Government statement on funeral and memorial service for Collins Chabane

first_imgThe official funeral of Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane, who died tragically in a car accident last weekend, will be held on Saturday 21 March at 9am in Limpopo. A memorial service will be held this Thursday in Pretoria.Minister of Public Affairs and Administration Collins Chabane, who died in a traffic accident last weekend. (Image: GCIS)On Sunday 15 March 2015 South Africa woke to the tragic news of the passing of Minister of Public Service and Administration Ohm Collins Chabane. He died in a car accident with his two protectors, Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane and Sergeant Lesiba Sekele.The officers’ funeral arrangements are being handled by the South African Police Services, as they died in the line of duty.The Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals met on Tuesday 17 March in Cape Town to plan the official funeral for Chabane.An official funeralMinister Chabane will be accorded an Official Funeral Category 1, an honour given to serving ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and provincial Premiers. President Jacob Zuma has ordered all national flags to be flown at half-mast throughout the country on Saturday 21 March, the day of the funeral.Memorial serviceThe venue for Chabane’s memorial service has been changed from the Pretoria City Hall to the Tshwane Events Centre, formerly known as the Pretoria Show Grounds. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address.Date: Thursday 19 MarchTime: 12 noonAddress: 205 Soutter Street, PretoriaFuneralChabane’s funeral will be held at 09h00 on Saturday 21 March at the late minister’s home village of Xikundu, in the Vhembe District of Limpopo. President Zuma will deliver the oration.Media accreditationMembers of the media are invited to apply for accreditation via [email protected] or 082 440 5656, or by calling Tshegofatso Modubu on 083 276 0786.The Department of Communication and GCIS will facilitate the issuing of media accreditation. The media are asked to bring their identity document or press card when collecting their accreditation.Condolence booksThe public are invited to write messages to the Chabane family in the condolence books at these venues:• Tuynhuis, Parliament, Cape Town• Union Buildings, Pretoria• Offices of the Department of Communication and GCIS, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria• Offices of Department of Public Service and Administration, 116 Johannes Ramokhoase Street (formerly known as Proes Street), Pretoria• School of Government (formerly known as Palama) , ZK Matthews Building, 70 Meintje Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria• Office of the Premier in Limpopo, 40 Hans van Rensburg Street, PolokwaneSocial mediaThe public are asked to send messages to [email protected] All messages will be collated into a book, which will be given to the Chabane family. This email message channel will be open until Sunday 22 March 2015.The social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook will run from 17 March to Sunday 22 March. Members of the public are requested to address @PresidencyZA on Twitter and post on the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Facebook page. The hashtag is #RIPMinChabanelast_img read more

The 6 Technologies That Mattered Most To Small Business In 2012

first_imgRelated Posts Even though 2012 was a tough year overall for small businesses – the stubbornly slow economy didn’t help – technology improvements continued to offer hope of lowering costs, boosting efficiency, increasing sales and opening new markets. To the extent that they could find the cash, investing in technology remained a top priority for savvy smaller companies.These half-dozen technologies are the ones small businesses were most involved with in 2012:1. Social Media SurgedIn a survey by VerticalResponse, more than one-third of small business owners wished they could spend less time on social media (nearly half spend 6+ hours per week). But they can’t, because that’s where the customers are. A recent report by NM Incite found Internet users spend more time on social networks than on any other type of website. 2012’s breakout star, Pinterest, showed a whopping 1,047% increase in unique visitors — so if you haven’t gone there yet, you might want to. However, Facebook is still the top site, used by 90% of entrepreneurs, according to VerticalResponse, and 152.2 million unique visitors, according to NM Incite.2. Consumers Went All-In On MobileThe rabid adoption of tablets over the 2011 holiday season gained even more momentum in 2012. Smart retailers took advantage of the tablet’s leisure-time nature to create customized mobile shopping experiences for couch-surfers. On Black Friday, IBM reports, mobile sales topped 16%, up from 9.8% last year, with the iPad dominating. Small businesses also took advantage of mobile marketing to reach customers on their smartphones. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports 56% of mobile users go online with their phones and 50% use them for email; both figures more than doubled compared to two years ago. Some 84% of small businesses that used mobile marketing found it increased new business, a Web.com and Lab42 study found.3. Mobile Dominated BusinessIn 2012 savvy businesses of all sizes incorporated tablets into the workplace as presentation tools, payment devices or simply to entertain customers (for example, providing iPads for customers to place orders or entertain kids in restaurants). In The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 75% of mobile users report mobile devices have become “critical” to their jobs, and 67% say without mobile devices, their businesses would be less competitive.4. BYOD ArrivedBring Your Own Device has long been business as usual for cash-strapped startups, but in 2012 the trend took hold at companies of all sizes. Since many job seekers consider being able to bring their own device a workplace perk, BYOD could even give your small small business an edge in competing with bigger companies whose IT managers don’t like BYOD.5. Crowdsourcing ContinuedTechnological changes sped the growth of crowdsourcing, a boon to many small startups, this year, the Dell Evolving Workforce reports. Contractors and even customers increasingly contributed to small business solutions, doing everything from coding to innovating new product and service ideas.6. The Clouds Rolled In2012 was the year cloud services went from mysterious to mainstream—or as SMB Group put it, “as normal rather than cutting edge.” More and more, small businesses and startups turned to cloud storage and solutions to streamline operations and save money. At the same time, consumers’ increasing comfort level with the cloud opened up a whole new world of startup possibilities.What mattered to your small business most in 2012?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…center_img Tags:#2012 Trends#BYOD#cloud computing#mobile#small business#social media#social networking How to Get Started in China and Have Success rieva lesonskylast_img read more

