A crash on I-95 in Deerfield Beach Friday night appears to have caused another accident, ultimately involving two deputies.According to a report, a Broward Sheriff’s deputy responding to a crash involving a Toyota Corolla on the highway hit an off-duty Sheriff’s Office deputy who had stopped to help the Toyota’s driver.Veda Coleman-Wright, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, says the Toyota’s driver and the off-duty deputy were standing on the shoulder next to the guardrail. That is when the responding deputy lost control, side-swiped another Sheriff’s Office vehicle, and then hit the pair standing on the side of the highway.Coleman-Wright adds that the roadway was wet at the time of the crash.The names of the deputies and the driver involved in the incident have not been disclosed.The deputy has been treated and released. However, Coleman-Wright is unsure whether the driver of the Toyota has also been released from the hospital, but says the injuries are not life-threatening.The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, while the Broward Sheriff’s Office investigates the part involving the deputy.
Fernando Torres went close to giving Chelsea a half-time lead at the Liberty Stadium.The Spaniard had a header cleared off the line by Leon Britton and also headed straight into the arms of keeper Gerhard Tremmel following Victor Moses’ cross.Referee Kevin Friend then waved away the visitors’ appeals for a penalty after Eden Hazard was bundled over in the area by Swansea defender Ashley Williams.Chelsea are without the injured Juan Mata and David Luiz, but Ashley Cole recovered from an ankle problem in time to play and Branislav Ivanovic is back from suspension.The Blues are attempting to regain top spot in the Premier League, which Manchester United took by beating Arsenal earlier this afternoon.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.Click here for the Swansea v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Arcata >> Starting pitcher Jeffrey Kersten put in the strongest start of the young 2017 season, striking out 10 in eight impressive innings as the Humboldt Crabs recorded a 2-1 comeback win over the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday night.Humboldt (5-1 overall) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete the comeback.Crabs first baseman Ryan Myers tied the game with an RBI double to score center fielder Jeremiah Burks. Moments later, Myers scored on a …
SANTA CLARA — Upon further review, it turns out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t refuse to shake hands with Richard Sherman and other 49ers before Monday night’s game.Sherman, who accused Mayfield of disrespecting the 49ers by not properly greeting them on the field for the coin toss, admitted he was wrong and intends to apologize to Mayfield.Shortly after Sherman’s postgame claim about the missing handshake from Mayfield, there was video evidence to contradict the 49ers …
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30 March 2007The London Stock Exchange’s new TradElect trading system, the final phase of a four-year technology overhaul, is set go live for the first time in South Africa after the exchange extended its IT contract with the JSE Limited for a further five years.The extended contract will see the LSE’s next-generation trading system going live on the Johannesburg and Namibia markets on 2 April ahead of its introduction on the London market in the second quarter of the year.The LSE and JSE have also agreed to develop their technology and business cooperation further “to encourage growth in listings, trading and data sales,” the LSE said in a statement last week.“Over the last five years, the JSE has developed a strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, and we are excited to be the first exchange to use their new technology,” JSE chief operating officer Leanne Parsons said at a formal contract signing ceremony in London.“As part of the JSE’s broader effort to strengthen its role as a competitive force in the global financial marketplace, the JSE is pleased to be able to implement the LSE’s new superior trading platform.”LSE chief executive Clara Furse said the exchange looked forward “to extending the scope of our partnership to the benefit of both of our markets and companies.“As the leading exchange in Africa, the JSE will, through the adoption of TradElect, be operating on world-leading technology, combining very low levels of latency with high levels of scalability and systems reliability.”Since May 2002, the LSE has supplied the JSE with its trading system, JSE SETS, on an application service provider basis. JSE market participants access the trading system via a dedicated communications link between Johannesburg and London.Since the migration of the JSE’s trading to SETS, the average daily number of trades on the JSE has increased by over 140%, from 15 000 in May 2002 to 37 000 in February 2007, operating with 100% availability.According to the LSE, TradElect’s introduction is the final and most significant phase of the exchange’s four-year transition to next-generation trading technology, representing “the biggest development to the LSE’s trading infrastructure since the implementation of the Sequence Programme and SETS between 1994 and 1997.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
