Pieta House issue warning regarding sponsorship card scam

first_imgThe public has been warned to remain vigilant regarding a scam involving fake sponsorship cards to Pieta House. Not a whole lot of information about the scam has been released, but the mental health service has warned that they have received a number of calls regarding scammers using fake sponsorship cards over the past few days.A statement issued by Pieta House has urged people to be on their toes, and not to be caught out by the scam. The statement reads: “Important! We’ve received reports of bogus collections in the Galway area using fake sponsor cards.“If fundraising for Pieta House you must get written permission & carry the letter whilst fundraising. Please request sight of this letter if you suspect collections to be fraudulent.”Pieta House issue warning regarding sponsorship card scam  was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pieta Houescamlast_img read more

What we learned at 49ers HQ of free agency motives

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — If Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander indeed are coming to the rescue of the 49ers defense, their first efforts Thursday were a success in painting an optimistic look at their play-making abilities.Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch played their part in hyping up their defense’s additions without overselling the 49ers’ stature in Year 3 of their rebuild. The roster’s …last_img

Local and international leaders to confront Africa’s challenges and develop collective solutions

first_imgThe list of local and international leaders attending this year’s second annual Brand Africa FORUM™ is growing. Esteemed individuals such as Ajai Chowdhry, chairman of HCL (India); Dr. Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising; Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO of the African Media Initiative (Kenya); Dr. Namanga Ngongi, president of AGRA (Kenya); Prof. Richard Mkandawire, NEPAD; Dr. Joseph Samuel Annan, deputy minister of Trade & Investment (Ghana); Geoffrey Qhena, chief executive officer of IDC (SA); Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour (SA); and Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director of MTV Networks Africa, along with many others, will participate at the Forum.Hosted by Brand South Africa, and Brand Leadership Academy, the Forum will take place on Thursday, 29 September at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre and will tackle key issues affecting Africa’s growth, reputation, competitiveness.This provides a unique opportunity for pan African decision makers in media, business, nation branding and civil society to interact and engage with topics and opportunities that are catalytic to the future of Africa as well as explore lessons from emerging markets such as India.Accomplished broadcaster, Tumi Makgabo will facilitate the programme which will kick off with an opening address from Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa.Keynote addresses will anchor each of the four panels which will focus on governance and sustainability and how to enable policies that will foster growth and development; the role of business in shaping our economic future; youth and their vision for Africa; and the significance of BRICS and lessons for South Africa and Africa.An outline of the programme:Please visit www.brandafrica.net for the detailed programme and profiles of the speakersItemIndividual(s)TimingOpening AddressAnitha Soni, chairman, Brand South Africa08:30 – 08:45Keynote AddressDr. Vijay Mahajan, author, “Africa Rising”08:45 -09:15Governance  & SustainabilityPanelEnabling policiesDr. Namanga Ngongi; Geoffrey Qhena; Prof. Keith Dinnie and othersChair: Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, Africa Lead, Deloitte09:15 – 10:45REFRESHMENT BREAKBusiness Panel Keynote Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author & economist 11:00 – 11:30Business PanelRole of BusinessDr. Reuel Khoza; Rakesh Wahi; Nigel Hollis and othersChair: Prof. Nick Binedell, founding director of GIBS 11:30- 13:00   LUNCHAfrica Vision 2020Africa 2.0:  Kenya ReportMalik Fal14:00 – 14:15Youth Panel KeynoteRe-Imagining AfricaAlex Okosi14:15 – 14:30Youth PanelYouth Vision for AfricaGertude Kitongo (Bright Young Minds Kenya), Erik de Ridder (One Young World SA) and othersChair: Alex Okosi14:30 – 15:30BRICS KeynoteContextualise BRICS and regional integrationDr. Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister: Republic of Zimbabwe15:30 – 16:00BRICS PanelLessons for SA/AfricaAjai Chowdhry; Vijay Mahajan and otherChair: Abdullah Verachia, director, Frontier Advisory16:00 – 17:30Brand Africa 100™ AwardsThebe Ikalafeng, David Haigh, founder & CEO of Brand Finance and Kim MacIlwane, CEO Africa Middle East, TNS Research Surveys17:30 – 18:30 About the brand africa™ initiativeBrand Africa™ is an independent pan-African brand-centric initiative for African leaders, decision makers, citizens and influencers to shape the agenda and change perceptions of Africa by proactively driving Africa’s image, reputation and competitiveness in the continent and in the world.Brand Africa™ aims to create and facilitate opportunities and platforms to share insights, thought-leadership and best practises in shaping the growth, reputation and competitiveness of sovereign nation brands and, ultimately, the collective African brand. Brand Africa™ is an African initiative for Africa, by Africans and supporters of Africa.www.brandafrica.netAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling consolidated brand image for Brand South Africa.There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.The primary mandate of Brand SA is to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve SA’s global competitiveness.To develop and articulate the Value Proposition and positioning that will drive the long – term reputation of Brand South Africa.To build pride and patriotism amongst South Africans with the aim of uniting the nation by encouraging all South Africans to live the Nation Brand, and in so doing, define a South Africanness.The ultimate aim is to increase South Africa’s global competitiveness by developing symbiotic partnerships with all stakeholders (government, business, labour and civil society) who deliver on (and are able to leverage) the nation brand and aligning them to enhance South Africa’s reputation. www.imc.org.zaAbout Brand Leadership AcademyThe Brand Leadership Academy, a division of Africa’s leading brand development, media engagement firm, The Brand Leadership Group. The Brand Leadership Academy provides brad-driven, customer centric leadership development.Brand Leadership Academy works with distinguished globally respected scholars, decision makers thought leaders to inspire and empower established and emerging leaders with cross disciplinary, world class insights that help them build great brands in Africa and the world.Brand Leadership Academy™ is the founder of the Brand Africa and Public Sector Excellence™ initiatives. www.brandleadershipacademy.orgAbout Ajai ChowdhryMr. Ajai Chowdhry, one of the six founder members of HCL began an exciting journey three decades ago with a dream to give India its very own microcomputer. The sheer clarity of vision and hard work led to a revolution and laid the foundation for the Indian IT industry, taking India to the league of major economies of the world.Mr. Chowdhry led the foundation of HCL’s overseas operations, starting with Singapore in the 1980s to extensively covering the other South Asian Markets including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the People’s Republic of China, expanding business operations. HCL, India’s original IT garage start-up founded in 1976, today is an US$ 6bn global enterprise and Mr. Ajai Chowdhry has been a key force in driving the growth of HCL.He has received numerous awards including the prestigious Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honours, as recognition of his consistent contribution in building the IT industry of the nation.In recognition of his key role in championing the cause of the domestic Indian IT market and relentless efforts towards the cause of electronics in India, Mr.Ajai Chowdhry has been awarded the ‘Electronics Man of the year by ELCINA-EFY for the year 2010’. He has also been conferred the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science (D. Sc.) in the year 2010 by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee for his thought leadership for the development of an unmatched ecosystem for IT products, computer hardware and software domain in the country.About professor Vijay MahajanVijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at McCombs School of Business, University at Austin.He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the American Marketing Association (AMA) Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for visionary leadership in scientific marketing. TheAMA also instituted the Vijay Mahajan Award in 2000 for career contributions to marketing strategy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) for his contributions to management research.He served as dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad from 2002-2004. Mahajan is author or editor of ten books including his recent book Africa Rising published by the Wharton School Publishing in 2009. His last book on market opportunities in developing countries (also published by the Wharton School Publishing),The 86% solution, received the 2007 ‘’Book- of –year’’ Award(Berry AMA)from the American Marketing Association. He is one of the World’s most widely cited researches in business and economics and has been invited by more than 100 universities and research institutions worldwide for research presentations. He edited the journal of Marketing Research, and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and delivered executive   development programs worldwide.Vijay is also author of Africa Rising. In Africa Rising, Vijay reveals this remarkable marketplace in all its richness and complexity, and helps companies understand the massive opportunities it presents.He tells the stories that western executives and managers rarely hear: stories of African entrepreneurs, executives, and enterprises that are identifying powerful market opportunities and capatalizing on them. He teaches the lessons that Africa’s successful and failing ventures have learned about succeeding on the continent …. He uncovers what may be your largest untapped growth opportunity.Mahajan received a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D in Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Issued by:Lebo MahlaelaMeropa CommunicationsContact: +27 11 506 7300last_img read more

Little room for interest rate cut: Marcus

first_img9 May 2012 There is currently little room for a cut in interest rates, with South Africa’s inflation at the upper end of its target range, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “The current monetary policy stance is accommodative because of the persistence of the negative output gap,” Marcus told the the Swiss Chamber Southern Africa in Zurich on Monday. “However, the expected inflation trajectory suggests that there is limited, if any, room for further monetary accommodation at this stage.” At 5.5% for the past 16 months, the Reserve Bank’s key repo rate is at its lowest in over 30 years. South Africa’s inflation target range is between 3% and 6%.Global concerns always a factor “It is important to bear in mind, however, that this view is conditional on no significant adverse changes in the other factors that the MPC [the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee] takes into consideration when determining the stance of monetary policy,” Marcus said. “These include the domestic growth outlook and the continuing global fragility.” In March 2012, South African consumer inflation eased to 6%. The central bank expects it to return to within the 3-6% range by the end of 2012 on a “sustainable basis”, after which inflation is expected to remain close to the upper end of the range “for some time”. Marcus noted that capital inflows had caused greater volatility in currencies in emerging markets such South Africa than before, noting that extreme volatility brought about by excessive capital flows created problems for macroeconomic management.Reserve Bank ‘does not target a level for the rand’ On the issue of the exchange rate, Marcus said the Reserve Bank did not target a level for the rand. “There is an incorrect perception that the Reserve Bank attempts to keep the exchange rate strong in order to help with inflation. There is no doubt that an appreciating currency would have a moderating impact on inflation,” Marcus said. “But in order to sustain this moderating impact, the exchange rate would have to have a continuously appreciating trend, which is clearly undesirable and not feasible.” The Reserve Bank’s next decision on interest rates is expected following its monetary policy committee meeting on 24 May. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cavaliers execs reject Irving trade talk, deny team in chaos

first_imgNew Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman, left, listens as Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert answers questions about Cavalier player Kyrie Irving’s demand to be traded, during a news conference at the Cavaliers training facility in Independence, Ohio, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)INDEPENDENCE, OHIO—Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise.The reality is that the Cavs are troubled.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the All-Star point guard’s request, but he also didn’t rule out the real possibility that Cleveland may deal its second best player — or if he thinks LeBron James will stay around beyond next season.“These things are fluid,” Gilbert said. “We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA. He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent — significantly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite several direct questions about Irving’s status, Gilbert would not provide any specifics about recent conversations with him or his agent. Gilbert said he expected the 25-year-old, whose jumper in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals propelled Cleveland to its first championship since the Browns in 1964, to be at training camp with the team in September.“Right now Kyrie Irving is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for two or three years, depending on the last year,” Gilbert said. “As of now he’s one of our best players and sure, we expect him to be in camp.” LATEST STORIES Gilbert was clearly attempting to avoid making things worse for the Cavs or doing any further damage to the club’s relationship with Irving, who has blossomed into the one of the league’s best backcourt players.While Irving may want out, the Cavs aren’t obligated to move him and new general manager Koby Altman said Irving remains an important piece for a team that has been to three straight Finals.“He’s a core piece of what we’ve done,” said Altman, who was promoted to full-time GM after filling in when David Griffin left earlier this summer. “Kyrie is a tremendous player. He has made great contributions to this franchise and we enjoy him as a player. We’re going to keep this stuff in house in terms of what was said in those meetings, but he continues to be a core piece of who we are and what we do.”It’s been turbulent summer for the Cavs, who didn’t defend their title and were beaten in five games by Golden State in the Finals. The bumpy ride began with Griffin parting ways with the club over philosophical differences with Gilbert, who was then rebuffed in adding former Pistons guard Chauncey Billups to his front office.And while numerous teams got stronger via free agency and trades, Cleveland was hamstrung financially by salary-cap issues.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes That could change next summer when James can opt out of his contract and hit the free-agent market.For now, though, Gilbert and Altman said the three-time champion is invested in the Cavaliers.“LeBron remains deeply committed to this organization,” Altman said. “He remains deeply committed to this team and deeply committed to this city. He has deep roots to this city. And it means a lot to him to be here and compete for championships for years to come. That’s his goal, and so we have shared goals.”Gilbert paused for a moment before addressing James’ future beyond 2017-18.“That hunger is as strong as I’ve ever seen,” Gilbert said. “I think beyond this season I don’t know, we’re focused on this season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Then, the Irving trade demand was a cannonball in Gilbert’s backyard basketball pool.“Well, how is your guys’ summer going?” Gilbert quipped in a light-hearted moment.Beyond its implications with the Cavs, Irving’s appeal to be traded appears to have damaged his relationship with James. The stars have taken swipes at each other with posts on social media , and it remains to be seen if they can patch things up.Altman dismissed any Irving-James rift.“I think a lot of it has been overblown,” he said. “I think the people who are in this building every day haven’t seen any of that animosity. This is, along with Kevin Love, this is a group that got us to three straight Finals and won an NBA championship together. They play great together on the floor and a lot of that I do think is overblown.”Gilbert opened the news conference by introducing other members of Cleveland’s front office, which was reconfigured following Griffin’s departure last month. He then had high praise for Altman, who in the past few weeks has done all he could to bolster an aging Cleveland bench that was exposed by the Warriors.Altman also signed free agent guard Derrick Rose, who could be an option to start if the Cavs can’t work things out with Irving.“We signed him on my first official day on the job, so that’s not a bad start, right?” Altman said of the 28-year-old Rose, a former league MVP.Truth is, things may not be as bad for the Cavaliers as has been suggested.In James, the Cavs still have the game’s best all-around player and Cleveland remains the Eastern Conference’s elite team despite Boston’s acquisition of Gordon Hayward. The Cavs may not have closed the gap on the Warriors, but there isn’t anyone on their heels — yet. Daniel Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones peaks at UFC 214 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Forensic Audit coming for Bahamas Gaming Board

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – An internal financial investigation is just about launched at the Bahamas Gaming Board as media reports that the Board Secretary was asked to take a vacation because a forensic audit is about to begin.    Verdant Scott was, on Monday, directed to go home and the Deputy Secretary, Bridgette Outten will hold on at the helm in the interim.Speaking exclusively and with a promise of anonymity to the Tribune newspaper, a senior executive explained that Scott had built up a lot of vacation time and that the Gaming Board’s records was showing some funny business.    Decisions to award bonuses and to increase salaries are among the things the financial investigation will hopefully explain.#GamingBoard Chairman Kenyatta Gibson is not remarking what is going on now, but a few weeks back he did say an audit of the board’s finances and a status review of the gaming house industry were first on the new panel’s agenda.   From the audit, it is expected recommendations on the way forward for the Gaming Board will be presented to Government.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#GamingBoard, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more