Why the Raiders are still the NFL’s biggest mystery

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)ALAMEDA — After nearly a month of training camp in Napa and two preseason games, the Raiders returned to their team facility in Alameda for practice on Monday. But despite plenty of practices and eight quarters of what I’ll generously call “football”, we still have little to no idea of what to expect from these 2018 Oakland Raiders.Yes, there have been some hints — it’s clear that new/old coach Jon Gruden is …last_img read more

Top storylines for the 2018 Oakland Raiders

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The Raiders host the Rams in just four days, with the regular season action we’ve all been waiting over nine months for finally on the doorstep.Yes, the Raiders are without Khalil Mack, but they still have a season to play.Let’s take a look at some of the leading storylines entering Jon Gruden’s second tenure in Oakland. Can Gruden back up his flare with results?I’m not sure more interest surrounds a …last_img read more

2010 TV opportunity for youth

first_img(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe 2010 Fifa World Cup offers many obvious benefits for tourism and the economy, but now the global football extravaganza will also help anyone interested in a career in television broadcasting to get a foot in the door.The Visual Impact Academy will be hosting three-day “digital boot camp” courses in conjunction with Africa Soccer Media to equip people with the skills needed to become production, camera and sound recording assistants before the event.Ashleigh Martyn of Visual Impact Media has encouraged any media and broadcasting students, as well as school leavers who aren’t sure what they would like to study, to enrol for the course. An interest in sport – and football in particular – would also be to their advantage.Successful students will have the opportunity to register with the Africa Soccer Media Crewing Portal.“This gives you a platform to advertise your new skills and availability for crewing,” Martyn said.Furthermore, the top 32 students will be recommended to the 2010 host broadcast service team. Assistants can expect to earn about US$100 (R1 000) a day during the event.The course has been designed with input from industry specialists experienced in live sporting events. Students will also have the opportunity to work with local and international crews covering the event.The Visual Impact Academy will be hosting information evenings about the courses in Cape Town on 5 March and Johannesburg on 2 April. Visit www.visuals.tv for more information on how to register.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesCape Town: Africa’s Hollywood Sounding good for 2010 2010 opportunities for SA film Locating 2010 at the Biennalelast_img read more

Mining Indaba 2016

first_img(Image: Getty Images)The annual Investing in African Mining Conference – commonly known as Mining Indaba – is being held between 8-11 February in Cape Town this year. The event is a key feature on Team South Africa’s calendar. It presents an opportunity for South African investors and stakeholders in the mining sector to connect with international roleplayers and facilitate opportunities for growth and development.It also presents an opportunity for South Africa to position itself as a competitive destination, in a range of areas, that is open for business.Below are Brand South Africa’s eight key messages that it will take to the event in Cape Town. Follow the Mining Indaba on Twitter using #SAMining2016.South Africa is open for businessSouth Africa is a dynamic and stable economy with solid economic fundamentals.Our prudent fiscal management and monetary policies have created macroeconomic stability.The country’s sound financial system, highly regulated banking sector and world class infrastructure supports investment.South Africa is a competitive business and investment destination.The country recently climbed seven places to take a spot in the top 50 out of 140 countries in the Wworld Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.  South Africa stands at number 49.South Africa is also ranked number 4 of 54 African countries in the Ibrahim Index on African Governance.South Africa has recently experienced challenges in terms of economic growth underpinned by global economic challenges.South Africa is in the process of implementing a 9 point plan towards economic recovery and growthSouth Africa is welcoming to investors and visitorsThe Department of Home Affairs has identified priority areas for consideration and/or implementation in the short, medium and the long term. These include but are not limited to:A long-term Multiple Entry Visa for a period exceeding three months and up to three years for frequent travellers (for business meetings), business people and academics.Extending the validity of the parental consent affidavit to 6 months.A visa-waiver for India, China, Russia and other countries.Looking at issuing visas on arrival for persons travelling to South Africa having in their passports valid visas for the UK, USA and Canada or any other country that applies stringent checks on visitors to their countries, to ease travel for tourists.Opening two Business Visa Facilitation Centres in Durban and Port Elizabeth, in addition to the centre recently opened in Sandton.The South African economy will be driven by public-private partnershipsThere are a number of interventions aimed at promoting and facilitating private investment in the economy.At a national level, the Department of Trade and Industry has created a new Investment Promotion and Inter-departmental Clearing House division aimed at providing better investor support services.The new Protection of Investment Bill ensures that SA is open to FDI, balances the rights and obligations of investors and Government while also preserving the right of Government to regulate in the public interest. This is in line with the changing global landscape of investment policy making.Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.South Africa is currently implementing policies and programmes to drive economic growth and developmentSouth Africa is currently implementing the National Development Plan and supporting programmes to drive economic growth and development.This includes the 9 point plan and Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors.Operation Phakisa is a results-driven approach, involving setting clear plans and targets, on-going monitoring of progress and making these results public. The methodology consists of eight sequential steps. It focusses on bringing key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia as well as civil society organisations together to collaborate in.Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on 5 value chains i.e. Platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropelene and capital equipment for the mining sector)Current contribution of the mining sector to the economyThe mining industry contributes approximately 7% to South Africa’s GDPThe mining sector supports the fiscus by paying all taxes and other state revenues. Annual company taxation paid by mining companies over the last 10 years has averaged between R15 and R20 billion per annum. Additionally, since 2010 the mining industry pays – on average – an additional royalty to the state of R5 billion per annum. Further, the industry is one of the largest contributors to capital investment in the country, having invested between R60 and R70 billion on capital per annum in the past decade. This is about 20% of total private sector investment in the economyIn the decade 2003-2013, the mining sector has contributed just over R2.4 trillion to the country’s GDP and R2.4 trillion to the country’s export earnings, in real money termsThe mining sector attracts 15-25% of total FDI into South AfricaThe sector creates between 8-15% of jobs in the country.South Africa’s industrialisation programme will ensure modernisation of the mining sectorThe mining sector has historically made a significant contribution to the South African economy. Much of the country’s economic infrastructure is based on the mining sector, the industry’s supply chain and the beneficiation of minerals mined. Well considered policies will no doubt enhance value-addition of the entire mining value chain in our economyThe South African mining sector is currently facing challenges due to the falling global prices of commodities.  Modernisation of the mining sector is important to ensuring the profitability of the sector as well as the retention of jobs.The long term intensification of South Africa’s industrialisation process is important to move the country into the knowledge economy.Government is not the sole custodian of the industrialisation of the South African economy.  This will require the participation of a range of stakeholders in the country including organised business and civil society.Industrialisation must be supported by the necessary and complementary policies:A stable and supportive macro-economic and regulatory environmentAppropriate skills development and education systems which are increasingly integrated with the needs of the industrial economySufficient, reliable and competitively priced traditional and modern infrastructureAdequate support for various forms of technological effort within the economySouth African identified priorities for industrialisationDevelopments in the mining sector must be supported by new growth sectors such as oil & gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of Government and DFI support for the productive sectorsGrowing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperativesThe Lodox Scanner as an example of innovation in the mining sectorThe Lodox Scanner is an excellent example of innovation pioneered in the mining industry that has contributed to other sectors and demonstrates the competitiveness of South Africa.The Lodox Scanner was developed by De Beers to detect theft of diamonds by its miners.It has morphed into a machine that has saved lives and radically changed the way doctors in South Africa and across the globe deal with traumatic injury.The Lodox Scanner is a full-body, digital X-ray scanner that is extremely low dose (90% less radiation) and produces diagnostic-quality images equivalent to, or better than, those taken by conventional X-ray machines, in a fraction of the time.Modernisation of the mining industry will drive the development of South Africa’s human capitalModernisation of the industry will facilitate greater development of South Africa’s human capital since higher skills levels will be required to drive the economy.The long term improvement of South Africa’s human capital is a key component of the country’s National Development Plan.Education is absolutely key to South Africa’s future, to enhance opportunities for our citizens and to grow our industry.The Chamber and its members are committed to developing the skills of both current and future employees and, in