Sophomore quarterback Shane Purcell earned his first start of the season and came up big for Arcata High, throwing two touchdown passes in a 20-7 win over visiting Willits Saturday afternoon at the Redwood Bowl.Saturday’s win counts as Arcata’s first of the season.“Our defense played solid all night. Really, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said.Purcell hit Raven Perez for a 3-yard touchdown with under a minute to play in the first half, sending Arcata …
6 July 2005New immigration regulations which came into effect this month are designed to attract the foreign skills and investment necessary for South Africa’s economic growth, says Home Affairs spokesperson Nkosana Sibuyi.They also reflect South Africa’s commitment to human rights and the security of those living within the country’s borders.Sibuyi said the amended immigration regulations will discourage illegal migration, especially of people from poverty-stricken countries, by creating a wider array of permits to legalise entry.“As a country we have an obligation to regulate or facilitate movement of people, goods and services into and outside South Africa,” Sibuyi said.Relevant permits“If somebody wants to visit South Africa, he or she must have a passport and apply for a visa if so required.“A potential investor, tourist, student or diplomat should apply for a relevant permit to legalise his or her stay in the country.”Sibuyi explained that under the new regulations, if a foreigner wants to start a business, he or she is expected to apply for a business permit and should have R2.5-million to invest.Applicants without these funds must convince the government that the business will be viable in South Africa.“We need to strike a balance in terms of scarce skills,” Sibuyi said. “We must capacitate our own people first before we attract skills from foreigners, so that we get a cross-pollination of ideas to empower our country.”He said the regulations would create an enabling environment for direct foreign investment in South Africa, and attract skills needed by the country’s economy.TrainingThe new National Immigration Branch, launched in April, has trained 106 officials to control the entry, stay and departure of foreigners in the country, as regulated by the Immigration and Refugee Acts.“The training takes at least a year,” Sibuyi said. “We want our officials to understand the Act, immigration regulations and how to fill forms so that travellers do not have to go through this burden at immigration offices.“We want to ensure that people who come to the country can do so conveniently.”The new regulations also clamp down on marriages of convenience, where foreigners pay local people to marry them and then use the marriage certificates to apply for citizenship.“The amended Act makes it a requirement that any foreigner who wishes to marry a South African and thereby obtain permanent residence in the country should have a marriage in good faith to such a South African citizen for at least five years before the status can be granted to them.“This will help our fight against the problem of fraudulent marriages,” he said.Almost 2 000 marriages were recently denied legality following a department investigation into marriages of convenience.With the new regulations, students from Africa will no longer be required to pay deposits before getting study permits, provided their governments submit written undertakings to pay deportation expenses for such students should this become necessary.New costsEntry and transit visas, renewal of visitors’ permits, study permits and medical treatment permits will now cost R425.Business permits, work permits and permanent residence permits each cost R1 520. The certificate of confirmation of permanent residence is R100.The amended Act also benefits workers from neighbouring countries: they will no longer have to leave the country immediately after being retrenched or dismissed from their jobs.“Now that there so many permits, there is no need for people – especially those from neighbouring states – to come to South Africa illegally,” Sibuyi said.He said the Southern African Development Community was currently discussing free movement within member states, referring to the recent agreement between South Africa and Mozambique to waive visa requirements.RefugeesOn the question of asylum-seekers, he said South Africa was guided by United Nations policies and the African Union Convention on Refugees.“We do not expect asylum-seekers to come to here with all the required documents, because of the conflicts in their countries,” Sibuyi said. “When they come here they should go to the nearest refugee reception and apply for asylum.”Refugee smart cards printed by Home Affairs will be given to refugees.Source: BuaNews
