Kurtenbach: Why the 49ers had to cut Reuben Foster

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Why spend the night at the Tampa Hyatt when you can stay at the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Jail?That’s the trade 49ers’ linebacker Reuben Foster made Saturday night after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence — again. It proved to be the final straw — the thing that finally brought the 49ers to cut ties with the troubled linebacker.The Niners made it official with a one-sentence press release Sunday …last_img read more

New skills council for SA

first_imgMinister Blade Nzimande and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will play a critical role in HRDC. Members of the Council Advocate Rams Ramashia and Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development. Motlanthe and Bheki Ntshalintshali, HRDC first deputy chair of the council and chair of the technical working group. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ranjeni Munusamy Spokesperson Ministry of Higher Education and Training +27 828986082 or +27 12 312 5555 munusamy.r@doe.gov.za RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma’s 2010 plan of action • Turning jobless into jewellers • Govt launches massive ID drive • Social development in South Africa • First university for MpumalangaBongani NkosiThe South African government has launched the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) to tackle high levels of unemployment and grow the country’s economy.It was officially launched by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on 30 March. The inaugural meeting was attended by 36 of the council’s 43 members.Comprising leaders from different sectors of the economy, the council will drive skills development in South Africa. Although part of its aim is to ensure government helps job-seekers become more competent, the HRDC will see that all divisions of employment and training assume a more meaningful role in the country.“Government has for years spoken about skills development and its importance in ensuring economic development and ultimately dealing with unemployment,” said Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande at the launch.“The launch of this council is a milestone towards this goal and ensuring that skills development is conceptualised as a critical component of … human development.”The council is led and chaired by the deputy president and Nzimande leads its secretariat, which is tasked with ensuring that all the HRDC’s objectives are implemented.The secretariat includes a technical working group to “execute the decisions of council on matters relating to human resource development and advise council”.The technical working group will also be responsible for setting up task teams of “additional expertise” to achieve the council’s goals. “The composition of these [task teams] will depend on the nature and scope of work that the TWG [technical working group] needs them to undertake,” said Mary Metcalfe, director-general of the Higher Education and Training Department, during a presentation at the launch.“Education is one of government’s priorities and the work of this council will assist in troubleshooting the problem areas in the education and training system,” said Nzimande.The Department of Higher Education has committed to “urgently overcoming the shortages in the supply of people with the priority skills needed” and “increasing the number of appropriately skilled people to meet the demands of our current and emerging economic and social development priorities”, Nzimande added.The council will also ensure improved access to quality education and schooling up to grade 12 level “that is purposefully focused on achieving an improvement in education outcomes for the poor”. Furthermore, it will seek to adequately equip pupils to pursue post-school education, “including vocational education and training, or employment”.It has resolved to “urgently implement skills development programmes that are aimed at overcoming poverty and unemployment”, Nzimande said.In his address the minister referred to students from the country’s universities of technology who have to do internships before they can graduate, but yet some still struggle to find permanent work – either in the public or private sector. He said the council needs to find a way of getting employers to open up work spaces for such students.“Many of our young people with academic qualifications remain unemployed because our skills supply does not match our labour market demands,” said Motlanthe. “We need to ensure that our human resources policies harmonise with economic development needs and opportunities, and that they are broad-based and opportunity-specific.”Extension of JipsaThe new council builds on the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), which government formed in March 2006. It is not a replacement, said Motlanthe.Jipsa was set up to address the issue of skills development in the country and helped shape policy for curbing unemployment. “Jipsa came as an intervention at that time,” said former Jipsa chairperson Bheki Ntshalintshali.Government said Jipsa has, over a four-year period, provided critical lessons on how to deal with skills challenges facing the country. As Cabinet approved the HRDC in February, “the Jipsa process started winding down with a view to folding into the revised” strategy, said a government document.Council led by expertsGovernment has said it is pleased about the council’s composition, which includes experts from labour organisations, business, academia, government ministries, the development sector, research bodies, higher education institutions, skills sector and youth movements. “It is encouraging to note that all members are committed to serve on this important structure, not necessarily representing their own sectoral interests, but to collectively lead a decisive attack on education and skills challenges facing South Africa,” Nzimande said.Ntshalintshali, also the deputy general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, has been appointed chairperson of the technical working group and the first deputy chair of the council.Nominations for a second deputy chair and requests to serve on the technical working group are open to council members until 16 April.The final HRD strategy, drafted by the council, will be adopted at a Cabinet planning session later in 2010.last_img read more

