first_imgAdvertisement Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has accelerated its focus towards creating a positive social impact in the ecosystem by building on its three-pillar framework;empowerment, education and environment. The organization believes that these 3 pillars allow for maximum impact on the lives of those it touches, by helping build a sustainable way of life.Advertisement SPN through its umbrella CSR campaign, ‘Ek India Happywala’ attempts to maintain a common thread of purpose underlying business verticals and brands within the network. N.P. Singh, MD & CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India: Advertisement “Sony Pictures Networks India is a purpose driven company. It is our constant endeavor to contribute to India’s development and sustainability agenda. In the current fiscal we chose initiatives which empowered people by educating and skilling them or by creating conducive and sustainable environments.”Advertisement  “I feel privileged to be a part of SPN’s commitment towards social impact. Over the next few years, we will drive our CSR agenda with more dedication and passion, aiming to continue the momentum of bringing about a lasting change for a better and happier India.”Projects:SPN has undertaken the following CSR initiatives under the three pillars, empowerment, education and environment in the current fiscal:Empowerment:India Vision Foundation – ‘The Dhun Project’ – Music training to prison inmates to enable them to earn a living after their prison term is overCricket Association for the Blind Maharashtra – Supporting the association to organize tournaments, trainings, learning sessions for the blind cricketers of Maharashtra including women and childrenNational Inclusion Cup – Social Development through Football by empowering youth from underserved communities in association with Krida Vikas Sanstha (Slum Soccer)Go Sports – Supporting Para Champions, Rahul Dravid Mentorship and Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Program for improving standard of sports in IndiaLakshya Institute – Supporting budding athletes from economically weaker backgrounds in their sporting journey to reach international levelsEducation:India Vision Foundation – Residential school support to children of prison inmatesNanhi Kali – Providing academic and material support to girls from underprivileged communities in association with the KC Mahindra TrustSave The Children – Improving the quality of education in schools by building a child friendly environment using toons from the Sony YAY! Channel under YAY! Vidya program in association with Save the ChildrenSalaam Baalak Trust – Providing support in education, nutrition, health care and vocational training to street childrenConnected Technologies – Improving quality of education in Marathi medium BMC schools by use of enabling technology to create “smart” classroomsEnvironment:Naandi Foundation– Providing safe drinking water in villages in Maharashtra by building Community Water Centers at identified locationsLEAD India and Connected Technologies – Water Conservation workshops in schools in association with Sony YAY! and LEAD India and Connected TechnologiesWith an aim to empower the youth and pave the path for a better future of the prison inmates, SPN celebrated the fifth anniversary of its music channel, Sony MIX, by launching ‘The Dhun Project’ in partnership with India Vision Foundation. This facilitated the opening of music training centers across five large prisons in India (Gurugram, Kasna, Dasna, Rotak and Ambala). This initiative enabled over 500 prisoners to discover their talent and hone their music skills. Falling under the ‘empowerment’ pillar of SPNI’s CSR programme, the network stressed on using the powerful medium of music for rehabilitation of inmates, preparing them for a successful reintegration into society.To sustain the momentum of its CSR agenda based on sports, SPN partnered with Slum Soccer and sponsored the National Inclusion Cup (NIC). Through SPN’s constant support, the slum soccer teams were given top-notch training while the tournament garnered accolades reaching out to over 500 athletes. SPN also associated with the Cricket Association for the Blind of Maharashtra to empower this differently-abled section of the society. This association helped in catalyzing the cricketing prospects of 1000 young participants. SPN has supported 45 Para Champions and 117 athletes in their training and nutritional needs through its partnerships with Lakshya Institute and Go-Sports Foundation. Under its ‘environment’ pillar, SPN partnered with The Naandi Foundation to address the rising concern of potable drinking water by providing cost-efficient water purification services to the villagers. Through this alliance, Sony Pictures Networks India is setting up 30 community water centers across the state of Maharashtra in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Kolhapur, Solapur and Sangli. This project will strive to ensure each community water center is built using established and proven technologies, which are best suited to local water treatment in each of its geography of operations. The network has also initiated water conservation projects in various schools across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Maharashtra in partnership with Lead India and Connected Technologies, using children’s favourite toons from its kid’s channel Sony YAY!SPN is committed to supporting India’s social development agenda through its focus on various areas of social impact. All the initiatives work with the objective of empowering communities and building a better nation. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The nominees for the 2015/16 Continental Tyres Women’s National Awards have been unveiled ahead of the Awards Ceremony on May 18. All making the cut for the Best XI are representatives from Galway WFC, Peamount United, and UCD Waves, with three players – Karen Duggan, Claire O’Riordan and Aine O’Gorman – making it onto the team for a second successive year.Duggan and O’Gorman, who both play for UCD Waves, are in the running for the Senior Player of the Year alongside Wexford captain Kylie Murphy, while Evelyn Daly (Cork City WFC), Roma McLaughlin (Peamount United), and Keeva Keenan (Shelbourne Ladies FC) are up for the Young Player of the Year.The 2015/16 Continental Tyres Women’s National League Awards will take place in the Marker Hotel on Wednesday, May 18. There will also be a Services to Women’s Football Award presented and an presentation of Golden Boot award.Senior Player of the Year NomineesKaren Duggan (UCD Waves)Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves)Kylie Murphy (Wexford Youths WFC)Young Player of the Year NomineesEvelyn Daly (Cork City WFC)Roma McLaughlin (Peamount United)Keeva Keenan (Shelbourne Ladies FC)2015/16 Team of the SeasonAmanda McQuillan (Shelbourne Ladies FC)Keeva Keenan (Shelbourne Ladies FC)Meabh De Burca (Galway WFC)Ruth Fahy (Wexford Youths WFC)Shauna Fox (Galway WFC)Karen Duggan (UCD Waves)Emma Hansberry (Wexford Youths WFC)Roma McLaughlin (Peamount United)Siobhan Killeen (Shelbourne Ladies FC)Claire O’Riordan (Wexford Youths WFC)Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves)center_img Wexford Youths WFC and Shelbourne Ladies FC, who played out a thrilling final game of the regular season to force a Play-Off for the title, have three players each selected to the Team of the Season.last_img read more

first_imgPrices as follows:Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40Cusack Stand – €40Terrace – €25FAMILY TICKETS:-Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin StandsAdults – €40 Juveniles – €5Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):-Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of  €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand.(Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)Wheelchair Tickets:-The Wheelchair Ticket and Assistant’s ticket is €40Group & Club Pass.Group Pass- Juveniles U-16 €3 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Club Pass for adults- €10. Max 50 tickets per club, one application only per club.  Deadline is Tuesday 16th Aug 2016Forms can be downloaded from http://www.gaa.ie/tickets/club-offersTickets are now on general sale online and via the SuperValu/Centra stores.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday 21st August 2016 GAA Football Semi FinalMinor: 1.30pm Donegal v GalwaySenior: 3.30pm Tipperary v Mayocenter_img Please see below the event and ticketing details for the GAA Football All Ireland Semi Finals on 21st Aug in Croke Park.last_img read more

first_imgClick here for the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 fixturesRepresentatives from Europe’s top professional leagues, the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14, are in the running both for the last eight as well as the critical advantage of a home quarter-final, and all Champions Cup matches will be televised live on either BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Italia.Holders, Saracens, have their sights set on another Champions Cup milestone when they travel to Scarlets live on Sky Sports on Sunday seeking a record 14th straight win in the tournament (watch a compilation video of their 13 wins here).As the only club to date with four wins, Sarries have breathing space at the top of Pool 3 and they can book their place in the quarter-finals with another victory, but will be wary of an opposition that has won both of this season’s matches at Parc y Scarlets. RC Toulon meet Sale Sharks in the other match in the pool hoping to further their claim for a spot in the last eight.Last weekend’s bonus point victory for Munster Rugby over Racing 92 has put them in control of Pool 1 and they can also qualify for the quarter-finals if they get the better of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Saturday.There is plenty at stake at the Ricoh Arena too where Wasps clash with Toulouse in a repeat of the 2004 final live on BT Sport. The two clubs are locked on 13 points at the top of a highly-competitive Pool 2 along with Connacht Rugby, who host Zebre Rugby.Three-time tournament winners, Leinster Rugby, can secure their place in the last eight with victory over Montpellier when Round 5 of the Champions Cup kicks off at the RDS Arena tomorrow evening.ASM Clermont Auvergne are the leading TOP 14 contenders and they can also progress to the knockout stage if they get the better of Bordeaux-Bègles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.Meanwhile, Harlequins and Edinburgh Rugby are well versed in Challenge Cup crunch matches having been tournament winners in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and runners-up in 2015 respectively. Their Pool 5 confrontation at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday could be defining as a bonus-point win for Quins will almost certainly see them through to the last eight.Click here for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 5 fixturesBristol Rugby take back-to-back wins over Pau into the resumption of their West Country rivalry with Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium live on BT Sport. Tomorrow’s Pool 4 clash could go a long way to deciding the pool with Bristol currently in third spot, three points behind leaders Bath and Cardiff Blues, who entertain Pau.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 point-haul and they can seal a home quarter-final with a win when Lyon visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Once again, fans will be expecting the traditional nailbiting drama associated with Rounds 5 and 6 and if some clubs see qualification for the quarter-finals as a long shot at the moment, it’s worth remembering that Exeter Chiefs won their Champions Cup pool last season with 16 points. The road to the Edinburgh finals and possible European glory next May will become clearer over the coming two weekends as coveted knockout stage places are on the line for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup contenders alike.last_img read more

