RSF_en Receive email alerts News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the use of violence to intimidate journalists since the opening of the first round of Egyptian legislative elections on 8 November 2005. The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Egyptian authorities to carry out thorough and serious investigations after several journalists were harassed or assaulted by the security services or by masked armed groups. News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa November 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist beaten during first round of elections to go further News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned an attack on Mamdouh Thabet, the correspondent of the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm in Assyut (480 km south of Cairo), who was roughed up on 9 November by thugs in the employ of two candidates in the ongoing parliamentary elections.“We call on the Egyptian authorities to do everything possible to detain those responsible at once,” the press freedom organisation said.Thabet was at a polling station in west Assyut covering the first round of the elections when a fight broke out between the supporters of two rival candidates, Mostafa Qorra’ah and Mohamed El-Sahafi. He had started to take photos of the brawl when he was spotted by one of Qorra’ah’s thugs. They rushed at him, hit him in the face and tried to grab his camera, but he succeeded in escaping. Before taking refuge in an Internet café, he told a police officer what was happening in the next street and asked for help, but the policeman did not react.A short while later, he left the Internet café in order to take more photos but almost immediately found himself being attacked again, this time by members of both factions. He again managed to flee but had to leave his camera, with all the photos he had taken. Accompanied by friend who is also a journalist, Thabet went to a police station, showed his swollen face and neck, and filed a complaint.————————————————————————–14.11.2005 Journalists harassed in run-up to second round of legislative electionsReporters Without Borders strongly condemned the use of violence to intimidate journalists since the opening of the first round of Egyptian legislative elections on 8 November 2005.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Egyptian authorities to carry out thorough and serious investigations after several journalists were harassed or assaulted by the security services or by masked armed groups.”We urge the authorities to see to it that the law is respected and that journalists are allowed to carry out news-gathering in complete freedom and safety”, it said.“Crude and brutal intimidation of journalists should have no place in Egypt. We also call on President Hosni Mubarak to act to halt this harassment,” it said.Ahmad Mansur, of al-Jazeera TV in Cairo and presenter of the programme “Bela hudud” (Without borders) on the same station, was brutally beaten by two men in front of this office in the Egyptian capital on the evening of 9 November. After checking his identity, the two men beat him, breaking his glasses and leaving him with a neck injury before fleeing. He has been vocal in his criticism of the Egyptian head of state.On 13 November, Heba al-Qudsy, of the Arab-language daily Asharq al-Awsat, was beaten up by a group of men while covering a demonstration in Bulak Abu el-Ela, in the suburbs of Cairo. They also snatched his camera.Manar Khater, of the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Yum was prevented from covering incidents following voting irregularities in the El Dokki district in Giza Province. Dina Gamil, of the weekly Al-A’alam Al-Yum was also prevented from attending the count in the same province. Crews working for BBC et al-Jazeera have also had trouble doing their job. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post About Author: Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Declining unemployment rates and rising home prices have helped reduce delinquency rates, according to Archana Pradhan, Senior Professional, Economist at CoreLogic. In her blog titled “Mortgage Delinquency Rates for All Loan Types Continue to Fall”, Pradhan indicated that the serious delinquency rate for September 2018 was 1.5 percent, representing a 0.4 percentage point decline compared with September 2017. The blog based on information from the CoreLogic Performance Index revealed that the serious delinquency rates for Federal Housing Administration (FHA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and conventional loans were 3.7, 1.9 and 1.1 percent as of September 2018—representing an 11-year low. CoreLogic data shows the serious delinquency rate for FHA loans is more than three times higher than the serious delinquency rate for conventional loans, partly because of the rise in FHA to conventional refinancing since 2013, Pradhan said. FHA to conventional refinances accounted for about 10 percent of all refinances in 2017 compared to 2 percent in 2012.Pradhan pointed out that a closer look reveals that today’s delinquency rates