1 New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck Danny Welbeck willl make his Arsenal debut when they host Manchester City at the Emirates today.The £16million deadline day signing from Manchester United will lead the Gunners’ frontline in the 12.45pm kick-off.It promises to be a big occasion for the 23-year-old, who will be determined to make an instant impression and prove Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal wrong for letting him leave Old Trafford.In City team news there was a surprise as Yaya Toure dropped out of the squad, and former Chelsea star Frank Lampard was named in the starting XI to mark his debut for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, PodolskiManchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Lampard, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero.Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Sagna, Mangala, Nasri, Sinclair, Dzeko
23 October 2006The South African government has set aside R3.8-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.Addressing the Transport Indaba in Soweto, Johannesburg on Sunday, Radebe said a 2010 transport action agenda had been developed and that the World Cup Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Fund had allocated the first round of funding to the country’s municipalities.“The success of this event is dependent mainly on our ability to provide world-class infrastructure and systems that will be enjoyed by all South Africans well beyond 2010,” Radebe said.However, he added that an additional R5-billion per annum was needed to address the current decline in service levels and to implement the government’s transport strategy over the next 10 to 15 years.“Our transport plan will ensure efficient and safe transportation for all visitors, but most importantly it will ensure sufficient air, road and rail transport operators and infrastructure to accommodate the event,” he said.Radebe said the government’s public transport strategy aimed to achieve a sustainable rapid mass public transport system “that is able to meet the needs of current and new users and is able to deliver functioning intermodal systems.The Department of Transport aims to work with existing transport operators and existing road and rail infrastructure in order to re-organise and upgrade operations into a high-quality integrated network.This will give existing semi-formal operators and their workforce a stake in the new rapid mass transit network, and ensure both improved revenues for operators and better service delivery for users.Radebe said the emphasis would be on “transforming the semi-formal operators into an integrated system that is planned and well managed by the public sector while being operated by the existing private operators.”Source: BuaNews
The infrastructure development boom is set to continue creating thousands of jobs. Ministers have to devise job creation plans. The private sector is expected to create most of the required jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150 RELATED ARTICLES • Budget big on education, jobs • Zuma’s 2010 plan of action • One million jobs in four years • R4-billion for 4.5-million jobs • Teaching jobless how to find jobsBongani NkosiThe South African government has unveiled its plan to create 5-million jobs over the next decade and reduce unemployment by 10%.Cabinet ministers have endorsed the government’s new growth path programme, which details its employment plans. The path will prioritise job creation in the government’s economic policy, Minister in the Presidency Colins Chabane said in a statement on 26 October 2010. Chabane is responsible for monitoring and evaluation.“The new growth path is a broad framework that sets out a vision and identifies key areas where jobs can be created,” he said.The government’s target is to reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% within 10 years. Jobs are planned to be created in both the public and private sectors, but with greater focus on the latter.Statistics South Africa confirmed on 26 October that the current unemployment rate in the country is as high as 25.3%, with young people being the most affected.“The new growth path is intended to address unemployment, inequality and poverty in a strategy that is principally reliant on creating a significant increase in the number of new jobs in the economy, mainly in the private sector,” added Chabane.All departments have to draw up detailed implementation plans and submit them to the Cabinet over the next six months.Six targeted sectorsThe government has identified six sectors that could provide thousands of new jobs each year. They are infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, green energy and manufacturing.Interest in the infrastructure sector is driven by the “massive expansion” of transport, energy, water, communications capacity and housing projects.“In each of these areas clear targets of the jobs potential have been developed and state agencies have now been directed to work on implementation plans,” Chabane said.It’s predicted that about 400 000 jobs will be created in the green energy sector by 2030 through the manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance of new, environment-friendly infrastructure.“Additional jobs will be created by expanding existing public employment schemes to protect the environment, as well as in production of biofuels,” he said.The Industrial Development Corporation has been allocated R12-billion (US$1.7-billion) to stimulate growth of the green industrial economy.Chabane said the government will need to be more decisive in order for its new plan to bear fruit. “It will require the state to be more effective in implementation.”The not-for-profit sector will also be targeted to increase employment in mass empowerment schemes like cooperatives.“Critically, this employment target can only be achieved if the social partners and government work together to address key structural challenges in the economy,” he added.Metros have a roleIt’s not only the national government that’s tasked with job creation; municipalities and provincial government also have a role to play. Mayors of metropolitan districts, which employ millions of people, have approved the job creation resolution and “committed to revising their strategies to reflect the new, unifying vision”, said Chabane.“The new growth path will … provide the basis for coordinated policies and programmes across the state.”Leaders of private businesses and labour organisations, as well as community leaders, are to be formally introduced to the plan.South Africa’s economy shed more than 1-million jobs as a result of the recent global recession.
