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SA to ensure new visa rules don’t harm tourism

By on December 18, 2019

first_img27 June 2014 South Africa’s new immigration regulations are being scrutinised by the Department of Tourism to ensure that they do not negatively influence tourist arrivals, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement on Wednesday. The department had received representations from tourism stakeholders on the possible “unintended consequences” of some of the provisions brought into effect by the new Immigration Act signed into law on 2 June, the minister said. Hanekom said that while the regulation of immigration matters was the constitutional responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs, “any matter that could have a detrimental impact on international tourist arrivals” to South Africa was a concern. Industry representatives say they are concerned about two specific provisions in the new regulations: the requirement for minors to travel with unabridged birth certificates, and the collection of biometric data (fingerprints and photographs) – which must be done in person at visa offices. Industry stakeholders told Hanekom they believed these measures could influence the competitiveness of South Africa as a tourism destination. Hanekom acknowledged that while the new regulations reflected South Africa’s commitment to combating child trafficking, that the prospect of “unforeseen and unintended negative consequences” should be taken seriously. “Like many other destinations, we have a dual imperative: we have to combat child trafficking by aligning our approach to global efforts, while limiting damage to our competitiveness as a tourism destination.” The minister said his department and industry stakeholders were studying global best practice on these broader policy challenges as well as on the practicalities of implementing such measures. Officials from the Department of Tourism were in “urgent discussions” with their counterparts in Home Affairs to clarify any misperceptions and to find appropriate solutions. Hanekom said he would meet Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to follow up on these discussions if required. “I want to assure our trade partners and other industry stakeholders that as government, we understand the value of travel and tourism, which has grown so impressively over the past few years. “We will carefully consider any negative impacts of well-intentioned measures on international tourist arrivals and the attractiveness of our destination.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Report from #SHRM15: The USDOL Causes a Buzz

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first_imgThe morning of the last day of the #SHRM15 conference started with Dr. Oz. I was prepared not to be all that interested in what he had to say, but he was actually pretty interesting. Here are some of his pearls of wisdom from my Tweets:HR is the cutting edge of healthcare because we communicate wellness to our employees. Not a typical view of HR.Dr. Oz asks us to message three people who like you and ask why they like you. With Dr. Oz the answer he got was his passion.The biggest reason people don’t change is the fear of failing in change. Losing love.Emotional health hurts everyday. Few people ask for help. People change based on feelings. But it has to be easy.Realizing why you matter to someone is powerful and a key to change.5 biggest life adjustments blood pressure, 30 min exercise, healthy diet, stress control and sleep, curtail addictions. Make is easyWe need 7 hours of sleep per night at least. Men need 7.5.you have to “quiet your plaque”. People are unaware of their problems. Diabetes destroys arteries.Lungs of people that have smoked are very, very ugly. Why would you let anyone you love smoke?Your waist has to be less than half your height in inches. That is more important than your weight.if we conquer the obesity problem in the US any health system will work.You cannot overcome the biology of blubber. That is why diets don’t work. Change the nature of it.Eat spices, eat nuts, (He is enjoying his nuts discussion), have to have some fats in your diet. Diet sodas are really bad.65 year old have the same endurance as a 16 yr old. Just not the speed.Biting a cork will help reduce anger and if you have a cork in your mouth no one will bother you.per #DrOz good news. “We are supposed to be flawed.”Automate as much as you can. Working on autopilot makes your life easier and healthier. Develop a routine.For those trying to lose weight Dr. Oz has several suggested programs. Check out his site and blog for great health information. DoctorOz.comUSDOL announces new Exempt salary levelThe US Department of Labor released the long awaited revisions in the minimum salary level an employee must have to be considered exempt. Currently that level is $455 per week, or $23,660. Any exempt employee must be paid that amount of money on a salary basis in order to be considered an exempt employee, regardless of whether or not they meet the duties test. The announcement indicates that the USDOL is raising that minimum salary to $970 per week, or $50,440 per year. This is more than twice the current level! The estimate is that this will result in 5 million white collar workers having to be reclassified as non-exempt employees. This will mean that time will have to be tracked and overtime paid anytime the employee works more than 40 hours in a week.I talked to Michael Aitken, VP of Governmental Affairs for SHRM and also Tammy McCutchen, an attorney who was a former member of the USDOL, about these proposed changes. Both of them mentioned that there was a surprise in the announcement in that there was no mention of a change in the duties test that all exempt employees have to meet. Aitken thinks that the USDOL is leaving that for a separate announcement, which McCutchen thinks will come mid-2016 in order to beat the mid-term election and a possible change in administration.The salary level is just proposed at the moment. It is possible that the amount may change, but it is unlikely. So employers need to be evaluating the status of all their exempt employees who make less than $51,000 in salary. You need to determine what would be the best option financially; increasing the employee’s salary level to $970 per week or paying them overtime for all hours worked more than 40 hours in a week. It is unlikely the regulation change will go into effect this year, more likely early or mid-2016. Thus, there is time to prepare. So you had better get to work.Be Sociable, Share!last_img read more

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Hollywood turns out for NBA All-Star Game in LA

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgLATEST STORIES Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., rapper Chance the Rapper and director Spike Lee were also in attendance at Staples Center, and basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Bill Russell all sat together.However, it was the latest Marvel superhero film which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with a record-breaking weekend haul of $192 million that made its presence best known during the NBA’s showcase event.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 openingIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo delivered a thunderous jam while wearing a Black Panther mask he received from the film’s star Chadwick Boseman during the slam dunk contest on Saturday night. It wasn’t enough for Oladipo to advance to the finals, but the first-time all-star was thrilled to show his love for his favorite superhero.“I’ve seen the movie already,” Oladipo said. “It was nothing short of amazing.” Team Stephen was leading Team LeBron 100-97 late in the third quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rapper Pharrell Williams, right, performs with N.E.R.D during halftime of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Stars came out for Hollywood’s NBA All-Star Game, but the weekend belonged to Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther.”Actor and noted Lakers fan Jack Nicholson, rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna and comedian Chris Rock were among the many celebrities sitting courtside.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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10 months agoLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoff

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoFosun International keen to sell stake in Wolves

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first_imgFosun International keen to sell stake in Wolvesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFosun International are seeking fresh investment in WolvesBirminghamLive reports the Chinese conglomerate took control of Wolves three years ago after buying out Steve Morgan and the club’s ascent towards the upper echelons of English football under their ownership has been rapid.Since appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach in 2017 Fosun have bankrolled transfer deals totalling in excess of £180million, including the £32.6million club-record acquisition of Mexican forward Raul Jimenez from Benfica.Owner Guo Guangchang is believed to be willing to give up a stake in the club whilst retaining overall control.It’s being reported elsewhere that Fosun value Wolves at £350million and are open to negotiating the sale of a 20 percent stake with potential investors. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBruce happy with Newcastle’s market approach

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first_imgBruce happy with Newcastle’s market approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is happy with the club’s market approach.Now working alongside Steve Nickson, Newcastle’s head of recruitment, Bruce believes the club’s current transfer policy is the way forward.“I agree with the policy. I agree with it because it’s everybody’s policy. There’s not many that want to spend big, big money on a 29-year-old,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s game against Leicester City.”Tottenham is the same, Man U is the same. We’re not alone in this. If you’re going to spend big, big money then it makes sense to spend it on a younger one than someone who is 29 or 30.”All the Premier League teams really are looking at that. If there is one out there who is a Bosman, an Andy Carroll, or Fede [Federico Fernandez], we’ve bought experienced ones, too.”If you’re going to really, really spend, big money, you’re going to spend it on a young one. I agree with that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoFormer Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effect

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effectby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea star Bolo Zenden is delighted seeing Frank Lampard succeed as manager.Chelsea are at Ajax for tonight’s Champions League clash.And Zenden told De Telegraaf of his former Blues teammate: “If you realise your goals, you get respect and a snowball effect is created.”Frank is intelligent, has a good relationship with the press and was an international. “The snowball was getting bigger, so did he and his personality.”Zenden is curious about how Chelsea will perform in the busy winter months. “The bill is then often paid. But Ajax has to work, because Chelsea is still in a fairly positive flow. But let’s be honest: it is no longer the Chelsea of a few years ago.” last_img read more

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Photos: Desmond Howard’s Jersey Is Being Retired At Michigan Today

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgDesmond Howard seen on the jumbo-tron after getting jersey retired.Twitter/@chengelisCollege GameDay viewers may have noticed that a key member of the panel was missing today. Desmond Howard was not in Stillwater, because he is up in Ann Arbor, having his No. 21 retired ahead of today’s Michigan vs. Ohio State game. So @DesmondHoward honored — retired jerseys pic.twitter.com/DuxvNsQxRw— angelique (@chengelis) November 28, 2015Desmond Howard’s #21 flies over the Big House. Congrats, @DesmondHoward. pic.twitter.com/nKPcnVi7AW— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 28, 2015Michigan honoring Desmond Howard today by retiring his jersey. pic.twitter.com/olxySgO2MA— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) November 28, 2015Hanging with my boy @DesmondHoward Go Blue!! pic.twitter.com/ihL2OuwNif— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 28, 2015Honoring this guy right now – Congrats to my classmate @DesmondHoward ! #goblue pic.twitter.com/GgEk5zLOwi— MVictors (@MVictors) November 28, 2015Getting a jersey retired at a place like Michigan is a pretty incredible feat, but Howard deserves it. In 1991, he cleaned up the award circuit, taking home the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award.last_img read more

