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Roy Evans names Liverpool’s BEST signing after impressive Arsenal display

first_imgFormer Liverpool boss Roy Evans has hailed James Milner’s start to life at Liverpool.The England international has quickly become a key man for the club following his free transfer switch from Manchester City in the summer and captained the team against Arsenal on Monday night.Milner produced a typically tireless and effective performance to help the Merseysiders claim a point, and Evans believes his signing has already proved to be a masterstroke by Brendan Rodgers.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “James Milner is one of those players who, in many fans’ eyes, will never be man of the match because you don’t really see what he does.“He is not flash but he keeps everything together. He closes people down, he gets the ball forward quickly.“James Milner is a great all-round footballer. Without a doubt he will be the best buy for us because he is the glue that brings everything together.”last_img read more

Brighton confirm signing of South African striker on four-year deal

first_img✍️ Welcome @percymuzitau22!#BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/5lQfRd8roX— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) July 20, 2018The 24-year-old striker joins from Mamelodi Sundowns having been named South African player of the season.Manager Chris Hughton was delighted to have secured the services of the forward.He told the club’s official website: “Percy is a player we have highlighted for the future, and there is no doubting his talent, having been voted South African player of the season. The striker tangles with Lionel Messi during a friendly last season “Percy will go out on loan this season, play regularly and get some experience of European football.“We will be watching his progress and monitoring his development over the season.” Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of Percy Tau on a four-year deal.The South Africa international, who joins for an undisclosed fee, will be sent out on loan this season to gain first team-experience. 1last_img read more

Border posts go hi-tech

first_imgSouth Africa’s borders are monitored as closely as possible by patrols consisting of police, defence force personnel, and other state departments.(Image: South African Police Service) Trade across South Africa’s borders is a whole lot easier with the modernised system in place. Although neighbouring countries are not yet in a position to implement a similar modern system, steps are being taken to find the best solution in the meantime.(Images: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Zweli MnisiMedia liaison officer, South AfricanPolice Service+27 12 393 4341 or +27 82 045 4024Janine ErasmusThe modernisation of South Africa’s border control technology is easing the process for people taking cargo across national borders, and making it harder for criminals to dodge the system.Besides making trade a lot smoother, the process is also facilitating the entry of tourists into the country.Modernisation of the customs procedure is the single biggest change ever made to its decades-old operating model, according to the South African Revenue Service (Sars), and is set to improve trade into and out of South Africa by falling in line with international best practice.The country’s border environment is overseen by the Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee, which was established in 2005 and is affiliated with the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster, a body chaired by the minister of justice and constitutional development.The committee is made up of representatives from the national departments of transport, public works, agriculture and health as well as Sars.South Africa shares 1 840km of border with Botswana, 909km with Lesotho, 491km with Mozambique, 969km with Namibia, 430km with Swaziland, and and 225km with Zimbabwe.The Southern African Customs Union (Sacu), the world’s oldest such body, exists to facilitate the free exchange of goods between the member countries of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia and Lesotho.Sacu dates back to an agreement set up in 1889 between the Cape colony, run by the British at the time, and the Orange Free State boer republic. The current customs agreement came into force in 1970 and replaced the 1910 agreement that was extended to include the entire Union of South Africa as well as other Southern African territories.While the neighbouring countries may not yet be in a position to implement a similar modern system, says Sars, it and Sacu will work with them to provide the best solution in the meantime.Speedy processing and clearanceAfter a decade of research and planning, the modernisation process was introduced in 2010 with the aim of improving cross-border trade. To achieve this, an overhaul of the system and the introduction of information technology was necessary.Besides streamlining, standardisation across the various modes of transport – sea, rail, air and land – was an important consideration.Other aspects of the plan cover automation of processes such as import and export customs clearance, the secure recording of any movement of goods, and notification of impending goods arrival or departure.The modernisation process provides for the assessment of regular importers and exporters according to their Sars profiles, and if they pose a minimal risk, their goods could be cleared either orally or without a formal customs clearance, or even if the declaration is incomplete. In the latter case, a supplement to the declaration will later give all the necessary information.An integral part of the new system, according to Sars, is the introduction of an efficient, automated risk management system which pulls together information from a number of state departments and agencies. Without this, customs officials would have to personally check all incoming and outbound shipment, but with the so-called customs risk engine in place, non-risk-related shipments will be speedily released.Lastly, customs staff are receiving thorough training to become confident in using the progressive new system, which is light years removed from the way shipments were handled as recently as 20 years ago, when processing of paperwork for just one shipment could take weeks.Streamlined systemAutomation of many customs processes means that human error or intervention is eliminated, cutting down on possible unnecessary delays and corrupt activity.Today, when an importer or exporter wishes to move goods across the border, he or she can submit documentation electronically. Taxes are calculated, payment is made via the Sars website and before the consignment even departs for its final destination, all paperwork is taken care of and approval has been received – or denied.At this point the risk management engine comes into play and carries out the risk assessment.Depending on the individual profile presented by the engine, the shipment may be allowed through unhindered at the border, or may undergo an inspection.This automation has cut the time spent on processing a shipment from over five hours to under 30 minutes, on average.However, no shipment will cross without a clearance document issued to the importer or exporter once the initial application is taken care of – this is carried by the driver, who hands it in on arrival and receives barcoded forms in exchange. The barcode is shipment-specific and alerts officials at the exit point as to whether or not all the required procedures have been followed – if not, the vehicle may be subject to further inspection.In a whole new twist, Sars customs officials carry iPads with which they can take photos of consignments and send and receive information on the spot. The photos can also be used as evidence should an investigation arise. This is a world first, according to Sars.The same electronic clearance is also available to smaller businesses and infrequent traders, but they will have to visit a Sars branch beforehand to arrange the documentation.last_img read more

