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Pienaar flies Football for Hope flag

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 21 December 2010 Gifted South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has been named as the ambassador for Fifa’s Football for Hope programme, a unique global movement that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development. The global football governing body made the announcement on Monday.Football for Hope Football for Hope was launched in 2005 with the aim of helping children and youngsters in poor communities to transform their lives through football. The social investment and development programme operates on a global scale, and includes among its projects the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The campaign aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health. So far, four Football for Hope centres have been built: in Kayelitsha outside Cape Town, South Africa; Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya; Katutura township in Windhoek, Namibia; and in Baguineda, Mali.Football ‘kept me going’ Pienaar can certainly identify with the issues that Football for Hope tackles, having grown up surrounded by poverty in Johannesburg’s Westbury township. In an interview with Fifa.com, the Everton midfielder said football had given him “focus and something to cherish and love, allowing me to take my mind off the problems at home. “As a young kid it was difficult because there were so many things going on around you and you were stuck in the middle of it … Football just kept me going and kept us away from all the difficulties and challenges we all faced as young kids.” Pienaar said that South Africans’ love of football went a long way to explaining the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “Of course it also shows the rest of the world that football is alive and you can go to different continents and people will make the most of the chance, as football brings people together.”On Bafana Bafana’s new coach Asked about new Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, Pienaar likened him to Everton manager David Moyes: “He’s a workaholic. He doesn’t sleep, the only thing he does is watch football, and he’s a great coach who works hard and demands the highest level of discipline from everyone. “He also wants to be involved with the players’ lives off the pitch,” Pienaar said. “He wants the players to always be happy, which is important – he’s like a father figure – and I think he deserves to be the national team coach.” Asked if he had a message for young people in South Africa and around the world, Pienaar said: “The challenges in life can make your dreams seem far from you, it can make you believe you’ll never reach your goals. But if you have belief and faith you can reach your goals, and if you keep pushing and going, God will open the doors for you that are shut.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

NDP: South Africa to push for ‘Big Fast Results’

first_img20 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.zalast_img read more

Why You Absolutely Must Read Books

first_imgEvery human being that is born starts at exactly the same place. They are a blank slate, knowing nothing that they need to know to survive and thrive in the world in which they find themselves. There is no knowledge that is transferred biologically from parents to child. Regardless of the capacity to learn and the different forms of intelligence human beings possess in greater or lesser quantities, you have none of it.Even though you know nothing at birth, much is already known by others. The people that have come before you have had experiences that resulted in a certain knowledge in that area. Other people have studied some area to make discoveries and develop a deeper understanding of this thing or that. When you are born, you are way behind in the acquisition of human knowledge, some gained through experiences and some through research and study.If you embrace the idea that books are not helpful to learning you are deciding that there is nothing worth knowing if it is not gained through your own experience. This is to suggest that the way one should learn about the dangers of fire is to burn themselves, even when others who have already had that experience might strongly suggest that you don’t burn yourself, and even if they can explain to you very clearly and easily how not to do so.Let’s use K. Anders Ericcson’s 10,000 hours rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell. Through a lifetime of experience, someone has learned something useful to other people. While doing so, they have also developed the concepts and ideas that help other people make sense of this thing they know. They have also developed some advice, some strategies, and some tactics that might help other people produce results in this area both faster and more effectively, and they’ve codified these ideas in a common form that allows the transfer of this knowledge from one person to another.The suggestion that one would be better off avoiding any knowledge that wasn’t gained through own their experience is to believe that there is nothing that can be known that would shorten the learning curve. Following this thinking, you would have to learn that multiplication and division are concepts on your own. It would mean that the only history of any value is your own and that your analysis of your experience is the only experience with any real value. The collective whole of human knowledge and experience would be of no value to you at all, being full of ideas, concepts, strategies, tactics, and instructions that, despite being useful to thousands or millions of people before you, are worthless.It is true that you cannot learn to swim by reading a book. But you can shorten the learning curve and accelerate your mastery by learning from those who already swim at a level far beyond the level of competency you’ve achieved. Part of that learning can and will be codified in the form of a book. Reading helps you understand your experience and provides context.For around $25 and 6 hours of your time, you can learn what took someone else a lifetime to learn.Any suggestion that you should not read books should be rejected with extreme prejudice, and you should think carefully about taking any advice from people who believe there is nothing to learn from others if it has been published as a book. There is no reason to remain ignorant when help gaining knowledge and understanding is available to you, and for a song at that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Chicharito close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas

first_imgTransfers No Man Utd return for Chicharito as Besiktas close on €8.5m deal Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:49 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Javier Hernandez West Ham Getty Images Transfers Beşiktaş West Ham United Premier League Javier Hernández The Mexico striker had been linked with a second stint at Old Trafford, but his next career move is to take him away from England and over to Turkey Javier Hernandez is close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas in an €8.5 million deal, Goal understands.The Mexico international only returned to English football in the summer of 2017, with the Hammers acquiring the former Manchester United striker from Bayer Leverkusen.They invested £16 million in a proven Premier League performer, and handed him a three-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player EMIRE Javier HernandezThat agreement is, however, set to be broken after just six months, with a switch to Turkey about to be made.A return to Old Trafford had been mooted for Hernandez, with Jose Mourinho in the market for support and competition to Romelu Lukaku.The 29-year-old will not be getting that opportunity, though, as Besiktas have leapt to the front of the transfer queue.The Turkish side’s chairman, Fikret Orman is in London and holding advanced talks with West Ham regarding Chicharito.With an agreement now close, the hard-working frontman will soon be in a position to open a new chapter in his career.It is understood that a contract worth €3.5m-a-year will be put to Hernandez, with Besiktas prepared to spend big in order to make a high-profile addition following the sale of Cenk Tosun to Everton.Hernadez is best known for his time with United, but he also spent a season on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid while with the Red Devils and has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been.If he is to leave West Ham, then he will depart having netted four times in 20 appearances.last_img read more

Revenue Strategy Being Strengthened

first_img The Government will continue implementation of key policy, administrative and legislative reforms during the 2018/19 fiscal year, to supplement measures already instituted under its Revenue Strategy. This is outlined in the Government’s 2018/19 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw. Story Highlights As it relates to tax administration reform, the document indicates that initiatives previously commenced by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to improve the tax system’s efficiency will continue. The Government will continue implementation of key policy, administrative and legislative reforms during the 2018/19 fiscal year, to supplement measures already instituted under its Revenue Strategy.The strategy focuses on building an efficient and equitable tax system that supports macroeconomic stability and facilitates a competitive business environment to undergird economic growth and development, thereby ensuring that the Administration’s policies and programmes are adequately financed.This is outlined in the Government’s 2018/19 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw.As it relates to tax administration reform, the document indicates that initiatives previously commenced by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to improve the tax system’s efficiency will continue.The Policy Paper states that TAJ’s strategic focus will centre on boosting the notable achievements recorded during fiscal year 2017/18, as efforts to satisfy taxpayers’ and stakeholders’ expectations are amplified.To this end, several medium-term strategic objectives have been identified. These include:• Continuously improving voluntary compliance, through continued focus on the four primary facilitatory quadrants – registration, filing, payment and accurate reporting. Initiatives to be implemented towards improving these areas include publication of the National Compliance Plan; strengthening of the legislative support; and implementing the special property tax project.• Engendering a customer-centric organisation by continuously reviewing and redesigning TAJ’s current service offerings to improve public engagement regarding taxpayer obligations. TAJ will broaden this concept by developing and implementing a stakeholder management plan/communication matrix to further address stakeholder needs and expectations. For 2018/19, product and service channels will be strengthened by exploring additional e-strategies, such as expansion of payment options and mobile application development;• Institutional strengthening through the TAJ’s continued forging of agreements for information sharing with third parties and institutionalising quarterly divisional expenditure management and control to ensure an effective cost of collections ratio.In this regard, continued implementation of business processes such as the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) will be enhanced, while phase two of the Enterprise Content Management system (ECM) will be implemented. A most critical delivery will be the development plan that focuses on producing an infrastructure standardisation policy framework to guide work on tax offices. The TAJ will advance the centralisation of project coordination, which is expected to greatly support the five-year development plan;• Building human capital synergies that will be supported by implementation of the findings from the employee satisfaction survey, along with strengthening of the staff performance management system; and• Enhanced corporate governance and culture through strengthening of TAJ’s accountability and transparency mechanisms. A key strategic initiative to be implemented is a governance framework that will fully establish TAJ as a Semi-Autonomous Revenue Authority (SARA). This will be supported by implementation of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, aimed at conducting business continuity testing.The TAJ’s net revenue inflows at the end of December 2017 totalled $207.8 billion, which was $13 billion or 6.7 per cent above target.This out-turn equated to collections over the first three quarters being above target by 9.4 per cent, 7.1 per cent and 8.4 per cent, respectively.According to the Fiscal Policy Paper, tax compliance measures were developed to provide a risk-based approach to treat with taxpayer segmentation.A total of 17 programmes were developed and implemented covering registration, filing and payment compliance, audit, and taxpayer service and education.These strategies included a combination of interventions, such as taxpayer education and assistance, to clarify legislation or simplify overly complex administrative procedures; outreach and communication programme; audit and enforcement; as well as leveraging of third parties (tax professionals, industry associations, financial institutions, and other government agencies).The JCA’s medium-term objectives in support of the Revenue Strategy, as also building on the agency’s achievements in 2017/18 include:• Maximising revenue collection, and the rate of detecting illegal and prohibited goods;• Ensuring efficient and effective use of resources;• Improving voluntary compliance through ongoing public education and by initiating discussions with stakeholder groups/traders;• Improving planning and research within the Agency;• Facilitating efficient processing of legitimate goods and services; and• Automating and strengthening information management, information and communications technology, and financial management systems.Net fiscal year revenue inflows at the JCA totalled $157.4 billion at the end of December 2017. This was $16.1 billion or 11.1 per cent over the corresponding period in the 2016/17 fiscal year.About 92 per cent of this out-turn was generated from taxes, which grew by $15 billion or 11.5 per cent over the previous year.last_img read more

Before crashing into the moon Israels lunar lander grabbed two final images

first_imgOriginally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface pic.twitter.com/yDx2ioZiXy— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/fGhNkvg5Qd— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019last_img read more

Boat carrying Rohingyas lands in Indonesia

first_imgSuspected Rohingya people sit on the ground as they arrive in Idi Rayeuk, East Aceh on 4 December 2018. Photo: AFPA boat carrying 20 men believed to be Rohingya migrants landed in Indonesia Tuesday, authorities said, the latest group of the vulnerable Myanmar minority to reach the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.They arrived in Aceh province on Sumatra island in a rickety wooden boat, according to a local official, who said he thought the men were the persecuted Muslim Rohingya.”We can’t communicate with them because they don’t speak Indonesian, Acehnese, or English. So we don’t know much about them,” said Iswandi, the head of Idi Rayeuk district where they arrived, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.It is not known where the group, aged between around 20 to 40, set off from.However, in recent weeks authorities in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, where around a million of the Muslim refugees are living in camps, have stopped boats of fleeing Rohingya migrants headed mainly for Malaysia.It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.That year, hundreds of Rohingya came ashore in Aceh, where they were welcomed in the staunchly conservative Islamic province.But there have been concerns the desperate community might start taking to the high seas again after mainly Buddhist Myanmar launched a new military crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh.In April, about 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat landed in Aceh just weeks after dozens more arrived in neighbouring Malaysia.Indonesia tends to accept asylum seekers but they are usually barred from working and often spend years in immigration centres.last_img read more

Twinkling tales

first_imgThe solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts  the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29  Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

Mutual funds invest Rs 40000cr in debt markets during AprMay

first_imgMutual fund managers pumped in over Rs 40,000 crore in debt markets during April-May this fiscal primarily on account of improved business sentiments.This follows a fund infusion of nearly Rs 6 lakh crore in debt market in the last financial year. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), fund managers invested net sum of Rs 17,389 crore in May and Rs 22,650 crore in April, taking the total amount to Rs 40,039 crore in the ongoing financial year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashIn comparison, mutual funds invested a net amount of Rs 13,420 crore in equities during the first two months of 2015-16. “After a spectacular past fiscal, we are upbeat about overall inflows in equities and debt markets for the current financial year (2015-16) as well,” an industry expert said.This inflow has helped the mutual fund industry to reach around Rs 12 lakh crore mark in assets under management (AUM) by May-end. Mutual fund is an investment vehicle with a pool of funds collected from investors to buy securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.last_img read more

Aspirin helps in fight against TB

first_imgAspirin can prevent the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium from hijacking immune cells and allow the body to control infection better, say researchers who found that the common pain killer could treat the top infectious killer worldwide that claims around 4,400 lives a day. Researchers from the Centenary Institute in Sydney found that the TB bacterium hijacks platelets from the body’s blood clotting system to weaken immune systems. “Our study provides more crucial evidence that widely available aspirin could be used to treat patients with severe TB infection and save lives,” said lead author Elinor Hortle, research officer at Centenary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing the zebrafish model of TB, the team used fluorescent microscopy to observe the build-up of clots and activation of platelets around sites of infection. They found that the platelets were being tricked by the infection into getting in the way of the body’s immune system. Treating the infections with anti-platelet drugs, including the widely available aspirin could prevent hijacking and allow the body to control infection better, according to the paper published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “This is the first time that platelets have been found to worsen TB in an animal model. It opens up the possibility that anti-platelet drugs could be used to help the immune system fight off drug resistant TB,” Hortle said. According to the World Health Organization, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.6 million died from the disease.last_img read more