24 July 2012 South Africa’s Gauteng province launched the first of 20 jobs centres on Monday in a bid to address unemployment and poverty among the province’s youth. The Lulaway Job Centre is a walk-in facility equipped with computers and staffed by trained young graduates on Louis Botha Avenue in Highlands North, Johannesburg. The provincial Department of Health and Social Development plans to register and train 8 000 young job-seekers by the end of 2012/13. Of these, 5 000 will be placed in various permanent positions in the private sector, with more than 107 companies having pledged their support for the project. At the centre, young job-seekers will be able to register on the job portal, receive career guidance, conduct screening tests and be assisted with job placement and job counselling. Free assessments are offered to ensure that young people pursue careers that complement their strengths. The department’s spokesperson, Sello Mokoena, explained that one of the unique features of the jobs centre model was to ensure that entry level positions were only available to the unemployed youth. “We intend establishing 20 job centres throughout the province,” he said, adding that some of the areas that will benefit from the project include Thembisa, Khutsong, Kagiso, Kwa-sokhulumi, Devon, Mamelodi, Diepsloot and Sicelo in Midvaal. “The centres will be housed in existing development centres, Thusong Centres and Business Enterprise Centres as they are closer to communities,” he said. Mokoena said it was important for job seekers to possess skills such as problem- solving, creativity, synthesis and analysis. “We need to increase access to information and to ensure that job-seekers are equipped with the relevant knowledge and market-related skills,” he said. Given the unemployment level in the province, employers would have to engage young job-seekers, and ensure that they have suitable credentials and practical experience to advance the economy, and to improve their lives. “We are concerned about limited employment opportunities for young people. They need to take cognisance of what job opportunities are available in the marketplace, and they should also seek more job opportunities and capitalise on their personal strengths,” Mokoena said. He said jobs centres should be seen as a part of a greater strategy for ensuring that young people survive the challenges of the globalised economy, as Gauteng is part of the international jobs market. Mokoena said too many young people find themselves locked into poverty and unemployment because of ignorance and lack of information. “We urge them to make use of government services and to make informed decisions, which is why we have initiated this project.” Source: SANews.gov.za
NRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams. We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels. Hereâ€™s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes â€“ Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan â€“ Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin â€“ Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams â€“ Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin â€“ Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Menâ€™s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Womenâ€™s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts â€“ Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James â€“ Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill â€“ NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Support
The CCAT programme has reached over 300 Jamaican youth ages 14 to 28 primarily. The training equips young people for leadership through the introduction of key climate change concepts. It is imperative that Jamaica and other countries around the globe learn to adapt to climate change. Another 98 youngsters have graduated from the Climate Change Action Training (CCAT) Programme, which is aimed at developing dedicated youth advocates for action on climate change in their communities.Since its inception, the CCAT programme has reached over 300 Jamaican youth ages 14 to 28 primarily. The training equips young people for leadership through the introduction of key climate change concepts and action strategies complemented by personal skill development. The participants are introduced to topics such as advocacy, project proposal and resume writing and leadership.The graduates, who hail from the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Ann and St. Catherine, have been exposed to various activities ranging from information exchange sessions on climate change, to proposal writing and project implementation. The training was supported by field activities, community consultations and group engagement sessions, which will feed into the design and implementation of a project for each participating community.Addressing the graduation ceremony at the Girl Guides Association headquarters in St. Andrew on Friday, November 1, Office Director, Environment and Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica, Suzanne Ebert, said it is imperative that Jamaica and other countries around the globe learn to adapt to climate change, which she describes as “a fundamental challenge which confronts our planet and all of humanity.”“We must get serious about adaptation and we must do so now. There is no time for delay. What’s more, the people who are bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change are those who can least afford to cope, and who have likely contributed least to causing the problem. Adaptation is both a practical need and a moral imperative,” she stressed.Pointing out that three quarters of all disasters globally are now climate related, up from a half just a decade ago, Miss Ebert said that a country’s ability to adapt to climatic changes is even more vital. This is especially true in the Caribbean, which she noted, is already experiencing the effects in more frequent and intense hurricanes, extreme rainfall, and longer periods of drought.“The climate is changing and so we must also change how we act in respect to the environment…Together we must transform our economies and embark on a lower emission, clean energy path. We must strengthen our ability to adapt to a changing climate. Adaptation is an essential investment in our common future,” she said.In his remarks, Senior Technical Director for Mitigation in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Gerald Lindo, said that while persons know about climate change, they often fail to make the connection with how it affects their day to day lives.“This is why awareness building and sensitization efforts are key components of any climate change action strategy,” he said.“Climate change is very much a generational issue. It’s happening now, but it’s going to be happening even worse in 50 years or in a hundred years or in a thousand years. So we have to look to the young people to get energised to become the change agents to go out and do the work that not just the government, not just the country, but the world needs to be done,” he said.The CCAT Programme has a 16 module curriculum developed through extensive community and agency consultations. The programme’s objective was to create a cadre of informed, skilled and dedicated youth Climate Change Action Agents (CCAAs) at the community level to provide immediate and ongoing climate change leadership and action.The USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) Project, and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs have been partnering to deliver CCAT through training and action projects within schools churches and communities.Formerly the Marketing and Agriculture for Jamaican Improved Competitiveness (MAJIC) Project, Ja REEACH aims to protect and enhance the welfare of residents and ecosystems of targeted rural communities affected by climate change.It is being jointly implemented by the Government and the United States-based Agricultural Co-operative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Co-operative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Story Highlights
SASKATOON – Premier Brad Wall wiped back tears Saturday after Saskatchewan Party members paid tribute to their soon-to-be-retired leader during the party’s annual convention.Over 600 delegates were present at an auditorium in Saskatoon for the tribute, which included speeches by political pundit Rex Murphy and the party’s founding member, Ken Krawetz, who now serves as Wall’s chief of staff.Murphy spoke of Wall’s defence of the oil industry, noting it isn’t easy to stand against the rest of the country and the federal government.An emotional Wall, who has been Saskatchewan’s premier for a decade, thanked the party and members for their support.The convention also included a debate among the five candidates vying to replace him as leader.Wall will officially step down as premier following a leadership vote in Saskatoon on Jan. 27.“I do believe it’s time for me to go,” he told the convention.Wall was commended for standing against the federal government’s proposed carbon tax, maintaining Saskatchewan’s AAA credit rating and approving new hospitals across the province.“The gift that Brad Wall gave to politics in Canada is that he was not ashamed to say what is actually, obviously true,” Murphy said.Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre applauded Wall’s thoughtfulness in cabinet meetings, fondly describing his ability to listen and ask questions.She also described his “kiss of death” on policy ideas, which she said he delivered after convoluted proposals prepared by bureaucrats.“He might take off his glasses, rub his eyes and say, ‘I don’t know about this,’ then sort of purse his lips and look into the middle of distance,” Eyre said.(CKOM)
NEW YORK — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate.Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty Wednesday of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.Prosecutors portrayed Ho as a cheater who lined the pockets of government officials in a bid to expand the business of CEFC China Energy around the world.The case had a number of links to the United Nations and involved meetings and wire transfers in New York City.Jim Mustian, The Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public.A three-judge panel ruled Friday the deposition of Richard Sackler must be unsealed. Sackler is a former president of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. He’s a member of the family that controls the company. His testimony could reveal more information about the company’s marketing practices. The company announced earlier this year it would stop marketing the painkiller.Sackler’s testimony is part of Kentucky’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that settled in 2015 for $24 million.The ruling is a victory for STAT, a national health publication owned by Boston Globe Media that sued to unseal the testimony.Adam Beam, The Associated Press
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Michigan won 28-16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is about to get a lot more interesting on Saturday.This will be the first game in which Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will face off in what many would consider the most intriguing meeting between the two teams since 2006. Harbaugh has been a successful head coach on both the college and professional level. In stops with the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh posted a 58-27 record with two conference championships at San Diego in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After Stanford finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2011, Harbaugh left the collegiate ranks for the NFL, becoming the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He posted a 44-19 record, including a loss to his brother’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. After a rift between Harbaugh and the 49ers front office following an 8-8 finish in 2014, Harbaugh left San Francisco to go back to his alma mater and coach the team he onced quarterbacked: Michigan. Both Michigan and OSU have been teams to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season, and part of that is due to the job that both Meyer and Harbaugh are doing at their respective schools. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this game will be different because of what Harbaugh brings to the table as the man in charge at Michigan. “Spice. Intensity. For me, even when Ohio State was winning with Jim Tressel, the fan in me liked Woody (Hayes) and Bo (Schembechler). I like the angst, the emotion, the, ‘I’m not going to cross midfield to shake his hand,’” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if we are going to get to that level with (Meyer) and (Harbaugh), but it’s going to be different. It’s going to be different just because of the personality of (Harbaugh). I’m one of these guys that starting Sunday morning, I don’t know if I’ll sleep because of what could be at stake this weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Despite much of the focus being on the two successful coaches, Harbaugh said in a Monday press conference that the focus should not be on them but on their players.“My reaction to the coach vs. coach build-up is he’s not going to be blocking anybody; he’s not going to be tackling anybody,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to be on the sideline blocking and tackling nobody.”OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEven so, it’s hard to ignore the impact the coaches have had on their respective programs and in turn, the rivalry in general. When each coach took the helm, the program finished under .500 the year prior. In Meyer’s first season in Columbus in 2012 and Harbaugh’s first one this year, the teams made major strides. Based on the first-year improvement, it’s completely reasonable to assume that the programs will maintain a level of success for years to come. That is the reason why these two teams have the potential to re-establish arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. With these two premier coaches leading the programs, the recruiting classes for these two teams should be among the best in the country, so the talent pool should be overflowing. With all of the eventual talent coming to these schools, the rivalry will only grow. And with that, the prominence of one of college football’s biggest rivalries will be restored.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren insists that with adrenaline and pride on the line in their World Cup semi-final with England, tiredness will not be a factorThe Vatreni are hoping to go one better than the great Croatia team of Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki in the 1998 World Cup, who were beaten in the last four by hosts and eventual winners France.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their previous knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, there are concerns that they Croatia players may suffer from fatigue as the match with England goes on.But Lovren is certain that both himself and teammates will have no problems.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The manager believes in us – he did so when few others did – and we do the best we can,” Lovren said on the Croatia Football Federation website.“The Croatian people never had it easy, and we want to bring them some joy, including a medal. We’ve had a chance to recover from two tough, long matches. When the stakes are this high, nobody is tired. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Russia deserves all the praise for a great organization of the World Cup”Croatia will play England at the Luzhniki stadium today at 20:00 (GMT +2).
The Swiss young star has been signed by Southampton and he hopes to break into the senior squad to be able to play in the Premier League soonSwiss central midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz is one of those small jewels one can find in European football.The former Servette FC player has just joined Southampton and he is aiming high, as he wants to be part of the senior squad “as “quickly as possible.”Jankewitz is known for his versatility in the U17 Swiss national team and know will be able to play for the first time in England.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m very excited to begin something new. A new life and I can’t wait,” the youngster told the club’s official website.“Everyone has been very friendly and they’ve given me a great welcome.”“I’m a box-to-box player. I like defending as much as attacking. My target is to play as many games for the U23s as I can and then we will see what happens from there,” he described himself.“In the long term, I want to give my best to try and break into the first team as quickly as possible.”