Windies, Sri Lanka draw second Test

first_img IMPORTANT INNINGS Brathwaite’s innings became especially important especially after partner Devon Smith (1) and Keiran Powell (2) perished in the fourth over of the innings, and he promptly put his immense powers of concentration on display in a knock lasting 172 balls, four and a half hours and including six fours. Speedster Gabriel had earlier produced a career-best match haul of 13 for 121 – the third best overall figures by a Windies bowler in Tests – when he quickly wrapped up the Sri Lanka second. Tottering on eight for two, West Indies then lost Hope, who retired hurt on six with the score on 25 for two – an hour before lunch – when he took a blow to the ribs off a short ball from the slippery pacer Lahiru Kumara. Roston Chase replaced him and made 13 in extending the second-wicket stand to 47 before perishing in the penultimate over before lunch, bowled off-stump by speedster Suranga Lakmal (2-48) missing a defensive prod. On 55 for three at lunch with the focus now only on survival, the Windies were further set back in the fourth over following the resumption when Shane Dowrich, yet to score at the break, perished for eight with nine runs added. He prodded at one from off-spinner Danajaya and edged a catch to de Silva at first slip. Hope returned and combined in a 53-run fifth wicket stand with Brathwaite that saw the Windies safely to tea without further loss, on 108 for four. The right-handed Hope, unbeaten on 34 at the interval, had counted four fours and a six in an innings lasting 115 balls and two and a half hours when he fell in the fourth over following the resumption, bowled by Lakmal off his arm. Brathwaite lofted Dananjaya down the ground in the next over to reach his 17th Test half-century before the heavens opened two overs later, to set in motion the result. GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Shannon Gabriel’s record eight-wicket haul set the stage for a sensational Windies run chase but sloppy batting, coupled with inclement weather, ensured an anti-climatic end as the second Test against Sri Lanka ended in a draw yesterday. In the end, the final day at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, which started with so much promise, ended with the Windies battling to save the contest and preserve their 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Set 296 for victory with nearly three full sessions available, the Windies slumped to eight for two early on and were clinging on at 147 for five, when bad light drove players from the field at 4:05 p.m. (Jamaica time), never to return. To Sri Lanka’s dismay, rain had earlier arrived half an hour after the tea break with the Windies on 137 for five, causing a delay of just over an hour. When play finally resumed, only 15 balls were possible before the quickly diminishing light ended play again. Throughout the turmoil of the day, opener Kraigg Brathwaite remained resolute with an unbeaten 59 and was accompanied by captain Jason Holder at the end on 15. Shai Hope made 39, but no other batsman passed 15 as Sri Lanka’s seam attack made repeated inroads.last_img read more

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RCMP urging public to protect vehicles following night of break ins

first_imgEntry was gained into each of the vehicles by smashing the front windows.As of now, RCMP has not yet identified any suspects or witnesses, and is asking anyone with any information to contact them at 250-787-8100.Authorities are also reminding drivers to make sure their unattended vehicles are locked and to not leave any valuables inside while parked overnight.- Advertisement –last_img

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Results are in for the City’s Age-Friendly Assessment

first_imgThe barriers that can be an issue for ageing are a shortage of affordable housing and most noticeable in rental units. After a census in 2016, 44 percent of seniors who rent have inadequate or unsuitable shelter or the shelter costs that exceed 30 percent of their income. The Handy Dart was recognized as a vital part of transportation yet has limited hours and availability. Social media is becoming a barrier regarding communication for seniors as they may no longer be aware of upcoming events. As the Seniors Hall is an asset, it is only open two days a week which means limited opportunities for social participation. There was also a large emphasis for long waitlists with medical and health professionals as another barrier.To make Fort St. John more age-friendly, recommendations were broken down into global recommendations such as;• That the City of Fort St. John establish an Age-Friendly Advisory Committee• That the City of Fort St. John review current and future policies and programs through  an age-friendly lens• That the City of Fort St. John develop and adopt universal design policies and bylaws for all new constructionRecommendations based off of the eight dimension-specific frameworks included;Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Results and findings of the Age-Friendly Assesment and Action Plan were presented to City Council.Seniors are a growing segment of the population in Fort St. John, and with the findings of the Assessment and Action plan, these will provide a foundation for planning and decision making for Seniors programs and services in the future.By using a framework assesment structure to look at both the physical and social environments for Seniors. The eight dimensions include; Housing, Transportation, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Community Support and Health Services, Social Participation, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, Respect and Social Inclusion.- Advertisement -By using the interviewing process of key members of the City such as Northern Health, The North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Save our Seniors and other groups not listed, gave their views on amenities and services offered to seniors in Fort St. John.A physical walkthrough of the City was done by several of the members of the fore mentioned groups going to places most regularly used by seniors and assessed mobility barriers at each location. The third data collection tool was a survey of all residents of Fort St. John, 55 years and older, 118 responses to the survey were received.Assets to the senior’s community are a range of groups and organizations that provide services to seniors. Seniors are advocating for themselves and using their political voice which is important in a community such as Fort St. John that has a younger demographic profile.  There are facilities such as the Pomeroy where seniors can go to be active as well as senior-focused facilities that support healthy ageing such as the seniors Hall.Advertisement Action• Continue to ensure that City communications employ a diverse range of strategies and tools to communicate with seniors, including traditional media, posters, social media, emails, and word of mouth.• Advocacy• Work with community-nonprofit organizations and local media outlets to continue supporting the development of routine seniors communication tools.• Work with the Fort St. John Public Library and Northern Lights Collegeto continue developing and offering social media training for older residents.Advertisementlast_img read more

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The 16 coolest footballers of all time – agree?

