HOUSTON — Liam Hendriks broke out this year not only as the A’s surprise closer in place of a struggling Blake Treinen, but one of the premier closers in all of baseball.His 3.4 WAR leads all relievers and, since taking over the role officially on June 21, Hendriks’ 20 saves leads the league on the back of a 1.75 ERA. And all these numbers are mere half-indicators of how reliable he’s been, rarely one to crumble under the pressures of a four-out save or game-threatening moment.Hendriks’ …
Business administration students from the US’s Rutgers University joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill this week to discuss South Africa’s standing from a global perspective. The visiting students also got to peer into South Africa’s past during a tour of the Hill.During a tour on their visit to Constitution Hill on 16 March 2017, students from Rutgers University, in New Jersey US, took a look into the lives of some of the leaders and political figures who helped shape South Africa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeNot everything you hear about other countries holds true. Once you visit a country and have a closer look at what makes it tick, you get a better understanding of its people, its heritage and its customs.This was the sentiment shared by a group of business administration students visiting South Africa from Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.The students Joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students.Talks touched on a range of factors that influenced the country’s brand, such as tourism, investment, immigration, governance and exports, as well as delved into the rich culture and heritage of South Africa.“Whose perceptions are we trying to influence?” asked Tshepiso Malele, the marketing manager at Brand South Africa.“The answer is, anybody whose decisions or actions have an impact on us as a country. In everything that we do we need to make sure that we influence and shape their perceptions positively and help them develop balanced views about South Africa.”It was also an opportunity for the visitors to engage with Brand South Africa representatives, such as strategic government relationship manager Toni Gumede, and learn more about the great strides the country is taking.“In terms of our efforts to influence perceptions, when we say good things about the country they are not lies,” Gumede explained. “We’re saying these good things because they are real.”Students from Rutgers University in the USA joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Thoughts from our visitors“I believe that the people on your Brand SA team really have a lot of love for their country,” said Edbia Diggs, one of the Rutgers University students.“I like that there are people who are actually working together to make sure that South Africa is seen in a different light because there are a lot of misconceptions out there, particularly in the States and other African countries too.”Philip Ward, another of the Rutgers students, said it amazed him that South Africa was so misinterpreted in terms of its story and what went into shaping it.“It’s a completely unique entity and it has so much to offer, and in terms of history when you look at why things are the way are,” Ward said.“South Africa can be looked at as an independent cornerstone of the continent to be able to show other countries on the continent how to do business.“We’ve learned a lot about how South Africa still wants to influence the rest of the continent in trying to drive development.”Through the discussions, the visiting students got a better understanding of the country as a whole, completing the picture they would carry home.“We want our visitors to go back home and act as ambassadors for our nation brand,” Gumede said.“We want them to take home the experiences they had here in South Africa and help change perceptions of our country for the better.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The title of this article is also the theme for the 2015 National Farm Safety and Health Week, observed September 20-26. The theme reminds local and rural communities that agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. This industry, which includes farming, forestry and fishing, accounts for nearly 500 fatalities each year (according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).As the theme suggests, practicing safety is something we should do, not something we merely say. While it is great to profess our attitude for safety, it is better for us to practice it everyday in our daily actions. When safety is a part of our workplace routine, it becomes a way of life. Employees and employers work together to create a culture for safety.Having this culture for safety, brings to consideration an ancient proverb that safety professionals have adapted over time. It questions whether Safety is an end of a means, or a means to an end. Safety is an end of a meansIn other words, working all of our lives to be safe when we retire, is working towards a goal. This practice can also be noticed when companies post, rather prominently outside of their entrances, the number of work days with no recordable injuries. These companies may be working towards a specific goal where there is a bonus or incentive for workers to reach the end of a week, month, or year with no injuries. These are two examples where safety is viewed as the end of a means. Safety is a means to an endOn the other hand, when safety is a means to an end, it is simply a way we get to the endpoint. In this manner, Safety is likely a lifestyle. It is a method we use along the way. It is a practice we do every day, and in every season.The year 2015 marks the 71st year for the U.S. to observe National Safety and Health Week. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside the third week of September as a time to celebrate the farmer and remind agricultural workers of safety practices needed to get them through another harvest season, and another year.The Ohio State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program promotes this commemorative week, but also has materials available throughout the year. A variety of outreach resources are developed for different farm operations, large or small, and a wide range of workforce ages, including safety messages for children or visitors who may not work on the farm. Many of these resources are provided at no cost on the website. Training programs are also available for agricultural groups and businesses looking for specific workplace issues. A monthly newsletter is published each month called Ag S.T.A.T. This online publication shares short announcements of upcoming safety events, as well as delivers short safety messages for that particular time of year.All of these materials are available through the OSU Ag Safety Program website: www.agsafety.osu.edu or Facebook at OSU Ag Safety and Health. The OSU staff will also be at Farm Science Review conducting grain safety demonstrations in OSU Central during Farm Safety Week. Stop by and visit their team to answer your specific questions. Farming is a lifestyle, and so is workplace safety. The goal is to help every farm worker and farm family member get to the end of the year in the safest manner possible.
Ilya Zakharov of Russia took diving gold in the men’s 3m springboard on Tuesday, breaking 20 years of Chinese dominance in the event. The 21-year-old had the most difficult programme and snatched the gold medal from China’s Qin Kai with his sixth dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersault, for 104.50 points to total 555.90.Qin Kai notched up 541.75 points, leaving his compatriot and Beijing gold medalist He Chong with the bronze medal.Britain’s 19-year-old Chris Mears performed the second-best dive for 100.7 points but couldn’t manage higher than ninth.Zakharov added this gold medal to the silver that he won in three-metre synchronised springboard competition with Evgeny Kuznetsov.He is the first non-Chinese diver to win the event since Mark Lenzi of the US won it at Barcelona 1992.China wrapped up all four gold medals in synchronised diving.