For the first time this winter, just about all of our coastal rivers will come into play at the same time. Following last Sunday’s big rise — and without any substantial rainfall since — the rivers have been dropping quickly all week. From the Smith down to the South Fork Eel, all the rivers should be some shade of fishable green by the weekend. The main stem Eel is the lone river that may need a couple more days to clear. What you’ll find swimming in these rivers, however, remains to be …
South Africa has reopened its land claims process, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years.It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa has reopened its land claims process, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years.On Monday, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which reopens the restitution claims process that closed at the end of 1998 and gives claimants five years – until 30 June 2019 – to lodge further claims.It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority.Many people ‘unaware of first window’Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said his department had conducted extensive consultations before advocating the re-opening of the land claims process.“The first period for lodgement was opened between 1994 and 1998,” Nkwinti said. “Although land claims were made and settled, a great number of people complained that they had not been aware of the process at the time and as such they had missed the initial lodgement window.”Nkwinti said the Restitution of Land Rights programme was necessary for redress, reconciliation and nation building, adding that it was in line with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) goal of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.“It is my conviction that the issue of access to land is one of the fundamental elements to the transformation of the rural economy of our country, where the burden of land dispossession was mostly felt.”Policy on Khoi, San ‘being developed’Nkwinti said the government was conscious of the fact that the law as it stood did not accommodate the country’s Khoi and San communities, who suffered dispossession long before the passing of the 1913 Land Act.“Their plight is not forgotten. I want to assure them that a policy on the exceptions to the 1913 Natives Land Act cut-off date is being developed that seeks to address their concerns.”The minister said that claims that had been lodged before the 1998 cut-off period but had not yet been settled – numbering about 8 471 – had been prioritised for settlement.“I am appealing to those individuals and communities affected to continue to exercise patience while we are resolving their claims and not to lodge their claims again. The outstanding claims will be processed simultaneously with the new ones.”Warning to fraudsters, freeloadersAt the same time, Nkwinti issued a stern warning to those who sought to help people lodge land claims while charging them a fee.“These individuals are criminals. Lodging a claim is a free government service and anyone who is charging money is doing so illegally.”It is also illegal to submit a fraudulent claim, including one that fails to disclose other potential interested parties, as well as to attempt to prevent someone else from lodging a claim.“I am calling on members of society to report their suspicions about any illegal activity in this regard by calling the government anti-fraud hotline number 0800 701 701.”Claim lodgement officesNkwinti said his department would be registering claims electronically in order to speed up the process.Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo, also speaking at the briefing, said the commission had opened 14 lodgement offices and sites countrywide, and would also deploy mobile units for claimants in deep rural areas.“These sites are equipped with advanced technology to ensure speedy and accurate capture of relevant information. Our people will be assisted by trained staff, and every effort will be made to ensure the process from the submission of a claim to the time it is settled is a smooth one,” Gobodo said.Source: SAnews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
For the second year running, telecommunications giant MTN leads the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50. The brand’s value has grown by 31%, largely as a result of the corporate’s accommodating and understanding local conditions before it sets up shop. Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, says the brands featured in the survey contribute to the image of the country.For the second year in a row, South African telecommunications giant, MTN, has been named the country’s top brand, beating out rival Vodacom, and energy producer Sasol. The announcement was made at the release of the Brand Finance South Africa Top 50 survey at Brand South Africa offices on Tuesday, 22 July.Brand Finance South Africa is part of the international Brand Finance group, which helps companies measure the value of, and manage, their brands.According to the survey, MTN’s brand value has grown by 31% over the last year thanks to its increasing international exposure. This is also due to how MTN conducts business in each country it enters: it collects knowledge of that country and respects its customs.The survey shows just how dominant MTN is in the corporate sector. It has widened the gap between itself and its competitors by posting a brand value of R56.3-million, over R30-million more