SA mining will pull through: Motsepe

first_img13 September 2013 South Africa’s mining industry will come through its current labour problems and re-affirm the country’s position as a globally competitive destination for investment, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday. Motsepe was speaking to Mining Weekly Online after his company delivered first-half results that bucked the recent downward trend among South African miners, reporting an 8% rise in headline earnings to R3.74-billion for the year to June. “Particularly pleasing is the performance from ARM’s platinum division, which stands out against a string of poor results from the platinum industry in general as well as underperformance by this division within ARM in recent years,” Business Day’s Brendan Ryan wrote on Monday. Motsepe told Mining Weekly Online that his company was busy tackling the issue of worker housing that the industry had inherited from apartheid, adding that the industry had to partner with the government and municipalities to provide its workers with acceptable accommodation. His comments echoed those of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who told the Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg last week that the industry could no longer remain a prisoner of “archaic practices that have not kept up with modern productive methods”. “The democratic conditions in which the industry is now operating require that it re-skills the labour force and rewards them commensurate with their contribution,” Motlanthe said. “To move forward, the industry must break with its undesirable past by making workers feel valued for their contribution as wholesome human beings that must have decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods, including proper housing, recreation and time with families.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

Joel Embiid’s herculean effort carries 76ers past Spurs

first_imgSimmons had 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Redick scored 19 points.DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points.Embiid went 13 of 28 from the floor and had two 3-pointers. Embiid, who had his NBA-best 33rd game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, hit a 3 from the top of the arc and connected on the tying free throws the next time down to send the game into the fourth tied 96-all.“I told myself that I really needed to get going,” Embiid said. “For us to win, I had to show up. I did the best I could.”His best was good enough against the Spurs.The 76ers turned in the sequence of the half after Brewer’s 3 made it 51-48. Jonah Bolden blocked Aldridge twice on the same sequence and Simmons grabbed a loose ball off the second rejection. He took off and fed it to Bolden for a crowd-igniting dunk on the other end. Redick followed with a 3 for a 56-48 lead that had the four-point favorite Sixers rolling.“We had really good resolve anytime they made a run,” Shamet said.TIP-INSSpurs: Belinelli, a former 76er, got a nice ovation when he checked into the game.76ers: Simmons played with an upper respiratory infection. Embiid’s back has bothered him for some time — NBA broadcaster Charles Barkley ripped the Sixers’ decision to play Embiid in a recent win over Indiana — and there’s no telling when it may get better. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants CELEB SIGHTINGSRapper Biz Markie was in the house, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and players Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins rang the ceremonial bell. Former Spur David Robinson spent several minutes signing autographs for Sixers fans.PALESTRA POWERThe Spurs held their shootaround at Philadelphia’s Palestra, the historic gym known as the basketball cathedral on Penn’s campus.“This is what you’re supposed to feel like when you play basketball,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “All these other arenas that we’re all in, they don’t do anything to your spirit. They don’t make you feel anything. You don’t fall in love.”NOVA NATIONVillanova’s Jay Wright will serve as an assistant coach under Popovich for Team USA.“He’s a helluva coach. He’s a helluva guy. End of story,” Popovich said. “He’s been pretty successful last time I checked.”HE SAID IT“He’s full of (expletive). That’s why I got rid of him. Kiss-(expletive).” — Popovich, on Brown saying Pop’s the greatest coach in NBA history. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Spurs blew their chances to win: Philadelphia had a shot-clock violation, but DeMar DeRozan had his shot blocked by Wilson Chandler.“I thought Wilson was maybe the main reason we won the game,” Brown said.Corey Brewer went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line for a 122-120 lead with 1.1 seconds left. San Antonio’s final shot at sending the game into overtime was denied when Ben Simmons broke up an inbound pass headed for Marco Belinelli, with DeRozan on the bench.“We couldn’t get one bucket to keep ahead and try to pull it out,” DeRozan said.The packed house of 20,339 went wild as the Sixers closed on a 10-0 run while playing without star guard Jimmy Butler (sprained right wrist).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 rankingcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Popovich gave his former assistant a playful shove on the sideline late in the game.UP NEXTThe Spurs play Saturday at New Orleans.The Sixers open a four-game trip Saturday at Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, celebrates after a dunk past San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid stretched his balky back each time he had a moment’s rest.Those vital health breaks were fleeting — Embiid gutted out nearly 40 minutes, showing again that the days of the All-Star center missing seasons and stretches of games with injuries have become a faded memory.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Embiid had 33 points and 19 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers used a pair of four-point plays in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-120 on Wednesday night.“He felt the responsibility to play,” coach Brett Brown said. “He’s starting to get older and feel the weight of the responsibility. He understands his role in all of this, the growth of all of this, the ownership of all of this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmbiid, expected to be named an All-Star starter on Thursday, shook off LaMarcus Aldridge and scored 16 straight points that kept the Sixers in the game. Landry Shamet ended Embiid’s personal run with a four-point play late in the fourth that pulled the Sixers within one.After the Spurs nudged ahead, Shamet hit a 3 to make it a three-point game and JJ Redick gave the Sixers a 121-120 lead with 1 minute left after he converted Philadelphia’s second four-point play of the fourth. View commentslast_img read more

