29 August 2012 A smaller proportion of South Africans were living at the bottom of the living standards rung in 2011 compared to 10 years ago, according to research released on Tuesday. “The improvement can be attributed in part to the increase in the number of people receiving social payments, such as old-age pensions and the child support grant,” said researcher at the South African Institute of Race Relations, Georgina Alexander. In 2001, some 11% of South Africans fell into the category with the lowest living standards. This had improved to 1% in 2011. “In the same period, the proportion of people with the highest living standards increased from 5% to 6%,” Alexander said. The trends are captured via the Living Standards Measures (LSMs), a marketing tool designed by the South African Advertising Research Foundation. LSM 1 is the poorest category and LSM 10 the highest. In 2001, the greatest proportion of adults – 14% – were classified as being in LSM 3. This proportion dropped to 6% in 2011. Last year, the greatest proportion of adults were grouped in LSM 6 – at 22%. “Over the last decade there has been a general migration from the bottom three (1-3) to the middle four (4-7) LSMs, showing a general increase in living standards,” Alexander said. Government social grants had helped. The number of recipients of the child grant increased by 1 200% between 2001 and 2010/11. In 2001, around 8% of South Africans were beneficiaries of grants. This increased to 29% in 2010/11 and accounted for 10% of government expenditure. According to the Race Relations Institute, LSMs cut across race, sex, age and other variables to categorise people according to their living standards. People are grouped according to objective criteria, such as whether they are urbanised, own motor vehicles or major appliances, or have running water or a flush toilet in or outside the house. Income is not used to determine a person’s LSM. Sapa
India’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to Gwalior and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials.Railway Ministry officials say the Railway Board has taken a decision to extend the route of Gatimaan Express — which runs between Delhi and Agra at a speed of 160 kmph to Gwalior and then to Jhansi.On the new stretch, the train will run at a speed of 130 kmph and not at its original speed.“The Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi route is fit for only 130 kmph, so the train has to run at that speed,” an official said.Fare structureThe train’s extended run, expected to begin any day now, however, is stuck as the board is still contemplating the fare structure, Ministry sources indicated. The difference in speed limits is making their task difficult.At present, the fare for travelling in an executive class is ₹1,505 and a booking for AC chair car costs ₹755 between Delhi and Agra.The board now faces two options: either to reduce the ticket fare in lieu of the reduced speed on Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi stretch or stick with the structure for the better amenities it provides.Gatimaan Express is equipped with modern amenities including bio-toilets, fire alarms, GPS-based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors and free Wi-Fi Internet service.Officials say the decision to extend the train’s run was taken because it reaches Agra in the morning and then it is stationed there all day. Now, it will make its way to Jhansi.
Normal life in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people hit the streets to protest ‘illegal taxation’, or extortion, by several extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur, which organised the protest rally, asked the Neiphiu Rio government to crack down on the outfits and stop such taxation.At least five extremist outfits such as Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland collect ‘tax’ periodically. Accordingly, government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of a month’s salary while traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.
In a heart-warming gesture, cops from the Khar police station ensured that a senior citizen in their area was not alone on her birthday. On Saturday, four constables surprised Kumud Joshi, a retired professor, with a cake to ring in her 77th birthday.“I was pleasantly surprised to find the police officials with a birthday cake at my doorstep,” Ms. Joshi told The Hindu. “At this age, we don’t really get many visitors or people to talk to. People like us require a support system as it increases the confidence in living,” she said.The Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle tweeted about the surprise to Ms. Joshi which led to a flood of birthday wishes for her on the social media, with many people praising the cops for their thoughtfulness. On Sunday, Ms. Joshi was presented with a collage of birthday wishes that came for her on Twitter.The surprise was planned by SI Khalil Shaikh who often visits Ms. Joshi and is constantly in touch with her. “We exchange greetings every morning on the phone. When I realised that it was her birthday, I decided to plan a surprise for her,” said Mr. Shaikh adding that the Khar police had been lending an ear to lonely seniors citizens for a long time. “At times, they want someone to have a conversation with them, so we do share our personal numbers. When we visit them, they feel really ecstatic as if a family member has come to visit them,” he said.When it comes to crime, senior citizens have always been vulnerable targets. Thus, being in touch with the local police is often helpful for them. “The cops have even gone to the extent of fetching medicines for me. During elections, they helped me get to the polling station and even dropped me back home after I cast my vote,” said Ms. Joshi.With increasing number of senior citizens living alone, many of them treat the policemen as their family members. “We always have varied experiences with the citizens. While some feel guarded and secured, many are apprehensive to our visits as they do not like their neighbours wondering why the police are paying a visit. We need to make these visits to ensure that the people living around them or working in their houses are aware that we are in constant contact with them. It helps us in preventing crimes,” Mr. Shaikh said.
A tie between India and England in a high scoring match on Sunday might have been an unbelievable result, but two men closely related to the game had predicted it even before the match began. Before the match, former Aussie legend Shane Warne tweeted on the micro blogging site: “Looking forward to the game between India and England today, it should be a cracker. My prediction a tie!” Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi tweeted that he had predicted a tie before the game. And now clearly believes that 2011 was his year. “Can’t believe my prediction 7/8 hours ago was right – tie!! Classic, didn’t think it would happen but hey-not bad!!!! 2011-my year! Lol,” Modi tweeted. He also tweeted on Warne’s prediction: “My good friend Shane Warne should become Paul the Octopus.” Incidentally, Warne has led Rajasthan Royals — the team in which Modi is accused to have stakes — in all seasons of the IPL.
With a focus on women who have broken the mold, Simmons College will feature actresses and activists Eva Longoria and Geena Davis, for its premier leadership conference for women.The 37th annual Simmons Leadership Conference also includes pioneering attorney Anita Hill, financial powerhouse Carla Harris, and scientist and innovator Ping Fu. The sold-out event will be held on March 29, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.This year’s conference features presentations from more than 20 nationally and internationally prominent leaders who will share their personal leadership experiences and offer practical advice around the conference theme “Women Leading Change.” More than 3,300 business and professional women and men are expected to attend.Proceeds from the Simmons Leadership Conference are dedicated to Simmons College graduate program scholarships, furthering the development and advancement of future corporate, organizational, and civic leaders. The Conference is the capstone event of SimmonsLEADS, a set of dynamic programs and events developed by Simmons College that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders.“Each year, the conference gives attendees the opportunity to learn from women who have innovated, taken risks, and overcome challenges to rise to the top of their respective fields,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, SimmonsLEADS, Simmons College. “These women also make the time to engage on multiple fronts, leveraging their broad talents to help others. Attendees tell us that the blend of inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops, and opportunities to network make the conference one of the most empowering and energizing days of their year.”
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista Posted: May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit System trolley Monday morning in Chula Vista, police said.Dispatchers were notified shortly before 5:25 a.m. that a trolley car had struck a pedestrian near the intersection of L Street and Industrial Boulevard, Chula Vista police Lt. John English said.The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, English said. No details about the victim were immediately available.The Blue Line trolley was delayed by about 20 minutes due to the investigation, but service returned to normal around 7:40 a.m., according to MTS.MTS was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the main concrete construction works of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project at the project site in Pabna on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Officials said this will be the final phase of civil construction works to install a nuclear reactor, which is now being built by Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom in Russia for Bangladesh.Science and technology secretary Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the main concrete construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation.However, other engineering works like setting up power plant equipment will be done phase by phase before 2023.As per the project schedule, Anwar Hossain said, the first unit having 1,200 MW of the 2400 MW plant will come into operation by end of 2023 and second unit of the same capacity in the middle of 2024.The RNPP project was undertaken by the government in 2009 and after a long discussion of over 6 years. The government initially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2013 and signed final deal with Russia in December in 2015.Russian state atomic energy corporation – Rosatom – will build the power plant at a cost of $12.65 billion where Russia will finance 90 percent of the fund under a supplier’s credit.However, Bangladesh had to pay addition $550 million to Rosatom for feasibility and design purpose.Rosatom said it will build the power plant through its VVER-1200 rector technology, which it claimed to be the latest in its nuclear with safety guarantee.Rosatom has been engaged in full-fledged following the signing of the contract as it developed the site and some relevant civil constructions.Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, the implementing agency, received the design and construction license of first unit of the plant from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority on November 4 this year.Officials said a large number of skilled professionals are required for the implementation, operation and maintenance of a nuclear power programme. Currently, 369 professionals are working in the project management unit.The operating organisation Nuclear Power Plant Company will recruit and train 2,700 personnel year by year as the project progresses.
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner says the cost of Proposition B creates a significant budget issue for the city, which will likely mean layoffs of both firefighters and city employees.The mayor joins host Craig Cohen to discuss the matter along with other issues the city is facing, from hurricane preparedness, to Houston’s failed bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.You can submit your questions now to email@example.com.Also this hour: Horticulturist Chris Ludwig of Mercer Botanic Gardens answers your gardening questions.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listen 00:00 /50:21 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: