Service delivery innovators awarded

first_img3 November 2014Innovations in the delivery of services, healthcare, education, nutrition and voting rights to South Africans were recognised at the 12th annual Public Sector Innovation Awards, held in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday.The overall winner was the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport, which walked away with the Innovator of the Year Award, winning a trophy and cash prize of R60 000. Their invention, spearheaded by chief artisan and head of the Modimolle Mechanic Workshop Jacobus Potgieter, was a Jojo Diesel Tank that helped the department reduce costs and improve service delivery.The tank was designed and fitted to eight utility trucks with diesel pumps and gauges that reduced around R2-million in running costs and eliminated diesel spillages. One bakkie was able to service three graders, carrying 600 litres of diesel. Recycled material was used to build a support structure for the frames securing the tanks.“I’m excited and did not expect us to win in this tough category,” Potgieter said. He added that it was an innovation departments across the country should implement. “This is a good innovation and I think it will save the department a lot of money. It should be rolled out in other places.”Speaking at the ceremony, minister of public service and administration Collins Chabane said the awards showed that public officials could be forward-thinking and inventive.“The public service has been branded as un-innovative and this event tells a different story,” he said. “Your innovations are important in modernising the public service and improving service delivery. The quality of the projects here bears the high level of creativity in the public service. They will lay a crucial part in making the National Development Plan a reality.”Other award-winning inventions included a digital pen for mental health, an atlas of agricultural potential in Gauteng, a smartphone app for the national elections held in May, a nutrition scheme for creches, and a hospital pharmacy automation system.The awards were held in four categories: information and communication technology, service delivery institutions, improvements to internal systems of government, and innovative partnerships to deliver services.The full line-up of winners:Innovative use of ICT for effective service deliveryWinner: Digital Pen for Mental Health by the Department of Health in KwaZulu-NatalFirst runner- up: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-NatalSecond runner-up: Gauteng Agriculture Potential AtlasThird runner-up: Elections Mobile Application from the Independent Electoral CommissionInnovative service delivery institutionsWinner: Jojo Diesel Tanks by the Department of Roads and Transport, LimpopoFirst runner-up: RAF on the Road by the Road Accident FundSecond runner-up: Safe Anaesthesia for Africa Project, Ngwelezane Hospital, KwaZulu-NatalThird runner-up: Dietetics Creche Outing: Malnutrition Kicked Out, Department of Health, LimpopoInnovative enhancements of internal systems of governmentWinner: Case Management and Community Empowerment, Tembisa Hospital, GautengFirst runner-up: Pharmacy Automation, Helen Joseph Hospital, GautengSecond runner-up: Extra School Support Programme, Department of Education, GautengThird runner-up: Open Development Engine, Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs, LimpopoInnovative partnership in service deliveryWinner: The Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health, KwaZulu-NatalJoint first runner-up: Learn-not-to-Burn Programme, Department of Education, Gauteng and Community Food Production Units, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentSecond runner-up: Lego Project, Tshwane South District in partnership with Hands on reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more


first_imgFitness firstTurns out that John Abraham, 39, can do more than just beef up for his own films. He intends to help others tone up as well, with his own chain of fitness centres, JA Fitness. His first beneficiaries would be those buying homes at the luxurious residential Trump Towers,,Fitness firstTurns out that John Abraham, 39, can do more than just beef up for his ownfilms. He intends to help others tone up as well, with his own chain of fitnesscentres, JA Fitness. His first beneficiaries would be those buying homes at theluxurious residential Trump Towers, coming up in Pune. Following the success ofVicky Donor, Abraham has also taken on more films as a producer. Together withhis entrepreneurial plans, he may not have the time to go about flashing hisbutt anymore.Queen bees take a bowFashion cannot do without borrowing some glamour from film stars, apparentat the PCJ Delhi Couture Week held at Hotel Taj Palace from August 8 to 12Madhuri Dixit became Devdas’ Chandramukhi all over again, as showstopper fordesigner Anju Modi. She even mouthed lines from Tagore’s poems and walked intune with Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of Ekla Cholo Re. All very dramatic andone of her better sightings in recent times. Praise the Lord.Designers Ashima-Leena cannot get enough of Sharmila Tagore. They sent herdown the ramp as their trump card at couture week last year, and repeated heragain. Going by how happy the orange sari and jacket made Sharmila, we won’task why. But did she also pick something for the Saif-Kareena wedding?Sridevi has caught the fancy of designer Sabyasachi after he styled her lookin Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. So much so that he didn’t want to wait tillthe end to send her down the ramp. Instead, she kickstarted the show andaccompanied him on the runway at the onset. If that isn’t a new muse, what is?advertisementTiny cholis aren’t new to Katrina Kaif, but she teamed it with anover-the-top heavy gold bridal lehenga, as the showstopper for Manish Malhotra.Good thing she has been training to get tougher. With Ek Tha Tiger taking off sowell, a lehenga shouldn’t wear her down.Reality overdose VJ Pooja Misrra wanted to auction her Bigg Boss 5 oufits.Thankfully, the plan was shelved before it took off. Who would even want those?Royal touch Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema was designer Manav Gangwani’s guestof honour, and sat in the front row in a black gown.Show piece Actor Alia Bhatt was on Karan Johar’s arm in a tiny frock. Shewent all out to preen for the cameras. Back to businessLong before Hazel Keech came along, another British model, Hazel Crowney,27, was already entertaining us with item numbers. She is at it again,romancing Ravi Kishan in Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal. Manish Vatsalya’s Bihar-basedgangster film ends Crowney’s two-year break. She did her first full-fledgedrole in Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar in 2007, but her film journey was cut short whenMumbai politician Raj Thackeray decided to rid the film industry of foreignactors, saying they were stealing local jobs. She must really like it here tohave come back.It’s after midnight in India now, so Happy Independence Day from New York!Saleem Sinai would be 65…and gets to be in a movie at last!-Salman Rushdie. Caught on cameraComposer Anirudh Ravichander, 22, is making music of a different kind.Pictures of his liplock with Tamil singer-actor Andrea Jeremiah, 27, are goingviral on social networking sites, almost as quickly as Kolaveri Di didearlier this year, in March. He has been roped in to score music for BejoyNambiar’s David, but Jeremiah is far ahead, with several acting and singingcredits to her name. Doesn’t look like disparate fame will keep them apart.I have always felt that entertainment and sports are two factors that arelooked upon somewhat frivolously in the building of a nation. But both theseentities bring the nation fame -Amitabh Bachchan Feisty pranksterSumona Chakravarti, 24, the feisty Natasha of the TV series Bade AchheLagte Hain, has an ace up her sleeve. She has managed a spot in AnuragBasu’s Barfi!, releasing on September 14, as Ileana D’Cruz’s friend. Sheisn’t new to films though, having worked as a child actor in Mann and Vidyarthi.But nothing half as exciting as playing silly tricks on Ranbir Kapoor’scharacter in the film. Packing a punchVery few can get away with punching Salman Khan. Gavie Chahal, 31, does,during a fight scene in Ek Tha Tiger, where he plays an ISI agent. HisBollywood debut has come after a long wait. He came to Mumbai in 2005 andstarted acting in television serials, most notably as Shivendu Kaushik in MrsKaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein on Zee tv. “Now I’m open to good work inBollywood,” he says.advertisement Little champOf all the tiny tots dancing their hearts out on Dance India Dance Li’lMasters Season 2, 13-year-old Faisal Khan has emerged the winner. The sonof an autorickshaw driver in Mumbai, he is a Class VIII student at Meera’sAcademy in the city. Khan also has clear plans for the Rs 10 lakh prize money.”I intend to buy my dad a new autorickshaw so that he does not ride one onlease any longer. My parents have supported me despite all odds and I will doanything to look after their needs with my abilities.” Aww.Tweet of the WeekIt’s after midnight in India now, so Happy Independence Day from New York! Saleem Sinai would be 65…and gets to be in a movie at last!-Salman RushdieQuote of the Week I have always felt that entertainment and sports are two factors that are looked upon some what frivolously in the building of a nation. But both these entities bring the nation fame. Amitabh Bachchanlast_img read more

10 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Barcelona ace Messi proving superior to Ronaldo

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Barcelona ace Messi proving superior to Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas hailed the hat-trick performance of Leo Messi for Barcelona’s 5-0 win at Levante on Sunday.Tebas placed the Barcelona star at the very top of football, ahead of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. “Anyone who saw the game against Levante, is a football fan and takes off their club colours, we have to open our eyes and say that Messi’s the best player in the world by a difference,” he said. The president added that “it doesn’t matter what team you support, if you criticise Messi and say he’s not the best in the world currently, you don’t understand football.” Asked about the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo, Tebas, a Madrid fan, was clear: “In this era now he’s way ahead of Ronaldo. That’s now always been the case in other seasons. But he’s leading Barcelona. He keeps taking on responsibility, seemingly with a new-found youth. He’s at an incredible level.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: Ronaldo hasn’t changed since Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: Ronaldo hasn’t changed since Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t seen a difference in Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.“I saw him when we played against Juventus,” Ancelotti explained to Tiki Taka.“We didn’t speak afterward though. He seems like the usual Ronaldo to me, he’s always a very decisive and motivated player.“I don’t think he’s changed much from when I coached him. He remains a top player, one who makes the difference.” last_img read more

