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first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged lying to the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week.During a live interview with ESPN on Sunday, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation, and that he never saw the security camera video until TMZ Sports posted it Friday.In the course of a few hours, …last_img


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first_img25 November 2008 The Bill also limits the detention of children awaiting trial in prison, through the application of a schedule of offences for which children may be detained. Source: BuaNews However, the prosecution can bring evidence to show that a particular child has criminal capacity. The Child Justice Alliance welcomed the legislation, saying that it recognised the need for a new justice system for children in conflict with the law, and was confident that the new legislation would support South Africa’s ongoing efforts to combat crime. While retaining most features of the present criminal justice process, the Bill introduces a number of new concepts and procedures. In terms of the Bill, children below the age of 10 years should not be prosecuted, while those between the ages of 10 and 14 are presumed to lack criminal capacity. The Bill further seeks to create a balance between protecting the accused child’s rights as a child and an individual, and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the community. New concepts and procedures While 10 years is still considered to be a low age by world standards, the presumption of lack of criminal capacity will help to protect children who are immature. South Africa’s National Assembly last week passed the long-awaited Child Justice Bill, which deals with minors – children under the age of 18 years – who are in conflict with the law. The Bill has been sent to President Kgalema Motlanthe for approval. The new Child Justice Bill aims to give such children a chance to put right what they have done through diversion, which means they do not get criminal records. Even when children commit serious crimes, their age is a mitigating factor when it comes to sentencing, and there is a need for a wide range of sentencing options. The procedure set up by the Bill gives criminal justice professionals an opportunity to deal with each case on an individual basis, giving them the discretion to deal with different cases and children differently, as the facts and circumstances dictate. The Bill takes cognisance of the fact that when dealing with child offenders, one is dealing with human beings that are not yet fully developed. It also understands that adolescence is a time for testing limits, and that although many children will commit offences during their teens, most will grow up to be law-abiding citizens. The new Bill makes provision for a separate justice system for children, with a clear set of guidelines and procedures that are easily understandable and consonant with South Africa’s constitutional and international obligations. Alternative sentencinglast_img read more


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first_img10 May 2011 Johannesburg’s Chancellor House has been reborn, and although the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys are empty, the spirit of the two icons is almost tangible in the building. The modest, three-storey structure, on the corner of Fox and Gerard Sekoto streets in Ferreirasdorp in Johannesburg’s CBD, has had its dignity restored. Executive Mayor Amos Masondo and his team presided over the launch of the refurbished building last week, a process that begun in September 2010. “We meet to celebrate the opening of a fully restored Chancellor House – a historic building that was used as a legal firm for both Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in the 1950s,” Masondo said. “If bricks could talk, this building would have been replete with colourful stories about the struggles for national liberation.” Advocate George Bizos, a long-time friend and advocate of Mandela, was the special guest, and he warmly recounted anecdotes of attorneys Tambo and Mandela. He said of his friend: “He had a wonderful presence.” Bizos added: “I am very pleased about the initiative of the City to restore the building; it is a living structure, a living space in honour of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Duma Nokwe, Mendi Msimang, Godfrey Pitje and others.” He also paid tribute to the Essa family from Polokwane in Limpopo, which owned the building since 1943. It was expropriated by the City last year. “They took a chance in allowing them to stay [in a white area]; they couldn’t always afford the rent. They played a role,” he explained. Other guests included representatives of the Sisulu and Mandela families – Beryl Sisulu and Ndileka Mandela. Attorneys who worked in the firm were Mendi Msimang and Dumi Nokwe, who were represented by Hlula Msimang and Nosizwe Macamo.Restoration The building, a derelict disaster for the past 10 years, has been restored using old photographs, says Lauren Segal, the curator of the exhibition of Chancellor House. The tall ceilings and interior pillars give the inside a more elegant look than the exterior promises. The ground floor has had its large Fox and Gerard Sekoto street window fronts re-instated. Parquet flooring, gleaming and warm, has been sourced and covers the ground floor and the three offices on the second floor of the Tambo and Mandela rooms, which overlook the Magistrates’ Courts across the road. The rest of the office space has grey carpeting, and all walls are crisp white. The other offices have been opened up to create spacious, open-plan areas, with toilets and kitchens running along the north side on each floor. The original entrance on the Fox Street side has been restored, while the courtyard toilets have been demolished, to create a new, enlarged space with plants and benches. A fire escape has been added and a new lift installed. A new roof was constructed, the old one having been damaged by fire and water seepage. Some 68 homeless people had to be removed from the building and were relocated to a shelter, before the City could expropriate the building. Around 30 skips of rubbish had to be removed before a proper assessment could be done, and work could begin.Busy practice Mandela and Tambo had a busy practice in the building from 1952 to 1960, at times bringing in other attorneys when they were caught up in trials in which they were the accused, like the Treason Trial, for which they were arrested in 1956. In an article titled “Save Chancellor House” in the De Rebus magazine of April 1999, attorney Norman Sher recalls his association with the building. Sher worked in the early 1950s as a clerk while studying to write his matric, in the firm of Berman & Berman, the attorneys who occupied the second floor of Chancellor House. He says: “It seems like yesterday and I can see them firmly imprinted in my mind: Nelson Mandela, a most imposing figure with a charming and genial personality, and Oliver Tambo, in contrast, with his deep penetrating features, a quiet and dignified man who spoke very softly in well-modulated and precise sentences.” He described how their offices were “neat and orderly” but crowded with people wanting help with obtaining passes, a process which involved “overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles”. Sher acted as a messenger to Tambo and Mandela, and often fell down the narrow staircase while trying to deliver messages as fast as he could. Mandela named him “Haasie”, Afrikaans for rabbit, “a nickname which he cherishes to this day with fond memories”. He was paid in kind for his messenging duties – he was treated to meals at Kosi’s Cafe on the ground floor, “an institution in itself playing host to many famous personalities”. Sher says that the three of them became good friends, with him bringing the lawyers their daily lunch of samosas from Kosi’s. “Little did I realise then what an important role Mandela and Tambo were to play in the future history of our country.”Museum A museum, to be positioned along the ground floor windows and outside the building, is to be opened at the end of May, says Segal. She explained at the launch, finding it hard to contain her excitement, how she had found documents, including letters, previously unseen photographs, banning orders, police correspondence stamped “Geheim/Secret”, invoices, and court admission material, relevant to the Mandela and Tambo practice, at the national archives in Pretoria. “It is a very exciting find; it felt like new stuff,” she exclaimed. The material has been deposited with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The three offices of the law firm will house a library containing a collection of digitised documents of legal cases handled by the two icons. Blown-up photographs with text will fill each of the ground windows, allowing passers-by to participate in the exhibition. “The various exhibitions will be designed to celebrate the history of this area, of the building and of the people who walked through its doors. Many of them, giants of our history, but also ordinary people in search for a better life, basic justice and elementary human rights,” said Masondo. Tenants for the building are being sought. They will preferably have a legal connection. Bizos indicated that he was going to approach the legal fraternity to ask them to help maintain the library and a possible legal clinic. “There are enough lawyers who have a social conscience.” The shuttered north entrance of the courts in Fox Street will be opened, to allow attorneys to cross the road to use the library and clinic. The Johannesburg Development Agency has overseen the restoration, at a cost of R7-million. “I trust that Chancellor House will remain a beacon of hope for all our people as we continue with our collective efforts to consolidate our freedom and deepen our democracy,” concluded Masondo. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more


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first_img7 February 2012While sipping on bottled water has become something of a lifestyle statement, a survey has revealed that most South Africans are happy with the high quality water that comes straight from their taps.The survey, conducted by the Water Research Commission and South African Local Government Association between March and May 2011, investigated urban South Africans’ perceptions of the quality of their water and the factors that influence these perceptions.It found that 81 percent of urban South Africans from all income levels perceive their tap water to be safe to drink. This concurs with international studies which found that most people in countries with a reliable water supply perceived tap water as having a low safety risk.South African water institutions are