The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative

first_imgBy Ntombi NtanziThe Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative in collaboration with Brand South Africa will be bringing another chapter of this year’s Africa Youth Summit.The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative, is a Pan-African platform led by African youth for the benefit of African youth. The initiative is inspired by the vision of enabling African youth to connect and collaborate towards the prosperity of the continent.To this end, the initiative is invested in bringing all Africans together, to dissect the issues they are faced with and to find solutions that can be applied in resolving the challenges identified. Breaking Down Borders Africa, promotes arts education across the continent including Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya. DRC, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Lesotho.In March, the launch of the 2018 programme and theme was unveiled – “African youth, building our legacy” to media and stakeholders. The Youth summit will be from the 14th – 18th May 2018.Opening the session was Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Ms Toni Gumede, who gave insight on how Brand South Africa’s involvement was to support youth programmes that enrich and positively impact South African youth and the African youth as a whole.“This programme is doing exactly what we seek to do through the domestic mandate of Brand South Africa and the Play your part programme, we want to break down borders and build the continent together through active citizenship and encourage all South Africans to contribute to progressive change. We are proud to be part of this programme as it inspires our youth and all citizens to collaborate beyond the borders”; said Ms GumedeA keynote address by, Dr Edith Phaswana; further put things into perspective speaking on the legacy of Mandela and emphasized the need for young people to follow the path paved by struggle heroes for a better tomorrow.“Building a legacy is about having influence into the future…breaking down borders, is beyond the physical but also a mental transition. Through this type of this initiative, the youth is able to drive unity. How will you change the world beyond your departure?”, said Dr Phaswana“As a Play Your Part Ambassador and founder of the initiative, I want to create platforms that allow the African youth to collaborate and connect. Our objectives are to further bring Africans together, through a shared passion for music and dance. I encourage the youth to register and follow the conversation and definitely play their part”, said Founder Paul Modjadji.For more information go to: https://breakingdownbordersafrica.com/last_img read more

