Former 49er does a Super favor for family of young fan stricken with cancer

first_img“I’d rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way when I know … Vernon Davis has come a long way since the day that 49ers head coach Mike Singletary banished him to the locker room in the middle of a game.Not only did Singletary thumb Davis from the field after the tight end had committed a silly penalty, he riffed him up one side and down the other in an instantly infamous postgame screed:Click here if you are having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.last_img read more

More to benefit from social grants

first_img15 April 2011 South Africa is to spend over R104-billion on social grants to assist the most vulnerable in the country in 2011/12, with the number of beneficiaries projected to grow by a million to over 16-million people. In 2010/11, the Department of Social Development spent R97-billion in assisting 15.3-million beneficiaries, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking ahead of her Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, said provision of social grants to the most vulnerable was one of the government’s biggest poverty alleviation programmes. From January this year, the eligibility age for the child support grant was increased to 17 years. “The total number of children covered is 10.3-million, disability grants 1.2-million people, and pensioners 2.7-million,” Dlamini said. In expanding the social grant coverage, the minister said they were raising the old age grant from R33 000 to R44 000 per year. “This is the most significant raising of the means test since 1994 and is a precursor to the universalisation of the old age pension.” On a separate matter, Dlamini said that her department would move swiftly to introduce a retirement fund, with the aim of providing a decent basic income for people who reached retirement, or were disabled, and for survivors when a breadwinner passed away. At present, about one-third of South Africans have no provision for retirement and rely almost entirely on social assistance programmes. Dlamini challenged the view that her department should be “creating jobs” instead of “creating dependency” through grants. “I am calling on people to acknowledge the absurdity of the claim, because grants go to children, older persons and people with disabilities, who are not employable,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Two South African community garden heroes give back to the people

first_imgTwo recent acts of horticultural heroism that represent the true meaning of ubuntu are inspiring South Africans to give back to the community and put food on the tables of those in need.Community food gardens provide an important tool for household food security in South Africa, where less than half the population is food secure and 12 million people go hungry every day. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonOne man’s good deed inspires another. Heidelberg retiree Johan Scott became a local viral sensation in November 2017 when he began a pavement vegetable garden for those in need. His single, simple act of kindness inspired admiration from South Africans but, more importantly, it also inspired others to start their own community gardens.While community gardens are not a new trend in the quest to feed the nation, with hundreds of projects around South Africa up and running successfully, Scott’s garden is a good example of how a single act can affect a positive change in the world.Scott, a retired policeman, decided to plant the open garden outside his home after some of the vegetables from his garden inside his property were taken. Instead of opening a case with the police, he approached the issue constructively.Speaking to News24, Scott described how he dug up the pavement outside his house and planted beans, tomatoes, eggplants and beetroot, and let those in need help themselves to the fruits of his labour. Thanks to the good rains this summer, most of his crop will be ready and available so that people will be able to put something on the table this festive season.“People are hungry,” Scott said. “They desperately need something like this, and that’s why I did it. It makes my heart happy when I see people eating the vegetables.”A Facebook post about Scott by Afrikaans newspaper Rapport has been shared more than 4,000 times, alongside hundreds of messages of thanks and inspiration.“Indeed, a man with a heart of gold and an example to us all,” read one message. “Here’s to decreasing the number of people who go to bed hungry,” said another. Others offered help by way of donating seeds and gardening supplies, while many were inspired to begin their own gardens to give back to their people in their communities.Sipho Simelane from Midvaal, Gauteng, read the post and was prompted to use a piece of land he owned to plant a vegetable garden for those in need.Writing on Facebook, Simelane said: “I’m not a farmer [but I] would like to see this land used… any child, family, church or company can put their ideas, time, skill, resources to get this going and use this [one hectare] to plant and feed the hungry. A lot of companies have corporate social investment and I [invite them to become part of the project]. Let’s put our money where our mouths are.”This second social media post also went viral and Simelane and Scott’s good deeds are being shared across the country and the world.“This is the kind of news we need to make run like a veld fire. Awesome Johan Scott and Sipho Simelane. There are good people in our beautiful South Africa,” wrote one commenter on Simelane’s post.For more information about the various community garden projects in South Africa and how you can start your own, read this informative article published by the University of Free State in April 2017.Source:  Good Things Guy websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

