The 29-man squad was made public this afternoon at a press conference at the National Football Stadium by Hunters coach, Michael Marum.The new faces that make up the Hunters for this year’s campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition are: Anderson Benford, Radley Bawa, Eddie Dafa, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Wawa Paul and Wellington Albert.Marum says 14 players are continuing on from the 2016 season while the other six, including former captain Israel Eliab, Lawrence Tu’u and David Loko, are making their return to the side.”The PNG Rugby Football League board through chairman, Sandis Tsaka and Hunters chairman, Graham Osborne, have endorsed the squad,” said Marum.Marum finished by thanking the sponsors, including SP Brewery, Air Niugini, the National Gaming Control Board, PNG LNG, Trukai and the media for their continued support.”We will give it our best shot and hopefully go all the way,” said Marum.The Hunters squad for 2017:Adex Wera, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Bland Abavu, Radley Bawa, Butler Morris, David Loko, Eddie Dafa, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Esau Siune, Henry Wan, Ismael Balkawa, Israel Eliab, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Lawrence Tu’u, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Noel Joel, Sailas Gahuna, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara, Watson Boas, Wawa Paul, Wellington Albert, William Aquila and Willie Minoga.Marum said the captain of the side will be named at the launch of the Hunters season at the end of this month.The Hunters will play one trial match against the Northern Pride in Cairns on February 18 before the season kicks off on the first week of March.
Bienvenue en occident, the où le blanc se croit tellement supérieur que racisme et weakité deviennent banalité. TIME TO RISE ✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/R08R7K9QAw– Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) April 2, 2020To this tweet, one of the first to respond was Samuel Eto’o with a forceful “motherfuckers“to qualify Mira and Locht after proposing experiments in Africa in search of the cure for Covid-19. The former Barcelona even got into some discussion with other users who reproached him for his insult.Didier Drogba, a former Chelsea player like Ba and Eto’o, did not insult, but he was no less forceful than the Cameroonian in evaluating these statements. “It is totally inconceivable that we have to warn of this. Africa is not a laboratory. These statements are demeaning, false, and truly racist. Help save Africa from the coronavirus. Don’t want to use Africans as guinea pigs! It’s disgusting. African leaders have a responsibility to protect their peoples from such horrendous conspiracies as this one, “said the Ivory Coast convincingly.These statements have not only outraged these three African soccer players, but also a good part of the French population that even started a collection of signatures on Change.org for alleged defamation of both doctors. “This may be controversial, but shouldn’t we do a study in Africa where they don’t have masks, treatments or resuscitation? It is done in AIDS studies where prostitutes are used to test certain things because they know they are highly exposed and have no protection. What do you think?” “You are right. We are thinking of a parallel study in Africa in a similar way. I think there is already a request that if it hasn’t already come out, it will come out, and we seriously think about it. Nor do we reject a study in Europe or Australia. “This exchange of views between Jean Paul Mira, head of the resuscitation service at the Cochin Hospital in Paris and Camille Locht, director of research at the Inserm, French institute of health and medical research, on the LCI network has outraged several soccer players on the African continent among so many other people. The first to share the video on social networks was Senegalese Demba Ba. The former West Ham, Newcastle or Chelsea, now at Basaksehir, tweeted the video along with a text calling for the anti-racist uprising. “Welcome to the West where white believes itself so superior that racism and weakness become banality. It’s time to get up, “said the forward on his Twitter account.
