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Results & Standings Nov. 9 (week 7) Crazy Eddies7703614 Sports Corner707-300 Results: Jantha Coffee House 6 v 3 Fishing Gallery, Londoner 5 v 10 Crazy Eddies, Mee Chew Sports Bar 3 v 6 Blue Mountain, Nervous Wreck 9 v 0 Bernie’s Bar, O’Leary’s Sports Bar 2 v 5 The School, Sports Corner 2 v 8 Yates Bar TeamPlayedWonLostDiff.Pts. Jantha Coffee House752110 Mee Chew Sports Bar74348 Blue Mountain743-18 Bernie’s Bar707-390 Londoner743158 Yates Bar725-64 Nervous Wreck7611912 Fishing Gallery7521610 The School74388 O’Leary’s Sports Bar716-232
Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has admitted his team dropped two points in the Madrid derby. Asked about Barcelona losing points, he added: “We are only interested in ourselves and winning every game. 05/10/2015 They were leading through Karim Benzema’s first-half header but didn’t add another strike and Luciano Vietto equalised. Upd. at 11:42 “We lacked a second goal. We had chances to make it 2-0.” CEST “In the second-half they played with more intensity, but we had eight chances to counter but weren’t accurate with the final or penultimate pass. “In the first-half we were dominant and controlled the game that we knew they wanted to play,” said the Spaniard. Sport EN “Now we have to hope that there are no problems with the national teams.”
Cardinia Groves residents fear for the future of the native wildlife along Pakenham Road, with neighbouring bushland the next to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Kyra Gillespie
PARIS – Maybe they should call it the “Mama Lisa.” Researchers studying 3-D images of the “Mona Lisa” say she was probably either pregnant or had just given birth when she sat for Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th-century masterpiece. The clue was something she wore. Scans turned up evidence of a fine, gauzy veil around Mona Lisa’s shoulders – a garment women of the Italian Renaissance wore when they were expecting, a leading French museum researcher, Michel Menu, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. As the painting aged, the veil darkened. The thick, dark varnish on the work made it hard even to know what color her dress is – it has been described as everything from black to brown to green. A piece of fabric draped over Mona Lisa’s shoulder was sometimes interpreted as a shawl or a scarf. But images obtained from infrared reflectography tell a different story. The veil – called a guarnello – is transparent, and it looks similar to a gauzy garment in Sandro Botticelli’s “Portrait of a Lady,” depicting a pregnant woman with her hand over her stomach. Tradition holds that the “Mona Lisa” is a painting of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo, and that Leonardo started painting it in 1503. In France, the painting, on display at the Louvre Museum, is referred to as La Joconde – the French version of her married name. The name Mona Lisa is the equivalent of “Madam Lisa.” The veil “would confirm art historians’ hypothesis that Giocondo asked for a painting of his wife to celebrate the birth of his second son,” said Menu, chief of the research department at the French Museums’ Center for Research and Restoration, which has its offices in the Louvre. The scans also make clear that Mona Lisa does not have her hair down, as it appears. Most of her tresses are pinned back into a chignon and covered with a veil, Menu said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Kendra Baierl has 19 kills in Dons winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Kendra Baierl had 19 kills and Jennifer Reigel had 32 assists to lead the Columbus Catholic volleyball team to a 3-1 nonconference win over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Monday at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus won the match 25-17, 13-25, 25-16, 25-17.Sierra Litwaitis had 15 digs, Abby Baierl added 13 digs, and Celine Scholin had 10 kills for the Dons.The Dons play Loyal/Granton at Granton on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Paul Mackenzie has been appointed chief operations officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), responsible for managing its day-to-day operations. The COO is a new position, created to add management capacity to the IMC as it continues to grow and expand its staffing numbers, projects and influence. The role of the COO includes planning; financial oversight and compliance; HR development; and operational management.Prior to joining the IMC, Paul was general manager of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), a leading economic policy research and advocacy organisation. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.The IMC was established in 2000 to create a positive, united image for South Africa. Using the slogan, “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” its mission is to articulate a brand for South Africa in order to attract tourism, trade and investment and to build national support for Brand South Africa.
