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Merit selection rejected

first_imgMerit selection rejected Voters in Florida have spoken in favor of continuing to elect trial court judges. Florida voters were presented with two ballot questions in November relating to merit selection and retention. One question asked if they wanted to continue electing their circuit judges or switch entirely to a merit selection and retention system. The other question asked the same for county judges. Currently, mid-term vacancies in the trial courts are filled by merit selection and end of term vacancies by elections, and all trial judges stand for election at the end of their terms, although traditionally most incumbents are unopposed. The referendums were held pursuant to a 1998 constitutional amendment placed on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission and approved by voters. That amendment, in addition to requiring the state to pick up more funding of the trial courts, set a referendum in every circuit and county on switching to pure merit selection and retention. The Florida Bar, after holding several public hearings and consulting with its Citizens Forum, voted to educate voters about the choice they were making and also to support switching to the appointive system. “The bottom line is notwithstanding the yeoman effort by the Bar and numerous members of the Bar in making presentations, visiting newspaper editorial boards, passing out pamphlets and other activities, the voters have spoken,” said Board of Governors member Alan Bookman, who chaired the committee that oversaw the Bar’s campaign. “The sense in my community [the Pensacola area] was the voter did not want to give up his or her right to vote,” he added. Bookman said the Bar took its pro merit selection position as a way to lessen politics in judicial selections and also find better qualified candidates. The Bar should now turn its attention to addressing problems in judicial elections, he said. “I think what the Bar should do right now — since from my standpoint it is a very critical Bar issue — is to look into the election process, work with the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and discuss potential campaign reform and get the word out in a better fashion to potential judicial candidates about basically what the existing rules are,” he said. “The Florida Bar distributed information concerning how lawyers evaluated the appellate bench, and all of the justices and 18 district court of appeal judges received highly favorable ratings,” Bar President Herman Russomanno said. “The voters reaffirmed the excellent job that the Supreme Court justices and DCA judges are doing in Florida. “The right to vote is the most basic right of American citizenship,” Russomanno added. “The Florida Bar will continue to provide information to the public about judges and continue our efforts to vigorously defend judicial independence.” Russomanno said the Bar will intensify its efforts to provide detailed information to the voters about judicial candidates and inform the public about the qualifications of all candidates. Russomanno noted the ABA House of Delegates recently approved recommen- dations that states create judicial eligibility commissions to determine minimal standards. “The Florida Bar is considering the appointment of a Judicial Election Task Force to study these issues and make recommendations to the Board of Governors,” Russomanno said. “Issues to be discussed would include standards for judges and whether candidates would be rated as qualified or not.” Currently, Russomanno said, Florida’s only requirement for a trial judgeship is admission to the Bar for five years. “The Florida Bar Judicial Election Task Force will study ways to provide the electorate with information about these judicial candidates so voters have the needed information,” he said. Russomanno said the task force will study campaign-finance reform and campaign practices and procedures in addition to minimum standards for pre-qualifications. “The Florida Bar will work with all voluntary bar associations, the public