49ers’ Robert Saleh is part defensive guru, part storyteller extraordinaire

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Want to hear a good story about 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh?Sorry, that’s not how this is going to work.“A Saleh story?” quarterback Nick Mullens asked. “He’s the one that tells great stories.”“His stories, they’re epic,” cornerback K’Waun Williams said. “We love when he gives us a good story.” “The Dearborn one is the funniest,” defensive tackle Solomon Thomas added.Ah yes, the Dearborn story. The 49ers veterans have heard it a couple times. It …last_img read more

Soweto gets Toyota dealership

first_img3 December 2007Toyota South Africa has joined forces with Barloworld Automotive and long-time Soweto entrepreneur Richard Maponya’s Maponya Group to establish the first Toyota dealership in the country’s largest township and take advantage of the rising disposable income of its residents.“We have long sought a franchise outlet in this important and burgeoning market,” Toyota South Africa chief executive Johan van Zyl said in a statement last week.“Soweto has been a long standing ‘open point’ in our dealer network. As the vehicle market has expanded in recent years, the urgency to fill this point with a viable dealership has grown.”Van Zyl said that it was necessary for his company to take its products closer to key markets, so that it could continue to maintain its position as the market leader in the country. The envisaged development will be a world-class fully-fledged Toyota dealership with the latest corporate identity.“We commend Toyota SA for taking the bold step and showing confidence in the market by awarding this opportunity in Soweto,” Maponya said.According to the statement, the Maponya Group, the largest independent employer in Soweto, is a successful black business organisation with interests in food retailing, fuel retailing, and property development.In September, the Maponya Group opened a R650-million shopping mall in Soweto with Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, and Edgars as anchor tenants. Future projects include a 100 000-square metre Motor City investment, of which the Toyota dealership forms the first stage.A study commissioned by the City of Johannesburg’s economic development unit in 2003 found that the township’s residents had disposable income of about R4.3-billion, of which R3.4-billion was spent outside the township.Toyota said it was therefore unfathomable that Soweto did not have a motor dealership while statistics indicated that the car population of Soweto was growing at an increasing rate.“This opportunity will again create jobs and bring investment into Soweto,” Maponya said. “More importantly, the people of Soweto will now be able to purchase vehicles and get quality after-sales service right at their doorstep.“This will undoubtedly add to the changing face of Soweto.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa edges up ICT rankings

first_img12 April 2013 South Africa climbed two places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Information Technology Report, from 72nd to 70th out of 144 countries surveyed, scoring strongly for factors such as its regulatory, business and innovation environments, but poorly for other factors, particularly for quality of education. South Africa was one of only two African countries that made the top half of the WEF’s rankings, released on Wednesday, the other being Mauritius (55th). They were followed by Seychelles (79th), Egypt (80th), Cape Verde (81st), Rwanda (88th), Morocco (89th), Kenya (92nd) and Ghana (95th). Continental powerhouse Nigeria languishes in 113th place in the report’s “networked readiness index”, which measures the capacity of each country’s economy to leverage information and communication technology (ICT) for growth and well-being, based on a range of criteria. The Brics economies continue to lag in the WEF’s rankings, “suggest[ing] that their rapid economic growth may be in jeopardy unless the right investments are made in ICT, skills and innovation,” the report states. Russia led the Brics grouping in 54th place, followed by China (seven places down at 58th), Brazil (up five places to 60th), India (68th), and South Africa (70th).South Africa: strengths and weaknesses South Africa scored most strongly for its political and regulatory environment, ranking 21st overall thanks to a strong showing in sub-measures such as judicial independence, intellectual property protection and the efficiency of the legal system. The country also scored well for leveraging ICT for its economic impacts, including impacts on new products and services and on new organisational models, ranking 51st overall; for its business and innovation environment (55th); and for its ICT infrastructure and digital content accessibility (59th), including mobile network coverage and availability of internet bandwidth. However, South Africa ranked poorly (102nd) for its ICT skills, dragged down in particular by the quality of its educational system (140th) and of its maths and science education (143rd). For affordability, covering mobile and broadband tariffs and internet and telephony competition, the country fared even worse, ranking 104th. And for its social ICT impacts, including impacts on access to basic services and internet access in schools, the country ranked 112th. When it came to ICT usage, South Africa ranked 33rd for business usage but only 81st for individual usage and a lowly 102nd for government usage.Bridging ‘the new digital divide’ According to the WEF report, despite efforts in the past decade to improve ICT infrastructure in developing countries, there is in effect “a new digital divide in how countries harness ICT to deliver competitiveness and well-being”, with national policies in some developing countries “failing to translate ICT investment into tangible benefits in terms of competitiveness, development and employment”. Bruno Lanvin, one of the report’s co-editors, said the research showed “how matching investments in ICT with investment in skills and innovation can help economies cross a ‘magic threshold’, beyond which return on investment increases significantly. “Individual countries need to identify what separates them from reaching that threshold if they have not reached it yet in order to fulfil long-term growth, competitiveness and innovation targets,” Lanvin said. Robert Pepper, vice-president for global technology policy for Cisco, a sponsor of the report, said the findings demonstrated that economies that failed to implement comprehensive national broadband strategies “risk losing ground in global competitiveness and may fall behind in the delivery of societal benefits from ICTs.” Finland, Singapore and Sweden took the top three places in the WEF’s Networked Readiness Index, followed in order by the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, the US and Taiwan. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

