SA’s Famous Brands moves into India

first_img18 March 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands has plans to expand into India through the launch of five pilot Debonairs restaurants in Mumbai in July, with Diwa Hospitality as its master licence partner to manage and grow the business. “Entering the market is as much about our partners as it is about the market,” Famous Brands chief operating officer, Darren Hele, said in a statement last week. “They will give us local knowledge advantage which is critical to the sustainability of this venture.” In line with this, Debonairs has been re-engineered to fit the Indian market. “Our Debonairs Pizza offering in Mumbai is all about a customised menu with a strong vegetarian bias;local flavour profiles developed in conjunction with our partners and innovative product offerings designed to support the cost-conscious grab-and-go Mumbai consumer,” Hele said. Famous Brands received investment enquiries from several emerging markets but selected India to expand into for a number of reasons, according to Hele. “There are very strong factors driving growth in the food services industry in India, including a general increase in disposable income, intensified urbanisation and the exponential growth in the population segment most likely to consume processed food – the 5 to 35-year age group – which is projected to grow to 51% of the total population by 2020.” Pizza also accounts for the biggest share of the quick-service restaurant market, which is expected to grow at a faster rate than the Chinese market, from $15-billion in 2011 to $50-billion in 2020. “We made a decision in 2012 to tie up with a restaurant operator who had an understanding of the huge potential of the Indian restaurant market – a partner who recognises that India is unlike any other market in Asia Pacific or the United Arab Emirates,” said Diwa Hospitality’s director, Yogesh Parekh. “Famous Brands shares our optimism for the growth potential in this market, and our local knowledge and insight together with the meticulously customised Debonairs Pizza offering ensures the brand has every opportunity to become a household name.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Dolly Parton Says: You Should Try IE8 Webslices!

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In what’s got to be the most amusing celebrity tech endorsement of the season so far, Dolly Parton has gone on YouTube endorsing Microsoft’s IE8. It’s got this great webslices feature, you see. “You’ve got to have Internet Explorer 8 to use webslices,” she says, “shoot, I didn’t even know there was a 1 through 7.”It’s an awfully charming video by one of the greatest musicians of all time. This 63-year old mega-millionaire is downright folksy when talking about web browsers. Hey Dolly, if you like IE8 – you should let Google’s Chrome sweep you off your feet! Not a lot of features, but it’s super fast for a fast-thinking woman like you. Is it customization you’re looking for? We know you’ve seen a whole lot of things all around the world – but have you seen Firefox yet? Dolly Parton? How are you going to top that, Mozilla?Thanks to James Governor for finding the above video. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#web last_img read more

Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut

first_imgAdamson held a slim 20-19 lead in the fourth and looked desperate to hold off the Lady Warriors but Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla rose to the occasion for the Lady Falcons.Soyud gave the Soaring Falcons a 21-19 lead and Permentilla followed it up a little later to give Adamson a more comfortable 23-19 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMary Joy Dacoron then finished things off with a booming running spike for Adamson’s first win of the season.Getigan, before getting the head coaching job, was technically an assistant coach with the Lady Falcons for the season but he was more focused with Kings Montessori School’s high school team and that he only met Adamson’s players on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson opened its new era with a rousing three-set win over National University, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.New head coach Onyok Getigan guided the Lady Falcons to their first win of the tournament that broke a 0-3 start under the beleaguered Air Padda, who was relieved of her duties as head coach two days ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak “I’ve only met them yesterday but since I was an assistant coach I already knew the system, so I just guided them and I wanted to bring their confidence back,” said Gatigan. “I’m technically part of the coaching staff before so I didn’t change anything in the system, I know their strengths and weaknesses so the only thing I did was guide them.”Bernadette Flora eventually finished with 15 points for the Lady Falcons while Soyud and Dacoron added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Princess Robles led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points.Adamson, NU, and University of the East are all tied at the eighth spot with 1-3 records.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bowlers need to be tested for bowling action before debut