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR COACHING ACCREDITATION

first_imgBeen wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date or is soon to expire? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (level 1, level 2 and level 3). These can be accessed by the links provided or through the My ClubTouch site. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. LEVEL 1 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 2 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 3 COACH UPDATE In the top left hand corner of each page you will see a ‘download file’. This is the file you will need to download, print, fill in and return to your State office and ATA. All coaches will also need to sign and return the Code of Ethics form to the ATA with payment of $16.20, this can also be found on the My ClubTouch site or by using this link. CODE OF ETHICS FORM Payment can be made by cheque or money order, as well as by credit card. Simply ring Dave McMurray at the ATA office on (02) 6285 2703 to pay by credit card over the phone. These links will provide you with information on the re-accreditation procedure, as well as forms to download, print, fill in and return to the ATA office. Feel free to contact ATA if you have any queries about this process. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

Video: Here’s Urban Meyer Teeing Off At The Famous 16th Hole At TPC Scottsdale

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer lives next to a golf course in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State coach jokes that he and his son, Nate, will often sneak onto the Muirfield Village Golf Club course and play a couple holes. The Buckeyes’ head coach has found some time to golf amid the post-national championship tour and recruiting period. For those who care, Urban Meyer is soon to take part in a hole in one contest at the Phoenix Open. It’s live on Golf Channel NOW— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) January 28, 2015Here’s the 50-year-old coach teeing off at the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, home of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Based on how Meyer’s month has gone, he probably hit a hole-in-one.last_img read more

Report: 4-Star PF Noah Dickerson Has Asked Florida For A Release From His Letter Of Intent

first_imgNew Florida basketball coach Mike White inherits a Florida program that has been very strong over the last few decades, but he has some work to do to lock down the 2015 recruiting class built by Billy Donovan. Four star Noah Dickerson of Monteverde Academy had been one of the cornerstones of the Gators’ class, but according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he is looking to reevaluate his college options with Donovan out of the picture.Florida signee Noah Dickerson told ESPN he has asked for his release.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 13, 2015Dickerson committed to Florida back in August, and has offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, LSU, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia, and numerous other programs, including much of the SEC. It should be noted that last night, he retweeted a message in support of White getting verified on Twitter.dickersonwhiteRTMaybe Florida still has a chance to finish with Dickerson’s commitment. Either way, he is well within his right to want to reevaluate things after the departure of the coach that he had committed to. We should find out where he will end up fairly soon.last_img read more

Accident at 85th Ave and 86 Street

first_imgUPDATE: Police confirm a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning.We will have more information as it becomes available.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Early reports say a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning. We will have more information as it becomes available. The northbound lanes on 86 Street are open and police remain on the scene, southbound traffic on 86th St is being diverted east (left) at 85 ave.It is advised to avoid this area if possible.If you have more information on this matter you can email; [email protected]last_img

