Tragedy for QPR youngster

first_imgThe father of QPR youngster Michael Doughty has been found dead at his home in Lincolnshire.Nigel Doughty, owner of Nottingham Forest, was 54.He bought Forest in 1999 for £11m and took over as chairman at the City Ground three years later.A lifelong fan, he is estimated to have invested more than £100m of his personal fortune in the Championship club.Michael Doughty, 19, is a product of QPR’s youth system and made his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie against Blackburn last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Law students welcome new Legal Bill

first_img“Such a programme will not only serve to benefit the poor and vulnerable, but will also go a long way in developing socially conscious legal graduates who understand the law in light of the vision of our Constitution and the goals of transformation.” Equality before the law 13 May 2010 SLSJ research coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal, Lucky Mkhize, said the preamble to the Bill states that the practice of law must be regulated to ensure that every citizen has access to justice and is equally protected by the law. “We believe that law graduates must be required to perform at least one year of practical vocational training in institutions mandated to provide legal services to poor and vulnerable people,” he said. “This will strengthen the capacity of existing institutions in addressing the challenges of access to justice.” Those graduates would, at the same, gain the practical experience already required of them while performing such services she said. However, the needs of the poor and vulnerable in terms of access to justice far exceeds the mere 100 hours of mandatory community service provided for in the Bill, he said. “We welcome the move to increase access to legal services through the introduction of compulsory community service for candidate legal professionals,” she said. Community legal service They added that overcoming the practical concerns of placement, supervision and remuneration would require political will on the part of the government, and critical and open debate among all stakeholders, including students.center_img “We look forward to ensuring the participation of the student voice in reshaping and transforming legal education and practice in South Africa and hope to engage in the consultative process that has now been initiated by [the] government.” Both Leeve and Mkhize agreed that a one year community legal service programme needed to be structured so as to provide for the placement, supervision and remuneration of legal interns – in the same way provided for medical interns before admission to the medical profession. South Africa’s Cabinet finally passed the Legal Practice Bill, which has been under discussion for the past 10 years, last week. Leeve said the need for legal professionals to provide legal services for the poor was critical for the realisation of equality before the law, equal access and benefit of the law. SLSJ chairperson Yana van Leeve said the Bill aims to promote access to justice for the poor and vulnerable through the transformation of legal practice in South Africa. “We hope that the recent approval of the Bill by Cabinet is an indication that such a commitment shall be forthcoming,” said Mkhize. Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) have welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to have law graduates complete compulsory community legal service. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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World Bank chief, SA govt talk growth

first_img7 September 2012Developments in South Africa’s mining sector, as well as the country’s achievements, formed part of visiting World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim’s discussions with the South African government on Thursday.Kim was in South Africa for a day following two days in Cote d’Ivoire – his first official visit outside the US since taking up his new position in July.Speaking at a joint press conference in Pretoria on Thursday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that challenges facing South Africa were discussed with the World Bank leader, among them issues concerning mining.“The sad events in Marikana and in the mining industry generally were discussed,” Gordhan said, noting that the dynamics of the country’s mining industry needed to be better understood.“The platinum industry already is under pressure, and at the same time we must ensure that the bulk of the industry is at work. In that sense … employers and employees must find each other on work and social issues,” Gordhan said.“The message we need to communicate to the rest of the world is that South Africa is at work and most of it is highly productive and is still available for investment.”‘World Bank committed to SA growth’Kim said the World Bank was committed to South Africa’s growth and that in his interactions with President Jacob Zuma, tuberculosis contraction among miners was discussed.The two leaders agreed that social justice and inclusive growth were closely related.Kim met with Zuma and eight ministers and deputy ministers on Thursday. He was also briefed on what the country was doing on issues including education and health, small business and science and technology.“The World Bank is an important institution, and we have confirmed our faith in the multilateral system,” Gordhan said, saying that in order for the multilateral system to be inclusive and fully representative, transformation was necessary.Gordhan expressed confidence in Kim’s vision for the World Bank.“We support his stance on social justice, eradicating poverty and inclusive growth.”However, the question around eradicating poverty and inclusive growth remained, Gordhan said. He was pleased with the World Bank leader’s endorsement of the role of middle-income countries like South Africa in coming up with lasting solutions.A new era of knowledgeHe said that it was not only the bigger or smaller economies that should attract assistance from the Bank.“We expect the World Bank will introduce a new era to ensure knowledge and expertise, apart from money, are availed to middle income countries, in a way that ensures economies grow and that social justice is at the centre of solving poverty and inequality.”The leaders also discussed South Africa’s infrastructure plans for the future, with high expectations for South Africa to be a laboratory for innovation.Kim, who prior to his appointment to the World Bank had worked in countries like Lesotho, said he held South Africa in high regard.“I have enormous respect for this country and its people. South Africa’s success is important for the region and the world,” he said.He said gender equality and good jobs for the youth were important.“Discussions with the ministers were impressive, I was impressed with the level of analysis,” he said of the talks, which he described as “frank” in nature.Sharing expertise in policyThough good policies were in place in South Africa, implementation remained a challenge for all countries, said Kim, noting that the Bank had a contingency of practitioners that were available to assist countries.“For us, being engaged with South Africa is not focused on our ability to bring expertise but we’re also here to learn, many innovations have happened here. We want to learn from the innovations and achievements,” said Kim.“I was honoured to meet President Zuma. We spoke of the importance of implementation. I think we can bring experiences from other countries that might be helpful to SA.”The two also discussed how the World Bank can best support African countries to achieve higher levels of – and more inclusive – economic growth, as well as enhance Africa’s infrastructure programme.Zuma also raised the issue of the democratisation of the World Bank.“I discussed with Dr Kim, among other issues, the role that the World Bank Group can play in support of the integration of African economies,” Zuma said. “We have already done much work to highlight the vital importance of regional trade corridors that connect countries through roads, railways, and provide access to ports and airports.“The World Bank Group can play a vital role as a catalyst for the development and financing of infrastructure, especially because private sector investors will draw comfort from the anchor role that a financier like the World Bank Group can play.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Video: Must watch Tedx Talks of inspiring South African women

first_imgMelissa JavanAmo NgoepeAmo Ngoepe learned the true meaning of the African proverb – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – as she traversed the continent over 64 days.Speaking at a Tedx event hosted in Soweto Ngoepe shared stories from her adventure as she travelled from South Africa to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.She challenged herself to use nothing but public transport during her journey. For her, it was the best way to learn about each country. It opened her eyes to the warm heart of Africa. Trusting strangers, she learnt, allowed her experience adventures she would never have had otherwise.Watch Ngoepe share her extraordinary story:Dr Kopano Matlwa MabasoDr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso and her partner, Dr Chrystelle Wedi, dream of setting up ultrasound clinics in rural Africa. Their Ona-Matoko-Lako (See Your Baby) project, winner of an Aspen Ideas Award, gives women an opportunity to ‘see their baby’ through free ultrasonography. Her Tedx Talk covered the challenges of bringing antenatal healthcare to communities without water, sanitation, electricity or healthcare.Watch how Mabaso learned to look for light in a dark situation:Deshun DeyselDeysel was the first Black African woman to climb to the peak of Everest. Today, as a motivational speaker, she helps people understand that the size of the challenge facing you does not matter. What does matter is the desire to overcome that challenge. Her Peak Performance Toolkit addresses things like the importance of aspiration, self-mastery, competence and your environment. These areas play a role in your journey to success.Watch and learn from Deysel on how goals can become achievable:Botlhale TshetloTshetlo bought flowers for men she did not know. She paid for a stranger’s car to be washed. She encouraged her daughter to donate her own clothing to an under- privileged child. In challenging herself with 38 random acts of kindness, Tshetlo learned about herself and how to connect with