#JaVotes2016: A few extra days in Ja just to vote

first_imgJanet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote. But when she realised her name was on the voters’ list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket “was a small price to pay to support her party”, Rowe said. “The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it.” But that cost couldn’t keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew. “When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn’t tell her I wasn’t coming back just yet.” Instead, “I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday,” she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger. Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26. The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price. Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.last_img read more

Will Warriors’ Kevon Looney return in Game 3? ‘That’s the plan’

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. TORONTO – The Warriors feel they always can depend on Kevon Looney any time he steps on the court. Can the Warriors also depend on Looney to play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday after missing the entire second half of Game 2 because of a left chest contusion?“That’s the plan. I’ll at least go out there and try,” Looney told Bay Area News Group following the Warriors’ 109-104 Game …last_img

What makes you a true South African?

first_img28 June 2012What does it mean to be a South African? Brand South Africa, together with the Department of Arts and Culture, is trying to find the answer.In a world first, the search is on for the Formula of a South African (FormulaSA), a unique equation that looks at the country’s progress since the inception of democracy and into a future that all would be proud of, based on the values, beliefs and wishes of its citizens.Brand South Africa and Arts and Culture have enlisted the help of Bluprints, a company that specialises in discovering the DNA of organisations.In 2011, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile launched a national conversation to discover South Africa’s collective value system.Over the past few months, the Bluprints team has been assessing what it is that – despite many differences – makes the people of this country South African. A progress report was presented in Johannesburg on Wednesday by Brand South Africa’s marketing and communications director Nomsa Mazibuko and Bluprints’ Barbara Holtmann and Guy Martin.“This process is not about what government does,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement. “It’s about what we are all going to do, and there’s a clear path we need to follow to co-create the country we want to be part of.”“South Africans are being asked to engage in what is possibly the most comprehensive cultural development initiative in our history. We really have the opportunity to inspire new ways in the world,” Mazibuko said.More than 65 000 South Africans shared their opinions via an online campaign on what citizens need to do more of, and less of, to succeed. A further 11 400 responded to a campaign by the Department of Arts and Culture – South African at Heart – what values the nation should subscribe to.What emerged was that South Africans have more in common than was suspected.“We have got opinions from every corner of South Africa and are amazed at the similarities in responses. We share much more than what divides us,” Matola noted.What the formula entailsFormulaSA seeks to understand what individuals need to do to make the country a better place for all to live in.There are four phases to the formula: intuitive opinions; elections; art production and scoring.Phase one has just been completed. Under this intuitive opinions phase, South Africans identified 21 top line (do more of) and 19 bottom line (do less of) characteristics. The top line included virtues such as accountability, mutual respect, innovation, environmental responsibility, as well as pride and passion.In the bottom line were crime, laziness, racism, poor communication and resistance to change.The election processThe second phase, the election process, runs until 12 July, and involves narrowing down the characteristics.Members of the public can vote online at www.formulasa.co.za, www.facebook.com/FormulaSouthAfrica, or via their mobile phones at wap.formulasa.co.za. Those without access to the internet will be approached via various NGOs to complete a questionnaire.Another one-million people will be able to vote via SMS, in response to a system-generated message that will be sent to them. This group has been selected on the basis of age, race, gender and geography by virtual prepaid token distribution company Bluelabel Telecoms.The final formula, which will be determined by the election results, will be expressed in an array of art forms reflecting the cultural diversity of our nation.The department will select and coordinate artists to convey the message of the formula, which will be unveiled in its final form before the end of 2012.In the spirit of consistency, an annual scoring process will be developed by Brand South Africa and the formula will be measured for improvement. The goal is to create a more successful society. Every year, citizens will be asked to rate how they believe each behaviour in the formula is being lived.Whose view does FormulaSA express?The process is a civil society initiative and the objective is to carry out the survey every year, irrespective of the government of the day. It is not about what government does but rather about what citizens do to ensure they live in a society they want.“We’re a complex bunch and that notion of ourselves as diverse and multicultural sometimes translates as a handicap,” Holtmann said.“There is an abiding fear of the other; that our most narrowly defined definitions make it impossible for us to understand one another. We want different things for ourselves and for our children cause we are different.”Holtmann added that the initiative has the potential to shift this perception and bring us much closer.“Rural, urban, rich, poor, old and young, men and women have had their say and what emerges is not the differences, but the similarities of our hopes, dreams and aspirations of who we might be if we do more of the positive and less of the negative things that define us.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Eastern Cape hooks into SA’s ocean economy

