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first_imgFrance’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s highest administrative court, has expressed concerns about several aspects of the government’s pensions reform bill and accompanying documents.It said there were still gaps in the financial forecasts in the impact assessment despite the government having done work to improve them upon previous feedback from the Conseil.It called on the government to improve the study before the pensions reform bill is tabled in parliament, in particular by including more analysis of how the proposed reforms could affect the employment rate among senior citizens and welfare-related spending.The Conseil d’Etat, which advises the government on legislation, was also critical about the tight deadlines the government had given for feedback. It said the three weeks it had been given had prevented it from “carrying out its mission with the serenity and amount of time needed to best ensure the legal security” of its assessment. Source: Dircom / JB EyguesierThe Conseil d’Etat in ParisAccording to the Conseil d’Etat the government had also on several occasions made changes to the reform bills during the short period it had been given to review them.The body also expressed concerns about the number of “ordonnances” provided for by the reform bill, noting that the draft legislation empowered the government to issue 29 of these statutory instruments. An ordinance is a type of decree passed by the government in an area normally reserved for primary legislation enacted by the parliament.The Conseil d’Etat also challenged the way the government has characterised the reform, saying the government’s line that “chaque euro cotisé ouvre les mêmes droits pour tous” – roughly translated as “every euro contributed gives access to the same rights for all” – was an “imperfect reflection of the complexity and the diversity of the rules defined by the bill”.According to the Conseil, the government has made a change to the text to address this.The lower house of parliament is due to debate the draft reform legislation starting 17 February. It was presented to cabinet ministers on Friday.There have been multiple rounds of demonstrations against the reform plan, as well as a transport strike that is reportedly the longest in recent history in France. “This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills are for a pension system reform that is unprecedented since 1945 and intends to transform for decades to come a social system that is one of the major components of the social contract,” it added.last_img read more

first_imgThe Buchy rink featured former provincial champion Fred Thomson.Myron Nichol of Castlegar won the B event with Longworth claiming the C event.Lynn Lee of Cranbrook took the D event.The cashspiel attracted 16 rinks from the Kootenay and Okanagan region.Rinks now prepare for the upcoming Zone Playdowns.The men’s is happening next month in Sparwood.In Castlegar, the Justin Umpherville rink of Beaver Valley swept to the Kootenay Junior Men’s title with a 2-0 win over Zone Bartlett of Grand Forks in the best-of-three playdown.The series was played Saturday in Castlegar.Umpherville, including third Spence Soukeroff, second Kasey Ohara and lead Zack Howes, won by scores of 10-4 and 13-5.The Beaver Valley rink advances to the B.C. Junior Men’s Championships in Chilliwack. T.J. Perepolkin scored early and often en route to capturing the $1500 prize at the Nelson Curling Club 2013 Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Heritage City Club.Perepokin, third Deane Horning, second Tyler Orme and lead Don Freschi of Trail dumped Rick Cutler of Nelson in seven ends.Kevin Nesbitt is the fifth man on the Perepolkin rink, which advanced to the qualifying rounds of cashspiels in both Vernon and Red Deer.Horning and Freschi are both B.C. Provincial Champs.The Cutler rink, a club team entering the open cashspiel for some extra competition, shocked many of the favoured rinks as the club cruised to the A Final.Along the way Cutler & Company defeated favoured rinks led by Rob Ferguson of Trail, Mark Longwoth of Vernon and Tom Buchy of Kimberley.last_img read more

first_imgThere are almost 15.4-million radio sets in South Africa, with more than 30-million listeners tuning into a range of programming from ultra-hip urban music to community news and information in the deep rural areas.Radio is still very much alive in South Africa, reaching wider audiences than more modern media. Radio stations offer a range of news, entertainment and education in all official languages, across the entire country.(Image: Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterAccording to the South African Advertising Research Foundation, South Africans spend an average of three-and-a-half hours a day listening to the radio.See the South African Advertising Research FoundationYou can listen to radio on the airwaves, via satellite, your mobile phone or via the internet, with most of the major stations – as well as many community ones – offering live audio streaming from their websites. Follow these links to see what is on offer:South African radioSABC public broadcasting stationsCommercial radio stationsCommunity radio stationsQuick guide to radio frequenciesAll 11 of South Africa’s official languages get airtime, as well as German, Hindi, Portuguese and the San languages of !Xu and Khwe, with stations falling into three broad categories: public service broadcasting, commercial, and community radio stations.Public service radioThe country’s public service broadcaster is the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). While wholly owned by the state, the corporation is financially independent of taxpayers’ money, deriving its income from advertising and licence fees in a ratio of around four to one.The SABC’s mandate set out in the Broadcasting Act, No 4 of 1999, is to provide both a commercial and public service, each administered separately, with commercial radio stations subsidising the public service stations.The corporation’s commercial stations include 5FM, a national youth music station, Metro FM, a music station targeting black urban youth, and Channel Africa, an external radio service broadcasting in a number of languages across the continent.The corporation’s public broadcasting arm includes cultural services in all 11 official languages, as well as stations for South Africa’s Indian (Lotus FM) and San (X-K FM) communities.The largest radio stations in South Africa are the SABC’s African language stations, with Ukhozi FM, the Zulu cultural service, with almost 4,3-million listeners a week; Umhlobo Wenene (Xhosa) at 2,43-million listeners; and Lesedi FM (Sesotho) at 2,14-million listeners.Read more about the languages of South Africa and the SABC’s public broadcasting stationsCommercial radio stationsuring the apartheid era, South Africa had only two independent radio stations: Radio 702 and Capital Radio. With the deregulation and liberalisation of broadcasting in the late 1990s, the number of commercial stations operating outside of SABC control proliferated.In 1996, six lucrative SABC stations were privatised: Gauteng’s Highveld Stereo and Radio Jacaranda (now Jacaranda 94.2), KwaZulu-Natal’s East Coast Radio, the Western Cape’s KFM (now 94.5Kfm), the Eastern Cape’s Radio Algoa (Algoa FM) and the Free State’s OFM. The government raised more than R500-million when the stations were licensed to various black-controlled groups.In early 1997, eight new commercial radio licences were granted for broadcasting in South Africa’s three biggest cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Applicants targeting black audiences with new formats were generally favoured with two “smooth jazz” licences, P4 in Cape Town and Durban (now known as Heart 104.9FM and Gagasi 99.5FM respectively); one kwaito station, YFM (now 99.2 YFM); and one urban contemporary station, Kaya FM.The remaining four licences went to an English-language talk station, Cape Talk (567 Cape Talk); two Afrikaans talk stations, Punt in Cape Town and Durban; and a classical music station, Classic FM 102.7. The two Punt stations have since closed down because of financial difficulties.Icasa, South Africa’s broadcasting authority (see below), finalised a licensing process for secondary commercial markets. This led to three new stations being licensed in 2007: Capricorn FM in Limpopo, M-Power Radio in Mpumalanga, Radio North West in the North West province. A further two licenses are also planned for in the secondary markets of the Eastern Cape and Free State, according to the National Association of Broadcasters.Read more about commercial radio stationsGo to the National Association of Broadcasters’ websiteGo to the Icasa websiteCommunity radio stationsFrom 1994 onwards, South Africa’s broadcasting authority processed hundreds of community radio licence applications from groups as diverse as rural women’s cooperatives, Afrikaans communities and various religious bodies.Although community radio, by its nature, struggles to access advertising and other forms of financing, it is a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector.Community radio stations are independent, non-profit, community-based organisations. There are more than 165 community radio stations currently on air in South Africa, which collectively broadcast to 8,55-million listeners a week, according to figures from the South African Advertising Research Foundation.Broadcasts are in many different languages, and the scope and reach of the stations varies enormously – from the 416 000 Joburgers who make up the audience of Jozi FM to, for example, the mere 2 000 people who listen to Radio Unique in the Eastern Cape towns of Aliwal North and Molteno.Many community broadcasters are represented by the National Community Radio Forum, which was formed in 1993 to lobby for the diversification of the airwaves and to promote the development and growth of the community radio sector. It has 120 members, of which 88 are on air.Read more about community radio in South AfricaGo to the National Community Radio Forum websiteRegulating the industryIndependent Communications Authority of South AfricaBroadcasting in South Africa is regulated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), which issues broadcast licences; ensures universal service and access; monitors the industry and enforces compliance with rules, regulations and policies; hears disputes brought by industry or members of the public against licensees; plans, controls and manages the frequency spectrum; and protects consumers from unfair business practices.Go to the Icasa websiteNational Association of BroadcastersThen there’s the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a non-profit grouping of organisations and individuals working in broadcasting and related industries. NAB helps the industry regulate and promote itself, grounded in the principles of democracy, diversity and freedom of expression.Go to the National Association of Broadcasters’ websiteBroadcasting Complaints CommissionFinally, there’s the Broadcasting Complaints Commission, set up by NAB in 1993 to adjudicate and mediate complaints against any broadcaster who has signed its code of conduct. The BCCSA is entirely independent from the NAB and the broadcasters, with commissioners appointed by an independent panel.Go to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission websiteSources: South African Advertising Research FoundationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by encouraging all South Africans to contribute to positive change.