28 September 2015Government wants to engage more actively with South African youth, using the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP) to highlight and solve challenges in unemployment, education and social cohesion.Minister Malusi Gigaba during the Governance and Administration Cluster Media Briefing #GABriefing pic.twitter.com/oo77kpqfda— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) September 27, 2015Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba stated government has partnered with youth organisations and business to make sure youth development is prioritised.At a media briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster on Sunday 27 September 2015, the Minister said the partnerships were formed to alleviate the challenge of youth unemployment.Presidential Youth Working Group“President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group in June 2015, to promote youth participation in governance and policymaking and to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government, to build a better life for young people,” Minister Gigaba said at the briefing.“In the work of the Presidential Youth Working Group, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, the following work streams have been established: Economic Participation and Transformation Education; Skills and Second Chances; Health Care and Combating Substance Abuse; Nation-Building and Social Cohesion, and Effective and Responsive Youth Development Institutions.”The Minister’s statement comes after Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, accompanied by Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, signed the National Youth Policy in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape in August this year. This policy framework, which was signed after a lengthy consultative process, also identified partnerships with all sectors of society as a way of advancing youth development.Minister Gigaba said that the strategies of the Presidential Youth Working Group’s work streams would form part of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy and progress will also be included in the MTSF for proper monitoring and evaluation.“The process to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act, 2008 (Act 54 of 2008), is ongoing, with a draft Bill currently with the State Law Advisors,” the minister said.Interventions to fast-track NDP implementationMinister Gigaba said interventions had been implemented to assist in fast- tracking several NDP imperatives, including growing the economy with an appropriate and healthy Growth Domestic Product (GDP) rate, as well as creating jobs and eradicating poverty and inequality.He said these were implemented using government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-19, which Cabinet adopted last year.“The current initiatives to stimulate growth include government’s Infrastructure Build Programme, the War Room on electricity, Operation Phakisa on the Ocean Economy and in Mining, and the Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create jobs,” the minister said. He also stated that there were other reports showing success linked to the implementation of the framework.A recent report on education and skills development showed that tremendous progress was made in the education sectors which continue to be a priority area of focus.While with rural development and land reform, progress on land acquisition for smallholders has been slow, but government’s implementation of programmes are being reviewed and strengthened to resolve some of these issues.Health care, crime and social cohesionMinister Gigaba said in regards to health care, South Africa has received worldwide recognition for its HIV and Aids programme, which has over three million people initiated on treatment, contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.“Good progress is being made under safety and security, regarding the reduction of overall levels of serious crime,” he said, “the department is implementing Operation Fiela (Reclaim), to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities.”“This multidisciplinary, interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities,” the minister concluded.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Minister Pravin Gordhan used his 2014 Budget speech to lay the “foundation for a new bold direction”. (Image: GCIS) • Jabulani Sikhakhane Spokesperson Department of Finance +27 12 315 5944 • South Africa Budget 2014 – all you need to know • National Development Plan to grow jobs • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that matters • Gordhan: we can do betterSulaiman PhilipIt’s the first declaration of the Freedom Charter and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan used it in his 2014 Budget speech to remind us that we are all in this together – “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white”. That was before he went on to remind those with vices – smokers and drinkers – that they would be asked to pay more for the benefit of citizenship.That toot of tobacco and that snort of liquor will now cost more: a pack of cigarettes rises by 68c and a bottle of whiskey by R4.80 a bottle. Along with the 9c increase on a 340ml can of beer, these increases take effect immediately.Not that it matters though. From 2 April, it will cost you more to drive to your favourite bar or liquor outlet. The fuel levy increases by 12c a litre and the road accident levy goes up by a further 8c. Combined with a weaker rand – and the rand fell again the morning after Gordhan presented his Budget – this means that South Africans can expect at least another petrol price increase in the near future. Minister Gordhan followed tradition with the annual increases in sin taxes but he tried, in a difficult economy, to ease the pain of a global economy slowly emerging from meltdown. The best news was the R9.25-billion worth of tax relief going to ordinary taxpayers.The direct tax burden in the form of tax bracketing and rebates will be adjusted to balance the effect of inflation. About 40% of the relief will go to taxpayers who earn below R250 000 per year. This measure is aimed at the 69% of taxpayers who earn R250 000 or less and pay 17% of the money collected by the fiscus. This will provide limited real relief but the government hopes it will encourage more saving by the population. “We recognise that households must be encouraged to invest in their futures,” Gordhan said.The other big personal tax respite was also aimed at low income earners – the tax-free lump sum pay-out from retirement funds will be increased from R315 000 to R500 000.Small business owners were probably the biggest winners in this year’s budget. But it’s all relative. The minister announced a reform of the tax regime to ease the compliance burden for entrepreneurs, and he allocated R10.3-billion for manufacturing development incentives over the next three years – the new administration is bound by this budget for that period.The special economic zones spread across the most disadvantaged parts of the country have been given a further R3.6-billion to promote exports and generate jobs. Accepting that these areas were also heavily dependent on agriculture, Gordhan announced training and financial support for 500 000 subsistence and small hold farmers.This is a Budget with few surprises, and little to be enthused about. Not that Gordhan had much wiggle room, given the state of the economy and with an election looming. He used this budget, the last of this administration, to lay the groundwork to move forward with adopting the National Development Plan (NDP).The South African economy, while performing better than some, is treading water. Gordhan took note of this and tightened the reins on public spending but laid the foundation for real adoption of the NDP. Schools and hospitals will receive almost R400-billion over the next three years, and other public investment on infrastructure will amount to R847-billion over that period. The real challenge with large scale spending is execution, to ensure that expenditure supports efficient and productive outcomes.In real terms, government expenditure is limited to 1.9% over the next three years – lower than any year since 1994 – in an attempt to reduce the budget deficit.Taken at face value the 2014 budget is a brave combination of populist tax breaks, monetary rectitude, more money for schools and hospitals, and a dollop for infrastructure.Gordhan explained: “Mister President, the next administration will inherit sound public finances, a platform for implementation of the NDP and a framework for collaboration with all stakeholders in driving social and economic transformation going forward.”Minister Gordhan delivered the final budget speech of President Jacob Zuma’s first administration (Image: GCIS)
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Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Just last week, Google introduced better Microsoft Word previews for the desktop version of Gmail. Today, Google also launched a similar feature for the mobile version of Google Docs, the company’s online office suite. Now, Android, iPhone and iPad users can see high-fidelity previews of their Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents right in their mobile browsers. These previews retain almost all of the formatting from the original document, including headlines and columns, as well as footnotes and endnotes. Until now, you had to download these documents to view them on your mobile device. In the mobile previewer, you can pan and zoom within a page. On Apple’s platforms, you can also use the pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in or out.Sadly, the new previewer does not support Excel spreadsheets. Given that a lot of people use spreadsheets in lieu of a full-blown database to store information, it would be nice if Google allowed its users to preview these documents as well. Docs Only: No New Previewer for Mobile Gmail (Yet)Just a few days ago, Google also launched a new version of its document previewer for the desktop version of Gmail. This new previewer also provides users with high-fidelity previews and replaces the old “view as HTML” feature in Gmail with a far superior offering. For now, though, the mobile version of Gmail does not offer the new Google Docs previews yet, though we would be surprised if Google didn’t add this feature very soon. Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
Pope Benedict XVI delivered a message on social media and online communications today, telling Catholic Internet users to be respectful of others online and to not focus too much on their online popularity. The message was part of the church’s annual World Day of Social Communications.During his speech last year, Benedict had urged church leaders to embrace digital tools in order to communicate their message to laypeople. This year’s message calls for those online to adopt a “Christian style presence” and to be “respectful and sensitive.” Those words were aimed in part, according to the head of the Vatican’s social communications office Archbishop Claudio Celli, at some conservative Catholic blogs, YouTube channels, and websites whose behavior may not be “appropriate” and whose rhetoric may be incendiary.“The new technologies allow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture, creating in this way an entirely new world of potential friendships. This is a great opportunity, but it also requires greater attention to and awareness of possible risks. Who is my ‘neighbour’ in this new world?” – Pope Benedict XVIMuch of the Pope’s message today about online communications echoed the themes from previous years: the Internet is both a benefit and a danger; social networks can build community, but virtual relationships should never replace real friendships. The Pope stressed honesty and openness, warning against creating artificial online personae.“There exists a Christian way of communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others,” Benedict wrote. “To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preference and judgments that are fully consistent with the Gospel.”Under Benedict, the Vatican has made significant efforts in expanding its online presence. It has a dedicated YouTube channel and a Pope2You.net portal that links to the papal iPhone and Facebook apps. For his part, however, the 83-year-old Pope admits he’s not particularly Internet savvy – he writes everything longhand. And despite his urgings for “young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world,” Archbishop Celli acknowledges that the Pope may have never been on Facebook.He seems to be a fan nonetheless. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#web audrey watters Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
