Giants sending top prospects including Joey Bart to Arizona Fall League

first_imgThe Giants might not be on track to play in the month of October, but top prospect Joey Bart will be suiting up this fall.Bart and 2017 first round draft choice Heliot Ramos will headline a group of seven Giants prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League, an offseason league that features many of the sports’s highly-touted young talents.Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced Wednesday and all seven Giants prospects will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL has six teams, so …last_img

SA govt, business ‘to work together’

first_img4 February 2013 The government and business have agreed to work together to tackle some of the challenges facing South Africa, it emerged after a meeting of the country’s senior political and business leaders at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday. South African business representatives attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week had requested the meeting, saying they wanted an opportunity to engage with the government on its priorities ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on 14 February. The business delegation was led by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Jabu Mabuza and Black Business Council president Ndaba Ntsele, while the government was represented by Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and ministers from the government’s economic cluster. The meeting focused on the importance of achieving job-creating economic growth and on deeper cooperation between the government and business.‘Promoting a positive South African brand’ Speaking after the meeting, Zuma said government and business shared the goal of building a prosperous society free of poverty, inequality and unemployment. “We share the goal of promoting a strong and positive South African brand,” he said. “We therefore need to work very closely together, especially at this critical period when our economy is affected by the harsh European economic meltdown that refuses to go away. “We have to find a way to cushion the economy, improve our growth prospects and create much-needed jobs. Whenever we pull together, we manage to achieve a lot for our country and its people,” Zuma said. Mabuza said more could be achieved if the government and business partnered together. He pointed out that the country’s economy needed to grow three-fold by 2030 to deal with the socio-economic challenges facing the country, in terms of the National Development Plan.Identifying constraints to doing business “Government and the business sector must have the same goal of improving the economy. We are engaging our members to point out three to five constraints that make it difficult for business to triple economic growth by 2030,” he said. The Black Business Council raised the issue of the importance of improving implementation mechanisms for government programmes. The government delegation raised various issues, including how to get business to absorb 11 000 Further Education and Training college graduates currently sitting at home. The meeting agreed to work on mechanisms to implement the social accords signed by business, labour, government and the community sector in 2011. In a statement, the Presidency said the government and business would meet again in two months’ time to iron out obstacles to economic growth. The parties also resolved to meet every quarter going forward. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Thousands offer to help a beggar find a job

first_imgPam Green (left) says she is grateful for people assisting her to help a beggar get a job. Here she is with Nomsa Ncube, one of the people who gave a donation.(Image: Facebook)It took a small action such as posting a detailed status on her Facebook profile to lead to thousands of South Africans opening their hearts to help a homeless young man find a job.Pam Green, from Glenhazel, posted a status on 29 June, and asked her friends to share the message. They did, and the message was shared more than 34 000 times. Within days job offers streamed in for the 21-year-old, Joseph Phukube.Green’s message read: “This is Joseph Phukube. He is a beggar in Sandton. What makes him different to every other beggar you see? He isn’t there begging for money, he is begging for a job, literally! He has his matric certificate and CV on hand.“What a gentle young man, life has been hard on him. And his response when I asked where he stayed was ‘under Grayston Bridge.’“This is a bright kid, just look at his maths marks, he received a university entrance!”TRAFFIC LIGHT MEETINGGreen says she met Phukube when she stopped her car at a traffic light in Sandton. “He approached my car and tried to convey to me that he was looking for a job. Embarrassed to admit, but I drove off and rushed to my appointment that I was late for.“About 100m later, at the next robot I couldn’t bare the guilt I felt at ignoring him anymore. I turned around to go back to find Joseph Phukube and speak to him.”The local newspaper, Sandton Chronicle, reports that Phukube has received more than 1 000 responses following Green’s Facebook update. Job offers made to him range from call centre agent positions to scholarships at various institutions.Phukube says his dream job is in marketing. “I love new challenges, especially ones that will help me experience new things in life. I also like the chance to change businesses and come up with new ideas,” he adds.A day after her initial post, when offers of help had started streaming in.Her action has inspired admiration on social media, with Twitter chattering about her:The #HelpJoseph tag really warms my heart. Please RT the hashtag.— Opinionated Coloured(@koren_devereux) June 30, 2015@comp_breakfast Pam Green is an amazing woman. 25k people reached out to help and support! Good luck tomorrow Joseph! #HelpJoseph— JaxEngelbrec(@Jaxlibra) June 30, 2015She kept the public in the loop about Phukube’s developments:It is 5pm and it is the end of his first day of work at @LocomuteZA! #helpJoseph pic.twitter.com/dBO2jWzrF7— Pam Green (@PamGreen_17) July 6, 2015DETERMINED TO DO MOREThe 34-year-old says that she hopes the #helpJoseph campaign has inspired others to help even just one person in need. “I have always believed that we have a responsibility to each other to help make each other’s lives easier. I pride myself in honouring my truth.“People have questioned his [Phukube’s] motives and my response is simple: I would rather be duped by 10 false-hearted people and know that I helped one genuine person in need, than miss the opportunity of helping 10 people because I was duped by one.”Green, who has been doing volunteer work to help others since she was in school, says social media has definitely been a big help in assisting people in need. “I have put up previous campaigns for other community outreach projects I was involved with.“Recently [we had a campaign] for the victims of the xenophobic attacks, where we assisted at the displacement camps, as well as assisting families to return to their country of origin. Please can people like our page, My brother’s keeper, to access information about future initiatives I will be starting.”She is excited for Phukube, saying: “I can’t wait to see him flourish. Everyone deserves a chance and I am so glad that everyone sees the same special soul that I did. I am truly hoping that Joseph’s story will help me to help many more people in the future.”Watch Phukube’s response following the offers of help:last_img read more

McShane holds Anand to a draw

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand signed truce after failing to break Englishman Luke McShane’s solid defences while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated local hope David Howell to join the leaders after the fifth round of the London Chess Classic on Monday.Anand and McShane remained the only two undefeated players in the tournament following a draw between them while Carlsen benefitted from an oversight by Howell in the second time control.Going by normal rules, Anand and McShane are the only two leaders but the soccer-like scoring system, which gives three points for a win and one for a draw, has put Magnus back on track for the title with three wins.Anand and McShane have won two and drawn three which means that under normal scoring system they would tally three and a half points each, half point more than Carlsen who has lost two games.With all leaders on nine points, Vladimir Kramnik, who drew with English Michael Adams, is sharing the fourth spot along with American Hikaru Nakamura on eight points each.Nakamura got the better of an out- of- sort Nigel Short who suffered his fourth defeat in the ?145000 tournament being played on round robin basis between eight players.Adams holds the sixth spot on six points while David Howell remained on two, a full point ahead of back- ranker Nigel Short.Anand pressed for advantage in the Berlin defense game but it seemed the Indian was much better in the middle game that ensued.McShane however remained on his guard right through and restored parity with some timely exchanges leading to a drawn queen and bishops endgame.advertisement”These are trends, a month from now we may see them all switch over to something else,” said Anand when asked about the Berlin defence that’s in vogue.”I was better after the opening but it was just slightly better, if it was serious, I did not see it,” the world champion said.Carlsen defeated Howell from the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian.The Norwegian was in his elements post the second time control after Howell erred on the 43rd move and wrapped the issue quickly.Kramnik faced the Kind pawn opening and it was another Berlin defense by the Russian. The alternative main line employed by Adams did not yield much as Kramnik equalised quickly and started looking for initiative.Adams had to find some resources to let the game drift towards a draw.Nakamura was pleasantly surprised to see Short employing a side variation in the Marshall Gambit. The American was on top in the middle game with an extra pawn and relished the endgame that arose after subsequent exchanges.Short, who is going through a forgettable event, could not pose much of a challenge.In the open event being organised simultaneously, 15- year old International Master Sahaj Grover came back into the reckoning with a fine win over Nicolai Getz of Norway.While Sahaj moved up to four points out of five games, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta remained on 3.5 after losing to Gawain Jones of England.With four rounds still to go, Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is also on 3.5 points and the lead is shared by Simon Williams of England and Gavin Wall of Ireland – both have five points each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

The 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history

first_imgWorld Cup Robben, Baggio & the 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Spain 2010 Getty World Cup England France Italy Netherlands Nigeria Ghana Brazil The World Cup is loved for the glorious goals on show but it has witnessed its fair share of incredible misses. Goal runs down the best of the latterlast_img