first_imgYajurvindra SinghThe law on chucking has to become more streamlined and forceful. Cricket, somehow, has shown leniency about the matter and as a result, many bowlers with dodgy actions have flourished and many batsmen have been unfairly dismissed. The record books are full of chuckers.Saeed Ajmal, the most versatile of the contemporary off-spinners, after six years of international cricket and more than 300 wickets, succumbed to a law that was made easy for a bowler’s existence – the 15-degree acceptable bend!One feels sorry for all the batsmen whom he bamboozled with his doosra and other bent-arm inventions. Banning him after so many years is precisely the tale that world cricket has to take seriously. The umpires on the field, as well as the third umpire and the match referee, need to be given the power to stop anyone who they feel has a questionable action.Today, the law requires the umpires to report it to the relevant authorities, who will thereafter take the necessary action to get the bowler reviewed. By then, he has ruined a few cricketers’ careers and won laurels for his side.Ajmal is a case in point. The astonishing finding was that all his deliveries were illegal. Cricket needs to utilise the biometric technology and implement it everywhere. Every international bowler should be tested and certified, if possible, before they debut.A conformity certificate seems the only way forward to eradicate chuckers. One gathers that most bowlers do bend their arm and so it has become even more imperative to use the latest technology. The game cannot go through the slow process followed presently, as with the amount of cricket being played, the offender could have a bagful of wickets before he is stopped.advertisementMy immediate thought goes to the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan. He was reported on quite a few occasions but through some flexibility in the laws, continued tormenting batsmen.Saeed AjmalI watched his bowling video closely and accept that he has a unique bend in his bowling arm. This, along with his very supple wrist, made it possible for him to bowl the doosra effectively. To prove his innocence, his bowling arm was plastered before he was made to bowl.He would have escaped all the humiliation if this would have been sorted out earlier. Bent-arm bowlers over the years have been a menace to batsmen. The effective use of such deliveries has been the bouncer for fast bowlers, the armer for left-arm spinners, and the doosra for off-spinners.Most cricket academies around the world have the facilities to film and analyse bowlers. The offenders could be identified and rectified at the initial stage of their careers rather than on the international stage.The only way to solve this issue is for a bowler to get an authorised compliance certification at the domestic level, without which, he should not be allowed to participate in any national or international tournaments.Each country should be made responsible, rather than wait for the system to catch up with the offender, as cricket for a batsmen is just a one-ball game.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-PSG boss Blanc favourite to accept Man Utd caretaker role

first_imgEx-PSG boss Blanc favourite to accept Man Utd caretaker roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaurent Blanc is the favourite to step in as caretaker manager of Manchester United until the end of the season.Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford.The club will reportedly keep Michael Carrick in charge for 48 hours, with an external person expected to step in for the rest of the season.The Mirrorbelieve that man is Blanc, who played for United between 2001 and 2003.The World Cup winner, 53, last managed PSG from 2013 to 2016. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Black History Month Activities to Lead Cultural Revolution

