Steve Gallen has left his job as manager of Hong Kong Pegasus.The Acton-born 42-year-old, who spent 19 years on the coaching staff at QPR, took over at the Hong Kong Premier League club in June.He succeeded former R’s assistant manager Kevin Bond, who has returned there for a second spell in charge.Gallen said: “It was a great experience and an opportunity I’m glad I took.“But my family are in England and I just feel that’s where I belong right now. Kevin will do a good job there I’m sure.”Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Gallen appointed as Charlton recruitment chief Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The South African Cabinet is to appoint a team of officials from the ministries of minerals and energy, water affairs and forestry, public enterprises and trade and industry to develop a comprehensive Electricity Master Plan for the country.In a statement released on Wednesday 21 November, government chief spokesman Themba Maseko said that cabinet’s decision followed the presentation of a draft Electricity Master Plan which showed the rise in demand for energy caused by the high rate of economic growth and South Africa’s continued reliance on coal as an energy source.South Africa has been experiencing rolling blackouts over the past few years as demand outstrips supply.The comprehensive Electricity Master Plan will include increasing capacity and improving the reliability of the electricity infrastructure, providing reasonably priced electricity, ensuring security of supply as set out in the security of supply standards, diversifying energy sources and meeting the renewable energy targets.The investment in maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure and the quality of supply of electricity will be regulated in future, the statement said.It’s expected that this plan will enable the government to make the correct investment decisions to meet South Africa’s extensive energy requirements as the economy continues to grow.Some of the strategic considerations will include the skills development and management; the need for investment in research and technology and meeting demands that are a result of the rise in fixed capital formation by both the public and private sectors, including economic activities associated with the 2010 Fifa World Cup.In the meantime, the Maseko said, Eskom’s investment strategy to increase the generation capacity and local government investments in maintenance of existing infrastructure will continue and will form part of the comprehensive Electricity Master plan.The final plan will be finalised and approved next year.Useful links SA Government: www.gov.zaEskom: www.eskom.co.za
19 March 2012 Boosted by increases in consumption by households and the government, South Africa’s real gross domestic expenditure rose to 5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Reserve Bank reports. This was up from a revised 4.8% in the previous three months. “This rate of growth, the highest since the third quarter of 2010, primarily resulted from increases in real final consumption expenditure by the household sector and general government, alongside sustained firm growth in real gross fixed capital formation,” the Bank said in its latest quarterly bulletin on Monday. Consumer spending expanded at a robust rate in the fourth quarter, to 4.6%, after increasing by 3.8% in the third quarter.More disposable income According to the central bank, the faster pace of spending was consistent with added increases in disposable income of households. “This faster pace of spending was consistent with a further increase in disposable income of households and positive wealth effects,” the Bank said. Growth in real disposable income of households accelerated from an annualised rate of 3.9% in the third quarter of 2011 to 4.7% in the fourth quarter, reflecting improved employment levels during this period. “The sustained growth in real spending by households was evident across all expenditure categories, with spending on services in particular regaining momentum.” For 2011, real expenditure by households advanced by 5%. Source: BuaNews
The Chhattisgarh Cabinet has approved the nomination of at least one differently abled member to each panchayat, if not elected, making it the only State to have such members in all panchayats. “Differently abled people constitute 6% of the population of Chhattisgarh. As promised in the jan ghoshna patra [manifesto], we have taken the landmark step of strengthening their voices at the grassroots level,” said T.S. Singh Deo, State Panchayati Raj Minister. ‘Elected or nominated’“Every panchayat will now have differently abled members, either elected or nominated,” he said. If differently abled members are not elected through the electoral process, then one member, either male or female, would be nominated as a panch. And as for janpads and zilla panchayats, the State government would nominate two such members, one male and one female, to them. During a meeting at the house of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the State Panchayat Raj Act, 1993. The proposals will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, where the Congress holds 68 of the 90 seats. This means, said Mr. Deo, the State would have 11,000 people with special needs as members of panchayats. “We strongly believe that no one should be left behind. We are committed to empowering the common people. This is the top most priority of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to drop the educational qualifications eligibility criterion for contesting panchayat elections. “It is mandatory for a contestant for the position of a panch to be at least a Class V pass, and above that Class VIII pass. In the three-tier panchayati raj system, only being literate would be enough to contest elections,” said a note from the government.