What to Ask When Picking A Production Music Service

first_imgDiscover what you need to know when deciding on a royalty-free music service for your projects!Production music services provide valuable services to those in need of quality, royalty-free music for use in a video, film, game, or other project. As with any business, however, not all of these companies are created equal. Even good ones can vary significantly in the number and quality of services they provide. So it pays to be cautious when shopping for production music.Here are a few factors to consider when deciding which service to do business with:Is their music of acceptable quality?Many online music libraries have either very low or even non-existent standards when it comes to adding tracks to their offerings. In fact, some simply accept any piece sent to them! To avoid numerous hassles, only deal with a firm that carefully screens its music.Is their music exclusive to them?Nothing screams “amateur!” like a track that has been heard in countless other productions. Yet, that is one of the most common hazards of using so-called “free” libraries. Make certain that the royalty free music company you use controls its distribution to safeguard the unique nature of your project.Are their compositions copyright-free?If they’re not, then using them is the legal equivalent of planting a ticking time bomb in your project. The last thing you need is an angry composer serving you with legal papers because you unknowingly used their copyright-protected piece.Do they use accomplished, professional musicians?Lots of folks out there say they can sing or play a particular instrument. However, as you well know, actual levels of talent and skill vary widely. Make certain that the production music service you partner with uses only quality musicians for their tracks.Do they offer any support?Things to look for include a blog, list of articles, or other resources that you can refer to when you have a technical or production question. After all, no matter how good you are at your job, these days, it’s impossible to know everything about any field. Being able to access a competent knowledge base can make all the difference in the world to how your project turns out.Are they established and accessible?Imagine having a problem or question with a track, trying to contact the production music company you got it from, and finding out that they have mysteriously vanished overnight. That’s trouble you don’t need. Only deal with a service that has a real, physical office and will tell you where they are based.Do they enjoy what they do?Companies staffed by people with a passion for their product invariably give their clients better service than fly-by-night firms that are concerned only with making a quick buck. Make sure the business you choose both knows and loves providing production music services.How large is their current client base?Royalty free music firms that do their job well are rewarded with loyal customers. So, find out about their client base: how large it is, how long they have dealt with the service, and how satisfied they are with it.Here at Premiumbeat, we’re proud to say that we meet all of the above criteria. Check out our site, feel free to ask us any questions you have, and let us know how we can help you find the perfect royalty free track for your next project.last_img read more

Malaika Arora Khan miffed with Sonakshi

first_imgTwo actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi. Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.last_img read more

Sinha asks Tata Steel to innovate with drones for urban issues

first_imgJamshedpur, Jan 9 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today urged Tata Steel and its associate companies to make use of drones to solve urban problems.Addressing a gathering as the chief guest in the City Data For India Conclave 2018 – Smart City Initiatives organized jointly by Tata Steel, Tata Trust, Jusco and CII at JRD Tata sports complex here, Sinha said drones are the next big thing as its applications are extraordinary.Drones have varied applications in delivery, transportation, security/surveillance, he said and added that Tata Steel should work on it and develop it as a future industry like it did while setting up the steel plant here.”Drone technology can be utilized to solve many problems and Tata Steel should work on it and start implementing it from their home town here before following it up in other parts of the state and country,” Sinha said.Referring to the steep fall in air fare, which was as low as the fare of an autorickshaw per kilometer, Sinha said cost of air ticket from Ranchi to Delhi, or Delhi to Mumbai is almost equal to the fare of an autorickshaw at Rs 4-5 per km.Sinha said Tata Steel and Tata Motors have efficient management structure and efficient engineers and asked them to figure out whether E-rickshaw with drone technology can be operated in an urban environment.Sinha assured that the government was ready to partner with the Tatas in this regard.Later, addressing a press conference, he said the government was preparing a draft on drone regulation.advertisementHailing the tremendous work done by Tata Steel in addressing urban problems in Jamshedpur, Sinha said the company did exemplary work in improving traffic system and solid waste management, among others. PTI BS JMlast_img read more

Senate Passes Amendments to Public Procurement Act

first_imgStory Highlights Senator Johnson Smith informed that the Ministry of Finance and Public Service is advanced in the implementation of the electronic procurement platform. To date, 89 procuring entities have been trained in its functionality, of which 29 are already using the platform to execute procurement contracts. She noted that Government procurement accounts for a substantial part of the economy, at about 30 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and therefore a modern regime is needed that ensures value for money. The legislation, which was piloted by Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith was passed with three changes. The Senate, on Friday (June 15), passed the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2018, which seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by entities of Government.The legislation, which was piloted by Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith was passed with three changes.Opening the debate, Senator Johnson Smith said that public procurement can no longer be treated as a routine clerical function within a Ministry or department, noting that today’s procurement environment is anything but routine.“It requires an understanding of dynamic markets, everchanging technologies and modern purchasing methods. Furthermore, in addition to national regulatory requirements, we have to ensure compliance with international obligations in trade, labour, the environment and in the mitigation of corruption,” she pointed out.She noted that Government procurement accounts for a substantial part of the economy, at about 30 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and therefore a modern regime is needed that ensures value for money.“We must ensure that the processes are fair and transparent in the use of tax payers money,” she stressed.The amendments will better enable Jamaica to meet the objectives of the principal law, aimed at introducing a modern procurement system with clear rules, and the necessary institutional base to ensure equity, fairness, transparency and efficiency.The Act, passed in 2015, seeks to, among other things, enhance the potential for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to compete for Government contracts; increase the efficiency of public entities in delivering timely services, thereby increasing public confidence in Government; harmonise documentation; and allow for electronic submission of bids.“There have been challenges in attaining all of these objectives and the amendments, in addition to the Regulations, will get us closer to effective implementation of a new procurement regime,” Senator Johnson Smith noted.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith said the Government is partnering with the Management Institute for the National Development (MIND) for the training of procurement officers.Twenty public officials are being instructed as trainers for the rollout of the public procurement training programme across the public sector.Senator Johnson Smith informed that the Ministry of Finance and Public Service is advanced in the implementation of the electronic procurement platform. To date, 89 procuring entities have been trained in its functionality, of which 29 are already using the platform to execute procurement contracts.In addition, approximately 1,000 suppliers are registered on the platform, of which 264 Jamaican suppliers have been trained by the Ministry.last_img read more

Harvey Cant Mess With Texas A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief

first_imgHarvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10 p.m. CT.The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets for the four-hour live concert will go on sale today at 3:00pm CT at www.RebuildTX.org, with prices ranging from $30-$199.As the exclusive statewide broadcaster, TEGNA will air “Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” without commercial interruption across their 11 Texas stations, reaching more than 80% of the state. Made possible by Google, the concert will stream internationally during the broadcast hour on YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone or online at www.RebuildTX.org.“We are proud to stand with Texas and present ‘Texas Strong’ across our stations,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA. “The outpouring of support from the local community and communities across the nation is a testament to the spirit, grit and determination of the people of Texas. We are proud to work alongside our partners to help bring aid and healing to those impacted by Harvey.”TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU, Houston; KVUE, Austin; KENS, San Antonio; KBMT, Beaumont; KCEN, Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS, College Station; KIII, Corpus Christi; KYTX, Tyler; KIDY, San Angelo; and KXVA, Abilene.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund which was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include: health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas. “For us, this is personal,” said Susan Dell. Both Michael and Susan Dell are Texas natives, and Michael Dell is from Houston. “This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities – big and small – that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We will be rebuilding for years to come,” said Michael Dell.Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief is generously organized with donated efforts and services by Springboard Productions, Solomon Group, Big House Sounds, Soundcheck Austin, The University of Texas Frank Erwin Center, Hotel Van Zandt, Sodexo, GSD&M, Andy Langer, Texas Music Office, and the City of Austin, as well as media partners KUT/KUTX, 93.3 KGSR, 103.5 BOB FM, 101X, 93.7 KLBJ, MIX 94.7, Majic 95.5, 95.9 R&B, 98.1 KVET, Austin American-Statesman, Austin360, The Austin Chronicle, and Do512. TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA) is producing the broadcast in partnership with Debra Davis Productions. Austin-based C3 Presents will proudly produce the live event with all services donated.last_img read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Petit says Arsenal is wasting opportunities

first_imgFor the former Gunners midfielder, the English Premier League team is wasting its opportunities by not signing anybody during the transfer window.Arsenal has not spent a dime during the January transfer window in the English Premier League.But the team might need a player or two, as they are currently in the sixth position of the table with 47 points 15 points behind leaders Liverpool.For former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit, Arsenal not getting any new footballers during the January transfer market window is a wasted opportunity.“The frustration level must be very high for Emery, as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager he was told he cannot sign anybody,” Petit was quoted by Sky Sports.“You look at the money Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.”Not the end to the weekend we were all hoping for 😔But, there’s still another 13 @PremierLeague games to go – let’s dust ourselves down, regroup and we’ll go again at Huddersfield 👊#WeAreTheArsenal 🔴 pic.twitter.com/gTSzRMuDks— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Tottenham are not spending money but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago, building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now,” he complained.“If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him ‘you have no money to spend on new players’, I would ask; what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?”“Defensively, Arsenal have not been good enough this season, so I was surprised they did not try to sign defenders in January. But the problems they have will not be solved by signing a player or two,” he continued.“Clearly, the defense is a problem. The better teams are getting through them far too easily, and when I hear Emery say he is happy with his defense and he does not need new players in these positions, I’m pretty sure he does not believe this.”💥 B A N G 💥Well done to @LacazetteAlex – you’ve voted his fine finish against @ChelseaFC as our January Goal of the Month 💫 pic.twitter.com/YKedat9Wfx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 5, 2019last_img read more