and the legislature to correct any faults in the present system,” Russomanno said. Miami attorney Victor M. Diaz, Jr., chair of Citizens for an Open Judiciary, agreed with Bookman that citizens were not willing to give up their right to directly elect judges and that more needs to be done, both to improve the elective and appointive process. “their record voter turnout and their resounding rejection of these referendums, voters sent a strong message of how much we value the most precious right of any American citizen, which is the right to vote,” said Diaz, who testified at the Bar public hearings against going to pure merit selection. He added he hopes the Bar is willing to work with his and other groups to make changes both to elections and the current merit selection process. Those recommendations include, for the merit selection process, “to adopt mandatory conflict of interest rules, to adopt lobbying restrictions and disclosure requirements, and to increase public awareness and participation in the nondeliberative aspects of the process,” Diaz said. For elections, “It is to move up the filing deadline so incumbent judges can’t be ambushed at the last minute, to raise the qualifications for circuit court judges, to implement partial public financial on a local option basis for judicial elections — which would include caps on spending — and the most rigorous code of campaign ethics in the nation,” Diaz said. He also called on the Bar to use the defeat as a chance to be more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of its members and the public. Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Barbara Eagan agreed the referendums should not be the end of a campaign, but the start of finding other ways to improve the system. She noted that judicial campaigns that attract public disgust have a spillover effect on the perceptions of the legal profession as a whole. FAWL opposed switching to pure merit selection and retention, and Eagan attributed the defeats to the public reluctance to give up the ability to elect judges and perhaps a lack of understanding. “A lot of people thought `Give up your vote’ and voted no,” she said. “I think the public didn’t understand the issue generally.” In the majority of counties, the switch to merit selection was rejected by at least 70 percent of the voters, and in many it topped 80 percent. The highest came in rural Holmes County, where 88.5 percent of the voters rejected appointing their county judge. In no county did 40 percent of the voters support switching to merit selection, although Broward garnered a 39.9 percent “yes” vote. In the 20 circuit referendums, voters were slightly more likely to vote for switching completely to the merit appointments. Only seven of the 20 circuits had more than 70 percent of the voters rejecting merit selection, and none exceeded 80 percent. But, by the same token, only the 17th Circuit (Broward County) exceeded the 40-percent approval mark. Second was the 15th Circuit (Palm Beach County) with 37.4 percent voting “yes”. The Bar printed 500,000 brochures, which were distributed everywhere from voluntary bars to public libraries to civic groups. In addition, the Bar produced a video on merit selection, explaining both sides of the issue and why the Bar was urging support of switching to the appointment process. Around 500 copies of that video were distributed, including to Bar speakers who appeared before various groups, to newspaper editorial boards and television stations, and to voluntary bars. More than 200 Bar members actively spoke on the issues, and the Bar’s speakers bureau arranged around 115 appearances before civic and other groups. Bar representatives, led by Russomanno, also visited several newspaper editorial boards and gave interviews to a variety of newspapers and TV stations on the issues. At least 10 papers around Florida editorially endorsed changing to merit selection for trial judges. The newspapers in Florida also endorsed the retention of all justices and the judges of the district courts of appeal. Merit selection rejected December 1, 2000 Regular Newslast_img

Greater Texas FCU beta tests Apple Watch App

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: WB KingApple Watch, the technology giant’s first new product in five years, and first without Steve Jobs, debuts later this month. As time quickly ticks away to the launch date, a handful of credit unions and their vendors are testing companion banking apps.“The app in the Apple Watch will be almost identical to the app we currently offer for iPhone and tablets,” said Greater Texas Federal Credit Union VP of Marketing Brandy Conway. “Because of that, we felt like it would be a good fit for us to be on the leading edge.”Earlier this year the $557 million CU was contacted by its mobile banking partner, Malauzai. The Austin firm was seeking Apple Watch app beta testers.Danny Piangerelli, Malauzai’s co-founder and CTO, explained that while CU beta testers did not physically interface with the Apple Watch, the firm was invited to Apple headquarters for demonstrations. continue reading »last_img read more

Celtic set to announce Kieran Tierney replacement but Arsenal face Napoli competition for Scot

first_img Phil HaighWednesday 3 Jul 2019 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is heading to Glasgow (Picture: SEPA.Media/Getty Images)‘As for Bolingoli-Mbombo, we are not too far away and he will be another good addition to the squad.‘He gives us competition at left back, he’s strong, athletic and good on the ball.’Sky Sports report that the Bolingoli-Mbombo deal is being done on the premise that Tierney is heading to Arsenal for a fee of around €25m (£22.4m).However, the Gunners are yet to make a bid of that size and if Napoli match or outstrip it, then they could miss out on one of their primary defensive targets.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Celtic striker Chris Sutton suggested Arsenal’s first bid for Tierney was insulting and described it as ‘transfer marker murder’.‘Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him,’ Sutton wrote in the Daily Record. ‘Celtic and Scottish football should also be seeing disrespect in what the Gunners are offering.‘Yet again I’m having the same argument I’ve been having year-on-year since Virgil van Dijk was inexplicably allowed to leave Celtic for a fee of £13m in the summer of 2015.‘Nothing has changed. English clubs believed then they could get away with transfer market murder and they still do.’MORE: Arsenal make contact over Nabil Fekir move but may need to sell Mesut Ozil to sign the FrenchmanMORE: Arsenal enquire about Manchester United target Harry Maguire Comment Celtic set to announce Kieran Tierney replacement but Arsenal face Napoli competition for Scot Kieran Tierney looks certain to leave Celtic this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Celtic are close to announcing the signing of a new left-back, moving Kieran Tierney one step closer to a move away from Glasgow.A £3m deal to bring Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in from Rapid Vienna is expected in the coming days, with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon describing the transfer as ‘not too far away.’This would appear to clear the way for Arsenal to follow up on their initial £15m bid for Kieran Tierney, but the Gunners will have competition from Napoli for his services.The Scottish Sun report that the Italian side are planning to significantly out-bid Arsenal for Tierney this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLennon confirmed that the Scotland international would only be sold for a price the club has set, although he would not confirm that fee.‘We have a price for our player,’ said Lennon. ‘He’s on a long-term contract and we won’t sell him for anything less than we feel is the right price. In terms of where he is mentally, it’s got to be unsettling for him, it’s only natural.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Hertha Berlin appoints Klinsmann head coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Blind collapses during Ajax, Hertha friendly Hertha Berlin, Borussi Dortmund players kneel in tribute to George Floyd Boyata denies kissing teammate Jurgen Klinsmann has been named Hertha Berlin’s new coach on a contract until the end of the 2019-20 campaign, after Ante Covic was relieved of his managerial duties on Wednesday.Hertha sit 15th in the Bundesliga after 12 fixtures, having lost their last four matches, with a 4-0 defeat at Augsburg on Sunday marking their latest setback.Pressure had been mounting on Covic in recent weeks, and it has now been confirmed that he has left the club after just five months in charge.The 44-year-old had spent the last 20 years of his career at the Olympiastadion, both as a player and a manager of the club’s academy side, before accepting the top job at senior level back in July.Hertha’s sporting director Michael Preetz announced the decision to part ways with Covic this morning, stating: “It was an extremely difficult decision for us, because Ante has been part of Hertha BSC for more than 20 years.“He has conducted himself with a lot of passion, expertise and meticulousness ever since he took over as head coach of the first team in the summer.“We regret that it has come to this, but ultimately, in terms of development and recent results, we felt there was a need for action. I would like to thank Ante for his commitment and in time we will talk to him about alternative ways for him to be involved with Hertha BSC.”Covic expressed his disappointment after the decision was made, but admitted that “the club is more important than individuals” and that performances have not been up to the required standard under his stewardship.“The way we’ve been playing recently and the results have led to this decision,” he said. “Since Hertha BSC is not just an employer to me, such a decision hurts, of course.“But I have always said that this club is more important than individuals. I love not only this profession, but I love this club with all my heart.”Klinsmann, 55, was appointed to Hertha’s supervisory board three weeks ago and has now been charged with the task of turning around fortunes at the Olympiastadion.It is the former Germany forward’s first role in his homeland since an ill-fated spell in charge of Bayern Munich in 2008-09.Hertha are due to host Borussia Dortmund in Klinsmann’s first game in charge on Saturday, before taking in a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt the following Friday.Tags: Hertha BerlinJurgen Klinsmannlast_img read more

Masters 2019: A timeline of Tiger Woods’ fall and rise

first_imgWhen Tiger Woods rolled in the winning putt at the Masters on Sunday, it was like reliving a bygone era.It had been 11 years since the American great’s last major triumph and 14 since he previously claimed the famous green jacket at Augusta. There was considerable doubt whether Woods would ever challenge at the highest level again, as he sought to overcome career-threatening back injuries and a slump in form.However, a resurgence in 2018 – which included challenges at The Open and US PGA Championship – raised hopes he could secure a 15th major.That long-awaited success finally arrived on Sunday. Here, we take a look at the timeline of Woods’ dramatic, albeit largely injury-inflicted, fall and rise to becoming a major champion again.September 2013 – Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five titles in 2013. He ended the year as world number one.Congratulations @TigerWoods , our 2013 Player of the Year. He is now an 11th-time Jack Nicklaus Award winner. #pgatour— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 27 September 2013March 2014 – Underwent surgery to treat a pinched nerve and missed that year’s Masters.June 2014 – Returned to play the Quicken Loans National in June but missed the cut. He played The Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship but struggled at all three and ended the year ranked 32nd.February 2015 – After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods announced an “indefinite break” due to poor form, He had recently shot an 11-over-par 82 at the Phoenix Open.April 2015 – Returned to play the Masters and showed signs of promise – finishing tied-17th after going five under par for the tournament.Watch @TigerWoods round in under three minutes. #themasters https://t.co/d3Xac4qhbr— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) 12 April 2015September 2015 – Having missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, the first time he had failed to make the weekend at back-to-back majors, Woods confirmed he had undergone a second major back surgery to correct a pinched nerve.October 2015 – A month later, Woods underwent a follow-up procedure to his previous surgery to help relieve discomfort.September 2016 – Woods filled the role of non-playing vice-captain in the United States’ Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine.December 2016 – After a 15-month absence, Woods finally made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and placed 15th.February 2017 – Having failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open a week previously, Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour ahead of the second round, with his agent citing back spasms.April 2017 – Woods announced he would miss the Masters for a second year running, and later that month he underwent a fourth major surgery to help ease pain in his back and leg.May 2017 – A humiliating mugshot of Woods was released after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods quickly explained the incident was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving at a Palm Beach County courthouse.July 2017 – Woods’ inactivity led to him dropping out of world’s top 1,000.December 2017 – Made his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished tied-ninth, before showing good form at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2018.Great being with my team @BridgestoneGolf . Gearing up for an even better… stronger 2018. #DareToBeBetter pic.twitter.com/R0tcOplyDH— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 6, 2017July 2018 – Finished three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at The Open, having held the lead midway through the final round at Carnoustie.August 2018 – Carded a 64 – his lowest final round in a major – on the last day of the US PGA Championship to claim second place, two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. September 2018 – Woods secured the Tour Championship at East Lake, his long-awaited victory coming after he was named by captain Jim Furyk as a wildcard pick for the US team to face Europe in the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.April 2019  – Fourteen years after winning the Masters for a fourth time, Woods claimed a fifth green jacket and celebrated a 15th major victory, coming from behind to win such a title for the first time.”We did it.” pic.twitter.com/RKgSorDpFr— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019last_img read more

Rhythm Ropers play host to Provincial Skipping Championships

first_imgThe Nelson Rhythm Ropers consistently travel the world in search of competition.This weekend the world, well team from throughout the province, flock to the Heritage City to compete in the 2011 B.C. and Yukon Provincial Skipping Championships.Seven teams from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and South Okanagan will be at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium to compete for the grand prize — a spot in the Canadian National Skipping Championships later this year in Calgary.The festivities begin Friday at the LVR Hangar with the opening ceremonies.The competition heats up Saturday with team events in speed and power trials as well as freestyle group routines.Sunday the provincial competition concludes with individual events with the top eight finishers securing a trip to Cowtown.last_img read more

AMERICAN OAKS STAKES QUOTES

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, FEATHERED, SECOND: “I really didn’t know her, so I watched replays of her races and it looked like she tried hard and never quit in her races and that’s how she ran today. If we could’ve gotten a breather somewhere in the middle of the race, I think maybe we could’ve won today.” -30- HARRY BEDERIAN, PART-OWNER, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “We’ve been partners, Jack and I, almost 20 years.“I didn’t even realize his saddle slipped. We didn’t want to see that! She’s unbelievable. I’ve never had a Grade I winner so I’m still not sure it’s reality, especially when we saw the 4-5 odds on her. As you can see, I’m all sweaty, I was shaking I was so nervous.”NOTES: Today is Baltas’ 54th birthday. The winning owners are Harry Bederian of Lancaster; Harout Kamberian of Northridge; and Hagop Nakkashian of Chatsworth.             RICHARD BALTAS, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: Asked if she was a bit fresh going by the first time: “No, she’s never run down the hill, she’s always been really keen and coming down that hill she might have been a little more. It was a great ride by Brice. He saved ground, she had to earn it and she got it done. Brice has been on her every breeze; he’s gotten to know her really well. She’s not very big but she’s got a big heart and she’s a lovely filly.“It was a pretty big deal when Big Macher won the (Grade I) Bing Crosby (Stakes last July at Del Mar), but I was never favored in the Grade I race like I was today with Spanish Queen. There’s so much pressure, and when you win, there’s a big sigh of congratulations and relief. This is a very special horse and I just got lucky to get her. This is the best birthday present I could ever have.” BRICE BLANC, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “My saddle slipped a little bit and it affected my steering because she was a little aggressive when that happened. The more I pulled on her, the more the saddle moved forward so I was a little . . . I wouldn’t say out of control but I had to give and take a little bit more so it wouldn’t move any further on me. I finally got her to slow down. It shifted forward on me again once I made the lead. I’m tall and she’s little so that made it a little difficult.“She’s just eating up the ground and getting better with every race. She keeps improving and she loves her job. She has started trusting me more so I can do a little more with her. I think she’s learning how to be a good racehorse.“I was loaded on the backstretch. She looks like she’s on the bridle all the time but she does it in a way that she’s actually relaxed; it’s hard to explain. She’s on the bridle but waiting for me to ask her to pick it up. She does it in a way that doesn’t affect her breathing and she does it nicely; that’s why she’s able to accelerate like she does the second part of the race.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

New drive to spark local sports frenzy

first_imgThe Magnificent Fridays drive will rally South Africans to support national sports teams. Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged South Africans to wear national team replica jerseys every Friday. Members of the national netball team that will play in Singapore in July. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communication Arts and Culture +27 12 441 3083 or +27 82 450 5076  RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Proteas pick top World Cup squad • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag Fridays • Flying the South African flagBongani NkosiThe frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the Fifa World Cup in 2010 is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will all do battle in respective world cups during 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. And the same spirit is to grip the land again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Johannesburg recently, and kicked off the actual road show at the city’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India. Magnificent Fridays will augment the Pure Protea drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well.“Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas,” Naidoo added.The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vim and vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.last_img read more

Cape Town prepares for Zuma’s address

first_img14 February 2013The Parliamentary Precinct in Cape Town’s city centre is abuzz with activity ahead of South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.The President is expected to outline government’s priorities for the year and officially open Parliament at 7pm on Thursday.The address will be broadcast live on radio and television as well as streamed live on www.parliament.gov.za.Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has arranged for the address to be broadcast on big screens at a variety of venues in all provinces.Security is being beefed up and media are setting up their booths from where they will broadcast interviews, while parliamentary staff are ensuring the final preparations are wrapped up and that the National Assembly is perfect.The red carpet and platform leading up the National Assembly, where dignitaries will show off their fashion, is being allotted and large screens are being tested.Focus on National Development PlanThe South African Air Force on Tuesday practised the flyover above Parliament, which is scheduled to happen as the President arrives at the steps of the National Assembly.There will also be a national salute by the Ceremonial Guard of the South African National Defence Force and a 21-gun salute.Special State of the Nation Address banners have been erected along the precinct’s roads, many of which will be closed to traffic later today and tomorrow.Some of the invited guests include the country’s top matriculants from last year, businesspeople, diplomats, former President Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele, former Deputy Presidents Baleka Mbete and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former President FW de Klerk and Elita de Klerk, former Chief Justice Pius Langa and former Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Frene Ginwala.In his address, Zuma is not only expected to focus on the National Development Plan, but he will also provide an update on all key programmatic areas, especially the five priorities – education, health, creating decent work, the fight against crime as well as rural development and land reform.He will also outline progress made in the implementation of the New Growth Path, the economic strategy within the NDP.The Presidency has invited members of the public to send their comments on what they would like to see in Zuma’s speech on Facebook at www.facebook.com/presidencyza/ and twitter at @PresidencyZA.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Amazing women celebrated

first_imgIt is a colourful event as guests stream in wearing a wide range of traditional attire in celebration of their heritage and individuality for the Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill on 24 September 2016. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)“If you are a South African and you feel that you want our country to be positive, it is your responsibility,” said Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation.The courtyard at Lonehill’s Fabz Hotel was awash with colour as a crowd of women, wearing the brilliant dresses and headwear that expressed their individual cultures gathered on Heritage Day to honour women who went above and beyond in playing their part to build a better South Africa.It was an opportunity to network and meet like-minded people from various cultures in the hopes of forging long-lasting and enriching relationships.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.Members of the Owami Women collective put forward the names of the women they felt deserved this recognition the most. They received prizes as tokens of appreciation and acknowledgement of their willingness to go the extra mile for the sake of those who needed help.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.THE AWARD WINNERS“Nothing is extraordinary about you except the things that come out of your mouth, except the things that you do with your hands, and your actions. That’s what makes you extraordinary,” said Alice Puoane, the chief financial officer of Brand South Africa.True to her words, this year’s crop of nominees was made up of extraordinary women who were, in their own way, making a positive contribution to society across the country under the pillars of education, skills development, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment.Bongekile Radebe, a nominee, Mandela Washington Fellow and Play Your Part ambassador, was selected for her work in women’s empowerment.“What fuels me to do what I do is (that) often times we hear that we need more women leaders, and women need to take ownership of the economic space,” explained Radebe. “But (the) truth of the matter is, we’ve always had women leaders.”Cindy Ross, an attorney by trade, was nominated for her involvement in the Jala Peo Foundation through which she had affected the lives of many children by using cycling as a means to build character.“We try to teach the children that, if you can survive mountain biking you can survive in life,” Ross explained. “The discipline they put into training on the bike, they should put into life.”Busi Maluleke was nominated for her work with Progress SA. It drives rural development while emphasising education. It also gives people a chance to take part in sports as well as arts and culture.“We’re focusing on the holistic development of the environment, but our core is education,” Maluleke explained.Other nominees included Maselotsha Mphahlele of Dignity Dreams, Khulile Mtetwa of She Cares Women’s Foundation, Vanessa Kruger of the Pieter Kruger Foundation and author Victorine Mbong Shu.“Thank you very much to those (who) decided to give out my name,” said Mtetwa. “Allow me to say thank you to Brand South Africa for thinking about us and remembering that, when women are united together this world will be a better place.”GET INVOLVED“Let it not end with this event,” Puoane said, encouraging the audience to play an active role in developing South African people. “Go ahead and subscribe to Play Your Part, join Owami and influence positive change in your community.“No one will do better things for your community than yourself.”Owami Women encourages people to join its conversation. If you have a story or personal account that you would like to share, visit its contact page and get in touch.You can also have visit the Owami Women Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about Owami and get in touch with Nkuna and partners.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more