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Rolling Out Ribbons For Cancer Awareness

first_imgRoll Out the Ribbon’s Phil Villapiano greets Monmouth Medical Center’s Dr. Pardes at McLoone’s Pier House Thursday Sept 12, 2013.Tim McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch donated an upstairs banquet room, buffet and free drinks to guests attending Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out the Ribbons Cancer Awareness event Thursday, Sept 12. Did we catch you at this happy hour for a serious cause rocking to the music of rock/blues cover band VyntEdge?last_img


Hero’s farewell for Helen Suzman

first_imgWelsh adds: “A perverse ‘honour’, of which she is inordinately proud, was being declared an ‘Enemy of the State’ by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe in 2001.” Helen Suzman, veteran South African politician and fearless campaigner against apartheid, was laid to rest in West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg on Sunday at a funeral attended by hundreds, including South African President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of other dignitaries from across the country’s political spectrum. “The qualifications, based on educational and property criteria, survived until 1978, although Helen had privately advocated universal adult suffrage well before this date.” She studied and lectured in economics and economic history at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where her interest in politics grew, partly through her involvement in the South African Institute of Race Relations, a liberal organisation that conducted research on racial issues. “The tools of her liberation struggle were not guns, or the politics of resistance, but the use of the machinery, the beast of the apartheid Parliament, to attack the system itself.” Suzman remained active in public life after stepping down as an MP, serving as president of the SA Institute of Race Relations from 1991 to 1993, serving on the Independent Electoral Commission that oversaw the country’s first democratic election in 1994, and serving as a member of the statutory Human Rights Commission for several years thereafter. “History must record that [Suzman] was one of the great freedom fighters for the liberation of South Africa from the tyranny of apartheid,” South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said in his eulogy. 5 January 2009 “In a patriarchal society like South Africa, discrimination against women was also rife,” Welsh notes. “For many years the quest for equal status was one of Helen’s main concerns, and she achieved considerable success.” Suzman died on 1 January 2009 at the age of 91. Author and human rights activist David Welsh writes in his short biography on the Suzman Foundation’s website: “Dissatisfaction with the UP’s shilly-shallying on racial issues grew among the small band of liberals in the caucus. Finally, in 1959, dissatisfaction boiled over into open revolt, and 12 MPs, including Helen, broke away and subsequently formed the Progressive Party, with an openly liberal programme of extending rights to all South Africans, but with a qualified franchise. In 1967, Suzman visited Nelson Mandela in prison on Robben Island for the first time. Remembering the visit, Mandela later said: “Mrs Suzman was one of the few, if not the only, member of Parliament who took an interest in the plight of political prisoners.” According to the Helen Suzman Foundation, Suzman was born in the mining town of Germiston, east of Johannesburg, on 7 November 1917 to Samuel and Frieda Gavronsky, both immigrants from Eastern Europe who had come to South Africa to escape the restrictions imposed on Jews by Russia. Achmat Dangor, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said in a statement on Thursday that South Africa had lost “a great patriot and a fearless fighter against apartheid.center_img In 1953 she won the nomination contest for the Johannesburg constituency of Houghton – a safe United Party (UP) seat – and on 14 March of that year she became an MP. Her workload, during her solitary 13 years in Parliament, was prodigious. “She grabbed every opportunity to speak, to put parliamentary questions, and to intercede with ministers on behalf of the many hapless individuals and communities who were caught up in the merciless bureaucratic toils of apartheid. “We remember how Mrs Suzman was one of the very few members of Parliament who protested against apartheid legislation, including the 1 May 1963 promulgation of the General Law Amendment Act or ‘the Ninety Day Detention Law’ – the beginning of South Africa’s notorious system of detention without trial.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “In a typical parliamentary session she spoke on average in 15 ministerial votes (in which the performance of a minister and his department was debated), participated in numerous debates on bills, and asked some 200 parliamentary questions – which elicited valuable information that she put to good use in her speeches inside and outside Parliament. In her final speech in Parliament, Welsh writes, Suzman did “what no MP had done before: she proposed a motion of censure on a judge who had imposed a derisory sentence on two white farmers who had beaten an African labourer to death. Predictably, the motion failed, but the episode caused a national furore. The judge in question was subsequently transferred away from actual court work.” From 1961 until 1974, when she was joined by five other Progressive Party MPs, Suzman was the only member of Parliament who consistently and unequivocally opposed discriminatory legislation in South Africa, including a spate of security laws that left the rule of law in tatters. When, as President of South Africa, Mandela bestowed on Suzman the Order of Meritorious Service in 1997, he said of her courage: “It is a courage born of the yearning for freedom; of hatred of oppression, injustice and inequity whether the victim be oneself or another; a fortitude that draws its strength from the conviction that no person can be free while others are unfree.” He added: “It was an odd and wonderful sight to see this courageous woman peering into our cells and strolling around our courtyard. She was the first and only woman ever to grace our cells.” Her achievements have been acknowledged by numerous awards and honours, including over 25 honorary doctorates from local and international universities, two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the International Freedom Prize from Liberal International in 2002. In 1989 she was made a Dame of the British Empire, a rare honour for a foreigner. Suzman, one of the country’s longest-serving members of Parliament, fought a lonely battle from within the apartheid legislature for the right of all South Africans to vote. “In a famous exchange a certain minister shouted: ‘You put these questions just to embarrass South Africa overseas.’ To which Helen coolly replied: ‘It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa – it is your answers.’”last_img read more