considered to provide some of the highest quality of drinking or potable water in the world.The survey covered adults aged 16 years and older from all race groups. A random sample of 2 437 urban households was drawn.Younger people more positiveThe study also found that women were significantly less confident about the safety of tap water than men. Women were also more likely than men to boil or filter drinking water, and more inclined than men to drink only bottled water.Younger people between the ages of 16 and 34 were more positive about the safety of drinking water than older people.Consumers in the metro municipalities perceived their tap water to be significantly safer to drink than consumers in other urban municipalities.Consumers in eThekwini Metro (Durban) had the highest consumer confidence in the safety of their tap water, whereas consumers in Mangaung Metro (Bloemfontein) had the least confidence.Consumers of non-metro municipalities in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces had the lowest confidence in the safety of their tap water.Factors influencing perceptionsThere was a wide range of factors which determined consumers’ perceptions about the safety of drinking water, the main ones being the appearance of the water, its taste and smell, and people’s bodily reactions to it.A very small percentage of the population based their perception of the safety of tap water on what they heard or read in the media.The leader of the survey, Dr Sarah Slabbert, said: “Although the scope of this study was small, it provides a baseline within which to compare future studies.“It also gives the water sector and its stakeholders an understanding of how South Africans perceive the quality of drinking water. The findings have several implications for policy, management and further research.”The director for water use and waste management at the Water Research Commission, Jay Bhagwan, said the perception that tap water was clean and safe to drink and regularly tested was a major indicator of good municipal service.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgTags:#IoT and web development#IOT Impacts IoT has not only made lives more comfortable, but it has also brought opportunities for developers to create more innovative applications. Here is a list of considerations while creating interactive web solutions with IoT integration.Speed MeasurabilityThe traditional process of request analysis by web servers is replaced with the cloud data transmission process. It proves to be more productive and faster.Privacy and SecurityIoT connected devices are prone to be hacked. Thus to maintain the security, web developers need to adopt a more strict design pattern for the connected devices. This, after all, will ensure the security feature of the web app.Power ManagementThe programs running in the back end tend to drain a lot of battery which may result in less communication. So it is essential for the web developers to design a layout that will minimize power usage.  There has to be a power management plan in place before going ahead with web development. Professional SEO services are capable of managing both things. Dynamic UIThe involvement of IoT in UI is nothing new but the role and responsibility of the web app developer are going to rise with the development trends. The developers will have to rethink their approach towards development. They have to follow practices keeping in mind the new IoT- based designs.Architecting the Future of Web developmentThere are many impactful factors of IoT on web development. It is difficult to judge how much more will IoT impact this arena of technology. But it looks like the combination of  IoT and web development is far more convincing in the web development and will reap benefits to the end users. Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img ATMs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Self-driving cars and more are part of a list of devices using IoT is endless. The concept of IoT began years ago; we just didn’t use the term IoT. Kevin Ashton is credited with being the first to coin the phrase Internet of Things (IoT) in 1999.The Internet Of Things (IoT) is any device having the ability to transmit and collect data over the internet without any human interaction. ATM machines are one of the best examples — coming out in 1969 — they can give you a picture of the actual meaning. The ATM device is connected to the Internet 24/7 and displays personalized information on the screen which is collected from the internet. Connected technology rise (IoT) is bringing waves at Intel, Microsoft, and SAP but also at some unexpected places like kitchens, playing ground, gardens and more. IoT development services are now so popular that soon it will be as ubiquitous as smartphones.When we try to set up a connection between the Internet Of Things (IoT) and Web development, we wonder, what’s the bottom-line of the link?The answer is, there is a connection and will always be a connection. Because web development includes the two central part: Front end development and Back-end development which requires a seamless connection for data transfer. The complex IoT networks raise the bar and set new challenges every day for the web developers. Read further to know how these IoT implementations will impact web development. Ever wondered on what does the internet networks that respond to the users rely on?  The answer is, they rely on web servers. The collected data is stored on the cloud, and the interaction takes place with the help of the user interface. Virtual assistants like Amazon’s Echo, Alexa can display the web content apart from smart TVs, laptops, and wearables. How is IoT affecting the landscape of Web development?Business enterprises want to give their customers a more personalized and customized service such as IoT services in the USA. The ultimate IoT aim is to satisfy a customer’s and make their enterprises successful.            The IoT aim is to satisfy customer’s and make their enterprises successful.Due to IoT evolvement, enterprises can use a combination of wireless technologies and sensors to serve the customers better. Understanding the customer’s demographics using sensors, enterprises can help people control not only their appliances — but their health. Millennials are lucky that they will have to expend less effort in performing tasks, as simple as operating lights that they will be able to gain massive amounts of time. The extra available timeframes will provide the opportunity to contribute a vast amount in productivity to shape the future efficiently and effectively. The deep dive of IoT impact.The web development process is going to become a bit more complicated with the proliferation of IoT.  Front-end interface like cameras and sensors are going to communicate with the users and on the other end. The back-end will store the accessible information.                                   Some estimates on how big the IoT impact will be.Once the connection is fixed appropriately using the IoT devices, the pages will load quickly, and there will be no delay in the transmission. With IoT, involvement businesses in the IoT industry would need the right set of talent and skills in the development team. Some of the strategies are mentioned here using which they can clear the barrier. On-the-go development optimization.IoT learning is evolving and is not likely to stop any time soon. Web development companies to monitor and train their developers to optimize the site. Site optimization is the only way by which companies will stay relevant in their industry — and can remain in the running race.Overcome coding challenges.Coding standards exist but are not constant across the web. Web development companies struggle every day to match the rapidly changing coding standards. A web development company should design a strategy to handle the ever-changing and updating coding challenges required. Team leaders should know the coding standards and disciplines so that they can impart the knowledge to the team members more rapidly saving essential timeframes.Acquire the right talent and realize the requirement. It has now become essential to prioritize and define the level of expertise needed for web development. Once the requirements are in hands, it would be much easy for the organization to find the right talent and design an inventory.                                                             Key Requirements of the Future IoT Architectures. Harshal Shah is CEO at Elsner Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Elsner is an offshore web development company. Our services include but not limited to Magento development, WordPress development, website design & SEO services… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Harshal Shahlast_img read more


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first_imgCulture is made up of what your company is on the inside. It is critical that what you are on the inside is different than what is outside.Outside: Outside, your people are bombarded daily with negative messages. The news and their social feeds are predominantly negative. Your people are continually barraged with news stories designed to create fear and angst and unrest. The talk of recessions persists years after a recession ended. Stories of loss open every newscast, regardless of medium.Inside: You have to have a message that inoculates the people you lead from negativity. Your message has to be optimistic and future-oriented. Inside has to be a place where people feel safer than they feel on the outside. Hope, promise, and possibility needs to live inside your four walls.Outside: Your people are told that they’re not good enough, that they are somehow broken. They are told that they can’t be more, do more, have more, or contribute more. They are messaged by marketers in ways that drive them to feel as if they are inadequate and incomplete.Inside: Inside, you must have a message to contradict and counteract these infections. A leader sees something in the individuals they lead that they don’t see in themselves, and makes it visible. They see something in a team that the team doesn’t see and brings it to light. A leader sees something in a company that the organization can’t yet see, not only making it visible, making it possible.It has to better inside your company than it is outside. You have to create greater certainty and greater psychological safety. You have to create a sense of community and belonging that no longer exists in neighborhoods. You have to help enable a sense of meaning and purpose that some of your people won’t bring with them, and many won’t find outside.No one knows if Drucker really said “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If he didn’t, I believe he would support the statement—and its ramifications for leaders. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more