Facebook WhatsApp Nonprofits lunch & learn Facebook Local News Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: A step in the right direction for VictoriaNext articleHeroes Wave Off admin Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – March 8, 2018 Lunch & Learn – Media & Marketing for Non-ProfitsThe Odessa Arts has scheduled a power lunch on press and marketing for non-profits at 11:30 a.m. Monday at The Rose Building, 415 N. Grant Ave.Bring your lunch, or purchase from a local food truck.Admission is free for Odessa Arts members and $10 for non-members.Space is limited.To RSVP, call 432-337-1492 or email [email protected]
From Monday, October 1, the light installation Greeting to the Sun will be fenced and closed due to the implementation of renovation, modernization and upgrade.”The scope of work includes dismantling the existing equipment in the Greeting to the Sun pane and replacing it with new, which includes mechanical resistance to sea water, replacing the light effects generation system with a new system, upgrading software applications for creating sets, connecting to the Internet and activating effects via the Internet.”Point out from the city of Zadar.The deadline for completion, ie completion of works, is March 31.03.2018, 3.987.100,00, so practically one of the main tourist attractions in Zadar will be inaccessible to tourists for a full five months. The city of Zadar points out that the contractor is the company Tiristor doo Zadar, and the agreed price of the works is XNUMX HRK + VAT.
June 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio is apologizing for suggesting discrimination and racism aren’t problems in the NFL.“After reflecting on my comments yesterday and listening to the players this morning, I realize what I said regarding racism and discrimination in the NFL was wrong,” Fangio said in an apology posted on the team’s Twitter account Wednesday.“While I have never personally experienced those terrible things first-hand during my 33 years in the NFL, I understand that many players, coaches and staff have different perspectives,” Fangio added. “I should have been more clear and I am sorry.” Broncos coach apologizes after suggesting NFL free of racism Associated Press Critics said that statement ignored the dearth of NFL minority head coaches, general managers and team presidents as well as QB Colin Kaepernick’s inability to land an NFL job after he sparked a movement by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to call attention to social injustices and excessive use of police force against minorities.__Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Fangio’s original comments came in the context of explaining diverse NFL locker rooms rallying around common causes of teamwork and goal-setting. Fangio began Tuesday’s call with a repudiation of the white police officer in Minneapolis who was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed. Prosecutors on Wednesday expanded their case against the officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s death, charging three of the officers with aiding and abetting a murder and upgrading the charges against the officer who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck to second-degree murder.Fangio on Tuesday called Floyd’s death “a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct,” and he added that he’s encouraged his players to peacefully protest such injustices. He also said professional sports offers society a blueprint of sorts on how to better get along because coaches, players and staff from diverse backgrounds unite in common quests.Later in the call, Fangio was asked about the evolution of player activism over racial injustice and excessive use of force against minorities. He responded, “I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal. We’re a league of meritocracy. You earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. We live in a great atmosphere. Like I alluded to earlier, we’re lucky. We all live together joined as one for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.” Fangio said he only meant to convey that in his experience, those ills didn’t exist in locker rooms or on the playing field where teams rallied behind common goals. “Unfortunately, we don’t live or work only within those confines,” Fangio said. “Outside of those lines — both in the NFL and society — there is a lot of work to be done in the areas of diversity and providing opportunities across the board for minorities.”He concluded his lengthy apology by saying, “I look forward to listening to the players — both individually and collectively — to support them and work hand-in-hand to create meaningful change.”Fangio, a 61-year-old white head coach, faced plenty of blowback on social media and was criticized as being tone-deaf after his comments in a video call with members of the media on Tuesday. He had suggested discrimination and racism weren’t issues in the NFL. Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs tweeted, “Is he blind??” and his teammate, running back Chris Carson, called Fangio “a joke.” Diggs and Carson are black.Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy told ESPN’s Golic and Wingo that while he concurred with Fangio’s view of an NFL meritocracy on the playing field, the league wasn’t immune to society’s ills. “To say there’s no racism and no problem, I think, really is not recognizing the situation,” Dungy said.
