James DeGale is facing Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, where a victory would keep the Harlesden man in line for a world title shot.DeGale, who will be defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the 32-year-old American, has promised to deliver an “explosive” victory.But Davis insists he will upset the odds tonight and put himself in the frame for major fights.West London Sport will have live updates from the bout, which due to start at around 10pm.See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
College of the Redwoods baseball played its first home games of the 2018 season on Sunday and today, winning two of three against visiting College of the Siskiyous.“Anytime you can get a series win, it’s huge,” said Redwoods head coach Brad Morgan. “It’s always good to defend the home field.”On Sunday, Redwoods (5-7, 8-13) took game one by a score of 9-8 thanks to a 10th inning walk-off homer courtesy of Kyle Wallace, who batted 2-3 in the game as well. Hokeem Sadon started the day on the …
A financial framework “that stands out among corporate and airline peers” has helped Qantas gain a coveted credit upgrade by ratings agency Moody’s.Moody’s announced Monday that the Australian carrier’s credit rating has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2. Both ratings are investment grade.“While we expect Qantas’ credit metrics to remain fairly stable for the next 12-18 months, the upgrade reflects our greater focus on qualitative factors,’’ Moody’s vice president- senior credit officer Ian Chitterer said in the upgrade announcement. “This includes the unique traits of the Australian continent and airline market, Qantas Group’s strong domestic position, and diversification provided by the loyalty program.”We also factor in the reduction in credit risk through its hedging policy and financial framework. Working in tandem, they help to reduce earnings volatility and increase the predictability of management’s response to market conditions.’’Qantas earlier this month predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.The airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.Its forecast compared to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.In its decision to upgrade Qantas, Moody’s took into account the “unique” dynamics of the Australian market, including an airline duopoly with budget airline subsidiaries reducing the chances of a new domestic competitor and significant distances between cities.It noted Qantas had a domestic capacity share of 62 per cent and raked in 86 per cent of the available pre-tax earnings in the market.“With its greater scale, far higher margins and a significantly stronger balance sheet, Qantas is in a very strong competitive position,’’ it said.The upgrade also reflected the stable earnings of Qantas Loyalty, which accounted for about 20 per cent of group pre-tax eearnings in2016 with management predicting growth of 7 to 10 per cent for the next five years.Moody’s also liked the airline’s fuel hedging strategy because it reduced cash flow volatility and gave the business time to adjust fuel spikes.“Qantas’ publicly articulated financial framework stands out among corporate and airline peer,’’ Moody’s said. “The stipulation of maximum net debt levels and forward-looking nature of the framework will trigger pre-emptive actions in the event of sustained fuel-cost increases or operational weakness.’’The credit agency said a further upgrade was considered unlikely unless Qantas changed its financial framework to target a debt to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) ratio of around two times but this was not expected.It would look at a downgrade if that same ratio exceeded three times but it noted it was expected to remain below this level.
When you leave Africa, you leave a piece of yourself behind. This yearning for the continent has sparked a campaign to show the passion Africans have for their land. Homecoming Revolution’s #HeartAfrica social media campaign tries to find what makes Africans passionate about Africa. (Image: Homecoming Revolution)• Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora• Counting on scents to lure expats • Diaspora dollars spur African development• Student viral campaign tells the world: Africa is not a country• Drawing expats back to SA Shamin ChibbaAfricans who have lived abroad are not only returning to the continent because they miss their family and friends. Some, like Kenyan Hazel Ojany, give more reasons for coming home.Ojany came back because she believes Africa helps her to maximise her full potential. Ojany lived in Chicago, London, Philadelphia and New York City for 10 years.“I chose to return to Africa to live, work and play at my true potential,” she told brain gain company Homecoming Revolution. “I now advise local and foreign business and political persons on how best to drive socioeconomic development in their countries and sectors of interest in sub-Saharan Africa.”Ojany is one of thousands of migrants who have been influenced by Homecoming Revolution, the NGO that encourages Africans living abroad to return to the continent. The organisation recently launched its #HeartAfrica social media campaign, which could help it reach even more Africans abroad through social media.According to chief executive Angel Jones, the idea for the campaign was sparked when organisers tried to find an icon that would represent the passion people have for Africa. In September 2014, they came up with the stencil of a heart with Africa cut out on the inside. “When you leave Africa a piece of you is always missing,” said Jones. “This missing Africa shape is something we wanted to bring to life. The beauty of the stencil frames everything we love about Africa from people to food to sunsets.”Jones said the organisation had distributed over 500 #HeartAfrica stencils worldwide and more than 1 200 photos had been spread online through various social media channels.The campaign calls on Africans, or lovers of Africa, to capture an image of what they love about their country while displaying the stencil. These are just some of the ways Twitter users have been showing their love for Africa:Love what @angel1jones is doing with the #HeartAfrica initiative!This is how we build the #AfricanDream @BonganiNx pic.twitter.com/yrDA10Ked4— Hema Vallabh (@HemsVallabh) May 27, 2015Love this mural in @brand_sa offices #heartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/pTQTc6Noom— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) May 11, 2015Thank you to @mlegair and @CMooreMedia for all your great PR support today at #ColumbiaAEF #heartAfrica #buildAfrica pic.twitter.com/KB3qgqwtXj— Columbia AEF (@ColumbiaAEF) April 11, 2015Doc’s rooms have knitting basket for @67Blankets LOVE #heartAfrica @DonaldGordonCtr @RoedeanSchoolSA @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/EPL3GN6VNd— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) April 10, 2015Im gonna visit wiya-wiya!#ColumbiaAEF #HeartAfrica #BuildAfrica pic.twitter.com/3qJdiVC4Wo— WALA (@Walabudri) April 11, 2015That incredibly simple soap bar that meets our needs #heartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/4rH4WXYUx0— Cleopatra Shipalana (@Ms_CleoShips) December 9, 2014So glad u like it! Our new offices are way better! RT @angel1jones: Beautiful poster @SVillage reception #heartAfrica pic.twitter.com/gEdFhHrWSU— Student Village (@SVillage) December 8, 2014— Jabulile Buthelezi (@Jabu_Buthelezi) December 3, 2014Oceans of emotion #HeartAfrica @HomecomingRev pic.twitter.com/ycSAQnMJ3L— Angel Jones (@angel1jones) December 24, 2014
