by: Roy UrricoThe Denton, Texas-based Sally Beauty Holdings admitted in a statement that attackers inserted malware into multiple POS systems at its U.S. stores between March 6 and April 17, putting customer information in jeopardy.“Payment card information of customers that used cards at affected U.S. Sally Beauty stores during this time may have been put at risk,” the retailer stated. The company said on May 4 that it was investigating reports of unusual card activity. Sally Beauty also suffered a data breach in early 2014. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Image source: broads-authority.gov.ukThe River Waveney dredging program is set to take place between April and October 2019, the UK’s Broads Authority announces. The river is popular with Broads users due to its deep navigable channels, but sediment does accrete in places and requires dredging to maintain waterway specifications, said the authority.Commenting the latest news, Broads Authority Environment Officer, Jonathan Cook, said: “Dredging work is always carried out in the interests of the people who enjoy the rivers and we hope that this dredging operation will cause as little inconvenience as possible to members of the public.”“By the end of October we predict that the work will be finished and those people who use the Waveney rivers system will be able to enjoy an improved navigable channel.”The scheduled dredging operations on the waterway will begin between April and the end of July.“It is hoped that the process will improve navigation for boat users and the quality of the riverside banks,” the Broads Authority stated. “The river will be open to boats at all times but the addition of pontoons with excavators will shorten the width of the channel.”
Black Stars defender John Boye and midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng missed the Black Stars training session on Sunday night ahead of their Thursday clash with Portugal at the 2014 World Cup.The duo were undergoing treatment after sitting out Ghana’s training in Maceioon Sunday.The duo featured in 2-2 draw with Germany the previous day but were excused from the team’s training.Boye suffered a shoulder injury during the Black Stars exciting 2-2 draw against Germany.Boateng received a knock in the match against the Germans which prompted his exclusion from training.Ghana returned to their base just after the game to begin preparations for the final Group G game against Portugal on Thursday. Twenty-one players trained under coach Kwesi Appiah.Meanwhile Portugal drew 2-2 with the USA
England Golf is working with cultural groups to find ways to broaden the appeal of the game among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Relationships are being developed with organisations such as Sporting Equals, which promotes ethnic diversity across sport, and the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. As a result, the Surrey and Middlesex County Golf Partnerships set up a Get into golf stand at the recent London Mela cultural festival – and took the opportunity to canvass views and opinions among the visitors. The BAME communities account for only a tiny proportion of regular golfers and the CGPs were seeking information about ways to make the game more attractive to them. Andy Willems, the England Golf’s Senior Regional Manager, said: “London Mela is a huge festival which attracts about 80,000 people and gave us a great opportunity to do research. The vast majority of people we spoke to had never played golf but would be willing to learn, particularly in an informal, social setting. “We want to promote golf to these communities in a way they find appealing and to let them know that golf is a welcoming and inclusive game.” The England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, ‘Raising Our Game’ identifies aims which include increasing the number of regular golfers and removing barriers to participation. Richard Flint, the England Golf Participation and Club Support Director, remarked: “We want to broaden the appeal of golf to attract people from different backgrounds in local communities. “We are developing a relationship with organisations such as Sporting Equals to work together to make the sport more inclusive and to highlight the opportunities available through our Get into golf campaign.” Get into golf is designed to inspire adults across England to take up golf. It offers affordable coaching for beginners and returners to golf and all sessions are run by PGA professionals. Equipment is provided so participants simply book through the Get into golf online system and turn up on the day in comfortable clothing. To find out more click here Arun Kang, the chief executive of Sporting Equals commented: “Sporting Equals is delighted to be working with England Golf to open up the sport to black and minority ethnic communities. An important part of England Golf’s strategic plan ‘Raising Our Game’ is to increase participation and break down barriers. “Attending big cultural events like the London Mela is a good way to begin this process by connecting with new people and raising the profile of the game. I would encourage England Golf to attend more events aimed at these audiences and to work with Sporting Equals to increase participation ahead of golf being included in the Olympics in 2016.” Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation, added: “The MWSF is really pleased to have supported England Golf have a presence at the 2014 London Mela. We know England Golf are looking to increase the diversity of the sport and this is one important step they have taken towards connecting with the BAME community so we hope to see our community engage in this great sport.” 23 Sep 2014 Breaking down golfing barriers
KEN HUDSON Atlanta, Ga.—Ken Hudson, one of the first full-time African-American referees for the National Basketball Association, passed away on May 9 in Atlanta. He officiated in the league from 1968 to 1972. During this phase of his career, he interacted with such notable players as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Walt Frazier, Lenny Wilkins, and Jerry West, to name only a few. Hudson became beloved by both players and owners. In 2009 he was recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as the recipient of the prestigious Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where he attended Westinghouse High School, Hudson earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he began his refereeing career. He returned to Pittsburgh to teach elementary school students for several years. Ken also attended the University of Pittsburgh. But, after working in other arenas, he found his niche in the world of sports.The former executive for the Coca-Cola Company successfully negotiated agreements with the Big East, CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, and SIAC Conferences. After moving to Atlanta with Coca-Cola, he was on the committee that was responsible for developing relationships with the NBA.He served as special assistant to Mayor Maynard Jackson and coordinated sports-related events and facilitated weekly “Success Seminars” at Atlanta area high schools.In the early 1970s, Hudson served as general manager of Sheridan Broadcasting owned WILD radio in Boston. It was during this time that Hudson developed several Boston-area youth basketball programs. He founded the Boston Shoot-Out (1972), a basketball program that continues to attract top USA high school players. To encourage young people to achieve success in life, Hudson authored “A Tree Stump in the Valley of Redwoods.” The book imparts proven techniques, success stories and alliances that help young people become confident, well-rounded students, players and citizens.Demonstrating the generosity that characterized his life, one of his final unselfish acts was to donate his body to science in the hope that cures and treatments could be identified for others. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cascade United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kenneth Hudson Scholarship Fund at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, Ga., 30310.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansBellingham United capitalized on three of their four power play opportunities and killed an Oly Town Artesians power play late in the fourth quarter to hang on to a hard fought 9-8 win on Saturday night. The Artesians scored four times in the fourth quarter and had numerous opportunities to equalize with a man advantage over the last 2:24 of the game but just couldn’t quite sneak one past Hammers keeper Riley Liddle. Willie Spurr scored twice for Oly but it was Brady Ulen’s goal with 5:10 left that proved to be the game winner for first place Bellingham. It was a physical, testy game that featured 23 total fouls, eight blue cards, one yellow and numerous other plays that could have easily resulted in cards of a variety of colors and left many scratching their heads. The Artesians scored on two of their four power play opportunities. The first came with just six second left in the second quarter when Jamie Barnwell slotted one home. Then Matt Herrera cut a three goal deficit to two with a goal in the fourth quarter after a tripling penalty on Bellingham’s Richard Henderson.Moments after Herrera’s goal, Spurr scored his second goal to make it 8-7, but Ulen answered back to make it 9-7 Bellingham with 5:10 left to play. Herrera scored again on a feed from Spurr to bring the Artesians to within a goal late in the game and it looked like the late game heroics at The Pavilion would continue when Bellingham was whistled for their 12th foul of the game and were shown the blue card. But the Artesians were unable to break through and fell to 3-3-1 overall this season. Goalkeeper JJ Olson scored his first goal of the season on a bouncing shot that Liddle was fooled on to open the fourth quarter of play. JT Meyer and Tom Kemennu each got into the act with first and third quarter goals respectively.Bellingham opened each half quickly. Rene Caro scored just a minute and a half into the game and a ball along the wall got caught up in one of the referee’s feet to begin the second half, resulting in an Artesians turnover and an easy look for Chris Jepson with just 17 second gone in the third. Connor Moe paced the Hammers with a pair of goals and Ivan Colin, Henderson and Nick Cashmere each added goals of their own.The win puts Bellingham (6-2-0) in command of first place in the WISL. Oly, meanwhile, has dropped two straight and sits in third place just two points ahead of Sporting Everett and the Snohomish Skyhawks and three points ahead of their next opponent, the Tacoma Stars Reserves.Oly travels to Tacoma next Saturday to take on the Stars Reserves. First kick at the Tacoma Soccer Center is set for 7:30 PM. The Artesians return home on Saturday, February 4 to face the Snohomish Skyhawks at 6:00 PM.
LONGSHOT AWESOME LUCK WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GONZALEZ; HARRIS FARMS’ HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY HEAP, GOES GATE TO WIRE WHILE GETTING FLAT MILE IN 1:37.97
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2016)–With the luck of the Irish wafting in the air on St. Patrick’s Day at Santa Anita, Harris Farms’ home-bred Awesome Luck made every pole a winning one in taking Thursday’s $58,000, one mile allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Santiago Gonzalez. Conditioned by Blake Heap, the 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare seemed to appreciate a surface switch from turf to dirt as she negotiated the distance in 1:37.97.“She doesn’t seem to handle the grass,” said Heap in reference to a 13 ½ length defeat going one mile on turf here Feb. 21. “She’s a steady-paced type of filly and today, she showed what she can do. I told John (owner, Harris) she was doing good coming into this.”Off at 14-1 in race five, the middle leg in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, which, thanks to a two-day carryover, generated a total pool today of more than $2.6 million, Awesome Luck was the second biggest price in a field of seven California-bred or sired mares and paid $30.20, $11.00 and $7.00.With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $96,875. Awesome Luck now has two wins from 12 career starts.“It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we have the green and white colors, so I guess that didn’t hurt,” said Harris. “I don’t know if the jock’s Irish, but I guess today, everybody is!”The heavy favorite at 3-2, Take It Easyplease sat second the entire trip, but couldn’t keep up with the winner around the far turn and finished second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Stole a Kiss. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Take It Easyplease paid $3.40 and $2.80.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stole a Kiss was off at 6-1 and paid $3.80 to show.With a two-day Pick Six carryover of $548,670 from Sunday, $2,115,962 in “new money” was wagered on Thursday, creating a total Pick Six pool of $2,664,632. Thursday’s Pick Six will conclude with the eighth race, which is scheduled to be run at approximately 4:33 p.m. PDT.
The new Absa Women’s League is expectedto breathe new life into the sport.(Image: Safa) South Africa’s under-19 team, includingsome Banyana players, at a clinic held atthe Pretoria University High PerformanceCentre in 2006. The sport has come a longway in the few years since.(Image: Official America website) Deidre Mitchell, in red, referees theOlympic showdown between Japan andNew Zealand. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusThe growing popularity of women’s football in South Africa has led to the launch of the Absa Women’s League, an initiative for the growth and development of the women’s side of the sport. The country joins England, Spain, the US, and others that hold major tournaments for women footballers.The Union of European Football Associations also has a women’s championship, and there is a Fifa Women’s World Cup, held, like the men’s tournament, on a four-yearly basis. The next such event is scheduled for 2011 in Germany.The local league, which will be run by national banking group Absa in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), kicked off at the Development Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto, earlier in February. Absa’s contribution to the scheme is a massive R20-million ($2-million) and will run concurrently with its sponsorship of the men’s game.Making their markInterest in women’s football has been growing steadily, especially since the international success of the national team Banyana Banyana, but sponsorship opportunities have been scarce and have hindered development. Absa’s involvement is expected to breathe new life into the game.A national women’s league was launched in 2001, with Safa and insurance company Sanlam the driving forces. Sanlam’s sponsorship ended in 2003 but mobile provider Vodacom stepped into the gap. Vodacom withdrew its backing at the start of the 2007/2008 season, leaving women’s football adrift.Despite the uncertainties, women footballers have still managed to make their mark on the continent and abroad, with a number of South Africans currently playing for top clubs overseas.In an October 2008 interview with online magazine gsport … for Girls!, former Banyana captain Desiree Ellis lamented the lack of sponsorship for women’s football in South Africa.“Players are looking for jobs,” she said, “and most players stop playing, as football doesn’t put food on the table. Sponsorship is non-existent and it is strange that corporates like 1st for Women and Foschini, who sell women’s products, have not come on board.”It is not surprising that there are high hopes for the brand new Absa Women’s League. The banking group is thrilled to be able to assist with the development of women’s soccer, said Group Executive of Marketing Mohale Ralebitso.“The Absa Women’s League promises to bring a whole new dimension and lots of excitement to the Beautiful Game,” said Ralebitso. “We sincerely hope that individual and team talent will be exposed both locally and abroad. Such partnerships can only elevate the game to greater levels and afford the players and fans a chance to revel in the beauty and wonder that each game offers.”The newly crowned Confederation of African Football (CAF) Woman Footballer of the Year, Banyana striker Noko Alice Matlou, was the guest of honour at the launch. “It is encouraging that the corporate world is serious about football at this level,” she remarked.Fierce competitionThe tournament will take place in two phases. Phase one will extend across the country throughout all 52 Safa regions. An average of 12 teams per region – 624 players in all – will ensure fierce competition and lively play. Regional winners will go forward to a provincial play-off in phase two, and two teams per province will be promoted to the provincial women’s league.Safa CEO Raymond Hack expects the new initiative to take women’s football development to another level and unleash the untapped potential of South Africa’s female footballers.“This new tournament is an important grooming ground for future stars of the nation,” said Hack. “It is from these development structures where Noko Matlou was spotted two years ago; and this week she was named the CAF African woman player of 2008. We are confident that the Absa Women’s League will unearth more diamonds.”International starsSouth Africa’s women footballers excelled at the international level in 2008. For the first time ever the national team Banyana Banyana made it to the finals of the African Women’s Championship in November 2008.The tournament, under the auspices of CAF, was played in Equatorial Guinea. The hosts were ultimately victorious but South Africa’s Matlou was the joint top scorer of the event and shared the Golden Boot prize with Genevova Anonma of the host team.Earlier in the year the national under-20 team, Basetsana, won the Women’s Championship of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, the only regional tournament of its kind. Basetsana’s 2008 win marked South Africa’s third consecutive victory and gave the national women’s team the right to retain the trophy permanently.Once again Matlou was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick in the final and finishing as the most prolific scorer. The striker’s heroics did not go unrewarded, as she walked off with the top honour for a woman footballer at CAF’s glittering annual awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria, earlier in February.At home, the sport has been graced with the feminine touch behind the whistle as well. In 2007 former player Deidre Mitchell became the first woman to referee a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game, when she took to the field for a Santos and Kaizer Chiefs clash. Mitchell handled the game with superb confidence, according to reports, booking no fewer than four players in the first half.“I was very happy with her performance,” said Ari Soldatos, the PSL referees appointment officer, afterwards. “She did the refereeing fraternity proud.”Mitchell has since been appointed to the Fifa panel of international referees and officiated at a summer Olympic Games match between the Japanese and New Zealand women’s teams in Beijing in August 2008. Mitchell was the only woman referee to represent the African continent, although she was accompanied by two assistant referees, Tempa Ndah Francois from Benin, and South Africa’s Nomvula Masilela.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Related articlesFootball in South AfricaSA women take the leadUseful linksSouth Africa Football AssociationCosafaCAFFifagsport for girlsPremier Soccer LeagueWomen’s Football World CupSoweto Football AssociationAbsaKick Off
28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNews