Fleming named woman of year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Volunteer and businesswoman Cheri Fleming was named a Woman of the Year on Monday in ceremonies in Sacramento. Fleming, who owns Valencia Acura with her husband, Don, was state Sen. George Runner’s nominee. Each legislator names a top community leader for the honor in the annual celebration honoring women. “Cheri Fleming has made significant contributions for our community in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Runner, R-Lancaster. “This was an opportunity to honor her for her leadership and her tireless efforts.” Fleming is a director and past chairwoman of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation, a leader with the Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley and the local Child and Family Center Foundation, and active with the American Cancer Society and its Los Angeles Regional Unit Council. last_img read more

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Public warned over illegal use of ‘dodgy box’ TV streaming

first_imgGardai have warned the public over the illegal use of set-top boxes, known as ‘dodgy boxes’, which are without legitimate subscriptions from service providers.It comes as Gardai in Cork conducted a major operation targeting the use of fake set-top boxes.Detectives believe that up to 20,000 people nationwide are using the fraudulent boxes. The fraud being investigated is estimated to be worth up to €20m annually.Gardai were assisted by representatives from Sky and Virgin Media during the operation.Public warned over illegal use of ‘dodgy box’ TV streaming was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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What the Oakland A’s must address this winter

first_imgOAKLAND — After their surprising decision to not offer a contract to Mike Fiers last week, the A’s need for starting pitching only became even more obvious.A’s Executive Vice President Billy Beane and General Manager David Forst have already deemed the rotation as their main focus this winter, but that’s not the only position of need they’ll be looking to full during next week’s MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.Key pieces from the A’s unexpected 2018 playoff run remain unsigned, and plenty of …last_img read more

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Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief

first_imgRay Maota Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi’s boldinterventions to improve efficiency androot out corruption in the Nigerian bankingsystem have earned him the nickname“Sanusi Tsunami”.(Image: Allvoices)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brian CaplenEditor of The Banker+44 020 7775 6364RELATED ARTICLES• Capitec gets nod from Swiss• World-class banking for 2010 • Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality• Mobile swipe machines take off in South AfricaRevolutionising Nigeria’s troubled financial sector has won Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi the title of Central Bank Governor of 2010 for Africa and the world.The award, which recognises bankers worldwide who have masterminded recoveries from financial crises, is presented by The Banker – a high-profile magazine for the banking industry.Since becoming governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009, Sanusi has introduced radical changes, including limiting the tenure of bank bosses to a maximum of 10 years, regardless of their impact.He has also rooted out corruption by pushing for guilty parties in the sector to be criminally charged.Such bold intervention has earned the banker the nickname “Sanusi Tsunami”.In February 2010 Sanusi announced that Nigeria’s reformed financial sector should be based on four key principles: enhancing the quality of the banks; establishing financial stability in the country; enabling a healthy financial sector evolution; and ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real economy.Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, said: “Few candidate names generate an overall consensus on judging panels and yet, when it came to finding the best global central bank governor of the year, Mr Sanusi was chosen unanimously.”Kunle Ogedengbe, the magazine’s representative in Nigeria, added: “The reforms initiated by Mr Sanusi have been necessary to sanitise the banking industry. Had these reforms not been initiated, Nigeria would have entered into another round of banking distress.”Sanusi’s rise Sanusi was born on 31 July 1961 and graduated from King’s College in Lagos in 1977. Four years later he obtained a BSc in economics at Ahmadu Bello University. He went on to get a masters in economics in 1983 at the same university before becoming an economics lecturer there from 1983 until 1985.Sanusi broke into the industry that same year by joining merchant bankers Icon Limited. In 1997 he joined the United Bank for Africa in the credit and risk management division, rising to the position of general manager.The year 2005 saw him joining the board of directors of the First Bank of Nigeria as an executive director in charge of risk and management control.After being appointed Central Bank governor 1 June 2009, Sanusi facilitated the 400-billion naira (US$ 2.6-billion) bailout of Nigeria’s Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank, and then dismissed most of those institutions’ chief executives.“We had to move in to send a strong signal that such recklessness on the part of bank executives will no longer be tolerated,” he said at the time.Sanusi also has a keen interest in Sharia law and obtained a degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies in 1997 from the African International University in Khartoum, Sudan.In-depth coverage of the banking industryThe Banker magazine was established in 1926 as a mouthpiece for the financial and banking industry. Today it’s sold in 150 countries throughout the world.The publication boasts in-depth regional and country coverage of important financial events and global trends each month.The awards it issues include Deals of the Year; Innovation in Technology; Investment Banking; Private Banking; and Bank of the Year.Editor Brian Caplen has been at the helm since 2003. He is an accomplished journalist with many high-profile interviews to his name. He’s a former executive editor of the magazine Euromoney and has worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years.last_img read more

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Gallery: All-year sunshine in KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgKwaZulu-Natal has it all: a long coastline of beautiful beaches, rolling green midlands inland, a wealth of African culture, the magnificent Drakensberg range of mountains, and game reserves stocked with the Big Five – all to be enjoyed with 320 days of sunshine a year. The Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderA thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.KwaZulu-Natal offers a heady mix of cultural, historical and natural attractions. Durban is a seaside city with Blue Flag beaches, and entertainment and activities of all kinds.The province also has deep and varied cultural heritage – once home to the legendary King Shaka, it has one of the largest Indian communities outside India, and a strong British colonial heritage. You’ll see this rich mix of cultures on the streets of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s major cities.The Durban waterfront at sunset. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A surfing lesson at Addington Beach in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dolphin performs for tourists at uShaka Sea World, part of the uShaka Marine World development in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Rolling sugarcane fields, a signature landscape of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bungee jumping from the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Nelson Mandela Capture Site, outside, commemorates the statesman’s arrest in August 1962 at a roadblock near the KwaZulu-Natal town of Howick. Mandela would spend the next 28 years in jail. He was released in February 1990. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Durban yacht basin, with the city’s central business district skyline behind. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The historic city hall in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Traditional Zulu dancing. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An Indian spice shop in Durban offers a range of delights. Durban has the country’s largest population of Indian South Africans, making it the largest “Indian” city outside of India itself. (Image: Brand South Africa)Panoramic view of the 18-hole golf course at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A colourful mural at the Durban Snake and Reptile Park. (Image: Brand South Africa)A traditional homestead in Zululand. (Image: Brand South Africa)Karkloof Canopy Tours in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands takes visitors on a zipline adventure through the second-largest indigenous forest in South Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The beach and lighthouse in Umhlanga, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Umhlanga pier, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Schoolchildren get a lesson in the aquarium at uShaka Marine World in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bioluminescent jellyfish in a display tank at the uShaka Marine World aquarium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

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Refugee children are given a ray of hope

first_imgThree2Six classes take place at Sacred Heart College and Observatory Girls Primary Schools. (Image: Sacred Heart College)There are many young refugees who, for various reasons, cannot enter the public schooling system in South Africa. Prompted by this need, two Johannesburg schools are playing their part to make sure as many of these children as possible can get an education.Refugees are displaced from the places of their birth for many reasons but mostly by conflict, meaning they often arrive in South Africa desperate and despairing, without the necessary paperwork and other items to join society. Three2Six Project, an afternoon educational bridging programme for refugee children who cannot go to state schools, allows the children to receive an education. Most of them come from extremely poor homes on the outskirts of inner city Johannesburg.There are two Three2Six projects: one at Observatory Girls’ Primary School, a government establishment, and another at Sacred Heart College, an independent institution. The Three2Six School is managed by the latter, which is also located in the eastern Joburg suburb of Observatory.Named after the hours that it takes place during the week, Three2Six serves 140 children aged between six and 13 years old whose families live in the neighbouring high-density and multicultural areas of Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow. Part of its mission is to get their spoken and written English up to par for the day when they enrol at a conventional school.Refugee families are often unable to pay school fees; most of the children do not speak English when they arrive in South Africa; and sometimes families arrive at odd times during the year when school registration is no longer possible. The Three2Six programme aims to address this by offering a curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills.Esther Munonoka, the Three2Six project co-ordinator, told Independent Education: “Five years ago, the school sought to do something for the many children of refugee families who had fled conflict in their home countries. Hundreds of these children do not attend school. Their parents are unable to pay school fees and other school-related expenses. Other families have lost all their vital documentation. Still others arrive at a time when schools are unable to register them.”Independent Education is the official magazine of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa.LITERACY AND NUMERACYMunonoka said that the biggest obstacle was that most of the children did not speak English. “A special Three2Six remedial class gives extra assistance to those whose English is almost non-existent, and a library of donated books allows children a window into other worlds once a week.”Numeracy is also highlighted in the programme. “Numeracy is also crucial for these children from diverse backgrounds,” Munonoka said, “and the Three2Six mathematics programme is based on the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) designed by the national Department of Education.”IMPROVING THEIR COMPLEX LIVESHaving faced extraordinary circumstances in their lives, Three2Six aims to support and enrich these children wherever possible.“A life skills programme allows children to explore their journeys, and on a weekly basis, they enjoy sport and iPad sessions,” Munonoka said. “Religious education sessions are available once per month and, since 2012, the National Children’s Theatre has included Saturday Three2Six workshops.“Three2Six aims to normalise the trauma of the refugee experience wherever possible. This often means providing items that other children may take for granted. All the students at this special place of learning are supplied with school shoes, uniforms, stationery and lunch, as well as regular food parcels to take home. Wherever possible, Sacred Heart assists with fundraising initiatives.”WHAT THREE2SIX OFFERSThree2Six not only covers the academic component of schooling, but also offers a holiday programme, sports, creative projects and outings. The after-school programme is not a full school day and does not provide for sports, arts or outings, the Three2Six project holds a holiday programme during the July/August school holidays.During the holiday programme, the children can revise their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. They can also enjoy soccer, netball, tug-of-war, sack races and other games that develop important team work, negotiation, motor skills and, of course, fitness.To develop their creativity, the youngsters take part in activities like creating juggling balls and their own puzzles, which allow them to develop different fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and problem-solving skills.last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 taunt

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino takes aim at Hazard for 2016 tauntby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken aim at Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Pochettino recalls the likes of Hazard stating they wanted Leicester to win the title in 2016.Hazard said: “We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League – the fans, the club and the players,” ahead of a bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in May that extinguished Tottenham’s hopes once and for all.And Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri – who was unaware of Pochettino’s remarks – declared yesterday: “I think the title is a fight between City and Liverpool.”Pochettino has not forgotten Hazard’s comment as he called for rival players and managers to keep their opinions quiet this time around.”When you are professional, some opinions you cannot make public,” he said.”Because after you create a big problem like what happened at Chelsea. That was more like a battle than a football game. Why did that happen? You know very well.”That’s why it’s compulsory to behave professionally. We translate a lot of emotion to the people. We are public persons.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoArsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madridby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have set their price to buy Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The midfielder is on a straight loan with the Gunners this season and El Desmarque says he has told Real president Florentino Perez he wants to stay.Ceballos held talks with Perez during the international break,Arsenal are prepared to do business for a price of €35m, though Perez is insisting on a higher valuation.Real will demand at least €40m to sell Ceballos in January. last_img read more

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Cancer Society to Focus on Screenings

first_imgStory Highlights “It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, affecting mainly those between the ages of 30 and 50 years,” she noted. In observance of World Cancer Awareness Day on Friday, April 6, the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating a number of activities, with the key focus being on screenings.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, outlined that the focus this year is on women, due to the fact that cervical cancer has become a major concern.“It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, affecting mainly those between the ages of 30 and 50 years,” she noted.Cervical cancer can very often be successfully treated when it is discovered early by carrying out a pap smear to determine whether there is the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV)It is usually recommended that women over the age of 21 get screened annually in order to detect any cell abnormalities in the cervix.On April 6, the Cancer Society will be offering pap smear testing at a reduced rate of $2,430 to members of the Society and $2,565 to non-members.All major health insurance cards will be accepted and the first 50 women who arrive on the day for screening will be tested at no cost.The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mission to “eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica”, through cancer education, counselling and outreach initiatives. In observance of World Cancer Awareness Day on Friday, April 6, the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating a number of activities, with the key focus being on screenings. Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, outlined that the focus this year is on women, due to the fact that cervical cancer has become a major concern.last_img read more

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Arrizabalaga discusses Real Madrid rumours

first_imgAthletico Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga revealed that he tried to not listen to the rumours that were linking in with a move to Real Madrid back in January as he was still recovering from injuryThe 23-year-old was rumoured to have been close to joining Real in the winter transfer window before agreeing on a seven-and-a-half-year contract at Bilbao with a reported release clause of €80m.During the time of the speculation surrounding Arrizabalaga’s future, he was also nursing a Metatarsal bone bruise that saw him miss seven of Bilbao’s fixtures in a near three-month layoff period and he insists that his main focus at the time was returning to full fitness.“In the end, when you’re injured and you have hubbub going on, well… I didn’t think about the long term. I was focused on recovering well to get back playing and focusing on my future. I didn’t think so far ahead, I had much more immediate things to worry about.” he told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Zinedine Zidane had publicly revealed his admiration for Arrizabalaga back in January, but then ruled out any move for the Spain international in favour of keeping Keylor Navas as his number one for the rest of the season.But for Arrizabalaga, the Frenchman’s comments were of little importance to him.“They’re the words of a coach who wasn’t my coach at the time. I tried to isolate myself from all the noise. It was a time when there weren’t LaLiga games and there weren’t many other signings either so it was in the press a lot. I tried not to think about everything they were saying,” he said.Arrizabalaga is Spain’s second-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup this summer behind Manchester United’s David de Gea.last_img read more

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