A Constitution for the Age of Hope

first_img9 May 2006South African President Thabo Mbeki has described the adoption of the country’s constitution 10 years ago as a destination arrived at after traversing a long road stained with the blood of many South Africans, both black and white.“It was a long road that would have seemed forbidding to the faint hearted, and appeared to the pessimists to have no possible end, except the constant repetition of a mirage that presented itself as the final destination,” he said.He was addressing a joint sitting of Parliament as South Africa celebrated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of its Constitution on Monday.“The milestone we celebrate today should also serve to reinvigorate the transformation of the unity and solidarity we built during the course of our struggle for freedom, into a durable partnership for reconstruction and development, and the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”Mbeki said the “desperate resistance of the forces of white minority rule” only managed to strengthen the resolve of the masses.“It only served to steel their determination to persevere until victory was achieved.”From political freedom to prosperityThe President said that through Asgi-SA and other programmes, the government and its social partners will intensify efforts “to ensure that our political freedom also translates into a growing economy that improves the standard of living and the quality of life especially of the poor in our society”.“Indeed, the national effort to translate our Constitutional prescriptions into tangible and palpable reality has meant that between 1994 and 2004, the real incomes of the poorest 20% of our population increased by 30%,” Mbeki said.“We have therefore made bold to assert that we will achieve the Millennium Development Goals well within the time frames set by the United Nations.“The complex of the achievements we have mentioned, and the base we have created to accelerate our progress towards the realisation of the goal of a better life for all, in all its elements, define the Age of Hope into which our country has entered,” said the President.Heroes and anniversariesPresident Mbeki hailed the 1906 Bambatha uprising, the 1946 mineworkers’ strike, and the women’s anti-pass demonstrations of 1956 as part of the “sustained effort that finally made it possible for us to attain our freedom and for the Constitution we celebrate today to come into being”.“They refused that they should abandon the war for liberation, simply because they had lost a battle,” he said.He said the sacrifices made by the South Africa’s resistance heroes the country’s people an unflinching determination to uphold, respect, protect and promote the Constitution born of those sacrifices.“By so doing, we would also uphold, respect, protect and promote the values and principles of those whom we honour as our heroes and heroines,” he said.He reiterated former President Nelson Mandela’s assertion that the Constitution should be used as a tool to redress the centuries of “unspeakable deprivations” by striving to eliminate poverty, illiteracy and homelessness.“The Constitution enjoins us to change virtually everything we inherited, including our economy, which must grow with perhaps unprecedented vigour, producing wealth that must be shared by all South Africans.”But the President cautioned that the Constitution could only ensure a humane society if South Africans assumed the responsibility of becoming its principal defenders.This, he said, required citizens to promote their unity in diversity, “jealously” safeguarding the rights of all while entrenching the rule of law and respecting state institutions.”Reconciliation in the Age of Hope“That seminal moment of the adoption of our Constitution reminded us that the strength in unity, that South Africans, black and white, are capable of overcoming their differences and working together for a society whose development, success and prosperity would be brought about by a united national effort inspired by a new patriotism,” Mbeki said.He added that South Africa should not forget another 10th anniversary, that of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which began its hearings in April 1996.He said that the task of national reconciliation was not yet complete, nor was the business of implementing all of the TRC’s recommendations.“We continue to face the challenge to achieve the balanced and mutually reinforcing outcome mentioned in the TRC Act, of ‘reconciliation between the people of South Africa and the reconstruction of society’.“This celebration today, of a truly historic achievement, must communicate the message that the heroic people of our country, both black and white, have indeed entered into their Age of Hope,” Mbeki said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Consumer help: post, parcels, mail

first_imgYou can report postal complaints, postal crime, track- and trace missing letters or parcels online, and give customer service-related inquiries to the following postal service providers:You can make use of the South African Post Office or Postnet to send or receive parcels or mail. (Image: savemoney.co.za)SA Post OfficeThe South African Post Office is the national postal service provider. Its services include local and international mail, courier services, stamps, paying bills, and third- party payments.You can also do various transactions via the website, such as tracking your parcel, renewing your post box, and buy stamps. You can locate a branch or search the online postal code directory.If you wish to complain about the service you have received, first contact the manager of the branch. If that fails to resolve the problem, call the national call centre or fill in the feedback form on the website.Website: www.postoffice.co.zaNational call centre: 0860 111 502PostNetPostNet is South Africa’s largest privately owned counter network in the document and parcel industry, with owner-managed retail stores. It is best to complain directly to the store’s manager if you are disatisfied. There is also a online contact form on the website.Website: www.postnet.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Still Know, Like, and Trust. Still Attitude.