Harpers expected early exit wont diminish historic meeting with chiefs Atleo

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on Friday confirmed Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be present for the full Crown-First Nations Gathering next Tuesday.The country’s most prominent First Nations leader downplayed the impact saying that it wouldn’t take away from potential of the event between the Conservative government and hundreds of First Nations chiefs.“No I don’t think (the prime minister) is going to be there to the end of the day,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “There are around a dozen cabinet ministers (that will be there) and he’s sent a signal to all of government that this is really important and this is led by him.”A total of 11 cabinet ministers and a number of federal officials are expected to attend the meeting. Gov. Gen. David Johnston is also expected to attend the opening ceremonies and make a short speech.Harper said in December he hoped the meeting would be “historic.” The prime minister announced the meeting on Dec. 1 in his Parliament Hill office with Atleo sitting next to him as the political fallout from the Attawapiskat housing crisis was reaching its climax.Some chiefs, however, have expressed displeasure over Harper’s planned departure during the meeting. Chiefs have been told that the prime minister would leave the meeting by lunch time to prepare for a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.Chiefs have been told that Harper will only be present for the opening ceremonies and speeches, one of which he will deliver.Saskatchewan’s main First Nations organization called on Harper to change his plans and “and meet directly with First Nations” leaders.“According to the draft agenda, there is no opportunity for chiefs or the regional chiefs to speak directly with the prime minister,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Morley Watson.Watson called on the Conservatives to commit to a yearly Canada-First Nations gathering and a first ministers meeting to deal with “outstanding inherent and treaty rights issues.”Wahta Mohawks band Coun. Stuart Lane said he doesn’t expect much to come out of the meeting.“I don’t know what we can really do at any kind of meeting like that,” said Lane, whose community is in Ontario. “We need more internal things that need to be done between nations to support each other.”Lane said he wasn’t attending the meeting, but the Wahta Mohawks did plan to send a delegation.According to a consultant who has been involved in discussions around the upcoming gathering, the prime minister’s planned departure is “a big issue” among many chiefs.“The expectations are too high, a lot of people are going to be disappointed,” said the consultant, who requested anonymity because they are currently working on files involving Ottawa and First Nations. The consultant said other chiefs could pick up the call issued by the FSIN for a meeting between premiers, the prime minister and First Nations leaders, but he doubted Harper would ever agree to it.Harper, however, was once open to a meeting with premiers and First Nations leaders.He actually planned to hold one within two or three years of taking office, according to a letter he sent to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples shortly before he was first elected in February 2006.“The Conservative Party of Canada is committed to holding another meeting with first ministers and national Aboriginal leaders within the next two or three years,” wrote Harper, in a Jan. 10, 2006, letter to CAP.Harper wanted the meeting to “measure progress” on the $5 billion Kelowna Accord which former prime minister Paul Martin signed with First Nations leaders before losing office.Once Harper became prime minister, his government scrapped the deal.Atleo, however, believes that Canada is on the cusp of a new relationship with First Nations peoples and Harper wants to succeed where so many other governments have failed.Atleo said Tuesday’s meeting is the first step on that path.“It is an opportunity…to push for a reset of the relationship and become full partners and set out a plan of action,” he said. “Where we work with not just a single minister, but the full machinery of government and the prime minister expressed his commitment to do that.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Sailor in iconic VJ Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM AP, AP FacebookTwitter February 18, 2019 Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. It was years after the photo was taken that Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, were confirmed to be the couple. (Victor Jorgensen/U.S. Navy, File)Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called “V-J Day in Times Square,” but is known to most as “The Kiss.” It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple. It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.When he was honored at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss. He said Friedman reminded him of nurses on a hospital ship that he saw care for wounded sailors.“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said, WPRI-TV reported .Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed.“The guy just came over and kissed or grabbed,” she told the Library of Congress.She added, “It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event.”Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.last_img read more

Music Drugs And Therapy The Wavepaths App

first_img Is It Psychedelic Yet? The Wavepaths App Is Coming music-drugs-and-therapy-wavepaths-app News Twitter Email Anticipated app promises new paths of exploration as its musical algorithms keep playing fresh arrangementsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 4:11 pm New apps promise to change the way we do things, seemingly every day, for example these 11 apps for making music. Now the Wavepaths app, still under development, is coming to generate an endless stream of original music, kicked into being by what we are like and how we feel. GRAMMY winner Brian Eno was known for his ambient music long before his work producing U2 drew GRAMMY notice. Having worked on generative apps called Bloom and Reflection over the past years, Eno is now developing new soundscapes optimized for drug-enhanced music therapy with Wavepaths.Eno is working on Wavepaths with neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen of Imperial College London. Speaking about “Music in Psychedelic Therapy” on Oct. 7 at the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference at New York’s Cooper Union, Kaelen opened up about the work put in over the last year and the two men’s hopes for wider support as Wavepaths moves ahead. An in-depth look by Rolling Stone discusses how Kaelen’s research visualizing the brain on LSD suggested that comparable effects of music on the brain could be used to enhance therapy.”When you allow yourself to be deeply touched and fully moved by music, … you can see your life from a new perspective,” Kaelen said. “What we have learned from both psychedelic therapy research, introspective music therapy formats and deep-listening practices, is the power of fully surrendering to an experience of art.” While Kaelen’s perspective comes from viewing images of the brain, Brian Eno has been composing and working with collaborators to create the right music, and hopes to attract such younger practitioners of the art as Aphex Twin and Sigur Rós.Because Wavepaths is being designed primarily as a therapeutic tool, scientific success should lead to new features and discoveries — an important reason to widen the circle of scientists, therapists and musicians collaborating on the project. “Surrendering” to this experience seems likely to lead to much more than infinite-and-automated original music.Chris Cornell: Music therapy program established in SeattleRead more Music, Drugs And Therapy: The Wavepaths App Facebook last_img read more