the world around her.Watch Tshetlo talk about her experience:Molly BlankWe should not allow our circumstances to dictate how we lead our lives. This simple lesson is what American filmmaker Molly Blank hoped to teach with her documentary project Schools that Work. She has made South Africa her home. Blank visited 19 schools [for her project] that despite being in disadvantaged communities, students, teachers and parents strived to rise above the challenges and defy stereotypes.Watch scenes out of Molly Black’s video series, and listen to her reasons for undertaking this project:Thulani NdzotyanaWhat would South Africa 2044 be with Thuli Ndzotyana as president? This was the question Ndzotyana tried to answer during her Tedx Talk. The Alexander High School student believes her generation needs to find their own voice to help create the future they see for themselves. As president, she believes, her generation would look past colour. “It will be a South Africa of acceptance, not tolerance. The problem [now] is we continue to rank our differences.”Watch Ndzotyana talk about how she sees South Africa:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Video Interview with Founder of Vanilla, “A WordPress for Forums”

first_imgjolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Vanilla was selected for this summer’s TechStars program, and the public beta for Vanilla 2 was released this April 27.O’Sullivan actually wrote a follow-up blog post regarding our brief chat about how the real-time web and its constant firehose of information are affecting forum discussions and culture. “There is an intrinsic value in being able to take part in a discussion on your own time,” he wrote. “We can’t all be online, let alone awake at the same time, so in these situations the real-time web doesn’t work. Forums are always on, and they are expected to operate on a different schedule than real-time.”And while O’Sullivan continues to write that there isn’t a competition between real-time and forum discussions, he does state that the quality of forum information can often be much higher than info procured from real-time sources, in his opinion. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Interviews#start#startups Related Posts Longtime forum moderator Mark O’Sullivan‘s Vanilla, an open-source, standards-compliant, fully extensible discussion forum CMS, is a favorite of many designers and webmasters alike.One reviewer said it best: “Forget how ‘normal’ forums are done – Vanilla strips it back to what’s important: the conversations. Not the smileys, the bandwidth-hogging signatures, the mailbox, the forum categories. It pushes discussions to the forefront and uses subtle AJAX to make the experience of communicating with others fast and simple.” Read and watch on for a discussion of the product itself as well as open-source monetization and forum culture versus the real-time web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Sponsor Post: 10 Killer Tools for Small-Business Success

first_imgTags:#Sponsors#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.If you have discussed social media with small-business owners, you almost always get two questions:How do I manage all these social networks without going nuts?Are any tools out there that can help me be more productive and save time?The first answer that any good social media thinker would offer a small-business owner would be to pick two or three networks where you can reach the majority of your customers or potential customers and concentrate on those, thus eliminating some of your stress. Fortunately, the second answer is “Yes”: tools are out there to help you manage your time and workflow if you plan to spend some time and energy on the social Web.I polled a few folks who know a thing or two about social media, especially for small businesses, and collected a list of 10 tools, technologies and platforms that can help your small business succeed in social media and Internet marketing. These experts in the field include John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing, Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival, Mack Coller of The Viral Garden, Drew McLellan of Drew’s Marketing Minute and Kyle Lacy, author of the upcoming book “Twitter Marketing for Dummies.”Based on their favorites (and some of my own), here are 10 killer tools for small-business success.1. JottHave you ever called yourself and left a voice mail so that you wouldn’t forget something? Jott takes that idea a step further, transcribing the voice mail and sending it to your inbox. Instead of sending a quick memo to yourself to remember to email your vendor, you can dictate the email and save time. Upgrade to Jott Assistant and you can dictate to-do lists, automatic Web postings to your social networks, calendar items and more. Jott is a subscription-based service, and it starts at only $3.95 per month for a small Assistant account. For small-business owners on the go, it can be a life-saver.2. GrasshopperGrasshopper not only gives your business its very own toll-free 800 number, but it allows your customers to reach you even when you’re on the go. Voice mails are delivered to your inbox, as are faxes (in PDF), so you can stay connected everywhere. You can have multiple extensions and extend the service to