10 Things to Know about Banyana Banyana

first_imgSouth Africa’s women football team, Banyana Banyana made history in Ghana last week when they qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.After a nail-biting tournament, Banyana Banyana reached the final of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, and for the first time ever, earned a spot in the all-important FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place as of 7 June 2019 in France.As preparations commence for kick-off, we share some quick facts about the team that is flying the country’s flag high and inspiring the nation through excellence in sports.1. Banyana Banyana was formed in 1993 and had their first official match on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.2. Sasol has been a proud sponsor of Banyana Banyana and women’s football for the last 10 years.3. Desiree Ellis, the superwoman leading the squad to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, was named head coach of the team in February this year, after helping out on interim basis following Dutch coach Vera Pauw’s resignation in 2016.4. Ellis, a retired midfielder, is the only person to win the COSAFA Cup as both player and coach. During her term as acting coach, Banyana Banyana was voted the 2017 CAF African Women’s Team of the Year.5. Banyana Banyana legend and former player, Portia Modise started playing for the team in 2000 at the age of 16.6. Modise is also the top goal scorer for the team, and was honoured by (SAFA) after scoring her 100th goal during the African Women’s Championship (AWC) in Namibia in 2014.7. Banyana Banyana means ‘The Girls’.8. In September 2018, Banyana Banyana was ranked 4th place on the African continent, preceded by Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon consecutively.9. Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine van Wyk plays as a defender for the team. In 2012, she founded the JVW Girls Football Development Program, giving young girls the opportunity to play football in a structured and competitive environment.10. The team’s blood, sweat and tears have not gone unnoticed! The South African Football Association (SAFA) awarded the team a R2.4 million bonus for their exceptional performance at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) and qualifying for FIFA’Women’s World Cup.Sources: SAHistory, Goal.com, Wikipedia, GSport.co.za, Sport24last_img read more

Death and taxes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Holbrook & Manter, CPAsMost of us have heard the quote from Benjamin Franklin, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”It would be safe to say that no one enjoys paying taxes and not many really want to think about death either. But both require planning and thought.Thank back to the beginning of the year. Maybe you made some resolutions and then promptly forget them. The end of January rolled around and you received mail marked “Important Tax Document Enclosed” and realized that you needed to get some documents together for your taxes to be prepared — that’s worse than going to the dentist! And, while we should see our dentist regularly, we should also be proactive with our tax planning. It is always a good idea to follow up with your tax preparer if your tax situation changes; you have a move, a new baby, a different, job, an inheritance, or other life altering event.If none of the above situations apply to you, it is still a good idea to be organized and ready for the tax preparation. Don’t wait until early April each year to get your tax information together. Keep a file folder ready for any tax documents that arrive. It is a good idea to make up a folder at the beginning of a new year and put any tax related documents in that folder as you receive them. Did you make a donation to Goodwill? Put your receipt and the amount donated in the folder. Did you sell or buy a new home? Make copies of the settlement statements and put them in the folder. Simple things like that can make getting ready for the accountant so much simpler.Preparing for taxes is not usually greeted with warm, fuzzy feelings and neither is preparing for death. Hopefully, it will not happen for a very long time, but all of us still need to prepare for it — young or old, married or single. We do not want our families and loved ones to be overly burdened with our passing. It is difficult to deal with the loss and the gaping hole that is left, but to be completely unprepared compounds the grief and the loss for those left behind. Below are some suggestions to get started in the process of getting prepared.Write a last will and testament — it does not have to be fancy or minutely detailed, but at least get a basic will in place. There are templates that can be found online that can be used to prepare a legal will. It is a good idea to check on the legal requirements for a will in Ohio.Designate a power of attorney – choose someone you trust to be a power of attorney just in case you are unable to sign important documents. The POA does not have to be a family member or close friend. Sometimes a trusted advisor is a great option (notice the emphasis on trust)!Prepare a living will and designate a medical power of attorney — again, choose someone you trust to make decisions you would want to have made when you no longer can make them. Discuss with the MPOA your wishes and the decisions you would want to have made, too.Keep a master file of where important papers are located — insurance policies, mortgages, wills, trusts, Healthcare power of attorney, etc. Include in that list your bank accounts and safe deposit box if you have one, your broker and broker accounts, your CPA, your attorney, your financial planner, etc. Let your POA or relatives know where this file is located.Outline your funeral or memorial service — if there are certain things you want, make them known.Keep a list of your online presence — keep logins and passwords saved where a trusted family member or friend can find them.All of these items can be updated as needed. As your family grows, your last will and testament will most likely change. You may consider setting up a trust to see to the needs or your family. There are so many options. If you have questions on how to get started and what to do, contact our office. We would be happy to assist you. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.comlast_img read more

Text Your Friends From Facebook With HeyWire’s New App

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Another company in the very crowded but very popular messaging space, HeyWire is launching a Facebook app today that will allow users to send both texts and tweets from within Facebook. Like other text-messaging services, HeyWire gives you a real phone number to use in order to send and receive text messages. Messages that are sent also sync with the company’s iOS and Android apps, so you can read and respond via multiple devices. Tags:#Facebook#web There is no per-message charge, but it does cost 20 Facebook Credits per month to hook you up with a U.S. phone number and that unlimited texting access to any mobile phone in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China and to most phones in the Caribbean and Central and South America. (The iPhone and Android apps are free, but are ad-supported). While 20 Facebook Credits per month isn’t a huge fee, it may be a big hurdle for some people to overcome in order to use this service. After all, if you’re on Facebook, you might just chat with people using Facebook Messaging rather than sending an SMS. Of course, there are a few folks who still aren’t on Facebook.HeyWire recently partnered with Twitter to launch HeyTweet, a service that lets users send tweets for free via SMS. That service seems a lot more practical than this Facebook app. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… audrey watters A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Virginity test: Maharashtra Minister promises action against Kanjarbhat caste panchayats

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday assured the State Legislative Council that caste panchayats of the Kanjarbhat community would face action if they compelled newly married women to undergo a ‘virginity test’Action would also be taken if the panchayat members were found to be interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment, said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe.‘Hurts women’s dignity’The Kanjarbhat community’s custom, in which newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before marriage, hurt women’s dignity, Mr. Gorhe said.She also alleged that these panchayats also tried and settled cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.‘File criminal case’“Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman’s right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to the public,” Mr. Gorhe said.Mr. Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forced a woman to undergo a virginity test.Awareness meet“The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment,” he added.“We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue,” Mr. Patil said.last_img read more

Mehbooba to take up Sharda temple issue with PM

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday assured a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits that she would place before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday their long-pending demand to reopen the Sharda temple in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Ms. Mehbooba met the delegation, headed by All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) chairman Vinod Pandit, at her residence, the organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits said in a statement here. They raised with the chief minister their long-pending demands for reopening the Sharda temple in PoK and creating a welfare board for Kashmiri Pandits. The chief minister responded positively and assured to take up the matters with the prime minister tomorrow, the statement read. Sharda Peeth, an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village, is situated along the Neelam River in PoK near the Line of Control. It was a major centre of learning at par with the ancient seats of learning Nalanda and Taxila.last_img read more

Now, BJP wants Mamata’s sit-in spot

first_imgThe BJP’s West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week. The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between February 21 and 23, BJP State general secretary Sayantan Basu said on Monday. An e-mail would also be sent to the police in the matter, he said. The “Save Democracy” dharna will raise demand of “restoring democracy in the State”, he said. Mr. Basu said, “Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can’t we do it?” Ms. Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, was on dharna from February 3 to 5 at the Metro Channel in Esplanade area to “Save the Constitution” after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the chit fund cases. “We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time,” the BJP leader said. When contacted, Kolkata Police officers said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. “If we receive it, we will take a call,” said an officer. The Metro Channel is also the same spot where Ms. Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors’ small car unit at Singur in 2006.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 12 Road Rage Over Parking Spot Package Stolen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, December 12, 2018:A caller reported a female party in another vehicle blocked her car in and was yelling at her over a parking spot at Winchester Family Medical Center on Salem Street. Caller took child into building and call was dropped. Police responded. Caller checked OK. (9:56am)A Hopkins Street homeowner reported she had a UPS package taken yesterday. (10:59am)A Grove Avenue resident reported an ATM scam. (11:50am)A passerby reported a small animal on the ice or in the water close to the beach at Silver Lake. Police checked area and was unable to locate. (1:25pm)Sirius XM called in an SOS from a 2018 Grey Subaru Outback in town. Company was unable to make contact with vehicle owner. Dispatch made contact. No emergency. He was just seeing what the SOS button did. (4:17pm)Animal Control Officer removed a bat from an Ashwood Avenue house. (4:38pm)Police was on hand for the Board of Appeals Meeting at Town Hall, monitoring traffic. A male party was later escorted out by an officer for disruptive behavior. (7:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Half of children with cancer left undiagnosed

