Liam Dann: What Recession? Local economists pick good growth

Liam Dann: What Recession? Local economists pick good growth

Economy
[ad_1] The verdicts are in and despite what Forbes contributor Jared Dillian says, there are no economists picking a recession for Jacinda Ardern's Government. Most of New Zealand and Australia's major economics teams have now reassessed their economic forecasts to factor in the effect of the new Government. The loose consensus - bearing in mind no two economists ever agree – seems to be that GDP growth is going to be less flash than previously expected next year. But it's not crashing through the floor either. Growth forecasts between 2.4 per cent and 3.2 per cent for 2018 still look pretty good by international standards. And most economists forecast GDP to pick up steam again through 2019 and 2020. Some like Westpac and Goldman Sachs see it exceeding their earlier…
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Visiting South Africa? Here are tips for travelling like a local

Visiting South Africa? Here are tips for travelling like a local

Travel
[ad_1] More and more travellers to South Africa want a local experience. This means that they want to engage more with locals, enjoy their cuisines and visit hidden gems that only South Africans know.  Those local experiences that foreign travellers experience is what makes South Africa one of the destinations to visit. Here are some ways to travel like a local when in South Africa:  Chat to the locals  Travellers often say how warm and friendly South African people are, which is why they should not shy away from striking a conversation with them.  Engaging with locals helps foreigners to understand the customs and traditions. You never know what you may discover when you speak with them.    Learn the lingo  You do not have the full South African experience…
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Comcast Pressures Local Cable Firms to Curb Low-Cost TV Packages

Comcast Pressures Local Cable Firms to Curb Low-Cost TV Packages

Tech
[ad_1] Gerry Smith, reporting for Bloomberg: Comcast is trying to restrict cable operators' sales of low-cost TV service to ensure its regional sports networks don't lose too many subscribers, according to a trade group of about 750 smaller companies that have taken their complaint to regulators. Comcast has tried to limit the availability of sports-free offerings in contract talks with pay-TV operators, according to the American Cable Association, whose members have about 7 million subscribers. In addition to being the largest U.S. cable provider, Comcast owns regional sports channels in markets such as Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. The claim shows programmers are fighting back as more consumers seek TV options that don't include sports. Cable operators are trying to stem subscriber losses by offering a "basic" service with just a…
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Why travelling local is a good idea

Why travelling local is a good idea

Travel
[ad_1] Local travel can be as exciting as an international adventure. Siphesihle Penny Ndlela, the owner of Soul Traveller, said South Africa is an attractive destination that local should explore.  She recently launched Soul Traveller Tours that is pioneering group travel in Africa and changing the face of domestic tourism in South Africa. “Soul Traveller Tours is the result of a collaboration with Thebe Tourism Group, who are committed to rejuvenating domestic travel as a means of local economic growth. “With more than 70% of domestic travel in South Africa accounted to visiting friends and relatives, there is an opportunity to grow leisure travel where people choose to have an holiday in their own country,” she said. While Ndlela understands the drawbacks of why many South Africans prefer international over…
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Village Tourism critical for local economy

Village Tourism critical for local economy

Travel
[ad_1] Premier of the North West Supra Mahumapelo has urged tourism product owners and those who are aspiring to venture into tourism to consider Village Tourism as one prime area that has not been explored.  The Premier was speaking during the Provincial Tourism Trade and investment Lekgotla held in Mmabatho Convention Centre. According to Premier Mahumapelo many tourists are more interested in exploring and acquiring cultural and traditional experience.  He said that there is a need to start cultural villages across all the over 600 villages within the province. “I urge investors to look into expanding their business to Villages Townships and Small Dorpies. People are interested in acquiring indigenous knowledge and also keen to learn more about the history of VTSD areas. I would also like to urge financial institutions to further open doors for emerging entrepreneurs especially…
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