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SA starts social grant clean-up, upgrade

first_imgSassa is to conduct home visits during this period to accommodate beneficiaries over 75 years of age, bedridden beneficiaries at their homes and institutions such as hospitals. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is embarking on a major project to re-register and verify the identities of the country’s social grant beneficiaries in order to rid the system of corruption and ensure that grants are paid to the right people only. A rigorous information campaign will be run by Sassa to educate beneficiaries, community members and organisations about the new system. Beneficiaries of the child support grant will be required to bring their babies, along with their birth certificates. Fingerprints will be taken of the child to verify his or her identity. With the new system, beneficiaries will be issued with a SASSA-branded smart card which they can use anywhere in the country. She said the cost for the entire process to re-register beneficiaries was about R15-million, which included the upgrading of the call centres where people can call 0800 601011 if they have problems or want more information. During the second phase – from 1 June to 31 December – existing eligible beneficiaries, including bank beneficiaries and children, will be enrolled on the new biometric-based payment system at Sassa pay points, local offices and designated sites. Biometric-based payment system Working with Home Affairs “During this period, particularly from 1 April, beneficiaries should continue to collect their grants at their respective pay points including banks … new beneficiaries will be enrolled on to the new biometric-based payment system as from 1 March 2012 at Sassa local offices upon application,” she said in Pretoria last week.center_img 20 February 2012 “For many beneficiaries, this will be a dream come true … The system will allow the right person to be paid the right amount and be enrolled within close proximity of the communities where they live,” Dlamini said. She urged beneficiaries to bring their IDs and existing SASSA-branded cards, when re-registering, warning that no one would be re-registered without these documents. Sassa also has interfaces with the Home Affairs system, which will enable them to easily get information, such as if a beneficiary has died. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said the process would be completed in two phases, with the first phase starting in March and ending in May. She also allayed fears that there would be disruptions in the paying of social grants during the re-registration of over 15-million beneficiaries. Dlamini warned that apart from the child’s birth certificate and fingerprints, there were no other ways of verifying the child’s identity. The department will be working with the Home Affairs Department to check and confirm if the child belongs to the mother. Sassa CEO Virginia Peterson said 686 000 beneficiaries had been “lost” in the system and they would be following up on them. This included people who had died or moved to another province, for example. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Who Needs Minutes Anymore? Skype Gets Multitasking for iOS 4

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#voice#web In May, voice-over-IP calling and chatting service Skype finally put to rest a year-long battle between itself, Apple and AT&T, bringing voice calls to the iPhone over AT&T’s 3G network. What had previously been a funky alternative for making cheap international and long-distance calls – when connected to a wifi network – has become a viable alternative to your cellular service. This week, Skype has announced updates to its iPhone app to bring it fully up to speed in terms of multitasking, background operation and voice quality. Previously, Skype was really useful only as a way to save on some minutes if you were running low, to make long-distance international phone calls on the cheap or to make phone calls in remote areas where wifi was available but cell phone service was not. (And yes, those places still exist, all over the country.) Now, with it’s latest update for Apple’s iOS 4, Skype can run in the background when other apps are running and even when the phone is locked. This means that it can sit in the background, silently waiting for calls or chat messages to come in and interrupt whatever it is your doing to alert you. In essence, Skype has become a fully functional telephone app. Having to keep the app open and the phone unlocked to listen for incoming phone calls previously made using Skype as your primary phone unreasonable. This update changes all of that. It acts just as your other calls, allowing you to switch back and forth from the phone call to other tasks, like checking emails or maps or whatever else you want.In addition to multitasking and background operation, the new version takes full advantage of the iPhone 4’s “Retina Display” and the high quality sound available over 3G. Skype also announced that, with this update, it “no longer [has] plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G”.The only thing you have to worry about now, of course, is your data limit. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

