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

first_imgBy Nick Creely Matt Chasemore first made a century in 1999 at the age of 16. He was just a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgJEFF HUNTLEY Anthony Addonizio will be an important component to the Hornets’ success this year. On Sept. 15, team looks to avenge last season’s loss to Freehold Boro By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer With 14 key veterans returning, the Holmdel High School football team will be looking to upgrade last fall’s 6-4 mark and is seeking a return trip the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II playoffs. JEFF HUNTLEY Head Coach Joe O’Connor will be looking for his Holmdel High School football team to rely on its experience in competing against some of the top teams in the Shore this year. The Hornets’ roster is loaded with experienced seniors and untested sophomores, with a few juniors sprinkled in. The experience will help, especially on offense, where coach Joe O’Connor is switching to the multiple-I set-up to take advantage of his team’s speed and offensive line strength. A year ago Holmdel employed the wing-T. “This team is built more for the multiple-I,” O’Connor explained. “We have the speed and skill to adapt, and the team has been picking it up quickly.” The new offense will keep runners Chris Hernando and Anthony Addonizio busy. Hernando, a 5-8, 165-pound junior, is back at halfback where he ran for more than 800 yards in 1999. The versatile Addonizio, a 6-1, 215-pounder, moves to fullback full time this season after splitting his time at tight end a year ago. He put up more than 900 total yards as a sophomore. Three players, senior Dave Menges, and juniors John Guisti and Dan Principe, are competing for the quarterback job. All three saw some time behind center, but Menges played the most and appears to have the inside track, though O’Connor has not yet made a decision. “Each one brings something to the table,” O’Connor said. “We’ll have to see how things go over the next few weeks.” Wideouts Paul Hlavaty and Adam Goff, along with tight end Greg Laplante, all seniors, and possibly Guisti, comprise the receiving corps. Seniors Adam Cox (6-1, 230), Alex Wright (5-11, 210), Mike Russo (6-2, 190), Evan Sorg (6-0, 190) and John Yang (6-0, 225), and junior Chris Satienza (6-1, 240) will man the offensive line. All, except for Wright will see action on the defensive line as well, with Hlavaty also pitching in on defensive end. Like the linemen, several other Hornets will be playing on both sides of scrimmage. Addonizio, Hernando, Guisti, Laplante and Wright are the linebackers in Holmdel’s 4-3 alignment. Menges, Principe and Goff are the defensive backs. Addonizio will handle the punting, while Laura Carcich, who missed most of last season with injuries, is back to do the place-kicking. Two years ago, Carcich, then a sophomore, converted 13 of 17 PAT attempts. “With a lot of guys going both ways, the key for us will be staying healthy,” O’Connor said. “We have talent and good experience, and we’re looking forward to the start of the season.” Holmdel hosts Freehold Boro Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the season-opener for both teams. Last year the Hornets took a 12-0 lead into the fourth quarter against the Colonials but ended up on the short end of a 14-12 decision. “We want to get off to a good start and that means winning that first game,” O’Connor said. “Freehold Boro beat us in an exciting game, but it’s one we’d like to have back. Now we get to play them again.”last_img read more

first_imgApoel and Apollon moved clear of the chasing pack following the weekend results in the Cyprus football championship as goals in added time clinched them the three points against Pafos FC and AEK repectively. Anorthosis moved into third place following their win against lowly Olympiakos while Omonia continued their upward surge with a comfortable 3-0 win against Aris.Apollon’s winter signing, Serbian Sasa Markovic was the hero for the Limassol side as he managed to break the deadlock in added time after coming on for Fotis Papoullis six minutes from the end.Markovic beat AEK goalkeeper Pablo with a well struck free-kick from just outside the penalty area while in the fifth minute of added time, with AEK committing players forward in search of the equaliser, another substitute Emilio Zelaya made sure of the points beating Pablo from close range.It was no more than the Limassol side deserved after dominating play and the result keeps them within two points of leaders Apoel.The champions were on course for a comfortable win against Pafos FC after taking a two-goal lead early in the second half through Ghayas Zahid and Guilerme Delattorre. But they were guilty of some sloppy finishing and this allowed Pafos to hit back through their French striker Kevin Berigaud who beat Apoel keeper Perez twice in the space of 15 minutes to level the score with 10 minutes to go.Apoel were dealt a further blow as a few minutes later they were forced to play with 10 men after Roberto Lago was forced to limp off injured with Apoel having already