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Ambassador Commends Gleaner Company

By on October 24, 2019

first_imgAmbassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, has lauded the Gleaner Company for its tremendous support of the Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry into the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Competition, which concluded in Washington last weekend.Welcoming the country’s spelling bee participant, Christian Allen, to the Jamaican Embassy on May 31, the Ambassador said that the “commitment of the Gleaner to the development of our country’s youth speaks volumes.”The Ambassador congratulated young Allen for being Jamaica’s spelling bee champion, as well as the country’s representative at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Finals.Ambassador Vasciannie noted that Christian and all representatives in the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee from Jamaica were true ambassadors of the country. He also had high praise for coach, the Rev. Glen Archer, who he said, has become an icon in Jamaica and who has demonstrated, over the years, great commitment to the young people.For his part, Christian said he felt honoured and proud to represent his country in the Scripps competition.The Gleaner’s Manager for the Business Development and Marketing Department, Mrs. Karin Cooper, spoke of “the Gleaner’s continued effort to help Jamaica to develop good citizens.”“If we begin by getting our children involved in the spelling bee competition, we will develop children who will think and reason and ultimately, we will have a better country,” she said.The Spelling Bee champion was accompanied by his parents, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Daunette Allen; Rev. Archer; and Mrs. Cooper.Close to 300 competitors participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition. Jamaica has been participating in the competition since 1957, and captured the title in 1998, when Jody Ann Maxwell won the coveted trophy for Jamaica.Contact: Derrick Scottlast_img read more

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Researchers identify new therapeutic target in the fight against chronic liver diseases

By on July 18, 2019

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 18 2019Chronic liver disease is known as the silent killer, as it shows no obvious symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Therefore, making a proper diagnosis in the early stage of disease progression can be a clinical challenge.An international team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST, has identified a novel route that regulates the signaling pathways induced by extracellular matrix (ECM). This may serve as a new diagnostic marker and therapeutic target in the fight against chronic liver diseases.Led by Professor Jiyoung Park in the School of Life Sciences at UNIST, the research team has discovered that endotrophin (ETP) plays a crucial role in producing a pathological microenvironment in liver tissues of chronic liver disease. ETP is a marker of collagen type VI (COL6) formation, known as the link between obesity and cancer.Related StoriesStudy finds link between poor oral health and increased risk of liver cancerLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsGenetic study on liver iron content may pave way for better treatment”ETP levels in adipose tissues are elevated in obesity or diabetes and are associated with adipose tissue fibrosis, inflammation, and angiogenesis, leading to metabolic dysfunction in adipose tissues and systemic insulin resistance,” says Professor Park who first discovered ETP in 2012. “Through the identification of the correlation between ETP and chronic liver disease, this study opened new doors in the fight against liver diseases.”The study reveals ETP plays an important role in the interaction between ‘hepatocytes’ and ‘non-parenchymal cells’ in the progression of liver disease, as follows: ? the signaling pathways from ETP kills the hepatocytes, ? the substances from the dead hepatocytes interact with the hepatocytes, ? cause inflammation and make the liver hard. Finally, if the vicious cycle that leads to ‘apoptosis – fibrosis – inflammation’ continues, and ? chronic liver disease and liver cancer also occur.In this work, Professor Park and her research team examined the liver tissues from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and found that the presence of ETP in tumor-neighboring regions are strongly associated with poor prognosis in HCC patients. Moreover, to assess the direct function of ETP in liver tissues, the research team generated an inducible, liver-specific ETP transgenic mouse (Alb-ETP) and discovered that ETP overexpression is a trigger of liver cancer.”Therapeutic antibodies that inhibit the activity of ETP can be used to break the vicious circle that occurs between liver tissue cells,” says Professor Park. “This suggests that ETP may be developed as a target substance for a specific therapeutic agent for treating patients with chronic liver disease.””ETP is an extracellular substance that can be easily detected in blood,” says Professor Park. “ETP, which appears in the early stage of chronic liver disease, may also serve as an early diagnostic marker.” Source:https://news.unist.ac.kr/new-therapeutic-avenue-in-the-fight-against-chronic-liver-disease/last_img read more

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