QPR legend Rodney Marsh has told Talksport he believes Rio Ferdinand “has had one year too many” and described the team’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham as “embarrassing”.Marsh also criticised recent signings Leroy Fer and Sandro and said manager Harry Redknapp “has made some mistakes”.The loss at Upton Park left Redknapp’s side bottom of the table with only four points from their opening seven matches.“The players had a lot to answer for on Sunday but, for me, Rio Ferdinand looked like he played in diver’s boots.Poll: Is it time for Redknappp to go? Click here to vote“He’s had one year too many for me. If he carries on like this for the next 10 games it won’t salvage his season.“It’s probably all over for Rio. He’s a great, great player but at the moment he’s really, really struggling.“There needs to be changes. I look at the players like Leroy Fer, is he capable of pulling you out of a relegation battle?“Sandro was bought in to show some fight but isn’t. To me he looks like a red card waiting to happen every time he plays.“Who can they sign to change the team? The only person you look at and think ‘well he’ll have a go’ is Joey Barton and he’s not playing.”And Marsh believes the current Rangers team looks alarmingly similar to the one which was widely criticised when relegated from the top flight the season before last.He said: “I look at the team back when Mark Hughes was manager and they had a team of ageing players who didn’t look committed to the cause.“I look at this team now. I can’t name a player where you think ‘oh my goodness he’s going to go into a game, sort out a few people, make a few tackles and upset a few people’.“I’m very disappointed in QPR. It’s my club. I can’t see how they’re going to dug themselves out of this hole.”See also:West Ham v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“From the ruins of a racially polarisedorder, we have built a nation driven by astrong commitment to the values ofjustice and equality,” President JacobZuma said on Freedom Day.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) Freedom Day on 27 April 2010 marked 16 years since South Africans of all races went to the polls to vote in the country’s first democratic elections, in 1994. This is the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s speech to the nation at celebrations marking the event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.I am deeply honoured to address the nation on this historic day, on which South Africans buried racial oppression, and ushered in new non-racial democratic order.On this day we remember all the brave men and women whose struggle and sacrifices made it possible for us to enjoy the benefits of democracy today.It is a day to reflect on how far we have advanced in building a new, united and democratic nation.Importantly, it is also a time to consider the extent to which the freedoms articulated in our Bill of Rights find expression in the daily lives of our people.From the ruins of a racially polarised order, we have built a nation driven by a strong commitment to the values of justice and equality.As taught by our icon, President Nelson Mandela, we must remain steadfast in our determination that never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.And so with freedom, came the responsibility of building a non-racial, united and reconciled nation.And we learned from the greatest, our national heroes Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu and many others.We recall the wise words of our icon, Oliver Reginald Tambo who said:“It is our responsibility to break down barriers of division and create a country where there will be neither whites nor blacks, just South Africans, free and united in diversity.”This powerful vision can be achieved, in line with the preamble of our Constitution which states clearly that: “South Africa belongs to all those who live in it”.Compatriots,When celebrating the notion of a country that now belongs to all who live in it, we recall that on this day, sixty years ago, the apartheid government introduced the Group Areas Act.This marked the institutionalizing the racial partition of our cities and towns.That law and the impact it had on our society, illustrates the legacy we have to deal with. And there are many others.Sixty years later, and nearly 20 years after it was repealed, our people still have to daily confront the impact of that law. Many still live in areas once designated for black people on the periphery of our towns, far away from economic opportunity and civic services.The cost of transport alone takes a heavy toll on the lives of the poor. This is only one example among many of the work we still need to do to ensure that our people enjoy the fruits of freedom.These laws may have disappeared from the statute books, but their effects are still felt across the country. Freedom imposes on us a responsibility to work together in the process of changing such conditions.And we must do this fast, because in four year’s time we will have been free for 20 years. We will not have much sympathy for any reasons advanced to explain the failure to make a difference in the lives of our people.When I spoke in Parliament earlier this year I stated that we are entering a new era, an era of doing things differently. It is an era of ensuring that our work is determined by clear outcomes.It is an era of increasing the pace and form of service delivery.That is what we have begun to do during this term of government. We are changing the way government works to improve the lives of our people.As we work to increase the pace and quality of delivery, we must also together acknowledge the progress we have made thus far as a nation, working together as government and the people.We must note that despite numerous challenges and backlog, South Africa has provided over 2.8 million housing opportunities since 1994.We are currently on target in terms of delivery of new housing stock in the various provinces.We must still work further to get our human settlement model entrenched, as we now do not see housing in isolation in this