Brentford boss Mark Warburton has told the club’s website his side can cope with Sheffield Wednesday’s direct style on a wearing Hillsborough pitch.The two sides meet on Tuesday night, with the Bees hoping to win to enhance their play-off chances.Warburton said he was confident his players could impose themselves on the game despite the test that awaits them.He said: “Sheffield Wednesday will pose a tough challenge. They are physically proficient with talented players like Chris Maguire and Lewis McGugan.“They are organised with an aerial threat. They can be direct and they can play and they have an excellent goalkeeper.“The pitch is a question mark. It is not the best but we have to deal with it, other teams do. We will be positive and try to impose ourselves on the game.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Your T-shirt could soon contain the same carbon-14 as William the Conqueror’s robe from 1066 AD, scientists warn.An article in PhysOrg claims that radiocarbon dating is becoming more unreliable as carbon emissions increase. Why would that be?Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years old.Carbon released by burning fossil fuels is diluting radioactive carbon-14 and artificially raising the radiocarbon ‘age’ of the atmosphere….But carbon-14 is carbon-14, isn’t it? Why should fossil fuels have any effect?Fossil fuels like coal and oil are so old that they contain no carbon-14. When their emissions mix with the modern atmosphere, they flood it with non-radioactive carbon.In radiocarbon dating terms this makes the atmosphere appear older, which is reflected in the tissues of plants taking in CO2 during photosynthesis, and their products such as cottons.At the rate fossil fuel emissions are currently increasing, by 2050 a new T-shirt would have the same radiocarbon date as a robe worn by William the Conqueror a thousand years earlier.Radiocarbon dating is not affected seriously yet, they claim, but will be by 2020 if emissions continue. Incidentally, lab techs already have to correct for another historical contingency:The fraction of carbon-14 in the atmosphere decreased after the Industrial Revolution with the rise of fossil fuel combustion. But in the 1950s and 60s, nuclear weapons testing caused a sharp increase. Since then atmospheric observations show the levels have been dropping, and are now close to the pre-industrial proportions.The scientists seem unaware of carbon-14 reported from coal (9/25/03), diamonds, and dinosaur bones (see 6/18/15).We’re glad to see their agreement that coal “should” be radiocarbon dead. If it is not, then that is prima facie evidence that coal is not millions of years old.Evolutionists routinely dismiss claims of radiocarbon in coal, diamonds and dinosaur bones, because they already “know” from secularism’s moyboy dogma that these substances “are” millions of years old. There can’t be any radiocarbon present, therefore; if it is found, it must be from contamination—no matter how carefully the specimens were checked. (This is one of several ways they have to escape falsification.)If coal and these other substances do contain radiocarbon, though, burning them into the atmosphere should not affect radiocarbon dates (at least to the degree they are concerned about). The article does, however, point out some of the assumptions that go into any dating method. The daters have to calibrate their method by deciding what a standard fraction of C14 must have been before man messed it up. Obviously nobody was measuring C14 fractions during the industrial revolution; Libby didn’t invent the method till the late 1940s. By then, nuclear tests were already altering the atmospheric proportions of carbon isotopes.If daters have to infer the “natural” C14 fraction and correct for anomalies like nuclear testing and fossil fuel burning (assuming fossil fuels contain no C14), then what other corrections are not being made? Nobody knows if C14 production has always been in a steady state, yet that is required knowledge to make the method reliable. What are the unknown unknowns?For dates that can be cross-checked from historical records, like the date of Hezekiah’s Tunnel (9/10/03), the method is probably fairly reliable. But what of dates before written records were kept? The Tunguska impact of 1908 flattened many square miles of forest. Did they correct for that? (see paper). There are coal beds that have been burning for thousands of years from lightning strikes. How do they know a meteor didn’t hit a coal seam in the unobserved past? How do they know volcanic eruptions didn’t release fossil fuels? Did a nearby supernova cause a spike in atmospheric production of C14? The older the age claim, the more it becomes a matter of worldview, not science. (Visited 635 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
8 June 2007Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has introduced the new Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, which aims to help South Africans manage their savings in an environment of rising personal debt.Manuel told Parliament in Cape Town this week that personal income tax relief would be granted to the public across the board as a result of the “steadily growing economy and administrative efficiencies of the South African Revenue Service”.The tax-free threshold for low-income earners is set to be raised from R40 000 to R43 000, the minister said, while the 18% tax bracket would be raised from R100 000 to R112 500, and the 40% tax bracket from 400 000 to 450 000.Manuel said the raising of thresholds for taxable earnings would effectively put R8.8-billion worth of personal income back into the pockets of taxpayers.“Long-term savings for pension, provident funds and individual retirement annuities can now grow tax-free so as to maximise the savings ‘nest egg’ of future retirees,” Manuel said, noting that the most notable changes to the Bill have been in the area of savings.Another related amendment to the Bill is a new tax regime for lump sum payouts on retirement or death. Under the draft law:The first R300 000 lump sum amount will be tax-free.Amounts between R300 000 to R600 000 will be subject to 18% tax.Amounts between R600 000 to R900 000 will be subject to 27% tax.All amounts above R900 000 will be subject to 36% tax.Manuel said interest and dividend exemption for individuals aged below 65 would increase from R16 500 to R18 000, and for older individuals would increase from R24 500 to R26 000.He added that the exemption for capital gains and losses would increase from R12 500 to R15 000. Tax exemption on donations would also increase from R50 000 to R100 000.In the interest of making sure that individuals “have sufficient funds upon retirement or to pass onto future generations,” estate duty exemption would increase from R2.5-million to R3.5-million.Source: BuaNews
Legendary Springbok rugby scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday 6 February after five years battling motor neuron disease. He was 45.Joost van der Westhuizen was instrumental in the Springboks’ World Cup triumph in 1995. But tragically, the legendary scrumhalf could not triumph over motor neuron disease. (screenshot via Youtube)Former Springbok rugby scrumhalf, captain and legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.The J9 Foundation, which Van der Westhuizen established to fight the incurable disease, confirmed his passing on Monday 6 February. After his vital organs began to fail on Friday 3 February, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday and placed on life support.The foundation said he passed away on Monday after “putting up an incredible fight” over the weekend.He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, in 2011. The disease attacks the body’s neurons, weakening the body’s voluntary muscles. This can result in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.Van der Westhuizen played a pivotal role in the Springbok’s first Rugby World Cup title in 1995. In his prime, he was considered the world’s greatest scrumhalf. He is still regarded as one of the legends of the game.Van der Westhuizen spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls, from 1993 until 2003, with great success. But he will be best remembered for his international playing career.He featured in 89 tests for the Springboks and scored 38 tries, a record only broken by Bryan Habana in 2011, at the Rugby World Cup. He captained South Africa during the 1999 World Cup where they finished third. Van der Westhuizen retired from international rugby in 2003 as South Africa’s record cap holder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Research into perceptions of South Africa in the rest of Africa found nation brand reputational strengths in culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions. But South Africans were also perceived as imposing and aggressive. Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, said initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy. (Image: Media Club Reporter) • How much do you know about the ocean? • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series • Enactus promotes entrepreneurship, innovation • Sandton goes car-free for a month Ray MaotaThere are mixed perceptions of South Africa in other African countries, according to South Africa Incorporated, or SA Inc, which aims to uncover unique insights to help Brand South Africa to understand the environment in which it operates.The project was created by Brand South Africa as part of its Africa Programme in order to uncover what local businesses face when they trade with and invest in peer countries on the rest of the continent, and when they travel to and live in other African countries.Results of the project were unpacked at research dialogue hosted by Brand South Africa and held at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Illovo, northern Johannesburg, earlier in the week. The dialogue dissected South Africa’s brand on the continent and its various implications.SA Inc fieldwork was undertaken in 2014/15 in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Russia in the 2015/16 cycle. One of the insights gained was that perceptions of South Africa and its people could hinder or advance the country’s business progress in the rest of Africa.For example, initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy, imposing and unwilling to listen to the authentic advice of locals and industry experts, said Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa.The country’s National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, which sets out the vision for South Africa, posits expanded trade between South Africa and its peer African countries as a key long-term objective.SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS PEERSAccording to SA Inc, in Nigeria, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on several fronts:With more than 150 companies active in the market, South Africa is highly visible and respected in many areas of national competency.South Africa’s democratic transition, institutional and infrastructural profile is appreciated and is often referenced as a key attractiveness feature.Nigerian respondents are keen to interact with and explore opportunities with South Africa for business and investment interactions and for cultural, music, tourism and related experiences.In Kenya, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on two fronts:As a result of South Africa’s democratic transition, strong institutions; and,As a result of major interest in South Africa music and culture.FINDINGS ON SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOTPRINT IN KENYA AND NIGERIAUncovering outside perceptions of a nation is key to effectively marketing its brand, particularly for encouraging trade and investment. In July and August 2014, Brand South Africa researchers conducted fieldwork in Kenya and Nigeria to assess those countries’ views of South Africa and its people.It was found that Kenyans largely considered South Africans to be imposing and aggressive.“However, at the opposite end, the country and its people’s general openness is ascribed to an appealing culture and high-level accomplishments in several spheres,” De Kock said. “For example, our political transition and democratisation; the capabilities and range of sectors in the South African economy; South African technical, managerial, manufacturing, engineering, and a host of related practical capabilities – these all impact positively on perceptions of the nation brand.”In Kenya, there was a positive reception for South African products and services, mostly in the food sector, as they were competitively priced and of high quality. According to the SA Inc report, these perceptions stem from comments about how South African managers conduct themselves and treat Kenyans. This affects the reputation of South Africa and South African businesses in Kenya.On the other hand, South African companies’ perceptions of doing business in Kenya were characterised by wariness, a result of several failed attempts to invest in the nation.Perceptions of business and economic ties in Nigeria concluded that while South Africa had significant and diverse investments across a range of sectors in that country, Nigerian business people felt South Africa should be more open to investment from, and trade interaction with, Nigerian companies.CONCLUSIONSThe initial fieldwork findings indicate unique nation brand reputational strengths in areas such as culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions.On the negative side, South Africans are perceived as imposing, aggressive, and unwilling to listen to local advice.“From a business perspective it implies that more attention needs to be paid to the manner in which South Africans interact with African peers, and how market entry strategies are designed by incorporating soft factors such as business culture,” De Kock said.From a political point of view, South Africa is seen as progressive, that it has strong institutions, and democratic credentials to underpin its Constitution. However, internal developmental challenges, xenophobia, and misplaced perceptions about African expatriates in South Africa is a cause for concern in Kenya and Nigeria.SOUTH AFRICA AND BRICSBrand South Africa shared a research report, The Ufa Declaration, and its implications for the BRICS brand.Most importantly, the report highlights the successes of BRICS in terms of implementing summit decisions, and the implications increased formalisation and institutionalisation has for the development of the organisation.This is an issue very few analysts have written about, especially in the context of how the development of the organisation is reflecting positively on the global governance capability of the five member states.
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India Test captain Virat Kohli hammered his 15th Test hundred as India went past England’s first-innings total of 400 to take lead on the third day of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium. (Scorecard)Kohli’s sublime knock came in 187 balls and was studded with 11 fours. Kohli anchored India’s innings as the host’s stuttered in the post-lunch session.Kohli took a single off Jake Ball to reach his century after tea and celebrated it with his customary jump. (Kohli caps sensational 2016 with record-shattering feats)Earlier, resuming the day on 146/1, the hosts suffered an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was bowled on the second ball of the morning while shouldering arms to paceman Jake Ball, ending a second-wicket partnership of 107 with Vijay. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)However, it proved to be the only success for the English bowlers in the morning session as Vijay and Kohli flayed the attack during their productive partnership.Vijay reached his second century of the series with a single against off-spinner Moeen and hit 10 fours and three sixes in his knock.Vijay was given out leg before to Rashid on 116 but managed to overturn the decision on review as replays suggested he got an inside edge before ball struck pad. (Virat Kohli slams England’s mid-tour break for Christmas)The 116-run partnership ended when Vijay returned a simple catch to Adil Rashid off a full toss to give England a much-needed breakthrough.England then successfully reviewed the umpire’s not out decision to dismiss Karun Nair leg before for 13 off Moeen Ali before part-time off-spinner Joe Root picked up the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Ravichadran Ashwin in four balls.advertisementIndia, who were comfortably placed on 262/2, were reduced to 307/6 before Kohli and Jadeja propped them up with an unbroken stand of 41 for the seventh wicket.The hosts could have been in more trouble if Rashid had managed to hold on to a return catch from Kohli, then on 68.Jadeja (25) too fell soon after tea but Kohli was undeterred and took India to a strong position.MILESTONE MANThis was Kohli’s fourth Test century in 2016 – a year which has so far been record-shattering for the 28-year-old. The Delhi batsman, who is at No.3 spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests, has slammed two double hundreds and scored 1000-plus runs in 11 Tests this year.Kohli is now the leading run-scorer in international cricket this year, ahead of England’s Joe Root (2399 runs). (Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now)Kohli also became the first Indian to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a calendar year since Rahul Dravid, who made 1145 runs in 2011.He is the 14th Indian to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket and the second youngest for India after Sachin Tendulkar to accomplish this feat.The aggressive skipper is also the first Indian captain in last 10 years and only the fourth overall to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a year.Kohli has now equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record (in 1997) for most hundreds in a calendar year while captaining the side. (No similarities in playing style between me and Kohli: Tendulkar)He is also the second Indian captain to score in excess of 500 runs in a Test series after Sunil Gavaskar. This is also the second time that Kohli has achieved this milestone. He scored 692 runs in Australia in 2014/15.