The 2019 Budget designed to make life better by creating opportunities

first_imgThe following further outlines the details of how the Budget and the government say will make life more affordable, deliver better services to families and invest in a strong economy.Making life more affordableIntroducing the new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit – starting in October 2020 – that will provide families with one child up to $1,600 per year, two children up to $2,600 and three children up to $3,400. Over the course of a child’s upbringing, families with one child will receive as much as $28,800. For families with two children, that number can exceed $40,000 in support.Eliminating interest on British Columbia student loans. As of Feb. 19, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest; saving someone with $28,000 in combined provincial and federal student loans $2,300 over the 10-year repayment period.Fully eliminating MSP premiums on Jan. 1, 2020, saving families as much as $1,800 per year.Increasing income and disability assistance rates by an additional $50 per month, meaning a total increase of $150 per month, or $1,800 per year since Budget Update 2017.Investing $26 million in income and disability assistance enhancements to the B.C. Employment Assistance program to help remove barriers to accessing support, such as removing requirements that make it harder for older adults, youth and persons with mental health issues to access the program; helping people get identification so they can access income assistance; and extending the shelter rate for those paying room and board to a family member.Investing $6 million annually to provide respite services for parents who provide care for children with disabilities. This will significantly reduce the waitlist for respite services and increase the respite benefit by 10%.Investing $85 million to support children in care by increasing support payments for foster parents, adoptive parents and extended family members caring for children and by ensuring children in care benefit from provincial tax benefits. This includes a 75% increase to support payments for the Extended Family Program and responds to recommendations from Indigenous communities and Grand Chief Ed John’s report.Providing funding to community organizations to operate rent banks by providing short-term loans with little to no interest to low-income tenants who can’t pay their rent due to a financial crisis.Introducing a homelessness action plan with a $76-million investment that will support land acquisition and services to bring the number of modular homes for people who need them to 2,200.Delivering better services for familiesInvesting $4.4 billion over three years to expand and upgrade hospitals, medical and diagnostic equipment and health information management systems to ensure patients have the quality care they deserve.Providing $105 million over three years to support life-saving cancer care services delivered by the BC Cancer Agency, including increasing the number of cancer-related surgeries, diagnostic imaging, PET and CT scans.Improving mental health care for British Columbians with a $74-million investment that funds new initiatives focused on prevention and early intervention for children, youth and young adults.Increasing support by an additional $30 million, for a total of $608 million since Budget 2017 Update, to help tackle B.C.’s drug overdose crisis. This will help expand access to life-saving naloxone kits and fund pilot programs to help meet increased demand for paramedics in rural and remote areas of B.C.Expanding B.C.’s Fair PharmaCare program with an additional $42 million, providing coverage for more drug options that will improve the health outcomes of British Columbians. That includes people living with diabetes, asthma and hypertension.Providing over $550 million in additional supports for B.C.’s public education system, including $58 million over three years for the Classroom Enhancement Fund to support better classrooms for kids. This is in addition to the over 4,000 new teachers, including 1,000 special education assistants, hired to support students in B.C. classrooms.Moving forward with an annual investment to pilot legal clinics to help people access the legal services they need.Adding $111 million over three years to continue strengthening the Province’s efforts to combat and prevent wildfires.Investing in a strong, sustainable economy that works for peopleMaking more than $20 billion in capital investments primarily in the health, transportation and education sectors-the largest infrastructure investment in B.C.’s history. This will create tens of thousands of jobs in communities around B.C.Providing over $902 million for CleanBC, putting B.C. on the path to a cleaner, brighter, low-carbon future. This will reduce air pollution and save families money through the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, incentives for energy-saving home improvements, a net-zero building code and programs to help communities transition to cleaner energy sources.Diversifying forest tenures and manufacturing, increasing timber processing in B.C. and supporting collaboration with stakeholders, including Indigenous governments with a $10-million investment.Investing $18 million to continue making Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning free and accessible for people looking to upgrade their skills and get ahead.Adding $21 million to expand BC Transit and handyDART services to help people safely commute in over 30 urban and rural communities in the province.Providing over $39 million in new funds over three years to ensure B.C.’s bridges and roads keep people and goods moving, and an additional $4 million to improve commercial-vehicle safety by increasing inspection station hours and targeted enforcement.Investing $9 million over three years to implement government’s commitment to modernize the taxi industry and enable ride-hailing in B.C. This includes funding for enhanced vehicle compliance and enforcement activities, and supports the new provincial regulator, the Passenger Transportation Board.Providing an additional $15 million for the BC Arts Council to open doors for B.C. artists, writers and creators.Making a historic $20-million investment to fund a fair, independent oversight body in the mining sector.Providing nearly $14 million over three years to transform B.C.’s employment standards for protections and enforcement, keeping people safe at work.To help connect communities and businesses, the government is committing $50 million to expand high-speed internet in rural and remote communities throughout B.C.To read more on the 2019 Budget; CLICK HERE To support British Columbia’s long-term economic growth, the government is investing $20 billion over three years to build the infrastructure B.C. needs to thrive, creating and supporting tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.The Province is moving forward with more than $800 million in business tax reductions over the course of the fiscal plan to support investment in new plants, machinery and equipment, joining with the Government of Canada to boost B.C.’s competitiveness.Budget 2019 continues to invest in better services for people, including improved health care, quality education and affordable, accessible child care. As priorities, the government is delivering more hospitals and shorter wait times, funding schools and thousands of new teachers, and continuing the path towards a universal, made-in-B.C. child care program. Budget 2019 introduces the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit, returning nearly $400 million to British Columbian families raising children, starting October 2020. For a family’s first child, the benefit is as high as $1,600 a year, increasing to $2,600 for two children and $3,400 for three children. Families will receive the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit from the day their child is born until reaching 18 years of age.The Government shares, with the benefit, and the full elimination of Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums, will give middle-class families the largest reduction in their taxes in a generation:A family of four earning $60,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 60%, compared to 2016, putting more than $2,500 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $80,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 43%, compared to 2016, putting almost $2,400 back into this family’s pocket.A family of four earning $100,000 will have its provincial taxes reduced by up to 22%, compared to 2016, putting almost $1,600 back into this family’s pocket.To help make sure young people are able to start their careers without being held down with debt, Budget 2019 eliminates interest from all new and existing British Columbia student loans. The government shared as of February 19th, 2019, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest. Meaning an average graduate would save $2,300 in interest, based on a $28,000 combined federal and provincial loan with a 10-year repayment period.According to the Province, they are committed to achieving true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, committing an estimated $3 billion over the next 25 years for the largest revenue-sharing agreement with First Nations in B.C.’s history.The government goes on to share this year’s budget moves forward with CleanBC by investing $902 million to make sure B.C. can meet its climate commitments and to protect the province’s clean air, land and water. This initiative was developed in consultation with the B.C. Green Party caucus as committed to in the Confidence and Supply Agreement.“British Columbia’s economy is thriving with the strongest GDP and wage growth in Canada. It’s clear that sharing the benefits of growth with all British Columbians results in a stronger economy,” said James. “Together we are doing our part to fight climate change and build a British Columbia where everyone can enjoy a good life and secure future in the community they call home.”center_img VICTORIA, B.C. – The 2019 Budget has been created to work for all British Columbians by creating opportunities while maintaining a Budget surplus shares the BC government.The government shared the 2019 Budget will make life easier on people and they will balance the budget in all three years of the fiscal plan with surpluses of $274 million in 2019-20, $287 million in 2020-21, and $585 million in 2021-22.“People in B.C. struggled for too long because the old government made choices that helped the few at the top while everyone else fell further and further behind,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “Budget 2019 opens doors for you and your family by putting thousands of dollars back into your pocket. We’re helping hard-working British Columbians get ahead at every stage of their life, no matter where they’re starting from.”last_img read more