administration. The provision of social services in the communities in which we provide housing is also critical.In this regard, I have convened a special Presidential Coordinating Council meeting on the 18th of May, to discuss with all nine provincial premiers, the need for habitable human settlements throughout the country.Together as national and provincial governments we should find lasting solutions.In extending social services we are building on current successes.Over 91% of households had access to piped water. South Africa has passed the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without sustainable water.We are likely to achieve the 2014 goal of universal access to potable water, despite the challenge of ever-increasing number of households.As of March 2009, more than 10 million households had access to sanitation compared to about 5 million in 1994. South Africa has moved closer to the target date for universal access to sanitation which is 2014.We do not deny that there is still much more to be done, but a lot has also been achieved already.Fellow South Africans,If we are to make a difference in the lives of future generations, we must pay special attention on the development of our youth.According to Stats SA, nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35, making South Africa a youthful country.For any developing country, animportant step towards reducing poverty and inequality is to invest in education.We want an education system that will provide opportunities for children from poor backgrounds to advance economically and socially.The good news is that we are getting somewhere.More South Africans are being educated, and that is because South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education in the world.Our plan is to improve the output and the pass rates through increasing efficiency and accountability in our schools.That is why we say our teachers should be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least six and half hours a day. If they do that, the results will speak for themselves.Fellow South Africans,We reiterate that a defining feature of this administration will be its closeness to the people it serves. As you are aware, I established the Presidential Hotline last year. It has opened our world to a host of issues that are affecting our people.I know that thousands of South Africans have battled to get through to the hotline due to the high volume of calls.I know too that the response rate from many government departments has been very slow, and that while many callers have been assisted, many others are frustrated.We are working hard to improve the service. You should not battle to talk to your own government. That should be corrected.We will make formal announcements soon on how to improve your access to the Hotline, and how to ensure quicker responses from government departments, nationally and provincially.Compatriots,Earlier this week we launched our new upscaled HIV and Aids prevention and treatment plan.This is an integral part of our broader campaign to improve the health profile of South Africans. I urge all of you to heed prevention messages, and to get tested for HIV.Through testing, you will know your status and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. Testing also helps us to deal with the stigma attached to the epidemic.Together we must eradicate the silence and the shame that is associated with HIV and Aids. This epidemic can be beaten if we all decide to play our part and work hard.Ladies and Gentlemen;Freedom Day reminds us that we should all work hard to defend the freedom for which so many have fought and lost their lives.We must work together to build our country and shape its future. We must all work for unity, true reconciliation and cohesion.In February this year, I indicated that there was a need for us to have a dialogue to remind ourselves why our country’s founding fathers and mothers declared us one nation united in diversity.I suggested at the time that we needed to reach out to all South Africans across the class, racial, ethnic, gender, religious and political divides. I said we must engage in a conversation about the true values that underpin our common identity and destiny.My suggestion was motivated by my deep belief and conviction that as a nation, we should yet again draw on the collective South African wisdom to understand one another.I think such a dialogue would help us to live better with one another as South Africans.It will help us to find a common perspective through which we can view the various backgrounds, habits, traditions, customs, cultures and religions that define who we are.It is a modest addition to many other mechanisms we must devise as a nation to arrive at a common understanding over many issues.It will enable us to arrive at a common perspective around the following amongst others:The changing of certain geographical names.The transformation in the workplace and in sport.The songs we sing and the symbols we embrace.Our desire to determine language policy at our schools and universities.The slaughtering of animals to appease an ancestor which is practiced in some cultures.It will assist us with the task we face as a country, to breathe a new life to our nation building efforts.This national dialogue will capture the attention of all our people. Like the 2010 FIFA Soccer World, you will feel it!We will share further information once the initial consultation phase has been concluded.Compatriots,We are just 44 days away from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.We have been offered a significant opportunity to share our humanity, heritage and the beauty of this country with the world.We will display the rich tapestry of our culture in dance and music to show that this is a truly African World Cup.We do not spend enough time celebrating our country, and this is an opportunity to show off. South Africa is rich in its cultural diversity. We have produced music that has earned international accolades.We have a varied landscape with tropical, temperate and Mediterranean climate. We grow a variety of food, fruit and flowers.Our mineral wealth is legendary. We have people who are inventors and innovators.Our country boasts eight world heritage sites, and we must familiarize ourselves with them so that we can all become ambassadors and effective tour guides during the World Cup!These are:• iSimangaliso Wetland Park• Robben Island• Cradle of Humankind• uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park• Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape• Cape Floral Region• Vredefort Dome• Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical LandscapeThese sites are a source of pride and identity that should unite all of us. Let us make the 2010 World Cup a memorable event. Let us rally behind Bafana Bafana.Let us celebrate our national symbols; and let us show the world that we are one nation, united in our colourful diversity.Ladies and gentlemen before concluding let me extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the 16 people who died in a road crash in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.Pain suffered by any South African affects all of us. We are one nation, one people.We extend a special happy Freedom Day to the families of four South African peacekeepers who were released after being held captive in Sudan. They are in good health and good spirit.We thank the United Nations and the Sudanese government for working with us to secure their release.Happy Freedom Day and a happy Soccer World Cup to you all!I thank you.
By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about what scammers are after and common warning signs of work-at-home scams. In part 2, we’ll talk about the questions to ask when pursuing a work-at-home opportunity, what to do if someone has been a victim, and multilevel marketing companies vs. pyramid schemes.Vitaliy Kytayko/PhotospinQuestions to AskAnyone considering a work-from-home opportunity needs to do their homework.First of all, google the company name plus “scam” and/or “reviews.” Of course, take it all with a grain of salt, but you’re likely to learn a great deal. You should also check the company’s reviews on the Better Business Bureau. Check their Scam Tracker as well.Second, check out the company and associated people on the Internet. Does everything seem legit? Are they who they say they are? Where is their physical office and can you call them up and speak to the person you’ve been dealing with?Finally, if still considering working for the company, one should find out more specifics about payment. Find out exactly how much and how often payment occurs, and if there is anything that will vary this. Ask what an average employee makes monthly. Ask to speak to some of these employees.If still feeling skeptical, ask to see proof that the claims they’re making about earnings are true. In fact, under the FTC’s Business Opportunity rule, consumers have the right to ask for a one-page disclosure document that offers important information about “jobs” that are really more “business opportunities” (often fraudulent). Learn more about this important consumer protection here.If You’ve Been a VictimUnfortunately, some will fall victim to one or another of these scams. If this is the case for you, or if you are helping someone who has been scammed, here are some resources that can help.If an identity has been stolen, it should be reported to the FTC at identitytheft.gov, which has many resources to assist in this scenario.File a complaint with the FTC about work-from home job scams here.Business-related scams can be reported to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker.The attorney general’s office in each state can also assist with business-related scams. Find your state attorney general here.A Note on MLMs vs. Pyramid SchemesMulti-level marketing businesses (selling products from home through a distributor, such as Avon, Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Jamberry, etc) are a common way to make money “from home” in the US, and are especially popular for military spouses. They are legal in the United States and are a legitimate way to earn money, though it should be noted that they are not an easy way to make money, and that many people do not earn much in this business.Pyramid schemes, on the other hand, are illegal. Pyramid schemes may consist of “buying into” a product-based opportunity or may be just marketed as “investment opportunities” with no physical product involved. In a pyramid scheme, each “investor” MUST recruit multiple other investors, and the scheme is solely dependent on recruiting others. Pyramid schemes do not work unless the people at the bottom of the pyramid loseIt can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an MLM and a product-based pyramid scheme, because in some ways, the two concepts are similar. However, they are not the same.MLM vs Pyramid SchemeMLM:Reasonable start-up costsThe focus is on the productThe training is about selling the product, not recruiting more sellersCompany supports its sellers in selling and marketing productCompany will buy back unsold inventory from the seller, although it may be at a discounted pricePyramid Scheme:High start-up costsMoney is earned through recruiting new members, not through selling productCompany does not back its products and is not interested in helping sellers market and sell productCompany refuses to buy back unsold inventoryCommissions are offered for recruiting new sellersFrequent pressure to “size up” your investment or pay more for additional trainingIf you’re interested in learning more about MLMs, the FTC has more info here. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0065-multilevel-marketingReferences:References:Brunelli, L. (2017). 7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Work-at-Home Scams. 