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Bolt to lose Olympic relay medalUsain Bolt has been stripped of his 2008 olympic relay gold medal as a result of his teammate Nesta Carter testing positive for doping.Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Funny Moments Of Football FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton is unsure if he will continue taking a knee for the rest of the season.The Brit racing hero knelt alongside 13 other drivers prior to Sunday’s F1 return in Austria.Hamilton was one of 14 drivers to kneel prior to the raceCredit: Getty Images – GettyHamilton, 35, also wore a t-shirt adorning the message “Black Lives Matter”, while all of his colleagues sported the message “End Racism” on their garments.A carpet was laid out on the start line, with those that did kneel producing powerful images that were beamed around the world.But while he remains committed to fighting for social justice, Hamilton is unsure if he will continue to take a knee for the rest of the season.He told the Press Association: “I don’t know what the plan is moving forward.I think ultimately everything we do is not going to be enough and we all need to do more.Lewis Hamilton“It’s really great that Formula 1, and particular Mercedes, have taken note of the issues we’re facing across the world and deciding to do something about it.“I think ultimately everything we do is not going to be enough and we all need to do more.“There’s been awareness for a couple of weeks and what we don’t need it to do is die a sudden death, and just disappear and we see no change, so somehow and ultimately I could be the guinea pig there.“I will keep speaking out.“And going back to it, all of us, myself included, everyone has to look at accountability and see what they can do better within their organisation and their own team.“Moving forwards, I don’t know if I’ll continue to [take a knee].”It is understood that no carpet will be laid for this weekend’s race, meaning that drivers will have to find another place to kneel if they so wish. Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel, it has emerged, were the drivers to bring up the subject of kneeling in last Friday’s players-only meeting.The Brit racing hero was the only driver on Sunday to wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirtCredit: Getty Images – GettyHamilton continued: “I never requested or demanded anybody to take a knee, I never even brought it up.“It was brought up by Formula 1, and it was brought up by the GPDA.“When we did the drivers’ briefing, Seb and Grosjean both brought it up and asked the drivers whether or not they would do it, and there were obviously several that said that they wouldn’t, and I let everyone just say what they wanted to say.“I opened up to them and I said, ‘Look, guys, I will be doing it, but you do what you feel is right.’“I’m really, really grateful for those who did it along with me; I think it’s still a really powerful message.”Max Verstappen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and Kimi Raikkonen were the six drivers to elect not to kneel, with Leclerc labelling the gesture as “controversial” in some countries.Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo, who did kneel, has said that he believes all drivers stand behind the message, however.He told Yahoo Sport: “I just think there was a little bit of difficulty with some drivers and their nationality, and what something like taking a knee would represent.The powerful images were beamed around the worldCredit: Getty Images – Getty“Obviously the reasons why we would do it is purely to support Black Lives Matter.“It is for nothing political or anything else… We all understood that we will do what we feel comfortable with.“But no one is going to be judged or criticised if they don’t stand there in a certain way or take a knee.”Lewis Hamilton nearing one-race F1 ban after Mercedes ace picks up four more penalty points during Austria GP 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uk Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4
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Nelson’s Scotiabank branch injected some major financial support for the upcoming BC Bantam Tier Three Hockey Championships with a cheque for $5,000 to help offset expenses.The tournament, which runs from March 18th – 22nd, includes nine teams, from across BC. A tournament of this magnitude requires many volunteers and financial assistance from businesses throughout the community and around the province. Businesses looking to support the event have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. They can contact Fundraising Co-Ordinators Melissa Surina at 250-353-1499, [email protected] or Greg Proctor at 250-354-9432, [email protected] are also looking for volunteers to assist with individual team hosting, score clock and penalty box operation, hospitality room operation, baked good provision and more.As a tune up for March, Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a six-team Bantam Rep Tier Three tournament, beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.The showdown will feature the Nelson Leafs, Couer D’Alene Thunder, Springbank Rockies, Kelowna Rockets, Salmon Arm Silvertips and the West Kelowna Warriors.