are influenced by older loans, wherein about 67 percent of the conventional loans that were seriously delinquent in September 2018 were originated between 2003 and 2009 compared to just 23 percent of seriously delinquent conventional loans originated between 2010 and 2018. About 48 percent of the FHA loans and 69 percent of VA loans that were seriously delinquent were originated between 2010 and 2018, the blog indicated.According to CoreLogic, the delinquency rates were much higher for all loan types originated between 2006 and 2008. An improvement in all types of loans recorded gradual improvement in delinquency rates were much higher for all loan types originated between 2006 and 2008. Performance of all types of loans started to improve gradually beginning with the 2009 vintage as the underwriting standards tightened and the economic recovery began mid-2009Another key finding of the report was that loans originated in 2015 and 2016 have performed the best, with the lowest 15-month delinquency rate in a decade. The affordable loans originated in the past three years have a significantly lower delinquency rate than the FHA and VA loans. In fact, the serious delinquency rate for affordable housing loans is only a little bit higher than that of conventional loans. Read the full report here. Previous: The Housing Market’s New Normal? Next: In Times of Emergency Analyzing Mortgage Delinquency Performance in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Share Save Tagged with: Archana Pradhan CoreLogic Delinquency Mortgage Rates Serious Delinquency Archana Pradhan CoreLogic Delinquency Mortgage Rates Serious Delinquency 2019-01-03 Donna Joseph Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 3, 2019 3,537 Views Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Analyzing Mortgage Delinquency Performance Related Articles
BOA LAWYERS’ LEAGUEOlisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) sent out strong signals of its intentions to go far in this year’s BOA Lawyers’ Football Tournament with a convincing 4-0 defeat of Aluko & Oyebode in the second round first leg fixture last weekend. Two goals each from the boots of Dare Owolabi and Tunde Ogabi ensured that OAL secure maximum three points going into the reverse fixture on Sunday at the AstroTurf 2000 facility in Ikoyi, Lagos.Interestingly, it was not only Agbakoba that triumphed with wide margin. SOOB/ACAS also defeated George Etomi/FRA Williams 3-1 to pick three points.Udoma Udoma & Belo Osagie (UUBO)/ACAS was the third team to record victory in the weekend fixtures characterized by four drawn results.ALP/SPA Ajibade settled for one-all draw with Pinheiro while AELEX and Templars battled to a goalless result. Falana & Falana and DOA Law also recorded another barren draw with the one-all draw recorded in the fixture between BA Law/Probitas versus Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) capping the weekend games.All the teams that played home last weekend are to play away in on Sunday.According to the organisers of the tournament, the top four teams in each group will proceed to the next stage which promises to be even more exciting with home and away matches for the qualified teams.“After the home and away knockout stage, eight teams will automatically qualify and proceed to the quarter finals. In the event of a draw, penalties will be deployed as a decider. Each team is to play three penalties during the shoot out,” observed the statement from AstroTurf 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in different ways. For myself and most other people, it means sitting inside the house for hours on end, finding ways to pass the time without boring myself to death. But for some, the pandemic has a greater impact.JJ Lamb is one of those people. Lamb, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, is in his fifth year with UW’s club baseball team and his fourth year playing for the team. Lamb also took over as the team president this year.Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…But, Lamb’s season was cut short just a few weeks ago when the coronavirus took the U.S. by storm, shutting down schools, businesses and sports across the country.In an interview I had with Lamb in mid-March, he described to me how the pandemic has affected the rest of the team’s spring season, which was just getting underway.“I’m supposed to be in Florida right now for baseball,” Lamb said. “Every year our club goes down to Tampa, Florida and we play about 10 games between the two teams we have. It’s kind of like our version of spring training. It’s a pretty big thing to put together, considering how many guys we take down there, so the fact that the school canceled everything was a hassle.”Club baseball plays a limited season, spanning from Florida in mid-March to the National Club Baseball Association’s World Series in North Carolina (Division I) and Kansas (Division II) in May.Why baseball should be brought back to UWThe University of Wisconsin hasn’t had a baseball team in 28 years. The last time the Badgers fielded a team Read…While I played baseball from early elementary school through my high school years, I could tell Lamb was more passionate than most players I have encountered through the years, as he didn’t even make the team his first season.