Adventurer Monde Sitole pictured here on Mount Everest. Sitole is combining adventure with education to provide world-class education. (Images: Monde Sitole Facebook page)South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) or Vision 2030 makes provision for quality basic education for all, but it is always better when individuals or corporates get involved too.Monde Sitole, an adventurer and social entrepreneur, is doing just that. He started the Monde Sitole Educational Strategies Foundation to develop a culture of achievement and excellence by promoting an impactful, meaningful, comprehensive, holistic, world-class education and training system that is engaging and integrated.“Innovation and ingenuity are the missing links needed to inject life into today’s education and for youth to spearhead solutions towards solving our many troubles and challenges we face as country,” he said. “Serious change needs to take place in order to produce the quality of individuals needed to lead our country forward.”Sitole grew up in East London but his foundation is based in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. Through it, he is fighting to get some of the country’s 700 000 children back into the classroom.Sitole is also a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School. The organisation and its network of ambassadors do grassroots education work in 85 countries.BECOMING AN ADVENTURERHe did not set out to become an adventurer but, as he puts, it “one thing led to another”.“I have always said that there is no formula to how I’ve turned out. One thing led to another and it’s evident of the fact that when you aspire and prepare well and always avail yourself to opportunities they will come.“I first got an opportunity via Cape Wind Jammers Sailing Trust to join the first Africans to attend school on board a tall ship on a voyage from Cape Town to Bermuda via St Helena, Ascension Island, Fernando Island, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago.“It was on that trip that a friend introduced me to bouldering. After returning from the voyage I was chosen to take part in the Mike Horn Young Explorers Camp in Switzerland, where I was further engrossed in high altitude mountaineering and responsible exploring,” he said.“After that I set off on my very own expedition to scale the highest peaks on each continent, which I succeeded with climbing Kilimanjaro twice; Mount Elbrus, the highest in Europe; Mount Denali in Alaska, the highest in North America; and now I am prepping for Mount Everest without bottled oxygen.”BECOMING A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURThe vision to make society a better place for all prompted Sitole to become a social entrepreneur.“I realised that if we were to make relevant, meaningful and core strides towards impacting and developing our country and Africa, we needed to have genuine interests and part of that is approaching all the challenges we face with urgency.”East London-born Sitole believes preparation and making himself available to life’s opportunities made him the adventurer he is today. He is hoping to pass on these same lessons at his educational foundation. WHAT HIS FOUNDATION NEEDSSitole’s foundation is in need of young volunteers and workshop space. “We host a series of educational and innovation showcases for the public because our other goal is to create a relationship between school and community,” he said. “As Africans say, a child is raised by a whole village.”Its next school showcase will include the future of education and learning institutions.“We will have exhibitions and stands of youth pioneers, innovators and inventors, for example: Thato of Repurpose Schoolbags; Shalton Mothwa of Epoch Microchips, who invented a charging laptop bag; and Ludwich Marishane of dry bath, to name just a few,” said Sitole.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
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Noted spiritual leader and educationist Dada J.P. Vaswani — the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a tireless promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights — passed away Thursday morning aged 99, days short of his centenary.Sources at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission said, the spiritual leader has been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city for the past a few days and was discharged on Wednesday. However, Dada Vaswani died in the mission premises on Thursday morning.Born Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani on August 2, 1918 in the city of Hyderabad in Sindh province (present-day Pakistan), he was a brilliant student in his youth. His M.Sc. thesis examined by Nobel Laureate, Dr. C.V Raman.Acclaimed as a humanitarian and non-sectarian leader, he later gave up a promising academic career to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Sadhu T.L Vaswani — the legendary educationist who started the Mira Movement.In order to propagate Sadhu Vaswani’s ideas and vision, he edited three monthly journals – the Excelsior (which became a popular journal), the India Digest and the East and West series.He also served as one of the earliest Principals of the St. Mira’s College for Girls. On the death of Sadhu Vaswani in 1966, Dada J. P. Vaswani succeeded him as the head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.Regarded as a philosopher and a modern-day saint by the Sindhi diaspora, Dada Vaswani was a familiar face on a number of spiritual television channels.Inspiring oratorAn inspiring orator who often exchanged ideas with world spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, Dada Vaswani’s addresses and lectures were marked by his witty parables and aphorisms that advocated practical routes to happiness in a materialistic world.He was also a prolific author, composing several hundred books on spirituality and communal harmony which have seen translations in a number of world languages including French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Arabic.In May this year, President Ram Nath Kovind, along with a host of dignitaries include veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani, had inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani International School which is to come up in the city’s Pradhikaran area.“He [Dada J.P. Vaswani] has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations,” the President had said, speaking on the occasion.In August last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had wished the spiritual leader on his 99th birthday via a video conference.A recipient of the U Thant Peace Award in April 1998, for his dedicated service to the cause of world peace, he spoke from a number of global podiums including the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians at Kyoto, the U.N. and the British House of Commons in London.His mortal remains have been kept at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission for people to pay their last respects.