first_img12 July 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup concluded in fine style on Sunday, with the Spanish national side raising the coveted trophy as champions for the first time. As the curtain fell on the historic event, fans reflected on what made the tournament so special for them.Clad in their national colours, Spanish fans celebrated as they left Soccer City stadium for the last time, as victors of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.With tears of joy in his eyes and his hand on his heart, Juan Toral stood with the profile of the stadium behind him, amazed that out of the 64 games, 32 teams and many weeks of football, his team would return home as world champions. “I never thought I would live to see this day,” said Toral. “Tonight we showed the world we are the best, this is a dream come true. Thank you to the people of South Africa.”“It is an amazing day,” said Carlos Cuadrado. “We as the fans of Spain will remember this day and this tournament forever. South Africa will always be special for us, the country will always be in our hearts and minds.”Results aside, many visiting fans have travelled to South Africa for the first time and will return home with fond memories of the hospitable nature of the country.“South Africans have welcomed us all over,” said Spaniard Raul Rodriguez. “It is an incredible country. The atmosphere is fantastic, the landscape is beautiful and people are really friendly. South Africa is on the right path to become a greater country.“I have been very impressed with the support for my team,” Rodriguez added. “I have never seen so many Spanish flags outside of my own country.”For Luiz Goncalves, a Brazilian fan, the hosting of a successful tournament in South Africa has changed his perceptions of the continent. “This is the way a World Cup should be,” Goncalves said. “It has been amazing here, and we hope Brazil can do the same as South Africa and host a great World Cup. I’ve told all my friends back in Brazil that Africa is living la vida loca.”Many fans returning home will offer a different perspective of the host country. “It is not like I read about before coming here,” said Chantal Schinkels, a Dutch fan who has flown to South Africa and followed her team over the last three weeks. “This tournament has changed the view around Africa and South Africa. People have enjoyed it around the world, and I have heard only positive news in the press. This is something I will tell my grandchildren about.”The Fifa World Cup is the pinnacle of international football and as such the tournament offers fans the unique experience of seeing so many stars performing at the highest level.“This final marks our twentieth game in the tournament and I have loved the football,” said local resident Dicky Naiker. “To see players such as Torres and Drogba playing here in South Africa makes us proud. Them coming here, to our country, is mind blowing. I hope the World Cup comes back in my lifetime.”For Zimbabwean national Aaron Chinhara, the World Cup has renewed his love for Africa. “Today I am proud to be African. Throughout this tournament we have seen people from all races, tribes, creeds mingling together nicely. This is a step ahead. We are no longer the continent of disease and poverty, but the continent of joy, happiness and good.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

first_img17 January 2014 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone, launched late last year, is already drawing strong international interest, with several lease agreements signed and a surge of global oil and gas companies negotiating joint ventures with South African firms, the Western Cape provincial government said on Thursday. “The Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company has signed six lease agreements with international and South African oil and gas companies,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said in a statement. “These include firms specialising in oilfield services, oil rig operations, logistics operators, ship repair, engineering and market support.” Final negotiations for lease agreements are taking place between the Licencing Company and two international oilfield service companies and a South African rig repair firm, Winde said. “In some of the most exciting developments, the Licencing Company is in talks with an international consortium to develop a rig module building facility. We are also aware of a R200-million investment by a global oil servicing company which is set to create 300 jobs. Several leading international companies are increasing their staff numbers in their South African companies.” Winde said details on individual companies were bound by non-disclosure agreements and could not be released at this stage.African oil, gas service and supply hub A feasibility study conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry found that Saldanha Bay is strategically located to serve as a service, maintenance, fabrication and supply hub for the booming African oil and gas sector, due to the increasing number of oil rigs requiring maintenance, and their traffic flow passing from the west to the east coast of Africa. In October last year, German company Oiltanking GmbH entered a joint venture with a number of South African companies to build a commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the port of Saldanha. The company said that Saldanha was an excellent location for a crude oil hub, “as it is close to strategic tanker routes from key oil-producing regions to major oil-consuming markets”. Ideally situated for the blending of west African and South American crude oils, Saldanha “has the potential to establish itself as a global crude transhipment hub focused on certain established trade routes,” the company added. The Western Cape government has invested R25-million over five years in setting up the industrial development zone (IDZ). “This is the culmination of years of collaboration between all spheres of government and the Saldanha Bay community,” Winde said. “The IDZ has the potential to become one of the most important levers for jobs and economic growth for the Western Cape. Early indications are that it will indeed be a major catalyst for foreign direct investment and increased employment opportunities for our residents in the medium to long term.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img8 August 2014City residents and commuters boarding trains and taxis at Pretoria Station will now have access to free breast cancer screening, thanks to the opening of Hello Clinic at the station.The clinic, a joint initiative of the government, Metropolitan Health, Pink Drive, Bidvest and Motion Pathology, was opened by Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Mogopane-Zulu on Thursday.Bogopane-Zulu said the opening of the clinic was not only about detecting cancer, but also about promoting a healthy lifestyle.“When the mother passes on, it is us that must pick up the pieces,” Bogopane-Zulu said. “Our business is about strengthening families. We have a responsibility to assist families become strong and healthy so they can assist us in combating poverty.”She said the Pink Drive truck, which was also launched on Thursday, would be used as a one-stop shop for conducting cervical cancer testing and HIV testing, as well as providing dignity packages to girl learners in rural areas.She added that the department would be making funding available to ensure that Hello Clinic has dedicated sign language interpreters to strengthen its work.First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, also speaking at Thursday’s opening, said women’s health should be at the centre of all government programmes.“We can’t even begin to talk about development without women’s health featuring there,” Madiba-Zuma said. “Women should be healthy in order for them to play a meaningful role in the economic growth of our country.”She added that the clinic reflected the power of public-private partnerships. “The clinic is a goal standard for innovative approaches towards improving women health.”Deputy Health Minister Joseph Phaahla commended the work done by the Pink Drive. “We believe that any contribution towards alleviating the burden of cancer is highly appreciated. This is not a small effort and we are really grateful.”Noelene Kotschan from Pink Drive said that, while cancer was a potential killer, so was ignorance. “Breast cancer is an enemy fighting us. Together we must fight it and we must win.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgToday LinkedIn shared its Q3 financials in its second-ever earnings statement as a public company. Its user base has increased by over 60% this year, and unique visitors grew substantially as well. Revenue has more than doubled. For the first time, hiring solutions comprised more than half of LinkedIn’s quarterly revenue. That became the company’s biggest source of revenue in Q1 2010.LinkedIn appears to have found a unique position as a place for jobs and and employees to find each other and is clearly pushing to cement that role. It’s building new products, like Apply Through LinkedIn job applications, and recently launched Classmates, a new, data-driven tool targeted at students and recent graduates, which its biggest growing demographic. The earnings overview breaks down between premium subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions. The number of members paying for premium subscriptions doubled in the last year, growing at a faster rate than other subscriptions. These accounted for 20% of revenue. Marketing solutions comprised 32% of revenue. Hiring solutions are now LinkedIn’s most profitable product, making 51% of the company’s revenue. The company reports strong growth in the U.S. and internationally. It recently translated the site to Russian, Romanian and Turkish; it will be adding Japanese over the next few months. This year LinkedIn also added more offerings for job recruiters with Talent Pipeline which helps centralize the way recruiters find, track and stay connected with potential hires and promotions. The company bought real-time, search startup IndexTank and social contact management startup Connected. Tags:#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification alicia eler Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgCall timeChristian Dior launches a mini handset that’s elegant, sensual and truly exclusive. Designed like a piece of jewellery, this phone is a first-of-its-kind gem that anyone would love to flaunt. Among the smallest and lightest mobile phones in the market, it’s quite a marvel of miniaturisation. Weighing just 25,Call timeChristian Dior launches a mini handset that’s elegant, sensual and truly exclusive. Designed like a piece of jewellery, this phone is a first-of-its-kind gem that anyone would love to flaunt. Among the smallest and lightest mobile phones in the market, it’s quite a marvel of miniaturisation. Weighing just 25 grams, this is the ultimate object of desire. Flaunt it.Wristy businessThis summer, what better colour than a cool blue? This stunning watch from the house of Seiko is part of their Ladies Elegant Dress Series. The handpiece is classy and at the same time sports a youthful design and colour. With its stainless steel case, it’s a tough one. At the office, at a party with friends, or just chilling by pool, this stunning piece is sure to grab eyeballs (and yes, it is water resistant). Price: Rs 10,400. Available at Helvetica, Spencer Plaza. Tel: 28490013.Best footStep out in style with these well-cut boots from Pavers England. The perfect finishing touch to a business suit, this sleek pair can also be combined with clubwear for a stylish night out. Four-eyelet lace, squared toe and side overlay accents make them ultra chic. Price: Rs 2,999.Au naturaleWhat’s new Kalpa Kshema is Chennai’s finest one-stop retail store for organic products.Price Rs 70 onward.Try out Rice, sugar, cereals (all organic), handmade soaps and shower gels.Go to Gopalapuram 1st Street, Cathedral Road. Call 28117652.last_img read more