49ers injury updates on Breida, others for Monday visit to Packers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Running back Matt Breida and wide receiver Pierre Garcon are 50-50 shots Monday night when the 49ers visit the Green Bay Packers, and that classifies as encouraging news for the injury-plagued offense.Breida (ankle) and Garcon (shoulder, knee) were limited Saturday after missing the previous two days of practice.Dante Pettis (knee) again won’t play while fellow wide receiver Trent Taylor was listed as doubtful with a lingering back issue that likely will keep him out.San …last_img read more

Discovery in R1.5bn UK acquisition

first_img11 May 2010South African financial services and insurance group Discovery is expanding its presence in the UK through the acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare, Britain’s fourth-largest private medical insurer, for about R1.56-billion (£138-million).Discovery has been active in the UK since 2004 through PruHealth, a joint venture between itself and the UK’s Prudential Assurance Company, and the UK has since then been a key focus area for Discovery’s international strategy.As part of the transaction, Standard Life will be merged into PruHealth, enabling Discovery to raise its ownership in the joint venture to 75%, while still retaining Prudential as a partner.“While PruHealth has won awards for product innovation, Standard Life Healthcare has been broadly recognised for its excellence in service delivery,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week.“The integration of our assets will result in a well-balanced client mix, a comprehensive and complementary product range, a broadening of expertise in the UK, and a national distribution network of agents and brokers,” he said.“This will significantly strengthen our competitive position, and provide the platform for strong future growth.”New competitor of scaleAccording to the statement, the UK has a large, well developed financial services market which is receptive to the consumer-driven product philosophy that Discovery has brought to both the health insurance and protection industries.The continued trend towards wellness and consumerism, as well as the increased financial pressure that the [UK’s National Health Service] is expected to face as a result of tighter public spending, creates significant growth opportunities for Discovery’s innovative, integrated model, the company said.The transaction creates a new competitor of scale in the UK private medical insurance market, covering approximately 700 000 people, and attracting annual premiums of approximately R4.1-billion (£370-million).“We believe Discovery’s acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare provides significant opportunities in the UK for both PruHealth and PruProtect and will create value for both Discovery and Prudential,” said Prudential UK and Europe deputy CEO Andy Crossley.“We look forward to working with Discovery to integrate Standard Life Healthcare into the joint venture arrangement.”The transaction is subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals from the Financial Services Authority (UK) and the South African Reserve Bank, which are expected to take approximately three months.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

World Cup Fan Fests to wow crowds

first_img17 May 2010Not all fans will be able to get their hands on coveted 2010 Fifa World Cup™ tickets, but they’ll still be able to experience the biggest soccer extravaganza in Africa at live Fan Fests – official public viewing events – in all nine host cities.Millions of fans are expected to watch the matches live and experience the unique World Cup ambience in these outdoor areas. Entrance to the Fifa Fan Fest™ is free, with all 64 matches to be broadcast on giant screens in a safe and secure environment.Fan fests in GautengIn Johannesburg, close to Alexandra township and the Sandton central business district, lies Innes Free Park, the venue for the Sandton Fan Fest. This park, with its rolling grass and water features, will provide a picturesque location for the event, with the Sandton skyline as a backdrop.Soweto soccer fans will watch all World Cup matches at the Rockville Fan Fest at Elkah Stadium. The venue is conveniently located next to the Thokoza Park station of Johannesburg’s new bus rapid transit system. Up to 40 000 people can be hosted at Elkah Stadium.In Pretoria, fans will be able to watch all matches at the Centurion Cricket Ground, located just outside the city’s central business district. With both seating and standing options, fans will be able to view all the games on the 50 square metre screen, with entertainment between games.Cape Town’s Fan WalkIn Cape Town, the Grand Parade will host all soccer lovers. It is situated at the heart of the city and has undergone extensive upgrades in preparation for the tournament.Getting to the Fan Fest will be easy, with the overhauled Cape Town Station just a few hundred metres from the venue. Or through the Fan Walk, which stretches from the Cape Town Stadium through the centre of Cape Town to the Grand Parade.Fan Fest on the beachDurban’s Fan Fest is the only one in South Africa situated on the beach – and with the city’s all-year round warm weather, fans will be in for a real feast. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is also within walking distance from the Fan Fest.In the Free State, the Fan Fest will be located at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in the township of Rocklands, 15 minutes from the Bloemfontein city centre.Within the venue, five-a-side football pitches will be available and fans will be able to get to and from the Fan Fest on a dedicated shuttle that runs from the centre of town.In Mpumalanga, Bergvlam High School will host all soccer lovers. It’s located just outside the Nelspruit city centre. Ample parking spaces will be available within walking distance of the Fan Fest, with the city providing alternative transport arrangements to ensure that people are able to move between the stadium and the fan fest with ease.In the Eastern Cape, the Port Elizabeth fan fest will be based at St Georges Park – the oldest park in the city and the site of the second-oldest cricket stadium in the country.Soccer fans will be able to get to and from the stadium on shuttle buses, or will be able to drive there and park in secure parking areas within walking distance from the venue.Hospitality packagesIn Limpopo, the Polokwane Fan Fest will be based at the city’s 107-year-old cricket club situated a short distance from the new Peter Mokaba Stadium. There will be both seating and standing options, with great views of the giant screens. Hospitality packages will also be available for those who wish to enjoy a more exclusive viewing experience.In the North West, the Fan Fest will be based at Fields College in Rustenburg, a short distance from the city centre. With a capacity of more than 20 000 people, the venue will be able to cater for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on one of the elusive match tickets.Both parking and alternative transport arrangements will be in place to ensure easy access to the on¬site festivities.Official public viewing eventsOfficial public viewings events were first launched by Fifa at the 2006 World Cup, when more than 18-million fans gathered at the 12 official events, transforming Germany into one of the greatest fan parties of all time.Apart from the South African host cities, Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney are also locations for the official public viewing events of football’s flagship tournament.In South Africa, the Fan Fests will be organised by the host cities together with Fifa and the Local Organising Committee, with the international Fan Fest cities and Fifa taking responsibility for the international events.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African men: Lean in for women’s rights

first_imgSonke activists at a mobilisation in Delft organised to remember Queen, a 9-year-old girl who died on March 18th 2014, two months after being raped and set on fire. Although Queen identified her attacker, who was apprehended by police with fresh burn wounds and visible scratch marks, the case is not being prosecuted due to the failure of police to collect and present sufficient evidence. Sonke is working with community members and the police to ensure that Queen’s murder is properly prosecuted, and organises mobilisations to engage our community action team (CAT) and the Delft community to raise awareness around gender-based violence. (Image: Sonke Gender Justice)There’s no doubt masculinity is an important part of the identity of South African men. This is often not their choice. Ours is a country in which there is frequently enormous pressure on men, from all sides, to be men – to be manly.This is both a positive and a negative. The negative is that some men may wish to assert their masculinity by abusing those physically weaker than them – women and children. The positive is others embrace their masculinity in the spirit of Ubuntu. For them being a man is to be strong, protective, nurturing and supportive of others.Today Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launches a new global campaign as part of her established LeanIn initiative, which fights for the rights of women across the world. This time, Sandberg is asking men to join the fight. In this country, her call has been taken up by Brand South Africa. To mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, we urge our men to demonstrate how they celebrate and support South African women. This can be at home – creating stronger marriages and healthier, happier, more successful kids – and at work, for better team outcomes.Sandberg’s global campaign will be supported leaders ranging from top NBA athletes to influential CEOs and public figures such as Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Condoleezza Rice and Mark Zuckerberg.SOUTH AFRICAN MEN FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTSIn South Africa men need to reclaim their manhood as supporters of women, not abusers. There have been too many incidents where men have used their culture, physical strength and ability to earn more than their women counterparts to keep women in subservient positions.South African men must become role models to future generations of men by committing to being uplifting, caring, present and emotionally stable, for women to fully take their place, as equals, in our homes, communities and society.An example South African men leaning in for the rights of women is Sonke Gender Justice, a gender-rights civil society organisation set up and run by men.The organisation’s work includes initiatives such as the One Man Can, which encourages men to become actively involved in advocating for gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and responding to HIV and Aids.Dumisani Rebombo runs the One Man Can project at Sonke’s new satellite office in the rural settlement of Bushbuckridge in Limpopo. The project forms part of a four-year randomised control trial being undertaken by Wits University, University of California, San Francisco and University of North Carolina, both in the US.It seeks to show how Sonke’s the project’s community mobilisation model can reduce levels of violence in this and other communities and ultimately reduce the levels of HIV infection in young women.According to Sonke, research conducted in 2009 by Chris Colvin indicated significant changes in short-term behaviour in the weeks following One Man Can activities. Twenty-five percent of respondents had accessed voluntary counselling and testing, 50% reported an act of gender-based violence, 61% increased their use of condoms, and over 80% talked to friends or family members about HIV, gender and human rights issues.New research by Shari Dworkin and colleagues shows further clear evidence that men taking part in these programmes change their attitude and behaviour in line with the objectives of One Man Can.This new qualitative research assessed OMC participants’ changes in masculine ideologies and health beliefs and behaviours. The study was conducted in two provinces, Limpopo and Eastern Cape, where the researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 60 OMC participants. Questions covered issues of gender relations and women’s rights, violence, relationships and sex, masculinity, fatherhood, gender and HIV risks, HIV prevention and testing, and community action teams.The research clearly shows that men who have participated in OMC activities afterwards embrace trends towards equality for women, understand their male identity differently and are more involved in household labour and child care.“A lot has changed in my life,” said one man who took part in the programme. “My childhood observations of a man as boss was wrong and before I attended OMC sessions; I continued to believe that it is the same wrong things that need to be done. But after some sessions and engagement in discussions with various people with various points of view, I then realised that it is wrong to treat women like they do not exist.”WOMEN HAVE BEEN WRONGEDThis year International Women’s Day on 8 March will highlight the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realising women’s rights.The Beijing initiative focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as taking part in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in his message for International Women’s Day 2015, said: “When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards five grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded five Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants that will help individuals and groups make a difference in their communities.The grants focused on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond. Supported by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio.This year’s grant recipients and projects:• Canine Companions for Independence received $3,000 for its Canine Companions’ Programs. The organization’s assistance dogs increase the independence of their human partners through the task-based commands they are trained to complete. The dogs also improve the quality of life of their human partner by increasing their confidence, social interaction and emotional well-being.• Northwestern Local School District in Wayne County received $3,000 for the construction of a greenhouse for educational purposes that will include hanging plants, tabled plants and hydroponics that will incorporate clean/renewable energy through solar lighting, a bio-fuel area and in the future a geothermal HVAC system and wind turbine.• Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program received $3,000 for two participant scholarships. The purpose of AgriPOWER is to develop and train Ohio farmers and agribusiness professionals to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for Ohio agriculture.• Ohio Pork Council received $3,000 for its Virtual Field Trip to a Pig Farm program. Thousands of students will have the opportunity to see what happens on real Ohio farms without leaving their classroom. Through a video chat platform, students will be given the opportunity to see the farmer and pigs, ask questions and have them answered live on air by the farmer hosting the virtual tour.• Scipio-Republic Fire Department in Seneca County received a $2,700 grant for grain bin rescue equipment.Since 1985, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has provided funding across the state for both small and large projects, including the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus. It also endowed Ohio State’s C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.Applications are now being accepted for the foundation’s fall funding grant cycle. Deadline to apply is Oct. 3. For more information about the foundation and its scholarship programs, visit OFBFoundation.org.last_img read more

