SANTA CLARA – Matt Breida is the 49ers’ incumbent starter at running back and, honestly, he’s done nothing to lose that title before Sunday’s season opener at Tampa Bay.He’s even listed as such in the depth chart issued Tuesday by the 49ers communications staff.There is the Tevin Coleman factor, however.San Francisco 49ers running backs Tevin Coleman (26), left, Matt Breida (22), center, and Jerick McKinnon (28). (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group)Coleman arrived in free agency as a …
30 September 2011Brand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni, speaking at the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, challenged African nations to co-operate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.Soni told a gathering of more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives at the Sandton Convention Centre that this would require better cooperation and information sharing among African countries.Hosted by Brand South Africa and the Brand Leadership Academy and featuring several high-profile local and international speakers, the 2nd annual forum sought to harness African and global wisdom and experience to find home-grown solutions to improving the continent’s image and reputation.Brand Africa founder and chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, addressing the forum, said that a key to increasing Africa’s growth was to be found in “in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” which in turn required a better understanding of local environments.‘Brand equity’ counts in tough timesBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that, in times of economic uncertainty such as the world is presently undergoing, “brand equity” would attract direct foreign investment.“The return on risk is obviously a factor which will be taken into account, but a country’s reputation for financial excellence and maturity will be the real driving factor,” Matola said.Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told delegates that the benefits of nation branding were immense, “as they have both financial and non-financial implications.“But it is critical to ensure that the country brand transcends political affiliation,” Mutambara said. “Our politicians need to be aware that, as nation brand ambassadors, they have to sacrifice political gain in lieu of the greater brand, the country.”Mutambara said that in order for Africans to gain international respect, the continent as a whole had first to excel.‘Country branding is not by accident’“Country branding is not by accident. It is a strategic, holistic engagement which is a long-term commitment, at least 20 years. Only then can we claim success on all levels, personal, national and continental.”He also highlighted the need for African countries to create pockets of excellence both to foster economic growth and development and to improve international competitiveness.Other speakers at the forum included international economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid and How the West was Lost, Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour, and Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising.During his keynote address on the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies, Vijay Mahajan stressed the significance of Africa as a new market that could not be ignored.“Africa is richer than you think, and it is certainly not a ‘media dark’ continent,” Mahajan said. “In light of this, the BRICS economies [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] have both a direct and indirect role to play in Africa’s continued growth and development.”SAinfo reporter
Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberEarlier this week, the nation warily eyed the shutdown of the federal government due to the budget impasse in Congress. Many of our colleagues in the federal government, including some who work with military families, were placed in a virtual state of suspended animation as they were told not to report for work. Thankfully, the budget stand-off is over – for now. Congress and the President still have plenty to work out in the days ahead. However, one major issue has been resolved. This involves continued funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program – or what is more commonly known as CHIP. For the past months, the fate of CHIP was in the balance as program funding began to dry up in the absence of funding reauthorization in the late summer of 2017. With far-ranging bipartisan support, earlier this week Congress and the President approved a six-year extension of the CHIP program. For more coverage on the politics and funding of CHIP see Goldstein’s article for the Washington Post “Short-Term Spending Agreement Provides Longer-Term Relief for CHIP.”CHIP Overview:In 2017, CHIP celebrated its 20th anniversary. Two decades ago, the program came about as a result of increased concern about the welfare of children and families who were working but unable to afford or attain healthcare coverage. It was designed as a bridge to fill in a gap between Medicaid coverage for low-income families and employer-based and other private insurance options for families making more. Like so many programs, CHIP was designed to be and has continued to be a program where states and the federal program partner in program funding and design. The states have primary responsibility for program implementation and management. The federal government pays for most of the costs.Approximately 9 million children are insured through CHIP, thus it is a very important piece in the health care coverage puzzle. In comparison, in 2016 about 2 million children ages 0-17 are TRICARE beneficiaries under the Defense Health Agency (2017, p. 13). Both CHIP and Medicaid programs are publicly funded health insurance programs (Medicaid is much larger). Together they provide about 38 percent of all health insurance coverage for kids eighteen and under in the United States. Employer based insurance covers about 49 percent of children. Other sources of coverage round out the remaining insured population. Currently about five percent of the country’s children are uninsured (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2018).While this still translates into many children who do not have access to insurance, significant gains have been made in expanding coverage in recent years. Many credit CHIP as being an important part of increasing coverage for kids – not only in providing direct benefits — but also helping to enroll kids in Medicaid through outreach and application efforts (MACPAC 2018).Medicaid & CHIPAs we have emphasized in this blog series and through other resources offered through the Military Families Learning Network, health insurance coverage and benefits are like a patchwork quilt laid over the American landscape. As one travels from one state to another, they will see that programs like Medicaid and CHIP have many familiar features but also have important distinctions. For example, some states have been proactive in utilizing CHIP to help cover expectant mothers. Other states have combined parts of their Medicaid and CHIP programs to help cover individuals and families who are newly eligible for coverage through state Medicaid expansion.As we have stressed in previous blogs, for those in and around the military health system it is crucial to keep abreast of developments in the civilian health system. Increasingly, the military health system relies on civilian resources and systems for healthcare delivery. Policy developments and changes at the federal and state level will have impact on what is happening in local delivery systems. Furthermore, for those military families transitioning to civilian life through retirement or separation awareness of the uneven and varied terrain of the civilian health care insurance and delivery system is crucial. As always, we’ll keep you posted on important developments in health policy and practice through this and other MFLN resources. Sources Cited:Defense Health Agency. U.S. Department of Defense. 2017. Evaluation of the TRICARE Program: Fiscal Year 2017 Report to Congress. (May). https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Access-Cost-Quality-and-Safety/Health-Care-Program-Evaluation/Annual-Evaluation-of-the-TRICARE-ProgramGoldstein, Amy. 2018. “Short-term spending agreement provides longer-term relief for CHIP.” Washington Post (January 22). https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/short-term-spending-agreement-provides-longer-term-relief-for-chip/2018/01/22/b993369a-ff9e-11e7-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html?utm_term=.daa83ec9ae46Kaiser Family Foundation. 2018. “State Health Facts: Insurance Coverage for Children 0-18, 2016.” https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/children-0-18/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Other%20Public%22,%22sort%22:%22desc%22%7DMACPAC (Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission). 2018. “History and Impact of CHIP.” https://www.macpac.gov/subtopic/history-and-impact-of-chip/ This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on January 26, 2018
West Ham to bid for Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaricby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are planning to bring Andrej Kramaric back to England in January.The Croatia international, formerly of Leicester City, has shone for Hoffenheim over the last two seasons.Croatian media sources say West Ham are planning a January move for Kramaric.And further fueling the speculation is a developing rift between Kramaric and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.The striker is fuming after he was hooked during the weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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TORONTO – Another Canadian clothing retailer, Roots Corp., wants to take its company public as it plans a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.For the heritage-fashion retailer the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, and mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.The company known for its poor boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers has applied to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ROOT.The retailer, which operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China, is looking to open dozens of new locations.That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the States by the end of its 2019 financial year.Roots is also eyeing international markets, hoping to grow by up to 25 new locations between Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.“When you have such large expansion goals and projections, then it makes sense to go forward with an IPO,” said Tamara Szames, a Canadian fashion and apparel analyst for the NPD Group.An initial public offering would provide some of the capital necessary to fund the expansion plan, she said.The price and the number of shares being sold by Searchlight, Budman and Green — the private investment firm that purchased a majority stake in Roots in 2015 — was not immediately disclosed. A Roots spokesman declined to comment.The company’s IPO comes against “a favourable backdrop,” said Craig Fehr, principal investment strategist at Edward Jones Investments.Investor sentiment is quite positive, equity markets have a lot of momentum behind them and stock prices are up across the board, he said.Additionally, Roots disclosed financial growth in its preliminary prospectus that’s quite strong, he said, a good sign that its managing ongoing disruption to the retail industry by the rise of e-commerce and other factors.The retailer is following in the footsteps of other Canadian fashion companies, including recent initial public offerings by Vancouver-based Aritzia (TSX:ATZ) and Toronto-based winter-coat maker Canada Goose (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared more than 40 per cent since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price. The shares debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Oct. 2016, with an IPO price of $16, but are currently trading below $14.Fehr said the different paths of those retailers may demonstrate that a company with a niche offering like Canada Goose is more likely to succeed.Investors may be more comfortable betting on a luxury retailer whose parkas sell for upwards of $1,400, added Szames, than on Aritzia, which sells its goods at a price range where many retailers are struggling.Roots, which points to its leather goods and footwear products as a possible area of expansion, could position itself in a high price bracket, Szames said.However, both IPOs had one thing in common, she said, highlighting that each stock soared on the first day of trading.Szames anticipates Roots will be seen as a similarly hot item.“We’re going to see that surge,” she said, adding no one can predict what will happen next.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. and Teck Resources Ltd. are getting a bargain price for bigger stakes in the Fort Hills oilsands mine they are buying from partner Total S.A., analysts say.The two Canadian companies announced Wednesday they will pay an additional $420 million to take over a three per cent stake in the project from the French oil giant.Suncor (TSX:SU), the operator, is paying about $300 million to increase ownership to 53.06 per cent and Teck (TSX:TECK.B) is paying $120 million to up its stake to 20.89 per cent. Total’s share is falling to 26.05 per cent from 29.2 per cent.“We’re pleased to have reached this agreement and taken a bigger stake in what is arguably the best long-term growth project in our industry,” Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in a statement.Analysts said Thursday the price of about $69,000 per daily barrel of production for the Total share is much less than the $90,000 per daily barrel cost of the overall project, which is designed with capacity of 194,000 barrels per day of bitumen.Suncor and Teck said the deal settles a dispute triggered last year when Total refused to take part in a project to spend an additional $1 billion in 2017 to accelerate construction. The French company said at the time it would not accept “substantial cost increases” at Fort Hills.Last February, Suncor said delays caused by the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, along with construction changes to boost capacity, had added from $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion to Fort Hills’ estimated cost, taking it to between $16.5 billion and $17 billion.Total has recently been reluctant to spend money on the oilsands, which have been attacked by environmentalists as being among the dirtiest sources of energy in the world and considered among the most expensive to develop.It sold a 10 per cent stake in Fort Hills to Suncor in 2015 and, a year before that, agreed with partners to shelve the proposed $11-billion proposed Joslyn oilsands mine. It also sold its 49 per cent stake in the stalled Voyageur oilsands upgrader to Suncor.Other foreign companies selling oilsands assets in the past two years include Americans Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil and ConocoPhillips, Norway’s Statoil and British-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.Fort Hills was expected to begin producing bitumen by year-end, but Suncor confirmed it will miss that target by two or three weeks. It is expected to reach output of about 90 per cent of capacity by the end of 2018.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
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Rhythmic French beats dipped in the aroma of French delicacies filled the air of the national capital as the Francophonie week culminated with a grande Mela organised to give its visitors a glimpse of the universe of countries that have French as their first language. The day-long event began with a swarm of Delhi school students gathering at the Alliance Française grounds here to participate in Mela’s singing and skit competition followed by an open quiz about the French culture and its various aspects. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As compared to the previous years, this is the first time we have witnessed such a huge footfall of Africans countries participating in the Mela activities. It is a good sign that the participation is coming from African countries as it gives the Indians and Africans a chance to get to know each other’s cultures,” Director of Alliance Française de Delhi Jean-Francois Ramon said. The crowd also had a chance to witness the Congo culture first-hand as the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave out a group dance performance and a fashion show wearing their cultural attire. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardApart from the dance and fashion shows, what kept the visitors hooked to the Mela was the food offered by all the stalls. While the stall by the Democratic Republic of the Congo handed out freshly baked ‘Beignets’ or donuts, Côte d’Ivoire offered a full-fledged meal of Attiéké – a side dish made from cassava. Towards the evening, students of Alliance Française took the center stage, enthralling the visitors of the Mela with their dance and musical performances on famous Bollywood songs. The celebration came to an end with an acrobatic performance titled Via, an event featuring music, dance, Chinese pole, and kalapariyattu – all blended together on one stage – by an Indo-French group followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli. Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week began with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie on countering fake news through literary journalism. French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan also presented a beautiful presentation of Indian and French music from Alliance Francaise’s musical series.