BJPs demand an insult to Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Saturday informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) delegation that the BJP’s demand of declaring all booths in Bengal ‘super sensitive’ is an insult to the people of the state where previous elections have been held peacefully.A delegation of the ECI led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a meeting with all the political parties on Saturday. “Bengal has seen all-round development and the law and order situation in the state is peaceful. The BJP lacks organisation in the state and so are resorting to tricks and constantly pressing with the Election Commission that the law and order situation is a problem here,” Chatterjee told reporters after a TMC delegation led by party’s All India general secretary Subrata Bakshi met Jain at Bengal Chamber. Reiterating that the TMC wants free and fair election in the state, Chatterjee said the Opposition, particularly BJP, is trying to present a false and fabricated picture of the law and order situation in the state. He challenged the BJP to furnish documentary evidence of the Panchayat polls in which the latter had claimed there were incidents of violence. It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Mahila Congress has organised a two-day dharna on Rani Rashmoni Avenue that started from Friday on the same issue, stating that BJP has insulted Bengal by demanding declaration of all 77,000 odd booths in the state as ‘super sensitive’. “The Left Front has fielded candidates in only 25 seats while the Congress is still struggling. The BJP is luring those leaders who have become insignificant for the TMC,” Chatterjee said. The BJP delegation again pressed to declare all booths in the state ‘super sensitive’ while Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharjee urged to assign media observers ahead of the elections. Left Front leader Rabin Deb said the Election Commission has already implemented their demand and have made it clear that no civic volunteers in the state will be deployed on poll duties.last_img read more

Addressing growing burden of heart diseases

first_imgThe Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”last_img read more

Ukrainians vote in 2nd round of presidential election

first_imgKiev: Ukrainians voted on Sunday in the second round of the country’s presidential election, with incumbent leader Petro Poroshenko seeking re-election, while TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is making his foray into mainstream politics for the first time. Polling stations opened 8 a.m. and will close 12 hours later, the BBC reported. Sunday’s election comes after the two candidates on Friday appeared at Kiev’s Olympic stadium to debate for the first time. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Zelensky, 41, who is best known for starring in a political satirical drama called “Servant of the People” where he plays a teacher who accidentally becomes the Ukrainian President, won the first round on March 31 with more than 30 per cent of the vote, almost double what Poroshenko got when he finished in second place with 15.95 per cent. With no previous political experience, Zelensky’s campaign has focused on his difference to others rather than on any concrete policy ideas. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The 53-year-old incumbent president, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs, was elected in a snap vote after former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in the February 2014 Maidan Revolution, which was followed by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and insurgency in eastern Ukraine. The next President will inherit a deadlocked conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in the east, while Ukraine strives to fulfil EU requirements for closer economic ties. The EU has said that about 12 per cent of Ukraine’s 44 million people are disenfranchised, largely those who live in Russia and in Crimea.last_img read more