The Getty Fire is threatening thousands of homes in Brentwood including that of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.In the pre-dawn hours Monday the brush fire raged in the hillside communities on the west side of Los Angeles forcing mandatory evacuations. At 3:53 AM PT James tweeted that he was driving around looking for a place to stay with no luck. Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No …
Nestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The company has vowed to increase investments in South Africa. (Image: WordPress) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi Pillay Corporate Affairs Director Nestlé South Africa +27 11 514-6779 or +27 82 908 2580 RELATED ARTICLES • Toyota SA project to create 800 jobs • Nestlé unwraps new cocoa plan • SABMiller invests more in Angola • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in Babelegi, a small town in the North West province, where it will manufacture some of the products it currently imports.Construction of the cereal and Maggi factories has started in Babelegi, Nestlé South Africa’s corporate affairs director Ravi Pillay confirmed in an interview on 3 February 2011.Contractors started ground work on the 16 000 square metre Cheerios and Milo cereal plant after a sod-turning ceremony on 2 February. Both projects are set for completion by mid-2012.Nestlé is investing R505-million in the new facilities and in the upgrade of a newly acquired soya venture in Potchefstroom, also in the North West. This forms part of its expansion drive in South Africa, where the multinational has been operating for decades.“We will continue to invest in South Africa, in line with our long-term commitment to business sustainability and economic development,” said Sullivan O’Carroll, chairperson and managing director of Nestlé South Africa. The cereal factory has been allocated R244-million. Cheerios and Milo, products that Nestlé currently imports to South Africa, will be produced in Babelegi for the first time when the plant is fully equipped.Some R155-million has been set aside for the factory that will manufacture the Maggi range, including instant soups, stocks, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. While some of Nestlé’s Maggi products are imported, most are currently produced in factories located in Gauteng and Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal.The new plant will ensure that all Maggi products are made in South Africa. “New Maggi products will come through,” said Pillay.Nestlé recently bought the Specialised Protein Products (SPP) company in Potchefstroom. The acquisition of this and upgrades will cost R106-million, said Pillay.Through this new venture, Nestlé will be able to increase production of non-dairy creamers and begin making soya-based products.The multinational has retained 120 employees from SSP.Employment opportunitiesA sizeable number of people have already found jobs in Nestlé’s factory in Babelegi, and more opportunities beckon.“There will be many spinoffs to the local economy of Babelegi due to these investments,” Pillay said.The two new factories in the area will result in the creation of at least 230 new permanent jobs, according to the group. Coupled with the 120 employees from SSP, Nestlé will be responsible for 350 new employees following the expansion project.It said 70 new permanent jobs will be created in the cereal products factory, while the construction process will result in at least 100 contractor jobs.Some 160 permanent jobs are expected to become available at the new Maggi plant and about 200 employment opportunities will be created during that factory’s construction.“A number of our employees will go to factories around the world for manufacturing training,” said Pillay.Stimulating the local economyNestlé enjoys a substantial market share in South Africa. The group has factories and distribution centres in six of the country’s nine provinces, including Mpumalanga, the Western and Eastern Cape and Free State.Its popular products include baby formula milk Nido and Nespray, as well as baby foods like Nestum and Cerelac. Nestlé South Africa ventured into mineral water in 1987 and produces a range of ice-creams as well.Producing locally has a direct impact on prices for both customers and the multinational. “Having products closer to our customers is always affordable,” added Pillay.Local farmers will also score big as Nestlé suppliers. “By manufacturing locally we’ll also be stimulating the agricultural sector,” he said.STYLE–> STYLE–>
TeamSA – Jonathan Oliff (l) and SeanTickner (r) – have triumphed over thecompetition in Northern Ireland.(Image: Darren Kidd / Presseye.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dominic BothnerBushmills marketing manager,Brandhouse SA+27 11 731 6000RELATED ARTICLES• SAB first with UV purification • Amarula Cream a global market leader• SA develops rooibos flavour wheel• Wine route celebrates 40 yearsLyndon JafthaThe Make It 2 Bushmills – also referred to as the World Whiskey Games – is a gruelling competition where teams of two battle it out for two days at the renowned Bushmills Distillery in the village of Bushmills, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.Teams take on punishing tasks, both mental and physical, such as beach golf, barrel rolling and blind taste tests in the hopes of winning the prestigious Bushmills Trophy.The prize includes a two-week stint at the 403-year-old distillery, working with master distiller Colum Egan; a chance to make a unique whiskey using techniques imparted by Egan; and a generous allowance of US$8 200 (R59 000) spending money.This year, it was the tough duo from South Africa that won, beating, among others, the home team. Sean Tickner, 30, a prosthetist from Cape Town, and 28-year-old Jonathan Oliff, a brand strategist from Durban, were the two local representatives.The judging panel included Egan; Kevin Baird of Irish rock band Two Door Cinema Club; Rob Allanson, editor of Whisky Magazine; and Jonathan Galkin, manager of independent label DFA Records.Teams from 11 different countries took part – the competition included Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, and the US.Of all the countries, South Africa had the highest number of entries, which were then narrowed down to the final two.