Grants for apartheid victims

first_img16 April 2003The government will provide a once-off R30 000 grant to about 20 000 individuals identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as deserving reparation for suffering under apartheid.The payments amount to about R660-million, and are in addition to more than R50-million the government has already paid out, as an interim measure, to 16 500 of the 18 800 victims identified by the TRC as needing urgent relief. Reparations: grants still unclaimed Tabling and responding to the final TRC report and its recommendations in Parliament, Cape Town on Tuesday, President Thabo Mbeki said authorities would disburse the grants “as a matter of urgency” during the current financial year.The President’s response to the TRC report followed his receipt of the final two-volume report last month. The first five-volume report was handed to former President Nelson Mandela in 1998.The Commission was set up in 1995 to investigate human rights violations and atrocities committed during apartheid. In over two years of hearings, its committees heard evidence from about 2 000 people, received written statements from another 18 000, and received over 8 000 applications for amnesty for apartheid crimes.Among other things, the TRC report recommended the creation of a reparation trust fund, as well as a secretariat in the Presidency to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.President Mbeki said, however, that the money, together with material and other rehabilitation packages aimed at assisting the apartheid victims and survivors, was in acknowledgement of their suffering and contribution – not as a prize for their role in dismantling the apartheid regime for a democratic system.Mbeki said government hoped the money would offer “some relief”, since many of the victims and the general public had not been in the struggle to make money, but to liberate the nation from the jaws of apartheid.“We are convinced that, to the millions who spared neither life nor limb in struggle, there is no bigger prize than freedom itself, and a continuing struggle to build a better life for all.” … [A]s the TRC itself has underlined, no one can attach monetary value to life and suffering, nor can an argument be sustained that the efforts of millions of South Africans to liberate themselves was for monetary gain.”Mbeki hinted that government had put in place programmes aimed at helping victims deal with their medical, educational and housing needs, as articulated in the TRC Act.Unaccounted for victims soughtMbeki also called on South Africans to provide the government with information relating to people unaccounted for from the apartheid years.Mbeki urged people in possession of such information to approach the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other relevant departments.“The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and relevant departments will be requested to deal with matters relating to people who were unaccounted for, post mortem records, and policy with regard to burials of unidentified persons”, he said.It is estimated that the reparation of apartheid victims will cost around R3-billion, money described by TRC chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “well-spent and in a very real sense cheap, for their [the victims’] contribution to the stability we currently enjoy is incalculable.”President Mbeki praised the TRC for its work, saying the Commission had succeeded and “handed us a united and reconciled society”.“The pain and the agony that characterised the conflict among South Africans over the decades, so vividly relived in many hearings of the Commission, planted the seed of hope – of a future bright in its humanity and its sense of caring.” Mbeki says no to ‘wealth tax’Mbeki slams apartheid lawsuits‘No blanket apartheid amnesty’ Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Laszlo To Release a WebOS

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While in San Franciscoearlier this month, I met up with Laszlo’sFounder and CTO, David Temkin, along with CMO Kent Libbey. Laszlo has an open source Ajaxapplication development platform called OpenLaszlo – which has been used for external appslike Pandora (online radio and music sharing) and ishares.com (Barclays sharemarket app). OpenLaszlo wasreleased at the end of 2004 and claims to have over a quarter of a million downloads todate. Meanwhile Laszlo received an $8 million Series C round of funding in September andin October they made a deal with Sun Microsystems, to enable OpenLaszlo applications torun on the Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME).When I spoke to David, my ears pricked up when he mentioned that Laszlo is building aWebOS. While he wasn’t able to give me many details, he did say the WebOS will be aframework as well as a set of apps. Hmmm, the WebOS space is getting crowded! More on this as it develops.Pandora, one of my fave online radios, uses OpenLaszloOpenLaszlo is often talked about as an open source competitor to Adobe’s Flex, because both are rich clientapplication development platforms. And from the user’s perspective, a website built withLaszlo is almost identical to a website built with Flash (indeed OpenLaszlo has a Flashrun-time option). From a company and developer perspective, the competition is prettyfierce between the two – illustrated by this post by Raju Bitter, an open source evangelist who uses Laszlo.I asked David what the difference is between OpenLaszlo and Flex – he told me thatOpenLaszlo is more consumer focused than Flex, which he says is mainly forenterprise.In our briefing, David showed me some nifty apps. Laszlo Mail is a commercialrich client email app that is used by ISPs and other “communication service providers”. Building on this isLaszlo’s suite of personal productivity apps, currently in development, which they call Digital Life. Again, theyplan to license this to ISPs and the like. It features email, IM, photo-sharing, calendarand works on mobile devices.Laszlo Digital LifeAll in all, OpenLaszlo is a compelling platform for building rich Ajax applications –or even Flash apps. They have a hard road to hoe competing against Adobe, a comparativelyhuge company with many more resources at their disposal (internal developers, marketing,brand name, money, etc). But being open source gives OpenLaszlo a lot of credibility inthe developer community. It would be even better if they got a couple more ‘glamor’projects like the Pandora one, to raise their profile in the consumer world.What are your thoughts on Laszlo? Has anyone here used it? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanuslast_img read more

Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Proposal Calls for Decreased IRS Funding

first_imgPresident Trump released his much-anticipated 2018 budget blueprint, also known as a “skinny” budget, on March 16. The budget blueprint calls for a reduction in IRS funding by $239 million for the next fiscal year (FY) 2017-2018, including an overall funding reduction of $519 million, or 4.1 percent decrease, for the Treasury from current levels. “The Budget will bring renewed discipline to the Department by focusing resources on collecting revenue, managing the Nation’s debt, protecting the financial system from threats, and combating financial crime and terrorism financing,” the blueprint states.According to the budget blueprint, the proposed reduction of the IRS budget by $239 million would be made in conjunction with savings accrued from diverting resources from “antiquated operations.” The blueprint states that the budget proposal preserves key operations of the IRS, including combating fraud and identity theft, as well as the enforcement of tax laws.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had earlier voiced his concerns over the IRS’s limited resources and staffing. Mnuchin testified before the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) that an agency with such large responsibilities should not be dwindling (TAXDAY, 2017/01/20, C.2). “I can assure you Trump understands the concept that when we add people [to the IRS], we make money,” ” Mnuchin said.However, in a March 16 statement issued after the release of the budget proposal, Mnuchin said the budget proposal focuses on the Treasury’s “core missions.” He noted that it “will ensure that we have the resources we need to enforce the nation’s tax laws, while investing in cybersecurity and prioritizing resources on initiatives that promote technology, efficiency and modernization across the agency.”Meanwhile, Democrats are weighing in on Trump’s budget blueprint. “It throws billions of dollars at defense, while ransacking America’s investment in jobs, education, innovation, clean energy, and life-saving medical research,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a March 16 news conference. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee ranking member Sander Levin, D-Mich., echoed that criticism.Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said on March 16 that Trump’s full budget will be released in May. “We’re doing the budget in phases this year, which is not unusual during a transition year. This is just the discretionary spending part of the budget. There will be a fuller budget in May and that will include things like tax policy…,” he addedBy Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffAmerica First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Againlast_img read more

Hurricane heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands

first_img(AP) – Hurricane Dorian is moving over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warn it is gaining strength and probably will grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward Florida’s east coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday Dorian is expected to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it stays well to the east of the southeastern and central Bahamas over the next two days. The forecast calls for the storm to pass near or over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and close in on Florida by Sunday afternoon.The storm was a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday when it swirled through the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, causing power outages and flooding in places no major damage.last_img read more