StatusNet Launching New SaaS – Stops Accepting New Members for Year Old Service

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… StatusNetannounced this morning that it will unveil a new service and is deferring accepting new members on StatusNet Cloud Service, the offering it launched last year.StatusNet Cloud Service launched last March with personal, community and private plans that were offered as a SaaS. Initial customers included Motorola Corporation and Canonical Ltd.StatusNet OnDemand is the new service that the company is launching. No date is set. It will be focused on businesses and organizations and is designed for companies to create enterprise networks and connect with colleagues.This is a definite repositioning of a service that is barely a year old. In a blog post, Founder Evan Prodromou says that 45,000 sites were built in the past year for StatusNet Cloud Service. From experience, I know most of these kinds of sites on networks such as these go unused. They are like those abandoned wikis that wilt when not updated. That’s true of sites that get abandoned on a blog network, too.New users may sign up for a sneak-peek invitation to StatusNet OnDemand when it releases. StatusNet Cloud Service sites will remain active and supported. Sites do not have to be moved. People may also choose to manage StatusNet themselves by downloading and putting it on a hosting service.Prodromou says the change means the following:StatusNet is a really smart group of people. If you did not know, identi.ca is the foundation for the open source microblogging service. It was one of the first services to emerge as a focal player in the movement around the real-time Web.Those without a private site on the StatusNet cloud will be invited to try the StatusNet OnDemand product at launch time.The logo, branding, and navigation have changed on the StatusNet site to reflect the new theme of the upcoming StatusNet 1.0.The website is being simplified to help people better understand what StatusNet on Demand is supposed to do.But its strength today is questionable. Identi.ca is under the radar and now StatusNet Cloud Service is not accepting new members. We’ll be watching to see if these guys can get things together and deliver on the promise that the team has.center_img alex williams Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

What Mostly Prevents Better Sales Results

first_imgYour sales force could be better. They could perform better both individually and collectively. That said, they probably aren’t the biggest obstacle to producing the results you need.Your sales managers could be better, too. They could be better leaders, better trainers, and better coaches. They could do more to help their teams succeed. All that being true, that isn’t likely the biggest challenge you face when it comes to creating and winning opportunities.Your sales process hasn’t been updated in a few years. It is clearly past its expiration date, and it badly needs a serious refresh. Some of the methodologies you’ve bolted on top of the process haven’t been updated since forever. As old as your process and methodologies may be, they aren’t the obstacle to better performance.Your messaging isn’t the best you’ve ever seen. You worry that it isn’t compelling enough, that it’s a little tired, and a bit stale. Messaging is vital, and it’s worth working on. You might want to point at messaging as the villain in the story you tell yourself about what your disappointing results and what you need them to be now. Messaging, however, isn’t likely your biggest problem.Your problem is execution.You are always going to have a top 20 percent and the 80 percent that trail them. You are always going to have a bottom 20 percent in your sales force. Your competitors have a bottom 20 percent, too. Moving the whole curve towards better performance requires that each quartile executes.Your sales managers also need to execute. Execution here means leading, coaching, and spending time with their teams. How do you know your leaders are executing? Your sales force is executing.Your sales process and all of your methodologies are part of what is supposed to be executing. Done well, your company strategy and your client acquisition strategy are all rolled up into how you sell. If you aren’t producing the results you are capable of, it might be the strategy, but it’s more likely the execution thereof.Messaging that isn’t used doesn’t have the chance to be effective. Changing the messaging without changing the execution is like changing the tires on a car with no engine. You still aren’t going anywhere.Before you decide what needs changed, why it needs changed, and what you should do about it, look to make sure that you are executing what you have in place. Bouncing from change to change without the execution leaves you no better than you are now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

5 Reasons: Why Moto G second-gen is better than its predecessor

first_imgWithin a couple of months ahead of its launch, Motorola has overhauled Moto G, its top selling smartphone. The second generation Moto G offers much more than its predecessor at a lesser price. Here are the top 5 distinguishing features that make second generation Moto G better:1. Bigger screen: The new Moto G appears to be identical as the old one, yet has a somewhat greater screen. The new model has a presentation bigger than the old model by 0.5 inches yet the resolution remains same. Its 5 inch 720p screen delivers great colors. Though, the bigger screen with similar pixels tends to lower the pixel density, but the difference is too minimal to be able to be noticed by naked eyes.2. Enhanced Camera: The Moto G (second generation) accompanies an 8 MP camera. The rear camera has been upgraded from 5MP in the previous version to 8 MP in the newer phone, while the front camera has been upgraded to 2 MP from 1.3 MP.3. Extra storage capacity: A noteworthy change in the second-gen Moto G is that it supports a microSD card slot. The earlier version of Moto G didn’t sported expandable memory option.4. Double speakers: Unlike the old Moto G that accompanied a speaker barbecue at the back, the new Moto G has double speakers at the front that deliver decently clamorous sound in normal surroundings. But in noisy surroundings the results may vary. Other than this, headphones also offer a good sound quality.5. Less expensive: The new avatar of Moto G has been upgraded in most of it’s specifications, however one thing remains unchanged or rather has been reduced- The Price. The 16 GB variant of second-gen Moto G comes at a price which is INR 1000 less than the first model. The brand is yet to announce its 8 GB version.advertisementlast_img read more

