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McDonalds Group Members Talk About Their Commitment to the Group’s Scholarship Award

first_imgGiving Back McDonalds Group Members Talk About Their Commitment to the Group’s Scholarship Award By VINCE BRYANT, Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development Program Coordinator Published on Monday, August 22, 2016 | 1:05 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Business News Herbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Front row: DaShon Pulley, John Pointer, Isaiah Irby, Michael Hawkins, D’Mario Lundy, McDonalds Manager Valessa Gallegos. Back row: William Greer, O.T. Triplett, George Jenkins, Lloyd Graves, Tecumseh Shackelford, Ernest Johnson, and Ben Davis. Contributors not photographed: Velton Paggett, Councilman Tyron Hampton Jr, and Bill BradleyThe McDonalds group is a group of men that meet every morning at McDonald’s on Lincoln Ave. and Woodbury Rd. in Altadena. Their meetings usually consist of current events and other popular community topics. These topics were all just to invoke thought and conversation until the topic of scholarship money for the young men in our community came up. After their discussion, realizing that our young men needed immediate help, the group decided to take action. So, five years ago they decided to start the McDonalds Men’s Group Scholarship Award. This award has served many young men over this period and continues to do so.This year, five young men were selected from John Muir High School. These students include DaShon Pulley, D’Mario Lundy, John Pointer, Michael Hawkins and Isaiah Irby which were all very deserving of the award and highly appreciative of the assistance to go on and do great things in their lives.I took the opportunity to visit the McDonalds Group one morning and ask some of the men what made them so adamant about getting involved with this scholarship.“I got involved because of the idea to help encourage the young men in our community to further their education was brilliant to me. It’s also great to see these same young men come back and help our community,” said Ernest Johnson a longtime community member.Another member of the group, O. T. Triplett stated “I can’t think of a better scholarship to be a part of. It’s a great opportunity to get the young men to better themselves. I know it isn’t enough to get completely get them through college but anyway we can help is important to the community.”It’s a great thing to not only see these men giving back to their community but for them to also be so excited about it is simply amazing. These are the types of that we need to uplift the youth in our community. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Make a comment Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Decomposing body of missing Fort Pierce woman found in serial rape suspect’s car

first_imgKano Roen Demetirus Brow, 29, was arrested last week on multiple rape charges after police say he violently attacked multiple woman dating back to 2016.Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the attacks “chilling.”Mascara said the property owner of the apartment where Brown was arrested called family members and asked them to remove his car, which was parked at the apartment. When a family member of Brown moved the car they noticed a smell coming from the vehicle.Investigators searched his car, and found a decomposing woman’s body later in the trunk.Officials later identified the decomposing body as Kathleen Black, 49, of Fort Pierce. Black was reported missing last week.Officials say the autopsy confirmed that Black died from injuries consistent with Brown’s violent attacks reported by the other victims.Sheriff Mascara says officials believe all attacks were “random.” He says they even believe Brown killed Black right before he was arrested on Thursday.“Currently, our detectives are working closely with the State Attorney’s Office to determine the best was to charge Kano Brown, build a solid case against him and hopefully seek a Grand Jury indictment for the death penalty, because that’s what he deserves,” Mascara said.If you have had any interaction with Brown, you are urged to contact our St. Lucie County detectives at 772-462-3230. Police discovered the decomposing body of a missing Fort Pierce woman in the vehicle of an accused serial rapist.On Wednesday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office revealed the details in the case of a serial rape suspect arrested last week.Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie Countylast_img read more

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In the Nevada desert, a team elevates a town