AT&T’s announcement that it will begin offering mobile tethering to additional devices for a fee but will stop offering unlimited data plans to new customers is being called cynical and anti-consumer. But the cap is 2 GB a month, with extra GB available for an extra $10 if you go over. Are you concerned this will be a problem?“The announcement comes at a time,” media watchdog Free Press said in a statement today, “when the company’s investments as a percentage of its revenues are steadily declining, indicating that AT&T is choosing to manage scarcity and ration its network, rather than build to meet users’ needs.” But do users need more than 2 GB a month? You can see how much data you use by going into your AT&T account and looking at “past activity.” I’m willing to bet you fall far below 2 GB of monthly data usage. But what about a future of live video streaming to and from mobile devices, video chat and unforeseeable data-intensive innovations? All video delivered all over the web? If it’s going to be a data-intensive, mobile and real-time future – it may be time to crank up our expectations and capacity – not limit data available to consumers.Free Press Policy Counsel M. Chris Riley issued the following statement, which intuitively sounds pretty compelling:“While AT&T asserts that its high-end 2 GB cap will only impact the heaviest users, the fact is that today’s heavy user is tomorrow’s average user. Internet overcharging schemes like the one AT&T proposes will discourage innovative new uses and stifle healthy growth in the mobile broadband economy. It is price gouging for AT&T to charge the low-end users $15 per 200 MB, and to charge $20 for tethering capability even if no additional capacity is used. This pricing system is clearly divorced from the actual underlying cost of service.“If there was true competition in the U.S. mobile market, providers would invest in their networks to keep pace with consumer demand, removing the need to implement usage-based pricing plans. The fact that AT&T can introduce an Internet overcharging scheme that bears no resemblance to the cost of operating the network, despite constant complaints about the network’s quality, further demonstrates that our wireless markets are not competitive. Unfortunately, until the FCC takes seriously the need to promote meaningful competition in the wireless industry, Americans will continue to face a market of high prices and poor service.“This pricing ploy further illustrates why we need the FCC to put an end to the anti-consumer practice of handset exclusivity. For the wireless market to be competitive, consumers must be free to choose both devices and services, and take their devices to any compatible network.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What do you think? Do you think this is an anti-competitive blow against the future, or do you think a 2 GB limit is just fine for now? Please share your thoughts.Update: For really excellent coverage of this, see Gigaom today.Photo by Flickr user magerleagues. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Millennials are more willing than baby boomers to pay higher rents for housing equipped with automated and remote-control devices, a recent study says.According to a survey of 1,000 multifamily renters in the U.S. by Wakefield Research and Schlage, 86% of millennials said they’d pay higher rents for features like keyless entry doors, while only 65% of baby boomers agreed, Construction Dive reported.When housing incorporated smart technology, millennials were comfortable with rents that were 20% higher. The study published by Schlage, a manufacturer of door hardware, found that 61% of millennials were likely to rent an apartment specifically because it came with electronic access. Conversely, 63% would move out of an apartment because of inadequate security; and 44% said they would give up a parking space to live in a high-tech apartment.(There’s no standard for who’s considered a millennial, also called Generation Y, but this article in The Atlantic provides some background, and defines millennials as those born between 1982 and 2004.)Big builders are taking note as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market. In two new communities in California’s Silicon Valley, KB Home has included home automation features controlled through the Apple HomeKit platform, Construction Dive reported separately.The technology allows homeowners to control lighting, HVAC systems, garage doors, cameras, thermostats, windows shades, and door locks with their iPhones or iPads.For more information on installing smart-home technology in rental units, see Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals.
Emerging from his absence in the public sphere, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made an appearance in Rampur on Monday. The Rampur MP, who was last seen in Rampur during Id celebrations in August, presented himself before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) official Dinesh Gaur in the Mahila police station. He was accompanied by his wife, Rajya Sabha MP Tanzeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam, who is an MLA from the neighbouring Suar constituency.The Uttar Pradesh police have declared Mr. Khan a “land mafia” and has lodged FIRs against him in more than four dozen cases. On September 25, the Allahabad High Court had granted stay in 27 of these cases.The SIT had asked him to appear before it on September 30. Mr. Khan spent almost 45 minutes at the station. Later addressing the party workers, he said he would need four to five days to respond to the “long list of charges”.He described the administration’s behaviour towards him and his family “vindictive” and added that they were following the orders of their “political masters”.Before presenting himself in front of the SIT, Mr. Khan accompanied Ms. Fatima to file her nomination papers, on an SP ticket, for the upcoming bypolls for the Rampur seat. Mr. Khan has represented the seat nine times. The seat fell vacant when he was elected to the Lok Sabha earlier this year.Earlier in the day, Ms. Fatima deposited the bill and penalty of ₹30 lakh in the electricity department. She was charged with power theft at her Humsafar resort.