South Africa got their Africa Cup of Nations campaign on track with a much-improved performance to secure victory against Angola in Group A.Centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni volleyed in at the far post to score Bafana’s Bafana’s first goal of the tournament.The hosts, who drew with Cape Verde in their opener, dominated against Angola yet lacked a cutting edge.But they got a second goal when Lehlohonolo Majoro slotted past the keeper from a tight angle.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonRemoving Hair Spray & Bathtub DecalsHair Spray! Hair spray gets everywhere: walls, doors, sinks, counters, tile, cabinets, and floors! It leaves a thick sticky residue all over everything. It’s been my experience that other household cleaners just seem to make hair spray residue stickier instead of removing it. Got fabric softener? I found that making a mixture of 1 part fabric softener to 2 parts warm water works like a charm to remove the hair spray residue, repels dust, and leaves a nice shine!Bathtub Decals!Bathtub decals are great to create non-slippery surfaces, but they can be a nightmare to remove. Last year, I was in a home that had these decals. The homeowner said they were from the prior homeowner who moved out a while ago. She wanted to know if we could remove them.After doing some research and testing a few things, here is what we found worked the best. Get aluminum foil, local rewards store card, hair dryer, magic eraser, and goo-gone! Lay a piece of the foil over the decal, heat with hair dryer on high and work the decal up with the store rewards card. Keep repeating until the decals come off and the glue residue is left. I found using goo-gone and a magic eraser removed the glue residue. Then clean the shower like normal.Elite Cleaning of Washington is fully licensed and bonded.For home cleaning estimates, please contact Scottiejo at 360.529.2277.
Facebook131Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS AssociationMore than 100 members of the Thurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business organizations, took part in their annual Community Service Day held on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Association volunteers were assigned to work on projects across Thurston County; several groups of volunteers helped seniors with lawncare, one group painted a house for Homes First and another cleaned up an historic cemetery.The volunteers consisted of both REALTORS and Affiliate association members that include home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title insurers and others who typically work closely with REALTORS in a home sale.“This was a massive team effort to give back to the community we deeply care about,” said Ed Kunkel, the chair of the association committee that organized the day’s projects. “As those who assist people with their dream of homeownership, we want to make a difference in the place we all call home.”The volunteers worked in six different locations throughout Thurston County. Some helped seniors with pressure washing, mowing, trimming trees and cleaning gutters. One group painted an entire house for the local non-profit Homes First that provides affordable housing opportunities in the area. And, a large contingency of association members cleaned up the historic Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery the final resting place for some of the area’s early settlers. Descendants of some of those settlers came to visit during the day’s clean-up, grateful for the REALTORS annual upkeep of the cemetery for the last seven years.Local businesses that sponsored this year’s event of community improvement were United Roofing Solutions, Bay Equity Home Loans – Christina Daniels Team, State Farm Insurance – Melanie Bakala , Thurston County Title, Cameo Home Inspection Services, and Evergreen Home Loans.Kunkel said the REALTOR organization has been doing the Community Service Day for more than two decades and that the work is gratifying.“To see the smiles on seniors’ faces when their lawns look lovely again, or to see the renewed dignity of the historic cemetery and to see an entire house painted, there is visible evidence that we made a difference.”The Thurston County REALTORS Association of more than 700 REALTOR and Affiliate members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers and has been committed to protecting property rights and preserving the quality of life in Thurston County for more than 90 years.
0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez looks likely to miss a third match in a row for Leicester City in his ongoing feud with the club which he says blocked a move to Premier League leaders Manchester City © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Riyad Mahrez looks likely to miss this weekend’s match against Manchester City, with Leicester’s star player reportedly absent from training since he failed to force through a move to the Premier League leaders.It would be the third consecutive league game the Algeria winger has missed since Pep Guardiola’s City failed to get their man on January 31, transfer deadline day. Despite a second transfer request from the player in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for a deal worth £80 million ($111 million, 90 million euros), with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners unwilling to go beyond £60 million.The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that Leicester were considering asking the Professional Footballers’ Association to mediate in their dispute with the forward if no agreement could be reached.It said the 26-year-old, who has missed Leicester’s past two matches, against Everton and Swansea, was absent for a fourth successive training session on Tuesday.It is understood that even if Mahrez reports back for duty, it is unlikely he will feature against Guardiola’s team on Saturday.Mahrez is unhappy that Leicester were determined to secure such a huge profit on a player they bought for a reported £350,000 from French second-division side Le Havre in 2014 and who played a pivotal role in the club’s rise from the Championship to Premier League champions.He was crowned players’ player of the year during Leicester’s remarkable title-winning campaign in 2015-16, scoring 17 Premier League goals, and then signed a four-year deal to help lead their Champions League charge.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s title-winning triumph — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It must be open season on Intelligent Design (ID). Yesterday, Nature tried defense with a new missing link claim (04/06) and today, Science is printing a story to tackle ID’s offensive line, irreducible complexity (see U of Oregon press release and EurekAlert). The Discovery Institute immediately jumped to the match, with Mr. Irreducible Complexity himself, Michael Behe, leading the charge (see ID the Future). Behe stood his ground without a flinch, calling this the “lamest excuse yet to answer the challenge irreducible complexity poses for Darwinian evolution.” Additional responses have been appearing on Evolution News and ID the Future.Read both sides. Impressed with the Charlie charge? Kind of like Pickett’s, isn’t it? On both counts the Darwinists are fighting tanks with feather pillows. In both cases also, they only give the press their side of the story, and the other side is forbidden access to respond. It’s time for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week. For their bluff, bluster, fluff and froth, and for the silly idea that molecules planned ahead to be pre-adapted for later function, the reporters at University of Oregon are the winners:Thornton’s group then showed that the ancestral receptor also responded to a far more ancient hormone with a similar structure; this made it “preadapted” to be recruited into a new functional partnership when aldosterone later evolved. “The stepwise process we were able to reconstruct is entirely consistent with Darwinian evolution,” Thornton said. “So-called irreducible complexity was just a reflection of a limited ability to see how evolution works.”O ye of little faith, they cry, can ye not see how the unguided hand of Charlie hath wrought these wonders? The incorrigibility of Darwinian fundamentalists knows no bounds. But what will they say when they have to fight real intellectual armies in public view instead of straw soldiers? Pull down the the Bamboozle Curtain and public perceptions will change really fast.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
14 April 2010Emerging farmers from South Africa’s Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces are set to receive a R100-million boost in the form of tractors from the government.In a pre-budget briefing in Cape Town this week, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the first consignment of the department’s mechanisation programme would be in support of the Masibuyele Emasimini, a food production intensification programme.The mechanisation programme will be rolled out in other provinces and supported by investments of R50-million per province over the next three years.Private sector supportJoemat-Pettersson said the department had also received offers from a number of multinational companies to help develop smallholders, while guaranteeing them access to international markets.The US supermarket Walmart had approached the department to develop a mentorship programme and market access model for their outlets.Joemat-Pettersson also commended Old Mutual’s pledge to make available R10-million to bolster subsistence and smallholder enterprises, and Nedbank’s creation of a R6-billion agricultural fund, which would invest half its corpus in South African farming projects in areas ranging from crop production, animals, skills and marketing.Nedbank had emphasised that they wanted to partner with the department both locally and abroad, she said, while pointing out that private-public partnerships would take the country a “long way” in its developing farming.Land reform, mentorshipThe department would also conduct an audit on land reform projects and had been allocated R577.6-million through the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme, which provides funding for training and services such as information technology support.