Uncertainty over Serena fitness, Osaka form at Roland Garros

first_imgFILE – In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Serena Williams heads into this year’s French Open as an outsider for a Grand Slam title for possibly the first time in 20 years, with questions surrounding her fitness after a poor start to the season, while Naomi Osaka needs to rediscover her best form to solidify her position at the top of the women’s game with a third straight major crown.The 37-year-old Williams is still waiting for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam triumph, with her last victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open shortly before taking a break from the sport due to pregnancy.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “But I did everything I could to stay fit. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.“It’s not about today or tomorrow. For me obviously it’s about playing well at all the big moments… Obviously the Slams, etc, just getting ready for those events.”Osaka remaining confidentWorld number one Osaka has not been overly struggling since surprisingly splitting with coach Sascha Bajin in the wake of her Australian Open title.But the Japanese star has not won a title since, and like Williams, withdrew from the Italian Open through injury before her quarter-final against Kiki Bertens.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess It has still been the 21-year-old’s best-ever clay-court campaign, having also reached the last eight in Madrid and the semi-finals in Stuttgart, and she feels her big-hitting game is now ready for the red dirt.“I’m kind of comfortable with it now. It’s just like I randomly slip. I feel like if I can get that under control, I’ll be good,” Osaka, who has never reached the second week in Paris, said.She also does not feel that her lack of a title since Melbourne will have a large bearing on her Roland Garros prospects.“I can’t necessarily say it’s been ups and downs because if I think about it, it’s definitely been going up,” she said.“Every match that I’ve played, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned into the next match. I think I’ve done that well.”Halep the favoriteReigning champion Simona Halep will enter the tournament somewhat under the radar with much of the focus on Williams and Osaka, but the Romanian remains the world’s most consistent player on clay.The three-time French Open finalist is the bookmakers’ favorite for the title, despite having lost both her finals so far this year and being knocked out in her first match in Rome by Czech youngster Marketa Vondrousova.But she will be the third seed in Paris and a name everyone will want to avoid in the draw.“I can’t expect anything because to be a defending champion in Grand Slam is for (the) first time for me, so it’s something new,” said Halep, who won her maiden major title 12 months ago in her fourth final. “I will be more relaxed. I will try to enjoy (it) more.” She impressed initially after returning, but last year twice fell just short of drawing level with Margaret Court’s mark, losing in the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber before her infamous meltdown en route to another final defeat by Osaka at Flushing Meadows.Williams’ 2019 campaign has not gone to plan so far, with a series of injuries seeing her manage just four matches since her Australian Open quarter-final exit to Karolina Pliskova.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut she is confident her work off the court can help her find her best game in the biggest tournaments.“I actually haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” admitted the three-time French Open champion last week in Rome, before pulling out of the tournament ahead of a second-round tie with sister Venus. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Filoil: JRU snaps 3-game skid, tops EAC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The women’s game remains far more open than the men’s, with a host of other players holding serious hopes of lifting the trophy, like Italian Open champion and second seed Pliskova and the in-form Petra Kvitova.Anything can happen in the French capital, as shown by unheralded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko’s shock victory only two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are targeting Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.According to football.london, Spurs have been scouting the 22-year-old on numerous occasions.He ha scored 10 goals this season from the right wing.Besides his obvious talent, Spurs are interested in Bowen because he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and will help fill their homegrown quota. last_img read more

The Playoff Foursome That Would Be The Best For College Football

first_imgCollege Football playoff bracket.college football playoff field CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

