OAKLAND — Manager Bob Melvin didn’t try to sugarcoat how difficult it will be for the A’s to absorb the loss of Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson for at least the first few weeks of the regular season.Olson underwent surgery Friday that involved a right hamate excision in his right hand and is expected to be out for more than a month. The A’s play the Giants at the Coliseum on Sunday and are at Oracle Park on Monday and Tuesday to finish the Bay Bridge Series. The home opener is Thursday …
President Jacob Zuma will lead the nation in marking Freedom Month in April, “celebrating the dawn of freedom and democracy and the achievements of all South Africans in moving away from hatred, divisions and a painful history to build a common future together”, the Presidency said on Wednesday.Freedom Month celebrates the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.” (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterFreedom Month celebrations would promote the National Development Plan (NDP) “as a long-term vision which should serve as a basis for partnerships across society to attain the South Africa that is eloquently articulated in the Constitution and historic national documents such as the Freedom Charter of 1955,” the Presidency said in a statement.The National Development Plan is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalancesThe plan was approved by Cabinet late last year and adopted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference in Mangaung in December.President Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address in February, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take.Zuma, the Presidency said on Wednesday, “urges all parties to use Freedom Month to unite South Africans in their commitment to building a nation that is caring, dignified and with a great sense of humility and mutual respect for one another”.The Presidency said Freedom Month would celebrate the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.“At the same time, Freedom Month is also a period of reflection on what else needs to be done collectively towards the goal of building a prosperous society and an improved quality of life for all, especially the poor and the working class.“It reminds us of the need to work hard continuously to ensure that every household has water, electricity, sanitation, a good school, a good clinic, road, a police station and all other basic services.”Freedom Month would also “reflect on what else needs to be done better to improve social cohesion and the building of a nation united in its diversity”, the Presidency said.A summit on social cohesion hosted by the government in Kliptown, Soweto in July last year acknowledged that social cohesion would depend to a large measure on South Africans’ ability, as society, to address the challenges of poverty and inequality.President Zuma, addressing the summit, said that promoting social cohesion, nation building and a sense of national identity were high on the list of South Africa’s priorities, but would require a joint effort from all sectors of society to achieve.‘NDP 2030, one plan, one country, together we move South Africa Forward’. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Kids wear is not a small business anymore. Driven by huge demand from brand conscious children, the Indian kidswear retail market is expected to touch Rs 58,000 crore by 2014, according to retail consultancy firm Technopak Advisors.At present, the size of kidswear market in India is estimated at about Rs 38,000 crore – accounting for 25 per cent of the total Indian apparel category.”This segment, which is split into kidswear and school uniforms, is expected to reach Rs 58,000 crore by 2014,” Technopak’s recent report ‘Trends in India’s Domestic Fashion Market’ says.Growing at the rate of 17 per cent, this is one of the most attractive categories, according to the report. The report tracks children in the age group of three to 13 years.Technopak highlights increased media exposure, double-income parents and peer pressure as the reasons for children becoming more fashion and brand conscious.Kids are aware of branded goods and have started asking for exclusive products, the report says.Brands are also realising the potential of this market and are increasing their presence in this segment, it adds.In April 2009, the Mahindra Group launched Mom & Me stores to tap into this segment. Exclusive children’s brands, such as Gini & Jony, Lilliput and Catmoss, have also expanded their presence exponentially in the last two to three years.These brands are developing categories such as infant wear, kids’ formal wear, kids’ ethnic wear, swim wear and casual wear, along with a wide range of other merchandise for children.Even a brand like Reebok, which focused on adults till now, launched the ‘Reebok Juniors’ concept store last year to tap into this segment. It has started offering apparel, footwear, accessories and sports equipment for children in the age group of four to 14 years.Gini & Jony started their Freedom Fashions stores, which offer licensed products from brands like Reebok and Levi’s, along with their own products.Even premium brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Allen Solly and Puma, are not far behind and are now including more kids’ product and accessories.Childrens’ fashion shows, organised by these brands, is not a new concept. Lilliput started this trend and Catmoss roped in Darsheel Safary, of Taare Zameen Par-fame, to walk the ramp for its collection.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisement
The “Yajur Mandir”, personal chamber of the late Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh was opened on Thursday, more than a month-and-a-half after his demise.Members of Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the mandir in the presence of a couple of senior revenue officials. Sai Baba’s personal caretaker Satyajit, who alone had the access to the chamber which is equipped with a biometric lock system, also accompanied the trust members and officials.However, what the trust members found inside the chamber still remains a mystery as both the media and the police had been kept away. ” We have no information from the trust members.Since it is a private issue, we have not made any attempt to go inside Yajur Mandir,” Anantapur SP Shahnawaz Khan said.Several devotees who gathered at Prashanti Nilayam demanded that the locks be opened in their presence. Relatives of Sai Baba found fault with the trust members for not being taken into confidence before opening the mandir . They wondered why there was so much secrecy about the process.The trust members, who entered the chamber at around 10.30 am, did not come out till 8 pm. Inquiries revealed that they were making an inventory of the material in the chamber, which would later be registered with the revenue authorities.In the evening, a senior official of the State Bank of India entered the premises, leading to speculations that the trust is planning to shift all of Sai Baba’s belongings, including valuables and documents, if any, in the bank lockers.advertisementFormer Chief Justice of India P. N. Bhagwati, one of the trustees, meanwhile, announced that he was quitting the trust as he had taken over as the vice- chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University.It has also been learnt that there were arguments among the members on the role of Satyajit. While some suggested that he be taken into the trust, Baba’s nephew and trust member R. J. Ratnakar opposed the suggestion.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.