This definitely wasn’t in Mourinho’s plan – Chelsea held at the Bridge

first_img Thibaut Courtois is sent off against Swansea Swansea twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.Thibaut Courtois was sent off in a thrilling match where both teams did not stop attacking until referee Michael Oliver blew for full-time.Chelsea were boosted ahead of the game when Diego Costa started, but it was Swansea striker Befetimbi Gomis who made the bigger impression, scoring the club’s second after a debut goal from Andre Ayew.Oscar opened the scoring and the Blues had a huge slice of luck when Willian’s cross deflected in off Federico Fernandez, but Swansea will feel unlucky not to have gone ahead.Gomis’ header in the first ten minutes tested Courtois and he was threatening again shortly afterwards but John Terry was there to block the Frenchman’s shot.Moments later Ki Sung-yueng’s shot from the edge of the area was saved and Chelsea immediately broke and were appealing for a penalty when Costa was tackled by Federico Fernandez, but replays showed it was a finely timed challenge.However, it was Chelsea who struck first, courtesy of Oscar on 22 minutes as his free-kick on the right hand side of the penalty area flew past everyone and beat Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.Swansea hit back when Ayew pounced to score on his debut after Courtois kept Gomis’ powerful header out, but 90 seconds later, the Blues were back in front thanks to Fernandez’s own goal.And it took Swansea just ten minutes of the second half to drag themselves level again and this time Gomis finally got his goal when he beat Asmir Begovic from the spot.Controlling Jonjo Shelvey’s fantastic pass, he was then brought down by the onrushing Courtois.It was a rash challenge and Michael Oliver deemed it worthy of a red card, though the Chelsea players did not agree, with captain John Terry arguing he was able to cover Courtois if Gomis had broken clear.The striker was finally allowed to take his spot-kick after Begovic had replaced Oscar and Terry booked for fiercely protesting his team-mates’ sending off.Chelsea were forced to defend for their lives as Swansea mounted an onslaught and Gomis actually had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled out for offside.Then Jose Mourinho decided to throw Radamel Falcao on in the final five minutes bringing cheers from the home support, but the Colombian could not break Swansea’s defence.It was a point well earned and Garry Monk’s men can count themselves unlucky not to win and the players rightly took the acclaim of their travelling fans at the end. 1last_img read more

Dube TradePort South Africa’s newest Industrial Development Zone

first_img8 October 2014The Dube TradePort in the South African port city of Durban is now officially an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), joining three other similar economic zones spread out across the country.President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, 7 October, handed over an IDZ operator licence to the Dube TradePort Corporation for the precinct, which has already attracted investments worth nearly R1-billion since it was opened in 2012.The Dube TradePort IDZ is the latest in the nationwide rollout of special economic zones aimed at growing the country’s economy to meet the target of 5% growth by 2019.The first IDZ for Durban, the Dube TradePort IDZ joins similar projects in Port Elizabeth, East London and Richards Bay that have attracted a combined investment of over R5- billion. According to Department of Trade and Industry director general Lionel October more special economic zones will be rolled out across the country as government intensifies its approach to industrialise South Africa’s economy as demanded by the National Development Plan (NDP).Special economic zonesOctober says government has identified IDZs as the most effective way to grow the South African economy and create jobs; “We are suffering with slow growth and we are going to reindustrialise this country. We need to fast-track economic development and the special economic zones are the way of fast-tracking development but also to decentralise development.“Naturally investors want to relocate towards the big centres of the economy like Johannesburg because it’s closer to the market. Through these IDZs we want to attract investors to the new areas like the Dube TradePort, Coega, Richards Bay and the East London IDZ,’ said October.Trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, concurred, and said special economic zones have been shown to be useful tools to promote industrial development and diversification of the economy.“These are the industries that are largely supporting our export markets and are located in ports and around airports. In the life of the last administration we looked critically in what we can achieve from the special economic zones programme. I can say today that the three active IDZs (Coega, East London and Richards Bay) have now attracted investment worth R5-billion in total so the strategy is working.’He said government was setting up a Special Economic Zones Board to advise the minister on implementing special economic zones.Investor tax incentivesDavies said what makes the IDZs unique is that they offer a variety of incentives for investors, including a 15% corporate tax rate.Situated at the heart of King Shaka International Airport, the Dube TradePort IDZ is set to transform Kwazulu-Natal into a central business gateway and a noteworthy player in the global supply chain. Two investment areas – Dube TradeZone, and Dube AgriZone – will be crucial in the IDZ’s success.Industries that will be represented in the IDZ include electronics manufacturing and assembly; aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing; agriculture and agro processing; medical and pharmaceutical production; and clothing and textiles. Zuma said the Dube TradePort is expected to create more than 150 000 jobs by 2060, by when the development is also expected to have contributed R5.6-billion to the country’s GDP.“We are determined to create an environment that is investor-friendly. We will continue to improve support measures both through the special economic zones and other development tools,’ Zuma said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

ICE Seizes 181,000 Counterfeit Items Worth Nearly $43M

first_imgUnicodeSpecial agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on Tuesday completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo, Texas.In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics.Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark-infringed merchandise that was destined for illegal export to Mexico. Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry. This HSI-led investigation is being assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations, Mexican Customs and representatives from the trademark industry. To date, no criminal charges have been filed in this case. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit items can submit a tip at IPRCenter.gov. Reports can also be made to the HSI tip line at 866.DHS-2-ICE.    [Source: ICE Newsroom]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more