SANTA CLARA — All five starters from the 49ers offensive line are back from last season, but they’re not all completely healthy yet, so the team continues to add depth and options.Wesley Johnson signed a one-year deal Tuesday to give the 49ers veteran experience at center as Weston Richburg recovers from quadriceps and knee surgery this offseason.Johnson (6-foot-5, 309 pounds) appeared in 10 games with the Dolphins last season, joining them in October once former 49ers center Daniel Kilgore …
19 January 2007Five South African companies rank among the top 250 retailers in the world, according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Stores magazine’s Global Powers of Retailing 2007 survey.The survey ranked retailers according to their sales for the year from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006.According to Business Day, food and grocery group Pick ‘n Pay was the highest ranked South African retailer, coming in at 122nd – up one place from the previous year – with sales of US$5.5-billion.Pick ‘n Pay was followed by rival food and grocery firm Shoprite (123rd place), general merchandise retailers Massmart (140th) and Metro Cash & Carry (230th), and fashion retailer Edcon (246th), Business Day reports.Two of these firms – Shoprite and Edcon – are the subject of recent private equity buyout bids. Local player Brait Private Equity has made an offer of around US$1.8-billion for Shoprite, while Bain Capital, Blackstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co have reportedly offered around $3-billion for Edcon.Strong retail environmentStrong consumer confidence and a growing black middle class have fuelled strong retail sales growth in South Africa over the past few years.Statistics South Africa reported this week that retail trade sales at constant prices for the three months to November 2006 had increased by 11.5% compared to the same period in 2005 – the largest increase for the three months up to November since 2000.South Africa’s retail trade sales at constant prices for the first 11 months of 2006 increased by 10%, Stats SA reported – the highest growth for the first 11 months of the year since 2000.According to the Global Powers of Retailing 2007 survey, the amount of money consumers spent with the world’s top 250 retailers reached a record $3.01-trillion between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2006, up 6% over the previous year.Six of the top 10 retailers were US companies – the others coming from the UK, France and Germany – with US-based Wal-Mart topping the rankings with sales of $315-billion, followed by France’s Carrefour with $92.7-billion in sales.Middle class growth worldwideAccording to the survey, the growth in the middle class worldwide has seen specialty retailers taking root in the top 250 list.“In 1995, 61% of the top 250 operated food-related formats,” Deloitte said in a statement. “However, in this year’s report, 135 of the top 250 retailers (58%) were food-related as specialty stores expanded internationally and displaced food retailers on the list.”Lawrence Hutter, Deloitte UK partner and global consumer business leader, commented: “The rising share of specialty retailers points to a burgeoning middle class worldwide – with more disposable income to spend on apparel and home-goods – as well as the globalization of fashion trends.“These trends will likely give rise to more global expansion by specialty retailers, in order to meet this group’s new shopping needs.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exitby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City winger Jarrod Bowen admits he’d be open to leaving the Championship club.The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, and is being linked with Newcastle United.“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here,” Bowen told the Hull Daily Mail.“What will be, will be.”I have just got to keep my head down, I have got agents that take care of all of that.“I am playing football so I am not surprised that I didn’t leave.”It is out of my hands what happens off the pitch, I have just got to (perform) on the pitch.”
(Screen grab from Dominic Gagnon’s film, of the North)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAn experimental documentary made entirely of found online videos depicting northern Indigenous peoples produced by a Quebec filmmaker is triggering outrage from a top Inuit artist who says the work is a “racist” reinforcement of stereotypes.The 74-minute film, of the North, by Dominic Gagnon is a compilation of YouTube and porn videos depicting circumpolar peoples, including a large number of Inuit from Nunavut and Northern Quebec. The images are set against a wide-variety of music, including from internationally renowned artist Tanya Tagaq who has threatened legal action over the use of her work in the film.“This one-sided, racist slight propagating violence and actual violence…disgusts me. I am fully out for blood,” said Tagaq, in an interview Tuesday with APTN National News. “I am an artist and, I am sorry, his art sucks. I do more than disrespect him, I discredit him with everything I have in my body.”Tagaq is an internationally acclaimed artist whose last album, Animism, won the 2014 Polaris prize. Her throat-singing is also featured in the Matthew Barney art film, Drawing Restraint 9, which is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.Tagaq’s legal representative has issued a cease and desist order against Gagnon over the use of her music which is now being removed from the film.Tanya Tagaq during a New York performance in January 2015. Photo courtesy of SixShooter RecordsThe images of Gagnon’s film alternate between snapshots of Arctic landscape, industrial machinery, military exercises, inebriated Inuit men vomiting, children playing and pornographic scenes of women, including that of a vagina that cuts into a video of someone trimming the hairs off a dog’s tail.“I made this film with love,” said Gagnon, who used money from Quebec’s arts council to make the film. “Now I am being bashed because I am a man and I am white. I am only a young man who lives on his own, in his own studio and I don’t see where the privilege comes.”Gagnon, who has never been to an Inuit community, says the film is part of a longer project based on the four directions and continues an exploration of his previous work drawn from online videos people post of themselves. Gagnon has similar work using YouTube videos to create films about teenagers talking about the end of the world and “redneck” Americans discussing conspiracy theories.“I am making a film about people who film themselves, not the people,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be objective…but lets the viewer free, more like jazz, a free association of images. It is almost an unrealistic piece.”Tagaq said she couldn’t finish watching the film because it made her physically ill.“I couldn’t even watch it, I started weeping, it was triggering,” said Tagaq. “It is these kinds of situations that lead to direct violence when you emit a disparaging sentiment for an entire race of people…it is giving people permission to be racist and a whole bunch of losers are going to take up on that….It is dangerous for me, it is dangerous for my daughter. This is unacceptable.”Dominic GagnonStephen Puskas, an Inuk producer for Montreal radio show Nipivut, also said he was made ill by the film.