Woolies expands in Tanzania, Uganda

first_img15 September 2011South African retailer Woolworths has formed a joint venture in Tanzania and Uganda with Tanzanian businessman and former franchise partner Ali Mufuruki, in an effort to accelerate its expansion into the rest of the continent.“Joint ventures with local partners is the new business model for our pan-African expansion plans,” Woolworths’ retail operations director Glenn Gilzean said in a statement last week. “We are moving away from the franchise model we had in the past.“It’s not only a better profit model for our business, but it’s also better for our customers.”Increasing store sizesWoolworths currently has one store in Uganda and three in Tanzania, and will add another store in Uganda and a further two in Tanzania by the end of the year.Woolworths aims to open 16 stores in African countries this year, taking the total number of stores to 60 in the current financial year. Woolworths also intends to open stores in Nigeria and Angola.The new stores will be larger than current ones – retail space will increase by 42% in the current financial year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years.“I am delighted to be part of this joint venture with Woolworths, to grow this market and offer our customers the choice and quality Woolworths is famous for,” said Mufuruki. “Also, new stores will create much needed employment and be good for the economy.”Major opportunities for growthGilzean said the company regarded trading beyond South African borders as a major opportunity for growth, and believed it would deliver a meaning contribution to the group’s profit.He said Woolworths was also confident about the growth prospects of its investment in Uganda, Tanzania and across Africa, pointing out that consumer spending now accounts for more than 60% of African GDP, and that this figure would increase with the growth of the upper and middle income groups.“Our joint ventures mean we can deliver customers the best retail offering possible tailored to local market needs,” he said. “Our partners bring knowledge of local trading conditions and we bring the quality, value, innovation and fashion our South African customers know and appreciate.“It’s the best of both worlds.”Larger selection of merchandiseWoolworths has refined and improved its merchandise offering for customers in selected African countries, and customers can now look forward to a larger selection of fashion and general merchandise.This includes formal wear, children’s wear, beauty products and casual wear, including the Woolworths Re: and Studio: W fashion brands which have recently been re-launched in South Africa.Woolworths has had a presence in African countries for over 10 years and currently has stores in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA second at World Cup of Disabled Golf

first_img26 May 2014 Geoff Nicholas and Shane Luke of Australia chased down South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht and Daniel Slabbert over the last four holes at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in Limpopo province to clinch the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf on Friday. The South Africans took a one stroke lead into the final round and stretched the gap to two shots at the turn, but Australian duo turned up the heat coming down the straight to win by three shots. Nicholas scored a 76 and Luke produced a 79 for a final round of 155 to give Australia a winning total of 473. The third member of their side, Graham Kenyon, carded a non-counting 88.South African scores South Africa’s Schuhknecht and Slabbert carded respective rounds of 78 and 81 for 159, while Conrad Stoltz signed for a 91. Canada’s Bob MacDermott returned an 84 while Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open champion, Josh Williams, blistered the course in even-par 72 to secure third on 487. The United States vaulted to fourth on 495, courtesy of a 73 from Kenny Bontz and a 78 from the evergreen Jim Curley, while Andy Gardiner’s 78 and an 86 from Darren Grey helped England to sixth on 510. The evergreen Nicholas, a 12-time World Amputee champion, described the round as one of his most thrilling rallies ever.‘A very tight contest’ “It was a very tight contest through the first 14 holes, but it turned around for us between the 14th and 16th holes,” the 52-year-old said after securing the title. “Reinard and I both dropped shots at the 14th, but I managed a birdie at the 15th to get back to one over. Daniel missed his birdie attempt at 15 and then Shane birdied the 16th, and suddenly we were in the driver’s seat. “It was a fantastic rally and we are absolutely delighted with the result. To go home as the first World Cup of Disabled Golf champions will go a long way in shifting attention to disabled golf at home and hopefully around the world.”The bigger picture Schuhknecht had been battling a wrist injury at the start of the World Cup and his final round was his best performance in the event. The reigning World One-Arm Stroke Play champion was understandably disappointed, but preferred to focus on the bigger picture. “South Africa lost, but Daniel and I gained so much this week,” he said. “We got to wear our country’s national colours with pride this week and, yes, we put ourselves under a lot of pressure to win. Maybe we tried too hard, but you can’t change the result. “However, you can’t put a price on the experience of playing with seasoned international players like Geoff Nicholas, Josh Williams, Tracy Ramin, Kenny Bontz and Andy Gardiner. To watch how they conduct themselves out there was unbelievable and Daniel and I both gained from the experience. “I’m sure we will come back even stronger next year.”Double-bogey devastation Slabbert was devastated after a double-bogey at the 18th, but a pep talk from his team-mates soon put a smile back on his face. “We had such an incredible week, and I should focus on the experience of playing with a fantastic group of world beaters in this amazing event,” he said. “The first World Cup was an amazing success. We hope that next year we will have double the amount of nations competing.”LEADERBOARD – TEAMS473 – Australia 154, 164, 155476 – South Africa 160, 154, 159487 – Canada 166, 165, 156495 – United States 184, 160, 151510 – England 182, 164, 164531 – New Zealand 180, 170, 181542 – Sweden 185, 181, 176LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL228 Geoff Nicholas (Aus) 72, 80, 76231 Josh Williams (Can) 80, 79, 72236 Kenny Bontz (USA) 85, 78, 73236 Daniel Slabbert (RSA) 78, 77, 81242 Reinard Schuhknecht (RSA) 82, 82, 78245 Shane Luke (Aus) 82, 84, 79247 Andy Gardiner (Eng) 90, 79, 78256 Bob McDermott (NZ) 86, 86, 84257 Krister Munther (Swe) 87, 88, 82262 James Curley (USA) 99, 85, 78264 Johannes Grames (Can) 91, 87, 86265 Darren Grey (Eng) 92, 87, 86266 Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 95, 80, 91266 Graham Kenyon (Aus) 90, 88, 88268 Jason Eade (NZ) 90, 86, 92268 Tracy Ramin (USA) 99, 82, 87268 Wayne Eder (NZ) 90, 89, 89272 Darren Reti (NZ) 92, 84, 96278 Paul Tookey (Eng) 94, 85, 99288 David Schutsander (Swe) 101, 93, 94293 Lars Lindenberg (Swe) 98, 101, 94 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Arunachal FM warns of Kargil-like situation in North-East

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Kalikho Pul has raised an alarm and warned of a “Kargil-like situation” brewing in the North-East.Pul told Headlines Today that Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into Indian territory. He said that the Chinese are easily able to come into many of the north eastern regions, especially Tawang and Anjaw districts.”The situation is alarming for the last seven-eight years. Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into our territory. Names of our villages are written in their area. China has better infrastructure on their side…while our connectivity to the border areas is very poor,” Pul said.Pul has asked the Indian government to take steps to better the infrastructure in the border areas which are lying vacant, otherwise, he has warned, a “Kargil-like situation” may develop in the state.For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

PM Youth Award Rescheduled to Early Next Year

first_imgNominations for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence have been extended to Monday, December 31, with the award ceremony rescheduled for early 2013. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure on November 28, during a regional leadership seminar at the Rockfort Vocational Training Centre in Kingston. The award function was initially set for Sunday, December 2 at the end of Youth Month, and as part of ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations. Ms. Hanna said the decision to extend the nominations was taken following a review of the planning process. She said that the new deadline will allow for more exemplary young people, from all over the island, to be recommended for the prestigious award. “I wanted to make sure that every young person in Jamaica, those persons at the HEART Trust/NTA, those persons in rural communities, those persons with disabilities, has a chance to submit a nomination or have someone nominate them. So, if you know of anyone, who you believe is a leader in this course, across the country, in your own community, (nominate them),” she urged. Nomination forms can be collected from the Ministry of Youth and Culture, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 5; the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) information centres in St. Ann, St. Mary, St. James, Portmore, Kingston and Portland; and NCYD Youth Empowerment Offices island-wide. Nomination forms can also be downloaded at http://bit.ly/pmyouthawardsform. Additionally, applicants can drop off their nominations at the Ministry’s office; and at National Youth Service (NYS) offices island-wide. The annual Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence is co-ordinated by the NCYD, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The award is the highest honour given to young Jamaicans ages 15 and 24, who have achieved national and international distinction in the areas of: academics, agriculture, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, international achievement, leadership, journalism, sports, and service to their communities. The award aims to motivate each individual recipient through positive re-enforcement and recognition, and also seeks to optimise their growth and development.last_img read more

Hilary Duff Supports March Of Dimes

first_imgHilary Duff, new mother to 22-month-old son Luca, is volunteering her time to help the March Of Dimes raise funds to help give more babies a healthy start in life.Hilary Duff for March Of Dimes“As a mom, I’m proud to support the March of Dimes helping more women have full term pregnancies and healthy babies. That’s why I walk in March for Babies,” she says in a new public service advertisement. “The money we raise funds research and local programs that help babies overcome the challenges of premature birth and birth defects. Together we can help make healthier babies possible for thousands of families.”Ms. Duff plans to participate in the Los Angeles March for Babies Saturday, April 26. March for Babies will take place in nearly 700 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the last weekend in April. In the PSAs, Ms. Duff invites people to join her in supporting March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org and signing up to march for babies.Ms. Duff is best known for her role in Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire and its motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie. She also appeared in feature films including Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and she has three platinum-selling albums.The print magazine advertisement has been published in People and is expected to be included in several other national magazines. The television spot has begun airing in major markets nationwide.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines, and Actavis.Source:Multivu.comlast_img read more

NOTABLE TV MOMENTS IN THE YEAR OF TRUMP

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, whose three seasons were the most audaciously imagined, brilliantly written and beautifully acted work Johanna Schneller has ever seen. (BEN KING/HBO) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Late Night Comedians: By doing astute takedowns of Trump, Stephen Colbert surged ahead, as did Seth Meyers. Trevor Noah found his voice. Samantha Bee stepped fully into her role as avenger of female anger. But the most interesting change, for me, was the politicization of Jimmy Kimmel, as he cited his infant son Billy’s heart problems as a plea to keep the Affordable Care Act. I knew it would be bad, but it is worse than I thought. U.S. President Donald Trump and his gang of thieves are real-life versions of Dr. Evil’s henchmen, sitting in their underground lair, rubbing their hands together as they cackle, “Let’s kill elephants!” and “Let’s make the lowest-income people pay for tax breaks for the highest!”Television in 2017 is arguably the best it’s ever been, but the things I watched that affected me the most all seemed to relate, one way or another, to what was happening in the White House and how that impacted North America’s psyche.Trump Himself: There were a couple of funny moments. Melania slapping Donald’s hand away. The Mooch. Angela Merkel shrugging after the handshake that wasn’t. Anthony Atamanuik’s eerily accurate impression on The President Show, which captures that unfillable maw of need at Trump’s core. Trump slurring “God blesh the Uni-ed Shash,” because he was too vain to take a sip of water. There was even one heartwarming moment: the December night that Alabama did not vote for alleged pedophile Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. But as the year wore on, I felt like my soul was being dragged over broken glass and I lost my sense of humour. There were so many low points, but the lowest had to be Trump’s post-Charlottesville Nazi march news conference. “On many sides” is a phrase that will live in infamy.Jimmy Kimmel is keeping the pressure on U.S. politicians, appearing on his late-night show with son Billy in his arms, writes Johanna Schneller.  (RANDY HOLMES/ABC)   Twitterlast_img read more