Cohesiveness Upholds South Africa’s Democracy

first_imgInvited guestsHe acknowledged Liberia’s role in the fight for freedom for South Africa and extended President Jacob Zuma’s warm greetings to the Government and people of Liberia.The Ambassador also extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia for the ongoing rebuilding process that has tackled roads and reconstruction of the Mount Coffee Dam.On behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said the Liberia-South Africa bilateral relation has been fruitful over the years, especially with the introduction of visa in Liberia which he said relieved people of hardships when they want to travel to South Africa.Mr. Shoniyin also acknowledged South Africa’s role in the area of health and expressed his wish for such to continue as Liberia strives towards rebuilding its health sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Moodley giving his keynote addressSouth African Ambassador to Liberia Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley says his country’s progress after 23 years as an independent nation is attributed to her philosophy of togetherness.Making the statement in his keynote speech during the celebration of South Africa’s National Day on April 27, 2017, Ambassador Moodley said since the country gained independence in 1994 through efforts exerted by President Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), the country has held together without racial discrimination, sexism, religious discrimination, and other social vices.South Africa got its independence in 1994 following years of racial discrimination against which ANC stalwarts Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo and African countries, including Liberia, and their international friends, fought for decades. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and later became the country’s first black President, serving one term.The racial discrimination, known as Apartheid, was perpetrated by the white minority. It met its end with the help of the seventh and last President of the regime, Fredrick W. de Klerk, who reigned from 1989 to 1994.Ambassador Moodley said freedom does not come automatically, but takes the sacrifice of a few to bring a great change to many, and recalled the roles of Mandela and the ANC leader Oliver Tambo and said it was through these great men that South Africa is what it is today.Quoting former President Mandela, Amb. Moodley said, “We understand it is said that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one another….”The Ambassador said: “The essence of democracy is to have participation of all citizens, equal freedom and economic benefit and freedom for all and this has made South Africa to better up itself.”However, he admitted that despite this trend of democratic achievement, land ownership in South Africa is still a serious challenge.last_img read more

2 men convicted in $1.3 million OC jewelry heist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But Zidbeck said “there was never information to lead us to believe they knew” the gem was at the store. Edwards and Watkins entered the store first, around opening time, and got the owners to open a safe before tying them up, Zidbeck said. Kirkwood allegedly came in later, the prosecutor said. One of the owners was “able to shimmy over and trigger a silent alarm,” and police had the store surrounded before the robbery was completed, Zidbeck said. The men stuffed the loose gems from the safe and the rings, necklaces and watches from the cases into two bags that were eventually recovered, Zidbeck said. Edwards and Kirkwood, who was allegedly holding one of the bags, were arrested as soon as they ran out a back door, Zidbeck said. SANTA ANA – Two men were convicted Tuesday of stealing $1.3 million worth of gems and jewelry from a Corona del Mar store, which had removed a 13.4-carat diamond from display four days before the heist. Dominic Edwards, 34, and Kenney Dwayne Watkins, 28, both of Los Angeles, were convicted of multiple counts stemming from the Oct. 27, 2004, robbery at Jewels by Joseph in the Corona del Mar Plaza shopping center. Trial is still pending for a third man, Herbert Nelson Kirkwood, 33, who is due in court for a pretrial hearing on June 16, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Zidbeck. Police speculated the men had been attracted to the store by news reports that the American Star, a diamond valued at $2.3 million and described as the “world’s largest, most perfectly cut diamond,” was displayed there. Watkins ran into an adjacent gelato store, pulled a gun and demanded the keys to a car from a store employee, but those inside the store ran outside, according to police reports. The store was surrounded by SWAT officers and Watkins later surrendered after injuring his leg while trying to escape via the attic to other businesses, police said. The other bag of jewelry was found in the gelato store, and some jewels were recovered from one of the defendant’s pockets, authorities said. “The victims said the retail loss was $1.3 million,” Zidbeck said. Some small diamonds may have spilled out from the bags, but “the vast, vast majority was recovered,” he said. Both Edwards and Watkins, who is believed to be a member of a Los Angeles street gang, face sentencing on July 28, after Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue holds a separate hearing on whether prior convictions alleged by prosecutors are true, Zidbeck said. Depending on the judge’s findings, the two could face sentences ranging to 30 years or so for Watkins and 17 or 18 years for Edwards, Zidbeck said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Du Preez: rugby player of 2006

