Help by sharing this information News July 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 London-based Bahraini opposition satellite TV station Lualua TV jammed RSF_en Lualua TV, a London-based Bahraini opposition satellite TV station, was jammed from the day of its launch onwards despite changing frequency regularly. According to Eutelsat, the jamming was being orchestrated from Bahrain. Created by 15 members of the Bahraini opposition, Lualua TV wanted to broadcast from Bahrain but was repeatedly denied permission. It is still managing to broadcast on the Hotbird satellite. Organisation
FARMINGTON – The director of Franklin Regional Communications Center told commissioners that dispatchers are continuing to report issues with the center’s console, purchased back in 2017.While the equipment’s manufacturer, Zetron, had sent a team of observers to the dispatch center in an attempt to troubleshoot issues with the center’s Zetron MAX console, Communications Director CL Folsom told county commissioners that he believed that it was time to set a “hard date” to get the equipment working correctly. If Zetron couldn’t address the issues, Folsom said, he would recommend the county find another authorized service provider to fix the problem.The Zetron MAX was purchased in March 2017, prior to Folsom’s employment with the county. It replaced a 12-year-old Motorola model at the cost of $166,000, half of which came out of the county’s tax increment financing fund. Over the next several months, dispatchers and first responders grappled with issues relating to audio quality and lost transmissions. The Dispatch Advisory Board, local fire and police chiefs brought their concerns to commissioners and Zetron deployed software fixes in early 2018 that addressed those issues.However, Folsom told commissioners Tuesday, issues have persisted at the dispatch center. According to an email from Folsom on Tuesday, the problems include workstations freezing, requiring resets before working again, non-responsive screens and computer mouses in the middle of calls and emergency tones transmitting independent of dispatcher input. Additionally, patching the console continues to be an issue.Folsom told commissioners that, if Zetron couldn’t get the console working correctly, he wanted to move ahead with another authorized service provider, ideally at the company’s cost. Part of his reasoning, he told commissioners, was that Oxford and Franklin County were the two counties experiencing the console issues. Both counties received service through Zetron.“We’re going on three years now,” Folsom said. “We still haven’t signed off on the product.”Folsom said that he intended to meet with the Dispatch Advisory Board after working with the Zetron team.Commissioners agreed that the problems needed to be addressed, as they represented a public safety issue.In other business, commissioners recommended that William K. Gilmore of Freeman Township be appointed to another four-year term on the Land Use Planning Commission. Gilmore, who currently serves on the LUPC board, was the only applicant for the position.The commissioners make a recommendation to the LUPC; the position is reviewed by the Legislature.
HEYS was launched in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) in October last yearAlmost four months have elapsed and Indigenous youths under the $977 million Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme are yet to be given their stipend.Junior Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Valerie Garrido-Lowe explained that the delay in payment could be attributed to a number of issues, including the fact that it was a new initiative, which would therefore not be void of start-up hiccups. She, however, assured that payments would be made by next week.The beneficiaries are entitled to a monthly stipend of $30,000, but the payment plan stipulates that only $20,000 would be paid and at the end of the yearly programme, recipients would receive the remainder in bulk – $120,000.Exceptional graduates will also receive cash grants of $50,000 to be used as start-up capital for a business of their choice.During an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the Minister explained that the programme was rolling out smoothly with the exception of a few minor obstacles.Cautious not to cast blame on anyone, she indicated that the administrative side of the programme was moving slower than anticipated.“Like all new programmes, this one has had some teething problems so we are behind time on certain matters. It is administrative within the HEYS Department… I don’t want to place blame on anyone so I prefer to say teething problems,” she stated.Garrido-Lowe also reminded that some areas were very remote and this may be a contributing factor in the delay of payments.Some 2000 young adults are benefitting from the HEYS programme which is spread across 106 hinterland communities to date.Six of the programmes, which were launched in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) in October last year, will soon be concluded and the students will graduate.The HEYS programme in other communities will wrap up at varying points next year.The Minister noted that the initiative presented a new opportunity for the young adults to learn a skill and better their chances of gaining employment.