Voss Margarine – Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:2Terrain:1.5 Multi-CacheGC18182by Mystphi (maintained by P!X3L) Voss Margarine, our Geocache of the Week, is currently the third most Favorited geocache in the world. Since it was hidden in 2008, it has accumulated an astonishing 6,345 Favorite points; 83% of Premium member logs awarded a Favorite point. It is also a prime example of how creative and exciting urban caching can be. Location:Hamburg, GermanyN 53° 35.501′ E 010° 03.297′center_img This three-stage Multi-Cache is near one of Hamburg’s historic landmarks, the Voss Margarine factory. Founded in 1910, the company ran into financial troubles in the 1970s and closed in 1978. Most of the factory was demolished in 1984, with the exception of the entrance building, which was added to Hamburg’s protected historical culture monuments in 1981. Today you see an odd mixture of the historical site embedded into a new steel and glass structure, which now hosts an insurance company.The posted coordinates of the cache bring you to a spot with a great view of the building. As you proceed to the entrance, there’s an information board with location history and everything you need to find stage two. At the entrance to the factory, you discover a cow head that hangs overhead, representing the “artificial cow” which allowed production of a cheaper spread, margarine. The current head is a 300 kg (660 lb) replica; the original is inside the building.The final stage of the cache is hidden in plain sight but it is protected by an SEP field. Just act like you belong there, walk straight up to the cache, and see if you can figure out how to access the log book.Sadly, the cache owner, Mystphi, passed away in late 2018. He remains highly regarded in the geocaching community for the creative caches he owned. Community members even collaborated to create a commemorative coin in his honor, so his legacy may live on alongside his beloved urban hides. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Subdivision in Illinois Strives for Efficiency, Affordability

first_imgThe Illinois Housing Development Authority has applied federal stimulus funds, and in many cases low-income housing tax credits, to finance the construction of almost 2,500 affordable rental homes in the state. So far, the agency notes, the initiative has created about 3,000 jobs. One of the newest projects in the IHDA lineup, announced this week, is Lexington Farms, a subdivision in Jerseyville, Illinois, that will include 32 single-family homes, each with three bedrooms, two baths, an attached two-car garage, and about 1,230 sq. ft. of interior space.The homes will rent for $590 a month and are specifically intended for families earning 60% or less of the area median income. For a family of four, the income cap would be $40,980. Median family income in Jerseyville, a rural suburb of St. Louis, is about 36% lower than for the median for the rest of Illinois. Approximately one-third of all families in Jerseyville earn less than $25,000 per year.IHDA says that the subdivision also will offer families who qualify financially the option to purchase their homes through a rent-to-own program.Aiming for zeroThe performance goal for the homes is as ambitious as the project’s affordability target. The developer, Capstone Development Group, has designed the houses with a number of energy efficiency and renewable-energy features that are expected to keep annual energy costs near zero for each house. Exterior walls will be built to R-21 and attics to R-49, with a high degree of airtightness throughout, Capstone says.The houses will be equipped with solar power and wind power systems (no word yet on their power capacity), and will feature other green amenities such as water-saving fixtures and irrigation systems, low-VOC finishes, CFL lighting, and extensive use of recycled materials.Other components of the subdivision, including its system of streetlights and its community center, also will be powered by renewable-energy sources.Incentives to go greenFor affordable-housing developers in Illinois who want federal low-income housing tax credits, IHDA imposes several green-development mandates, including water-conservation measures, the use of Energy Star appliances, native and draught-tolerant vegetation in landscaping schemes, and information for each home’s occupants on how to maintain its green features. The agency awards higher tax-credit scores to developers who include in their proposals energy conservation features such as solar power and wind power. The federal tax credits applied to Lexington Farms were a result of a special allocation for counties hit by severe flooding and generated an additional $6.7 million in private equity for the project, IHDA says.The agency touts past successes with its green-construction initiative, including Wingate Manor, an affordable-housing development for seniors in Shiloh that earned the Multifamily Affordable Award in May at the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina.Groundbreaking at Lexington Farms took place on Tuesday. The first homes are scheduled to be completed and available for leasing before the end of the year, Capstone says.last_img read more

