HP sets empowerment precedent

first_img3 September 2007Hewlett Packard (HP) has become the first company in South Africa to make use of an equity-equivalent project as part of its contribution to black economic empowerment (BEE), announcing plans to set up a training institute for employees and graduates.The equity-equivalent option offers mainly international companies operating in South Africa a means of contributing to local empowerment without having to sell shares.The company will set up the HP Business Institute (HPBI), an enterprise and skills development programme aimed at fostering scarce and critical skills among graduates and employees in small businesses in the information communication technology (ICT) sector.The announcement followed a meeting between President Thabo Mbeki and his advisory panel on ICT last month.HP South Africa chief executive Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe said in a statement last week that the company was committed to transformation in South Africa, and had to date invested over R150-million in broad-based BEE initiatives.“Through HPBI, the company will continue to contribute to our country’s economic growth by creating new jobs and opportunities for SMEs and ICT professionals, as well as addressing the skills shortages in critical areas,” she said.According to HP, the programme is designed to train 1 800 students over the next six-and-a-half years, with skills being delivered to existing BEE-compliant small and medium enterprises, enabling those companies to break through into the more sustainable high-end of the ICT industry.“The HPBI initiative is aligned with the Department of Communication’s national e-skills strategy, which aims to address the ICT skills requirements for the sector,” Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said.The company will identify individuals who will be placed in short-term skills programmes and one-year learnerships, equipping them with the necessary ICT skills, thereby helping create employment and reducing the skills gap in the sector. The first intake of graduates at the institute is scheduled for February 2008.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa hailed the country’s first-ever equity-equivalent project, stating that it was “another significant milestone” in the country’s transformation process.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Paul George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers’ traps and double-teams useless.Oklahoma City’s forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.Thunder: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Los Angeles’ Patrick Beverley got called for a technical foul in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and George made the free throw to give the Thunder an 86-69 lead at the end of the period.Harrell scored, was fouled and made the free throw with just over a minute remaining to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to six. With the margin still six, Harrell was fouled by Westbrook on a dunk attempt with 20.7 seconds left. He missed both free throws, and the Thunder called timeout. Oklahoma City got the ball inbounds, and George passed his way out of a trap to find Grant for a dunk that put the game out of reach.TIP-INSClippers: G Lou Williams missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. … C Marcin Gortat was called for a technical in the second quarter. … Beverley, long hated by Thunder fans for his numerous run-ins with Westbrook, scored nine points but committed five fouls.Thunder: Forced 26 turnovers, the most for an opponent this season. … Shot 47 percent from the field.STAT LINESWestbrook passed Kobe Bryant for 30th in NBA history in assists.HE SAID ITGeorge, on the defensive pressure: “When we’re rotating, when we’re in the right spots, we shrink the floor. We make the game easy defensively. We cause guys that aren’t necessarily playmakers to make plays. I thought that’s what we did.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m fine being trapped,” George said. “That’s where we’re going to need our guys the most — for them to make plays out of it. Honestly, I think that’s the easiest way for me to get myself going because I make those plays early. And we burn them, we hurt them on those plays. They can’t trap me anymore. They put two on the ball, find the open guy.”George isn’t just handling pressure, he’s thriving in it. He made 11 of 19 shots against the Clippers and didn’t have a turnover.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“He’s great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just so long, tough, plays at a great pace. Can’t speed him up, really. He knows he’s bigger than most of those guys that’s guarding him, so when he’s shooting the ball like that, he’s tough.”It was the fourth time in seven December games George scored at least 30 points. He’s averaging 29.1 points this month while shooting 52 percent from the field. 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 MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening James Harden has 2nd straight triple-double, Rockets top Grizzlies SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for Oklahoma City. He made just 4 of 17 shots, yet he had a positive effect on his team.“The hustle plays, diving on the floor, the deflections that he generated, and by being disciplined doing that — it wasn’t like he was running around helter skelter,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He was really disciplined. I thought it was a game where, yeah he didn’t shoot it great, but I’m not really worried about that. But what he did do was impact the game in a lot of other ways, which I think were important for us.”Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder, who bounced back from a 109-98 loss at Denver on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari matched a season high with 28 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell added 21 for the Clippers.The Thunder led 61-50 at halftime, despite Westbrook going scoreless for almost 22 minutes to start the game. George picked up the slack with 21 points in the first half.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers rally in 4th quarter to beat Kings

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sacramento led by four at halftime and was up 85-74 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter before the Lakers scored 12 straight points to take the lead. Caldwell-Pope keyed the run with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.The Lakers’ lead lasted only 15 seconds, however, as Hield hit a 3-pointer and the Kings outscored Los Angeles 11-6 over the remainder of the quarter.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 12 rebounds. … Fox also had seven assists, marking the 29th game he has had five or more, which is the fifth-most in the league.Lakers: Kyle Kuzma added 18 points and Lonzo Ball 13. … JaVale McGee scored eight points in his first game since Dec. 15. The 11-year center had missed seven games due to a respiratory infection. … Hart’s 17 first-half points is a career high, surpassing the 16 he had in the first 24 minutes against Memphis on Dec. 8.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) celebrates with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) talks with forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. The Lakers won 121-114. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 26 points, Josh Hart added 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers won for the first time since LeBron James was sidelined with a groin injury, beating the Sacramento Kings 121-114 Sunday night.Brandon Ingram added 21 points, including seven during the game-deciding run. The Kings led 110-103 with 4:30 remaining when the Lakers scored 12 straight points over a three minute span. Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining to give Los Angeles a 113-110 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion UP NEXTKings: Host Portland on Tuesday.Lakers: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A steal and layup by Iman Shumpert brought the Kings within three, but Caldwell-Pope made a driving layup to make it a two-possession game.De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 26 points, while Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIt was the second time in four nights that the Kings and Lakers played. Sacramento won 117-116 on Dec. 27 on a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic at the buzzer. That was the first game James had missed since injuring his groin during the Dec. 25 game at Golden State. The Lakers were 0-2 in James’ absence.James, who was celebrating his 34th birthday on Sunday, arrived just after tipoff. 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 Dennis Smith’s key plays late help Mavs surge past Thunder MOST READlast_img read more