mixetto/iStock(SAN ANTONIO) — The San Antonio Food Bank, which has given away millions of pounds of food in the last 40 years, is ready to help Texas residents in need.The food bank, which services 16 counties in the southwest Texas area, is set for Friday’s event at the Toyota Field soccer stadium starting at 10 a.m. local time. Food bank organizers require participants to pre-register online or by calling 210-431-8326. The elderly and disabled can request a delivery service.At the food bank’s giveaway last Thursday, 6,000 people pre-registered but 4,000 more lined up in their cars and waited for hours to receive their free 120-pound packages of fresh fruits and vegetables donated from local farms as well as bread, non-perishables and at least one meat.The items are expected to last a family of four for a full week, Michael Guerra, the chief development officer at the San Antonio Food Bank, told ABC News.For Friday’s event, the organizers are capping the pre-registration at 2,000 people.“We are trying to do more frequent and moderate-sized efforts. After last week, we decided to go smaller — more of an effort to better serve the people and not have to wait in long lines,” said Guerra.He is, however, concerned about the next few months.“It looks like FEMA may be offering some food help, but we may also see donor fatigue,” he said.San Antonio Food Bank says that every dollar donated equals 10 pounds of food or seven meals for one family.The food bank usually services 58,000 people a week and has ramped up efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Guerra noted that San Antonio has surpassed Detroit last year for the highest poverty rate in a major city.Under normal operations, it costs $3 million a week to service the community, Guerra said.“Now we are up to $6 million we have to raise a week,” he said.Unemployment rates have skyrocketed across the country as businesses were forced to close in order to abide by health guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. More than 20 million people have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks.But Guerra is hopeful “our community is great and everyone is pulling for us to get through all this.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Idris Elba stars as South African President Nelson Mandela in the film based on his autobiography, ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’. By Anne Taylor12 September 2013Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom premiered at this year’s Toronto Internatioal Film Festival – and apparently received an eight-minute standing ovation from the “visibly moved audience”.Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, the film chronicles Mandela’s life from his childhood in the Transkei to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. It is the only official film based on Mandela’s life.Directed by Justin Chadwick, it was produced by Anant Singh who was given the rights to the film by Mandela himself more than 15 years ago.First reviews are in and are positive with Idris Elba, who takes on the title role, being singled out for his performance. “The restrained intensity of Idris Elba’s performance as Nelson Mandela ennobles this ambitiously sprawling biopic,” The Hollywood Reporter says in its review.I’m especially intrigued to see Naomie Harris as Winnie, and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki and Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi.The movie will premier in South Africa at the Maponya Mall in Soweto, and open at all other cinemas on 28 November.Read more on SA.info: Mandela movie wows Toronto fans and Mandela film sets to take on new lifeRead Brand South Africa’s statement: Long Walk to Freedom is showcased in TorontoSee photographs from the Toronto premier on City Press: Pics – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom lauded at Toronto screening
Government notes with disappointment the decision of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA) to retrench nearly 1 000 workers across the company and to close the Saldanha Works.This comes despite significant efforts by Government and public agencies to provide additional support to AMSA over the last few months, and to ensure a solution which would result in the elimination of job losses across the company and the continuation of the Saldanha Works.The recent efforts of Government are additional to extensive trade support which has been provided to the steel industry over the last few years to ensure protection from imports, including safeguards on imported hot rolled steel. In addition, Government has designated the steel industry to ensure that steel procured for infrastructure projects is locally produced.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel, met with the management of AMSA on several occasions during the last months to explore opportunities to save jobs and keep all of AMSA’s plants in operation. Most recently, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) together with the Department of Public Enterprises, Eskom and Transnet engaged with AMSA management on additional support which could be provided by Eskom and Transnet to reduce energy and logistics costs for the company and at Saldanha, in particular.In early October, the Ministry of Trade and Industry convened a meeting between AMSA and the leadership of both Solidarity and Numsa (together “organised labour) to expedite a dialogue towards reduced job losses. AMSA agreed to suspend the Section 189 consultation process to allow time for a facilitated engagement with Government and Organised Labour. To ensure appropriate engagement, Mr Patel appointed Mr Glen Cormack, an experienced part-time Commissioner with the CCMA, to meet with the engage the parties towards a viable solution.Minister Patel facilitated meetings with the management of Kumba, which supplies iron ore to AMSA, to obtain further concessional pricing for Arcelor Mittal from Kumba, which would provide additional cost relief.All parties met several times over October and early November, during which time commitment was sought so that AMSA could suspend its retrenchment process completely and keep the Saldanha Works in operation.The consequence of the expedited facilitation and dialogue initiated by National Government, secured commitments of half a billion in annualised savings, in addition to once off savings of more than R200 million and additional commitments from organised labour to fast-track discussions on enhanced productivity arrangements.Speaking on the side lines of the Brics Trade Ministers meeting in Brazil, Mr Patel noted:“The closure of Saldanha Works and retrenchment of workers at AMSA is a harsh blow to industrialisation in the country. This is particularly regrettable given the energy and efforts of National Government, SOEs, organised labour and others to provide support and savings to AMSA. These commitments follow significant tariff protection and localisation initiatives provided to protect the steel industry from the threat of imports.“We recognise the challenges presented to the steel industry globally from over-capacity. Our efforts are directed at maintaining a primary steel production capability in South Africa. We urge AMSA to continue to work with National Government and other social partners to reverse this decision and find solutions which can keep the Saldanha Works in operation, and workers in employment. If no solution is found with Arcelor Mittal, they should consider selling the plant to ensure the country does not lose industrial capacity and workers and communities are not displaced.”Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dti
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By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe country’s most prominent First Nations women’s organization was motivated by “internal politics” in its decision to water-down their initial support of the government’s $10 million strategy to deal with the hundreds of cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, says Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau made the accusation in a Nov. 10 posting on his Chamber Chat blog which also said that APTN National News’ coverage of the brewing Sisters in Spirit controversy has been “rife with errors and mistruths.”Brazeau said that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) had initially issued a press release supporting the Oct. 29 announcement before raising concerns.“The fact that NWAC’s position on the funding of measures to deal with missing and murdered Aboriginal women seems to have changed since a meeting of its board of directors speaks more to the organization’s internal politics than to benefits to the community that these investments seeks to deliver,” wrote Brazeau.Brazeau also criticizes NWAC for raising concerns over the government’s demand that no grant monies go toward projects using the name Sisters in Spirit . NWAC said the demand would have a negative impact on the name recognition of Sisters in Spirit which had grown in prominence since its birth over two decades ago on the streets of Vancouver.“Should this be the aim of such investments? Should organizational profile trump provisions to help people?” said Brazeau. “NWAC readily deserves significant credit for its past and current efforts in respect of the Sisters in Spirit initiative. But it is of no justice or comfort to the families of the victims to suggest that anything linked to the announcement of $10 million in action designed to build upon the previous $5 million invested over five years represents unnecessary pain to victims’ families and communities. This is not only untrue it’s irresponsible to suggest as much.”Brazeau also said that APTN‘s coverage of the issue had been “distorted” and called for “accuracy and balance” in future reporting.APTN National News reported that the Conservatives would not allow NWAC to use government money for any projects using the name Sisters in Spirit or linked with the upkeep the organization’s groundbreaking database of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.APTN also reported that NWAC was given one day’s notice of the government’s Oct. 29 announcement of a so-called national strategy on murdered and missing Aboriginal women.NWAC told APTN last week that the announcement had little to do with Aboriginal women and that the organization would be asking the government for targeted funding in the next federal budget.“It continues to baffle me that in some circles, significant action on issues is met with attitude and spin designed to purposely create controversy,” wrote Brazeau. “This is certainly the case with APTN’s distorted coverage of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s position on the recently announced $10 million dealing with the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”Brazeau said APTN’s “skewed” coverage made it “hard to get a clear sense of the real facts” around the issue.