South Africa’s traffic officials will now enforce the points demerit system. Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele illuminating the Torch of Light in Pretoria. Minister Ndebele with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan Maistry Spokesperson Department of Transport +27 083 6444 050 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe • SA ready for Rea Vaya • Travelling by minibus taxi in SA • Sanral’s multibillion traffic plan • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • Police hard at work for a safer SABongani NkosiHabitually reckless drivers will soon be banned from South Africa’s roads in a bid to help reduce fatalities and promote responsible motoring.This was Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele’s warning as he announced the driver’s licence demerit system at an event in Pretoria on 26 January. It will come into force on 1 April.Drivers will start on a clean slate with 12 points each year. All traffic offences – including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drunken driving or jumping a stop street – carry a penalty, and once caught for committing such an offence, a driver will have a set number of points knocked off his or her total.When a driver has lost all 12 points and another one his or her licence will be suspended for a minimum of three months. Losing a further two, in other words having 14 demerits, will lead to a six-month ban.When a driver’s licence is suspended for a third time, it will be cancelled.The system is aimed at encouraging people to respect the rules of the road at all times and therefore reduce accidents. It forms part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which was approved by Parliament in 1998.“Aarto is about changing the behaviour of South African drivers. Habitual offenders may even find themselves being deprived of the convenience of driving a car,” Ndebele said.“If you want to continue driving a car, you must behave responsibly and considerately. If you don’t, we will take away your driving licence.”Good driving rewardedThe system does not exempt offenders from having to pay fines and, in extreme cases, undergo arrest. For example, someone caught driving 115km/h in a 60km/h zone will be fined R1 250 (about US$165) and get four demerits. Those who drive more than 35km/h over the legal speed limit will be arrested immediately.Responsible drivers, however, will be rewarded. If someone keeps all 12 points during the year he or she will kick off the new year with an additional 12 points plus a bonus point, leading to a total of 25 points.The system has drastically reduced fatalities in countries such as Australia and England over the years, Ndebele noted. “If you go to Australia, if you go to England, [you will see] it has changed the behaviour of drivers. That’s what will happen in South Africa.”At the same event Ndebele announced that the country recorded a total of 1 582 road deaths in its nine provinces between 1 December and 11 January. These figures are noted and discussed annually in an ongoing effort to curb the number of fatalities, which always swell due to heavy traffic during the festive and summer holiday season.Reducing the burden on courtsAarto, which has been allocated R300-million ($39.5-million) to implement, will also help reduce the burden on South Africa’s courts as traffic offences will now be handled within the department under the stewardship of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. Offenders, however, will still have the option of taking the matter to court to appeal against the rulings.Ndebele said court rolls across the country are currently clogged by traffic charges, and because these take so long to be heard, “the lawlessness on our roads is exacerbated further”.“The implementation of [Aarto] will relieve the burden from the court system and allow the courts to focus on more urgent matters,” Ndebele said. “It will also contribute to more effective and efficient finalisation of road traffic cases.”Taking dangerous drivers off the roads will also have a positive impact on South Africa’s economy as every year the country’s Road Accident Fund spends millions compensating people who have been involved in accidents, Ndebele pointed out.Helping youngsters get their licencesNdebele also announced that government will soon include road safety education in South Africa’s school curriculum. With the help of government, pupils in Grade 11 will be able to get their learner licences and by the time they complete matric they will have their full driver’s licenses.“We will mobilise our learners to come forward for this exciting programme,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “As we teach them to respect the rules of the road they will become responsible drivers.”Promise of safe roads during the World CupNdebele has promised 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors to South Africa that they will be safe on the country’s roads. During all major sporting events that South Africa has hosted – including the 1995 Rugby World Cup and last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup and Indian Premier League – only one fatal accident involving a visitor was reported, the minister said.“South Africa has never had as many visitors and road users as we will experience during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Our obligation is to ensure that all those who use our roads are able to do so safely.“During both international and local events South African road users generally behave well and no major road crashes have been reported. We want to commend them for this and urge them to keep this record,” said Ndebele.
Liverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
At Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer has made it a habit of inviting successful people to speak to his team on topics outside of football. Today, the Buckeyes were joined by Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, and the topic was leadership. Thank you to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, for speaking to the team today on Leadership. pic.twitter.com/UOOACaUCmZ— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 12, 2015We know it’s Thursday, but today’s appearance by Dimon appears to go in line with Meyer’s “Real Life Wednesdays” tradition that he’s implemented. Ohio State put out a video about it in the fall.
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 28: P.J. Williams #26 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates his interception with Jalen Ramsey #13 against the Boston College Eagles in the second half at Alumni Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Jordan Brand may have started on the hardwood but the company has inked an impressive lineup of NFL players in recent years. Two players who will hear their names called tonight just became the latest to join the Jordan family. Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a potential top-five pick, and Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman have signed with Jordan. Their arrival was announced with this very cool hype video.Jalen Ramsey and Corey Coleman were grinding all season. Now, they join the @jumpman23 family. #WEAREJORDAN https://t.co/BAihKNGQvl— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 28, 2016Other Jordan NFL players have included Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and others.
Story Highlights The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand. “All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.In its recently released Executive Board Review, the Fund highlighted that strong programme implementation continues to anchor macroeconomic stability.“All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said.The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows.The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand.In addition, the current account deficit remains relatively low (at 2.8 per cent of GDP in FY17/18) and it is expected to shrink over the medium-term as oil prices remain contained and tourism earnings improve.The Executive Board, in its review, pointed to the need to boost growth, which was estimated at 0.5 per cent in 2017, with the growth forecast revised down to 0.9 per cent in fiscal year 2017/2018.It was noted that weakness in agriculture, slow recovery in mining, and a deceleration in manufacturing had offset growth in tourism and construction.The Fund stated that formalising the current inflation targeting regime will help entrench macroeconomic stability and promote growth.“With inflation likely to remain in the lower part of the Central Bank’s target range, a looser monetary stance remains appropriate. Upcoming revisions to the BOJ Act – including a clear mandate for price stability, a reformed governance structure, and a strong Central Bank balance sheet – will help institutionalise the inflation targeting framework,” the IMF said.The Fund further noted that structurally reducing the wage bill is critical for the Government to reprioritise spending towards growth-enhancing projects.It said that more expenditure is needed for infrastructure, citizen security, building agricultural resilience, health, education, and the social safety net.The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits.The entity noted, further, that building the resilience of agriculture to weather-related events, and investing in school attendance and youth training programmes will improve growth and social outcomes.It added that continued reform implementation will not only safeguard hard-won gains but also deliver stronger growth and job creation.
Story Highlights The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be hosting a series of registration fairs across the island over the next 18 months to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.The first in the series of fairs will be held on Wednesday (June 20) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Linstead Methodist Church in St. Catherine.Persons in Linstead and surrounding areas will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost.“So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, said in a JIS News interview.She explained that the staging of the fairs “is a drive to register all unregistered persons in Jamaica, as there are persons who are not accounted for – they do not have an identity; they were born but were never, ever registered”.She noted that there are also individuals who were registered but they were not named at birth.“So, there is no name at registration, just the sex of male or female, the date and where they were born. Also there are persons who were given a first name but no surname, and that is not acceptable now. We cannot print or generate a birth certificate without a name or surname on it, and so the registration process would be deemed incomplete in these instances,” she pointed out.Mrs. Whyte said that persons will be required to present whatever documents they possess that can be used as verification, in addition to completing a form.“If persons have access to their christening records, a marriage certificate, if any of their parents is deceased and they have the death certificate, immunisation card, or school records… whatever they have as proof of name or to substantiate who they say they are, will be accepted and used in the registration process,” she pointed out.She informed that for the late entry of name, the process takes four to six weeks for the birth certificate to be generated while the late registration takes a longer period, involving a lengthy, thorough process of searching records to ensure that persons were not previously registered.Highlighting the importance of registration, Mrs. Whyte pointed out that “it allows you to have an identity and that is how we are able to say this is ‘John Brown’, who was born to such parents at this particular place and date”.“The birth certificate is one of those first documents that you will need in order to get other documents. So you need a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, tax registration number (TRN), to apply and get benefits from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH); or for persons who are working and approaching retirement, they need their birth certificate in order to access their pension,” she noted.“So, if you know you were not registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name is on it, then we are encouraging you to make use of this opportunity and get registered or complete the registration process free of cost at these upcoming fairs,” Mrs. Whyte urged.Persons who are already registered, but may need another copy of their birth certificate, can also access the service at a cost.For information on dates and locations of the fairs, members of the public can contact the RGD at 876-619-1260 or 749-0550. “So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, said in a JIS News interview. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be hosting a series of registration fairs across the island over the next 18 months to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process. The first in the series of fairs will be held on Wednesday (June 20) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Linstead Methodist Church in St. Catherine.
APTN National NewsA former curator of Aboriginal content at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is claiming in a new book she was ordered to censor Canada’s dark history with its Indigenous people.That includes removing the term “genocide” from exhibits.But the Harper government has told APTN it’s not true.“That allegation is totally false,” said Conservative MP Rob Clarke on APTN’s Nation to Nation Thursday.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.
VANCOUVER – A small Victoria, B.C.-based tech firm has found itself mired in a privacy scandal unfolding in Europe as it faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. is a digital advertising, web and software development company, according to its website.Whistleblowers claim the company is connected to efforts to circumvent election finance rules during the Brexit referendum and played an outsized role in the eventual win for the “leave” side.They say that VoteLeave violated the spending limit rules by donating 625,000 pounds (about C$1.1 million) to the pro-Brexit student group BeLeave, then sending the money directly to AggregateIQ.One of the whistleblowers, Christopher Wylie, claims he helped found AggregateIQ while he worked for SCL, which is the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Wylie also alleges that Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from more than 50-million Facebook users to help U.S. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.Wylie told the digital, culture, media and sport committee of the U.K. Parliament that he “absolutely” believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the official Vote Leave campaign.“I think it is incredibly reasonable to say that AIQ played a very significant role in Leave winning,” he said.The campaign appears to have previously verified the company’s role in its success.“Without a doubt, the Vote Leave campaign owes a great deal of its success to the work of AggregateIQ. We couldn’t have done it without them,” reads a quote from Dominic Cummings, a Vote Leave campaign director, on a cached version of AggregateIQ’s website.AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment and its listed office line went unanswered and did not connect to a voicemail service.The company denies any connection to Cambridge Analytica in a statement posted on its website on March 24 and said it works in full legal and regulatory compliance in the jurisdictions where it operates.“AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL”, reads the statement, adding that it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica or employed Wylie.“It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity,” it said. “All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client.”However, a cached version of SCL’s website shows it once listed a Canadian office located in Victoria. The phone number listed leads to Zackary Massingham, AggregateIQ’s president since 2011, according to his LinkedIn page. He did not respond to a voicemail left at that number.AggregateIQ’s website also previously included a statement defending the company against allegations it used Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data.The company said it “has never managed, nor did we ever have access to, any Facebook data or database allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.” That statement has since been removed from the website.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
BOGOTA — U.S. prosecutors have indicted a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government on foreign corruption and money laundering charges.Raul Gorrin became president of Globovision shortly after he and others purchased the popular TV network in 2013 and proceeded to soften its anti-government coverage.In charges unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors in Miami said that starting around 2010 Gorrin allegedly paid at least $94 million in bribes to two Venezuelan officials in exchange for business conducting foreign currency transactions for the government.He’s also accused of paying expenses related to three jets, a yacht and multiple champion horses on behalf of the two unnamed officials.He was declared a fugitive after officials failed to arrest him on the August indictment.Gorrin could not be immediately reached for comment.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Lights College is going to be bringing the renowned Maritime Bhangra dance group to the Fort St. John for its first annual International Talent for Charity Show next month.The talent show, which is taking place at the Evangel Chapel on April 7th, is being hosted by the College to celebrate the diversity and talents of Peace Region residents. The Maritime Bhangra Group was founded in Halifax two years ago. Since July 2016, the group has raised money for multiple causes, including the ALS Societies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the Leukemia Society and Autism NS. The group also performed on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 celebrations, and has appeared on the CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report”.The group will be joined on stage by members of the Fort St. John community who will be helping to raise money for local charities. Each performance will name a charity, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to their chosen group. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre, with adult tickets at $30. Student tickets are $20. The talent show is Saturday, April 7, at the Evangel Chapel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. For more information, call Cleo at 250-785-6981 ext. 6212 or email [email protected]