than Sasol and Vodacom.Sasol had overtaken Vodacom to claim second spot this year after its value increased by 13%. This is largely thanks to ventures in 38 countries; including expansion into the US shale market in recent years, the launch of a R1.9-billion ethylene purification plant in Sasolburg, and the weaker rand.Investec made the most impressive leap this year, moving from 18th in 2013 to 9th this year. Its brand value increased by 67% and according to the survey, could rival South Africa’s big four banks in coming years.Chairman of Brand Finance Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng, said it is important to honour major brands such as MTN and Sasol as they help tell the South African story of a competitive nation and country with a great reputation.He added that the survey provides brands a benchmark they can use to drive their business and their strategy. “It helps to guide them and see how well they do competitively.”Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Finance Africa says the brands selected in the survey help in telling the South African story.Ikalafeng said South African business is diverse and competitive across all sectors from telecommunications to retail. However, he said, South African brands should strive for excellence shown by European and American counterparts while emphasising its African roots. “Our distinction is who we are as Africans. It’s that colour, that diversity, that Africanness that only an African can define.”Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, said the companies featured in the top 50 are critical to building a nation’s brand. “A lot of them are pioneers. They have strong images in and outside of South Africa. In many ways these brands help build the brand of South Africa.”He also said that South Africa can increase its global competitiveness by using these enterprises to build sustainable growth and prosperity.Oliver Schmitz, managing director of Brand Finance South Africa, called on business leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example of leadership by putting people ahead of profits so as to ensure their own long-term successOliver Schmitz, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa, said more than 450 brands were analysed during the survey. They were assessed according to the International Organisation for Standardisation’s three requirements for brand evaluation; an intellectual property audit, a consumer behaviour review, and combining these for assessing financial performance.The evaluators used the royalty relief method, which estimates the likely future sales of a brand and the royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Schmitz said brand leaders need to look after the people around them if they are to ensure long-term success. “We need to play our part. A nation brand has a value and all brands have a value. And together we can give value to the consumers out there.”View the full list of South Africa’s Top 50 Brands
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… New Announcements: Sell and Share Your DataToday, the company is opening up and allowing anyone to upload their own datasets. The data can be any raw data that has an open license. To get started, users just upload it to the site and Infochimps will then handle the storage and distribution. Also, for any truly valuable data, be that commercial data a company wants to share or some sort of data manipulation – like editing awful census data into a format for use with MySQL databases – users can now charge for downloads, too. The price for the dataset can be set to any amount, however Infochimps makes its money by taking a 20% cut of all data sold. There really isn’t a company that’s doing anything like Infochimps. Amazon’s Public Data Sets comes close, but isn’t nearly as extensive. And although other repositories of data exist, (Archive.org and the newly launchedData.gov come to mind), these resources focus on one particular type of data as opposed to providing a search engine for all data. Those who have data to share or sell can now do so as of today: just visit Infochimps.org to get started. ReadWriteWeb readers who use this service can use the code RWWrocks to get in. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Invite code available at bottom of the article! Although the data repository Infochimps has been open for a year or so now, the company is making a big announcement at the DEMOfall 09 conference today. Now, in addition to simply being one of the best sources for finding raw data online, you’re able to share your data – or even list it for sale – through new site features which the company hopes will encourage businesses to open up their commercial datasets to the world. Infochimps originally caught our eye back in April of 2008 when it made our list of the best places to find open data on the web. The beauty of this site, which is essentially a specialized search engine for raw data, is that it makes finding relevant data much easier than if you tried to do so using a traditional search engine like Google. For example, a query for “music” returned, among other things, a listing for Last.fm Artist Tags from 2007. A similar search on Google wouldn’t pull in that link until you hit the 42nd page of search results. In other words, you would never find it on Google. At Infochimps, data can either be hosted on site in a standard format like CSV, XML, or YAML, or it can simply point to an external source. While the data itself cannot be manipulated on the site, the metadata like the description and tags can be edited by anyone who creates an account at Infochimps.org. The site founders have seeded the site with some data already – like the data from the comprehensive knowledge archive network – but the majority of the data is user-submitted. They’ve also partnered with Amazon to share Infochimps data with Amazon’s Public Data Sets service. To date, one-third of Amazon’s Public Data Sets were contributed by Infochimps. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
