Angelides celebrates win with attack on governor

first_imgIn a statement later in the day, Torres urged state Democrats to back Angelides in fulfilling his vision for California. “Healthy debate is a tradition of our party, but once that debate is over and the voters have chosen our standard bearer, we stand together with our candidate, united in our vision for California’s future,” he said. Not to be outdone, Schwarzenegger kicked off his re-election campaign with his “Protecting The California Dream Tour,” stopping to greet voters in the Northern California cities of Samoa, Redding and Auburn. Schwarzenegger easily garnered 89.9 percent of the votes among GOP candidates. “The other side is talking about all the problems California has. We are solving the problems – that is the difference,” he said during an appearance in Redding. “The other side wants to take us back 21/2, three years ago. We want to move forward with the state.” In another high-profile race, former Gov. Jerry Brown easily defeated Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general and will face state Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, in the general election. Brown, who has been mayor of Oakland for the past seven years, captured 62.9 percent of the vote to Delgadillo’s 37.1 percent. At a morning news conference at the Burbank Hilton, Brown said he hoped his 40 years in public office and his respect for the law will convince voters to return him to Sacramento. “I have a reverence for the law and take seriously that the job of attorney general is to be the people’s attorney,” Brown said. “I also have shown I can be independent. “I am not afraid to go up against the big guys. I have worked in both a partisan and nonpartisan system and believe part of the problem is, we let partisan politics get in the way.” Brown said he hoped he and Poochigian can campaign on the issues and said he wants to see more civility in politics that would allow differing opinions while still building the state. Poochigian, who was unopposed in his GOP primary, said he wants to show voters that he can work with Democrats, citing legislation he has co-authored dealing with education, MediCal and workers’ compensation that received bipartisan support. And he indicated he will not back away from attacking Brown. “I recognize he has a huge name-identification edge on me,” Poochigian said. “It will be up to me to make sure I have the resources to get my message out and let voters know about him. “I want to remind voters of what the state was like under Jerry Brown – his opposition to the death penalty, the kind of judges he appointed. He has a long record in the area of public safety that I think the public will see where he falls short.” Daily News wire services contributed to this report. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Angelides, 52, currently state treasurer, garnered 47.9 percent of the vote, with pledges of education reform, environmental protection and a fairer health system. Westly captured 43.4 percent, with six other candidates dividing up the remaining 9 percent. In his first appearance after conceding to Angelides, Westly thanked his staff and, in a sharp contrast to his campaign, praised his former opponent as a fierce debater who can bring victory to the Democratic ticket. “We ran a strong campaign. We didn’t quite get there, but it was close all the way,” said the 49-year-old co-founder of eBay. “I stand here proud to endorse Treasurer Angelides.” Standing in for Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, Assembly speaker Fabian Nu ez introduced key members of the party, including Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell; Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, who is running for lieutenant governor; and Cruz Bustamante, who currently holds that post. “We have a Democratic ticket that we believe represents the values of the party – values that we believe California was built on,” Nu ez said. UNIVERSAL CITY – The race for California’s governor’s seat hit the fast track Wednesday, with Democratic challenger Phil Angelides launching attacks against incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger just hours after declaring his primary election victory. Flanked by former rival Steve Westly and an entourage of primary winners and supporters, Angelides set the tone for his campaign during an appearance at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, where he spoke of “hope, opportunity, and investment.” Angelides also moved to present a unified party front after a bruising primary campaign marked by negative ads, saying his goal is to return California to workers and their children, as well as those “locked out and left out.” “This is a governor who said he would be the people’s governor,” Angelides said of Schwwarzenegger. “But in each and every turn, he has sided with special interests at the top. He has talked a good game but he has failed to deliver.” last_img read more

UN award for Joburg Housing Company

first_img29 September 2010The Johannesburg Social Housing Company is to receive the world’s most prestigious human settlements accolade, the United Nations’ 2010 Scroll of Honour award, for its holistic approach to providing shelter, which has benefited almost 30 000 people around the city.The UN’s Scroll of Honour awards recognise initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of homelessness, and leadership in post-conflict reconstruction.The 2010 awards will be presented in Shanghai, China on Monday, 4 October.The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) was established by the City of Johannesburg in 2004 to provide affordable rental housing to the lower-income market in order to help eradicate South Africa’s housing backlog.It has been active in several project sites, including in Orlando, Soweto and Industria West, where former hostels have been converted into 213 family apartments. At present, it manages more than 5 000 affordable rental accommodation units, and has reduced default on payments from 87 percent to only 6 percent since it started operating in 2006.The company’s annual budget is about R175-million.Joshco’s chief executive officer, Rory Gallocher, said Johannesburg faced a lot of pressure in delivering good quality and affordable housing.“It makes a big difference to know that we are doing something right because it is often possible to get buried in the detail and forget that we have many counterparts all over the world who are wrestling with similar problems,” Gallocher said. “But it is important for us to count our victories when they come along so that we realise that we are making progress.”Gallocher said the agency’s application to be considered for the award was a test to see if the past six years of work had made an impact. “We thought it would be interesting to compare our efforts with other initiatives around the world.”The group was planning to push for more opportunities to develop more affordable stock, he added.“Our focus right now is on reducing the costs and increasing the revenues. This is important so that we can stretch the budgets as far as possible so that the improved service delivery can be felt by more families in Johannesburg.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

MTN, Visa launch mobile money offering

first_img25 November 2011 “Mobile technology has become the single most important driver of financial inclusion that is enabling financial institutions, mobile network operators and Visa to connect unbanked consumers to each other and the global economy.” “Reaching consumers who have previously lacked access to formal financial services with secure and reliable electronic payments is finally a reality,” Visa head of products Jim McCarthy said in a statement this week. Developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are among the first target markets for the mobile-based prepaid product. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In the last ten years, 100-million people have been newly banked through mobile services that offer consumers basic financial services that are limited in geographic reach. Visa’s acquisition of Fundamo, a leading mobile money platform in developing countries, and its integration into Visa, has created a mobile payment platform that can connect existing mobile money services via the VisaNet global payment network. In markets with Visa acceptance locations, consumers may also have the option to receive a Visa prepaid companion card that can be used at ATMs and merchants where Visa is accepted. From international remittances to e-commerce transactions, Visa’s new product will offer consumers a new payment account that enhances the payment functionality of their existing mobile money service. Regardless of transaction size or where consumers make purchases, Visa and the account issuer will be able to authenticate the account holder at the point of transaction by requesting a PIN or password.center_img As part of the launch, the new product will initially be available to customers in Nigeria and Uganda. The product was developed by a South African company called Fundamo, which was acquired by Visa in June this year for $110-million. MTN chief commercial officer Christian de Faria said the launch of the new product represented a “crucial milestone” in the company’s effort to bring value-added services to its mobile phone users. As of the end of September, MTN had some 5.7-million registered mobile money customers in 12 countries. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with financial services group Visa to offer its Mobile Money customers a prepaid account that can be accessed through mobile devices, giving consumers in developing countries a secure, reliable, globally interoperable electronic payment account. Connecting existing services “And as the appetite for mobile technology grows, MTN is excited to be at the forefront of providing millions of our customers with such important product innovations,” he said. The result is a product that allows financial service providers and mobile network operators to offer consumers a payment account that provides Visa’s high standards of security, reliability and global interoperability. Reliable electronic paymentslast_img read more

Promoting Freedom of Expression and African identity through the use of vernacular languages and inspiring a culture of reading

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 23 October 2019 – “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart,” words once said by the father of the nation, Nelson Mandela.In echoing the sentiments of the former statesman, Brand South Africa and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya are heading to the Eastern Cape, Bizana on Friday, 25 October 2019 to promote freedom of expression and African identity through language, in honour of the late Moses Mtileni, who achieved 3 Masters degrees in African languages.This opportunity also presents Brand South Africa a chance to promote constitutional awareness,  pride and patriotism among South Africans to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.The activation is a collaboration of various primary schools around Bizana  and will see  grade 3 – 4 learners compete in a reading, spelling bee and storytelling competition all crafted in their mother tongue. We see the late Moses Mtileni as an advocate, not only for African languages, but also for the African identity”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise.“We look forward to conversing with young people to inspire pride in African identity. It is important that young people are reminded that they have a right to use the language and to practice their culture as enshrined in the South African Constitution.”Language and culture Everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights. – The Constitution OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, 1996 – CHAPTER 2 BILL OF RIGHTS Media is invited to attend details as follows;Date: 25 October 2019 Venue: Multipurpose Youth Centre, Mbizana Local Municipality, Eastern CapeTime: 08:30 amRSVPS/Enquiries:     Ntombi Ntanzi                             Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.com                             Mobile number: 064 890 6819 Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on  #PlayYourPartlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180416_RyanMartinHeavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage. We are not looking at liquid equivalent being any more than a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth of an inch, but with temps being where they are, we have to allow for wet snow to fly over northern areas pretty much at will. And, we can see rain mix in too.Tomorrow seems colder over a larger part of the state and looks to have more moisture around, particularly up north. The map shows temps tomorrow afternoon as compared to normal. From I-70 northward, we would not be surprised to see a coating to an inch of wet snow from midnight tonight through tomorrow. There likely is nothing developing farther south tomorrow. But, the chilly air is not leaving anytime soon, and we see clouds reluctant to break up in the south.Dry weather is in for overnight tomorrow night through the bulk of Wednesday.Our first tweak of the forecast (from last week’s thoughts) is to push our midweek action back slightly. While we now see most of Wednesday dry, clouds build late in the afternoon. Scattered light rain showers then break out closer to overnight Wednesday night and then linger though most of Thursday. Rain totals still look to be from a few hundredths to .25”, but we are increasing coverage to 80% of the state. The best rains will be from US 30 northward.Dry Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is our next slight change in the forecast – the dry weekend. Temps stay cool for the end of the week and start of the weekend, as we continue to see mostly NW flow dominate the eastern Corn Belt. However, on Sunday, winds turn more S and SW ahead of our next system for early next week. This should allow temps to moderate back closer to normal. WE do not expect a big push above normal, but still, Sunday will likely end up bringing the warmest temps of the next 7 days.Clouds will slowly increase through the day Monday, but we should stay dry, while action develops off to the west. Our next system pushes into Ohio overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This low pressure circulation will be coming up from the SW. Scattered showers fall statewide through Tuesday and into early next Wednesday. Rain totals are expected to be around .25”-1” over 70% of the state. The heaviest action seems to set up through central Ohio, but this projection is nearly 10 days out…so a lot can happen between now and then.We should be dry for the start of by Wednesday evening, and strong Canadian high pressure slowly sinks off to the southeast. That keeps the region dry for the night of the 25th along with the 26th and 27th, which is another forecast change, also in our favor. This should bring impressive southwest flow up on the backside of the high for the 27th. That southwest flow will warm us to near normal temperature levels. A cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and 29th. Rains with that front remain in the half to 1” range with coverage at 80% of the state. Behind that we look dry for the remainder of the month into early may. However, that dry forecast is rooted in yet another Canadian high, so that means we likely see a cold finish to April and start to May, with temps a good 5-15 degrees below normal.last_img read more

National Security Council Signs Off On Social Intervention Operational Framework

first_img He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO. Story Highlights Speaking  at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on  September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”. “We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised. Deputy Chairman, Social Intervention Committee, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO), Omar Sweeney, has announced that the operational framework for the social intervention aspect of the Government’s new anti-crime initiative has been signed off with the National Security Council.Speaking  at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on  September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”.“So, the first will begin in Montego Bay tomorrow (September 30). There will be more items in the media and more information that is coming out around these activities,” the Deputy Chairman said.In an interview with JIS News following his presentation regarding the social intervention aspect of ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, Mr. Sweeney pointed out that most of the [social intervention] initiatives now are around civil registration, including the delivery of birth certificates, tax registration numbers and other forms of identification as well as some public health services.“We are now moving to start looking at clean-up activities in the community in a coordinated way. That is solid waste removal, bushing, clearing of some areas, street lighting for public safety, [and] the development of youth corps,” Mr. Sweeney said.He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO.“The Social Intervention Committee is formed as a critical tool to seek the peace of the communities that we deem as Zones of Special Operations. It’s a coordinated government response to some of the issues in these communities, or what we need to attack. What is true is that much of the violence produced in these communities is done by unattached youth,” Mr. Sweeney said.“If they are not attached to formal things or good things, you find that they will get attached to illegal activities, so the social-intervention strategy will have a strong focus on youth,” he noted.Mr. Sweeney called on members of the Rotary Club to assist with the social-intervention aspect of ZOSO.“Service clubs can provide an impact. Service clubs like Rotary possess tremendous professional skills, and the transfer of that knowledge will go a far way in what we would say is no cost. It costs nothing to transfer knowledge,” he said.“We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised.last_img read more

2 siblings missing as boat sinks in Buriganga

first_imgTwo siblings went missing as a boat capsized in the Buriganga river at Sadarghat on Friday evening, reports UNB.The victims are Sumi, 18, daughter of Sumit Gazi of Char Kaliganj and her brother Rabiul Gazi, 8.The victims’ father said that his wife along with three of their children was going to Sadarghat to board a Barishal-bound launch in the evening, but their boat capsized in the mid-river.Although his wife and elder son managed to swim ashore, his daughter and another son could not, he added.The boat capsized due to strong current in the river as well as waves created by MV Sharuk-1, said Abdur Rajjak, officer-in-charge of Sadarghat naval police station.On information, members of Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed there, he said, adding that divers were searching for the bodies.last_img read more

Trump Pelosi clash over Mexico border wall

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 20 January, 2019 shows US president Donald Trump as he arrives at the White House in Washington, DC, on 19 January, 2019,and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) outside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 3 January 2019US president Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday and she again insisted that he end the government shutdown before border security talks can begin, but there were hints of possible movement.Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, dismissed as a “non-starter” his offer to extend temporary protection to about a million immigrants in return for $5.7 billion for the wall he wants on the Mexican border to fulfil a signature campaign promise.Government shutdowns are a disruptive political ritual that have occurred in various administrations and are almost unique to the American system. But this one is the longest on record. It has left about 800,000 federal workers unpaid — among them airport security officers, FBI agents, museum workers, and Coast Guard members.”Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat,” the president tweeted. “She is so petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.”It was Trump’s most direct attack on Pelosi since the partial government shutdown began, and appeared to reflect a mounting sense of frustration.Pointedly ignoring his personal comments, Pelosi on Twitter emphasized the need to end the impasse, which has inflicted increasing pain after one month, with some government employees having to turn to food banks or local charities to get by.”Reopen the government, let workers get their paychecks and then we can discuss how we can come together to protect the border. #EndTheShutdown,” she tweeted.Good-faith compromiseWhile Pelosi and other Democrats dismissed Trump’s offer, Republicans insisted that it represented actual movement by the president.Vice president Mike Pence, who has been leading the administration’s contacts with Congress, said the Senate would put the proposal to a vote as early as Tuesday. He called it “a good-faith compromise.”The planned vote also reflects a shift by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He insisted previously that he would not take up any shutdown bill unless both Trump and Democratic leaders backed it.”In a very real sense, what President Trump did here was he set the table for a deal,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”The bill’s fate was far from clear. Republicans hope to lure the votes of a few Democrats from Trump-friendly states to reach the 60 votes needed, but they may lose some hard-line conservatives in the process.Most blame RepublicansThe Trump administration — increasingly blamed by Americans for the shutdown — is trying to balance demands of those hard-liners and Democrats who adamantly oppose spending the $5.7 billion Trump wants for a wall.Trump has regularly warned of what he says is a serious criminal threat from undocumented migrants entering the country, which is grappling with a surge in arrivals by families and children who say they are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.Democrats have offered more than $2 billion for a range of other border-security measures.They assailed Trump’s new offer as cynical, noting that it was the president who — by moving earlier to end the DACA program protecting 700,000 young immigrants and to expel about 300,000 others in a separate program — had placed in jeopardy many of those for whom he now offers temporary protection.But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Trump’s offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented — a toxic concept for many conservatives.”No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA,” Trump said in another tweet. DACA was former president Barack Obama’s program to shield undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.Trump said that there would be “no big push” to remove the 11 million people in the country illegally, before warning: ‘but be careful, Nancy!”His immigration crackdown has not stanched the influx of migrants, and a new group of about 400 Hondurans — the fourth since October 13 — headed north on Saturday, officials there said.Still, as the costs of the US shutdown mounted, both sides in the standoff appeared to be casting about cautiously for a road ahead.”The vote this week (in the Senate) is not to pass the bill,” said Senator James Lankford, a Republican, “It’s to open up and say, can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes? Let’s find a way to get the government open.”Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said that “I would not rule out a wall in certain circumstances.”He suggested that Democrats were amenable to negotiating if Trump would stop demonizing the party and its leaders and provide assurances that he would not suddenly shift positions.”The notion that we have come from a (focus on a) wall to some other thing is moving it along,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” “but we have to sit down and talk.”Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who plans to seek the presidency in 2020, told CNN it was urgent that both sides “come together and have a real conversation and hash out the differences.”But representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, insisted that the government must first be reopened.last_img read more

From The Border to Houston Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Ride To The

first_img X 00:00 /03:25 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share – / 5What happens on the Texas border with Mexico has a way of making the news these days. But sometimes, those who travel the roads from the Rio Grande Valley up to Houston are making the trip for symbolic reasons. Reasons of heritage and history, and these people make the trip on a horse.I’m talking with 81-year-old Larry Ramirez when some of his friends pull into an abandoned parking lot off Highway 59, their wagons and horses moving a little slower than the cars flying by behind us.“It’s a good ride, it’s a long ride,” Ramirez says. “A long, hard ride.”He and his team are headed to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Ramirez founded this trail ride team, one of 13 teams converging on Houston from all over Texas. His group started their journey at the border. A lifelong Houstonian, Ramirez drove big rigs for about two decades, but he wouldn’t call that his life’s work.“I’ve done everything a man could possibly do,” he says.Ramirez founded “Los Vaqueros Rio Grande” 45 years ago for one simple reason.“Because there were no Hispanic rides when I started.”“I approached the stock show and I said well, ‘how come there are no Hispanic rides coming in?’ And they said ‘well nobody has approached us,’ so I approached them and they granted me a permit.”As to why he figured the ride should start from the border and travel the farthest distance of all the rodeo trail rides?“Ah, it was just a wild idea” he says. “I just thought ‘why not start from Mexico?’”Ramirez wanted this ride to honor his Hispanic heritage. He doesn’t know much about his grandparents or family further back, he says he was just too busy working most his life to investigate the family tree. So this is, in a way, his chance to explore that history.One of Ramirez’s riding buddies is Gary Foster. He braves the Texas highways on 19th century wagons out of a fascination with old customs and old technology. He shows me around his ride – a “Melbourne Model 88.” Foster says he believes it was built somewhere around the middle of 1890.Explaining the art of a horse harness, he says he keeps this wagon as authentic as possible to the time it comes from – no rubber tires, all original undercarriage – and he drives mules, not horses, like the old-timers used to. Foster’s taken the wagon on longer rides through Texas ranches, and he says there is more to it than just the gear.“When you spend six months traveling around like that, it’s a camaraderie that is unusual in this day and time, when a lot of people in the cities don’t even know their next door neighbor’s name.”Trail riders are a family he says, and family is what’s keeping “Los Vaqueros” alive.In his old age, Larry Ramirez is handing this ride off to his son David. Some parts of the ride have changed: decades ago the team started the trail from Mexico, but with tighter border controls through the years, it got too complicated and expensive to bring horses across the river. Still, the younger Ramirez says the team will be around for decades to come. “Oh it’ll last,” he says. “I mean somebody’s always going to be trail riding. I raised my kids up in this, and they’re going to continue to trail ride, it’s in their blood.”The elder Ramirez says he’s proud of what he’s accomplished with the riding team.“My sons are taking over the ride, it seems like they’re going to keep it alive after I’m gone, course I won’t know that,” he says with a hearty laugh.After a day of rest, the Ramirez family and their team will saddle up for Houston ahead of Saturday’s downtown parade.last_img read more