OAKLAND – Is Draymond Green the Warriors’ most important player?It seems well established that either Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant would be the best Warriors’ candidates to win regular-season MVP. Presuming the Warriors win their fourth Finals appearance in the past five years, the nod will likely go either to Curry or Durant.But as the Warriors experienced in their 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena, no one can fully replace the unique qualities that make Green …
22 February 2012Daewoo International, a subsidiary of South Korean steel giant Posco, says it plans to establish a mineral resource division in South Africa this year, as part of the company’s recently accelerated efforts in the mineral development business in natural resource-rich Africa.“South Africa is known to host an abundance of mineral resources,” Daewoo said in a statement earlier this month. “It has the world’s largest reserves for platinum, manganese and gold.“With a number of powerful mining companies, the business community within the country ensures relatively seamless access to information. And as a transportation hub in logistics, ports and shipping, South Africa is seen as the optimal location to build a mineral resources development division in the region.”IFC, Posco to push Africa investmentDaewoo’s announcement preceded by a week the signing of an agreement by the the company’s parent, Posco, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa.The IFC said in a statement last week that the pact reflected “the growing interest of international project sponsors in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the IFC’s increasing involvement in South-South investment – projects executed in Africa by companies from newly developed countries or other developing countries”.Daewoo set up its first African branch in Lagos, Nigeria in 1975, and has since built 10 new bases to support its operations on the continent.‘Determined to build a success story in Africa’Deploying an “aggressive and differentiated localization strategy, Daewoo International is determined to build a success story in Africa,” the company said, noting that it had opened new branches in the DRC and Cameroon in the last year.“This year, the company is planning to launch trial production at a nickel mine in Ambatovy, Madagascar, and expand its focus to develop a network across Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and other countries in Central Africa.”Besides its 4% stake in the Madagascar nickel mine, Daewoo has a 100% stake in a tin mine in Cameroon, which is currently in the exploration phase. Korea imports 16 000 tons of tin every year.Last year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the DRC’s state-owned mining corporation to develop copper mines in the country, and was working to forge a similar relationship with Ethiopia’s state-owned mining company.SAinfo reporter
The NCP has geared up to ensure the defeat of BJP candidate Niranjan Davkhare in the Konkan graduate constituency election to be held on June 25.The NCP will be fielding Najib Mulla, Mumbra MLA and close associate of party MLA Jitendra Awhad. Mr. Awhad said, “Najib will be taking on the BJP candidate Davkhare. We are fighting to win this election. Those who wanted to leave have defected from the party. Now those who have faith in the party will be given an opportunity. We will ensure the BJP loses this election.”Sources in the party said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had held a meeting of senior party leaders last week and instructed the cadre to ensure Mr. Davkhare’s defeat. A senior NCP leader on condition of anonymity said, “First of all, party leaders are hurt over his decision to join the BJP. Secondly, letting him win the seat would send a wrong message among party activists that anyone who joins the BJP gets the position of power. We cannot let that happen and therefore he has to be defeated.”For the Konkan graduate constituency, which is spread across Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar and Thane, the NCP have tied up with the Peasants and Workers Party. It is also likely to get support of other regional parties such as the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced that his party would be contesting future elections on its own, the party said that Thane’s former mayor Sanjay More would be its candidate.Graduate and teacher constituencies in Mumbai will also go to the polls on June 25. The graduate constituency is currently being held by Health Minister Deepak Sawant of the Sena. The party is yet to announce its candidate. Kapil Patil , belonging to Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, currently holds the teacher constituency and will be contesting the June 25 poll.
The BCCI on Tuesday became the only team that missed the April 25 deadline set for announcing the India squad for Champions Trophy with all the other seven countries already naming their team list.Pakistan also named their team today, which is officially the last day of submission of the list to the governing body of world cricket.The BCCI which is at loggerheads with ICC on a number issues primarily being the massive reduction in their share of revenue has already issued a threat of pulling out of the June 1-18 event in the United Kingdom. India are defending champions.However, the ICC constitution allows countries to name their squads post the deadline under certain circumstances.As of now, BCCI is not mulling on extreme step of pulling out but obviously not naming the squad is being seen a pressure tactic.Till late evening, the BCCI has not officially sought an extension, which many could perceive as a show of defiance.The BCCI top brass feels that naming the India squad is a mere formality as the selectors know who are the certainties.With at least 14 of the 15 members of the Indian team more or less known, the Indian officials are in no tearing hurry.”Tell me one thing, if we name the squad, say for example on May 5, will ICC bar us from participation. We have a settled squad and naming it is a mere formality,” a top BCCI official told PTI.