What a difference a year makes. A Golden State Warriors team that a year ago featured the likes of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green saw a lineup with no star power take the court against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday night.The Dubs, inevitably loss their third straight, 93-87, without Green or D’Angelo Russell either.Green had a finger injury and Russell tweaked his ankle. So the starting lineup was Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall and …
The Love Your South Africa campaignaims to foster a sense of belonging amongcitizens, thereby encouraging them to make their mark on Election Day.(Image: Government Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate BapelaIndependent Electoral Commission+27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386 RELATED ARTICLES• SA kicks off 2011 election drive• South Africans will vote for change • SA’s multiparty democracy thriving• SA youngsters queue for change• Millions vote in record SA electionSource: Independent Electoral CommissionSouth Africans are again using their right to vote in the upcoming 2011 local government elections, which take place on 18 May. This is the third such event since the arrival of democracy in 1994.All elections in South Africa are overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body created by the Constitution to manage free and fair elections at all levels of government. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the IEC is independent of the government.On 1 September 2010 the IEC received lists of South Africa’s new wards from the Municipal Demarcation Board, an independent body responsible for marking municipal boundaries and establishing new wards and voting districts.The 2011 municipal elections are taking place in eight metropolitan councils, 226 local councils, 44 district councils and 4 277 wards. Accordingly, the IEC has established 20 868 voting districts. Of these, 633 are categorised as voting centres and will cater for large numbers of voters.As with national and provincial elections, municipal elections take place every five years. The five-year term of the present municipal administrations started on 2 March 2006 and has now ended.Municipal by-elections take place within 90 days after a municipal ward council seat becomes vacant because of the death, expulsion or resignation of a ward councillor.The first democratic municipal elections took place in 1995/6, and the first municipal elections run by the IEC took place in 2000.Hybrid system for municipal electionsA mixed or hybrid system, making use of both the ward system and the proportional representation system, is used for municipal elections.There are three types of municipal councils in South Africa:Category A: metropolitan councils;Category B: local councils; andCategory C: district councils (have executive and legislative powers in areas that include local municipalities).For metropolitan municipalities, there are two types of elections in each ward:Metropolitan council ward, andMetropolitan proportional representation.In all local municipalities other than metropolitan municipalities, there are three types of elections in each ward:Local council ward;Local council proportional representation; andDistrict council proportional representation.Information for registered votersRegistered voters can text their ID number to 32810, contact the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 toll-free from 8h00 to 17h00, or visit www.elections.org.za to check on their registration details.Go the IEC’s Am I registered? page to find out at which voting station you’re registered to vote.Find the way to your voting station with the interactive voting station map.Frequently asked questions:For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.What is the difference between national/provincial elections and municipal elections?In national and provincial elections, you vote for a political party (proportional representative electoral system) to get seats in the national or provincial legislatures.In municipal elections, you vote for a political party and a ward councillor (a mixed system of proportional representation and a ward constituency) to get seats at the municipal level.How do I register?To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move or your voting district changes. South Africans over the age of 16, in possession of a green bar-coded ID book or temporary ID document, may register.Registration for the 2011 elections is now closed. When do I have to re-register?You only have to re-register when:Your home address changes orThe IEC informs you that your voting district has changedSee Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed.How do I know if or where I’m registered?You can check your registration status by:sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 orusing the IEC’s Am I Registered? web page.If you’re registered, you will be informed of your voting station details.Where can I vote?You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered.Can I vote online or by post?No, you must vote in person at your voting station.How do I know if my voting station has changed?The IEC does try to communicate any changes, but visit Am I registered? and enter your ID number to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.I registered at a temporary registration station. Where do I vote?Voting stations may change from time to time, depending on availability of each voting venue. To find out where your voting station is, see Am I registered? and enter your ID number. You can then use the IEC’s online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station.I am living overseas and voted in the 2009 elections. Can I vote in the municipal elections?The Muncipal Electoral Act does not make provision for overseas voting during municipal elections, because citizens can only vote in the wards where they live.I’m a registered voter, but I no longer live in South Africa. Can I still vote in municipal elections?No, during municipal elections you can only vote in the voting district in which you are registered. However, you can vote during national elections (see special votes).How many ballot papers will I get?If you live in a metropolitan area (e.g. Johannesburg), you’ll receive two ballots: one for a ward councillor and one for a party.If you live in a local council with wards (e.g. Standerton municipality), you’ll receive three ballots: one for a ward councillor for the local council; one for a party for the local council; and one for a party for the district council.For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.
The Weinstein Company (TWC), backers of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are to join forces to introduce Nelson Mandela and the story of South Africa’s transition to democracy to a millions of high school students across America. Announcing the partnership in October last year, TWC and the foundation said they would be working with the largest school districts and education organisations in the US, including Teach for America, New York City Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District and Miami Dade Public Schools, to enable US high school students study the life lessons inherent in Mandela’s story. The announcement came ahead of the release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the long-awaited big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. “Nelson Mandela is not just a symbol of hope and peace the world over; his very success is emblematic of what can be achieved through education,” the film’s producer, Anant Singh, said in a statement. The US schools programme, the first of its kind, will be supplemented with clips from the film, exclusive primary source materials courtesy of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and an introduction by former US president George W Bush, the first president to invite Mandela to the White House. Share My Lesson, a free digital resource for teachers with over 347 000 subscribers, will also play a key role in the distribution of the Mandela curriculum, which is available for download at www.mandelafilm.com and www.sharemylesson.com/mandela. “There are no words to describe how meaningful it is to us to know that, thousands of miles away, schoolchildren are learning the history of our country and the father of our democracy,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “It is an honour to be a part of this project and to provide US students with access to resources and materials from our archives and work that enable the continuation of a living legacy and learning. We are certain that this is exactly the kind of project Madiba had in mind when he said ‘the future belongs to our youth’.” SAinfo reporter
MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The training environment is better, there’s less distractions and you can really focus on your preparation,” said Huelgas.The national sports program has long been hampered by a lack of solid funding and sports officials have always pointed to that as the reason for every debacle Team Philippines sufferes in the SEA Games, Asian Games or the Olympics.And Guiao hopes a favorable Supreme Court ruling can remedy that situation.“There’s no other way to interpret the [PSC] law,” said Guiao. “The wording is very specific when it comes to the PSC’s share of Pagcor’s revenues.”“I’m hoping we can get a ruling this year,” Guiao added. “At the latest, we’re looking at early next year. Our lawyers are constantly working on it.” LATEST STORIES Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao City LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. (File photo by TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.net)NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of a petition he filed that seeks to compel the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) to remit to the Philippine Sports Commission its full share of the gaming agency’s earnings.Guiao said a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court could be a “game changer” for Philippine sports.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Last year, for example, Pagcor grossed P55.06 billion in revenues—a record for the agency.But the PSC’s share from that pie amounted to P1.26 billion. While that was an increase of P235 million remitted to the PSC in 2015, it was still way off the approximately P2.8 billion that the sports-funding agency should have gotten.Guiao said the money deficit his resolution would cover will provide the PSC with additional funding, not only for the training of elite athletes from targeted sports and the building of a wide grassroots base but also give sports officials the chance to put up a sports training facility outside Metro Manila.“We can, for example, seriously study building a training center in Clark,” said Guiao.Triathlon star Nikko Huelgas, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist who was with Guiao on the show, admitted that training outside of Metro Manila was a huge factor in his successful bid to rule the biennial meet in back-to-back editions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It is a big boost to the perennial problem of having too little funds for our sports programs,” said Guiao Thursday, behind the scenes of his guesting on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s multi-platform live sports talk show.“If the Supreme Court rules in our favor, and I’m optimistic it will, that will be a game changer,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSection 26 of Republic Act 6847, the law that created the PSC, clearly states that “5 percent of Pagcor’s gross income shall be automatically remitted directly to the PSC.”“All the PSC is getting right now is less than 2.5 percent of Pagcor’s earnings,” Guiao later explained during the show. “That means the PSC is getting below half of what it is lawfully theirs.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program
Bhubaneswar, Dec 1 (PTI) The Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) has launched uniform dress for all trainees undergoing training in different centres in the State.The Uniform was presented in the fashion show of the Make in Odisha Conclave here. Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subrato Bagchi said trainees felt pride and happiness in the fashion show.The Chief Executive Officer of OSDA Gopalan Rajesh said, ? the uniform has been designed by National Institute of Fashion Technology ( NIFT). A total number of 12 uniforms have been designed out of which 6 are for boys and 6 are for girls.”The skill development trainees will have formal dress in Purple colour and sports dress in Blue colour with bold prints thereon.The trainees of ITI Bhubaneswar, Government polytechnic, Bhubaneswar and skill development team from AISECT and CIPET walked the ramp wearing the uniform.They said the government has given dignity, recognition and pride to the skill trainees by introducing this uniform.?Skilled in Odisha? would be a brand for them and they would keep it up through their determination and hard work, Bagchi said. PTI AAM MD
Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, will meet with local residents during scheduled office hours later this month.“Your input allows me to be a more effective advocate for the ‘Fighting 101st’ at the state Capitol,” O’Malley said. “I encourage residents to attend and hope to hear about issues that matter most to them.”Rep. O’Malley will be available Friday, Feb. 22 at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay;10 to 11 a.m. at the Benzonia Township Offices, 1020 Michigan Ave. in Benzonia;12 to 1 p.m. at Onekama Township Hall, 5435 Main St. in Onekama; and2 to 3 p.m. at Ludington City Hall, 400 S Harrison St. in Ludington.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. O’Malley may call his office at (517) 373-0825 or email him at JackOMalley@house.mi.gov. ### Categories: O’Malley News 14Feb Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for February
Former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt is being linked with a role at Apple.According to sources, she has been in talks over an unspecified role at the tech giant’s London office.Jay HuntThe story first emerged on the On the Airwaves news site.Hunt is known to be well in with Apple original video chiefs Jamie Erlicht and Zach van Amburg, having worked with them on Channel 4 sci-fi anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams when they were running Sony Pictures Television.Hunt has been heavily linked with another digital content player, Netflix, but has publicly played down that link.She left Channel 4 last month after seven years as chief creative officer with the UK broadcaster, having brought shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Electric Dreams to the commercially funded public service broadcaster.Numerous execs are lining up to replace her at Channel 4, with interviews believed to be in their final stages. BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh and Hunt’s deputy, Ralph Lee are both in contention, though sources suggest the later may no longer be in the running.On Friday, former BBC director general Danny Cohen was the latest to rule himself out after reports claimed he was unexpected candidate.Apple, meanwhile, has been building out its content team following the appointments of van Amburg and Erlicht has head of video programming.They have hired a number of execs, including former WGN America chief Matt Cherniss, and are thought to be looking at big ticket dramas, despite Apple seemingly not having aAn Apple spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by DTVE sister title TBI, while Hunt couldn’t be reached for comment this morning.
“He went peacefully and is no longer in pain. He earned that much and is forever a hero in my heart. Rip my little son, my little Hulk.”In a statement, Castledawson-based construction manufacturer and supplier, Essential Design Group, which is run by his grandparents, Oliver and Mandy, said: “Ollie was a little warrior and he fought hard to the end.“Ollie had an amazing personality and he touched everyone’s hearts that knew him.“Ollie will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. Heaven has gained another Angel.”Angel Wishes, a group set up to support children throughout Northern Ireland fighting cancer, said it was devastated by the news of Ollie’s passing.“It is with a very heavy heart we inform our Angel Wishes families of the passing of our wonderful little Ollie,” they said.“I know many of you will have got to know Ollie and his devoted parents James, Chantel and sister Lucy throughout your time in hospital and like ourselves will be devastated by this news.“James and Chantel will want you to continue to stay strong for your child as they did for Ollie.“Our thoughts and prayers go to Ollie’s entire family at this very sad time.“Fly high wee Ollie.”Ollie’s funeral service will take place at St Swithin’s Parish Church, Magherafelt at 2.15 pm today.He will be laid to rest in Polepatrick Cemetery, Magherafelt.His family have requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Angel Wishes, payable to Garvin’s Funeral Service, 15 Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt.Funeral today for ‘forever hero’ little Ollie Higgins (4) who loses his cancer battle was last modified: July 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Hero Ollie Higgins who has lost his battle to cancerA heartbroken Co Derry man has said his young son will be “forever a hero in my heart” after losing his battle with cancer.Ollie Higgins from Magherafelt passed away on Saturday at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children. Funeral today for ‘Forever hero’ little Ollie Higgins (4) who loses his cancer battlemagherafeltOllie HigginsPolepatrick cemeterySt Swithin’s Parish Church It is understood that the youngster, who only turned four on May 30, had been ill for several months.Ollie’s untimely passing is being mourned by his heartbroken parents James and Chantel, big sister Lucy, grandparents Oliver and Mandy (Higgins) and Richard and Sandra (Randlesome), aunts Rebecca and Corrina and the wider family circle.Writing on social media, Ollie’s father James announced his passing on Saturday afternoon.He wrote: “My son lost his fight today at 1.11 pm. He did me proud and made me the proudest father a man could wish for. ShareTweet
Critics say Facebook’s announcement is an effort to deflect attention away from its growing role in public discourse “I’m optimistic that we’ll build systems that can basically deliver most of the value with a fraction of the amount of data,” Zuckerberg said.Laura Martin, analyst with the financial firm Needham & Co., said Zuckerberg’s move is smart because it brings Facebook new revenue streams while limiting its exposure to regulation. Zuckerberg “sees the writing on the wall that Facebook will be regulated” and as a result is “carving out these apps to take them out of the regulatory purview,” Martin told AFP.Moving into e-commerce and payments, Martin said, “represents revenue diversification, and Wall Street vastly prefers multiple revenue streams.” The strategic shift announced this week by Zuckerberg suggests Facebook no longer wants to be a “digital town square,” but a “digital living room” for secure, private communications, in what could be a major transformation on privacy.But Zuckerberg’s announcement also prompted considerable head-scratching on the implications for Facebook’s ad-supported business model, and on the growing pressure to weed out nefarious content and misinformation.”Should this ambition be realized, it is nothing less than an epochal shift in Facebook’s business model,” Henry Farrell, a George Washington University professor, wrote in the Washington Post.Farrell noted that Facebook’s pivot comes amid pressure from governments to weed out “hate speech” and other inappropriate content, and in some cases use the social network to spy on its population.By making more communications private and encrypted, “it makes some kinds of political manipulation harder to carry off at a wide scale,” Farrell wrote. “However, it also means, obviously, that government authorities will not be able to see what people are saying to one another.”Farrell argued that Zuckerberg “isn’t just changing course because he was pushed. He is also being pulled by new opportunities, which might provide a more politically sustainable business model.” Citation: Facebook’s privacy move: major pivot or headfake? (2019, March 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-facebook-privacy-major-pivot-headfake.html Facebook’s new mission outlined by Mark Zuckerberg could be a major shift to privacy for the embattled social network, or, as one analyst said, a “smokescreen” © 2019 AFP Payments, commerceSomewhat overlooked in Zuckerberg’s announcement was his plan to offer new services on a privacy-focused platform. He proposed to “build more ways for people to interact” with “video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.”Fred Wilson, a venture investor who blogs on the tech sector, called Zuckerberg’s announcement a bold effort to “completely reboot the company’s business model to position itself to win the next wave in tech.”Zuckerberg told Wired magazine in an interview Wednesday the details of the business model are not yet worked out, while acknowledging that Facebook will collect and store less user data. Smokescreen?Some analysts argue that Facebook’s move is a headfake designed to deflect attention away from its growing influence over public discourse.”Underneath it all, very little is going to change,” said Richard Windsor, a technology analyst who writes the Radio Free Mobile blog, describing the shift as a “smokescreen.””This is because a pivot towards becoming a fully private and encrypted communication system looks like suicide as with no data Facebook would have no advertising to sell.”Alex Stamos, a former Facebook chief security officer who is now on the Stanford University faculty, meanwhile called Zuckerberg’s announcement a “judo move” which addresses several challenges for the social network.”Right now FB gets crap (from the same people) for both invading people’s privacy and not policing communications enough,” Stamos tweeted.”In a world where everything is encrypted and doesn’t last long, entire classes of scandal are invisible to the media.”Facebook’s move comes with US lawmakers mulling new regulations for internet platforms which could end the liability protections for content posted by third parties, and with tough data protection regulations in Europe which in some cases require removal of inappropriate content within hours. One analyst says Facebook’s pivot is part of an effort to ramp up competition against rivals like Snapchat which use ephemeral messages Mark Zuckerberg talks privacy, accidentally disses Facebook Portal While the new business model is not yet defined, Facebook could move into payments and other kinds of services with its messaging applications After building the world’s biggest and most powerful social network in history, Mark Zuckerberg says the future of Facebook is something else. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further To comply with these requirements, Facebook has hired some 20,000 moderators around the world, but still faces a daunting task in removing content from billions of users in dozens of languages.The new focus “could privilege privacy but undercut things like content moderation,” said Daniel Kreiss, a University of North Carolina professor of communication.”A move in this direction would let them entirely wash their hands of any editorial or role for content… fake news, hate speech, defamation.”Owning the privacy spaceTech analyst and blogger Ben Thompson said the shift “makes perfect sense for Facebook: this is a privacy cake that Facebook can have—and eat it too.”Thompson said Facebook is likely to keep its data collection and advertising business in place while moving into the new private communications space as it moves against rivals like Snapchat.”This is a valuable space to own for all of the reasons that Snapchat succeeded in the first place,” he said in his Stratechery blog.”Facebook has changed nothing about its core service or data collection policies, yet the assumption is that the company is pivoting and the only debate is whether to believe them or not.”