SA launches new companies commission

first_img20 April 2011 The new Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and the new Companies Act that it takes charge of, will simplify company registration and modernise business administration in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Launching the new commission in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday, Davies said it would guide the implementation of South Africa’s new Companies Act, which comes into effect in May. “I’m satisfied that the commission is in a state of readiness,” Davies said. “When we bring into force this legislation, we will be bringing to South Africans top notch legislation.” “We need to move from where we are in the interest of good governance, and this piece of legislation will help us in this regard,” the minister said, adding: “As we implement, we will sort out any problems that may arise. We will learn by doing.” With significantly expanded functions and powers, the new commission will combine the functions of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro). Administrative functions currently assigned to the minister under the Companies Act are to be placed within the jurisdiction of the commission, which will act as an autonomous statutory body outside the public service. The Act also introduces a number of new responsibilities, which Cipro currently does not perform, but will be performed by the new commission. These include pro-active enforcement measures by way of compliance notices served on defaulting companies, investigations of all complaints and contraventions of the Act, and investigating the affairs of companies. Davies rejected criticism that the new commission would be Cipro, just under a new name. “Our intention is to actually ease processes, so it won’t be business as usual. We are aware that there will be challenges at first, but what we can assure businesspeople is that things will be totally different from now on.” The process of reorganising Cipro and retraining staff had taken more than a year of intensive work, according to the department’s deputy director-general, Zodwa Ntuli. The department’s former deputy director-general, Astrid Ludin, has been appointed to lead the commission and will be assisted by several deputy commissioners. Ludin said: “The challenge for the commission will be to make sure that we have systems in place that will ensure that we deliver on the simplicity that we promise to companies. Together, we will work hard to achieve an institution that will be a vehicle for business enterprises in this country.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Diversified Agri-Services Inc. partners with Axis Seed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Blake and Nicki Rossel, owners of Diversified Agri-Services Inc. are excited to announce they have become a distributor for Axis Seed.“After careful consideration we feel the unique business model that AXIS provides will be a huge benefit to our customers. We realize there are a lot of seed companies vying for your business, however very few of them are willing to make the effort to understand each operation” Blake said.Similar to Diversified Ag, Axis Seed is independently owned and counter culture to the trend of consolidation in the agricultural industry. Diversified Agri-Services Inc. has been family owned since it was founded in 1978 by David and Linda Karcher.“Ohio is different than other areas of the country. What works in Illinois and Iowa may not be the best solution for growers here in Ohio. Blake and his team at Diversified Ag have built a solid business with this same belief. This local commitment makes them a perfect partner for Axis Seed” said Nathan Louiso, Axis Ohio owner.As an independent regional company for Axis Seed, Axis Ohio has access to all current traits and technologies. Complete information about the varieties that Axis Ohio carries are available on its web site at www.axisohio.com .Axis Ohio identifies the best soybeans and hybrid corn that will work on individual growers’ farms — matching genetics and traits with farmers’ specific growing conditions and production strategies. As a family owned company, Axis Ohio strives to build long, mutually rewarding relationships with their customers while supporting the local community.last_img read more