“I couldn’t sit through the entire film. I felt physically ill….I felt that I was either going to cry or get sick. I only slept four hours last night and I have to force myself to eat because I lost my appetite,” said Puskas. “It just seemed to get worse and worse.”Puskas said the film is an aesthetic failure spawned by ignorance.“This film is ignorant about a race of people. I think it is the definition of racism and I don’t use that word lightly,” he said. “I think this is a racist film and I think it perpetrates negative stereotypes of Inuit, it perpetrates ignorance and miseducation about Inuit and it doesn’t provide any productive argument.”Puskas has been phoning film festivals that plan to show Gagnon’s film and urging them to pull the work. The Gatineau, Que., film festival Daimon told APTN Tuesday it was pulling the film over concerns it used Tagaq’s music without permission.Gagnon said he is not a racist and has Indigenous ancestry in his family tree.“I am calling for the right to make a specific film about specific issues. They would like to make a generalist film to show more positive things. This is not what I wanted, I wanted to make something extremely precise and I did it. I feel we have a right to be specific about a specific,” he said. “I make my film more like a sculpture, my piece of wood I wanted to carve from 500 hours of footage online that is publicly available for everyone to see.”Gagnon said he wept at one point making the film and is disappointed by Tagaq’s reaction to his work.“I was thinking she could understand and see some value in this project and again I am really sorry she is so offended, but I am an artist too and artists are not there to please. Maybe we are not on the same path,” said Gagnon.Tagaq said Gagnon is no artist, but a “hack” who has used “sensationalism” to draw notoriety where talent has failed.“Number one, he has never been up there and, number two, it is not his place to discredit an entire race,” said Tagaq. “It is sensationalism at its best.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Never-ending NAFTA: The seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations commence in Mexico City on Monday, where fallout from the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to cause tension. Ottawa has said TPP is likely to curb U.S. imports into Canada by $3.3 billion, mainly in automotive products, a gap U.S. negotiators may seek to close in a renegotiated NAFTA deal.Canada’s first feminist budget: Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables the federal budget on Tuesday, which will feature the economic success of women and gender equality as major themes. A briefing note prepared for Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.Banks look to the black: BMO, Scotiabank and TD are all set to release first-quarter results this week. While analysts expect one-time writedowns due to a reduction of deferred tax assets south of the border, the broader picture for the banks looks sunnier thanks to U.S. tax reform and higher interest rates, although domestic mortgage demand and ongoing tensions over NAFTA could cloud the long-term outlook.Valeant earnings: Valeant Pharmaceuticals discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court judge gave Canada’s largest publicly traded drug company preliminary approval in January for a $368-million settlement of lawsuits stemming from the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.Have you checked the mail room? Bakery goods and grocery giant George Weston releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Friday. The CEO of rival grocer Sobeys said earlier this month that George Weston and Loblaw Companies “should keep checking the mailroom” for upcoming legal action after they implicated Sobeys in an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme that goes “right to the heart of the trust” between Canadians and their grocers.
NEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.
Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John nearly three years ago, and was charged with four terrorism-related offences. He was acquitted of all charges in B.C. Supreme Court last fall, but continued to be detained by Immigration officials since he is not a Canadian citizen.Hamdan’s deportation hearing is scheduled to finish on May 16th. A separate hearing to revoke Hamdan’s refugee status took place last week, though the decision from that hearing has not been published. In the meantime, Hamdan remains in custody at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge.Story courtesy Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/news/4147042/deportation-hearing-isis-supporter/?utm_source=980CKNW&utm_medium=Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. — An RCMP officer took to the stand yesterday at a deportation hearing in Vancouver for a former Fort St. John resident who was acquitted of terrorism charges last year.According to Global News, Cst. Tarek Mokdad testified at the deportation hearing of Othman Ayed Hamdan Monday, saying that that he had found “clear support” by Hamdan for the so-called Islamic State in his online posts. Cst. Mokdad said that Hamdan’s Facebook posts were a “cause for concern” about whether Hamdan presents a danger to national security.“I found clear support for the Islamic State,” said Cst. Mokdad, who is a member of the RCMP’s national security division, while on the stand at the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.
Islamabad: Saudi’s top diplomat met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and delivered a “special message” from powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, amid global efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions, according to media reports. Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Prime Minister Khan at the his office where the two discussed the ongoing Indo-Pak tensions and matters of regional and bilateral interest, Geo TV reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Jubeir conveyed him a special message of the crown prince, it added. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PM’s adviser on trade, secretary foreign affairs and other higher officials were present during the meeting. Ahead of his meeting with Khan, Jubeir met Qureshi and discussed Pakistan’s recent tensions with India, regional security and bilateral relations. The Saudi diplomat assured Qureshi of his country’s support towards solving the issues with India in a peaceful manner. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang According to Pakistan Foreign Office, Jubeir will also meet Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Jubeir was earlier supposed to visit Pakistan on March 1 but it was delayed due to heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on March 1. Countries like the US, the UK, China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were involved in easing tensions between India and Pakistan. While announcing the Saudi minister’s visit, Foreign Minister Qureshi Wednesday said that the Saudi envoy is coming to Pakistan with a “special message” from Crown Prince Mohammad. Jubeir’s visit comes after the crown prince stand alone visits to Pakistan and India soon after the Pulwama terror attack.