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first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders trimmed their roster to 77 players with the following transactions Friday. They’ll need to get to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.Check back here for updates:RELEASEDTight end Luke Willson: One of the stars of the “Hard Knocks” series was in a tough spot. Darren Waller is locked in as the Raiders’ receiving tight end, with rookie fourth-round pick Foster Moreau the likely backup. Derek Carrier is the favorite to be No. 3.Linebacker Brandon Marshall: Spent all off-season …last_img read more

first_img20 June 2008The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has signed up its fifth investor, following a decision by parcel and freight company UTI Sun Couriers to lease a R20-million warehouse within the industrial development zone’s automotive cluster area.In a statement last week, the CDC said the speculatively built 3 040 square-metre warehouse was leased to UTI at the beginning of June, only two months after its completion.“This proves that companies are keen to operate from within the IDZ. It also shows there’s a demand for high standard facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said CDC business development manager Gustav Meyer. “The CDC noted the need and delivered according to the requirements of industry.”According to the CDC, such speculative developments are ideal for potential investors who have tight time frames and who want to move into ready-built facilities – such as UTI Sun Couriers, which specialises in the movement of envelopes, parcels and freight throughout South Africa.The warehouses are being constructed in anticipation of high demand due to the number of signed investors and the opening of the Port of Ngqura in the first quarter of 2009.“This is in line with the CDC’s commitment to deliver world-class-solutions to its investors in the shortest possible timeframes,” the statement reads.UTI manager Jenny Hayes said that the company chose to operate from the new industrial area because of the high quality of infrastructure, as well as due to the close business relationships it had developed with the CDC over time.“The warehouse is situated on a prime piece of real estate, directly next to the N2 out of Port Elizabeth,” said Hayes. “This location will give us excellent exposure and great advertising at no additional costs.”Additionally to the speculative warehouses, various other ready-built facilities are being developed to suit the needs of potential investors, including shared industrial facilities and a business process outsourcing facility.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe Western Cape is known for its amazing winelands. Join us as we take a trip to Stellenbosch to visit three of the top wine destinations South Africa has to offer: the historic Simonsig, the scenic Rustenberg, and the red wine specialists of Kanonkop.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 3 June 2010last_img

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first_imgAbhishek Valmiki now has a positive reason to attend school every day. Even before the 13-year-old enters his classroom at 10.30 a.m., his favourite Pratibha ma’am is already pacing the room. Frantically calling up parents of truants, she makes sure they attend her class. “There is a renewed vigour among teachers to attend school and teach. But more importantly, students must attend school,” says Pratibha Walkhade, Principal of the Government Secondary School, Chopda Kalan village. “Now, we always have to be ready for an inspection,” she quips. A quiet yet tangible change has just begun to sweep primary and secondary government schools of Bhopal district, where the introduction of e-inspection system has not only improved the attendance of teachers, but as a consequence given a reason for students to attend school. Within just three weeks, 15-20% more students have started attending school, spurred by the almost complete attendance of teachers on a given day. “Under the system, janshikshaks (inspectors) are informed through an SMS around 7 a.m. the schools, chosen randomly, they have to visit in their block,” explains District Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode. “If they come across a teacher absent during the weekly inspections, the teacher loses a day’s salary of around ₹1,000.”Already a success in Rajgarh, Betul and Sehore districts where Mr. Pithode introduced it first, the model intends to fix accountability on teachers to ensure children attend school. “Earlier, some inspectors used to inform teachers of a visit the night before. But they can’t do that now,” he says. In the Fanda (rural) block that has recorded an average 18% improvement in student attendance since July 4, the day the system was introduced, 53 of the 60 students enroled in the school in Chandukhedi were present on July 20, marking the highest block-level improvement of 32%. Always on their toesNow, teachers in the 1,165 schools are always on their toes — mindful of the prospect of being inspected uninformed. They have even started reaching school at least half an hour early. “If they reach school for starters, they’ll at least teach something. This will improve the attainment levels of students,” says Mr. Pithode.last_img read more

first_img July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a feasibility study on proposed voting centers.The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Jim Desmond opposed, came after discussion over how much voting centers would cost, security, and possible disenfranchisement and voter fraud.Under the vote center system, the county’s registered voters would receive a mail ballot and could then drop it off or mail it to a vote center or cast a new ballot at the vote center itself. The system would eliminate the need for provisional ballots.The feasibility study will review pilot vote center locations for the 2020 election cycle, along with the costs and benefits; countywide deployment of the vote center model for the 2022 election cycle; an outreach and education campaign for 2020; and identify any state legislative changes that may be needed.The county will also consider an independent audit of the voter rolls, as requested by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.Supervisor Nathan Fletcher made the proposal to study whether vote centers are a good idea.In a statement released after the board’s vote, he said: “Our democracy is strongest when the most voters participate in our elections. I believe we should do everything possible to make it easier for people to access the ballot. Today, the Board of Supervisors took an important step by exploring the vote center model, making it easier for people to vote. I appreciate their support and look forward to working with county staff and the community in the months ahead.”Desmond said while the county should look for more ways to expand voting, he wasn’t convinced that “we really need voting centers, when we have 1,600 polling stations.”Desmond also said that voter centers would be located in more densely populated areas, and possibly exclude those in more rural communities, such as farmers or ranchers.The board will decide whether to move forward with the vote center proposal after the study is completed in 120 days.During the meeting, several people spoke in favor of the vote center model, including Lori Thiel, president of the League of Women Voters. Vote centers give people more options “on where, when and how to vote,” she told the board.Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego, said that in the 2018 elections, the vote center model increased turnout by 3 to 4% in the five California counties that implemented it.The vote center model also brought out a greater number of younger and Latino voters, Kousser added.Pamela Marin, of Alliance San Diego, said many people cannot afford to take time off from voting or travel to the county Registrar of Voters office.“San Diego must modernize their voting process,” Marin said, and vote centers “will expand democracy and remove barriers to voting in our region.”Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said she had no problem with a feasibility study, but the original proposal “(looked) like we’re being asked to do more than that.” Jacob added that voter turnout in already heavy in San Diego County, “so I’m not sure what the problem is we’re trying to solve here.”Fletcher said his original proposal called for a handful of voter centers.“There’s nothing in what we’re studying that would close anyone’s polling location,” he added.County Registrar Michael Vu said a vote center pilot project would review locations based geography and population, including unincorporated areas and native American reservations. It also would address accessibility and transportation corridors, Vu said.Vu said a vote center would result in fewer poll workers, who need skills to handle advanced technology and prevent any voting irregularities. There are security and safeguards around the entire process, he added.RELATED STORY: Supervisor Fletcher discusses his proposal to switch from polling locations to voting centers KUSI Newsroom San Diego County Board of Supervisors OK vote center study Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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