21 days agoBorussia Dortmund fullback Hakimi hits back at Zidane critics

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund fullback Hakimi hits back at Zidane criticsby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund fullback Ashraf Hakimi has hit back at the critics of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Hakimi is in the second of a two season loan from Real.He told AS: “Sometimes I find the criticism addressed to Zidane and the players unfair, they brought many things to the club with the Champions Leagues and other trophies too. “And above all, they improved the club, I do not think they deserve this treatment, they are club legends, they deserve a little respect. I think Zidane is ideal for Real Madrid, there is no coach who has won three Champions Leagues in a row for the same club. He is the ideal person and he has already proved it.” last_img read more

Chocolate milk juice no longer to be sold in New Brunswick schools

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick schools will no longer sell chocolate milk and juice, joining a continent-wide trend toward healthier school lunches.A new nutrition policy unveiled Wednesday requires foods of a higher nutritional value, which are lower in saturated fat, sugar and sodium for public schools.The government says it applies to all food and beverages offered in public schools — including breakfast and lunch programs, vending machines, canteens, snacks and fundraisers.Flavoured milk and juices will no longer be sold, served or offered.“It is important that we … teach them what a proper meal looks like,” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny said in a statement.New Brunswick is among at least six provinces that have banned junk food from schools over the last 12 years, and a report released last summer said the measure is having a positive impact on student health.Philip Leonard, a health economist at the University of New Brunswick, found that students banned from making junk food purchases at school for five or more years were, on average, about two pounds lighter than students who did not face a ban.He said younger students showed the most positive results, but noted that probably stems from the fact that older students have more opportunity to leave the school grounds to get food from other sources.In 2005, New Brunswick became the first province to impose a junk food ban inside its schools.Prince Edward Island followed suit later that year. Nova Scotia and Quebec did the same in 2007, followed by British Columbia in 2008 and Ontario in 2011.Using World Health Organization standards, Statistics Canada says close to one third — 31.5 per cent — of Canadian children and youth were classified as overweight or obese between 2009 to 2011.One carton of chocolate milk includes about 40 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in a child’s diet, critics say.But Marlene Schwartz, director of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, said last year banning chocolate milk might not be the best choice for every school.There are students who strongly prefer flavoured milk and who might have nutritional deficiencies, Schwartz said. It might make more sense to offer chocolate milk to such children ensure they get the calcium, vitamin D and potassium they need, she said.“You kind of have to know your student body,” Schwartz said. “Districts have to make an informed decision.”San Francisco’s school district recently banned chocolate milk, extending an earlier ban on soft drinks.In 2011, the Los Angeles Unified district banned chocolate milk, citing the same argument against extra sugar as San Francisco.But the largest district in California reversed course after a pilot study found offering chocolate milk again would increase milk consumption and reduce waste.It put chocolate milk back in all the district’s schools in 2017.last_img read more

Jarrod Bunch Talks Charity

first_imgFormer NFL star Jarrod Bunch has appeared in a number of films – such as Django Unchained, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Forgotten – and recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to about his charity work.Jarrod Bunch Talks CharityTell us more about the charities you work with?I do a lot of speaking and training at high schools here in the LA area for the Just Keep Livin Foundation. The foundation was started by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a program geared towards high schools, giving students opportunities to see how positive thinking and support can lead to positive outcomes. It was an easy transition from all the work I did for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when I was still playing in the NFL.How or why did you select to support the charities you currently work with?I worked with Matthew on the movie “Two for the Money,” so when I read that he was having events with current players to raise money for the foundation, I called up the foundation and asked if they wanted retired players.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?People have their reasons for helping and for not helping. I’m more annoyed with places that call themselves a “charity foundation” and they are the only ones receiving a benefit.And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?I think it’s important for each celebrity to follow their heart. Charity work is not for everyone… Participating in a charity event with a “DIVA”, is not a good experience for anyone!What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?I’m trying to get a partnership with the National Football Players Association and Just Keep Livin so that the celebrities that wish to participate with the high schools who have the program can be participants in the year round program.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Wrestling No 6 Ohio State defeats No 7 Nebraska 2112 on senior

