In this business, we usually associate Friday nights with big games on the football field. It’s only natural. It’s where our head goes because high school football and Friday nights just go together like peanut butter and jelly.But this isn’t about football.There may be some names you associate with local football teams, but there’s no more football talk.We’re here for basketball and what is essentially a smorgasbord of choices on the first big Friday night in league play the Humboldt-Del …
7 February 2014 South Africa’s move to modernise its administration of social grants, involving the live certification and re-registration of grant beneficiaries and the introduction of a biometric card payment system, is saving the country hundreds of millions of rands annually, says South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Virginia Peterson. Presenting the agency’s 2012/13 annual report to the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) select committee on social services in Cape Town on Thursday, Peterson said that over 150 000 grants had been voluntarily cancelled between June 2012, when the re-registration process began, and June 2013, amounting to an annual saving of R150-million. The number of voluntary grant cancellations had since increased to 299 837, she said. Interviewed by Business Day following the NCOP briefing, Peterson said that in total more than 650 000 social grant recipients had been removed from the grants register, saving the fiscus almost R2-billion, while an additional R800-million in service fees had been saved in this financial year alone.Electronic grant payments, biometric cards Sassa’s new system aims to minimise fraudulent grant applications and collections and reduce administration costs by distributing grant payments electronically. It involves the mass collection of data of existing and new beneficiaries, children receiving grants, and procurators. The Sassa grant card’s biometric functionality identifies grant recipients using unique identifiers such as fingerprints, voice and other personal information, which means that the cards cannot be used by any person other than the approved beneficiary. “A total of 18.9-million people were successfully re-registered onto the new system by end of the financial year,” Peterson told the NCOP committee. “The number has since increased to 20.7-million.” She noted that the biometric payment cards allowed beneficiaries to access their grants through various payment gateways, including ATMs, pay point stations and retail points of sale – effectively incorporating beneficiaries, many of whom were previously “unbanked”, into the country’s banking community. At the same time, she said, the new payment system almost halved the cost to the agency of each transaction, from an average of R30 to R16.44 per transaction – while giving Sassa, for the first time, automated intelligence on all payment activities. Sassa is currently paying approximately 16-million social grant benefits monthly to approximately 9.5-million recipients.Fraud: focus shifts to agency staff Peterson told the committee that, in its fight against fraud, Sassa’s focus had shifted from grant beneficiaries to agency staff members who colluded with beneficiaries and crime syndicates to defraud the system. Against a target of investigating at least 50% of fraud cases identified, she said, 78% of cases identified to date had been investigated, with 98% of suspicious grants verified as valid. “Efforts to clamp down on corruption in specific regions resulted in arrests and convictions of 10 current agency officials, three former agency officials and 15 agents,” Petersen said. “Fifty-two Sassa officials were suspended from duty, 25 dismissed, and seven resigned prior to the completion of their disciplinary cases. The monetary value related to cases finalised amounts to R59.4-million.” Other successes, she said, included the arrest of 50 individuals in the Mahlabathini area within the Ulundi District who were found to be in possession of 127 unregistered Sassa cards, three CPS registration machines and R47 000 in cash. Five of these suspects remain in custody. Petersen said that money lending had also became a focus, with 29 individuals arrested and 1 008 agency cards and R82 156 in cash confiscated. She acknowledged that the implementation of its fraud management strategy was one of the challenges facing Sassa, adding that the agency had had to “close-out some offices due to the number of officials that were implicated in fraudulent activities.” SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are under the gun right now to reduce production costs for 2017. This has ramifications wide and far-reaching for farm operations and the companies that serve them. One trend that Verdesian Life Sciences is predicting is a potential uptick in anhydrous ammonia use by farmers due to the fact that it’s the lowest-cost nitrogen source. And, as you know, anhydrous continues to be the nitrogen source of choice for many farmers in the Corn Belt.While picking the right chemical to use is one key part of the equation, making you get the full benefit from that chemical is another part. This is where NutriSphere-NH3® comes in. NutriSphere-NH3 from Verdesian is a new product specifically designed to protect nitrogen applied as anhydrous ammonia from being lost through nitrification when applied using the SureFire Ag Systems equipment.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more information from Dr. Darin Lickfeldt
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.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 shutoutThe Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss LATEST STORIES Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.
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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRFEF president Luis Rubiales is delighted with the early impact of Luis Enrique.The former Barcelona coach has quickly turned Spain’s fortunes around as national team coach.It was Rubiales who sacked Julian Lopetegui as Spain coach ahead of the World Cup after the trainer agreed to be Real Madrid’s next manager.He said that “we have a new coach who we believe in a lot, Luis Enrique”. Lucho is “in a phase of reconstruction in which I believe he will put a country like Spain where they belong.”
New Delhi: Delhiites on Sunday breathed the cleanest air of the year so far, thanks to widespread rainfall in the National Capital Region over the past few days, officials said.According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index in the city on Sunday was recorded at 47, which falls in the ‘good’ category. The AQI improved from 49 on Saturday, the CPCB said. An AQI between 0 to 50 is considered ‘good’ air quality. “Sunday’s was the best AQI this year so far,” an official said, adding the air quality will remain in the ‘good’ category for the next three days. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor major part of the year, the city witnesses poor air quality. The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) attributed the improved air quality to widespread rainfall in and around the NCR. “Increased west to North rainfall activity in association with the interaction between western disturbance and monsoon low is ensuring longest spell of best air quality of the year. “It will continue for today also. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and isolated heavy rainfalls are also expected. Delhi Air quality is predicted to be in good category for next three days,” it said. The Delhi-NCR has received widespread intermittent rainfall over the past few days. An AQI between 51 and 100 is considered ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 26 and the PM10 level was recorded at 17 on Sunday, the SAFAR said.
Playing in the NFL isn’t always fun and glamorous, a point Brandon Jacobs was hoping to make on Tuesday when he revealed some of the seedier side of his celebrity.The San Francisco 49ers running back is a big fan of Twitter and boasts 16,000 followers on the social media outlet.Only not all of them are all that nice, a lesson he discovered the hard way after the results of an MRI taken on the knee he injured against the Houston Texans earlier this month came back negative. The bruising 6-foot-4, 264-pound back tweeted about the positive results and expected a wave of cheers in response.That wasn’t exactly the case entirely.“One person said, ‘I hope you die a horrible death,’ ” Jacobs told Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “I tweeted him back saying, ‘I’m sure my wife and kids appreciate that. Have a good day.’ It’s stuff like that, it’s uncalled for. There are some real dumb, stupid people out there.”Jacobs, who helped lead the New York Giants to a Super Bowl championship last season before signing with the 49ers in the offseason, re-tweeted a handful of the boorish tweets that some offensive words in the hopes that they might shed better light on the kinds of rude antics professional athletes sometimes endure.“Everybody thinks this life is all easy,” he said, “and you’ve got to deal with nothing. I like for people to see what else is out there, what else we deal with as NFL players. Let them see what it is that we go through.”But Jacobs remained convinced that Twitter is a great way to communicate with fans in a positive way.“But it’s also a great method for weak, heartless cowards,” he said. “There are a lot of those people out there. It’s more funny to me than anything to know there are stupid, dumb people out there like that. I deal with it and move on with my day.”
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett following a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorHeading into its second straight Big Ten Championship Game, the Ohio State football team will boast 16 players on at least one of the three all-conference lists.Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was named to the first team All-Big Ten list by the coaches and media in addition to winning the Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award despite suffering a fractured ankle against Michigan, ending his 2014-15 season.Barrett finished the year with 3,772 total offensive yards and 45 total touchdowns, breaking the Big Ten record of former Purdue quarterback and current New Orleans Saint Drew Brees, whom the award is partially named after.OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was also a first team All-Big Ten selection and received the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Bosa currently needs just one more sack to break the single-season school record of 14 set by Vernon Gholston in 2007.Other Buckeyes named to the first team All-Big Ten list were redshirt-sophomore guard Pat Elflein and senior cornerback Doran Grant who were both selections by the media.OSU selections for all three All-Big Ten teams can be seen below:Coaches’ selections all-Big Ten first team:QB J.T. Barrett, OL Pat Elflein, DL Joey Bosa, DB Doran GrantCoaches’ selections all-Big Ten second team:OL Taylor Decker, TE Jeff Heuerman, DL Michael BennettCoaches’ selections all-Big Ten honorable mention:OL Darryl Baldwin, P Cameron Johnston, LB Joshua Perry, WR Devin Smith, WR Evan SpencerMedia selections all-Big Ten first team: QB J.T. Barrett, DL Joey BosaMedia selections all-Big Ten second team: OL Pat Elflein, OL Taylor Decker, TE Jeff Heuerman, DL Michael Bennett, LB Joshua Perry, DB Doran GrantMedia selections all-Big Ten honorable mention:OL Darryl Baldwin, SAF Vonn Bell, RB Ezekiel Elliott, P Cameron Johnston, WR Devin Smith, WR Michael Thomas, DL Adolphus Washington
The new Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes the club are done recruiting summer signings unless a scenario at the club allows it.Emery believes that the club will only make another signing only when a huge opportunity arises.The former PSG boss also revealed he’s yet to speak with predecessor Arsene Wenger who spent 22 years at the helm of affairs at the club.Emery insists any advice gotten from the long-time gunners boss will be secondary to his, as he has his own method of doing things.“I have my own coaching style and I’ve a different personality,” Emery said via Sky Sports.The new boss is trying to create his own identity at the club with the addition of five new summer signings.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We’ve signed the players we need and unless a huge opportunity comes up we won’t be adding to the squad.” Emery said before the club’s first preseason game.“In this moment the squad is complete but we’re expecting one or two departures.”The new Arsenal boss is planning to keep midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the club.“I’m very happy with him, he has the quality and drive to be very successful with us,” Emery said about Ramsey.The Welsh midfielder is yet to sign a new contract with the club, but Emery insists that’s a question for the player and the club.“I think he’s going to be an important player for us, the question marks about his future are for him and the club to deal with.”