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PM Region 6 Office being used to fill out visa forms

first_imgDear Editor,I will like to bring to the attention of the Prime Minister a matter of concern about his Office in Region Six.A few days back, my aunt ask me to accompany her to the Prime Minister’s Office to lodge a complaint concerning some matters that are affecting her. I agreed and went with her.When we got there, we were ask to have a seat and wait. There were quite a few others in the waiting area, so we all started various conversations and shared ideas, and so on. While deep in the conversations, many talked of the reason for being there.Most of the persons waiting said they had come to the office to fill out their visa application forms. I asked, “Who does that here?” The reply was that Mr. Harbhajan does that, and people come daily to do it. In fact, one of the persons visited the office several times to do same with relatives.I am so surprised that the Prime Minister’s Office in Region 6, which is a Government office, is being used as a personal business place by the Prime Minister’s Representative.This begs for an investigation into the functioning of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the work of the office holder who, by the way, has a special guard dressed in brown and black, who is believed to be a member of the Guyana Police Force.This is total misuse of public office. Why is it that tax payers have to pay the rent, the bills, the Guyana Police Force, the PM’s Rep, etc to do private business in a public office?I hope the PM will ask for an investigation to be done; and we all know that the PM knows it’s happening, so he will ensure the investigation goes his Rep’s way, just like what happened at NCN Berbice with his AFC member who misused her office.The people of Region Six are looking forward to hearing the outcome of this matter.Sincerely,Avinash Persaudlast_img read more

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Cohesion Ministry using State resources to fund PNC work – Edghill

first_imgThe Social Cohesion Ministry is nothing but a reincarnation of the Ministry of National Development and Mobilisation, which was operated under the Administration of the People’s National Congress (PNC) and is now being used to do party work funded with State resources.This damning accusation was made by former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill, as he delivered his presentation during a parliamentary debate on Friday.The Minister in rubbishing the arrangements surrounding the social cohesion unit headed by Minister Amna Ally said that Guyana was today even more divided than it was in May 2015.“When we talk about social cohesion,” according to Edghill, the conversation has to be centred on shared values and equal opportunities.He suggested that perhaps there needed to be put in place constitutional arrangements for equal opportunities for all Guyanese.“If we gonna talk about social cohesion, we must talk about social inclusion, but we have social exclusion,” Edghill said, insisting that what in fact obtained was that the Ministry of Social Cohesion operated as a revamped Ministry of Mobilisation.He suggested that the good life promised by the Administration has been elusive for all but a few – that particular class of people who are enjoying what Minister of State, Joseph Harmon described as the gravy train.“How could we be talking about social cohesion when people are being removed from their jobs on the mere perception of political affiliation?” the former Government Minister questioned.Edghill declared that in order to secure the cohesive society adumbrated by the President and embellished by substantive Minister Amna Ally, there must be participation by all people and sectors, not just by a special group or segment of society,The Ministry of Mobilisation, which was opened and closed under the PNC, resurfaced in the media after weapons that had been issued to that outfit and never returned were discovered following a shootout between Police and bandits in early 2008.The Police in a statement at the time said that its ranks responded to information that a boat with a number of men was seen in the Zeskendren, Mahaicony drainage canal area.When challenged, the men opened fire and when fire was returned by the Police, they abandoned the boat and escaped into the thick bush north of the canal. A subsequent search led to the finding of a wooden boat with an outboard engine. Weapons and ammunition were also found.Two of the weapons were subsequently determined to be the property of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), which for its part, claimed that the weapons were issued to the Ministry of National Development and Mobilisation in 1976 and 1979. A total of 237 guns, including four general purpose machine guns (GPMG), were issued to the Ministry and were still unaccounted for.last_img read more

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Ronaldinho, Oliech in legendary star-studded team to face Sofapaka

first_img0Shares0000Brazilian player Ronaldinho is set to arrive in Kenya on Friday November 9. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7- Decorated Brazilian football star Ronaldinho will play in an exhibition match alongside Kenyan football legends that comprises of former Harambee Stars skipper Dennis Oliech against KPL side Sofapaka FC at the Ruaraka KCB Sports Club on Sunday.Ronaldinho, who is the official Betika brand ambassador, will also be involved in the match courtesy of the gaming firm which also sponsors 2009 KPL champions Sofapaka FC. The Kenyan legends team will be handled by former Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and will feature Mahmoud Abass, Oliech and 1987 Africa Cup Winners’ Cup winning captain Austin Oduor.Other players include former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno, Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga and former AFC Leopards and Stars goalkeeper Matthew Ottamax.Ronaldinho, who won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 2002, will be in the country for a three-day visit to promote grassroots football.Sofapaka captain Stephen Waruru is looking forward to sharing the pitch with the double FIFA World Player of The Year, who is regarded as one of the most skillful player to have ever played the game, lighting up European football for many years always with a smile on his face.“The Brazilian has retired after an extraordinary career, but his wonderful talent will be remembered for ever. And playing against him will change our history,” Waruru said.Waruru believes that playing against the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner will give him the feel and impression of playing in the World Cup despite the country never having qualified for the football showpiece.“Watching Ronaldinho was fun, it made people happy and playing against him will be inspirational. His visit will inspire upcoming footballers and allow them to dream big,” said Waruru adding that his team-mates are also excited at being accorded that rare opportunity thanks to Betika.Sofapaka finished fifth in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League and reached the final of FKF Cup against Kariobangi Sharks.The club founded in 2004 participated in the 2010 CAF Champions League and have also taken part in the CAF Confederation Cup three times.Kenya legends TeamMathew OttamaxJosiah OugoTom JumaSimeone MulamaRamadhan BalalaFrancis OduorTitus MulamaAllan WangaMaurice SungutiEdward KaranjaDennis OliechVictor OnyangoMahmoud AbbasAustin OduorMusa OtienoHenry MotegoCoach – Jacob Ghost Mulee0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Thieves now targeting ATMs in stores

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Chuck Valencia found shattered glass on the ground and a big hole in the door when he was called to his Internet cafe in the middle of the night. Valencia’s computer store in Gardena had become the victim of thieves targeting cash-filled automated teller machines inside businesses. At least 34 of the crimes have been reported in Los Angeles County since March 2006, South Gate police Detective Tony Alonzo said. The thefts have occurred in Gardena, Hawthorne, Carson, Bellflower, Compton, Norwalk, Paramount, Santa Monica, Lynwood, Burbank and Whittier. Often summoned by an alarm, owners arrive at work to find their windows in pieces and nothing but bolts on the floor where their ATMs used to be. CRIME: A business in Gardena is one of 34 in the county to have the machine torn out since March 2006. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER That’s what Valencia found Jan. 31. “They didn’t really get much,” said Valencia, whose store is in the 1400 block of Artesia Boulevard. “Since it is a small ATM, on its best day it has maybe like $3,000.” The payday is good, however. The crimes take only moments. Most occur the same way: Burglars break a window, hook a rope or metal chain to the ATM, attach the other end to their van and pull. Once they yank it from its base, they load it into the van, break it open and take the cash. The latest crime was reported Oct. 19 at a Produce 4 Less store on Firestone Boulevard in South Gate, according to a bulletin issued by the city’s Police Department. Two masked men pried open a door, attached a chain to the store’s portable ATM, linked the other end to the undercarriage of their Chevrolet Astrovan and drove forward, police said. But they were unable to break the ATM free from the floor. They fled when the chain snapped. In other cases, the burglars succeeded. On March14, a motorist driving past the Arco service station at 2150 Marine Ave. in Gardena heard a crashing noise and saw a dark-colored Chevrolet Astrovan parked outside the business. The van had white stripes similar to the design on the “Starsky and Hutch” car from the 1970s television show, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said. “The van was parked with its rear facing the front entrance,” Burnett said. “As the guy drove past, he noticed a male wearing a black-hooded sweat shirt run from the gas station and jump into the van.” The van hurriedly took off. Officers arrived quickly and looked inside the business. The ATM was gone. All that was left were bent bolts on the floor and a plastic sign on the ground that said, “ATM Machine.” At Valencia’s store, officers found smashed front glass doors and tire tracks on the ground outside. The missing ATM was found later lying on the Century (105) Freeway, empty. Thieves ignored the computers in Valencia’s store, taking only the ATM. “We do have 24-hour surveillance and an alarm system,” Valencia said. “They don’t have time to sit here and remove the computers.” A similar crime occurred toward the end of 2006 at a business in a shopping center at Artesia Boulevard and Western Avenue, Burnett said. As several law enforcement agencies work the cases, it is unknown if the same band of thieves are committing the crimes, or if there are several groups, police said. South Gate police described their suspects as wearing black ski masks, black hooded sweat shirts, dark pants and black-and-white sneakers. The burglars were about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 140 to 160 pounds. Their sex and race were unknown. Business owners normally place ATMs inside their stores as a service to customers. The ATMs are owned by third parties, but the business owner receives a cut of the fees for their use. Valencia said he has installed bars on his windows to protect his store and his computers, but he has chosen not to replace the stolen ATM. If he eventually does, he would have it secured to the floor with a cement base to prevent anyone from tugging it from the store. “You literally dig a big hole and put the ATM machine on there with the cement,” he said. “If we put one back again, then we are going to take precautions.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain remain keen on signing Leicester sensation

