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The South African government is calling on potential investors to inject their resources in the local mining sector, saying that they can contribute throughout the value chain, from exploration to beneficiation.The South African government will be punting the mining industry at the 2018 Mining Indaba. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s mining and minerals industry is open to investment throughout the value chain – from exploration to beneficiation. To promote investment in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) will officially open the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba and showcase South Africa’s prowess in mining. The Indaba will be held from 5 to 8 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).Join government as it engages delegates of the 2018 Mining Indaba and the media corps on the industry’s prospects, government’s plans and investment opportunities in the South Africa.Team SA’s calendar of events at the 2018 Mining Indaba include:•Official opening address by Minister Zwane: 05 February 2018 at 09:10 – 09:30•Q&A with Minister Zwane and his cabinet colleagues: 05 February 2018 from 14:00 – 16:00. Ask the Minister questions in advance at http://www.dmr.gov.za/miqc.•Visit the South African stand (stand number 616) during the indaba for more information on SA’s mining industry.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The TAJ, in a statement on Wednesday (January 16), indicated that this is being done with view to encouraging MSMEs to file online. Beginning February, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be able to access Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) annual Special Taxpayer Assistance Programme (STAP), to assist with the filing of their statutory returns. The service not only affords users the option of filing their income tax returns electronically, but also making payments using automated direct banking; creating a payment plan; viewing filing and payment history; generating accounts statements; and applying for Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs) online, instead of visiting a tax office to conduct these transactions. Story Highlights Beginning February, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be able to access Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) annual Special Taxpayer Assistance Programme (STAP), to assist with the filing of their statutory returns.The TAJ, in a statement on Wednesday (January 16), indicated that this is being done with view to encouraging MSMEs to file online.The service not only affords users the option of filing their income tax returns electronically, but also making payments using automated direct banking; creating a payment plan; viewing filing and payment history; generating accounts statements; and applying for Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs) online, instead of visiting a tax office to conduct these transactions.Meanwhile, the TAJ is encouraging all taxpayers to arrange for early filing of their returns, which are due on March 15, by utilising the convenience, speed and security of the online option, “to avoid the usual last-minute rush.”The Authority reminds clients filing Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Assets Tax Returns that this must be done electronically, via the TAJ’s online portal at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.“This means that the returns for these categories of taxpayers must be filed using the TAJ’s online facility on or before the March 15 due date,” the agency stated.The TAJ also reminds companies, organisations and self-employed persons as well as workers with additional sources of income or multiple employment to file their annual income tax returns for 2018 and their estimated income and tax payable for 2019 on or before March 15.“Taxpayers, including professionals and self-employed persons such as entertainers, doctors, lawyers, realtors, landlords, shopkeepers, barbers, hairdressers and taxi/bus operators, are also encouraged to register to file and pay online via the TAJ’s tax portal. Persons may visit the ‘How To’ section… for user-friendly instructions,” the Authority added.The TAJ indicated that it will continue to offer support to taxpayers to guide them through the online filing process.“Additionally, taxpayers may avail themselves of the e-One-on-One sessions where TAJ personnel will visit the taxpayers’ place of business to provide their staff with training,” the agency further stated.The TAJ advised that persons wishing to file returns online while getting support from TAJ officers, can do so at the e-filing centre at the Constant Spring Revenue Service Centre.Additionally, they can do so at e-taxspots at the Kingston, Cross Roads, Portmore, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville, Savanna-la-Mar, Montego Bay, St. Ann’s Bay and Morant Bay tax offices, with the option of making arrangements for similar support at other locations.For additional information, persons can contact the TAJ’s Customer Care Centre at 888-TAX-HELP (888-829-4357), or visit www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.
Safety of women in the Capital has long been an issue. Keeping that in mind, an FM channel launched a campaign in the city that encourages acceptance and celebration of the girl child. With that theme in mind, Euphoria frontman Palash Sen launched a new song Main Hoon in the city on Thursday. Millennium Post caught up with Sen on the campaign, safety of women in the Capital and more. ‘It is not a sexist problem, it’s a social problem. Women are not just an object,’ he told us. Here are excerpts: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What made you direct and sing the song Main Hoon…?A woman according to me is ‘beauty’. Main Hoon.. depicts the strong presence of women around us. We are celebrating women empowerment, so this initiative marks the beginning of a series of initiatives which aim to create a safer society for women in India. All my earlier videos showcase women as protagonists, and even in this song, my mother, sister and my daughter along with some students of Lady Shri Ram College are seen. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow do you think this song will help the audience take the initiative for a better society?In the past few weeks things have drastically changed in our society, and it’s about time that as individuals we come together to bring about a change in the general perception of women and girl children. There are various ways to reach out to the mass, and as I am into music, I feel it is the best means to reach the audience, the sweetest medium which will linger in the audience’s mind and heart. What do you think is the scenario of the Capital now in terms of safety of women since your Delhi University days when you were a student?The negative mindset of the society needs to be changed towards the female gender. We are the biggest hypocrites of the society. India is the oldest culture in the world, where on one hand we worship Ma Durga, her power, and on the other hand these gruesome incidents take place. Women are not only emotionally strong, they are physically strong too by carrying a baby for nine months. Earlier, we did not get to see and hear Munni and Sheila or Fevicol, which degrades a woman’s morality. Why do we have to see Bipasha Basu or Sunny Leone every day?…It’s time to put an end to these discriminations, and give them a chance to achieve their full potential.Many will say this is likely to be a publicity stunt, as the gang rape incident has been in the news lately….I simply don’t bother about publicity. I am an orthopaedic Surgeon too, I do music straight from my heart and people love my music. Euphoria is a band with no Bollywood ties. We are blessed to have this amount of fan following. If you are calling this a publicity stunt, I would say it is a positive initiative to nurture the society. I did not take a single penny for this song. Publicity is important, as far as it is a positive one.What is your message to the society?A woman is like the morning sunshine. Look up on her and value her. Look beyond movies which have taken over the idiot box. Learn to respect, to gain respect . Galvanise actions to ensure that every girl child is able to realise her full potential. And for those in the media, make the pen your sword, for a good cause.
Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s President Thursday, with Australia’s Prime Minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine’s leader urging Russia to withdraw.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a sharp critic of Russia since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in July over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, said Russia must honor a little-respected cease-fire agreement signed in September.Asked by a journalist if Australia was taking sides in a European war, Abbott replied: “The side we take is the side of freedom.”
Whenever I decline someone’s kind offer to get chips, pizza or beer (some of my favourite things) and I explain it’s because I’m trying to watch what I eat, it’s always met with incredulity.‘What are you trying to lose weight for?’ people ask. And ever more nicely, ‘but you don’t need to lose weight’.This is very nice of them to say, but they’re hardly going to say ‘good idea, it looks like you’ve stacked it on a bit’.But dismissing something that’s important to me undermines what I’m trying to achieve.This photo was taken just a few months before I put on 20kgs. | Photo: Shannon PowerMy big bellyGetting a personal trainer was a huge decision for me, because it wasn’t cheap at about US$65 an hour. I was already working out at a nearby studio about four times weeks.But it seemed no matter how much exercising I was doing, I managed to keep putting on weight. Since, mid-2015 I have incrementally gained more than 20kgs (44 pounds/3 stones).I know that a lot of that has to do with ageing, but it still worries me. I’m worried because I have put on the most weight around my belly. Depending on what I’m wearing I often look very pregnant.It got so bad that at my grandmother’s funeral last year, many of the attendees came over to give me their congratulations, knowing one of her granddaughters was heavily pregnant.‘Best of luck with everything,’ they’d say as they rubbed my belly, before turning in horror when they saw my actually 40-week pregnant cousin.Probably not the most appropriate time to burst out laughing, but my brother, cousins and I definitely got a laugh out of it.Even though I’ve put on 20kgs, I still do some kind of exercise every day. This is me hiking Melbourne’s arduous Werribee Gorge Trail. | Photo: Shannon PowerWhy it’s dangerousI did some research into belly fat and found out carrying too much weight around your belly was extremely dangerous. It was at that point I knew I needed to get serious about losing some weight.Many studies have found that if your waist is bigger than 35 inches (for women) or 40 inches for men then you could be in some serious trouble. Visceral fat that gathers around abdominal organs has been strongly linked to an increased risk in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia.My family has a history of diabetes, so that makes me at even greater risk with my big belly. But again, why should I have to explain the reason why I want to lose weight?Still body proud even if I’m bigger than I’ve ever been. | Photo: Shannon PowerMental healthAnother reason I’m keen to shed these extra kilos is because they represent a dark time in my life.I went through a depressive stage from about the middle of 2013, where I struggled to get to even get out of bed. I was at the start of my journalism career, when I moved cities three times in two-and-a-half years.Moving around so much while battling mental health issues meant I put healthy living on the back burner. At the time it felt better to get boozy most nights of the week with my friends and eat whatever I wanted.I eventually prioritized self-care and drank only in moderation. But the damage has been done. And now I really want to undo it because my extra weight is a physical reminder of a really dark time in my life. As you can imagine, I also don’t want to have to talk about every time someone asks me why I’m trying to lose weight.Shannon’s going away party just before she moved to London. | Photo: Jarrod BrownBody positivityWhile I’m occasionally self-conscious of my extra kilos, I’m definitely not unhappy with my body. My weight loss goals are not really tied in with how I look.I spent my 20s with bad body dysphoria where I often thought I was obese and unattractive. Which was the exact opposite of reality. I regret not enjoying myself more and spending too much time worrying about my weight.Body image and body positivity is a huge issue in the LGBTI community and we should celebrate everyone’s body, no matter how they chose to live with it.I know I’m not ‘that’ big, but I feel like my weight could dangerously spiral out of control if I don’t do something about it now.But I definitely want to stop explaining myself to people.My weight loss journey has been strictly mapped out alongside a fitness professional. I plan to take it slowly and won’t resort to crash dieting.So what’s the problem? Why do people keep making me feel bad for trying to lose weight? Surely it’s my body and can do what I want with it?And if I said ‘I just want to be a skinny bitch’, that’s also my choice and not one I have to justify to anyone.I’m trying to lose weight because I want to and that’s all there is to it.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . About three months ago I started seeing a personal trainer because I was so fed up with my weight gain and how I couldn’t seem to get rid of the extra kilos I’d put on.I probably shouldn’t have to justify my decision to improve my health and fitness to anyone. But when I openly admit to wanting to lose weight, I have to convince people about why I want to. It’s getting a bit tiring really. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stop-telling-me-i-dont-need-to-lose-weight/
Goat yoga actually exists – and it is glorious Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share ALBANY, OR — We’ve all heard of Downward Dog – but Downward Goat?A free-spirited woman in Albany, Oregon has come up with a revolutionary – and adorable – new way to practice traditional yoga – with a goat.Yes, you read correctly.Lainey Morse’s goat yoga classes have become so popular, says CNN, that there’s currently a 1,200-person waiting list – and it’s growing each day. Morse teaches classes at her Oregon farm – No Regrets – where eight of her goats have open access to yogis. Participants are encouraged to snuggle, pet and generally ‘be one’ with the animals, some even going so far as to let the goats walk all over them.According to Morse, people are coming from states away, all for the chance to lift their spirits.“It may sound silly, but goat yoga is really helping people,” she told CNN. “People come in that have anxiety, depression, they’re recovering from cancer or illness. It’s not curing diseases, but it’s helping people cope with whatever they’re going through.