first_imgIn this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Pahranagat Valley Panthers head coach Ken Higbee directs his team during practice in Alamo, Nev. To call Alamo a one stoplight town would be to elevate the status of the small collection of buildings surrounding the high school some 90 miles north of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)ALAMO, Nev. (AP) — Life follows a familiar pattern in this impossibly green valley straddling a two-lane highway in the middle of the Nevada desert.Locals get in their pickup trucks on weekday mornings and make the hour and a half drive down U.S. 93 to jobs in Las Vegas. Sundays are reserved for church and family, a foundation laid more than a century ago by Mormon settlers and followed faithfully by their descendants.And on Fridays in the fall, they cram the new concrete bleachers of the football field at Pahranagat Valley High School to watch what may be the best little football team in America.Under lights salvaged from another school, they cheer as their sons, grandsons and great grandsons demolish yet another team in the eight-man game. Almost every boy at the school is involved with the team, and none of them have ever known what it is to lose a high school football game.The streak stood at 75 games on a recent Friday night, the longest in the nation. The eight seniors who would be honored before the game were in sixth grade when it started.“We don’t talk a lot about it,” said principal Mike Strong, who also serves as defensive coordinator. “The story we want to think about is how good we can get.”The team started in 1972 when with a young athletic director. Vaughn Higbee and a few others scraped away a cornfield next to the school, creating a place for the team to play.His son, Ken Higbee, now coaches the team. Another son is the offensive coordinator, and three younger Higbees play on the team.Actually, almost everyone plays on the team. There are 102 students in grades 9-12 at Pahranagat Valley. Of the 42 boys, 33 are on the football roster, two others are managers and one is in charge of video.A few players have caught on with college programs over the years, but recruiters don’t come to eight-man games looking for talent. Besides, most of the Panthers are already spoken for by the Mormon church, which will soon send them off on missions around the world.“The lessons we’re able to teach through football are far more important than just football,” coach Ken Higbee said. “We want to try and create great young men and outstanding leaders of tomorrow.”On this night, the team from Sandy Valley arrived for a showdown at would decide home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Sidewinders were also unbeaten, averaging of 54.8 points in the wide-open game of eight-man football, not far behind the 58.7-point average for PVHS.“Seniors, it’s your night,” Higbee told his players in the locker room before the game. “I don’t want to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you for the role you’ve had in this program the last 10-12 years.”Yes, 10-12 years. From second grade on many of these kids had been schooled in the same fundamentals.Against Sandy Valley, the experience showed. Pahranagat’s defenders followed their assignments, and protected their lanes. On offense, Panthers backs ran through gaping holes, and sophomore quarterback Tabor Maxwell displayed a nice touch.“The team that blocks the best and the team that tackles the best is usually going to win the game and they’re always the best at that,” Sandy Valley coach Brett Kramer said. “Add in a little skill and they’re deadly.”At the end of the first quarter it was 32-0. At halftime it was 48-6, and players danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the PA before taking a knee around their coaches.“I’m not sure what they’re saying over there across the field,” Higbee told his team. “But what they’re thinking is that they’ve never seen anything like us before.”The game was physically brutal, but at least Sandy Valley didn’t quit. The team from Virginia City did earlier this season, deciding to start their five-hour bus trip back home at halftime after being outscored 60-6.By the time the Panthers came out for the second half, they knew the drill. The first team would go out for one series offensively and defensively. Then the backups and freshman would get their chance.The final score was 64-14, with a running clock helping make the second half mercifully short. Players lined up for traditional ringing of the old school bell, then went back to the field for another tradition — picking up garbage and anything left by players or fans.The ice cream shop where players liked to celebrate after games is now closed, but these Panthers aren’t a team that does much celebrating, anyway. On a team that has won 76 straight, they’re matter-of-fact.Most play their last games when they hang up their high school uniforms. The biggest thing awaiting most of the seniors are the two-year missions they’ll start next summer.By then, juniors will become seniors and the kids in eighth grade will be official members of the team. If all goes according to plan, there will be a seventh straight state championship banner to hang on the bleachers.The familiar pattern of life in the Pahranagat Valley goes on.last_img read more

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KDM Foundation to Hold Annual Fun Run March 9 in Sea…

first_imgThe KDM Founda­tion is preparing for its 12th Annual Fun Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, in Sea Bright.As Sea Bright continues to struggle in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, this year’s race will benefit Sea Bright Recreation and the many activities it provides to the community.The participation and generosity of area residents has enabled KDM to complete a wide array of projects throughout the area and this year’s race will be a meaningful opportunity to help neighbors in need.There are several changes that have been made to the event for this year’s edition that aim to improve the race experience for everyone. Similar to other large charitable races, this year preregistration will be required for all participants who wish to receive a racing number and official running time.Participants may preregister online by visiting www.kdmfoundation.com until Feb. 20. Those who do will get their racing number and electronic tracking chip mailed to them.People who do not preregister will still be able to participate on the day of the race and to receive this year’s KDM race shirt. The registration price is $35.The race committee is looking forward to the 2013 KDM Foundation Fun Run for a day filled with fun, friends and entertainment.The KDM Foundation, also known as the Keith McHeffey Foundation, was created to keep alive the spirit of McHeffey and countless other local victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, through a variety of charitable functions.McHeffey was a kind and giving person who will never be forgotten by his family or friends. He spent his life giving of himself to others. Now, the foundation is giving back to the community in his good name. His life was a testament of “how to live.“The foundation has created a permanent memorial to area victims in the newly renovated Memorial Field at Piping Rock Park in Rumson. The foundation also awards annual memorial scholarships in his name to students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and has assisted many of the youth sports programs including Fair Haven, Sea Bright and Rumson.last_img read more

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On Sandy Hook, A Renewed Effort To Lure Investment In Fort…

first_imgIt is estimated that it would take between $1 million to $1.3 million to restore a property on Officers’ Row, and for that price tag investors would receive a renewable 60-year lease.Glaser said that other historical facilities around the fort’s parade grounds have received interest from restaurateurs and microbrewery professionals, but strict preservation standards have presented a hurdle for potential developers, including a single development group that was contracted in the late ‘90s to head a full restoration project of all historical fort properties. That effort failed.“Confronting the historic preservation standards set by the Department of the Interior can be rigorous and complicated,” Glaser said. “It’s difficult for investors to anticipate what hurdles might arise during the restoration process. The park’s interest is to preserve the structures, but I have been urging a more lenient and cohesive effort, that I think you’ll be able to see with MAST.”This article first appeared in the May 10-17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Chris Rotolo |SANDY HOOK – According to advocates, the next great water front community at the Jersey Shore may be right here, at Fort Hancock.Investors are once again being sought for 35 properties in need of restoration at the historic district, located at the tip of Sandy Hook, a section of Gateway National Recreation Area. A newly rejuvenated leasing program by The Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee (FHFAC) is trying to reel in commercial, residential and nonprofit investors to consider the buildings for adaptive reuse.“One of the things we decided as a committee was that we wanted this program to lead to the development of a vibrant new community,” said committee chairman Gerry Glaser. “The chance to help found a new community, on a beautiful site near the ocean, in a national park, doesn’t come around very often.”On April 28, a tour of the scenic grounds and distinctive buildings in the Fort Monmouth Historic District was offered to members of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The group of about 30 professionals got an aesthetically pleasing glimpse of the fully restored stately History House on Officers’ Row, where they could imagine the life of a high-ranking officer and his family during World War II. “These parks have a wonderful way of bringing things to life when you can’t imagine them to be any other way,” said Lauren Cosgrove, NPCA Nor theast program manager.But History House is the exception to the rule on Officers’ Row, as 16 of the 18 homes overlooking the bay sit in a state of dilapidation, their interiors worn away by time and exposure to elements, including the ravaging assault by Super Storm Sandy in 2012.“The high watermark at our Coast Guard station was 13 feet 3 inches, and was even higher at other points on the Hook,” said Pete McCar thy, Sandy Hook Unit manager for the National Park Service. “And that measurement is above the mean high tide, which is actually terrifying,” he added. “The idea for this new effort was to engage in as much community participation as possible, and that’s led to discussions about what types of uses the community would like to see out there. We took all of those comments into consideration,” Glaser said.The survey led the committee to formulate a zoning map of sorts in 2012, and, according to Glaser, this effort has resulted in one signed contract – Building 21 on Officers’ Row, which was leased in 2016 and turned into a year-round vacation rental. Nearly a dozen “expressions of interest,” or letters submitted by potential lessees and accepted by the U.S. National Park Service, have also been submitted that describe potential development plans.center_img This initiative has also granted the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) a chance to expand its campus. The career academy announced on May 4 that it had been approved to lease historical Buildings 23 and 56 thanks to a $2.9 million authorization by the Monmouth County Board of School Estimates to advance the first phases of bidding and construction.These will be the 10th and 11th buildings leased by MAST at Fort Hancock. Proposed development plans indicate that Building 23, a former military barracks, will be used as a gymnasium and indoor drill area, and will house four classrooms and offices. Building 56 is expected to be used mainly for storage.The budgeted funding is included in an overall tax levy that the county establishes to finance all schools in the Monmouth County Board of Education’s Vocational School District.“If you look at Building 23 right now, you’ll see that the roof has completely collapsed,” Glaser said. “But if a building like that can be rehabilitated, when other investors see that result and see a success story, I think that will go a long way for the rest of the properties.” But on Officers’ Row the water mostly remained in the basements of those buildings, and the structures have potential. “The front porches took a bit of a beating because of the waves coming off the bay, but a little bit of occupation and maintenance goes a long way with these structures,” McCarthy said.Occupation of the buildings is the advisory committee’s mission, established in 2012. Inclusivity matters a lot too for the advisory committee, which is why the committee tapped local residents to indicate what they would like to see housed on the grounds.last_img read more

