White, Chism, Brownlee return as PBA Imports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another returnee, Wayne Chism, has signed with NLEX and Yeng Guiao, his former coach at Rain or Shine, and the former Best Import will try to do something he also failed to accomplish as an Elasto Painter: Win a title.Chism’s stint in the PBA last season ended abruptly when a knee injury had him playing just two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut the most celebrated returnee of all would have to be Justin Brownlee, who will suit up for two straight conferences for Barangay Ginebra, counting the Gin Kings’ defense of the season-ending Governors’ Cup.Brownlee, who saw action recently for Mighty Sports in Dubai, led the Kings to their first title in eight years last season when he drained the marginal three-pointer in Game 6 as Ginebra defeated Meralco. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentcenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Reigning three-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, on the other hand, has signed up Korean Basketball League veteran Charles Rhodes as the Beermen gun for the second jewel of what could be a shot at a Grand Slam later in the year.Last season, the Beermen encountered import problems when original pick Tyler Wilkerson, then enjoying performances worthy of the Best Import award, had a run-in with coaching staff and was asked to leave.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James White will return to Mahindra for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup opening on March 17 and complete a task he and the Floodbuster came agonizingly close to accomplishing last season.“He’s in great shape,” coach Chris Gavina told the Inquirer recently as he brings back the talented White, a 6-foot-9 forward who took Mahindra to the playoffs last season.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Ceres gets underdog tag versus Tampines China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezonlast_img read more

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Judicial Overreach

first_imgThe Appellate Court’s panel of three justices: Chancellor Edwards-Cummings, Justice Rishi Persaud and Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes, in a 2-1 split decision — with Justice Persaud dissenting — surprised many objective observers by reversing the holding of the High Court that the 33-32 vote in favour of the NCM in the National Assembly was valid. What occasioned the surprise was the rationale offered by the two justices for their decision.They accepted the arguments offered by the Grenadian attorney for the Government that, unlike the passage of “normal” legislation, that of a no-confidence motion necessitated an “absolute” rather than a “simple” majority. It is critical to note that the pertinent article of the Constitution, Art 106 (6), does not qualify the word “majority”, as indeed is the case in the entire Constitution. The High Court had found that in the instant case the distinction was irrelevant, but had used a totally different definition of the terms, as inferred by our Constitution.Under the heading “Voting”, Art 168 (1) says, “Save as otherwise provided by this Constitution, all questions proposed for decision in the National Assembly shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting.” This, the CJ pointed out, was a “simple majority”. Article 106 (6), on the other hand, says, “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the government is defeated by a majority of the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” She pointed out that this was an “absolute majority”, and in fact is the distinction made in India, where votes of no-confidence are quite common, and in fact require only a simple majority.As the CJ did, India also recognise as the “majority” the entity in the Assembly with one seat more than all the others combined out of the total elected seats. In Guyana, this was 33 vs 32 in our 65-member Assembly.In her Appellate decision, the Chancellor alluded to Article 164, which outlines the various “majorities” needed to alter specific Articles of the Constitution, based on their significance. It includes the “majority” of Art 106 as the lowest, and proceeds upwards to those that need 2/3 votes of the members of the Assembly to those that need a majority, followed by a referendum.Yet she chose to accept the arcane suggestion of the Government’s attorney that because the results of an NCM are so “important”, it should not only be classified as an “absolute” majority that is at variance with the CJ’s and other jurisdictions’ definition, but also adopted the attorney’s formula for calculating it. That is, to divide the total number of seats, 65, by 2 to yield 32.5., round up this to 33, and then add 1 to arrive at 34 as the needed majority to pass this “important” motion.They ignored that mathematical “set theory” would have delivered the CJ’s result.What the Chancellor and Justice Gregory-Barnes have done is not only to arbitrarily foist a notion of “absolute majority” onto the Constitution, which is totally at variance with its own usage, but also to introduce a formula to suggest she is using it formalistically, i.e. merely applying “law to facts”, even though her “justification” of the NCM being “very important” betrays her subjective value judgement for their own agenda.Important to whom, in the present context? As one noted jurist warned: “‘Judicial activism’ should not become ‘judicial adventurism’ and lead a judge going in pursuit of his own notions of justice, ignoring the limits of the law.”What these two Justices of the Appellate Ct have done is to open up a Pandora’s Box into the operations of the National Assembly. Unless and until their decision is overturned by the CCJ, who will decide which motion or Bill laid before the National Assembly is or is not “important” enough to demand this “absolute majority”??In our estimation, we believe this definition of “majorities” is best left to the Legislature, by the representatives of the people.last_img read more

