Ferndale >> In Wednesday’s North Coast Section Division VI first-round playoff game between visiting Calistoga High School and Ferndale the only similarity the two teams shared was their name.Featuring a roster filled with seniors that have made multiple playoff runs, fifth-seeded Ferndale Wildcats scored early and often en route to a 22-3 five-inning victory over the 12th-seeded Calistoga Wildcats, a much younger team with fewer playoff appearances.“It’s always important to have a little bit …
11 December 2013 The Mandela family, friends, government ministers and the leaders of countries from across the world filed past the body of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday morning. Mandela’s body is lying in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. The body is under constant vigil by the national ceremonial guard of the SA National Defence Force. Wednesday morning’s proceedings included a parade with a gun carriage drawn by soldiers and moment of silence. The first batch of mourners to pay homage to Madiba, led by President Jacob Zuma, included an emotional Graca Machel, Madiba’s wife, as well as former wife Winnie Madikezela-Mandela, the elder stateman’s children and grandchildren, former President Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers.Leaders pay last respects The second batch to file past the body were leaders from across the world. As most world leaders will not attend Mandela’s official state funeral in Qunu on Sunday, it was an opportunity for them to pay their final respects to a man described by US President Barack Obama, in his speech at the memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”. Each took their turn in an orderly and dignified manner to either say a prayer at the body or pass by after viewing it. The leaders included Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Malawian President Joyce Banda, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Mandela’s trusted aide for many years, Zelda la Grange, cut an emotional figure as she walked hand in hand with Irish singer Bono. Anant Singh, who produced the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, was also among those who came to pay their respects.Route, access, public viewing Madiba’s body arrived at the Union Buildings just before 8am this morning after travelling in procession from 1 Military Hospital. The cortege left 1 Military Hospital at 7am, arriving about an hour later at the Union Buildings, where Mandela’s body will lie in state until 5.30pm, in a process to be repeated on Thursday and Friday. Members of the public have been urged to line the route each day to form a public guard of honour for Mandela. Members of the public will also be able to view the body each day, from midday until 5.30pm on Wednesday, and from 8am to 5.30pm on Friday. For people wishing to get to the Union Buildings, the City of Tshwane has made park-and-ride facilities available at the Tshwane Events Centre, the LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield, and the Fountains Valley Park. Members of the public are urged to make use of these services, as access to the Union Buildings to view Mandela’s body will be restricted to people arriving in city buses only. Street vendors have been advised that no trading will be allowed on the roads designated for Mandela’s cortege over the next three days. Shop owners along these routes are also advised to temporarily close shop, given the large number of people expected to line the streets. The procession will leave 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane at 7am on Thursday and Friday, travelling on Old Pretoria Road towards the city, then joining Kgosi Mampuru Road until its intersection with Madiba Street, then proceeding east along Madiba Street towards the Union Buildings. Source: SAnews.gov.za
20 June 2014Microsoft on Wednesday launched the implementation phase of the second TV white space trial in South Africa, providing wireless broadband over a “white space” network to underserved communities in Limpopo province in a bid to validate the technology as a means of providing low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity in developing countries.Groundwork for the pilot project, which follows Google’s launch of a similar pilot among 10 schools in Cape Town last March, first started in July 2013.In both cases, the trials seek to demonstrate that broadband can be offered over white spaces – unused channels in the broadcast TV spectrum – without interfering with licensed spectrum holders, while offering an affordable means of democratising broadband internet access.The government has set itself the medium-term target of delivering broadband to 80 percent of South Africans by 2020.Microsoft is partnering on the project with the Department of Science and Technology, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and local network builder and equipment vendor Multisource.The first beneficiaries of the project will be the University of Limpopo and five high schools within an 8-kilometre radius of the university.Speaking at a launch event at the university on Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor Mahlo Mokgalong said the project would help students at the schools and the university to become “true 21st century students and, eventually, valuable employees”.Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati said: “We need to enable our citizens to live, work and play on the global stage … Almost 60 percent of employees in a recent 21st century skills study said they developed most of the skills they use in their current jobs outside of school.”The Department of Science and Technology’s Isaac Maredi said the project would serve as a testing ground “for developing a nationally applicable model that will meet government’s goal of providing low-cost broadband access to the majority of South Africans by 2020, in line with the Cabinet-approved broadband policy and ICT vision, as set out in the National Development Plan.”The project is one of four TV white space trials that Microsoft is running in Africa. Last year, it launched trials in Kenya and Tanzania that combine white space technology with solar power to deliver high-speed internet access in areas not even connected to the national electricity grid. And earlier this year, it launched a similar trial in Ghana.The company also has trials under way or completed in the UK, Singapore and the Philippines.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., offered an amendment to a highway funding bill to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry and stave off trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.The U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law requires meat to be labeled with the country where the animal from which it was derived was born, raised and harvested. (It also applies to fish, shellfish, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and certain nuts.) The World Trade Organization (WTO) in May rejected an appeal by the United States of the international trade body’s October 2014 ruling that the COOL provisions on beef and pork discriminate against Canadian and Mexican animals that are sent to the United States to be fed out and processed.The WTO decision allows punitive tariffs to be put on U.S. goods going into Canada and Mexico, which are asking for a combined $3.1 billion in retaliation. A WTO arbitrator now is determining the level of retaliation. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the average U.S. pork producer is expected to lose $10 per hog beginning later this year and into next year, and based on his estimates, retaliation from Canada and Mexico against U.S. pork likely would double pork producer losses.Also, Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced a bill that would repeal mandatory meat labeling and replace it with a voluntary labeling program. She, too, is expected to try to attach the legislation to the highway bill. But because Stabenow’s bill — like the existing law — calls for labels to provide information on where animals are born, raised and slaughtered, it still would necessitate segregation of Canadian and Mexican livestock, leading to discrimination against them — a violation of international trade rules. Canada and Mexico issued statements rejecting Stabenow’s voluntary approach and said they would continue to pursue retaliation.“The only acceptable outcome remains for the United States to repeal COOL,” said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast.Although the United States could seek a WTO ruling on voluntary labeling or any other legislative proposal to which Canada and Mexico object, that process could take as long as two years, and Canada and Mexico likely would continue retaliating pending a decision. The current WTO arbitration panel will not review any new U.S. COOL proposal but only will determine the level of retaliation.The House in June passed on a 300-131 vote legislation repealing the COOL meat labeling provisions.
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley02:35 pm: I hope this leads to the expansion of the economy: Arun Jaitley.02:32 pm: We did not want to burden the common man, had to resolve a lot of issues: Arun Jaitley.01:47 pm: Poor friendly, youth friendly, farmer friendly, women friendly and senior citizen friendly: Rajnath Singh on Union Budget.01:44 pm: This Budget will only benefit Adani and Ambani, not the common man: NCP leader Nawab Malik.01:42 pm: This is a perfect and practical Budget for the nation: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.01:37 pm: This Budget doesn’t benefit the common man: Congress leader Rajeev Shukla.01:30 pm: There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes: Sonia Gandhi.01:28 pm: There is very little for social sector: Sonia Gandhi.01:25 pm: The Budget does not quicken the pulse: Rahul Gandhi.01:22 pm: High on rhetoric, short on delivery. No vision and no roadmap: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Union Budget.01:13 pm: Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs 7,525 cr: FM.01:11 pm: Soaps and oil products to become cheaper: FM.01:10 pm: To broaden tax base, negative list for service tax has been reviewed: FM.01:08 pm: Propose increase in excise duty on tobacco products, and aerated water products with added sugar: Jaitley.01:06 pm: FM announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10 per cent to 6 per cent.01:04 pm: Excise duty on footwear reduced from 12 per cent to 6 per cent: FM.01:03 pm: Export duty on bauxite enhanced from 10 per cent to 20 per cent: Jaitley.01:01 pm: FM Arun Jaitley announces several tax rational measures.advertisement01:00 pm: Basic custom duty on LED panel below 19 inch made nil: Jaitley.12:58 pm: FM announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD/LED panels of TVs.12:57 pm: FM announces proposals to make CRT TVs cheaper.12:55 pm: Net effect of direct tax proposals is revenue loss of Rs 22,200 cr: FM.12:54 pm: FM announces measures to boost domestic manufacturing sector; says the sector has been under stress.12:51 pm: Provide investment allowance at 15 per cent for 3 years to manufacturing company which invest more than Rs 25 cr in plant and machinery: FM.12:48 pm: Propose to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh: FM.12:46 pm: Tax exemption limit for senior citizens changed from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh: FM.12:45 pm: Tax exemption limit for small and marginal, and senior tax payers changed from Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh: FM.12:44 pm: Do not propose to make any changes in tax rate: FM.12:43 pm: Impact of tax changes have been factored: Arun Jaitley.12:42 pm: I propose to give some relief to taxpayers and some sectors of the economy: Arun Jaitley.12:41 pm: Had to encounter challenge of extremely limited fiscal space in deciding tax policy: FM.12:40 pm: I propose Rs 200 crore for power reforms, and Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi: Arun Jaitley.12:38 pm: FM announces Rs 150 cr for communication needs of Andaman and Nicobar islands.12:37 pm: FM announces ‘Arun Prabha’ channel for NE region.12:36 pm: Govt committed to development of Telangana and Andhra: FM.12:36 pm: Rs 1000 cr provided for rail connectivity in NE region: FM.12:35 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for development of organic farming in north east region: FM.12:35 pm: Programme for displaced Kashmiri migrants with Rs 500 cr to be started: FM.12:35 pm: Young Leaders Programme to be set up with Rs 100 cr: FM.12:34 pm: Rs 200 cr set aside for upgradation of indoor and outdoor stadium in Jammu and Kashmir to international standards: FM.12:33 pm: Sports University to be set up in Manipur; Rs 100 cr provided in current financial year: FM.12:33 pm: Govt will set up national sports academy for different sports in different parts of India: FM.12:32 pm: Biotech clusters to be set up in Bangaluru and Faridabad to take science and technology to new heights: FM.12:32 pm: NRI fund for conservation of river Ganga to be set up: FM.12:31 pm: FM announces “Namami Ganga”, an integrated Ganga Development Project; Rs. 2,037 cr set aside for this.12:30 pm: World Class Convention facility to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:30 pm: Time that we make serious efforts to link rivers; Rs 100 cr set aside for project to link rivers: FM.12:29 pm: FM announces Rs 100 cr for development of archaeological sites. Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot: FM.12:29 pm: Propose to set aside Rs 50 cr for construction of National Police Memorial: FM.12:28 pm: Rs 5000 cr set aside for defence outlay over and above amount provided under interim budget: FM.12:27 pm: War memorial to be set up along with a war museum; Rs 100 cr set aside fro this: FM.advertisement12:26 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for development of Technology Development Fund scheme for education of girl child to be launched soon: FM.12:25 pm: Will take measures to revitalise small savings schemes: FM.12:24 pm: Pending Insurance Amendment Bill to be taken up in the Parliament: FM.12:23 pm: Govt will work out measures for revival of other stressed assets: FM.12:22 pm: RBI will create framework for licenses of small banks: FM.12:20 pm: Bank will be encouraged to give long term funds and loans to the infrastructure sector: Jaitley.12:19 pm: Benefits of insurance have not reached larger section of people; govt will addres this in multi-pronged manner with stakeholders: FM.12:18 pm: To provide all households with banking facilities to empower the weaker sections; there should be at least 2 bank accounts in each household: FM.12:17 pm: Urgent need to converge current Indian standard with international accounting standards: FM.12:16 pm: FM proposes number of measures to energise Indian capital market.12:15 pm: Essential to strengthen and modernise regulatory framework in financial sector to meet challenges of increasing complex economy: FM.12:14 pm: Financial sector is at the heart of the growth engine: FM.12:14 pm: Revision of rate of royalty on minerals to be taken up on request from the states: Jaitley.12:13 pm: In order to complete gas grid, 15000 km of additional pipeline