A Sophia resident was stabbed to death by another man during an altercation in C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown on Christmas Day while his fiancé sustained injuries as well.Dead is 34-year-old Celwyn Alleyne also called ‘Marcus’ formerly of Lot 936 ‘C’ Field Sophia and of 1342 Cummings Park ‘E’ Field Sophia was stabbed several times by the suspect, ‘Spoonhead’, a known character in the community.Dead: Celwyn AlleyneAlleyne’s girlfriend Nalydiah Henry was also stabbed a few times- one to her neck, head, right shoulder and back.Based on reports received, on the day in question, the now dead man interfered with a friend of the suspect and although he was warned not to do so, he continued.The suspect who also goes by the name Kevin, retaliated by whipping out a knife and attacked Alleyne and his girlfriend.After committing the act, the suspect fled the scene and the injured couple was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Alleyne was pronounced dead on arrival. His fiancé was treated and sent away.Meanwhile, the prime suspect has since been arrested and subsequently confessed to the crime.The dead man leaves to mourn his 9-year-old daughter, mother and siblings.
Stage 3 Water Use Restrictions have been put into effect in the District of Taylor.The restrictions have been implemented because of a drop in the Peace River water level.The restrictions are effective June 21 and include a prohibition on watering lawns, filling pools, hot tubs, ponds, or washing vehicles or boats.- Advertisement -Residents can water plants as long as it is done with a watering can or hose with a shut-off nozzle and only between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Fines issued under the water conservation bylaw can be $300 per offense.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThis is just the latest invasion of wildlife San Pedro has experienced. Nearly everyone has stories about encounters with the ubiquitous opossum and the almost as omnipresent raccoons. These are fairly new developments. When I was a kid growing up in San Pedro in the ’50s and ’60s, squirrels and skunks were about the only wildlife I remember seeing, most of them as road kill (and road smell). In one story that has become family lore, we had a skunk in our backyard. Dad grabbed my Sears .22 rifle and took a couple of potshots at it. He missed, and it got away, but our neighbor, Leo Bologna, who lived on the other side of the wood fence, wasn’t too happy about it. Back then, I may have seen a dead opossum near one of the parks now and then, but never a raccoon. Then, around the late ’70s, these denizens of the night began showing up with regularity all over San Pedro, dead and alive. The Peninsula has long been home to an abundance of wildlife, and as development progressed, these creatures were uprooted from their natural environment and began making their way down the hill to San Pedro. I’ve had two close encounters. One night in the early ’80s at our house near Peck Park – always a haven for wildlife – my dogs treed a baby opossum. It was frozen in fear, and nothing would quiet my dogs. I finally found a stick long enough to budge it from its perch, and it slipped down the other side of a block wall and was gone. Years later, in our current house, which is on a canyon, we again were awakened by our dogs going crazy in the backyard. Once again, in my skivvies with a flashlight, I went to investigate, and shining my light onto my roof, saw the reflection in the eyes of an entire family of raccoons. From the size, I could tell it was a mother and her three babies, and they just stared back at me until they decided it was time to move on. They traversed the roof to the garage in the front, hopped onto a tree and climbed down and meandered away. We stopped feeding the dogs in the yard, and the raccoons never returned to our house. I don’t know how long this brood had been enjoying the dog food, but it did not look underfed. The problem is that over the years, these animals have gone from being a nuisance to being destructive. Once I spied a huge raccoon, in broad daylight, on my neighbor’s roof, which I could look down on from my kitchen. He wasn’t just sitting there; he was gnawing and scratching at the shake roof. There already was a sizable hole, and I had heard horror stories about raccoons nesting in attics. I called my neighbor, and he quickly had someone patch the roof. More recent episodes have revealed just how much raccoons have become part of our ecosystem. My wife and I saw one while walking along the Cabrillo Marina. It disappeared under the concrete walkway on the water’s edge. I’ve been told since that raccoons have been boarding boats and wreaking havoc for some time. Even more remarkably, while working one night at the far end of the Navy Mole, I saw some longshoremen feeding a raccoon in the parking lot. Either that raccoon hitched a long ride on someone’s truck or it swam across the Main Channel. My son lives out on Point Fermin, in a building overlooking the Inner Harbor. He’s seen the “neighborhood” raccoons on the fourth floor of his apartment