However, the powerhouse foes just got the better of the Filipino batters as they lost again to Chinese Taipei, 0-14, on Friday, and to Korea, 0-11, on Saturday.Though the Philippines failed to make it to the top three and earn a ticket to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup next year, the campaign was still a source of pride for the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) with coach Egay delos Reyes calling the shots.The Filipinos drew standout performances from former Baseball Philippines MVP Joennard Pareja, reigning UAAP best pitcher Paulo Macasaet and shortstop Aids Bernardo of Ateneo, La Salle’s Carlos Munoz and Diego Lozano, Adamson’s Erwin Bosito and Mark Manaig, and NU’s Junmar Diarao.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Without much expectations, the Philippines fought valiantly and settled for a fourth place finish in the 28th Asian Baseball Championship at Xinhuang Stadium in New Taipei City in Taiwan.The Filipino batters bowed to 2015 champions Korea, 15-0, in the battle for third on Sunday to wrap up their respectable run for a team largely comprised of homegrown talents.ADVERTISEMENT Montalbo mum on costly inbound play in DLSU loss to Ateneo How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Defying the odds, the squad largely made up of standouts from the UAAP gave it their all as they proudly fought for flag and country in the mound.The Philippines went 1-2 in Group A of the classification round after facing off against Asian baseball giants in the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Nationals dropped their tournament opener, 2-12, against home team and world number four Chinese Taipei on Monday, before rebounding with a confidence-boosting 8-5 win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The Filipinos, then, suffered a 3-18 beatdown at the hands of Korea to finish the group stage.But given a new lease on life to progress to the super round, the Philippines made the most of its opportunity, blanking Hong Kong, 10-0, in the do-or-die match on Thursday to move on. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ View comments Baron Corbin stole the United States Championship in their triple threat match to grab his first title in the company.The Lone Wolf squirmed to the ring and kicked AJ Styles out of the squared circle after the defending champion nailed Tye Dillinger with the Phenomenal Forearm.Natalya also used a steel chair on Charlotte to force a disqualification finish and keep her SmackDown Women’s Championship after the Queen connected with a ringside moonsault to the Queen of Harts.Randy Orton topped Rusev once again as he hit an RKO after wiggling out of the Accolade.Bobby Roode was successful in his main roster pay-per-view debut, beating Dolph Ziggler after the Glorious One one-upped the Showoff with a rollup while holding the latter’s tights.After the match, Ziggler nailed Roode with a Zig-Zag as he left the ring frustrated with the result.In the kickoff show, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated the Hype Bros after Gable pinned Zack Ryder with Mojo Rawley looking on from ringside.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES With the Prizefighter and the SmackDown commissioner beating each other to a pulp inside, outside, and on top of the cell for close to 30 minutes, it was Zayn who turned heads the most and baffled everyone on why he rescued Owens in the match’s conclusion.McMahon seemed poised to win the war after sending Owens crashing to the Spanish announce table halfway down the cell, but he wanted to go for the home run and head-butted the brash Canadian to another announce table, putting him in position for the jaw-dropping elbow drop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut just like the case in WrestleMania 32, McMahon crashed and burned as he fell on top of the cage and missed on his target, largely thanks to Zayn pulling Owens at the last moment.Zayn then pulled Owens on top of McMahon and motioned the referee to do the three-count as he left everyone in the arena confused on what just transpired. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Shane McMahon (top of the cell) looks at Kevin Owens before making his jaw-dropping leap in their Hell in a Cell match. Photo by WWE.comFriends forever?Sami Zayn made the shocking save on longtime friend and bitter rival Kevin Owens, pulling him out of danger and helping him top Shane McMahon in the brutal falls count anywhere Hell in a Cell match Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In the night’s other matches, Jinder Mahal once again retained his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, but not without shenanigans from his cohorts The Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was moments away from winning the title after connecting with the Kinshasa, but the Singhs distracted the referee, delaying the count for the pinfall.Mahal tried to escape the match, but the challenger was in hot pursuit and brought him back to the ring. However, Nakamura would miss on his second Kinshasa attempt, opening the chance for the Modern Day Maharaja to nail the Khallas.The Usos also became five-time tag team title holders after defeating The New Day in their brutal Hell in a Cell encounter to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.Jimmy and Jey Uso subjected the duo of Big E and Xavier Woods to a hellacious beatdown, finishing the match with a double splash with a steel chair on top of Woods for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT
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1 Dimitri Payet West Ham could welcome back three of their injured stars – including Dimitri Payet – when they host Liverpool on Saturday.Midfielder Payet, defender Winston Reid and winger Victor Moses are all on course to return to the squad after spells on the sidelines.Payet was one of the Premier League’s most impressive performers until he suffered an ankle injury against Everton in early November, and his availability will be a major boost to manager Slaven Bilic.“Hopefully some of the players will be back now, against Liverpool,” said Bilic. “Payet, Reidy, Moses. It’s only Diafra Sakho who we will be without for another four or five weeks.“Dimitri started to train with the team on Sunday. He looks good, his ankle is very stable and the target is the game against Liverpool. I am delighted he is going to be with us for that game.”With Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll making their returns as substitutes against Southampton on Monday evening, West Ham’s injury crisis finally looks like easing.Carroll’s 79th-minute header secured a 2-1 win – the Hammers’ first victory in nine attempts – after Michail Antonio had cancelled out Carl Jenkinson’s first-half own-goal.But Bilic added: “I want to praise the other players who have been picking up points without them. That was crucial, but now with them back it should be better.“It’s good for me. It’s hard to drop the other players but it’s all about competition. If we want to be a big club, and if you want to get through periods like this with all the injuries, then you need a squad.“That’s the only way you can have the long-term success that the chairmen and the fans want.”
REVEALED Latest Transfer news Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Harry Maguire is apparently keen to become a Man United player before the start of the new Premier League season LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Manchester United have been told they must pay £75 million if they want to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.It was revealed on Wednesday the centre-half was confident he would be a Red Devil before the Premier League season began on August 10. While a deal for £65 million was mooted, it seems as though negotiations have hit a snag.According to The Metro, the Foxes are demanding £75 million for the England star.If a deal was to be reached at that price, it would equal the world record fee for a defender which Liverpool paid to sign Virgil Van Dijk last January.It would also top the highest ever transfer fee paid for an Englishman, with Manchester City paying £54 million for Kyle Walker last summer. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets GETTY moving on 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Maguire shot to global prominence for his displays with the Three Lions in Russia, helping Gareth Southgate’s side reach the final four in Russia.But he had already captured the attention after his outstanding debut season at the King Power Stadium.During the Carabao Cup quarter-final, Pep Guardiola praised the 25-year-old on the pitch for his impressive performances against his side.
Much as astrobiologists would like to see the birth of a new planet, the ones we observe seem to be dying, not being born.“Newly found planet may turn into dust,” reads a headline on NASA’s Astrobiology Net. This does not bode well for any inhabitants the astrobiologists would like to meet. Echoing a press release from MIT, the article described how a planet around a star 1,500 light-years away appears to have a comet-like tail, evidence of a cloud of dust following the planet as it disintegrates. The press release includes a 40-second animation of how the “doomed world” is shedding its material, and ends with this statement:“This might be another way in which planets are eventually doomed,” says Fabrycky, who was not involved in the research. “A lot of research has come to the conclusion that planets are not eternal objects, they can die extraordinary deaths, and this might be a case where the planet might evaporate entirely in the future.”PhysOrg today described another place where planets are doomed. Too remote to be observed directly, this system’s dust disk appears to be tugged at by a black hole at the galactic center. No need to worry about the inhabitants there; there aren’t any. “Yet, even if planets do form, living near a supermassive black hole is still not a hospitable place for life,” the article said. “The extreme amounts of UV radiation emitted as the black hole devours gas and dust is likely to sterilize the region.”As referenced in the May 14 entry, New Scientist warned that dust disks around stars can no longer be assumed as planet maternity wards. “Dust rings not ‘smoking gun’ for planets after all,” wrote Maggie McKee. (Sorry for the unfortunate mixed metaphors; the thought of a smoking gun in a maternity ward may be disturbing – unless nothing was being born there in the first place.) The dust surrounding a star can form sharply-defined rings without congealing into a paradise for aliens.Astrobiologists and planet hunters have a new worry announced in Nature today:1 “Startling superflares.” Bradley Schaefer, referencing a study done by the Kepler Spacecraft team published in the same issue of Nature,2 said, “Stars that are just like our Sun have flares more than a million times more energetic than the biggest flare ever seen on the Sun.” A couple of minutes of exposure to one of these flares would doom the Earth, but some of these flares from other sun-like stars can last for half a day or several days. The astronomers found no correlation of superflares with hot Jupiters or with rotation rates, leaving them clueless about the causes of the flares.Statistically, superflares are not common on sun-like stars. Nevertheless, our sun is special, as Schaefer explained:The possibility that the Sun has superflares is not realized. Historical and geophysical records show that the Sun has not had any superflares in the past two millennia, and no superflares with more than roughly 1036 erg for perhaps a billion years. Maehara et al. show that only 0.2% of Sun-like stars have superflares, so it is unlikely that the Sun has such events. With their average rate of occurrence (once every 100 days for 1035-erg flares) and their observed size distribution (with a power-law index of roughly −2.0), the expected frequency of 1032-erg flares on all superflare stars should be very high. In stark contrast to this, the Sun has one 1032-erg event roughly every 450 years and so is completely different from superflare