Chelsea’s Under-21 side began their Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Brentford’s Griffin Park.Blues striker Patrick Bamford missed an early chance to open the scoring before testing Eirik Johansen with a rasping 25-yard shot the City keeper did well to keep out.At the other end, Jamal Blackman produced good saves to deny Marco Lopes and Albert Henshall.Bamford, fit again after injury, was replaced by Thorgan Hazard during a second half in which Lucas Piazon went close for Chelsea.A low cross from Hazard then led to City’s Reece Wabara almost scoring a late own goal, before Billy Clifford came within inches of breaking the deadlock.Clifford raced on to Hazard’s clever back-heel and was unlucky to see his delicate chip over Johansen hit the bar.Click here for the Wigan v Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea Under-21 boss hails new set-upChelsea starlet tipped to shine – with help from TorresThorgan Hazard makes loan moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Building activity subdued The slowdown in house price growth runs parallel with the weakening SA economy. GDP growth slowed to 1.3% in the second quarter of 2011, down from 4.5% in the first quarter. The report said that building activity remained subdued, with house price growth likely to follow suit. The value of residential buildings completed (in real terms) for the period January to July 2011 fell by 7.4%, from the corresponding period in 2010. Residential contractors, as surveyed by the Bureau of Economic Research, suffered a fall in business confidence, to 20 index points in quarter three, from 24 index points in the second quarter. Household disposable income Standard Bank’s median house price posted a growth rate of 0.6% in September as compared to the same period last year, down from 1.6% in August. Growth in real terms remains negative. House price growth slowed to a crawl in September according to a report by Standard Bank. This slowdown was mirrored by real household consumption expenditure growth decelerating to 3.8% in the second quarter, down from a robust 5.2% in the first quarter. Growth in total credit extension to households eased to 5.2% in August, from 6.6% in July. Growth in mortgage advances mirrored this decline, registering 1.6% in August, from 3% in July. The bank said that household credit growth remained muted despite a historically low interest rate environment. Sapa Standard Bank said that household consumption was undermined by receding real income growth and the sluggish SA labour market. Growth in household disposable income slowed to 4.1% in the second quarter of this year, down from 5.4% in the first quarter. The combination of household disposable income growth and historically low nominal interest rates has contributed to the slight improvement in the ratio of household debt to disposable income, to 75.9% in the second quarter of the year, from 76.8% in the first. 13 October 2011 However, households continue to carry a sizeable debt burden, with the household debt to income ratio in the second quarter not significantly different from its 2008 peak of 82%.
9 July 2012The introduction of electronic visas would serve both to grow tourism volumes and to create new job opportunities in Africa, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Sunday.“There are opportunities to accelerate the creation of regional visa schemes,” Van Schalkwyk said at the opening of the 2012 Routes Africa Conference in the Seychelles.“This would allow our international visitors and intra-African travellers to move more freely and efficiently, to the benefit of our continent.”E-visas are currently only offered by a few countries, such as Australia, the United States, Bahrain and India. The process of applying for an e-visa involves completing the visa application form online, on a secure website.The development of secure electronic transactions integrated into a website’s payment system has made electronic commerce an increasingly popular option; it involves a “secure electronic transaction” (SET), which makes use of several layers of encryption to protect sensitive information.E-visas are being introduced by more countries around the world as a convenient way to apply to visit that country because it is not necessary to visit the country’s consulate in person.Van Schalkwyk said the continent had a long way to go to capitalise on its unique attractions and cultural diversity, but that visa barriers still needed to be overcome. Making use of technology would help in developing high security measures while creating efficient travelling.“The bureaucracy and costs involved in applying for and issuing visas are a major impediment to foreigners wishing to visit our shores, and to our own people who travel on our continent,” he said.Another barrier, he said, was old air connectivity models. “They inhibit growth and only serve to keep our destinations dependent on air arrivals from economically hard- pressed traditional source markets.“We need a long-term plan to create an intra-continental air transport architecture that facilitates intra-African travel and trade, including tourism,” Van Schalkwyk explained.New-model lower cost airlines that could cater for market segments that are currently underserved were also needed on the continent.The African continent is on the verge of an unprecedented tourism boom over the next two decades. “In a mere three years from now, there will be just over 50 African cities with populations exceeding three million,” he said.SANews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
The 861-kilometre Sishen-Saldanha heavy freight railway line, also known as the Ore Export Line, links the Sishen iron ore mine in the Northern Cape to Saldanha Bay. South Africa’s new infrastructure investment drive will improve cross-border trade with its neighbours and help further integrate the regional economy. (Image: Brand South Africa. Click for a larger view.) • Manusha Pillai Communications manager Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 [email protected] • Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan • Strong showing in global competitiveness • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward pathNdaba DlaminiSouth Africa is actively involved in the economic integration and development of Africa, building much-needed regional infrastructure, promoting the continent’s interests on the global stage, and forming partnerships and free trade agreements with several countries, particularly members of the Southern African Development Community.In 2013, the South African government announced a R827-billion push over three years to build and upgrade infrastructure. This will be spent not only on the schools, hospitals, houses, roads and electricity supply needed for better quality of life and faster economic growth, but also on infrastructure to improve the efficiency of regional trade.Some R400-billion of the funds will go to building power stations and rolling out new electricity transmission lines, as well as new railways, ports and pipelines, as well as water-transfer schemes and airport upgrades. This spend will position the country as a base for continent-wide investment.Infrastructure upgrades also allow South Africa to join other African countries in mutually beneficial projects, unlocking long-term socioeconomic gains for the region. Transport, water and energy projects will provide competitively priced and diversified short-, medium- and long-term advantages for the regional economy. Mozambique’s flagship Cesul electricity transmission project will feed into the Southern African power pool, providing cheap and clean power in the short term. The Grand Inga Dam hydroelectric project, on the other hand, will provide huge benefit to the subcontinent over the long term.Tripartite free tradeThese and other infrastructure projects complement plans to establish a massively enlarged free trade area encompassing 600-million people in 26 countries – roughly half of the member states of the African Union.With a combined gross domestic product of some US$1-trillion, the Tripartite Free Trade Area is likely to boost trade efficiency in southern, central and east Africa when it launches later this year. The aim is improved intra-regional trade, increased investment, and the development of cross-regional infrastructure.African common markets and free trade areas When it comes into effect in June, the tripartite agreement will unite Comesa, EAC and SADC.Better trade across bordersIn 2013 South Africa’s global rank for trading across borders improved by nine points – from 115 in 2012 to 106 – according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Index. The trading across borders score is determined by measuring the time and cost (excluding tariffs) spent on exporting and importing a standardised cargo of goods by sea transport. It specifically measures of the number of documents, cost and time required to export and import goods.Also in 2013, the national treasury proposed a new strategy to make it easier for South African companies to do business elsewhere on the continent. The proposal, included in the 2013 Budget Review under the heading “Gateway to Africa and other reforms”, aims to boost local tax revenue, dividends, competitiveness and jobs, while supporting economic growth and regional integration.Africa accounts for about 18% of South Africa’s total exports, and nearly a quarter of the country’s manufactured exports. In the past five years the South African Reserve Bank has approved nearly 1 000 large investments in 36 African countries.Bringing Africa into BricsIn March, South Africa will take the African developmental agenda to the summit of Brics nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Revitalising manufacturing, for example, is a core component of both South Africa’s and the larger continent’s economic development plans.South Africa is a major investor in Africa and, for many, a springboard into the rest of the continent. Its large investment footprint in Africa enhances its position and allows it to bring African interests into the Brics fold. South Africa is the biggest investor in the sub-Saharan region, with its economic structure and geographical proximity giving it an advantage over other countries when it comes to investing there.As the Brics countries have begun playing an increasingly prominent role in global trade, investment, finance and governance in recent years, so their cooperation with Africa has gained momentum and generated much interest. Africa has deepened its engagement with them, not only in trade, investment and development finance, but also in diplomatic and cultural relations.Regional cooperation agreementsSouth Africa’s membership of regional organisations also allows it to promote African development and integration. These include the Southern African Customs Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.The Southern African Customs Union is a trade agreement between South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. It aims to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods, promote fair competition, and equitably share customs and excise revenue raised by it member sates.The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) main aim is to consolidate the region’s free trade agreement. It works to fully implement the agreement and bring all SADC states into it, as well as facilitate trade, remove non-tariff barriers to trade, and harmonise regional standards, technical regulations, customs documentation and procedures.Finally, South Africa’s investment and trade foray into Africa has, since 2001, been spurred by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or Nepad. This is an undertaking by African leaders to eliminate poor governance, corruption and conﬂicts in their countries in return for increased aid, private investment and a reduction of trade barriers by developed nations.
Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”
46 DUI arrests on New Years’ weekend, fatalities down this year Posted: January 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In final statistics released by the California Highway Patrol for the New Year’s holiday from 6 p.m. Friday to noon today, driving-under-the-influence arrests and traffic fatalities were both down countywide compared to a year ago.Fatalities were down statewide, but DUI arrests were up. There were 936 DUI arrests statewide in 2017 compared with 1,053 in 2018. There were 40 fatalities reported in California in 2017, seven more than the 33 reported in 2018.In San Diego County, there were 59 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend last year compared to 46 this year. Fatalities dipped from six in 2017 to four in 2018.DUI arrest figures represent only those made by CHP officers. Fatality figures were reported from all law enforcement agencies.Of 29 vehicle occupants killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction this year, 14 victims were not wearing seat belts, the CHP said.There were also two pedestrians killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction over the holiday weekend. The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways, and on all unincorporated roads. January 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom