Ballaz want biennial exhibition match

first_imgAndre Virtue, managing director of Ballaz International and organiser of the Brazilian All-Stars and Jamaica All Stars exhibition game which was played at the National stadium on Friday, is looking at the prospect of hosting one of these exhibition games at least every two years.Virtue said organising the event was a major challenge and at one stage, he thought it would be a total flop because of the late announcement. However, he said that he is committed to the development of Jamaica’s football, especially at the grass roots and believes the country need more inspirational projects like this to motivate its youngsters and aid development.”We spoke about bringing the Brazilians here for a while and you have to start somewhere, so we did this one. The fact that we were able to bring people like Rivaldo, Dunga, Edmilson, who are world greats was just fabulous. The country needs more things like this, and maybe every two years we’ll do something like this,” he said.”It was extremely hard, very challenging, and without corporate support, it wouldn’t be possible. But we don’t do these things for the money. We are really committed to football development and bringing people together,” he continued.SHORT WINDOW”It was a very short window for us to pull it off and we reached out to corporate Jamaica, and most of the responses were in bad timing, so I was not sure that we could pull it off.”But we have to do things like this to develop our football, and corporate Jamaica needs to get more involved in development projects like this. So I implore corporate Jamaica to get more involved in projects like this and we will take it from there,” Virtue said.last_img read more

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Rise of Tsitsipas and Tiafoe — new era or false dawn?

first_imgRoger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s stranglehold on the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup has been interrupted just twice since the Swiss master first lifted it in Melbourne in 2004.Marat Safin (2005) and Stan Wawrinka (2014) managed to interlope into the trio’s private sanctum — and they were 25 and 28 years old respectively at the time, hardly fresh-faced youths.But this year seems different.The simple truth is the big three cannot halt Old Father Time and one day soon will retire from slugging it out around the world. We may have already seen the last of stricken Andy Murray.So when young Stefanos Tsitsipas sent third seed Federer packing Sunday at the tender age of 20, after giant-killer Frances Tiafoe also reached the last eight, it seemed the tennis world may at last be shifting on its axis.– Fed’s not going away –Trouble is, to do it at least one of them will need to find a way to stop the raging bull that is Nadal if they are to win a maiden Grand Slam with the American up first against the Spanish giant in a quarter-final on Tuesday.Frances Tiafoe, who at the age of 20 caused the shock of the first round in stunning fifth seed Kevin Anderson, registered a second notable scalp on his 21st birthday against Grigor Dimitrov © AFP / Paul CrockTiafoe — who at the age of 20 had already caused the shock of the first round in stunning fifth seed Kevin Anderson — registered a second notable scalp on his 21st birthday.This time it was against Grigor Dimitrov, now 27, who was nicknamed “Baby Fed” in his early twenties and himself tipped as the next big thing.But “Daddy Fed”, Roger himself, is tired of the constant chatter “about a changing of the old guard”.“I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there,” Federer said.And the great man signalled that, at the age of 37, he was not going away by announcing he would play on clay at the French Open this year for the first time since 2015.– The next level –Federer did concede that his young conqueror, the exciting Greek who appears to have all the gifts, was beginning to establish himself.The new “young guns” at the Australian Open are still going to have to find a way to stop the raging bull that is Rafael Nadal © AFP / William WEST“About Stefanos, I think he’s definitely done a really nice job now the last year and a half,” said the 20-time Grand Slam champion.“I mean before that, too, obviously. But beating Novak in Toronto, the likes of Anderson and (Alexander) Zverev, now me here. That’s what you need to do to get to the next level. He’s doing that.”The popular Tiafoe plays with a smile on his face, a roar in his voice and has plenty of admirers too.“It’s so nice to see somebody new, somebody fresh,” said Dimitrov.“I mean, everybody in the locker room likes him, everybody is laughing. He’s going to be amazing. He can only get better from now on, for sure.”But the Bulgarian, who has not yet fulfilled his own huge potential, sounded a cautionary note.“I know how it is to break grounds on those first tournaments, especially a Slam,” he said.“He really needs to just stay calm and make sure he follows the right path.“I mean, one thing is to do well at one tournament, but another thing to do it progressively.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000When Stefanos Tsitsipas sent third seed Federer packing at the tender age of 20, it seemed the tennis world may at last be shifting on its axis © AFP / Jewel SAMADMELBOURNE, Australia, Jan 21 – At the start of every year the talk at the Australian Open is of the “new kids on the block”, the “NextGen”, the “young guns”.And every 12 months as the first Grand Slam heralds a fresh season they come… and they go.last_img read more

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JUDGE EXPRESSES HIS DISAPPOINTMENT THAT INISHOWEN CRASH CASE HAS NOT GONE AHEAD

first_imgA Judge has expressed his “considerable disappointment” that the trial of a man in one of Ireland’s most high profile dangerous driving cases has not gone ahead.The crash killed eight peopleThe case of Shaun Kelly, a Co Donegal man charged with causing the deaths of eight people, has been adjourned a number of times. All eight people, including seven of Kelly’s friends, were killed following a crash outside Clonmany in Co Donegal in July, 2010.Judge John O’Hagan had ordered the trial of Shaun Kelly to go ahead after a number of previous adjournments on February 4th.However at the latest sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court last week before Judge Keenan Johnson, the court was told the trial was still not ready to go ahead.Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court last week that Kelly, 24, was not fit to plead.He told the court that a psychological report had been made which he had just sent to the state barrister.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until April 1st with peremptory against the accused.Judge John O’Hagan said today that he is determined that the case go ahead at the next siting of the circuit court.He said he was considerably disappointed that his colleague, Judge Johnson, was constrained from allowing the case to go ahead.“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how anxious I am that it must proceed. This is a case that should go on,” he said.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.JUDGE EXPRESSES HIS DISAPPOINTMENT THAT INISHOWEN CRASH CASE HAS NOT GONE AHEAD was last modified: February 3rd, 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:crashInishowenJUdge John O’HaganShaun Kellylast_img read more

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Former Chelsea attacker set for Fulham medical ahead of potential loan

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2 The German was not included in his country’s World Cup squad Fulham unveil plans for stunning new Riverside Stand which includes Thames boardwalk Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Schurrle starred against Fulham in 2014 2 round up Predicted – How the Championship table will finish in 2019/20 *December update* REVEALED After a year at Wolfsburg and two years at Borussia Dortmund, Schurrle is now headed for a loan switch to Fulham, according to Ruhr Nachrichten.BVB are said to be less than happy with the fact Fulham are only looking to loan Schurrle without any option or obligation to buy at the end of the 2018/19 season, however it has become the only viable solution for the player. The attacker is familiar with Craven Cottage having scored a second half hat-trick at the stadium for Chelsea during a 2014 west London derby.He scored one goal in 18 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund last season. Mitrovic double earns Fulham vital win at promotion rivals Swansea Latest Fulham News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img historic REVEALED Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? Andre Schurrle will reportedly undergo a medical at Fulham on Wednesday as he edges closer to a return to the Premier League.The 27-year-old spent two years at Chelsea between 2013-2015, but was ultimately ousted and left for his homeland of Germany. Newcastle, Leicester and Fulham lead race for Championship striker impact ROUND-UP WHAT! FA Cup third round draw: Ball numbers, date and time and where to watch ON THE MOVE? Fulham chief and AEW owner Tony Khan hits Stone Cold Stunner revamp Report last_img read more

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‘Steve McClaren is a busted flush – the mismanagement of QPR is staggering’

