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Raiders minding their manners with Rams coming in

first_imgNAPA — With eight of 16 practices in the books during the Napa portion of Raiders training camp, you’d think the team with the most rough and tumble reputation in the NFL would have had a dust-up or two.Yet even during the warmest weather after the morning fog burns off, the Raiders have kept their cool.Once upon a time, good friends such as Greg Biekert and Steve Wisniewski would fake a fight to get things going. It wasn’t uncommon for coaches to step back and allow real altercations to to …last_img read more

Helen Zille named world’s best mayor

first_imgSource: BuaNews Goran Johansson, Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden City Mayors Editor Tann vom Hove said Zille was the judging panel’s unanimous choice for the 2008 World Mayor Prize. Salvador Gandara, Mayor of Villa Nueva, Guatemala “It is a great incentive for us to keep working to build democracy in South Africa, with opportunities for all.” Marides Fernando, Mayor of Marikina City, Philippines “It is a great honour to have been awarded the World Mayor award,” Zille said on Tuesday. “It is a tribute to the teams, in the mayor’s office, the city officials, my caucus colleagues, the team in Parliament and my family, who work tirelessly to support me in everything I do. Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, Mayor of Tehran, Iran The top 10 mayors of World Mayor 2008 are: Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, USA The World Mayor competition, first held in 2004, aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide and to honour those who have made lasting contributions to their communities and are committed to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally. Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille has been named the world’s number one mayor by urban affairs think-tank City Mayors, coming tops out of a group of 820 mayors nominated by more than 74 000 voters worldwide. 15 October 2008 Elmar Ledergerber, Mayor of Zurich, Switzerland City Mayors describes an outstanding mayor as someone who possesses the qualities of greatness, leadership and vision, has good management abilities, is socially and economically aware, and has the ability to provide security and to protect the environment. Helen Zille, Mayor Cape Town, South Africa An excellent mayor, according to City Mayors, also has the ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Leopoldo Eduardo Lopez, Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela “The Mayor of Cape Town has dedicated all her professional life to further the well-being of all sections of South African society,” Vom Hove said in a statement on Tuesday. “She has done so with courage, tenacity and, above all, a deep-felt love for Cape Town, her country and its people.” Jaime Nebot, Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nuremberg, Germanylast_img read more

Pens for needy children

first_imgFor many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. (Image: Tynago Communications) BiC will donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign. (Image: Tynago Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Millicent Quoilin  Unilever   +27 11 474 0181RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Education boost for Gauteng • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • Teacher laptops to enhance education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goalWilma den HartighFrench-based company BiC, best known for its iconic ballpoint pen, has pledged to donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign.For many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. Many children go to school without even the most basic stationery items such as pens.Through the campaign, BiC wants to give children the tools they need to help them on their way to becoming South Africa’s future teachers, engineers, doctors and lawyers.“It’s our way of using our brand’s power to champion education and to equip and empower the children who need it most,” says Millicent Quoilin, BiC marketing manager of stationery.How you can helpBiC’s new campaign hopes to change this and it has invited companies and consumers to join them in making a difference.Over 20 different BiC products have been branded with ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future’ stickers. Each time one of these packs is sold, BiC will donate a pen to a disadvantaged child.As part of the campaign, BiC will also give away cash prizes towards education, as well as iPads.Distributing the pensThe pens will be distributed by the READ Educational Trust, an NGO that operates in the education and literacy sectors.The organisation’s main focus is teacher training and school resource provision.It is funded by foreign donors and the private sector and works with the Department of Education to implement teacher training and literacy projects in schools.Bertus Matthee, national director of the READ Educational Trust, says that providing school children with writing tools is as important as having books to read.“Being able to put one’s thoughts down is the start of a good education,” Matthee said in a statement. “Since today’s pupils are those who will be writing South Africa’s future, the significance of a donation such as this cannot be underestimated.”Advancing educationLiteracy is a major challenge for South Africa and the country’s Department of Basic Education has identified education as a priority area.“Based on Unicef’s belief that education breaks the generational cycles of poverty and disease, BiC’s ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign’ could begin to rewrite the history of education in South Africa,” Quoilin says.According to Unicef, 21 African nations have adult literacy rates below 50% and in sub-Saharan Africa alone, about 45-million children don’t go to school.Official figures show that about 4.7-million adults in South Africa are illiterate. The country’s unemployment rate of 24% is among the highest in the world.Tertiary institutions have also come on board to address South Africa’s literacy challenge.Last year Stellenbosch University launched a new initiative, known as Words Open Worlds, which is distributing books in rural and disadvantaged communities. Since the beginning of 2011, the project has reached around 30 000 people.last_img read more

Gym Championship Fund Cut Victim

first_imgATHENS – With the budget for athletics cut in half, the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation has canceled the upcoming national championships, leaving its top stars shocked that a centerpiece of the Olympics and Greek sports had been set aside.“All I can say is that everything seems to go from bad to worse,” rings specialist Eleftherios Petrounias told Greek media. “We didn’t even know the basics. Seriously we didn’t ever expect that we wouldn’t even have the chance to compete at the Greek championships, even traveling at our own expense.”The federation cancelled the event after the Greek Olympic Committee urged a boycott of all national sports competition from April 12-13, to protest the Greek government’s actions amid the nation’s ongoing financial crisis, International Gymnast magazine noted“The council of the Greek Olympic Committee decided unanimously to recommend to all amateur sports federations in the country that they suspend all competitive activities for the weekend of April 12-13, due to the huge problems Greek sports continue to undergo after the consistent refusal of the government to provide solutions not only to economic issues, but mainly to institutional problems,” the Greek Olympic Committee announced on its website“The recommendation for the suspension is a first measure … to protest the continued inaction and indifference shown by the government toward the country’s youth, who risk being deprived of important social services, such as sports.”The 2014 Greek Gymnastics Championships were to take place April 12-13 in Thessaloniki, where hundreds of gymnasts were to compete at multiple levels. The event was supposed to serve as a qualifier for next month’s European championships in neighboring Bulgaria.Following the announcement from the Greek Olympic Committee, the board of the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation held an emergency meeting on April 1 and decided to join the boycott.“With this decision, the board of the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation hopes to finally wake up minds, that state agencies need to take action and provide solutions to the enormous economic and institutional problems in Greek sports,” the federation said in a statement.The 2010 world floor exercise champion Eleftherios Kosmidis said the decisions of both governing bodies have left the athletes to suffer.“Everyone is to blame,” Kosmidis said. “It starts with the sports leadership and ultimately the athletes pay the price. Everybody is at fault.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more