Raiders’ Trent Brown denies allegation of domestic violence

first_imgRaiders offensive tackle Trent Brown took to social media Wednesday to deny allegations of a series of physical assaults against the mother of his son earlier this year.The lawsuit filed Monday in civil court accuses Brown of slapping, choking and punching the plaintiff, his ex-girlfriend who is now living in Atlanta, in instances across at least three months this spring and summer, as well as an assault in 2018. Police were called after a June incident in Texas, according to the lawsuit, …last_img read more

Sous-traiter en Afrique du Sud

first_imgAlors que les societes a travers le monde qui repondent a une pression sur l’efficacite et les prix de plus en plus grande, l’Afrique du Sud devient un emplacement international de choix pour la sous-traitance de processus commerciaux.La sous-traitance des processus commerciaux (BPO) est une tendance mondiale importante et le secteur, estime peser 130 milliards de dollars par an, presente un taux de croissance attendu d’environ 50% pour les cinq prochaines annees.Le BPO implique de delocaliser certains processus commerciaux qui sont habituellement realises en interne par une societe au profit d’un fournisseur de services tiers comme un service clients ou des centres d’appel pour prester des services pour le compte de la societe concernee.Identifie comme un secteur cle au sein de la strategie du gouvernement pour accelerer le taux de croissance economique du pays et creer des emplois, la sous-traitance des processus commerciaux devrait creer 25 000 emplois directs et 75 000 emplois indirects en Afrique du Sud et contribuer jusqu’a 95 milliards de rands a l’economie nationale d’ici 2009.La sous-traitance des technologies d’information (TI) est aussi une activite end developpement en Afrique du Sud grace a la diversite du marche, un savoir-faire de classe mondiale et au contexte d’un pays en voie de developpement qui en font un laboratoire de test ideal pour les innovations.La sous-traitance TI represente plus d’un tiers des 30 milliards de rands du marches des services TI d’apres une etude de 2008 de la societe d’etude et de conseil IDC qui represente la plus grosse part des categories de services de TI.Gartner, le groupe d’etude international, classe l’Afrique du Sud parmi ses 30 destinations de sous-traitance de developpement de logiciels, l’etude de 2007 la mettant a egalite avec Israel dans la region Europe, Moyen Orient et Afrique et proche de l’Australie et de l’Inde au niveau mondial.Appeller l’Afrique du SudD’apres Business Day, le secteur local des centres d’appel a progresse d’environ 8% par an depuis 2003. Il emploie environ 54 000 personnes et contribue a 0,92% du produit interieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique du Sud.Un programme de financement de BPO appuye par le gouvernement, lance en 2007, vise a ameliorer la competitivite de l’Afrique du Sud et comprend un budget d’incitations aux investissements de 1,1 milliard de rands. Le programme est axe sur:Une strategie marketing au sens large.Un programme de financement public qui comprend une subvention d’investissement et des subventions de formation.Un cadre de tarification en developpement pour les telecommunications.De avantages concurrentielsL’Afrique du Sud presentent de nombreux facteur favorables, comme:Des niveaux de services de rang mondial du personnel des centres d’appel.Une large base de connaissances en matiere de fournisseur de services et de gestion, associee a des connaissances en matiere de services financiers, surtout en matiere d’assurances, d’hypotheques et de traitement et collecte de prets.Un fuseau horaire partage avec l’Europe.Un niveau d’anglais courant eleve associe a de accents anglais neutres qui sont facilement compris sur les marches occidentaux.Un taux de change favorable.Un fort soutien public.Encouragements publics, comme des subventions pour les start-up et les expansions et des prix reduits des telecommunications.Un secteur des telecommunications moderne et en developpement.Le gouvernement prend des mesures pour garantir une capacite haut debit plus disponible qui permettra des appels telephoniques internationaux moins chers. De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Le monde en un seul paysLes societes internationales qui ont deja choisi l’Afrique du Sud comme destination de BPO comprennent IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis et Car Phone Warehouse.L’engagement de l’Afrique du Sud a l’egard du secteur BPO a ete souligne en 2007 par la decision de construire un centre d’appels de 125 millions de rands et 1 500 places dans la zone de developpement industriel de Coega en dehors de Port Elizabeth dans la provinde d’Eastern Cape.Le Parc BPO s’etend sur cinq hectares dans le quartier des services commerciaux de Coega et comprend des lieux de formation et un espace de loisirs. La societe de gestion a declare que l’espace etait conçu pour prevoir differents scenarios et pourrait accueillir differents investisseurs.Les autres investissements recents sont : En mai 2008, la multinationale petroliere Royal Dutch Shell a ouvert un centre d’appels au Cap. Le centre offrira des services aux clients de Shell en Belgique, au Luxembourg et aux Pays-bas, avec des operateurs afrikaans natifs qui seront formes au neerlandais et au flamand.  En novembre 2007, le geant de sous-traitance de processus commerciaux base aux USA TeleTech a commence la construction d’une nouvelle usine en dehors du Cap, sa premiere base sur le continent africain. Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

