Brand South Africa welcomes President Ramaphosa’s new era of a more prosperous and equitable society Johannesburg, Tuesday 20 February 2018 – In his first state of the nation address, newly elected President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to ‘seize this moment of hope and renewal.’ “We will be initiating measures to set the country on a new path of growth, employment and transformation. We will do this by getting social partners in our country to collaborate in building a social compact on which we will create drivers of economic recovery,” said President Ramaphosa.National priority areas mentioned by President Ramaphosa included but were not limited to the pursuance of higher levels of economic growth and investment, firming up measures to address challenges of youth unemployment and inequality, job creation and poverty alleviation as well as reinforcing sustainable measures of basic and higher education systems. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “A new era has dawned upon South Africa, it is time for South Africans to collectively rise to its challenges and move the country forward. President Ramaphosa mentioned accelerating progress in building a more prosperous and equitable society.“We at Brand South Africa stand ready to heed this call and we committed to working with all sectors of society to ‘contribute to greater economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce inequality, enhance earnings and increase the competitiveness of our economy.’” Dr Makhubela concluded: “Feedback from opposition political parties during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address is also testament that there is a growing consensus and a paradigm shift that sees South Africa on the cliff of an economic-take off — a much needed response to the creation of more jobs and transformation.” “It therefore, incumbent upon each one of us, in both the public and private sectors to ‘jointly, boldly, and strategically’ champion and cultivate the development agenda to improve the socio-economic state of South Africans. We have to so this collectively, because we owe it to ourselves and those whom we represent.” Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brandon Monebrake, Preble Co.We are cleaning out beans from grain bins today. We still have a lot of corn left in storage waiting for higher prices. We’re holding quite a bit to see what we can do.We got a bunch of rain Thursday night— 1.6 inches. We got the most rain around here right at the house. The amount of rain drops off in two miles in every direction. The rain came overnight and we didn’t have ponding, but there are some farms around us that had ponding. That set us back. If you go towards Greenville it missed them completely and they are dry. We have a test plot for Brodbeck up by Anderson’s ethanol plant up off of 127. That planted really nice last week. If you go south, they only got an inch or less. We are hoping to start on the farms to the south and hopefully start planting corn tomorrow.Neighbors of ours have 250 acres of corn in the ground. Other neighbors have about 150 acres of each corn and beans in now and another farm has 300 acres of corn in. We have been holding off because we knew that this last weekend was going to have some cooler temperatures and we didn’t want to have those seeds in the ground for the colder weather. The coldest I saw this weekend was 40 degrees.Right now things are looking good and we are getting ready to roll. We’re going to get the corn going and once we get that started, I will spray the corn until I get a couple of fields ahead. Then, hopefully at the end of the week, I will plant soybeans. It wasn’t really warm this weekend but with the wind blowing and the sun, it dried out a good bit on top in the bean stubble. If you get down into it a little, it is sticky but not muddy. The corn stubble is still wet.We have been focused on spraying trying to get the burndown done so when we start planting all we have to do is spray the 28%. The bean ground is starting to look good. The weeds are starting to curl up and turn yellow.The weeds aren’t bad, but they are worse than what we usually get started with. We didn’t want to spray it too early before the beans. Last year we sprayed early and we got the beans in the ground, but before they shaded out the ground the weeds came back hard. We waited on spraying this year so we plant closer to when we sprayed.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.
Facebook is no stranger to being sued, but a new lawsuit filed against the company this month might be the weirdest to date. As of February 5, Facebook is being sued by deceased Dutch programmer and apparent social web pioneer Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer, who passed away in 2004 – the year of Facebook’s founding. The late Van Der Meer’s justice will be sought by Rembrandt Social Media, the company that now owns his patents, and the law firm of Fish & Richardson.Thomas Edison’s Legal Team v. FacebookThe lawsuit, filed in the state of Virginia’s federal court, alleges that Facebook infringed upon two of Van Der Meer’s patents. The first, U.S. Patent No. 6,415,316, introduced a “Method and apparatus for implementing a web page diary,” which the suit will contend was a precursor to Timeline. The second, U.S. Patent No. 6,289,362, outlined a “System and method for generating, transferring and using an annotated universal address,” and has the Like button in its sights. The patents were filed in 1998 and issued to Van Der Meer in 2002 and 2001, respectively. So both pre-date the 2004 launch of Facebook. Social bookmarking company Add This is also being sued for violation of the second patent.While it’s hard to imagine that such a strange case will have much ground to stand on, Fish & Richardson has deep roots in intellectual property, counting Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers among its early clients. Facebook’s legal team hasn’t been around since 1878, but isn’t exactly new to this sort of thing. (And hey, it’s hiring – this might be a long one, after all.) Patent-holder Rembrandt claims that the patents “represent an important foundation of social media as we know it” and is seeking royalties on this so-called foundational knowledge until 2021.Um, Surfbook?According to Ars Technica, it gets even weirder. Around the time he filed the patents, Van Der Meer also owned www.surfbook.com, though what he intended to do with the domain is a mystery. According to a Whois search, surfbook.com is now owned by brand protection group MarkMonitor. The IP claim on “web page diaries” would seem to have some big implications for pretty much the whole internet. Besides, some of us were already avidly documenting what we had for lunch on sites like Open Diary and LiveJournal in the internet dark age of 1999, back when Timeline was only a twinkle in Zuckerberg’s eye. Image of Mark Zuckerberg by Taylor Hatmaker Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmaker Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#lawsuits#Patents#social networks A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Ghaziabad: In yet another Ponzi scheme surfaced in NCR region, a Ghaziabad-based man was allegedly duped with Rs 10 lakhs when the fraudsters lured him with lucrative profits and doubling the amount in just a few months. As per reports, the victim identified as Manoj Bansal, a native of Raj Nagar area in Ghaziabad, has alleged 6 persons including a woman, whom he identified as Mayank Toodeja, his wife Swati (both are the mastermind), Kamal Singh, Managing director of the company, Pankaj Sharma, country head, LAL Chandra Gaur and Marketing head, Vikas Chaudhary, is duping him by investing in their company ‘Top My Trip OPC limited’ on the pretext of giving facilities in five star hotels. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBansal alleged that the fraudsters offered him various investment schemes while the profits varied on the amount of investment. The victim believed them and invested Rs 10 lakhs from his savings. For the first two months, he received returns as per he was promised. However, when the company stopped crediting money into his account, he went to enquire them. The victim also alleged that he was threatened by the accused persons who told him that they have earned over Rs 100 crores through this scheme and have paid Rs 10 crores to police as they share for staying quiet. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe also mentioned that the accused also shoot a video advertisement and the brand ambassador was Vijay Raaz, the Bollywood actor. The company has also spread the advertisement on YouTube, Pictures hall, FMs and many other places to endorse the product. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of police (City) said that an FIR has been registered against seven named and four unknown persons at Sihani Gate Police station under the section of 420 (punishment for cheating), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in an interview on WBNS 10TV Monday that he had no knowledge of any improprieties that occurred during the tattoo-for-memorabilia scandal that rocked the football team in December 2010. “I’ve always been honest, I’ve always been forthright,” said Smith during the interview. “When I’ve made mistakes, I’ve shared that I made a mistake to my supervisor.” The one-on-one interview was his first since the OSU football team incurred NCAA sanctions after six players were caught selling their memorabilia for tattoos. Many OSU faithful felt that the athletic director knew more than he led on. Some even felt he threw former head coach Jim Tressel “under the bus.” “It’s hard, it’s difficult,” Smith responded, “particularly for my family, for my kids who live around this country and had to listen to different things, had to read certain things.” Smith said he stays true to remaining accountable for his actions and he stays focused on doing the right thing. “I think you get rewarded for accountability, I accept accountability, I think it’s important in life to do that,” he said. “I think you get respected because you man up, so to speak. And I do that constantly.” Smith was also asked how he felt about being booed while introducing Urban Meyer as the new head football coach during halftime of the OSU-Duke basketball game on Nov. 29. “It was painful,” he said, “to be booed by the people that you serve every day.” And what does he have to say to all those “boo-birds” who might doubt his sincerity? “I’d say ‘Call me, let’s chat,’” Smith quipped. “You can share your point of view and I’ll share mine, and we may come in the same spot. And if we don’t, let’s respect one another and move on.”
Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) prepares for a play in the third quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore offensive tackle Thayer Munford and junior safety Jordan Fuller will miss spring practice due to injury, as confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman.Munford was a four-star prospect out of high school and played in 13 games this past season, and has played in 25 total throughout his first two years on the offensive line with the Buckeyes.A 2017 third-team All-Big Ten member, Fuller finished the 2018 season with 81 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.There is no confirmed information about the extent of the injuries to either player.Ohio State will begin spring practice on Wednesday, with the 2019 Spring Game scheduled for April 13.
Sanjiv AgarwalThe 50 days of demonitisation have been perhaps most demonising ones in the economic life of the country, since liberalisation. At the heart of it may be the trust deficit of private citizens in the government, due to unreasonably high taxes.If Singapore and soon, the USA could manage with 15% kind of Income Tax on businesses, why cannot our Government of India?Some would say smaller portion of Indians than Singaporeans and Americans pay taxes, but that may indeed be due to high tax rates in India. Others may say tax rates of European countries should be our benchmark, as we are supposed to be a Socialist welfare state like them. But where is the welfare one may ask?Not even drinkable water in the taps, leave alone high-quality free education and civic amenities these as well as Singaporean and American governments provide.Simply redistribute, some of the pundits would say. Let the higher tax collection be doled out in the jan-dhan accounts. But if private fellows could use the poor (and often illiterate) holders of these accounts for a cut, how would the government protect from abuses by the babus and the State apparatchiks?Then how can high-taxes be justified? Either way, it may be foolhardy to keep a high tax rate and expect high collection, when the evidence has shown the opposite is the cause and effect Even the argument for a cashless or less-cash economy completely disregards the high-cost of plastic often subsidised by the poor who can only afford to pay in cash! The other problem is the chor-police game it wants to build on as a principle.Now let’s address the question: isn’t it better to do something about so called black money than nothing? Of course it is better. But it better be logical and effective?Abolish or reduce business Income Tax to 15%. Let the money parked abroad be brought back in India with a penalty of 10% (as in Trump tax plan has it).Make sure GST on services, including Tourism, if not on everything, is not more than a single digit. (Singapore’s GST on everything is 7%). Give some kind of a staggered tax credit or refund to those who have paid high-income tax in the recent past. Where will the money come for running the country then?That is the magic of lower taxes. Expect the collection to rise as a result of the tax-cut. Expect the private citizen to fall in line and pay the reduced taxes, as the incentive in avoidance would have gone.Reign-in the corrupt tax administration. Declare a war on tax-terror rather than on poor tax payers! (Every citizen pays tax, even while buying a matchbox!)Make a just, simple and trust-based tax compliance system and then expect the citizens to be patriotic. Walk the talk, be a small government in-deed (not just a smaller cabinet of Ministers!).If you keep saying it is not the business of governments to run businesses, sell the banks. Sell all the public sector enterprises. Give voluntary retirement to the redundant and sack the corrupt babus. These measures will reduce the government expenditure and unproductive bleeding.Do as Singapore does.If Donald J Trump can learn from Singapore, why can’t we?