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A lie detection test may be helpful

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first_imgDear Editor,I wish to thank the media for their expeditious handling of my letter on the Cox matter, albeit in different ways. I, however, wish to clarify some issues raised by Cox, since they represent his trend of trying to mislead and bamboozle the public.Cox is reported as saying that ‘Alexander wrote him to the effect that since he was not a student, the University hadn’t any examination results for him; however, simultaneously, he received additional letters from UG officials acknowledging that he was a student who needed to settle all his outstanding balances before receiving his examination results’.It is true that some time in the 2012-2013 academic year, he received the latter letter which was issued at the behest of the new Vice Chancellor. It is not true that the contradictory letters were issued simultaneously. However, the said Vice Chancellor, subsequently, in his affidavit to the court, indicated that the issuance of the letter was a mistake on his part and that in fact Cox was not a student and was not entitled to examination results. Cox seeks to mislead the public by omitting to tell the entire story.Secondly, rather than producing some document of 2012 in relation to a 2000 transaction, Cox should produce the 2000 agreement, which clearly stipulated his obligation and commitment to repay the loan, granted in 2000, in monthly instalments immediately thereafter. He defaulted on that agreement and was not granted loans in 2001 and 2002.Let’s assume that Cox is right that he had six years to repay the loan granted in 2000, why is the document to that effect dated 2012? And why if that was the case, he failed to acquire loans for the years 2001 and 2002?Further to that, the repayment of the loan and payment to UG are quite different transactions. As a loan student, Cox was required to acquire a loan at the commencement of each academic year. The transmission of the loan document to the University would have been his payment of his fees and would have had nothing to do with when the loan is to be repaid to the Ministry of Finance. UG’s regulations clearly and publicly stipulates the deadline for payment, be it by cash or loan; that non-payment by the deadline incurs a late fee for which there is also a deadline; and that, at the time of examinations, if the fee is not paid, the student is not entitled to write the examinations.Cox’s claim, after defaulting for two years (2001 and 2002), that he still had the latitude of time to pay in 2012 is clearly a figment of his imagination. In fact, under the law of contract, which would have established Cox’s relationship with the University, by 2012 and much earlier, the University would have lost its claim on his debt due to the statutes of limitation.This case provides a good opportunity for investigative journalism, using primary sources, thus pulling the rug from under the feet of Cox or Alexander, whoever is the stranger to the truth. A lie detection test may also be helpful. On all fronts, I am game. Is Cox?Yours truly,Vincent Alexanderlast_img read more

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Darcy Graham: We put pride back in the Scotland jersey

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first_img“We had to go back out, play our game and put our bodies on the line.”Graham has now notched three tries in two starts for Scotland – Saturday was just his fourth cap – but the humble Borderer was quick to thank his teammates for setting him up.The Edinburgh winger first crossed in the 47th minute as Sam Skinner fed him out on the left wing and he beat Jack Nowell, Manu Tuilagi and Ellis Genge to dot down.Ten minutes later he helped bring the deficit down to seven points when a trademark looping Finn Russell pass found Sean Maitland in the inside right channel and the full back played in Graham to round Elliot Daly and ground the ball in the corner.With the World Cup in Japan now just six months away, the speedy finisher has put himself firmly in Gregor Townsend’s plans.Graham said: “I am buzzing, I kind of got on the end of the other guys’ hard work.“They were outstanding in that second half and that’s the way we want to play.“To get on the end of [two tries] was lucky enough.“I have always dreamed of playing for Scotland and I guess you could say that I’ve had the dream start.“I’m loving it – loving my time with the boys.“The world cup is just around the corner and I have got my opportunity through injuries in the Six Nations and I wanted to take my opportunity with both hands.“I wanted to show Gregor what I can do.” He said: “We weren’t arguing but just having hard words with each other. We can’t be missing tackles like that. “At half time we had a hard look at ourselves and we just wanted to go back out and put a bit of pride back into the jersey.“That’s what we said and we achieved that.”Asked what message inspired him to play his part in the epic comeback, the former Scotland Sevens star said: “Putting pride back in the Thistle was the big one for me because we lost that in the first half. Try hero Darcy Graham was inspired by a half time message to restore pride in the dark blue jersey as Scotland mounted their incredible comeback against England.The Scots trailed 31-7 after 40 minutes at Twickenham and supporters feared a repeat of 2017’s 61-21 destruction at the hands of the devastating English side.What happened next will go into Calcutta Cup folklore as Scotland scored five tries without reply before the hosts managed to salvage a 38-38 draw in overtime.Graham, just 21-years-old and making only his second start for his country, finished off two of the tries to spark the revival but admitted the team was all at sea during that opening period that saw England wreak havoc.last_img read more