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture will be using the celebration of Black History Month in February to sensitize young people about their rich heritage as part of a campaign to achieve a cultural revolution in the country. “We want to instill in our young people a militancy, and an attitude that uplifts them…when you talk to them, it is clear that there needs to be a cultural revolution in the country that looks at values, how they treat one another, how they see their place and purpose in Jamaica, how they understand where they are and how they understand the meaning of identity,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna.She was speaking to JIS News on Friday (Feb. 1), during the staging of a ‘Cultural Explosion’ event at Emancipation Park in New Kingston.The day-long event, organised by the Ministry and its various agencies, is one of the mediums being used in the change process, which also focuses on instilling proper values and attitudes.According to Ms. Hanna, if young people are able to fully grasp these positive messages and teachings, then “the bleaching would stop, the way they relate to each other (would improve),” she said, noting that they would also have a greater sense of self-worth.She argued that young people would also come to realize that culture is not only about dance and music, but “is a dynamic process of our country, including the way we develop and the kinds of mores and value systems that we have developed over time”.“One of the things we realise in speaking to our young people and our children is that many of them are taught history but they are not able to make that history empower them. So when you tell them how 300 years ago our Maroons beat a world super power and we led the abolition of slavery in this country, (and so on)…(this is inspirational),” she stated.Ms. Hanna told JIS News that the Ministry “wants to position Black History Month to lead that cultural revolution that we are starting. We realise that one month is not enough and so we are launching Black History today with this kind of function with exhibitions for school children.”She said the Ministry will be staging a series of events over the course of the month, “to lead us into that discussion and that conversation with our youth and our children and our nation really, so that we don’t just take things superficially, but we have a deeper meaning about where we’ve come from and how we are positioned and the purpose that we serve in the country”.The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), National Gallery, and the National Library of Jamaica, were some of the exhibitors at the Cultural Explosion.Several youngsters were afforded the opportunity have discussion with the Minister about their culture. Ms Hanna, who told JIS News that some of the youngsters were from places of safety, said she enjoyed the sessions with them as they were truly receptive. “There were so many school children here and I had a rap session with them about (several) things (such as) how they respect themselves and our history. We danced with them, did a lot of historical dances with the drummers and it was good because they really felt a part of what was going on. They viewed the exhibitions and they asked us questions,” she informed.The event also included a panel discussion with the youth. Patrons were also treated to performances depicting various aspects of the country’s traditions, including dances such as kumina and dinki minni, and drumming. A concert featuring several reggae artistes ended the event on a high note.last_img read more

Mohsin confirms running for Pakistan head coachs job

first_imgKarachi: Former Pakistan batsman Mohsin Khan Saturday threw his hat into the ring for the national team head coach’s job left vacant after the cricket board decided not to renew South African Mickey Arthur’s contract. Mohsin, who has remained a chief selector and also the interim head coach of the national team, said at a function here that the PCB could easily find a capable person from the country to coach the national team. “I have been offered positions twice thrice by the previous board set-up but I did not accept because I could not work with a corrupt set-up. But I am willing to work with this set-up provided they show respect to their own players,” he said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Asked if he has applied for the head coach’s job, Mohsin said since it was a requirement he will do it but insisted the process was not necessary when appointing local coaches. He said Pakistan team does not need a foreign coach and foreign support staff. “What have these foreign coaches achieved when the board has hired them. What did Arthur achieve,” he questioned. Mohsin said if he is offered any position by the Board, he would make it clear he would not compromise on discipline. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Sometimes, I feel those people have not utilised my expertise as they know I am not corrupt and will not do any hanky panky,” said Mohsin who played 48 Tests between 1978 and 1986. Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail, who has also served as chief selector in the past, said the Cricket Committee headed by Wasim Khan had taken the right decision to give marching orders to Arthur and his support staff. “Yes, it was the right thing to do after three years but what is important is to see what happens now. I think we have enough capable people in our own country who can do a good job with the team,” Sohail said. He also noted that the PCB needed to change its priorities. “They have asked for coaches qualified to run so many software programmes to apply for the coaching positions and the funny thing is that what steps does the board take to educate its own local coaches in such programmes,” he said.last_img read more

