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Ten things to know heading in to Raiders’ first practice of training camp

first_imgNAPA — Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock performed the warmup act on reporting day, but the real action begins Saturday morning when the Raiders hold the first of 16 scheduled practices on the grounds of Redwood Middle School behind the Napa Valley Marriott.The Raiders coach and general manager fielded questions on a variety of topics Friday, keeping to themselves the fact that wide receiver Antonio Brown would wind up on the non-football injury list and miss some practice time — one estimate was …last_img read more

State of the Nation address: highlights

first_img17 June 2014Far-reaching interventions in mining and energy, six-million job opportunities through public works, massively increased university entrance numbers, a possible national minimum wage … check out some of the highlights of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, delivered to Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.Economy to take centre stage“The economy takes centre stage in this programme. It remains our strong belief that the most effective weapon in the campaign against poverty, is the creation of decent work, and that creating work requires faster economic growth.“We have set a growth target of 5 percent by 2019. To achieve this, we will embark on various measures and interventions to jump-start the economy.”Interventions for a stable, sustainable mining sector“[Mining] companies are expected to convert or upgrade hostels into family units, attain the occupancy rate of one person per room and also facilitate home ownership options for mine workers.“An Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Communities has been established under the leadership of the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe.”Energy to be given prominence“We will also continue the 4th window of the renewable energy independent power producers programme, to take advantage of wind, solar, biomass and other technologies that increase the opportunity for rural development.“Nuclear has the possibility of generating well over 9 000 megawatts, while shale gas is recognised as a game changer for our economy. We will pursue the shale gas option within the framework of our good environmental laws.”Infrastructure to be scaled up“We will continue to implement the successful National Infrastructure Plan. Over the next three years we will spend R847-billion on infrastructure, and several projects are to be started or completed.”Youth employment to be prioritised“Youth empowerment will be prioritised in our economic transformation programme. Government will introduce further measures to speed up the employment of young people, consistent with the Youth Employment Accord.“We will expand the number of internship positions in the public sector, with every government department and public entity being required to take on interns for experiential training.”National minimum wage to be investigated“We will during this term investigate the possibility of a national minimum wage as one of the key mechanisms to reduce income inequality.”Govt, business to partner for inclusive growth“We will continue to engage business in promoting inclusive growth and to build a more prosperous society. In this regard, I will soon convene a meeting of the Presidential Business Working Group.“We will also over the next five years promote regional economic development and industrialisation, through the creation of Special Economic Zones around the country.“We will continue to support through incentives, the competitiveness of the auto, clothing, leather, footwear and textile industries, which are labour intensive.”Small business support to be scaled up“Over the next five years, we will prioritise support to small business, as well as township and informal sector businesses in particular, thus using the SMME development programme to boost broad-based black economic empowerment.”Bucket sanitation system to be eradicated“Work is under way to eradicate the bucket system throughout the country. This will also be the priority of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Service Delivery that I have established. The team is led by Minister Pravin Gordhan.”Public Works to create six-million job opportunities“Government has since 2004 run the successful Expanded Public Works Programme which provides work opportunities and training for the unemployed. The new phase will provide six-million work opportunities by 2019.“In addition, the local government-based Community Work Programme will be expanded to provide a million work opportunities by the end of 2019.”Local government to be revitalised“One hundred projects, mainly in water and sanitation, will be started and the objective is to complete them over the next 12 months.”Smallholder farmers to receive support“Government will provide comprehensive support to smallholder farmers by speeding up land reform and providing technical, infrastructural and financial support.”More tourists on the agenda“We have set a target to increase the number of foreign visitor arrivals to more than 15-million annually by 2017. We are also looking at increasing the contribution of tourism to the country’s revenue to more than R125-billion by 2017.”University entrants to be increased“We will increase the number of Grade 12 learners who can gain entrance to university, moving from 172 000 in 2013 to 250 000 in 2019.”Women’s empowerment to be advanced“We will take forward the advances we have made in promoting women’s empowerment and development. To further consolidate our democratic gains, we will continue to advance and improve the lives of people with disabilities over the next five years.”Levels of crime to be brought down further“The Special Investigating Unit, the Anti-Corruption Task Team, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Hawks, have made notable progress in our quest to combat corruption in society broadly and in the public sector. This work will continue in the next five years.”Constitution to be promoted in schools“We will also continue to promote the Constitution in schools and ensure that our children grow up with positive values and love for their country and its people.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Drunken men in LS Speaker’s train compartment create ruckus, 5 held