Produce growers making changes to comply with newly implemented Food Safety Modernization Act

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No one — from the shopper in the grocery, to the diner in the restaurant, to the farmer in field — wants anyone to get sick from anything they eat. This, however, is impossible.The best that can be done is to blend science and the realities of agriculture to come up with workable procedures that maximize food safety. This is the thought process behind the long-discussed and recently implemented Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The biggest impact for farms in Ohio is for growers of fresh farm produce and fruit.“We put together the produce safety classes originally because the industry was pushing for it. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act was first signed into law. The rule became final in November of 2015. FDA wants to take a more preventive approach than reactive approach to produce safety outbreaks,” said Lindsey Hoover, food safety program coordinator for the Ohio State University College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences. “FDA has done a good job at listening to growers. There were around 18,000 comments submitted and the FDA had to review those and look at the rules from the side of the growers too. The rules did change based on the comments about some of the standards. For example, the rule started out with a 270-day pre-harvest interval from the time of applying manure and incorporating it before harvest. The FDA worked with university specialists to identify a more practical but still scientifically sound approach to the pre-harvest interval time frame. The final rule pre-harvest interval is much shorter now than the proposed 270 days.”The program was designed to address the highest risk areas of production.“FDA identified five different routes of contamination on the farm: water; biological soil amendments; worker health, hygiene, and training; equipment, tools and buildings; and wildlife and domestic animals. We look at how to identify risks on the farm and methods farmers can use to reduce those risks — risk assessment and risk reduction. That is what we cover in our three-hour Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) class,” Hoover said. “Extension educators can really help growers to address the details with the language in these rules. There will be daylong training sessions available in the future for growers to cover the rule to a greater extent than what we currently do. Relying on your Extension educator to help with the more challenging parts of the rule will be important. I have heard some growers say that this rule will put them out of business. That is inaccurate. There are ways to use the strengths within the specifics of your system based on science to grow produce without contaminating or adulterating the product.”Hoover said the two biggest areas of concern with the regulations from farmers in the GAPs classes have been in water and soil amendments.“Up until recently water hasn’t been as much of a hot topic as it is now. We are seeing how much water can vary in quality from farm to farm. There are so many ways water can impact the microbial contamination on produce based on how you irrigate, the water source and the process in the packing house,” Hoover said. “Until this point, there has not been much oversight with water testing. To come into compliance, farms will have to use a testing program if they are not using a municipal water source.”The water-testing program first needs to establish a baseline for water quality and then monitor changes moving forward. In addition, there are important water quality standards based on the situation the water is being used on the farm and the source. Water sources include surface water, municipal water and well water. Drip irrigation, overhead irrigation, and other water used prior to harvest including frost protection and dust prevention uses are considered production water. Post harvest water has higher quality standards. E. coli is being regarded as the most reliable indicator of contamination with fecal matter and overall quality.“Beginning a water testing program can be a challenge. It is not just one test every now and then. There can be a lot of variability and this is something that needs to be regular water testing,” Hoover said. “Farms need a quantified test from a water laboratory to indicate the numbers of generic E. coli in their water and that is something that is new to quite a few farmers. Chances are you are going to have to work with a private lab for this.”To illustrate the risk levels for contamination on their farms, Emily Adams with Coshocton County Extension likes to use different comparisons of possible farm situations. For example, overhead irrigation using water from a cracked, improperly maintained well has a much higher contamination risk than drip irrigation using municipal water, Adams said. With soil amendments, the highest risk situation is the use of raw manure, followed by improperly composted materials, compost teas, properly composted materials and commercial fertilizer has the lowest risk. In terms of worker health, hygiene and training, a properly trained, healthy staff with easy access to adequate hand washing stations followed by sanitizer applications is the lowest risk scenario.And, not only do farms have to address these things, all of the practices that are implemented must be properly documented as well, Adams said.“Good record keeping is very important. If you didn’t write it down you didn’t do it,” she said. “This is not only for if something goes wrong, a lot of this is risk analysis. Up to date farm policies for standard operating procedures and good records are the lowest risk situation for your business.”Of course, all of these changes will take time to properly implement, particularly for small farms. The rules have been implemented but there are grace periods based upon farm size.Compliance dates for the FDA regulations are:• Very small businesses, those with more than $25,000 but no more than $250,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three year period: four years, Jan. 26, 2020.• Small businesses, those with more than $250,000 but no more than $500,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three year period: three years, Jan. 26, 2019• All other farms: two years, Jan. 26, 2018.The compliance dates for certain aspects of the water quality standards, and related testing and recordkeeping provisions, allow an additional two years beyond each of these compliance dates for the rest of the final rule.“There are compliance dates now because it takes time to put some of these practices into place,” Adams said. “The very smallest farms with less than $25,000 in average annual produce sales in the previous three-year period are exempt. But just because you are exempt, it does not mean that you are not liable if anything happens. And the places you are selling to still may have say in what you are doing. Retailers and produce auctions can demand certain practices from growers to reduce risk, even if according to FSMA an operation may be considered exempt.”Ultimately, there will inevitably be challenges for farms implementing these practices, but Adams points out that it only takes two people getting sick after eating the same contaminated food or drink to declare an outbreak. The public has demanded fewer outbreaks and increased food safety and the government responded.“The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reforms for food safety in the modern U.S., affecting every part of the food system from processed foods to feed mills,” Adams said. “Our legislators tried very hard to write our laws in a good way but sometimes they don’t know everything. People were able to comment on the rules in 2013 and 2014 and in many cases the FDA did listen to the comments to make the rules practical. Not everyone is happy about all of the rules, but now at least we know what the rules are moving forward.”For more highlights, resources, and a summary of the rule, Hoover suggests visiting the following websites: producesafety.osu.edu; gaps.cornell.edu; extension.psu.edu/food/safety; and safety.cfans.umn.edu/fsp4u.last_img read more

