More to benefit from social grants

first_img15 April 2011 South Africa is to spend over R104-billion on social grants to assist the most vulnerable in the country in 2011/12, with the number of beneficiaries projected to grow by a million to over 16-million people. In 2010/11, the Department of Social Development spent R97-billion in assisting 15.3-million beneficiaries, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking ahead of her Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, said provision of social grants to the most vulnerable was one of the government’s biggest poverty alleviation programmes. From January this year, the eligibility age for the child support grant was increased to 17 years. “The total number of children covered is 10.3-million, disability grants 1.2-million people, and pensioners 2.7-million,” Dlamini said. In expanding the social grant coverage, the minister said they were raising the old age grant from R33 000 to R44 000 per year. “This is the most significant raising of the means test since 1994 and is a precursor to the universalisation of the old age pension.” On a separate matter, Dlamini said that her department would move swiftly to introduce a retirement fund, with the aim of providing a decent basic income for people who reached retirement, or were disabled, and for survivors when a breadwinner passed away. At present, about one-third of South Africans have no provision for retirement and rely almost entirely on social assistance programmes. Dlamini challenged the view that her department should be “creating jobs” instead of “creating dependency” through grants. “I am calling on people to acknowledge the absurdity of the claim, because grants go to children, older persons and people with disabilities, who are not employable,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA romp to Hong Kong Sixes title

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Seventeen sixesUltimately, South Africa finished with 17 sixes in their innings of 142. That left Pakistan requiring 28.4 runs per eight-ball over, or 3.55 runs per ball! Early on, the Pakistanis were up to the required run rate, but having to maintain such a pace took its toll and they lost wickets where South Africa, by contrast, had seen three batsmen retire. Opening batsman David Miller made it look easy with a knock of 33 not out from only nine balls, with one four and four sixes, one maximum less than Ingram, while Robbie Frylinck smashed 31 from just seven deliveries and Dillon Du Preez weighed in with 31 off 11. Kamran Akmal as the last man standing in the Sixes form of the game finally fell to Frylinck, caught by Ingram, and South Africa claimed a convincing victory. Openers Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal led the way with 37 off 11 balls and 51 off 15 respectively, but Ingram claimed three wickets to put the skids under their batting effort. He removed Awais Zia for five, Hammad Azam for one and Yasir Shah for 10. He struck an unbeaten 34 off only six deliveries to help South Africa to 142 for 2 in their five eight-ball overs, and he was not alone in clearing the boundaries of the small ground. ‘Awesome event’After receiving the winners’ $40 000 cheque (approximately R347 000), he said: “It has been an awesome event. The guys really enjoyed themselves and each other’s company and we just stuck to what we had done all week, which was to bowl tightly and field well, and our batting clicked as well. South Africa won the Hong Kong Sixes tournament for the second time in four years on Sunday after a 37-run victory over defending champions Pakistan in the final. In a hard-hitting contest, captain Colin Ingram led the way with an astonishing innings.center_img “This tournament grows in prestige all the time and Asia is a very important area in which to grow the Protea brand. It fully justifies our decision to send the strongest possible team to Hong Kong and I would like to thank our franchises for their support in this regard. 29 October 2012 Australia won the Plate competition, defeating the Netherlands, who had shocked England in the semi-finals. “It was really pleasing to see our boys play the final so well and they were in command throughout,” Faul concluded. “I had wobbly knees for the ball seemed to take ages to come down, but thankfully it was a clean catch,” Ingram said of the catch that ended the match. “The Pakistan team that we played in the final included experienced internationals in Kamran and Umar Akmal, as well as Junaid Khan. Cricket South Africa’s acting CEO Jacques Faul paid tribute to the Sixes winning team in a statement, saying: “Full marks to coach Vinnie Barnes, captain Colin Ingram and the rest of the players for an excellent achievement that saw them win all their matches on the final day, including beating Pakistan twice.last_img read more

Great Technology with Great Partnerships (Instakey Security Systems)

first_imgIn 2015, Under Armour, a rapidly growing sports clothing and accessory company headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, established a partnership with InstaKey Security Systems to implement a key control solution for 158 stores. The company recognized an opportunity for improvement in its key control to increase its ability to manage records more efficiently and to gain remote access to auditing of store key logs. Under Armour sought to partner with a business that could handle their continuous growth, scale efficiencies of service, and provide the ability to audit remotely.Working Together on a Rapid ConversionThe Under Armour global store development, asset protection, and store maintenance teams worked closely with InstaKey’s program development team to create and execute a rollout strategy that would generate the least impact on stores with the greatest efficiency for the conversion. Each team clearly knew its role in the conversion process and worked diligently to achieve the end goal in mind: to keep it simple for the stores. Under Armour converted a set number of locations per week, allowing for a structured and efficient rollout. Proactive communication and training with each location prior to its installation was key to the success. “The InstaKey setup was very simple to understand. There were no hurdles to jump through to start our relationship. Our teams worked cohesively to get the conversion accomplished in a timely manner,” said Robert Gibson, asset protection senior manager.Mike Kujawa, asset protection senior manager, also added, “The conversion process was seamless. Converting to InstaKey was a no brainer for us.” With effective communication, training, and combined partnership resources, Under Armour was able to achieve an extremely efficient, accurate, and quick conversion of its 158 locations.- Sponsor – Successes Realized From InnovationInstaKey’sKeyControl® Program has made a significant impact on the practices of Under Armour personnel. Management of locks and keys has become a worry-free process and are no longer a concern even when a security issue arises. In the event an issue does occur, there is a simple solution to rekey an entire facility with a turn of a specialized key. This “turnkey” process has resulted in significant time and cost savings for the company.Asset protection maximizes value by use of the cloud-based KeyControl® Reporting Dashboard as compared to a previous paper records methodology. The dashboard provides real-time visibility to aggregated key control reporting in a visual display of a client’s global key control program. Clients frequently utilize the dashboard to determine a store’s active key series and current key holders, allowing for auditing to quickly define exceptions or possible areas of concern. They also use the data to review turnover metrics, cost savings, order turnaround, and future budgets.Store managers also have access to a Digital Key Holder Update feature to change key holder assignments in real time, so they can track keys during employee turnover. This functionality gives the asset protection team an up-to-the-minute report of the store’s key control activity. Robert Gibson referred to this feature as “smart access” versus “dumb locks and keys.” He went on to say, “Digital is the way of the future and where we all want to be. The InstaKey technology is essential to the health of our business.” Mike Kujawa summed it up best: “Great technology with a great partnership—that’s what success looks like.”As Under Armour continues its growth worldwide in 2016, its InstaKey program investment shall continue to help provide safety, security, and cost savings to its locations. No matter which feature a retailer values, InstaKey’s programs are designed to provide simple solutions to key control challenges. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Mobile Developers Get Their Very Own Professional Association

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Mobile application developers unite! That is the theme for a new professional association that will launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. that intends to bring organizational support to mobile developers.According to InfoWorld, the association is to be led by Jon Potter, the former executive director of the Digital Media Association. It is intended to promote mobile developer interests, collaboration, education, cloud hosting and governmental lobbying. Do mobile developers need their own guild? The specific duties of the of the new industry association will be to offer a collaborative network based on an online database, offer product testing facilities with multiple platforms supported, offer discounted and free tutorials and certification programs as well as discounted cloud services through Rackspace.The Rackspace collaboration is the interesting part of the proposed association. The company is heavy into entrepreneurial evangelism (see: Robert Scoble) for all things innovation because the cloud provider believes that the more startups, app developers and entrepreneurs out there that are successful, the more of a chance they will end up using Rackspace for cloud hosting. We got in contact with Scoble and this was his reasoning for supporting startups:“Usually we support startups wherever they are. We do that for several reasons: 1. Hosting decisions are usually made early on in a company’s life and it’s hard to change those decisions once they are done. 2. Startups influence hosting decisions by other, more traditional, companies. Sort of like how Canon supports professional photographers so that the masses will buy Canons to be “like the pros,” Scoble said.“The growth in startups will come on mobile. That’s where more people will be, and more of those users will be looking for new applications and solutions. We’re investing in groups that help mobile startups so that we can be involved in the biggest growth area of startups.”It will be interesting to see how this mobile developer association differs from the services offered by CTIA – The Wireless Association. CTIA is the largest mobile industry group in the United States and has historically been focused on equipment manufacturers, broadband and spectrum issues, security, enterprises and development. CTIA has branched into more developer-related issues in the last several years, recognizing the rise of the application ecosystem by starting a second large conference apart from its main event in the spring. This last year it was CTIA Enterprise and Apps hosted in San Diego. According to InfoWorld, the association will generate revenue through sponsorships and membership fees. There are a variety of candidates that would be ripe for joining such an association. All the various gaming studious such as Glu, XMG and even Zynga would be ideal. The integrated development environment (IDE) providers along with framework creators like appMobi, Sencha, Appcelerator and others would be a great fit. Larger organizations, such as the aforementioned Rackspace, or a couple of the big tech companies like Apple, Google or Mozilla could be ripe for sponsorship opportunities. Developers: Are you likely to join this new association? What benefits can you see it bringing to your endeavors? Let us know in the comments. Top image: Jon Potterlast_img read more

Dom Streater Is Making It Work As A Finalist On Project Runway

first_imgDom Streater(Courtesy of Lifetime Television) Dom Streater is one of the top two finalists on the 12th season of “Project Runway”. And, take a guess what city she calls home? Philadelphia, of course!  The 24-year old is a graduate from Moore College of Art & Design and has been a quiet force throughout the show. Her eye catching designs are quirky, fashion forward, and full of life. Week after week, she has wowed the judges and tonight is the Season Finale. Streater’s first creation ever was a denim, one-shoulder, bell-sleeve top that she made from a couple pairs of old jeans. Even though she expressed that her mother almost killed her, I am sure mom is smiling now as Streater has a strong chance to win the competition. Streater resides in West Philadelphia with her mother. She has a shoe collection to die for and looks forward to opening up a shop right here in Philadelphia one day—which could be a possibility riding on the judges’ decisions tonight. There is a lot on the line for Streater. The prize package for this year’s show is valued over half a million dollars, including $150,000 from GoBank, a chance to sell an exclusive collection at Belk and a fashion spread in Marie Claire. When asked if she thinks she has a chance to win, Streater replied “Heck yes, haven’t you heard? Philly girls always hustle harder!” Make sure you tune in to watch the finale for Project Runway on Lifetime this evening at 9 p.m. to cheer on our hometown girl. Good luck, Dom!last_img read more

First ‘northern lights’ seen outside the solar system

first_imgAurorae—also known as the northern and southern lights—decorate the sky when energetic electrons hit Earth’s upper atmosphere. Now, as astronomers report online today in Nature, they’ve seen the same phenomenon on a dim sun located 18.5 light years away in the constellation Lyra. LSR J1835+3259 is either a red dwarf (a small star burning hydrogen) or a brown dwarf (a “failed star” that can’t sustain nuclear fusion) spinning every 2.84 hours. As the object turns, the aurorae—shown in this artist’s conception as a bright ring around the top pole—come in and out of view, altering the amount of visible light and radio waves astronomers detect. Although northern lights also exist on giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn, the newly discovered aurorae are thousands of times more powerful; furthermore, the same electrons that trigger these aurorae may drive weather patterns on brown dwarfs, some of which have clouds.last_img read more