first_imgSimon Jordan has launched an astonishing attack on the Queens Park Rangers owners and manager Steve McClaren over the club’s sad demise.QPR sit rock bottom of the Championship table with zero points after four games of the new EFL season.McClaren was booed and jeered by his own fans on Tuesday night after Rangers followed up their disastrous 7-1 defeat at West Brom at the weekend with a 3-0 loss at home to Bristol City.The former England manager’s future at Loftus Road looks bleak, with the west London side conceding 13 goals and scoring just two from four outings.Jordan joined talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday to give his take on the sorry scenes at QPR.The former Crystal Palace supremo is no fan of McClaren’s, but he believes supporters should direct their anger at the club’s previous owners instead, saying their financial mismanagement of the club, disastrous managerial appointments and wasteful spending in the transfer market have all led the club to “meltdown”. “I know he did well at FC Twente, I know back in the day he did well as a coach and I know he thinks he’s the best coach god ever put breath into.“But QPR is a club that deserves far more than it’s got, it doesn’t deserve group of very well-heeled and financially viable people to put it in such a situation where the future of the cub and the division it plays in is in real jeopardy, even three games into the season.“I think Tony Fernandes should have spent less time Tweeting and more time running his business, , maybe then QPR would not be suffering in the way they are – and they are suffering and they will continue to suffer. I don’t think they’ve got any opportunity to change it. Most of the blame will lie at the feet of Tony Fernandes, who stepped down from his role as club chairman earlier this month, being replaced by former vice-chairman Amit Bhatia.The new boss vowed QPR would be more ‘careful and considered’ under his watch, but it appears too much damage has already been done after the club paid a £42million settlement with the EFL over a breach of Financial Fair Play rules, which also means they will be unable to make any signings in January.You can hear Jordan’s comments IN FULL above, but here’s briefly what he had to say…“I don’t dislike McClaren, but I think he’s a busted flush of a manager… if he ever was a flush.“I feel that QPR putting him in charge of the club, at a time where they were in a difficult situation of their own making, illustrates the fundamental lack of understanding these owners have about the mechanics of football.“I would know more than to let Harry Redknapp preside over my transfer dealings autonomously than I would let a syphilitic nutter run around my brothel if I was a brothel keeper”“When you look at QPR’s position, they have a Financial Fair sanction of £42million, which also prevents them signing any players this season.“The scale of the financial mismanagement of QPR is staggering.“They have had Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, Lakshmi Mittal and Tony Fernandes sitting in the board room, who have presided over the meltdown of a football club. 4 4 QPR were battered 7-1 by West Brom last weekend Harry Redknapp was criticised for the signings he made as QPR manager – notably the £12.5 arrival of Chris Samba in 2013 “And, they have now brought in a manager who is presiding over the demise of a team – you don’t just get beat 7-1 by chance, you get beat 7-1 because you’re in poor fettle from top to bottom and you don’t then compound that by getting beat 3-0 at home by a very poor Bristol City side.“I don’t want to be over sensationalistic, but you look at some of the management appointments they have made and the transfers that have gone on…“I look at Harry Redknapp in the transfer window of 2013 – I would know more than to let Harry Redknapp preside over my transfer dealings autonomously than I would let a syphilitic nutter run around my brothel if I was a brothel keeper.“The owners have spent £80m, albeit of their own money, but the consequences of this are that the club can’t sign any players this season.“I’m staggered to think this could be allowed to happen on the watch of people who purport to have the best interest of the club in mind.“And then to bring in a manager like McClaren, whose work at forest and Newcastle was nothing short of a joke.center_img 4 Jordan believes QPR should have stuck with veteran boss Neil Warnock, who they sacked in 2012 and replaced him with Mark Hughes Tony Fernandes stepped down as QPR chairman on August 15 4 getty images “And I don’t believe McClaren is the right man to do it.“They should have stuck with Neil Warnock in 2014 (sic – 2012) – he’s sensible and he understands the mechanics of how football really works, rather of these ridiculous appointments like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who were style of substance.“The QPR fans deserve better than people who have the prolificacy to spend their own money in abandon but leave the club in the condition it is in now.”Listen back to Simon Jordan’s Queens Park Rangers rant on talkSPORT in full abovelast_img read more

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JASON BLACK LEFT ‘GUTTED’ AS ADVERSE WEATHER ENDS HIS MT MCKINLEY SUMMIT BID

