15 June 2006As South Africa celebrates Youth Day on Friday, 30 years after the student uprising of 16 June 1976, new research reveals that the country’s young people believe they are better off than their parents were – and that their children will be even better off than they are now.According to Kuper Research and Futurefact, more than half of young people asked believe their standard of living is much or somewhat higher than that of their parents. Only 9% feel they are much worse off. In the low living standards measure (LSM) group 3 and 4 only 39% consider themselves to be better off, but this rises to 51% for LSM 5 and 6, 58% for LSM 7 and 8 and 59% for LSM 9 and 10.The day Hector Pieterson died“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture.” These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photo of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of 16 June 1976.Looking at the future, almost two-thirds of parents think that when their children are their age they will have a better standard of living. Only 9% believe they will be worse off.This indicates that parents consider themselves to be providing their children with a better standard of living than they themselves had. This is true even in the lower LSM groups, with 64% in LSM 3 and 4 agreeing with this.People’s perceptions of their class varied across the living standards groups. Two-thirds in LSM 3 and 4 consider themselves to be working class. In LSM 5 and 6 there is an almost equal split between those who believe they are working class (42%) and those who see themselves as middle class (41%). Fifty percent of those in LSM 9 and 10 reckon they are middle class while 32% think they are upper-middle class. Only 5% classify themselves as upper class.There’s also evidence of strong social mobility between generations, with younger people saying that while their parents were working class, they themselves have become middle class.But how do people assess class? According to the survey, the top four determinants of class, standing or prestige among South Africans are:The area where you live (41%).Your position at work (39%).The car you drive (35%).Your home and how it is furnished (29%).There are differences among the various LSM groups. Where children go to school is important in LSM 3 and 4, while car and home do it for LSM 5 and 6.Youngsters aged 16 to 19 believe both the car you drive and your accent, or the way you speak, are important. For all groups, a person’s role in the struggle against apartheid is least important. Clearly, South African society is now more driven by economics than politics.Jos Kuper of Kuper Research says the survey confirms that class mobility is a reality, as for most people life has changed for the better. Young people in particular feel that they can aspire to move up in the world, that opportunity beckons.Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council, says that the research shows a buoyant and confident people who rightly expect that life is constantly improving for them. It also underlines what other studies have found, namely that the rising black middle class is now driving the consumer side of the economy.“For today’s youth, it shows that democracy has brought better prospects and that hopes for a brighter future are at their highest levels,” she says.Source: International Marketing Council Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
3 July 2014Three South African tennis greats, including two members of the 1974 Davis Cup winning team, received Davis Cup Commitment Awards at the Wimbledon Championships in London this week.Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan were handed their awards, which go to players who have competed in 20 Davis Cup home or away ties during their career, by International Tennis Federation (ITF) president Francesco Ricci Bitti and Tennis South Africa (TSA) president Gavin Crookes.Only four South Africans have won a Davis Cup Commitment Award. Apart from Drysdale, Ferreira and McMillan, Rik de Voest was recognised earlier this year at the Euro Africa Group 1 tie against Lithuania.Davis Cup title winnersDrysdale and McMillan were part of the South African team in 1974 that claimed South Africa’s only title in the international team competition. McMillan, with 28, holds the record for the most Davis Cup ties played by a South African.Among Ferreira’s career records is being the South African to have played Davis Cup for the most years, with 14, and winning the most rubbers, 41.The Davis Cup Commitment Award is presented by the ITF to players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in the prestigious competition. Each Award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including Zone Group Events) over their career.About the awardsThe Award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations and was launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final in 2012.A total of 320 players have met the criteria, with awards presented at ties throughout the year. All recipients are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website.The record holder for the most ties played in all levels of the competition is Domenico Vicini from San Marino, who has so far played a total of 89 ties. With 66 ties played, Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli heads the elite list of players who have competed in 20 home or away ties for their country.The current South African Davis Cup team will play in Europe/Africa Zone Group II next year.SAinfo reporter
Cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard recorded a total of 144 cargo thefts in the United States during the second quarter of the year, according to a report released this week by the firm.The average loss value for the recorded thefts was $118,496 with one theft worth more than $1 million. The firm says the numbers represent less than a 1% decrease in volume and a 34% decrease in value when compared to the same quarter a year ago.Food and drinks were the most-stolen commodities during 2019’s second quarter, according to the firm’s records, making up 27% of all recorded thefts. Home and garden products were second on the list, accounting for 15% of total thefts.- Sponsor – California continues its hold as the top state for cargo thefts in the second quarter. The state accounted for 21% of all thefts in the country, followed by Florida with 13% of all thefts. Texas (12%), Illinois (7%) and Tennessee (6%) rounded out the top five states with the most thefts.Theft of full truckload was the most prevalent method of theft in the second quarter, accounting for 60% of all reported thefts with an average loss value of $109,944. The firm says this is a 20% decrease in volume and 41% decrease in value from… Commercial Carrier Journal Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Google Home to star in new Super Bowl LI commercialYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingGoogle Home to star in new Super Bowl LI commercial A year after Amazon’s Echo starred in a Super Bowl commercial, Google Home gets its turn in the spotlight with a 60-second ad that will air Sunday during this year’s Super Bowl. It’s not Google’s first Super Bowl ad; that happened all the way back in 2010 when Google ran the well-received Parisian Love ad. But it is the first Super Bowl ad for Google Home, the company’s in-home voice assistant that’s only been available to consumers since October.You’ll recognize the commercial as very “Googley” — it has a very personal and homey feel and portrays a cross-section of people using the device in various times of need. The ad ends with the tagline, “Home by you. Help by Google.” There’s no pricing information or even anything that tells consumers where to buy Home.Google is battling Amazon — and to a lesser degree right now, Apple (Siri) and Microsoft (Cortana) — for the expanding voice assistant market. One recent estimate suggests there’ll be more than 30 million voice-based devices in U.S. homes by the end of this year, and it appears that the market is Amazon’s to lose. Although Amazon doesn’t share specific sales figures for the Echo device family (nor does Google talk about how many Homes have sold so far), current estimates peg the number at more than eight million — including more than three million just during the 2016 holidays. It won’t be easy for Google to catch up anytime soon if Amazon has that kind of momentum in its favor. Google is obviously betting that the visibility of a $5 million (give or take) commercial during the biggest TV event of the year is money well-spent.Amazon ran its first Super Bowl ad a year ago, using Alec Baldwin and NFL veteran Dan Marino, to promote Echo. There’s been no word from Amazon about another Echo-related ad during this year’s game.From our sponsors: Google Home to star in new Super Bowl LI commercial Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019 Posted on 4th February 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share
Congress remains in recess, but tax reform discussions continue among lawmakers and the White House. The IRS postponed the planned outage of all e-Services tools and applications that was scheduled to take place from Thursday, August 17 until Monday, August 21.CongressThe Congressional Budget Office released a report about cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) payments (TAXDAY, 2017/08/16, C.1).Top lawmakers and the White House are expected to release tax reform framework in September (TAXDAY, 2017/08/15, C.1).House. House Ways and Means Committee members sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen concerning a recent Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report regarding rehiring dismissed employees (TAXDAY, 2017/08/18, C.1).House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Tex., spoke about comprehensive tax reform in 2017 at President Reagan’s ranch (TAXDAY, 2017/08/17, C.1).The House Freedom Caucus introduced a petition to force a floor vote on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) (TAXDAY, 2017/08/15, C.2).TreasuryFPLP. The IRS’s use of the Federal Payment Levy Program was discussed in a recent TIGTA report (TAXDAY, 2017/08/18, T.1).Compliance. A recent TIGTA review reported that the IRS needs to improve tax compliance of Puerto Rico residents (TAXDAY, 2017/08/18, T.2).Cybersecurity. TIGTA reviewed appropriations for IRS cybersecurity and ID theft prevention improvements (TAXDAY, 2017/08/18, T.3).IRSDefined Benefit Plans. The IRS provided model amendments that a sponsor of a qualified defined benefit plan may use to amend its plan document to offer bifurcated benefit distribution options to participants in accordance with final regulations (T.D. 9763, TAXDAY, 2016/09/09, I.1) issued under Code Sec. 417(e) (Notice 2017-44; TAXDAY, 2017/08/21, I.6).OIC. The IRS reissued interim guidance that ended an application fee shortfall allowance in processing Offers in Compromise in the case of fees paid of at least $150 of the $186 fee that is due (SBSE-05-0817-0045; TAXDAY, 2017/08/18, I.1).ACT. The IRS is accepting applications to serve on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) (Notice; TAXDAY, 2017/08/17, I.1).E-services. The IRS has postponed the planned outage of all e-Services tools and applications that was scheduled to take place from Thursday, August 17 until Monday, August 21 (TAXDAY, 2017/08/17, I.2).AFRs. Applicable federal rates (AFRs) for federal income tax purposes for September 2017 have been provided by the IRS (Rev. Rul. 2017-17; TAXDAY, 2017/08/17, I.3).Scams. The IRS warned tax professionals of W-2 email scams (IR-2017-130; TAXDAY, 2017/08/16, I.1). The Service also warned taxpayers against IRS impersonators (IRS Tax Tip 2017-19; TAXDAY, 2017/08/15, I.1).Like-Kind Exchanges. The IRS announced nonacquiescence to the holding in G.H. Bartell, Jr., Est., 147 TC —, No. 5, Dec. 60,669, on reverse like-kind exchange treatment for transaction involving qualifying intermediaries (TAXDAY, 2017/08/14, I.3).Pensions. For pension plan years beginning in August 2017, the IRS has released the 30-year Treasury bond weighted average interest rate, the unadjusted segment rates, the adjusted rates and the minimum present value segment rates (Notice 2017-43; TAXDAY, 2017/08/14, I.7).Domestic Assets. Asset/liability percentages and investment yields for foreign insurance companies was provided (Rev. Proc. 2017-44; TAXDAY, 2017/08/14, I.9).REITs. The IRS has issued guidance on stock distributions by real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulated investment companies (RICs) that will be treated as distributions of property under Code Secs. 301 and 305(b) (Rev. Proc. 2017-45; TAXDAY, 2017/08/14, I.10).Tips. The IRS provides tax tips for starting a business (IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2017-18; TAXDAY, 2017/08/14, I.11).By Jessica Jeane, George Jones, and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
(AP) — Henry Bloch, who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died Tuesday at age 96, the company announced.Bloch died of natural causes at St. Luke’s Hospice in Kansas City. He founded H&R Block in 1955 in the city with his brother, Richard, to take advantage of the vacuum left as the Internal Revenue Service stopped providing free income tax returns service. Richard Bloch died in 2004.Henry Bloch retired as H&R Block’s chief executive officer in 1992 and as chairman of the board of directors in 2000.“Through his honesty and integrity, Henry embodied the best of American business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In so many ways, he was ahead of his time and a model for today’s entrepreneur,” said Jeff Jones, president and chief executive officer of H&R Block Inc. in a written statement. “His vision lives on through our H&R Block associates and the many philanthropic organizations that he supported.”Bloch, who flew 32 combat missions over Germany as a navigator in World War II, also was a philanthropist and a foundation he started along with his wife, Marion, that supported numerous charitable causes in Kansas City, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute at Saint Luke’s Hospital and the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Marion Bloch died in 2013.“This is an enormous loss to the community and to the Nelson-Atkins,” said Richard Green, chair of the museum’s Board of Trustees in a written statement. “Henry Bloch had an unfailing vision and enthusiasm that was borne of genuine gratitude.”Bloch is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “Traveled the world met alota cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life!” he wrote in part. “But now…. You telling me I can dress like this for business meetings & make more money off the court than in made on?? & spend more time with my kids??!!Ha… MEEEEE the one that wasn’t supposed to be (expletive) & ended up making it!!”His post was accompanied by a photo of Barnes in gray sweatpants, a dark T-shirt and denim jacket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Love me or hate me, I did it my way!” he wrote.Last month, Barnes received his NBA championship ring during Golden State’s game against Sacramento, which released him last season. He went to high school in the state capital. Off the court, Barnes made headlines during his marriage to Gloria Govan, with whom he has twin sons. The couple divorced and she began dating Barnes’ ex-Lakers teammate Derek Fisher. In October 2015, the two men got into an altercation at Govan’s Los Angeles home. Barnes was suspended two games without pay by the NBA for his part in it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball in the first half against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals at AT&T Center on May 20, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. LOS ANGELES — Matt Barnes is retiring from the NBA after playing for nine teams over 14 years and winning a championship with Golden State last season.The 37-year-old small forward hasn’t played this season. He posted his retirement announcement on Instagram on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “It was an amazing opportunity, a tremendous blessing,” he said that night. “I was one of those guys who wasn’t supposed to make it in this league.”Barnes had repeat stints with Golden State, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he played the longest. He also was with the Lakers, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando and Memphis.He averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds during his career. He often came off the bench and was known for his hard-nosed approach.“He was a physical, tough kid,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He was an instigator to say the least, and as Red Auerbach said every day when I was in Boston, you can never have enough of those.”Barnes played four years at UCLA before he was selected by Memphis in the second round of the 2002 draft.ADVERTISEMENT AMA picks little-known Graham 1st in 2017 PBA D-League Draft MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021
UNICEF Sweden has launched a new campaign that tells people who Tweet about their cause or like their Facebook page fail to make a difference – and could put a life in jeopardy. It’s essentially a shaming campaign, as outlined in this Atlantic article.I don’t like to single out campaigns, but this one troubles me since it relies on emotion in a way that I don’t find constructive. Here are some examples of the campaign messages. The gist is, if you spread the word instead of donating, a boy could die and a child won’t be vaccinated. How does that make you feel? Maybe Swedes enjoy this kind of message and approach, but I am skeptical. Here’s what I don’t like about the campaign.1. Shame rarely inspires action in any culture. It just makes people feel bad – and turn away. Ask Brene Brown.2. Mocking the action of spreading the word about a cause discourages one of the most powerful forces anyone can put to work for a cause – word of mouth.3. It ignores the fact that social networks are supposed to be about relationships. It seems to be demanding a transactional mentality in a social setting.4. I am not sure the organization did their audience research. A lot of assumptions are inherent in this approach. Are they sure people on social networks have never given to UNICEF? Do they have data suggesting social networking and giving are mutually exclusive (doubtful)? Are people active on social networks their best target audience for giving? Is forcing an either/or choice better for fundraising than letting people do both?I bet this campaign will get people talking, but I doubt it will inspire giving. Which is deeply ironic given its message.For a smarter way to look at so-called slacktivism, watch this. As Julie Dixon says, based on this body of research, “Influence is important.”
The Playoffs are like the year-end giving season for NBA players. Just like your nonprofit’s staff in December, during Playoffs, athletes are busy, tired, and they have their eye on the prize. What can nonprofits learn from the 16 teams that are competing for the championship title? Here are 4 takeaways you can share with your colleagues: Every little victory matters.In the Playoffs: The Charlotte Bobcats went from having the second-worst record last season to playing the two-time defending champion in the first round of the playoffs this season. Talk about improvement! Takeaway: You may be disappointed because you came so close to hitting your big fundraising goal. However, there are definitely some small wins that you can celebrate. Were email open rates better than last year? Did you have a higher percentage of recurring gifts? Use this as an opportunity to analyze what worked and what didn’t. Learn from it and leverage that knowledge to improve future campaigns. That amazing jaw-dropping campaign element needs to fit in with your overall strategy.In the Playoffs: There were seconds left in the fourth quarter of game 2 against the Grizzlies. Kevin Durant gets the ball, loses his balance, and shoots mid-fall. Those three points got everyone excited! But, the Thunder lost. It sure was a memorable shot, but in the end, it didn’t earn the points they needed to win. Takeaway: Does your professionally produced video with a local celebrity or that beautiful photo shoot of your new facility enhance the story you’re telling in your fundraising appeal or confuse it? Even though you might want to share those “wow” elements as many times as possible, consider saving your snazzy elements for a campaign that makes sense and use it when it fits in with your overall strategy. Let your personality shine. In the Playoffs: The Wizards’ Bradley Beal makes 79% of his free throws. But during game 1 against the Pacers, he shot an air ball. How did he react? He showed that he was human and laughed it off. Takeaway: Donors like a little personality in the communications they receive from your nonprofit. You’re human, your organization helps humans (or animals) and donors are human. Humans like to laugh and they want to feel connected to your cause through stories. Step away from the standard writing format for a few moments and inject some personality into your writing. Say thank you.In the Playoffs: This year’s NBA MVP was Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. His acceptance speech was a big thank you to his entire team, his coaches, his mom, and so many others. You could tell his teammates were touched by his gratitude. Takeaway: The work your nonprofit does is amazing. It changes peoples’ lives. But don’t forget who helped you accomplish the work: donors. Your donors are the superheroes. Make them feel special by saying thank you early and often. Are you rooting for a team in the Playoffs this year? Have you noticed anything about your team’s performance that could apply to fundraising? Share in the comments below. (Image source: MVGL /Tumblr)