9 months agoArsenal legend Merson: Wenger prioritised himself over Ramsey & other free agents

first_imgArsenal legend Merson: Wenger prioritised himself over Ramsey & other free agentsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEx-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prioritised extending his own contract over his players, according to Paul Merson.The club legend was expressing his rage at Arsenal’s decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to become a free agent this summer.And Merson thinks some of the blame must go to Wenger.The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: “It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down.”It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.”In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.”Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!”I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rita Ora And Mark Ronson To Be Honored By Nordoff Robbins

first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins is excited to announce that Rita Ora, Mark Ronson and Primal Scream will join Iron Maiden and Il Divo at their 40th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Awards this July.She has a number-one debut album, four number-one singles, is a coach on The Voice UK and now, in celebration of her growing list of accolades, Nordoff Robbins has crowned Rita Ora Best Female. On being awarded the highly coveted Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clefs, Rita says,“I feel honoured to be receiving the Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. It’s great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to transform the lives of so many people.”Multi-talented international DJ, producer and artist, Mark Ronson will be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. Having produced Grammy-winning albums for artists such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, he has taken 2015 by storm by achieving his first UK and US number one single with Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars. On his win Ronson says,“I feel proud to be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. The O2 Silver Clef Awards is an event I’ve long admired, raising funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a cause which I feel passionate about.”Primal Scream are recipients of the prestigious Investec Icon Award for their unforgettable contribution to shaping the 1990s indie pop scene. Taking influences from psychedelic, garage rock and dance music, the band broke into the mainstream with their 1991 generation defining album Screamadelica. On being crowned Investec Icon Award winners Primal Scream says, “It’s a real honour to be awarded the Investec Icon Award at the 40th anniversary of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. We are looking forward to the event on 3rd July.”These fantastic artists will join legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden as winners of the highly coveted O2 Silver Clef Award and operatic pop vocal group Il Divo winners of the PPL Classical Award.Since launching in 1976, the awards have raised more than £8.5 million to the charity’s music therapy work.Past winners include David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, The Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams and many many more.Icon Award sponsors Investec comment, “We are very proud to continue our longstanding support of Nordoff Robbins for the ninth consecutive year. Nordoff Robbins continues to change lives through music as the leading UK music therapy charity. The O2 Silver Clef Awards recognise the fantastic work and talent within the industry.”Lisa Gregg, Head of International Card Products and Experiences at American Express, sponsors of the Innovation Award, said: “We’re delighted to help celebrate 40 years of Nordoff Robbins, a truly inspiring organisation that has transformed the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and adults through music. As a supporter of the 2015 Silver Clefs, we would like to congratulate Mark Ronson on winning the Innovation Award; he is an incredible talent and a very worthy recipient.”O2 have been proud sponsors of the O2 Silver Clef Awards for 12 consecutive years and O2’s Nuala Donnelly says, “O2 is incredibly proud to be associated with Nordoff Robbins and to be working with them on their 40th Anniversary. After 12 years of working together on the O2 Silver Clef Awards our admiration for their work continues to grow and we look forward to helping them raise more much needed funds.”Tables for the event are £4,000 (for tables of 10 people). To book or for more info email silverclefbookings@nordoff-robbins.org.uk call Fiona or Abena on 020 7428 9908.last_img read more