first_imgAdventurer Jason Black has been left ‘gutted’ as his bid to summit Mt McKinley ended yesterday due to adverse weather conditions set to hit camp. Jason Black has been left absolutely devastated, after his attempt to scale Mt McKinley ended today due to adverse weather conditions.Jason sent the following message to his family.  “Update guys, sitting in the Genet Basin at 14.386ft moved up from 11.000ft. nailed it in 5hrs with effects from altitude I felt strong. Boiled melted snow, I’m making freeze dry potato – hot tea and I’m sticking up my tent after hauling 60/70kilos up.Tired is an understatement, last night proved to be the coldest night ever put in a tent.It was pretty grim – I woke at 4pm the interior of the tent was caked in ice. Frozen hair and damp conditions.Sleep was zero as lack of O2 made it too difficult. Jason then updated his blog, during which he announced his brave attempt to summit the perilous mountain was over.“I’m gutted to announce that my summit bid is over, mother nature has struck again, a terrible snow storm with 50/60 mph winds above 14.000ft is forthcoming, with incredible freezing temperatures of -30.“My plan was to summit from 14.000ft doing a 6.000ft over night ascent attack 12.000ft round trip in 24hr i’d projected.However, yesterday I received the dreaded gut wrenching forecast of a second bad snow storm with winds of 50/60 mph Sunday through Friday, and with my flight home booked for Saturday, conscious it takes days to get out of the Alaskan Range, I knew it was over.Hearing the news sitting in my tent my heart sank – my mind now in overdrive, I’m having difficultly breathing, but I’ve experienced this many times before. Today, the 7th planned acclimation rest day, so spent refueling the body and enjoying the incredible views into the Alaskan Range far below.Tonight I await, but slowly the reality hits home – ‘it was mission impossible’, it wasn’t going to happen.I’m totally gutted after everything we’ve been through.Obstacle after obstacle on the original West Rib route getting snowed in Death Valley. Record low temps and avalanches etc. – changing our route to keep the summit dream alive.But this blow to the expedition was unbeatable, I couldn’t sleep all night knowing the morning signaled to turn away from the prize and that i could see just up ahead and nearly touch.Damn you mother i kept saying in my head – Damn you!Tossing turning thinking could i have did it any differently.Honestly – no, it was what it was, gutted is an understatement, early this morning I took my last look at this wonderful mountain standing majestic at 20.000ft and said goodbye vowing to dance once more.Damn you mother nature why why why? 80kilos on my back i descended 7000ft for 16mile – the tough gradient and deep snow.I battled 11hrs making it just in time to base camp as the snow storm blew up.That moment now a bitter pill to swallow knowing physically and mentally I could have nailed it never thinking mother nature in her full extent the deadly assassin.Totally gutted.The weather that I receive at 8pm daily now is that it’s snowing and tranquil.Love to all , J x xJASON BLACK LEFT ‘GUTTED’ AS ADVERSE WEATHER ENDS HIS MT MCKINLEY SUMMIT BID was last modified: June 9th, 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:FeaturesJason BlacknewsSportlast_img read more

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NEWS FOCUS: TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA WINNER LOOKING FORWARD TO DONEGAL TRIP

first_imgLoretta-Brennan-GlucksmanUS Philanthropist and recipient of this year’s Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, says she is so looking forward to coming to Donegal this week.The award ceremony, which takes place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel this Friday night, will be the centre piece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill, an illustrious grandson of Donegal emigrants.Ms Glucksman, who has worked tirelessly to promote Irish culture and to establish strong ties between America and the island of Ireland, is eager to return to her roots. Her grandfather, David Brennan was originally from the east Inishowen fishing port of Greencastle.“I haven’t been up to that part of the world for over two years now; that was for the late Seamus Heeney’s funeral. I’ll only be in the county for three days but I’m looking forward to it and certainly a meeting with the O’Neill Clan. “I only knew Tip very peripherally, I was working in television at the end of his speakership but I did get to know his family much better as they had become involved in the American Ireland Fund. His daughter Susan runs our Washington gala every year and of course his son Tommy is on our board of directors,” she said.Ms Glucksman was raised in an Irish neighbourhood in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed an illustrious career in academia and later in the media before moving into her philanthropic endeavours which placed her in such a pivotal position in Irish-American affairs by successfully rallying much-needed support. She has often been described as a steadfast champion of all things Irish and Irish American.She is very conscious of the need to underpin continuous economic progress here.“I remember the stories my grandparents used to tell about sending the packages back to Ireland and that was an economic support system in its own way I guess. It certainly has become much more sophisticated in the decades since then. “People here want to help Ireland become economically strong and I think that’s a very important underpinning of all the things that bind us together – let’s try get the economy up and running and particularly a lot of us are very fervent in our belief that there’s nothing like a strong economy to do away with the violence, the gangs and the drugs, particularly when that leads young people into political difficulties just by getting them off track.”She paid tribute to the work of John Hume over the years and added she believes he ought to receive more recognition for the crucial role he had played in getting peace to work in Northern Ireland.Ms Glucksman is also encouraged by the future and aware the world is now a very different place to when her grandparents emigrated“One of the worst casualties of the financial disaster of 2007 was that it did dent the confidence of some people. During the early 2000s we were all told we can do anything we want but no you can’t, it doesn’t always work out like a fairy tale but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying.“I think that spirit is definitely still there in the Irish and it will take a lot to shake it out of them – I don’t know if that’s even possible but I think there is still a feeling of optimism that I sense when I am in Ireland. “I really pray it continues and just strengthens because they can do so much; they are such a gifted and talented race,” she said.NEWS FOCUS: TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA WINNER LOOKING FORWARD TO DONEGAL TRIP was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:donegalTip O’Neill Awardlast_img read more

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Steve Kerr on Warriors’ bench: ‘I probably should’ve used them earlier’

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The words likely sounded reassuring to a Warriors bench that experienced inconsistency with their production and their minutes.“I probably should’ve used them earlier,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following the team’ s 118-113 Game 6 win over the Houston Rockets to close out …last_img

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Stadium safety: leaving nothing to chance

first_img10 June 2008Stadium security is back in the spotlight following the deaths of 10 spectators at a recent 2010 World Cup qualifying match in Liberia.While the jury is still out over the causes of this tragedy, it has once again highlighted an emotive issue. The rumblings over whether South Africa was capable of hosting a World Cup first started when 43 spectators lost their lives at a Kaizer Chiefs/Orlando Pirates match back in 2001. It was the worst accident in South African sports history, surpassing a stampede a decade earlier, when 42 people died during a match between the same two teams in the mining town of Orkney.Danny Jordaan, who was the CEO of the SA Football Association at the time, called for cool heads. He reminded the international community of similar tragedies like Heysel in 1985, when 30 people died during the European Cup final, or Hillsborough (four years later), when a stampede left 96 Liverpool supporters dead.Nevertheless, Jordaan took the painful decision to postpone plans for the launch of the country’s 2010 bid. A commission of inquiry was conducted and a number of recommendations were made.And since South Africa was awarded the rights to 2010, many more safety measures have been introduced at stadiums around the country. It’s safe to say that spectator safety is unlikely to be a problem for either the 2009 Confederations Cup or the 2010 World Cup.As part of Africa’s 2010 legacy, it is crucial that South Africa shares these lessons with the rest of the continent.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Brand South Africa welcomes the news that the country is no longer in recession and is anticipating a decrease in the fuel price ahead of the December holiday season

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 06 December 2018 –  As the country is on a path towards economic revival and seeing investor and business confidence improving significantly. Brand South Africa welcomes the news that the country is no longer in recession and is anticipating a decrease in the fuel price ahead of the December holiday season.Statistics South Africa this week released the third quarter of Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, which reflected a growth of 2.2%. This means that the country’s second recession has ended. The main driver of positive growth in the third quarter is notably the manufacturing industry. The industry grew by 7,5%2, largely as a result of increased production of basic iron and steel, metal products and machinery; wood and paper; petroleum products; and motor vehicles. This is the largest jump in manufacturing production since the second quarter of 2016.Key facts from the third quarter 2018 GDP release:Expenditure on GDP increased by 2,3% in the third quarter of 2018.Gross fixed capital formation fell by 5,1% in the third quarter, largely as a result of declining investment in construction works, transport equipment, and non-residential buildings.Households spent more on food, beverages and household furnishings in the third quarter, driving up household final consumption expenditure by 1,6%.Unadjusted real GDP (measured by production) was up by 0,8% in the first nine months of 2018, compared with the first nine months of 2017.It is also important to take note of the number of initiatives the government has implemented to boost economic growth and job creation. In the manufacturing sector, government has finalised the Framework for Short-Term Negotiated Pricing Agreements on electricity and will expedite implementation.  While in the construction sector, the economic stimulus package identified infrastructure spending as a critical lever to economic activity.The stimulus package places an emphasizes on the following:Expanding and maintaining infrastructure to create jobs and attract investment.Establishing a South African Infrastructure Fund.Establishing a dedicated Infrastructure Execution Team.Unlocking infrastructure spending in identified 57 priority pilot municipalitiesIn addition, government also acknowledges the structural weaknesses in the economy and has initiated measures to create jobs which will complement the current commitments made in the Medium Term Strategic Framework. These include interventions agreed to at the Job Summit, commitments made during the Investment Summit and the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan.A total of 102 Black industrialists’ projects were funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and other government funding agencies with a total investment of R8.3 billion. This has created over 18 000 direct jobs and 18 000 indirect jobs.For a monthly overview of economic indicators and infographics, catch the latest edition of the Stats Biz newsletter here.last_img read more

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