Widening grant access South Africa will spend R89-billion on state social grants in 2010/11 in the face of increasing unemployment and the impact of last year’s recession. Tabling his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said provision had been made for the extension of the child support grant up to the age of 18. State old-age pensions and disability grants will rise by R70 to R1 080 a month, while child support grants will increase by R10 to R250 per month. In co-operation with the Special Investigation Unit, the SASSA has cracked down on fraudulent grant claims among public servants and is currently investigating similar abuses in the public sector. “We recognise that the increase in the child support grant is slightly below the inflation rate but the social benefit and the cost of bringing in two million more children implies that we have to adjust this grant more moderately,” Gordhan said. Nearly 14-million South Africans are benefiting from the country’s social assistance programme, with more than 9-million of these grants going to households with children. 17 February 2010 In the next year, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will focus on widening access to social grants, and improving grants administration and payments in order to minimise fraud. Expenditure on grants is set to increase from 3.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 3.5%. It is estimated that about R300-million will be recovered from dormant accounts this year. Source: BuaNews
Two bogies of the Puri-Shirdi Express got detached from the engine near Delang railway station in Odisha, a railway official said on Tuesday. All the passengers were safe but the train was delayed by an hour, he said. The detachment took place a few minutes after the train left Jatni Station at 10 p.m. on Monday, the official said. Coach numbers S-4 and S-5 got detached as a coupling hook broke.
Aston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Tammy Abraham to stay and fire them into the Premier League.Smith talked face-to-face with the 21-year-old on-loan Chelsea striker to find out if he was still keen on a temporary switch to Wolves.“Monday was an agreed day off for Tammy,” said Smith. “He came back in on Tuesday. I spoke to him then about his attitude, and it’s been spot-on since then.”He’s been happy here. I asked if he was looking to go elsewhere and he reiterated he was happy to be at Villa , was enjoying playing here and enjoying scoring goals — and nothing more was really said to him. I’ve said right from the outset I couldn’t see him going anywhere, and I’d have been amazed if he had.“The way I look at it, he’s scored 23 goals in this league before with Bristol City. He’s got 16 now. He’s got 20 games to go, if he scores another ten he’s never playing in the Championship again. He’s a Premier League player who’s here, playing in the Championship with us. We’re hoping he can score the goals to take us to the Premier League.”On the prospect of Wolves taking Abraham on-loan, Smith added: “I don’t believe a recall to send him on loan again would have made sense. He’s been on loan three times already. He’s enjoying his football here and long may that continue.“I think everyone knew there was a release clause if Chelsea wanted to pull him back. But my understanding is that if they had activated it it would be for him to play for them, because they had no intention of selling him.“His state of mind is fine. This has been going on for two or three weeks now and he’s scored goals in that time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announced today the launch of an adventure, role-playing, gaming app based on its original, hit animated action series, Mysticons. “Secrets of Gemina” is now available to download for free through the App Store and Google Play on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.The app allows players to guide the Mysticons – Arkayna, Em, Zarya and Piper – through a mesmerizing and engaging fantasy world as the fearless foursome take on a heroic quest to defeat evil and protect the realm. The app features a parallel storyline to the events in season one, as well as opportunities to level up characters, explore familiar locales from the series, and win battles to collect epic loot for in-game powerups, equipment upgrades, and action skills.“Mysticons is an action fantasy property that lends itself perfectly to the gaming industry,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “We’re proud to offer young audiences, especially girls, the opportunity to see themselves as the hero in a video game, as well as provide an additional platform to immerse themselves in the dynamic Mysticons world.” Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Mysticons toy line, by Playmates, and trading cards, by Topps, will add to the app playing experience, containing scannable codes that allow players to unlock special items within the game. Both Mysticonstoys and trading cards will be available soon.Mysticons tells the epic tale of four unexpected heroes who transform into legendary warriors and undertake a mythic quest to save the world. The series premiered in August on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and on Corus’ YTV and Teletoon in Canada and is currently the #1 animated series this fall* on YTV. The series has also surpassed 3 million views on its short form content on YouTube. Mysticons airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on YTV.*Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, k2-11 AMA(000), FL’17 std (Aug28/17 – Oct15/17), YTV ranker based on 3+ airingsAbout MysticonsMysticons is an original animated action series, produced by Nelvana Limited, about four girls from different walks of life who are transformed into legendary warriors. After discovering a powerful mystical tome, the fearless foursome – Arkayna, Zarya, Em, and Piper – are drawn together by a prophecy to battle evil and protect the realm. With real relationships, distinct personalities and already strong, confident, smart, witty, and funny characters, Mysticons focuses on the representation of girls’ strength, power and courage on the television screen. Season one consists of 40 episodes.YouTube: www.youtube.com/mysticonsWebsite: www.mysticons.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/mysticonsTV Twitter: www.twitter.com/mysticonsTVInstagram: www.instagram.com/mysticonsAbout NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage. For more information, visit www.nelvana.com.
