Less violent crime in South Africa

first_img8 September 2011 The levels of “contact crime” in South Africa – crimes usually involving violence – decreased by 6.9% in 2010/11, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday, while adding that the fight was far from over. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Mthethwa said there was a decline in all types of “contact crime”, including murder, rape, assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery. Murder was down by 6.5% and sexual offences by 3.1%. Assault with intent to do serious bodily harm dropped by 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 12%. However, Mthethwa said the stats were still worrying. “Contact crime is an area of crime which by its nature leads to serious feelings of fear and insecurity, because it is this form of crime [with] which violence is normally associated.”Drug-related crime on the increase Noting the 10.2% increase in drug-related crimes in 2010/11, Mthethwa said the police, instead of focusing on arresting people in possession of drugs, would be mounting operations aimed at the leaders of drug syndicates. He said they would also be working with the Departments of Education and Social Development in addressing the challenge of affected children. “We also acknowledge that dealing with drugs is a global challenge that needs to be coordinated with our international counterparts.”Drunken driving on the increase Mthethwa said it seemed people were not taking the “don’t drink and drive” motto seriously, as drunken driving cases were up by 3.5% in 2010/11, following the previous year’s 10.6% increase. “We all have a duty to ensure that our roads are safe, and those who break the law will be severely punished.” Although the stats showed a general decrease in all crimes, Mthethwa said this was just a motivating factor for the police, and that the fight was far from over. “Victory against crime is now an achievable goal. However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs, for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us must rest.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How long should you keep important records and documents?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsWe are all guilty of it- we don’t take the time to review all of our important records on a regular basis. Before we know it we have file folders stuffed to the brim with documents from many years ago. Piles cover our desks and filing cabinets comprised of papers we are hanging onto because we aren’t sure how long we should keep them. When it comes to business and personal accounting records, there is a method to the madness.  I will lay out some general guidelines below to hopefully help you keep legal and tax problems at bay. Type of record                                                               Retention periodAccounts payable ledgers and schedules                         7 yearsAccounts receivable ledgers and schedules                    7 yearsAuditors’ report                                                                 PermanentlyBank reconciliations/statements                                   2-3 yearsCash disbursements                                                          PermanentlyCash receipts journal                                                        PermanentlyFinancial statements                                                        PermanentlyFixed asset records                                                           PermanentlyEmployment applications                                               3 yearsInsurance policies (expired)                                            3 yearsInsurance records, current accident reports               PermanentlyInventory listings and tags                                              7 yearsInvoices (to customers, from vendors)                         7 yearsPayroll records and summaries                                         7 yearsPersonnel files (terminated)                                          7 yearsStocks and bonds certificates (canceled)                         7 yearsTax returns and worksheets, revenue agents’reports, other documents relating todetermination of income tax liability                          PermanentlyTime books/cards                                                              7 yearsTraining manuals                                                               Permanently Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

Nadal overwhelms del Potro, faces Anderson in US Open final

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Games Read Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn’t take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.Eventually, Del Potro’s flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was. Dealing with an illness, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he’s now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match’s first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal’s side for a winner.That was greeted with a chorus of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!” for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand.Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn’t again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.ADVERTISEMENT South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and attacking whenever del Potro left a ball short.It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.“Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me,” Nadal said.Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.“I don’t know if it’s appropriate,” Anderson said. “It certainly felt the right thing to do.”Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.“It’s nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament,” Anderson said. No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He’s also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.Plus there’s this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn’t even make a final.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“It’s been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal said. “So this year, since the beginning has been a very emotional year.”He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June. 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India to play against Sri Lanka today to warm up for World T20

first_imgTeam India would begin their ICC World Twenty20 2012 campaign with a warm-up match against hosts Sri Lanka on Saturday. Going into the championship with a loss against New Zealand, India have not quite built up to the big event in a desired fashion. Their bowling lacked potency in the final overs, while the batsmen too failed to chase a modest target despite several wickets in hand. However, they would look at the practice match against the hosts as an ideal opportunity to test out not just their combinations, but also the Lankan conditions. Sri Lanka on the other hand, warmed up for the tournament with a convincing nine wicket win over the West Indies, whom many have touted as one of the favourites owing to their explosive talent. But the Lankans outplayed the Windies convincingly chasing an easy target of 134 with 4 overs to spare. Sri Lanka’s batting worked like a charm in the match announcing themselves before the tournament begins.last_img read more

Inflamed shoulder tendons

first_imgTearing and inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder muscles can occur in sports which require the arm to be moved over the head repeatedly as in tennis, pitching, swimming, and lifting weights. Most often the shoulder will heal if a break is taken from the activities that caused the problem and pain. Intermittent ice packs applied to the shoulder and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also help reduce inflammation and pain. Review Date:7/6/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli reach agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouame

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli reach agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli have found an agreement with Genoa for Christian Kouame, it has been revealed.Corriere dello Sport says the deal will be completed on Wednesday – which will include a medical.The move is believed to be worth €20m plus up to €5m from any future sale.The Ivorian striker will sign a five-year contract in the region of €500,000 per season.Kouame will spent the remainder of the season on-loan with Genoa. last_img read more

13 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlow

first_imgWatford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlowby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is helping one of the club’s injured Under-23 players by offering him accommodation and transport.Kane Crichlow, who joined Watford from AFC Wimbledon on a two-year contract in the summer, suffered a broken ankle in first-team training last month after going in for a tackle with defender Daryl Janmaat.The London Evening Standard says Chalobah is aware that Crichlow is far from his home in Bermuda so has invited him to stay with him in Hertfordshire, while the midfielder has also been providing the youngster with lifts to training.Chalobah is also able to offer support when it comes to recovering from long-term injuries after damaging his knee cap two years ago. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoLeicester defender ​Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender ​Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguireby Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu has admitted that he is enjoying the change in his role this season.After the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Soyoncu stepped up as the club’s first choice center half alongside Jonny Evans.He only played six times for the Foxes last term, but he has been nearly ever present this term.Leicester are flying high in the Premier League as they chase a top four finish.”Of course, it’s not easy to replace world’s most expensive defender,” the 23-year-old told TRT Spor.”There is pressure and that’s completely normal. But as a footballer, you have to overcome the pressure.”Every player in the Premier League has that pressure. But my teammates and the manager are helping me a lot. I think we started the season quite well; we have a great friendship inside the team.” last_img read more

EC announces Assembly bypolls in 4 states

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday announced by-elections to one Assembly seat each in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh and Kerala.The bypolls for Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), Pala (Kerala), Badharghat (Tripura) and Hamirpur (Uttar Pradesh) Assembly seats will be held on September 23. The bypoll in Hamirpur was necessitated by the disqualification of BJP MLA Ashok Chandel. By-elections to 12 other Assembly seats in UP are also due as most of the sitting MLAs won the Lok Sabha elections this year. But the dates are yet to be announced by the poll panel. The Dantewada, Pala and Badharghat bypolls were necessitated following the death of the respective sitting MLAs. While the notification for the by-elections would be issued on August 28, counting will be held on September 27, the EC said.last_img read more

Why hangovers get worse as we grow older

first_imgThe next time a hangover hits you hard the morning after a late-night party, look in the mirror to see if your hair is turning white or your hairline is receding.Yes, age is a major factor in the way drinking affects you. Worsening impact of hangovers are a reminder that drinking in moderation would be a better idea, say health experts.“The capacity of our liver to cope with alcohol reduces with age. The alcohol metabolising enzyme reduces and the body fat increases reducing muscle mass, thus increasing the effect of alcohol,” said Dr Rahul Tambe, general physician from Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital in Mumbai in an email. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Elderly people are often on multiple medication which interferes with alcohol metabolism. Losing weight causes reduced distribution of alcohol in body causing greater intoxication and hangover,” he added.According to Dr Yogesh Batra, senior consultant (gastroenterology) at BLK Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, with age, there is an accumulation of substances like acetaldehyde in the liver which are the by-products of alcohol metabolism and are one of the “incriminating agents” responsible for hangovers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“There is brain degeneration with age and the toxic products tend to hit the brain harder. There is a tendency towards dehydration as the ageing population tends to drink less water which leads to hangovers,” Dr Batra said. Hangover or veisalgia is usually experienced after an alcoholic over-indulgence. The symptoms experienced range from a simple headache to severe nausea, vomiting, giddiness, fatigue and sweating. In some people, it can even lead to anxiety or panic attacks.  Severity of hangover depends on amount of alcohol intake, frequency of heavy drinking and food intake. Is there a cure for hangover?  “Eat more before and after the alcoholic consumption. Besides eating, drinking loads of fluids will also help. Lime water is the best fluid which can be consumed before and after the alcoholic consumption,” advises Dr Deepak Verma, general physician from Columbia Asia Hospital in Ghaziabad. Alcohol consumption can irritate the stomach lining, leading to gastritis. So, food and fluids taken before and after alcoholic consumption help to reduce the gastric irritation, the experts note.Hangover is best dealt with adequate sleep or rest, plenty of liquids and food. “Losing weight leads to even worse hangovers. Since the effective alcohol concentration in the body is going to be more hence those who lose weight should reduce drinking,” says Dr Batra. In the end, preventing a hangover is easy —drink in moderation, space out your drinks, have plenty of water and eat. But then who doesn’t know this?last_img read more