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Special courts ready for World Cup


first_img27 May 2010People who disregard South Africa’s laws during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will be “red-carded” by the law, with 54 special courts set up around the country to handle World Cup-related cases speedily.Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel told BuaNews that the 54 special courts, set up by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, were prepared for whatever the event threw their way.“The courts are ready,” he said in Pretoria this week. “A large number of acting magistrates were appointed this week, and practice runs have taken place at these courts.”Nel warned that the courts would not hesitate to deal with criminals during the soccer tournament: “Any hooligans or criminals who try their luck during the World Cup will also feel something – the red card of the law,” he said.Countrywide courts, two shiftsThe special courts – 34 at district courtrooms and 20 in regional courts – have been set up throughout the country. Most are expected to open on Friday, 28 May and will hear cases until 25 July.There will be seven courtrooms in Limpopo province, four in Mpumalanga, seven in the Eastern Cape, three in KwaZulu-Natal and two in the Western Cape. The North West province will get four special courtrooms, the Free State three and the Northern Cape two. Gauteng province will have the most number of courtrooms – 22 in total.To ensure that cases are dealt with speedily, the courts will operate on two shifts – a day shift from 7.45am to 4.30pm and a night shift from 4.30pm to 11pm.Constitutional obligationThe department said it had a constitutional obligation to ensure that the rights of all people within the borders of South Africa were protected.“In the furtherance of this constitutional mandate, the department is putting extraordinary measures in place to ensure that the cases involving the multitude of soccer fans and participating teams who will be coming from all corners of the world for the World spectacle are fast-tracked,” the department said.The South African Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority, Legal Aid South Africa and the Judiciary are all involved in the Administration of Justice Plan, which will be implemented to deal with crimes associated with the World Cup.Avoiding disruptionThe dedicated courts would also avoid disruption to the normal judicial services for South African citizens, the department said.“These court rooms will deal with all 2010 Fifa World Cup-related cases. These dedicated court rooms are in courts which are mainly in host cities and located closer to the stadiums and ports of entry,” the department added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


The Lure Of Broadcasting Our Politics On Social Media


first_imgAfter months off the Facebook wagon, I tentatively took a step back on this week. There were a few friends that I struggled to keep up with offline, and I wanted more contact with them. What I didn’t want was a constant barrage of politics. Maybe I just chose a bad week to get back on Facebook. After all, what with the Supreme Court’s momentous ruling on same-sex marriage, there was bound to be virtual cheering and fist-pumping on one side, or anguished hand-wringing on the other. And for good reason: it’s a big deal that affects us all.Yet even for these high-profile issues that deeply matter, many of us don’t want to have a friendly place to mingle turned into London’s Speakers’ Corner, with friends and family broadsiding us with politics.And why do we think that a Facebook or Twitter post is the right way to communicate our personal views to the world, anyway?Think about it. When was the last time you started a conversation with a friend or co-worker by shoving a picket sign into their face? Or, really, when was the last time you started a conversation with a political statement at all? At least since the golden age of the French salon, politics and religion have been excluded from polite conversation. Yet on Facebook and Twitter they’re front and center.Why?Politicking To Bolster Self-EsteemAccording to research by professors Keith Wilcox and Andrew Stephen, “people present a positive self-view to others,” which in turn causes them to feel good about ourselves and decreases our self-restraint. We’re all familiar with this as it pertains to our pictures of perfectly assembled meals (“Look at the food I get to eat!”, our selfies in front of famous tourist attractions (“I live a glamorous life of travel!”) and nights out on the town (“My life is so fun!”). As much as we dread seeing others show us their highlight reels, we do it ourselves.But how does this apply to our political posts? Following this same research, posting political statements may be a way of telling friends and followers “I’m enlightened.” We want people to see that we’re on the right side of a particular discussion, which is easy on Facebook, in particular, because we tend to congregate with like-minded people and get positive reinforcement in the form of “likes” and “attaboy/girl” comments.Indeed, this may contribute to helping us feel less lonely, as another study found. In this University of Arizona study, the mere act of posting to social networks—even absent any feedback in the form of comments or likes—led to an increased sense of well-being. Perhaps telling the world our political beliefs makes us feel engaged and in partnership with other like-minded people who surely must be out there, reading our posts.The irony is that while such rewards apparently motivate our online politicking, we generally aren’t convinced by others’  political screeds. We either nod our heads in agreement with like-minded individuals or dig in our heels against conflicting opinions. Or, in my case, we’re turned off both by those with whom we generally agree and disagree.Yet this doesn’t seem to inhibit the ego-boost and sense of well-being we get from raising our own virtual pickets.Can I Turn This Thing Off?Whatever our motivations for foisting our opinions on others, is there a good way to avoid others’ political posts? After all, as much as I’d like to simply unfriend or unfollow friends and family who persist in telling me how they feel about genetically modified salmon or President [insert your least favorite president here], that’s not always possible. After all, I love my mom.During the election season, when political sloganeering reached fever pitch, Jason Perlow (who posts far too much about food but nothing about politics) walked through how to use Social Fixer to cut down on political clutter. I’ve found that it works well, though only for Facebook. Also, it requires constant feeding to weed out the latest social or political cause your friends now want to share at you. Still, it’s a good start.Civil Discourse For A Civil SocietyUnfortunately, that’s all it is. Because let’s face it: until people stop broadcasting their political beliefs, no filter is going to perfectly block them. Kind of like spam in our email inboxes.Hence, maybe the best we can do is to take care that the next time we want to tell the world why they should vote for X, or care about Y, we remember just how ineffective it is when others yell their beliefs at us, and forbear. If we absolutely must share our opinion, try one-on-one. It’s amazing how much higher the quality of our communication becomes when done in-person. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Facebook#politics#social media#twitter Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Matt Asay Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


A Choice of Two Stories


first_imgTwo people can have the same experience and interpret it differently. Each of the stories they tell themselves and others about their experience can be wildly different, even if the general facts are indistinguishable. They are choosing between two frames, and the results that naturally follow.The Circumstances of Your BirthTwo people could have shared similar circumstances of birth, little money or means, lousy neighborhood, and difficult family situations. For one person, this story is the reason they can’t be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. For the other, that same story is the source of their motivation.One person struggled to finish high school and had a single year of high school and now tells themselves and others this story to explain why they struggle now. Another tells the story about how hard they worked to gain the skills and experience necessary to build the life they want—putting themselves through college while working.What It Means to YouIt’s possible you might tell yourself and others the story about some circumstance that surely must prevent and preclude you from being something more, doing something more, having something more, or contributing something more, but the evidence against this idea is stacked so high it blocks out the Sun. There are people who right now who have framed the story different from you, whether it’s the story you tell about your beginning, the story you tell about what went wrong, or the one about the person or persons who prevent your success or happiness.Two days ago, David drove me to the airport in Tampa. I was not quite capable of identifying the place of his birth, and when I asked, he said: “I am from Cuba.” I followed by asking him how he got here, and he replied: “The same way everyone else from Cuba did, on a raft. I was scared.” The circumstances of his birth located him 90 miles or so away from Florida in the wrong direction. David is 61 years old and made that journey only ten years ago. He said, “They start washing your brain in grade school. They tell you the United States is the reason Cuba has so much trouble. I lived on $25 a month there and owned nothing, and now I own a house, I own this car, my third, and I send money back to help my family. America is the greatest country in the world, but you don’t appreciate it.”What courage it must take to float across 90 miles of the Atlantic Ocean with no certainty you will make it or be allowed to stay. What I know for sure is that the story you tell yourself and others is true for you—even if someone else shares the same facts and tells a very different story.Something is the reason you can’t, or it is the reason you must, and you are the only one who determines which of those is true for you. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more


No pressure for Raqraquin, San Beda ahead of NCAA finals


first_imgRead Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Determined to make up for miscue, Kiefer Ravena rescues NLEX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Skipper Cesca Raqraquin said Friday they don’t feel the pressure ahead of their first crack at the title, even if they are going up against two-time champion Arellano.“There’s no pressure on our part, because we’re the challengers,” said Raqraquin in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “The pressure will be on them [the Lady Chiefs] because they want to go for the back-to-back titles.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Red Spikers advanced to the Finals with a commanding three-set win over University of Perpetual Help, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, in the Final Four.San Beda didn’t even need to use its twice-to-beat advantage, a perk given to the Lady Red Spikers as the no.2 team in the league after finishing with an 8-1 record and 21 points. San Beda will head into its first championship series in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, but the magnitude of the event hasn’t dimished the confidence of the first-timers.ADVERTISEMENT Raqraquin said they just have to think about themselves play their own game, instead of thinking of the magnitude of the championship series.“We’ll just have to play our own game and focus on ourselves,” said Raqraquin who had nine points in the game against the Lady Altas. “We just have to be relaxed and God will guide us through.” Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Baseballs Kids Are All Right


When Derek Jeter retired last year, the pundits puzzled over who would be the next “Face of Baseball.” Jeter was the guy on the Wheaties box, after all. And more broadly, Jeter’s retirement seemed to close one era of baseball and open another. Without an elder statesman, the game belonged to the kids. But would there be enough excellent, prodigious young players to replace Jeter’s cohort? We already have an answer: The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement1FanGraphs’ version.). For example, the age of an MVP-type player counts for roughly eight2Here, I am contrasting an average MVP-level of performance — about 8 WAR — with a below-average player’s performance — about 1 WAR. times as much as a below-average scrub because he’s eight times better according to WAR. So, if the MVP is young, he’ll pull the weighted average down toward him. By weighting the ages in this way, we get a sense for where in MLB the production comes from — specifically, whether it arises from the grizzled veterans or the youngsters.The youngsters are winning.Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has consistently fallen, hitting its low point (of 27.76) this year. This graph tells us that in recent years, more of the positive value in the league has been coming from younger players.The twin faces of the youth movement are undoubtedly Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, still only 22 and 23, respectively. Despite the best efforts of opposing pitchers, Trout is performing at his now-routine MVP level. Harper seems to have finally discovered consistent success with an overwhelming power stroke. But Harper and Trout have been joined by a generation of super-prospects who are outperforming even the loftiest expectations. Kris Bryant is the most obvious, but others include Joc Pederson, Carlos Correa, Mookie Betts and Addison Russell.There are several ways that baseball’s production could be getting younger, but it turns out that there are two straightforward explanations. One is that the oldest players have become less productive. The second is that the youngest players are on pace to create a tremendous amount of value.Let’s start with the veterans. Players ages 333Roughly the oldest 15 percent of players in MLB. and up have produced only 24 WAR so far this year, on pace for the second-lowest total of the past 25 years. Over a full year, that prorates to 54.8 WAR, which is less than half the total achieved by the equivalent group of players around the turn of the millennium.It’s not clear what is driving older position players down. One possibility is that new pace-of-play rules are making it harder for older hitters to make use of their experience. On the other hand, older position players seem to be getting worse not only at hitting, but also with the glove — and even on the base paths.There could be a connection between the fluctuating pattern of production by older players and the steroid era. Certainly, some of the confirmed steroid users managed to be productive well into their 30s, suggesting that steroids might confer their beneficial effects especially upon older hitters. But in the absence of data on who used what steroids when and how, it’s difficult to pursue this idea beyond a hypothesis. Regardless of the cause, it looks as though the current trend of age and production is more of a return to the norm of the early 1990s than a novelty.At the same time, we are witnessing a historic youth movement. Just as the very old players have gotten worse, the youngest have become much better. Players 24 and younger4Roughly the youngest 15 percent of players in MLB. have produced 48.7 WAR this year, which puts them on pace for about 110 WAR in a full year. If it holds, that would be the most WAR put up by this age group since 2007.That year saw a generation of future stars cement their place in the league. David Wright, at that time 24, had his best season, an MVP-caliber effort. Wright was joined by a host of talent, from Troy Tulowitzki to Jose Reyes to Miguel Cabrera. In total, 13 young hitters put up WAR values greater than 4, in the neighborhood of All-Star-level performance. Many of those players, and even some of the tier below them, have gone on to become superstars.Young players have traditionally relied upon their defense to build their value, and this year is no exception. The 24 and under group typically performs anywhere from 100 to 500 runs below average on offense but makes up for it to some extent with 100 to 200 runs from their defense.5I am also including the FanGraphs positional adjustment here. Less than halfway through this season’s games, young position players have been worth 93 runs defensively. Prorated to a full season, this would be the best defensive performance for that age group since 2001, when the overall value of the youngsters was near its low point.Except today’s kids can do something those 2001 ones couldn’t: rake. With an average mark of 94.6, young hitters are putting up the best Weighted Runs Created+ (wRC+) since that marvelous 2007 class (which was at 99.2). The average wRC+ is set at 100, so the young players are adding decent hitting to their superlative defense. Much of the hitting stems from a power surge: The young hitters are racking up a slugging percentage of .400, slightly better than the league average of .397.6Relative to the league average, this is the second-best number in the past 25 years (second, of course, to 2007).The young players are even providing value with their baserunning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, 24, leads the way, but the group is already up to 27.1 runs of baserunning value (Hamilton alone is responsible for nearly a third of this number). If it holds over a full season, that will be the best mark since 1990.Some of these statistics will not hold up over the length of a full season because of injuries or regression to the mean, of course. And many of the averages will be distorted by September call-ups. But two-thirds of the total WAR in this year’s young group comes from the 10 best players, all of whom are firmly ensconced in starting roles.A wave of young talent has arrived, just as the old veterans are fading into irrelevancy. Whether your preference is for Nolan Arenado’s slick glove work, Harper’s absurd power or Bryant’s eyes, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of future superstars. read more


Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 26 2017


Oh, and don’t forgetA UNC player lost a video game an broke his hand, as your Duke fan friend probably already texted to you. Things That Caught My EyeThe Most Improved Player has really improvedWith an average of 36.8 points in the first four games of the season, Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks sure as heck looks like an MVP contender this year. The kid is only 22 years old and is hot off last year’s Most Improved Player award. [FiveThirtyEight]They say there are Angelenos still sitting in post-game traffic to this very dayIt was an 11-inning absurdity Wednesday night in L.A., with a win probabilty chart that causes bona fide whiplash just looking at it. Houston notched their first-ever franchise World Series win in what will go down as an ultimate case study in both why the east coast hates extra innings and also how to perfectly mismanage a bullpen: The Dodgers used nine pitchers in Game 2 after pulling Rich Hill despite throwing just four excellent innings. [FiveThirtyEight]Irish not in control of own destiny, per usualNotre Dame is 6-1 this year, but despite that record and the strong chance that a one-loss team will make the College Football Playoff, they’re still only an 11 percent chance to make the postseason. Indeed, even if they win out — they have a 21 percent chance of doing so — their destiny is still in the hands of others since they won’t have a conference title to bring up in their bid to get in over other one-loss teams. [FiveThirtyEight]32nd time is the charmPenn State (No. 2) faces Ohio (No. 6) this weekend in what will be the biggest Big Ten game of the entire year. It’s a pretty solid rivalry: They’ve played 31 times in the AP ranking era, and 30 of those times one of the two teams was ranked. FiveThirtyEight has Ohio State as the favorite here, with a 61 percent chance to win in Columbus. An Ohio State win would decimate Penn State’s chances of winning the conference and more than halve their chances of making the playoff. A Penn State win, probabilistically speaking, basically ends Ohio State’s season and gives the Nittany Lions a 69 percent chance of making the playoffs. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Golden Knights: pretty good!The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a terrific start, sitting atop the Western Conference at 6-1. By all appearances, Vegas has some of the best talent of any expansion team in NHL history back 1991. The average expansion team since then has put up 57 points in its first season, which is awful: Only four normal teams in the past four seasons did that. [FiveThirtyEight]The return of the kingRoberto Aguayo is a kicker who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Bucs. Read that sentence again. Kicker, second round, Bucs. Remember that insanity? Anyway, his NFL debut was not up to second-round drafted Bucs kicker standards apparently and he was cut on national television in a preseason game. Well he’s back, and with no more ridiculous expectations to live up to on the Panthers’ practice squad. I see a winner there. [NFL.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number8 home runsIn a new World Series record, there were eight home runs in Game 2. “Obviously, the balls are juiced,” said Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and most stats nerds everywhere and also anyone with eyes. [CBS Sports, FiveThirtyEight, FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, FiveThirtyEight, Seriously there’s a lot of evidence for this on FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: emily:women’s hockey Canada v USA is in boston tonight at BU with a great crowd 🏒 🏒 🏒daniel.levitt:you should really help me write a hockey story as I know v. little. We could maybe do one about the #goleafsgoemily:also Canada won! both teams getting in their groove for the olympics, USA took the first game of what could be 8 games between the two (if you consider 2 possible Four Nations tournament games on top of 6 The Time Is Now tour friendlys), announcers were mentioning some stats of just how many times the two have met and how often they’ve been in Worlds/Olympics finals together. Wonder where they fall on the Big Rivalry list.daniel.levittSo Emily’s writing and editing? Sounds good.emily:(also small hockey update: I did make http://isadammcquaidhealthy.com/)[Check out IsAdamMcQuaidHealthy.com for all your “Is Adam McQuaid healthy?” questions!]Predictions MLB NFL See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more