Thousands protest in Spain over gang rape acquittal

first_imgPeople shout slogans during a protest in Pamplona on 28 April 2018 after five men, accused of gang raping a woman at Pamplona`s bull-running festival, were sentenced to nine years in jail for `sexual abuse,` avoiding the more serious charge of rape. The men, aged 27 to 29 who called themselves `the pack`, had been accused of raping the woman, then aged 18, at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on 7 July 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors. AFPTens of thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Pamplona on Saturday to protest against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at the city’s bull-running festival.Demonstrators have filled streets across the country since the court ruling on Thursday, leading Spain’s conservative government to say it will consider changing rape laws.The men were acquitted of sexual assault, which includes rape, and sentenced to nine years for the lesser offence of sexual abuse.In Pamplona itself, police said that “between 32,000 and 35,000 people” took part in a demonstration on Saturday, rallying under the slogan “it’s not sexual abuse, it’s rape”.Thousands of women marched together with their hands raised at the protest, which police said passed off peacefully.Ana Botin, the influential head of Santander, one of Spain’s biggest banks, tweeted that the ruling was “a step back for women’s security” while former judge Manuela Carmena, now Madrid mayor, said it “does not meet women’s demand for justice.”The men, aged 27 to 29, had been accused of raping the woman at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on 7 July, 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors.The five, all from the southern city of Seville, filmed the incident with their smartphones and then bragged about it on a WhatsApp messaging group where they referred to themselves as “La Manada”, or “The Pack” in English.Online petitionA woman gets a Venus symbol drawn on her face during a protest in Pamplona on 28 April 2018 after five men, accused of gang raping a woman at Pamplona`s bull-running festival, were sentenced to nine years in jail for `sexual abuse,` avoiding the more serious charge of rape. AFPAn online petition calling for the disqualification of the judges who passed the sentence gathered more than 1.2 million signatures by Saturday.The issue also hogged the headlines of newspapers all around the country and an order of Carmelite nuns added their voices to the wave of condemnation of the court judgement.Under Spain’s criminal code, evidence of violence or intimidation must exist for the offence of rape to be proved.But that was a legal nuance that was “not always easy to establish,” top-selling daily El Pais wrote in an editorial.It “leads to the painful question of just how much a person needs to fight to avoid being raped without risking getting killed, and still get recognised as a victim of a serious attack against sexual freedom while ensuring that the perpetrators do not enjoy impunity,” the newspaper said.In their ruling, the judges said that “it is indisputable that the plaintiff suddenly found herself in a narrow and hidden place, surrounded by five older, thick-bodied males who left her overwhelmed and unresponsive.”The videos show the plaintiff surrounded and stuck against the wall by two of the accused… she has an absent grimace, and keeps her eyes closed,” they added.’Macho culture’ Already on Thursday, large crowds of mainly women had marched in cities across Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona, following the court sentencing. In the northern city of Santander protesters blocked roads, public television TVE reported.Then on Friday, thousands of people demonstrated outside the Pamplona court where the judgement was made.And a community of 16 Carmelite nuns in the Hondarribia monastery in the Basque country condemned the court ruling on Facebook.”We live cloistered away, wearing a habit that reaches down to our ankles, we don’t go out in the evening, we don’t go to parties, we don’t drink alcohol and we’ve undertaken a vow of chastity,” the nuns said.”And because that’s our free choice, we will defend with all the means at our disposal… the right of all woman to FREELY do the opposite, without them being judged, raped, threatened, killed or humiliated,” they wrote.State prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling.Adriana Lastra, a top official with Spain’s main opposition Socialist party, said the court ruling was “disgraceful”.”It’s the product of a patriarchal and macho culture,” she added.The case was cited in signs carried by many women during massive demonstrations held in cities across Spain to mark International Women’s Day in March, which were among the largest in Europe.last_img

Graft case ED raids house in Tollygunge

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Thursday raided a house in Tollygunge and seized documents.The ED officials are also investigating the links between the business which did not deposit PF of its employees and had links with the assistant PF commissioner.The ED officials have got information of 55 bank accounts which the accused officer shares with his relatives. They are probing the matter.Earlier, ED officials had raided six different places in the city, in connection with graft charges against Ramesh Singh, the accused officer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOfficers of the ED had got divided into separate teams and conducted raids at places including Park Street, Behala, Charu Market and Baruipur, including the office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) at Park Street.Sangeeta Singh, wife of Ramesh, had submitted relevant documents to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the case on Wednesday. Sources said that the ED officials have asked her certain questions in connection with the case.last_img read more