Prayers and messages wishing formerPresident Nelson Mandela a speedyrecovery continue to flood in fromaround the world.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zizi KodwaSpecial Advisor on CommunicationsThe Presidency+27 82 330 4910• Sello HatangInformation communications managerNelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s legacy• SA families give back on Mandela Day• World leaders praise Mandela• World celebrates Mandela DayNosimilo RamelaChurchgoers across the country joined thousands of people from all over the world wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a quick recovery. Over the weekend churches around South Africa held vigils and said special prayers for the ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate.“Let us light a candle and pray for the health of former president uTata Nelson Mandela,” said Pastor Joseph Kubheka of the Methodist church in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein suburb, at the morning service on Sunday.Many other churches in the country included similar prayers in their Sunday services. Over the past week, messages of support wishing Mandela a speedy recovery have poured in from all over the world.The elder statesman was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday 26 January, suffering with an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged two days later to recuperate at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home, where he continues to receive specialist care.“Let us now unite in prayer and wish him a speedy recovery,” said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who attended the prayer service organised by the ruling party and the Eastern Cape Council of Churches for Mandela at the Regent Hotel in East London on Sunday.A candle of hopeGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined the congregation at Soweto’s famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, praying for Mandela’s fast recuperation. As part of the Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Mandela by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery, Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag as prayers were said.At the Faith Mission Church of Christ in Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the congregation sang songs and clapped in celebration of the anti-apartheid icon. “We want to wish uTata well, we hope he recovers soon,” said Ntate Jacob Motlana, one of the elders in the church.“There has been such a gloomy air surrounding our great hero’s hospitalisation, so by celebrating his life in our service today we are hoping to send some positive energy that will put uTata in good spirits. We hope he is not in pain and recovers soon.”Well-wishers congregated at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, on 29 January to light candles and pray for Mandela. The candle lighting ceremony was also aimed at sending prayers and positive energy to the veteran.“Light represents life and ignites warmth and good energy, so that is why we have lit candles,” said Gordan Dehl, who attended the ceremony. “We hope that as the candles burn they blow some positive energy that helps Mr Mandela heal soon.”World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have also sent their best wishes to Mandela.“We truly appreciate the support and good wishes we received,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Zuma also wished the statesman a full recovery.“We wish him a long life and good health, as he continues to age with dignity and inspire all of us to strive to be better people each day.”
19 November 2012 Nedbank has invested R8.3-million in conservation group WWF South Africa’s Sustainable Agriculture Programme, which aims to tackle food security challenges as well as protect natural resources in the country. “A recent United Nations report titled ‘Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability’ stresses the urgent need for the world’s farmers to be empowered to produce more food per unit of land, water and agrochemicals, while confronting widespread physical resource scarcity, a changing climate, and rapidly increasing input costs,” WWF-SA’s senior manager for sustainable agriculture, Inge Kotze, said at the launch in Cape Town last week. “These challenges overlaid with the degradation of our natural eco-systems and biodiversity make modern day agriculture more precarious than ever.”Collective and collaborative partnerships Collective and collaborative partnerships have an important role to play in enabling sustainable agriculture which contributes to the reduction of environmental and natural resource impacts, said Nedbank Agriculture’s John Hudson. “No single individual or organisation has the capacity to deliver the level of change required to make a real and lasting contribution to the sustainability of our country’s agriculture,’ he said. “[This] is why this partnership with WWF-SA is designed to unlock the full power of collective, public-private partnerships, collaborative investment, and support and recognition for those that demonstrate commitment and innovation in meeting the agricultural challenges facing South Africa and the world in the 21st century.” Only 13% of the South African landscape is suitable for arable or permanent cropland, and two-thirds of the country’s surface freshwater resources are currently utilised for irrigated agriculture, according to WWF-SA.Supporting a vibrant agricultural sector “There is an urgent need to redefine and refocus our vision in terms of the future of food and the role of agriculture in reaching that future,” Kotze said. “This is why the Sustainable Agriculture Programme is aimed at enabling better production, rather than merely focusing on increased output alone. “By promoting and supporting a vibrant and profitable agricultural sector in this way, we can all help to address potential food security challenges, while at the same time protecting the country’s/the planet’s natural resources, and unique biodiversity,” she said. Hudson said Nedbank aimed to promote and reward agricultural best practice and innovation. “By 2050, conservative estimates are that there will be around 9-billion people living on Earth. “If our country is going to overcome the significant environmental, social and economic challenges involved in feeding our population at this time, it is the responsibility of every one of us to start thinking and acting more sustainably right now,” he said. SAinfo reporter
11 September 2015At the opening of the 12th Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition at the SABC, Auckland Park on Thursday 10 September 2015, venue hosts SABC and Moshito partners the Department of Arts and Culture assured delegates of their continuing support in helping initiatives like Moshito in developing and curating South African music.Celebrating the legacy of SA music #fromkwelatohop & not forgetting our fallen heroes #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook pic.twitter.com/HrultThKBX— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 9, 2015Moshito Music Conference chairperson Sipho Sithole welcomed guests, delegates and visitors to the conference, saying that the Moshito ideal was to make the event a “premier destination for music makers and the music business” not only for Africa, but for the world. This year the conference has invited music business representatives and musicians from as far as China, Brazil and Jamaica to share and exchange ideas on how to strengthen the business as a viable commodity in the digital age.Chairperson of #Moshito2015 Mr Sipho Sithole opens the conference with a brief historical background and emphasizes it’s capacity to accomodate members of the entertainment industry #TheBusinessofMusicPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015Sithole said that in the 12 years the conference had been running, Moshito has achieved a reputation as being the “most admired local event for music business engagement”, and that the three-year relationship the conference has built with the Department of Arts and Culture has only strengthened that credibility.In explaining this year’s conference theme, “From Kwela to Hop”, Sithole said Moshito wants to highlight the respect paid to South African music of the past, and how that respect informs and guides the music of the present and future. “South Africa,” he said, “wants to be known for a variety of genres: this variety defines who we are as a country.” But the conference, he said, pointing to the selection of musical showcases and collaborations with international artists to be held during the event, was not just about talking about music, but also an opportunity to feel, see and hear the power of South African music.#Moshito2015 Mr Matlala took the floor emphasizing the importance of the conference and exhibition #TheBusinessofMusic #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook #FromKwelatoHopPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015In some words of support for the conference, SABC Group CEO Frans Matlala welcomed Moshito to the SABC venue, calling the event a pivotal instrument in promoting music across Africa, saying it was “fundamental in preserving South African culture.” He requested that Moshito do its part in telling the South African story to the world. Matlala hoped, as the success of Moshito grew, that the power of music would bring the rest of the world back to Africa. Matlala was confident this year’s event would be the best one yet, pledging that Moshito would always have a home at the SABC.SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng reiterated that commitment, praising Moshito for “doing well to stand by local artists.” He did, however, urge the music business in general to find a way to bring the various organisations that dealt with finances and support systems of the music industry under one umbrella organisation to insure a holistic philosophy to deal with the challenges of the industry. One of those challenges is the payment of music royalties to songwriters and artists, and Motsoeneng announced that after long negotiations with the industry, the SABC would commit to paying outstanding royalties to the sum of R100 million to local artists.“We want to make sure the money reaches the right people,” he said. Motsoeneng welcomed Moshito and its visitors to the SABC, saying the event’s philosophy “reminds us of where we come from, as well as where we, as a nation, are going.” The SABC is committed to adding more of that history, the legacy and the works of some of the country’s greatest music artists past and present, to all radio and television programming.Motsoeneng concluded by urging all music lovers to be active in that curation of culture by paying TV licences, the money from which goes back into promoting that culture to more South African, the African continent and the rest of the world.Representing the Minister of Arts and Culture, Deputy Director General of the department Monica Newton praised Moshito for changing the cultural landscape of the country over its 12 year existence. “It gives me a warm feeling in my heart that events like this do so much for nation building,” Newton said, adding that the Moshito organisation did well with dealing with the trials and tribulations of the music industry on behalf of the artists and music lovers in general, highlighting the challenges faced by the industry like piracy and technology changes. Newton added that it was important to create a living heritage of the arts in South Africa, respecting and honouring the legends of the past, using the lessons learnt from that to help guide and grow local musical culture into the future.“Music,” Newton said, “was a canary in a coalmine for society, a way to measure and negotiate the cultural landscape,” adding that the department’s partnership with Moshito was a pleasure and privilege to be part of. Newton concluded in wishing the event success and hoped it would become the foremost collaborator with both local artists and in its growing international friendships, “the people of Moshito have done a lot of hard work in strengthening the music business, and we wish them well for the future.”Lemmy “Special” Mabaso @EmileYX & Chachi Carvalho took us on a journey #FromKwelatoHop #Moshito2015 #AfroWorldNight pic.twitter.com/oQYHDgx2nE— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 10, 2015The Moshito Conference and Exhibition includes discussions on various aspects of the music industry in both local and international contexts, as well as looking at trends and changes that touch both the business and artistic development. Seminars include music branding, archiving of musical legacy, changes in digital musical technology, song writing and exploring new markets for music.In between the seminars, visitors and delegates will be entertained by various public performances at the exhibition at the SABC’s Radio Park venue, as well as at some of Johannesburg’s legendary music venues.The Kwaito & Hiphop discussion seeks to unpack the messages & context behind these genres #Moshito ^KM pic.twitter.com/hEnkeLeH07— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 10, 2015The exhibition marquee showcases a range of top industry goods,service providers and organisations #Moshito2015 …Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015The conference will culminate with a special concert titled “The Great South African Song Book” on Saturday, 12 September at Newtown Park featuring an all- star collection of some of South Africa’s best music artists, including Arthur, Judith Sephuma, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Cortina Whiplash.The beautiful songtress Ms Judith Sephuma took over the night as she graced the #Moshito2015 Afro World Night with her…Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015
A long list of federal programs that promote advanced building techniques, renewable energy, and energy efficiency would see less money under President Trump’s budget proposal, but important details on how the budget would affect a number of popular projects are still unknown.In general terms, the budget proposal seeks to increase defense spending by $54 billion in the 2018 budget year, which begins on October 1. To balance those spending hikes, a number of other programs would see deep budget cuts, including the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Published reports peg DOE cutbacks at $3 billion, a 25% reduction in the $12 billion in discretionary spending that the department now has.Among the programs that DOE now pays for are the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and its Building Technologies Office; the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to lower the cost of solar energy; and two design competitions for college and university students. The federal Weatherization Assistance Program, a 40-year-old program that helps low-income families make energy-related improvements to their homes, also would be phased out. It’s still early in the processTrump has left little doubt about the direction his administration will take on renewable energy, energy efficiency standards, and climate policy.He is siding with conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation, which has lambasted the climate and energy policies of the Obama administration and argues that government shouldn’t subsidize emerging technologies. “Does America really need a Department of Energy?” Heritage Foundation economic analyst Nicholas Loris opined in an article published last year. EPA chief Scott Pruitt doesn’t think that carbon dioxide’s impact on climate has been proved. The president has signed an executive order aimed at rolling back the Obama Clean Power Plan, and he has repeatedly promised to revive the coal industry.But budget specifics are a long way from being nailed down, and no one realistically expects the proposal to make it through Congress unscathed. Also, while the president and Congress control the budget, electric utilities across the country see a cleaner, less centralized power future for the U.S., no matter what happens to the Clean Power Plan. A survey conducted by Utility Dive among 600 utility professionals earlier this year found that most believe solar and wind will play a bigger role in the utility power mix in the next decade. Eighty-two percent of those polled said that utility-scale solar would increase moderately or significantly, while 83% said that distributed generation would increase moderately or significantly. In contrast, only 2% thought that the use of coal would increase moderately, only 2% thought it would increase significantly, and 18% thought it would stay about the same. Fifty-two percent thought that coal use would decrease significantly.Even staunch Republicans are pressing ahead with clean-energy plans, regardless of what the Trump administration is doing. In Carmel, Indiana, for example, Republican Mayor Jim Brainard is pushing hybrid and biofuel vehicles, LED streetlights, bike paths, and tree plantings to absorb carbon dioxide and create shade, The Washington Post reports.