“I am so beyond excited,” DiFrancesco said. “I am very blessed and honored to have this opportunity. The seniors, we get to go out with a bang. We had a lot of adversity this season, so to be where we are is a huge accomplishment for this team. “We knew we would draw a physical team and we knew it might be Texas. They’ve got All-Americans everywhere so it’ll be a big challenge but we’ve played big, physical teams before. We’re excited to bring our brand there and see what we can get.” “We’ll be able to have a lot of fans and family members travel so that will be great for us,” fifth-year co-head coach Hugh Hernesman said. “Texas has been one of the premier programs in the country, so to be able to be able to play there in front of a packed crowd in a great venue will be a great experience for us. “I feel like we had a very good vision but that vision wouldn’t have been anything if they didn’t put the work in,” Hernesman said. “We’ve had good recruiting classes along the way. We’re thankful they chose us. We take pride in the fact that we were able to achieve a lot with a team that not a lot of people believed in but we did.” NSU (16-16) earned the Southland Conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth after going 3-0 in the conference tournament, highlighted by a sweep of defending conference tournament champion Central Arkansas in the title match, capturing the program’s first-ever league championship. Texas heads into postseason play after a 23-2 season including claiming the squad’s fourth-consecutive Big 12 Championship. “Well, Texas is right now,” Hernesman said with a laugh about what is stopping the Lady Demons from making more history this season. “They’re really good but as my dad says, ‘that’s why they play the game.’ We’ll bring it out there and see how well we fair.” Following back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2012 and 2013, including an appearance in last year’s league title match, Hernesman credits much of the success to NSU’s senior class. “I get to play another game with my best friends. We love playing in front of big crowds; it’s kind of like a fuel for us. It’ll be great for our family and friends to come since it’s not too far away.” NATCHITOCHES, La. – In front of a vocal throng of friends, family and support staff who gathered to celebrate the program’s first national postseason berth, Northwestern State volleyball found out it will face No. 2 national seed Texas in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. from Gregory Gym in Austin. For senior Stacey DiFrancesco, the journey of helping build the program over four years to get to this moment has made it all worth it.
Dear Editor,I think the Hindu public needs to be informed of the reasons for the differences in dates on the Hindu calendar. Specifically, why all the dates on Dharmic Sabha’s calendar are exactly one day after the dates on the calendars of all other Hindu organisations?At a meeting held at Dharmic Sabha Kendra on Monday 22 August, 2016, and attended by Pandits of Viraat Sabha, Pandits’ Sabha of Region 3, Pandits’ Council and Gandhi Youth, the matter was discussed.In its explanation on the system and methods used in arriving at its Dates, Dharmic Sabha revealed that it has been using the time given in the Panchang (Hindu Astrological Chart) as the ‘Starting’ Time. The Pandits of all other organisations present vehemently disagreed; they asserted that the Time is the ‘Ending’ Time, and not the Starting Time.It should be mentioned that this is supposed to be public knowledge, known especially by all students of Astrology. Also, the Astrological Charts, in their guidelines, mention that all times are given as the ‘Ending’ Time.The use of these times as the starting position of each Lunar Day (Tithi) has resulted in all Dharmic Sabha’s dates being one day later than the dates on the Charts, and as well the calendars of the other organisations.Thus, when the Full Moon ended at 5:26 am on 18 August, Dharmic Sabha treated it as having started then, thereby celebrating Raksha Bandhan one day after. Again, Ashtami (8th lunar day), according to the Panchangas, started on the 24 August and ended at 10:40 am on the 25th.Dharmic Sabha is using 10:40 am on 25th as the starting time of Ashtami, thus celebrating Janam Ashtami on the 25th.Similarly, for Diwali. Amaavasya (Diwali) ends at 1:37 pm on the 30th of October. Dharmic Sabha is treating 1:37 pm on the 30th as the starting time of Diwali. So their date for Diwali is the 30th instead of the 29th.This is a fatal error which has resulted in all their dates occurring one day later. It should be mentioned that Dharmic Sabha’s dates do not agree with those in the Panchangas.Yours truly,Pt R BalbadarSanskrit and VaidicTheology Dip
South African Breweries is pioneeringthe use of UV-C purification foringredients in its fruit alcohol brands.(Image: SABMiller) The company has introduced the Surepuretechnology in its Chamdor plant, westof Johannesburg.(Image: DesignMind) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve MillerMarketing executive, Surepure+27 21 526 2580 • Azure JannekerSpokesperson, SABMiller+27 11 881 8679 or +27 79 505 6966 RELATED ARTICLES • Brewing up a global brand • No headaches for wine lovers • Brewery spreads African reach • Top award for SA World Cup can • SABMiller turns to biogasShamin ChibbaNext time you chug a local cider, be assured that you are doing your bit for the environment at the same time.South African Breweries (SAB) has recently switched to a new technology known as ultraviolet (UV) photosterilisation to purify raw ingredients for its line of fruit alcohol drinks.The technology, which is patented worldwide by Swiss-based company SurePure, uses light instead of heat in the purification process.It replaces the traditional pasteurisation process, which heats a liquid to a specific temperature and holds it there for a fixed period, then cools it quickly to eliminate harmful micro-organisms. The temperature and time vary according to the desired shelf life.By using light rather than heat, companies will save water and energy and reduce their carbon footprint. The technology also takes up less floor space than the equipment needed for pasteurisation, and is more cost-effective.Surepure, which has a branch in Cape Town, has seen its technology used in South Africa since 2009, to purify selected brands of wine.Whereas brewers have used UV technology to purify water, SAB is said to be the first manufacturer to use it for the actual production process. As a result, the company has already saved on energy to the tune of 82%, and anticipates that figure to rise to 94%.The brewery is currently using the purifier for its popular Brutal Fruit, Sarita and Redd’s brands. However, it is not yet known whether it will use it for beers.According to Steve Miller, SurePure South Africa’s marketing executive, SAB opted for their technology as the company was looking to save energy and water.