India-Africa trade on the up

first_imgSouth Africa’s trade and industry minister Rob Davies (middle) and African Union Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (right), at the 3rd Africa-India Trade Ministers Meeting. India’s commerce and industry minister, Anand Sharma, said he was optimistic the trade target of $100-billion (R999-billion) between Africa and India would be met by 2015. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell Medupe DTI spokesperson+27 12 394 1650 RELATED ARTICLES • New multi-million AU headquarters unveiled • The African Union • SA scientists win AU awards • New UN body to focus on womenRay MaotaAfrican and Indian leaders met at the third Africa-India Trade Ministers Summit held in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 1 October 2013, to discuss how Indian and African countries can use their trade agreements to better Africa.African officials called for more investment from India as the continent is looking to industrialisation for development, while Indian officials hoped that India’s bilateral trade with Africa would reach the targeted level of US$100-billion (R999-billion) by 2015. Successful emerging economiesDr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, said: “If we consider the evolving geopolitics of our times, according to the last Human Development Report – The Rise of the South – it is believed that by 2020, the joint GDP of Brazil, China and India will overtake the combined economies of the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Italy and Germany.“It is clear … that emerging economies are here to stay and their influence on the world economy is not only significant today, but also that it will continue to grow in the future.”She also said that both parties could increase cooperation in areas such as infrastructure and human resource development to enhance economic ties. She was positive about India’s move to provide scholarships to 22 000 African students over the next three years. Trade target: $100-billionAnand Sharma, India’s commerce and industry minister said: “We will hopefully be reaching the trade target of $100-billion (R999-billion) by 2015. It is a modest target.”India-Africa trade, which stood at barely $5-billion (R50-billion) a decade ago, was more than $70-billion (R699-billion) in 2012. India is currently Africa’s fourth-largest trading partner, while Africa is India’s sixth-largest partner.According to a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the World Trade Organisation, overall trade between India and Africa grew by 32,4% between 2008 and 2011, compared to a 27% increase in trade between China and Africa.South African trade minister, Rob Davies, said that both India and Africa should now focus on quality of trade, saying “Indian imports have risen. We continue to supply raw material. We need to supply more value-added products.“We need to reposition ourselves from being producers and exporters of primary products and importers of finished products to become industrial producers and exporters.“We need another leg to stand on.” Burgeoning exportsOf the total volume of imported gas and oil in India, more than 20% was from Africa said Sharma.Indian exports to Africa include petroleum products, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and telecom equipment. Imports are crude oil, gold, raw cotton, precious stones, and textile yarn.Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October said: “What we have put firmly on the agenda is that currently the trade relationship is skewed … We have agreed with India, and they have accepted, that the emphasis must be on increased investment in manufacturing and agricultural processing.“It is necessary for us to transform our economy in South Africa and the continent towards a more diversified economy, with manufacturing being at the heart of that.” Intra-Africa tradeDavies further noted that the continent needed to boost intra-African trade to extend the benefits to the continent’s citizens.“The partnerships between other emerging economies and Africa would enable Africa to exploit resource value addition, critical skills transfers, poverty eradication and take advantage of the fact that emerging economies were growing ahead of developed countries,” said Davies.last_img read more

Gixo Puts Personal Trainers at Your Fingertips

first_imgCanvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … Molekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… Tags:#fitness#fitness app#fitness trainer#Gixo#product review#workout Related Posts Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at How a Personal Fitness App Is Aiming to Revolutionize WorkoutsBy now, you’ve probably heard that America has an obesity problem. While gym memberships have increased by 30 percent in the past 10 years, proximity to a facility can make all the difference between sporadic and regular attendance. In fact, a study by data firm Dstillery found that even a 1.4-mile increase in distance can be the difference between hitting the gym at least five times a week and only going once a month. If living more than 5 miles away from the gym can make such a difference in self-motivation, this poses a significant obstacle for a large part of the population — especially those in rural and suburban areas. Luckily, it’s 2019, and we all have computers in our pockets with the magic of the internet at our fingertips — which means access to alternative ways of getting a quality workout in. Technology makes working out more accessible than everFitness app Gixo is one of these alternatives. Sure, you can watch workout videos on YouTube for the price of putting up with a few ads. What sets Gixo apart is its live classes led by professional trainers. That’s good news for people who need extra accountability — it’s a lot harder to turn off a live person than a video — and studies show people who work out with a trainer are more likely to stick with it and achieve their fitness goals.Gixo lets members join live fitness classes from the comfort of their own homes or, more accurately, from literally anywhere they can take their phone. It’s all the accountability of a group class with none of the awkward high fives — though you do have the option to brag about personal records and share the number of reps you slay during your workout.It runs on a monthly fee of $19.99 or, if you pay for a year up front, $14.99 per month. Of course, you can start with a free trial to get a feel for the app to see if the experience is right for you. Compared to a gym membership — which often doesn’t even include fees for group classes — Gixo’s price tag will make sense for a lot of people looking for motivation and accountability without being tied to a gym.As easy — and as personal — as checking InstagramUpon signup, you’re prompted to get started with a 15-minute class. The user interface is intuitive and simple, clearly focused on the singular goal of getting you up and moving. All the classes are taught by coaches you interact with in real time, like Coach Henry, who led my circuit training class from Gixo’s studio in London. This makes the experience personal and adds to the group dynamic you get from an in-person class at a gym.The really cool part of this live experience with a trainer is that the communication is two-way, which differentiates Gixo from other fitness apps that only offer pre-recorded workouts. As a participant, you have the option to enable your camera, meaning you can get your trainer’s feedback on your form for a particular exercise if you want. (Who knew I’d been doing squats wrong all these years?) Coach Henry kept the workout lighthearted as he encouraged us to beat our own PRs. Tons of variety in difficulty and time commitmentSome big selling points for Gixo are the variety and sheer volume of material available. As soon as you sign in, you can choose from classes in strength, running, HIIT, yoga, walking, weights, kickboxing, treadmill, stretching, and even a bootcamp. There are also varying intensity levels and multi-week challenges, depending on your goals.You can search by category or by schedule. Tomorrow, for example, there are 37 classes scheduled from 4:15 a.m. to 11 p.m CST. Because they have coaches all over the world in multiple time zones, there are live classes available almost 24 hours a day. No matter your daily routine, if you have 15 minutes for a workout, you’ll almost certainly be able to find something that works for you.In addition to the classes, there’s content like training tips and a “movement library,” where you can look up any particular exercise and watch a video showing how to do it properly. It takes the guesswork out of expanding your fitness repertoire and gives you confidence to try new things (or, in my case, learn what Tabata is).Step away from the screenThe beauty of Gixo is that it serves as a replacement for group classes, leaving you more time to live your life. I didn’t feel like I sacrificed the motivation of an in-person workout for the convenience of exercising at home. The social support element is fun and, as we’ve established, often more effective than working out alone.At first, I was surprised that there wasn’t an option to watch the class from a desktop device; you can only use your phone. I do think this would be a nice option for Gixo to offer. But the more I used the app, the more I realized that the intended use isn’t really to watch a workout class on a screen. There are more traditional forms of media for that. During a Gixo workout, you’re meant to stash your phone in your pocket or set it a few feet away, referencing the video feed only occasionally if you need instruction. Once I got over the learning curve, I didn’t even miss my screen and enjoyed the more “in the moment” workout experience.Flexibility, motivation, and personalizationGixo records all of its live classes, so I tried a pre-recorded HIIT Tabatas class with Coach Medwin. It was a moderately intense workout that left me sweating and feeling accomplished. His encouragements came at the right times; even though I wasn’t doing the live class, I stayed motivated because he was sharing participants’ rep numbers from the live session. While I preferred the live experience, I appreciated the ability to use on-demand workouts, too.In terms of flexibility, Gixo is a home run. I downloaded the app, logged in, and was working out within 10 minutes. The majority of workouts don’t require equipment, and the ones that do involve very basic gear, like a mat or dumbbells. It’s a unique experience to be able to glance at the clock, realize you have time to squeeze in a workout, and almost immediately be connected with a class of others ready to face the challenge with you. The upbeat, professional trainers were an added bonus, rivaling some of the better group class instructors I’ve had at my gym.Whether you’ve been thinking of dumping your gym membership or just want some additional flexibility to make sure you get your workouts in, give Gixo’s free trial a try. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hublast_img read more

Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Argentina will play Venezuela on March 22 in Madrid and then face Morocco four days later in Tangiers.The 31-year-old Messi last played for his national team eight months ago at the World Cup in Russia. Argentina lost to eventual champion France 4-3 in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesArgentina has played six matches since then, all without Messi.“I believe he is happy and wants to try once more. He is welcome,” Scaloni said. “The World Cup was tough for all, even more so for him.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments MOST READcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, right, is challenged by Real defender Sergio Ramos during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi is back with Argentina’s national team.The five-time world player of the year was called up by interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for a pair of friendly matches ahead of this year’s Copa America in Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico), Juan Musso (Udinese), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate).Defenders: German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia).Midfielders: Leandro Paredes,(Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (America de Mexico), Giovanni Lo Celso (Betis), Domingo Blanco (Defensa y Justicia), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors).Forwards: Gonzalo Martinez (Atlanta United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Matias Suarez (River Plate) and Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentina has not lifted a single trophy since the 1993 Copa America. It lost to Chile in the last two finals of the tournament, in 2015 and in the centennial edition of 2016, and was defeated by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.But Scaloni hopes that record will not weigh on Messi at this stage of his career.“We have the best in the world, but because of one thing or another we did not (win a title with him). We have also reached three finals with him,” Scaloni said.Argentina’s squad for the two friendlies does not include strikers Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan.Squad:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiledlast_img read more