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Stability returns to South Africa

Stability returns to South Africa

first_img18 May 2015Stability has returned to South African and further loss of life following recent xenophobic violence has been prevented, says Jeff Radebe, the minister for performance, monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency.He was satisfied with the work of the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on migration to stabilise the country. It has been just over a month violence broke out in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.“The work of the IMC in dealing with all the underlying causes of the tensions between communities and foreign nationals, and the prompt activation of the Natjoints [National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure], as well as the deployment of the security forces to volatile areas, has served as a strong deterrent to potential perpetrators,” Radebe said yesterday.Speaking about the progress of the work done by the IMC, he said security agencies continued to work around the clock to protect foreign nationals and South African citizens against any attacks.“We are maintaining law and order around the country. We believe the attacks against foreign nationals have been stopped because of the work done by [the] government and civil society organisations in mobilising communities to denounce the violence, and ensure peace and harmony among all who reside in our country.”Arrests madeA total of 3 914 people were arrested for various crimes during an operation aimed at addressing security challenges across the country. “It needs to be noted that while 1 650 undocumented migrants were arrested, 2 264 South African citizens were arrested in connection with various crimes.”Those arrested were held for crimes such as human trafficking, possession of explosives, drug possession, murder, robbery, rape as well as the possession of illegal firearms, housebreaking, and theft as part of Operation Fiela-Reclaim, he said.Operation Fiela is a multidisciplinary operation by various state entities to stop crime. It deals with illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities.“As a country, we are concerned about the safety and well-being of all those who live and work here and we want to ensure that both South Africans and the foreign nationals who live in our midst, are and feel safe,” Radebe said.He reiterated that the operation was not targeting law-abiding citizens or law- abiding foreign nationals. “The government will never authorise actions that are contrary to our Constitution and the laws of the country.”Hijacked buildingsThe operations were intelligence driven and would continue to target areas, buildings and spaces which were known to be frequented by criminals. In the next weeks and months, the government would accelerate its efforts to take back public buildings that had been hijacked either by foreign nationals or South Africans.Efforts would also be made, he said, “to rid townships and villages of drugs” such as nyaope, wunga and tik. “We are determined to take back the communities from criminals and to re-assert the authority of the state.”The IMC would continue working to deal with the underlying socio-economic issues that prompted the tensions between South Africans and foreign nationals.“Issues of migration management have been the sole responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs. As we move forward, we will be including all of government in developing a new integrated migration policy to address our challenges in a collaborative and integrated manner,” Radebe said.Stakeholders such as civil society and foreign national organisations would participate in managing migration.The government welcomed the skills that foreign nationals brought and the contribution they made to the economy, the minister said. “We are, however, concerned about those, both South African and foreigners, who illegally run businesses that are in some cases unlicensed, as well as those who engage in collusion, evade taxes, import counterfeit goods and conduct illegal business practices to the detriment of our economy.”As part of Operation Fiela, the government would ensure that informal businesses were properly licensed and local government by-laws were effectively implemented.In addition, Radebe said 5 645 people had been repatriated voluntarily. “The Department of Social Development continues to work closely with other relevant departments, as well as civil society organisations, to provide support to displaced foreign nationals.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 10, 2018

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 10, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the near-term forecast through the rest of this week, but this morning we are keeping an eye on a couple of new wrinkles for the weekend, and next week. These wrinkles are hinting at some better precipitation chances and totals, but we are not changing our forecast just yet. As always, we are looking for a couple more data points to confirm the need to change, so stay tuned.Today looks very similar to yesterday, meaning we are dry in nearly every part of the state. There may be some heat-based instability and cloud cover in west central or southwest Ohio that can trigger a very isolated shower or two, but it is not enough to really be concerned about at all…just pay attention in those areas this afternoon. Dry weather holds tomorrow through Friday, and temps remain warm. Highs today through Friday to be in the mid to upper 80s statewide,  with a few places making a run at 90. Those temperature ranges are generally 2-5 degrees above normal. Humidity values will stay low today and tomorrow but may start to build later this week. The map at right shows rain potential through Friday.For the weekend, we are keeping our forecast dry. But, this is where wrinkle number 1 comes in. We have a disturbance moving over the great lakes for the weekend. Some models are trying to sweep a little moisture out of this system farther south into northern Indiana through the day Saturday, and late in the day into NW Ohio. . It’s not so much that the track is changing, but more that these models are trying to project a less compact circulation. If moisture were to develop, it would likely stay north of US 30, meaning at least 2/3 of the state sees nothing anyway. The best chances would be later Saturday and Saturday night.  But to be clear, we are not putting more moisture in our forecast at this time, but this will be a feature we look closely at the next two days. Sunday is dry, but humid in our forecast, and that pattern holds into Monday.Our next threat of moisture is still on track to develop Monday night through Wednesday morning. Moisture remains in a .25″-1″ range for the day and a half to 2 day period, coverage around 70%. However, this is where we encounter wrinkle number 2. Models are suggesting we see another surge of moisture and energy Wednesday that lasts into Thursday. This surge would not only bring more rain but could ultimately lead to a strong thunderstorm outbreak statewide on Thursday. While this is at the end of the 10-day window, it would make sense, given the building of warm air over the region up to that point. If our cold front strengthens, thunderstorms would be a potential offshoot. Much like our discussion of wrinkle number one, we are not changing the forecast right now, but giving a heads up as to some potential future moves, if data starts to swing toward this solution. For now, we have rain leaving Wednesday by mid-morning, and sunshine back for Thursday. But, we will update you tomorrow morning.In the 11-16 day window, we move on with more of a basically dry forecast pattern. Strong surface high pressure settles in over the eastern corn belt and controls the flow through at least the 22nd. There is a front looking to sag into the state around the 23rd and 24th, near the end of the extended period. As we alluded to yesterday, if that front holds together, it has potential to bring half to 1” of rain. But, confidence remains low at this point.last_img read more

If LeBron is Any Indication, Twitter Sponsored Trends Work

If LeBron is Any Indication, Twitter Sponsored Trends Work

first_imgUpdated: We’ve added a new chart at the bottom of the post. Last month, Twitter started promoting ad keywords in its “trending topics” list. With this system, users are brought to a search results page, where the page is topped by a promoted Tweet. But does it work is the question. The answer seems to be yes. Today the National Basketball Association purchased “LeBron James” as a trending topic. Discussion on Mr. James has increased markedly since then. Since the topic has been purchased it has gone from 500 Tweets per hour to 3,000 and rising. Below you’ll see a chart tracking mentions on Twitter of the terms NBA and LeBron James, before and after the ad placement went into effect. The chart comes from Seattle startup Rowfeeder. Rowfeeder’s Adam Schoenfeld posted it on Twitter this afternoon.Knowing whether the purchase was a wise one will require time. If the purchased topic keeps trending, it may indicate a safe bet for future advertisers. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#advertising#twitter#web center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification curt hopkinslast_img read more

To beard or not to beard

To beard or not to beard

first_imgThe NSAC didn’t have a specific ruling on beards and instead let its representatives decide whether they give undue advantage to a fighter.Judging by its thickness and volume, maybe Broner will benefit from chopping the beard off—it could help lower his weight, which continues to be an issue here.And there’s a general consensus that Broner’s weight woes is the reason why he has been cranky, throwing tantrums all week long.His camp has refused to say how close the 29-year-old Broner is to meeting the 147-pound weight limit for the WBA welterweight clash on Saturday at MGM Grand.But talk has continued to resurface with both fighters tipping the scales on Friday afternoon at the hotel’s Garden Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Maybe trimming off that thick beard will do the trick.Broner’s rich facial hair caused quite a ruckus during a press conference for undercard fighters at MGM Grand on Thursday, but not as much as whispers that the challenger may still be facing weight issues going into the official weigh-in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao’s top aide, Joe Ramos, revealed that the Filipino champion’s corner will seek an opinion from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on whether or not Broner should shave off his beard for the fight.But, Ramos pointed out it was not much of an issue: “Manny will fight [Broner] with or without the beard.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Broner has missed weight a couple of times before.In 2012, he was a full three pounds over the 130-lb limit when he faced Vicente Escobedo. Four years later, Broner had to pay Ashley Theophane $50,000 after he weighed in 140.4 lb, four-tenths of a pound over the limit of the lightweight title clash.“Hey, I only failed to make the weight twice, but I did it on purpose,” said Broner, who on both occasions moved up one division heavier.Pacquiao isn’t expected to have troubles on the scales.Since he started fighting at welterweight 10 years ago, Pacquiao, whose natural weight is 140 lb, has had little problem making weight. He is known, in fact, to load up on meals during training camp.Pacquiao said he would like to climb the ring against Broner weighing at least 145 lb because “I would need the necessary weight on fight night.”Broner didn’t sport any facial hair during his previous outings against Jessie Vargas and Mikey Garcia.Boxing expert and orthodontist Ed dela Vega said having facial hair as thick as that of Broner could be problematic for both fighters.It could affect Pacquiao during close-range exchanges especially if Broner uses too much grease on it.But it could also be a concern for Broner if he sustains a cut in the chin area. It would be difficult fixing a cut in the area where the hair is thick, Dela Vega said. Azkals boss to make sure PH will return to continental tournament Manny Pacquiao’s camp is pointing out an issue with Adrien Broner’s beard. —AFPLAS VEGAS—Is Adrien Broner’s weight going to be an issue when he and Manny Pacquiao step on the scales on Friday for their WBA title bout?The challenger’s current crankiness certainly seems like it, insiders say.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Broner’s camp said they would oblige if and when the commission decided that he must get rid of it.Meantime, an unaffected Pacquiao ran around the UNLV track oval just one day before the official weigh in.He cut it short to pose for Filipinos who braved the cold desert weather just to see him in person.“I’m very happy with the way the fans receive me; they are the reason why I’m still fighting—I want to prove to them that I still got it at age 40,” Pacquiao said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more