Seahawks 27, 49ers 24: Studs and duds from overtime classic

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Levi’s Stadium has never had a bigger, louder and crazier game in its 5 1/2-year history, and losing Monday night’s zany affair will go down as the 49ers’ most painful loss there.Gone went starter after starter to injury. Gone went an early, 10-0 lead. Gone went the football, on appalling strip sacks and off receivers’ hands. Gone wide left went a potential winning field goal attempt in overtime.The 49ers’ undefeated record is gone. The division rival Seattle …last_img

Rihanna supports Malawian schoolgirls with bicycles and scholarships

first_imgBarbadian singer Rihanna is using her clout as a world famous pop star to support education in Malawi. Through her charity she is donating much-needed bicycles and financial support to learners to help them stay in school. The initiative follows her recent visit to Malawi.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna with an Ofo bicycle. The world famous pop star is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)CD AndersonThe five-year bike programme is part of a partnership between Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Chinese bicycle manufacturer Ofo is making and delivering the bikes to Malawi for free.The foundation, started by Rihanna in 2012 as a tribute to her grandparents, who taught her the importance of education, is dedicated “to improving the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture”.It has already helped to build medical facilities in Barbados, as well as sponsored scholarships for underprivileged young women in the US, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti. It also helps to finance and support artisan fashion manufacturing in Haiti.In February 2017, Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard University Foundation for her organisation’s charity work.Following a visit to Malawi in June 2017, where she met local NGOs and educators, Rihanna started the 1 KM Action Campaign, which will donate bicycles to Malawian schoolgirls.“[The initiative] will be solely dedicated to helping the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” the singer said in announcing the programme.Her foundation has delivered the first batch of 100 bikes to the community, and will continue to sponsor delivery of more than 3,000 bicycles over the next five years.As simple as the idea of a bicycle that enables a child to get to school is, says the GPE, the contribution will go a long way towards helping to solve some of the regional transport challenges contributing to Malawi’s high drop-out rates. Although 4.6 million children attend primary school in Malawi, only 8% reach and complete secondary education. The drop-out rate is higher for girls, for a variety of reasons, but transport is the primary stumbling block.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. Rihanna visited the country in June 2017. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)During her visit to Malawi to finalise the programme, Rihanna said: “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out, because they are so smart. It’s sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete [their schooling].”In addition to the bikes, the girls involved in the initiative will benefit from the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship programme, which sponsors university studies for young women. Speaking to USA Today about her involvement in education, Rihanna said that “to be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour. Higher education will help to provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”Watch a short documentary about Rihanna’s visit to Malawi and the 1 KM Action CampaignCheck out the Clara Lionel Foundation and GPE websites to see more of the organisations’ work.Source: OkayAfrica, Clara Lionel Foundation, Global Partnership for EducationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates the Matric Class of 2015

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 6 January 2016 – Brand South Africa congratulates the Matric Class of 2015 on successfully completing their formal school career. Obtaining a matric certificate is considered to be one of life’s highlights that leads to a new chapter filled with opportunities to build a better the future.In congratulating the Matric Class of 2015 Brand South Africa’s CEO, Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “When young people claim their right to health, education and decent working conditions, they become a powerful force for economic development and positive change. I applaud each of the 799 306 candidates who registered for and wrote for the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations – for your commitment to playing a positive role in moving our country forward.  Thank you for playing your part in building our nation.”Mr Makhubela added, “We would also like to thank all teachers for providing South Africa’s learners with a solid education and investing in them to enable them to reach their full potential. As teachers you are responsible for shaping the future generations of our country. You have once again, encouraged our country to work hard and steadily in order to accomplish our goals as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).”“We acknowledge that our young people are facing many challenges in modern day society, hence the NDP is formulated with a youth-centric lens. With over 54 million South Africans, 18.5% are between the ages 10-19; and 24% are aged 15-24. These statistics indicate that our young people must really be prioritised in terms of our developmental agenda so that they can be equipped with the skills and education to move our country forward,” concluded Mr MakhubelaThe 2015 matric exam national pass rate declined from 75.8% in 2014 to 70.7%.  The Western Cape was the best performing province in the 2015 National Senior Certificate examination with an 84.7% pass rate. Gauteng followed closely with an 84.2% pass rate. The Free State was the third-best performing province with an 81.6% pass rate, followed by North West with 81.5%.last_img read more

Disaster Declared; Ag Businesses Battle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — President Donald Trump approved Nebraska’s expedited request for federal disaster assistance on Thursday, opening the door to help the state recover from flood damages that include nearly $1 billion in preliminary losses to agriculture.Trump’s action makes federal funding available to repair public infrastructure in 66 Nebraska counties. In addition, Trump approved funds for individual losses in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. That can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners.The declaration comes as many agribusinesses across Nebraska and Iowa continue to face logistical challenges as a result of extensive damage to public infrastructure.According to the eight-page disaster declaration request filed by Nebraska officials this week, preliminary estimates put agriculture losses from the flooding and blizzard near the $1 billion mark. State officials said the numbers could continue to rise as more-detailed assessments are completed.As state officials work to reopen Nebraska roads and restore infrastructure, agribusinesses in the state, as well as in Iowa, continue to struggle to return to normal operations.According to a Cargill spokesperson, the company’s Fremont, Nebraska, plant and warehouse remained closed on Thursday.Despite a few transportation challenges, Cargill said its facility in Blair, Nebraska is operational, including its ethanol plant.In addition, Cargill’s grain elevators in Albion, Gibbon, Shelton and Carleton in Nebraska are operational.“Our first priority is employee safety,” the company said in a statement.“In several communities across Iowa and Nebraska, we have employees displaced from their homes due to flooding and we are working with local community organizations and ‘Cargill Cares’ councils to provide them the immediate support they need.”Many ethanol plants in Nebraska continue to face logistical challenges from the flooding, according to Nebraska Ethanol Board Program Manager Megan Grimes.“Some of the plants are partially underwater like ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) in Columbus,” she said.“I believe ADM foresaw it coming and shut the plant down in stages. The main issue is rail service. Plants that have too much ethanol and nowhere to ship it have to shut down operation because they can’t take their product anywhere.”Chris Cuddy, president of carbohydrate solutions at ADM, told DTN on Thursday that logistical problems continue at the corn processing plant in Columbus.“Our corn processing facility in Columbus is currently operating but at a reduced capacity due to the limited rail access to the facility,” he said.“We do not have an estimate yet on when we will be able to resume normal operations. The timing will depend on how quickly the water recedes and when full rail service can resume. Our primary concern is the safety of our employees, and we are taking every precaution to ensure safety remains top of mind at all times. This will be a difficult time for the entire Columbus community, and we are focused on working together with all partners involved to manage through this situation.”Cuddy said the combination of flooding and cold weather throughout the Midwest has made the operating environment “challenging throughout the first quarter, but we are working to leverage our extensive transportation and operating network as much as possible to meet customer needs.”RAIL CHALLENGESGrimes said an ethanol plant in Ravenna is not flooded, but has had a unit train of ethanol with nowhere to go until rail service is repaired.Feedlots in the flood-damaged areas continue to struggle to get dried distillers grains because of logistical challenges.“Good news is railroads work fast and they will be the first to get the traffic restored and business running again,” Grimes said.“But there is a backup of service — coal trains parked all over waiting to get through, too. Once the rail lines are fixed, there will be logistical challenges of delivering corn and picking up DDGs with roads and bridges in disrepair.”Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson has switched to producing all wet distillers grains, she said, in order to help provide cattle feed in light of all of the hay loss in northeast Nebraska.IOWA PLANT DRYIn southwest Iowa, flooding on Interstate 29 is making life difficult for at least one ethanol producer.Mike Jerke, chief executive officer of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, said the floodwaters are causing a number of issues.“SIRE is dry, but surrounding roads are a mess,” he said.“I-29 southbound is closed north of us. Secondary roads that are passable are in poor shape and getting worse with higher, re-routed traffic. One of our employees lost his home; two others are surrounded by water. Reports are that levees to south continue to fail as waters reach them.”Jerke said he is facing challenges getting corn to the plant. Some farmers are attempting to get to bins to load and find a way to deliver to the plant.“Road situation makes delivery a very long process,” he said.The plant is having daily conversations with Iowa Department of Transportation and county engineers to figure out which roads are open and those in need of temporary repair.“We are thankful that the impact has not been worse,” Jerke said. “Concerned about what is yet to come with thawing and normal spring rains. Fieldwork, let alone planting are a big question mark.”DTN Cash Grains Analyst Mary Kennedy said in her ethanol comments on Thursday that spot ethanol prices at major trading hubs were sharply higher as a result of rail lines being flooded and out of service in the Midwest.Kennedy said on the positive side, several ethanol plants are closed for spring maintenance.“As far as corn basis, have seen central Nebraska basis stronger, but heard from a merchandiser that basis strength is very isolated,” she said. “Southeast Nebraska is strong, but not to levels seen around Council Bluffs/Blair.”Nebraska residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated disaster counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/…, or by calling from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired.To see more resources for disaster aid, or how to help those in need, see https://www.dtnpf.com/….Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CZ/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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HC slams BCCI over Kings XI termination

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for appealing against its stay order on the termination of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab’s agreement.Upholding its decision to grant relief to Kings XI Punjab against the BCCI petition, the high court lashed out at the board and said that the basis of termination of the team was erroneous and flawed.This effectively means that there would be 10 teams in the forthcoming fourth season of IPL which is scheduled to begin just six days after the ICC World Cup.The court emphasised that the basis on which the BCCI terminated the contract was factually incorrect.In its appeal the BCCI had claimed that Punjab did not make a strong prima facie case that its consortium members were always in control. The BCCI had also claimed that the franchise did not meet the legal requirements needed to get the interim stay.The latest court order comes as yet another setback to the BCCI which had earlier terminated the contract of Rajasthan Royals along with that of Punjab.last_img read more

10 months agoNeves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolves

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuben Neves admits he’s enjoying playing with Joao Moutinho in the Wolves midfield this season.It has been a thrill for Neves to partner his compatriot after growing up a fan and ball boy at Porto, where Moutinho starred.Neves told the Mirror: “It was really special when he signed here. When I was younger I saw Moutinho playing and he was very good.“He was a reference for me as a ball boy and now to play with him, it is unbelievable.”Swapping Champions League football for the English second tier may have seemed an unusual move but he had his reasons: “The Championship allows you to grow as a player. It is very competitive.” last_img read more

PNG Government Under Pressure Due to ICTSI Port Contracts

first_imgzoom The Government of Papua New Guinea has been under fire to review the decision to award port operations in Lae and Port Moresby to Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI). Paddy Crumlin, President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, has urged the Government to act in the best interests of its people by standing with workers, landowners and communities “exposed to ICTSI’s poor record on safety and labour relations.”“The ITF, alongside the Maritime International Federation, is calling on the Minister of Transport, Hon. Wesley Nukundj, to intervene and urgently convene a meeting of stakeholders – including union and landowner representatives – to find a solution to the current crisis,” Crumlin said.Over the past month, global port operator ICTSI has been the target of international condemnation over alleged patterns of labour violations in their network, poor safety standards, and insufficient managerial oversight to ensure productive industrial relations, and compliance with local laws and international labour conventions.“The decision to award contracts at PNG’s two biggest ports to ICTSI will have a profound impact. The Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union, an affiliate of the ITF, says that more than 1,000 jobs will be lost at the ports and in associated industries due to the contracts awarded to ICTSI,” Crumlin added.Joe Fleetwood, General Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, also called on the Government of PNG to act on the award of the 25-year contract, saying that the PNG government “must put its workers’ interests first, and protect the jobs of its people.”Crumlin further said said that “the impact of ICTSI’s entry on the viability of PNG’s domestic coastal shipping network and implications that ICTSI’s predatory pricing structures will have on the costs of goods in the country need to be addressed.”The protests against the PNG Government, which were held outside of the PNG Consulate in Sydney, Australia, and High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, were organised by the ITF and MIF, and affiliates the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ).last_img read more

Book Review JK Rowlings The Casual Vacancy

first_imgJK Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, was released in September, and shows a grittier side of the author who brought us Harry Potter. But the book does more than just provide us with a window into the private and dysfunctional lives of the fictional village of Pagford – it shows a side of Rowling that cares about people in the community.The Casual VacancyThe characters in Rowling’s book are essentially at low points in their lives – something Rowling knows from experience. The publication of the Harry Potter books is one of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories of modern times – Rowling went almost over night from a benefit-dependent single mother suffering from depression to the first living author to earn a billion dollars from her books. And it was while she was at rock bottom that she witnessed the sorts of characters who populate The Casual Vacancy.But throughout the low years, Rowling always managed to give back where she could. After studying French and Classics at University, she worked as a researcher for Amnesty International. And since finding success, Rowling has supported a number of causes, including Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Comic Relief – her books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were both published in aid of Comic Relief. She was also the Patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Scotland for nine years, and she now funds MS research through the VOLANT Charitable Trust, which she founded in memory of her mother.But it was an article in the Sunday Times in 2005 that led Rowling to establish one of the most important charities currently operating on a global scale to help the 8 million children living in institutions.“I looked at that photograph of the boy in his cage bed and felt he has absolutely no voice,” said Rowling. “This touched me as nothing else has because I can think of nobody more powerless than a child, perhaps with a mental or a physical disability, locked away from their family. It was a very shocking realization to me and that’s where the whole thing started.”Rowling’s High Level Children’s Group is now known as Lumos, which works at a political and practical level to ensure that UN minimum standards for the care of children are implemented across the whole of Europe and beyond. Rowling is still active at raising money for the cause – in 2007, she auctioned one of seven special copies of her Harry Potter tie-in, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, for the charity. The result was a US$ 4 million boost for Lumos’ work. The general release publication of the book continues to raise money for the charity, and it was recently released as an eBook for Lumos.Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, is a step away from anything she’s published before. Definitely not a children’s book, it is a challenging read – both in terms of literature and content. Set in the small village of Pagford, it follows a large set of characters as they fight among themselves to fill a recently vacated position on the parish council.Dark and compelling, The Casual Vacancy is a book that makes you think about the people who make up communities and inspires us to think about those who may “fall through the cracks”. The last 100 pages include some of the best storytelling I have read in a long time.“The Casual Vacancy is set in a small community, which involved writing characters who are adolescents way up to people in their sixties,” said Rowling. “I love nineteenth century novels that centre on a town or village. This is my attempt to do a modern version. As a writer you have to write what you want to write; or rather what you need to write. I needed to write this book.”The Casual Vacancy is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

ONeill admits defeat was deserved

first_imgRepublic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill has revealed his side deserves to lose after they suffered a thrashing at the hands of Wales.The Irish team were humiliated 4-1 at the hands of Wales who gave Ryan Giggs a victory in his maiden competitive game as head coach of the team.Ireland were without several regulars as they visited the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday night, which was something O’Neill attributed as a major factor in their heavy defeat.Players including Southampton’s Shane Long were absent from his squad, which produced a very disappointing performance from the one which had seen them qualify for the World Cup qualifying play-offs on their last visit, less than a year ago.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“We were well beaten, it was difficult. We were missing some key players but were still well beaten.” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“We set out with good intentions, they scored fairly early on and their second was a world-class goal from a world-class player. That sets you back, and from there it’s tough. It was a hard evening.”“I think that we’re unable to be missing five or six Premier League players and put ona real bug show, we need to be at full-strength if we can be. I can’t remember the last time we were, but I don’t think we’ve been as decimated as this.”last_img read more

Celtic winger insists team must reduce mistake to start winning games

first_imgCeltic winger Lewis Morgan believes the team must cut down their mistakes if they’re to make it to the next round of the UEFA Europa League.Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig in Germany on Wednesday leaving them just three points in Group B.Celtic team to stop gifting opposition teams silly goals, which in this game saw the players lose confidence and then quickly concede a killer second.The Scottish champions were the better team for the first 30 minutes until Eboue Kouassi and Dedryck Boyata made errors which led to Liepzig’s opener.Morgan said, according to HeraldScotland:Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“One mistake has hurt us and that’s what happens at this level. They are a top side and made the most of an error. But there are positives to take.”“That first half hour was good, we limited their chances in the second half, we have changed our structure and if we had taken out chances then we would have made it more uncomfortable for them at the end.”“We were close to a goal early on. Odsonne has done really well to get into a good position and his shot goes just wide. We did have chances, we just didn’t take, it’s the small margins which make the difference.”“We can get a result at Celtic Park. We know we can go toe to toe with them.”“It’s a frustrating night but these are games you want to play in, it’s why I wanted to come to Celtic. We have a big European night and then it’s a semi-final on Sunday. This is what we want.”last_img read more