Tewari approaches Election Commission

first_imgSenior Congress leader Manish Tewari lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, seeking action against those indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against him and his family on social media. In a video clip that was attached with Mr. Tewari’s tweet, it was alleged that his father, late Professor V.N. Tewari, was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and petrol was supplied from his filling station to “burn Sikhs”. ‘Gutter, despicable’ Describing the propaganda against him as “gutter and despicable”, the former Union MMr. inister, who is contesting from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, said his family never owned a petrol pump anywhere in the country and his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984, six months before the riots. “My mother was a Jat Sikh. My father was an academic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and my mother retired as the Dean of the PGI. Our family has never owned a petrol pump ever in our lives anywhere in India. We have complained to the returning officer, Ropar SSP and the CEC. They need to act against the miscreants as soon as possible,” he tweeted.‘Outrageous lies’ “Those who failed in trying to raise the outside bogey against me have now stooped too low to malign me and my family with outrageous lies,” Mr. Tewari said on Thursday. The Congress leader is locked in a four-way contest against sitting Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Shergill and Punjab Democratic Alliance nominee Bir Devinder Singh. Voting in Punjab will take place in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor’s Pilates instructor shares secret behind her enviable figure in new workout video

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor is a true workout queen of B-Town, who inspires her fans to hit the gym daily, while doing workout fashion right.The Dhadak actor is spotted almost daily outside her gym in Mumbai, all ready to slay another day of rigorous exercising.Taking to Instagram recently, Janhvi’s Pilates instructor, Namrata Purohit, posted a video of the diva sweating it out at the gym.She shared the video on her gram and also revealed the secret exercise behind Janhvi’s enviable figure.She captioned the video saying, “@janhvikapoor really firing those glutes! This one is amazing! While it really works the gluteus it also engages the core, makes you work your obliques(ensuring you don’t tilt), works the arms and scapular stabilises! It’s tough work but great work!”In the video, Janhvi can be seen working out on a Cadillac reformer to strengthen her core, maintain her curves and toned body. For her workout, Janhvi donned a purple and blue sports bra over navy blue mini shorts, styled with a messy ponytail and no-makeup look.advertisementJanhvi Kapoor will next be seen in Karan Johar’s Takht.In the period drama, the actress will be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.ALSO SEE | Janhvi Kapoor is jaw droppingly sexy in sports bra and mini shorts at gym. See picsALSO WATCH | Are Malaika and Arjun the newest lovebirds in B-Town?last_img read more