21 August 2007Nation brands are difficult to get right. When it comes to Africa, the branding of the continent is particularly one-sided. It is easy to mistake one of the world’s most disparate and compelling continents as an impoverished, war-riddled charity case that is best to avoid.Despite the fact that some African countries are excelling in growth and stability – Botswana, for example, was one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the last decade – the continent’s reputation continues to overpower the identities of its nations.Perhaps this is because the noisiest branding of Africa still comes from outside the continent.The failure of ‘charity branding’Africa’s dominant image has been created by the charity brands: the 1985 Live Aid to provide food for Ethiopia, 2005’s Live 8, “Make Poverty History,” G8 politics, Sir Bono and Sir Bob, celebrity adoptions, and Vanity Fair covers. This article was first published by brandchannel.com. Republished here with kind permission from the author.Such campaigns can play a positive role – a strong public voice can put ground swells of pressure on politicians and instigate change. But, en masse, these campaigns have a tendency to create a perception of Africa as a continent that is beyond hope: too much poverty, too much death, and an overwhelming sense of too many problems with too few coherent solutions.For all the good intentions of the campaigners, the tragic reality is that even the charity branding is not working.Despite the awareness and the pleas – and the impression that much is being done for “Africa” – overall international aid to Africa has consistently fallen during the last decade; most of the G8 promises to help Africa have not been met; unfair international trade rules remain a key issue; and external funding for manageable diseases like HIV/Aids and malaria is simply not enough. The newspaper columns, the concerts, and the international declarations remain in the realms of rhetoric.All in the same ‘basket case’While it is impossible to deny that within Africa lies critical, complex, and extraordinarily challenging issues, it must also be acknowledged that she is a continent of 54 countries and one of vast contrasts.Zimbabwe still attracts tourists to the stable enclave of Victoria Falls while the rest of the country collapses; its neighbour, South Africa, is experiencing high levels of economic growth, tourism, and foreign investment, while shouldering a reputation for violent crime; Mozambique has become a hot-spot for backpackers and other tourists after decades of civil war; Morocco in the north has successfully become a “European” travel destination, almost distinct from the rest of Africa.Yet any “good” stories of growth, strong leadership, and achievements are too often overshadowed by persistent news of the bad.“Africa is suffering from the ‘continent branding effect’ where every country shoulders the reputation of the others,” says government advisor Simon Anholt.“One of the greatest obstacles to Africa’s economic development is the well-meaning attempt from people in the West branding Africa as a ‘basket case.’ But a charity brand is fundamentally different from a growth brand. So Africa is simultaneously trying to present two incompatible ideas: a desirable destination and a charity case.”A re-brand for African countries?The tables, however, are beginning to turn. Attempts are being made by individual African countries to create identities that stand out from the dominant Africa continent brand.Much of these branding exercises are aimed at the business and tourism sectors. Ethiopia “re-branded” to lose its previous famine-ridden image in favour of foreign investment and tourism. Namibia clearly recognized that celebrity endorsement can boost a country brand by allowing “Brad and Angelina” (plus baby) to their shores. Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are actively courting international business to attract investment in their post-conflict states.Countries like Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, and Botswana have successfully positioned their wares to appeal to the high-end traveller. Even Nigeria has attempted a repositioning by launching its “Heart of Africa” campaign to a London audience “to promote Nigeria’s national brand assets.” Its message seeks to convince the UK’s business minds that there is more to Nigeria than oil and conflict.But there is the danger of branding for branding’s sake or mistaking a tourism campaign, website, or advertising as a country “re-brand”.“The first principle of brand development is to do it for a good measurable reason,” says Douglass de Villiers, CEO at Interbrand Sampson Africa. “It’s amazing the amount of money and effort that is wasted on country branding ‘because everyone’s doing it’.“The second principle of brand development is that branding is not advertising. Our TVs and press are inundated with ‘country adverts’ – the ads are becoming generic and seem unsupported by other brand development activities.