first_img 16 5) Johan Cruyff – total football, total legend. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Bucked the trend for shirt numbers being 1-11 when he donned no.14, while Cruyff’s power also saw the Dutch FA allow him to play for the national side with just two stripes on his kit, rather than Adidas’ three, due to his personal sponsorship with Puma. So cool he ‘won’ the World Cup in 1974, even though Holland lost. 2) George Best – the good, the bad and the bubbly! Click the arrow above to find out who is number one – “I used to go missing a lot: Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World…” Ladies and gents, Mr George Best. 16 6) Thierry Henry – magnifique. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – As cool off the pitch as he was on it, even making Bradley Wright-Phillips look good during his stint in New York. 16 16 16 16 16 3) Diego Maradona – you had to hand it to him. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Diego Armando Maradona is the most entertaining footballer ever; a genius who fulfilled his incredible potential, yet somehow managed to remain an outsider. His greatness has inspired a religion where, on 30 October – his birthday – fans worship at the Maradonian Church in Argentina. Amen. 14) Paolo Maldini – made being absolutely awesome look easy. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – An AC Milan legend, whose influence saw him honoured by Inter’s hardcore fans on the curva in his final derby. And what a handsome devil. He even speaks fluent English, despite living in Italy his whole life. Now compare him to England’s equivalent: John Terry. 16 12) Mario Kempes – he loved short shorts. click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Socks rolled down, long flowing locks and a World Cup winner: Kempes was the frontman of Argentina’s rock star footballers. 10) Paul Breitner – rebel without a razor. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Who leaves Real Madrid for Eintracht Braunschweig? Paul Breitner. Who can make lederhosen look cool? Paul Breitner. With his curly mop and sixth form politics, back in the ’70s World Cup winner Breitner was like a much cooler Russell Brand. Much cooler. And his nickname was ‘Der Afro’. 8) Slaven Bilic – Croatia’s defensive rock. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – A law graduate and key part of a football hipster’s wet dream, the magnificent 1998 Croatia side, when he wasn’t pissing off the French at the 1998 World Cup, Bilic loved to rock. So much so, that he once refused to go and get his man of the match champagne at West Ham until he’d met Iron Maiden guitarist Steve Harris – a big Hammers fan – after hearing the metal legend was back stage at Upton Park. 16) Gianluca Vialli – the Italian who helped make the Premier League cool. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – When Vialli arrived in England in the summer of 1996, the Premier League was still mostly about Alan ‘chicken and beans’ Shearer. Then Vialli – fresh from captaining Juventus to Champions League glory – turned up, all cosmopolitan cool. Even non-Chelsea fans loved this guy. 16 16 15) Gabriel Batistuta – so cool he had his own statue at Fiorentina… while he was still playing! Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Unless you’re a WWE wrestler or in a rock band from the 1980s, you’ve got to be cool to pull off that barnet. 7) Socrates – philosophy footballer. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Socrates stood out in an era of brilliant Brazilians and even delayed his international career to qualify as a doctor. His hero was John Lennon, not Pele, and he campaigned for democracy in his home country. Rocked up at non-league Garforth Town in 2004, aged 50, and showed Tadcaster Albion of the Northern Counties East Football League how it’s done. And just look at that headband! 11) Craig Johnston – was very big Down Under but his wife disagreed. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Why Johnston’s life story has not been made into a film, we do not know. Nearly lost his leg as a kid, travelled across the world from Australia as a 15-year-old with a dream of playing football, became a pro through sheer will power, ended up winning the lot with Liverpool, wrote a number three single, before retiring from the game aged 28 to look after his seriously ill sister. Then he invented the Adidas Predator. What a guy. 4) Robin Friday – the best footballer you never saw. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – Cardiff City and Reading may sound unlikely locations for football greats, but Friday has become a cult figure. His iconic ‘V’ sign gesture towards Luton goalkeeper Milija Aleksic was used by the Super Furry Animals’ for the cover of their single ‘The Man Don’t Give a F***’ and his career and antics are the subject of a book, above, that’s set to become a film. Friday died when he was just 38 in 1990, but the legend lives on. 16 16 1) Eric Cantona – the collar… the king fu kick… the King – The only player who was ever in charge of Alex Ferguson, we’ll leave it to his slightly less cool team-mate, Gary Neville, to explain why Cantona was the King. “Eric did things his way and no one interfered, not even the manager. When we all turned up at a civic event at Manchester Town Hall to celebrate the double, Eric wandered in wearing a denim jacket instead of a blazer. We looked him up and down and wondered how the boss would react when he arrived. Surely he’d go berserk. The press were there and all sorts of VIPs. But the manager just shook his head and smiled. ‘Eh, lads,’ he said. ‘Some man, that Cantona.’” 16 16 13) Paul McGregor – the frontman who was also a frontman. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – McGregor was dubbed the first ‘Britpop footballer’ in the mid-1990s, when he was playing for Forest in the Premier League. Around the time his goal sent the Tricky Trees into a 1996 UEFA Cup quarter-final against Bayern Munich, he was also playing gigs as frontman of Britpop band Merc. He later quit football to form post-punk band Ulterior, whose approach to entertaining the audience at gigs has been described by McGregor as “we don’t care, you’re having this”. 16 16 Style, glamour, talent – this lot have got it all.And not one of them, to our knowledge, has ever been spotted donning the socks and sandals look.Take a look at our slideshow of the 16 coolest footballers to have ever played the game.THE 13 COOLEST FOOTBALLERS STILL PLAYINGDisagree with our selection? Think we’ve left someone deserving out of the list?Leave a comment and tell us below… 9) Pep Guardiola – the son of Cruyff. Click the arrow above, right, to see the coolest footballers in the world and find out who is number one… – There are not too many people who can make the defensive midfield role cool. David Batty didn’t. Pep did. last_img read more

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Library group planning annual sale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBooks will be sold at half price on Friday and for $1 for a bagful on Saturday. The sale will offer thousands of fiction and nonfiction books – from textbooks, romance and mysteries to children’s books and classics. Proceeds will be used to purchase library books, videos, equipment and supplies as well as to provide funds for library children’s programs. For more information, call (661) 948-5029. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The Friends of the Lancaster Library will hold its spring book sale this week in the meeting room of the library, 601 W. Lancaster Blvd. A members-only night will be held 4 to 7:30 p.m. today. Memberships can be purchased at the door. The public sales will be held 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. last_img read more