The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The office of the The Public Protector is one of six Chapter 9 institutions, identified in the Constitution as “state institutions supporting constitutional democracy”. (Image: Corruption Watch)Brand South Africa reporterFind out all about South Africa’s Public Protector.What is the Public Protector?Public Protector was set up in terms of Chapter 9 of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against state agencies or officials. It is one of six Chapter 9 institutions, identified in the Constitution as “state institutions supporting constitutional democracy”.What are the functions of the Public Protector?According to Chapter 9 of the Constitution, the Public Protector has the power, as regulated by national legislation:to investigate any conduct in state affairs, or in the public administration in any sphere of government, that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudiceto report on that conductto take appropriate remedial actionWhat are the other Chapter 9 institutions?The five other state institutions supporting constitutional democracy are:The Human Rights CommissionThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission for Gender EqualityThe Auditor-GeneralThe Independent Electoral CommissionWhat does the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector investigates alleged misconduct involving the state. This includes public officials at all levels, from central and provincial government to state departments, local authorities and state-owned enterprises.Do other countries have a Public Protector?Countries across the world have offices similar to the Public Protector, institutions that investigate and provide a check on improper government activity, in the interest of the citizenry. These are variously called the “ombudsman” or “people’s defender”.Is the Public Protector independent?Yes. According to the Constitution, the Public Protector and all other Chapter 9 institutions “are independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law, and they must be impartial and must exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear, favour or prejudice”.The Constitution goes on to say: “Other organs of state, through legislative and other measures, must assist and protect these institutions to ensure the independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness of these institutions. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of these institutions.”Who can complain to the Public Protector?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector. The Constitution says: “The Public Protector must be accessible to all persons and communities.”How many complaints does the Public Protector receive?According to a parliamentary report released on 5 November 2013, the Public Protector received 37 770 complaints in the previous year — up more than 10 000 on the number of complaints registered in 2011-12. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature; the parliamentary report stated that 37% of cases were resolved in three months.What happens after the Public Protector has investigated a complaint?The Public Protector has been described as a referee, tasked with looking at all sides of a problem. If the complaint is justified, a solution is put forward, which may include recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report a matter to Parliament, which will then debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Are the Public Protector’s reports always released to the public?According to the Constitution, “Any report issued by the Public Protector must be open to the public unless exceptional circumstances, to be determined in terms of national legislation, require that a report be kept confidential.”Who appoints the Public Protector?The Public Protector is appointed by the president on the recommendation of the National Assembly in terms of the Constitution for a non-renewable period of seven years.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.What investigations and recommendations has the Public Protector made in the past?Some notable decisions by South Africa’s Public Protector include:Bheki Cele was fired as South Africa’s police chief in 2011 after an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of office headquarters for the South African Police Service. The Public Protector’s report found that the lease agreements were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.In 2006, the Public Protector cleared then Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after she used an air force plane to fly with her family and friends to the United Arab Emirates for a holiday. “It cannot be found that the deputy president acted improperly or that she failed to act in good faith,” the Public Protector said in a report at the time. “She was entitled, as anyone else in her similar position and status, to take her family, a friend and the children of her private secretary with her to the UAE and no one therefore benefited improperly from the trip.”Following an investigation in 2004, 40 Members of Parliament from a number of different political parties were found to have illegally used parliamentary travel vouchers worth R18-million for their personal use.Also in 2004, an investigation into claims that Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was unsuitable for his post found that the appointment was proper, given that then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi had “waived the requirements that McBride had to be a member of the Metro police, and in respect of training”.Reviewed 17 May 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels today announced the appointment of Jared Parko as a new deputy director to the department’s senior management team.As deputy director, Parko will primarily focus on laboratory operations and animal health, dairy, food safety and meat issues. Prior to his new appointment, Parko served as laboratory operations manager for the Food Safety Net Services in Columbus, Ohio. He also previously worked in the Dairy Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a master’s degree in food safety and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.In addition, ODA has recently made appointments to several senior staff positions: Terri Gerhardt became chief of the Division of Food Safety. Gerhardt has been with ODA since 2000 and previously served as the assistant chief of the Division of Food Safety. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy science and her master’s degree in agricultural economics, both from The Ohio State University.Dr. Nick Wagner became chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. Dr. Wagner has been with ODA since 2012 and previously served as assistant chief of the Division of Meat Inspection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and his doctor of veterinary medicine, both from The Ohio State University.Kirk Hines became chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Hines had been with the Division of Soil and Water Resources at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 2000 and previously served as deputy chief. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University.