first_img1 N’Golo Kante in action for Leicester City Paris Saint-Germain have not given up hope of landing Leicester star N’Golo Kante this summer, according to reports in France.The 25-year-old midfielder was a revelation during his first season in the Premier League and was one of the cornerstones of Leicester’s shock surge to the title.But his future is now the subject of intense transfer speculation with Arsenal reportedly the frontrunners to land him this summer.Arsene Wenger has been aware of Kante for a long time and has tracked him for years but has so far decided against signing him.However, that could change during the window with the Gunners boss supposedly ready to splash the cash to land his compatriot.But now Le Parisien has suggested that PSG are still very much in the hunt for the midfielder with influential chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi a huge admirer.And it has been reported that he is still preparing an offer for Kante to join his star-studded squad despite strong interest from Arsenal.last_img read more

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DO YOU WANT TO WIN A NEW KIA SPORTAGE AND OTHER AMAZING PRIZES THIS SUMMER?

first_imgEURO 2016: With Euro 2016 less than 16 days away, Martin O’Neill’s men take on Sweden, Belgium and Italy in group E.To get you in the mood for the Euro’s – Donegal Daily in conjunction with Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure and Inishowen Motors are running a fantasy football league which anyone can enter for FREE – yes that’s right for FREE.  To be in with a chance of winning the Donegal Daily Euro 2016 Fantasy Football just simply follow these simple steps to be eligible to win the amazing prizes on offer.Sign Up below with your details so we can contact the lucky winners.Team Name must be unique so get the thinking caps onContact number must be in useEmail address must be valid[ninja_forms id=1]After submitting your details above follow these simple steps: Simple click on this link which will take you the UEFA Euro 2016 website http://eurofantasy.uefa.comClick play fantasy 16′Select your team individually or use ‘auto fill’ feature which automatically selects your team.At top of screen click confirm squad which will ask you to then to select your captain, i.e your captain gets double points.Enter your team name which you have already given Donegal Daily, in the unlikely event the team name is taken simply change name and notify us at donegaldailyeuro2016@gmail.comThen you must register, you can do this using your Facebook, Google, Windows or Yahoo accounts. Otherwise follow the instructions on screen to Register.Finally after creating your account to play Fantasy Football, go to ‘join leagues’ and enter this unique code(03034EBC) in order to join and be eligible for prizes.Once the confirmation email has been sent click on the link sent and go onto eurofantasy.uefa.com to join our league with the code 03034EBC.Any problems don’t hesitate to contact us on donegaldailyeuro2016@gmail.com if you encounter any problems.Have you the skills to walk away with some of our amazing prizes?If you think you have, then enter now.Best of Luck and enjoy!DO YOU WANT TO WIN A NEW KIA SPORTAGE AND OTHER AMAZING PRIZES THIS SUMMER? was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Euro 2016fantasyFootballinishowen sportsMichael Murphy Sportslast_img read more

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Crystal Palace assistant raves about Zaha and downplays exit rumours

first_img 1 Wilfried Zaha has been a big hit for Crystal PalaceThe Eagles are an unfocused mess without Zaha on the pitch – which was too frequent an occurrence in 2017/18 due to injury – but they turn into a fearsome outfit when selected.Lewington, who has been assistant since Roy Hodgson succeeded Frank de Boer as Palace manager, joined talkSPORT to heap praise on Zaha.“Wilf is so important to Crystal Palace,” Lewington told theBrazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s the darling of the crowd.“He is, possibly, the best player I’ve ever seen running with the ball at pace; if he gets that final ball more consistent, then…“I certainly wouldn’t want to play against him every week!Asked if Zaha is going to stay at Crystal Palace this summer, despite interest in him from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, Lewington replied: “I think so.“Certainly for the time being, he wants to play for us.“The crowd love him… they just adore him.” Wilfried Zaha’s importance to Crystal Palace has been outlined by the club’s assistant manager Ray Lewington, who also downplayed suggestions the forward could leave Selhurst Park this summer.Zaha, 25, ended the Premier League season with nine goals and three assists to his name, further strengthening his claim to be called the best player outside the top six.last_img read more

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NZ beat Boks, win Rugby Championship

first_imgA willingness to run the ballSurprisingly, in the early going, both teams showed a willingness to run the ball. It was an approach that did not waver throughout the contest. After winning a South African throw-in and making effective use of an overlap, they set Read free to run in a try down the left that took the Kiwis nine points clear. Barritt added two more with the conversion to put New Zealand 38-27 ahead. The crowd lost some of its volume. 5 October 2013 New Zealand replyWith 25 minutes on the clock, New Zealand crossed the South African try line for a second time. After keeping the ball alive down the left flank when their attack looked like it had run out of steam, Sam Whitelock made ground deep into the Springboks’ 22 before Liam Messam crashed over from close range, with Read helping to drive him over. Cruden’s conversion brought the Kiwis to within a point of the Springboks. South Africa were a little stronger in the set scrums, but not enough to make a discernible difference to the match, while the Kiwis fared surprisingly well at lineout time, turning over some South African throw-ins and effectively stopping a number of Springbok drives at their try line. The All Blacks hit back quickly after Andrew Hore released Kieran Read on the right before Ben Smith, with a sharp sidestep inside, beat the South African defence and crossed for a superb try. Aaron Cruden added the extras to make it South Africa 3, New Zealand 7. “When you play the Springboks, you have to give everything to try and win the game and we had to dig pretty deep,” All Black skipper Richie McCaw said after his 120th test. With only a quarter of the game gone, the Springboks had half the tries they needed for a bonus point. Sadly, the two-try hero, Habana, had to leave the field only minutes later after tweaking a hamstring, with Jan Serfontein coming on in his place. New Zealand had never won by more than three points at Ellis Park. This time they won by 11 to record only their fourth win in 12 tests at the ground and victory in the 2013 Castle Lager Rugby Championship. The Kiwis nearly paid for some sloppy play as they attacked. when Bryan Habana latched onto a poor pass from Israel Dagg. The speedy winger hacked the ball through to almost on the All Blacks’ 22, but was then beaten by the bounce, which allowed Ben Smith to recover possession. Eben Etzebeth next brought the crowd to their feet with a galloping run down the left hand touchline. However, he gave away the ball when he tried to find support. Conrad Smith kicked ahead, forcing South Africa back into their 22. The Springboks then moved the ball to the right and Willie le Roux almost went over for his second and South Africa’s fourth try, but knocked on in a tackle by two defenders. Record-equalling tryUndaunted, the Springboks brought the massive crowd to life when Bryan Habana scored his 16th try of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship to equal the record of Christian Cullen. The All Blacks stood firm, but the home side moved the ball first right and then left. When Liam Messam gave away a penalty by preventing the ball being released, he was yellow carded. Willie le Roux wasn’t done, though, and he set De Villiers off on an impressive run into the New Zealand 22. De Villiers spilled the ball in a tackle, however, and the All Blacks countered effectively through Ben Smith, taking play into South African territory. Captain Jean de Villiers said at the post-match presentation: “Rugby is about attack and defence and unfortunately our defence wasn’t up to it tonight.” Eighthman Duane Vermeulen set up Habana by busting through the New Zealand defensive line before skipping Jean de Villiers with his pass to find Habana on the overlap. South Africa’s record try scorer went over under the uprights and Steyn converted to make it South Africa 10, New Zealand 7. Then, controversy. One of the assistant referees reported to referee Nigel Owens that Dane Coles, who had taken over from Andrew Hore, was not on the team sheet. A New Zealand official said it was a typing error, but Keven Mealamu, it should be pointed out, does not look much Dane Coles when written down. After some consultation, the match continued. Excellent footworkThe potential kick at goal was from right in front and only five metres out, but the Boks ran it and Willie le Roux showed excellent footworkto pry open a gap and go over for a try. Steyn converted to edge South Africa one point in front. Coach Heynecke Meyer’s charges looked confident and were making plenty of running after coming through the early pressure put on by the All Blacks. From the set piece, South Africa put New Zealand under pressure and referee Nigel Owens, after no advantage had been won by the Springboks, awarded the home team a penalty for the 2011 World Cup winners going offside. Flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked the easy penalty to put the Boks 3-0 in front.center_img With the ball directly in front of the uprights, only five metres out, Beauden Barritt, on for Cruden, knocked over the kick to make the score South Africa 22, New Zealand 24. With half-time closing in, the Springboks lost flanker Willem Alberts to an injury. He was carted off the field and replaced by Siya Kolisi. Using the width of the field well, Francois Louw beat Read and forced Ben Smith to move inwards to help the eighthman tackle Louw. The Springbok fetcher put Habana into the clear with a beautiful pass and Habana then beat the last man in defence, Ben Smith, with a kick and chase to take South Africa’s tally to 15. Steyn was unsuccessful in his attempt to convert the five-pointer. With only four minutes remaining, Le Roux intercepted a pass by substitute Steven Luatua. He sprinted towards the try line and looked for all money to be in for the try. Barritt, though, put in a fine try-saving tackle, forcing Le Roux’s right foot onto the touchline only five metres out. The Springboks remained out of bonus point winning position. There was bright start to the game from the All Blacks, who won back the kick off and forced the Springboks deep into their 22 metre area. The most anticipated rugby test of the year was played in ideal conditions and both teams responded by playing positive, running rugby that produced nine tries, five of them to the All Blacks. Sucker punchShortly after that, New Zealand lost prop Ben Franks for 10 minutes for a swinging arm to the head of Coenie Oosthuizen. With 14 men on the field, though, they hit the Springboks with a sucker punch. Early in the second half, South Africa were awarded a kickable penalty after scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was tackled without the ball. Instead of having a shot at goal, though, Morne Steyn kicked for the corner. This time the Boks created some momentum as they drove forward from the lineout. The hooter sounded, but the All Blacks turned over possession and chose to counter-attack and not kick the ball out. Steve Hansen’s charges took the ball wide down the left and when Hore found Messam wide on the touchline the flanker broke back inside to beat the cover defence and score New Zealand’s third try. Cruden added the conversion, making it South Africa 15, New Zealand 21 at the break. Captain’s tryThe All Blacks then breathed a sigh of relief after captain Jean de Villliers charged a clearance kick down deep in New Zealand territory. Etzebeth, though, turned over possession from the resulting lineout and captain De Villiers bowled over Barritt to score a bonus-point try out on the right. Steyn was unsuccessful with his conversion, leaving South Africa three points ahead. Time upStill, both team chased more, with both threatening to add further tries, but time had run out. Barritt, however, quickly made up for his missed tackle by slipping three tackles and going over for the bonus point try that clinched the Rugby Championship for New Zealand. When he converted his own try, the men from the Land of the Long White Cloud led by four points, 31-27. A sweeping move down the right flank opened up some space for Willie le Roux, who chipped the fullback, but Aaron Smith, on cover defence for New Zealand, prevented the immediate danger by gathering the ball and conceding a five metre scrum after dotting down behind his own try line. New Zealand clinched the 2013 Castle Lager Rugby Championship title at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening after an exhilarating and somewhat controversial 38-27 victory over South Africa in front of a passionate crowd of 63 888. Fielding kicksTheir other problem area occurred in the fielding of kicks, both from hand and at kick off time. The All Blacks came away with the ball more often than the Boks when the ball had been in the air, and were more effective at the restarts. The Springboks showed they could crack open the usually sound New Zealand defence, but their defence was found wanting on the day and was one of two disappointing features of their performance. Not long after the kick off, the Springboks and Habana had their second try and the star winger a Championship record. Ma’a Nonu then twisted his way over the South African try line after the home team’s defence had been broken out wide, but the decision on the grounding of the ball had to be taken by the television match official. The replay revealed an outstanding try-saving tackle by Kolisi. New Zealand, though, had won a penalty for the Springboks being offside.last_img read more