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Chelsea ‘may actually miss Giroud now they have signed Higuain’ – Ally McCoist

first_imgChelsea may actually miss Olivier Giroud now they have secured the arrival of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, Ally McCoist believes.He insists the Frenchman brings a lot to the Blues team despite his lack of regular goals and says they could miss his physical presence up front. 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “They might miss a real focal point up front who can take the ball in. He’s not an out-and-out goalscorer, I get that, but you don’t get the same physical presence with Higuain as you get with Giroud.“He really allowed Hazard to go and express himself again against Spurs and he was outstanding.“Let’s not forget, Giroud won a World Cup without scoring, that is his specific value in the team. You look at that French team, nine teams out of ten are not going to play a centre forward who is not scoring goals, but he was so important for them.” 2 REVEALED REPLY huge blow no dice Ally was on commentary duty for talkSPORT at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night as Chelsea beat Tottenham on penalties to reach the EFL Cup final.Giroud made a rare start against Spurs and while he didn’t find the net, and missed a sitter with his head, McCoist insists there is so much more to his game than scoring and that he is one of the keys to getting the best out of star man Eden Hazard.Now they have signed Higuain, though, it appears Giroud’s game time for the rest of the season may be limited. Gonzalo Higuain has joined the Blues on loan from Juventus, but could join permanently in the summer for £31m ADVICE MONEY center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Olivier Giroud has scored nine goals for club and country this season Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions And the Scotland legend told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday: “They’ve brought in an out-and-out goalscorer in Higauin, I get that, but I actually think Chelsea might miss the physicality of Giroud. BEST OF shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED “They’ve bought Higuain but they might miss the the physicality of Giroud.””He’s a non-scoring centre-forward but he brings others into the game!”Ally McCoist & @MartinLipton sing the praises of @_OlivierGiroud_.Is Giroud one of the most underrated strikers in the league? pic.twitter.com/WN3IgopiBI— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 25, 2019last_img read more

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Team of the Weekend: Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea stars included

first_imgCentre-back: Dan Burn (Brighton)New £20million signing Adam Webster has another thing coming if he reckons he’s getting past Burn and into the starting XI any time soon.Once again he was excellent for the Seagulls at both ends of the pitch in the 1-1 draw with West Ham and also had an assist chalked off by VAR. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Mina was terrific for the Toffees OFF Ceballos was particularly impressive for Arsenal Buildlineup.com Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 9 Getty Images – Getty Champions Manchester City dropped their first points of the season in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, while Adrian dropped a clanger for Liverpool but helped them hold on for a win over Southampton.Arsenal – live on talkSPORT – beat a tough Burnley side 2-1, while Chelsea could only manage a 1-1 draw with Leicester on Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge homecoming.Teemu Pukki’s hat-trick gave Norwich City all three points against struggling Newcastle United, meanwhile John Lundstram’s strike made it a goal in all four tiers of top level football in England and a vital victory over the woeful Crystal Palace.But who were the heroes of the action? talkSPORT.com have assessed the contenders and named our Team of the Weekend. Getty Images – Getty LATEST Newcastle had no answers for Pukki, who now has four goals this season The weekend is done and dusted with nine Premier League games now in the record books.It was a fantastic second gameweek 2 as we learn a lot more about the new players, managers, and clubs in the top flight. Mason Mount celebrates his goal at Stamford Bridge 9 Getty Images – Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP New job on target Striker: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)Who else? It has never really worked out for the Finnish ace elsewhere but at Carrow Road he has found a home.He’s also linking up superbly with teammates and firing the ball home with tremendous accuracy. He now has four goals in just two Premier League games. latest deals FAREWELL Sterling’s fourth goal in two games was not enough for City Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)The Cherries shot-stopper was a shock starter for some this season but he’s already looking assured between the sticks.He made six saves and couldn’t do anything about Aston Villa’s goal in the 2-1 win at Villa Park.Centre-back: Grant Hanley (Norwich City)For the fourth-choice to step up and perform so admirable just a week after a costly own goal has to be credited.Throw into the mix he helped keep quiet Newcastle’s new £40million striker Joelinton and you get a place in the Team of the Weekend.Centre-back: Yerry Mina (Everton)Everything that came near the Colombian against Warford was repelled, by hook or by crook, as the Toffees kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win.He’s very tough to beat in the air and makes a formidable partner for Michael Keane at the heart of their defence. 9 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested center_img Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Getty Images – Getty 9 Central midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)The Belgian is no doubt fuming his side didn’t get all three points on Saturday evening against Tottenham but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.His deliveries for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were superb and he ran things in midfield as Spurs struggled to cope. Winger: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)The question surely will soon be asked whether the Senegalese is now the Reds’ main superstar in place of Mohamed Salah.He shows no sign of easing off, even against former club at Southampton, as he rattled home the opener and laid on the second for Roberto Firmino.Winger: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)Even with Moussa Sissoko helping him out, Kyle Walker-Peters will be glad he doesn’t have to see the England superstar for sometime.His header for City’s opening goal was excellent while he was always a threat running at Spurs’ backline. Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers 9 9 9 Kevin De Bruyne captained Manchester City against Tottenham Central midfield: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City)If you wondered how the Canaries would fare with their attacking philosophy in the Premier League, they’re proving more than capable of holding their own.With Onel Hernandez out injured, Cantwell needed to step up and he’s been impressive in their opening two games now.Attacking midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea)Dangerous throughout against Leicester, his pressing was exemplary and resulted in his goal as he robbed Wilfred Ndidi of possession on the edge of the penalty area.He could have had a couple more goals such were the positions he was moving into and was Chelsea’s stand out man. 9 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Mount scored on his home Premier League debut This is how talkSPORT.com’s XI looks AFP or licensors rookie error Getty Images Burn is having a fine start to the campaign for Brighton Getty Central midfield: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)It’s a shame the Spaniard is just on loan for one campaign with no option to buy – big mistake from the Gunners.Luckily he’s clearly going to be absolutely exceptional for them this season.His press resistance and close control will be a wonderful asset, as he demonstrated against Burnley. stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 9 Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

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Woman and Young Child Ejected in Single Car Crash on I-65

first_imgA single vehicle crash this Sunday afternoon, resulted in a woman and three year-old child being ejected from the car.Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Aaron Trammel revealed, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Eric W. Williams, 31 of Kokomo, was south bound on I-65 at the 217 mile marker (this is two miles north of the Rensselaer exit) when his rear tire blew.  This caused the SUV to lose control. It went off the roadway to the left, went through the median hit the guard rail that separates north from south bound traffic, went airborne and rolled.At one point, one of the back seat passengers, Keyida L. Moore, 37 of Kokomo, and Kayla Williams, 3 years old of Kokomo, sitting on Moore’s lap, neither restrained were ejected out the passenger side window.  The SUV rolled onto its wheels up against the cable barriers in the median while Moore landed approximately 10 feet north of the SUV.  Kayla Williams landed in the median approximately 30 feet from the SUV.Eric Williams, his front seat passenger Latisha Yancy, 31 of Kokomo, back seat passengers Niyel Williams, 4 of Kokomo, Kayden Yancy, 3 of Kokomo, and Jayden Smith, 2 of Kokomo were taken to Saint Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries.  None of the children were in child restraint seats.  It is believed they were seat belted with two of the younger ones sharing one seat belt.Moore and Kayla were also taken to Saint Elizabeth East Hospital where Kayla was later airlifted to anIndianapolis hospital with serious/critical injuries.  Moore also received serious injuries.Indiana law requires all passengers in a moving vehicle be restrained in a seatbelt or child restraint system while the vehicle is in forward motionPlease buckle-up every time, for every trip, long or short. “Seat belt usage is one of the simplest ways to enhance your safety and reduce injuries in the event of a crash” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Trooper’s will aggressively enforce seatbelt usage to advance voluntary compliance and ensure the safety of Hoosier families.”Assisting: Lake County Sheriff Department, Jasper County Sheriff Department, Rensselaer Fire, and EMS, and Cooper’s TowingAll criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.last_img read more

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Media24 faces predatory pricing charge

first_imgThis relates to the advertising rates which Media24 charged in two community newspapers in the Goldfields region of the Free State. “It further, found that this was intended to exclude competitors and to bolster Media24’s reputation as an aggressive competitor in order to reduce the likelihood of future entry into the community newspaper market.” “The Competition Act prohibits predatory pricing which involves pricing below average or variable costs in order to exclude competitors in a market,” the commission said in a statement. Berkina Twintig, trading as Gold-Net News, laid the complaint against Media24 in January – alleging that it was involved in anti-competitive pricing from 2004 to 2009. Sapa A charge of predatory pricing against Media24 has been handed over to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication, the Competition Commission said on Monday. During this period Media 24 operated two community newspapers, Vista and Goudveld Forum. The Commission also found that Goudveld Forum was used as a “fighting brand” to prevent competition with Media24’s larger and more lucrative title, Vista.center_img Evidence before the commission revealed that Goudveld Forum budgeted for and operated at a loss over this period and was closed down in January 2010 after Gold-Net News had been driven out of the market. Responding to the referral, Media24 said it would continue to deny the allegations. “The Commission’s investigation found that Media24 engaged in exclusionary pricing conduct through Goudveld Forum whereby its advertising rates were priced below cost. 1 November 2011 “Media24 has consistently denied any anti-competitive behaviour in this matter and will continue to do so in front of the Tribunal… We will thus oppose the recommendation by the Competition Commission to the Tribunal and are busy consulting with our legal team,” it said in a statement. The commission had also asked the tribunal to levy an administrative penalty of 10 percent on Media24’s turnover.last_img read more

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Including South Africa’s disabled

first_img“Here is a tree rooted in African Soil, nourished with waters from the rivers of Africa. Let us come and sit under its shade to share common dreams. The leaves of the same branch and the branches of the same tree,” says David Matlakala, an intern at the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), quoting an ambassador.The words brought tears to NCPPDSA Casual Day project leader Vinassa Celeste’s eyes.The NCPPDSA is a non-profit and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Edenvale, Johannesburg; it aims to build a society that values equality and helps disabled people, focusing on poor and rural communities.“We are going throughout the country providing programmes such as public education, social empowerment, economic empowerment and corporate disability governance; these help us raise awareness and are part of the workshops we host nationwide,” says Celeste.The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities wants to help include disabled people in day-to-day societyOver the past two years the organisation has helped more than 120 000 people.It visits schools, communities and companies, alerting people to the need for rehabilitation services, accessible vehicles, access to facilities and assistive devices for disabled people in those environments. The organisation raises awareness of disabled people’s experiences and the challenges they face living in an able-bodied world.The NCPPDSA also runs a children’s programme, teaching disabled children how to engage with able-bodied peers; it includes support groups.FUNDINGWith funds raised from initiatives such as the Nappy Run and Casual Day, the NCPPDSA provides assistive devices to more than 700 children each year.Casual Day raised a record-breaking R22-million this year, benefitting organisations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa; the National Institute for the Deaf; Autism South Africa; Down Syndrome South Africa; and the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy. Since its inception 18 years ago, the Casual Day project has raised more than R170-million.The NGO also receives funding from corporates; leading fashion retailer Edcon has signed a three-year contract as principal sponsors aiming to raise R6-million from Casual Day sticker sales at all Edcon stores, and contributing some R11-million over the sponsorship period.David Matlakala is an intern at the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South AfricaBUILDING EMPLOYMENT SKILLS“Often we find that the unemployment amongst persons with disabilities is at high level because most of the youth come from a special school system where they were in a very protected environment and they now have to learn how to live amongst others; not to forget that most employers view them as ‘sick’ and therefore they are often left behind,” says Celeste.The NCPPDSA helps disabled person enter into and succeed in the workplace by assisting with compiling resumes, building interview skills and helping entrepreneurs enter formal work.They also work with the Association for the Physically Disabled (APD), which helps families tackle the psychological effects of living with disabled people. The organisations have held more than 70 workshops, resulting in some 2 500 disabled people finding jobs.INCLUDING DISABLED PEOPLE“We want to have a common dream for everyone to live in a world where people are viewed as just that; people, and not have to treat someone differently because they don’t look a certain way,” says Celeste.The organisation believes that spreading this inclusive attitude helps people with disabilities be seen as part of society, rather than living on the edge of it, and to date has reached around 57 291 people, 4 900 of which are disabled.“We would love to make it easier for everyone to enter their places of employment through one entrance and not be separated as that will show a much more inclusive approach and everyone will be able to see each other as one,” says Celeste.For more information visit the NCPPDSA website.last_img read more

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