“SAB looked at ultraviolet light as an alternative to heat. We were put up against two international competitors and we were deemed the most likely to succeed [in providing the best purification technology].”SAB chose SurePure, said Miller, because of its superior efficacy, and because the SurePure UV-C technology is the only one that can be applied both to water and to turbid liquids.Miller said the technology will be used in the brewer’s Chamdor plant, west of Johannesburg, and may be used in other plants outside the country, too.Besides the other advantages, the technology offers SAB the opportunity for new marketing claims for premium products, and allows the brewer to make new products with more profit margin.The SurePure system is competitively priced compared to the pasteurising equivalent but added that utility savings will allow the brewer to quickly recover costs.Light replaces heatUV-C, or germicidal UV, light is highly effective at penetrating the thin cell walls of bacteria and viruses in liquids or on the skin, and is able to alter their genetic material, eventually killing them. Organisms are also unable to develop immumnity to UV-C.However, if you are worried that the organisms inside your bottle of cider may pose a threat to your health, rest assured. According to Miller, DNA has a short lifespan and the organism will soon die if it can’t replicate.“The DNA is effectively neutered. There are no negative consequences for the drinker so you know you are getting a good, palatable drink.”SurePure’s sterilisation potential to be globalAccording to SurePure’s press statement, the application was developed specifically for SAB in South Africa. It was stated that its parent company, brewing giant SABMiller, is able to globalise the technology but does not have exclusive use of it.Miller said that the technology has the potential to go global and added that they are already in talks with another large brewing conglomerate.“Given that most global brewers also enjoy significant carbonated soft drink interests where this technology is hugely applicable, we have no doubt that these companies will find this technology interesting and commercially exciting.
The slow death of the 9-5 workday, together with the arrival of the new FLSA overtime rules, which do into effect on December 1, could create one of the bigger wage-and-hour pitfalls for employers in 2017 and beyond.Less flexibility to complete work outside of normal work hours.A few months ago, both The Washington Post (here) and SHRM (here) ran stories about how the new overtime rules could limit job flexibility. Citing a SHRM survey, The Washington Post story noted that 67% of HR pros thought the new regulation would decrease workplace flexibility and autonomy.These survey results to do not marry well with the latest survey from CareerBuilder, which found that nearly half of workers ages 18 to 24 keep working after business hours, with just over 40% checking and answering work emails outside of the office. A higher proportion of workers in age groups 45 to 54 (65%) and 55 and older (61%) agreed that the typical eight-hour work day was a thing of the past.What are your options as an employer?According to the DOL, you have at least three:Raise salary and keep the employee exempt from overtime: Employers may choose to raise the salaries of employees to at or above the salary level to maintain their exempt status, if those employees meet the duties test (that is, the duties are truly those of an executive, administrative or professional employee). This option works for employees who have salaries close to the new salary level and regularly work overtime.Pay overtime in addition to the employee’s current salary when necessary:Employers also can continue to pay their newly overtime-eligible employees the same salary, and pay them overtime whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week. This approach works for employees who work 40 hours or fewer in a typical workweek, but have occasional spikes that require overtime for which employers can plan and budget the extra pay during those periods. Remember that there is no requirement to convert employees from salaried to hourly in order to calculate their overtime pay!Evaluate and realign hours and staff workload: Employers can ensure that workload distribution, time and staffing levels are all managed appropriately for their white-collar workers who earn below the salary threshold. For example, employers may hire additional workers.And while the DOL emphasizes that, nothing in the new rules would hamstring an employer’s ability to control when employees perform work, the DOL isn’t exactly throwing a pity party for employers who have non-exempt employees who perform work outside of traditional business hours.So, how can you manage a great number of non-exempt employees who want more workplace flexibility?As a corollary to the three options listed above, employers will need to re-think their rules on non-exempt employees performing work outside of business hours. This must include, among other things: (a) whether to permit it; (b) the circumstances under which it will be allowed; and (c) how to track those hours. Frankly, the framework isn’t much different than it is now, except you’ll need a wider net to catch your share of the millions of additional employees who become non-exempt on December 1.Or, maybe, the new rules will strike a blow to workplace flexibility.Originally posted on the Employer Handbook Blog.