particular, those of the youth. In the 2014 financial year alone, the Chamber and its members invested R5 billion in skills development and education projects. The focus areas range from tertiary education bursaries for scarce skills, through technical and artisan skill training programmes and ABET initiatives.In the past 10 years the members of the Chamber have supported approximately 10 000 students per annum through bursaries at a number of tertiary institutions. A focus on the youth means that one third of the professionals employed in the mining industry are below the age of 35, as are 37% of clerical and support workers and 38% of artisansMining companies have made significant strides in their contribution to improving the lives of their employees, their families, communities living around mines, and the wider population.Data from Stats SA indicates that mineworkers are amongst the top 25% of wage earners in South Africa and have access to benefits that are lacking in many other labour intensive industries.Greater beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral resources will contribute to the value of the industry to the economySouth Africa and ManufacturingSouth Africa has introduced a Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to enhance the value of the country’s raw materialsSince its introduction, this programme has approved 562 projects with a projected investment value of R15.9bn.The programme helped to sustain 139 911 jobs since its inception in agro-processing, metals, chemicals, plastic, electro technical, printing, pharmaceuticals, film and wood.Total grants under this programme include:R136 million in Agro-processing sector with an investment value of R453 million and 4,101 jobs retainedR106 million in the chemicals sector with an investment value of R 339 million and 1, 395 jobs retainedR164 million in Metals sector with an investment value of R549 million and 2,646 jobs retainedR1.5 million the Wood sector with an investment value of R 3.3 millionThe Manufacturing Investment Programme (MIP) approved 1856 projects, with projected investment of R35.4 billion and 43, 570 jobs, and a total incentive value of R4.9 billion.498 (27%) projects in Agro-processing,462 (25%) and 418 (22.5%) in Metals and Chemicals subsectors, respectively.The IDC has increased funding to boost youth entrepreneurship to up to R2.7 billion.The IDC has also invested R45bn in the past four years into projects in the form of equity or loans, also in the services sector, infrastructure development, and the green economy.The economy is supported by investment in infrastructure, with a particular focus on energy supplyAs part of government’s nine point plan, South Africa remains committed to resolving energy challenges to enable, amongst others, industrialisation.Public sector infrastructure investment is projected to exceed R800m over the medium termEnergy securityEfforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800 MW to the grid.The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.Other notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.South Africa has also embarked on diversifying its electricity supply with the success of its renewables independent power producers programme. The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put SA among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.Private sector investment in clean energy will see 4000 megawatts added to the national grid. The government has commenced with the procurement of 2400 megawatts coal fired energy from private sector.South Africa and the renewable energy programmeSouth Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its renewables Independent Power Producers programme.Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put SA among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.A practical example of showcasing how innovation can contribute to energy security: the offices of the Chamber of Mines are powered by a fuel cell using just 40 ounces of platinum and low-pressure natural gas.  The fuel cell, installed in December 2014, was the culmination of a four-year initiative to demonstrate the applicability of fuel cell technology in South Africa, in a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Egoli Gas and Mitochondria Energy Company. The partnership aims to demonstrate the potential for local fabrication and the industrial use of platinum in a significant new market; for the partners to gain local experience with fuel cell plants; to act as an industry leader on fuel cell deployments and influence the development of African fuel cell markets; to create jobs through the implementation and servicing of the technology.TransportSouth Africa is committed to investing in more integrated and efficient public transport. Government is also investing in infrastructure to enhance efficiency in the transport of goods to improve overall competitiveness.Better transport networks will facilitate better value chains which will support the growth and development of the industry.ICTSouth Africa’s improvements in this sector have contributed to the country’s increased competitiveness.  South African telecoms companies spend about R20 billion a year on infrastructure.Government is in the process of rolling out its digital migration programmeAfrica is open for business as an investment destination, particularly in the mining industryAfrica is among the fastest growing regions in the world and strengthened engagement presents major growth opportunities for trade and investment by South African firms, as well as firms that want to use our country as a gateway to the continent.The African market presents many opportunities for exploration of mineral resources.Africa is the third in the world in terms of global share of the exploration budget (Eurasian countries taking are in second position.)The global share of Africa’s exploration remained unchanged at 17% in both 2012 and 2013.Major African exploration destinations included Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burkina Faso, South Africa, Zambia, and Ghana.A continued focus on West Africa, Burkina Faso in particular, resulted in gold receiving the largest allocation in 2013. The budgets for base metals fell only 14%, raising their share of the overall budgets from 22% to 27%Integration and industrialisation will contribute to Africa realising its fully potential in terms of the exploration and beneficiation of its mineral resources Efforts towards market integration through SADC, and the Tripartite Free Trade Area will address the challenges of small and fragmented markets in the region. The Tripartite Free Trade Area is expected to create a market of US$2.6 trillion, with a combined population of over 600 million.South Africa is working with SADC to support regional value chains to enhance the region’s competitiveness and promote inclusive growth and development in the region. In April 2015, SADC heads of states approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.The industrialisation agenda will require a focus on building infrastructure necessary to support trade.South Africa is championing infrastructure development in Africa through the continental north-south rail and road links, as part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. South Africa is committed to the reformation of the global economic and political architectureSouth Africa is working to improve global financial stability and increase financial resources available for development in Africa though, amongst others, collaboration with BRICS and the G-20BRICS has set up a New Development Bank (NDB) with an authorised capital of US$100 billion. Each country will have a 20% shareholding in the Bank.The Bank will be head quartered in Shanghai, China; and the Africa Regional Centre (the first regional office of the NDB) will be established in Johannesburg, South Africa.BRICS countries have also established a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) under which they agree to provide financial support to each other in the event of balance of payments problems. The CRA will complement the financial resources that the participants can obtain from the IMF.last_img read more

How to avoid poor judgements and ensure financial prosperity

first_imgHere’s what 100 ml potion of financial disaster comprises-40 ml of igno-rance, 30 ml of laziness, 20 ml of arrogance and 10 ml of overconfidence. Now ask a couple of well-placed people for some simple financial ad-vice. It could be anyone from senior colleagues to successful persons in your family,Here’s what 100 ml potion of financial disaster comprises-40 ml of igno-rance, 30 ml of laziness, 20 ml of arrogance and 10 ml of overconfidence. Now ask a couple of well-placed people for some simple financial ad-vice. It could be anyone from senior colleagues to successful persons in your family and circle of friends. Ask them to advise you on tax planning or about company stocks you could in-vest in or whether term insurance is a good idea or whether you should pre-pay your loan etc. You will be able to gauge how much they understand personal finance by their response. From stashing cash in the banks to investing in fixed deposits and insur-ance policies, most people feel fi-nances will eventually work out.Sample this: thirty-year-old Amit has a household expense of Rs 25,000 per month. Considering just 7 per cent as inflation, what would be his position when he is 60? His household ex-penses will be about Rs 3.25 lakh per month. The retirement corpus should be large enough to bear such monthly expenses as well as an additional 7 per cent each subsequent year due to in-flation. Such retirement corpus should be approximately Rs 8.6 crore. He has 30 years to accumulate that and three options. Firstly, equity option (growth rate 14 per cent). Here, he needs to in-vest Rs 16,000 per month. Then fixed deposit (growth rate 8 per cent). Here, he needs to invest Rs 58,000 per month. Lastly, insurance (growth rate 4 per cent). Here, he needs to invest Rs 125,000 per month. The above op-tions will only fund his post-retirement days, what would happen to his chil-dren’s education, their wedding? Amit is blissfully unaware of all this.advertisementVikram Kapoor too feels every-thing will work out fine. He is 40 and head of operations at an MNC. He earns about Rs 48 lakh per annum. His assets include a bank balance of Rs 6 lakh and an ancestral home about 50 km from Kanpur. He has no life insur-ance cover, no investment in stocks, mutual funds. A huge portion of his in-come goes into paying home loan EMIs. Now, his expenses. He wears Armani suits, sports a Movado watch and uses the latest gadgets. His family has three cars, travels only business class, dines at five-star hotels.There are more people like him. Karsan Patel also has a similar lifestyle. The 40-year-old business-man earns about Rs 48 lakh per an-num and his assets include a cash balance of Rs 6 lakh, life insurance policies worth Rs 4 crore, Rs 5 lakh in stocks, no mutual funds, few plots of land worth Rs 10 lakh and an ances-tral home worth Rs 2 crore. However, the ancestral house has little invest-ment value for him since he lives in it. He has a few recurring deposits as well as fixed deposit accounts.While Amit’s case is that of ‘igno-rance is bliss’, Vikram is being com-pletely reckless and Karsan is just giving away his hard-earned money. What is common among them is that they are all enjoying the 100 ml of disaster potion.The point to ponder upon is why prosperous families go bust over time. Why is it that money does not last for more than two to three generations? The truth is, you need everything to have the right potion of financial pros-perity. Everything has a time and pur-pose. Life insurance is necessary and so is a loan. Deposits are needed to provide stability and equities are needed to fulfil dreams. For every ru-pee that you want to invest into real estate, be sure that you have Rs 2 of your money in liquid wealth. That will save you from distress sales. Get good ideas and opinions. Do not try and do everything yourself unless you are willing to quit your work and do wealth management full-time.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan pushes back planned spending on Trans Mountain expansion project

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) says it is still not in a position to start significant construction on the Trans Mountain expansion project and expects spending on the project for at least part of next year to focus mostly on permitting.In its 2018 guidance, the company said it expects existing assets including its existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its rail and storage facilities to perform well, but is concerned about permit delays at its $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project.The company has filed motions with the National Energy Board to resolve delays related to Burnaby, B.C., with oral arguments heard at the regulator’s headquarters Monday.Kinder Morgan Canada says it can’t commit to major construction spending until it has more clarity on key permits, approvals and the judicial review, and that the project is potentially already delayed nine months due mostly to challenges with the regulatory process.The company says that it expects to lose about $75 million in earnings before certain deductions for every month the in-service date is pushed back.Kinder Morgan Canada said if uncertainty on permitting stretches further into 2018 then it would reduce spending accordingly, pushing the start-up date beyond September 2020 and potentially threatening the viability of the project itself.last_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attempts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP are reassuring residents after posts on social media suggested there were three abduction attempts in the community over the last week.Cpl. Andrew McElwain of the Chetwynd RCMP cautions, I appreciate that social media has a place in adding to community safety, in that information can be shared quickly and efficiently, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of garnering information from credible reliable sources prior to sharing it. Rumours and misinformation can be more damaging to investigations than helpful and may cause more fear than is warranted especially when isolated incidents are linked, where no evidence to support such links exists.At this time the RCMP don’t believe the three incidents listed below are connected. On October 11, 2018, a woman met a man, who was unknown to her, in a local coffee shop. She chose to get into the man’s vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated. Given his level of intoxication, the woman asked to let out. The man dropped the woman off as per her request. The man allegedly offered the woman money and a pack of cigarettes as she was unable to locate her phone. The man has been identified.On October 11, 2018, two youths were walking home when a man in a vehicle of unknown make and model allegedly approached them and offered $100 to the female youth to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and the two youths continued walking away. No other contact was made. Chetwynd RCMP are still looking for this man, but have identified a possible suspect.On October 15, 2018 a male youth was at IGA when an aboriginal man allegedly approached him and asked if the youth could buy him something from IGA. The youth declined the request at which point the aboriginal male lunged at him. The youth then got on his bike and rode to the Rec Center where it was reported to the Chetwynd RCMP.last_img read more

No north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony Luke

first_imgMumbai: Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut “Badla” was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry. “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content versus the global, not North and South,” Tony told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “There are people like Karan Johar and Rajamouli coming together, to make truly Indian cinema and the times are only going to change for the better,” he added. Tony said when the project came his way, he was initially reluctant to audition as he felt there was “no chance” he would make it. “I thought my Hindi is bad, because I’m from the South so I didn’t even believe I could be a part of it, until Sujoy met me and said ‘you’re the boy.’ Sujoy decided to place me as an actor and I’m grateful for that. There’s no heavy pressure on me to be a star,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The actor said he feels “blessed” that he bagged the thriller, where his biggest takeaway was learning from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “If someone told me last year that I would be a part of a big film such as this, I would’ve laughed it off. To be on the set and watch Mr Bachchan perform is surreal. As an actor, you take away so much just by observing him and imbibing his energy.” Going forward, Tony said, if everything falls in place, he will be soon seen in an international web series.last_img read more