Hooda announces rally in August, Tanwar in the dark

first_imgInfighting among the top leaders of the Haryana Congress has escalated after senior leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced a mega rally on August 18, in the run-up to the Assembly polls to be held later this year, without any formal intimation being sent to State Congress president Ashok Tanwar.Mr. Tanwar told The Hindu that he has no formal information or invite for the ‘Parivartan Maha Rally’ to be held in Rohtak on August 18.“I have come to know about the rally through newspapers. There has been no deliberation about participating in the rally as of now. With elections around the corner, everyone should fight with unity against the ruling BJP to oust them from power as it is what the people of the State want,” he said.Wait and watch On whether he would participate in the rally if invited, Mr. Tanwar said, “Let’s see what happens. Going there or not going there [to the rally] is hypothetical at this point of time.”The Congress has been struggling to set its house in order ahead of the Assembly polls. The party’s State unit seems to be divided between two camps — one headed by Mr. Hooda and the other by Mr. Tanwar.Recently, Mr. Hooda held a meeting of the party’s leaders in Delhi in which 13 Haryana legislators participated. Mr. Tanwar and some other senior leaders of the party were not present in the meeting.Attacks against the Haryana Congress president sharpened after the Lok Sabha election results in which the party faced defeat in all 10 seats in the State.last_img read more

It’s all in the economy

first_imgThe French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill,The French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill for the effete glory of a forgettable media event. Win-win for the Eiffel Tower.Boris Johnson, mayor of London, who has delivered all Olympics facilities within budget and a year ahead without being accused of anything more corrupt than an occasional ogle, must have sneered and chortled in response. But there is a major philosophical lesson to be learnt about fate. The lucky, win. The truly lucky know when to lose.A very powerful Congress leader, his demeanour touched by a faraway wistful look, whispered a fantasy to me the other day: that the Congress had chosen to sit in Opposition after winning 206 seats in the summer of 2009. Some crumbly structure would perforce have made a grab for power, doubtless with former Congress allies like DMK queuing up for the telecom ministry as their price for support to a BJP prime minister. Within weeks the whole lot would have been compromised at bargain rates, since they would be trading in used goods. Suresh Kalmadi would have welcomed the return of this version of NDA, since he could have bought out their bigwigs with nothing more expensive than the occasional first class ticket to a sports jamboree. This government would have either sought to sabotage investigations into both the Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum, or defended them on some silly technical ground, leaving the quiet but well-fed Congress on a high moral plateau. The rackety NDA government would have collapsed in derisive confusion; Congress would win a clear majority in the winter 2011 general elections and Rahul Gandhi would be sworn in as the undisputed prime minister.advertisementThe BJP should be feeling extraordinarily pleased that it lost the last general elections.In 2004 the BJP was unprepared for defeat; but then no ruling party is ever ready for bad news. In 2009 the BJP was unprepared for victory, which is less forgivable. The fault lay not in any individual, but in a more basic flaw: it had not still fully absorbed the extent to which the Indian voter had shifted from an emotional agenda to an economic ambition. In 2009 some of the more media-magnetic BJP campaigners were still behaving as if they were on the sets of a 1950s Bollywood historical melodrama. That age had, paradoxically, exhausted itself with the culmination of the Ram temple movement; once the mosque at Ayodhya was destroyed, it took its emotions along with it. The BJP lost the Assembly elections of 1993 in the very heartland that had sustained its most powerful emotional appeal; Digvijaya Singh became chief minister of Madhya Pradesh that year.Two general election defeats have created a double benefit for the BJP. The voter is ready to empathise again, feeling that enough punishment has been meted out. And the party understands that serious correctives are essential if the show is to go on. The first is happening. There is a visible rise in the BJP vote across the north. The party could shock its enemies and surprise its friends in the next Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. It has stemmed the bleed in Madhya Pradesh and returned to form in Rajasthan, while remaining steadily ahead in Gujarat. The correctives are still a work in progress. Nitin Gadkari’s principal task over the next year will be to put together a viable economic policy for the party which the voter can assess, measure and then identify with.Why has the Congress slipped? Corruption is the easy answer, but not a complete one. The voter is angry about the theft of public money, of course. But he is truly livid at the fact that corruption has derailed economic growth. The first is sufficient cause for the visible and escalating concern that we see around us; the second can lay the seeds for insurrection. The Indian industrialist is talking through his bank account, investing abroad rather than at home. The worker is seeing the gains for which he abandoned the culture of strikes, being frittered away. There is confusion in villages as the landowner demands a share in that fixed lottery called land prices.Protest is a legitimate part of any Opposition’s duty, but that alone cannot convert the BJP into a ruling party. It has to rise above protest and become an alternative; from a trade union into the management structure that the shareholders of democracy can hire when the present management is voted out.advertisementIt tells us something when the language of business becomes perfectly applicable to the business of contemporary politics.last_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd pals