First batch of pilgrims begin Amarnath yatra

first_imgAn inaugural batch of 2,995 pilgrims embarked on the Amarnath yatra from Jammu on Wednesday via the new sanitised highway in the Valley amid intensified security.The journey began on a day when Hizbul Mujahideen’s self-styled commander of south Kashmir, Riyaz Naikoo, said the pilgrims are “welcome as guests.”Around 37,000 additional personnel, 19% more compared to last year, will man the highways and the shrine in Pahalgam in south Kashmir during the yatra period, from June 28 till August 26. Over 500 CCTV cameras will monitor the flow of pilgrims, said an official.For the first time, the pilgrims will take the widened Kulgam-Srinagar national highway, bypassing most volatile pockets in south Kashmir. “Re-routing the yatra on the new highway will help bypass volatile Khanbal, Bijbehara, Awantipora and Pampore. Those highway patches were densely populated on both the sides, allowing militants to take advantageous positions,” a senior police official told The Hindu.Eight pilgrims died in a militant attack in July last year on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Anantnag’s Batengo area when gunmen opened fire at it.“This year no vehicle will pass Batengo area,” said the police.Adviser to Governor N.N. Vohra, K. Vijay Kumar, said the yatra is “a very significant annual event” and “an elaborate scheme is in place to address the concerns of the pilgrims.”The first batch of pilgrims were flagged off by advisers to the Governor, B.B. Vyas and Vijay Kumar, besides Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, from the Bhagwati Nagar camp in Jammu.Tags for vehiclesA fleet of 109 vehicles started around 4.30 a.m. for the cave shrine through the traditional twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal. “Around 1,904 pilgrims opted for the traditional Pahalgam route, while 1,091 chose the Baltal route. The first batch comprised 2,334 men, 520 women, 21 children and 120 sadhus,” said an official.For the first time, GPS-enabled radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers will be attached to the shrine-bound vehicles for round-the-clock tracking.“All buses carrying pilgrims have to cross the Banihal tunnel by 3 p.m.,” said the official.Meanwhile, Ram Madhav, BJP’s national general secretary, met Governor Vohra at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar and discussed “the arrangements made for the yatra”, said an official spokesman.The 14-km trekking route, the shortest to the Amarnath shrine at an altitude of 3657 metres, was opened in 1999. Most pilgrims prefer this route because it is only a one-day trek.The Pahalgam route, a 43-km. trek, is the traditional, longer route but provides two night stays before the darshan.Most pilgrims first acclimatise at Nunwan and then at Sheshnag (11,730 ft) before they proceed for the pilgrimage.Hizb message“Militants never did it in the past nor do they intend now to carry out any attack on the yatra. Pilgrims come to perform their religious rites and are welcome as guests. The statement by the police that militants are planning an attack is baseless. The yatra should not be politicised,” said Hizb commander Naikoo in a 15-minute audio message.He accused “New Delhi of issuing such statements to portray militancy in Kashmir as terrorism.”“We have no enmity with the people of India,” he added, while inviting migrant Pandits to “return home.”LeT distances itselfDistancing itself from any plot to attack the yatra, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) spokesman Dr. Abdullah Ghaznawi said, “We do not attack unarmed personnel and citizens.”“We abide by the principle of Islamic teachings,” he added.last_img read more