used all three substitutes. Despite this they still managed to press forward and they were rewarded when de Souza was first to react to a poor clearance and slid the ball past Pafos keeper Koprivec in the final minute of added time.Anorthosis moved into third place after defeating relegation-threatened Olympiakos 3-0. Their January signing Michal Duric grabbed a brace in the final 15 minutes of the first half while Danijel Pranjic added a third late on.Omonia had few problems in their 3-0 win over Aris.Luca Vyndra, Rafa Lopes and new signing Theophilos Solomon were the scorers for the Nicosia team who leapfrogged AEL into fifth place.Aris remain rooted in 13th place, a position that will automatically lead them into the second division along with already-relegated Ethnikos Achnas.Ermis Aradippou had to come from behind to defeat Nea Salamina 2-1 with Yaroslav Martynyuk grabbing the winner midway in the second half, while in the final weekend game Doxa hit four past already relegated Ethnikos Achnas. AEL enjoyed a 4-2 away win over Alki Oroklinis in the final match of the round on Monday evening.CYPRUS FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS 2017-2018last_img read more

first_imgOver the last two weeks, a rather unfortunate exchange over social media – Facebook – was initiated by the Guyana “Director of Public Information” (DPI), who tagged the High Commissioner of India, ie directly informed the latter of his views, on an aspect of India’s foreign policy initiative. The High Commissioner responded to the post to refute the claims articulated, but the DPI continued with further elaborations even after the Indian High Commissioner disengaged from the exchange.One senior Government Minister made a post after the DPI’s initial salvo, describing his intervention as inappropriate and asked him to remove it. The DPI ignored the request and continued posting. There were soon public demands that the Government make an official clarification of the DPI’s claims, but the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency merely announced that the claims were not those of his government but the DPI’s “private” opinion. The Chairman of the AFC, the party of the Government coalition from which the DPI was appointed, agreed with this position. The DPI’s substantive superior, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the holder of the Government’s information portfolio, did not offer any comments.In light of the foregoing ambiguities, it is our considered opinion that the Government should offer guidelines on public officials’ comments on social media. It must clarify the pre-social media standard that insisted although public officials are entitled to freedom of opinion, their freedom of expression is not unconditional and they have a “duty of discretion” which requires them to “moderate the public expression of their views”.We suggest that they could do worse than start from the US Office of Government Ethics legal advisory of April 9, 2015 on the subject in reference to time of posting and use of government title:“When employees are on-duty, the Standards of Conduct require that they use official time in an honest effort to perform official duties. As a general matter, this requirement limits the extent to which employees may access and use their personal social media accounts while on duty.“A question that frequently arises is the extent to which employees may reference their official titles on their personal social media accounts. In general, the Standards of Conduct prohibit employees from using their official titles, positions, or any authority associated with their public offices for private gain. (It) also requires that employees avoid using their titles or positions in any manner that would create an appearance that the Government sanctions or endorses their activities or those of another.“Employees’ use of personal social media ordinarily will not create the impermissible appearance of governmental sanction or endorsement which would be prohibited… An employee does not, for example, create the appearance of government sanction merely by identifying his or her official title or position in an area of the personal social media account designated for biographical information.“In evaluating whether a reference to an employee’s official title or position on social media violates the Standards of Conduct, the agency ethics official must consider the totality of the circumstances to determine whether a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts would conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the communication. Relevant factors for agency ethics officials to consider in making the determination include:Whether the employee refers to his or her government employment, title, or position in areas other than those designated for biographical information; whether the employee holds a highly visible position in the Government, such as a senior or political position, or is authorised to speak for the Government as part of the employee’s official duties or whether other circumstances would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the employee’s social media activities.”In our estimation, in the incident cited it is incontrovertible that the DPI Facebook claims would lead, and in fact, did lead a “reasonable person to conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the employee’s social media activities”. He should be sanctioned.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,An opinion survey conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) in the last week of January has found a nation fear struck by the spiraling crime situation — worried they would become victims of rampant criminality. The crime is impacting on social and religious activities with people saying they have curtailed evening movements. Almost everyone feels unsafe saying they are constantly watching over their back fearful of being a victim of the ongoing crime wave even in their own home or at work. The survey also found widespread disapproval of the government’s negotiation and acceptance of the US $18 M bonus from Exxon as well as how the government handled the money (seeking to secretly stash it away).The survey interviewed 490 individuals to represent the ethnic diversity (41 per cent Indians, 30 per cent Africans, 18 per cent Mixed, 10 per cent Amerindians, one per cent others) of the population. The findings, analysed at a significance level of 95 per cent, has a margin of error of four per cent.Sincerely,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_imgNEW GPC INC on Thursday evening received the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) award for innovation at its 127th Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.NEW GPC was presented with the award for innovation for its breakthrough achievements in technology, processes, marketing campaigns and development. GCCI President Vishnu Doerga stated that the Chamber is happy to recognise and celebrate with the winning companies that excelled for 2016.It was highlighted that the NEW GPC’s success has impacted positively on the quality of products, services, customer satisfaction, process efficiencies, employeeA NEW GPC staff (left) receives the award from a GCCI representative (Dexter Ceres photo)satisfaction and company or product image.Meanwhile, Doerga stated that the GCCI has placed a lot of emphasis on developing their capacity but they are now shifting focus ever so slightly to develop infrastructure. “We are developing proposals for funding for the re-building of our secretariat to double the available space to better serve our membership and wider Private Sector as mandated in our Constitution,” he said.Doerga stated that this year, they are set to achieve a record financial surplus which will be channelled into the development of the building, adding that their aim is to create a condusive environment.He stated that the GCCI has a total of 45 companies as members while several remain lined up in December. Last year the GCCI had only 32 businesses on their membership list.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Khan wins 2WD NT Class ChampionshipNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Former multiple Safari Rally Coupe des Dames navigator champion Safina Khan is at it again, this time clinching the 2018 KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship 2WD Non Turbo Class title.Safina wrapped up her 2018 championship campaign in second overall position but achieved her fairytale feat after Hamza Anwar failed to meet the 75% requirement as stipulated in the national competition rules. As per the KMSF NCR’s 2018 Clause 10.5, a competitor should have competed in 75% of the events prescribed in the national motorsports calendar to be entitled to be recognized as national champion if he/she has the most number of points that would make them the national champion. If the competitor has not achieved the75% events threshold, then the next driver with the highest number of points but meets this criterion will be declared the national champion.Following this Clause, and the fact that Hamza Anwar only managed 70% of the events as of the belated WKMC Round 4, compared to Safina’s 90%- she becomes the new champion. Safina takes overvghe title from another retired KNRC female navigator Gillian Bailey.Here’s what she had to say in an interview: “It has been a very adrenaline spiked, fun-filled and sensational Autocross Season 2018 for me. I’m overly excited to be the new champion in the class despite my underpowered machine. It hasn’t sunk in yet. We started off in the last quarter of the Autocross 2017 Championship in a small, cute, well-prepared Toyota Vitz which had been previously left to rust in some showroom. My husband (Adil Khan) took the Toyota Vitz and decided to upgrade it into an autocross car set to participate in the 2WD Non-Turbo class. This car was actually meant for my firstborn son, who co-incidentally was by then, almost sitting for his IGCSE Cambridge Exams. So, the decision to make the car an under-powered 1500c.c was a deliberate one, to suit my son and get him accustomed to racing in the Autocross.”Safina competed in the last two autocross events for 2017 to get a feel of the