At Mining Indaba 2014, Brand South Africa makes a compelling business case for why investors should consider South Africa as an important trade and investment destination.Support and Partnership from Exploration to ProcessingInvestment workshop 5 February, Roof Terrace Room, CTICCSouth Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic – mainly due to the long-term socio-economic vision and associated policy-making of its government, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola tells participants at an investment workshop during Mining Indaba 2014.South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing worldAmended legislation to ease doing business in South Africa February 6, 2014: Amendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country. More >South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014: South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February. More >Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014 : There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters. More >Cape Town is open for business – De LilleFebruary 4, 2014: Having hosted the African Mining Indaba for the past 20 years, Cape Town is now looking to further relationships with sector businesses beyond the conference. More >Mining Indaba: Growing population to boost Africa’s mineral developmentFebruary 4, 2014: Speaking at the 2014 Mining Indaba, Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said a growing world population was a good sign for Africa’s development; Red Door Research’s Jim Lennon echoed this, saying China’s development needs would mean strong demand for the continent’s resources. More >Focus on African resources at Mining IndabaFebruary 3, 2014: With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped. More >African mining: ‘prepare for a rebound’February 3, 2014: Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend. More >Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’February 3, 2014: A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. More >
South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries – earning the passport a ranking of 42 out of 51 on travel site GoEuro’s ‘Ultimate Passport’ list.Brand South Africa reporterGoEuro, the European-based rail, air, bus and car search and booking engine, has ranked passports from 51 countries to uncover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful when it comes to travel.The survey ranked passports on visa-free access as well as the ease of obtaining the passport – which included factors such as the cost of a passport, the length it remains valid, and the amount of time a citizen must work to obtain the passport.“All factors were weighted and scored to produce the ultimate passport ranking,” GoEuro said.South Africa is ranked 42nd out of the top 51 countries, down one spot from 41st in 2014. South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries.South Africans need to work an estimated 32 hours at minimum wage to afford the application fee of R400 required by the Department of Home Affairs.GoEuro’s analysis shows the five nations with the most powerful passports are Sweden, Finland, Germany, UK, and the US with 174 visa-free countries.Most but not all countries need a passport for Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Burundi, Chad, China, Iraq, Mozambique, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen.The top 10 most powerful passports in the world are:Sweden: 174 visa-free countries, $43, 1 hour workedFinalnd: 174 visa-free countries,$56 5 hours workedGermany: 174 visa-free countries, $69, 7 hours workedUnited Kingdom: 174-visa free countries, $110, 11 hours workedUSA: 174 visa-free countries, $135, 19 hours workedDenmark: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedCanada: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedSpain: 172 visa-free countries, $30, 5 hours workedBelgium: 172 visa-free countries, $76, 8 hours workedNetherlands: 172 visa-free countries, $78, 8 hours workedCountries SA passport holders can visit without a visaAfricaMost SADC countries are accessible to South Africans without a visa – as long as they’re going there for holiday. Any form of work – even volunteering – requires some kind of visa so always check before leaving home.African countries South Africans can enter without visas: Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.African countries where South African citizens get a visa on arrival: Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and UgandaSouth and Central AmericaMost of South and Central America is accessible to South Africans.South and Central American countries South Africans can enter without visas: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.South Africans will need a visa to visit, among others: Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.North AmericaVisas are required to visit the United States and Canada. See the US Embassay’s guide to applying for a US visa.EuropeWhile most European countries require South Africans to have a visa, there are a few exceptions: Ireland, Kosovo and France’s Reunion Island.AsiaSouth Africans can visit Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand without a visa.South Africans will be granted a visa on arrival in: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste.Middle EastSouth Africans do not need a visa to visit Israel and Jordan. Oman and Turkey will grant visas on arrival.OceaniaNo visa is required when visiting the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) successfully hosted over 200 HR YP’s for a networking party at Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. It was a blast!Jeromy Manke (@JeromyManke) kicked off the evening with a welcome to our esteemed guests. The greeting included an introduction of the YPAC, Nevada State SHRM Council, and an honored acknowledgement from Elissa O’Brien, VP, SHRM Membership (@obrien_elissa).An evening filled with music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and making connections (and memories) that will last a lifetime. I was personally blown away by the amount of experience and exposure that my HR counterparts have had. I will never forget one female that I spoke with—a small but mighty department of one. At first glance, you would think her baby face was the ticket to her obtaining buy-in from her senior leadership; however, through our conversation I found her energy and passion for HR very motivational. This trend continued on as I met more individuals throughout the evening. These persons are not the future of HR, they are #HRToday!Kudos to my team for a job well done!Jeromy Manke (Strategic HR Partners, LLC.), Chris Stewart (McDonald’s Co), Kelsey Esquinas (Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies) and Catherine Preim (Systra USA).A special “Thank You” to our fearless leader, Nancy Conway, SHRM Field Services Director (@SHRMNancyConway). This event would not have been possible without her cheerleading and guidance.I would also like to thank the Nevada SHRM Young Professionals for their partnership. This event would not have been possible without their coordination and sponsorship efforts. Josh Grace (@joshgrace86), Megan Barrenchea (@mbarrenchea), Anastasia Franco, Christina Nishiyama (@ChristinaNish), Whitney Seifman (@whitclee), Lindsay Meyers, Eddie Iniguez, Dani Goodrum and Chris Jones.