Pay It Forward Day is a global movement, making its way to our community in 2009 thanks to the Fort St. John Association for Community, who says they were inspired to “perform our own acts of kindness within this great community of Fort St. John”.“The biggest reward is seeing how the people of this community have opened their minds and hearts to people with developmental disabilities,” the association goes on to say. “When people go out of their way to smile, say hello or take the time to get to know those who are a bit different or give the opportunity of employment to someone with a disability, we realize how fortunate we are to be part of this community.”The association is asking for everyone to participate in this heart warming cause and also “share stories and inspire others to not only extend kindness on the Annual Pay It Forward Day, but to extend kindness to others everyday.”- Advertisement -We encourage you to report acts of kindness on June 13 to our radio station at 250 787 2222, motivating others to ‘Pay It Forward’.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t get much wrong, admittedly.However, the Portuguese tactician could be excused for having a change of heart in regards to Mohamed Salah.The 22-year-old struggled to make an impact during his short stay in west London before being sent out on loan at Fiorentina last season.However, the forward has rediscovered his best form in Serie A and carried it onto the international stage with a fine strike for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.What do you think Chelsea fans, should the Special One given Salah another shot? 1 Mohamed Salah
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo says he hopes Frank Lampard stays at Stamford Bridge.Lampard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been linked with January moves to China and the United States.But Di Matteo would be happy to see the England midfielder, 34, sign a new deal.“He has been great at Chelsea for over a decade, so it would be nice for him to finish his career here,” said Di Matteo.“I’m not aware how the discussions are going but if there’s a willingness from both sides, Frank will remain with us.”Click here for the West Brom v Chelsea quiz See also:Chelsea cautious over Lampard injuryBlues consider cover for Moses and 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chris Ramsey fielded a side full of attacking intent but it was Southampton who looked more dangerous in the opening stages at Loftus Road.Ramsey, in caretaker charge following the departure of manager Harry Redknapp, included Adel Taarabt in QPR’s starting line-up, while Matt Phillips and Armand Traore were deployed on the flanks and Leroy Fer was moved into central midfield alongside Joey Barton.However, Rangers’ Rob Green was the busier keeper early on, gathering an effort from Graziano Pelle and seeing a shot from Eljero Elia drift wide after Green had been spotted off his line.Victor Wanyama also fired wide, while at the other end Barton shot over following good work from Taarabt.Southampton were dealt a blow when young defender Matt Targett was stretchered off midway through the first half following a clash of heads with Phillips. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zarate, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
According to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.com
The launch of South Africa’ second National Spelling Bee saw learners and adults compete in an informal round of the contest. It combines fun competition, literacy awareness and a love for reading. Stakeholders of the 2015 National Spelling Bee honoured the winners of last year’s contest at a launch last week. (Images: Melissa Javan)• South African stars #SayNoToXenophobia • South Africa’s born-frees talk about life • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • Edu Fun spreads the love in Diepsloot • Riaad Moosa: Muslims are not extremists Melissa JavanThe Department of Education launched the second annual National Spelling Bee contest on Thursday, 16 April, at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.It opened with an informal spelling contest where 12-year-old learner, Angel Hlongwane, triumphed over five other participants that included two grade six learners and three adults.The Spelling Bee was initiated in 2014 to help intermediate phase learners improve their English literacy levels.Panyasa Lesufi, MEC for Education in Gauteng said in a press release that the competition was aimed at promoting a love for reading, writing and spelling for learners between grades four and six. “This popular concept has spread from its early roots in the United States 90 years ago to Canada, Nigeria, Ethiopia, East Asia, China and the Caribbean, to our shores. It is a great way to combine fun competition with the very real target of turning around literacy among our youth.”This year’s Spelling Bee will start in schools this month, followed by the provincial competition in August and the national finals in October.Last year more than 150 000 learners took part in the contest. For every four schools registered in a district, a spelling coach was trained and assigned. Three of the best spellers from each province were then chosen for the national contest. The contestants at the launch could choose words from these buckets before they tried spelling it correctly.Perks of a spelling beeThirteen-year-old Brendan Craven was 2014’s winner. He and runner-up, Hlongwane, were