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAnd for people who just love animals, plain and simple, goat yoga has just been added to their bucket lists. Where do we sign up? Tags: LOL, Wellness Travel Posted by Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Travelweek Group Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing has added Cayo Largo, Cuba to its growing roster of destinations from Toronto, available starting this winter.The tour operator is expected to be the only carrier to offer direct flights between Toronto and Cayo Largo this winter, which will operate Fridays between Dec. 15, 2017 and April 13, 2018. With this new flight service, clients departing from Toronto will be able to choose between eight different destinations in Cuba.“Cuba has always been a favourite choice amongst Canadians for winter escapes, so we’re very pleased to be adding a direct service to Cayo Largo to provide Torontonians more choice and greater accessibility in reaching their ideal beach getaway this coming winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations.Craig Bradbrook, Vice President, Aviation Services at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, added: “We are delighted to see the addition of Cayo Largo to Sunwing and Toronto Pearson’s growing list of sun destinations. Sunwing shares our passion for putting the passenger first in everything that we do, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring the sun and fun of Cayo Largo to our travellers’ doorsteps.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsIn Cayo Largo, Sunwing offers a wide range of accommodation packages. Clients can stay in bungalows on stilts at Sol Cayo Largo, known for its ecological excursions, while families with little ones will love the shallow waters at Hotel Pelicano. Also available are Iberostar Playa Blanca, located just five minutes from Playa Sirena beach, as well as Villa Iguana, ideal for couples and singles seeking a quiet getaway.Just off the southern coast of the Cuban mainland, Cayo Largo boasts over 25 kilometres of beaches, 32 diving sites and over 200 sunken ships that date back to the 16th century. All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Cuba, New Routes, Sunwing Sunwing adds new flights to Cayo Largo, Cuba
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Press Toronto airport runway setup poses serious crash risk, safety board finds Tags: Safety, Toronto Pearson Airport TORONTO — Air safety authorities say the runway setup at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport poses a serious risk of crashes.The Transportation Safety Board says there were 27 runway incursions between June 2012 and November 2017.Incursions occur when an aircraft finds itself on the wrong runway.The board says the incursions all involved aircraft that landed on an outer runway but ended up on an adjacent inner runway.The incidents occurred despite instructions from air traffic control to stop before entering the second runway.The report cites design problems with the airfield and busy flight crews missing various cues.“All 27 incursions examined involved flight crews who understood they needed to stop, and that they were approaching an active runway,” Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the board said in a statement.“Despite all the visual cues, including lights, signage and paint markings, professional crews were not stopping in time as required, thereby risking a collision with another aircraft on the other runway.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe board report makes four recommendations, including better instructions to flight crews and changes to the runway layout.
April 18, 2002 California musiciansPaul Sprawl and Jaia Suri stopped by the Arcosanti Amphitheater for oneof the intersecting dates on their eight-month parallel U.S. tours.Arcosanti Community Council sponsors many impromptu concerts like thisoutside of the CollySoleri Music Center programs throughout the year. [Photo: RL &text: Ira Murfin] Jaia playedbeautiful songs and even graced us with a little poetry as she strummedher guitar and got wonderful and surprising new sounds out of thebanjo. For her CDs,info and tour schedule. [Photo: RL & text: IM] Paul gave us bluesy,haunting tunes that really showed off the versatility of the guitar, asa percussion instrument among other things. He improvised a song oftribute to the heater which kept his fingers nimble on the drizzly andchilly spring evening. For his CDs, info andschedule [Photo: RL & text: IM] A bluegrass/reggaeconcert was hosted at Arcosanti on Saturday. The High Grass Pickersplayed until sunset. [Photo & text: RL] Kindred, a reggaeband from Tempe, provided a mellow mood in the vaults. This was theirthird show here at Arcosanti. Check for more information aboutArcosanti Events. [Photo & text: RL]