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New Zealand, semifinalists in two of the previous three World Cups, hope to at least replicate – if not better – those performances as they take on Kenya in their opening Group A fixture of the 2011 edition in Chennai on Sunday.The Kiwis are expected to comfortably win more due to the dumps that Kenyan cricket is in rather than their own obvious all-round superiority.New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said his team will look to make a fresh start at the World Cup after a harrowing run in recent One-Day Internationals.The Black Caps have lost 14 of their last 16 one-dayers, leading to doubts about their ability to lift their game in testing sub-continental conditions.”I hope we can look at the World Cup as a fresh start. Our guys have the ability to bounce back. I prefer to look ahead rather than dwell on the past.” Vettori said.New Zealand comfortably defeated Kenya by 148 runs the only time they have played before, in the 2007 World Cup. In 2003, the Kiwis forfeited their World Cup match in Nairobi due to security concerns.But New Zealand don’t want to take the Kenyans lightly. “The hardest thing about playing a qualifier is that you do not see much of them. Some of their players will be a bit of a surprise. You prepare may be after seeing them on television. It adds its own challenge but that shouldn’t matter. We have to turn up to play well and win,” Vettori noted.The Kiwis qualified for the penultimate round in 1999 and 2007 to underline their potential, but for all that, they have never looked a side capable of winning the Cup and it could be no different this time around.advertisementLack of consistency has been New Zealand’s bugbear as their performance levels swing to the extremes. Yet, when the team clicks as one, the Kiwis have proven to be a handful, although these occasions have been rare and far in between.Their top four batsmen in a reshuffled order – Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder – have not fired in unison which is worrisome for the Black Caps although all are eminently capable of tall scores.In bowling, the Kiwis have a profusion of seamers. In many ways, the tournament holds immense significance to New Zealand who are expected to qualify for the knock-out rounds from Group A. The luck of draw has provided New Zealand with a projected “soft” opener against the Kenyans whose fortunes revolve around their two senior players, Stephen Tikolo (39) and Thomas Odoyo (32), both set to player their fifth World Cup while Seren Waters, a Durham University student, represents their future hope.Kenya may be rank outsiders but captain Jimmy Kamande warned rival teams that they can notch up an upset or two as they had done in the past.”In this tournament, top 14 countries in the world are competing and nobody should be taken lightly. The results will talk about our performance at the end of the day, Kamande said.”We are going to play our brand of cricket that we know best. In all our matches, we are geared up to get good results. We are well organised and prepared. We will enjoy ourselves and not to copy any team,” he added.
ShareAnderson Quartet to Give First Rice RecitalBY DAVID KAPLANRice News StaffNovember 18, 1999They have given concerts at Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Chateau Cantanac-Brown in Bordeaux, France. They also perform in soup kitchens, kindergarten classrooms, institutions for the criminally insane and juvenile correctional facilities.The Anderson String Quartet believes that classical music is literally meant for everyone. In fact, they say it is their mission to create new and diverse audiences for chamber music.“We’re trying to break down that barrier, the belief that classical music is elitist,” says cellist Michael Cameron.They entered the Shepherd School this fall to study in the Quartet Training Program under the direction of Professor of Cello Paul Katz and will study at Rice for two years.On Dec. 2 the Anderson Quartet will give its first Shepherd School recital, performing Beethoven’s “Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4,” Singelton’s “Quartet No. 1 ‘Secret Desire to Be Black’” and Brahms’ “Piano Quintet in F minor” (Jeanne Kierman, piano). The concert will be at 8 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall.Marianne Henry, a founding member of the group, says that the musicians originally came together because they were friends who happened to be African-American. But once they saw the response they were getting from minority audiences they realized that they were role models.The 10-year-old group has devoted itself to community outreach ever since. They are currently teaching music at Looscan Elementary School in Houston’s north side, working in conjunction with Project GRAD, a nonprofit education group, and Da Camera of Houston. Every Friday afternoon, they teach first- and second-graders. They begin the class by performing for the children, then they split the students into four groups for music lessons. The students each have been given their own string instrument.They see their time with the students as more than teaching scales. “It’s so much bigger than the music,” says violist Diedra Lawrence. “They’re budding human beings. Everything you do with them is important–the way you speak to them, look at them, hug them. When I take the girls to the restroom, I always have them look in the mirror and remind them of how beautiful they are. These are the kind of things that count in life.”The lives of the Anderson Quartet musicians have certainly not been short on variety. In ’93, they performed at the inaugural celebration for President Clinton. When they first started out, they were an all female group, and they performed on New York City sidewalks for tips, drawing huge crowds that spilled into the street. They would often get marriage proposals from strangers. In ’97, Lawrence received and accepted a proposal from someone she knew—Cameron.Winner of the International Cleveland Quartet Competition, the Anderson Quartet is the first African-American ensemble ever to win a major competition in the field of classical music. The group is named after the legendary contralto Marian Anderson.Violinist Jeffrey Boga says the entire group is thrilled with the program at the Shepherd School, which he says includes “first-rate teaching and training, very competent colleagues and excellent facilities.” AddThis