“APTN news reports are rife with errors and mistruths,” said Brazeau. “One thing is clear and needs affirmation: NWAC’s role in this matter has been pivotal. Further, it bears noting that NWAC was apprised of the announcement before it was made. They were on the podium for its introduction, and NWAC’s national office was instrumental in many of the announcement logistics, including choosing the elder who gave the blessing which opened the ceremony….“No one, especially NWAC, ‘was kept in the dark until the last minute’ regarding the announcement. Let’s be clear, the efforts of NWAC in undertaking the Sisters in Sprit initiative have delivered impetus that has directly led to the $10 million federal investments that will contribute to means that seek to overcome the tragic toll of missing and murdered Aboriginal women has had on victims’ families and their communities,” said Brazeau.Brazeau, however, does not offer details of the errors or mistruths that he says were rife in APTN’s coverage.APTN’s request for an interview with Brazeau was turned down. Brazeau’s staff say he is busy this [email protected]
Going into the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s matchup against Michigan, the Buckeyes had yet to be tested at home. That changed Sunday. The Buckeyes battled the Wolverines in front of a sold-out Schottenstein Center and emerged with a 64-49 victory. Michigan jumped out first with a 5-0 run, but the Buckeyes quickly responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead. In the first half alone, there were seven lead changes and four ties. Neither team led by more than four points throughout the first half after Michigan’s initial 5-0 burst. “We knew going in it was going to be a hard fought battle,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We haven’t had those. We’ve had sizable leads going into halftime. Hopefully we’re a better team because of it.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger picked up two fouls in the first half and was limited to just 12 minutes, but sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. did his best to make up for Sullinger’s presence on offense and on the boards. With under five minutes remaining in the first half and OSU trailing 19-15, OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas missed a 3-pointer, but sophomore guard Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and finished inside. On the ensuing Michigan possession, two Michigan players were in position to get an offensive rebound, but Smith Jr. leaped over his taller opponents to get the rebound and found Thomas streaking down the court for a layup. Thomas was fouled and made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to one. After a timeout, it was Smith Jr. who put the Buckeyes back on top, 20-19, with a layup from the left block. Smith Jr. said he was focused on doing the little things to help his team win. “I knew that was going to be our edge, rebounding and just doing the little things,” Smith Jr. said. “I stuck to that early and just got myself in a position where I could get the rebounds.” Smith Jr. had four offensive rebounds and seven total in the first half to go along with nine points. Matta said Smith Jr. is a “jack of all trades” and his versatility causes problems for opposing defenses. “Lenzelle is a winner,” Matta said. “He really understands his role.” With just over a minute remaining in the first half the game was tied at 21, but a 3-pointer from the right corner by OSU senior William Buford gave OSU a 24-21 lead. That score held going into halftime. The Buckeyes, who shot just 36 percent in the first half, started off the second half on a roll, connecting on six of their first 10 shots from the field. With OSU leading 38-33, Buford intercepted a Michigan pass and finished on the other end with a one-handed jam. Buford fist-pumped and the crowd erupted in cheers. The next OSU possession, sophomore guard Aaron Craft crossed over Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke, dove left, absorbed a foul, and finished with his left hand. The sequence gave OSU a 42-33 lead and was part of a 14-2 run by the Buckeyes. A pair of free throws by Deshaun Thomas gave OSU a 13-point advantage, but Michigan wouldn’t go away. Three-pointers from Burke and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. helped Michigan whittle down OSU’s lead back to seven. But with under five minutes remaining, a Craft steal on the defensive end led to a Sullinger dunk in transition. OSU continued to look for Sullinger offensively as the Buckeye big man converted two more buckets inside to give his team a 12-point lead. Sullinger finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds. The Wolverines never threatened again and OSU pulled away for the victory. Smith Jr. led all scorers with 17 points and also added 12 rebounds, eight of which were offensive. The win moves the Buckeyes into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and improves their record to 19-3 overall. But Sullinger refused to speculate on his team’s place in the standings. “Game on Saturday against Wisconsin,” Sullinger said. “That’s the biggest focus right now.” OSU next contest is Feb. 4 when the Buckeyes will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7.