Mysterious disease kills 14 children in Bihar

first_imgA mystery disease has gripped Muzaffarpur and its adjoining districts in North Bihar and has killed 14 children in the past week.Suspected to be Japanese encephalitis, the disease has struck several villages in the area, with more than 50 children under the age of six undergoing treatment at different hospitals. There is as yet no unanimity among local doctors about the exact cause of the deaths – some doctors attribute them to heatstroke – because of the lack of facilities to confirm an encephalitis outbreak.The alarmed state government on Saturday sent a team of experts from Patna’s Rajendra Memorial Research Institute (RMRI) to examine the affected children and collect their blood samples. These would be sent outside the state for verification of the disease. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi directed the principal secretary (health), Amarjeet Sinha, to personally monitor the situation through the district administration and make arrangements for the treatment of the ailing kids.Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Dr A.P. Singh has, meanwhile, constituted a fivemember medical team headed by additional chief medical officer Dr J.P. Ranjan to examine children. Singh said the children were being treated for heatstroke and that nothing could be said until the blood sample results were out.The doctors said the children were suffering from fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of consciousness and convulsions. Last year, as many as 20 deaths were reported from the same area with similar symptoms. The government had sent the patients’ blood samples to Pune for verification of encephalitis, but the report is still awaited.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sityodtong believes the partnership is necessary for the sport’s continuing progress.“Like me, Alex is also a lifelong martial artist. In the coming days, weeks, months, and year, I encourage martial artists of all backgrounds around the world to unite together to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts together,” Sityodtong shared.GAMMA will also stage its Amateur World Championship in Singapore in November around the same time ONE will be holding a blockbuster event also in Singapore.“I am personally thrilled to invest in the sport of mixed martial arts at the amateur level, and grow the entire sport in the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments The tie-up is in line with ONE’s commitment to developing strong amateur foundation for mixed martial arts as the sport hopes to finally gain recognition as an Olympic sport.“I am excited to announce that ONE Championship has partnered with the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), the independent governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts worldwide, with a seven figure, multiyear partnership to elevate the sport of mixed martial arts and prepare it for entry into the Olympics,” said SityodtongFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“ONE Championship and GAMMA share the authentic martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion in the same spirit of the Olympics,” he added.Headed by president Alex Engelhardt, GAMMA, a non-profit organization, was established last year and now has the membership of over 60 national federations from all over the world. Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to Champions League semifinal Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Aiming to strengthen mixed martial arts on the amateur and grassroots level, ONE Championship has partnered with independent governing body Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA).ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Villages along Ganga to be open defecation-free by Dec

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 2 (PTI) Notwithstanding the recent flood situation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Centre is confident of attaining the “challenging” goal of making villages located along Ganga open defecation-free (ODF) by December this year with the help of states, a senior official said here today.”There has been recent setback because of the floods, particularly in UP and Bihar where this work (of making the villages ODF) has taken a backseat.”But we are back in regular contact with the (Ganga basin) states. It is quite a challenging task but we are confident that ODF status will be achieved in all the villages by the year-end,” Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry, said.Iyer made the remarks during a briefing on Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (fortnight) observed by Ministries of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports.Besides Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and West Bengal are the Ganga basin states. There are 5,169 villages located along Ganga, falling under 1,651 gram panchayats in 52 districts of these states. According to ministry officials, around 1,300 of these villages have become ODF until now.Iyer said the ministry has developed specific indicators called Index for Village Swachhta to rank hamlets across the country in managing solid waste in addition to becoming ODF and ensuring visible cleanliness.”…now specific indicators on solid waste management have been developed. We have also developed something called index for village Swachhta. Every village will be ranked on solid waste management, plus on ODF and on visual cleanliness,” Iyer said.advertisementMeanwhile, informing media persons about the fortnight observed by sports department of the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, its secretary Rajiv Yadav said the employees focused on ensuring cleanliness of changing rooms and toilets at stadia during the period ending on August 31.Youth Affairs department secretary Rajiv Gupta said that various initiatives were undertaken during the span and claimed 36 lakh National Service Scheme volunteers in schools and colleges and 86 lakh Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan youth club members across the nation participated in those.Additional Secretary in Information and Broadcasting Ministry Jayashree Mukherjee also attended the briefing. PTI ENM KUNlast_img read more