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May 31, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img2017 Southland Conference Soccer Week 11 Notes (PDF)After spending three weeks deadlocked atop the league standings, Lamar finally separated last Sunday with a win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a McNeese loss at Houston Baptist. With last weekend’s results, LU will claim sole possession of the title with a win or tie in its last regular season matchup against McNeese. If McNeese wins, the two will be named co-champions. • Last In: The final seed in the Southland tournament will be decided by the outcomes of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-HBU and Nicholls-Southeastern Louisiana matchups. The Islanders will clinch the No. 8 seed with a win/tie and a Southeastern win/tie. Nicholls will take the eighth spot with a win and an Islanders win; the Colonels can also clinch with a tie and an A&M-Corpus Christi tie. The lone scenario which sees the Lady Lions grab the last spot is a win coupled with an Islanders loss. • National Rankings: Lamar’s Kelso Peskin is tied for second in the nation with 10 assists in all games. She helps pace the Cardinals to a league-high 23 assists in 10 conference games. McNeese’s Savannah LaRicci ranks 13th in the nation with 29 total points in overall play. Against Southland opponents, she has tallied five multi-point games. Additional Storylines: Week 11 Schedule • Tourney Time: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi plays host to the Southland Conference Soccer Tournament for the second-consecutive year at Jack Dugan Stadium. The single-elimination tournament will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 5 and feature the top eight teams in the league standings at the conclusion of the regular season. While the current top seven teams have clinched spots in the tournament, the last seed is still up for grabs between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. The Islanders play at Houston Baptist Friday at 7 p.m. while Nicholls hosts the Lady Lions in its final regular season matchup kicking off at 3 p.m. • Top Two: The meeting between Lamar and McNeese for the regular season championship will be a clash of the conference’s top two offenses. Lamar tops the league in points (67) against league opponents while McNeese ranks second with 64. Both teams have scored 22 goals and average 2.20 per game. McNeese continues to lead the Southland in defense, allowing just six total goals in 10 league games (.60 goals against average), three of which came against them last weekend in a 3-2 loss to HBU. The Cowgirls have posted seven shutouts in conference games. Friday, Oct. 27Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls*, 3 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State*, 6:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at UIW*, 7 p.m.Central Arkansas at Northwestern State*, 7 p.m.McNeese at Lamar*, 7 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist*, 7 p.m.last_img read more

January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgView comments “There will definitely be no ban on wearing rainbow symbols in Russia. It’s clear you can come here and not be fined for expressing feelings,” Smertin said at a news conference in Moscow to discuss race and discrimination issues in football.The former Russia and Chelsea midfielder added it’s unlikely gay fans could fall foul of Russian law, saying, “The law is about propaganda to minors … I can’t imagine that anyone is going to go into a school and speak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis remarks were welcomed by the FARE network, which advises FIFA on discrimination issues.“He’s giving some reassurances and I think in the end that’s all that people want,” FARE executive director Piara Powar told The Associated Press. “People want to know that they can come here safely, that they will be protected, that they are wanted.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny A signpost directing people to the entrance of the World Cup Final Draw is placed on the Red Square, with the St. Basil cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The Final Draw for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia will take place on December 1 in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup, Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer indicated on Thursday.Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union official and a World Cup ambassador, said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong. Russia passed a federal law banning so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in 2013, which has been widely criticized for banning gay pride events or discussions of gay rights in public spaces where children might possibly be present.Ahead of Russia hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said gay people would be welcome in Sochi but must “leave the children in peace.”In the first major court battle for gay activists who have contested the law, the European Court of Human Rights in June found in favor of three Russian gay activists who claimed the law violated the rights to freedom of expression and prohibition of discrimination. The plaintiffs had been repeatedly rejected in attempts to get official permission to host gay rights protests and other events.