Doctor who induced labour without patients consent loses right to practise in

first_imgTORONTO – An obstetrician who admitted to inducing labour in numerous patients without their knowledge or consent violated core tenets of the profession and denied women in his care some of their basic rights, Ontario’s medical regulator ruled as it revoked the doctor’s right to practise in the province.The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said Dr. Paul Shuen routinely administered medication to induce labour without discussing the matter with his patients. An agreed statement of facts also said Shuen denied doing so on multiple occasions before confessing that he’d engaged in the practice for more than a decade.“The committee finds Dr. Shuen’s actions to be egregious, highly offensive, and intolerable,” the college said in a decision released this week. “His actions in placing patients at potential harm, his untruthfulness, and his placement of self-interest above his patient’s best interest are contrary to the fundamental values of the medical profession.”Lawyers representing Shuen declined to comment on the college’s ruling and disciplinary measures, which include revoking his certification and a fine of more than $40,000.Shuen, 69, had been an obstetrician with privileges at the North York General Hospital in north Toronto.According to the agreed statement of facts presented in the college’s decision, concerns first arose in 2013 when a nurse found a white, powdery tablet in the vagina of one of Shuen’s patients. The medication was suspected to be misoprostol, which induces uteran contractions, though analysis was not performed on the pill at that time.The same thing happened again in August 2015, the college said, adding Shuen denied administering the medication on both occasions.The 2013 patient’s medical chart did not indicate any orders for misoprostol, and the 2015 patient told the hospital she had not consented to having the medication administered.Further concerns arose one day in May 2016 when five of Dr. Shuen’s patients all arrived at the hospital with rapid labours. An incident report filed that day raised questions about whether labour was being induced at Shuen’s office, noting the surge of patients was unusual.One of the patients required an immediate cesarean section, the report noted, adding that if induction measures were being used at the office, the approach would fall “outside of best practices with respect to monitoring for patients.”Weeks later another patient came to hospital in advanced labour, a circumstance that surprised staff given it was the woman’s first birth. The hospital launched an investigation after a nurse completed an internal exam and found white pill fragments.The investigation involved conducting chemical analyses on the pills recovered from patients in 2015 and 2016, which determined the pills were misoprostol tablets.Shuen continued to deny administering the medication even after being confronted with the analysis evidence, the college said, adding he only admitted to the practice after learning he could have his hospital privileges revoked.At that time, the college said, he confessed to inducing labour in multiple patients for more than a decade. Shuen said he did not discuss this step with his patients, nor did he obtain their consent for the inductions, document his use of misoprostol in their medical charts, or monitor them after administering the medication.“The impact of Dr. Shuen’s behaviour on obstetrical patients who are particularly vulnerable when close to delivery cannot be minimized,” the college said in its decision. “No woman should ever have to question being treated surreptitiously and without consent … He denied them a fundamental patient right, the right to choose.”The college said Shuen offered several reasons for his actions, including a wish to bypass hospital bureaucracy as well as “financial gain.” One billing model prevalent in the province involves doctors being paid for each procedure they complete, though the decision did not specify whether this was the approach being used in Shuen’s office.The college also took Shuen to task for placing unnecessary stress and burden on hospital staff during the 2016 influx of rapid labours.In finding that Shuen had failed to maintain necessary professional standards, the college said revoking his certification to practice in Ontario was a necessary step.“Dr. Shuen has demonstrated by his actions that he cannot be trusted and is not worthy of the trust invested by the public in the medical profession,” the decision reads.“Revocation is necessary to uphold the reputation of the profession and to ensure that the public has confidence that physicians will follow accepted standards of practice and act with honesty and integrity.”last_img read more

Star Athletes Trade Their Jerseys For High Fashion

first_imgFor the first time during New York Fashion Week, Laureus Foundation USA, a nonprofit that uses the power of sport to better children’s lives, is bringing together fashion and sport to shine a light on Sport for Good.On Wednesday, September 12th some of the nation’s top athletes will walk the runway to raise awareness and crucial funds for disadvantaged youth across the US during a fundraising event held at Mercedes-Benz Manhattan in New York City. Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, co-host of GMA/GMA DAY, NFL on Fox analyst, and fashion designer, Michael Strahan and supermodel, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Karolina Kurkova will kick off the fashion show festivities.Participating athletes include: Houston Rockets point guard, Chris Paul, Super Bowl MVP, Marcus Allen, skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk, New York Knicks forward, Lance Thomas, one of the most decorated beach volleyball players ever, Kerri Walsh Jennings, five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin, ten-time NFL All-Pro, Ray Lewis, most decorated track and field athlete in history, Allyson Felix, nine-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Carl Lewis, two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Edwin Moses, five-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Medalist and Activist, Ibtihaj Muhammad, two-time NBA Champion David Robinson, Olympic foil fencer, Miles Chamley-Watson, two-time Olympic Medalists and National Champions in Figure Skating, Maia and Alex Shibutani, and yogis, The Chin Twins, Cristen and Kimberly Chin.Event sponsors include Mercedes-Benz USA, IWC Schaffhausen, UBS, Cartier, Montblanc, and Collection by Michael Strahan. The fashion show will be styled by Courtney Mays, Khalilah Beavers, and Calyann Barnett from WWB Lifestyle Agency. Additionally, an exclusive photo collection of participating athletes will be curated by world-renowned photographer, Nigel Barker, and auctioned off at the event to raise additional funds in support of Sport for Good. Proceeds from the Sport for Good Fashion Show will support Laureus’ mission to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. The day before the Fashion Show, participating athletes will have the opportunity to join Laureus’ Day of Action, and experience this impactful work firsthand. Athletes will visit Laureus-supported programs who use sport to empower underserved youth across New York City.For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Rachelle Boyer at [email protected] Tickets are also available online herelast_img read more

