Yachting: USA buys time with America’s Cup win
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Colbert to USA TODAY: ‘I enjoy your circles’ Olivia Barker, USA TODAY 8:21 a.m. EDT September 23, 2013 Has the Emmy winner finally come around to the newspaper’s new(ish) logo? Stephen Colbert backstage at the Emmys, where he let slip his appreciation of a certain newspaper’s new(ish) logo. (Photo: Dan Steinberg, Invision/AP) SHARE 21 CONNECT 22 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE He likes us! Right now, he likes us! “Oh, USA TODAY? I enjoy your circles,” Stephen Colbert told USA TODAY’s Marco della Cava backstage, fresh off his show’s dual Emmy win. For years, Colbert has poked gentle, hilarious fun at “The” USA TODAY. When the paper unveiled its new circle logo last fall, the ribbing ratcheted up to a riotous level. Colbert claimed USA TODAY could now only report news that’s “circular in nature … whether it be about planets, tractor tires, the Wheel of Fortune, pizza, bagels, pizza bagels or Cee Lo Green’s head.” But under no circumstances could the paper report on a calamity of any other geometric nature. To wit: “If SpongeBob SquarePants ever chokes on a Dorito at the Pentagon, you won’t read about it in The USA TODAY.” The paper answered the challenge with a deftly drawn logo that managed to shove SpongeBob, the Pentagon and a triangular chip (mostly) into one circle, proving that yes, we could cover all, well, angles of the news.
Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer.jpg (Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa) We have already seen this increased trade in specific countries on the continent, as they take advantage of preferential trade agreements and state-led policy change to increase exports and imports with the U.S., says Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. Brewer is currently on a visit to the United States to meet with key stakeholders and multi-nationals and promote commerce between the two regions. Figures recently released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as the companys own performance, reveal an extremely positive economic outlook for Africa. The figures also highlight the fact that Africa is proving to be less susceptible than other regions to the peaks and troughs in the global economy, as it diversifies its trading partners. Since 2001, many African countries have seen a significant shift in trade partners, notes Brewer. Our dependency on Europe has been reduced, while trade with Asia as well as intra-Africa has picked up significantly. The next region for growth is the U.S. and were very pleased to see the U.S. governments willingness to break down trade barriers to achieve this. The IMFs Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa report found that economic activity in the region is projected to expand by about 5% in 2012 and 2013, a similar pace to that observed in 201011. Key markets driving this growth are Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa. The express company has seen a similar picture appearing between the US and various African trade lanes, with larger, more developed economies like South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola boasting strong double digit growth on both inbound and outbound volumes. However, according to their shipment figures, it is the smaller, rising economies that are seeing a major boom, with Somalia, Mayotte, Guinea-Bissau and South Sudan seeing meteoric increases in imports from the U.S., and Comoros, Eritrea, South Sudan and Liberia enjoying significant demand for exports to the States. The USA and Africa have historically enjoyed favourable trade conditions based on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000, says Ian Clough, CEO for DHL Express USA.
USA and Sub-Saharan Africa will see increased trade growth, says DHL
“It was really a great day,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Sometimes things go your way, and we’re going to take it.” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker described the day as “frustrating,” saying “we know we can win this thing.” In the race that was completed, the Kiwis beat the USA over the starting line and rounded the first mark a few seconds ahead of Oracle. The defending champion snatched the lead back in a cross-over that resulted in New Zealand being tagged with a penalty. Oracle dodge to avoid colliding with New Zealand but jumped ahead and grabbed onto a lead that grew through the pivotal upwind third leg of the race. The USA remained in control of the race and crossed the finish a minute and 24 seconds ahead of the Kiwis. The Oracle victory came in a Race 13 rematch after light winds forced the first attempt at the race to be halted when the 40-minute time limit was reached as the Kiwis sailed unchallenged toward the finish. The Kiwis and the defending champions were nearly even at the start and the USA was ahead slightly as the catamarans crept slowly around the first gate. After days of high-speed racing on the bay, the AC72 catamarans seemed to be moving in slow motion as the teams jockeyed to catch puffs of the capriciously shifting breeze. New Zealand seized a lead that continued to grow, rounding the third gate more than two minutes ahead of the USA. The Kiwis were racing the clock rather than the USA from that point forward, but failed to make it past the final marker before time expired. “It’s a shame really,” said New Zealand tactician Ray Davies. “But the wind limit is the wind limit; the time limit is the time limit, and you just have to deal with it.” The outcome was a reprieve for the USA, which lost six of the first seven races but has stubbornly refused to surrender the trophy.
Sports in Brief: Team USA still battling in America’s Cup
Drexel finished just behind tournament winner Towson. Alyssa Delp scored her second goal 22 seconds into the second overtime period to give 14th-ranked Temple (6-2) a 3-2 field hockey victory over visiting Longwood (3-5). Nicole Kroener also scored for the Owls. Penn (4-1) got two goals each from Emily Corcoran (Merion Mercy) and Elise Tilton in a field hockey win over visiting Pacific (2-6). Penn is off to its best start since 1997. Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of season with an Achilles tendon injury in his left leg suffered during the Longhorns’ 31-21 win Saturday night against Kansas State. Sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Battle will miss No. 3 Clemson’s next game against Wake Forest. He was ejected for punching North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd on Thursday night. Coach Dabo Swinney said Battle was immediately remorseful. SOCCER Sunderland fired manager Paolo Di Canio after less than six months, with the Premier League club winless this season. Critics not only questioned the 45-year-old’s lack of coaching experience – just 21 months at lower-league Swindon – but also his past statements that expressed fascist leanings.