first_img14 January 2015With its 800km of coastline, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is set to become South Africa’s leading hub of maritime economic activity.The province is home to the two major port cities of Port Elizabeth and East London, both established industrial manufacturing coastal centres, giving the Eastern Cape several strategic competitive advantages, says Mfundo Piti, the economic infrastructure development manager of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).The South African government announced in October 2014 that it would be implementing ocean economy projects, which it expected to contribute more than R20- billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2019.These projects form part of the government’s National Development Plan, its economic blueprint that aims to promote economic growth and job creation.South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the GDP and create over one million jobs by 2033, two decades from now, the government said.Unlocking the ocean economy – part of Operation Phakisa, which aims to fast track transformation – has four priority areas:marine transport and manufacturing;offshore oil and gas exploration:aquaculture; as well asmarine protection services and ocean governance.“A thriving maritime sector will shift the Eastern Cape into an era of prosperity,” Piti says. “The momentum displayed so far by the local private-state nexus shows a strong capacity and desire to further tap the potential of a sector that has largely shaped the history of these two cities.”Ports have always been at the forefront of maritime economic organisation, catalysing economic growth through the trade of manufactured goods, commodities and raw materials. They have helped transform underdeveloped regions into important trade centres which, in turn, has created jobs.“As both entry and exit points, the two ports have been critical in the past, present and future of the province and indeed the country,” Piti says.Nelson Mandela Bay’s Port of Ngqura, a deep-water sea port is adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) It is becoming the fastest growing terminal in the world, according to Drewry Maritime Research quoted by the CDC.The South African government has partnered with South Korea to establish a national shipping company.“World sea traffic passes by the Eastern Cape on the East-West pendulum trade routes, opening up major opportunities for ship-building and repairs in the region,” Piti says.Ship building and repairsThe world merchant fleet in 2013 comprised 106 833 vessels responsible for shipping goods and commodities between the continents, including visits to the three ports of the Eastern Cape.During 2013, around 5 944 container ships, vessels and tankers were commissioned for construction by various countries. This represents an opportunity for the Eastern Cape to become a marine industrial centre for shipbuilding and repairs, Piti says.While South Africa’s ship-building industry holds international credibility through its shipyards in Cape Town and Richards Bay, the Eastern Cape’s “world-class industrial manufacturing economy will make the province an excellent contender for future shipbuilding activities in the oceans economy”, Piti maintains.Nelson Mandela Bay and East London dominate South Africa’s automotive industry which means the province is already home to the necessary expertise, skilled labour, logistic services, Piti says.“But there’s more that can be done,” he says. “The expertise of the industrial base should not only be extended for the ship-building industries but need to be extended further” – augmented by aeronautical components manufacturing, for example.Food security“Marine food resources are depleting at devastating rates,” Piti says. “Between 60 and 70% of the world’s fish species are exhausted. And, with one out of every five individuals on this planet relying on ocean food as sources of protein, we are on the brink of food security crisis.”The CDC plans to establish a R2-billion aqua-farming facility at Coega. Marine animals and plants such as finfish, abalone and seaweed will be farmed on 300 hectares in the Coega IDZ, creating 5 000 jobs.Read more: Coege to develop R2bn aqua-farming facilityNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth will be playing a critical role in knowledge generation for maritime and marine industries, Piti says. The university formalised ties with the UN-endorsed World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden in 2013.“NMMU is already making critical research contributions that will enhance the competitiveness of the region in environmental sustainable ways. Several African countries attended NMMU’s African Maritime Domain Conference [in November 2013] to develop responsible governance policies,” Piti says.Marine tourismCruise vacations offers Eastern Cape Tourism many opportunities to promote the province, Piti maintains. “We – or tour operators – should consider further partnering with cruise line operators and ground handlers to build on the current tourism offerings. It is an opportunity that has not yet been fully maximised to increase the much needed tourism spend in the Eastern Cape.”Demand for the ocean cruises increased by 77% over the past decade, Piti says. The majority of passengers are American, followed by travellers from Europe.“Our province is one of the most diverse and spectacular tourism destinations in South Africa, including rich cultural diversity, Big Five game reserves, stunning landscapes and, of course, a beautiful coastline with blue-flag beaches.“We are also home to one of the first-ever Big Seven game reserves – Addo Elephant National Park – which integrates the Big Five with marine life to include the Great White shark and Southern Right whale.”Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s water sports capital, home to major water sports event – including the only international Ironman event on the African continent.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

CWG scam: CBI may arrest Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgThe former Games OC chairman pins the blame on the authorities in the CWG scam case and demands the questioning of Sheila Dikshit and M.S. Gill.Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi is likely to be arrested soon in the CWG scam case, sources said. This comes close on the heels of the arrest of his closest aides, former OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and director-general V.K. Verma. CBI on Wednesday arrested the two key aides of Kalmadi for allegedly tweaking technical qualifications to favour a Swiss time-keeping company.  Kalmadi on Thursday said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, along with two other Union Ministers, should be summoned by the CBI which is probing the allegations of corruption relating to the mega event. “All those who were involved in organising the Games must be summoned. Why just go after the Organising Committee”? he said when asked if he wanted the Delhi CM as well as former sports minister M.S. Gill and former urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy to be summoned by the investigating agencies. Attacking the Delhi CM for her statements against the Organising Committee, Kalmadi said, “She said even before the investigations started that all scams are in OC. Does that mean she predetermined all this?”last_img read more

Dhoni pips Azharuddin to become India’s most successful ODI skipper

first_imgMS Dhoni has now led India to a record 91 victories in ODIs as captainWhile Team India was busy setting the record straight against familiar foes England, their skipper MS Dhoni has also notched up an individual record to shut his critics.The right-handed batsman has now become Team India’s most successful captain following his side’s nine-wicket win over England in the 4th ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Dhoni surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 90 ODI victories as captain with a thumping win at Edgbaston taking his tally to a record 91 games.While Azharuddin took nine years between 1990 and 1999 and 174 matches to get to his mark, Dhoni did it in only seven years and 162 matches.33-year-old Dhoni now has a realistic chance of becoming the first Indian to lead the country in 100 ODI victories. He has scored 8098 runs from 246 ODIs so far, averaging 53.27 with a career strike rate of 89.31.Dhoni’s record as captain against England in ODIs is better than any of his predecessors, with 17 wins and five losses out of 25 matches (two tied and one no result).The Edgbaston win was also India’s eight straight ODI win in England, a successful run that started in the Champions Trophy last year.Dhoni’s captaincy may have come under the scanner after the 1-3 Test debacle against the Alastair Cook-led side, but his batting form has been consistent.The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed four half-centuries in the Test series and also struck a fine 52 at Cardiff in the second ODI. A man not known to chase numbers, Dhoni also registered another record as wicketkeeper in the third ODI on August 30. He now has the most international stumpings (131) and is now ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who has 129 stumpings to his name. While Dhoni achieved his milestone in 381 matches, Sangakkara took 563 matches to get to his mark.advertisementlast_img read more

Why I Hope OU Moves Ahead of Oklahoma State in the CFP Rankings

first_imgCarson and I were texting after the Baylor-OU game on Saturday night when he joked that OU would probably move ahead of Oklahoma State when the CFP rankings come out on Tuesday.Turns out … it might not be a joke.I woke up on Sunday morning to a pair of my colleagues at CBS writing that they would rank OU in the top four on Tuesday night instead of Oklahoma State. Even our friend Joel Klatt isn’t immune.My New CFB Top 10 (11/15)1) #Clemson2) #OSU3) #Bama4) #Sooners5) #OklahomaSt 6) #NotreDame7) #Iowa8) #Florida9) #MSU10) #Baylor— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 15, 2015AdChoices广告This would be pretty unbelievable, wouldn’t it? OU lost to Texas! Texas! OSU hasn’t lost.It would also go against what the committee did last year to TCU and Baylor. When the first rankings came out in 2014, TCU had already lost to Baylor and Baylor had already lost to West Virginia. The committee had TCU ranked ahead of Baylor every week until the final one.This tells me the committee punished a bad loss (which Baylor had — to West Virginia … and OU has) more than it valued a good win (which Baylor also had — over TCU). And here’s the thing, OSU hasn’t even lost yet. Why is everyone acting like that’s not a reality?It’s almost as if the committee is saying, “you know, you might have won 92 straight games by one point, but we really aren’t sure that matters because 8-5 USC just looks like a Playoff team.” Like I’ve been saying for the past two weeks, what’s the point of playing games then?We’re getting ahead of ourselves, I know, and I’m already loading up the hot take cannon. But you know OSU won’t get credit for running the table on the road in conference play and OU will get credit because it’s OU (this is a brand-name competition, remember).It seems unfathomable that OU would jump OSU on Tuesday night. OSU (No. 8 right now) should slide into the sixth slot behind Clemson, Bama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. And OU (No. 12) and Florida (No. 11) should probably follow in some order since, you know, they’ve lost. But the committee doesn’t operate like the normal polls (which I’m told is a good thing) so who knows what’s going to happen.I’m actually sort of rooting for OU to move ahead of OSU despite having lost to Texas for three reasons.1. Glenn Spencer gets a new deck of “nobody believes in us” cards to play and you know he doesn’t need many of them to get his squad fired up at home.2. Getting the opportunity to beat teams ranked ahead of us seems like it would be a good thing. I think. I might not have any idea about anything anymore.3. The hilarity and absurdity of it all would be outstanding. As a proprietor of a web property, I’m rooting for as much controversial madness as possible.Either way, Tuesday night should be fun. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more