first_imgFive men were arrested for allegedly drinking and creating a ruckus in a train compartment which was also occupied by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The arrests were made on 12416 Intercity Express, travelling from Delhi to Indore, at the Mathura station around 1 a.m. on Monday, an Inspector of the Railway Protection Force said.Travelling from DelhiShortly after the train left Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the five men from Delhi and Gurugram, who were in an AC coach coupe adjacent to the one in which Mr. Birla was travelling to Kota, started creating a ruckus, the police said.When the Speaker sent his PA, Raghavendra, to look into the matter, the five men got into a spat with the assistant. Mr. Birla then asked Mr. Raghavendra to inform the railway authorities about the incident.A railway police squad arrested the five men when the train arrived in Mathura, they said. Liquor bottles were recovered from the AC-I coupe occupied by the men, police said.Vikas Dagar, Rajeev, Manoj Kumar, residents of New Delhi, and Preetam and Amarjeet Singh from Gurugram were booked under Section 145 of the Railways Act, which deals with drunken behaviour in trains, the RPF inspector said. On interrogation, the arrested men confessed to creating a ruckus after consuming liquor, he added.last_img read more

Crucial Barapullah Nallah elevated road inaugurated

first_imgAfter missing several deadlines, the crucial Barapullah Nallah elevated road, linking the Commonwealth Games Village in east Delhi with the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium was finally inaugurated today.Barapullah Nallah elevated roadThe four-km-long corridor, the first elevated road in the city, will now be exclusively used for ferrying Games participants from the athletes’ village near Akshardham temple to the main venue and vice versa.It will be a six-seven minute-drive for the athletes and other officials staying in the Games Village to reach the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium using the elevated road which otherwise would have taken nearly 40 minutes.Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan, whose department has constructed the showpiece infrastructure, flagged off 240 low floor airconditioned buses from the Saraikale Khan side of the road to the stadium. The road will be opened for general traffic after the Games.”I am proud to dedicate the elevated road to the people of the city. After the Games, it will provide a key link between east Delhi and south Delhi,” he said. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has already announced that the elevated road will further be extended up to INA market so that people from east Delhi and Noida can reach south Delhi without using the Ring Road.Built at a cost of Rs 550 crore on a Nullah bed, the road criss crosses the Ring Road, Railway tracks near Nizamuddin Railway station, Mathura Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.”At Mathura Road, the hight of the road has been kept 20 meters above the bed of the drain to maintain proper visibility of heritage structures near Nizamuddin,” an official said. The project has already missed several deadlines and the city government had faced criticism for the persistent delay in its completion. PWD officials blamed “unprecedented rains” for the delay. Officials claimed the department has saved nearly Rs 25 crore in project out of the allocated amount. They said the amount could be saved due optimisation and reduction in the prices of raw material like cement and steel during last one and half years. The actual work in the project was started in December 2008.advertisementlast_img read more

Rush confirms Ramseys rumors

first_imgAccording to the former Liverpool and Juventus player Ian Rush, Ramsey’s agent called him about moving to Italy.There have been many rumors about Aaron Ramsey moving away from English Premier League club Arsenal.And now, former Liverpool and Juventus footballer Ian Rush has confirmed the player wants to be transferred.“Aaron’s agent rang me and I told him they couldn’t go wrong choosing to go to Italy,” Rush said to The Express.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Juventus have great support and they will have a fantastic chance of winning the Champions League.”“I said it would be a great move for him,” he added.“I know that Bayern Munich and PSG also wanted him, which made Arsenal’s decision to sell him even more strange.”“Aaron has seen Gareth Bale win the Champions League and he would love to do the same,” Rush concluded.last_img read more