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Competitiveness Forum tackles education, labour

first_imgDr Adam Gordon, acting director of Wits Business School, Warren Hero of Eduloan and Nalini Naicker from the Gauteng Planning Commission on the panel for the discussion of education, skills and labour. Gordon said that these three issues are in an integrated space, and our key reputation issues are related to them.(Image: Nokuphila Nyawo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Petrus de KockResearch ManagerBrand South Africa+27 11 712 5000RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goal • South Africa prioritises quality education• Grooming future leaders: pricelessMelissa Jane CookThe inaugural Competitiveness Forum hosted by Brand South Africa gathered more than 200 representatives from government, business, labour, civil society and academia at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 5 November.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane addressed the forum, which aimed to define competitiveness and ask why South Africa must endorse ambition.“This forum will harness the collective wisdom of various sector leaders in an effort to meet the quality standards of the local and world markets,” Motlanthe said.“If we are to be competitive we must have in place sound economic policies, cultivate a favourable legal and business environment, roll out socioeconomic infrastructure, constantly improve our trade and industrial policies and lower the cost of doing business.”After the opening the forum broke away into five separate sessions, each discussing competitiveness in relation to education, skills and labour, infrastructure, foreign direct investment, governance and leadership, and manufacturing and related services.Miller Matola, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, encouraged delegates to come up with insights and an action plan for the much-needed development and change in South Africa.“This is a conversation by South Africans, for South Africans. It is time we asked questions about how we can become a destination of choice and what makes us matter in the global scheme.”Delegates agreed that solid education was the foundation of a working society, and “pillars of discipline and direction” were needed. The consensus was that education infrastructure in South Africa was a “fractured authority”.“We urgently need investment for health and education,” said Colin Coleman, a partner managing director at Goldman Sachs International.Motlanthe said poverty, inequality and unemployment create a sense of hopelessness. “To improve our competitiveness we need to grow a critical mass of a population that is able to fully participate in their own socioeconomic development, thus pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.”In the education and labour breakaway session, panel chair Adam Gordon, acting director of Wits Business School, said the country needs to be aware of the changing landscape in the new Africa story.“This must be seen as the renewal of a continent,” he said. “South Africa must be seen as the place to do business.“The worldwide macro trend is one of urbanisation. In approximately five years, over 60% of the world will live in cities. We are now a city-based people, and this has a huge impact as more bodies are middle class than ever before and this will all happen in Africa.”He added that the global trend is the transference of intellect via the knowledge economy. To move ahead, countries must keep learning and improving their skills. Gordon said South Africans must “up our game” to be competitive and inspire a confident reputation.Education issues in South AfricaThe many voices at the education, skills and labour forum agreed that there should be a critical focus on language. Investment in book and literature projects is essential to spread literacy throughout the population.Nalini Naicker of the Gauteng Planning Commission said it was imperative to ensure early childhood development and nutrition to nurture young minds. She said technology for children is key: every child has a basic human right to access to the internet. Naicker also suggested a fix for the education crisis in the form of a tax break for those paying for a child’s education, which would have the benefit of easing the financial burden on government.Another suggestion was promoting teaching as a respected and prestigious profession. Gordon said teachers are valued in only a handful of countries – such as France, Australia and Finland.“It is essential that teachers are given the opportunity for on-going skills development,” he said.Naicker said every learner has a basic right to free education. “There are now more classrooms than ever before but we don’t provide 100% free education, or high-quality education. How do we grow future leaders in this country, when the university entrance requirement for potential teachers is so low? A basic requirement is to grow brilliance.”She challenged taxes on textbooks: why were books taxed if free education was the way to create a knowledge economy. “This knowledge must be made available freely.”Naicker said the community and business must work with government to come up with the solutions the country needs to relieve the burden on the government. Partnerships, she said, were the only way South Africa would find and implement remedies that would heal and grow South Africa as a place where all can thrive and contribute to the economy.Delegates agreed there needed to be a multidisciplinary approach to education, to close the gap between competence and performance. The quality of skills produced must be looked at. Higher education institutions should work with the government and business to ensure that they cater for market demand.Graduates should be placed in hubs where they learn the skills required for the formal economy; countries such as Korea and Singapore mentor graduates in such hubs to prepare them to meet market needs.Professor Terri Carmichael, director special projects, at Wits Business School said that as she deals with higher learning she sees the lack of fundamental knowledge with numeracy and literacy.“The solution is teacher education and teacher competence and the practical application of qualifications.”Delegates also cited the lack of internet capability, which they believed was putting South Africans – particularly pupils and teachers – at risk of being unable to barter in the knowledge economy. The forum agreed that SA lags in the ability to innovate and make technological advances. These were obstacles to investment.Management and labourThe forum agreed that in terms of labour it is important to ask why workers are so unhappy and why there is a gap between management income and the general workforce. They felt that labour unions pose a threat to the country and ideally South Africans need to stop working in silos.Gordon said that management acumen and experience is not up to standard. The country needs to look at management skills and competencies. He adds that South Africa doesn’t have the requisite skills to manage and lead and there needs to be an interface between employees and employers.Education, skills and labour is an integrated space, and “Our key reputation issues are related to these three areas.”Delegates commented that policies and legislation make it difficult for professionals to stay on home turf as qualified people leave the country as labour laws inhibit employment, and the small business sector needs policy reform.Other reputation risks include a lack of investment in research and development, and the perception that the economy is hostile to manufacturers.There was general consensus that South Africans “are our own problem” and are unable to market the country.Our national/international competitivenessDelegates said there were many positive reputation enhancers; the best business schools in Africa, good financial service skills, and the many international students at our tertiary institutions.They added that there is a highly valued skilled ex-patriot community which points to pockets of excellence within the South African education system.South Africa is also a continental leader in sport participation.Warren Hero of Eduloan remarked that as a diverse nation, South Africans have the ability to work together and the country has a very young population that can drive the economy.The country’s legal system was deemed fair and just, with South Africans able to enforce their rights.Naicker adds: “We have great scientists that have researched anti-retroviral drugs for our HIV and Aids pandemic. The national health insurance plan is imminent and will be beneficial for a large portion of the population. We have good policies but we need them to be implemented”, as ensuring a healthy workforce drives productivity and the country’s economy.Gordon said that SA needs to make immediate changes in education, as we are forging ahead with economic emergence but lagging in education.Delegates agreed that South Africa must be recognised for “coming so far as a country”.Happy Ntshingila, Brand South Africa deputy chairperson, said that there were key outcomes for the competitiveness forum; these included using institutional capacity, skills and knowledge to drive competitiveness and strengthen initiatives to deliver quality education.“South Africa’s growth and development is the next big thing for our country. Twenty years after democracy, it is a sustainable future that must drive each of us.”last_img read more