“We’re looking for real friends, with a genuine love for life and wicked sense of humour,” said Egan before the event, “and I’m sure we’ll find them.”Afterwards the distiller lauded the pair, who are brothers-in-law, as worthy winners. He said they had shown the qualities sought by the judges, despite the fact that they didn’t win any of the challenges.Competitive spiritParticipants arrived in Belfast on 16 August 2011 and were whisked off to Bushmills for the first day of the event. They were taken on a tour of the distillery and shown by the master distiller what happens behind the scenes. They also visited the 40 000 hexagonal basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s first heritage site.During these leisure activities they had the chance to size up the competition.Day two started with barrel rolling. A difficult mission, but Oliff and Tickner managed a first place in their heat and third place in the final.The teams then had to brave a round of beach golf, in the rain, followed by the blind taste testing and cocktail making challenges. Although these were less physically demanding, they proved to be harder than expected – South Africa managed to correctly identify only one of the whiskeys on offer in the taste test.For the cocktail challenge, which had to include Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Team SA paid tribute to the country’s first democratically elected president with a cream based creation named Magical Madiba.The final task was persuading the judges of their winners’ potential, through a short performance featuring song, dance, poetry or whatever they felt would be necessary to be convincing.It was enough to secure top spot for Team SA.“It’s amazing to be named the winners,” said an elated Oliff. “We came to the global final here in Bushmills to do our country proud – we can’t wait to take the distillery home to South Africa.”
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Malta Tourism Authority deny value of Man Utd dealby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalta’s minister for tourism, Konrad Mizzi, has denied reports claiming the department will pay close to €20 million (US$22 million) over three years for its sponsorship deal with Manchester United, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Premier League outfit agreed a deal with the Maltese government and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) earlier in September to promote the country as a tourist destination. The agreement will see the Visit Malta brand given advertising space at Old Trafford, United’s home stadium, and also publicity via the club’s digital marketing channels,It was first reported by the Times pf Malta on 23rd September that the contract is valued at €20 million over three years.However, Mizzi has branded the report as ‘fake news’ in a series of posts on social media, while also describing the valuation of the deal as ‘meaningless and extraordinary’. The MTA has since released its own statement refuting the Times report.’The article is clearly based on the journalist’s own speculation and assumptions, in an attempt to create a negative aura around the partnership agreement concluded between the MTA, Visit Malta, and Manchester United,’ the statement read.’Although the cost of the actual partnership is commercially sensitive, the figure invented by the said journalist is a complete fabrication and nowhere close to the actual committed funding, which is in line with the Malta Tourism Authority’s marketing budget.’According to the Times of Malta, a source told the newspaper that the deal was ‘directly negotiated between the MTA officials and Manchester United’s commercial arm and no agents were involved’.
Karachi: Pakistan has recorded a 13 per cent jump in the new HIV infections, according to a UN report that recorded the fastest surge among the transgender people and sex workers, a media report said on Tuesday. The total number of HIV cases in Pakistan has increased to 160,000 this year, a significant increase from 67,000 in 2010, the Express Tribune reported, quoting a latest UN report on HIV cases in the country. The report indicates that there was a jump of 1,500 cases between 2015 and 2018 among those aged14, the report said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Similarly, female HIV patients above the age of 15 rose to 37,000 in 2015 and 48,000 in 2018. HIV rates among injection drug users increased by 21 per cent during 2019, followed by 3.7 per cent among homosexuals and 3.8 per cent in sex workers,” the paper reported the UN report as saying. The UN report on the country’s HIV infections came amidst nearly 800 people tested positive for the infection in Sindh province’s Larkana district since April this year. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHealth officials had attributed the cause to the use of unsanitary equipment, unsafe blood transfusion and rampant malpractice often at the hands of quacks. “Globally, 37.9 million people are infected with HIV out of which 13.3 million have access to antiretroviral therapy, which is used to treat the infectious disease,” the report said. According to statistics gathered by the UN and the World Health Organization, since 1985, a total of 25 million people lost the battle against HIV globally. In recent years, government awareness campaigns around the world helped reduce the number of HIV cases transmitted through drug use. However, awareness campaigns were mostly missing from the radar in Pakistan, the paper reported. AGENCIES
Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown,” our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 19, 2015), we look at the matchups in the NBA’s conference finals, whether the Houston Rockets are winning with analytics and why the Clippers collapsed. Nate Silver discusses why the New York Rangers continue to win so many close NHL games. And we ponder whether baseball needs even more statistical analysis as MLB embraces Statcast. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on Chelsea’s oft-disciplined Cesc Fabregas.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:The Clippers’ win probability during Game 6 against the Rockets peaked at 98 percent.Stephen Curry is unguardable.Lebron James is dominant in the conference finals.The future of MLB stats and video tracking.Analyst vs. Statcast, who should you trust?Nate Silver on postseason goaltending and the Rangers’ ability to win close game after close game.Significant Digit: 14 points. In a game in which Chelsea clinched the Premier League title, Cesc Fabregas also pulled into a tie for the most discipline points among all players. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code