For second time in less than a year, portion of Hero Chowk flyover caves in

first_imgGurugram: In less than a year for the second time, the portion of Hero Chowk flyover which has been made operational just one- and a half years ago caved in.Earlier in June 2018, the part of recently built flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur highway came out all of a sudden six months before it was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana. The situation had resulted in the heavy traffic jam for the office goers in the morning that continued for more than six hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt is estimated that more than eighty thousand vehicles use the flyover daily for going to Udyog Vihar-6, Manesar and Jaipur. There are also a large number of commercial vehicles that use the flyover for the transportation of goods. To prevent the widening of the cracks the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has closed the portion for traffic coming from the Jaipur side so that the maintenance works can be undertaken. Meanwhile, the officials have filled up cracks temporarily so that the vehicles can move along the route. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe state of art of flyover was completed that was built at an approximate cost of Rs 200 crore. The construction of the flyover had brought in a lot of laurels for the engineers, contractors and the public officials as it was completed well before its deadline. The flyover was a plan of revamping the Delhi-Jaipur highway where the NHAI and the Haryana government has invested Rs 1,400 crores in recent years to build various flyovers and underpasses along the busy route. Controversies began to emanate soon after the commuters started using the flyover as there were reports of materials coming out on various occasions. This is not for the first time when issues of construction flaws have been raised in various underpasses and flyovers that have come up at the Delhi-Jaipur expressway. Earlier concerns were raised of the widening gap at the IFFCO Chowk flyover. The matter was however resolved after a senior NHAI official public issued a statement that there was no matter of concern and the flyover was safe for usage. Public agencies in Gurugram however faced immense criticism after the roof of underpasses at Rajiv Chowk and Signature towers collapsed during a dust storm in April 2018.last_img read more

Hall of Famer Reggie White Paid For Big Hits

Former Hall of Fame Packers defensive end Reggie White made a deal with fellow teammates in the1996 playoffs that if they made a big hit then he would give them $500.NBCSports.com reports that in the latest filing in the bounty case, the National Football League Players Association claims the National Football league knew that White paid his team mates for their hits and allowed it to continue.  From the NFLPA standpoint it shows the inconsistency of the suspensions handed down by Roger Goodell for a similar pay-for performance program with the Saints.Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the season, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith for four games, free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove for seven games and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Scott Fujita for three games.The filing from the NFLPA in the bounty case discusses White’s “Smash for Cash” program, which included $500 payments for big hits. At the time, according to the NFLPA, the NFL said the program was OK “as long as players use their own money, amounts are not exorbitant and payments aren’t for illegal hits.”The NFLPA says that the NFL’s rules haven’t changed since then, but the NFL’s public relations agenda has.“The fact that the NFL has a different agenda today than in 1996 can’t change the unequivocal language of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, which has never prohibited this behavior,” the NFLPA says in its filing.White’s “Smash for Cash” program has not often been mention in connection with the Saints bounty case, his actions were no secret at the time. White’s bonuses were publicized, the New York Daily News ran a headline stating that he paid teammates, ESPN did a segment on White’s bonuses and the Associated Press ran an article on about White’s payout in January of 1996.White is quoted as saying he handed out his entire $13,000 playoff bonus for a win over the 49ers to teammates.“I gave them money for big hits,” White said. “I don’t know if the money is any more motivation, but I know I paid out a lot.”The Associated Press article says that White had already told his teammates it would be the same deal for the next playoff game, against the Cowboys, and that an NFL spokesman said there was nothing wrong with what White did.The NFL’s stance on that has changed in the last 16 years since White made those payouts and can be seen through the bounty gate suspensions handed down from Goodell. read more