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January 11, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTemple City National Little League has slated its opening ceremonies for 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at Longden Elementary School, 9501 Wendon Ave. In conjunction with the ceremonies, the city of Temple City, Temple City Unified School District and TCNLL will celebrate the installation of new field lighting. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For information visit eteamz.active.com/TCN/. last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Peninsula Taxi Association is thefirst taxi association to use electronicpayments.(Image: Toyota South Africa) Johannesburg’s mayoral committeemember for transport, RehanaMoosajee, said that it was a veryemotional day when the City ofJohannesburg was handing overRea Vaya, the city’s rapid bus transitsystem, to PioTrans, a bus companycomprising former taxi operators.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ghaalid BehardienPeninsula Taxi Association: Spokesperson+27 21 447 4088/8404Ray MaotaThe Peninsula Taxi Association (PTA) has introduced a smart card electronic payment system to 42 taxis on one of its routes in Western Cape, making it the first minibus taxi organisation in South Africa to use electronic payments.It recently introduced the Tap-I-Fare card payment system and distributed 5 000 cards to passengers – they can also be used on Cape Town’s MyCiTi and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus services.Ghaalid Behardien, the association’s spokesperson, said: “As the most progressive taxi association in the country, it was always the vision of the PTA to look ahead and pre-empt the ever-changing needs of the commuter.“This meant that changes had to be made to keep up with the times, and this card payment system was but one option that was explored.”Pilot projectThe PTA has a fleet of 250 vehicles with 100 members and has introduced the card payment method in 42 taxis on the route from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront. The association also operates in the Cape Flats, southern suburbs, Atlantic Seaboard and the west coast.The 42 taxis each have a wireless handheld device in which the cards are swiped as payment – but passengers with no cards can still use cash. The Tap-I-Fare card allows the user to pay for any number of passengers accompanying them.The pre-paid card concept is similar to pre-paid airtime for cellphones and eliminates the need to carry cash. The project is supported by Absa, one of South Africa’s big four banks. The issuer may charge a fee for the card and a fee for loading money onto it.DiscountsThe banking group issued 5 000 cards and will soon issue another 5 000.The first 1 000 people to buy the cards will pay R10 (US$1), while others will get them for R20 ($3).A minibus taxi from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront costs R4 (52 US cents) but for those using the card it will cost R3.50 (45 US cents), giving them more than 10% discount.Behardien said: “The association had been investigating alternative payment options for a few years already and many companies had previously approached them to enter into partnership but after extensive investigations, this initiative with Absa was the best option.”Taxi owners become bus and airline operatorsThe minibus taxi industry has come a long way since its early days of unregulated business used mostly by black people. It can now also be counted in the airline and bus operator sectors.In early 2011, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele handed over the running of Rea Vaya, the City of Johannesburg’s bus rapid transit system, to taxi operators. Ndebele passed the reins to PioTrans, a bus company comprising former taxi operators. The system was previously run by bus company Clidet.Taxi operators from two minibus taxi associations – Greater Johannesburg Taxi Council and Top Six Management – own a 66.7% stake in Rea Vaya through PioTrans. The City of Joburg and other stakeholders own the remaining 33.3%.The contract to run the rapid bus transit system will run for 12 years.Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for transport, Rehana Moosajee, said at the handover: “There is a lot of emotion in this moment, as it has not been an easy road, and people have paid with their very lives on this project.“I hope that the values of humility, service and your pioneering spirit will continue longer than the 12 years of your contract … I have found the most humbling, challenging and exciting part of the project learning at the feet of the taxi operators.”In the same year, the South African National Taxi Council launched Santaco Airlines. It operates out of Lanseria Airport, to the northwest of Johannesburg, and offers flights between Lanseria; Bhisho, in Eastern Cape; and Cape Town.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img9 March 2015The weeklong fires across the Western Cape peninsula claimed a second life on 8 March when Willem Hendrick “Bees” Marais died in a helicopter crash while battling a fire in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, a section of the Table Mountain National Park.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa sent condolences to Marais’s family. “I wish to express the government’s and my personal condolences to the pilot’s wife, Mrs Jackie Marais, family, friends and his colleagues in the Working on Fire programme,” she said.Marais was a respected pilot, said South African National Parks (SANParks). Bees, as he was affectionately known by friends and family alike, played a vital role in supressing the fire that burnt across the Table Mountain National Park during the course of last week, SANParks said. His vast knowledge, experience and skill as a helicopter pilot were respected by all.“The entire SANParks family salutes the contribution made by Mr Marais as a helicopter pilot for the Working on Fire programme,” said the chairperson of the SANParks Board, Kuseni Dlamini. “He has made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting life and property during the fires that have been raging across the Table Mountain National Park, including the Cape Point section in which the accident took place.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who played their part in suppressing the fire. Without the multi-agency co-operation among all partners which included SANParks Table Mountain National Park firefighters, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services, as well as the Department of Defence aircraft, the fire would still not have been contained.”Marais was the second firefighter to die during the weeklong blazes across the peninsula. On 5 March, Nazeem Davies, 25, a West Coast firefighter, was killed in an accident. He was stationed in Vredenburg with the West Coast Fire Service and had been part of a team that had been battling a blaze high in the mountains above Porterville.Heading back down, he lost control of the vehicle on the treacherous mountain pass and left the road.Two City of Cape Town firefighters and one Working on Fire volunteer were also injured during the fires – at one stage, there were seven different fires raging in different places across the province. The major fire began in Muizenberg on 1 March. At least 500 people were evacuated and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation. Fanned by strong winds, it raged across the peninsula, and several homes were razed to the ground before it was contained.The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continued to burn through the weekend of 7 and 8 March.Forensic investigationMeanwhile, it was reported on 8 March that the city of Cape Town had appointed one of South Africa’s top forensic experts to investigate how the Muizenberg fire started.Cape Town’s safety and security director, Richard Bosman, confirmed the appointment of forensic scientist David Klatzow, reported the Sunday Independent newspaper.Bosman said the fires had cost the city at least R6-million, with at least R3-million having been spent on two water-bombing helicopters that were used to douse the flames.“The efforts this past week of the brave men and women from the various municipal fire services, as well Working on Fire, Volunteer Wildfire Services and the SANDF, cannot be put into words. ‘Hero’ has often been used, and it is entirely appropriate in this context,” said Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape.Capetonians rallied to the cause, donating food, water and cold drinks for the exhausted firefighters. Companies gave protective gear and other needed equipment, as well as items such as lip balm. Wild animals escaping the flames were helped by legions of residents.Local radio stations Cape Talk and KFM collected R3 160 793 from listeners for equipment and resources for Volunteer Wildfire Services.Infrastructure investmentThe end of summer is fire season in Cape Town, which has a winter rainfall. High winds, dry vegetation and hot temperatures are a perfect storm for fire.Since 2006, five new fire stations have been built in the city, staff numbers have been increased, training facilities refurbished, new equipment bought including fire detection cameras, and extensive public education programmes have been run. In total, more than R290-million in capital expenditure has been invested, according to the premier.Fire mortality rates for informal settlements have dropped from 7.9 per 100 000 people in 2006 to 4.3 per 100 000 people in 2013. Cape Town’s overall fire mortality rate dropped to 2.6 per 100 000, compared to the national average of between four and seven per 100 000.“So even though there has been an increase in the incidence of fire across the Metro, there has been a decrease in the number of deaths resulting from these fires,” she said.In total, 2 000 people took part in fighting last week’s fires, including 250 firefighters dispatched from other provinces’ Working on Fire teams. They were stationed at Wolwekloof near Ceres, and were sent out to various blazes across the province as the municipalities requested help.It will still take weeks of monitoring to ensure that the fires have all been put out, during which time a clearer picture will emerge of the full extent of the damage to property and the environment.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Twilio offers a variety of usages including notifications, phone polls, call forwarding, voice transcription and triaging. If a client needs a reminder during the holidays you can automate a message and pre-program it to call them on a specific date. If you want to remain available in case of an emergency, you can forward a list of pre-determined numbers to your mobile while leaving the rest in voicemail. And if you’re looking to create a simple directory, you can use Twilio to create a list of people, options or customer service contacts. In late September ReadWriteWeb covered Buzzeromatic’s latest Twilio-based door application. In this case, users can grant timed building access to visitors by programming the door buzzer with a password. Rather than waiting for deliveries, Twilio ensures that you’re warm at home when deliveries arrive to your building entryway. At this early stage, we know we’re just scratching the surface on all of Twilio’s capabilities. If you’ve hacked together a cool application or holiday game plan using Twilio or a similar service, let us know in the comments below. Related Posts Holidays can be a tough time for those of us with startup companies. While the rest of the world is carving turkeys, lighting Menorahs and singing carols, we’re sneaking moments away from family to check our messages. You’ve created your vacation responses, forwarded your phone to voice mail and emailed your emergency contacts to clients. But a good business person makes sure services run smoothly, even during the holidays. Twilio may be one company that can help. Twilio is a web-service API that allows businesses to build their own customizable phones services and communications apps. Hosted on Amazon Web Services, Twilio’s infrastructure grows depending on customer demand. The company’s per-call pricing model is affordable and after watching CEO Jeff Lawson demo the service, we were surprised to see how user-friendly it truly is. At this week’sSF New Tech Event, Lawson was given 5 minutes to set up a conference call. After 10 lines of code he had a call-in number, mute settings, admin prompts and more than 50 members of the audience calling in during his live demo. After seeing the audience respond to the service, we realized that Twilio would be a great for putting your company on holiday autopilot. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDespite the myriad claims on children’s attention spans reducing and the numerous distractions such as YouTube and Netflix, the reading habit has managed to stay alive. In fact, many children can look forward to a variety of books this summer.This is the considered opinion of a cross-section of children’s publishers and writers in Delhi, though warning notes are also being sounded. According to well-known children’s author Paro Anand, best known for The Other and Wild Child, the number of children reading has not decreased.”Despite the new internet distractions, when I go to schools for workshops to talk about books, the level of interaction and engagement is often quite phenomenal.” She adds that schools across India have shown great interest in author visits, and therefore reading.She describes how many students ask critical questions on books ranging from transgenders to bullying. Anand adds that children do not accept things at face value. Echoes Deepa Agarwal, author of more than 50 books including Caravan to Tibet, and Blessed, “The Internet actually enables children to find a wider choice of reading material. With the proliferation of websites such as Amazon and Flipkart, online forums, and other social media disseminating information about new titles and many literary festivals celebrating books are booming.”Anand agrees, saying “My book sales, and that of many others, are actually going up, and a lot of that is due to digital over the past 5-10 years. “Is it enough? No. But it has increased.”Agarwal adds, “Parents and educators are now more conscious of the benefits of leisure reading. And, because of the demand, publishers are bringing out a vast variety of titles. This translates to more choice in terms of genre. Trends in Indian children’s books have undergone a sea change. There is much more imaginatively written non-fiction, historical fiction, and mythology retold in engaging new styles, as well as sports stories and fiction that reflects the lives of children.”advertisementSharon Fernandes, author of The Mystery of The Missing Crown- A Goa Story, agrees, saying, “Kids are reading more regional stories, with local history and mythology thrown in to the mix.” She adds, “Young minds today love nuanced stories, more than what we give them credit for.”Harper Collins Children’s Books publisher, Tina Narang dwells on the impact of technology. “There’s a wider variety of books to choose from and greater access online, but there are also a greater number of distractions. The challenge today is not so much creating books as it is creating readers. But, that’s not to say that young readers are not charmed by books anymore.”Despite this generally optimistic stance, Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, Publisher of Hachette, Children, has a slightly different take. “Children in India tend to get their cues early from the adults around them and very often they are directed to read more non-fiction and reference books that, it is hoped, will translate into marks, prizes or enhance exam performance.”While this is certainly true, the fact is that children’s writing has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Acclaimed children’s writer Subhadra Sen Gupta, author of many books, including Lets Go Time Travelling, calls herself, “a battle-scarred veteran” in the area of children’s writing in India.According to her, it all began with a “magical magazine called Target [published by India Today]. It had an extraordinary editor, Rosalind Wilson, who was responsible for the move away from producing copies of Enid Blyton to doing more Indian stories.Sen Gupta adds, “Indian writing has evolved and it began with a change in the attitude of publishers. We were treated like bored housewives doing cutesy picture books about smiling crocodiles.”The trends in children’s writing in India are indeed encouraging. Sohini Mitra, associate publisher of Puffin, at Penguin Random House India, points to a new custom, which also enhances the reading habit.”There is a lot more focus on doing more parent-child books/activities where they are able to spend quality time together.” She goes on to add, “With a flourishing market for quality children’s books now, especially with so many fabulous new voices and ideas around us, we have a variety of children’s books these days -from edgy fiction to reference books that do not just aim to ‘educate’ kids.”As Anand says, “The bottom line is children want well-written and gripping books, beyond categorising of age groups and genres.” She concludes, “I for one refuse to be all gloom and doom about kidlit.”last_img read more

October 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, has charged researchers to spend more time analysing data on child-related issues in an effort to solve the many problems that continue to affect Caribbean children. The UNICEF Representative, who was addressing the opening ceremony of the 7th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference on Tuesday, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, said that there is no shortage of data on child-related matters, pointing to the numerous research, policy and legal documents that have been presented over the years. He argued, however, that what is lacking is the necessary analysis of such data to find out the root causes behind many of the issues that continue to impact children. “The point is that we are aware of the ‘what’ and we do a good job communicating that ‘what’. What I would like to suggest today, is that in the years moving forward, we need to spend far more time exploring, dissecting and sharing the ‘why’,” he stated. Citing the example of teenage pregnancy, he argued that it is not only necessary to collect and communicate data on the issue, but that “we also have a duty to explain why so many of our children are getting pregnant so young”. He cited a recent workshop with teen mothers, where it was revealed that a cohort of girls from one parish had no other aspiration than to become a mother at a young age. “Because of social norms in their communities, these girls felt that they only had value and worth being a mother and a homemaker and the younger they started, the better,” he said. Mr. Fuderich stated that careful analysis of current data is necessary for the unveiling and understanding of such complex and deeply embedded norms and practices in society. These practices, he said, must be “slowly tackled over time if they are ever to be overturned”. In the meantime, Executive Director, Mona School of Business and Management, Paul Simmons, noted that through the conference, young people are being empowered through research and participation. He said this represented a new paradigm “where not only do we wish to hear from children, but we wish to empower them by facilitating their participation in arriving at solutions to issues that affect them”. The two-day conference, which is being held from November 6 to 7, is organised by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) in collaboration with several entities including UNICEF, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR). The main objectives are: to promote a culture of research among students in high schools in the Caribbean; recognise the work of child researchers in child-related research; and disseminate findings from such research. Other speakers at the event will include: Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Professor of Child Health, Child Development and Behaviour, University of the West Indies, Maureen Samms-Vaughan; and Professor Emeritus, SALISES, UWI, Neville Duncan.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgStory Highlights JADCO Anti-Doping Rules Violation Review Panel conducted their initial review JADCO continues its Results Management Processcenter_img The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) continues its Results Management Process in accordance with its Anti-Doping Rules, 2008.Following receipt of the 5 Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Accredited Laboratory in Montreal, Canada, JADCO wishes to state the following:1. The JADCO Anti-Doping Rules Violation Review Panel conducted their initial review to confirm the integrity of the doping control procedures employed.2. All athletes were officially notified of their AAFs and an immediate acknowledgement of receipt was requested. They were also given the mandatory 7 days in which to indicate:a. An explanation for the AAF; andb. A request for an analysis of the B sample.3. To date four (4) athletes have acknowledged receipt of the notification and one (1) has requested analysis of their B sample. The official responses to the AAF are awaited.4. If the results of the B sample analysis confirm the findings of the A sample analysis, JADCO will refer the cases to the independent body, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.JADCO maintains its robust Anti-Doping Programme and conducted 17 tests at the National Junior Championships, June 15-16, 2013 and 70 tests at the National Senior Championships, June 20-23, 2013. Since starting Doping Control Testing in May 2009, JADCO has conducted 860 tests – 504 In-Competition and 356 Out-of-Competition.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Going whole hog to sell Air India this time after the Modi 1.0 government’s failed bid, the group of ministers (GoM) led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to decide the reserve price of the national carrier and dealing with its large debt. Among other issues are golden handshake to staff reaching a certain age and extending medical facilities to those who have already retired or would retire in years to come. Official sources said that the government is nearly decided over a complete exit and making necessary change in eligibility criteria and other terms to align it with the needs of the potential investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Major decisions left are fixing the fair price of Air India and handling the debt. Then contours of the disinvestment and retaining employees are other issues,” said an official. The meeting schedule of the group of ministers is yet to be decided but is expected shortly. Apart from Shah, the ministerial panel has Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri as the members. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe previous Modi government had dropped the disinvestment plan citing adverse operating environment with global crude prices rising and rupee weakening against the dollar. The investor sentiment was also tepid. Above all, an impending general election did not make political sense to go for disinvestment of Air India which is generally associated with the country’s pride and sometimes termed as “jewel of the nation.” While the country’s aviation environment has changed in the last one year with Jet Airways out of the scene now, experts see prevailing conditions better than May, 2018 when not a single bidder showed interest for Air India at EoI (expression of interest) level. Kapil Kaul, CEO (South Asia) of Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) sees the current operating and investment environment better than last year. He sees investors showing interest for the national carrier provided some of their issues are sorted out. “Post-Jet Airways closure, demand-supply dynamics are more stable. Oil is expected to remain under $60 and rupee around 71-72 which indicates favourable trading conditions compared to last fiscal,” Kaul said. “Globally, funds are available for the right project subject to favourable conditions for investment,” he added. Air India has a total debt of about Rs 60,000 crore. The cumulative loss of the national carrier is to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore. In the financial year ending March 31, 2019 the airline is estimated to have reported a loss of Rs 7,600 crore.last_img read more