PBA IMAGESAfter a failed semifinals bid, TNT and Glen Rice Jr. are ending things on a sour note.The TNT managed has slapped a hefty $10,000 (P500,000) fine on the volatile import for his “undesirable, unprofessional, unruly and unsportsmanlike” behavior in the team’s 115-105 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup semis last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ TNT also added that Rice’s behavior has affected the “wholesome” image of the KaTropa and the reputation of the PLDT group, which is owned by Manny V. Pangilinan.“Mr. Rice, as a professional player, promised to comply with all the Team’s rules and regulations and to act or conduct himself in a gentlemanly manner at all times so as to project a totally wholesome image for the Team and the PLDT Group,” the statement also read.Rice, who flew out of the country Tuesday night, was earlier ordered to pay P26,000 by the PBA for his ejection.The total amount of fines will be deducted from his final payday with TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Embiid seals reported $148 million 76ers deal Read Next MOST READ In a statement released on Wednesday, TNT said Rice’s attitude which got him thrown out with 1:41 left in the opening quarter of Game 4 was constituted a “willful violation and breach of his contract.”READ: TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4FEATURED 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 shutoutThe 26-year-old son of NBA great Glen Rice threw the ball at Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer and continued to engaged in trash talk he was ejected for incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical.He was seen taunting Ginebra fans on his way to the dugout and instead of waiting for game to finish inside his team’s locker room, he immediately left Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici warns Man Utd off Allegriby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici is adamant Max Allegri is staying.The Italian coach has been mentioned as a candidate for the Manchester United job for next season.However, Paratici insists Juve are still counting on Allegri long-term.He said, “He is the best possible coach for Juventus and I think the team is also perfect for him.”They suit eachother because of their features. “His future for us is not in doubt.”
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man.
It took the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team a while to get going, but once it did, it never looked back. The Buckeyes beat the Detroit Titans, 14-8, in Saturday’s season opener at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Following the trend that started during preseason play, OSU went into an offensive hibernation for about 10 minutes during the first period and allowed Detroit to take a 3-1 lead. “We kind of let up a bit on the offensive end,” said senior attacker and co-captain Logan Schuss. “We didn’t make some of the opportunities we had, but overall we got into our offense and that’s what coach wanted.” The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period but managed to come back during the second period, outscoring Detroit, 4-3. Heading into the locker room at halftime tied 6-6, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knew he had to say something to get his team going against a talented Detroit team. “I told them to take a deep breath. It’s 30 minutes left, it’s 0-0,” Myers said. “It’s not the first half that we intended to play, so let’s go out there and play the second half the way we know we can.” The Buckeyes kept up their second period pace during the third and fourth periods, out-scoring Detroit 8-2 en route to the victory. OSU improved its all-time record against Detroit to 5-0, all under Myers. OSU also remains undefeated at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with the win, with 11 wins and no losses all-time. Schuss had a career day, tying a career high with seven goals and setting a new career high of 10 points in one game. Myers, though, wasn’t surprised. “His job is to score goals. I know Logan would like to have two or three more goals to be honest with you,” Myers said. “If we are going to get him scoring opportunities, he’s going to take care of them. He’s done that for four years for us, it’s a good start for him and we’re going to build on it.” Freshman attacker Tyler Pfister, who scored two goals in his regular season debut for the Buckeyes, said he was encouraged by the teamwork showed during the match. “I think sometimes it’s just us being ourselves. I think we showed today that we can play cohesively. We know our strengths and we can play to them,” Pfister said. OSU is set to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to take on Jacksonville University at 3:15 p.m. in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
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