Conservatives call for Gingrich

first_imgWASHINGTON – Conservative stalwart Newt Gingrich has done nothing to lay the foundation for a presidential run except talk – yet he ranks third among Republicans in most national polls. “We need to stand decisively for the values and principles of the future of the American people,” the former House speaker from Georgia declared Saturday to GOP activists who gave him a celebrity’s welcome at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Grinning, he slowly ambled down an aisle toward the speakers’ stage to the strains of “America the Beautiful,” thundering applause and chants of “Newt! Newt! Newt!” His audience – many in their 20s – reached out to touch him and take his picture. Over the past few weeks, at least four polls have shown Gingrich trailing only former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Ex-Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts came in fourth. The ranking reflects Gingrich’s status among the party’s right wing as well as the Republican base’s discontent with Giuliani, McCain and Romney. Unlike Gingrich, the three are actively campaigning for the nomination and are considered the party’s strongest contenders so far. Conservatives, however, are wary because they don’t trust any of the three to sincerely champion their causes. “A lot of Republicans are still searching,” said Wendy Nanney, chairwoman of the GOP in Greenville County, S.C. Her counterpart in Iowa’s Henry County, Robin Malmberg, agreed, saying: “Gingrich may be one that people can rally around.” Beloved by conservatives, Gingrich helped develop the “Contract with America” manifesto of 1994 and end four decades of Democratic power in the House. He abruptly resigned as speaker after a rocky four years and after the GOP’s poor showing in the 1998 elections. Now an author and lecturer, Gingrich remains popular in the party. “We’ve got to have him in the race because he’s got to focus the entire American dialogue,” said Susan Mason, 55, of Alexandria, Va., as she clutched a stack of his books for him to sign after his speech. “His time is now.” Despite his popularity, Gingrich has thus far spurned calls to seek the presidency. He insists he will wait until the fall to decide whether to run. In his only mention of the race Saturday, Gingrich proposed that every candidate pledge to hold 90-minute presidential debates once a week between Labor Day and Election Day 2008 if they win their party’s nomination. The goal, he said, is an honest dialogue free of spin, just “two adults, face to face.” “Other than that, I’m not going to think about the presidential campaign until the 30th of September,” Gingrich told the activists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gallery: Brand South Africa in Davos – part 2

first_imgBrand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. In this gallery we bring you the highlights.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.For high-resolution images, visit the World Economic Forum online. Television cameraman films proceedings duringthe session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy, in which three panellists were South African, at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumDelegates listen during the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum The panel during the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy at the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World EconomicForum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumRussell Loubser, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Securities Exchange, speaks at the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Maria Ramos, group chief executive of South Africa’s Absa Bank, speaks at the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy on Thursday28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumThe panel of the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy, held on Thursday 28 January: from left, Maria Ramos, group chief executive, Absa Bank, South Africa; Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete; Donald Kaberuka of Tanzania, president of the African Development Bank; Li Ruogu, chairman and president, Export-Import Bank of China; Kuseni Dlamini, CEO of Old Mutual South Africa; and Russell Loubser, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Securities Exchange.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa in the Congress Centre in Davos on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Andy Mettler, World Economic Forum Zakumi, the official 2010 World Cup mascot, mingles with the crowd at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa onSaturday 30 January.Photo: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic ForumA journalist wearing a Brand South Africa beanie at work in the Media Centre on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum Showing off ball skills before Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Andy Mettler, World Economic ForumBrigitte Pfenninger of Swiss International Airlines holds a South African flag at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Blowing the vuvuzela trumpet at Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumA supporter holds a copy of John Carlin’s book on the 1994 Rugby World Cup, held in South Africa, at Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum Vuvuzela trumpets on display at Davos Kickofffor the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumKlaus Schwab, executive chair of the World Economic Forum, during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum South African Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumZakumi, the official 2010 World Cup mascot, during the session Davos Kickoff for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa on Saturday 30 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumBRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOSPART 1PART 2 PART 3THE CAMPAIGN More galleries: For more great South African photography, including the Proteas jetting off to the ICC World Cup, grassroots football, Nelson Mandela meeting Bafana Bafana, high-rise office buildings in Sandton, and South Africa’s new ape-man fossil – visit the Media Club South Africa gallery page.last_img read more

South Africa network tackles racial discrimination

first_img19 November 2015About 60 civil society organisations have joined the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to plan and hold an anti-racism awareness week to be held in March next year.The initiative falls under the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), which was launched on 14 November. The ARNSA is spearheaded by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, says organisers, and it aims to fight racism and related forms of discrimination on a national scale, using the collective weight of multiple organisations.The anti-racism week will lead up to 21 March, recognised locally as Human Rights Day and globally as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The main speakerAt the ARNSA launch, held at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg, Professor Achille Mbembe spoke about racism in South Africa at the moment.Prof Achille Mbembe is the main speaker at #ARNSA launch. pic.twitter.com/fIYPMnNgJm— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) November 14, 2015Mbembe – #nonracialism helped to sustain a horizon of hope and was a means of mobilisation. #ARNSA— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) November 14, 2015Mbembe – we can say things ‘must fall’, but what must rise? #ARNSA— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) November 14, 2015Sean Moodley, the ARNSA’s convenor, emphasised the importance of organisations pooling resources to establish a national initiative. “The launch of the network will signify to us the work and thought processes that have gone into a collaborative effort to eliminate racism. We cannot combat racism alone. The fall of apartheid was brought about by collaboration between a range of organisations.“We are confident that though this network, we will see a more co-ordinated approach to addressing racism, so that we will now have the kind of institutional capacity to tackle the problem nationally,” he said.Also on the table are suggestions regarding an awareness campaign aimed at educating ordinary South Africans on how to use Equality Courts to take up complaints of racism.Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Increased confidence in govt support for SMEs

first_img2 June 2014 South African government support programmes for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are receiving better approval ratings from their users, according to a new survey by technology market researchers World Wide Worx. According to the interim results of World Wide Worx’s SME Survey 2014, released last month, more than half (53%) of small businesses polled for the survey expressed satisfaction with the overall quality of the government’s SME support services. “We are seeing the most positive response in a decade to these support programmes,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. “Ten years ago, the proportion of SMEs expressing satisfaction with these programmes was a mere 12%. By 2007, it had increased to 34%, but this still meant that only one-third of SMEs were happy with such programmes.” Goldstuck said sentiment was beginning to improve even among businesses that did not use government services: some 44% of all respondents said they were confident about the use of government support services to grow their business, despite only 39% of respondents having actually used these services.Thumbs-up for Sars, Seda When respondents were asked which support services were thought to be the most effective, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) was given the thumbs-up by 58% of SMEs who used their services. “In addition to Sars, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) also offered a strong showing in the awareness of SMEs, with exactly a quarter of the SMEs rating it positive,” Goldstuck said. According to Seda’s chief strategy and information officer, Lusapho Njenge, the survey results indicate that the agency’s role in helping SMEs grow their businesses is becoming more widely known. “Obviously, our aim is to grow the awareness of our role within the SME sector, and in so doing, also improve on the numbers of such organisations that view us in a positive light,” Njenge said. “To do this, we need to learn from the areas of dissatisfaction highlighted by SMEs in the survey, in order to continue to improve the services we offer to this sector.”Areas of dissatisfaction According to Goldstuck, SMEs expressed strong dissatisfaction with four particular areas of government support programmes. “Turnaround time was the single biggest bugbear, with 46% complaining about it. Three other issues that cropped up were all cited by fewer than one in five SMEs, but nonetheless should be of interest to the programme providers. Accessibility was an issue for 19%, communications for 15%, and feedback for 10%. “In combination, all of these suggest that support programmes clearly need to be more responsive to their users.” Goldstuck added that the survey highlighted “some interesting sentiments” regarding red tape and legal compliance. “The most positive response was to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, with 77% of companies approving. This suggests an acknowledgement of the importance of looking after employees. Just behind this was Seta (Sector Education and Training Authorities) and the Skills Development Levy, which has long been the most positively received government incentive, with a 75% approval rating. “Bottom of the list, however, is the registration of entities, with only 54% of SMEs voicing their approval of this area of legislation,” Goldstuck noted. “This emphasises the frustration SMEs often have with the most fundamental aspect of starting a business, namely the registration thereof. This, then, is clearly an area where government needs to pay a lot more attention, if it is serious about oiling the wheels of the economy.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