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I am still wondering

first_imgDear Editor,Recent reports in the print and electronic media indicate that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) which has been doing an excellent job so far, applied to the court for a warrant to search the home of the former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall for among other things 15 Commonwealth Law Reports.SOCU alleged that Nandlall is unlawfully keeping those books. Relative activities after then left me wondering – wondering why SOCU applied in open court for the warrant. Wondering why the application for the search warrant was not made in chambers. Wondering why the Chief Magistrate took the unprecedented action to read the warrant in open court. Wondering why Her Worship instructed SOCU’s officials to return hours after to uplift the warrant. Wondering why SOCU did not approach a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits to endorse the warrant. Wondering if there is a shortage of Justices of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits in Georgetown, as is the case at West Coast Berbice and other locations. Wondering if only a Chief Magistrate can endorse a warrant for SOCU to search a home for evidence in relation to a crime under investigation.Wondering if in my policing days when I used to obtain and execute warrants signed by Justices of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits and not the Magistrates my actions were unlawful. Wondering if the law has changed in relation to obtaining a search warrant since I retired from the Guyana Police Force. Wondering when will someone in authority clear the air in respect of this legal morass. Wondering if somewhere along the line there was an ulterior motive. I am wondering. I am still wondering.Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistantCommissionerof Police (Retired)last_img read more

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Telus investing $480,000 in Fort St. John

first_imgIt will go towards expanding and enhancing its wireless and wireline networks in Fort St. John, as well as bringing those services to nearby rural communities. “Telus’ $480,000 investment will enhance our world-class wireless network and improve internet speeds for businesses and households right here in Fort St John,” said Chris Jensen, Telus general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “Telus is committed to making investments in infrastructure and technology to better serve our customers and communities. We are deeply grateful for the hard work and outstanding commitment of our 30 local team members and retirees and for the support of our customers.” $350 million will also be spent expanding access to high speed internet to 97 per cent of British Columbians. 50 First Nations communities like the Doig River 70 kilometres northeast of Fort St. John will also be connected to high speed internet, with a $23 million investment. 35 remote communities will also be connected to the broadband network.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Cheep thrills at annual Audubon bird count

first_imgThe local bird count in the Valley divides the community into eight sections, all within a 15-mile diameter from the corner of Nordhoff Street and Balboa Boulevard. Bird enthusiasts spend all day scouring the area. The day offers bird watchers a good test of their skills, having to identify some winged creatures by sight and others by sound. Kris Ohlenkamp of Topanga said the highlight of his day was seeing a few unusual birds: the red-naped sapsucker, Cassin’s kingbird and a marsh wren. He caught sight of 75 species Saturday, bringing the total number of bird species he’s seen this year in the United States to 486. “It’s a wow moment,” Ohlenkamp said. “You see a bird you’ve never seen before or something you don’t expect and it’s really exciting. And you study up on their habitat and you go out and see it and it’s a real feeling of accomplishment.” The regional bird counts done throughout the country help the Audubon Society compile data to document significant changes – not just in bird populations but also in the environment. The society released a report last year showing steep declines in the birds people see every day – pigeons, doves and swallows. The group also released a watch list of hundreds of birds in danger of extinction – research based on the Christmas Bird Count, Frost said. “Birds are one of the early indicators of significant environmental change, so the bird count is about birds, but it’s about more than that,” Frost said. “It’s about habitat, other forms of wildlife, and … (with) global warming, birds are among the first wildlife species that you’ll start to see changes in – migration patterns change, populations rise or decline, or they move.” The Santa Clarita Valley will hold its bird count on Dec. 29. For more information, visit www.sfvaudubon.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A few dozen bird watchers swooped into the Valley on Saturday, peering into trees and into the blue sky above, on the lookout for the winged and the feathery. The excursion by bird watchers with the San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Audubon Society makes the local group one of the first in the country to participate in the 108th annual Christmas Bird Count. Audubon groups started the count Friday, and it runs to Jan. 5. The goal is to document numbers and types of birds and keep tabs on how birds are faring in a changing environment. “We have records going back more than 100 years, and it’s proven to be extremely valuable … to track the impacts of developments and global warming,” said Garrison Frost, spokesman for Audubon California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBird watchers get to engage in a favorite pastime and contribute to science at the same time. Arthur Langton of West Hills, who has taken part in almost every Christmas Bird Count since its inception in the late 1950s, said what keeps him coming back is the thrill of seeing the usual collection of birds, along with those that are total surprises. But he has noticed certain species that populated the Valley years ago are nowhere to be seen – which he attributes to development, drought and changes in the environment. “Now you see other birds that are new, or birds that have disappeared completely because of loss of habitat,” Langton said. “Some things surprise you when they show up, and some things surprise you because they’re not around.” last_img read more

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‘He has been as good as Dembele this season’ – Stubbs hails in-form Celtic star

first_imgAlan Stubbs has hailed the impact Scott Sinclair has had on Celtic.The winger, a £3.5million signing from Aston Villa in the summer, struck a sensational goal in the Scottish Cup victory at Albion Rovers on Sunday.It was Sinclair’s 13th goal of the campaign and Stubbs says the 27-year-old is as important to Brendan Rodgers’ side as their coveted top scorer Moussa Dembele.The former Hoops defender, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, said: “It was fantastic technique [for the goal] and I think he has been as good as Dembele this season.“Dembele has got all the headlines, scoring goals, but he [Sinclair] has made a huge contribution to Celtic.”Listen to the full interview with Alan Stubbs abovelast_img

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Tottenham linked with ambitious move for player Pochettino called ‘special talent’

first_img REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Getty Images – Getty The Standard write that Juve are understood to be prepared to listen to offers for the Argentina international and, while hugely ambitious, Spurs believe a deal in the final two weeks of the transfer window is a possibility.He is reported to earn around £120,000 and his contract runs until 2022. If master negotiator Daniel Levy pulled off the sensational deal, it would be one of the biggest coups in transfer window history and would provide Pochettino with another proven goal scorer to play alongside Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son. OFF The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 3 Dybala counts Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi as team-mates in the Argentina squad targets TROPHY “I put Dybala in that category, because he is a special talent and seeing him on the pitch is wonderful, even if he might cause your team a few problems,” he said in 2018 ahead of their Champions League last 16 meeting.And it was Dybala’s sensational goal that helped dump them out of the competition.According to the London Evening Standard, Spurs have been weighing up an approach for the player for more than three weeks and is valued in excess of £70million.The Premier League side, who reached the Champions League final last season, have already broken their transfer record with the £65m signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, who impressed in the pre-season win against Juve. Getty Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham could break their transfer record again this month if they land Paulo Dybala, as the latest rumour claims.The 25-year-old Juventus forward is considered to be one of the best in the world and certainly manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks so. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers center_img Dybala’s future at Juventus is uncertain with Man United and now Tottenham interested in signing him 3 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Dybala broke Spurs fans’ hearts with this goal at Wembley to end their Champions League dream in 2018 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 3 latest Dybala, who has played with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kyle Lafferty, in his short career, appears to have been the victim of Ronaldo’s £100m arrival in Turin last season, having scored five goals last season, compared with 22 in Serie A the previous year.He had no plans to depart as recently as last week, but, as Tuttosport report, is believed to have changed his mind and will join a new club as long as they are as ‘equally ambitious’ as Juventus.Man United have recently been linked with him and the Turin-based newspaper say Dybala will not reject offers from them or and PSG if they are submitted, as the forward considers both clubs good destinations for him. LATEST New job Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update FAREWELL Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals last_img read more

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Salah gives update on Liverpool future amid Neville’s exit claims

first_img latest Getty Images – Getty stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas FAREWELL Salah has been linked with Real Madrid and Juventus in the past LATEST Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – including Liverpool vs Arsenal this weekend. 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 2 Neville expects United to overtake Liverpool soon But Salah has rubbished these claims, emphasising his special connection with the Liverpool faithful.Speaking to CNN, he said: “I’m happy at Liverpool.“I’m happy in the city – I love the fans and they love me.“I’m happy at the club.”center_img Neville said: “I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool.”This caused former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher to interject, saying United will not win a Champions League before Liverpool. on target Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested OFF Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Leeds vs Brentford (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Neville swiftly replied: “Maybe not, but I think they’ll win a league before Liverpool. They’re more ripe, they’re closer than you think and it’s not as bad as you think. That’s always the way it is.“And Liverpool, Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already. He [Carragher] knows, he won’t say it. I can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it.” Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LIVE on talkSPORT Mohamed Salah insists he is happy at Liverpool despite Gary Neville’s prediction that the Egypt star will leave Anfield in the near future.Neville, the former Manchester United defender, told Sky Sports the Reds should start to prepare for life without their star winger. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Neville also predicted that his former side, the Red Devils, will win the title again before Liverpool claim their first Premier League triumph.The Red Devils missed out on Champions League football last season with a sixth-place finish, while Jurgen Klopp’s men ended up just one point behind champions Manchester City, losing only once in 2018/19 and achieving a club-record 97 points. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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Drug giant lists on JSE

first_imgAdcock Ingram is one of the leadingmanufacturers of ARV’s in South Africa. The launch of new medication productsis on the pipeline with millions spent onresearch and development.Khanyi MagubanePharmaceutical giant Adcock Ingram has debuted on the JSE stock exchange amid glittery promises to continue pumping money into the health and medicines sector in South Africa.The drug company listed at 9am on 25 August, 2008, to a healthy share price of R35 (US$4.5). Approximately 172.6 million ordinary shares of the pharmaceutical company were listed on the Main Board at the JSE.Adcock Ingram produces medicines such as the popular Panado painkillers and flu remedy, Corenza Para-C.The listing comes after consumer goods conglomerate, Tiger Brands, unbundled its shareholding in the company. Adcock Ingram’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jonathan Louw, says the move will allow the two companies to focus on their strengths, “The healthcare business (Adcock Ingram) was not a strategic fit to Tiger Brands.”The company is now said to be valued at about R6-billion ($784-million) after it gained its independence from Tiger Brands. It currently occupies 11.3% share of the private drug industry.Commenting on the listing, Louw expressed the company’s excitement at the opportunity to expand its business, “The unbundling and subsequent listing of Adcock presents us with opportunities that will enable us to drive our vision of being recognised as a leading, world-class branded healthcare company.“We look forward to pursuing organic growth opportunities and acquisitions in selected markets, developing exportable competencies, and implementing meaningful transformation within the business.”Growing the brandAfter Aspen pharmaceuticals, Adcock Ingram is currently South Africa’s second-largest supplier of HI virus anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. The company announced that it intends on spending R100-million ($13-million) to upgrade its tablet and capsule capacity at its ARV plant in Johannesburg.Louw said Adcock expected South Africa’s initiative to combat HIV/Aids to be advantageous for the company and provide growth opportunities. The government, criticised for its slow response on HIV, is reportedly planning to spend millions on the rollout of ARV drugs.The company is also looking further afield. Adcock has announced its intentions to make acquisitions abroad.The firm intends on investing approximately R140-million ($18-million) in its Indian endeavours based in Bangalore, which produce tablets and capsules. They are also exploring opportunities in other parts of the world. “We will look beyond South Africa into the rest of Africa. We might look internationally,” Louw said.Ultimately, the company is aiming at spending a staggering R850-million ($110-million) over the next three years. This will also include upgrading and expanding its existing facilities, as well as building a high-volume liquids manufacturing plant in South Africa between 2009 and 2010.In November 2007, Adcock Ingram announced a R600-million ($78-million) planned black economic empowerment equity deal in a bid to bring back its “edge” into the market. Although a black player has not been named, the company has said that after listing on the stock exchange, it has plans to work on the equity deal.Helping SA get healthyAdcock Ingram’s Pharmaceutical division holds the number one position in over the counter (OTC) medicines and the number two spot in prescription generics.Its hospital supply division is the leading supplier of hospital and critical care products in South African healthcare institutions. This includes products used for renal dialysis and hospital accessories.In the spirit of expanding the company, Adcock has plans to introduce a new line of products across all therapeutic areas.The company recently launched an anti-retroviral drug portfolio, researched and developed in its World Health Organisation approved research and development facility.The humble beginningsThe listing of Adcock Ingram on the JSE marks a milestone in the company’s history. Now recognised as one of the leading players in the pharmaceutical industry, the drug company started from very humble beginnings over a century ago as just a small pharmacy in Krugersdorp, in the northwestern region of South Africa.The company has since grown to provide prescription, generic and OTC products. With its vision to adding value to life, the company still sees itself as a growing entity, with the aim of being recognised as a leading world-class branded healthcare company.The company provides an extensive portfolio of brand and generic medicines in the following health disciplines – cardiovascular, central nervous system, dermatology, diabetes, ear, nose and eye preparations, feminine health and analgesics.It also has a strong presence of OTC products. According to the company, every second OTC brand sold in South Africa is an Adcock Ingram product. It provides therapeutic products for coughs, colds and flu analgesics.A social responsibilityWith a constant critical need of funding in the healthcare sector, Adcock Ingram has made it its duty to support health-related organisations in need as part of its social responsibility programme.In June 2006, its community service division, Unite 4 Health, donated R4-million ($520 000) to the Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town. This is the only specialist hospital dedicated to treating children on the African continent. The money contributed to the building of a new operating theatre complex, which has increased surgical procedures by 25%.The building of the theatre complex – eight in total, has been planned in phases to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the theatres. The current theatres will remain in use until the new wing has been constructed. The theatres will then move to the new wing whilst the existing floor receives a full refurbishment. It’s expected that the new complex will officially open in June 2009.“In addition to providing better working conditions for our surgical teams, upgrading and modernising the theatres will improve the role operating theatres play as an important training and research platform,” says Nicky Bishop, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.“Most importantly [the theatre complex] will allow Red Cross to function more effectively and efficiently. This will have a very positive impact on surgical outcomes in particular and on children’s health in general.”At the hospital, the Africa-specific research on children’s diseases and HIV/Aids, not only improves the health of children, but it also provides doctors and nurses with hands-on training in the hospital environment.In Johannesburg, Adcock Ingram has been active in helping to improve the quality of healthcare in Soweto.Its Heart of Soweto initiative involved over 15 000 local residents, who took part in various projects, which formed part of a study aimed at tracking the incidence of cardiovascular disease in a developing-world scenario.The study, the largest of its kind in Africa, was launched in January 2006 and Unite 4 Health committed R2-million ($250 000) in financial assistance. Led by Prof Karen Sliwa, head of the Soweto cardiovascular research unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, it also included working partnerships with experts from Australia and the United Kingdom.The Heart of Soweto project and Unite 4 Health have also been instrumental in refurbishing the cardiology unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.Unite 4 Health has helped with the realisation of a women’s ward at the Soweto Hospice, with the donation of R1-million ($130 000). The Hospice caters for HIV/Aids patients and also provides support for home-based care giving. Unite 4 Health also supports a number of smaller NGOs on an ongoing basis.Related storiesHIV in South Africa stabilisingHealthcare in South AfricaUseful linksAdcock IngramAdcock Ingram Unite 4 HealthJSE Limited Red Cross Children’s’ HospitalDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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New Year, New Editorial

first_imgThe New Year is often bittersweet. On one hand, I look back at 2016 with a bit of nostalgia given it was the magazine’s fifteenth anniversary and a very successful year for our print and digital offerings. Then again, looking forward to 2017 is exciting as we face the challenges of producing an even better product for our readers and advertising partners. To that end, we are launching several new editorial projects that we expect will be interesting to our audience.BenchmarkingThe first appears in this issue: The Benchmarking column is the result of a collaboration between three gentlemen who have been working together on various projects for the past decade or more—Adrian Beck, a researcher at the University of Leicester in the UK; Walter Palmer, a consultant and trainer here in the US; and Colin Peacock, formerly with Proctor & Gamble and now associated with both ECR Europe and the Retail Industry Leaders Association here in the states.These associates—and close friends—will produce a series of surveys on specific topics of interest to retail loss prevention practitioners. Their column in the magazine will provide an executive summary of the results of these surveys to allow readers to compare the results against their own organizations’ experiences. The first of these studies is on “Comparing Policies and Practices on Managing Shoplifting.” I encourage everyone to read the results and participate in future studies to provide the best results possible.- Sponsor – ExcellenceSomething else new in this issue is a column devoted to recognizing individuals in our industry who exemplify excellence in their professions and communities. Read about two asset protection executives and a law enforcement partner who we believe are worthy of recognition to the greater LP community. Mike Lamb, LPC, of Walmart, Bob MacLea of TJX, and Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross of the Boston Police Department, each in his own way, has made a significant positive contribution to his organization and community.In each edition, we plan to recognize those individuals nominated by their peers for contributing to the betterment of the industry. We purposely have not constructed a litany of rules for what we think should be recognized. We want to hear what you think someone has done that merits recognition—whether it be at the individual store level or across the broad industry. This also includes our solution provider partners. Please let us hear about someone you work with who deserves to be acknowledged. Send your nominations to excellence (at) LPportal (dot) com.PerspectivesAnother new column is in the works that will focus on thoughts and perspectives from the solution provider side of the table. The retail industry is lucky to have a great number of intelligent, strong partners developing new products and services to meet the needs of loss prevention organizations. We hope to tap into the thought processes and visions of the executive teams running these companies to provide insights to practitioners and promote better understanding and partnerships. Look for the first of these articles soon on our digital channel and in a future print edition.These new editorial projects are meant to expand the scope and quality of the information we provide our readers. We welcome your comments—both positive and negative—about any of our editorial and suggestions for topics you would like us to explore. Suggestions are welcome via editor (at) LPportal (dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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