Government confirms customs checkpoints could return along border

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first_imgThe Minister for Finance has confirmed that Revenue Commissioners are identifying location points along the border for the return of full customs checkpoints as it prepares for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.The disclosure was made by the Minister today in response to questions from Deputy Pearse Doherty during a sitting of the Oireachtas Finance Committee.It has renewed fears of a return to a hard border following Brexit. Deputy Doherty said “The confirmation which I’ve received from the Minister today that Revenue Commissioners are preparing for the return of a hard border, and are now actively identifying sites along the border to locate customs checkpoints post Brexit is extremely worrying.“If anyone was still in any doubt that the establishment of a hard border between the north and south was not a distinct possibility then today’s admission from the Government will have dispelled those doubts.“Now the prospect of full border checkpoints being established at various locations in counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, and in my own county of Donegal, seems to be very much on the cards.“This is a major cause for concern for the island of Ireland as a whole, but particularly for counties along the border where communities there have such close social and economic links. “The re-introduction of full customs checkpoints would cause considerable economic upheaval, and poses a very real threat to our economy and to employment on this island – both north and south.“Prior to the EU Referendum vote last June, Sinn Féin called on voters in the north to vote to remain within the EU because our party fully understood the huge consequences which leaving the European Union would have on our entire island and its people.“However, despite those well founded concerns, certain politicians and political factions on both sides of the border used the opportunity of the referendum to actively call on voters to vote to Leave – in the wake of the Minister’s announcement today those very same politicians must now be held to account for their reckless actions.“Sinn Féin continues to call for the vote of the citizens of the north to be respected, and for a special designated status to be granted to the six counties following Britain’s withdrawal.“The Government must advance this case for a special designation status for the north within the EU and it must work to garner the support of the twenty six EU member states in order to guarantee the best possible deal for this island and its people post Brexit.” Government confirms customs checkpoints could return along border was last modified: February 15th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHECKPOINTSCUSTOMSdonegallast_img read more

Marshfield girls soccer shut out by first-place D.C. Everest

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first_imgTigers play at Ashwaubenon on FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — D.C. Everest scored five goals in the first half and held Marshfield to just two shots on goal in a 7-0 win in a Wisconsin Valley Conference girls soccer game Thursday at Griese Park.Bri Widmer, Kelly Bodette, and Krista Koenig each scored twice for the Evergreens, who remain unbeaten at 8-0-2 overall and 5-0 in the WVC.Marshfield falls to 3-9 and 1-4 in the Valley.“Overall I was very pleased with the play of Nicole Simon, who as a freshman stopper did an admirable job and really stepped up her game against some great competition,” Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said. “Julia Urban also played well as she was matched up with another all conference player in Bri Widmer. Those two really played hard with no let-up in the game.”Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Ashwaubenon on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 7, Tigers 0D.C. Everest 5 2 – 7Marshfield 0 0 – 0First half: 1. DC, Bri Widmer, 14:33; 2. DC, Kelly Bodette (Kaylee Heil), 15:08; 3. DC, Widmer, 19:34; 4. DC, Bodette, 29:05; 5. DC, Krista Koenig (Heil), 42:05.Second half: 6. DC, Kendra Wolfgram (Widmer), 57:37; 7. DC, Koenig (Wolfgram), 65:54.Saves: DC, Kayla Rogan 2; M, Andrea Carolfi 10, Kate Herron 10.Records: D.C. Everest 8-0-2, 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 3-9, 1-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

South Africa in ‘sweet spot’ for growth

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first_imgAccording to the Institute for Security Studies, the ideal South Africa can only be realised if all citizens actively participate in the country’s growth and support the National Development Plan (Image: Institute for Security Studies) • Dr Jakkie Cilliers Executive director Institute for Security Studies +27 12 346 9500 +27 83 644 6883 jcilliers@issafrica.org • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman • The dividend of democracy – 20 years of economic growth • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan • National Development Plan to grow jobs • Ramaphosa explains the National Development PlanShamin ChibbaMandela Magic can be created if South Africa’s growth from now until 2030, the final year of the National Development Plan (NDP), can increase to 5.1%. This idea was debated by foreign journalists and members of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in a discussion about the plan, held at the institute’s headquarters in Pretoria.Hosted by Brand South Africa in March, the discussion looked at three possible outcomes of the NDP by 2030. ISS executive director Jakkie Cilliers explains that these include the worst-case scenario, called Nation Divided; the current political and economic climate, known as Bafana Bafana; and the ideal South Africa, called Mandela Magic. The ISS determined the results using the international futures forecasting system, which uses current data to make predictions.Cilliers points out that the country is currently in “a sweet spot for increased growth”, which could lead it to Mandela Magic. The increase in population could help matters. The NDP forecasts the population will be at 58 million in 16 years’ time. But Cilliers disagrees, saying that ISS calculations show a 2030 population of 66.4 million. “When the NDP did their forecast they did not have the benefit of the latest census survey. And also, for reasons unknown to us, the NDP forecast that inward migration into South Africa would go down to zero by 2030, which we think is unrealistic. If migration remains at its current rate, it will be 66.4 million.”He also says fracking will play a major role in boosting the country’s gross domestic product. Currently, it is reliant on coal and carbon for 70% of its energy and 90% of its electricity. However, Cilliers says the shale boom will allow South Africa to take income from fracking and invest it in renewable energies. “It can boost our economy substantially.” The ISS’s three scenarios of how poverty will turn out in South Africa by 2030. Cilliers says the number of people living in extreme poverty will come down under the Bafana Bafana and Mandela Magic scenarios if appropriate policies are implemented. (Image: Institute for Security Studies) Mandela Magic calls for active citizenshipApart from increased economic growth, Cilliers points out that Mandela Magic is achievable if there is strong leadership and active participation from all citizens. “To create Mandela Magic, South Africans need to create a social compact in support of the NDP across all sectors of our society.”The ISS likens the current political economic path to the South African national football team’s performances, calling them “perennial underachievers”. Cilliers explains that under the Bafana Bafana scenario, the country would make steady progress heading towards 2030, but never break free from the cycle of unemployment, inequality and unrest.He acknowledges that the country’s economy would grow by 3.8% – relatively well compared to the European Union and the US. But under this scenario the structural limitations to faster and more inclusive growth remain the same. “Corruption will continue and [the] government only pays lip service to the NDP.”Under Nation Divided, the worst scenario, the ANC opts for populous policies to retain support. At the same time, it appropriates and redistributes land, nationalises mines and browbeats the country’s Chapter 9 institutions. It also entrenches poverty through policies that serve elite interests. As a result of all these poor decisions, South Africa grows at a paltry 2.6%. The graph on access to electricity shows an increase in all three scenarios. However, the differences indicate that by 2030 around 2 million more rural South Africans could be living without reliable electricity in the Nation Divided scenario than in the Mandela Magic state. (Image: Institute for Security Studies) Clear visionHowever, Mandela Magic sees a country with a clear development vision. According to Cilliers, this is possible with either a reinvigorated and strong ANC leadership that governs the country beyond the 2024 elections, or through the rise of a genuine multiparty democracy with the ANC losing its majority. “Both would assume a hard-nosed implementation of development.”A Mandela Magic South Africa, he says, would grow by an average of 5.1% to 2030. As growth accelerates, employment will increase and inequalities fall. “Under Mandela Magic, our economy can be 23% larger than it currently is under Bafana Bafana.”Among many priorities, Cilliers says, four interventions stand out as crucial to ensuring Mandela Magic: the implementation of recommendations by the Slabbert Commission of Enquiry to reclaim political accountability; the installation of a leadership that represents the highest standards of values and ethics; the commitment to quality education; and the commitment to inclusive economic growth. A graphic summary of the three scenarios. South Africa’s GDP under Mandela Magic would rise by almost R5-billion from 2013 to 2030. (Image: Institute for Security Studies)last_img read more

Shyftr Intros New Filtered Feed Service

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first_imgShyftr made the news last year about their feed reader service which, while similar to Google Reader, triggered alarms about content theft. Since backing off from that idea, it has been working hard on a new product called the Shyftr Filter that also deals with RSS feeds, but in a completely different way. The new service centers around being able to refine just the content you want from RSS feeds by using a flexible set of search tools. Announced yesterday (with early coverage from Louis Gray), the initial alpha has a public filter that lets anyone test the technology on a group of a few dozen feeds, and a registration-only Publisher area that allows users to add up to 5 of their own feeds to use with Shyfter Filter.The Shyftr Filter The core product is the filter itself. It consists of three types of search criteria (title, author, and article/body) that can be used independently or together to produce a customized feed of just the content you want. The public version has 44 feeds as source material to work from, of which all or just a certain subset can be chosen for the filter. Each criteria can be narrowed down to a dozen or so levels of strictness, from any of the terms to exact phrase match. Once the terms are entered and the source feeds chosen, you can grab the resulting RSS feed. I took a moment to search all the sources for the terms iphone and blackberry, you can see my results here.You can also exclude terms that perhaps you don’t want to see coverage on. Do you just hate seeing any mention of the terms iphone or twitter in a tech story? In this example we chose to exclude those terms from all sources in the technology category. And remember, you can one type of criteria with another, say searching for a particular author but excluding anything article with particular terms in it.The Shyftr Publisher This technology has a lot of potential, but right now it is more of a tech demo as long as you can only apply it to the 44 feeds that are listed on the public page. In recognition of that, Shyftr is building a service for muti-author blogs (like ReadWriteWeb) or blogs with a lot of diverse content to be able to build custom-filtered feeds with certain criteria. Once these filtered feeds are created, there’s even a widget for the blog to display. Unfortunately, there was some trouble getting output from the Publisher feeds so all I can show you is a screenshot.Summary This service brings some powerful tools to the growing field of RSS feed curation, which got its start with do-it-yourself tools like Yahoo! Pipes and Tarpipe, and a more refined application in PostRank (which we cover here and here) and Grazr. How does Shyftr Filter stand up to these other tools? We can definitely say that the approach Shyftr is taking is more like the DIY tools, but makes creating a curated feed easier and with some sacrifice in flexibility. We don’t think being less flexible is a problem – the DIY tools can be awful hard to get working correctly, so we are all for an easier-to-use solution. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts phil glockner Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#RSS & Feeds#web last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Cumulative Five-Year Spending on Cloud IT to Exceed $1 Trillion

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first_img“” Business IT is rapidly migrating from traditional direct management of servers, software licensing and infrastructure to cloud computing.  Gartner expects that the $114 billion spent by IT on cloud services this year to grow to more than $216 billion by 2020.  Over the next  five years that cumulatively translates into a shift of $1 trillion into cloud computing that would have otherwise been spent on traditional infrastructure.Despite increased spending on Cloud Computing, spending on traditional IT still represents the largest fraction of total IT budgets.  For example, total IT spending in 2020 is expected to reach $4.9 trillion.  Total IT budgets are expected to only modestly increase annually over the next five years by 2 percent annually.Ed Anderson, research vice-president at Gartner, said that “Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world. The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and ‘born in the cloud’ providers. Cloud shift is not just about cloud. As organizations pursue a new IT architecture and operating philosophy, they become prepared for new opportunities in digital business, including next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things. Furthermore, organizations embracing dynamic, cloud-based operating models position themselves better for cost optimization and increased competitiveness.”last_img read more

Gaggan in Mumbai

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first_imgNoma’s Garima Arora will helm the India outpost of the world’s leading Indian restaurant. Related Itemslast_img