Shosholoza takes over from Happy Birthday

first_imgThe recent history of this restaurant chain is remarkable, a living example of the branding approach of the IMC. It is truly “Alive with Possibility”.This South Africanness and the limitless possibilities that exist in the country are central themes to the re-branding of Mike’s Kitchen by Managing Director, Judy Corney.This has meant refurbishing the restaurant around the most important space in South African homes, the kitchen, while including elements of the dining room and lounge.The menu has undergone a major overhaul. All non-South African items have been removed, replacing these with a variety of creative and delicious South African specialities such as pap tart and potjiekos.But there is more, and this too will be celebrated as part of Heritage Day – a programme to promote employees as shareholders.This latest campaign is called “From waitress/waiter to Shareholder Joint Venture Campaign” and is another example of how Mike’s Kitchen lives the Brand South Africa values Two employees have already become shareholders – Christinah Maseko and Muzi Mncube. Both will be present at the celebration.Christinah started as a waitress, then trained other waitresses and did a Mike’s Kitchen/Theta learnership programme – and today she works alongside her partner and fellow-shareholder Jan Kleynhans at Mike’s Kitchen in the Makhado Centre in Louis Trichardt.Muzi started off as a temporary cleaner, worked his way through the kitchen, became manager and now is a shareholder and co-owner with Garth Miller in Mike’s Kitchen in Springs. “We’re as South African as it gets and we try to promote pride as well awareness of the limitless potential of South Africa to employees and patrons,” says Judy Corney.A first step in this drive was the partnership of Mike’s Kitchen with the IMC’s Brand Champion Programme. This programme aims to inspire national pride within organisations But then, Judy’s involvement with Mike’s Kitchen is living proof that the brand slogan reflects a reality.When Judy and her husband Gary bought the franchise, there were only five restaurants in the chain – down from the 50 spread throughout the country.Then Gary died and Judy had to fight to make it on her own – which she did. She fought off an attempt to reverse the buying of the franchise, brought up her twin daughters and inspired the people who work with her.Today there are 25 Mike’s Kitchen outlets – proof of Judy’s tenacity and underlining her belief that South Africa is indeed Alive with Possibility.As Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa says: “The story of Mike’s Kitchen demonstrates what real commitment can do for a company, its employees, its image and standing. They are a success story in terms of how to live the brand.”EndsIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa.For more information, including photos, please contact:Claire Taylor, Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 3898Email: clairet@meropa.co.zalast_img read more

15 days agoChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track for a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudiger has been injured for most of this season but he posted an update on Thursday on social media of him training at Cobham.The Blues face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Jan. 25———KENT HEHR OUT OF FEDERAL CABINET, FOR NOW: Sport and Disability Minister Kent Hehr is out of the federal cabinet, at least for now, amid accusations that he made inappropriate sexual remarks while in provincial politics a decade ago. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s accepted Hehr’s resignation pending the outcome of an investigation. His cabinet duties will be performed by Science Minister Kirsty Duncan.———ONT. TORIES SCRAMBLING IN WAKE OF ALLEGATIONS: Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are scrambling to get back on track after their leader stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Experts say the next few weeks will likely determine whether the party can bounce back in time for a provincial election this spring. The Tory caucus will meet Friday to select an interim leader to replace Patrick Brown.———TRUDEAU COMMENDS WOMEN FOR SPEAKING OUT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is commending the women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Patrick Brown, the now-former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. Trudeau says such allegations are taken “extremely seriously whenever they come up.” He says he hopes the women can retain support among their friends, families and communities.———CHIEF MILITARY JUDGE ACCUSED OF IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP: Canada’s chief military judge is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Col. Mario Dutil is facing three charges after a military police investigation launched in November 2015. A spokesman for the military police says the alleged relationship was consensual, but such interactions aren’t permitted in the armed forces.———FREELAND, LIGHTHIZER TALK NAFTA IN DAVOS: The Canadian Press has learned that Canada’s counter-proposals on controversial American demands for a renewed NAFTA have not been rejected out of hand. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met Thursday in Davos, Switzerland with her American counterpart in the NAFTA talks. A well-placed source says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer “didn’t shoot anything down.”———RELIGIOUS LEADERS CRITICIZE SUMMER JOB RULES: Religious leaders are calling on the prime minister to reverse a policy requiring organizations to pledge their respect for abortion rights before receiving federal money to create summer jobs for youth. Representatives of nearly 90 Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups have issued a letter to Justin Trudeau, urging him to accommodate a “diversity of values and beliefs.”———PHILPOTT PROMISES MONEY FOR INDIGENOUS KIDS: Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says Canada’s Indigenous child welfare system is a “humanitarian crisis” under the guise of child protection. At an emergency meeting on the issue in Ottawa, Philpott repeatedly pledged money for the system in the next federal budget. She said better data collection is one goal, along with more culturally appropriate care.———CANADA’S BILLION-DOLLAR POT EXPORTS: A new report by Statistics Canada suggests Canadians illegally exported $1.2 billion worth of cannabis last year — or about a fifth of the country’s total weed production. The federal agency’s provisional estimate was tucked into an economic report that’s part of a broader effort to track Canada’s transition to a legalized market for recreational pot.———SPARROWS CHANGE THEIR SONG AROUND OILPATCH: Research from the University of Manitoba concludes that noisy oilpatch equipment is causing songbirds to change their tune. Scientists looked at savannah sparrows, whose complex songs have up to nine “syllables” that convey a range of information. But at sites around Brooks, Alta., researchers found the birds were adjusting parts of their songs, depending on the background noise.———last_img read more

