first_img31 July 2008Woolworths saw the introduction of reusable bags in 2004 as an opportunity to not only preserve the environment, but also to support new enterprise development, with their fabric bags being made for them by local factories – one of which started for the specific purpose of making Woolworths bags.It forms part of the company’s strategy to source products locally, where quality, quantity and consistency meet the expectations of their customers – while also enabling the company to support and encourage local business and entrepreneurship – which it has also identified as a key priority.“In line with our Good Business journey, Woolworths is committed to identifying opportunities for suppliers to grow with the business,” Woolworths general merchandise director Craig Ludwig said in a statement this week.“In addition to giving suppliers access to the marketplace, Woolworths also supports emerging suppliers with training that covers best practice in technical and business management skills, organisational development and financing where possible.”Woolworths Good business journey is a comprehensive five-year plan announced in 2007 to help people and planet by incorporating a series of challenging targets and commitments centred on four key priorities, including accelerating transformation, driving social development, enhancing Woolworths environmental focus and addressing climate change.IsikhwamaCurrently, Woolworths’ main supplier of reusable bags is Isikhwama, which was established in Maitland, Cape Town to produce bags for Woolworths and employ semi-skilled and unskilled people who were previously out of work.Isikhwama owner Trevor Pothercy said that while starting any new business was a challenge, their close partnership with Woolworths had helped his company to grow from strength to strength, and that it now produced over a million reusable fabric bags for Woolworths each year – providing employment for 70 people.“The success of the project has exceeded our most optimistic projections,” Pothercy said. “We have been able to train unskilled workers through this project – arguably the most vulnerable members of the labour sector.”Greater Uitenhage Sewing CooperativeThe second supplier, the Greater Uitenhage Sewing Cooperative (Gusco), is an amalgamation of three informal community sewing groups, formed as a result of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative.The company, based in Uitenhage in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, has been producing and supplying reusable fabric bags for Woolworths since September 2005.Woolworths was Gusco’s first big retail client and continues to be the anchor client, buying about 260 000 reusable bags from the company each year – and enabling the cooperative to employ 27 full-time machinists and a number of seasonal employees.Strong partnerships needed for growthNafeesa Dinie, head of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative’s small, medium and micro enterprises unit, said they hoped to grow Gusco’s business by attracting and securing additional contracts, as well as to diversify the production line.The initiative has also held initial discussions with Woolworths regarding future potential growth opportunities.She said that through forging strong partnerships and implementing a structured best practice business development model, a solid business foundation has been established, resulting in a successfully and commercially viable cooperative contributing to the local economy and job creation.“The ladies of Gusco have come a long way from being unemployed, to being business owners and this has been achieved in a relatively short period with the support of all stakeholders,” Dinie said. “Woolworths was key to this success, and this clearly signals Woolworths’ commitment to support and contribute to sustainable community enterprise development in our country.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Jerry Yang, founder and CEO of Yahoo!, the world’s third most trafficked collection of web sites, yesterday laid out his plan to investors (and in a blog post) to revitalize the company. Yang wants Yahoo! to become the “starting point” for consumers on the Internet — or in other words, return to the portal strategy that made it the most popular starting place for web surfers in the 90s.Yahoo! talked about creating the “sites that help you better manage your life and connect you to what matters most to you.” According to the New York Times Yahoo! is rapidly losing ground to Google as the sort of web starting point that they want to become.“What [Yang’s] fighting against is how much Google has usurped the role of the portal… Google is increasingly winning loyalty for its other services too. It claims iGoogle — its customized home page — is its fastest-growing product. And many sites now say they are getting more traffic from iGoogle than the pioneering My Yahoo service. Gmail, while smaller than Yahoo Mail, is growing faster.” — New York TimesMany think the key for Yahoo! is social networking. I think social networking is something that will exist on the horizon for Yahoo!, but they first need to get their platform strategy in order. As we wrote in July, the platform is the killer app of today’s web and Yahoo! needs to get on board. Words yesterday from Yang indicated that they will be doing just that, opening up more APIs and creating a platform that allows third-party developers to plug into their “starting point” properties.