to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:12 pm: Existing impasse of coal sector will be resolved: Jaitley.12:11 pm: Rs 4200 cr set aside for the Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia,over 1620 km: Arun Jaitley.12:10 pm: New airports to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:09 pm: FM announces development of Hastkala Academy in PPP mode: Jaitley.12:08 pm: Rs 50 cr set aside for pashmina production programme in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaitley.12:07 pm: There is need to develop more sophisticated models with quick redressal mechanism in PPP contracts: FM.12:06 pm: India has emerged as the largest PPP market in the world: FM.12:06 pm: FM announces Rs 200 cr for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareily, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur: FM.12:05 pm: Definition of MSME to be revised for high capital ceiling: FM.12:05 pm: MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a committee to examine and report in three months: FM.12:04 pm: Effective steps to be taken to revive SEZs: FM.12:04 pm: Apprentice Act to be suitably amended to strengthen the Apprentice Training Scheme: FM.12:04 pm: To set up Industrial Smart Cities in 7 cities: Jaitley.12:03 pm: All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through E-platform by 31 Dec this year: Jaitley.12:02 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for Kisan Television to provide real time information on various farming and agriculture issues: Jaitley.12:01 pm: FM allocates Rs 200 cr for setting up 2000 producers’ organisations across the country.12:00 pm: FM allocates funds for setting up 2,000 producers’ organisations across the country.11:59 am: Rs 5000 cr short time rural credit refinance fund for 2014-15: Jaitley.11:58 am: Additional Rs 5000 cr set aside for RIDF: Jaitley.11:57 am: Rs 50 cr set aside for indigenous cattle breed and blue revolution for inland fisheries: FM.advertisement11:56 am: State governments to be encouraged to develop farming markets: FM.11:55 am: Propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD: FM.11:53 am: National Adaption Fund for climate change to be set up: Jaitley.11:52 am: Govt will initiate scheme to provide a soil health card; Rs 100 cr set aside. Rs 56 cr for soil testing labs across the country: FM.11:47 am: Five minute break announced in presentation of Budget.11:46 am: Agriculture University in Andhra and Rajasthan, and Horticulture University in Haryana, Telangana; Rs 200 cr set aside.11:45 am: Slum development to be included in Corporate Social Responsibility activities.11:45 am: FM announces Rs 100 cr for modernisation of madrasas.11:44 am: FM announces development of Metro rails in PPP mode; Rs 100 cr set aside for metro scheme in Ahmedabad and Lucknow.11:44 am: Mission for low cost housing proposed to incentivise development of low cost housing; Rs 400 cr announced.11:44 am: Urban renewal will address drinking water, use of recycled water,solid waste management, digital connectivity; 500 habitats supported: FM.11:43 am: Rs 100 cr set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported: Jaitley.11:42 am: FM proposes National Rural Internet and Technology Mission; Rs 500 crores set aside.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley11:41 am: Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Teaching Programme to be started: Jaitley.11:40 am: FM proposes to set up 5 new IIMs and 5 new IITs: Jaitley.11:40 am: Propose to set up Center of Excellence in MP named after Lok Nayak JaiPrakash Narayan: Jaitley.11:39 am: 15 Model Rural Health Research centers to be set up for rural health issues: Jaitley.11:39 am: FM proposes 12 more Govt Medical colleges with dental facilities: Jaitley.11:38 am: The four new AIIMS will be in Andhra, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal: Jaitley.11:37 am: Propose to set up four more AIIMS; Rs 500 crore set aside for this. Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional: Jaitley.11:36 am: Rs 3600 crore set aside for National Rural Drinking Water: Jaitley.11:35 am: FM announces Backward Regional Grant Fund to address inter regional inequalities.11:34 am: FM proposes National Housing Banking programme; sets aside Rs. 8000 cr for this programme.11:33 am: PMGSY has a massive impact on rural development; sets aside Rs 14,389 crore for this: Jaitley.11:33 am: Jaitley announces Crisis Management Center for women at Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.11:32 am: FM laments apathy towards girl child, announces ‘Beti padhao, beti badhao yojana’, sets aside Rs 100 crore for this.11:31 am: 15 new Brail presses to be established: Jaitley.11:30 am: FM announces schemes for disabled persons in the country: Jaitley.11:30 am: EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of Provident Fund accounts: Jaitley.11:29 am: A large number of money lying unused in postal schemes etc. Propose to set up a committee to examine how this can be utilised: Jaitley.11:28 am: Rs 50,548 crore proposed for SC development: Jaitley.11:27 am: Rs 200 crore set aside to support Gujarat govt in the Sardar Patel statue installtion: Jaitley.11:26 am: Govt committed to providing 24/7 power supply to all homes: Jaitley.11:25 am: Total sanitation goals to be achieved by 2019: Jaitley.11:24 am: ‘Pradhanantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana’ to be started for irrigation: Jaitley.11:23 am: A national multiscale programme called Skill India to be introduced to provide training and support for employment: Jaitley.11:23 am: In order to give major boost to tourism, E-visas would be introduced at 9 airports. This will facilitate visas on arrival: Jaitley.11:22 am: As large number of people migrate to cities, unless new cities are developed the present would become unliveable: Jaitley.11:21 am: We will examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible: Jaitley.11:21 am: Financial stability is the foundation of our recovery: Jaitley.11:20 am: FM proposes measures to encourage development of smart cities: Jaitley.11:19 am: India is the largest buyer of defence equipment: Jaitley.11:18 am: India needs boost in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.11:18 am: FDI is several sectors provides additional resources: Jaitley. 11:17 am: Transfer pricing is major area for litigation; proposes changes in transfer pricing regulation.11:17 am: I propose to strengthen authority for advance ruling in tax: Jaitley.11:16 am: We are committed to providing stable tax regime which is investor friendly: Jaitley.11:13 am: This govt will not ordinarily change policies retrospectively which creates a fresh liability: Jaitley.11:12 am: GST will streamline tax administration and result in higher tax collection for center and states: Jaitley.11:11 am: A new urea policy would be formulated: Jaitley.11:10 am: We have no option but to take some bold steps to spurt economy; these are only the first steps and are directional: Jaitley.11:09 am: There is a gradual moderation in the WPI recently; but we are still not out of the woods: Jaitley.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.11:08 am: Considering that we had two years of low GDP growth, a large subsidy burden, target of 4.1 per cent fiscal burden is daunting: Jaitley.11:08 am: FM emphasises on fiscal prudence, need to generate more resources: Jaitley.11:08 am: The task before me today is very challenging; need to revive growth in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.11:07 am: We have taken up the challenge in the right ernest; will create a vibrant and strong India: Jaitley.11:06 am: There is a large population which is below the poverty line: Jaitley.11:05 am: The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilization, says Jaitley.11:04 am: The budget is the most comprehensive action plan: Jaitley.Copies of Union Budget at Parliament House.11:04 am: There are green shoots of recovery in the global economy: Jaitley.11:04 am: We look forward to lower inflation, says Jaitley.11:02 am: People have voted for a change. India desires to grow: Jaitley.11:01 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rises to present Budget 2014.10:53 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present Union Budget shortly.10:40 am: Cabinet clears Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget.10:36 am: Union Cabinet meeting at Parliament ends.10:27 am: Arun Jaitley briefs Union Cabinet on Budget 2014.10:17 am: Union Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament ahead of presentation of Union Budget.10:14 am: The economic status of nation is unstable but we are sure Arun Jaitley will present a good Budget: BJP leader Nalin Kohli.10:12 am: Fiscal deficit needs to be looked at, says former MoS finance JD Seelam.10:10 am: Growth with employment is the top focus in Budget, says BJP.10:05 am: We need to bring down inflation. Investment incentive is needed: Chandrajit Banerjee (DG, CII) on expectations from Union Budget.10:00 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s family leaves for the Parliament.#FM, MOS and officers briefed #President this morning for half an hour on main features of the #Budget2014 pic.twitter.com/YKEeF2mVRy&; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) July 10, 2014 09:56 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament to present Union Budget.09:38 am: Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.09:34 am: Budget needs to take everyone forward: NCP leader Majeed Memon.09:30 am: I am positive that our Honorable Finance Minister will deliver a strong budget for a stable and progressing economy, tweets BJP leader Poonam Mahajan.09:29 am: I don’t think it will be a pro-poor Budget: NCP leader Tariq Anwar.09:26 am: A good taxation system should be in order: Arvind Virmani (Former chief economic advisor to Government of India).09:22 am: Sensex gains 47 points, opens at 25,513 before the presentation of Union Budget.09:20 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan.09:15 am: I feel that the Union Budget will exist only to serve few industrialists: SP leader Naresh Agarwal.09:09 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.