first_imgThere is a lot of talk about what’s changed in sales. And lots of things have changed. But some things haven’t changed.Know, Like, and TrustPeople still buy from people that they know, like, and trust. We don’t like to talk about the squishy, soft things like knowing someone, likability, and trust, bit they are still hugely important to winning (or losing) deals.You don’t win when you aren’t known. People don’t buy from people they’ve never met, at least in complex, business-to-business sales. And they don’t buy from strangers when the purchase is something more than transactional. They want to know who they’re buying from.You don’t win if you aren’t likable. People don’t be from people they find repelling. But we don’t have a process for likability, and we don’t have any metrics. So we don’t address the issue at all (even though a big part of this could be handled by looking at every hiring decision through the eyes of your clients and dream clients: will they want to buy from this person?)We sometimes talk about trust. But we don’t do much more than that. We believe trust is table stakes.The old “know, like, and trust” still matters. We’re still human.The Importance of AttitudeI can’t tell you how often I dial a phone number only to hear the pained, groan of the seemingly undead person on the other end of the phone. It’s a terrible first impression (or last impression, as the case may be) for a sales organization. And sometimes it’s an actual salesperson!Their attitude gives them away. They’d rather be somewhere else. They’d rather being doing anything else. Their results are exactly consistent with this attitude.Attitude counts for much when it comes to results, but never so much so as in sales. A poor attitude still produces poor results. A great attitude still produces great results. Negative people aren’t top performers, and they almost always drag others down with them. Positive people produce better results, and they serve as an example for others.It’s easier to avoid dealing with attitude issues–unless they become seriously problematic. But the human mind (and the accompanying beliefs and mindset) are the root of all results.Attitude still matters when it comes to results, especially sales results.Some things never change.QuestionsDoes it still matter that you are known, liked, and trusted?Do the social channels help make you known, liked, or trusted?How does an attitude betray your results, positive or negative? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing

first_imgSeason of change MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The New York Times first reported that the NBA was reviewing the matter. It’s unclear how long the NBA’s review will take, or what — if anything — the Warriors are seeking.The Warriors held McCaw’s rights as a restricted free agent, then elected not to match the two-year, $6 million offer sheet that he signed with the Cavaliers on Dec. 28 — with the potential luxury tax ramifications among the many reasons that factored into their thinking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSpeaking Tuesday before Golden State’s game with New York, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wasn’t aware that his team was involved in the review of the McCaw matter.“I’ve got enough to worry about,” Kerr said, before adding, “The whole thing was kind of strange. I don’t know that there’s been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES McCaw played three games with the Cavs, who waived him Sunday and did so before his contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of this season. McCaw cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances with the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He scored five points in the three appearances with the Cavaliers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Patrick McCaw dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. McCaw is practicing with the Cavaliers, who signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet last week. McCaw officially joined the Cavaliers’ roster on Monday, Dec. 31 after Golden State decided not to match Cleveland’s offer. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)The NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Patrick McCaw’s short-lived stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that the league has opened a review at the request of the Golden State Warriors, the team that McCaw had spent the previous two seasons with. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Azkals lose to Chinese anew in friendly

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (File) Philippine Azkals Phil Younghusband vies for the ball against China Wu Xi during AFC Asian Cup match between Philippines vs China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times.China extended the Philippines’ winless streak to six matches as the hosts blanked the Azkals, 2-0, last Friday night in a friendly at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou.The Chinese scored a goal in each half as the Azkals endured a frustrating outing that saw them lose Daisuke Sato to a red card in the second half. Still, the match offered coach Scott Cooper a glimpse of what needs to be done for the team to improve as it prepares for the World Cup Qualifiers in September.ADVERTISEMENT Dozier injury adds to list of Phoenix woes Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too In terms of result, this was an improvement from the 0-3 drubbing the Azkals suffered to the Chinese in the Asian Cup last January in Abu Dhabi.But the Azkals’ performance also left plenty to be desired as they struggled to keep possession and hardly created chances. Cooper started with three at the backline with Stephan Palla, Alvaro Silva and Luke Woodland, while pushing Daisuke Sato to midfield together with Kevin Ingreso.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMike Ott also got a start and had some bright moments in the first half before fading. Captain Stephan Schrock went on a couple of his trademark runs and put in a strong shift, but was usually crowded out by the Chinese midfield as soon as he pushed forward Patrick Reichelt had the Azkals’ best chance on a header in the second half that was expertly saved by the Chinese keeper.Javier Patino had a quiet outing upfront as the Chinese bossed possession for most of the match. Plenty of times, the Azkals were forced back by the Chinese with minimal pressure at midfield. Cooper also handed Christian Rontini his first cap when he came on in the 85th minute with the outcome already settled. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Bruce Carson a oneman stimulus package for the police says NDP MP

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is “hiding behind his staffers” and “ducking” questions on his relationship to Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper currently under an RCMP investigation, the NDP said Wednesday.Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus said Duncan’s office was “at the centre” of the Carson scandal that broke after APTN National News revealed the former political operative nicknamed “The Mechanic,” was lobbying for a water company that had a financial deal with his fiancée, a former Ottawa escort, on the sale of filtration systems to impoverished First Nation communities.“At the centre of it is his office and the fact that Bruce Carson and his girlfriend were going to hit up a bunch of impoverished First Nations communities,” said Angus, in the House of Commons during Question Period. “What is (Duncan) trying to hide…what does he know and what was his involvement with the Bruce Carson gang?”Duncan responded saying he couldn’t comment because the matter was under investigation.“We know that the member from Timmins-James Bay likes to throw dirt around this place,” said Duncan. “All I can say is that it is under investigation, therefore it is inappropriate to comment. The member knows that and I don’t know why he is pursuing this type of questioning.”Duncan cancelled a planned interview with APTN National News on the budget Tuesday after his staff discovered that the minister would also face questions on his relationship to Carson.Carson is currently facing probes from the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. The lobbying probe is ongoing, while the ethics probe was suspended last November. None of the investigations have reached their conclusions.The OPP is also investigating the water company, H2O Pros, for allegedly defrauding customers.“Talk about investigation. We have the Lobbying Commissioner, we have the Ethics Commissioner, we have the RCMP, we have the OPP,” said Angus. “When you think about the Conservative Party and Bruce Carson, this man is like a one-man stimulus package for the police.”APTN National News reported this week that the lobbying investigation was scrutinizing Carson’s claimed links to Duncan.Carson met with at least two officials in Duncan’s office about the water company and its product in January 2011, two months before Harper called for the three-pronged investigation. Carson and the president of the now shuttered company met at least three times with Aboriginal Affairs department officials in the fall of 2010.Carson told APTN National News that Duncan’s office was aware of the company and its product and he was hoping to involve Environment Minister Peter Kent in the discussions.Duncan and Kent both denied ever discussing the water company with Carson.Questions still linger over how Carson managed to obtain “secret” level clearance to work in the Prime Minister’s Office, despite being convicted on three counts of fraud in the 1990s. He was disbarred and convicted on two counts of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in jail in the 1980s. Carson also declared bankruptcy in 1993.“How a four time convicted fraudster gets an all-access-pass into the Prime Minister’s Office remains a mystery,” said Angus, during question period. “But we know that wherever Bruce Carson goes he leaves a lot of ethical violations and a lot of unanswered questions.”jbarrera@aptn.caKennethbrianjackson@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Keystone XL developer plans to start construction in 2019