first_imgNearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated, according to a Lancet study which estimates that there are almost 400,000 new cases of childhood cancer annually, while current records count only around 200,000. The model makes predictions for 200 countries and estimates that undiagnosed cases could account for more than half of the total in Africa, South Central Asia and the Pacific Islands. In contrast, in North America and Europe only three per cent of cases remain undiagnosed. If no improvements are made, researchers estimate that nearly three million further cases will be missed between 2015 and 2030. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our model suggests that nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated,” said Zachary Ward from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health in the US. “Accurate estimates of childhood cancer incidence are critical for policy makers to help them set healthcare priorities and to plan for effective diagnosis and treatment of all children with cancer,” Ward said in a statement. “While under-diagnosis has been acknowledged as a problem, this model provides specific estimates that have been lacking,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrevious estimates for the total incidence of global childhood cancer have been based on data from cancer registries, which identify cases in defined populations. However, 60 per cent of countries worldwide do not have such registries and those that do only cover a small fraction of the overall population. Many patients are not diagnosed and are therefore not recorded. This can occur due to lack of access to primary care, with patients dying undiagnosed at home, or due to misdiagnosis. The model developed for this study, the Global Childhood Cancer microsimulation model, incorporates data from cancer registries in countries where they exist, combining it with data from the World Health Organisation’s Global Health Observatory, demographic health surveys and household surveys developed by Unicef. The model was calibrated to data from public registries and adjusts for under-diagnosis due to weaknesses in national health systems. The study, published in The Lancet Oncology journal, provide estimates of under-diagnosis for each of the 200 countries. They estimate that in 2015 there were 397,000 childhood cancer cases globally, compared to 224,000 that were recorded as diagnosed. This suggests that 43 per cent (172,000 cases) of global childhood cancer cases were undiagnosed. There was substantial regional variation, ranging from three per cent in both Western Europe (120 undiagnosed cases out of 4,300 total new cases) and North America (300 of 10,900 cases) to 57 per cent (43,000 of 76,000 new cases) in Western Africa. In most regions of the world, the number of new childhood cancer cases is declining or stable. However, the researchers estimate that 92 per cent of all new cases occur in low and middle-income countries, a higher proportion than previously thought. “Health systems in low-income and middle-income countries are clearly failing to meet the needs of children with cancer. Universal health coverage, a target of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, must include cancer in children as a priority to prevent needless deaths,” said Rifat Atun, from Harvard University in the US. Taking population growth into account, the authors estimate that between 2015 and 2030 there will be 6.7 million new cases of childhood cancer worldwide. Of these, 2.9 million cases will be missed if the performance of health systems does not improve.last_img read more

HTCs Cher Wang on Innovation and the It Product

first_imgJuly 13, 2012 If you own a mobile device then you’ve probably heard of tech giant HTC Corp., the Taiwanese maker of tablets and smartphones such as the HTC Incredible, Thunderbolt and Evo 4G. You may be less familiar with Cher Wang, the 53-year-old woman who co-founded the company in 1997.Under her leadership, HTC has grown into one of the biggest players in mobile tech, partnering with Google and Microsoft to develop devices that are powered by their respective Android and Windows Phone operating systems. HTC has often been cited among the fastest-growing and most innovative brands in mobile.The daughter of former Taiwan management icon Y.C. Wang, she’s married to Chen Wen-Chi, president and CEO of Taiwan-based computer-hardware company VIA Technologies. Last year, the couple’s combined net worth was said to be about $8.8 billion.In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped Wang find success and how others can, too. What follows is an edited version of our exchange: min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Related: Mark Cuban: Outwork and Outlearn Your CompetitionEntrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in breaking through in the technology business?Wang: I’m not sure it’s ever one thing, but if I had to pick one it would be a relentless focus on delivering a product that meets the needs of customers. Since the beginning, HTC has focused on developing strong research and development capabilities and keeping a close eye on consumer, market and technology trends.Entrepreneur: What in your opinion makes a tech company great?Wang: There is usually an “X factor” that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.Entrepreneur: HTC has had successful partnerships with Google and Microsoft. What are your tips for working with other tech entrepreneurs?Wang: The most essential element is to bring value to the partnership. All partners have their strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing is to find ways to create benefit for everyone involved. We work closely with our partners to understand their challenges and business, and provide them with the products or support that they want and need.Related: Robert Scoble: Tech ‘Treps Should Be Crazy PassionateEntrepreneur: When it comes to product development, how do you stay ahead of the curve?Wang: Keen observation. We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience.Entrepreneur: What’s the biggest mistake a tech entrepreneur needs to avoid?Wang: The greatest pitfall is standing still. As entrepreneurs, we must continue to ask ourselves “What’s next?” It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.Related: RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis on the Challenges of Reinvention Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Googles home security system Nest Secures had a hidden microphone Google says

first_imgEarlier this month, Google upgraded its home security and alarm system, Nest Secure to work with its Google Assistant. This meant that Nest Secure customers would be able to perform tasks like asking Google about the weather. The device came with a microphone for this purpose, without it being mentioned on the device’s published specifications. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson got in touch with Business Insider and told them that the miss was an “error” on their part. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. Further, the Nest team added that the microphone has “never been on” and is activated only when users specifically enable the option. As an explanation as to why the microphone was installed in the devices, the team said that it was in order to support future features “such as the ability to detect broken glass.” Before sending over an official statement to Business Insider, the Nest team replied to a similar concern from a user on Twitter, in early February. Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, has expressed strong sentiments regarding this news on Twitter Users have even accused Google of “pretending the mistake happened” and slammed Google over such an error. Apart from Google, there have also been multiple cases in the past of Amazon Alexa and Google home listening to people’s conversations, thus invading privacy. Earlier this year, a family in Portland, discovered that its Alexa-powered Echo device had recorded their private conversation and sent it to a random person in their contacts list. Google’s so-called “error” can lead to a drop in the number of customers buying its home security system as well as a drop in the trust users place  in Google’s products. It is high time Google starts thinking along the line of security standards and integrity maintained in its products. Read Next Amazon’s Ring gave access to its employees to watch live footage of the customers, The Intercept reports Email and names of Amazon customers exposed due to ‘technical error’; number of affected users unknown Google Home and Amazon Alexa can no longer invade your privacy; thanks to Project Alias!last_img read more