SA business ‘to help rebuild Zim’

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 April 2009 The South African business community was ready to start investing in Zimbabwe, Business Unity SA (Busa) president Patrice Motsepe said after a high-level meeting between a South African business delegation and the Zimbabwean government in Harare on Monday. “I have confidence that anyone who commits resources to Zimbabwe will see that the country is a good place to do business in,” said Motsepe, chairman of mining firm African Rainbow Minerals and owner of South African Premier League soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns. The 22-member Busa delegation met with President Robert Mugabe, Finance Minister Tendai Biti, and the local business community. The delegation included representatives from South Africa’s mining, retail, infrastructure, agriculture, transport, financial services and health care sectors. Busa said business leaders from Aspen Pharmacare, Massmart, Netcare, PPC Cement, Old Mutual, Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Industrial Development Corporation also participated. Motsepe expressed satisfaction at the progress being made by Zimbabwe’s new unity government in creating a conducive environment for business in the country. Zimbabwean state newspaper The Herald reports that the government, meeting at a weekend retreat at Victoria Falls, had agreed on a 100-day action plan to restore basic rights, heal political scars and boost international trust in the country. According to The Herald, the retreat was marked by a high degree of consensus between President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and his former opposition rivals, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Addressing the meeting, which was sponsored by the World Bank, Tsvangirai again called on the West to “engage with us on our economic recovery programme”.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Marijuana legalization petition rejected

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Attorney General’s Office rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution to legalize marijuana in Ohio.On April 9, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, titled the “Marijuana Rights and Regulations Amendment” from the attorney representing the petitioning committee. The summary was rejected for several reasons, including:The summary language giving the General Assembly authority to regulate “marijuana commerce” does not accurately reflect the actual amendment language.The summary omits references in the amendment that “Marijuana businesses shall be lawful only in those voting precincts in which the majority of the voters approved this section.”The summary omits references in the amendment that “The General Assembly shall within 240 days after the effective date enact and enable laws, rules, and regulations consistent with this section.”“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated in his letter rejecting the petition. “However, I must caution that this letter is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all defects in the submitted summary.”In order for a constitutional amendment to proceed, an initial petition containing summary language of the amendment and 1,000 signatures from Ohio registered voters must be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General. Once the summary language and initial signatures are certified, the Ohio Ballot Board would determine if the amendment contains a single issue or multiple issues. The petitioners must then collect signatures for each issue from registered voters in each of 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, equal to 5% of the total vote cast in the county for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election. Total signatures collected statewide must also equal 10% of the total vote cast for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election.last_img read more

How Energy Efficient Is My Home?

first_imgA newly adopted provision in the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) requires that a permanent certificate be posted on the electrical distribution panel. This certificate is for the express purpose of identifying the efficiency of various energy components of the home and must include the following:The predominate R-value of insulation in ceiling/roof, walls, foundation, crawl space wall, and floor;U-factors for windows, skylights, etc. (where there is more than one value, the value covering the largest area must be listed);The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of windows, skylights, etc. (again, where there is more than one value, the value covering the largest area must be listed);The types and efficiencies of heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.The premise is that posting these details will increase demand for more energy-efficient homes.There are some drawbacks, however. First, some types of insulation, such as blown insulation, which tends to settle, lose thermal values over time. Energy-efficient measures for windows or doors and associated weather-stripping, if not maintained, will also lose efficiency. Heating and cooling equipment will lose efficiency with considerable use. So, the unsuspecting buyer may have a false sense of security in the label. Because of this, the 2012 edition of the IRC may include a provision about the potential for declining energy efficient values for a variety of products.In any case, asking the builder or registered design professional to post such a notice is a great advancement. Now, the responsibility for installing energy efficient measures is assigned.last_img read more

Sharapova throws shade at Wozniacki: Where is she?

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim On Sunday, she will face Latvian 16th seed Anatasija Sevastova for a spot in the quarter-finals.But she will need to cut out the errors that plagued her against 18-year-old Kenin, a fellow America-based player who was born in Russia.She was broken three times and her 38 winners just offset 33 unforced errors.“She had really nice words for me in the locker room, which was really nice,” said Sharapova, older than her opponent by 12 years and regarded as an idol by Kenin.“I wasn’t surprised with the way she came out and competed. She was down I believe a few match points in the previous match.“She’s a grinder. She’ll get many balls back. Despite not having the experience, she’s a tough player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ The Danish woman said it was “unacceptable and questionable” for Sharapova, who is playing her first Grand Slam since the end of a drugs ban, to be given the showpiece court.“With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don’t make the schedule,” said Sharapova after reaching the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sofia Kenin of the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there.“That’s not what matters to me. All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.” View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves to Sofia Kenin, of the United States, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APNEW YORK—Maria Sharapova hit back at Caroline Wozniacki over a US Open scheduling row on Friday, saying of her bitter Danish rival: “I’m in the 4th round. I don’t know where she is.”Wozniacki was furious that her second round match was played on an outside court while five-time major winner Sharapova was playing all of hers in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wozniacki, who has never won a Grand Slam, lost her second-round match to Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday after being scheduled on Court 5 before getting bumped up to Court 10.“When you look on Center Court, I understand completely the business side of things, but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence — performance enhancing drugs -– and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Center Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do,” fumed the Danish former world number one.Sharapova, the champion in New York in 2006, returned from a 15-month doping ban in April but was refused a wildcard for the French Open while injury ruled her out of Wimbledon.Her world ranking of 146 meant she needed a wild card to get into the main draw at the US Open.But she has responded to the decision by the US Tennis Association by knocking out world number two Simona Halep in the first round and recovering from a set down to beat Timea Babos in the second.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’last_img read more