Commission told to tackle infrastructure delays

first_img21 August 2014President Jacob Zuma has called on the ministers, premiers and mayors on the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) to work together urgently and creatively to speed up delivery of the country’s infrastructure build.Chairing the first sitting of the PICC under the new administration in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said the commission had been established “to ensure that the delivery of infrastructure does not suffer as departments or spheres of government protect turf, or due to mindless rules and long delays.“The PICC is action-oriented, flexible and focused,” he said. “It must address matters with speed, partnership, and a problem-solving culture. It must attend to regulatory matters if necessary, so that we make decisions and ensure actual delivery.”A high-level government team of ministers, premiers and metro mayors that was first set up in 2012, the commission is chaired by the President himself.The PICC monitors more than 150 infrastructure projects in rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and electricity.Zuma said the commission was was beginning to make solid progress in improving infrastructure spending across all three spheres of government, but said there were concerns over limited construction activity.He said the commission was now coming down hard on projects that were not brought to conclusion. “Now we are making sure that dams are opened, that new schools are occupied by learners and that railway carriages are manufactured.“But we recognise that much more needs to be done to generate more energy, develop better logistics and transport systems, ensure that water and sanitation reaches communities, and expand information and communication technologies, including broadband, to strengthen the 21st century economy.“And of course, investment in health, education and rural infrastructure are all critical to ‎the welfare and productivity of our people,” Zuma said.Source: read more

Some Like It Hot — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Hamilton, OntarioN 43° 18.933 W 080° 08.974 Difficulty:2Terrain:2.5 Imagine the least-silly person you know. Maybe they never crack a smile. Maybe they dress in a repetitive style. Maybe they never do voice impersonations, or jump over puddles, or shake their booty when a good song comes on. Maybe it’s time to introduce that person to geocaching, and bring them to this Geocache of the Week.Photo by thebruce0Some Like It Hot is a very silly cache. It’s themed after the 1959 Marylin Monroe movie of the same name, in which two musicians disguise themselves as part of an all-female band in order to flee from the mob. The cache page says, “To log this cache, you have to prove that you are willing to join the band.” To help with that, the cache is stuffed full of silly garments… and the results are amazing.Photo by GuelphHikerPhoto by ElectroQTedPhoto by HotBarbecueredEvery now and then, it’s nice to recognize a geocache that just makes people laugh. A little laughter is probably what the world needs right now (in addition to many, many other important things of course!).Photo by AlbertgirlPhoto by swed31Photo by RunCraigRunPhoto by 4tnskrPhoto by dex4Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGCNH43by Amazon Annie SharePrint RelatedDeep Blue Something (GC43K9C) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 2, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Maybe it’s over there? — To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 13, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Google Sues “Google Money” Scam Artists

first_imgTags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Fresh from the official Google blog, we have news that Google is taking a group of online scammers to court.We’ve all seen the ads: “Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!” Finally, the search giant has announced it’s going to do something to protect its trademark and help spare a few suckers from getting scalped. Google is suing Pacific WebWorks and a rash of unnamed defendants.In a joint post from search quality engineer Jason Morrison and senior litigation counsel Stacey Wexler, the company stated, “Google hasn’t created or endorsed any of the sites like those described in our complaint. Misleading ads try to take advantage of consumers… As far as we can tell, thousands of people have been tricked into sending payment information and being charged hidden fees by questionable operations.”The scammers’ URLs will be de-indexed, and Google will also be permanently disabling AdWords accounts linked to poor user experiences. But, as Morrison and Wexler note, treating the symptoms of a scam circle is a bit like playing Whack-A-Mole. Google can bash away at the digital manifestations of these shady companies, but it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them forever without going after the people involved.We hope the lawsuits go well and help to get these scammers off our tubes. Here’s a brief list from Google of names associated with scam artists. These companies are not affiliated with Google in any way:Google AdworkGoogle ATMGoogle Biz KitGoogle CashEarn Google Cash KitGoogle FortuneGoogle Marketing KitGoogle ProfitsThe Home Business Kit for GoogleGoogle StartUp KitGoogle WorksAs always, be smart online, and remember that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is. For more tips on how to avoid getting ripped off on the Internet, check out an informative Google blog post from this summer.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi loses appeal against 90,000-pound compensation to Chris Cairns

first_imgFormer Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has lost his appeal against the 90,000 pound libel award to former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns over unfounded accusations of match-fixing.The Guardian reported that three judges in the Court of Appeal, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, said the “awards were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Cairns himself — and would serve to vindicate his reputation”.The 42-year-old Cairns had sued Modi over an “unequivocal allegation” on Twitter in January 2010. Modi had tweeted that the New Zealander was removed from the IPL auction list because of his involvement in alleged match-fixing. Cairns said that Modi’s tweet turned his achievements to “dust”.Earlier this year in March, Justice David Bean gave the verdict in favour of Cairns, saying Modi had “singularly failed” to provide any reliable evidence of Cairns’ involvement in match-fixing or spot-fixing.last_img read more