Men’s soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has hired a former rival coach to try and kick start the program.The Buckeyes announced the hiring of former Michigan assistant Ian Gordona Monday, appointing him to the same position in Columbus. According to an OSU press release, he will also assume the role of recruiting director.Gordona, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, helped guide the Wolverines to back-to-back winning seasons after a dismal 2011 season when the Wolverines finished 5-14-1 overall.Regardless of his recent affiliation with a heated rival, Gordona earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in June of 2003 in history. Since then, he has coached 113 All-Americans, 66 Youth National Team players, 51 professionals and six National Players of the Year on top of four national championship teams.Gordona’s recent success has coach John Bluem excited for his return to Columbus.“We are delighted to have Ian join the staff,” Bluem said in the press release. “He is an excellent young coach, tremendous motivator and fantastic recruiter. He is a remarkable evaluator of young talent and will lead the way in our future recruiting efforts. He has incredible work ethic and will provide a strong role model for our student athletes.”Gordona is set to replace Taly Goode, who spent four seasons with the Buckeyes. Goode “left the program to move on to other opportunities,” OSU spokesman Alex Morando said in an email.According to Morando, Gordona’s salary is $47,000, while Goode’s was $40,609. Outside of football and men’s basketball, Morando said OSU does not have contracts for assistant coaches.Gordona, who was not immediately made available for comment, released the following statement in the press release.“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of The Ohio State University and the athletic department,” Gordona said. “I feel fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the men’s soccer program under the direction of coach Bluem and coach (Frank) Speth, as well as learn from the minds of the other great coaches this university has within its athletic department. My desire is to help build this program back to national prominence.”The Buckeyes finished the 2013 season with a 5-8-4 record – and won just one Big Ten game.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 fall season Aug. 17 against West Virginia in an exhibition game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Following Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to quit on Thursday, Real Madrid have now set their sights on Mauricio Pochettino to become their new managerDespite the fact that the Argentine coach had only signed a new five-year deal to continue with Tottenham last week, Real president Florentino Perez has identified Pochettino as one of the top candidates to replace Zidane.But Los Blancos have not made any approach for the Spurs boss, who is understood to have no release clause inserted into his new contract at the club.On Thursday, Zidane stunned the football world by announcing that he has resigned from his role as head coach of Real after winning nine trophies in his two-and-a-half years in charge with the Frenchman later stating that he left the club as he felt that they were in need of a “new voice”.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes that Real view Pochettino as the stand-out candidate for the role at the Santiago Bernabeu and he dismissed Arsene Wenger’s chances.“Wenger has said no before, but now he is out of a job,” Balague told Sky Sports.“The interest in Pochettino from Real Madrid is obvious for all to see. He is the type of manager they would like to have at Real Madrid at some point.“He has a new contract at Spurs, he is linked to everything that is happening for Spurs around the decisions of the players, it does not seem obvious for him to leave right now.”
French defender Benjamin Pavard has faced off against countless big names in the Bundesliga and he’s now revealed the toughest of them allPavard has been playing in Germany for the last two years after completing a move to VfB Stuttgart from Lille and has recently been linked with a switch to Bayern Munich.The Bavarians’ main striker Robert Lewandowski has been in sensational form this season with 21 goals in 21 games – more than even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Pole’s finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer for three of the last five seasons.But it’s Schalke 04 hitman Franco Di Santo who gets Pavard’s vote as the most challenging striker to deal with in Germany, despite not having found the net once this term.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Franco di Santo is exceptionally hard to keep in check. He’s always on the move and is unpredictable,” Pavard told the Bundesliga website.“There’s also Lewandowski, who is a complete player and is always so dangerous.”Pavard made a name for himself at the 2018 World Cup in the summer, where his impressive displays helped France on their way to a second world title.Although, right now, the 22-year-old is out with a thigh injury ahead of Stuttgart’s league match against Hertha Berlin today.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer.The Croatia international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last few seasons, has always revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.Speaking ahead of Inter’s UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, the former Borussia Dortmund winger did admit that he would be open to a move to England.“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said, according to Manchester Evening News.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.A key player for Inter since his arrival at the San Siro, Perisic’s time at the San Siro may well be coming to an end.“Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window,” manager Luciano Spalletti told the press.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go trough.”“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.”