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40% of People “Friend” Brands on Facebook

first_imgWhile Google is unsurprisingly number 1 with 32.6%, Yahoo is close behind at 29.7%. MSN is still well used at 11.9%. We were most surprised that AOL is now only 7.9%. These statistics show that Yahoo remains a force among mainstream consumers, whereas AOL is slipping further behind.We reported last week that smartphones have almost overtaken ‘feature phones’ as the cellphones of choice for consumers. Razorfish’s survey shows that 56% of connected consumers now use a smartphone – i.e. one that has email and web capabilities. As with the ChangeWave Research survey recently, Razorfish puts Blackberry (29.5%) ahead of Apple’s iPhone (20.1%). Another illuminating statistic is the number of people who now get their news from Twitter and Facebook. While nearly 80% of respondents still access “traditional news web sites,” 33% get news from Facebook and 19.5% from Twitter. Only 27.3% get news from “alternative news web sites” – by which we presume they mean blogs. A smaller percentage follow a brand on Facebook for exclusive deals or offers (36.9%) – but still a majority. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Statistics#Trends#web richard macmanuscenter_img 43.5% reported following a brand to get “exclusive deals or offerings,” which again is a statistic that companies should take note of. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Is this “connected consumer” crowd mainstream? Well, about 62% of the respondents still use Internet Explorer as their browser, with 30% on Firefox. So yes, they are.It’s interesting then to look at what are the homepages of these people. Overall, these figures from Razorfish show that Facebook and Twitter are now major places for brands to be; as well as online sites where consumers get at least some of their news. An even higher percentage of respondents have “friended” a brand on Facebook – a whopping 40%. Considering that Facebook is a social network that started out as a way for college kids to network, this is a statistic that will make companies and organizations take note. If you want brand recognition on the Web, according to these statistics there’s a very good chance that Facebook is a place you want to be. Digital marketing company Razorfish has just launched its third annual FEED survey of 1,000 “connected consumers.” The survey is focused on online consumer behavior. This year Facebook and Twitter feature prominently. 40% of respondents “friended” brands on Facebook, while 25% reported following brands on Twitter. What’s more, Razorfish found that consumers access brands on Twitter and Facebook mainly for deals and promotions.Of those who follow a brand on Twitter, nearly 44% reported that access to exclusive deals is the main reason. On Facebook or MySpace, 37% said that access to exclusive deals or offers was their main reason for friending brands.Over 1/4 of respondents reported having followed a brand on Twitter, which is encouraging news for companies wanting to use Twitter to promote themselves.last_img read more

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