first_imgBlazers stock report: Portland has lost three of their last four games heading into Thursday’s 110-109 … The Blazers beat the Warriors in overtime Thursday evening in dramatic fashion. Two days later, the two teams will play again – this time up the I-5 highway in Portland.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSBA)Blazers projected starting lineup: Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollumlast_img read more

first_imgSifiso Dlamini is a self-taught takkie maker with five staff membersIn an attempt to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things, Brand South Africa is airing the second season of its Play Your Part series, which encourages responsible citizenship, pride and patriotism, on SABC 1.This series, a 24-minute weekly programme featuring dynamic people who are driven to bring about change, returns to the small screen on 9 July at 7pm. In keeping with the mandate from Brand South Africa – whose five brand pillars are ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility, and innovation / creativity – the television series traverses the country in search of 33 individuals from all spheres of life who are doing their bit for the good of the country.Play Your Part is a campaign aimed at inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change by becoming actively involved in making a difference. It brings together individuals who are doing things to improve their communities and respond to people’s needs by donating their time, resources, services or products.Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, says Brand SA CEO Miller Matola“Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, not only business and government.“We want to encourage South Africans to play their part in community building and development, with small actions that make a big difference in the lives of others,” says Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer.The television show, presented by Katleho Sinizasan and Mmabatho Montsho, gets to know these people, looking at where they work and live, and what they do.The featured folk inhabit all worlds, from high-end fashion and art to corporate success stories, inventors and athletes.Young scientist at workIn the first episode, we are introduced to Palesa Masuku from North West, who won the Eskom 2011 Young Scientist award for her discovery of an alternative energy source, creating charcoal from marula nuts.When she entered her project in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, her ground-breaking research secured a science laboratory worth R25 000 for her school, JM Ntsime High. In addition, Masuku has been invited to the London International Youth Science Fair in August 2012, a gathering of more than 300 students from 60 countries.Charles Tau, a boxing trainer and manager from Lwandle in Western Cape, is also featured in the first episode. A former professional boxer, Tau has been running the Amandla Boxing Association from his gym for 15 years. Here he trains young boys from the age of seven at no cost as he believes he is doing his part to combat crime in his community.People such as these two are featured in each issue of Play Your Part. You will meet Tabo Mkandiwire, an acrobatic gymnast who coaches other aspiring athletes; and Claire Reid, a green inventor and the brains behind pre-fertilised seed strips that help reduce water wastage by 80% and who has created jobs for previously unemployed women.Other individuals highlighted in the season include Sifiso Dlamini, who is a self-taught takkie maker with five staff members; Tshepo Phakathi, who started a recycling business with a friend at the tender age of six; Benny Masekwameng, a celebrity chef who was inspired by his mother providing meals to construction workers; Kagiso Legobe, an adventure entrepreneur who offers learnerships to tourism graduates; and DJ Zinhle, one of the hottest female DJs in the country, who plays an active role in Fuse, South Africa’s first DJ academy.Inspiring new waysBrand South Africa launched its new slogan, Inspiring New Ways, on 4 July in Midrand. A new television ad featuring some of the country’s most influential and inspiring people across all fields is promoting the new pay-off line.The organisation’s mandate is “to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve South Africa’s global competitiveness”. Matola explains:“This is often about explaining and bolstering our international reputation in the world media and at various international events to drive international investment and trade.”He adds: “Firstly, let us admit that long before the theorising starts and long after it ends, already there are people who are building just such an inspiring and cohesive society, people who are playing their part to improve our communities, who reach out to fellow South Africans, and who inspire us by overcoming the odds.”One place the nation can start is by telling these stories and showing that achieving a better tomorrow and a better country is indeed possible. The people who appear in the second season give true accounts of how South Africans inspire new ways in their lives for those around them, he says.“To us at Brand South Africa, our positioning is not simply a slogan. It is an expression of our present-day reality and our future intent. It also reflects the reputation we seek to forge as citizens of a global village, as a nation that is constantly ‘inspiring new ways’ to create the society we want to live in by playing our part.”Social Media toolsThis television series is one of many tools Brand South Africa employs to inspire and mobilise South Africans to contribute. Other tools include a mobi-site to ensure that positive stories can reach wider audiences.“Play Your Part has also developed Facebook and Twitter profiles to interact with South Africans, urging them to share their positive stories. In addition, Play Your Part clips and stories are uploaded on YouTube so that we not only engage locals, but an international audience,” says Matola.Claire Reid is a green inventor and the brains behind pre-fertilised seed strips that help reduce water wastage by 80% (Photos: Romaana Naidoo)Alternatively, individuals who are willing to contribute their time, services and resources can log on to the Play Your Part website to find community projects near them.“Often people want to help, they want to give, but they don’t know where or how to do this.“Our website as well as the Facebook platform exposes South Africans to an array of opportunities to play their part in building pride and patriotism … contributing to social cohesion and living the spirit of ubuntu,” says Matola.Acting programmes manager at SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane says: “SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho prides itself on scheduling and producing programmes that tell local stories that resonate with our audiences.“Play Your Part is such a programme that looks at ordinary South Africans, people who have made a difference in the lives of their communities and the country as a whole … We encourage our viewers to watch Play Your Part and be inspired to do the same in making South Africa a better place.”Matola says Brand South Africa looks forward to growing Play Your Part across a number of other media channels in future and encourages businesses, organisations and individuals to take up the challenge. “We believe that as each one takes deliberate positive action to help, to teach, to grow, we are truly making ours a better country to live in.”And since July is Nelson Mandela Month, South Africans should ask themselves how they are going to contribute to their communities in honour of Madiba.last_img read more

