Nestle joins ‘Adopt-a-School’ campaign

first_imgMpumelelo is the first of many schools that Nestle will adopt and assist. The company’s communications director, Ravi Pillay, explained: “The plan is that where Nestle has an operation, the model will be implemented. “Education,” he said, “is everyone’s business”. She paid tribute to the school’s principal, WB Maphanga, and his staff for the success, saying they made all the difference. The success has been achieved despite the school facing some tough challenges, such as having only eight classes for 560 pupils, most of whom come from indigent families, whose parents are mostly unemployed and have no formal education. A culture of learning Established in 2007, Mpumelelo High School has been a tremendous success – the name in fact means “success” – and a source of pride to people in the area. Nestle South Africa has become one of the first corporates in the country to respond to the recently launched “Adopt-a-School” campaign. The company “adopted” Mpumelelo High School, near Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, at a ceremony on Tuesday. Nestle South Africa has now joined the likes of banking group Absa, financial services group Alexander Forbes and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in becoming part of the movement with its own “Adopt-A-School” initiative. Addressing the pupils, parents and guests in attendance, Mchunu added: “At my age, there are not many things that inspire me, but today I am inspired by this school.” Linda, a parent, told SAinfo afterwards that she was proud to have four children in the school. One of her children had failed grade 10 at the local high school in Estcourt, but after moving to Mpumelelo had passed with flying colours. Now, with Nestle on board, that is about to change, and the school is about to be blessed with some invaluable educational aids; Nestle will build a science laboratory, a computer lab, a school library, provide water, and also install a sports field, which the pupils have not yet been able to enjoy. The company said its Adopt-A-School intitiative was in line with Nestle’s worldwide “creating shared values” business strategy, which states that for a business to be successful in the long term, it has to create value for the communities in which it operates. Maphanga, in his address, said the school’s excellent results had come about because a culture of learning had been instilled. “The key to resolving government’s challenges is to create meaningful partnerships with the private sector in community development projects such as this Adopt-A-School initiative,” KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Senzo Mchunu said at Tuesday’s launch. 2 November 2011 In the mornings, the pupils have to walk to school very early, carrying water with them, because there is no water supply at the school. The first of many ‘Creating meaningful partnerships’ Nestle SA managing director Sullivan O’Carroll said that Nestle had brought in its partners, those companies it does business with, to help bring about the big contribution the company was making to Mpumelelo High School. The food and drinks maker employs 420 people at its coffee and beverages factory in Estcourt, and thus a nearby school was chosen as the first beneficiary of the initiative. The Accord on Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools campaign, launched in October by Brand South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and the National Economic Development and Labour Council, encourages businesses to “adopt” schools and donate educational facilities to them. Education, he said, was about giving people an opportunity to compete in the world. “It may vary in terms of detail, but the primary objectives will be the same – to ensure skills development and enhancing quality of life. But most importantly, it is our way of contributing towards rural development.” Tough challenges It is this kind of dedication that led Nestle to choose to assist Mpumelelo. More success is surely on its way, yet life as the staff, pupils and parents at the school know it is about to become a lot better, thanks to Nestle’s decision to “Play its Part” in making this happen. A dedicated teacher, Maphanga arrives at school at a quarter-to-six every morning. Upon arriving, he checks whether any overnight rain has been caught to boost water levels. If not, he fetches water himself. In its first year, it produced a 75 percent pass rate. The following year that figure was up to 85 percent. In 2009 and 2010 that mark was a perfect 100 percent. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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2017 Power Show Ohio highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Going on today, Power Show Ohio is the area’s largest indoor show, with more than 200 exhibitors displaying products and services from more than 500 companies. This three-day event gives attendees access to the newest in the power equipment industry including agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment.New at the show this year, Ohio Farm Bureau and industry partners are presenting Technology in Agriculture at Power Show Ohio. The dynamic interactive display will:• Demonstrate how farmers use technology to manage water quality, soil and nutrients.• Demonstrate how farmers use cutting edge technology like solar, drones, GPS and robotics to best manage our natural resources.• Displays will include activities for all ages, including a combine simulator, an augmented virtual reality landscape, solar power, drones, and more.Friday, Jan. 27 is Farm Bureau Member Appreciation Day and any Farm Bureau members that attend the show can receive special giveaways. Members that attend on Jan. 27 will receive refreshments and may enter to win a drawing with prizes valued up to $2,500.In addition, Nationwide Insurance will have a presence at the show as well. Dale Minyo caught up with Paul Hall, of Paul Hall and Associates – Nationwide Insurance, at the trade show and learned about what farmers need to be looking at in terms of managing their risk.“You have to do a whole review of the actual farm operation. Last week I was with a guy who had an excellent farm product but he only had $100,000 liability coverage on his semi when it should be more like $1 million or $2 million,” Hall said. “He could lose the whole operation with one simple accident. He had never looked at the farm vehicles, but you have to look at every aspect of the operation.”Areas of risk including pollution liability or worker’s compensation are often not properly insured on farms.“There is a lot of risk out there and if we don’t take the time to look at this, it quite often goes on exposed, Hall said. “With livestock, what if they get on the road or if they bite someone at the fair? Are you covered for on-premises liability or off premises liability? A risk most people don’t think about is that if your brother-in-law is bringing you home a battery and he gets in an accident, who’s fault is it? Guess what? It’s the farmer’s fault because he was bringing you the battery. That battery had nothing to do with the accident, but the liability comes back on the farm. You may want to look at non-owned auto coverage. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to not pay claims. That is just life. If the police report from the accident says they stopped to pick up a fan belt or a battery, and the insurance company says, ‘Well whose fan belt was it?’ The door is open and there you go.”Another area of concern is health insurance as costs continue to rise.“It is not unheard of to have $1 million in health insurance costs and then you lose the farm,” Hall said.Here is more from Hall.Paul Hall 1-26-17last_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao relishes underdog tag vs undefeated Keith Thurman

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Beautiful. That’s what I like,” Pacquiao said in a story on the Manila Bulletin.READ: Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York for Keith Thurman fight press tourFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe underdog tag also serves as additional motivation for the 40-year-old Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), who is 10 years older than Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs).“It’s going to make me even more determined to win,” he said. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP 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 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The last time Pacquiao was the underdog was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015 when he lost by unanimous decision.The other time in the last 12 years was when he obliterated Oscar De La Hoya, who was forced to quit on his stool at the end of the eighth round, in 2008. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ FILE – Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao poses for photos during a press conference shortly after arriving at the international airport in Manila on January 24, 2019, days after defeating US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—Oddsmakers have undefeated American Keith Thurman as the favorite over Manny Pacquiao ahead of their welterweight world title fight on July 21 (Manila time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, though, wouldn’t want it any differently.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Magic Johnson blasts Lakers GM Rob Pelinka after shock exitlast_img read more

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