Thousands of teachers have recently been appointed in Limpopo. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phuti Mosomane Spokesperson for the Premier Limpopo Provincial Government +27 15 287 6083 +27 82 729 2783 RELATED ARTICLES • Roadwork to create 400 000 jobs • Limpopo’s new standards of success • Zuma: 2011 the year of job creation • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiThe Limpopo Provincial Government recently announced that it created 62 400 jobs over the first quarter of the current financial year – a move made in response to the New Growth Path (NGP).The province made a commitment earlier in 2011 to create over 166 100 jobs within its spheres of government. It has described its efforts so far as an achievement.“Job creation is one of the key priorities that we have set for ourselves as government,” the province’s Premier Cassel Mathale said.“We are working full throttle to translate our commitment to make 2011 a year of job creation through meaningful economic transformation and inclusive growth into reality,” he added.Through the NGP, South Africa has the challenge to create no less than 5-million jobs and slash the unemployment rate by 10% over the next 10 years. The government has vowed to do its best to achieve the targets, and has called on the private sector to help.The jobs in Limpopo were created in various government departments. With 19 978 jobs, the Department of Roads and Transport led the drive. It was followed by Department of Education with 17 890 vacancies filled.Positions for nurses and doctors were filled across the province, with the Department of Health generating 8 860 jobs.Up to 2 566 vacancies were filled in the Social Development Department, while the public agriculture sector produced 1 536 jobs.The Department of Public Works created 581 jobs, while 939 people found employment in the Local Government and Housing Department.Fifteen jobs were filled in the province’s Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and two in Safety, Security and Liaison.Mathale’s office created 143 new jobs.“Our government is committed to fight against poverty and unemployment in a quest to improve the livelihoods of the people of our province,” he said.The Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) has resulted in 17 800 new jobs in different sectors across the province.Figures indicate gainsAnnouncing new employment figures within departments helps the government prove it’s making progress in the campaign to produce jobs.A clear indication of gains made would only surface once departments in all spheres of government, ranging from local to provincial and national, make their figures public.News of Limpopo’s progress came a day after Statistics South Africa announced that the national unemployment rate jumped to 25.7% in the second quarter of 2011. It stood at 25% in the first quarter, so that means thousands of formal-sector jobs have been lost since the start of the year.According to Statistics South Africa, the number of unemployed people rose by 174 000 to 4 538-million people between April and June. The organisation said major job losses were recorded in the provinces of Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape, with a combined total of 81 000.Gains were experienced in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape with 71 000 and 21 000 new jobs respectively.Most jobs were lost in manufacturing and mining – the sectors which suffered the most during the global recession.
1 December 2011It has taken 10 years of sustained effort and investment for the world to achieve its current momentum in the fight against HIV/Aids, creating the “very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic” – but only if the momentum is not lost, says the United Nations.Growing access to HIV/Aids treatment and prevention services has resulted in a 15 percent decline in new infections over the past decade and a 22 percent drop in Aids-related deaths in the past five years, the United Nations (UN) said on the eve of World Aids Day on Wednesday.“There is now a very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic,” the World Health Organisation’s Gottfried Hirnschall said when releasing a report on the global response to the pandemic. “But this can only be achieved by both sustaining and accelerating this momentum over the next decade and beyond.”New science, technologies, approachesAccording to the report, advances in HIV science and programme innovations over the past year have raised hope for further progress in the future.It is crucial that new science, technologies and approaches be applied to improve the efficacy of HIV programmes, especially during the current global economic uncertainty and related austerity measures, said the report.Some of the successes include improved access to HIV testing services, evident in the fact that 61 percent of pregnant women in eastern and southern Africa now receive testing and counselling for HIV, up from 14 percent in 2005.An estimated 48 percent of pregnant women in need of effective medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV received them last year.Antiretroviral therapies (ART), which improve the health and well-being of those infected and stop further HIV transmission, are available now for 6.65-million people in low- and middle-income countries, which account for 47 percent of the 14.2-million people eligible to receive them.Treatment costs outweighed by economic gainsThe report also argues that investment in HIV services could lead to total gains of up to US$34-billion by 2020 in increased economic activity and productivity, more than offsetting the costs of ART programmes, as healthier people are better able to engage in financially gainful activities.Despite the progress, more than half of all infected people in need of antiretroviral therapies in low- and middle-income countries are still unable to access them. Many do not even know that they are infected.Some countries are still not tailoring their programmes to meet the needs of those most at risk or in need. In many cases, vulnerable groups – including adolescent girls, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, prisoners and migrants – remain unable to access HIV prevention and treatment services, the report notes.Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAids, cautioned that funding shortfalls could undermine efforts to roll back the disease. “To reach these targets, we estimate we need between $22-billion and $24-billion per year by the year 2015,” De Lay said.“Today we are falling short by $7-billion. Now, more than ever, ending Aids requires a unified approach of governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations, the private sector and individuals.”Source: BuaNews
MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
Sini Jose has been provisionally suspended by NADA after flunking dope test for anabolic steroid.Sini Jose, one of the eight athletes who recently tested positive for banned substances, on Wednesday blamed the country’s athletics coaches for the scandal.A member of the Commonwealth Games 4×400 metre gold winning quartet, Jose lifted the lid on the doping scandal. It was the first time that any of the tainted athletes came out accusing the coaches of giving them performance enhancing drugs in the name of vitamins.Jose said: “We had taken vitamins (not contaminated food supplements). Our coach had given us some vitamins. We are innocent.”The athletes had earlier claimed that they did not know how the banned substances got into their system. They had blamed adulterated food supplements or food contamination.Earlier in the day, three of the eight athletes, who had failed dope test, appeared before a National Anti-Doping Agency panel for their B sample examination. Jose, Tiana Mary and Juana Murmu were summoned by the NADA panel.The Union sports ministry had on Tuesday directed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to sack the foreign athletics coaches.
Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market.The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed during a luncheon with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and several local and international dignitaries at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa on November 28.The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said the MOU focuses on joint marketing and airlift arrangements, similar to the agreement signed between Cuba and Jamaica in January.“The Dominican Republic is the largest tourism destination at this time. The infrastructure there allows for connectivity from far-flung places and markets, which we are not able to access at this time,” he said.He informed that Jamaica and Mexico will also sign an MOU in January 2018 that will “bring together the four major markets in the Caribbean into a symbiotic arrangement that will allow us to provide a market for close to 33 million people”.“It will (also) allow us to develop and exchange partnerships with large airlines and major tour operators. This is a win-win situation, because if it happens in the north, it will happen in the south,” he contended.Mr. Garcia, for his part, said his country wants to be given an opportunity to learn from and share its experiences with other islands of the Caribbean.He underscored the importance of tourism to Jamaica and the rest of the region, and commended the efforts to implement multi-destination arrangements, “which we’ve wanted for so long”.Mr. Garcia noted that there is unquestionable support for the move from the leaders of the Caribbean, including Mr. Holness. Story Highlights The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
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2Madison BumgarnerSF201471560.0 Facing elimination in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night, the Chicago Cubs did something that has distinguished this team from previous versions of the franchise: They didn’t fold. Despite trailing early against the notoriously front-running Indians, Chicago clawed its way back from the brink with a three-run flurry in the fourth inning, got a few more steady innings out of starter Jon Lester, and then used their bullpen to hold off Cleveland’s rally, securing a 3-2 victory and guaranteeing that their season would last at least one more game.In what has become the Postseason Of The Reliever, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman had his fireman moment on Sunday. After Carl Edwards Jr. gave up a single and induced a flyout in the top of the seventh, Chapman entered the game — and proceeded to dominate the Indians’ lineup for the rest of the night on 42 pitches (which tied for the second–most he’d ever thrown in an MLB game). Eight of the 10 Cleveland hitters Chapman faced made outs, half of which came on strikes, as the closer gave up just one hit and walked none. Indians reliever Andrew Miller has become known in these playoffs for shutting down opponents over multiple innings, but it was Chapman’s turn in Game 5.In the history of World Series elimination games, Chapman recorded the sixth save of eight or more outs, placing his Game 5 in a group that also includes Madison Bumgarner’s unbelievable 15-out performance in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. And more importantly for the Cubs, who asked their reliever to start his workday by immediately defusing a high-leverage situation, Chapman added a game-high 41 points of win probability to Chicago’s victory chances, which ranks 10th-most all-time among relief pitchers in a World Series elimination game: 14Allie ReynoldsNYY19526429.0 12Carl WillisMIN19916833.4 3Walter JohnsonWSH192471258.9 5Pete AlexanderSTL19267751.0 15Rick AguileraMIN19916628.4 Most valuable relief appearances in a World Series elimination game (according to win probability added) 1Dick DonovanCHW19595560.1 10Aroldis ChapmanCHC20165840.9 PITCHERTEAMYEARGAME NO.OUTS RECORDEDWPA 11Clay CarrollCIN197041140.5 Of course, winning Game 5 was always going to be the easiest step of Chicago’s three-part comeback journey. With staff ace Jon Lester1FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher scores rate Lester higher than any other Cubs starter. going up against a struggling Trevor Bauer at Wrigley Field, our Elo prediction model gave the Cubs a 65 percent probability of extending their season Sunday night, which was tied for their fourth-most-likely victory of the entire playoffs. Game 5 was a must-win game for them anyway, but if the Cubs were going to put their best foot forward in any one of the three games they hoped were left in their season, it was always going to be in Sunday’s matchup.Now the really difficult work begins for the Cubs. For one thing, the series shifts back to Cleveland; moreover, Chicago will have to go through a tougher Indians starter in Josh Tomlin for Game 6 — and then they’ll face ace Corey Kluber, who ranks second-best in all of baseball by our pitcher scores, for a potential Game 7. Elo gives the Cubs a 52 percent chance of forcing a Game 7, but it also says they’d be underdogs in that matchup2Right now our model only gives them a 45 percent chance of winning, though that could change depending on how much Chicago boosts its Elo in Game 6. even if they survive Game 6.Chapman’s performance helped give the Cubs a better chance than the slim probability they had after Saturday’s loss, but Chicago still has a long way to go before it can end its 108-year championship drought. 9Dick DragoBOS19756942.5 8Bob KuzavaNYY19527843.4 4Hank BorowyCHC194561254.1 13Jesse OroscoNYM19867629.5 6Hugh McQuillanNYG19247547.5 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 7Rollie FingersOAK19727646.2
Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama is withholding judgement on the most controversial recommendations of an independent panel to update military pay and benefits, he told Congress Thursday.One of the most significant reforms urged by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission would transform the existing pension plan that only pays benefit to personnel serving at least 20 years to a hybrid system that would allow troops serving at least two years to invest in a 401(k)-type plan. Interestingly, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved language adopting the commission’s recommendation as part of its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The president also put off endorsing a recommendation to shift military families from the Tricare health system to commercial plans and giving them allowances for healthcare. Other recommendations the White House deferred judgement on called for merging the military commissary and exchange systems, consolidating the duty statuses of reservists and reforming support for dependents with special needs, reported the Hill. Obama did endorse 10 of the commission’s less controversial recommendations.“As President Obama informed Congress earlier today, we are now prepared to support specific proposals for 10 of the commission’s 15 recommendations, and, given the complexities of four others, we will continue to conduct analysis and work with the commission over the next few months,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written statement.“In some instances, the Defense Department is already taking steps to implement these first 10 recommendations, but in areas that will require legislative changes to do so, we will work quickly to submit proposed legislative language to Congress as soon as possible,” Carter stated.
Kolkata: In a significant step towards curbing pollution and reduction in electricity bills, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will install LED advertisement boards that will be lit up by solar power at 26 places in Kolkata.The decision has been taken in the recent Mayor in Council’s (MMiC) meeting. The tender in this regard will be floated soon, an official in the Advertisement department of the civic body said.According to sources at the advertisement department, the places that have been earmarked for this purpose include Park Circus, Dum Dum Road, Jadavpur 8B bus stand, junction of Sukanta Setu in Jadavpur, Ramlal Bazaar crossing, Santoshpur crossing, DL Khan Road, AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Elgin Road, SP Mukherjee Road to name a few. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The company that will put their advertisements in these LED monopoles will have to keep 60 percent of these boards for social welfare schemes undertaken by the state government like Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Rupashree etc or that of KMC regarding dangerous buildings, unit area assessment, drive against vector-borne diseases and others.The rest 40 percent will be reserved for their own advertisements,” a senior official of the KMC’s advertisement department said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that in a bid to check illegal banners and hoardings of advertisements in the city, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce GPS mapping.”We have a GPS mapping system to keep a check on filling up of waterbodies. A similar system will be introduced in case of advertisements as well,” a senior official said.He added that the civic body will prepare a map of the geographical area and anyone, who puts up advertisement hoardings beyond that area, can be identified through this GPS mapping. “This will stop illegal hoardings in the city,” he added.
1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 17, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Microsoft Corp will introduce an automatic biometric sign-in option with its Windows 10 operating system due out later this year, the first time it has offered such a service widely across devices.The feature, called Windows Hello, means users will be able to scan their face, iris or fingerprint to verify identity and access Windows phones, laptops and personal computers.Microsoft, which announced the feature on Tuesday, said users’ biometric data would be stored locally on the device and kept anonymous to make sure personal data is safe from hackers.Windows Hello will only be available on new devices that are capable of running the new feature. Chip-maker Intel Corp said all machines incorporating its RealSense F200 sensor will run Windows Hello.The feature is the latest effort from Microsoft to make its products more amenable to natural interaction with users, following its Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox game console and its Cortana personal assistant on Windows phones, a rival to Apple Inc’s Siri.(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Christian Plumb) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »