Volunteers in last fall’s beach sweep in Ocean City, NJ. SATURDAY, OCT. 24Clean Ocean Action Beach Clean-Up: The City of Ocean City and Clean Ocean Action will sponsor the annual Fall Beach Sweep 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 24. All individuals, students, organizations and families are invited to join the semiannual “counted cleanup” sweep along the beaches in Ocean City. Clean Ocean Action uses data cards to record the litter collected and enters the information into a national database of marine debris. Participants form teams of two or three people to pick up and record the litter on the beach.Volunteers will be assigned to a beach and issued cleanup supplies and data cards. Check in is at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets). Check in at the Ocean City Music Pier between 8:30 and 9 a.m. for instructions and supplies.Demonstration Dune Project: The Ocean City Environmental Commission invites the public to participate in the Demonstration Dune Project funded by the 2015 Open Space Stewardship Project by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. Come out to help plant dune grass and promote dune preservation in the city. Meet on the Boardwalk between 11th and 12 Streets, 9 a.m. till noon. Look for the Environmental Commission’s table.SHUDDERSOME: Tales of Poe: Students of the Ocean City Theatre Company will perform these thrillers at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 7:30 p.m. Specters, ghosts and ghouls come alive in this vivid theatrical adaptation of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known works. Students in sixth through 12th grade will perform “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Tickets are $10 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, call (609) 399-6111 or at the door. Read more Here are some of the highlights of the weekend calendar in Ocean City, N.J. for Oct. 23 to 25. FRIDAY, OCT. 23Henry’s Donates to Clean Ocean Action: Tory Woods, Clean Ocean Action events coordinator, will talk about the work of COA and its importance to seaside communities 1 p.m. at Henry’s Jewelers, 1236 Boardwalk. The public and media are invited. Woods will accept a check of $2,200 from Henry’s, a percentage of the sales from an Ocean City beach bracelet that Henry’s has created to support the highly regarded environmental organization.Friday Night Concert Series at Library: The music continues at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., with a “Tribute to Irving Berlin” with the Mary Lou Newnam Quartet featuring Rosemary Benson, vocals; Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone and clarinet; Sonny Troy, guitar; Andy Lalasis, bass and Bob Shomo, drums. The free concerts are held starting 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the library.An Evening with Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton (this event is sold out): The event benefits the “Ocean City Son Club,” a free after-school program for Ocean City Children. This courageous surfer is nationally known for surviving a shark attack, continuing her surfing career and becoming an inspirational speaker. Event is set for the Flanders Hotel at 6:30 p.m. and includes a special presentation by Bethany, dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction.SHUDDERSOME: Tales of Poe: Students of the Ocean City Theatre Company will perform these thrillers at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 7:30 p.m. Specters, ghosts and ghouls come alive in this vivid theatrical adaptation of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known works. Students in sixth through 12th grade will perform “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Tickets are $10 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, call (609) 399-6111 or at the door. Read more
The largest metropolitan areas are governed by metropolitan municipalities, while the rest of the country is divided into district municipalities, each of which consists of several local municipalities. Since the boundary reform at the time of the municipal election of 3 August 2016 there are eight metropolitan municipalities, 44 district municipalities and 205 local municipalities.(Image: South African Local Government Association (SALGA))Local government and municipalitiesLocal government in South Africa administers cities and smaller regions. These are known as municipalities. There are three categories of municipality.Metropolitan municipalities – defined as category A – govern the major city regions.District municipalities, category C, are for wider areas outside the cities, like counties in the US and UK.Districts are further divided into local municipalities, category B.Chapter 7 of the Constitution explains the different categories:Category A – Metropolitan: A municipality that has exclusive municipal executive and legislative authority in its area.Category B – Local: A municipality that shares municipal executive and legislative authority in its area with a category C municipality within whose area it falls.Category C – District: A municipality that has municipal executive and legislative authority in an area that includes more than one municipality. South African municipalities, grouped by province (Image: Paul Berkowitz Research)The country has 278 municipalities: eight metropolitan, 44 district and 226 local.Metropoles have a choice between two types of government: the mayoral executive system where the mayor has the authority, or the collective executive committee system.*Updated: 6 November 2015Source: South African Government Communication and Information SystemWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
As heavy rain lashed Punjab during the past three days, leaving its rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Beas in spate, flood-like situations were witnessed in many parts of the State on Monday.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the State and said a special “Girdawari” will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district on Monday. Capt. Amarinder also expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district on Sunday.Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal informed the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour in the district the total release of water at Ropar headworks was 2,50,000 cusecs. “The district administration rescued more than 600 families from 45 villages ,” he said.Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the overall flood situation in the State with senior officials. During the meeting it was revealed that the situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Satlej and further downstream, at Harike headworks in Ferozepur. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been stationed at villages in Jalandhar. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2,40,000 cusec of water from Ropar headwork, companies of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also, the Army has also been requested to station their companies at all these sub-divisions so that they could help the administration in case of any need, he added.Army rescue operationsFlood relief teams of the Army under the Western Command are actively carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana.In neighbouring Haryana, flood-like situation was seen in many parts. The Indian Air Force rescued nine persons stuck in Karnal district owing to rise of water in the Yamuna river.
Jamie Oliver is working with Prizeo on a fundraising campaign once again, and a special one-on-one experience is up for grabs.The star chef is offering fans a chance to win a private cooking lesson and a VIP restaurant dining experience with Jamie – all in support of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Revolution Day!The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s mission is to educate people on food and cooking skills so that people can make better choices and live healthier, happier lives. The ultimate goal is to decrease diet-related diseases.For a small donation starting at $10 and up, fans can enter to win a trip to London for 2, complete with hotel accommodations at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. They’ll even get £1000 to spend, and a signed copy of Save with Jamie! And of course, they will have a private cooking lesson with Jamie and a VIP restaurant experience, too!Last year’s winner, Annie, and her guest had an awesome time – she said, “Jamie was so wonderful in person. It really was a wonderful experience and we were both so pleased to have been part of his cooking revolution!”Guaranteed rewards at various donation levels include an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and a personalized signed book.Find out how to take part here.
WASHINGTON – The fresh round of U.S.-Canada negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement generated hopeful signals from both camps Wednesday that a deal could be struck by the end of the week.A day after the two neighbours restarted intensive, face-to-face negotiations on NAFTA, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism a new continental accord could be reached by Friday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, emerging Wednesday evening from her second meeting of the day with her U.S. counterpart, said officials would be working late into the night — and possibly all night — on potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree. She and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their teams will meet again Thursday to review the progress made.“This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we’re trying to get a lot of things done very quickly,” she said.“I feel that both parties are coming to this stage of the negotiation with a lot of goodwill … There is a good atmosphere, we’re working productively.”The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.Canadian officials say an agreement announced earlier in the week between the U.S. and Mexico, which includes common ground on the difficult issue of labour within the auto sector, has broken a logjam in the talks.Trump added a layer of urgency to the negotiations Monday after announcing his deal with Mexico — with an ultimatum that Canada would have to join their pact by Friday or suffer the consequences of punishing tariffs on its auto sector. He also warned that the U.S. and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.By Wednesday, after round-the-clock talks among officials from all three countries, a cautious Trudeau said it was possible for a new three-country treaty to come together by week’s end — but he added Canada refused to be rushed into a poor deal just to meet Trump’s deadline.To get to a deal, Canada is under pressure from the U.S. to compromise on key issues — from opening access to its protected dairy sector, to getting rid of NAFTA’s dispute settlement system, to introducing a clause that would call for the deal to be renegotiated again every 16 years.“We recognize there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada, a good deal for Canadians,” Trudeau said at an event in northern Ontario.“I’ve said from the beginning no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal. And we are going to remain firm on that principle because Canadians expect us to stand up for them.”Trudeau’s office sent out a signal later Wednesday that NAFTA 2.0 talks were progressing.His office said the prime minister will hold a call Thursday afternoon with premiers to discuss the NAFTA negotiations. Freeland will be on the call, as will Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs.Trump, too, was confident Wednesday that a deal could be on the way.“They want to be a part of the deal and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track,” Trump told reporters of Canada’s negotiating team.“We’ll see what happens. But in any event, things are working out very well.”The U.S. president also noted it would be a bad idea for Canada to let this opportunity to join the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement slip away.“I think it’s going to be obviously very good for Canada if they do (join) and I think it’s probably not going to be good at all if they don’t,” Trump said.Freeland, who has been leading Ottawa’s negotiating team this week in Washington, said she’s optimistic about the “intense” talks now under way in the accelerated search compromise on NAFTA.But she also cautioned that more tough talks lie ahead.“When it comes to specific issues, we have a huge amount of work to do this week at the ministerial level and also officials are really grinding through extremely intensively,” the minister said as she emerged from her first meeting of the day with Lighthizer.When pressed by reporters, Freeland would not provide details of what Canada might be putting on the table, saying she and Lighthizer have agreed not to negotiate in public. Trudeau similarly refused to get into details.However, Freeland did suggest Canada has not budged on its insistence that a new NAFTA must include an independent dispute settlement mechanism. Canada’s view on that subject is “well known,” she said, when asked if she’s prepared to drop that demand.She credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules-of-origin talks with the U.S., saying it has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.“This is a really important step for us and it has set the stage for very intensive conversations and negotiations that we’re going to have this week,” Freeland said.For now, Canadian negotiators are primarily focused on bilateral talks with the Americans.Freeland cancelled her trip to Europe this week to return to the NAFTA bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico agreed on numerous trade issues throughout their bilateral, summertime talks.Asked to comment Wednesday about how he’s feeling about his trading partners, Trump said: “I love Canada. You know what? I love Mexico too.” Asked which one he likes better, he said, “I like ’em both the same.”
ROME — Italy’s Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that said it would be impossible to recover tax revenue that non-profits including the Italian church were exempted from paying for certain properties.A Montessori school and the owner of a bed and breakfast had argued that the tax breaks the church received for money-making properties offering similar educational and hostel-like services were unfair.The head of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, said Thursday that no talks with the government have begun but “certainly some contacts will be necessary.”The Associated Press
The winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway was announced yesterday as one of the Top 10 finalists in the CBC Music 2018 Searchlight contest.The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the Top 10 after placing in the top five for number of votes out of the Top 100 that were announced last week. Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019.Scarlet Sway is joined in the Top 10 by two other bands from B.C.: Vancouver-based The Kwerks who also placed in the top five for votes, and Victoria-based Fallbrigade which was chosen among the other five on the list by CBC Music producers. The contest’s panel of judges, which includes Universal Music Canada V.P. Kristen Burke and Juno Awards President and CEO Allan Reid, will now decide which of the Top 10 artists will be the ultimate winner of Searchlight 2018.
Mohali: India made 358 for nine against Australia in the fourth One-day International here Sunday. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was back amongst the runs with 143 off 115 balls while Rohit Sharma made 95. Brief scores: 358/9 in 50 overs (Dhawan 143, Rohit 95; 5/70 Cummins). Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth ODI against Australia here Sunday. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal came in for Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff made way for Ashton Turner and Nathan Lyon in the Australian XI. India lead the five-match series 2-1. Teams: India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. Australia: Aaron Finch(capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.
Hyderabad: Attacking both the BJP and the Congress, TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned out to be an “utter flop” despite having a complete majority in the Lok Sabha.People had seen the governments of Congress and BJP, but development had not taken place as it should have been, he charged. “Definitely, a good government needs to come if good is to happen in this country. We have seen both parties. We have seen Congress party and also BJP party. People had lot of hopes from Narendra Modi. But, he has also been an utter flop,” Rao said. “Modi ji has been Prime Minister for the last five years with complete majority and complete opportunity. But what (good) happened I am asking,” he said, He also said while Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged TRS was with Modi, the prime minister alleges it was with Congress. But, TRS was not with anyone and was the agent for the people of Telangana, he said. “Telangana people are the bosses for TRS,” he said at election meetings near Andole under Zaheerabad and Narsapur in Medak Lok Sabha constituencies. Noting that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi came up with the slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ in 1970s, he said her grandson Rahul Gandhi (Congress president) was still talking about eliminating poverty through ‘NYAY’ scheme. “How many decades will these slogans be? How long do people have to witness such drama?… It is the same slogan from grandmother’s time to grandson, how bankrupt is their thinking,” he said. Referring to Modi government’s reported promise to bring back the black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every citizen in 2014, he alleged that no sincere efforts had been made. Rao urged the people to elect TRS candidates in 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state (leaving Hyderabad represented by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) in the coming elections.
Nagpur: There are possibilities of a government changing every five years and social organisations should not depend on it for help, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday.Addressing an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay V V Mirashi, Bhagwat said social and research organisations should work towards a strong and permanent source to carry out work for the welfare of the society. “Those who want to speak to government should approach it. But, I don’t feel that social organisations should be dependent (“aashrit”) on government. Because, governments keeps changing, earlier the royal (“rajwati”) government used to change in 30 to 50 years. Now, there are possibilities of a government changing in five years. Hence, there is no faith, until it is there, utilise it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhagwat highlighted the importance of research and knowledge for the welfare of the people. “Presently, gaining knowledge can be for various purposes. Gaining knowledge could be for self interest or for welfare of the society. Knowledge is the way for eternal life. Actually, knowledge is for eternity and giving eternity to all,” he said. Bhagwat further said that Britishers did a lot of research for modern India. “The country’s population census and geography still runs on the basis of their research. But, their research cannot be said as ‘Sanshodhan Maharishi’ as their purpose was selfish and not for the welfare of the people,” he said.