Box office Top 20 Crazy Rich Asians gets even richer

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Propelled by an extra strong Sunday, the opening weekend grosses for “Crazy Rich Asians” were even higher than expected. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy earned $26.5 million in its first weekend in theatres, and $35.3 million since it hit theatres Wednesday.Second place went to Warner Bros.’ shark thriller “The Meg,” now in its second weekend. The Jason Statham pic chomped up an additional $21.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $83.8 million.Mark Wahlberg’s R-rated actioner “Mile 22” opened in third place with $13.7 million, while “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” took fourth with $10.8 million.Rounding out the top five was another new offering, “Alpha,” about a young man and his dog in the ice age. “Alpha” grossed $10.4 million over the weekend.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Crazy Rich Asians,” Warner Bros., $26,510,140, 3,384 locations, $7,834 average, $35,276,909, 1 Week.2. “The Meg,” Warner Bros., $21,151,012, 4,118 locations, $5,136 average, $83,760,074, 2 Weeks.3. “Mile 22,” STX Entertainment, $13,710,825, 3,520 locations, $3,895 average, $13,710,825, 1 Week.4. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” Paramount, $10,773,347, 3,482 locations, $3,094 average, $181,012,068, 4 Weeks.5. “Alpha,” Sony, $10,352,512, 2,719 locations, $3,807 average, $10,352,512, 1 Week.6. “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” Disney, $8,861,530, 3,602 locations, $2,460 average, $66,878,940, 3 Weeks.7. “BlacKkKlansman,” Focus Features, $7,383,195, 1,788 locations, $4,129 average, $23,392,685, 2 Weeks.8. “Slender Man,” Sony, $4,801,712, 2,358 locations, $2,036 average, $20,578,291, 2 Weeks.9. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Sony, $3,768,479, 2,187 locations, $1,723 average, $153,962,179, 6 Weeks.10. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” Universal, $3,405,405, 2,270 locations, $1,500 average, $111,222,895, 5 Weeks.11. “The Equalizer 2,” Sony, $2,863,549, 1,888 locations, $1,517 average, $94,782,433, 5 Weeks.12. “Ant-Man And The Wasp,” Disney, $2,646,856, 1,520 locations, $1,741 average, $208,392,506, 7 Weeks.13. “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Lionsgate, $2,617,298, 2,409 locations, $1,086 average, $29,998,313, 3 Weeks.14. “Incredibles 2,” Disney, $2,302,020, 1,238 locations, $1,859 average, $594,100,868, 10 Weeks.15. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal, $1,157,380, 814 locations, $1,422 average, $411,754,745, 9 Weeks.16. “Dog Days,” Mirror/LD Entertainment, $868,664, 2,387 locations, $364 average, $5,929,487, 2 Weeks.17. “Geetha Govindam,” Independent Indian, $821,990, 160 locations, $5,137 average, $1,564,311, 1 Week.18. “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” Warner Bros., $750,127, 590 locations, $1,271 average, $27,301,479, 4 Weeks.19. “Eighth Grade,” A24, $735,240, 542 locations, $1,357 average, $11,638,783, 6 Weeks.20. “Three Identical Strangers,” Neon Rated, $502,144, 276 locations, $1,819 average, $10,567,548, 8 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more