Jordaan, Blatter newsmakers of 2010

first_img15 March 2011 South Africa’s National Press Club has named World Cup Local Organising Committee chief Danny Jordaan and Fifa president Sepp Blatter as its Newsmakers of the Year for 2010. At a ceremony in Pretoria on Monday night, the club also honoured Jordaan and Blatter for their role in bringing the biggest soccer showpiece on earth to Africa for the first time in Fifa’s 100 years of existence. “They have not only brought us this wonderful spectacle that united our country, but through their work in the period leading to the event, they had ensured a lasting legacy for both South Africa and the continent,” said National Press Club chairman Yusuf Abramjee. The Newsmaker of the Year title is awarded to individuals and issues that have dominated the news in the year. Previous recipients include former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, current President Jacob Zuma and even the local currency, the rand. “You know the World Cup was the best thing that had happened to this country since 1994,” Jordaan said on receiving the award. “It brought all of us together, and we need not lose the unifying element it has brought to our country, because it is through sports that we can really break the race divide and prosper as a nation.” Receiving the award on behalf of Blatter, Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said the football body had made the right choice in bringing the World Cup to South Africa. “I need not say much about South Africa’s abilities anymore, everybody knows how the World Cup was,” Valcke said. “South Africa is one of the best countries in the world right now, and well done.” A few journalists also walked away with honours after being selected as winners in various categories. Radio 702 Eye Witness News reporter Mandy Wiener scooped the Journalist of the Year in the radio category, while Pretoria News journalist Graeme Hosken took the same award in the print category. Masi Losi, also from Pretoria News, was named Photographer of the Year, while Gautrain spokesperson Barbara Jensen was selected Media Officer of the Year. The judges chose City Press Editor Ferial Hafajee as Editor of the Year for the work she has done in repositioning the newspaper since taking over more than a year ago. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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LongJump: Database in the Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts If you build an app with a LongJump database, you can can choose to publishit to LongJump’s Application Catalog so other users can try it, review it, andsubscribe to it. LongJump will even work with you if you want to make your appsavailable for a subscription fee, the pricing of which is up to you. Your LongJump database is not only easy to set up and use, it is also likelyto be more secure, reliable, scalable, and flexible than anything you couldafford to build yourself. For $19.95/month, LongJump provides customers with anSLA guaranteeing 99.999% server and network uptime on systems that are certifiedfor SAS 70 Type II, an industry standard for data protection compliance. If youneed to add new capacity, LongJump can do this within 24 hours, whileload-balancing incoming traffic. LongJump is another example of the trend toward open platforms on the web, asit also provides a REST-based XML API for developers. This means LongJumpdevelopers have more options than just using the provided user interface tomanage their data. Instead, they could forgo that interface altogether to useLongJump just as a data store; they could build a web-based front end to theirapps or deliver the data in the LongJump database via a web service. LongJump, a company based out of Sunnyvale, California, has introduced a Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) product that offers you an easy way to build a database application backend for your website and business. With LongJump, database setup is simplified – you no longer need to worry about server provisioning, redundancy, backups, patching, or any of the other IT complexities involved with running your own servers. Instead, you just sign-up with LongJump, set up your data structure and permissions, and connect your web services. Using a simple, drag-and-drop web-based interface, the LongJump NativeBrowser Interface provides an easy way to manage and work with the data. Now,database creation and editing can be done by anyone with spreadsheet or basicdatabase skills by using LongJump’s built-in tools. The provided tools let youeasily add users, change their access and sharing permissions, define new datamodels, import data, add or change fields, perform mass update and deletefunctions, add data policies or workflows, and create custom reports. All that’sneeded is a standard web browser – they recommend the latest version of eitherInternet Explorer or Firefox.Customizable home pages can be created with configurable dashboard widgetsfor any purpose or can be assigned to specific members of your team. Built-incustomizable reporting tools can be used to create charts, graphs, and otherreports that can also be displayed on these homepages. Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A low-cost cloud database that can be designed and used by non-programmers isa great resource on its own; the gallery of subscription applications and toolsfor developers make it even better and sure to be adopted by many businesses inthe future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perezlast_img read more

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FireKing Announces New Ascent Platform Launch

first_imgFireKing Security Group announced today the launch of the Ascent platform of cash management devices.  The launch includes note validating, along with coin and note dispensing models.  Ascent cash management solutions provide retailers with world-class reliability and future-ready technology enabling them to elevate their cash handling activities.“We are very excited about the launch of the Ascent product line. Coupled with our Summit platform, FireKing is able to deliver to our customers the newest, most secure and innovative lineup of cash management solutions in the market today. Our commitment to invest in our products, services and business partners has never been stronger,” said Mark Essig, CEO of FKI Security Group.The Ascent product line is built on the most advanced and reliable software platform in the industry.  In addition to validating and securing cash deposits, Ascent delivers the expandability to meet all bill and coin cash handling needs with devices that can be linked or stand alone.  Importantly, if you link multiple types of devices at a location then all connected devices are controlled, captured and reported as a single accounting unit.  They offer a robust feature set with an intuitive, modern, icon-driven touch pad interface providing device level control of deposit transactions and reporting. With unparalleled hardware quality and remote serviceability the Ascent series delivers everything retailers need to keep cash flow and operations running smoothly.- Sponsor – According to John Rhoads, FireKing’s senior vice president of product & channel development, “The Ascent platform provides the perfect balance of fundamental cash management and advanced technology to provide retailers a flexible, dependable and scalable solution.  We can configure a simple or sophisticated solution to meet our customer’s current and future needs.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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IRS Webinar Highlights Two Major Compliance Programs

first_imgAn IRS webinar, “Automated Underreporter (AUR) and Correspondence Examinations,” held on July 27, focused on the particulars of the IRS’s Automated Underreporter Program (AUR) and Correspondence Examination, and tips on how to comply with those programs. IRS officials participating in the webinar stressed the importance of these two major audit-related processes within the IRS’s overall examination strategy.Automated Underreporter ProgramThe primary IRS official who presented at the webinar reported that the AUR is one of the largest compliance programs that the IRS provides. The AUR is located across seven IRS campuses. In addition, there is a toll-free operation at one of the seven campuses.According to the IRS official, the AUR process leverages data culled from information provided to the IRS by employers, payers and other third parties to match against information provided from various versions of the Form 1040. Once matching is completed, tax examiners physically review any returns that show discrepancies.On spotting errors, the official explained that the IRS notifies each identified taxpayer regarding a discrepancy and asks for a response. This notice, known as CP 2000, requests verification of underreported income and proposes changes that should occur on a tax return, as well as tax calculations. If no response is returned, the examiner then assesses the case as a “default closure.” However, if a taxpayer disputes the proposed liability, the taxpayer should send a response by mail or telephone to the IRS AUR Unit, which then reviews the response. A determination is then made on the case. The IRS official stated that regardless of the status of a taxpayer’s case, the IRS is always willing to reconsider its determination if a taxpayer can provide new information.Correspondence ExaminationThe Correspondence Examination process is a highly automated process that is conducted by tax technicians. It takes less time than field audits. Through Correspondence Examinations, the IRS can achieve broad compliance coverage, according to the IRS official.The process involves an electronic examination of original or amended returns that seeks to identify what are regarded as questionable credits, deductions or expenses. The process uses results of prior audits, third party information, entries on the return, and referrals from the Electronic Fraud Detection System, and criminal investigation to assess return entry accuracy. The IRS official noted that the Correspondence Examination process is generally less complex than that used by revenue agents.Particularly through correspondence examinations, the official reported, the IRS is able to quickly conclude the accuracy of claims for credits, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), business expenses and charitable contributions. The examination also assesses certain Schedule C issues.After discrepancies are noted through a Correspondence Examination, an initial contact letter will be sent for unallowed items, EITC issues and Premium Tax Credit errors via forms known as CP 18, CP 75 and CP 06, respectively. A Letter 566 is provided for most other issues. The IRS official at the webinar explained that these initial contact letters are not accompanied with an examination report. Instead, a Letter 525 is sent in the event a follow-up is necessary, when a taxpayer does not provide a response to the initial letter, and includes an examination report. Additional notices are sent in the form of a notice of deficiency, as well as a notice denoting no changes made to an assessment.The IRS official also reported that the IRS is implementing a new pilot program for taxpayers to complete the Correspondence Examination process online. The pilot program will allow select taxpayers to interact with correspondence exam technicians and update their information for Schedule A issue related exams. The program is set to start at the beginning of fiscal year 2017.Tips in Approaching Compliance ProgramsThe IRS officials at the webinar stressed the importance of responding to notices that are sent from the AUR and Correspondence Examination programs. If a response will not be timely, the officials stated that a taxpayer or a representative should request additional time to respond, which will generally be granted. Taxpayers or representatives are encouraged to provide complete and organized responses to best work with the IRS to resolve all issues. With respect to the AUR process, tax practitioners can call the IRS Practitioner Priority Service for a faster response time. The number to call is 1-866-860-4259, and practitioners are to select menu option five for“Automated Underreporter Notice.”By Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