Team South Africa ready for London

first_imgOscar Pistorius will take part in his first Olympic Games in London.(Image: zimbio.com) Long and triple jump ace Khotso Mokoena won silver in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It was the only medal Team SA brought home that year.(Image: SouthAfrica.info)  MEDIA CONTACTS•Sascoc +27 11 483-3788RELATED ARTICLES• SA Olympic team announced• Olympic countdown begins • Carrying the hopes of a nation• Paralympics dream team MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe team heading off to the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the end of July has been finalised.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) announced the full team of 125 athletes on 4 July, with 13 extra names added to the initial 112 publicised in June.“Finally, we have a complete squad!” committee president Gideon Sam said, congratulating the additional members of the squad.“It’s taken four long years of work but now we can concentrate on doing our best at the Games. The preparation has been done and now it’s up to our athletes to take over in London and show us what they’re made of.”Among the athletes heading to London are Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius, who will be making history by being the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. He will be running in the 4 x 400m relay, joining Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager.The relay squad is one of South Africa’s medal hopes, coming into the Games with a silver medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in South Korea last year behind them.More good news is that the country’s sole medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, long and triple jumper Khotso Mokoena, has also made the cut.Also in the team are Lehann Fourie (110m hurdles), decathlete Willem Coertzen, who set a South African record at the SA Championships in Port Elizabeth, sprinter Anaso Jobodwana (200m) and Andre Olivier (800m). Olivier was the final athlete to qualify, at the Africa Senior Championships in Benin at the weekend.Open water swimmers Troyden Prinsloo and Jessica Roux who swam at the qualifying event in Portugal recently, as well as Darren Murray (200m backstroke) and Trudi Maree (50m freestyle) will also be heading to London.Sascoc confidentSascoc was confident it had put together the best team possible.“We are not taking passengers to London. Everyone has met the selection criteria and are genuine Olympic Games material, either now or for 2016. I wish them all the best,” Sam added.His sentiments were echoed by Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy. “The team is an excellent blend of youth and experience with the intention of delivering medal returns in London as well as grooming our future stars for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”The initial squad of 112 athletes was announced at Olympic House in Johannesburg on 6 June 2012 and the latest names come after the completion of the final qualifying deadlines in the various sporting codes.Chef de Mission will be Patience Shikwambana, taking up the role she played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.Managing and coaching additions sees Olympic silver medallist Hezekiel Sepeng named as manager for the athletics squad. He’ll be assisted by Terseus Liebenberg, Hennie Kotze and Gerrie Coetzee.Helping on the swimming side are Cedric Finch, Wayne Riddin and technical analyst Ryan Holdien.Additional athletes to Team South Africa for the 2012 OlympicsAquaticsDarren Murray, Trudi Maree, Troyden Prinsloo, Jessica RouxAthleticsWillem Coertzen, Willem de Beer, Shaun de Jager, Lehann Fourie, Anaso Jobodwana, Ofentse Mogawane, Khotso Mokoena, Andre Olivier, Oscar Pistorius.Additional reporting by Sascoclast_img read more