building. (I wonder if they use the elevator?) Another good friend had his koi pond cleaned out by the nasty little critters, who obviously enjoy the high-priced delicacy. Several passive attempts to keep them out have failed, but he’s trapped several raccoons and “relocated” them. The problem is getting worse. Raccoons have adapted well to “city life,” but they’re not meant to live side by side with people. You can tell that by the numbers you see dead alongside our roads, and no matter how obnoxious they can be, I hate to see such beautiful animals meet that fate, or worse. My son witnessed a horrendous incident recently in which a group of young party animals (in the truest sense) raced out of their apartment when their dog cornered a raccoon near a dumpster and beat it to death with sticks. Unlike many of San Pedro’s problems, I have no clue how to deal with our landscape being overrun by animals that no longer fear humans. Calling Councilwoman Janice Hahn probably won’t help. Knowing how she thinks, she’ll probably have the city install a speed hump and a “peacock crossing” sign. Meanwhile, I’m going to look for my Davy Crockett coonskin hat from the ’50s and hope that scares them varmints away. Steve Marconi, a lifetime resident of San Pedro, is a freelance journalist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I have commented often here about how much San Pedro has changed in my lifetime, but one area that I never have mentioned before is coming home to roost, literally. On the day after Thanksgiving, I saw peacocks on my drive to work for the first time ever. I was on Bayend Drive, which is how I get to Western Avenue. These three peacocks-actually one peacock and two peahens (lucky guy) were on the corner of Bayend and Trudie, just a couple of blocks above Western Avenue. The people of Eastview may be used to seeing peacocks, but this was new to me, and startling because, let’s face it, the way these creatures migrate, it won’t be long before they’ve migrated the few blocks into my neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong. I love peacocks, but that’s because they’ve always been in someone else’s neighborhood. I perfectly understand the “peacock wars” that residents of Rancho Palos Verdes have experienced in the past. These are gorgeous creatures, but I have a dear friend who lives in Portuguese Bend, where the birds proliferate, and his view is basic: The only good peacock is a dead peacock. Not that he also doesn’t appreciate their beauty, but, well, it’s a big bird, and it leaves – how shall we say? – big droppings. In other words, they make a mess of your property, which is why so many people in RPV have wanted to eradicate them. And they’re heading my way! read more
Glenea United v Gweedore Celtic, By Stephen Doherty.GLENEA UTD 1, GWEEDORE CELTIC 1 (AET)Glenea win 4-2 on penalties GLENEA United beat Gweedore Celtic on penalties to win the Brian McCormick Premier Division Play Off final at Diamond Park, Ballyare, today.Glenea, with the wind advantage in the first half took, the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a strike just inside the 18 yard box from Darren McGeever.Gweedore equalised in the second half with David Ward scoring direct from a corner.But extra-time failed to separate the sides and it came down to penalties – with United winning 4-2 in the shoot-out. GLENEA UNITED CROWNED CHAMPIONS AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT WIN OVER GWEEDORE CELTIC was last modified: May 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GLENEA UNITED CROWNED CHAMPIONS AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT WIN OVER GWEEDORE CELTICGWEEDORE CELTIC 0GWEEDORE CELTIC 1SOCCER LATEST: GLENEA UNITED 1 read more
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, immigration officials have focused on military bases as well as airports, nuclear power plants and the nation’s power grid. Federal authorities have said there is no evidence any of them had any links to terrorists. Illegal immigrants performing contract work at several bases were detained this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Friday. Those included six at Fort Irwin in California, one at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, six at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base-New Orleans and one at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Camp Pendleton spokeswoman Sgt. Claudia Garcia said Friday that base personnel were working with immigration and customs officials regarding the review. She declined further comment. Immigration and Customs Enforcement previously checked military installations including the North Island Naval Air Station and the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. operations at the 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego. In April, agents arrested 18 foreign nationals who worked for a contractor at the shipbuilding facility. Most had security badges authorizing them to enter the Navy base, officials said. Unzueta made his comments Thursday after a media round-table at which ICE officials discussed immigration and border protection issues. Scores of illegal immigrants working as cooks, laborers, janitors and even foreign-language instructors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year. The immigrants do not work directly for the military but for private contractors. Federal authorities have said they will check the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to see whether any illegal immigrants are working there. The review will take four months to half a year once it starts, Michael Unzueta, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office in San Diego, said Thursday. Immigration officials will work with the base’s command structure, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and contractors, Unzueta said. “I don’t know that (base officials) know we’re coming yet,” she said. read more
They can no longer say “everything you know is wrong” when nothing they thought they knew was right in the first place.We joke about paleoanthropologists upending their previous beliefs every few months when we suggest that their headlines announce, ‘everything you know is wrong.’ That phrase, of course, is self-refuting, because it would be wrong itself, and you couldn’t know it was wrong if everything you know is wrong. Outsiders, though, can say it about paleoanthropologists, by excluding themselves from the word “you” and claiming “everything they know is wrong.” Is that an apt criticism, given recent news?Another Big Upset: Out of Time, Out of PlaceAn early hominin arrival in Asia (Nature). Evolutionary anthropologists used to have a coherent story when they could claim that humans arose in one area, Africa, and spread out from there. Maybe some mutation in the brain of an ‘anthropoid’ (human-like) ape turned it into the first ‘hominin’ (anything on the way to Homo sapiens). The belief set many contented anthropologists looking for stone tools and skulls in southern Africa. But then those things started turning up in the wrong places.Skulls in a cave in Dmanisi, Georgia, overturned beliefs by showing human-like skulls in southern Russia dated 1.78 million Darwin Years ago. Now, a cache of stone tools has turned up farther east in central China, dated 2.1 million Darwin Years ago. If these tool-makers came from Africa, they had significant smarts to migrate long distances and live in successful populations. John Kappelman tries to put a good spin on this find, but for someone accustomed to think in terms of millions of years, how does a few thousand years sound? We add some questions in brackets:The roughly 14,000-kilometre trek from eastern Africa to eastern Asia represents a range expansion of dramatic proportions. The dispersal of hominins was probably facilitated by population increases [where are the bones?] as they moved into new territories and filled empty niches, and could also have been driven by the phenomenon of resource depletion that underlies the high mobility of today’s hunter-gatherers [all over the world?]. Yet even with a dispersal rate of only 5–15 kilometres per year, a value well inside the daily foraging range of modern hunter-gatherers, the distance between Africa and Asia could have been covered in just 1,000–3,000 years. The present record of hominin sites and the dating techniques that are currently available to researchers are not sufficient to resolve a dispersal event of such potential speed, or to determine its exact form, but we can surely look forward to more finds that will help to solve this migration mystery. [If you’ve been this wrong so far, why should anyone trust you?]Hominin occupation of the Chinese Loess Plateau since about 2.1 million years ago (Nature). This is the paper that details the find mentioned above. “This discovery implies that hominins left Africa earlier than indicated by the evidence from Dmanisi,” they say.Tools from China are oldest hint of human lineage outside Africa (Nature). “2.1-million-year-old stone tools suggest hominins reached East Asia much earlier than thought.” Than thought by who? Not by creationists, who say people were created on Day 6 a few thousand years ago and migrated quickly around the world after the Flood. To secular scientists, such talk is pure folly, worthy of mockery and dismissive shunning. Collin Barras has this to say about the Asia tools found earlier than expected (watch for the ‘everything you know is wrong’ admission):Other scientists are convinced that the tools were made by hominins and are confident that they are as old as claimed. And although the tools’ makers are unknown, the discovery could force researchers to reconsider which hominin species first left Africa — and when. “This is a whole new palaeo ball game,” says William Jungers, a palaeoanthropologist at Stony Brook University, New York.A map in this article shows various finds scattered around Europe and Asia up to 1.85 million Darwin Years ago. This new one puts tool-making human ‘ancestors’ in China 250,000 years earlier. Two hundred fifty thousand years! That’s a long time to be in China with nobody else to trade with. If they could make tools, don’t you think they also built cities and invented things? Was it really going to take another two million years to figure out agriculture? Doesn’t it seem more reasonable that the toolmakers were not alone out there, but were indeed contemporaneous with other intelligent beings over a far shorter, more recent time period? Which view seems more ripe for mockery?Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa (BBC News). What does secular reporter Paul Rincon think of this? He just accepts every yarn the evolutionists tell him about hobbitses and Chinese toolmakers and variable rates of evolution, never questioning the high perhapsimaybecouldness index in the stories or the expertise of the storytellers.Clueless experts rearrange facts any way they want. Here were two versions in a 2003 book. Everything has changed several times since then.Earlier Chapters of the Human Evolution Story UnravelThe competitive edge: Dietary competition played a key role in the evolution of early primates (Phys.org). Lest anybody think Darwin has no place left in modern biology, look at this storyteller praise Charlie as he or she pictures a squirrel-like lemur deciding to eat a nut, thereby entering a long path that would lead to the reporter:Since Darwin first laid out the basic principles of evolution by means of natural selection, the role of competition for food as a driving force in shaping and shifting a species’ biology to outcompete its adversaries has played center stage. So important is the notion of competition between species, that it is viewed as a key selective force that resulted in the split of the lineage leading to modern humans from that of our early ape ancestors.If that’s all it was—a change of diet—why do we still have lemurs? There were apparently enough nuts to go around. There are today, too. File this story in your brain uncritically and you’ll have it in a nutshell. Just don’t take the idea of competition too far, or you might start World War III. Whatever happened to cooperation, game theory and all the nice politically-correct views?Human evolution: back to the trees? (Phys.org). A flurry of yarn-spinning tales last month revolved around a foot bone said to be evidence that our long-lost grandmother Lucy came down out of the trees only to return out of nostalgia. This won’t be on the quiz, because it is probably going to be swept into the bin during the next round of ‘everything you know is wrong.’ The authors apparently didn’t hear about the hominin tools in China dated at 2.1 million Darwin Years.Fossils from east Africa dated to around 3.5 million years ago belonging to Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy’s species) and from Homo erectus between 1.8 and 1.5 million years ago are a match for those of modern-day humans, suggesting that these extinct hominins had already evolved our dedication to terrestrial locomotion.A nearly complete foot from Dikika, Ethiopia and its implications for the ontogeny and function of Australopithecus afarensis (Science Magazine). To get the gist of this claim about the foot of Lucy’s baby (actually, according to the storytellers, 200,000 Darwin Years before mommy), see what Science Daily says about it: “Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup plan: Most complete foot of ancient human child ever.” Did they use intelligent design in their backup plan? Did the children intentionally keep their bones retarded to stay in the trees? The storytellers have to get Lucy’s adult relatives in time to walk like people, so that they can leave human-like footprints in Laetoli, but the kids, according to the new yarn, still had a longing to climb trees. Or maybe they needed to sleep in the trees for safety (don’t snakes climb trees?). Whatever; it’s a fun tale, especially when told by an expert shaman using big words.“Placed at a critical time and the cusp of being human, Australopithecus afarensis was more derived [evolved] than Ardipithecus (a facultative biped) but not yet an obligate strider like Homo erectus. The Dikika foot adds to the wealth of knowledge on the mosaic [i.e., mixed-up] nature of hominin skeletal evolution” explained Alemseged.If this tale were credible, their kids would have kids and kids and kids for 200,000 years until they got their feet right for following Mama Lucy on the ground. Two hundred thousand years. That’s twenty times the history of civilization. Why didn’t she tell them, “Evolve or perish!”Later Chapters of the Human Evolution Story UnravelEarly Humans Probably Didn’t Evolve from a Single Population in Africa (Live Science). The mainstream media runs along with the story, never asking hard questions or critiquing how anybody could know such things when the story keeps changing. Reporter Yasemin Saplakoglu would probably never consider the Bible’s eyewitness account of what happened as humans spread, but he is perfectly willing to hear evolutionists spin yarns about things they never saw. The new yarn is that “mounting evidence suggests the first humans were even more different from one another than we are today.” He listens with rapt attention as storyteller Eleanor Scerri spins the natural selection variable speed dial:“Which means, of course, that evolution probably progressed at a different speed and tempo in different regions of Africa as different groups came into contact with each other at different times,” Scerri said. Though it’s not clear when most humans on the planet had these modern features, by about 12,000 years ago, when hunting and gathering gradually shifted to agriculture, archaic features such as an elongated head and large robust faces had all but disappeared in humans, Scerri said. (In any case, these archaic features, it should be noted, don’t correspond to how “culturally backward” a culture was, Scerri added.)In other words, human beings show less diversity than before, but it doesn’t mean they were stupid. Is that what Darwin predicted? No, in fact, he did not: and they admit it. Look at how one anthropologist joins in chopping down Darwin’s tree of life (see 8/06/18): Jon Marks is not surprised that everything he thought he knew was wrong!“Who was arguing the contrary?” said Jon Marks, a professor of anthropology at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, who was also not part of the study. Though the findings didn’t come as a shock to Marks, he thinks they point to an important problem in the field — we might be using the wrong metaphors to describe evolution, namely, Darwin’s branching tree.“What we’re seeing is a tree is not necessarily the most appropriate metaphor to apply to recent human ancestry,” Marks told Live Science. The more appropriate metaphors would be something that branches and then comes back together, rather than branches on a tree, he said.These could include the roots of a tree, braided streams or capillary systems, he said.Rethinking Homo sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated (The Conversation). Darren Curnoe is all mixed up. He doesn’t know what to believe any more, after so many rounds of ‘everything you know is wrong.’ An ill wind blows no good.But as someone who’s kept a keen eye on developments in, and indeed actively researching, our evolution, it’s clear to me that there’s something’s going on here. Change is in the wind!So profound is the shift underway in human origins science that it’s seen the unusual step of a team of 23 researchers (led by Eleanor Scerri of the University of Oxford) publish today’s new synthesis of the evidence – and in doing so embrace the emerging picture of complexity and ditch the old simplistic ideas. Among their ranks are archaeologists, anthropologists, geneticists and climate specialists.After he puzzles over what this means, he throws up his hands:Despite all the progress we’ve made [Tontology: who’s “we, Paleface?”] over the last decade in teasing apart our origins, the manifesto of Scerri and her team has more than a hint of “back to the future” about it.As bold and ambitious as it is, it leaves me with far more questions than answers, and a lingering feeling that the issues are far more complicated than we’ve been prepared to admit until now.Always Wrong but Never AshamedNeuroscience: Brain Mechanisms of Blushing (Current Biology). This story calls on Charlie D. again to add to his speculation about why humans blush:How many times have we experienced the sensation of heat rising to our face, accompanied by the hallmark reddening of our cheeks, when we are embarrassed or ashamed, in response to emotional situations or when we are angry? Darwin called blushing the “most peculiar and most human of all expressions”. Its purpose remains unclear, but likely reflects the social transmission of a physiological cue that indicates discomfort…. Little is known about the brain mechanisms of blushing….So here is a well-known, observable phenomenon with which all humans (including paleoanthropologists) are familiar, and science cannot explain it after 158 years since Darwin turned biologists into storytellers. How much less can they explain things that happened millions of mythical Darwin Years ago? As Mark Twain quipped, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”There’s only one thing that evolutionists know for certain: Creationism is stupid! Creationists must be punished!But wait; if everything they know is wrong, then that is wrong, too.Let’s review what the Bible says about human history. Doesn’t this have the ring of truth? Doesn’t it portray human beings the way they really act? From Genesis 10: notice the details, and names that can be corroborated against historical sources.10 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8 Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man.[a] 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and 12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city. 13 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom[b] the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed. 19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.21 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born. 22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 24 Arpachshad fathered Shelah; and Shelah fathered Eber. 25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg,[c] for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 30 The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar to the hill country of the east.31 These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.32 These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.(Visited 750 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
19 January 2007The Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town has been rated among the top 10 in the world in an influential annual survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.According to a statement issued by the school this week, the ratings, released in December, place the UCT Graduate School of Business in the top four for its customised programmes and in the top 10 for its open programmes.The former are programmes tailored to the needs of a particular business, while the latter are open to executives from any company.The rating of 4.3 out of 5 for its customised programmes places the school on the same level as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (US), University of Washington Business School (US) and Instituto de Empresa (Spain).The rating of 4.0 out of 5 for its open progammes “is shared with the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad in India), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (US), and Thunderbird’s Garvin School of International Management (US),” the school said.“The UCT GSB is also the first African business school to have its full-time MBA ranked in the Financial Times’ Global Top 100. The school moved up to place 66th in the annual rankings last year.”Elaine Rumboll, director of the school’s executive education unit, said the high score for its customised programmes was “particularly exciting for the school as customised programmes are the biggest growth area for executive education globally.“Change is inherent to emergent markets and we are challenged to address constantly evolving needs,” Rumboll said. “Not only is the market growing, but it is also impatient for punchy and relevant learning experiences that will have a lasting impact on business practices.“Course design in such an environment is an exciting prospect, and true competitive advantage lies with those business schools that are able to take a wide range of insights and combine them intelligently to create interesting, trans-disciplinary and impactful learning processes.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material read more
“It is about getting out from underneath the welter of negative press coverage our continent receives,” Pahad said. “It is about informing the world that Africa has much to offer, that our people are ready to receive the world, ready to host those who come to the World Cup.” In a speech to delegates at the third edition of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Sandton this week, Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad said 2010 presented South Africa with an enormous opportunity to counter the negative publicity the country receives. Other heavyweights, like Franz Beckenbauer and Pele, have also endorsed Team South Africa. And the list is growing. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is no stranger to these parts; and with the latest edition of the Vodacom Challenge viewed as a key test of this country’s preparations for the World Cup, the local and international media were anxious to hear his take on the 2010 hosts. Addressing reporters at the end of Germany’s Olympic Congress last weekend, Wilfried Lemke, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, pledged his full support for South Africa. “The organisation has improved since the last time we visited, and the atmosphere has been outstanding,” Ferguson told reporters after United outclassed Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 to win the tournament last weekend. “It’s a great country to have the World Cup.” “I will do everything I can to make the 2010 World Cup a success,” he said. The stakes were significantly higher than when United last visited, two years ago, particularly since the three-team contest is now broadcast in 35 countries. He added that “there is no way Fifa would ever give the World Cup to a country they didn’t feel could do it”. Not for the first time, the government, the 2010 Local Organising Committee and other key 2010 role-players have had to undertake a damage-control exercise following Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s recent admission that there was after all a “Plan B” in case South Africa was unable to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “But it is taken out of all proportion: 99.9 percent of people who live in South Africa, whatever their race, colour or creed, are beautiful people, but 0.1 percent, like anywhere in the world, are very bad.” 1 August 2008 But it has taken the comments of two prominent football personalities to help put South Africa back on an even keel in terms of its World Cup preparations. Lemke, who visited the country last month, insists that the decision to award the tournament to South Africa was the right one, and that it will help to stablise the country. Other United administrators, coaches and players agreed. Former England international Gary Mabbutt also took aim at South Africa’s critics this week. “Crime is a problem, and the government is training 30 000 new police officers specifically for the World Cup. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 read more
20 June 2013 The descendants of South Africa’s Khoi and San communities must benefit from the country’s land reform programme if the legacy of the 1913 Natives Land Act is to be reversed, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. Nkwinti was addressing a business briefing in Cape Town on Thursday to coincide with the centenary of the passing of the Act by the Union Parliament on 19 June 2013. The notorious law laid the groundwork for the apartheid policy of racial segregation in South Africa. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the Khoi and San people were the first lines of defending the land when South Africa was invaded by colonialists. “We could not, as a democratic government, understanding our history, be happy and satisfied when some of us were not catered for, and I think it was not a deliberate exclusion, but it was more of a systematic exclusion,” the minister said. “The Khoi and San were left out of the process even though they were the first to be dispossessed of their ancestral land – before the notorious 1913 Native Land Act was passed – so now is time for us to go back and go beyond the cut-off date of 1913,” he said. Asked how the government aimed to redress the Khoi and San, Nkwinti said his department would be setting up a national reference group, with five representatives from each province, who would meet with his department regularly. “We’ve agreed that each province should nominate five representatives, that makes 45 in total, so that we will then discuss in terms of the Constitution and the 1913 cut-off date on how do we come up with a set of proposals to government which will then open up for the Khoi and San to make their own claim. “This work has already started,” he said. Land reform challenges Also addressing Thursday’s breakfast, former Land Affairs director-general Gilindwe Mayende said South Africa had redistributed “something in the vicinity of 8-million hectares” of land in the space of 18 years. “However, there are quite a number of challenges that seem to continue to bedevil the programme in its entirety,” Mayende said. “We are still struggling to come up with an integrated approach where we don’t only talk of transferring land, but transferring land as well as knowing how to access the market, or a totality of package to beneficiaries … that is why we’ve seen many projects not succeeding and which now need to be recapitalised.” Mayende said another challenge was that the land reform programme was not linked dynamically to agrarian transformation and in the broader sense to rural development. Asked if the country would follow the Zimbabwean “land invasion” model, Deputy Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Lechesa Tsenoli said: “We’ve not been hearing enough from every stakeholder … especially the farmers and property owners, who are our critical stakeholders in helping us avoid the Zimbabwean land invasion situation, so we would like to address them urgently,” he said. Source: SAnews.gov.za read more
WINNING CAPTION: “Tfth. Left bug, wallet, car keys, flashlight, prescription eyeglasses, hat, and pride.” Mentor19 The search for a geocache often takes us to unusual places and sometimes bends us into unusual shapes. Share your gift for witty captions in the 29th installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest. You could earn a barely coveted prize. What caption would you write for the picture above? It was originally posted on our Geocaching.com Facebook page by teamoggy.Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions other geocachers have posted.Coveted Prive – Size MediumYou’re encouraged to ‘influence’ the voting process (nudgenudge). “Like” the caption that you think should win. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Lackeys vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.The winner receives the ‘barely coveted prize’ you see to the left, which may actually be quite coveted. It’s is a sample product submitted to Shop Geocaching – a size medium orange hooded sweatshirt. No other sizes are available to the winner.Click on the image to see the winning caption for this contestMore than a dozen Lackeys voted to award the winner of the 28th Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the last Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore all the past winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to email@example.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 27 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeSeptember 1, 2011In “Lackeys”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 25 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJune 30, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 26 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 10, 2011In “Community” read more