“I tried out my freshman year and I was cut but I basically told them ‘no, I’m not done playing baseball,’ and I just kept showing up,” Lamb said. “So eventually I made the team my second year and now I’m the team president.”Lamb’s dedication and passion for baseball stood out to me during the interview, but it was also clear how devastating the cancellation of much of his final season was to him.As team president, he has taken on more duties in his senior year, including being a single point of contact for the 60-70 players trying out each season, as well as working with other club officers to reserve field time through RecWell, stay in contact with the league to create the schedule and report stats, get grants from UW and logistically plan throughout the season.Men’s Basketball: Senior send-off for Brevin PritzlWith the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season coming to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus, Badger fans Read…Despite all of this, Lamb’s season will end early with the pandemic taking over our daily lives.“Our season is officially cancelled after we had a conversation with the Center for Leadership & Involvement (UW student org governing body), who officially restricted student org activities until May 15,” Lamb said.With the cancellation of spring seasons across college sports, the NCAA recently granted an additional season of eligibility for spring athletes.But since club sports are not technically a part of the NCAA, Lamb and other club athletes’ extra eligibility is up in the air at this point, meaning seniors and graduate students already participating in their fifth year in a club sport might not get another chance to play.With sports canceled nationwide — and likely on the verge of being canceled worldwide — I feel student athletes across the nation on both varsity and club teams should be granted an extra year of eligibility. This would give seniors and graduate students a final chance to shine in what may be their final season in competitive sports.
Submit Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Carolyn Harris: Banning gambling sponsorships ‘one of the most obvious things to do’ July 14, 2020 William Hill’s partnership with charity The Alzheimer’s Society has drawn criticism from MPs and health practitioners stating that betting should hold no connection with dementia, according to a report in The Times.Last spring, a newly relaunched ‘William Hill Foundation’ announced The Alzheimer’s Society as a lead partner seeking to raise the charity £2 million over a three-year period.Helping the partnership as a part of its ‘Nobody Harmed’ social responsibility corporate directive, William Hill would launch an Alzheimer’s awareness campaign fronted by brand ambassador Robbie Savage.In its 2020 corporate guidance, the FTSE bookmaker underlined that it seeks to become a leading UK dementia-friendly business organisation.“We are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to become the leading Dementia Friendly business in our industry, helping those with dementia to sustain their normal activities for as long as possible, such as visiting their local betting shop, while minimising at-risk behaviours.” – William Hill stated in its 2019 company report.Leading the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones branded the partnership as inappropriate and insensitive to dementia sufferers.“The notion that a person suffering from this should be encouraged to gamble responsibly is ludicrous and from a safeguarding perspective of grave concern,” Bowden-Jones told The Times.Supporting Bowden-Jones’ criticism, Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, would brand the William Hill’s collaboration as a ‘dreadful idea’.Harris, who is recognised as the prominent figurehead pushing for wholesale industry reforms, stated that it was inconceivable for a mental health charity to believe that betting shops are ‘appropriate place for dementia patients’.“This is exploitation of the most vulnerable,” Harris said. “Many will be seeking company and to suggest that the bookies is where they will be welcomed and safe beggars’ belief.”An under-fire Alzheimer’s Society maintains that beyond vital fundraising its collaboration with the William Hill Foundation has focused on support and staff training, being able to recognise and protect the sufferers of dementia and related diseases.Alex Hyde-Smith of the Alzheimer’s Society responded: “People with dementia tell us that they want to continue doing the things they enjoy and stay involved in their communities. As a charity, we have a duty to respond by influencing the betting agenda through education and awareness.“The point of and benefit of this partnership is to provide the support and training its staff need to deliver the right environment and protections so the 850,000 people living with dementia can enjoy themselves, safely, protected from the threat of financial harm.”