first_img2 November 2006Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is the 2006 Absa SA Rugby Player of the Year. He picked up the honour at the annual Absa SA Rugby Awards banquet in Sandton on Wednesday night.The other nominees for the prestigious award were fellow Springboks Victor Matfield, Os du Randt and Pierre Spies, as well as Western Province captain Luke Watson.Previous winners of the accolade include Springboks Andre Vos, Andre Venter, Breyton Paulse, Joe van Niekerk, Ashwin Willemse, Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana.The Absa SA Rugby Player of the Year award is the most coveted in the South African game, and it is presented to the player who has performed consistently well at the highest levels of the game throughout the season.Players’ Player of the YearThe 2006 Players’ Player of the Year award, which is chosen by the country’s professional players, was awarded to popular Free State Cheetahs flanker Kabamba Floors. Previous winners in the category include 1995 World Cup winner Du Randt (2004) and current Springbok captain John Smit (2005).SA Sevens star Floors also received the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Year Award for his outstanding performances in the Cheetahs’ jersey.Watson was awarded the Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year prize, while another Blue Bull, Stefan Basson, is the Sasol SA Sevens Player for 2006.South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins, who attended the glittering event with a host of rugby and media personalities as well as corporate sponsors, congratulated the award winners on their achievements.Exceptionally high Currie Cup standardIn referring to yet another successful domestic rugby season, he praised the players, administrators, match officials and the many volunteers for their contribution towards the exceptionally high standard of rugby produced during the 2006 Absa Currie Cup competition.“This year’s competition produced outstanding rugby and a huge amount of excitement for the fans. SARU is especially pleased with the high quality performances delivered by the group of emerging talent.“Judging by their performances and in view of the strategic absence of the contracted group of Springboks from the competition, I am pleased to say that South African rugby is in a very healthy state,” Hoskins said.Most promising playerSpringbok newcomer Spies, also a member of the SA under-21 team to the IRB World Championships earlier this year in France, was crowned the Sasol Most Promising Player of the Year.Like Floors, Keegan Daniel walked off with two awards. He was voted as the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year, as well as the Sasol SA u-21 Player of the Year.Gio Aplon’s sublime effort in the Absa Currie Cup match for Western Province against the Blue Bulls at Newlands was judged as the Supersport Try of the Year.VotingNominees in the six main award categories were determined by votes from the country’s rugby media. The independent panel of judges comprised leading South African rugby journalists, broadcasters and radio commentators.Leading SA referee Jonathan Kaplan added the Marriott Referee of the Year title to his impressive list of top match official awards.Mandisa Williams of Border, a member of the national women’s team that competed in the country’s first IRB Women’s World Cup Tournament in Canada earlier in the year, was decorated with the British Airways Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year prize.Award winners SA Rugby Player of the Year: Fourie du PreezPlayer’s Player of the Year: Kabamba FloorsSA Sevens Player of the Year: Stefan BassonMost Promising Player of the Year: Pierre SpiesRugby Super 14 Player of the Year: Luke WatsonCurrie Cup Player of the Year: Kabamba FloorsCup Player of the Year: Keegan DanielSA u-21 Player of the Year: Keegan DanielSA u-19 Player of the Year: Francois SteynTry of the Year: Gio AplonReferee of the Year: Jonathan KaplanWomen’s Rugby Player of the Year: Mandisa Williams reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

FNB takes banking to Facebook

first_img19 July 2012South Africa’s First National Bank announced on Thursday that its mobile banking customers will now be able to do their banking through social networking site Facebook.It is a first for South Africa, allowing the bank’s customers to link their Facebook profiles to their cellphone banking profiles.Once linked, they can access the “FNB Banking on Facebook” application, which will allow them to check their balances, purchase prepaid products including airtime, SMS and BlackBerry bundles, as well as the option to view Lotto and PowerBall results.“As a bank, we average around 15 000 conversations monthly, via social media, with existing and potential customers,” FNB cellphone banking CEO Ravesh Ramlakan said in a statement.“There are currently more than 4.7-million active Facebook users in South Africa, and more than 150 000 of those are FNB Facebook fans. It is easier for our customers to purchase a data bundle or airtime while using Facebook.“This is an opportunity for us to tap into a new and fresh market, introducing our diverse product offering to a different audience in a ‘cool’ way.”Ramlakan said social media banking is the next frontier, serving as a channel to provide customers with more choice and convenience in doing their banking.“The spirit of innovation is driven by the need to provide our customers with the best possible banking experience. For us to remain as leaders in the innovation race we need to rapidly adapt to the constant changes in our environment,” he said.Early this year, FNB launched a solution which allows its customers to purchase vouchers using cellphone banking which can be posted on Facebook.This enables FNB customers registered for cellphone banking to send gifts to their Facebook friends – the recipient of the FNB Voucher can then redeem it as prepaid airtime or convert it to cash by using the bank’s eWallet service.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Play Your Part Cube makes its way to North West