“We are not just throwing money at failed projects. We have assessed the affected projects and determined projects that can be rescued,” said Joemat-Pettersson.She said the department planned to conduct an audit of its mentorship and equity scheme programmes, as these had not worked, despite the investment of millions to bridge skills. The department was also in consultation with the Department of Higher Education about opening agricultural colleges to boost learning facilities and opportunities.Equity sharing, joint venturesThe department would also investigate and implement equity sharing schemes that would involve equal ownership between land reform beneficiaries and white commercial farmers.Joemat-Pettersson explained that the plan was for commercial farmers to engage in joint ventures with land reform beneficiaries, who were supported by government.She said the land would not be a part of the shareholding investment, and that the government would recapitalise the equity portion, through its development finance organisations such as the Industrial Development Corporation and the Land Bank.“When the business is running profitably, the commercial farmers can then sell shares and exit the arrangement,” she said.Source: BuaNews
bernard lunn Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#NYT#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts It is not often that something as deeply geeky as XBRL gets onto the front page of Wired magazine. Daniel Roth’s superb article about radical transparency raised the profile of those four letters. What could be more boring than an XML standard for accountants that has been around for a decade? On the other hand, what could be more exciting than something that might disrupt and recreate the deeply broken global financial system? I spent two days at the XBRL US National Conference in New York to find out the reality, which is somewhere in between.The Ultra-Fast XBRL 101For XBRL newbies, here are a few key facts and some links for further research:XBRL stands for eXtensible Business Reporting Language.It is an open standard based on XML, created by an accountant named Charlie Hoffman. Read some quick facts here.If you tag something consistently, software applications can more easily analyze the data and present more useful information. Yes, that sounds like the semantic Web, and we all know that has faced the chicken-and-egg problem (i.e. not enough content is semantically tagged yet). But imagine a semantic Web standard for which governments around the world tell companies that they have to tag data that way.XBRL gained attention in the US when the SEC mandated that public companies report their financial results in XBRL (starting with companies that have a market cap over $5 billion). That has been going on for two quarters now, so all parties are getting real-world experience with XBRL.But XBRL traction is greater in other countries, especially Japan, Australia and Holland, where it is being used to standardize and simplify reporting to government regulators. In the UK, companies report to the taxman using XBRL.The Twitter hash tag is – you guessed it – #xbrl.Why XBRL May Be RevolutionaryThe best analogy for XBRL is the barcode in the retail world. The analogy works because it may take a while to happen… but when it does happen, everything will change. Imagine every number with a standardized tag telling a computer what it is.Here are the revolutionary implications of XBRL:A year ago, the global financial system suffered a cardiac arrest.That scared a lot of people. The patient now walks around the hospital grounds and occasionally forces a healthy smile. But most close observers recognize that the patient is far from healthy and is still indulging in cigarettes and double cheeseburgers. This heart attack affects us all. Radical transparency, to shine a light on those toxic assets and murky financial pools, is the best long-term cure. And XBRL, along with political will, is key to that radical transparency.Ordinary investors don’t trust the stock market.It feels like a casino where the roulette wheel is fixed. That is bad for all players in the economy. We need people to trust numbers again and to invest patiently in great companies that grow and pay for their kids’ tuition and their own retirement. That patient investment will help great companies grow and help those companies create good jobs. That is the way the stock market is supposed to work, and a few idealists think it could work that way in the future. Jane Q. Public needs access to analytical tools that are currently reserved for Wall Street insiders, and she has to have confidence in the numbers. Private investors need to be served by truly independent analysts who charge transparently. XBRL can play an important role in that.The cost for a company to report to government regulators is ridiculously high.This is a hidden tax on jobs (except for accountants!). The time and money spent on this could be used more productively. What if government agencies agreed on a single way to file reports using XBRL? This is happening today in Australia and the Netherlands.There is a major disconnect between the three types of reporting (i.e. to investors, to regulators and to internal management).The third type is what really drives business. These are the “business intelligence” and MIS tools and dashboards that managers rely on to help them run the business. What if one set of numbers could drive all three types of reports auto-magically? We are a long way from this, but the vendors leading the XBRL charge are creating the platforms that will enable this in the future.Today’s Reality CheckThe New York conference was about XBRL in the US, so we will keep the