50 South African youth initiatives’ stories shared in book

first_imgMelissa Javan12 August 2016Tebogo Suping of Kagiso in Gauteng is one of 50 young people who are featuredin the book Activate! Change Drivers that was recently launched inSouth Africa.“It’s our turn to change the world,” says the book’s first page. On another page,a woman is holding a placard that reads: “Our country. Our voice. Youth can changethings.”The book gives insight to what the members of the network Activate! SouthAfrica are doing across the country. The 50 young people are members of thenetwork. These members are called the Activators.Suping tries to improve the lives of school children in her community. She hasestablished a business called the Blaq Apple Communications and Events. Everyyear she and her team run camps for matric learners during the school holidays atthe local community centre.They help the learners with study support and personal mentoring. Throughoutthe process the learners must do communitywork to teach them to be sociallyaware, reads the book. They have also helped the learners with practical knowledgelike getting ready for university studies, applying for a bank account or an identitybook and bursary applications.At the end of last year, six of the learners who were helped by Suping and herteam were in the top two of their schools. The six obtained 33 distinctions betweenthem, including maths and science.“There is time to make money and there is time to makechange” – Tebogo Suping @ActivateZA @Ke_Geeman #Activating2030— Mr. PR (@collensthe) July 29,2016Benefits of the networkThe aim of the Activators in the network is to build the youth’s identity, createprojects, share ideas and collaborate with each other to drive opportunities.The book also says that in 2015 the Activate Community DevelopmentCertificate Course was piloted and applied to the South African QualificationAuthority to accredit the course. The aim is to offer an accredited qualification incommunity development at NQF level 5.This is to help the committed young people (the Activators) get a qualificationthat will be recognised in their communities and in society.Chris Meintjes is the chief executive officer of the network Activate!He believes that by June 2030, the future of South Africa will look good if theActivators are still busy with their community work. (Image: Activate!Leadership)The aim of the bookChris Meintjes, chief executive officer of the network, says in the foreword ofthe book: “The purpose of this book is to inspire all who read it. There’s not a wholelot of good news around, yet when you look at the challenges young people face,and see how the Activators are working together to create opportunities, youbecome aware that the future is filled with hope.”The network founded in 2011.Meintjes explains that each Activator has committed to a journey of service tothe public. “They work from within their own homes, communities and beyond.Many of them run their own initiatives and some volunteer in support of others.”The book launchThe book launch took place on 29 July 2016 in Johannesburg.At the launch, Meintjes says it has been a humbling experience working withthe Activators. “The past five years has been an incredible journey. The book is astep in theright direction for us.“It celebrates what is possible in the hands of a network of people. You[Activators] are the reason that there is rekindled hearts in this country.”He says the network started to build opportunities and create connections.“They [the Activators] give me hope. I see the value in the work they’re doing. Isee a future – it looks promising, that future – when I am working with thesepeople.”Meintjes says in 2011 when the network started, they worked with 20 to 30year olds. “Their energy is amazing.”He says if you flip over the book, you’ll see the possibilities of what the futurewill look like if these Activators continue with their good work in South Africa.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Thapa quits GJM over BJP candidate in Darjeeling

first_imgThe Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha suffered another jolt on Sunday night with senior leader Swaraj Thapa quitting the party. Mr. Thapa, who was also the GJM spokesperson, said he was quitting to protest “against the idea of foisting a rank outsider as candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat”. The candidate has no knowledge or interest about Darjeeling, he claimed. The BJP had announced the name of Raju Singh Bista, a businessman, from the constituency.GJM’s support is crucial to win in Darjeeling and for decades the BJP has been getting it. But earlier this month, GJM said it “would support the BJP but not the sitting MP, S.S. Ahluwalia”. Eventually, the BJP replaced Mr. Ahluwalia, but Mr. Bista’s name has caused more unrest. Mr. Thapa also accused the GJM leadership of failing to resist BJP’s pressure to “foist anybody and anyone” on them and the people of Darjeeling.last_img read more

Ghulam Nabi Azad appointed Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha

first_imgFormer Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday appeared all set to become Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha after his appointment as Leader of Congress in the Upper House.Anand Sharma, another minister in UPA-II, was made Deputy Leader of the party, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.Since Congress has the requisite number to claim the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, 65-year-old Azad would be the natural choice.Congress has 67 members in the 245-member House, thereby meeting the requirement of having ten per cent of the total strength of the House to get the post of Leader of the Opposition.The two key appointments come on the back of the party making Mallikarjun Kharge, a senior Dalit leader from Karnataka, the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh the party’s Deputy Leader in the Lower House.Azad, who contested the Lok Sabha election from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and lost by over 60,000 votes, is a party veteran and one of the senior most members in the Rajya Sabha.Congress has announced the name of its Chief Whip and whips in Lok Sabha, while the same for the Rajya Sabha are yet to be announced.Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the two Congress MPs from Madhya Pradesh, was made the Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, while Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son and lone MP from the state Deepender Singh Hooda and Kerala MP K C Venugopal were appointed as whips in the Lok Sabha.advertisementIn the Rajya Sabha, names of Azad, Digvijay Singh and Anand Sharma were doing rounds for the post of Leader of House.Dwivedi said, “The Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi, exercising her authorisation by the Constitution of the Congress party in Parliament, has nominated Azad as Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha and Anand Sharma as Deputy Leader.”last_img read more

Back in the Game Derrick Rose Drops 13 Points

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is officially back. After missing 17 months of basketball because of knee surgery, the superstar player returned to the court Saturday night. In the Bulls’ preseason opener, he scored 13 points in 20 minutes in an 82-76 win over the Indiana Pacers.Rose looked good in his return and appeared to be enjoying the moment. He exhibited his speed and quickness thoughout his 20 mins of play. He also had a breakaway jam in the third quarter.The former MVP, Rose did turn the ball over four times, but showed no hesitation while attacking the rim. He went to the basket as if he never was injured, even taking it to Pacers center Roy Hibbert at times.Back in April of 2012, Rose injured his left knee by tearing his ACL in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. read more

AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – JAGS McCartney International Airport had been shut down all day because the aerodrome fire team was busy putting out the fire at HJ Robinson High in North Backsalina. Up to 3pm, no flights had landed in the Capital because it is against both FAA and CAA standards to run an international airport without the fire team on site. This predicament was costing the country, creating tremendous inconvenience and exposing the fact that there is no domestic fire department in the nation’s capital. The PDM in a media release is calling on Government to hold an emergency session of the House of Assembly to pass funding for a full fire service in Grand Turk. The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority this morning issued alert of the closure and said flight operations in Grand Turk will resume when they are no longer needed in the community. At 3:18pm notice came that the JAGS McCartney reopened. Long Island fire extinguished Recommended for you Related Items:Fire, HJ robinson high school, jags mccartney international airport, re-opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump FIRE AGAIN in Grand Turk; underscores urgency for Fire Deptlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 31 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 31, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: The Wilmington High School Baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday). Bring this flyer and 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS Baseball program. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Going Native: Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. Mabel & Jerry Performance at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 3 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 16, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more