Why Warriors, A’s and Giants on-screen coverage must ‘push the envelope’

first_imgFor seven straight years, NBC Sports Bay Area (NBCSBA) has reigned as the No. 1-rated cable network — during primetime — in the local TV market. That’s no small feat, considering today’s crowded media landscape.Of course, it helps that the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants have won multiple championships and built massive followings over that run. The Warriors, in fact, averaged 302,000 viewers per game on NBCSBA last season, making them the biggest regional sports network draw in …last_img read more

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Anglo ‘fully behind SA platinum’

first_img6 February 2013Anglo American and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) are “totally committed to ensuring a sustainable platinum business for the future – for the benefit of all stakeholders,” outgoing Anglo CEO Cynthia Carroll said on Tuesday.Speaking at the 2013 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Carroll referred to the South African government as partners, saying a “defining context for the relationship between Anglo American and its partners in the months ahead will clearly be the consultation process in relation to our platinum restructuring proposals”.While a conference platform was not the place to conduct such consultation, she wished to “make the position clear” on a topic that had attracted so much media coverage.“The critical starting point is that the boards of Anglo American and Anglo American Platinum are totally committed to ensuring a sustainable platinum business for the future – for the benefit of all stakeholders.”It was a business in which Anglo planned to invest R100-billion over the next decade.‘This is an industry in crisis’“But to do that we must make the changes necessary to make the business sustainable. We need to recognise and tackle the enormous economic challenges the platinum sector faces. This is an industry in crisis.”Demand for platinum had dropped, and there was no sign of respite in the near-term future. At the same time, labour, energy costs, and other input costs had continued to rise relentlessly.“As a result, margins have been squeezed dramatically and the sector has not been earning adequate returns. This is an unsustainable position. ”On Monday, Amplats, the world’s largest platinum producer, reported a headline loss of R1.47-billion for 2012, a fall of 141 percent from the year before. It also announced that it would not be paying a dividend.The loss has been attributed to, among other things, the unprotected wage strikes that rocked the company’s South African mines last year.Restructuring ‘a necessity’Amplats has announced plans to retrench 14 000 workers, but recently postponed these in order to holds talks with government and labour.Carroll said that Amplats had to be restructured to make it viable for the future – and to protect over 45 000 jobs. The question of how to restructure was one that required consultation with all stakeholders.“As you know, we have made our proposals public – as we are required to do as a listed company.“We are targeting to create at least as many jobs as the 14 000 that may be affected by the restructuring. And that is on top of a target to re-deploy 9 000 of the employees who may be affected.”‘Totally serious’ about creating jobsCarroll said Anglo was “totally serious” in its intent to create jobs.“We will provide high-quality training, as soon as it is needed, to enable employees to benefit from the re-deployment (sic) and new job opportunities we will create.”She said restructuring was always painful and difficult.“We value the opportunity to engage with our partners. Over the next 60 days, we will work collaboratively with the Department of Mineral Resources and the trade unions to explore the way forward.“And after that, the formal Section 189 consultation will resume for the following 60 days.“In addition, we will continue to be active participants in the MIGDETT [the mining growth, development and employment task team] discussions about the challenges facing the platinum sector as a whole.“These are all important processes, which we are approaching with good faith and with serious intent,” Carroll said.Sapalast_img read more

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‘Kingmaker’ Dushyant Chautala to meet JJP MLAs on Friday

first_imgJannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala, who has emerged as kingmaker in Haryana, will be meeting his 10 legislators in Delhi on Friday to decide which party to support in order to form the next government in the state, sources said on Thursday. The Haryana Assembly poll verdict threw up a fractured mandate with the Congress winning 31 of the 90 seats at stake and the BJP bagging 40 seats. The half-way mark is 46. Though Mr. Chautala has remained non-committal on whether his party would support the BJP or the Congress, party sources said that he is likely to meet Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah soon. Sources also said that the BJP too would like to have him onboard and make him an equal stakeholder in the state government as it would help reduce dependence on Independents, even though many of them are BJP rebels. The BJP was weighing its options, sources in the saffron party said.The Bharatiya Janata Party, which formed its first ever government in the state on its own in 2014, needs support this time to come to retain power. In this scenario, role of both Independents and JJP is crucial. With 31 seats, the Congress will need the support of the JJP as well as seven Independents to come to power which looks like an uphill task. Earlier in the day, Mr .Chautala while commenting on the trends which were available at that time had said, “This shows there was huge anti-incumbency against the (Manohar Lal) Khattar government.” But when asked whether his party will support the BJP or the Congress, Chautala remained non-committal.“It is too early to say anything. We will first summon a meeting of our MLAs, decide who would be our leader in the House and then take it further,” he told reporters.“People of Haryana want change,” he added. Notably, Mr. Chautala had floated the JJP in December last year after a vertical split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) following a feud in the Chautala clan.The INLD was decimated in the polls and could manage to win only one seat.last_img read more

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Late charge helps India make its best-ever medal haul

first_imgThe super charge led by athletes, boxers and tennis players in the last seven days of the Asian Games not only provided the impetus to the floundering Indian campaign but also scripted a memorable climax as the country recorded its best ever performance at the sporting event.India ended its campaign in the sporting spectacle in the sixth position with 14 gold, bettering the 13 won at home in Delhi 28 years ago, 17 silver and 33 bronze medals.The total medal haul of 64 here is also the highest for India in Asiad history as it bettered the 1982 haul in Delhi of 57 comprising 13-19-25.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, but a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here.In fact Kazakhstan finished higher than India.India ended fifth in Seoul, though with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.Since that campaign nearly a quarter century ago, India have finished no higher than eighth, with their worst-ever show coming twenty years ago when they finished 12th in the Beijing Games.The tally of 64 medals here pales in comparison to the 101 medals fetched at last month’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, containing 38 gold which helped India finish second for the first time in those Games.However, the smaller medal harvest needs to be considered in proper perspective as the mega event followed another huge event in close succession and the competition in the Guangzhou Games was much stronger in several disciplines than at the Delhi CWG.advertisementHosts China are close to 200 gold medals – also their best-ever medal haul that even exceeded what they did in 1990 when they grabbed 183-107-51 for a total tally of 341.The Chinese dragon consumed all in its wake and though Korea and Japan, to a much smaller extent, tried to slow down the progress of the juggernaut, they could not arrest the hosts’ relentless march.The Asian Games, the second largest after the Olympics, showed starkly that the majority of the Indian contingent had no credentials to compete at this level.The shooters and wrestlers, who were the toast of the nation at the CWG, put up a flop show and had the thunder stolen from them by the athletes, boxers, India’s number one tennis player Somdev Devvarman and also the kabaddi men and women teams.last_img read more

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first_img Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – Among the 411 students on the CXC Top 10 Regional Merit List in 35 subjects are 2 Turks and Caicos Islanders. This list is a recognition of students ranking 1 – 10 in each subject. Natalia Williams, daughter of Rhoda and Rupert Williams and past student of HJRHS ranked 10th in Food and Nutrition; while former MBHS student, Krischan Cox, son of District Commissioner (South Caicos), Yvette Cox and MBHS Vice Principal, Rodney Cox, ranked 7th in Building Technology (Woods). Congratulations to these two students, their teachers and their parents. Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cxc, top, turks and caicos Recommended for you Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better processlast_img read more