stars.While recognizing the deadly force of a superflare, Schaefer exercised a vivid imagination by thinking of ways they might be good for evolution:Superflares have implications far beyond being just a challenge for stellar physics. If a superflare’s energy is linked to the orbital energy of a hot Jupiter, then three events a year on the star would make its planetary companion spiral in towards it on a timescale of a billion years. The huge energy output of superflares could make any planets around the star uninhabitable for far-future human colonization, and astrobiologists will have to consider the effect of the superflares on possible alien life. Superflares might provide the high-energy radiation required to create organic molecules, so perhaps superflare systems are a good place to look for alien life that has evolved to avoid the effects of the huge flares.1. Bradley Schaefer, “Startling superflares,” Nature 485 (24 May 2012), pp. 456–457, doi:10.1038/nature11194.2. Maehera et al., “Superflares on solar-type stars,” Nature 485 (24 May 2012), doi:10.1038/nature11063.Preach it, Bradley; Darwin comes to the rescue to create aliens that evolve the ability to avoid being fried to a crisp. Why not test your idea by looking for imaginary friends on Venus or the Sun?The findings do not support the bottom-up view that everything emerges from nothing. Instead, they are consistent with the top-down view of the universe: the universe, stars and planets were created perfect and are degenerating under entropy. Planets and stars are not being formed now; they are disrupting and getting fried. Were it not for providential design of our star and planet, it could happen to us, too.The findings are also consistent with the Privileged Planet hypothesis of Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez, that our planet was designed for life and for scientific discovery. The only place in the universe we know about where sentient beings can observe distant stars and see that they have superflares is Earth. Those same beings can notice that our sun is remarkably stable and life-sustaining.Intelligent design, of course, is not at all surprising to Biblical creationists who read the words of Isaiah, revealing God’s purpose in making the Earth:For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)With great privilege comes great responsibility, as the Lord, speaking through Isaiah, continued in the next verses (referring back to Genesis 1 as His revelation):Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. (Isaiah 45:21-24) (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Miss Earth South Africa director, Catherine Constantinides, shows learners from Midrand Primary School how to plant trees. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Africa Day was celebrated on Wednesday, 25 May, and what better way for former and current Miss Earth South Africa participants to recognise it than to plant a tree.The Miss Earth South Africa organisation was at Midrand Primary School in Gauteng to celebrate Africa Day with learners by helping them plant 15 trees on the school grounds. Learners were also taught to stop littering, to recycle and to have pride in their environment.Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides, instilled the message “Waste stops with me” and encouraged learners to take it to their homes and communities. She also told learners to be proud of Africa. “Some people call it Africa. We call it home,” she said.Spokesperson for Miss Earth South Africa Ella Bella Constantinides said the catchphrase is meant to teach children to take responsibility of waste and recycling. “[Waste stops with me] is where we understand that energy waste stops with me, food waste stops with me and water waste stops with me. Learners must stop and ask, ‘How can I take this into my home? How do I tell my parents what it is we need to be doing at home?’”Planting trees in the school was part of the lesson teaching learners to take responsibility for their environment, said Ella Bella. “Every day, learners will pass the trees knowing they planted them and they’re taking ownership of them.”Waste management service provider for Johannesburg, Pikitup, partnered with Miss Earth South Africa at the event. Two Pikitup mascots, known as the Eco-Rangers, were on hand to teach learners to keep their school clean using the catchphrase, “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink”.Participants of the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa were at Midrand Primary School to plant trees and teach learners how to take care of their environment.Fifty-four trees for 54 nationsElla Bella said the Miss Earth South Africa organisation planted 54 trees in different parts of Johannesburg on the day, signifying the number of countries in Africa. “The 54th tree was planted at 54 on Bath, and that tree was planted to create a bit of awareness: 54 trees and 54 countries that make up the African continent. It means people want to plant trees and get out into nature and create something special.”She said the event should remind all Africans that we need to take care of our immediate environment. “We need to make such a noise that people should understand that we’re fighting for our home. Our home is Africa, it is South Africa; our home is the Earth.