first_imgEver since Sakshi Malik won the Bronze in Rio, she was excited to meet and see the reactions back home in India. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)On Wednesday morning, Sakshi finally returned home to a grand welcome after winning India’s first Olympic medal in women’s wrestling. (Hero’s welcome for ‘Sultan’ Sakshi Malik) Soon after landing in New Delhi, Sakshi was accorded a glorious felicitation by the Haryana government. (Sakshi Malik returns home to grand welcome)Sakshi feels her feat will inspire many girls not just in Haryana, which has a skewed sex ratio, but entire country to take up sports and be the best.”I have been waiting for this for a long time ever since I took up wrestling. I have been wrestling for 12 years and I wanted to win an Olympic medal since then. I am sure that this medal of mine will inspire many young girls and they will do well in wrestling and will win a lot of medals for the country,” Sakshi told India Today soon after her arrival from Rio. (Will work harder to win Gold at Tokyo Games: Sakshi Malik)Sakshi’s father, Sukhbir Malik, is a bus conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and she has been asking him to give up that job for quite a long time but hasn’t been able to convince him.But having won an Olympic medal this time, Sakshi believes this time she will be able to convince her father.”I have been asking my father to quit his job with DTC for a long time but he has been saying that once I get a job he will quit. In 2014, I got a job but he didn’t quit but now I am sure he will quit his job and I should be able to convince him,” she said.advertisementOn a strict diet for months to prepare for the Olympics, Sakshi has been longing for home-cooked food and now that she is back, the wrestler will finally get her taste buds back.But what all is there on her menu? Aaloo Paratha is definitely in top of her list.”I haven’t had much to eat for a long time and even water was a restriction for us as we were preparing for the Olympics. But now I will eat whatever I want to for a few days before I get back to training. Aaloo Paratha is something that I have been craving for,” she said.last_img read more

first_img Under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course. The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Story Highlightscenter_img The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now accepting registration for its annual State Protocol and Business Etiquette course.The course will be held from June 27 to July 5 on the Institute’s Kingston campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Director of Business Development and Communications at MIND, Marlene Campbell, said the training session targets individuals whose job functions require a high level of social engagement and interaction, and persons who may be interested in becoming knowledgeable and aware of the rules that govern State Protocol and social etiquette.“This course is specifically designed to equip persons with the skill and confidence to express appropriate behaviours and decorum regarding State Protocol and related etiquette,” she said.Areas to be covered include diplomacy, etiquette, protocol on official occasions, national symbols, national crowns and honours, the official table of precedence, flag etiquette, official forms of address, formal invitation letter and styles, and titles in Jamaica.Meanwhile, under Business Etiquette, participants will be exposed to training in effective business entertaining; toasting; body language at the table; host, hostess and guest duties; eating etiquette; eating of different food types; styles of eating; types of meals and wines; and the dos and don’ts of dining.Understanding the social dress code will also be one of the features of the course. Areas to be covered include dressing for State and official functions, appropriate dress for business and business-related occasions, colour coordination, accessorising, fabric textures, and dressing for the international business person.According to Mrs. Campbell, the benefit that will redound to the individual is an increased level of confidence and standard of deportment to enable ease of manner and success when interacting on all occasions; organisations will benefit from a more professionally confident and socially adept cadre of executives, who will represent them with distinction at all times.Main presenters at the seminar will be the Chief of State Protocol in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix; former Food and Beverage Manager at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Nancy McLean; and a Certified Professional Facilitator, Trainer and Human Resource Development Practitioner, Sandra Cooper.For additional information, persons can contact MIND’s Client Relations and Marketing Department at 927-1761 or marketing@mind.edu.jmlast_img read more

first_imgPrivate sector bank Kotak Mahindra Bank on Tuesday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that the RBI had given approval to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to increase its stake in the bank upto 10 percent.”The Reserve Bank of India has informed the Bank that it has granted approval to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for acquiring shares in excess of 5% and below 10% of the paid up capital of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited,” Kotak Mahindra said in its regulatory filing to the BSE.Following the news, the Kotak Mahindra stock was trading at Rs. 801.60 at around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.According to norms, a foreign investor firm cannot own more than 10 percent in an Indian private sector bank. However, under different circumstances (such as restructuring and consolidation of a bank) the RBI may allow a higher level of shareholding, Press Trust of India reported.Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a 290 percent spike in its standalone net profit to Rs. 742 crore for the June 2016 quarter (Q1) on account of a 20 percent rise in net interest income and a 41 percent fall in provisioning for bad loans.The Mumbai-based lender bank’s net profit stood at Rs. 190 crore in the corresponding period last year. The bank’s total income rose to Rs. 5,120 crore from Rs. 4,583 crore for the June 2015 quarter.Kotak Mahindra Bank has a network of 1,333 branches as of June 30, 2016. In 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the group’s flagship company, was converted into a commercial bank after receiving the requisite licence from the RBI.The bank also has interests in mutual fund and insurance businesses.last_img read more