Used with permission, P. KarstThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Patrice Karst, the author of The Invisible String. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?I have no experience with the military. In fact, I had no idea what military family life was like until military readers and organizations began to write to me. They shared how The Invisible String had changed the lives of both their deployed loved ones and their families at home. The book also gave families a tangible reference to use to describe their love for each other and the ways in which they were always connected no matter how far away they were or for how long they were separated. Readers informed me that my book had real life implications as separation anxiety experienced by their children abated as they began to understand that there is really an invisible string. It helped all members of the family, including extended family members.Used with permission, P. KarstWhat made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience that inspired you?When I was a single working mother, my son Elijah suffered horrible separation anxiety and would cry whenever I had to leave him to go to work. So, around age 5 or 6 I began to tell him that we were connected all day long by an invisible string and when we missed each other, all we had to do was tug on our end of the string and the other person would feel it and could tug back. When he heard about the string, he stopped crying and all his friends wanted to know if the string was real. I told them the same story and their separation anxiety disappeared too. I knew this was a special message that needed to be spread far and wide. For children the idea of an invisible string gives them a tangible understanding of what love actually is – an invisible string that connects us to those we love.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?I hope that readersrealize that love is FOREVER and it transcends time and space…that it can even go to h We are always connected to those that we love and we will be connected as long as love is in our hearts. I hope readers understand that no one is ever all alone. We have so many invisible strings. For military families with deployed loved ones,and for the deployed service member, this book is a reminder that they are just one tug away…on the invisible string. For those families who lose a loved one in service, the book is a reminder that their invisible string connects them forever.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?Yes, yes, yes! Military families have said the book has brought them and their families great comfort during the stressful, painful long periods of separation they often face. They also have shared that even though they may be far away from family and friends due to their frequent moves, they are still always connected by an invisible string.Do you have plans to write another book? If so, what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?I am so excited to announce that Little Brown Publishers for Young Readers in New York has just bought The Invisible String as a series! Look for the paperback version of The Invisible String on October 30, 2018; it can be pre-ordered on Amazon now. Next year a dynamic workbook based on The Invisible String will be released. The workbook was written by art therapist, Dana Wyss, Ph.D. and me. Also, next year, The Invisible Leash will be released. This story is about our forever connection to the animals that we love and sadly eventually lose. In 2020 The Invisible Web will be released. This is the story of what happens when the children of the world spread the word about our invisible strings and we all realize that we are really living in a large invisible web made from love. I also have some new children’s books that I hope to publish. My spiritual book, God Made Easy, will hopefully be republished, as well as, The Single Mother’s Survival Guide. Additionally, I am currently editing a memoir about my life story of how I went from being an abused little girl in London to a best-selling children’s author.Are there any other books that might be relevant for young military children that you would suggest?Used with permission, P. KarstI wish I could tell you that I was well versed on other children’s books that are relevant to the military, but I really am not aware of them. However, my other children’s book The Smile That Went Around the World, has a great message about the power of a smile to change people’s lives and addresses the ways that smiles can traverse the whole planet! This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.
Need to remove blemishes or smooth skin textures in your footage? Check out this tutorial to see how it’s done in After Effects.Knowing how to retouch skin in a photograph is truly an art form. Retouching skin in a video, however, is a completely different ball game. You’re not just retouching one photograph — you need to retouch hundreds if not thousands of the individual still images that make up your video clip. Also, you need each photograph to seamlessly blend with the next. This requires a unique approach that includes masks, tracking, and a little patience. Let’s take a closer look at one method to get you started. In this example, I’ll be removing a small blemish on my interview subject’s cheek. Step 1 — Duplicate your videoFor the first step, I need to duplicate my layer. I’ll rename the duplicate layer cheek. Labeling the layers will help me stay organized once I do a lot of retouching. If I avoid this step, I can get lost in my project and quickly throw something out of sync. The duplicate layer I create will serve as a patch over the original layer. The original layer will remain untouched.Step 2 — Apply a MaskNext, I need to apply a mask to the cheek layer. Think of this method as similar to using the clone tool in Adobe Photoshop. To get a patch for our blemish, I’ll use the Ellipse tool to mask an area directly adjacent to the blemish. This area needs to match the color and general movement of the blemish area. I’ll also make the mask slightly larger than the blemish. I need to be careful to not