Tata Consultancy Services to open Rs 1,200 crore IT campus in Nagpur

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), the information technology (IT) services arm of the Tata Group, is setting up a large software development campus in Nagpur that will have a capacity to accommodate over 16,000 IT professionals.This new campus is being set up at an investment of more than Rs 1,200 crore. In the first phase, TCS is investing Rs 600 crore, the company said.The state-of-the-art campus will be located on a 54-acre land in the Mihan SEZ on the outskirts of Nagpur near the airport. All the facilities in this campus would be built with a strong environment-friendly design, TCS said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday laid the foundation stone for Phase-I of the campus.The campus will be built in two phases with Phase-I containing 8,200 seats for IT services and BPO services. Phase-II will be of the similar size.Built with locally sourced materials and an eye on sustainability, the campus will encompass water conservation and energy saving features and will be a zero-discharge facility.”Nagpur has the potential to become the next big hub for knowledge-based industries like IT and engineering with its strong ecosystem of universities, talented people and infrastructure,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chief executive officer (CEO) & managing director (MD), TCS. “After Mumbai and Pune where we employ over 40,000 people, we are delighted to be part of the IT revolution in Nagpur,” he said.Chandrasekaran said the growing presence of TCS in Maharashtra is of strategic importance and is part of the firm’s overall business growth plan. TCS would remain committed to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders in Maharashtra to help develop local talent and provide customers with world-class IT solutions from Nagpur, he said.advertisementApart from world-class offices, the campus will have customer collaboration centres, cafeterias, gymnasiums and outdoor sports facilities.last_img read more

Report: Chile 0 Paraguay 3

first_imgChile 0 Paraguay 3: Pizzi’s side stunned in qualifying blow Dejan Kalinic 08:39 9/1/17 ArturoVidal - Cropped Getty Images Paraguay stunned an underwhelming Chile in World Cup qualifying, claiming a 3-0 victory in Santiago. Chile’s World Cup qualification hopes were dealt a blow with a surprise 3-0 loss at home to Paraguay on Thursday.Arturo Vidal scored a first-half own goal in Santiago before Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz struck after the interval for Paraguay, who won in Chile for the first time in 10 years.Chile dominated possession and looked threatening, but they struggled to create chances as they fell to a second defeat in three qualifiers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Eduardo Vargas went closest twice in what was a below-par display from Chile, who were left in danger of slipping out of the automatic qualification spots with three matches remaining.The win was a huge boost for Paraguay, ending their four-match losing run and moving them to within two points of Chile.Alexis Sanchez was unable to get going for the hosts as Chile lacked the creativity needed to break down the visitors.#Albirroja#EliminatoriasRusia2018GOOOL PARAGUAYO (De un chileno pero nuestro)Chile #Paraguay#VamosParaguay pic.twitter.com/ACygF3NaVS— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) August 31, 2017Juan Antonio Pizzi started a strong Chile line-up, with Sanchez, Vidal and Claudio Bravo all in the XI.The hosts began brightly but struggled to create anything of note against Francisco Arce’s side, who sat relatively deep.Mauricio Isla hit the post in the 18th minute for Chile, but he was rightly ruled offside.It seemed Paraguay’s best chances would come via set-pieces, and it proved the case with the opener against the run of play.A teasing delivery from the right was met by Vidal, his flying header finding the top corner of Bravo’s net to give Paraguay a 1-0 lead.Chile continued to dominate possession, but they rarely tested Antony Silva, the Paraguay goalkeeper forced into a save by a 25-yard Vargas effort four minutes prior to half-time.Pizzi’s side went close again in the 53rd minute, but Vargas saw his volley from inside the area blocked by Oscar Romero.Paraguay stunningly doubled their lead just two minutes later through Caceres.A rebound fortuitously fell into the path of Caceres, whose powerful strike beat Bravo despite the shot-stopper almost keeping it out.#Albirroja#EliminatoriasRusia2018¡GOOOOL DE VICTOR “TOPITO QUERIDO” CACERES!Chile #Paraguay#VamosParaguay pic.twitter.com/d1HisexHQz— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) August 31, 2017Chile thought they had pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining, but a tight offside call saw substitute Esteban Paredes’ strike ruled out.Along with their continued threat from set-pieces, the visitors started to look dangerous on the counter-attack, sealing their win on the break in additional time through Ortiz. read morelast_img read more

WATCH: USYNT’s Weah nearly scores on PSG debut

first_imgPSG VIDEO: U.S. youth international Weah nearly scores on PSG debut Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timothy Weah PSG Troyes Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Troyes v PSG Troyes United States The 18-year-old came on for the final 15 minutes of the Ligue 1 leaders victory over Troyes United States youth international Timothy Weah has made his first-team debut for Paris Saint-Germain, as he came on a substitute in the club’s 2-0 victory over Troyes.With PSG missing star attackers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and Unai Emery deciding to rest other attackers with the club’s second leg against Real Madrid happening midweek, the 18-year-old forward was named to the bench for the Ligue 1 leaders.And with PSG leading 2-0 in the 79th minute, Weah was given his first run out with the senior team, coming on for Giovani Lo Celso. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp George Weah’s 18-year-old son, Timothy, has come on for PSG against Troyes The future is bright #USMNT pic.twitter.com/Tx0aMaMnb5— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018Weah nearly secured a dream debut as well, as he was put in 1v1 against Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny just before the final whistle. Coming in at an angle, Weah but a hard shot into Zelazny, before a scramble in the area lead to a goal for Dani Alves that was ruled out due to offside.It could’ve been the dream start for PSG’s Timothy Weah!A good save, or should he have done better there? pic.twitter.com/tR3iRD9iew— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018The son of former FIFA Player of the Year, and current president of Liberia, George Weah, Timothy has featured for PSG youth and reserve teams over the past few years since departing the United States after representing the New York Red Bulls developmental academy. His debut came over 22 years after his father’s last appearance for PSG, which came in May 1995 after four seasons with the capital club.Tim Weah has represented the U.S. at the youth national team level, scoring a hat trick at the under-17 World Cup against Paraguay in 2017.last_img read more

We were patient, says Dzeko

first_imgEdin Džeko Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 07:07 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edin Dzeko Roma Shakhtar Donetsk Getty Edin Džeko Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk Roma Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League The striker felt his second half strike was well deserved as his side reached the quarter-finals for the third time in their history Edin Dzeko credited his Roma team-mates for a “patient” performance as they dumped Shakhtar Donetsk out of the Champions League.A 1-0 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Kharkiv, took Roma through on away goals as Dzeko scored seven minutes into the second half with the game’s first chance of note.And although the Serie A side were outplayed for long periods at Stadio Olimpico, the Bosnian praised the way his side did not panic before eventually finding the breakthrough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It was a great night for me, for Roma and the whole club,” Dzeko told UEFA’s website. “We deserved this.”We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.”I did [think a second effort was in] but the ball somehow went wide of the goal. That [one that went in] was the golden one.”I’m proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team.”He added: “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute. We deserve to go through, to be in the quarter-finals.”And Roma legend Francesco Totti also congratulated his former side on Twitter.”A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma: among the best eight sides in Europe,” he posted. “We push forward onto the next round.”last_img read more

Why Mike Gundy Has New Life as a Coach and is Excited About the 2019 Season

first_imgDiscipline — or lack thereof — was a constant gripe among spectators last season. The team wasn’t very good as it was, but when it was, penalties and lapses in thinking often made them look worse.So Gundy’s solution? For him, it’s simple: get back to his coaching roots. That means more discipline, more physicality, and in turn, hopefully, a better team.“I feel like we need to be a more disciplined, physical, tough football team,” said Gundy. “So I’m going to make a point as I did in the spring and hopefully it carried on this summer when the players were working out and obviously we’re not out there with them, to be a more disciplined, physical football team, and I think that will help our team. So I’m excited about just seeing the results.” 20165.342 YearAvg. penalties per gameNational Rank 20175.133 ARLINGTON, Texas — The added density on the mullet and the favorable home schedule aren’t the only reasons Mike Gundy has a pep in his step as he looks ahead to the 2019 football season.At Big 12 media days on Monday, Gundy explained he is especially rejuvenated this summer for the upcoming season because of another reason: lack of success last season.“I’m more excited and looking forward to a season than I have in a long, long time,” he said. “We didn’t play as well last year as we should have, in my opinion, and it was the result of me not doing my job and holding coaches and players accountable. We weren’t a very disciplined football team. We weren’t a very tough football team. Those are two areas that we can control the outcome.”Gundy’s teams typically rate out above the national average (sometimes well above the national average, sometimes just averug) in terms of penalties per game, but 2018 was definitely a slip far below what has been the norm in the four years before it.As you can see below, from 2015-2017, the team ranked inside the top 50 each year in penalties committed. In 2018, however, OSU committed 6.8 penalties per game, ranking 95th in the country according to TeamRankings.com. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 20106.893 20136.9105 20115.551 20146.275 20186.895 20155.538 20126.684last_img read more