“We need to understand that we need to look after our planet but before that we have to look after our people and the people on this continent are important to us.”Pikitup Eco-Rangers used the catchphrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink” to make their message memorable to learners. Miss Earth South Africa empowers womenElla Bella said that as an organisation, Miss Earth South Africa seeks to empower women through environmental education. “We need to look after our immediate environment. We need to understand that every action in South Africa has a ripple effect, not just in the country but in Africa as well.”One of the 2016 participants from Gauteng, Bhijal Parbhoo, said she decided to enter the pageant as she feels she wants to make a real difference to South Africa. Parbhoo, who runs a women’s and kids’ wear store, said she loves putting a smile on people’s faces. “I feel there has to be someone to make a difference in South Africa and I really want to make a contribution to it.”
Johannesburg, Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2018 Ernst & Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey which sees South Africa retain its position as the top foreign direct investment (FDI) destination on the African continent, a top rank position which the country now shares with Morocco.EY states that they are also seeing investment shifting between countries for the first time. “South Africa, once the clear leader in attracting FDI, now shares the top rank with Morocco.This is the first time South Africa has been challenged for being the most preferred investment destination (measured by FDI project numbers). Ethiopia jumped seven places to become the fifth-largest FDI recipient, its highest ranking yet.”The report also notes that during 2017 FDI into the African economy increased with 6%, and that in 2016 a total of 676 FDI projects came to African economies, increasing to 718 in 2017. In this regard, the top five nations on the African continent of FDI projects are South Africa with 96 projects – giving it a 31% share of FDI in 2017. Morocco with 96 projects, increases from 81 in 2016 and Kenya with 67 projects, rising from 40 in 2016, suggesting a 68% increase in FDI projects year on year. Nigeria sees an increase from 54 to 64 projects between 2016 and 2017 while Ethiopia made a momentous improvement with an increase of 288% of FDI projects, from 16 in 2016, to 62 in 2017.Commenting on the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 results, Brand South Africa’s GM for Research Dr Petrus de Kock says from this year’s report it is clear that specific regions and countries’ outlook, and investment attractiveness have changed dramatically.Dr de Kock adds: “This has several implications for South Africa in a year where President Ramaphosa made investment (both domestic and foreign) a key priority of his administration and cabinet. South Africa’s position in this year’s report is as a result of the -31% decline on investment projects from 2016 (total number of projects in 2016 were 139). From the EY data it is clear that South Africa lost momentum in attracting FDI in 2017.”Dr de Kock says Morocco’s position should serve as a wakeup call and motivator for South Africa. “Morocco’s standing as FDI destination is solidifying and the country is on a trajectory to intensify its FDI credentials in the coming years. It is therefore important following on the successful investment conference initiated by President Ramaphosa, that South Africa utilises existing strengths in market diversification, strength of incentives for investment, and the infrastructural profile of the market, to attract more investment.“South Africa needs to sustain momentum to stimulate GDP growth because there is a direct correlation between robust GDP growth and FDI attraction. The country must ensure that it continues on the path of careful reforms to improve ease of doing business in the market,” concluded Dr de Kock.Of all the regions, East Africa registered the most significant increase in the number of FDI projects during 2017. This is mostly due to robust GDP growth, as well as regional integration initiatives. As a whole, the region saw an 82% increase in FDI compared to 2016. While this increase comes off a relatively low base in 2016, it is notable that the region emerged as Africa’s FDI hub during 2017.The EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 provides interesting insights pertaining to the economic outlook of the pan-African economy, as well as trends in FDI.