Good thing for a lot of people that Don Nelson doesn’t take “I beg you not to do this thing” for an answer.Nelson has long maintained that it was his wish to pick Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA draft. He didn’t think it would be possible. When Curry fell to the Warriors at No. 7, Nelson was euphoric — and still is.Turns out there was another dynamic in play that night.According to an NBC Sports Bay Area report, before Nelson drafted Stephen Curry, he had a conversation with Dell Curry, …
South Africans can currently expect a mean of 8.12 years of schooling. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) South Africa has marginally improved its position on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index, released in New York on 4 November.South Africa is considered a medium development country and was ranked 110 out of 169 UN member states in the latest report, a marginal improvement from last year’s position of 129 out of 189.The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of human development. It separates developed, developing and underdeveloped countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education or access to knowledge, and income as an indicator of standard of living.These indicators are complemented by separate indices for gender, inequality and multidimensional povertyFirst published in 1990, the HDI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2010. The previous 19 reports are all accessible from the UNDP website.Analysts use complex equations to calculate values for each of the three categories, and the final HDI score is taken as the geometric mean of the three.South Africa’s score places it amongst the top 10 countries on the continent. Other medium development countries include China, Botswana, India, Egypt and Thailand. The top nation is again Norway, while Zimbabwe remains at the bottom of the table.However, said the UNDP, progress need not depend on massive spending. It named Ethiopia, Cambodia and Benin, which all made gains in education and public health rather than income, among the most improved countries of the past 20 years.Slow progressSouth Africa’s life expectancy has been calculated at 51.97 years, while people receive a mean of 8.12 years of schooling, and the gross national income per capita is R68 747.72 (US$9 812.12).The report found that although South Africans’ life expectancy decreased by nine years between 1990 and 2010, over the same period the mean years of schooling increased by almost two years and the expected years of schooling increased by about the same value. Gross national income increased by 20% over the last two decades.South Africa’s 2010 HDI score of 0.597 is above the sub-Saharan average of 0.389, and is also above the average of 0.592 for medium human development countries.The complete report may be downloaded (PDF, 11MB) from the website of the UNDP.Lifting South Africa’s profile“While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Reports like the HDI are important in this light, said Matola, because they influence reputation as well as perceptions of future investment potential for South Africa in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of high levels of productivity.South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average.“South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader sub-Saharan region, behind countries like Botswana, Namibia and Gabon. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” said Matola.Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in terms of health, education and living standard. It combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger, which has 93%.Among the four emerging markets that make up the Bric structure, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89).“It is important to contextualise South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” said Matola.
Logo Geocaching Headquarters (aka GCK25B).Many have heard of it, only 7,000 of 9 million geocachers worldwide have logged it. Whether on a geocaching road trip across the country or living down the street, geocachers love to make a pit stop at Geocaching HQ to sign the famous logbook, celebrate a milestone, share stories with fellow geocachers and see for themselves where all the geocaching magic happens.You made itHistory was made.In 2004, the official HQ geocache was placed in the downtown office of Groundspeak Headquarters. Over the last 10 years, the geocache has lived in four different locations, now residing at the newest office in the Fremont neighborhood. Co-Founder Bryan Roth said the geocache was placed so that everyone at HQ could stay connected to the community.“Geocachers were already stopping by the office before we placed the geocache” said Bryan. “We felt that adding an official HQ Geocache would enhance the experience and help create an environment where geocachers always feel welcome.”Originally on Friday’s only, HQ visits are now available Tuesday-Friday at 2pm to accommodate all travel schedules and the influx in visitors. What to expect during a scheduled visit.1) Awesome encounters and conversations with Geocaching HQ employees. The staff at Geocaching HQ anxiously awaits for the clock to strike 2pm. For an entire hour, the lobby transforms into a room of geocaching chatter and storytelling.2) A giant trunk with a plethora of trackables, SWAG and signature items. Don’t believe us? Check out the trackable inventory for yourself.Inside the HQ Geocache3) Geocachers from across the globe. In the last year, visitors from over 30 countries have visited HQ, making it an international destination for all geocachers to gather, swap stories and even learn a new language (or as least communicate in geo-language.)4) Photo-op and selfie heaven. With a photobooth and new signage to pose in front of, the photo opportunities are endless.5) Historic geocaching relics including the original International Space Station Travel Bug. In case you are new to geocaching (or have been hiding under a rock for a year), this travel bug went all the way to outer space.6) The Geocaching HQ Store. Shop for trackables, geocoins, t-shirts and other goodies including some exclusive HQ merchandise.HQ GeoTour: GC32A0H 7) Geocaching! The fun doesn’t stop after