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 to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to 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.Play Your Part has identified ambassadors who fly the South African flag high by taking responsibility to positively contribute towards nation building and in achieving our vision. Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors are ordinary South Africans who have played their part and done the extraordinary for the country.There are also numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.Visit www.PlayYourPart.co.za.last_img read more

first_imgAmanda Razani Tags:#alzheimer’s#Boston University#health#wearables Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Boston University researchers have been working on creating wearable devices that that can detect signs of early dementia and Alzheimer’s. The goal of this three-year research project is to reveal minute physical changes that correspond with the slow mental decline associated with this illness. Right now, it is hard to detect early preclinical Alzheimer’s.See Also: Can wearable technology help the elderly?The incidence of this disease is steadily increasing as the population continues to age. It is estimated that as many as 5.4 million Americans might have Alzheimer’s. The risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, although it is not considered to be a normal part of aging.  If treatment is not found soon, it is expected that the national number of patients with this disease will almost triple by 2050.Boston University researcher, Rhoda Au, has administered wearable digital devices to 2,200 elderly individuals, as a part of the study. During a three-year period, these devices will track patient’s balance, heart rate, sleep, cognitive function, and fall risk, along with other possible medical markers.Currently, people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s are sent to a specialist. However, at that time, it is often too late to do anything to help the patient.Plans for the future of wearables“It’s really labor-intensive to bring people [into the lab],” said Au, speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston.Eventually, researchers plan to move past wearable technology to in-home devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Nest. This may give more insight as to what parts of a person’s life may cause dementia.“I’m pretty sure that I have collected data that is not useful.  But I am equally sure that I have collected data that is useful…it is very much about figuring it out as you go along,” Au said.center_img 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Web-based advertising platforms provide you applicants by allowing them to find jobs they’d be interested in, and they make it easy for a candidate to send you their resume by simply clicking a link. This tends to increase the number of candidates that reply to your posted position while simultaneously reducing the overall quality; many people without the right skills will apply based only on the advertised compensation.I start with three segments of candidates.A-List CandidatesIf a candidate has industry-related experience and a strong sales history, they make the A-List. Understanding the industry is an indication that they know how things work, that they have experience in having business discussions around the industry, and that they have contacts that may allow speed to results (even though this isn’t always true).B-List CandidatesIf a candidate doesn’t have the requisite industry experience, but has the sales history, they make it into the second stack. Sales skills are transferable, especially if the sales person has been trained, coached, and developed by their prior organizations.If you have the ability to teach and train a salesperson in your industry, there are excellent candidates that possess the mindset and the skill set necessary to succeed. It is a mistake not to consider candidates from this group. It’s a bigger mistake to trade industry experience for the attributes that allow someone to succeed, but that is the most common mistake people make when hiring. What feels like a shortcut is often a dead end.C- List CandidatesThis is the stack of resumes from people who lack industry experience and also have no experience in sales.Unless you are prepared to train salespeople from scratch, and unless you have the training and development resources to train people with absolutely no experience, this list isn’t the right place to hire from. It is a mistake, and it is wrong to hire salespeople with no experience if you cannot train, coach, and develop them. It is unfair to them, and it is why so many young people sour on sales.The 20-Minute Meet and GreetI never interview a candidate from any list without first doing a 20-minute phone interview. There is no reason to commit to spending an hour with someone who is clearly wrong for you and your company. Your time is best reserved for people who appear to be a good fit.It helps to consider the best candidates from your A-List and your B-List for these 20-minute interviews. You don’t want to overlook a potential future star because they don’t have industry experience. You also don’t want to hire someone who is a project if you have an A-List candidate available.Hiring isn’t easy, and it is better to see more people than fewer. This strategy allows you to look at more candidates, and build a pool of those who are likely the best fit.last_img read more

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill on Friday against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion. The Opposition supported the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019, which was passed unanimously with a voice vote. Replying to the discussion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said a new stringent legislation was required as “forced conversion”, especially in Rampur and Kinnaur, was “on the rise.”The Bill seeks to repeal the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2006, which is on similar lines. The new Bill proposes stringent punishments — up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill. While participating in the discussion on the Bill, Congress legislators Asha Kumari, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Jagat Singh Negi and lone CPI(M) MLA Rakesh Singha sought changes in some clauses. Answering Mr. Sukhu’s suggestion, Mr. Thakur said the 13-year old act was not so effective. The government decided to bring a new legislation instead of amending the already-existing Act as it has only eight sections and it would have not better to add about 10 more sections to it, the chief minister said.As per the Bill, anyone seeking to convert will need to give a month’s notice to the district magistrate, stating that the person is converting on his/her own. The provision figured in the 2006 law as well and was challenged in court. The priest who performs conversion ceremony will also give a month’s notice in advance. Those reconverting to their “parent religion” are exempted from this provision. Replying to Mr. Negi’s suggestion, the chief minister said everyone was worried about untouchability, but provisions in the Constitution against untouchability were already there. According to the new Bill, if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the jail term will be between two-seven years. Law Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Rakesh Pathania and Rakesh Jamwal from the treasury bench also participated in the discussion. Section 10 of the Bill states that no person or organisation violating the provisions will be allowed to accept any donation or contribution of any kind from within or outside the country. The Bill will become an Act after its notification following assent by the Governor.last_img read more

first_img“I and the other assistants talked at the end of the first half and every one of us gave their insight on how we should adjust in the second half. And after that huddle, the second half became easier for us.”Matt Salem had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the Bulldogs while Issa Gaye put up 22 points, six rebounds, and six blocks.J-Jay Alejandro narrowly missed out on a triple-double for NU with 10 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.Steve Akomo led the Growling Tigers with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Marvin Lee had 15 points and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, dropped to 0-10.The Bulldogs slowly built their momentum from the second quarter until midway through the third quarter, going on a 24-6 run bridging the two periods to take a 69-58 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMatt Salem then converted on an and-one play that capped off NU’s 11-2 run at the start of the fourth that put the Bulldogs up 80-65 at the 7:29 mark of the fourth.“We really needed to win today because we wanted to have a better chance to get to the Final Four,” said NU assistant coach Danny Ildefonso, who temporarily spearheaded the team in place of the suspended Jamike Jarin, in Fiipino. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Gasol, Grizzlies build big lead, hang on to beat Warriors Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University steadied its ship and dumped University of Santo Tomas, 91-83, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bulldogs, who came into the game having lost five of their last six games, improved to 4-6 to bolster their bid for a Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgIf the touch downs and score lines are any indications the Men’s and Women’s Open B Divisions are a resounding success in their inclusion in the NSWTA State Cup this year.After all Pool rounds have completed the Men’s Open B Division have played 40 games scored 182 touch downs for an average of 4.55 touchdowns per game.On a day where upsets were on the cards, the Blacktown Broncos remain the only side to go through unbeaten as shock results at the top and bottom of the Pool kept all teams on the edge of their seats as wins were at a premium. In the final wash-up 9 teams finished within 4 points of progressing into the final series but Eastern Suburbs Roosters 2, Canterbury Bulldogs and Eastern Suburbs Roosters 1 prevailed and will join the Blacktown Broncos in the finals tomorrow. There were similar results in the Women’s Open B Division where out of the 40 games, 6 were drawn results at the end of time and it took to the last round to determine the top 4 teams.Lismore, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, UNSW Bullets and Parramatta Eels sealing the top 4 stops will now front up on Sunday morning confident winning the inaugural trophy, although Lismore will be hard to beat after going through undefeated and scoring 40 touchdowns while conceding 4 against. For full details and results from Day Two click here State Cup Website and follow the links to the Men’s and Women’s Open B Division.last_img read more