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company remains committed to moving ahead with the project following years of reviews from federal and state regulators. The company has already started preparing pipe yards, transporting pipe and mowing parts of the project’s right-of-way in Montana and South Dakota, but TransCanada said in court documents it doesn’t plan start construction in Nebraska in the first half of 2019.The report issued Friday from the Trump administration’s State Department drew criticism from environmental groups, who say they’ll continue to fight the project they view as an environmental threat.“The Trump administration sees no problem with building the Keystone XL — in other news, the grass is still green and the sky is still blue,” said Kelly Martin, a campaign director for the Sierra Club.The updated, 338-page report was released a little more than a month after a federal judge in Montana ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.The original environmental impact study was issued in 2014, before Nebraska regulators approved a longer “mainline alternative” route that veered away from the company’s preferred pathway. President Donald Trump approved a federal permit for the project in March 2017, reversing former President Barack Obama’s decision to reject it amid concerns over greenhouse admissions.The report said the $8 billion, 1,184-mile pipeline would have a “negligible to moderate” environmental impact under its normal operations, and continuous monitoring and automatic shut-off valves would help company officials quickly identify a leak or rupture. Additionally, the report said TransCanada has a response plan in place that should mitigate the effects if it’s implemented quickly.“Prompt cleanup response would likely be capable of remediating the contaminated soil before the hazardous release reaches groundwater depth,” the report said.Environmentalists, Native American tribes and a coalition of landowners have prevented the company from moving ahead with construction. In addition to the federal lawsuit in Montana that seeks to halt the project, opponents have a pending lawsuit before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the Nebraska case aren’t expected until next month.Critics of the project have raised concerns about spills that could contaminate groundwater and the property rights of affected landowners. In Nebraska, a major battleground for the project, opponents are trying to change the makeup of the Nebraska Public Service Commission in hopes of overturning its previous decision to approve an in-state route for the pipeline.The latest State Department report is a draft that must still face public review and comments, but federal officials say they expect to have the final draft ready by December. In court documents from the Montana lawsuit, TransCanada’s attorneys said they believe all the pending lawsuits will be resolved before construction begins.The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs down to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The State Department has noted that TransCanada has a lower overall spill rate than average in the pipeline industry.___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GrantSchultelast_img read more

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Civil Defence dept puts boatmen, rescue teams & emergency vehicles in place to safeguard Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: The Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has taken up adequate preventive measures to combat the cyclone Fani, which is expected to hit various South Bengal districts on late Friday evening.According to a Civil Defence official, all arrangements have been put in place in the coastal districts of the state, including the city. As many as 44 boats have been swung into action to handle emergency situations. Around 150 boatmen have been deployed in various districts, which include West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Hooghly, Howrah, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The boatmen have been given special training on rescuing people in danger. They have also been imparted with police training. Civil Defence Rescue vehicles have already been pressed into action in various districts. Around 17 such vehicles equipped with various modern instruments have been engaged in the coastal districts. The rescue vehicles will have equipment needed to cut uprooted trees and rescue people from buildings in case of an emergency,” a Civil Defence official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe also stated that as many as 34 quick response teams have been formed in various districts, including the city. Each rescue team comprises eight members who have special training in various fields related to disaster management. The teams have modern equipment to tackle the impending crisis. It has also been learnt that 65 Nuliahs (divers) and fishermen have been deployed in Digha and Mandarmani in East Midnapore since Thursday. The Nuliahs have been kept in the coastal regions of the district, where they will keep an eye on the sea beaches. They may also voyage into the sea if the situation demands. The Nuliahs have special training to float in the sea and rescue people. It may be mentioned all the disaster management and civil defence mechanisms have been put in place since Thursday. The district administration will decide how long the rescue teams and civil defence personnel will remain stationed in the districts. All the disaster management officials in the city have been alerted.last_img read more

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US donates bombsniffing dog to Costa Rican penitentiary

first_imgNo related posts. The U.S. Embassy in San José donated a dog trained to detect weapons and bombs that will be in charge of checking every object and person entering the maximum-security prison La Reforma, the largest in Costa Rica.Ámbar is the first bomb-detecting dog owned by the Penitenciary Police and is worth $ 5,900. The new K9 officer will join five drug-sniffing dogs currently working at La Reforma, located in the province of Alajuela, north of the capital.The 9-month-old Belgian shepherd arrived from Guatemala on Monday, and Justice Ministry plans for her include initiating a breeding program.The U.S. government provided training in Guatemala for two La Reforma officers who will handle the dog.The embassy also donated a sound system that will be used for announcing the entry of visitors to La Reforma. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rep Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year

first_img30Dec Rep. Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year Categories: News LANSING – Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, completed 2015 with a perfect voting record – her fifth in a row since being elected to represent the 89th House District in 2010.“It’s an honor, but also an expectation to be on the House floor for all 504 votes made in 2015,” said Rep. Price. “That has been a goal every year, to represent my fellow residents in Lansing and I am as happy to have done that in 2015 as I am for the approximately 3,000 votes made in the previous four years. I look forward to continuing my representation in the same manner through 2016.”last_img read more

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