20 June 2014 The South African government is set to launch an initiative – inspired by the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia – to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan, President Jacob Zuma announced in Cape Town on Friday. Responding to the debate on his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said government officials had held discussions with their Malaysian counterparts on a South African adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology. He said the initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, would be launched in July. “We want to find methods that work, that will deliver results, and we believe Operation Phakisa may provide the key.” The National Development Plan (NDP), also known as Vision 2030, is the country’s 30-year framework for growing the economy while tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, speaking during the debate on the State of the Nation address earlier this week, said the Big Fast Results methodology involved bringing key stakeholders together in “laboratories” for intensive planning at a practical and detailed level; setting targets which are made public; rigorously monitoring progress with implementation; and making the results public. Using this methodology, Radebe said, the government of Malaysia had been able to register impressive results within a short period. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa – the economic sector “laboratory” – will initially be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and focus on unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Radebe said there was massive untapped economic potential related to the country’s oceans, in the areas of marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture and marine protection services and governance. “It is estimated that unlocking the economic potential of our oceans can contribute up to R177-billion to GDP by 2033 compared to R54-billion in 2010,” Radebe said, adding: “This sector has the potential to employ one-million people by 2033 compared with 316 000 in 2010.” The second implementation of Operation Phakisa – the health sector “laboratory” – will apply the new methodology to improve service delivery in clinics nationwide, promoting Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s “ideal clinic” initiative. The laboratory will be undertaken in collaboration with provinces, districts and clinic managers with the aim of producing a detailed plan for improving service delivery in public sector clinics. The plan will include indicators, targets and timeframes, as well as a guideline for clinic managers to develop and sustain these improvements. Source: SAnews.gov.za
In a first for the continent, Facebook has opened an office in Johannesburg. The social networking platform is already a central part of people’s lives in Africa, it says. And with more than a billion people in Africa, “we want to do more to help people and businesses connect”.Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke is Facebook’s new Head of Africa at the Johannesburg based office. (Image: APO)Priya PitamberSocial media network Facebook has opened its first offices on the continent. Based in Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch, the lady at the helm is Ogilvy veteran Nunu Ntshingila, the global company’s new head of Africa.https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/tourism-south-africa/geographyAfrica is vitalFacebook has asserted the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people to grow locally and regionally.“Africa is important to Facebook, and this office is a key part of our strategy to expand our investment and presence across EMEA,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, the vice-president of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). “Facebook is already a central part of people’s lives in Africa, and with more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to help people and businesses connect.”She said the group was inspired by the ways people and business in Africa used the platform. “This momentum in Africa comes on top of strong advertiser partnerships and excellent adoption of our products across all regions,” Mendelsohn stated. “In Q1 2015, 52% of our total ad revenue came from outside the US and Canada. But we’re just getting started.”Growth for businessesThe platform’s active user population in Africa grew 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their cellphones.“Mobile is not a trend,” Mendelsohn added. “It’s the fastest development in communications we’ve ever seen. This couldn’t be truer in Africa – where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent.”The new offices will also support customers from the continent. Ari Kesisoglu, the regional director of Middle East and Africa (MEA) at Facebook, said the company was committed to creating tailored solutions to people and businesses specifically in Africa.“Our priority for the next few months is to continue the work we are already doing with some clients in this region,” Kesisoglu added. “We will work closer with businesses and agencies to understand the challenges, so that we can build solutions that help grow their business.“People increasingly want to be connected to the world around them and desire information about new services and products to better their lives. At the same time, businesses need stronger, more flexible and less fragmented ways of reaching people in sub-Saharan Africa. Our mission will be to connect brands and consumers in Africa, creating value for all parties in the process.”Nunu NtshingilaMendelsohn said they were delighted to have Ntshingila on board.“Ntshingila will join our team in September and work with businesses and agencies across the region,” she said.Ntshingila is a graduate of the University of Swaziland and Morgan State University in the US, and has had senior positions at Nike and the South African Tourism board. She also helped with the expansion of advertising agency Ogilvy’s network in Sub Saharan Africa, which covers about 27 countries.Let’s get socialThe online social networking site, Facebook, launched in February 2004. It was created by Harvard University students Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.The company’s current headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last Friday we got anywhere from a quarter to a little over a half inch on most of our fields. And the Monday before that we had about a half-inch also. Moisture-wise I think we have been some of the luckier ones in the state. Things really look just about as good as we could hope for at this point.Most of our corn is done pollinating. We have some early corn planted on April 18 and we pulled an ear at sweet corn stage already. It is progressing really well with the heat and moisture. It may be an early harvest.Most of the corn pollinated in the low to mid-80s range for temperature. We were maybe a little dry for a couple of days for pollination, but nothing severe.We brought all of the equipment back last Thursday for baling straw and called it quits. We should be between 96,000 and 97,000 bales of straw for the year, which was double what we did last year and it was tremendous. We had the weather to do it. A lot of times we’ll be baling almost until August and this year we were done last week with more bales.I am on the Trade Policy and Biotech team for the National Corn Growers Association and we had meetings last week in Washington, D.C. and the Corn Congress was after that. A good friend and good leader for Ohio, John Linder, got elected to the NCGA Board. He was the highest vote getter in the election. That is the first time ever that Ohio has had two on that board at one time. We have Anthony Bush and John Linder — both from Morrow County — on there now and Ohio should be proud of that. Ohio is well respected at the national level.It seems like there is a huge crop out there after hearing from people across the country. After talking to everyone, it may be tough for the markets to really rally much.
Assam Police averted a tragedy on Friday morning when its personnel detected and defused an explosive device planted inside a train during routine search after its arrival at the railway station in Guwahati.Police found the bomb kept inside an air bag from seat no. 22 of S5 coach during routine search of the Kolkata-Guwahati Kanchanjanga Express at the Guwahati Railway Station, sources said.They said after the bomb was found, all 1100 passengers inside the train were deboarded. “The train was checked thoroughly,” the sources said.Police said they recovered 4 kg explosive, 4 detonators and a time device from the bag at around 5.20 AM after the train arrived.”The programmable time device was found during routine check by police personnel. Every train which arrives at the Guwahati station is checked,” the sources said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.”
Nancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.We had an earth shaking start to the Beginning Band Concert but the show went on! #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn pic.twitter.com/DtAEyUNcIF— School District 60 (@sd60) November 30, 2018 UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation. “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes. The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area. It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region. The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3. The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2. Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake. Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days. Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada. You can do that by clicking here.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size. Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region. The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”Aftershocks could occur – take precautionary actions and drop, cover & hold on whenever you feel one. https://t.co/zOI9AnwLmO— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018 Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek. At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.USGS reports 4.2 magnitude #earthquake 22 km east southeast of Fort. St. John. Reports of it being felt in the area. More info: https://t.co/kHfw5Yrv9y— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018
UPDATE – Here is an update from School District 60: Peace River North. They still haven’t said what routes are cancelled – Due to heavy snow overnight some of our buses are unable to run today. Drivers will contact families if their bus will not be running. Schools remain open.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School buses in and around Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Buses are still running in Chetwynd, but they have been cancelled in Dawson Creek. There is no word yet from School District 60 if buses are running or not in the North Peace. A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace. The region could see another two centimetres of snow before it ends later today.
New Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached a house of hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani located in Delhi in connection with an over Rs 3.62 crore tax evasion case against him.The flat is located in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension locality in Malviya Nagar. A Tax Recovery Officer (TRO) of the department sealed the house as Geelani allegedly failed to pay Rs 3,62,62,160 income tax for assessment years 1996-97 to 2001-02, said an order accessed by PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act (assessee deemed in default of tax payment) and “prohibited and restrained” the Hurriyat Conference leader from transferring the asset. An order was issued on March 29 by the department. TRO is the enforcement action taking arm of the tax department and deals with cases of wilful defaulters. The authority is empowered to attach an asset and subsequently auction it to realise the tax dues. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), last month, levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of foreign exchange law. The foreign currency, equivalent to about Rs 6.90 lakh, had also been confiscated by the ED as part of an order issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) on March 20. This currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.