car. Although she found it seriously lacking in speed and sprint, with a 1500 c.c engine and drivetrain, she nevertheless pushed onwith it to get some 2WD experience. “I was at this point pitted against much faster and superior machineswhich were 1800 c.c and even up to 2.6 liters in my class – 2wd Non – turbo challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgMike Alstott walked out of the home locker room at Raymond James Stadium, not knowing whether he’ll return as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowl fullback arguably the biggest fan favorite in team history has three years left on his contract, but Saturday’s 17-10 playoff loss to Washington may well have been his last game for the Bucs. “It’s a decision that’s on me,” said Alstott, who restructured his contract before this season and is scheduled to earn $2 million in 2006. “I’ll talk to my family, my wife and everybody else.” According to one NFL personnel director, McCarthy is a strong candidate for the Packers’ position despite hardly ever being mentioned in media circles. The Packers are the only team that has requested permission from the 49ers to interview McCarthy, but other teams have sent out feelers, according to another NFL source. McCarthy’s agent, Gary O’Hagan, said Sunday that McCarthy had a “terrific” interview with Thompson, but he said he didn’t know where his client stood on Thompson’s list. He said one thing he was sure of was that McCarthy had left an impression with those still in the organization during his year as quarterbacks coach under Ray Rhodes in 1999. “That’s important,” O’Hagan said. “He has a relationship with people there who know what he’s capable of.” Thompson was personnel director under former general manager Ron Wolf during McCarthy’s season in Green Bay and undoubtedly remembered Wolf’s respect for McCarthy’s ability. McCarthy also worked with personnel analyst John Schneider and the late Mark Hatley, the team’s former vice president of football operations, in Kansas City before coming to the Packers. From News Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Alstott missed most of 2003 with a career-threatening neck injury and returned in 2004 to rush for 230 yards and two TDs, and catch 29 passes for 202 yards. He had four carries for 15 yards and gained 7 yards on his only reception during the loss to the Redskins. “I’ve had the best time this year. Going through two frustrating seasons, first in 2003, with the neck and then last year trying to regroup and get to my normal self,” Alstott said. “I felt I played well this year and did some good things. It was back to the old style again. … We’ll discuss it between me and my family and figure out what is best.” :PACKERS Of all the candidates being considered for the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy has flown lowest beneath the radar. But for those who think he’s a courtesy interview based on his ties to the organization, his credentials should be considered. McCarthy, 42, became the fourth National Football League assistant coach to interview with general manager Ted Thompson, spending almost the entire day at Packers headquarters Sunday after arriving in Green Bay late Saturday afternoon. He is one of three offensive coordinators Thompson has on his shopping list and the only one to have worked in the Packers’ organization. The 10-year pro turned 32 last month, and his role has diminished in recent seasons because of injuries and coach Jon Gruden’s preference to use him as a more traditional fullback who blocks and carries the ball mostly in short-yardage situations. The team’s career touchdown leader (68) and second-leading all-time rusher (4,917 yards) gained 80 yards on 34 attempts and scored six of his seven TDs on the ground this season solid numbers considering the emergence of rookie Carnell “Cadillac” Williams as a featured back capable of handling a heavy workload. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Another motorist reported seeing Dunlap closing the trunk of the car with the children inside earlier in the day. She told arresting officers that she did not have room inside her car for all her passengers as she headed to Palmdale to visit her sister. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 SAN FERNANDO – A Gardena woman who was arrested in May in Santa Clarita for transporting two children in the trunk of her car was sentenced Wednesday to a year in county jail and three years’ probation. Laverne Renee Dunlap, 35, was prepared to start serving her sentence immediately but her attorney requested additional time to allow Dunlap to attend Dependency Court to determine her children’s custody. “Her new surrender date is Jan. 23,” said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary. The sentence is part of a plea agreement filed on Dunlap’s behalf in December when she pleaded no contest to a charge of child endangerment. Dunlap had seven children in her compact car when she was stopped on the Antelope Valley Freeway on May 20 in Santa Clarita. California Highway Patrol officers found a boy, 15, and a girl, 10, in her trunk. last_img read more