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“Working with other stakeholders such as the 2010 Local Organising Committee, we are glad to announce that we have made significant progress in pursuit of our goal to host a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Motlanthe said. South Africa ‘on course’ Source: BuaNews “We have also started to pay focused attention to all the 2010 legacy projects, so that the facilities are used for the maximum benefit of our people and our country beyond 2010,” he said. South Africa will meet its infrastructure deadlines well ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told Parliament in Cape Town this week. “We are, however, confident that the economic benefits flowing from the 2010 Fifa World Cup competition will soften some of the cutting effects of this economic crisis,” he said. There are only three matches left before the curtain is drawn on Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions” – a test run for staging the World Cup – and no major incidents have been reported. Budget overruns He pointed out that oversight visits conducted by members of the inter-ministerial committee had helped to ensure that the government and other stakeholders met their deadlines on infrastructure programmes. Motlanthe cautioned, however, that budget overruns by some host cities, especially in light of the current economic difficulties, needed to be addressed urgently so as to ensure that their expenditure was within budget. Motlanthe said that if anything was needed to confirm South Africa’s readiness to host world soccer’s showpiece event, the Confederations Cup under way had demonstrated that the country was on course to meet its objectives. 25 June 2009 The tournament “has also helped us identify areas that require improvement to deliver the best World Cup ever,” Motlanthe said, adding that the government was convinced that Bafana Bafana would continue improving ahead of 2010. The government had also noted concerns over delays in the construction of the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and discussions with the affected parties were taking place to resolve all outstanding matters.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a Comment “Trust” is the first word that comes to mind when Tom Yingling describes Ohio Farm Bureau and why he recently signed up for its newest benefit, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program.“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Farm Bureau and when they came out with (the energy program), I said ‘holy mackerel, this works for us.’ Farm Bureau has always worked to satisfy membership and not stockholders. You’ve got to trust who you’re doing business with and having Farm Bureau offer this program made the decision very easy for us,” said Yingling, a fourth-generation Huron County Farm Bureau member who grain farms with his brother.About the energy programThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program assists members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and finding the best ways to manage their energy resources. Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with an Ohio-based energy management firm, Community Energy Advisors, to run the program. The energy program is just one of many benefits that Ohio Farm Bureau members enjoy, which include savings in health, home and business insurance, travel and recreation and car and equipment purchases.Medina County Farm Bureau member Tawny Zajc signed up for the energy program for the LINE-X protective coating franchise she and her husband operate. She decided to look at the program for her home and was surprised by the price difference. Turns out she had been on a very high rate and didn’t know it. Her home gas savings alone was more than $832 per year.“The phone rings off the hook all day long from solicitors trying to get you to sign up for savings that turn out to only last for a short time, and I’m busy and focused on other things and tend to trust the savings stay the same,” she said. “To find an organization like Farm Bureau that you trust and know is going to have your best interest at heart for yourself and the community is great.”Zajc became an Ohio Farm Bureau member in 2012 to take advantage of the organization’s workers’ compensation program as well as to be more involved in the agriculture community. She grew up in Sugarcreek where she was involved with 4-H and rode horses. She learned about Farm Bureau’s energy program through one of her customers.“He said remember to look at Farm Bureau – you could save a ton with them,” she said. “We’ve already saved with workers’ comp and now we have the energy savings and are in the process of applying for Farm Bureau’s health care program.”Yingling learned about the energy program during a workers’ compensation meeting and signed up shortly after that.“I don’t know the energy rates day to day and always felt pushed by other companies,” he said. “I feel comfortable with Farm Bureau. Business is about relationships and I know Farm Bureau has our best interest in mind.”Online ExtraLearn more about the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program and enter for a chance to win $500 that can be used like cash, including to pay for utility costs.Photo credit: Photo by Peggy Turbett Leave a Comment
Gangnam Style, the presidential election of 2012, Hurricane Sandy and Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall; these are just a few of Google’s top searches featured in their Zeitgeist 2012: Year in Review video uploaded today. Besides historic events, scientific discoveries, celebrity deaths and the top trending videos, the 2:46 digital capsule is also a sly advert for Google+. The camera pans over Google hangouts or videos obviously being watched on Google+, the social network often ridiculed for being a ghost town. Zeitgeist 2012 also highlighted YouTube’s livestreaming success by bookending the video with Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking stunt (aka Red Bull Stratos’ marketing success). What was noticably missing from Zeitgeist 2012 was any mention of porn. Everyone knows “the Internet is for porn,” and according to Google trends data, searches for porn easily dwarf searchs for, say, “Gangnam Style” which was featured in the 2012 Zeitgeist video. Kevin Stenbeck knows what I am talking about: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… All jokes aside, the Google Zeitgeist site also features a Gangnam Style Easter egg. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Written by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.Why plan for transition?One day, very soon your child with disabilities will reach the age of 14 – this is when schools may consider transition planning. Transition planning helps prepare young people for their futures. It helps them to develop skills they need to go on to life after high school. It builds skills for activities of daily living, working, recreation, independence, adult decision-making and retirement (PACER Center, n.d.) . By the age of 16, the individualized education program (IEP), developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must address transition services requirements and is updated thereafter. The IEP must include:appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, independent living skills and retirement,the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the student with a disability in reaching those goals).How can parents help plan for transition through 0 to 16 years?1. Consider responses to the following questions:What does your child want to do with his or her life?What are his or her dreams, aspirations, or goals?What long-term outcomes do we want to see from the transition process?2. Discuss with him or her their career profile and potential employment trajectory.3. Teach your child self-advocacy skills – (Tips for helping your high-schooler to learn to self-advocate) .4. Encourage your child to participate in their IEP meetings.5. Help your child state their needs and desires at the meetings.6. Consider what accommodations and modifications are appropriate for your child both at school and at the post-secondary level (employment or higher education).7. Find employment opportunities and help your child volunteer, intern or work study.8. Refer to ‘Empowering Parents to Become Effective Advocates,” to learn more about how to advocate for your child through the special education/transition journey.How can parents help plan for transition through 16 through high school graduation?1. Help your child complete graduation requirements (based on IEP goals).2. Work with school’s transition specialist and Career and Technical Education teachers to study the local labor market.3. Seek and apply for employment positions or higher education placements that match your child’s transition goals.How can parents help plan for transition their child’s adulthood through their retirement?1. Set a realistic budget that can help support your child as he or she transitions into adulthood. Consider setting aside money in bonds or checking accounts– which by the age of 18 years, can be transferred into either a tax-advantaged 529 ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) account or a special needs trust. ABLE accounts are set up in a child’s name and allow contributions of up to $14,000 per year to cover expenses like education, housing, health care, prevention and wellness (Refer: Able Account or Special Needs Trust: How to Decide? ) Note: Adults with disabilities are only eligible for Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid if their total assets do not exceed $2,000.2. Be flexible in considering your future scenarios. While it is highly likely that your child will have the education, life skills and maturity to live independently or in a group setting, it is also possible that he or she may not. Take a long view of the future and consider when you or your partner may retire from the workforce, or if both parents stay in the workforce and hire someone to provide additional in-home support services for the adult son or daughter with disabilities.3. Plan smartly and as early as possible. Consider guardianship for your child under the age of 18, establish medical directives and power of attorney. Finally, prepare in conjunction with a special needs lawyer a will. Remember raising a child with a disability could add higher cost and stressors into financial planning – planning for contingencies can help offset these factors. Develop a lifetime care plan – one which details the specifics of long-term care that your child might need.4. Document your vision. Create a “Letter of Intent” and write down your instructions to communicate information about your child as well as your vision of the future.5. Share with family members or potential caregivers your lifetime care plan and letter of intent.6. Consider the following when planning for independent living skills (Refer to 6 Independent Living Skills Kids Need Before Moving Away from Home):Does he or she have any special employment, housing, social and recreational interests?What types of housing accommodations do you anticipate for your adult son or daughter?Will he or she require any special transportation accommodations?The journey of creating a lifetime of continuous care for your son or daughter with a disability is daunting. But it would be less overwhelming if you start early, plan smart and are well-organized. Use the above resources and the checklist provided to get started.Retirement Planning Checklist