“For a long time, taking care of our environment was a nonpartisan issue,” Brainard told the newspaper. “I have yet to meet a Republican or Democrat who wants to drink dirty water or breathe dirty air.” Green Building in the Trump EraIs Weatherization Cost-Effective?Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?A Web-Based Information Resource from the DOENew Rules for Ceiling FansAccounting for Renewable Electricity SavingsNew Energy-Saving Standards from Barack Obama Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every Socket Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon Neutral HouseMinnesota Students Win ‘Race to Zero’ Title A huge cut at EEREEERE programs of interest to builders look especially threatened, according to a report on Greenwire. In a story published earlier this month, the website quoted sources that predicted a reduction of 30% to 70% for an agency with a hand in many energy-efficiency efforts. The office is responsible for the SunShot program, for example, and provides about 80% of the budget for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a major research institution for clean energy.For an idea of what EERE does in the residential building arena, visit an interactive map that the agency posts at its website. Grants range from the tiny $25,000 commitment to help train real estate appraisers on the value of green building attributes to more sizable investments in improving indoor air quality for high-performance homes. Grants go to such programs and agencies as the Building America Program, the Institute for Market Transformation, the University of Central Florida, the Southface Energy Institute, and many others.Another concern is the potential impact on building codes, according to the report. Daniel Bresette, the director of government relations at the Alliance to Save Energy, told Greenwire that one victim could be DOE’s building code program, which works closely with the International Code Council to develop energy and building codes. DOE provides crucial technical assistance that ultimately helps homeowners save money, turning relatively small government investments into big energy savings for consumers.“Without funding, DOE’s ability to do all the great work it’s done historically goes away,” Bresette told Greenwire.Research that helps develop efficiency standards for appliances and lighting also could become more difficult as money becomes harder to find.The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said that DOE funding has helped it train more than 4,500 co-op board members in designing and financing solar programs, Greenwire said in an earlier article. Co-ops are on track to install 480 megawatts of solar this year, more than double the total of 2015. That, too, could be a thing of the past. Separately, deep cuts in the budget for the EPA’s budget would wipe out federal support for the Energy Star program, which promotes energy efficiency for a variety of products, including appliances, light bulbs, doors, and windows.The general outline of the spending plan is on the table, but unanswered questions — do the programs designed to advance energy-efficient building live, die, or exist in some diminished form? — remain. As a manager in one building program said, “We don’t know yet.”However, officials said that both the Solar Decathlon and the Race to Zero competitions for college students are moving ahead as planned this year. Beyond that, the future of both programs isn’t known. RELATED ARTICLES
After months of speculation, Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday resigned from the Congress. Announcing the decision at a massive gathering to mark his 77th birthday, Mr. Vaghela said he had resigned as Leader of the Opposition and would resign as legislator after the Rajya Sabha elections.However, he ruled out joining the BJP, which he had split in the mid 1990s.Mr.Vaghela slammed the Congress leadership and culture while asking his supporters, including legislators, to decide their future.A veteran of Gujarat politics, Mr. Vaghela has been at odds with the Congress high command for “ignoring his suggestions” and not allowing him free rein to take on the BJP in the Assembly polls slated for later this year.“You don’t want to fight yourself, nor will you allow anyone to fight because you have taken supari from BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said, taking on the Congress leadership, without naming anybody. “It is my destiny that I became victim of political conspiracy, first in the BJP and now in the Congress. I have always fought against injustice,” he said, indicating that a few leaders in the Congress conspired to ensure his expulsion.“I had told Soniaji mein aapka bharosa nahi todunga (I will not betray your trust). I went to meet her, told her “Thanks a lot madam for everything. I may not remain with the party after sometime, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere.” I am not joining BJP,” he said.He said the party leadership did not even listen to the MLAs or try to resolve the issues they raised with the high command.“For three years, you have not been able to appoint a president for Ahmedabad city Congress. This is not how a political party can be run,” he said.
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Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban and fined one million rupees by the anti-corruption tribunal after finding him guilty of six breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.The detailed order of the tribunal released on Tuesday confirmed that the three-member bench found Latif guilty off all six charges, brought against him by the PCB in the spot-fixing case during the Pakistan Super League in Dubai in February.The tribunal, headed by a former judge of the Lahore High Court, has already banned Test opener Sharjeel Khan for five years with half of the sentence suspended on spot-fixing charges.PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said the detailed order on Latif showed that the tribunal found him guilty of meeting with a bookmaker, Yousuf on 8th and 9th of February and agreeing to spot-fixing in a match.”It is irrelevant whether Khalid played a match or not. The full order finds him guilty of breaching the code of conduct.”Latif has also been found guilty of trying to instigate teammates to spot-fix and convincing Sharjeel to meet with the bookmaker in Dubai.Latif and his lawyer now have 14 days to file an appeal against the ban and fine.Sharjeel has already appealed against his ban and the PCB has appointed a former judge of the Supreme court to hear his petition from Wednesday in Lahore.”Sharjeel has already filed his appeal while the PCB has also appealed with the independent adjudicator,” Rizvi said. He said the PCB had appealed since Sharjeel was found guilty on all six counts of violating the anti-corruption code, half of his ban should not be suspended and that he should also be fined.advertisementRizvi also said that the cases being heard against Pakistani batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan would also be decided soon by the tribunal.Asked about a statement made by a senior official of the UK national crime agency before the tribunal about the possible involvement of few other Pakistani players in spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, Rizvi said since the tournament was a domestic event of the Bangladesh cricket board they would first have to take a decision on whether to open investigations into the allegations.”If they don’t open investigations in 180 days then the PCB can decide to hold its own inquiry,” he said. Rizvi said while the PCB was conducting a disciplinary hearing against the accused cricketers but the Federal Investigation Agency could also concurrently hold criminal proceedings against the players on corruption and fraud charges
Germany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a “sporting accident”.The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low’s treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.”I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks,” Low said in the DFB’s statement.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.”Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. “Bundestrainer Joachim Löw wird bei den kommenden beiden EM-Qualifikationsspielen gegen Belarus und Estland durch seinen Assistenztrainer Marcus Sorg vertreten.Alle Infos https://t.co/2LgDS81354 pic.twitter.com/hB2lUokOyR— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) May 31, 2019Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low’s absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.He added: “The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.”Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway.”Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has boldly declared that both he and the Red Devils as a collective will be “better than last season” when the 2019-20 campaign gets underway.Improvement across the board is required at Old Trafford.Another testing spell in 2018-19 saw Jose Mourinho relieved of his managerial duties, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed in his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Norwegian oversaw an impressive resurgence initially as caretaker boss, but results took a slide after he was rewarded with a permanent three-year contract in March.Too many players are considered to have disappointed as United stumbled their way to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, with Fred among those to have flopped.The Brazil international is, however, adamant that, with further fresh faces having been brought on board over the summer, the Red Devils will be more competitive this time around.He told Inside United ahead of an opening clash against Chelsea on Sunday: “My first season was a bit difficult,” he said. “The first year is always a little bit difficult, a year of adaptation, and, moreover, we had a season that wasn’t too strong in terms of the Premier League.“But now I’m more used to the league and I’ve been working hard. I’ve talked to the manager and backroom staff, and this season is going to be better than last season. I’m sure it is going to be very successful.”Fred is determined to ensure that he repays the faith shown in him by Solskjaer.He figured prominently in United’s pre-season preparations, but only after being granted leave in order to get married.The 26-year-old added: “I’m really happy to have got married and, thanks to Manchester United, I was able to get my whole family together with my wife on the day.“That was a really important day for me, for all of us, and I’m very happy.“I had a chat with Mr Ole and he was cool for being so understanding. He was really attentive to my needs and I was allowed to come out of training to go on and get married.“I did end up joining the team a bit late [on tour], but I was already training beforehand, so I’m in shape.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, June 25, released its year-end results for the fiscal year ending March 31. For the 12 month period, the NSLC recorded net earnings of $219.4 million on sales of $579.4 million. This represents an increase in net income of $6.8 million (3.2 per cent) compared with last year. Net earnings for the fourth quarter was $41.7 million, which is 2.5 per cent higher than net earnings of $40.7 million for the same time period last year. Sales for the quarter were $123.8 million, an increase of 3.5 per cent over the last year’s sales of $119.6 million. A detailed news release on the financial results can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com -30-