“We have phenomenal technology platforms and data infrastructure, and it‚Äôs time to share. Besides building on open API for critical platforms, we‚Äôre looking at many different ways to open Yahoo!,” wrote Yang. “We‚Äôre excited about what could happen when a motivated community of publishers and developers starts plugging into our most popular services.”That echoes the sentiment we expressed last July, when we said that a Yahoo! platform “should be a major part of their plans going forward.” After the platform, social networking is the next step (this is obviously a reverse approach than the one that sites that were social networks first, such as Facebook, have taken). Yahoo! wants to connect people to what matters most to them — these days that means they will have to figure out how to connect people to one another. Related Posts josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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first_imgWarning: This story contains graphic details.Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsHALIFAX – The mother of Loretta Saunders doesn’t believe her daughter’s killers are remorseful and isn’t sure if she’ll ever forgive them.Wednesday morning, a grieving Miriam Saunders took the stand in a Halifax courtroom to read her victim impact statement.“My heart constantly aches,” said Miriam Saunders. “I yearn for her. From that day on, nothing has been the same.”Loretta Saunders, 26, was killed in her Halifax apartment in February 2014. Last week, the killers pleaded guilty before the trial got underway. Blake Leggette will serve a life sentence for first-degree murder. Victoria Henneberry faces the same sentence for second-degree murder.The Crown and Henneberry’s lawyer, Pat Atherton, made a joint recommendation that she be eligible for parole after 10 years. At that news, a distraught Miriam Saunders left the courtroom. When she came back in to have her say in court, she asked the judge to reconsider that in his sentencing.“My girl is gone,” said Saunders. “She’s not gone for 10 or 25 years, she’s gone forever…I’ll never find it in my heart to forgive.”Delilah Saunders, Loretta’s sister, lashed out angrily at Henneberry in court, screaming, “Do you know what you’ve done? You’ve stolen my sister.”Leggette and Henneberry sublet an apartment from Saunders but the couple were having a hard time making ends meet. Court documents say that Leggette planned to kill Saunders to save money and then steal her car so he could leave Halifax.When Loretta went to collect the $400 in rent on February 13, 2014, Leggette asked Henneberry, “Should I do it?”Henneberry told him, “You don’t have the balls.”Henneberry kept Saunders in the apartment by making up a lie that she had lost her bank card and needed to call the bank for a new one.Leggette then choked and strangled Loretta. He tried to put a plastic bag over her head. She fought him and kept tearing at the bags. He banged her head off the floor twice and knocked her unconscious. The cause of death was asphyxiation. Leggette put Saunders’ body in a hockey bag.He and Henneberry then went out to return a computer so they could get more money. Before coming back to the apartment to gather their things. Leggette toted Saunders body in the hockey bag, down the elevator and through the lobby. He put her in the back of her own car, which they then stole and fled to Ontario, dumping Saunders’ body along the highway in New Brunswick.Wednesday, the family called the killers, evil, cold and callous to kill someone over such a small amount of money.Leggette stood up in court and apologized.“I’m constantly thinking of the pain I caused, I’m sorry I stole Loretta. I do not expect forgiveness but I hope my pleading guilty helps. Loretta was kind to me in the short time I knew her,” he said.Henneberry also apologized.“I’m so sorry…sad to know that there was a time in my life I was involved in this death,” said said.The family reacted angrily in court, someone calling out, “I’ll f—ing kill you a—hole.”Outside the court, Miriam Saunders said she doesn’t believe they are remorseful.The victim impact statement painted a vivid picture of Saunders. A young Inuk girl who dropped out of school in Grade 9, struggling with a drug addiction through her teen years. She ended up homeless, living on the streets in Montreal until she finally called her mother for help. Saunders went into treatment and turned her life around. Her family describe her as smart, curious and hardworking.Saunders was studying criminology at Saint Mary’s University and was two months away from graduating when she was killed. She was working on her thesis on missing and murdered Indigenous women. She had planned to go to law school.The family is also grieving the loss of a grandchild. Loretta was thre- months pregnant when she died. Miriam Saunders was going to quit her job to help Saunders take care of the baby.“Loretta had such a short life,” said her aunt Sybilla Engram. “She would have made such a wonderful mother.”“I’m so proud of all her accomplishments,” said Miriam Saunders, mourning the loss of all the potential her daughter had as a young, vibrant, intelligent woman. A woman who died, said Miriam, over a few hundred dollars.Leggette and Henneberry are scheduled to sentenced Wednesday afternoon.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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It’s almost over for four seniors on the Ohio State softball team. OSU will play its final home series of the season this weekend against Iowa and senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott, senior shortstop Alicia Herron and senior outfielders Katie Simonton and Vanessa Spears, will play their final games at Buckeye Field in scarlet and gray. The foursome has started a combined 158 games this season and helped the Buckeyes to a 28-20 overall record, including a 10-6 record at home. Herron has been a consistent starter for OSU since she began her career in 2009. The speech and hearing science major has started 206 games in her four years as a Buckeye and is a career .368 hitter with 47 home runs and 173 RBI and plans to join the team at the end of the Buckeyes’ season. She said her experience at OSU has been a great one and feels like her time as a Buckeye went by quickly. She feels lucky to have had such great people surrounding her and said that made it easy for her to succeed. “It’s been a really great four years. It’s gone by very fast,” Herron said. “I’ve made great friends, I’ve met really great people. I’m just really thankful and grateful I got to be a part of an institution like the Ohio State University.” Endicott has been the No. 1 pitcher on the staff for OSU this season in her only year as a Buckeye. The transfer from Oregon has started 25 games and compiled a 16-12 record with 165 strikeouts. Endicott aspires to be a Division I pitching coach some day and will be a part of the OSU team next season as a graduate assistant while she continues working on her degree in sociology. Although she spent three years as a Duck before joining the team this year, Endicott said she feels as if she’s never played anywhere else. “My experience here has been great. I feel like I’ve played here all of my years of college,” Endicott said. “The girls and I have a really good relationship. I’ve enjoyed my short period here in Columbus.” Spears has been a mainstay in left field this season for OSU. She started all 48 games this year, and is hit .309 with a team-high 10 doubles from the second spot in the lineup. Spears said she hasn’t fully considered what it would be like playing at her last game at Buckeye Field. “I really haven’t even thought about it,” Spears said with a smile. “It’s not really real until it actually happens, but I’m obviously gonna be sad that it’s over. It’s a good field to go out on, that’s for sure.” Simonton has made her way back onto the field in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season with an Achilles tendon injury she suffered during fall practice. The Dublin Scioto graduate has started 39 games in right field for the Buckeyes and hit .295 in her final season. Simonton, like the other seniors, said she has enjoyed her time at OSU and is sad to see it go. She said being around her teammates and being able to get to know about them and their lives is something that she will always cherish. “Getting to know a whole different group of girls every year is something you can’t really do anywhere else,” Simonton said. “Getting to meet a whole bunch of different people from different places who have different life experiences is probably what I’ll miss the most.” Coach Linda Kalafatis said this group of seniors has been through almost everything during their collegiate careers and seen good times and bad. “They’ve seen some of the best years in Ohio State softball history and maybe one of the worst last year,” Kalafatis said. “They’ve run the gamut and they personally certainly have all been through some real tragedies and some real obstacles and injuries. It’s part of the business.” Kalafatis described the exit of the seniors and the addition of the incoming freshmen next year as a “rebirth” of sorts. She acknowledged that losing the seniors is part of being a coach, but that it’s still tough to deal with. “It’s always hard to believe when you get to this point that it will be the last games on these fields for the seniors,” Kalafatis said. “It will be very difficult to see them go.” read more

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Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz (11) strikes the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerWill the third time actually be the charm for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team?The Buckeyes are preparing to redeem themselves in what be their third match against Penn State in 2014, after falling to the Nittany Lions in previous matches 3-0 and 3-1.“The past two matches we played them this season we lost, one in Hawaii and one at their place,” redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous said. “The last match was very close and could have gone either way. Speaking for me personally, I have been looking forward to getting another shot at them since that last match.”OSU played the Nittany Lions Jan. 11 in Hawaii and Feb. 5 at State College.Coach Pete Hanson said he hopes the team has learned from its previous mistakes made against Penn State, and will improve on them in Friday’s match.“We had a chance to win some of those games and perhaps win the match. We just didn’t make enough of the right types of plays at the end of the games, and again those are lessons that these young guys just have to keep going through and learn over time, and hopefully we have learned some of them and are going to be better,” Hanson said. “It will be a competitive match.”Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said the Buckeyes have a solid understanding of how the Nittany Lions play.“We have seen this team play many times the past couple of years and know their tendencies very well,” Heinen said. “We just need to be able to execute our scouting report and play hard with a lot of energy.”Heinen said the Nittany Lions’ style of play is comparable to OSU’s.