Poll: Android Fragmentation Issues

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#Poll Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Image credit: Ubergizmo This week, a survey of Android developers conducted by Baird’s William Powers was highlighted by CNN’s Fortune blog in a post titled “Android is a Mess, Say Developers.” The results showed that a large number of developers have begun to build Android applications – in fact, 71% said they were building for Android, while 62% said they were building for iOS. But Fortune’s blogger, the pro-Apple Philip Elmer DeWitt focused on another aspect of the survey’s results: the problems that building for Android entails.At the top of the list was the fragmentation issue, with 56% of developers saying it was a “meaningful” or “huge” problem. Do you agree? Let us know in this week’s poll.Fragmentation is Real, but How Much of a Problem?This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this complaint from developers. Fragmentation, not just of the OS itself, but the large number of Android devices and form factors out there, means that developers have to deal with a much more complicated environment than they do when building for the iPhone or iPad.According to the survey, 24% of developers said fragmentation was a “huge” problem, 33% said it was a “meaningful” problem, 13% said it was somewhat of a problem and 17% said it was a problem. Only 14% said it was not a problem.In addition, the survey asked about other issues, like store fragmentation (due to the alternative marketplaces for apps), ease of development, app visibility and the ability to get paid. Apparently, fragmentation made Android difficult to build for, because iOS beat it here on the “ease of development” question. What also interested us in reading through this news were the comments on the original blog post. A sampling:..Android development is significantly easier because I’m a Java developer. Objective-C is only used on Apple…I’d have to learn a whole new language to build apps for the iPhone…Fragmentation can be solved by specifying hardware requirements in your manifest file. I’ve been developing for both and Android development is much easier. Am I alone in this opinion?Seems to me that the universe of this poll is way too limited. I develop for both and I think Android is much easier. Of course fragmentation is an issue but, like in any product develop cycle, you have to define who is the target of your product.Seems odd to me that IOS is rated as easier to develop on, for the simple reason that Android development is done in Java, a language most developers new to the platform already know. Objective C is an elegant language, but it does have a learning curve.What if Android is fragmented…what developers care for: “is there an audience big enough for me to make money?” If yes, they will go through any amount of pain. As an Android developer with over 30,000 downloads I can say that “fragmentation” is a problem, but its a problem in the same way the CSS browser incompatibly is a problem. Yes its annoying but nobody is calling HTML/CSS “fragmented”.Missing the trees for the forest. Developers are CHOOSING Android first DESPITE what laypersons refer to as fragmentation. That should tell you something, namely that Android is a much more preferable development environment than iOS.So, what do you think? Is Android fragmentation the “huge” and “meaningful” problem this survey says it is? And does that mean it makes Android much harder to build for? And by the way, how is it that the survey asked if something is a problem, a huge problem, a meaningful problem or somewhat of a problem all in the same question? Really?! How about something a little more straightforward?Is Android development a problem or not, or only somewhat?You tell us – in what’s hopefully a little less biased of a poll question. sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is no stranger to receiving admiration as she is practically the face of Korean women’s volleyball.She has won numerous trophies for both club and country, but the Fenerbahce spiker was surprised with the praise she received in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim And even off the floor, Kim would be showered with praise as fans screamed “K-Y-K!” upon the mere sight of her and even members of the organizing staff couldn’t help but take pictures with her.“Thank you so much for the Filipino fans, when I play here it feels like I’m playing at home. It was great playing here.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “I didn’t expect that there’s so many people supporting me here in the Philippines and when I came here I’m really surprised that a lot of people are supporting me,” said Kim, who also guest starred in some Korean shows.Kim’s favorite moment came when a little boy gave her flowers after they beat China for the bronze medal, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I saw him before the game and he was like giving this bouquet of flowers to me and I was like ‘after the game, after the game,’” said Kim who had seven points in the game.“He then came to me and he was so cute and my heart was just so thankful.” MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters

first_imgKaren Khachanov caused one of the shocks of the tennis year by overpowering Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in the Paris Masters final to end the Serbian’s remarkable spell of dominance in the men’s game on Sunday.The 22-year-old Russian has for some time been seen as one of the rising young talents of the sport but few could have envisaged his demolition of the Serbian superstar, who was on a three-month, 22-match winning streak.Djokovic was expected to celebrate his return to world number one on Monday with a record-extending fifth Paris title but he went down in one hour 37 minutes amid a hail of 31 crushing winners from the Muscovite’s racket.@karenkhachanov à la conquête de Paris !#RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/1sSDblx3fEROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 4, 2018Khachanov, a strapping 6ft 6in huge hitter with surprisingly fleet movement around the court, took advantage of Djokovic appearing to be a little under-the-weather after a week struggling with flu-like symptoms.Yet even though the Serb may also have been suffering from the after-effects of his epic three-hour win over Roger Federer in the semi-final on Saturday, nothing could be taken away from the outstanding quality of Khachanov’s attacking game.From Karen with love #RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/B5y8FSChAHROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 4, 2018Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, whose muscular game resembles that of his childhood hero Marat Safin, the last Russian winner in Paris, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider tableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they won’t focus on their Premier League leadership – just yet.The Reds, looking to capture their first ever Premier League title, sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City but Robertson claims they will not get carried away.Robertson said, “We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go.”Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season.”We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum.”If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting.” last_img read more

23 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviour

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviourby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his touchline behaviour at the beginning of their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.From the first minute, Solskjaer shouted on dozens of occasions, sometimes leaping from his seat at the back of the bench, and several times appearing to feverishly gesticulate towards players, including Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard.He shouted and pointed, waved his arms and had several intense discussions with the players near the sideline.The manager later explained to VG: “The first 15-20 minutes we were a little… I think we could have been a little more direct and positive. “I just wanted the boys to seize the moment, because I felt we controlled the first-half without really creating enough.”Sometimes you sit down, but other times you just get that feeling, you need to explain further.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsense

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsenseby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at reports he’s suffering from ‘anxiety attacks’.Reports has circulated that the goalkeeper had to be taken off during half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Club Brugge due to anxiety, something the club and now player vehemently denied.”I know what it means to be an elite player,” Courtois said. “I’m very happy and I don’t have anxiety problems.”Responsibility from the media is required to not publish lies and nonsense about things like that because at the end of the day, there are people who really suffer from those problems.”I think it’s disrespectful to the player and to the people who are really suffering.”I am happy and training hard and want to give the Real Madrid fans joy.”The people at the [Estadio] Santiago Bernabeu are always a critical audience, we [Real Madrid players] know that, and we will do everything so that they break out in applause.”After the match against Club Brugge, Real Madrid released a statement indicating he had acute gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.”I feel good now,” Courtois explained. “It was a strong bout of flu, and not pleasant at all.”Now I have recovered and was able to train almost all of Monday and Tuesday with the team, and did the entire session on Wednesday.”I feel strong again, and had lost a few kilos too.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Daniel Tosh Gives Alabama Grad On Writing Staff Auburn Tattoos

first_imgDaniel Tosh giving an Alabama grad an Auburn neck tattoo.Twitter/@winnalexComedian Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, really really really hates the Alabama Crimson Tide. On several occasions, he has ripped both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on his show, and that continued with last night’s episode.To reiterate his disdain for everything Crimson Tide, a shirtless Daniel Tosh made two Alabama alumni on his writing team get temporary Auburn neck tattoos and yell “War Eagle.”#WarEagle @danieltosh @heartofauburn @wareaglereader pic.twitter.com/7g9wUUQawq— Laurie (@winnalex) August 3, 2016The two writers really don’t seem to mind the gag. Many Alabama fans probably wouldn’t be nearly as cool with it, although you know what you’re in for as an Alabama fan working for Tosh. We’re really unsure of the context here, or why Tosh decided to pull this with college football a few months away, but for him there is no bad time to troll Alabama fans.On a previous episode of his show, Tosh, a Miami Dolphins fan, read excerpts from an unauthorized Saban biography to children, in which the Alabama head coach gives sex advice to his players. The comedian, who bears a resemblance to Lane Kiffin, also made fun of his doppelganger amidst some salacious rumors that emerged about him last September. He also took shots at the College Football Playoff committee for Alabama’s ranking last November.Alabama isn’t the only college football target in Tosh’s cross-hairs, though. He also took a very NSFW shot at Michigan, which drew the ire of Wolverines Jourdan Lewis and John O’Korn on Twitter.Alabama isn’t going anywhere, and Tosh.0 was renewed for a ninth season this past March. You can expect that this won’t be the last time he decides to work his hate for the Crimson Tide into the show. If so, he probably won’t have too much trouble picking up some Auburn fan viewers along the way.[War Eagle Reader]last_img read more

Hopes for USChina trade talks help push Asian shares higher

first_imgTOKYO — Asian shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent to 21,602.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 1.4 per cent to 5,653.50. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.4 per cent at 2,082.57. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.7 per cent to 26,216.08, while the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3 per cent to 2,602.15. Shares also rose in Taiwan, India and most Southeast Asian markets.TRADE TALKS: Recent media reports say China has agreed to reduce tariffs on U.S. autos. That has raised hopes the two countries can make progress on their trade dispute. Investors worry weaker global trade would dent economic growth and corporate profits around the world.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 dipped by 0.94 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,636.78, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.02, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,370.24, and the Nasdaq composite rose 11.31, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,031.83. Slightly more stocks fell on the New York Stock Exchange than rose.THE QUOTE: “U.S.-China trade developments appear to be the outstanding item set to aid Asia markets,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore. “Much needed positive news in the form of auto tariff reduction underpinned the early optimism.”ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 45 cents to $52.10 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 65 cents to settle at $51.65 per barrel Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 57 cents to $60.77 per barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.41 Japanese yen from 113.08 yen late Tuesday. The euro slipped to $1.1329 from $1.1384.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Presslast_img read more