Raiders’ Kolton Miller feels ready for key matchup vs. Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …last_img read more

Telling the other side of Africa’s story

first_img25 November 2008Unlike the countless publications that try to explain what went wrong in Africa, the latest book on the continent to hit the shelves, Africa – The Good News, looks at what is going right.Published last week by South Africa: The Good News, the book gives voice to Africans – and non-Africans – who have a different story of Africa to tell.“It explains why a growing number of journalists, investors and academics are starting to look at Africa differently and describe the continent as one of growth and not just of despair,” says Steuart Pennington, CEO of South Africa: The Good News.David Fick, author of Africa – Continent of Economic Opportunity, cites the lack of quality information about the continent as the biggest challenge to doing business in Africa.Africa, Pennington notes, comprises 53 independent countries, five major languages groupings – English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and thousands of African dialects – and a diverse population of 900-million. In other words: Africa is complex.“With a geographical size that could house China, the US, India, Argentina, Western Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, Africa is a continent of endemic conflict and growing democracy; of death, disease, despair but also of considerable hope and untapped potential; of desperate corruption and tremendous business opportunity,” says Pennington.“Importantly, it is not one country, and for every failed state that grabs the news headlines, there are countless success stories waiting to be told.”Africa – The Good News looks at where Africa is today, where it is planning to go, and its economic, social and political position in a global world. It looks not only at opportunities and success stories, but also investigates what is being done to address the continent’s many problems, from leadership to poverty “and almost everything in between”.When South Africa hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the world’s focus – that of 208 soccer-playing nations and an estimated 26-billion cumulative television viewers – will be on South Africa and Africa.And South Africa’s stated aim, from the outset, was to host an African World Cup. “Ke Nako. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity” is the official slogan for an event that offers Africa a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show the world what it is really about.Africa – The Good News is fundamentally about hope, says Pennington.“In that context we have attempted to make this book readable to anyone who is interested in Africa’s perception of itself, the new winds of change that are gusting over her nations, and the growing opportunity in arguably the most ethnically diverse, biologically rich, scenically beautiful continent in the world.”The book was sponsored by the International Marketing Council of South Africa (the lead sponsor), Dimension Data, Edcon, First National Bank, Microsoft and MTN.MTN will also be sponsoring the Africa – The Good News website, which will go live in early 2009.To buy Africa – The Good News, contact Leanne Nimmo.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rep Vaupel announces release of 20192020 House Republican Action Plan

first_img Plan includes priorities for 2019-2020 legislative termState Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, joined his colleagues on Tuesday for a press conference unveiling the 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan, which serves as a guide for legislative activity over the next two years.Vaupel, who is serving his second term as chair of the House Health Policy Committee, says he’s encouraged that the plan put emphasis on the need for increased mental health care access, health care affordability and opioid abuse and overdose prevention.“We made great strides last term in the way of mental health care access, but there’s more to be done to eliminate stigma and create an environment in Michigan that is more understanding of and better cares for those experiencing mental health challenges,” Vaupel said.“The opioid epidemic continues to be a struggle this year as well,” he said. “I’m very proud of our collaboration with law enforcement, doctors and substance use specialists last term and I look forward to building on that momentum over the next two years. No one is immune to opioid addiction, and too many have fallen victim already. We must work together to craft effective solutions to prevent further tragedy.”The entire House Republican Action Plan is available to the public on the Michigan House Republican website.### 20Feb Rep. Vaupel announces release of 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more