Fewer companies bite the dust

first_img25 October 2011Fewer companies closed down in September 2011 compared to the same month last year, Statistics South Africa reports.“The number of liquidations reflected a year-on-year decrease of 3.2 percent (from 341 to 330) in September 2011,” the agency said on Monday.Stats SA said liquidations took place when the affairs of a company or close corporation were wound up because its liabilities exceeded its assets, and the matter was resolved either voluntarily or by a court order.The number of liquidations for the first nine months of 2011 fell 15.5 percent year-on-year – from 2 930 to 2 475.“This decline was due to a 16.2 percent drop in voluntary liquidations and a 5.5 percent drop in compulsory liquidations,” Stats SA said.Over this time, company liquidations declined 16.7 percent – from 1 364 to 1 136 – and close corporation liquidations were down 14.5 percent – from 1 566 to 1 339.Insolvencies – where an individual or partnership is unable to pay debt and is placed under final sequestration – declined in August, Stats SA said.Insolvency figures are issued a month later than liquidation figures.“A year-on-year decrease of 27.8 percent (from 352 to 254) was estimated for August 2011,” Stats SA said.The total number of insolvencies for the first eight months of 2011 decreased by 33.8 percent – from 2 642 to 1 750 – compared with the first eight months of 2010.Sapalast_img read more

Adams County team wins 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The team of Whitney Bauman, Carlie Cluxton and Bonnie Simpkins from Adams County won the 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge for their project to address Ohio’s growing feral swine population.Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H and Ohio FFA, the challenge brings together youths ages 14 to 18 from around the state to discuss community concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.The challenge started in the spring when groups met to learn about public policy issues and began planning their proposals. A preliminary contest narrowed the field down to four teams, which competed in the finals during the Ohio State Fair.In their final presentation, Bauman, Cluxton and Simpkins proposed the development of Area Feral Swine Task Forces that work with Ohio Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to educate Ohioans about feral swine and implement a feral swine population management program. As winners, the team receives a $1,000 cash prize.The following teams also placed in the competition.Second Place ($500 team prize): Olivia Langwasser and Madison Withrow of Delaware County and Cori Lee and Aubrey Moser of Union County for their proposal to provide more psychologists in schools to address student mental health.Third Place ($250 team prize): Andrew Moyer of Clinton County; Shelby Nicholl, Logan County and Kyra Davidson, Clermont County for their proposed policy to require permanent drug drop boxes in pharmacies and law enforcement offices in Ohio.Fourth Place: ($250 team prize): Cassidy Vanderveer of Fulton County and Megan Mawhorter, Emilie Fisher and Reegan Kehres of Lucas County for their proposal to require accurate expiration dates rather than sell by, use by or best by dates on food products.The teams were judged on their public policy proposals dealing with a specific issue or problem. In the final competition, the teams described the steps necessary to have their public policy proposal adopted by the appropriate government authorities.last_img read more

Startups: Can You Trust Twitter?

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts When Twitter COO, Dick Costolo announced on Monday that they were making some changes to their terms of service for developers, prohibiting third-party networks from advertising in users’ streams, many in the tech industry initially reacted by saying that the move would spell the end of a number of startups who were providing exactly that service. Twitter claims it made this move in order to preserve the quality of the user experience on the platform. But how does this announcement impact others working in the Twitter ecosystem?Despite some of the initial doomsday reactions about how the changing TOS would impact developers, a couple of prominent companies have since come forward saying that it’s “business as usual.” Those were the exact words, in fact, that Ad.ly CEO Arnie Gullov-Singh used in a blog post on the subject. And in an interview with Louis Gray, MyLikes CEO Bindu Reddy made a similar argument: her company’s service don’t violate the new TOS.Twitter API Lead Ryan Sarver admits, the language in the new TOS is “nuanced.” But whether or not this language is clarified, it remains to be seen if this change by Twitter, coming so close on the heels of their purchase of Tweetie and release of official Twitter mobile apps, will scare off either developers or investors. VC Mark Suster wrote on his blog today that he’s “not abandoning the ecosystem.” But Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon tweeted that he’d heard other investors saying that they would steer clear of Twitter. Whether it’s “erratic behavior” as Dixon contends or just “bad marketing” of policy changes as Suster thinks, it does seem like Twitter might have a hard time maintaining (or regaining) the trust of third-party developers.If you’re a startup working in the Twitter ecosystem, what are your thoughts on these developments? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start last_img read more

Nitish Kumar hints at amending prohibition law

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday gave an indication of a possible amendment to the prohibition law to prevent its misuse, especially by government officials.“People in the government machinery are taking advantage of the provisions under prohibition law but they are under scanner…the poor and downtrodden who were earlier engaged in liquor business have been given alternative means of livelihood and are happy”, said Mr. Kumar while addressing a youth conference organized by JD(U) on the occasion of World Environment Day in Patna on Tuesday.Mr Kumar further said that he would keep reviewing every aspect of prohibition but “the matter of prohibition law is before Supreme Court now.”Earlier too, while introducing the prohibition law in April 2016, I had sought opinion and feedback from people and political parties too, Mr. Kumar said.“I’ve been regularly monitoring it as well…it has benefitted a large section of the society, especially the poor and downtrodden segment,” asserted Mr Kumar.Over 1 lakh arrested in two yearsAccording to the records, as many as 1,41,861 people have been arrested under the stringent prohibition law since April 2016 in the State. Over 8,000 are in jail.The police and excise department officials have conducted 7,62, 416 raids while 1,17, 283 cases have been lodged. Total 20.47 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 9.25 lakh litres of country-made liquor have been seized.The stringent prohibition law has been under constant attack by opposition parties and a section of society but Mr Kumar said, “I’m willing to face all the criticism and consequences of my actions.”last_img read more

England’s domestic rugby union season to extend deep into summer

first_imgTopics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Rugby union news The Premiership final this season will take place at Twickenham on 1 June but, with the 2019 World Cup already due to affect next year’s schedule, the old days of May finals have been consigned to history. Rather than switching to an October start, however, it is understood the domestic campaign will continue to kick off in September.European rugby organisers say they will apologise to Cardiff Blues and Glasgow after both teams wore similar-coloured jerseys in their Champions Cup game on Sunday. Officials conceded that procedures for potential kit clashes “were not sufficiently followed through”.Carl Fearns, the former Bath back-row playing for Lyon, believes that, once fit, he is the next best option for England at No 8 after Billy Vunipola. “If I do get back to the levels I was at two years ago, then I feel like I should be there,” he said. “I am the second guy behind Billy Vunipola in my eyes … if you take him out of the England team there is no other real back-row who plays like me.” Support The Guardian Champions Cup Glasgow Rugby Premiership Cardiff Blues The much-debated changes to England’s traditional domestic rugby calendar will be announced on Tuesday at Twickenham. Rather than lasting from early September to late May the Premiership season will extend deep into June with all summer tours earmarked for July.Despite months of compromise talks between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association, the schedule is set to generate further intense debate, with the closing weeks of the domestic campaign and the summer Tests potentially now clashing with long-established cricket, tennis and golf events.Northern hemisphere-based international players with children also face the prospect of being absent from home for large chunks of the school holidays. The counter-argument is that better weather will enhance the spectacle and player welfare will be better served under the new arrangement. A compulsory summer break for all will be collectively enforced, and two one‑week “mid‑season” breaks to allow players some respite also built into the calendar. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more