your employees as well. The service starts at $9.95 per month (plus a $25 activation fee) for 100 minutes. Other plans are $49 and $199 per month.3. MonitterIf your small business is on Twitter, keeping an eye on the conversations related to your product or service there makes sense. But if you’re geographically focused like most small businesses, you probably hate having to weed through similarly named companies and mentions of your industry from folks 1,000 miles away. Monitter lets you search Twitter for keywords, but filters them by specified distances from a zip code. You get tweets about your category, industry and company from within your home territory, where it matters. Monitter is free to use.4. HootSuiteFor anyone who runs a Twitter account for business, a tool like HootSuite can be a productivity boon. Not only can you manage multiple people contributing to the same Twitter account (so that one person isn’t solely responsible for tweeting), but you can manage multiple accounts with ease. The software has a bookmarklet for quick link-sharing and offers some cursory stats on your Twitter account as well. It’s free to use.5. Survey MonkeyPerhaps the one luxury that many small businesses can’t afford is market research. Survey Monkey enables you to conduct your own online surveys to gain insight into your customer base for free. The tool is easy to use, looks professional and produces a bevy of charts and graphs to help you understand your results. If you have trouble with online tools, Survey Monkey has several video tutorials that make it a snap to tap into customer insights.6. Simple Online Accounting SolutionsMcCray told me about a number of good online tools for bookkeeping and accounting, two really stand out for her. She recommends Outright.com for single-person businesses and WorkingPoint.com for more complex companies. The reason? Simplicity. Speaking as a business owner who is math-averse myself, I’ll just say, “Amen!” The simpler, the better. Both of these are outstanding in that category. Outright is free to use. WorkingPoint is free for one user, $10 per month for two and only $80 per month for 10 users.7. ReQallNever before has a smart phone app been so incredibly useful! ReQall is a memory aide that enables you to record voice memos via a smartphone or regular phone, have those messages transcribed and then sent to you via email (a la Jott). But wait! There’s more. The software uses natural-language processing and some additional analysis to determine whether you’re dictating a calendar item or to-do list entry. It then adds those items to your calendar or to-do list. If you say, “Pick up milk at Circle K on Belmont Avenue by 4 pm,” you’ll get a calendar entry, probably with a Google map link, and a reminder beforehand. For the small-business owner on the go, this app is a must-have.8. Milog (iPhone App)While I hate to recommend an application that is limited to iPhone users, this one is worth mentioning. Milog, from SymplySoft, allows you to track your mileage simply, then email yourself neatly organized reports to print or send to your accountant for tax papers. When my CPA told me, “No one tracks their mileage well,” I decided to prove her wrong. Milog helps me do that in literally a few seconds per day. The app stores locations for easy trip entry and allows you to add fields for parking, tolls and more. The full version is just $2.99 at the iPhone app store.9. MingglThis tool is new (the beta was released two weeks ago) but is very promising. A browser sidebar plugin, Minggl allows you to post status updates across six major social networks (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Digg and Delicious) but, unlike other broadcast services, also allows you to check your inboxes, notifications and public updates from friends on those networks. Add a Google Sidewiki-style annotation service and you’ve got a pretty useful tool that you won’t have to change your habits much to use.10. BackupifyWhether you’re dabbling in social media for your business, conducting full-scale sales calls via Twitter or Facebook or running everything you do through project management software like Google Docs, Zoho or Basecamp, you’d probably get mighty frustrated if one of those services went down and lost your data. Backupify.com serves as a daily or weekly (you decide) backup service for a variety of social media and Web 2.0 services that many small businesses depend on. The service is available at a low cost (accounts start at $4.95 per month) and backs up your important company data (Gmail, Google Docs, Basecamp, Zoho), plus your entire database for services like Flickr, Twitter and even WordPress. (Disclosure: Backupify is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor and a client of mine.)These applications, programs and platforms only skim the surface. I’m sure you have favorites of your own. Please share them in the comments for your fellow readers and help make this post a one-stop shop for killer small-business tools.Jason Falls is a social-media consultant based in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs regularly at SocialMediaExplorer.com. He is also chief evangelist for Backupify.com, a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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