Paris: Middle-income households are disappearing in developed countries around the world, according to a new study by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study, titled “Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class”, laid out a litany of problems affecting middle-income households, warning that “this could have serious consequences for nations’ economic growth and social fabric”, CNN reported on Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Today the middle class looks increasingly like a boat in rocky waters,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in a statement. “Governments must listen to people’s concerns and protect and promote middle-class living standards.” According to the study, the share of people in middle-income households in developed countries fell from 64 per cent in the mid-1980s to only 61 per cent by the mid-2010s. However the declines were larger in several countries, including the US, Israel, Germany, Canada, Finland and Sweden, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn the US, just over 50 per cent of the population is middle class, much smaller than most other developed countries. The report considers households earning between 75 per cent and 200 per cent of the median national income as middle class. Rising income inequality is part of the reason for the trend. Over the past 30 years, median incomes in OECD countries increased a third less than the average income of the richest 10 per cent, the report found. At the same time, costs are going up faster than inflation in the world’s richest economies – making it harder for the middle class to keep up. Home prices, in particular, have been growing more than a third faster than median household income in recent decades. The middle class spent 32 per cent of their budgets on housing in 2015, compared to 25% in 1985. In the study, the OECD offers some suggestions for addressing the middle class squeeze, many of which match the talking points of progressive US candidates, CNN reported. They include lowering taxes on the middle class and increasing them on the wealthy, developing more affordable housing, helping young adults build wealth, containing the cost of education, child care and health and improving workers’ skills and training.
Megan Rapinoe (center) and Abby Wambach (right) speak to OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker during an OUAB event on March 28 at The Ohio Union. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTwo of the most prominent American female athletes visited Ohio State on Monday night to discuss a wide variety of topics in a crowded Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The event, put on by OUAB, featured former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and current midfielder Megan Rapinoe. The duo sat down with OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker for a talk about women’s rights, gay rights and Wambach’s retirement. Those in attendance listened to the moving words and topics that the athletes presented. Wambach and Rapinoe are coming off a FIFA Women’s World Cup title, the third in U.S. history. The duo described their feelings when meeting President Barack Obama and riding on floats through New York City for their championship ticker-tape parade.However, these women had a much larger message to leave with students.Both Rapinoe and Wambach have come out as lesbian in recent years, and wanted to let people who are struggling with their sexuality know it is OK to be gay. The World Cup champions described the points in their life when they discovered they were gay, and the triumphs and struggles they encountered while doing so.Wambach said she plans to release a book toward the end of the year describing not only her successes in life, but also her failures and darkest moments. The all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of international women’s soccer said she will open up in ways that no one knows about, and that some of the details in the book might be shocking to some readers. Even so, Wambach said she is not scared about unleashing this information, and she is completely comfortable with who she is.For the first time publicly, Wambach announced she will join former U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain and donate her brain for concussion research. Rapinoe said she would follow suit, as well, although she noted she doesn’t use her head quite to the extend Wambach does. Rapinoe talked about her engagement and upcoming marriage to singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone and her excitement surrounding the event. The USWNT winger was recently inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and is a large proponent of the LGBT community.Rapinoe said she feels that her advocacy role is not only about the story of her own sexuality, but to make other people of the LGBT community feel comfortable with who they are and to “be your best you.”Throughout the discussion, Wambach touched on her recent retirement from soccer, and what her future plans are both in life and in the realm of the game. The 35 year-old said she knew it was time for her to retire when then-teammate Kelley O’Hara came in as a substitute and scored a goal against Germany in the semifinal of the 2015 World Cup. Wambach said at that moment she felt that she could leave the team after being a leader and member since 2001 and it would be “in good hands.”The former teammates in Wambach and Rapinoe remain great friends, and Wambach said she plans to remain involved in the game of soccer, specifically with the USWNT. The champions will also drive to become even bigger advocates within the LGBT community and always remind people to not care and to be happy with who they are.A full story about Rapinoe and Wambach’s decision can be read here.
Play ‘Em Sam Bradford: Bradford has looked impressive as a rookie so far this season. Last week against Seattle, he threw for 289 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, Bradford faces a Detroit defense that ranks 26th in passing defense and has allowed at least two touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in three of its first four games. If you’re looking for a bye-week quarterback, consider Bradford. Eli Manning: Last week against Chicago, Manning threw for 195 yards and no touchdowns, but the Giants’ defense was the main focus. This week, Manning faces an awful Texans secondary. Look for Manning to rebound against a defense that allows 338 yards passing per game. Jamaal Charles: Charles has scored one touchdown in his 2010 campaign, but look for success this week against the Colts. Through four games, running backs have averaged 22 points in standard scoring leagues against the Colts’ defense. Charles will continue to split carries with Thomas Jones, but Charles’ seven yards per carry is worth noting. Mark Clayton: It’s hard to believe how well Clayton has fit so well in the Rams’ system after being traded from Baltimore. Clayton caught five passes for 72 yards last week against Seattle, but was targeted 14 times. He will continue to be consistent against a Lions defense that surrenders 27 points per game. Marques Colston: It’s time to wake up, Marques. Colston has been irrelevant in the Saints’ passing game this season, with 190 receiving yards in four games. Believe it or not, Colston hasn’t had more than 70 yards in a game. Expect Colston to find the end zone against a subpar Cardinals defense. In his last game against Arizona, Colston had eight catches for 114 yards with a touchdown. Bench ‘Em Carson Palmer: Last week, Palmer threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns. However, the Bengals trailed early, which allowed Palmer to air it out. Palmer’s next challenge is to face a Tampa Bay passing defense that ranks 10th in the league. The Bengals will utilize the running game, since that has been Tampa Bay’s weakness. Darren McFadden: McFadden is battling a hamstring injury that could cost him a start this week. Whether McFadden is healthy or not, look for Michael Bush to get a majority of the carries. The Chargers hold their own against the run and McFadden’s last game against San Diego wasn’t impressive, as he had just 68 yards and lost a fumble. Terrell Owens: Owens shocked us all with his performance last week, 222 yards and a touchdown. For those of you trying to get on the T.O. bandwagon, get off. Owens will continue to be mediocre as the Bengals try to find an identity on offense. LaDainian Tomlinson: As expected, Tomlinson had a monster game against Buffalo, with 133 yards and two touchdowns. This week the Jets face a Vikings unit that allows 87 rushing yards per game and is coming off a bye. The Vikings will crowd the box and force Mark Sanchez to make plays downfield. The Vikings haven’t allowed a touchdown to an opposing running back in their last two games.
By Sulayman Bah Barack Young Controllers (BYC) of Liberia has flown out to North ofAfrica, Morocco for their final preparation, Foroyaa Sport can report.The Liberia Football Association domestic league champions are drawnwith Gambian counterparts Real de Banjul and are set to jet in Banjulfor the Orange Caf Champions League first leg preliminary qualifier.The club comprising a strong 39-man delegation is in Rabat to put thefinal touches to their preparations with a test match with one ofMoroccan clubs there even being mooted.“They are to come on Thursday 5 or 6 in the morning. The team is inMorocco,’ Real de Banjul’s Willy Abraham told Foroyaa Sport.BYC proposed arrival has caused much noise and media publicity amidfears of the spread of ebola – a rampaging virus that has claimedthousand lives – with Liberia one of countries hit by the epidemic.As part of precautionary measures, the club is expected to be screenedfirst when they touch down at the Gambia International Airport.There were initial doubts of the match taking place this Saturday atthe Banjul mini-stadium following the Monrovia press claim on Mondayauthorities in Banjul have placed orders urging Air Maroc not to flythe team to the Gambia.]]>
Rafael Benitez is hopeful that Newcastle can climb further up the table after a promising run of results and highlighted the difference his three loan signings have madeThe former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager has cut a frustrated figure at St James’ Park this season with a lack of funds meaning that he has had to make do with limited resources in what has bee a challenging first season back in the Premier League.But despite that, Benitez managed to acquire winger Kenedy from Chelsea on a loan deal with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague and Leicester’s Islam Slimani following later on with the same deals.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Since then there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle, who have lost just two of their past 10 league matches with Benitez hopeful that they can still climb the table.“It’s not always a question of money. That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need. In January, when we were talking, we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker.” said the 57 year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.“That is what we did, and you can see the difference. It is about doing the right things at the right time.”