Winnipeg elects its first Indigenous mayor with Brian Bowman

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg may be home to Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal population but it has never had an Indigenous mayor.That all changed Wednesday night with the election of Brian Bowman as Winnipeg’s mayor-elect.Some are calling the selection of a Metis mayor, historic.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more on a campaign that seems to have inspired Indigenous people to be counted.last_img

Doig River orphan well project honoured with an Award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Environmental Managers Association of B.C. (EMA of BC) presented the Doig River First Nation (DRFN) with an Indigenous Project Award.Saturday, June 13th, 2019 at an Awards Gala, the Indigenous Project Award was to recognize an innovative orphan well restoration pilot project. As part of the recognition, DRFN received $2,000 in funding from the EMA of BC that will go toward training a member of the community in environmental practices and fieldwork. “We would like to thank the EMA of BC for this opportunity to achieve our vision to be a leader in the area of environmental restoration of orphan wells,” said Chief Makadahay. The pilot project creates meaningful engagement with key players that include DRFN, BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) and industry contractors who work together toward the long-term goal of restoring hundreds of orphan well sites on DRFN traditional territories in northeast B.C. The budget for each orphan well reclamation project varies greatly depending on its size and scope. Provincial funds have been established to help pay for the growing problem of abandoned well sites in Western Canada. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that energy companies must fulfil their environmental obligations before paying back creditors in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy.“Doig River has experienced a lot of activity in its territory over the last 40 years and we would like to be part of the solution to reclaim and restore the land,” said DRFN Chief Trevor Makadahay. “This is important to our community, so we can exercise our treaty rights on a landscape that is healthy and back to its natural state.” Full remediation and reclamation of an orphan well site start with a full assessment of the contamination level of soil and/or groundwater. Depending on the size and scope of the work, contaminated material may be removed and transported to a landfill and/or Treatment, Recovery and Disposal (TRD) facility or treated onsite. Any issues with the wellbore integrity need to be resolved and the wellhead or pumpjack is dismantled and transported to a metals recycling facility. Once the equipment and contaminated material is safely and responsibly dealt with, the site is ready for the reclamation phase. Activities in this phase include may include replacing topsoil, recontouring the land, reseeding and ongoing maintenance such as regular soil and groundwater sampling.last_img read more

Burning issues

first_imgA day after complete anarchy unfolded during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata when a vicious attack on one of Bengal’s most revered figures, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, took place, the whole state plunged into a cultural vacuum overnight. While preparations were on for his bicentenary celebrations, his bust at Vidyasagar College was desecrated and broken into pieces. The incident drew widespread criticism not only from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but also from the Bengali intelligentsia and the people of the state in general. Terming it to be “quite unfortunate and a well-planned attack on the college,” she said: “BJP will have to pay for vandalising the statue of Vidyasagar.” In Bengal, there is a deep connect with the legacy of the land, an emotion that is closely associated with the greatest reformers and social thinkers who were born here and left an ever-lasting impact on the culture and aesthetics of this part of the country that led to the Bengali Renaissance. Any attack and onslaught on such institutions will lead to a massive outcry, as has been witnessed in the case of Vidyasagar College incident. Creative personalities from various professions condemned the attack and raised their voices against what they termed as the “distasteful” attitude of the Narendra Modi government and urged people to “vote for Mamata Banerjee who is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi-Shah tyranny”. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, musician Kabir Suman, a former TMC MP, said: “I do not want the Modi-Shah government to remain in power at the Centre. Mamata Banerjee is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi government and I urge voters to support her. This BJP government does not respect human values and only sow seeds of communalism. BJP is today attempting to use Vivekananda in Bengal for political mileage and shouting out his name but refuses to conform to his ideals.” Echoing similar thoughts, poet Joy Goswami said: “We feel embarrassed that such a time has come when we need to hold conferences discussing how our basic values of life are in jeopardy. BJP is demeaning Bengal.” TMC leaders have come up with irrefutable evidence showing BJP goons, part of Amit Shah’s rally, rampaging and vandalising Vidyasagar’s bust, showing no respect or love for Bengal’s culture. Thus, the burning issue is that such leaders of our nation cannot respect their own icons, they do not believe in the doctrines of those who shaped the identity of this land, and have forgotten the true spirit of revolution that formed the foundation of our freedom. It has, therefore, become absolutely compelling to evoke sentiments of nationalist pride and honour and to judiciously cast one’s own vote because today, it is simply now or never!last_img read more