first_imgBrand South Africa is inviting young and old in North West to engage with the Play Your Part Cube in the latest edition of its roadshow. The aim is for people to become active citizens within their communities.The Play Your Part Cube will be in Potchefstroom this week, and it will encourage people of North West to help their fellow South Africans. (Image source: Brand South Africa, Youtube)Ray MaotaBrand South Africa will be hosting the North West leg of the Play Your Part (PYP) Roadshow at North West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom campus on Thursday, 16 February.Attendees are invited to interact with the PYP Cube and will be encouraged to participate in education and skills development within their communities.The initiative is a partnership between Brand South Africa and One Day Leader, a TV programme on the South African Broadcasting Corporation which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society.Corporates involvedPrivate enterprise has always been involved with the PYP Roadshow and the North West edition will not be any different.Volkswagen general manager in Klerksdorp, Clinton Bezuidenhout, is part of a panel discussion. Other businesspeople involved are entrepreneur and chief executive of the Wesvaal Chamber of Business, Sanele Makinane; Professor Du Plessis from the NWU School of Governance; Delmarie Van Zyl of the Potch Business Chamber; and social entrepreneur, Neeta Morar.The event is a continuation of the PYP Roadshow from last year where actor and singer Zola7; businesswoman Phindi Gule and her partner, Kevin Burley; businesswoman Carol Bouwer; One Day Leader ambassadors, and DJ Sbu’s Leadership 2020 inspired people across six provinces.The Cube connected citizens to social media platforms, encouraged conversations on active citizenship and got people to pledge their time and skills to make a difference.A mining provinceNorth West is a mining province with more than half of its gross domestic product generated from the sector. It also provides jobs for a quarter of the province’s workforce. The main minerals mined are gold, uranium, platinum and diamonds.The province also has a healthy agricultural sector. Farmers in the north-western parts of the province predominantly raise livestock while the south-eastern farmers grow crops such as maize, sunflowers, tobacco, cotton and citrus fruits.The province views increasing employment opportunities, accelerating housing delivery and combating crime, substance abuse and violence against woman and children as its main priorities.People can engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on Twitter using #PYPCube during the session.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention photo gallery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union entertained the crowd with her performance. Ohio’s top chapters were recognized Lamarr Wobble inspired the crowd/ Maggie Hovermale, VP at large Honorary State Degree recipients were recognized Clinton Liming, Felicity-Franklin, is the Star in Agricultural Placement; Hayden Davis, Ridgewood, is the Star in Agribusiness; Jacob Dennis, Pettisville, is the Star in Agriscience; and Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont, is the Star Farmer. Chase Cummings from the Waynesfield Goshen entertained the crowd with Ryan Matthews, VP at large Keynote speaker Matt Rush talked about the viability of U.S. agriculture. Sentinel Johnathon Cottingham Meredith Oglesby The Ohio FFA raised nearly $70,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Evan Smith, State Treasurer Sarah Hoog, Tessa Bowling and Emily Kanney were recognized as scholarship winners State Secretary Josie Montoney President Mary Buehler prepares to announce the new officer candidates Amberley Snyder was the keynote speaker. She shared about her experiences in a wheelchair. Milan Pozderac, from Fredericktown, volunteered onstage to complete an obstacle course in a wheelchair. Sammy Hawkins from the National Trail-MVCTC FFA performed a song for the crowd. The new officer candidates were announced. The new officer candidates were announced. A volunteer plays “What’s in the bag?” A volunteer plays, “What’s in the bag?” after drawing a pink scarf. Ridgemont students prepare for their proficiency interviews. Ryan Matthews The top reporters in the state were recognized. The top treasurers in the state were recognized.. The top secretaries in the state were recognized. Johnathon Cottingim CDE winners were recognized Student reporter Kolt Buchenroth is ready for Session 5! Agriscience Fair winners were recognized Agriscience Fair winners were recognized National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris Josie Montoney thanks her parents Ryan Matthews Mary Buehler’s sibling introduced her prior to her retiring address. Throughout convention Mary Buehler had FFA members hand out these cards, starting with just a few, but eventually they reached most of the crowd in attendance. Mary Buehler Mary Buehler talked about the inner “like” button. It was emotional time for the retiring state officers. Macey Butchko from Firelands wowed the crowd with her vocal performance. Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union sang for the crowd. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees.last_img read more

Twitpic to Add Video Sharing Today

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Media hosting service Twitpic will add support for video upload, storage and sharing today, the company says. “Users will be able to upload video from the site itself, email and clients that support our new Video option,” says Twitpic founder Noah Everett. “We’re making it easier for users to have their media all in one place to share on Twitter.”Everett says that Twitpic has 17 million registered users and adds 30,000 more each day.Leena Rao puts the startups move in context well in coverage at TechCrunch:Adding video is a logical next step for TwitPic, which has focused solely on allowing users to upload photos to Twitter until now. The Twitter photo sharing horse race is undoubtedly competitive. Rivals Yfrog already supports video uploads and Plixi was just acquired by social network Lockerz. Twitter also recently partnered with TwitPic and others to include inline photos in-stream in the new version of Twitter’s interface.Twitpic was subject of a recent high-profile lawsuit in which the Agence France-Presse claimed in court that by uploading photos to Twitter and Twitpic, a photographer has in effect granted a license to anyone who would like to use those photos. A US District Court ruled in December that no such claim could be made. U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley wrote in his decision says that “the provision that Twitter ‘encourage[s] and permit[s] broad re-use of Content’ does not clearly confer a right on other users to re-use copyrighted postings.”TwitPic has been the service of choice for a number of prominent photos that spread rapidly across the social web, from the plane that landed on the Hudson River to a hastily removed but very humanizing candid shot of pop-star Katy Perry waking up without any makeup on. It will be interesting to see if videos of comparable impact are shared on the service as well.There are many different ways to post pictures to Twitter, but the name Twitpic has almost become a Kleenex-level verb. I can’t think of any other 3rd party services built on a technology platform they don’t own that can be said about. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more