Richie Incognito leaves Raiders HQ without signing, but deal still possible

first_imgVeteran offensive lineman Richie Incognito worked out for the Raiders at team headquarters on Monday, according to a source, and there’s mutual interest between the two sides. At 35 years old, Incognito is in “fantastic shape physically and mentally,” one source said.Incognito left the Raiders’ facility Monday afternoon without signing, according to a source, but a deal in the near future remains a possibility.Incognito has been in his fair share of headlines over the years, some far worse …last_img read more

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: [email protected]last_img read more

A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy

first_imgThe past 20 years have transformed South Africa. Once sanctioned, vilified and on the brink of civil war, the country is now a stable democracy and a respected player on the global stage.We explore the major milestones in our democratic journey.Compiled by Melissa Jane Cook and Mary Alexander27 April 1994 – The first democratic elections are held, with nearly 20-million South Africans forming now-legendary queues outside voting stations to cast their ballots. For the first time in history all South Africans over the age of 18, irrespective of race, had the right to vote. Freedom Day, 27 April, becomes a national holiday.Watch: Miracle Rising: South Africa voting:10 May 1994 – Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.24 June 1995 – The Rugby World Cup is hosted in South Africa and won by the Springboks. In an epic battle held at Ellis Park against the All Blacks of New Zealand, Nelson Mandela gave incredible encouragement. Rugby was previously seen as a whites-only sport. Mandela presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar, an Afrikaner, wearing a Springbok shirt with Pienaar’s own number 6 on the back. This was widely seen as a major step in the reconciliation of white and black South Africans.Watch: Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup:3 February 1996 – The Africa Cup of Nations, hosted in South Africa, is won by national soccer side Bafana Bafana, who defeat Tunisia 2-0 in the final at the FNB Stadium.15 April 1996 – The Truth and Reconciliation commission is launched by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The commission was set up to hear the truth about the apartheid-era crimes, with amnesty from prosecution granted to those who came clean.Watch: Tutu and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:July and August 1996 – South African swimmer Penny Heyns shines at the Atlanta Olympic Games in the US, winning gold in both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke.4 February 1997 – South Africa’s new Constitution takes effect, after being promulgated by President Nelson Mandela on 10 December 1996. It replaced the interim Constitution drawn up at multi-party talks in 1993 to govern the transition to democracy. The highest law in the land, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights sought to guarantee an open, transformative society in which human rights would be entrenched.18 July 1998 – On his 80th birthday Mandela marries Graça Machel (née Simbine), widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.2 June 1999 – South Africa’s second national democratic elections are held. The African National Congress wins with 66.4% of the vote.14 June 1999 – Thabo Mbeki is sworn in as democratic South Africa’s second president. He had served as Mandela’s deputy and had taken over running of the day-to-day affairs of government well before the former president retired.25 April 2002 – South African IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth gains worldwide fame as the world’s second self-funded space tourist and the first African in space. He launched aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission, paying some US$20-million for the voyage.Watch: Wearing a Madiba shirt, Mark Shuttlewoth attempts the Mandela dance aboard the International Space Station:9 July 2002 – US President George W Bush awards Nelson Mandela the Presidential Medal of Freedom, that country’s highest civilian award, in Washington.26 May 2003 – South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane makes history when he becomes the first black African to summit Mount Everest, a climb he would repeat two years later.Watch a short documentary on Sibusiso Vilane:29 February 2004 – Charlize Theron wins the best actress Oscar at the Academy Awards for her role in the film Monster. Receiving the award, she said, “I’m going to thank everyone in my home country, South Africa.”14 April 2004 – South Africa’s third democratic national elections held. The African National Congress wins with 69.7% of the vote, and Thabo Mbeki assumes his second term as president.5 March 2006 – Tsotsi wins the best foreign language film Oscar at the Academy Awards. Directed by South African Gavin Hood, the film was an adaptation of an Athol Fugard novel set in Alexandra in Johannesburg, starring Presley Chweneyagae.Watch: Cast of Tsotsi meet Nelson Mandela:22 May 2006 – New Statesman places Nelson Mandela at number two on its list of 50 heroes of our time. At number one was Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner.18 July 2007 – On Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday, he, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu convene The Elders, a grouping of world leaders set up to contribute their wisdom and independent leadership to solving the world’s toughest problems. Other members include Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus.20 October 2007 – The Springboks defeat England at the Stade de France in Paris to win the Rugby World Cup trophy for the second time.Watch highlights from the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup:20 September 2008 – With nine months left in his second term, President Thabo Mbeki announces his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress’s national executive committee.25 September 2008 – Kgalema Motlanthe sworn in as South Africa’s third president of the democratic era.22 April 2009 – South Africa’s fourth democratic national elections held. The African National Congress wins with 65.9% of the vote.9 May 2009 – Jacob Zuma is sworn in as democratic South Africa’s fourth president.11 June to 11 July 2010 – South Africa hosts the Fifa Soccer World Cup, a successful, incident-free tournament held in 10 brand new or rebuild stadiums. Despite national side Bafana Bafana being eliminated in the first round, support for all teams was phenomenal. Spain eventually defeated Netherlands in the final held at FNB Stadium.Watch: The top 10 goals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup:July and August 2012 – South African swimmers and rowers win gold at the London Olympic Games. Chad le Clos beat 18-time gold medallist Michael Phelps in the 200-metre butterfly while Cameron van der Burgh won gold in the 100-metre breaststroke. The rowing team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson won gold in the lightweight four race.May 2012 – South Africa and Australia are named joint hosts of the massive Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. Once complete, the telescope will be 50 times more sensitive than other radio instruments and will provide never-before-seen detail of the universe.Watch: The Square Kilometre Array:5 December 2013 – Nelson Mandela dies at home in Houghton, Johannesburg, and the world grieves. Thousands of South Africans laid flowers outside his house, and many more filled FNB Stadium for his memorial service. International leaders joined them, including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao.Watch: Nelson Mandela’s life story:15 December 2013 – Nelson Mandela is buried at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.27 April 2014 – On Freedom Day, South Africa celebrates two decades of democracy.Watch: South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy:last_img read more

Clip and Save: Stretching Your Grocery Dollar

first_imgBy Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceRegardless of the reason, whether it’s to save a few extra dollars or the thrill of scoring a good deal, couponing has become very popular. Have you seen TLC’s popular television show, Extreme Couponing, highlighting families who save hundreds of dollars at the register by using coupons? Do you ever wonder how someone can actually save that much at the grocery? Although most of us will not be able to reduce our grocery bill to a few dollars, there are a few simple couponing strategies that you can use to stretch your military family’s grocery dollars.The first step before even setting foot in the store is to get organized. Planning ahead for meal time can help you save both time and money, whether you use store ads or coupons. At the beginning of every week, spend a few minutes planning the meals you will need for the week. It is often helpful to look at a calendar, keeping in mind which nights your daughter has softball practice or your son has guitar lessons.Join us in saving this month by making small daily deposits July 1-30 to save $100 in 30 days.Planning ahead will prevent the last-minute panic of trying to figure out what to serve for dinner or turning to fast food from the drive-through. As you prepare your list, don’t just think about the evening meal, but also think of all meals that you will be serving for the week, including breakfast and lunches for both school and work. Also, consider meal options that include items you already have at home, especially perishables such as meat and dairy products.Once you have your meal plan for the week, search your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, making a list of the items to pick up at the store to complete your menu. You will also want to add any kitchen staples that you may need. After your list is complete, search your local stores’ weekly sale ads and coupons to find the best price. Sale ads, as well as coupons, can normally be found online, at the store, or in the Sunday edition of your local newspaper. You may also request coupons directly from manufacturers, although there is no guarantee that they will respond. Be flexible with your meal plan; if you see a great bargain on an item, such as beef or chicken, consider rearranging your list to incorporate it into your menu. However, once you are at the store, stick to your list. A last-minute change at the store could leave you without key ingredients to complete your meal plan.As you review weekly sales ads and coupons, keep in mind that if you are able to purchase the item for 50% off or more it is a good deal. For example, let’s assume macaroni and cheese normally costs $1.20 per box, but is on sale this week for $1.00, and you have a $0.50 coupon. If the store doubles coupons, your mac and cheese will be free, but if not, it would only cost you $0.50, a savings of nearly 60%. This is an item that you would definitely want to grab, but only if your family likes mac and cheese. Do not buy a bargain, just because it is a bargain. If no one at home likes a particular food item, but it is a good deal, either pass on it at the store or purchase it and donate it to a local food bank or charity. Also, you will need to become an informed consumer to know whether a sale is really a good deal. Maintaining a spending diary is a good financial practice to monitor monthly expenses. A detailed grocery-spending diary will help you quickly recognize a bargain price. Track the prices you typically pay for common household goods. You can reference your grocery diary to see whether an advertised sale price is really a good deal and if you should stock up on it or wait for a better price.Scanning weekly grocery ads and coupon circulars can seem like a time-consuming task for a busy person. Consider using internet search engines, social media, and both store and coupon websites to make the process faster. There are several websites that can help you locate the best deals and coupons quickly. Be cautious of fee-based websites; there are several reputable free sites available. Talk with friends and other couponers to find the best online resources. If you are considering a fee-based site, make certain you understand the fees and services provided. Be cautious about coupons on the Internet. Coupons can be counterfeited the same as money, and it is illegal to use fake coupons. Make certain that you are printing coupons from a legitimate source, such as or You might recognize the names RedPlum and SmartSource from the coupon circulars that are normally in the Sunday paper. These are examples only and there are many other sources of Internet coupons.Learning to coupon takes time and patience. Try not to become overwhelmed in the beginning. Remember, small savings are still savings, and they provide you with additionalContact Jennifer at  [email protected]last_img read more

Grand Slam remains on Beermen bucket list

first_imgJust like in the previous years, Austria said the team is aware of the possibility of pulling off the tough feat which has only happened five times in the history of the league. San Miguel is one of only four teams to do it back in 1989.He also said his team is equipped to achieve it as long as the players will work together for it.Austria and the rest of the Beermen, though, would rather focus on what’s next which is their campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup.“We’re not thinking about that. We still need to win our first game, second game, third game until we win another championship in the second conference before we think about the third conference. But it’s really not going to be easy,” said Austria, who is ecstatic to have Charles Rhodes back.Rhodes led SMB to a Commissioner’s Cup championship two seasons ago.ADVERTISEMENT CSKA Moscow beats Efes Istanbul in Euroleague final Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting San Miguel takes on NorthPort on June 5 in its first game of the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img “Isa lang hiling ko sa inyo, isang Grand Slam lang,” said San Miguel Brewery president Bobby Huang during the team’s victory party at San Miguel Corporation headquarters in Mandaluyong.(I only have one wish for the team and that’s to win a Grand Slam.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Grand Slam is the only accolade left to be accomplished by this era of Beermen or since Leo Austria took over as head coach in 2014.The closest Austria and company came to winning the elusive Grand Slam was during the 2017 PBA Season where they ruled the first two conference before losing to Barangay Ginebra in the Governors’ Cup quarterfinals. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Just five days after completing another historic and arduous journey, San Miguel Beer will be off to embark on a new one.Following a Philippine Cup five-peat, the Beermen aim to regain the Commissioner’s Cup crown and winning it will also make them in play to finally complete a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more