first_imgInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Govt issues norms for Rs 1L cr partial guarantee scheme for nonbanking

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has issued guidelines on operationalising Rs 1-lakh crore partial guarantee scheme under which public-sector banks can purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). NBFCs, including housing finance companies (HFCs), came under stress following series of defaults by the group companies of IL&FS in September last year. To help the sector come out of the stress, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget announced support for fundamentally sound NBFCs in getting continued funding from banks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”For purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year, the government will provide one-time six months’ partial credit guarantee to public sector banks for first loss of up to 10 per cent,” she had said. In pursuance of that the finance ministry last week released a detailed guidelines for this with the objective to address temporary asset liability mismatches of otherwise solvent NBFCs/HFCs without having to resort to distress sale of their assets for meeting their commitments. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe partial guarantee would help rework the Asset Liability structure within three months to have positive Asset Liability Management in each bucket for the first three months and on cumulative basis for the remaining period. “At no time during the period for exercise of the option to buy back the assets, should the CRAR (capital to risk weighted assets ratio) go below the regulatory minimum. The promoter shall ensure this by infusing equity, where required,” an official statement said. As per the guidelines issued, the window for one-time partial credit guarantee will be for a period of six months, or till such date by which Rs 1 lakh crore assets get purchased by banks.last_img read more

CANADIAN PERFORMERS RATIFY TERMS OF NEW NATIONAL COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON (August 4, 2017) — ACTRA Members have voted (78 per cent) in favour of ratifying the 2017-2020 National Commercial Agreement (NCA).The 2017-2020 NCA settlement provides for a new single Digital Media Use fee payable on all commercials produced for or moved over to Digital Media. The Agreement also promotes new work opportunities for performers in low-budget digital media commercials with the ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project. All rates and fees in the Agreement with the exception of the Pilot Project will increase by 6 per cent over three years commencing with a 2 per cent increase effective August 5, 2017. The settlement represents an estimated increase of $3M in performers’ compensation over the 3-year term of the new Agreement, which generated over $45M in performer earnings in 2016.“In these changing and challenging times in the advertising industry, we have achieved a settlement that creates new work opportunities and provides substantial improvements for ACTRA performers,” says David Sparrow, ACTRA National President and Negotiating Committee Chair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ACTRA members who served on our bargaining team and all the members who helped make this new deal a reality.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Unions around the world are facing employer demands for rollbacks at the bargaining table. Global competition for commercial production is more intense now than ever. In this climate, ACTRA members have achieved an Agreement that makes it easier than ever to hire the most talented performers in Canada and ensures performers are fairly compensated their work,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) commenced negotiations in Toronto on June 7, 2017. The NCA covers the engagement of Performers in all television, radio and digital commercial production in Canada. Voting commenced on July 19, 2017, and closed today on August 4. The new agreement will take effect August 5, 2017, and will expire on June 30, 2020.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Facebooklast_img read more