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Rebels dominate Hawks to grab 6-3 road victory, take series lead

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels rallied from a two-goal deficit to score five consecutive times in a 6-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Monday night in Fruitvale.The win gives the Rebels a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final series. Game four is Tuesday in Fruitvale.Despite holding a considerable edge in the play — out shooting Beaver Valley 13-4 in the opening frame — Castlegar trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes.Goals by Daniel Bishop, Keanan Patershuk and Taylor Love, with two seconds remaining in the period, gave the Hawks the early momentum.But Castlegar kept on coming.Dominating the second frame with another wide advantage in the shots department — Castlegar held a 17-5 margin — the Rebels tied the game on goals by Aaron Brewer, with his second of the night, and Jamie Vlanich.In the third the vaunted Castlegar offence scored three times on Beaver Valley starter Michael Vlanich as Spencer Brodt, Tyler Robinson and Ryan Reid did the damage.Vlanich and Reid had three points for the Rebels while Brewer and Robinson contributed two points.Castlegar finished the game out shooting Beaver Valley 43-14.Each team scored once on the power play.Around the KIJHL . . . .Ghostriders back in frontIn Creston, Thomas Abenante scored three times to spark the Fernie Ghostriders to a 6-4 victory over the host Thunder Cats. Fernie leads the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Final 2-1. Game four is Tuesday in Creston.Former Nelson Leafs winger Connor McLaughlin had two points including a goal. In seven games since recovering from a shoulder injury, the Arizona transplant has five points including a pair of goals.Grizz take control of seriesFive players registered two points lifting the Revelstoke Grizzlies to a 6-2 win over Kamloops Storm in the Shuswap Division Final. The Grizz lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game five is Wednesday in Revelstoke.Desert Dogs sink Chiefs in overtimeCorey Allen scored at 11 minute of overtime to give the Osoyoos Coyotes a 3-2 win over Kelowna Chiefs in the Okanagan Division Final. Former Nelson Leaf sniper Dane Rupert had scored late in the third period to send the game to extra time. Osoyoos leads the best-of-seven series 3-0. Game four is Tuesday in Rutland.last_img read more

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Cambrian Fossil: What Is It?

first_imgA Cambrian fossil discovered in China may represent a new phylum, reports BBC News.  Vetustodermis, discovered in 1979, looks like a flatworm with eye stalks and antenna.  It resembles a mollusk or arthropod in some ways, but scientists aren’t sure how to classify it.  Forcing it into any existing group requires “pushing and pulling” that is “messy,” the article states.  David Bottjer (USC) seems willing to open up a new category.  “We have always been intrigued by the many molluscan features of these fossils,” he said, “but in the great menagerie of organisms that have inhabited Earth through life’s long history, we may come to conclude that Vetustodermis indeed represents a new phylum.”  (Within each kingdom, a phylum [pl. phyla] is the highest rank of classification.)    Jonathan Todd (Natural History Museum, London) doesn’t want to create new phyla willy-nilly any time a new organism is found with unique features.  His reasoning is evolutionary; he criticizes fellow taxonomists who are “not thinking in the phylogenetic sense” to establish where each discovery fits into “the greater evolutionary tree” of life.  He reasons, “recent phyla have got to connect somehow.”One thing is for certain: this animal was complex.  Within the evolutionists’ own dating scheme, this animal is right at the beginning of multicellular life, and already has antennae, eyes, and propulsion.  Only the cartoonish Popeye theory of evolution (05/31/2005) could believe such complex systems emerged suddenly without precursors.    When playing connect-the-dots, the more dots, the better.  Collecting more fossils is like adding dots.  When the underlying picture that slowly emerges does not fit one’s preconceptions, it is not fair to push and pull the dots toward where one wants them to be.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Beaming education to the nation

first_img17 July 2003Mindset Network, a new R225-million multimedia satellite television network, has been presented as an 85th birthday “gift” to Nelson Mandela. Mindset will tackle South Africa’s key educational and healthcare challenges – issues that are closest to Mandela’s heart.It is the first time in the world that such a comprehensive, integrated multimedia approach is being taken to tackle these issues. All Mindset Network channels will provide content that can change lives, the aim being to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.Speaking at the Mindset launch on Wednesday night, Mandela said the network was doubly important because it would also reach out to schools in remote rural areas. “It will make a difference to the lives of millions”, Mandela said.The first channel of the Mindset Network, Activate, is currently broadcasting on channel 82 of DStv, targeting grade 10, 11 and 12 learners and educators and focusing on maths, science and English.A time-tabled curriculum is broadcast in the mornings and late afternoons to allow for school and home viewing, and in the early afternoons for educators. Broadcasts run from 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays.Activate encompasses the innovative use of satellite broadcast television, print supplements in the largest national weekly newspaper, the sunday Times, and comprehensive support material on the Internet.According to Mindset’s Melanie Naidoo, the network does not just “dump” content into schools, but also provides the equipment, training and support for people to be able to access the content and use it properly. “These kits include a television, satellite dish, decoder and video recorder, and we even provide generators as a power source for rural schools”, Naidoo said.The content is provided free of charge, and hardware and teacher training is also provided for free to economically disadvantaged schools.Activate has been piloted in 300 schools and will be rolled out into 1 000 schools and 800 000 homes by the end of 2003. “Over the long term, we hope Activate will be available in every school in this country, as well as in other countries too”, Naidoo said.A health channel will be launched in October 2003, focusing on HIV/Aids, and eventually broadcasting into 7 000 clinics and hospitals around the country, with information for patients and training for healthcare workers.Next will be two more education channels, one for early high school, and another focusing on early childhood development and primary school content.Mindset also aims to launch a livelihood channel teaching entrepreneurship, life skills and vocational training.12 hours a day, seven days a weekThe Liberty and Standard Bank Foundations, lead partners in the initiative, have committed R74-million to kick-start Mindset. Founding partners include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sunday Times, PanAmSat, Sentech and Multichoice Africa, while the SABC is a support partner.“It is testimony to the great need for what we are doing that Mindset Network has been put in place in a year, including partnerships valued at R225-million, along with support from the government departments of education, communications and health”, said Mindset chief executive Ann Lamont.Liberty Foundation executive director Hylton Appelbaum, who conceptualised the network, said: “We realised that two hours a day on TV was never going to be enough to make the necessary impact across all schooling.”According to Appelbaum, SABC TV’s “The Learning Channel” has played a vital role in support the country’s matric pupils, “but we need to address the earlier years as well as the last two years of schooling. For this reason, Mindset Network will be available at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week.”Shortage of maths and science teachers“Due to the legacy of apartheid education, our challenge in schooling is that learners’ maths and science scores are among the lowest in the world”, Lamont said.“While South Africa has many dedicated teachers, there is a desperate shortage of those that teach maths and science. So much so that almost 30% of learners are taught maths by teachers with no qualifications in maths and almost 40% of learners are taught science by teachers with no qualifications in science.”Andile Ngcaba, director-general in the department of communications, says his department will partner with Mindset Network to deliver “the most powerful learning technology that has ever been seen in Africa”.Dr Mamphela Ramphele, MD of human development at the World Bank, described Mindset Network as the “best comprehensive programme I have seen so far that addresses the key constraints to enhance the quality of education in South Africa.“The teaching of maths, science and English using multimedia approaches, and embodying in it the social reality of the pupils in South Africa, will go a long way to building strong foundations for the futures of these young people.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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NDP implementation framework unveiled

first_img In each of these outcomes, the MTSF document outlines goals, indicators, targets, actions and responsibilities. Regarding the rapid economic growth outcome, Radebe said the MTSF would set the wheels in motion to grow the economy by a rate of 5% by 2019. “Government’s programme of radical transformation is about placing the economy on a qualitatively different path that ensures more rapid, sustainable growth, higher investment, increased employment, reduced inequality and deracialisation of the economy.”Targets for the economy MTSF targets include increasing the investment rate to 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), increasing public sector investment to 10 percent of GDP, adding 10 000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, and reducing the country’s unemployment to 14 percent. MTSF also includes actions aimed at diversifying in order to reduce economic concentration. “It focuses on ensuring growth in the core productive sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and opening new areas of economic growth such as the oceans economy, the green economy and shale gas.” There are also actions to ensure that small business can make a much larger contribution to growth and job creation, as well as actions to promote increased private sector investment. This is critical for higher growth, Radebe said, as the private sector accounts for 70 percent of production and employment. “The MTSF includes actions aimed at achieving an economic environment that encourages business investment and rewards competitiveness, especially in sectors that can catalyse longer term growth and job creation.”More opportunities for young people He said the NDP and MTSF included a range of actions aimed at creating more opportunities for young people, many of whom did not currently share in the benefits of economic growth and development. “The priority areas of youth development are employment creation, entrepreneurship support and education. By rapidly absorbing youth into the mainstream development of our country, we will have responded effectively to the fact that of the approximately 25 percent unemployed in South Africa, the vast majority are young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years.”Local government outcomes Radebe said the MTSF also introduced a range of actions to improve municipal management, such as providing basic water, sanitation, refuse removal and road services as well as fixing potholes, traffic lights, service interruptions and billing problems. He said the Auditor-General’s 2014 audit outcomes report indicated that local government was far from achieving the vision of an efficient and effective local government as outlined in the NDP. Actions in the MTSF related to improving local government include addressing maintenance and new infrastructure requirements in each municipality; addressing water and sanitation challenges among water services authorities; improving the financial management and governance of municipalities; and tackling corruption at local government. The MTSF also aims to expand the Community Work Programme sites in 234 municipalities in order to reach one-million participants.Reducing crime and corruption South Africa has unacceptably high levels of crime, especially serious and violent crime, according to the NDP. This affects economic development, undermining people’s well-being and their ability to achieve their potential. Some progress has been made over the past five years in reducing serious crime rates. But weaknesses in forensic, detective, investigation and prosecution services hamper the government’s efforts to reduce the overall levels of crime, particularly contact crimes. “The NDP highlights the need to address the crime that is damaging our communities, and the MTSF contains a range of actions and targets in this regard,” Radebe said. The NDP vision is that, by 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside. Businesses should be able to invest confidently and create jobs without the threat of livelihoods being undermined by crime. Source: SAnews.gov.za Quality basic education.A long and healthy life for all South Africans.Safety, and sense of safety, for all people in South Africa.Decent employment through inclusive growth.A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing towards food security for all.Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.A comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system.Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government.Protected and enhanced environmental assets and natural resources.An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service.A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.A better South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world. 8 August 2014 Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on Thursday released the government’s comprehensive framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. The Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) will serve as a prioritisation framework to focus the government’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes, as well as the principal guide to the allocation of resources across all spheres of government. Radebe said the MTSF was a mechanism through which all five-year strategic plans and annual plans across government were being aligned to the NDP and made to pull in the same direction. “The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government plans.” He added that the MTSF would form the basis for performance agreements between the President and ministers. “Cabinet will use the MTSF as the basis for monitoring the implementation of the NDP over the next five years. Cabinet will consider progress reports for each of the outcomes at least three times a year, and these progress reports will be made public through the Programme of Action website managed by the [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency]. “We will use our monitoring and evaluation work to inform improvements to our plans and programmes as we implement the MTSF.”14 priority outcomes The MTSF is structured around 14 priority outcomes, covering the focus areas identified in the NDP, namely:last_img read more

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A Bad First Date

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Imagine you are on a first date. Your suitor has been badgering you for this date for a long time, and you’ve finally relented. Now, the person with whom you on this date sits down to dinner and begins to talk about themselves. Endlessly. I mean, seriously, it never ends.Your date tells you everything that you might ever want to know about them, and they tell you even more about things in which have absolutely no interest.You know this just an awful first date, isn’t it?Why then would you treat your initial meeting with your dream client this way? Why would you spend the majority of the time talking about you, your company, your product, and all the other things that make you so wonderful?A Better First DateDo you want to be better first date? Do you want to be immensely interesting and compelling to dream client? You can, but it’s more difficult than it sounds.The one thing that will make you most compelling and most interesting to your dream client is your ability to listen to them. That’s it. Listen.Listening is the ultimate act of caring. It tells your first date that they are, to you anyway, the most interesting thing in the whole world. Listening telegraphs your intentions. It demonstrates that you are going to discover what your date values, what’s important to them.When you talk about yourself, your company, and you’re offering you’re telling your dream client that as far as you’re concerned you are the most interesting thing in the world. Maybe you did hang the Moon and the Sun in the sky. But if you want your date to feel like you hung the Moon and Sun in the sky, you listen.Too much you, you’re boring. Very little you with a true interest in them, you’re fascinating.A few weeks ago, a client told me how much they enjoyed our conversation. We were together for over an hour. Maybe I spoke six complete sentences.last_img read more

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