Make Room, Software – Mobile Content is Eating the World

first_imgYoav Vilner How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “Marketer to Watch” (Forbes). “Industry leader” (SAP). “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” . Tech blogger with exposure to millions. Advising startups across Europe, NYC, and Tel Aviv. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#content on mobile#mobile apps Related Posts Follow the Puck It may seem obvious that mobile-driven content is becoming the primary mainstream preference of content consumption, but the pace and implications of such a shift are often overlooked. Despite the absurd amount of time Generation Z spends on their phones or how the youth is redefining content consumption with mobile social media, many content platforms and companies still don’t take a mobile-first approach. “Like it or not, today’s content companies must come to terms with the fact that mobile-first thinking isn’t just the way of the future—it’s essential for any brand that wants to become or remain successful in the present,” details JAKK Media Co-Founder, Kenny Kline. Kline’s perception of a future landscape dominated by mobile consumption reflects what statistics tell us about content consumption trends. Up to 85 percent of Americans use mobile devices to consume content at least sometimes, and that number is amplified with younger generations like Millennials and Generation Z. So you won’t have your audience keep up with your content without mobile tech.Consuming news, social media, and messaging on mobile devices is simply more convenient. Push notifications and personalized news feeds keep people more connected (and distracted) than ever before, and the early stages of integrating more advanced marketing, e-commerce, and specialized content into the mobile ecosystem are rapidly snowballing. The Integration of Social Media, E-Commerce, and Mobile Devices Initiatives like the rumored Instagram Shop are indicative of the dynamic transition of e-commerce into a predominantly mobile medium. The success and influence of social media — which is consumed vastly more on mobile devices — on e-commerce is evident. Roughly 87 percent of e-commerce shoppers believe that social media helps them make shopping decisions, and 40 percent of merchants use social media for sales. With Instagram consisting of more than 1 billion active monthly users, there really is no better or more popular medium to promote content or drive sales. China has already set the standard in the integration of e-commerce and social media. Currently in China, nearly 55 percent of social app users cited purchasing goods directly through a social application. That trend is likely to rapidly gain traction in the U.S. too, where a 55 percent increase in mobile e-commerce sales in 2018 fueled North American e-commerce growth to over $500 billion — a 16 percent increase over the previous year. “It’s not enough to simply provide readers with the information they’re looking for,” cites Kline. “Content brands that want to remain successful as the digital landscape evolves must also provide this information in a consistently engaging and unique way if they want people to keep paying attention to their brand.”How do brands stay relevant in an evolving age of social media and content delivery? Cater to young people. E-Commerce brands are competing with entertainment for the attention of younger mobile users, particularly Generation Z, who is projected to account for 40 percent of the consumer population by 2020. Similarly, 85 percent of Gen Z learns about new products from social media. Combine younger preferences for mobile social media and e-commerce with the meteoric rise of PWAs and it seems inevitable that brands will need to take a mobile-first approach to their content and business strategy if they wish to remain relevant.  PWAs, which stands for ‘progressive web apps,’ are hybrid websites and mobile applications that blur the line between a website and mobile apps. They are ideal for e-commerce integration with social media and are rapidly emerging as a darling of marketing initiatives for their faster load times and much more fluid designs.PWAs offload the work to the device itself rather than a web server, and their ability to still send push notifications also leads into one of the cardinal drivers of increasing mobile content consumption — niche and personalized content.  Personalized and Niche Content Suites A Mobile Era Push notifications can become overwhelming if you don’t temper the number of applications and news sites you receive them from. That being said, the often subtle influence of push notifications is overlooked — they are completely shifting how content is consumed. Rather than exploring various sources for the information that you want, it is filtered and sent directly to your phone. People are bombarded with tailored content throughout the day from multiple sources. That content comes in all forms too, from short-form videos to editorial pieces of major publications. Leveraging push notifications effectively is also a ripe opportunity for smaller brands and niche content audiences. “Niche audiences are inherently passionate about their interests, so they won’t be intrigued by or loyal to brands that offer only superficial, basic content on the topic,” Kline continues. From the brand and marketing perspective, push notifications are the optimal way to distribute content to users in an effective way. Personalized content open rates can increase by 4X using push notifications, indicating that brands lacking in mobile content delivery will inevitably fall behind mobile-first brands.Personalization of new feeds.Personalization of news feeds, linked data accounts, faster delivery, and more familiar designs all make the mobile experience much more appealing to the everyday user. People want convenience, and audiences seeking niche content prefer it directly delivered to the device that’s in their pocket for the entire day. The flexibility of mobile devices will continue to expedite the transition towards an increasingly mobile-driven content paradigm. Companies that adjust appropriately will be well-suited for the new content archetype while those who let mobile content take a back seat will be left behind. last_img read more


10 months agoAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu

first_imgAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampaduby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for Championship clubs ahead of the January market.The Mirror says Aston Villa and Derby County are set to go head to head to sign Ampadu on-loan in January.Both clubs made moves for the 18-year-old Welsh international during the summer but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wouldn’t let him leave.He remains a target for Villa and Derby who already have string Chelsea links.Villa have John Terry as first-team coach and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on-loan. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoWatford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.” last_img read more


8 days agoMirallas blasts ex-Everton boss Allardyce: He doesn’t know football!

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Mirallas blasts ex-Everton boss Allardyce: He doesn’t know football!by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton winger Kevin Mirallas does not have too many good memories of Sam Allardyce.The veteran manager was in charge of Everton for a short period a few seasons ago, where he stabilised the club for a top half finish.But many fans were unhappy at Allardyce’s negative tactics, and Mirallas does not recall the period too fondly.”[Former Everton bosses Roberto] Martinez and [Ronald] Koeman wanted to play football but after, there was Allardyce,” Mirallas told The Athletic.”I don’t know if he even knew football because he only spent five minutes on the pitch in training. “Nobody knows this, but it’s true. “That’s difficult. You have to pick players at the weekend but you don’t watch training.”I only stayed for one month while he was there but I spoke to some players and they told me it was very difficult. “It’s true he won a lot of games, but they didn’t enjoy it.” last_img read more


Valeant shares get a lift after sale of female libido drug to

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. shares got a lift Monday after it announced a deal to unload its US$1 billion female sexual dysfunction drug to the company’s former owners for next to nothing.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s shares closed up 4.75 per cent to C$15.43 in Monday trading.Under the deal, Valeant will receive a six per cent royalty on sales of Addyi starting 18 months from the signing of the sale agreement. The company declined to estimate how much it expects to realize.The agreement also ends a legal dispute between Valeant and the former owners of Sprout Pharmaceuticals.“Returning Sprout to its former owners will enable us to further streamline our portfolio and reduce complexity in our business,” Valeant chairman and CEO Joseph Papa stated in a news release issued a day before releases its third-quarter results.He said the company’s turnaround efforts are focused on its core businesses, including eye health, gastroenterology and dermatology.Valeant (TSX:VRX, NYSE:VRX) bought Sprout in 2015 for US$1 billion in cash, plus a share of future profits.Addyi is used by premenopausal women to enhance their libidos and improve their sex lives. It comes with a hefty sales price of US$800 per month.In connection with the sale, Valeant will provide a US$25-million loan to fund initial operating expenses. The sale is expected to close before the end of the year.Douglas Miehm of RBC Capital Markets said the transaction isn’t overly surprising given the disappointing sales of Addyi since its launch in October 2015.He estimates sales this year would be less than US$10 million, far less than Valeant’s earlier forecast of up to US$150 million that last year it said it couldn’t achieve.“However, the company will need to write off a large part of the US$836MM in intangible asset value plus contingent consideration associated with the drug, making the optics particularly poor,” he wrote in a report.Valeant shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.The company has since faced a string of lawsuits, including one from its former chief executive, as well as swelling debt levels, losses of more than US$2.4 billion and scrutiny over its drug pricing practices.With its recently announced US$125 million debt repayment, Valeant has reached its goal of repaying US$5 billion of debt about four months ahead of its February 2018 target, wrote Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.last_img read more


NEB rules in favour of Trans Mountain on Burnaby bylaw impasse

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board has ruled in favour of Kinder Morgan Canada in its efforts to bypass Burnaby, B.C., bylaws thatstand in the way of its Trans Mountain expansion project.The NEB order says the company is not required to comply with two sections of the city’s bylaws as it prepares to begin construction in the area.The company had filed a motion to have the NEB overrule the bylaws on a constitutional basis, because it claimed the city was delaying a project the federal government had approved.Burnaby maintained that it was following the standard bylaws process and that the company was to blame for shoddy applications.The NEB says its decision allows the company to start work at its temporary infrastructure site near the Westridge Marine Terminal,and some work at the Burnaby Terminal, subject to any other permits or authorizations that may be required.Kinder Morgan Canada says the $7.4 billion pipeline expansion is already months behind and further delays could threaten the viability of the controversial project.last_img read more


4 on trial over theft of huge Canadian gold coin from Berlin

first_imgBERLIN — Four young men have gone on trial over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum.The “Big Maple Leaf” coin, worth several million dollars, was stolen from the Bode Museum in March 2017.Three men, identified only as Wissam R., Ahmed R. and Wayci R., are accused of stealing the coin during the night using a wheelbarrow to haul it away.The fourth suspect, Dennis W., worked as a guard at the museum for a private security firm and is accused of scouting out the scene.German news agency dpa reported the four men, aged between 20 and 24 years, went on trial Thursday in Berlin district court.Investigators believe that the suspects cut up the coin and sold the pieces.The Associated Presslast_img read more