you leave the lobby. Before and after a scheduled visit, geocachers wander around the local quirky Fremont neighborhood in search of the nine geocaches on the HQ GeoTour. With over 2,000 favorite points, geocachers don’t want to miss out on these creative geocaches hidden by the staff at Geocaching HQ.The ultimate HQ experience.In addition to HQ Visits, Geocaching HQ invites the entire community to join them for the annual Block Party Mega-Event in August. The week prior to the big event, geocachers can sign up for full office tours to get the full breakdown of what goes on every day at HQ.So geocachers, when do you plan on joining the other 7,000 geocachers and logging the HQ Geocache? We’d love to meet you!Share with your Friends:More Panorama HQ Lobby SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Finds Lost Wedding Ring and Searches for OwnerApril 28, 2015In “Community”5 Lackeys. Approximately 7,000 geocachers. Moin moin!June 25, 2019In “Community”Your Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQApril 8, 2011In “Community”
Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, is advising all farmers, who have suffered losses as a result of the recent passing of Hurricane Sandy, to make a report to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) by Friday (November 2), in order to be considered for assistance. “I am saying to all the farmers across the country, ensure that by the end of this week you make all the necessary reports to the RADA office. It is very important if you want to go back early into production,” he stated. He was addressing a press conference at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Claremont, St. Ann, today (October 31), prior to touring the parish. Preliminary figures are showing estimated damage of $2 billion to the agricultural sector as a result of the hurricane. RADA and several other agencies are now conducting assessments to decide how best to channel available assistance to the farming community. Mr. Hayles said that once farmers make their reports to RADA, the government will do all within its powers to provide assistance. “The procurement, in terms of fertilisers started on Monday (Oct. 29), but as I say, I want all the farmers to come in by this Friday, the deadline will be this Friday, when we can have some final numbers so that we can start doing our distribution, and knowing what the total dollar amount in terms of procurement is,” he stated. He advised those, who cannot get to a RADA office to “try and find your Member of Parliament or your Member of Parliament’s office…if you do not have any of those try and call your (RADA) extension officer and make your report…it is very important that we have a final list that represents the true figures of what we will be dealing with going forward.” Mr. Hayles said reports of loss or damage can also be lodged by calling the toll free line 1-888-275- 7232 (ASK-RADA). He stated that the Ministry of Agriculture is committed to the over 220,000 farmers that it serves across the island, and wants to do everything to ensure that they are put back into production as soon as possible. Mr. Hayles’ visit to St. Ann was to get a firsthand look at the extent of damage to farms from the passage of the hurricane. Minister of Youth and Culture, and Member of Parliament for North Eastern St. Ann, Hon. Lisa Hanna was also on the tour.
OTTAWA – Ottawa must withdraw its plan to charge tax on medicinal marijuana or risk having an adverse effect on patients, a group of more than 50 doctors warned Monday as the federal government hashed out a pot-tax revenue-sharing agreement with the provinces and territories.The doctors, who describe themselves as a group of physicians who routinely prescribe marijuana to their patients, say applying a sales or excise tax to medicinal pot would impose a financial barrier for those who use the drug to manage their symptoms, compared to patients who take other medication.“The new taxes being proposed on medical cannabis (are) discriminatory towards patients,” Dr. Michael Verbora said in a statement.“All medications prescribed have zero tax. At a time when we are suffering from an opiate crisis the last thing we should do is introduce financial barriers to patients accessing a safer alternative.”Following a day-long meeting between Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his regional counterparts, the two sides agreed that the provinces and territories would get a 75 per cent share of marijuana tax revenues over the course of a two-year agreement. That money is to be shared with municipalities, which are also expected to bear a larger proportion of the cost of legalization.Ottawa will retain the remaining 25 per cent share to a maximum of $100 million a year, presuming an annual total take of about $400 million, at least initially. Any balance over and above that limit would flow to the regions, under the terms of the deal.Taxing medicinal pot could end up affecting its affordability and availability to those who need it, said the NDP’s finance critic Alexandre Boulerice.“The imposition of sales tax and excise tax on medical marijuana is unfair, it is stupid and potentially dangerous,” Boulerice warned, and could end up exacerbating Canada’s ongoing opioid crisis.“If the price of medical marijuana goes too high … it will potentially incite people to buy some cheaper drugs like opioids as painkillers.”A tax is simply not sound public policy, Boulerice said, pointing to the issues flagged by doctors.“They are really concerned about their patients and they are on the ground with people who are sick and use medical marijuana for months or years,” he said.Last month, Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the ministers of justice and health, said the federal government’s task force report recommended the tax regime on medical and recreational marijuana be the same.“Our government remains committed to maintaining a functional medical marijuana system,” Blair said at the time.“At the same time, we do not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize that system inappropriately and so we propose that the taxation levels for both non-medical and medical will be aligned.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Dr. Michael Verbora’s surname.