Sharks players react to Pete DeBoer’s firing: Was a new voice needed?


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — As much as several Sharks players respected Pete DeBoer and other members of his coaching staff, they feel it might have been time for a change.“Probably, yeah,” said center Joe Thornton, who will be playing in his 1,600th career NHL game Thursday when the Sharks host the New York Rangers. “I love Pete. Pete’s a fantastic coach. He took this team to where it’s never been before. Nothing but heavy respect …last_img read more

FDI into South Africa soars


first_img6 July 2012 South Africa led the subregion as foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into sub-Saharan Africa jumped by 25% in 2011, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). The report, released in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, shows that FDI inflows to sub-Saharan Africa soared from US$29.5-billion in 2010 to $36.9-billion in 2011, a level comparable to the peak of $37.3-billion achieved in 2008, prior to the onset of the global financial crisis. FDI to South Africa rebounded from $1.23-billion in 2010 to $5.81-billion, making South Africa the second-biggest FDI destination on the continent in 2011 after Nigeria, which received $8.92-billion in FDI.Oil, gas producers still dominant Ghana ($3.22-billion), Congo ($2.93-billion), and Algeria ($2.57-billion) completed the top five African FDI destinations by Unctad’s reckoning, underscoring the dominance of oil- or gas-producing countries – South Africa being the sole exception. Another significant African oil producer, Angola, also received major investment inflows, according to Unctad, “but divestment and repatriated profits by transnational corporations rendered net inflows negative”. Continuing rises in commodity prices and a relatively positive economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa were among the factors contributing to the turnaround, the annual survey found. For Africa as a whole, total FDI inflows declined. However, this was due to a drop in FDI to North Africa, with inflows to traditional strong performers Egypt and Libya coming to a halt as result of protracted political and social instability in those countries.Improved investor perceptions Overall, the continent’s FDI prospects for 2012 were promising, Unctad said, “as strong economic growth, ongoing economic reforms and high commodity prices have improved investor perceptions of the continent.” Unctad’s figures show that South Africa’s FDI inflows for 2011 accounted for 13.6% of Africa’s total, while amounting to 31.8% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 – up from 9.9% in 1995. Jorge Maia, research head at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation, who presented Unctad’s report locally, said the country’s investment policy regime was “quite liberal compared to other countries”. “South Africa is not only rich in natural resources, it also has very good infrastructure relative to its peers and very good technical skills,” Business Day reported Maia as saying. Leon Myburgh, sub-Saharan Africa strategist at Citigroup, told Business Day that Africa was outperforming most developed markets and some emerging markets as well. “Given its relatively low state of development, there are huge opportunities for investment across the continent, either for new business or infrastructure,” Myburgh told Business Day. “These are being exploited and will continue to be exploited in coming years.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Helping Young Military-Connected Children Develop Resilience


first_imgAll of us have had circumstances in our lives that cause us to lose our equilibrium, that make us feel like a fishing bobber that’s been yanked under water. We can feel like we’re drowning, that we don’t know which way is up. But one way or another, we usually work our way back to the surface. We find our equilibrium. We adapt to the “new normal.”That’s what resilience is. When changes that are unexpected or out of our control cause us to feel confused, lost, afraid, angry or even a little panicky, resilience is our ability to muster our inner resources and find our bearings again.No one needs resilience quite like military families!  Change comes early, often and usually without much notice. Military families are often characterized as resilient by nature. But the ability to bounce back from stressful circumstances shouldn’t be taken for granted as a given for military families. We may be hard wired as human beings to seek equilibrium but our ability to find it quickly, in positive ways, over and over again, is a function of resources (both inner and outer), support, and lots of practice.It’s the youngest members of military families who are most in need of extra support and understanding when their world is shaken up like a snowglobe because of separation from or reunion with a deployed parent, or any of the other jarring experiences that can happen in military families.As a caregiver and teacher of young military children, you play an incredibly important role in helping them build their resiliency skills and attitudes in the face of repeated “shake-ups.”Keys to ResilienceOne author* suggests 12 “keys” that contribute to resilience in children:ChoiceOptimismCourageRealistic GoalsHumorSelf-ConfidenceAppreciation of SelfAcceptance and ComfortProcessing Life through Productive ActionCreativitySpiritualityServiceAs you look at your own work with young children, can you identify ways that you encourage each of these factors? Can you see how they strengthen children’s ability to bounce back from big changes? In what ways could you be intentional about fostering resiliency skills and attitudes in young children?We’ve gathered some resources for you, to help you learn more about resilience in young children and to give you strategies and tools to intentionally support children experiencing stressful changes.We hope you’ll use them, share them, and add to them in the comments.Webinars/web-based courses/videos:Developing Resiliency in Young Military ChildrenFact Sheets/Articles:Understanding and Promoting Resilience in Military Families Coping Skills that Build ResilienceBooks:“Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children” by Nefertiti Bruce and Karen Cairone“Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings” by Kenneth R. Ginsberg“Resiliency: What We Have Learned” by Bonnie Benard“Resiliency in Action: Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families, and Communities,” edited by Nan HendersonFor Families:FOCUS Family Resiliency Training*Linda Goldman in “Raising Our Children to Be Resilient: A Guide to Helping Children Cope with Trauma in Today’s World”(2004).This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

Over 60% voting in Haryana municipal corporation polls


first_imgAround 62% voters exercised their franchise in the elections to Haryana’s five municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Karnal and Yamunanagar on Sunday. The elections to two municipal committees were also held in the State. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 19.Yamunanagar recorded the highest 65.2% turnout followed by Hisar (62.7), Rohtak (62.4), Panipat (62) and Karnal (61.8) as per the State Election Commission website. The municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal) recorded 89.5% and 82.1% turnout respectively.The keenly fought corporation polls for direct election to the positions of Mayors for the first time in Haryana hold great significance for the regional and State politics and could be the reflection of the electorate’s mood in the State in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.Though the Congress has officially stayed out of the contest for the municipal bodies as a policy matter, the Independent Mayoral candidates supported by the local Congress leaders are locked in an intense direct electoral battle with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in all the five corporations. Fought on the home turfs of incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the contests for the positions of Mayors in Karnal and Rohtak respectively have turned into prestige battle for the two parties. In Rohtak, BJP’s Manmohan Goyal, a former Congressman, is involved in a direct contest with Congress-supported Sita Ram Sachdeva, a Punjabi. However, former AIDWA general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and several social organisations, could emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post. The INLD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Sanchit Nandal is the State’s youngest candidate for the position of Mayor from Rohtak.In Karnal, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, is pitted against united Opposition with Congress leaders supporting the INLD-BSP’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, in a contest where caste seems to have taken precedence over the local issues.In Hisar, Rekha Aren, supported by former Congress Minister Savitri Jindal and Kuldeep Bishnoi, is engaged in a direct contest with BJP’s Gautam Sardana. Similarly, BJP’s Madan Chauhan is giving a tough fight to the Congressbacked Rakesh Sharma in a triangular fight involving INLD’s Sandeep Goyal in Yamunanagar.last_img read more

London Olympics: Li Xiaoxia beat Ding Ning to win gold in women’s table tennis


first_imgLi Xiaoxia of China beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial Olympic women’s singles table tennis final on Wednesday.[blurb} Li, 24, won 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4.The fourth game saw controversy that reduced Ding Ning, the top-ranked world champion, to tears and effectively ended her challenge.With Li 8-2 up, Ding was shown a red card for dissent after approaching the umpire about a serve fault.Ding did not appear to be protesting, and seemed to have merely made a polite inquiry.Visibly distraught, Ding was unable to maintain the fight and capitulated 4-11 in the final game.Earlier on Wednesday, Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the bronze medal match, destroying Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa four games to nil.It was Singapore’s third medal in Olympic history, a feat that left Feng, who won team silver in Beijing, visibly moved as she left the arena.last_img read more