Rafael Bejarano10925241823%$1,132,782 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Mike Puype4147610%$336,790 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AFFIRMEDProspect Park is one of five 3-year-olds entered in a small but select field for Sunday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes, a race Cliff Sise Jr. hopes will be a start to bigger and better things this summer for the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod.Prospect Park drew the No. 5 post position in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.“I’m happy with the outside post,” Sise said. “It gives us options on strategy. I see him sitting outside, second or third, and doing his thing in the stretch.”Prospect Park will be making his first start since April 4, when he finished a troubled fourth behind front-running winner Dortmund in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.The Affirmed, race three of nine: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 2-1; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 6-5. Gary Stevens1953326%$501,450 Philip D’Amato41136432%$689,940 Tyler Baze13524152418%$1,295,340 Drayden Van Dyke76109713%$439,442 Eddie Truman1361246%$223,150 Tiago Pereira4589518%$341,040 BLUE COLLAR PEDROZA TAKES RED EYE TO NEW YORKWhile Kent Desormeaux, Martin Garcia, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens are already ensconced in New York gearing up for their stakes commitments on Belmont Stakes Day tomorrow, Martin Pedroza was taking care of business first at Santa Anita today.He is scheduled to ride four horses, including Half Dome Dude in the eighth and final before taking a red-eye to the Big Apple where he rides multiple Grade I winner Private Zone in the Grade I, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday.It’s just business as usual for the blue collar rider, who turns 50 on July 20.“Today we start racing at 4 o’clock,” said Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “The last race should be over by 7:30, we should be out of here by 8, his plane leaves at 11:32, so we have plenty of time. Martin has time to go home and have dinner first if he wants to.“For Marty, today is just another work day.” FINISH LINES: Tough Sunday, the “Medical Miracle” California-bred trained by Steve Miyadi for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, is breezing steadily as he prepares for his return to the races after being sidelined since late January, and could run against California-breds later this month if an overnight race fills. “That would be a prep for the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar,” Miyadi said. “He’s doing great.” Tough Sunday worked five furlongs Friday in 1:05.40. “The time was slow,” said Miyadi, who saddled She Hums to an $18 upset in yesterday’s first race, “but we’ll give him a sharper work next time.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, ticketed for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked five furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday in 59.40. Other stakes winners that breezed for the Hall of Fame trainer included Sahara Sky and Wild Dude, five furlongs in 59.60 and 59.80, respectively, while Sam’s Sister went six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.20 . . . O’Neill’s No. One: Trainer Doug O’Neill has four horses entered today. Three drew the inside post, while the other, Diamond Stilettos, landed in the No. 2 slot next to stablemate One More, who got the rail in the third race . . . A piece by CBS Evening News on Victor Espinoza promoting the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/OK7jyasw7xU . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Western Harness publicist Bob Wellman, who passed away May 26 at age 73 in Hemet, California . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing tomorrow of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .The Pari-mutuel, ADW and Simulcast Committee meeting of the California Horse Racing Board scheduled for Thursday, June 11, at Los Alamitos Race Course, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be determined site . . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess atthe popular dining and drink destination atClockers’ Corner, is wearing a party hat these mornings with a cobra on it in support of American Pharoah‘s pursuit of theTriple Crown, but she won’t go on record verbally. “No comment,” is all she would say. “I don’t want to jinx him.” Mario Gutierrez3553714%$259,348 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas43155435%$765,270 Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado62812913%$337,450 Mike Smith3278322%$604,310 Santiago Gonzalez7361568%$308,376 Gonzalo Nicolas7666138%$222,508 (Current Through Thursday, June 4) Kent Desormeaux5158610%$266,334 Doug O’Neill781315917%$617,628 Jerry Hollendorfer47612613%$447,294 MOST HORSEMEN FAVOR ‘PHAROAH’ IN BELMONTPEDROZA GOING FROM ONE ‘ZONE’ TO ANOTHERPROSPECT PARK POISED FOR SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED Fernando Perez891614918%$582,950 Joseph Talamo951761818%$666,008 Martin Pedroza77511136%$297,844 Vann Belvoir3446512%$150,590 Bob Baffert2252523%$224,610 Felipe Valdez8271369%$321,900 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Mandella3087427%$656,410 AMERICAN PHAROAH RECEIVES TRIPLE CROWN MANDATEBe it loyalty or logic, Santa Anita-based horsemen see Santa Anita-basedAmerican Pharoah becoming the 12th winner of racing’s Triple Crown and the first since Affirmed in 1978 when the streaking son of Pionnerof the Nile runs in Saturday’s final jewel, the mile and a half Belmont Stakes.Following is a sampling of their thoughts on what horse might win:Barry Abrams: “American Pharoah, but Materiality and Frosted are horses to worry about.”A.C. Avila: “I saw him jog on TV and he was jumping, kicking and bucking. When a horse feels like that, it’s a very good sign. I’m afraid of Mubtaahij. Michael de Kock is a super trainer.”Richard Baltas: “I hope he wins. It would be good for the sport, but I’ve seen too many times when it didn’t happen. It might be Baffert’s turn, though.”David Bernstein: “If it rains, he’s a cinch. It’s always hard to pick against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.”Ray Bell: “He’s the best horse with the strongest constitution. We’ll find out. If any horse can beat him, I think it’s Frosted.”Vann Belvoir: “He looks pretty salty in there. There’s no speed to go with him.”Jim Cassidy: “He’s got a great shot. I hope he does it, but he’s got everything going against him, the distance, fresh horses, but if Victor (Espinoza) doesn’t get in trouble, I hope he does it.”Phil D’Amato: “No doubt he’s got a great chance.”Keith Desormeaux: “I think we’ve all had similar thoughts when there have been Triple Crown possibilities, which has been often in the last 20 years. You’re so excited about it and you want so much to see it happen that you always feel it’s going to be accomplished. I don’t recall ever having the feeling that a horse going for the Triple Crown was going to get beat in the Belmont. I thought California Chrome would do it, Big Brown, War Emblem, Real Quiet. It’s easy to see why they got beat after the race, but I think we’re all fans going into the Belmont.”Caesar Dominguez: “We’re going to have a Triple Crown winner. It will be good for the jockey, good for the trainer, and good for the owner who spends a lot of money in the sport and deserves a Triple Crown winner.”Neil Drysdale: “I would think he should do it.”Ron Ellis: “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got a great shot, and I hope he does it.”Paddy Gallagher: “I said this before: American Pharoah floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Dortmund is like Mike Tyson. There have been others going for the Triple Crown I hoped could win, but it’s not about hope with Pharoah.”Mark Glatt: “I don’t see anything in there that can beat him.”Jorge Gutierrez: “I think he’s going to do it. The race sets up nicely for him. My only concern is Frosted. He’s fresh.”Eoin Harty: “It will be a tough contest but I think he’s up to the task.”Bruce Headley: “He’s a cinch, a super horse, bigger, better and faster than all of them.”Jerry Hollendorfer: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse all right.”James Kasparoff: “I’m on the fence. There are some fresh horses in there, but if he won, it would be great.”Craig Lewis: “I’ll say this: American Pharoah is the only horse in the race that can win the Triple Crown.”Mike Machowsky: “I think American Pharoah will win, but my value play will be a 6-7 (Frosted-Keen Ice) exacta box. American Pharoah will be pretty tough to beat.”Gary Mandella: “American Pharoah is not a forgone conclusion in my opinion, with three races in five weeks on a very tight schedule. Frosted is a fresh horse.”Richard Mandella: “This is the year. This is it. American Pharoah looks that good.”Ron McAnally: “I’ve picked him all the way through and I can’t get off him now.”Sean McCarthy: “If he has the luck and energy, he’ll win it. He’s the best horse.”Steve Miyadi: “If it rains, there will be a Triple Crown winner. If it doesn’t, there won’t.”John Sadler: “A cinch. Everything’s lined up for him. He’s got the speed, a couple of horses got hurt. I don’t think it’s close.”Gary Stute: “American Pharoah wins rain or shine. Bob (Baffert) deserves it. I watched replays of Real Quiet getting beat (by a nose in the 1998 Belmont) the other day. Bob’s paid his dues.”Eddie Truman: “Absolutely. We’re going to be celebrating, all the stars are aligned.”Dennis O’Neill: “It’s a two-horse race, Frosted and American Pharoah. If it rains, it’s a one-horse race.”Hector Palma: “He looks like the best horse, but Materiality could be tough. He had a lot of problems in the Derby. It would be nice for a Mexican (Victor Espinoza) to win the Triple Crown. He’ll be a bigger hero than Pancho Villa.”Jorge Periban: “I love that horse. He’s going to do it. I don’t think anybody will beat him this time.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “As good as he looks on video, I don’t see how he can get beat. He has a stride I haven’t seen in a long time.”Tim Yakteen: “American Pharoah, of course. Let’s get lucky.”Ted H. West: “It’s so tough. It looks like he’s a super horse, but he has to win three races in five weeks. I hope he wins.”Dan Ward: “I hope he does it.”Howard Zucker: “I’ve been calling American Pharoah the Triple Crown winner for the last four months. I’m not stopping now.”First live post time at Santa Anita tomorrow is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:50 p.m. Pacific Time. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Peter Miller561413425%$549,080 Mark Glatt3846711%$231,554 Robertino Diodoro2252323%$153,690 Flavien Prat911718919%$1,079,100 John Sadler4759811%$281,038 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320
Thata Ubeke Manufacturing won both the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards at the fifth annual South African Premier Business Awards.Nana Sabelo’s company Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd wins the Manufacturer Award and the Black Industrialist Award of the 5th annual South African Premier Business Awards. Here she is with her COO, Thuthu Khumalo. (Image: Melissa Javan)Johannesburg, 31 January 2018 – A Boksburg-based company in Gauteng scored a double when it scooped two awards at the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards.Winners were announced at the awards ceremony that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night 30 January 2018 under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies the awards recognise and reward the contribution of the country’s companies in growing and transforming the South African economy.Thata Ubeke Manufacturing which manufactures electrical and electronic sub-systems for the domestic and export markets romped home with the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards.It was for the second time in a row that the company won the Black Industrialist Award. The award is for companies with a high level of black South African ownership and operate in a manufacturing sector identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as key for the growth of the SA economy.The Manufacturer Award recognises enterprises or organisations that demonstrate efforts to achieve world-class manufacturing standards and manufacturers that produce innovative products.“This year the South African Premier Business Awards acknowledge the Black Industrialist Award as its prestigious main category. In doing so, government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting and increasing the participation of black people in the industrial space,” said Minister Davies.Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, a tyre manufacturing company, also won two awards at the ceremony, namely the Enterprise Development Award and Investor Award.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brand South Africa, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “We are very proud to have successfully awarded businesses that are contributing positively to the economy and the various communities.“These businesses truly understand the importance of making positive strides to the contribution of South Africa’s global competitiveness. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Makhubela.The CEO of Proudly South African, Mr Eustace Mashimbye said: “Apart from our own Proudly South African prize we are delighted to see another member company amongst the winners. We acknowledge all the companies that fly our flag and work to build local procurement levels, in so doing creating jobs. We congratulate all the entrants and especially the winners.”The awards were sponsored by Old Mutual, Tsogo Sun, Wits Business School and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.List of winnersBlack Industrialist AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdEnterprise Development AwardSumitomo Rubber South AfricaExporter AwardAerosud Aviation (Pty) LtdInvestor AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaManufacturer AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdPlay Your Part AwardClover Mama Afrika TrustProudly South African Member Company AwardLa Van Skin and Body Excellence SystemSMME AwardMemeza Shout (PTY) LtdWomen-Owned Business AwardBBD Steel SuppliesYoung Entrepreneur AwardGridbow Engineers and Technical ServicesWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
With no sign of students returning to schools any time soon in Kashmir, several government schools, in a novel idea, have decided to throw open their campus facilities for children living in the vicinity for recreational purposes.Taking the lead, a prominent girls higher secondary school at Kothibagh near Lal Chowk here with a huge playground has put up a notice for the children living in nearby areas “to use the campus for multiple activities”.The school has seen poor attendance of students till now. “Local children can use the campus for sports activity from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” the notice reads at the school.“The idea is to allow the children, living under a sense of siege since August 5, to come out of their homes and interact. They are constantly exposed to the negative cycle of news, with little interaction outside. Even the spaces of entertainment like sports grounds are sealed with concertina wires and many are sealed by the security forces,” a staffer of the school said, on condition of anonymity.The government’s bid to reopen 4,000 primary and middle schools in the Valley has failed to see any spike in attendance. According to the official figures, the attendance hovered around 10%, even if staff presence has improved “significantly.”’