Port of Rotterdam Teams Up with IBM on Digitization

first_imgzoom The Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM have joined forces on a multi-year digitization initiative to transform the port’s operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.The initiative will also prepare the Port of Rotterdam’s entire 42-kilometer site to host connected ships in the future. It begins with the development of a centralized dashboard application that will collect and process real-time data. The port expects the initiative will enable a new wave of safer and more efficient traffic management at the port.“Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world,“ Paul Smits, Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said. “Speed and efficiency is essential to our business, and requires us to use all of the data available to us. Thanks to real-time information about infrastructure, water, air, etc., we can enormously improve the service we provide to everyone who uses the port, and prepare to embrace the connected, autonomous shipping of the future.”As the largest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam handles over 461 million tonnes of cargo and more than 140,000 vessels annually. Previously the port relied on traditional radio and radar communication between captains, pilots, terminal operators, tugboats and more to make key decision on port operations.Now, as the Port of Rotterdam begins its digital transformation, sensors are being installed across 42-kilometers of land and sea – spanning from the City of Rotterdam into the North Sea – along the Port’s quay walls, mooring posts and roads.These sensors will gather multiple data streams including water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data about tides and currents, temperature, wind speed and direction, water levels, berth availability and visibility.“This data will be analyzed by IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies and turned into information that the Port of Rotterdam can use to make decisions that reduce wait times, determine optimal times for ships to dock, load and unload, and enable more ships into the available space. For example, the Port of Rotterdam will now be able to predict the best time based on water level, to have a ship arrive and depart Rotterdam, ensuring that the maximum amount of cargo is loaded on board,” the port authority added.With the new initiative, Port of Rotterdam operators will also be able to view the operations of all the different parties at the same time, making that process more efficient. In fact, it is estimated that shipping companies and the port stand to save up to one hour in berthing time which can amount to about USD 80,000 in savings.The Port of Rotterdam added it was working with IBM, Cisco and Axians to uncover other innovative applications of IoT and artificial intelligence.last_img read more

Evander Holyfield Gets Ready To Knock Out Prostate Cancer

first_imgAre you ready to rumble? Coming soon to knock out prostate cancer is boxing legend and five-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield.Since his retirement from boxing in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated his time to philanthropic activities through Team Holyfield, and will be featured in a public service announcement for the Prostate Cancer Foundation that encourages African-American men to get regularly checked for prostate cancer. Providence-based multi-disciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures will direct, film and edit the public service announcement – donating a significant portion of the public service announcement’s production costs. Holyfield is donating his time on the public service announcement – an endeavor that marks his commitment to serving as a goodwill ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.The public service announcement, which will be filmed on May 28 at a location to be announced, will feature Holyfield in his natural element – the boxing ring – as he tells his story of perseverance in the ring and in life. The piece will showcase that while strength, speed and stamina can be drawn upon to beat an opponent in the ring, other resources must be used when fighting an unseen force like prostate cancer – an opponent that could wind up causing a fight for life. The public service announcement will include a message from Holyfield that encourages African-American men to get checked for prostate cancer and directs them to www.pcf.org, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s website.Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men, affecting a staggering one in seven men in the United States. Studies point to several factors that could influence an individual’s chance of developing prostate cancer including age, race and family history. Among the reasons that prompted Team Holyfield to champion prostate cancer awareness is the fact that African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease.“When prostate cancer is detected early enough, it is 100 percent treatable,” said Barbara J. Parsky, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Getting regularly checked for prostate cancer is a surefire way to detect it early enough to offer all men more treatment options with potentially fewer side effects than if prostate cancer remains undetected or found at a later stage. We can’t thank Evander enough for lending his voice, influence and passion to raise awareness about this disease and the benefit of early detection.”Since hanging up his gloves in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated himself to doing service-based work that reflects his values and strong faith, which led him to establish Team Holyfield. Team Holyfield’s mission is to create and sustain relationships with individuals, companies and organizations that support altruism, community relations and humanitarian efforts and reflects Holyfield’s core values of “faith, family, foundation and future.” Holyfield is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that affect the African-American community. Prostate cancer is one such initiative.“We want to tell people to spread the word and encourage their fathers, brothers, sons and friends to get checked for prostate cancer,” said Holyfield. “This is an issue that affects all men and is in line with our mission to partner with incredible organizations and invest in their important work. I’m honored to go the distance for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Together, we can spread the word and hopefully knock out prostate cancer for good.”Upon learning of Team Holyfield’s interest in the cause, (add)ventures President and CEO Steve Rosa conceptualized a national awareness campaign around prostate cancer with the donation of (add)ventures’ public service announcement effort as part of his firm’s corporate philanthropy program – (add)love.“I grew up diagonally across the street from live boxing at Manny Almeida’s Ringside Tap in Fox Point so I know Providence’s rich boxing tradition well,” said Rosa. “I remember the stories of champions like Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano coming to my neighborhood so it makes me proud to bring another legendary champion to Providence – especially for such an important cause. Evander Holyfield is truly ‘The Real Deal’ in the ring and in life. Prostate cancer has attacked family and friends alike. I was happy to have our firm join Team Holyfield and the Prostate Cancer Foundation in this fight. Any fight is winnable with a champ like Evander in your corner.”last_img read more