“We are both hard-hitting teams,” Heinen said. “So it will be an exciting match to watch as both teams work to outhit each other.”The coaches and players on each team know each other well, which leads to an intense rivalry, Hanson said. Penn State assistant coach Colin McMillan is a former Buckeye player who was coached by Hanson.The players on both teams also have had history competing with or against each other since their early volleyball careers, which makes this rivalry even stronger, Guessous said.“They (Penn State) are able to recruit great players and a lot of guys that we have played with or against in high school,” Guessous said. “That also contributes to the heightened atmosphere whenever we play those guys, because for a lot of us, it’s personal.”The Buckeyes are preparing for another tough match this week, after losing to No. 15 IPFW 3-2 Wednesday. However, OSU will not have a problem playing with high energy and confidence Friday despite the loss, Guessous said.“The match is going to be a grind. It is going to come down to which team has more desire, hustle, and a little bit of luck. This is one of those matches where it is easier to get fired up to play and I think that will be reflected through the effort we show in our plays,” Guessous said.The match is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Thad Matta (center) instructs his team during a timeout of a game against North Dakota State Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-62.Credit: Lantern file photoThad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both.The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors.Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster.‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will beA year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had been key contributors and leaders on the team for multiple seasons and were handpicked go-to guys off the court.This season, the Buckeyes’ roster still boasts seniors who have been contributors — guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson, for example — but Matta said it’s still too early to say exactly who will step into leadership roles this season.“Just in terms of how the season works and once you get into practice and you hit the tough days, you’re going through a stretch where it’s the fourth practice in four days, you’ve been going hard, at what point, what guy steps forward and says ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got to do, this is how we’ve got to do it’?” Matta said.But the former Xavier University coach said he still has an idea of who exactly could step up this season.“With that said, I think that Shannon and Sam have been guys that have played huge roles in this program,” Matta said. “I would expect all of our seniors to be — in terms of leadership — supplying some (leadership), but obviously we have to grow that as the season continues.”Outside of Scott and Thompson, the other four seniors on the OSU roster include two centers, a transfer playing his first and only season for the Buckeyes and a walk on who Matta said “may come back another year.”Forward Anthony Lee transferred to OSU from Temple during the offseason, but will be eligible to play right away because he has already graduated college. Fellow forward Jake Lorbach is a walk on who has never made an impact for the Buckeyes, and would not be expected to step into a leadership role.The two centers — Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — are set to battle it out for playing time, but Matta said both could still find their ways into leadership roles on the team.“Trey’s personality lends him to be a leader,” Matta said. “I think from Amir, I’m hoping he’ll come to the forefront in terms of saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do my part, I’ve got to help these guys and get them to understand how we do things here.’”Thompson and Scott have the most experience for the Buckeyes, having played in 111 and 108 games, respectively, while Williams has donned a scarlet and gray uniform 101 times.Freshmen “have the potential”Even with veterans leading the way on the floor, Matta said his freshmen have a chance to step into roles as leaders.He added most freshmen “lead by example,” and singled out guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Jae’Sean Tate as players setting the standard within their class.“(Russell) likes to take command of his group and get guys where they need to be,” he said. “I think that’s just his winning mentality. I think a guy like Jae’Sean Tate is a guy who’s going to play so hard, he has so much energy, that you hope that permeates throughout the team in terms of, ‘Boy, he’s so productive.’”Apart from Russell and Tate, the freshman class consists of center David Bell, forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams.Matta singled out Bates-Diop as a player he hopes could step into a leadership role, but has room for improvement.“He understands leadership. We just need him to be a little more vocal at times,” Matta said.While he said he has some ideas of their leadership qualities, Matta said he goes into seasons without too many specific expectations for his freshman classes. He said he wants to take time to watch this year’s class before making judgments about their on-the-court status.“I go into it with a very broad vision of what I think they’re going to be,” he said. “I want to see their play over the course of time.”Matta said one of the keys will be to watch how the young players respond to both success and adversity in practice.“A guy has a great practice, does he back it up with a really good practice?” he said. “Guy has a bad practice, does he have the toughness to bounce back and have a really good outing the next day?”Even though he’s still in the evaluation process, Matta said each new player on the team has done something to make him take notice.“All the new guys have done things that have caught my eye in terms of what they’re going to be able to bring to this basketball team,” he said. “Now getting it consistently is going to be the key for any freshman.”The Buckeyes’ season is set to begin Nov. 14 when they host the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. 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first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright feels that Paul Pogba still has a long way to go yet to prove himself in the Premier LeaguePogba’s Manchester United future has been cast into doubt amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona for next summer.Former club Juventus have also been reportedly linked with a move for Pogba.But Wright feels that Pogba is yet to prove himself in English football suggested that his World Cup win with France could have given him a sense of false security.“Who knows what will happen in the near future,” Wright told Sky Sports.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on. #pogfeelings pic.twitter.com/naT9hLHomG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018The former England striker added that Pogba’s dispute with United boss Jose Mourinho would be resolved if the Frenchman consistently produced the kind performance that warrants his £89m price tag.“I think what’s happening is two massive egos, and [neither] of them are backing down right now,” said Wright.“I think Paul Pogba is the person who could just really blast this out of the water by playing well.“But if he continues to play like he is playing, where we’ve seen a little bit of it, not enough of it, and we’re not seeing it consistently enough, Mourinho would be well within his rights to say: ‘We’re not getting enough!’“But then you have Ed Woodward saying: He’s our man, he’s our talisman, you have got to play him!”Pogba featured in France’s goalless draw with Germany on Thursday night.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli rates his old side’s chances of Champions League glory strongly for this seasonThe 54-year-old captained Juventus to their last European crown in 1996 with a penalty shoot-out win over Ajax in Rome.Since then, Juventus have suffered defeat at the final stage of the Champions League five times.But Vialli believes that this season will be another story due to the star quality in the squad.“Juve are the strongest team in Europe,” Vialli told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m not just talking about the starters but also the squad depth.“Sometimes you look at the players they have on the bench and you’re amazed.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku 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.“The club did so well, they’ve added Cristiano Ronaldo to a structure that allowed them to win in Italy and to reach two Champions League finals in four years.“Let’s just say the team 22 years ago had the merit of winning the Champions League, but in everything else this team has superior quality, simply because they can field one of the best players in the world.“Allegri has two teams at his disposal. [Vialli’s boss Marcello] Lippi had a granite block, we were solid, tactically prepared and at the peak of our powers.“But Marcello didn’t have CR7. Now that [Zinedine] Zidane isn’t working, Allegri is better than anyone. The results say that.”Juventus top Group H with nine points from three games and will next host Manchester United in the competition next Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_imgIn February, when New York magazine posted those arguablyartful nude photos of Lindsay Lohan doing Marilyn Monroe on its Web site, themagazine’s servers were, not surprisingly, tested. Traffic to the site eclipsed17 million page views on day one, 81 million in the first week and 105million to date, according to DART and Omniture figures provided by themagazine.This week, another controversy—albeit an absurdly contrived one—surroundingVanity Fair’s Annie Leibovitz-shot topless story of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrusresulted, not surprisingly, in record-breaking traffic, too.(Maxim editor Jim Kaminsky, speaking on a Mediabistro panel theother night, put it best: “They went out of their way to sexualize a15-year-old girl and it sold a lot of copies of the New York Post and probablywill sell a lot of copies of Vanity Fair.”) Executive online editor MichaelHogan said VF.com had registered 1.8 million unique visitors on Monday (itaverages between 20,000 and 40,000, he said) and 17 million page views. Thesite normally averages 100,000.The wide split between visitorsand page views (9.4 pages per visitor, roughly) was no doubt due to the accompanying18-page slideshow VF posted, too.But that server-shaking traffic windfall was due, in largepart, with their marketing strategy. VF gave the New York Post an exclusive torun the photos, and they did so, on the front page, on a Monday. The magazinealso posted the accompanying video of the shoot, recalling the tactic ofposting the video highlights from the now-infamous, entirely awkward covershoot featuring Mark Ford and skin-baring actresses Keira Knightley andScarlett Johansson, which brought the site record-breaking traffic at the time.last_img read more

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