current analysis to what is happening here.The basic reality is that large public companies are obeying the SEC’s mandate by reporting in XBRL. No surprise there: they have to do it.So, they are spending some money to prepare these XBRL-compliant reports, by purchasing vendor tools and outsourcing the work. Some are doing it enthusiastically, anticipating the many downstream benefits. Others are doing it just to check off the box. This is hardly the best year for a new cost with an uncertain ROI. The same bean counters who are asking everyone to cut costs are asking for bigger budgets… “To do what, exactly?”That’s the problem. The returns are very unclear, and they are certainly more than a couple of quarters away, and most managers are thinking pretty short-term these days.The returns are unclear because investors are not using XBRL data in any meaningful way yet. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem. Not enough XBRL data exists yet for serious analysis.Many markets have chicken-and-egg problems. This particular one is easier to forecast because – without stretching the analogy too far – the government (via the SEC) is ordering the chickens to lay eggs.What the Future Will Likely BringThe future is always uncertain, but in this case we can predict a few things with some degree of certainty:More companies will report their financial data using XBRL, because they have to. So, vendors will find ways to make this increasingly easy and low-cost.XBRL will be used in the Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) market, because this is the market where we, via the government, own a lot of toxic assets. The technology to do this is available, and the politics indicate that it will happen.XBRL will be used in the bonds market to enable new forms of credit rating, because the current credit rating agencies clearly failed at their job, and the government will want to do something about this.What Is Still Very UnclearWhat new mechanisms, vendors, tools and services will emerge to make this data useful for investors, both individual and institutional?How will this impact the fast-growing $8.8 billion market for business intelligence systems.What will happen when the US government makes a bigger push for transparency using XBRL as leverage? The SEC’s mandate is a great start. But other countries are ahead of the US in XBRL adoption, and the Obama administration is making a big push for data transparency via data.gov and other initiatives. So, we are likely to see more in this area, but precisely what will happen is unclear. 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It’s getting a bit intense inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Early in the second half of No. 1 Kentucky’s game against No. 8 Cincinnati, Wildcats’ freshman forward Trey Lyles got into it with Bearcats’ forward Octavius Ellis. There was some shoving and trash talking; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison was called for a technical foul during the mini-scrum. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program earlier this month, recommends Lyles not mess with Ellis. Trey don’t want those problems lol foreal— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) March 21, 2015Jones really isn’t in a position to be giving advice about anything, but this is something Lyles might want to listen to. One of the few things that could doom Kentucky is a lack of composure.
Nick Chubb’s CousinNick Chubb is a freak of a football player. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman for Georgia in 2014. He should be one of the country’s top players this fall. The Cedartown, Ga., native certainly has some good genes. So it would make sense that he’s not the only member of his bloodline to be great on the gridiron. Meet Harlem Diamond, a 9-year-old cousin of Chubb who is already showing out on the football field. Georgia already seems to be recruiting him (to an extent). The Bulldogs’ Twitter account sent out the following tweet this afternoon.#homeGrown #ChubbStrong #CommitToTheG https://t.co/Pcw1dR9Kr9— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) May 15, 2015Bulldogs’ fans would certainly be happy if he eventually decides to #CommitToTheG.
The Government will highlight its plans to further improve the welfare of the nation’s children in State care, at a press conference to be held on Monday (May 27), at Jamaica House, beginning at 10:00 a.m.This follows Cabinet’s approval on Monday, May 20, of the recommendations of a joint submission by the Ministries of Youth and Culture, Justice, Education and National Security on this matter.Further details on Cabinet’s approvals and decisions regarding the submission, will be provided at the conference by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna and the other portfolio Ministers.Making the disclosure on May 22, Minister Hanna informed that the submission will provide “the platform for an acceleration of steps to achieve further and rapid improvement in the wellbeing of our children, particularly those in public institutions and juvenile facilities.”The Minister was speaking at a scholarship awards function for wards of the State, hosted by the Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc. (COJO), at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.The submission is as a result of the work of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group, which Minister Hanna convened last year to examine the recommendations of the 2010 Task Force report on the fire which occurred at the Armadale Correctional Centre in St Ann, in 2009.The group is also tasked with charting the way forward in relation to children who come in contact with the justice system.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards