4.9 372.03 Quality of railroad infrastructure 3.4 442.04 Quality of port infrastructure 4.9 462.05 Quality of air transport infrastructure 6.0 112.06 Available airline seat km/week, millions* 1,117.0 282.07 Quality of electricity supply 3.6 992.08 Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop.* 147.5 252.09 Fixed telephone lines/100 pop.* 9.2 90 PILLAR 3: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTITEMSCORERANK3.01 Government budget balance, % GDP* –4.3 973.02 Gross national savings, % GDP* 13.5 1193.03 Inflation, annual % change* 5.8 1023.04 General government debt, % GDP* 45.2 773.05 Country credit rating, 0–100 (best)* 59.1 51 PILLAR 4: HEALTH AND PRIMARY EDUCATIONITEMSCORERANK4.01 Malaria cases/100,000 pop.* 32.5 274.02 Business impact of malaria 5.1 304.03 Tuberculosis cases/100,000 pop.* 1,003.0 1434.04 Business impact of tuberculosis 3.7 1364.05 HIV prevalence, % adult pop.* 17.9 1404.06 Business impact of HIV/AIDS 3.4 1364.07 Infant mortality, deaths/1,000 live births* 33.3 1054.08 Life expectancy, years* 56.1 1294.09 Quality of primary education 2.4 1334.10 Primary education enrolment, net %* 85.0 118 PILLAR 5: HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAININGITEMSCORERANK5.01 Secondary education enrolment, gross %* 101.9 245.02 Tertiary education enrolment, gross %* 19.2 935.03 Quality of the education system 2.2 1405.04 Quality of math and science education 1.9 1445.05 Quality of management schools 5.2 245.06 Internet access in schools 3.2 1175.07 Availability of research and training services 4.5 445.08 Extent of staff training 4.9 18 PILLAR 6: GOODS MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK6.01 Intensity of local competition 5.5 366.02 Extent of market dominance 4.0 486.03 Effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy 5.1 146.04 Effect of taxation on incentives to invest 4.3 266.05 Total tax rate, % profits* 30.1 416.06 No. procedures to start a business* 5 326.07 No. days to start a business* 19.0 906.08 Agricultural policy costs 3.9 656.09 Prevalence of trade barriers 4.8 236.10 Trade tariffs, % duty* 6.0 766.11 Prevalence of foreign ownership 5.1 426.12 Business impact of rules on FDI 4.0 1046.13 Burden of customs procedures 4.1 626.14 Imports as a percentage of GDP* 40.7 856.15 Degree of customer orientation 4.6 676.16 Buyer sophistication 4.0 31 PILLAR 7: LABOUR MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK7.01 Cooperation in labour-employer relations 2.5 1447.02 Flexibility of wage determination 2.7 1397.03 Hiring and firing practices 2.1 1437.04 Redundancy costs, weeks of salary* 9.3 337.05 Effect of taxation on incentives to work 4.5 157.06 Pay and productivity 2.7 1367.07 Reliance on professional management 5.5 217.08 Country capacity to retain talent 3.7 507.09 Country capacity to attract talent 3.9 397.10 Women in labour force, ratio to men* 0.77 84 PILLAR 8: FINANCIAL MARKET DEVELOPMENTITEMSCORERANK8.01 Availability of financial services 6.1 68.02 Affordability of financial services 5.3 218.03 Financing through local equity market 5.4 38.04 Ease of access to loans 3.5 328.05 Venture capital availability 3.2 378.06 Soundness of banks 6.5 68.07 Regulation of securities exchanges 6.4 18.08 Legal rights index, 0–10 (best)* 7 43 PILLAR 9: TECHNOLOGICAL READINESSITEMSCORERANK9.01 Availability of latest technologies 5.5 399.02 Firm-level technology absorption 5.4 299.03 FDI and technology transfer 4.8 509.04 Individuals using Internet, %* 48.9 699.05 Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop.* 3.1 899.06 Int’l Internet bandwidth, kb/s per user* 3.7 1269.07 Mobile broadband subscriptions/100 pop.* 25.2 74 PILLAR 10: MARKET SIZEITEMSCORERANK10.01 Domestic market size index, 1–7 (best)* 4.8 2410.02 Foreign market size index, 1–7 (best)* 5.3 3410.03 GDP (PPP$ billions)* 596.5 2510.04 Exports as a percentage of GDP* 31.3 92 PILLAR 11: BUSINESS SOPHISTICATIONITEMSCORERANK11.01 Local supplier quantity 4.8 4711.02 Local supplier quality 4.9 3811.03 State of cluster development 4.2 4411.04 Nature of competitive advantage 3.7 6211.05 Value chain breadth 3.8 6811.06 Control of international distribution 4.4 3511.07 Production process sophistication 4.5 3811.08 Extent of marketing 5.2 2411.09 Willingness to delegate authority 4.5 27 PILLAR 12: INNOVATIONITEMSCORERANK12.01 Capacity for innovation 4.3 3512.02 Quality of scientific research institutions 4.7 3412.03 Company spending on R&D 3.4 4812.04 University-industry collaboration in R&D 4.5 3112.05 Gov’t procurement of advanced tech products 3.0 11212.06 Availability of scientists and engineers 3.5 10212.07 PCT patents, applications/million pop.* 6.5 45
Virgin Australia Airbus A330 business class Virgin Australia says it will be ready to begin services to Japan on March 29 if it is given one of two daily landing slots available at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.The airline plans to use an A330-200 to start the new Brisbane-Haneda daily service and says preparations have been underway for many months.It would partner with All Nippon Airways, giving it a good foothold in the market.But here’s an obstacle: rival Qantas has put in a bid for both slots.Virgin argued in its submission to the International Air Services Commission that its new service had the potential to deliver “significant and sustained benefits for travelers and Australian exporters, boosting tourism and trade flows between the two countries”.READ: Jetstar pulls out of regional New Zealand“The Japan market represents an excellent strategic fit for Virgin Australia, as a destination with a strong growth outlook for both inbound and outbound travel and which appeals to our leisure and corporate customers alike,’’ it said.“The greatest public benefits are likely to be realized by splitting the available capacity between Virgin Australia and the Qantas Group.“Such an outcome would facilitate increased competition, choice and more capacity than if both daily frequencies were allocated to the Qantas Group as it has requested.“This would create intense competition between ourselves, the Qantas Group and the other carriers serving the route, thereby promoting the object of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992.”Virgin said it would add 200,750 seats to the Japan route, injecting up to 110,960 more seats than the Qantas proposal, and the entry of a fourth airline group would place downward pressure on airfaresThe partnership with ANA includes plans for reciprocal codeshare services on sectors between and within Australia and Japan.Virgin said this provided the best opportunity for dispersal of Japanese visitors between the eastern and western seaboards, given ANA was the only airline offering flights between Perth and Tokyo.It would also allow it to offer “new and enhanced product and services” on the route including in-flight wi-fi and a better checked baggage allowance than Qantas.The airline rejected as unfounded any suggestion it would not be able to start services by March, noting it has strong incentives to make sure that happens.“Given we have already announced our intention to serve Haneda, we would sustain significant reputational damage if we did not commence flights on time,’’ it said.“In addition, we are investing substantial funds in establishing the new route which would be foregone if the capacity was not utilized. “
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, has dismissed speculation that the Government has plans to remove the 20 per cent duty concession on motor vehicles, from which public sector travelling officers now benefit.Mr. Dalley, who has responsibility for the Public Service, said that fuelled by speculation surrounding commitments under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the legislative changes to waivers and concessions, there had been some amount of anxiety about the future of this benefit.“Let me state, clearly, that in keeping with this administration’s commitment to the collective bargaining process, there is no plan to change this facility which came about as a result of negotiations between the Government and its employees,” the Minister emphasized.Mr. Dalley’s assurance came as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Barrackpore: As many as 50 candidates have been caught for producing fake documents at an army recruitment rally at Barrackpore, a government release said on Thursday. The forged documents, including Aadhaar cards, educational and birth certificates and address proofs were submitted by candidates from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the release states. The notification was issued for the post of soldiers in the categories of technical, nursing assistant, veterinary, general duty, clerk, storekeeper and tradesman. According to the notification for the recruitment rally, candidates from Purulia, Bankura, Hooghly and North 24-Parganas were asked to participate in it. The recruitment rally is being held at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas from September 15 to September 20. The fake documents and mobile devices were seized from the candidates and recruiting officer S Hemanth Nath lodged a complaint with Barrackpore police.
Mumbai: Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte died after suffering a cardiac arrest here on Monday morning, a family member said. He was 86. The former India and Mumbai opener was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital where he breathed his last at 6.09 am, his son Vaman Apte said. Madhav Apte played seven Tests in which he scored 542 runs, with a lone hundred and three fifties to his credit. His highest score was 163 not out. He had a much better first class record where he scored 3,336 runs from 67 matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first class score was 165 not out. He made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai in November 1952 and played his last test against West Indies at Kingston in April 1953. In his debut Test, he made 30 and 10 not out, respectively. He was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series (460 runs against West Indies in 1953). He also captained Mumbai in domestic cricket. Madhav Apte was assigned as the opening batsman by legendary Vinoo Mankad. He played along with several legendary cricketers, including Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi. He earlier also served as president of the iconic CCI, an official said. Till his last breath, he was president of the ‘Legends Club’, a group formed to celebrate the achievements of different sportspersons. Former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi took to Twitter to offer his condolences. “Another institution of Bombay and Mumbai Cricket comes to an end. RIP Madhav Rao Apte. Will treasure those long discussions with you cricket from your days!” he tweeted. “Madhav Apte had a bag of stories. From Vinoo Mankad to his buddy Subhya Fergie Gupte. To listen to him was rewinding cricket history. Dignified affable yet accessible as senior. Passing Pedder Road and Woodland Apartments each time will bring back memories with a smile.#RIP, Hattangadi said in another tweet.
New York: US President Donald Trump has said that he offered “arbitration or mediation” on the Kashmir issue to the top leadership of India and Pakistan during separate meetings here and the two nuclear-armed neighbours have to “just work it out”. Trump’s comments came a day after he held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and two days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met the US President on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I said, ‘Fellas, work it out. Just work it out,'” Trump said in his opening remarks at a news conference on Wednesday after attending the UNGA session. India maintains that Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Pakistan and no third party has any role in it. Prime Minister Modi has also categorically rejected any scope for third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. “All the issues between India and Pakistan are of bilateral in nature, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally,” Modi said on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in the French city of Biarritz, ahead of his bilateral meeting with Trump last month. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWhile Prime Minister Modi and Trump on Monday mainly focused on issues related to terrorism emanating from Pakistan and the Indo-US bilateral trade, Imran and Trump on Tuesday discussed the Afghan peace process and the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir. On Wednesday, Trump said he held “very productive” conversations with the leaders of Pakistan and India. “And with respect to Pakistan and India, we talked about Kashmir. And whatever help I can be, I said – I offered, whether it’s arbitration or mediation, or whatever it has to be. “I’ll do whatever I can. Because they’re at very serious odds right now, and hopefully that’ll get better,” Trump said, offering to mediate on the Kashmir issue for the fourth time in recent weeks amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions. “You look at the two gentlemen (Modi and Khan) heading those two countries, two good friends of mine. I said, fellows work it out, just work it out. Those are two nuclear countries, gotta work it out,” the US President said, adding that many other nations are achieving stronger ties of fair and reciprocal trade. Asked to comment on Trump’s latest remarks, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India position is “very clear”. “I think it has been articulated by the prime minister earlier. It was articulated yesterday (Tuesday) by the foreign secretary so that position remains,” Kumar told reporters at a briefing here. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters after the Modi-Trump meeting on Tuesday that the prime minister “made it clear that we are not shying away from talks with Pakistan”. “But for that to happen, we expect some concrete steps to be taken by Pakistan. And we do not find any effort by Pakistan taking those steps,” Gokhale had said. A White House readout of the Trump-Modi meeting said Trump “encouraged” Modi to improve relations with Pakistan and fulfil his promise to better the lives of the Kashmiri people. Gokhale had said during the meeting, Modi explained in detail to Trump the challenges faced by India because of terrorism, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, where 42,000 lives have been lost in the last 30 years due to terrorism. Tensions between the two countries have spiked since India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian ambassador. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, but New Delhi has asserted the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”.