awarded scholarships to study at Monash South Africa University at this year’s launch.When asked how the Spelling Bee changed his life, Craven said: “It put me in the limelight.”Even though he has participated in other school competitions, last year’s Spelling Bee was his first. “I have entered a competition called ‘Battle of the Books’ but my group from my school didn’t make it to the first round last year. We are going to take it more seriously this year.”Battle of the Books quizzes learners on titles they are required to read.Craven said one of his most challenging words to spell is “thoroughbred” – a special bred horse used for racing and that his favourite book is one he is currently reading – Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne.Hlongwane said the competition has improved her spelling. “My reading and understanding of words has also improved. I was also taught pronunciation.”Collective effortSABC’S Iris Cupido, a guest at the launch, saluted parents and the Department of Education for encouraging learners to read. She asked learners to pick up a book when they got home rather than picking up an Xbox gamepad. She remembered how, when she was young, a book would transport her to different places. “I said to my friends: ‘If you want to make me happy, buy me a book.’”Dr Granville Whittle, acting director general for the Department of Basic Education, said there is not enough reading material in classes. “We have to make sure we flood our schools with age appropriate books.”He said it is not just the responsibility of the government. “We have an obligation, not just as the government, but all of us within our communities to make a difference.”Whittle said anyone can volunteer at a school’s reading club. “If the school does not have a reading club, contact the department.”Kone Gugushe, divisional executive for corporate social investment at Nedbank, said they would be investing R2 million and over 20 bank employees are volunteering as coaches and mentors in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.Watch Brendan Craven spell during the launch of the 2015 National Spelling Bee contest:Watch Angel Hlongwane show off her confidence as she takes part in a contest at the launch:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While at the Ohio Fair Manager’s Meeting this week, State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey took some time to visit with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about some of the new regulations put into place for junior livestock exhibits at fairs all over Ohio in 2015.
Hours after Honor announced its first punch hole display smartphone – the Honor View 20, Samsung launched the long-time rumoured Galaxy A8s, which also comes with the similar in-display selfie camera. Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8s at an event in China today. The Galaxy A8s is the first ever smartphone from the South Korean smartphone manufacturer to come with the Infinity-O display, which was unveiled alongside several other Displays at the Samsung Developers Conference last month. At the same event, Samsung announced the coming of its foldable phone in 2019.Coming back to the Galaxy A8s, the phone becomes the first phone to officially launch with the in-display selfie camera. The front camera on the Galaxy A8s is placed inside a punch hole on the top right corner of the display. Compared to the Honor View20, the Samsung Galaxy A8s comes with a slightly bigger punch hole on the front. Samsung says that the front camera hole on the front of the Galaxy A8s is about 4.8mm, which in comparison to Honor is slightly bigger. Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced that the punch hole on the View20 will be 4.5mm in dimensions.As rumoured, the Galaxy A8s is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor coupled with Kryo 360 CPU and Adreno 616 GPU. The smartphone has been launched in two variants in China. The base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the top-end model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the software front, the Samsung Galaxy A8s runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung Experience UI 9.5 on top.advertisementThe Samsung Galaxy A8s comes with a 6.4-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. As far as the camera setup of the phone is concerned, Samsung uses the same camera system in the Galaxy A8s as seen in the Galaxy A9. On the rear panel, the Galaxy A8s sports a triple rear camera setup, while on the front there’s just a single camera for clicking selfies. As for the camera configurations, on the rear panel, the Galaxy A8s includes a primary sensor of 24MP paired with f/1.7 aperture, the secondary sensor of 10MP, while the third camera includes a 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera of the Galaxy A8s on the back is dedicated for ultra-wide angle lens, while the second sensor is a telephoto lens. Right below the rear camera setup, there’s the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone with a finger touch.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 render suggests dual rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensorAs far as the overall design of the phone is concerned, the Galaxy A8s comes with a glossy finish body with Aluminum frame. As of now, Samsung hasn’t revealed the pricing of the Galaxy A8s, and there are also no details about the India availability of the phone as of now.