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Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Graeme Smith captains his 100th test

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We wish him good luck for future endeavours and for everything that he has achieved. May it inspire every generation of young South Africans to do better,” Mbalula said. When the Proteas lost their ninth wicket, some thought the match was over. Smith, though, had other ideas and came out to try and save the game. The Australian fans rose to their feet as one, recognising the fighting qualities they hold so dear in another. His test career began way back in March 2002 at Newlands. Probably the best bit of trivia about Smith’s contribution to that match, the second test against Australia, which the Aussies won by four wickets, was not his 68 in the second innings – he began his test career with three in the first innings – but the fact that he didn’t open the innings. He batted at number three. South Africa were already 2-0 up in their three-match series Down Under, the series victory sealed, when the Proteas found themselves in trouble. They were way behind in their run chase and the Aussies were deeply into the Proteas’ batting line-up. Overs, however, were also running out for the Australians. Along the way, Smith eclipsed Kirsten and Darryl Cullinan, who both scored 275 in a test innings, by making 277 in the first test against England at Edgbaston in 2003 to become the highest South African run scorer in a test match. Remarkably, a week later, he made 259 in the second test at Lords. “For me, as a former opening batsman, his role has been underpinned by his success as a batsman, to average close to fifty and to score 26 Test hundreds is an unbelievable achievement. We often forget the role he plays with the bat up front.” ImprovementTied to Smith’s success was the Proteas’ improvement as a test team; in 2008/09 they won in both England and Australia. When they did it for an unprecedented second time in 2012, they became the undisputed number one test team in the world. It was generally agreed that Smith’s captaincy and his contributions with the bat had a lot to do with it. Having taken on the job at the young age of 22, Smith has gone through some ups and downs, but he is now one of the most respected leaders in the game. Smith has also proved to be at his best when the chips are down in the fourth innings. At Edgbaston in 2008, he scored a magnificent 154 not out on a very difficult pitch, arguably his most impressive innings, to guide the Proteas to a five-wicket victory. He rightly received high praise for that effort, but there was even higher praise to come for an innings of only three in a loss to Australia in January 2009. Proteas’ team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee toured Bangladesh in 2003, which was Smith’s first tour as captain. “I was travelling with the team as the doctor at that stage,” Moosajee recalled, “and I don’t think he stopped talking for the entire trip there. 1 February 2013 “When he came into the team I saw that he had leadership potential,” Kirsten said in a statement this week. “He relished the idea of being captain of South Africa, when a lot of people didn’t because of the burden the job comes with. center_img Talent and sense of dutySouth Africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula spoke at a press conference on Thursday ahead of the first test against Pakistan. He praised Smith for his “courage”, saying: “It’s a great day and special occasion for Graeme, the captain of our national side, for the exceptional display of talent and sense of duty [he has shown throughout his career]. When Graeme Smith walks out onto the Wanderers pitch to take on Pakistan in Johannesburg on Friday, the day of his 32nd birthday, he will become the first man in cricket history to serve as captain in 100 tests. One of those was as captain of the World XI against Australia in 2005. His 100th test in charge of South Africa will take place on 14 February. The South African skipper battled manfully, leaving the ball when he could, but enduring great pain whenever he was forced to play it. His innings lasted only 17 balls before he was bowled by Mitchell Johnson and the match lost, but his decision to bat raised the level of respect of the opposition immeasurably. ESPN Cricinfo, the Internet’s leading cricket website, wrote an article about Smith, headlining it “The bravest man in world cricket”. ‘I felt he had lot to offer’“I played 14 Tests under him and even though he was young, I felt he had a lot to offer, but that was obviously going to take time, which is sometimes the case with leadership,” Kirsten said. Number one in the worldIn the past five years, Smith has led South Africa to some of the country’s most important series victories, including twice winning Down Under, when the Proteas had never previously achieved a series victory, and twice winning series in England. That run of success has led to South Africa becoming the number one test playing team in the world. “South Africans are proud of what he has achieved. He will remember the lows and ups during his career, but he never gave up, I hope that will inspire every sports loving person in the country.” Test runsThe batting was opened by Herschelle Gibbs and one Gary Kirsten, now the coach of the Proteas. Kirsten outscored Smith in that game, making seven and 87, but Smith has gone on to a longer career and passed Kirsten, once South Africa’s all-time leader in test runs, having reached 8 624 by the time of his 100th test as captain. Smith’s batting achievements include a world record first wicket opening partnership with Neil McKenzie, who like Smith attended King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. Together they put on 415 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in early 2008. They finished day one on 405 runs, which is the most a pair has put in a single day of test cricket without losing a wicket. “His patriotism is in a league of its own. As young as he is, he has come of age to be what he is today. InjuredSmith was not expected to bat after he retired injured on 30 in the first innings with a broken hand. Compounding this was a case of tennis elbow in his right arm. An injection had numbed it, but batting would be a painful experience. He wouldn’t bat again, or so people thought. “He has grown into one of the most astute leaders that this country will ever witness, but for me, the most impressive element about Graeme is the humbleness and humility with which he has gone about his work, he is an great example for everyone in the team.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Municipal changes will boost delivery

first_imgWith local government elections set for next year, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan discusses the importance of reforming municipal structure to ensure optimal governance and service delivery.South Africans queue to vote in the 2014 national elections. (Image: The Presidency) Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin GordhanSouth Africans are no doubt looking forward to the local government elections next year. They are an important because municipalities form the first line of contact between citizens and government.Since 1994 our nation has undergone many changes. But for all our success we are still plagued by issues from our past.Among them is the need to review governance structures, including municipal structures. There are municipalities that struggle to deliver services because of insufficient revenue and inadequate governance.The Back-to-Basics programme analysed municipalities across the country and found about a third to be dysfunctional. This was determined by measuring economic and financial viability, tax sustainability and dependence on inter-governmental transfers.Measures to address these challenges are aimed at ensuring sustainability and viability. The measures include direct interventions in cases where laws have been flouted or municipalities lack the capacity to deliver services. They also include strengthening district municipalities so that they deliver services. In certain cases there is a need to disestablish and amalgamate local municipalities to improve governance and functionality.The eagle-eyed would by now have noticed that the changes tend to coincide with municipal elections. There is a small window to make changes between local government election cycles. Having consulted all MECs responsible for local government in the provinces, the Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs requested the Municipal Demarcation Board in terms of section 22(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act of 1998 to determine/re-determine the boundaries of various municipalities based on assessments conducted by the Department of Cooperative Governance.There were 25 specific requests in respect of seven provinces, with a total of 61 municipalities affected. There are also another 15 municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal where the request to the Board requires adjustments to municipal boundaries to align traditional rural communities.Historically, these changes have been met with only limited opposition. The process is open and transparent and any proposed change must pass legislative muster.Proposed changes are first scrutinised by the Board, which is an independent body that derives its mandate from the Constitution, the Municipal Demarcation Act, and the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act of 1998.In 1993, provincial boundaries were formed using the erstwhile magisterial districts and 843 municipalities were created. This was not sustainable as municipal areas were based on skewed settlement patterns, great spatial separations and disparities between towns, townships and urban areas.After the 2000 municipal elections, the number of municipalities was reduced to 284. There were also 16 cross-boundary municipalities that were created affecting five provinces.After a further review in 2006 the number of municipalities was reduced from 284 to 283. Further change was implemented in 2011 when 283 municipalities were reduced to 278.The proposal to establish 267 municipalities post the 2016 municipal elections demonstrates the continuous evolution of our system of local government, and should be seen within the context to build a capable state. It should be seen as the first phase towards addressing non-viable municipalities.The latest round of proposed demarcations will, no doubt, illicit strong responses from various quarters. Robust debate is part of our democracy and is welcomed. Nonetheless, we believe that the proposed changes will lead to better governance and stronger functioning municipalities.These changes are part of our Back-to-Basics approach to serve communities better. It prioritises the delivery of basic services, good governance, sound financial management and building capabilities.The Board will determine whether the identified municipalities meet the objectives of demarcation, and the factors that must be taken into account when the boundaries are determined. In considering the request by the Minister, certain legislated requirements will be followed.It must publish a notice in a newspaper circulating in the area concerned stating the intention to consider the matter and to also invite written representations from the public within a specified period, which may not be shorter than 21 days.After this, the Board must consider all submissions, and may hold a public meeting, or conduct a formal investigation, or do both.Thereafter, it must publish its determination or redetermination of a municipal boundary in the relevant Provincial Gazette, and any person aggrieved by a determination of a municipal boundary may within 30 days of publication of that determination submit objections in writing to the Board. Objections are then considered, and the Board must either confirm, vary or withdraw its determination. After having complied with the above requirements, the Board then publishes its decision in the relevant Provincial Gazette.It is clear that the determination of municipal boundaries may only be undertaken by the Board, an independent institution which finds its origins in the Constitution. No politician, including myself, may determine boundaries.This article was first published in the Sowetan on 24 March 2015.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 16, 2019

Cartoon: Thanks a Bunch, WikiLeaks

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… More Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… This one came to me while I was watching an episode of Burn Notice (please hold your applause until the end of the post), where Michael, Fiona, Sam and Jesse have realized they have a piece of unspeakably important information in their hands. And maybe a decade ago, I would have found their dilemma compelling.But today? In a few minutes, they could post it to Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress, 4chan and – just for the hell of it – Plenty of Fish, with plenty of time left over for Michael and Fiona to agonize over their relationship, for Sam and Fiona to explore their rivalry for Michael’s attention (I suspect they each had emotionally distant parents), and for Michael and Jesse to finally acknowledge the sexual tension between them.It’s possible I’m overreaching. That may have to be a two-parter.My point is this: time was when a screenwriter’s greatest enemies were the studio system, writer’s block and, well, other screenwriters. But now writers working in the action/adventure/suspense/blowing-stuff-up genre also have to contrive ways to deprive a character of connectivity.So to the action movie clichés of which wire to cut and cars slamming into fruit carts, you can soon add batteries running low, cell phone jammers, and “Why did I choose AT&T?”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 15, 2019

BlackBerry CEO Comes Out Swinging At BlackBerry Live

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hall Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10 center_img In front of a packed house at the Marriott World Resort in Orlando, BlackBerry President and CEO Thorsten Heins proudly showed off the company’s newest devices, including the low-end Q5 designed for developing markets, talked-up the company’s updated BB10 platform (10.1) and announced that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) was going cross-platform. Heins was generally upbeat, declaring this year the company’s “best launch year ever,” all the while gleefully taking swipes at the competition. The market will decide, of course, though this morning’s celebratory keynote was clearly designed to ensure all that BlackBerry has emerged from the last few years of painful market declines and is eager to take on the competition.Z10. Q10. BB10.1.Heins took some of his shots at Apple and Microsoft, mocking those who suggest that “people want the desktop experience” on a tablet or smartphone. “Really,” he mocked. “It simply doesn’t work. That’s why we built BB10 specifically for a pure mobile experience. We don’t serve the desktop market. We are mobile first – the original mobile first.” Heins then showed off the Z10, which he described as “Perfect for people who want the all-touch experience.” Heins also briefly channeled Steve Jobs: “One more thing: the famous BlackBerry keyboard,” he said as he introduced the Q10. “The best physical keyboard on the market today. No one makes keyboards better than BlackBerry.” (The Q10 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. by June.)After showing off the company’s two new flagship devices, Heins made the case for why BlackBerry remains relevant in the mobile world. In last four months, he noted, apps for BB10 have increased from 70,000 to “over 120,000” and one third of all developers are now targeting BlackBerry as “their prime platform,” Heins claimed.Heins also took the opportunity to introduce “BlackBerry Channels,” a media-rich social messaging service. He also reminded the audience of the scope of the company’s messaging service. “BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has more than 60 million users. More than 10 billion messages are sent every day. Twice the number of any other messaging service.”  Another audience wow: BBM is now “cross platform.”Regarding new app announcements, however, there was very little said. Heins did state that Skype is now available (with the BB 10.1 OS update), but that was all.BlackBerry Goes Global With Q5One surprise of the keynote was Heins’ introduction of a completely new “BlackBerry device at a global price range.” He held up the small, colorful Q5 – “our latest Qwerty device, specifically designed for emerging markets. I know it’s going to be a big hit.”Though he did not provide much detail regarding the Q5, it appears to be a direct competitor to Nokia’s popular Asha line. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … BlackBerry On The OffensiveThroughout his presentation, Heins was delivering the smack downs – alluding that Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone each had fundamental weaknesses – and that only BlackBerry was “mobile first.” Heins suggested that BlackBerry’s pure mobile focus could lead the company and its new BB10 platform to a global resurgence.“We are working to win back our traditional customers,” Heins said, “BlackBerry 10, as a platform, is entirely new. This is not an update to an old BlackBerry OS.”This will not be easy. BlackBerry (formerly RIM), finished 2012 with a 8% global smartphone market share – a significant drop from the previous year. Worse, these numbers are almost entirely based on the company’s once-dominant user base of BB7-based devices. By the first quarter of this year, the company failed to even place in the top 5 of all smartphone vendors. For all Hein’s positive talk, he provided little in the way of actual sales or distribution data.Despite the many positive proclamations of BlackBerry’s CEO, as the company shifts to a new touch-based and app-centric smartphone operating system its future remains in doubt. Android, iPhone or even Windows Phone may leave little opportunity for the Canadian company to move forward.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 24, 2019

Finance Minister Heads Mission to the United States

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and a four-member team will travel to the United States (US) on July 7, to meet with financial institutions and rating agencies in New York and Washington.Members of the delegation will hold meetings in Washington with critical stakeholders and the US Treasury to update them on the progress being made under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, and to see how the entities can help support Jamaica in a tangible way.This was stated by Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a Jamaica House press briefing on June 26.Meanwhile, the delegation will travel to New York, to meet with agents of the capital markets to update them on developments in the Government’s economic reform programmes and growth agenda.“The meetings will include representatives from investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies and rating agencies,” the Minister pointed out.Other members of the team are: Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Senior Director in the Ministry of Finance, Pamella McLaren; and Special Advisor to the Minister, Helene McIntosh.Cabinet has approved the official travel, which will cost $2.3 million, inclusive of air fare, accommodation and per diem. The delegation returns on July 17.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2019

William Shatner To Host Charity Gifting Ceremony

first_imgWilliam Shatner, one of America’s most versatile stars and philanthropists formally announced today that he and John Sotoodeh , Wells Fargo LA Metro/Orange County Regional Bank President, will host a gifting ceremony and media breakfast to distribute grants to the charities supported by the annual Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, sponsored by Wells Fargo.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show is in its 23rd year.The event will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 16th at Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani’s Firenze Osteria, 4212 Lankershim Blvd in Toluca Lake, CA.Proceeds from the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo benefit special-needs children across the City of Los Angeles through local charities including AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 22 years, we have helped thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so happy to award the funds raised at the 2012 event to these special-needs organizations.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2019

Update Capsized Haitian Sloop

first_img Recommended for you Police release update on capsized sloop Grim reports, migrants drown in attempt to land illegally in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews #HaitianSloopTragedycenter_img 15 bodies found so far in Jan 24 Haitian Sloop tragedy Related Items:#HaitianSloopTragedy, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – A search is still ongoing by Police and Immigration Officers for bodies of persons who may have drowned following the incident of an illegal Haitian Sloop that capsized in rough seas in the Norther Western Point of Providenciales on Tuesday 24th January 2017.So far, officials have discovered a total of 15 bodies consisting of 8 females and 7 males.  Information received was that 69 souls were on board the sloop “Adonai” when it left Cape Rouge in Haiti. One survivor from that ship was captured by Police.  As a result officials so far can only account for 16 persons in total with 53 still outstanding.Persons within the Haitian Community with concerns regarding relatives can contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 for information.  Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of illegal immigrants who may have arrived on this boat is asked to come forward with any information or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station.  Further searches are ongoing.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2019

TCI Govt Estate needs 20M injection Minister announces rentcutting plan

first_img Related Items:#GoldrayEwing, #magneticmedianews, providenciales Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Millennium Highway road works not behind schedule says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Turks and Caicos, August 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Government says the country could save, over the medium to long term, as much as $24m in revenue with the estate strategy decided upon at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.    During his ministerial statement in the House of Assembly last month, Minister #GoldrayEwing said it would first take an investment though of $20m to resuscitate and renovate the Government properties across the islands.Minister Ewing said a government complex is coming for Provo.  “Mindful of the poor state of the existing Government Estate and the high level of costs associated with renting accommodations from within the private sector, to achieve savings in the medium to long term the Government is currently giving consideration to constructing purpose built accommodation in #Providenciales.   A Framework Document has already been produced and presented to Cabinet with a Working Party having subsequently been established to develop the concept further.”This will mean cutting down on rent to private citizens by Government, renegotiating existing leases and transferring financial liability to landlords if there are any new lease agreements for government office spaces.    The Minister said a government complex also makes sense for Grand Turk.#MagneticMediaNews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2019

Darren Fletcher It was a great victory a muchneeded victory

first_imgStoke City midfielder Darren Fletcher has heaped praises on James Forrest and Ryan Fraser after their performance against Albania.James Forrest scored a brace in the second half after a Steven Fletcher penalty, while Ryan Fraser scored the opener as Scotland defeated Albania 4-0 on Saturday night.The result leaves Scotland within a victory of making the playoffs for the UEFA European Championships in 2020 and Fletcher was full of praise for the Scottish duo who scored their first international goals.“It was a great victory, a much-needed victory,” he said.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“The formation really suited us with the wide players, Ryan Fraser and James Forrest, causing problems all night. We sat back letting Albania have a lot of possession and we just killed them on the counter-attack, stepping up when we needed to.“It was a comfortable night and a fantastic victory.”Alex McLeish’s men host Israel on Tuesday at Hampden Park knowing a victory over their Israeli opponents will put them in contention for a playoff place for the next European championships in 2020.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 30, 2019

Walmart Is Opening its Own Tech Incubator in Silicon Valley

first_imgMarch 21, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Like Target and Amazon, Walmart is trying to figure out what the future of retail looks like. The company already bought startups such as Jet.com and clothing store ModCloth to better compete online, but Walmart’s next move will invest some of its sizable coffers directly in the next generation of retail technology startups through its own tech incubator.According to Jet.com founder Marc Lore — now CEO of Walmart’s ecommerce division — the group will be called “Store No. 8” and will focus on investing in companies that cover all the buzzwords from virtual and augmented reality, to machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence.As Bloomberg reports, the new tech incubator was named after a shop in Arkansas where Sam Walton used to experiment with store layouts and will be based in (where else) Silicon Valley. While Lore didn’t reveal how much Walmart would be investing in the project, Store No. 8 will be headed up by Walmart SVP of Digital Store operations Seth Beal and VP of Incubation Katie Finnegan, who also came from Jet.com.While the companies at Store No. 8 will operate independently of Walmart corporate and its research company @WalmartLabs in San Francisco, the end goal here is to create new tech that will help Walmart’s bottom line — whether that be through new online boutiques like ModCloth or new ways to skip the checkout lines in the store. Plus, when your competition is riding robots and planning a delivery service for the moon, the only smart move is to respond by opening a tech incubator. This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more