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South African umpire John Wright revives memories of Chile final

first_imgOn Sunday, life comes a full circle for Indian hockey. The team is up against France in the final of the Olympic qualifier and a step away from exorcising the ghosts of Santiago.However, they will find a familiar face when they walk out on the turf at the National Stadium.South African umpire John Wright, who officiated in the final against Britain in Chile four years ago, will be blowing the whistle in the match against France too.A well respected umpire, Wright brings vast international experience with him. He has been umpiring since 1994 and still remembers the day when the erstwhile powerhouse of the sport and eight-time gold medallists India had to swallow their pride after losing to Britain 0-2 and failing to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 80 years.The 41-year-old said the Indians were ‘distraught’ after the match.”I remember they were distraught while going off the field. Playing at the Olympics is a lifetime opportunity and it is disturbing for any player to miss out on that,” Wright told Mail Today.He and Henrik Ehlers of Denmark were officiating in the match and found themselves at the receiving end after some decisions went against India.”They (India) tried to shift the blame on the umpires after the match, but I can’t recall any such serious incidents in the match. They were not good enough to qualify at that time.”Four years hence, Wright predicts India will be unstoppable in the final against France.advertisement”From what I have seen, they are a vastly improved side, far more prepared and organised. They are playing the kind of hockey that we are used to see from India. I would be surprised if they don’t qualify for the London Olympics.”I have been seeing the Indian team since 1994 and I think they are in a pretty good space at the moment and have great leadership going,” he said.Wright, whose brother Peter is also an umpire, says that the game has changed so much that umpiring is a real challenge now.”The game has changed a lot with the advent of artificial surface, inter-passing and new equipment. It is lot quicker. The game is played at a great speed now and we have to keep pace with it,” he said.last_img read more

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Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Bobby Ray Parks Jr. did pick up the slack in the second half to lead Alab’s belated rally. That effort was a welcome sight for Alapag as the home crew came one Urbiztondo desperation three away from forcing overtime against the defending ABL champion.“I was very pleased with our effort in the second half,” he said. “But we need not just 20 minutes, it needs to be a 40-minute effort.”Rather than dwell on the defeat, Alapag noted the game should serve as a pick off point for Alab as it seeks to bounce back in its next game against Singapore on November 29 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.“It was definitely something that we can build off of. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives we can build on,” he said, not just for the players but also for the coaches themselves.“When you’ve played for so long, it’s a much different perspective. When you’re playing, you’re focused on making the shot or making the assist. But now when you’re coaching, you’re trying to put the pieces together to make it work with the five guys on the court,” shared the PBA legend. “Just like the players have to get back to work in practice, I’ll do my part watching video tonight and making sure that we’re better next game.”ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytaycenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tanduay Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAlab Pilipinas got off to a poor start and that ultimately caused its downfall in a close 92-89 defeat to Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club on Sunday in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I think it was really a tale of two halves. In the first half, we had 15 turnovers, but in the second half, we only had three. I think if we would have played with the sense of urgency like we did in the second half in the first half, I think the outcome could have been different,” said Alapag, who made his head coaching debut.ADVERTISEMENT Aside from World Imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson as well as veteran guard Josh Urbiztondo, contributions have been few for Alab in the first half.Hong Kong slowly pulled away and even took a 15-point lead, 63-48, early in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Us having 15 turnovers and giving Hong Kong 23 turnover points in the first half put us in a pretty big hole,” lamented Alapag.“A lot of these guys with PBA experience are used to 48 minutes. In a 40-minute game, it’s really important that you work at a much more efficient rate.” Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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India, South Africa in talks for Gandhi-Mandela cricket series

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) and the BCCI are in talks to finalise details of a proposed Gandhi -Mandela series, to be played in both countries within the next two years.CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat announced this during the launch of new kit which the Proteas will wear from next month in all three forms of the international game.”India has really warmed up to the idea of making a sort of an icon series between South Africa and India. So we will play four Tests in India and they will come back in 2018 and will play the equivalent. We want to style it as the Mandela- Gandhi series. We are working on that now to develop the details of the icon series,” Lorgat saidHe also lauded the quality and calibre of some of the Proteas’ international stars.”They are very sought after amongst all of the professional leagues, including the IPL. They are certainly capable of capturing the imagination of South Africa and the world.”Lorgat said CSA had focused on T20s in the past eighteen months and would now turn their attention on preparation for the World Twenty20 challenge in India in March next year.Lorgat said with the huge amount of cricket that the Proteas play in the subcontinent these days the new kit, which was developed in record time by New Balance for the Bangladesh tour next month, was very welcome.”Once upon a time we would wear anything and it did not really matter, but these days there is actually technology that goes into producing the kit and that makes a difference,” Lorgat said.advertisementLorgat also reinforced CSA’s plans to develop cricket at lower levels to feed into the national side through its transformation plans to include more black players.”We have become a bit more aggressive in the transformation space and we make no apologies for that – it’s the right thing to do, for two reasons. There is a moral obligation to get things right and equally if we want to sustain ourselves as the number one Test team in the world we must draw from a much wider pool,” Lorgat concluded.last_img read more

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Community Access Point Opens in Annotto Bay

first_imgResidents of Annotto Bay, St. Mary, now have the benefit of a community access point (CAP), which provides access to the Internet as well as a variety of computer–related services.The Annotto Bay Computer Resource Centre, which is situated on the grounds of the St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, was developed by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of approximately $3.5 million.It is outfitted with 16 desktop computers; one Internet broadband server and supporting network capability; one printer; one projector and two air-conditioning units.The USF also conducted electricity upgrading on the building housing the centre, which was provided through a partnership between the Church and the Annotto Bay Community Development and Environmental Benefit Society, which applied for its establishment.The CAP centre, which is the 256th across the island and the seventh to be established in St. Mary, was formally opened by Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, on Thursday, August 10.Dr. Wheatley, who has portfolio responsibility for the USF, lauded the agency for its work in developing the facility.He also praised the Benevolent Society for its perseverance in ensuring that the project was brought to fruition.The Minister said the facility will be a pivotal community empowerment tool that enables educational advancement, job creation and economic growth, and urged the residents to ensure that they “maximise the full potential of this community access point”.Dr. Wheatley announced plans to designate the Claude Stewart Park in Port Maria a public Internet Wi-Fi hotspot, similar to what exists in locations such as St. William Grant Park, Devon House and Half-Way Tree in Kingston and St. Andrew; and sections of Mandeville, Manchester. “We recognise that connectivity is critical. That is why we have taken this initiative to the length and breadth of Jamaica. We have to ensure that we not only concentrate on (providing) access in the urban areas but… that the entire Jamaica gets access,” he said.Benevolent Society member, Ruel Francis, said the centre’s opening is a “special and momentous occasion” for Annotto Bay’s residents, as it marks an investment in the community’s future.He said the organisation intends to ensure that the facility is fully utilised as a pivotal part of its community development plans.“This computer resource centre is the gateway to the future of our community, especially (for) our young people. It will open opportunities… and is something that is grand for the community,” Mr. Francis added.The opening of the facility was endorsed by several stakeholders, including Port Maria’s Mayor, Councillor Richard Creary, as well as representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Social Development Commission (SDC).The USF has indicated that at least 15 additional CAPs are to be established during the 2017/18 fiscal year.last_img read more

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Wheeland Member cautions public not to trust PNP Budget

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Government’s track record proves they will not do what they say, it was the overarching perspective of Wheeland Member of Parliament, Delroy Williams. “Even though they are in the Budget, for some reason I just don’t trust this government. Because we had in 2-13/14 we had budgeted a boat ramp for the Wheeland community, that went away. It just disappeared out of the Budget.”When it comes to public works, the shadow Minister from the PDM, explained in that Monday press conference that projects are continuously underfunded or never tackled or completed. Williams said the capital works announcements are empty promises. “Hon Derek Taylor spoke about $37 million in projects, $12 million of that is in infrastructure and all of it is uncommitted. Projects included the replacement of Church Folly in Grand Turk, government roads and Hon Goldray (Ewing) mentioned the Blue Hills board walk, which is estimated at $2 million but nothing has been budgeted to spend. Just a measly $100k, but that cannot build a boardwalk. For years I have been begging for a Community Center for Wheeland; this year they have budgeted $1 million that is uncommitted, no monies has been allocated for it.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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AC Milan are in crisis – Gattuso

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that the club is in crisis after they lost 1-0 at home to Fiorentina on Saturday.AC Milan were eliminated from the Europa League last week, and have also failed to score for three games in a row, but their latest defeat has left manager Gattuso with no option but to declare a crisis.“It’s certainly a difficult moment,” Gattuso told Football Italia.“But today we were in a state of emergency because of our injuries. I have nothing to reproach the team for. This result is hard to swallow, we weren’t sharp, but we weren’t lucky either.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The statistics say that Milan are in crisis. We’ve been struggling to cause problems for our opponents over the last three weeks.“It’s fair to say we’ve not exactly been calm before that either, but we have to find some peace and not seek scapegoats.“The team did everything it possibly could today and we tried to win it, but lost our shape under Fiorentina pressure.”last_img read more

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