Boston Market hosted an event last week at the company’s North Arlington, N.J., restaurant with professional skateboarder, television star and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) presents a $10,000 check to pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesA loyalist of the home-style restaurant chain, Sheckler met with excited fans, signed autographs and accepted a $10,000 donation from Boston Market to The Sheckler Foundation, which helps enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Event attendees were treated to popular menu items and soft drinks, courtesy of Boston Market.Boston Market CEO George Michel (A.K.A. The Big Chicken) and pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler enjoy lunch at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSince becoming the 2012 “Unofficial Sponsor of Summer” in June, Boston Market has placed an emphasis on living an active lifestyle through summer promotions that paid homage to major sporting events and the athlete in everyone. Last week’s event with Ryan Sheckler will serve as the culmination of Boston Market’s summer 2012 campaign.Ryan Sheckler meets with fans Jake Cooke, left, and Kyle Cooke at Boston MarketCredit/Copyright: Charles Sykes/Invision for Boston Market/AP ImagesSheckler’s appearance attracted hundreds of customers into the North Arlington location along with other well-known skateboarders. The event was packed full of fans and skateboarding enthusiasts alike who met with Sheckler and participated in fun guest giveaways. George “The Big Chicken” Michel, CEO of Boston Market, presented the donation to The Sheckler Foundation on behalf of his organization.“Ryan’s dedication to his charity and his passion for Boston Market made him the ideal host for today’s event,” said George Michel, CEO of Boston Market. “Not only is he a legend in the skateboarding world, but he has found the time to give back to those in need as well. Boston Market is proud to support Ryan’s organization and offer quality food with great service to our guests.”A Boston Market regular who was recently quoted in a national publication declaring his ideal last meal would be from Boston Market, Sheckler said, “Boston Market is one of my favorite places to sit back and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Today was a huge step forward for my charity. With Boston Market’s donation, we hope to help the many injured action sports athletes on their road to recovery.”At the conclusion of the event, Ryan presented George Michel with a custom, autographed skateboard to thank Boston Market for its generous donation to The Sheckler Foundation.
The new Atletico Madrid striker is yet to score after he already played three games with his boyhood club.Alvaro Morata grew up in the Atletico Madrid youth system.And now he’s been loaned for six months from English Premier League side Chelsea to the Spanish La Liga club.After three matches played for the Spanish team, he is yet to score, something he hopes will change tomorrow when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.“I would celebrate my first goal here with these supporters… for all the Atletico fans,” Morata was quoted by Marca.“There are the same people [here] as when I left [as a child].”“Here I am again; only in my head have I played with this shirt,” he added.“It is a dream.”Morata suffered to gain the support of Los Colchoneros’ fans at first because he played with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014.But he hopes a goal against Juventus will change their mind.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have to make the Wanda a fortress,” he added.“What is ours is ours and we cannot let anyone take anything away [from here].”“The key? Cristiano [Ronado] is key. And [Antoine] Griezmann for us,” he explained.“We’re going to do everything to stop [Ronaldo], we are going to neutralize him.”“It could be a final,” he continued.“Last year he made a save [when I was] with Chelsea,” said Morata about goalkeeper Jan Oblak.“I asked him [how he did it] and he said that it’s instinct. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”Muy feliz por la victoria de ayer!!! Y ahora… llega la Champions!!! #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/gKsa1T7bgL— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) February 17, 2019