move the layer forward or backward on the timeline, as both of my layers need to be in sync for the effect to work.Step 3 — Track the MaskOnce I have my mask applied to the cheek layer, I’ll track it. To do this I’ll simply control-click the mask and select Track Mask. This will bring up the Tracker panel, where I can select the method and direction of the tracker. I can track by playing back the current time indicator. For more complex tracks, I can go frame by frame. Once the mask track is complete, I’m ready to patch the blemish.Step 4 — Move Layer Over BlemishTo patch up the blemish, I need to move the cheek layer over the blemish within the composition panel. To make sure the patch blends, I’ll play back the clip and check the movement. It helps to watch the clip a few times, once in full screen and once zoomed in tight on your patch. I can also check out the patch by isolating the layer as I watch it.Step 5 — Fine-Tune the MaskFor the last step, I’ll do some fine-tuning to the patch so it blends perfectly. There are a few ways I can accomplish this. The main thing I’ll do is add a feather to the mask. Since it’s a relatively small mask, a 10-pixel feather will do. If I need to further match colors or brightness, I can add an RGB curves effect and adjust accordingly.Final NotesMask tracking is a powerful feature in After Effects that you can use for a variety of different purposes. Use it to put a mosaic over a face, blur out logos and signs, create a moving vignette, or color correct specific areas of your image. You can also remove wall outlets and other distracting objects.Looking for more on skin retouching? Check out the following.How to Use False Color to Nail Skin Tone ExposureReduce Unwanted Skin Shine In Post-Production with DaVinci ResolveHow To Make Someone Look Ill Without Makeup in DaVinci Resolve
Panaji: The Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) directed the Goa Chief Secretary on Wednesday to conduct an independent investigation and fix responsibility on the defaulting officers in the alleged ₹51 lakh food scam at the BRICS summit last year.Activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues, in his complaint to the GSHRC, had submitted that the contract of food supply to police personnel posted at the summit was given to a local caterer, but was sub-let to another contractor who clandestinely prepared the substandard food in an open place in Verna, South Goa. The complaint said that road side labourers were engaged for cooking the food and insects were also found in it.The GSHRC directed the Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report within 30 days. It also noted that the Chief Secretary had not conducted an independent inquiry as directed by the commission on October 18 last year.The GSHRC also said the reply filed by the Chief Secretary was a mere replica of the inquiry report submitted by the Director General of Police to the State Home Department. The commission has directed the government not to make any payment to the food contractors till the probe is completed. The hearing was adjourned to April 18.
DefinitionA bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin.Alternative namesContusion; HematomaConsiderationsThere are three types of bruises:Subcutaneous — beneath the skinIntramuscular — within the belly of the underlying musclePeriosteal — bone bruiseBruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.CausesBruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows receivedfromother people or objects.If you take a blood thinner,such asaspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), you are likely to bruise more easily.SymptomsThe main symptoms are pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. The bruise begins as a pinkish red color that can be very tender to touch. It is often difficult to use the muscle that has been bruised. For example, a deep thigh bruise is painful when you walk or run.Eventually, the bruise changes to a bluish color, then greenish-yellow, and finally returns to the normal skin color as it heals.First AidPlace ice on the bruise to help it heal faster and to reduce swelling.Wrap the ice in a clean towel–do notplace ice directly on the skin. Apply the ice for up to 15 minuteseach hour.Keep the bruised area raised above the heart, if possible. This helps keep blood from pooling in the bruised tissue.Try to rest the bruised body part by not overworking your muscles in that area.If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help reduce pain.In the rarecase of compartment syndrome, surgeryisoftendone to relieve the extreme buildup of pressure.advertisementDo NotDo nottry to drain the bruise with a needle.Do notcontinue running, playing, or otherwise using the painful, bruised part of your body.Do notignore the pain or swelling.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care providerright awayif you feel extreme pressure in a bruised part of your body, especially if the area is large or very painful. This may be due to a condition known as compartment syndrome. Increased pressure on the soft tissues and structures beneath the skin can decrease the supply of blood and oxygen to the tissues. Thiscan belife-threatening and you should receive emergency care.Also call yourhealth care providerif:You are bruising without any injury, fall, or other reason.There are signs of infection around the bruised area including streaks of redness, pus or other drainage, or fever.PreventionBecause bruises are usually the direct result of an injury, the following are important safety recommendations:Teach children how to be safe.Be mindful to avoid falls around the house. For example, be careful when climbing on ladders or other objects. Avoid standing or kneeling on counter tops.Wear seat belts in motor vehicles.Wear proper sports equipment to pad those areas most frequently bruised, such as thigh pads, hip guards, and elbow pads in football and hockey; shin guards and knee pads in soccer and basketball.ReferencesPiette WW. Purpura. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 22.Brinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of injury to musculoskeletal structures: 1. Muscle and tendon injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 1, section A.Review Date:4/14/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.