Gatting a fresh start off the street

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small community organization is working with police to get prostitutes off the streets.Their “snug” program entices sex trade workers into decoy police cars.Then, instead of finding themselves in a jail cell, the women and girls find something else, a fresh chance.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the story.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,347.98, down 5.48 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.02, or 7.57 per cent, to $14.50 on 22.6 million shares. CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) (up $3.02, or 8.69 per cent, to $37.79 on 811,894 shares) says its truce with rival medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis will continue past the original Monday deadline. The Saskatoon-based company has been fending off a hostile takeover by Aurora, which wants CanniMed to abandon its friendly takeover of Newstrike Resources Ltd.ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. (TSX:PMN). Medical diagnostics and research. Up 17 cents, or 48.57 per cent, to 52 cents on 17.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $3.15 on 13.6 million shares.Royal Nickel Corp. (TSX:RNX). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 7.69 per cent, to 35 cents on 10.5 million shares.Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:PNE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 38 cents on 8.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $8.75 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Retail. Up 28 cents, or 1.10 per cent, to $25.78 on 322,863 shares. Grocery-subsidiary Sobeys Inc. is the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce after last year’s arrival of Amazon into the nation’s competitive grocery industry forced incumbents to improve their online offerings. Sobeys signed a partnership deal with Ocado Group for the British company to help build the grocer’s online shopping business, which they expect to launch in the Greater Toronto Area in about two years.last_img read more

6 children 3 women among 15 killed in raids on terror hideouts

first_imgColombo: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday. The security forces continued their hunt for members of the local terror group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ) which was behind the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured. Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and Army troops were engaged in the gun battle with an armed group at a house in the Saindamarudu area in Kalmunai city, about 360 kms from Colombo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, leading to the shootout on Friday night. A civilian, who was caught in the gun battle, died. Three men are believed to have set off explosives during the violent clashes. “A total of 15 bodies recovered, six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. The curfew imposed in the Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice, the police said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “When the police was doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. A suicide blast took place and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was found at the site. The police said that 20 more people were arrested in connection with the April 21 bombings. Officials also seized one kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular south Colombo suburb. The curfew was lifted for other areas at 4 AM on Saturday. At the security council meeting held last night, it was decided that search operations to crackdown on extremist terrorism must continue until the threat is completely eliminated. Security has been improved at hotels, schools and public places. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks.last_img read more

CRPF jawan feeds distressed boy in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar/New Delhi: A CRPF jawan, who was part of the convoy that was targeted in the Pulwama attack, has been decorated with the paramilitary force’s highest service award for sharing his meal with a boy who appeared differently-abled.A video of Head Constable Iqbal Singh feeding the boy has gone viral on social media and has won plaudits for the security forces operating in Kashmir. The Sikh jawan was having his lunch in Nawakadal area of Srinagar on Monday when he saw a boy, wearing a black dress, sitting in front of a closed shop and Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhsignalling him for food, a senior official said. Singh walked towards the boy and offered his lunchbox to the child, only to find that his hands were stricken with “paralysis”, the official said. The jawan, a driver of the 49th battalion, then put a sheet on the boy’s lap and fed him lunch. He then wiped the child’s face and offered water to drink, the official added. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took cognisance of the incident and has decided to decorate the jawan with the director general (DG) commendation disc and certificate — the highest service award of the paramilitary — for showing “exemplary human gesture in spirit of the values enshrined in the charter of the force”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The CRPF is always ready to help the people of Kashmir in times of distress. This is what I also did,” Singh said in a recorded video message provided by the CRPF. Singh was driving one of the 78 vehicles on February 14 when the fifth in their convoy was hit by a suicide attack killing 40 troops. The driver was part of the first team that helped in the rescue operation, the official said. “Armed forces operating in Kashmir are often tarred with the same brush. But that generalisation can sometimes be grossly unfair. Salute this man’s sense of compassion & humanity,” former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. The Jammu and Kashmir Police posted the video clip on its Twitter handle with a caption: “We care”. “Humane heart of uniform personnel is commendable,” former state Director General of Police S P Vaid tweeted.last_img read more

Opinion Kyrie Irvings new contract offers new hope for Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving attempts a shot during a game against the Chicago Bulls Jan. 22 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers lost, 98-87.Courtesy of MCTOn April 15, 2013, as the final buzzer sounded, he ran toward the locker room and wasn’t seen again for the rest of the evening.It was simultaneously the final game of the 2012-13 season at Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers and “Fan Appreciation Night” —  a night dedicated to the thousands of Clevelanders who watched the Cavs put together another atrocious campaign.While many players stood on the hardwood following the game to toss their shoes, uniforms and promotional giveaways into the audience as a sign of their appreciation, Kyrie Irving could not be bothered.All of a sudden, the 21-year-old prodigy, who offered a ray of hope following the departure of LeBron James, was Cleveland’s newest target and it showed throughout most of the 2013-14 Cavaliers season.His 2014 All-Star Game MVP trophy paled in comparison to his ongoing feud with fellow first-rounder Dion Waiters.His 20.8 points per game scoring average meant nothing, as he refused to cooperate with coach Mike Brown on the defensive end of the floor.His on-court selfishness overpowered the slick moves to the hoop that earned him his 2012 Rookie of the Year trophy.Seemingly disgruntled by his inability to appease the Cleveland fan base with his play, Irving had a decision to make with contract negotiations looming — or so he thought.Irving’s decision was made for him by the Cavaliers, who collectively have done almost everything in their power to cater to the young superstar this offseason.For starters, they fired their coach and, in one way or another, Irving’s apparent nemesis Mike Brown.They then lucked their way into another first-overall selection in the NBA Draft, ensuring that Irving would have the opportunity to be joined by another young talent.Next, they did their due-diligence when hiring a new coach and wound up with David Blatt, who, according to many, is one of the greatest offensive basketball minds in the world today.These three moves all but sealed Irving’s fate, but the Cavs had one more move to make.Rather than to wait or to force Irving to travel back to Cleveland to negotiate at midnight on Tuesday, Dan Gilbert, David Griffin, David Blatt and the Cavs contingency flew to New Jersey and were at his door as the clock struck 12, confirming that their No. 1 priority and the future of the franchise was none other than Kyrie Irving.With the front office fully behind him, Irving quickly agreed to the max extension, making him a Cavalier for the next six years.When he signs the dotted line on July 10 — the first day that players can officially sign contracts with teams — Irving will have erased all of the doubts that Clevelanders wrestled with for the past four years.Is he committed to the team? Without a doubt.Is he committed to the city? No question.Is he committed to helping this team and this city win a championship for the first time since 1964? Absolutely.At times, it seemed Cavs fans would once again be abandoned by a player who carried their hopes and dreams.The story had a similar start, but the expected end now must be rewritten. read more

Football Ohio State remains at No 10 in latest College Football Playoff

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to start of the game against Maryland on Nov 17. Ohio State won 52-51. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a 52-51 overtime win over Maryland, Ohio State remained at No. 10 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.The Buckeyes entered the first playoff rankings at No. 10 and have not moved after wins over Nebraska and then-No. 18 Michigan State.Ohio State is one of four teams in the Top 25 according to the College Football Playoff rankings, joining No. 4 Michigan, No. 12 Penn State and No. 19 Northwestern.No. 10 Ohio State will face No. 4 Michigan at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Here are the full rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) Notre Dame4.) Michigan5.) Georgia6.) Oklahoma7.) LSU8.) Washington State9.) UCF10.) Ohio State11.) Florida12.) Penn State13.) West Virginia14.) Texas15.) Kentucky16.) Washington17.) Utah18.) Mississippi State19.) Northwestern20.) Syracuse21.) Utah State22.) Texas A&M23.) Boise State24.) Pitt25.) Iowa State read more

Gerard Pique completes FC Andorra takeover

first_imgGerard Pique has completed his takeover of First Regional Catalan Division side FC AndorraThe Barcelona defender’s investment group, called “Kosmos”, had an offer approved for by Andorra’s board members with 206 of the 207 votes going in their favour.Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Pique will act as Andorra’s president with ex-Barca players Gabri and Albert Jorquera entering coaching roles at the club.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The General Assembly of FC Andorra has unanimously approved the transmission of its assets in favour of an Andorran company jointly managed by different investors, including Kosmos,” said a statement on Sky Sports.“Kosmos welcomes the decision made by the club. The company adds this project to its global portfolio linked to sports, media and entertainment ventures.”Andorra, which was first founded in 1942, currently plays in the Primera Catalana at a fifth level of the Spanish division after previously competing in Spain’s third tier (Segunda Division B) between 1980 and 1990.last_img read more