“In essence,” argues De Villiers, “when embarking on the development of a country brand, the reasoning and activities should be based on a solid country business plan – growing GDP and sustaining GDP is usually a perfect place to start.”South Africa’s experienceSouth Africa has long invested in its own brand, both inside the country and internationally. Much can be learned from South Africa’s experiences of shifting perceptions (and realities) in the transition from an apartheid state, which was eventually boycotted by the international community, to a democratic country in 1994. In hindsight, significant progress has been made over the last decade.“The success of creating and consolidating the South African brand has been its comprehensive and people-centric approach to country branding,” says John Battersby, UK country manager for South Africa’s International Marketing Council. “It rolls together both the tangibles and intangibles and highlights the touch-and-feel components of branding.“The diversity, warmth, and generosity of the people – the ‘ubuntu’ – is what visitors really take away from South Africa,” says Battersby. “And that is why the music, the sounds, and the rhythm of the nation are as important as the wildlife, mountains, and beautiful beaches. So the brand that emerges is as tangible as Coca-Cola or Nike and it is the sum of all its parts – tourism, economic potential, and human diversity and togetherness.”South Africa may be on the right track – and is well aware that there are more issues to iron out before the country hosts soccer’s World Cup in 2010 – but many other nations still lag behind.“The good news is that African governments are thinking about this a lot,” says Anholt. “But they are reaching the wrong conclusions. Expensive advertising and PR campaigns, logos, and slogans are a wicked waste of taxpayers’ and donors’ money. A reputation cannot be constructed; it has to be earned.”The African RenaissanceWhile Africa’s nations search for their voice with “brand Africa,” the regional context must not be overlooked. It is important that an African national brand is clear on its position as part of the African continent, while offering something distinct from her neighbours – the nation is the sub-brand within the larger continent brand.South Africa’s approach has included this factor. “There needs to be a balance between South Africa as part of Africa and South Africa itself; the South Africa brand does not exist in a vacuum,” says Battersby. “Our approach capitalizes on the specific strengths of South Africa: it is both a gateway and a catalyst to speed the revival of Africa.”Indeed, South Africa has often positioned herself, and been perceived, as a lead player in Africa.President Thabo Mbeki famously proposed an “African Renaissance” in a speech in 1998 – it was a rallying cry for African countries to unite and throw off any remaining colonial hangovers: “[O]ut of Africa reborn must come modern products of human economic activity, significant contribution to the world of knowledge, in the arts, science and technology, new images of an Africa of peace and prosperity.” It could also be interpreted as a call for a regional repositioning of Africa on the international stage.Perhaps the most important aspect of “brand Africa,” and one that seems to be absent from the international charity-focused brand, is the involvement of African people.As de Villiers says: “The countries’ branding activities will need to focus on a multitude of audiences, all with different interests and drivers. But importantly – very importantly – the country also needs to focus on its people as their backbone to the brand’s development. If the country’s own people don’t buy the brand, then the intended audience won’t – at least not for long!”The future Africa?An effort to “brand” Africa, and her countries, does not mean glossing over the troubling issues to promote only the good. But it is a tactic of balancing perceptions. As an African trade representative commented: “creating a brand for a country is about striking a balance – you need to intensify the positive image that people know about you, and balance this with addressing the challenges that you experience as a country.”Africa could benefit from a shift in her current identity: by a brand that is managed from within, with a vision that is not overshadowed by charity and donor messages, or by a one-sided media image.Emerging country brands must also be realistic and authentic. A website or tourism campaign may be a component of a brand campaign, but it will have little impact without a broader brand development structure and vision.“We currently rely on the stereotype of the celebrity driven, paternalistic helping hand that belies the true power of the African people and their cultural landscape,” says Iain Ellwood, head of strategy at Interbrand UK. “We are still waiting for the authentic branding of African nations.”Perhaps only then will the dominant image of a “no hope” Africa be a brand of the past.Melissa Davis runs Truebranding, an agency in London that specialises in brand and responsibility. She is also the author of “More than a Name: An introduction to branding” (AVA Books, 2005). This article was first published by brandchannel.com. Republished here with kind permission from the author.
When I joined as the block development and panchayat officer in Haryana in 1989, my first assignment was to visit villages in Kaithal. During my trip, I wanted to use the washroom and asked for one at the sarpanch’s house. His wife replied that they go out in the fields. The shock coerced me to get involved in the sanitation campaign. As the district magistrate of Kurukshetra in 2008, I campaigned for behavioural change among people and told them why they need to stop defecating in the open. We incentivised constructing and using toilets and finally were successful in making 300 villages in the district open defecation free (ODF). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyWhen I returned to Kurukshetra in 2013 after one round of posting, except for 67 ODF villages, all had slipped. People had stopped using the toilets. We realised that this is not a one-time exercise. Changing a habit requires time, effort and constant motivation. People need to know that the authorities, be it the sarpanch or the district administration, are with them, backing them and watching them. The programme has to be demand-driven. Till people do not ask for toilets, better sanitation and hygiene, it cannot be a success. People have to become responsible by forming self-help groups or small teams, which continuously motivate people to use toilets. This is the only way to sustain our open defecation free status. Also Read – The future is here!Rural areas are performing well in this, but there are problems in urban areas. In some places, 20 people live in a small house and use one community toilet. Mobile or community toilets for a large population are a failure. A toilet can be maintained well when few people use it. If not for every household, toilets must be built for every two to three houses. Keys should be provided to people so that the toilets are not treated as community toilets. In rural areas, the environment is just right to boycott anyone who defecates in the open. ODF can become sustainable if everybody becomes sensitive to the problem. The fight is much bigger than ODF. We have moved to ODF Plus. Our task is cut out. The fight is long. To sustain the achievement, we need constant efforts, not interference. (The author is the district collector of Panipat. The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: Infighting in the Haryana Congress reached the doorstep of party president Sonia Gandhi with former PCC chief Ashok Tanwar and his supporters protesting on Wednesday outside her 10 Janpath residence here alleging corruption in distribution of tickets for the upcoming assembly polls. As his supporters raised slogans against management committee chief Bhupender Hooda, Tanwar alleged that tickets were being distributed on whims and fancies and were being “sold”, ignoring those who had worked for years. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadPeople are saying that the ticket for the Sohna Assembly seat has been sold for Rs 5 crore, he said. “Some people said in Rohtak that the party had lost its way. When something is given to them, then the party is on the right path,” Tanwar said in reference to Hooda’s remarks at the August 18 ‘Maha Parivartan Rally’ in Rohtak where he had said that the Congress had “lost direction”. “For five years and eight months we have shed blood and sweat,” he said. In a bid to end factionalism in the party ahead of assembly polls in Haryana, the Congress last month named Kumari Selja chief of its state unit, replacing Tanwar, and appointed Hooda as chairperson of the election management committee. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiHooda had openly come out against Tanwar, who is known to be close to Rahul Gandhi and had been state unit chief since 2014. Tanwar’s remarks came ahead of the release of the list of nominees by the party for the Assembly polls. Hooda’s supporters have claimed the situation in the Congress worsened due to Tanwar and he is blaming the former CM as he is upset at being removed from his post. Congress president Sonia had appointed Hooda the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, and by virtue of that leader of opposition in the state assembly.
Taipei: Investigators on Thursday were examining possible structural problems surrounding a bridge that collapsed in northeastern Taiwan, killing six people. A 2016 report on bridges in Yilan county had found problems with the expansion joints on the Nanfang’ao bridge, which was completed in 1998 and collapsed Tuesday morning, the official Central News Agency reported. The joints are designed to absorb changes in temperature. CNA cited the report as saying that motorists could sense a difference of levels on either side of the joints, possibly as a result of warping or other problems. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The company responsible for managing the bridge, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., earlier said it cleaned the joints and fixed other problems such as rusted steel reinforcements and guardrails in 2017 and 2018. Experts are also looking into the condition of the bridge’s steel cables, including the possibility of dangerous levels of corrosion. The 140-meter (460-foot) -long, 18-meter-high (nearly 60 feet) high bridge, collapsed into a bay on Taiwan’s lightly-populated east coast, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Taipei. A typhoon swept by the island earlier, but the weather was sunny when the bridge collapsed, and it wasn’t clear if the storm was a factor. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Divers were continuing the search for the sixth victim killed when the bridge collapsed onto fishing boats below. Another 10 people were injured, including the driver of an oil tanker truck that was crossing the bridge at the time of its collapse. Taiwan’s military deployed a floating platform to help workers remove debris and extract crushed boats. TIPC said it would provide 5 million Taiwan dollars ( 160,857) in compensation to the families of those killed. They were identified as Wartono, 29, Ersona, 32, and Mohamad Domiri, 28, all from Indonesia, along with Philippine citizens Andree Serencio, 44, George Impang 46, and Romulo Escalicas, 29, who remains missing. Indonesians and Filipinos are drawn to work in Taiwan’s vast fishing fleet, where conditions can be difficult, but wages are much higher than at home.