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cavs’ Shumpert to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMore than 70 Liberian fishermen and other residents’ structures situated at the Atlantic Ocean Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County,  were recently rendered homeless as a result of extensive sea erosion.Sadly, the homeless and destitute Liberians and foreign residents have taken refuge with relatives and friends at their crowded homes in Harper.Consequently, the homeless sea erosion victims and businesspeople have sounded urgent SOS appeals to the Liberian Government, the Red Cross, humanitarian groups, charitable organizations, Liberians, foreign-based Liberian companies, corporations at home and abroad for material and financial assistance.The sea erosion also extensively damaged and destroyed makeshift shelters and other houses in Maryland County.According to some residents and prominent citizens of Harper City, many complaints and appeals have made and communicated to the relevant agencies and ministries of the Liberian Government and other key stakeholders in the country.The frustrated and discouraged residents and businesspeople specifically sounded their appeals to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and major players as well as support partners in the environmental sectors to help curb the sea erosion menace.“Our situation has indeed become grave and our challenges are gradually sliding into a perpetual nightmare,” Mrs. Marvoline Williams asserted.Also owing to the extensive and continuous sea erosion, fear has gripped several Liberian and foreign small business owners whose  entities are situated not far from the crisis prone Harper City beaches.Madam Elizabeth Nimely Greene told the Daily Observer early this week that her four-bed room house was completely destroyed and all personal effects were swallowed by the sea water.“We are now living in destitution and our socio-economic conditions continue to deteriorate at very fast pace,” Madam Greene cried out.A provision shop operator in Harper City, Mrs. Greene noted that serious efforts should be stepped up now in order to prevent further damage and destructionby Harper’s sea erosion.For his part, businesswoman Beatrice Cooper Baker pointed out that urgent steps should be taken now by all stakeholders in the environmental sector to halt the current sea erosion at the port city of Harper in Maryland County.Mrs. Baker said the situation of the Harper’s sea erosion is indeed critical to most business entities and most especially the three fishing communities in Maryland County.“In my view, I think God is the first person for us to turn to and second group to look up is the United Nations that could urgently channel the needed funds to help stop the sea erosion in Harper,” Mrs. Baker concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Fort St. John Northern Metalic Flyers were on the ice looking to keep their flawless record in tact. While the team did suffer their first loss of the year they still won two of the three games they played in as their record now stands at 9-1-0.The loss came in their first game of the weekend against the Strathcona Warriors. The teams were knotted up at two after the opening 20 minutes but the Warriors took the lead as the second concluded at 5-3. There was no scoring in the third.The Flyers had themselves a big game against Camrose on Saturday. The Flyers got out to a 1-0 in the opening period, and had a big second frame where they scored five goals to lead 6-0. The Bulldogs got two of their own in the third before the Flyers got a seventh marker to round out the scoring.- Advertisement -Sunday’s game against the Leduc Roughnecks resulted in another convincing win for the Flyers. They held a 4-1 lead after two periods of play and added another tally in the third to win 5-1.The next league games for the team are scheduled for November 28 and 29 at home against Whitecourt.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Mancini joined Zenit Saint Petersburg last year on a three-year deal reportedly worth 4.5 million euros a year © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELMILAN, Italy, May 8 – Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini has reached agreement to become the next Italy coach after accepting a pay cut to take the job, according to reports on Tuesday.Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the 53-year-old Italian has agreed a two-year deal worth two million euros ($2.3 million) a year which will be penned after the end of the Russian season which concludes next Sunday. Zenit are fifth in the Russian Premier League, ten points behind already-crowned champions Lokomotiv Moscow with one match left.The Russian club are reportedly reluctant to let Mancini leave and the Italian Football Federation FIGC do not want to pay any compensation to release him from his contract.The former Italian international joined the Russian club last year on a three-year deal thought to be worth 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million) a year.The annual budget for the future Italy coach and his backroom staff has been fixed at five million euros.Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November.Italy’s under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis.During his 17-year coaching career Mancini led Manchester City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.Meanwhile, Gazzetta also reported that Mancini wants to bring back Mario Balotelli into the national fold, and will ask goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon to play against the Netherlands for a farewell appearance in Turin on June 4.In-form Nice striker Balotelli, 27, has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for Italy but has not been picked since the 2014 World Cup.Former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti turned down the opportunity to coach the four-time world champions saying he preferred to stay in club coaching.“Mine was a choice, I want to coach a club,” Ancelotti told Milan TV. “It was a difficult decision, but I have to listen to what I feel.“Roberto Mancini is an excellent coach, he is motivated and has international experience. If the next coach was him, I think the national team would be in good hands.