No. 1 Myles Martin of Ohio State scores a single leg takedown on Mason Manville of Penn State in the 184-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Martin won the bout by major decision, 18-6. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, remained undefeated with a pivotal win to seal the team victory on senior day for the Buckeyes.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Nebraska (11-5, 5-4 Big Ten) 21-12 on Sunday. In a highly anticipated match, Martin won by decision 12-5 against Nebraska fourth-ranked redshirt sophomore Taylor Venz.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan was happy with the physicality the team showed against Nebraska.“The biggest [issue] with the [Buckeyes] is grittiness and toughness,” Ryan said. “Overall there was progress.”Ohio State finished the duel with six wins in 10 bouts against the Cornhuskers.Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, won by sudden victory, improving his record to 15-1. The home crowd went into an uproar as Moore took down Nebraska 11th-ranked redshirt sophomore Eric Schultz, in overtime to win 7-5 giving the Buckeyes a 18-12 lead going into the final bout.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 149 pounds, won his last home match in big fashion. Jordan won by technical fall 22-7 over Nebraska redshirt junior Jordan Shearer. Moore said Jordan’s big-time victory was well deserved on senior night in front of a home crowd.“I love watching him wrestle. He just hits some really slick stuff and is always attacking,” Moore said. “To see him win and go out with a good dominant win like that was awesome.”Ohio State redshirt freshman Chase Singletary, the No. 18 wrestler in the country at heavyweight, pulled off the upset against Nebraska seventh-ranked redshirt junior David Jensen, as time expired in the third period to win 7-5.Singletary took contact to the face that resulted in blood time, but he said that gave him what he needed to pull off the upset.“I felt amped, when you are in a tough match and you feel blood it just gets me going a little bit,” Singletary said. “I don’t know why but it was fun.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, won his final home match of his career. McKenna won by decision 7-3 over Nebraska redshirt sophomore Chad Red.After the Buckeyes fell to a 3-0 deficit, Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, put the Buckeyes on the board. Pletcher won by major decision 13-4 over Nebraska true freshman Jevon Parrish.Ohio State true freshman Malik Heinselman, lost by decision 8-5 to Nebraska redshirt sophomore Zeke Moisey, No. 14 wrestler in the country at 125 pounds.Despite Heinselman losing his match Ryan was very impressed with the true freshman.“I was really happy with [Heinselman] overall,” Ryan said. “He really out wrestled [Moisey] most of the match.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, lost a hard-fought battle by decision 4-2 to Nebraska junior Isaiah White, No. 6 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, improving his record to 15-5. Nebraska redshirt senior Tyler Berger, No. 2 wrestler in the country at 157 pounds, improved to 21-2 on the season. Berger won by decision 10-5 over Ohio State eighth-ranked redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes.No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York. read more

Greek government appoints committee to oversee the Islamic mosque of Athens

first_imgAs the first official mosque of Athens is approaching completion, the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs appointed a seven-member administrative committee which will oversee its operation. The board is chaired by Constantinos Pittadakis, a senior official from the ministry’s general secretariat of religious affairs. The other six members are: Stamatina Mourelatou (deputy chairperson), an official from the ministry of finance; Nelly Papachela, City of Athens’ deputy mayor; Ioannis Vakoundouzis, City of Athens’ head of administration; Stephanos Vazakas, High Court attorney; Ehab El Sayed and Ghulam Murtaza, representatives of Athens’ Muslim communities.The 1000-square metre mosque is located on a former naval base in Votanikos, west of central Athens; with development costs of €887,000 funded by the Program of Public Investments. After failing to meet an April deadline, it is now expected to be completed by the end of the year. Once completed, it will include two rooms for worship, one for men and one for women (respective capacity is 300 and 50 people), restrooms and locker rooms, administration offices for the Imam and Muezzins, as well as a fountain, as dictated by islamic tradition, but no minaret. “The desire of the City of Athens is that the mosque operates properly,” Papachela told Kathimerini. “We want the exercise of religious duties to be conducted calmly and for there to be no problems,” she said, adding that municipal authorities were determined “to defy any fears” that citizens may have. The mosque construction has been an issue of debate since 1890 and has been included in every peace treaty that Greece has signed since becoming a sovereign state, after the Rebellion and the subsequent fall of the Ottoman Empire. This last chapter of the saga began when Athens prepared to host the 2004 Olympics, but development has been delayed due to objections of some members of the Orthodox clergy and political groups of the far-right. When it is finally completed, following years of delays and objections by Orthodox clerics and right-wing groups, it will be the first official place of worship for Muslims in Athens, currently one of the few capitals in Europe, along with Lubljana and Bucharest, to not have a mosque. At least 40,000 people of Muslim faith are currently residing in Athens and having a place to worship is part of their constitutional rights; the European Court of Human Rights has often ruled against Greece for such violations in the past. Apart from catering for a basic human right, the Mosque will effectively put an end to the 50 illegal places of Islamic worship currently functioning in Athens, and potentially being used for indoctrination by extremists. “Obviously, when something starts working according to law, it effectively puts the illegal out of work”, said the Minister of Citizen Protection, Nikos Toskas, in a television interview. Promising to take measures against the illegal mosques once the official one is open to the public, the minister said that “people should not be afraid of places that follow the rules, which is why it is important that we have rules”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more