APTN National NewsEarl Cook was in many ways an ordinary young man.Originally from the rural community of Cross Lake, Manitoba, he grew up in foster homes and was plagued by life-long struggles.Now his death from cancer at the age of 23 is being felt from coast to coast.And in the NHL, which become like a second family, tonight Cook is being warmly remembered as a courageous man who faced his challenges with courage and humour.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has the story of an extraordinary life.
WASHINGTON – When the Federal Reserve wraps up its latest meeting, it will likely point to strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising inflation as reasons to stay on a path of gradually lifting interest rates. It is unlikely, however, to make any interest rate moves Wednesday.The Fed’s statement may also discuss potential risks from rising trade tensions. But it is almost certain the statement will not acknowledge the recent criticism lodged at the central bank from President Donald Trump.The Fed has already raised rates two times this year in March and June. It signalled at the June meeting that it expected to raise two more times in 2018. Many analysts believe those hikes will occur in September and December.The March and June rate hikes followed three hikes in 2017 and one each in 2015 and 2016. The Fed’s key policy rate is now at a still relatively low level of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. But it’s up from the record low near zero where it remained for seven years as the central bank worked to use ultra-low interest rates to lift the economy out of the Great Recession.The string of quarter-point rate hikes is intended to prevent the economy from overheating and pushing inflation from climbing too high. But higher rates make borrowing costlier for consumers and businesses and can weigh down stock prices. Trump has made clear he has little patience for the Fed’s efforts to restrain the economy to control inflation.“Tightening now hurts all that we have done,” Trump tweeted last month, a day after he said in a television interview that he was “not happy” with the Fed’s rate increases.Over the past quarter-century, presidents have maintained silence in public about Fed actions, believing that lodging complaints would be counter-productive. That’s because it could produce even faster rate hikes if the central bank feels the need to convince financial markets that it will not yield to political pressure and allow inflation to rise to worrisome levels.Following Trump’s comments, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to strike a reassuring note that the White House doesn’t want to interfere with the Fed’s policymaking.“We as an administration absolutely support the independence of the Fed, and the president has made it clear that this is the Fed’s decision,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”At the moment, economic growth is strong, rising at an annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years. Unemployment is at a low 4 per cent, and some analysts believe it will fall further when the government releases the July figures on Friday.But there are worries as well, led by fears of what a Trump-led trade war might do to growth in the United States and around the world.Many analysts believe that the possible harm from rising tariffs was a key discussion topic this week, although it may not show up in the Fed’s policy statement.Delivering the Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress last month, Powell refrained from criticizing the Trump administration’s effort to use the threat of tariffs to try to lower trade barriers. But Powell noted that the Fed was hearing a “rising chorus of concern” from business contacts about the harm a trade war could cause.Powell hasn’t publicly addressed Trump’s criticism of Fed rate hikes. But the chairman had previously said in a radio interview that the central bank has long operated independently in making interest-rate decisions based on what was best for the economy and not in response to political pressure.