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGrowing up as Ingeborg Mendershausen, she remembered coming home in tears because teachers had picked on her and her sister, Vera, the only Jewish students at their school in the town of Nienburg. She recalled signs that barred Jews from parks and beaches and the seizure of the family’s feed business under laws that discriminated against Jews. The family moved to nearby Berlin to improve their living situation, but things only got worse, she said. She recalled seeing Nazi officers entering their apartment building and fearing they’d finally come for her father. She also remembered Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, the pogrom on Nov. 9, 1938, in which thousands of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses in Germany and Austria were ransacked and destroyed. “From our apartment, we could see the flames from the synagogue that we went to,” Johnson said. “It was like the Watts Riots. You had a lot of people who were out there going berserk. “That’s what happened that night: A lot of people were going berserk.” Inge Johnson considers herself one of the lucky ones. Most of her family was able to flee Germany or go into hiding before the sweeping roundups that led to the execution of millions of Jews by the Nazis in World War II. “Anything could have happened,” said Johnson, 78, a retired elementary school teacher now living in Long Beach. “Anne Frank was three months older than me and look what happened. I just feel so fortunate that I was able to leave with my parents and my siblings. I really consider myself so fortunate.” Still, the events surrounding the persecution of Jews affected her family. An estimated 30,000 Jewish men were arrested during the pogrom and sent to concentration camps. Luckily, her father had been warned of the danger and avoided arrest by riding the subway all night. She was 9 when she and her immediate family escaped to America, helped by an uncle who’d petitioned for them to come. But German troops caught up with her grandparents and aunt, who were arrested in the town of Karlsruhe and transported to Gurs, a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied France. Unable to survive the poor conditions, Johnson’s grandmother died a month later. Her grandfather was eventually sent to a monastery and her aunt escaped and went into hiding for three years. It would be years before Johnson would be reunited with family members, many of whom left Europe to escape persecution. Still affected by the events of her childhood, Johnson is taking a memoir-writing class at Cal State Long Beach and hopes to share her memories of that horrible time. “I do still today sometimes have nightmares about it,” she said. 562-499-1303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMichael Ballack has expressed his shock at Leroy Sane’s World Cup snub.The 22-year-old enjoyed an outstanding 2017/18 season for Manchester City, playing a key part in their Premier League title success and winning the prestigious PFA Young Player of the Year award.But his fine club form was not enough to earn him a place in the 23-man Germany squad for the World Cup finals, with boss Joachim Low opting for Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt instead.The decision to leave out Sane has staggered many, including German legend Ballack.Speaking ahead of Betfair’s Road to Russia Preview, the former Chelsea midfielder and World Cup finalist told SunSport: “Like many people, I was really surprised because from a football point of view there was no explanation not to select him for a squad of 23 players.“We have really good players but there is a space for him in that squad – even if he didn’t perform in the same way as he did for Man City.“For me struggling is normal when you’re young and join a really good team, the world champions.“Jogi Low sticks to players he has experience with, who he can trust, who have already delivered but I think in this squad there are already a lot of new players which were not there four years ago.“When you talk about quality and football, he has to be part of the team. But he made a different decision and we have to respect it.“There is speculation it could be something behind the scenes which he was not really happy about. Also it could be a longer term decision as he was injured for the Confederations Cup.“Low said he had nothing to complain about Sane’s attitude and simply went for Julian Brandt instead but I don’t feel you have to do that because Sane is not a player for one position.”Ballack feels Germany have the quality in their ranks to defend the World Cup, despite the omission of Sane.The Betfair ambassador – a runner-up in the 2002 tournament – added: “The squad is still strong enough.“But in my opinion he is so good he can make a difference – especially in the quarter finals, semi-finals, final when it comes to equal opponents like Spain Brazil and France.“Then, he is a key player who can make the difference – I still think Germany are strong enough to win without Sane, but that’s not saying they would lose with him.“I was looking forward to seeing him in a World Cup because when we talk about stars he’s one of these players who actually is mentioned in the top 10 for young players and it’s not nice for the fans to not see him.” 1 Leroy Sane was a surprise omission from Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMinister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile NkwintiWednesday, 28 October 2015 – Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, addressed the media at the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster meeting where he expanded on Jacob Zuma’s nine-point plan that is designed to increase economic growth and create jobs.Download the speechMinisters and Deputy MinistersDirectors-GeneralMembers of the MediaLadies and gentlemenGood morning and welcome to the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) Cluster media briefing.South Africa adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) and Vision 2030 to create a better life for all its citizens in an inclusive society. We are over a year into the implementation of the NDP; on a path to accelerate economic growth and resolve the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality.You will recall that President Jacob Zuma announced the Nine-Point Plan to ignite growth and create jobs in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on 11 February 2015. President Zuma further provided a progress report on the Nine-Point Plan in his Mid-Year SoNA implementation update to the media on 11 August 2015.The Nine-Point Plan, whose priority interventions are the main concern of the Economic Cluster, has been designed to accelerate economic growth and create jobs by, among other things, transforming the economy and increasing investments. The three types of interventions – job drivers, enablers and cost-cutting interventions – have been designed to work in collaboration to grow the economy.A key cross-cutting priority of the Nine-Point Plan is to build stronger and enduring partnerships with the private sector.This media briefing expands on the President’s progress report by providing more detailed information and providing an opportunity for engagement on the implementation of the nine priority interventions.Economic ContextThe global economy continues to face significant headwinds. The global economy grew by 3.4% in 2014. South Africa’s main trading partners have experienced divergent economic growth. The European Union grew by just 0.9% while Japan shrunk by 0.1%. However, Sub-Saharan Africa grew by 5% and the United States grew by a robust 2.4%. China’s economy continues to slow down with growth moderating to a still impressive 7.4%. Commodity prices of iron-ore, coal, platinum and oil are still well below their 2008 highs. The substantial drop in the international oil price has brought benefits for South Africa but will reduce growth in oil-producing African countries which are key destinations for South Africa’s manufactured exports.Overall, global outlook is still very uncertain with gross domestic product projections being revised downwards by the International Monitory Fund. South Africa cannot depend on global growth alone to catalyse domestic growth. The uncertain global economic outlook has depressed business and consumer confidence in the domestic economy.South Africa continues to face macroeconomic constraints. However, government is cautiously optimistic that the economy will return to growth largely on the back of a significantly improved electricity supply outlook and intense efforts by government to grow investment levels.Government is also pleased to note the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, which indicates that South Africa has risen seven places to rank 49th out of 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index.In August 2015, President Zuma received the Status of Women in the South African Economy report. The report identified the need for an explicit intervention to enhance the economic empowerment of women across the country, starting with the Nine-Point Plan and Operation Phakisa initiatives.The report serves as a baseline to promote socio-economic empowerment of women and gender equality, and to advance their human rights.Government has prioritised leveraging private-sector investment in the infrastructure build programme, the manufacturing sector and the Ocean Economy under the auspices of Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa is an innovative and pioneering approach to translate detailed plans into concrete results through dedicated delivery and collaboration. Through Operation Phakisa, government aims to implement priority programmes better, faster and more effectively.Update on progress on implementation of the nine-point planGovernment is working towards a reliable energy supply to ensure energy security for now and the future; an enabler for economic growth.On 30 August 2015, President Zuma officially opened one of six generating units at the Medupi Power Station in Lephalale in Limpopo, which contributes about 800 megawatts (MW) to the grid.Medupi Power Station will add 4 764 MW to Eskom’s grid once completed and will be the world’s largest coal-fired power station. This is also the fourth dry-cooled, baseload station to be built in 20 years by Eskom, after Kendal, Majuba and Matimba power stations.The R2 billion Kouga project that has been established will provide renewable energy that can power as many as 50 000 houses, adding to the large new energy capacity that solar and wind energy has brought to the grid. Electricity supplied by 37 approved Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) projects also continued to increase and supply just over 1 500 MW to the grid. In an effort to influence the increase in local content of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants under the REIPPP – as a first step towards this – the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a 100 kilowatt (kW) concentrated solar energy pilot facility with a unique design that uses smaller, smarter and modular heliostats (solar collectors) to overcome cost challenges.More recently, we completed work on the process to select the preferred bidders for the Small Projects Independent Power Producers Programme (1 – 5 MW), which aims to assist small developers to gain experience in project development and raise the necessary funding for similar projects.Recently, 21 284 households were connected to grid electricity and 2 761 connected to off-grid technology.The DST is finalising the bio-energy atlas that indicates the potential energy that may be generated using agricultural/forestry/sawmill residues and organic waste across the country. This policy and investment decision support tool seeks to improve energy security and increase levels of energy access, and will be launched before the end of the financial year. The atlas provides a sense of the proximity of bio-energy resources to energy infrastructure and areas that have limited energy access. It also gives an indication of employment-creation potentials in harvesting and converting biomass to energy.Construction of the two Integrated Energy Centres (IECs) in Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi in Mpumalanga are at a planning stage and will be completed in March 2016.On average, an IEC can employ up to 30 permanent staff members, complemented with temporary capacity. Temporary and permanent people employed during the building period will all have the opportunity to acquire training that makes them employable in the greater job market.Progress has been made in revitalising agriculture, the agro-processing value chain and land reform.The Agricultural Policy Action Plan has been reviewed to ensure that it becomes a job driver and promotes growth, employment, rural incomes, investment, output, export and African regional development.Work is continuing in the development of 44 Agri-Parks across the nine provinces. One Agri-Park is ready to be launched in North West. Production plans have been developed and are being implemented across the country to ensure increased production in the areas supporting the Agri-Parks. The DST is busy with a feasibility study on agro-innovation hubs that will support the development and dissemination of appropriate technologies to be implemented in Agri-Parks.A total of 12 221 smallholder producers were supported through advisory services, training, technical support and infrastructure from April to June 2015. In addition, 36 additional farms are being supported under the Recapitalisation and Development Programme.The DST is in the process of establishing a wheat-breeding platform to support the development and commercialisation of new breeding technologies for emerging and commercial farmers. Five new cultivars will be produced by 2020 to support increased productivity and food security. The DST also supports the Eucalyptus Genome Project, a local platform for tree genomics research in South Africa. This project focuses on the identification of desirable traits which speed up and allow for more accurate breeding. The project has the potential to increase industry competitiveness based on improved physical and chemical properties of wood and improved disease resistance to support the forest, pulp and paper industry, thus grow the economy and create employment opportunities.The Recommissioning Strategy for the Western Cape forestry exit areas has been approved to put about 22 000 hectares (ha) of state forestry land back into commercial forestry operation. The resultant benefits range from job creation, local economic development and future improvement in timber supply.According to the LHA study that was commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Independent Development Corporation, the recommissioning of Western Cape plantations will employ 350 full-time workers for the five-year period. This number will increase to 1 500 when the plantations are in full production.In an effort to enhance the competitiveness of the agricultural sector through research, development and innovation, government – together with the private sector – have invested R104 058 468.78 million to implement innovation programmes for the fresh produce, aquaculture, wine, citrus and forestry sectors.To increase the amount of land under irrigation, a total of 74.6 ha were revitalised during the first quarter of the current financial year and five water-use authorisation licences were issued to previously disadvantaged individuals, amounting to 3.79 million m3 volume of water that will be used for irrigation. Some 15 resource-poor farmers were supported to access water for production.As at 30 June 2015 the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights had settled over 78 138 land claims, which benefitted more than 1,9 million individuals from 385 691 families have benefitted from an award of 3 231 787 hectares of land acquired at the cost of R18.7 billion.  Some beneficiaries opt for financial compensation, to date the Commission has paid over R9.1 billion. An additional R4.1 billion has been awarded to beneficiaries that have opted for land as development assistance.South Africa is advancing beneficiation and adding value to our mineral wealth; a job driver in the economy.Operation Phakisa in the mining industry is designed to unlock investment, enhance the nation’s productive capacity and encourage participation in key mineral value chains.Plans are in place to save jobs and to find alternatives to the threat of job losses in the mining sector. All key stakeholders signed a declaration on 31 August 2015 to save jobs and alleviate the impact of job losses in the industry.The Department of Trade and Industry provided support for a 100kW static fuel cell that runs on platinum and natural gas installed at the Chamber of Mines offices in Johannesburg.Engagements are underway with public and private sectors to promote market development, early adoption of the technology and manufacturing plants in South Africa.Through public-private partnerships, the DST facilitated the deployment of three 5kW hydrogen fuel cell units at three schools in the Cofimvaba district in the Eastern Cape and another 5kW hydrogen fuel cell unit at a clinic in Windsor East, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Apart from providing energy access in support of the provision of education and health services, the technology lays the foundation for the growth of a new industry based on South Africa’s platinum resource.We are moving towards more effective implementation of a higher-impact Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).The President announced during the Mid-Term SoNA implementation update to the media that progress was being made on implementing the IPAP, which is one of the job drivers in the economy.Government continues to create a conductive environment to attract both local and foreign investments. This is achieved through industrial financing that includes offering support to enterprises that can create and sustain jobs.Through the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme, government approved 161 enterprises for funding and leveraged investment of R5.8 billion with 28 212 jobs sustained.The Automotive Incentive Scheme approved 13 enterprises for funding and leveraged investment of R1.5 billion.Government is committed to transforming the economy by ensuring that previously marginalised groups participate meaningfully in the economy. This has led to the drafting of the Black Industrialists Policy Framework, which has been presented to the ESEID Cluster and the Cabinet Committee in July 2015.Significant progress is being made in terms of attracting investment into the Industrial Development Zones (IDZs). For example, in Coega IDZ, 12 new investors with an investment value of more than R8 billion were signed, five investors with an investment value of more than R140 million were signed in the East London IDZ and the Richards Bay IDZ signed five new investors with an investment value of more than R2.8 billion.Government is playing its part in moderating workplace conflictYou will be aware that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the interface between business and labour to normalise labour relations.Consensus on a working definition of a National Minimum Wage was reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.Other mechanisms to reduce workplace conflict include a Code of Conduct for strikes, lockouts and compulsory arbitration by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.South Africans are generally peace-loving and law-abiding citizens. We must stop all criminal and violent activities during industrial action and labour strikes.I would like to emphasise that peaceful negotiations are the best solution to deal with disputes and problems.Unlocking the potential of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), cooperatives, township and rural enterprises as job drivers in the economy.620 informal traders were trained in all nine were trained through the National Informal Business Upliftment pilot project in partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA). The training focused on entrepreneurship, marketing your business, customer-care, financial management, purchasing skills, regulatory and by-law compliance, hygiene and food safety, merchandising, and point of sale.489 enterprises and cooperatives were supported through the rural development, environment and tourism sectors’ initiatives. A fresh-produce market has been established in uThungulu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.To support the development of a vibrant bio-economy industrial sector, the Biomanufacturing Industrial Development Centre that was established at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research now supports 17 small and medium high-tech enterprises.To support the development of a competitive mobile innovation industry, a mobile solutions lab (mLab Southern Africa) was established at The Innovation Hub and now supports 11 small and five medium mobile innovation enterprises.As part of facilitating access to finance for SMMEs and cooperatives, the Department of Small Business Development’s Black Business Supplier Development Programme supported 376 enterprises to the tune of over R95 million (R95 821 711.23 million). This has supported 10 399 jobs.The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) disbursed R344 million to 24 711 SMMEs. It also financed 5 305 youth-owned businesses, 22 296 black-owned,21 940 women-owned, 22 620 SMMEs and cooperatives in priority provinces. It is important to note that 43% of the allocations were in the priority sectors – such as construction, information and communications technology (ICT), mining, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism – as defined in the New Growth Path and IPAP.It is encouraging that 98% of support is towards informal businesses. This is consistent with the Nine-Point Plan announced by the President during the 2015 SoNA. It is important to note that most of the SEFA’s loans are not supported by any form of collateral.The Small Enterprise Development Agency’s network of 48 incubators supports 2 236 clients. A total of 535 permanent jobs were created by incubated small enterprises, mostly in the agriculture and construction sectors.Progress has also been registered in cross-cutting areas to reform, boost and diversify the economy. They were designed to support the other nine priority interventions.TelecommunicationsThe Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has started the process of providing broadband connection services in eight districts in provinces where the National Health Insurance programme is being piloted, including the appointment of a network service provider to connect the facilities. Furthermore, the development of   the connectivity plan of schools in the eight selected districts is underway.380 schools have been connected through Universal Service Obligations imposed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. The process will include classification of schools based on its proximity to existing network infrastructure. A total of 1 938 schools were equipped with facilities and computer rooms, and a further 131 rural communities provided with ICT equipment and services. The roll-out of broadband and ICTs will stimulate local economic development and promote economic opportunities for the youth.Water and sanitation27 200 households recently gained access to safe drinking water. Two water projects funded through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant were completed in Masilonyana Local Municipality in the Free State, and the construction of 15 bulk infrastructure schemes are at different phases.Phase 1 of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project has been completed and has met all short term water requirements in the Waterberg areas. This will contribute in meeting water requirements for the Medupi and Matimba power stations.3 978 households recently gained access to sanitation through the Rural Household Infrastructure Grant and 3 822 buckets in formally established areas have been replaced with proper sanitation services.Transport, rail and roadsTransport infrastructure supports all the other nine priority interventions and is an important enabler for economic growth.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme is underway, with one of the trains being manufactured in Brazil ready for delivery on 30 November 2015.In an effort to maintain provincial roads, 19.24km have been surfaced, 62km resealed, 18km gravelled, 821km bladed and 227 628 m² potholes patched. The provincial road network is funded through the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG). A list of these roads is in Table B5 of the Division of Revenue Act: Provincial Roads Infrastructure projects list funded through the PRMG.Construction of three bridges is at different stages in Mbombela, Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi in Mpumalanga (reconstruction of flood-damaged bridges).The Bus Rapid Transport System continues to be operationalised in various cities of South Africa:– In Cape Town, MyCiTi is moving an average of 42 522 people against a target of 50 000 per weekday. – Rea Vaya in Johannesburg is moving an average of 33 670 people against a target of 40 000 per weekday. – In Pretoria, A Re Yeng is moving an average of 3 000 people against a target of 10 000 per weekday. – Go George is moving an average of 7 630 people against a target of 10 000 per weekday in George.The construction has continued to expand the coverage of the system in the abovementioned and other cities in accordance with roll-out requirements and available funding.The South African National Roads Agency Limited has begun preliminary designs and other preparatory work for the upgrade of Moloto Road.The feasibility study for the construction of the rail factory in Ekurhuleni has been approved. This factory will produce 580 coaches and generate approximately 33 000 direct and indirect jobs.The development of a cabotage policy to support the Oceans Economy programme of Operation Phakisa is nearing completion.A draft private sector participation framework for ports and railway sectors has been developed and is due for finalisation.The Nine-Point Plan interventions were designed to stimulate the economy in a phased manner over the long term. Each priority intervention does not work in isolation but is part of an integrated national effort. It is a national effort towards inclusive economic growth. The economic empowerment of women is critical in order for South Africa to achieve real economic development and growth. The Nine-Point Plan interventions will yield results over different time frames in the immediate, medium and long term.We are confident that these priority interventions will help to grow South Africa’s economy and address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality if we all work together. The economy is everyone’s responsibility.Together let’s move the country forward.I thank youlast_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgInzwischen sind drei Jahre vergangen, seit Moritz seine Mission begonnen hat. Auch 2019 wird es wieder ein Event im Bürener Land geben. Diesmal aber nicht in der Stadt, sondern etwas außerhalb direkt an der sehenswerten Wewelsburg. Fast 700 Geocacher haben ihr will attend bereits geloggt und dafür gesorgt, dass Moritz diesmal ein MEGA-Event veranstalten darf! Moritz war 13 Jahre alt und hatte noch keine 100 Geocaches gefunden, als er 2016 ein Projekt startete, das ihn bis heute beschäftigt. In seiner Heimatstadt Büren wollte er ein großes Geocaching-Event ausrichten! Er sah sich Event-Listings an, knüpfte erste Kontakte und traf bei der persönlichen Vorstellung in der Tourismus-Abteilung im Bürener Rathaus auf sehr positive Resonanz. Geocacher Gernot Schmeller (SchmelliDE) ist ein deutscher Geocaching-Blogger, der mit seinem Wohnmobil und Gleichgesinnten oft unterwegs ist, um kleine sowie große Events im In- und Ausland zu besuchen und dabei ausgiebig cachen zu gehen. Im August 2019 fährt er zum dritten Mal in Folge zum Event in Büren, wo ein junger Event-Organisator für Aufmerksamkeit sorgt. SchmelliDE stellt Euch Moritz und seine wichtigsten Begleiter vor: Warum findet Büren 2019 nicht wieder im Frühjahr statt? Ganz einfach: Der Moritz hat in diesem Sommer seinen Schulabschluss gemacht und musste sich erst einmal auf anderes konzentrieren! Jetzt hat er aber Zeit und wir freuen uns auf Europa in Büren 28-1 am 24. August 2019! Zwei Musiker mischten sich unter die Cacher und sorgten für Stimmung: Von Beginn an unterstützte ihn der als Geocacher, Autor und Shop-Betreiber bekannte Markus Gründel, der nicht nur vor Ort dabei war, sondern bereits bei der Vorbereitung im Hintergrund wertvolle Impulse einbrachte. Waren die Caches 2017 noch arm in der Zahl, schlecht ausgemessen und unspektakulär, gab es diesmal richtig schöne, exakt vermessene Dosen: Tolle Bastelarbeiten begeisterten die Cacher genauso, wie das Thema: Für alle Länder der EU gab es eine Dose mit dem dazu passenden Koch-Rezept. Das kam richtig gut an! Moritz mit SchmelliDE beim Project Märchenhaft in Kassel am Event-Stand Interessante Führungen auf der Burg und am Flughafen Paderborn-Lippstadt erwarten uns. Weitere bekannte Persönlichkeiten haben ihr Kommen angekündigt. So wird diesmal neben Lackey Chris aus Seattle auch Mario Kahn mit seinem bekannten LaserLogoShop in Büren zu Gast sein. Und zum Abschluss gibt es diesmal noch einen musikalischen Leckerbissen. Das Europa-Thema führte die Gäste durch Büren. Einen Cache gab es auch bei dem Schild zur Erinnerung an die Partnerstädte: Mit 232 Attended-Logs konnte Moritz die Besucherzahl innerhalb eines Jahres nahezu verdoppeln. Jetzt sollte es aber noch größer werden. Für die Ausgabe 2019 war Büren nicht nur beim Mega-Event in Kassel vertreten… Schon bei der Anreise 2018 in der Nacht war Büren anders. Ein großes Banner machte auf das Event aufmerksam: Europa in Büren 28-1 Moritz brachte es im ersten Anlauf auf bemerkenswerte 120 Attended-Logs. Die Stimmung bei der Tombola am Samstagabend in der Stadthalle war ausgezeichnet: …sondern es gibt auch das Cacher-Auto vom enthusiastischen Unterstützer Stephan, das Werbung macht… Als Location diente diesmal nicht wie zuvor die Stadthalle mit Eintrittsgebühr. Die Besucher feierten kostenlos im Innenhof des Rathauses von Büren – und das diesmal bei herrlichem Cacher-Wetter. center_img Inzwischen war auch nichts mehr von „mugglefrei“ zu hören. Das Motto lautete „Europa in Büren“ und hatte mit Euronice ein Maskottchen mit Wiedererkennungseffekt gefunden. Hier die Begrüßung 2018: In Büren lässt es sich wirklich schön cachen. Nur spielte bei der Premiere 2017 das Wetter nicht wirklich mit: Nicole, Markus, Moritz und Kerstin am Gründel-Stand beim ersten Event in Büren. Ich bin ganz bestimmt wieder dabei! Share with your Friends:More Mir ist bei meinem ersten Besuch in Büren aufgefallen, dass der damals noch sehr zurückhaltende junge Mann bei den Cachern sehr schnell beliebt war und für sein Engagement große Anerkennung fand. Anstatt aber erst einmal durchzuatmen und sich über den Erfolg zu freuen, fragte Moritz bereits beim Abschiedsfrühstück in einem Bürener Café am Sonntagmorgen die Besucher, was man bei einer Neuauflage besser machen könnte. Schon von Beginn an begleitet der Geocaching-Podcast aus dem Kreis Steinfurt das Event und hat großen Anteil daran, dass in den ersten beiden Jahren viele Steinfurter den Weg nach Büren gefunden haben. Hier die Podcaster beim Interview 2018 mit Kerstin vom Orga-Team: Aus Belgien fanden beliebte Rätsel-Dosen, die Birre TBs, den Weg nach Büren: Und das Geotemporale Institut war mit einem großen Info-Zelt vertreten: Anregungen und Verbesserungsvorschläge gab es reichlich. Moritz setzte sie mit seinem Team beherzt um und veranstaltete 2018 eine Neuauflage in einer Qualität, die man nicht für möglich gehalten hätte. Moritz plante, organisierte und am 22. April 2017 war es endlich soweit. Mit Kerstin als organisatorische Unterstützung aus dem Rathaus und ein paar Freunden startete er mit Mugglefrei an der Afte die Premiere seiner Event-Reihe. Interessante Gäste aus der deutschen Geocaching-Szene fanden den Weg nach Büren, zum Beispiel auch Susanne Fletemeyer, die den Geocaching-Roman „Finde mich!“ geschrieben hat: … und viele Eventbesuche folgten, wie hier beim Mega Brugse Beer im April 2019 in Belgien mit Lackey Audrey vom Geocaching HQ in Seattle. Büren ist eine historische Stadt in Nordrhein-Westfalen, die nicht nur einige Sehenswürdigkeiten und die Wewelsburg zu bieten hat, sondern auch in einer wunderschönen Wandergegend liegt. Das touristische Angebot und die Interessen der Geocacher lassen sich hier ideal verbinden. Als gut besuchte Attraktion war schon 2017 Raistlins Lockpicking Workshop zu Gast: SharePrint RelatedNeu: Eventkalender auf Deiner ÜbersichtsseiteAugust 22, 2017In “Deutsch”Liebst Du Geocaching? Da bist Du nicht alleine!January 30, 2017In “Deutsch”Raus mit dem Alten, und her mit dem Neuen mit diesen zwei Souvenirs!November 13, 2018In “Deutsch”last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLaunched in December, news aggregator TopicFire has now turned its attention to Facebook. It has generated two dozen news pages devoted to breaking news topics, populated on Facebook. These run the gamut from Apple News to World News. (Via the latter I just found out actor Gary Coleman is in critical condition in a Utah hospital.) TopicFire is designed to speedily gather information around topics and locations. The site uses a proprietary algorithm called “HeatRank” to rank online content by popularity in real time. It machine-curates news on topic-specific pages, such as San Francisco news, and news for fans of country music. “In the past few months Facebook has really been pushing their fan pages, and reading news on Facebook has been growing fast!” co-founder Ryan Sit told us via email. In January, TopicFire populated a host of Twitter accounts powered by the aggegator’s ranked gathering of news. Examples include @brkingtech and @breakingafrica. Readers can keep current with their chosen topics or locations by following those Twitter accounts. The company’s entry into Facebook aggregation follows that model. Facebook and Twitter both have become very popular platforms for news distribution, so this may be as well. The start up, a bootstrapped affair out of San Diego, was created by Jonathan Neddenriep and Sit. Sit says they have no less a goal than becoming social media’s premier news publisher. Given the presence of traditional news sources that are branching out into the Web, search engines like Google News and location-focused outfits like Fwix, EveryBlock, and Topix, Sit clearly takes issue with the notion that we live in an era of diminished expectations. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of journalism topics, as well as our take on Fwix, EveryBlock and Topix.“TopicFire allows readers to have a comprehensive view of top news on a topic, from many great news sources. For publishers, all links are direct links driving traffic back to publishers. Plus we are distributing publisher’s feeds into the social web, when many publishers have not optimized for Facebook and Twitter yet. We want to become the leader in Breaking News for the rapidly growing social web, and speed is key which HeatRank enables,” Sit says. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos curt hopkinscenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Location#news#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more