LeVeon Bell Is Irreplaceable The Steelers Have Yet To Notice

NEL. BlountD. Lewis3.94.4-0.5 DALE. ElliottA. Morris5.13.5+1.6 BALT. WestK. Dixon4.04.3-0.3 NYJM. ForteB. Powell3.75.5-1.8 PITL. BellD. Williams4.93.5+1.4 TEND. MurrayD. Henry4.44.5-0.1 YARDS/ATTEMPT SFC. HydeS. Draughn4.62.7+1.9 Not every running back is replaceableDifference between teams’ primary and secondary running options by yards per attempt, 2016 JAXT.J. YeldonC. Ivory3.63.8-0.2 NYGR. JenningsP. Perkins3.34.1-0.8 SDM. GordonK. Farrow3.93.2+0.7 ATLD. FreemanT. Coleman4.84.4+0.3 OAKL. MurrayJ. Richard4.05.9-1.9 The 25-year-old averaged 4.86 yards on 261 carries last season — or 1.36 yards more than Williams averaged in 98 attempts while running behind the same offensive line. That differential was the fourth in the NFL when comparing primary ball carriers to their best backup with 50-plus carries, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. That means Bell gained 355 more yards on his 261 carries than his backup would have, and those extra yards are worth 23 points, based on the league rate of a point every 15.4 yards from scrimmage. That was bested only by the Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard (1.98 yards better per carry), San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Hyde (1.90) and Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott (1.55). But in those three cases, the 2016 backups — Jeremy Langford, Shaun Draughn and Alfred Morris, respectively — are nowhere near the caliber of Williams, one of only three backs since 2000 who have matched Bell’s active streak of averaging at least 4.7 yards in three consecutive seasons (minimum 100 carries).2 The other two are Tiki Barber (2004 to 2006) and Jamaal Charles (2012 to 2014). No back this century has ever done it four straight years.If you look at the list across the league, you begin to see why an NFL front office might think twice about giving big money to a first-string running back. There were 11 teams in 2016 in which the difference in efficiency between the starter and the backup was separated by less than half a yard per attempt. What’s more, there were 16 backups who were actually more efficient in less work, perhaps because of fresher legs. And the four backs who averaged at least 1 yard more per rush than the man they were behind on the depth chart are backups again this year. That includes the best backup rusher last year, Oakland’s Jalen Richard (1.88 yards per carry more than the now-departed Latavius Murray, who was replaced by Marshawn Lynch). More mysteriously, the Jets’ Bilal Powell (5.51 per carry) is expected to back up the same starter, Matt Forte (3.73), as is Washington’s Chris Thompson (5.24) behind Rob Kelley (4.19).Bell’s teammates, at least, seem to appreciate his value. “We need him,” star wide receiver Antonio Brown told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday. “He’s a special piece.” But on Wednesday, prior to training camp, Brown expressed dismay on Instagram over Bell’s anticipated absence, saying the “First rule to getting better is showing Up!”Brown was rewarded for his stellar output with a four-year, $68 million deal in February. But Bell’s best offer from the Steelers didn’t approach that, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, which is instructive in showing how much more the NFL values passing over the ground game. But Bell is arguably the team’s second-most important receiver behind Brown, too. Last year, he became the first player in NFL history to average more than 50 yards receiving per game in addition to 100 rushing yards. And his total of 157 yards from scrimmage per game was third-most in league history.Yet despite their arguably equal importance to the team, it’s Bell who is skipping camp while he waits on his payday. Brown, meanwhile, arrived at camp on Thursday chauffeured in the backseat of a 1931 Rolls Royce. HOUL. MillerA. Blue4.04.2-0.2 NOM. IngramT. Hightower5.14.1+1.0 WSHR. KelleyC. Thompson4.25.2-1.1 DEND. BookerC.J. Anderson3.54.0-0.5 BUFL. McCoyM. Gillislee5.45.7-0.3 CARJ. StewartF. Whittaker3.84.7-0.9 TEAMRB1RB2RB1RB2DIFF. RB2 is the teams’ best backup running back with at least 50 rushing attempts.Source: TruMedia CHIJ. HowardJ. Langford5.23.2+2.0 CINJ. HillR. Burkhead3.84.7-0.9 CLEI. CrowellD. Johnson4.84.9-0.1 Le’Veon Bell was born in the wrong decade. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is the best player in the NFL at his position, but he’s playing at a time when that distinction has never been less valued. On Thursday, Bell didn’t report to camp (and was under no obligation to do so), having yet to sign his franchise tender for $12.1 million. Earlier this month, negotiations between the All-Pro and the Steelers broke down without Bell signing a long-term contract after he reportedly sought $15 million per year. Assuming Bell does sign the tender, he’ll still play this season for the Steelers as the game’s highest-paid back. But the Steelers can’t resume negotiations on a long-term deal until 2018, meaning Bell will be a free agent once again.Put another way: This could be Bell’s last season wearing black and gold. In another era, when running backs like Earl Campbell, Franco Harris and Walter Payton were the gods of the gridiron, this would be unfathomable. But in the modern NFL, any running back, regardless of his ability, may be viewed as replaceable simply because he doesn’t throw or primarily catch the football. Despite this new line of thinking, Pittsburgh could still be making a huge mistake.Local papers have noted that Pittsburgh has won at a higher rate without Bell the past two years (11-5 including playoffs) than with him (12-7). But Bell played in five games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during that span, compared with just one for his backup the past two years, DeAngelo Williams, who is no longer with the team. The Steelers went 10-3, meanwhile, when Bell and Roethlisberger both played.1 This is excluding a 2015 game against the Bengals in which Bell suffered a season-ending injury early in the second quarter and January’s playoff loss against the Patriots when Bell left the game in the first quarter.In addition to durability risk, the knock on running backs is that they are interchangeable –that their success is based more on a team’s offensive scheme and run blocking than any innate ability. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Bell. DETT. RiddickZ. Zenner3.93.8+0.1 PHIR. MathewsD. Sproles4.34.7-0.4 KCS. WareC. West4.33.3+1.0 TBD. MartinJ. Rodgers2.94.3-1.4 GBT. MontgomeryE. Lacy5.95.1+0.9 MINJ. McKinnonM. Asiata3.43.3+0.1 read more

Bernardeschis plan for Italys return to success

first_imgThe Italian attacking midfielder is sure that missing the World Cup and the bad start at the UEFA Nations League is something his team can overcomeFederico Bernardeschi has been playing for Italy since 2011.The Juventus attacking midfielder represented his country in the U18, U19, U20 and U21 squads.And now he has been with the senior team since 2016, with 14 appearances and one goal.Italy national team have suffered in the last months. First, the European side misses the chance to go to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.And now it has not won in two matches, out of six, in the UEFA Nations League and might get relegated from League A of the tournament.“When you reach the bottom, you need to take each other’s hands to get back up again: what must be avoided is criticism of a group of youngsters, pointing out that they are not ready,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“We’ll give them time to grow. It takes a mentality that brings Italy back to the top, where it belongs.”“There must be a core group that works for the same objective: to bring Italian football back,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There are many youngsters with personality and potential, we have a healthy and strong group that can bring Italy back.”“Obviously, youngsters can’t be veterans, it takes time.”“Roberto Mancini is the right man to bring us back. He has played football, he knows what it is, he was a great champion and even a great coach. We have to have faith and patience in his work,” he explained.#Azzurri ??Italy lose out in Lisbon following a goal from Andre Silva.➡️ https://t.co/d4f3K8R1eO#VivoAzzurro ???? #PORITA#NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/p7OUcAtaZS— Italy (@azzurri) September 10, 2018last_img read more