Tamika Handfield encourages TCI to eat healthy


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvideciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – Now that summer almost is here residence of the Turks and Caicos Islands are being encouraged to continue leading a healthier lifestyle and eat healthy.Nutritionists Tamika Handfield, CEO of Nutrition in Demand said this is great time for people to take advantage of the summer weather and pull out that grill. One food mostly encouraged to eat this summer is fish.Ms. Handfield said according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is recommended person eat two servings of fish per week.  This will not only help improve your memory but also lower blood pressure.  She also said by eating healthier your brain and heart will thank you for it.  Nutrition in Demand is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness to health and healthy eating.Next time, we tell you how Dance with Cinderella went, it was held over the weekend and is a major fundraiser for Nutrition in demand. Related Items:last_img read more


Rescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego


first_imgRescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego January 26, 2018 Posted: January 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A rescued, endangered olive ridley sea turtle was flown into San Diego Friday afternoon after it was found stranded on an Oregon beach last October.Coral was transported to San Diego by the U.S. Coast Guard and she’ll be receiving long-term rehabilitative care at SeaWorld. Since her rescue more than three months ago, Coral has been provided expert critical care by the Seattle Aquarium.The mature female sea turtle was flown on a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island) where she was received by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and taken to the park’s Animal Health and Rescue Center where she will continue her rehabilitation.Coral weighs about 75 pounds and is estimated to be between 18 and 25 years old. She was found stranded Oct. 20, 2017 by a member of the public on a beach near Salishan on the Oregon coast.When rescued, she was emaciated, weak and suffering from hypothermia. She was transported to the Seattle Aquarium, Washington state’s only sea turtle rehabilitation facility, arriving in critical condition.  The Aquarium’s zoological staff immediately began lifesaving medical treatment including addressing serious bacterial infections.Over the past three months, Coral has been gradually recovering and is ready to begin her next phase of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego.  It is hoped that she can be returned to the ocean in late summer or early fall when the ocean temperature off the Southern California coast is stable around 70 degrees. Olive ridley turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. They are found throughout the Pacific Ocean, although they mostly occur in the tropical and subtropical areas.They generally venture no further north than Southern California on the eastern Pacific coast, but they do occasionally occur in temperate regions including the relatively cold waters of Oregon and Washington coasts. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 5:16 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SeaWorld San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Tradeshows Post Moderate Growth in 2014


first_img “We are optimistic for the performance of the industry overall this year. Economic and job growth should continue to drive expansion in exhibitions,” says Allen Shaw, CEIR economist and chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. The tradeshow industry continued its steady recovery following the market collapse in the late 2000s, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). The CEIR Index, a composite figure that accounts for net square footage (NSF), number of exhibitors, attendance and revenue of all major U.S. tradeshows, was up 1.8 percent last year. While the growth is slightly off the projected 2.0-percent return, it marks the fourth-consecutive year of positive gains. The group is forecasting continued improvement over the next three years, as well. Projections show 2.8-percent growth this year, followed by 2.4- and 2.0-percent gains in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Market-by-market performance varied considerably in 2014. Up 5.2 percent, financial, legal and real estate shows were at the top of the industry, followed by building, construction, home and repair (5.1 percent) and food (4.4 percent). Education (-3.0 percent), machinery and finished business outputs (-1.0 percent) were at the opposite end of the spectrum.last_img read more