Bill Clinton Speaks Up Against Criminalization Of Homosexuality In Uganda

first_imgBill Clinton has made a statement on the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Uganda.“I have been honored to work with and support the government and people of Uganda both when I was president and through the Clinton Foundation,” he said. “But I am strongly opposed to its move to criminalize homosexuality. It is a setback for personal freedom and equal rights and a rebuke to Uganda’s own commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. I want to salute and encourage the brave Ugandans committed to the fundamental dignity of all people and urge the government to reverse this decision.”last_img read more

NETFLIX ACCUSED OF USING FOOTAGE OF LACMÉGANTIC QUEBEC DISASTER IN BIRD BOX

first_imgAdvertisement Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) Facebook “I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that … they are going to remove them,” Morin said in an interview.“You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”High school ethics teacher Guillaume Bouchard was watching the most recent season of Travelers on Netflix over the holidays when he noticed something oddly familiar on his screen. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the science-fiction series, a nuclear device had just exploded on the streets of London, but instead of seeing fires ravaging locations in the U.K. capital, Bouchard was looking at orange flames towering over a small town. At the end of the street, a black oil tanker burned in the background.“I thought: No way. No way did they do that,” Bouchard said in an interview. He paused the show and after a quick internet search had his suspicions confirmed.The brief images on Netflix were taken from real-life footage of one of the deadliest disasters in recent Canadian history, when a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013.“I don’t know anyone who died in Lac-Mégantic,” Bouchard said. “But if I was someone who lost someone close and I was home and I saw this, I don’t know how I would react.”“It wouldn’t be good.”Travelers, created by Canadian Brad Wright, was shot in Vancouver and produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., originally in association with Netflix and Showcase. Netflix picked up the show as the exclusive distributor for the latest season, the third.Carrie Mudd, president of Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, said her company acquired the footage from a stock image vendor called Pond 5, which is based in New York City, and they “weren’t aware of its specific source.” A request for comment from Pond 5 was not returned.“We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonour the tragic events of 2013,” Mudd said in an email. “We are already working to replace the footage in the show.” As of Tuesday evening, the images were still part of the Travelers episode available for viewing on Netflix Canada.A spokesman for Netflix did not want to be interviewed, but said the company has contacted Peacock Alley Entertainment, and confirmed the images would be removed. When asked by email to confirm Bird Box also used real-life footage from the disaster, the company said it needed time to look into it.Morin said she first heard of the images used on Travelers Monday.“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” she said. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news.“Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”On Tuesday, a Lac-Mégantic citizen posted images on social media of the movie Bird Box, where in the early moments of the movie, a television newscast used the images for a few seconds to illustrate a town being under attack.Morin said she viewed the footage posted by the citizen. “We see the images (of Lac-Mégantic) clearly,” she said. The Canadian Press viewed the footage in Bird Box, which is identical to amateur video shot immediately after the derailment. The amateur video can be easily found online.Bouchard said he felt it was his “duty as a citizen’” to go public after identifying the Lac-Mégantic content. He said he knows what happened was a mistake, but “it needed to be talked about.”He said he also considers it a teachable moment he can use in his ethics class. “Naturally, I will talk about it one day (in school),” he said.By Giuseppe Valiante | The Canadian Press A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used actual footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the mayor of the Quebec town said she believes images of the tragedy were used in a second Netflix production, Bird Box.Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin wants the streaming service to take a look at its movie and TV catalogue to make sure no other production is using images of the tragedy as entertainment. Twitterlast_img read more