The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his budget speech in parliament on 22 February 2017.The Minister’s speech will address the social and economic issues affecting South Africa and detail government’s plans for the next year.We asked ordinary South Africans what they would like to hear addressed by the Minister which affects them and below is a video with their responses:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftA business valuation is an investment most business owners should consider making. A business valuation is a procedure that is performed in order to evaluate your operation and then determine its estimated economic value. This service is carried out by a certified public accountant that holds the credential that positions them to gage the value of businesses based on a number of factors.Many professionals believe that selling your business is really the only reason to have a business valuation performed. However, here are several scenarios that call for a thorough review of your business’ worth. Our firm has been performing this service for clients for many years, for many different reasons. Yes, if you are preparing to sell your business, a valuation will provide you with the numbers you need to a secure a deal that benefits both you and the new owner. But that is just one reason.You will need to know the fair-market value of your operation in the event that you consider merging with another entity. Or, you will need to be armed with the right numbers if you plan to add a new owner to the business so you can set the buy-in amount for him/her. The same goes for owners and other shareholders that will be exiting the business.What about your own exit strategy? Knowing the value of your business sets you up to create a better retirement plan, whether you plan to sell, pass it along or close up shop all together. Many times I work with business owners who must know the value of their operation due to a family-related situation. For example, business owners going through divorce proceedings often need to know the value of their business so they are properly informed during legal proceedings. Or, a family emergency comes into play and the current value of the business is as vital piece of information that is needed as the parties involved work towards a solution. Sometimes needing to be aware of the true value of your business has nothing to do with selling or leaving and everything to do with expansion. How you know just how far you can grow without knowing where you currently stand in regards to finances and value?When looking for someone to assist your privately held enterprise with independent valuation requirements, you want to partner with a CPA with varied experiences and intense training in valuation theory as well as application, litigation support, accounting, tax, auditing, finance, insurance, economics and investments. There is no substitution for experience, so you will want to secure a firm that routinely performs business valuations. As always, contact me with any questions you may have.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 [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While Lake Erie has garnered much of the water quality attention in the state, more efforts are shifting to the state’s other bodies of fresh water, including the Ohio River, that are also experiencing issues with harmful algal blooms.At an event last week, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program announced the expansion of the voluntary retailer program to the full state of Ohio, allowing nutrient service providers across the state to participate in the efforts to reduce nutrient runoff into waterways.The program encourages agricultural retailers, service providers and other certified professionals to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. The program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council (NSC), stakeholders from business, government, university and nongovernmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to decreased water quality. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).The program was initially launched in March 2014 with a focus area of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The decision to expand came as retailers outside the WLEB expressed interest in getting involved.“This was really in the knick of time. We launched this in March of 2014 and just a few months later in August, people in Toledo were told they couldn’t drink their water. Our industry has supported change and it’s not easy,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the OABA. “In the last few years we have made some monumental strides.”On Jan. 1, 2017 the program will be open to nutrient service providers providing nutrient recommendation and/or application services to grower customers in the full state of Ohio.“The Nutrient Stewardship Council was getting requests from nutrient service providers, farmers, researchers and citizens throughout the state. We are excited to see this voluntary yet robust program expand to all of Ohio,” said Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, The Nature Conservancy’s nutrient strategy manager and Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman who received the Distinguished Service Award at the event. “We are really excited about the program going statewide because not only is Lake Erie important but also the Ohio River and all of the fresh water lakes and rivers that we have in between. We are excited to get the program out to our retailers and for those ag businesses to talk with their growers start doing things a little differently to take into consideration the watershed impacts of their farming practices.”The program currently has 34 certified retailers who have earned or maintained certification through annual third-party audits, servicing 2.7 million farm acres in and around the Lake Erie Basin. The expansion will allow the program to reach more than 14 million total acres of Ohio’s farmland. By Jan. 1, 2017 the Program will outline 44 criteria to be implemented over a three year period.The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. For more information about the program, visit 4Rcertified.org, email [email protected] or call 614-326-7520.
Make the most of FCPX in a collaborative workflow with these useful guides to shared editing.If you’ve not yet seen this behind the scenes making of video from That Studio, you’ll soon come to realize that global shared workflows are becoming more and more feasible, even for small teams of collaborative creators.Although this video is all about the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, there are plenty of ways to use Final Cut Pro 10.1 in a shared workflow.FCPX Collaborative WorkflowAuthor and trainer Larry Jordan, is always an indispensable source of insight, especially on all things Final Cut X, and in this case you won’t be disappointed. In this excellent step by step guide, Larry walks you through how to correctly import and manage your media for a smooth collaborative workflow experience. Most helpfully he also details some common sharing scenarios, from two editors working on the same project, sharing networked media to having a producer create a rough cut remotely, which are a must read.Final Cut Pro X is designed with collaboration in mind, but it requires thinking differently about how and where to store your media. Libraries reduce the need for cloning drives, instead we simply need to copy files from one drive to the other. And the ability to move projects by containing them within libraries makes sure that all essential data transfers from one editor to another.If you are looking for a much more in-depth guide to using FCPX as the central point in a collaborative workflow then this free 57 page primer from the London based creative consultancy 10dot1, is probably the best you could possibly hope for. It is an outstanding paper covering all aspects of sharing, media management, and file backup in great detail.The paper covers four different ways in which you can collaborate and then goes on to elaborate on a further six different sharing scenarios, including XSAN storage, NAS storage and a 4k film workflow. You can directly download the free FCPX collaborative guide here.More Posts on FCPX WorkflowsIf all this talk of FCPX workflows has made you hungry for more information on the core topics of media management, file back up and organizational workflows, which all underpin getting any creative work done effectively, then you might want to check out some of the other rich resources right here on The Beat.Backing up your work is essential preparation for side-stepping any unexpected drive failure, system crash or corrupt project. This recent MacBreak episode talks you through it.In this short video you can learn in 4 minutes how powerful it can be to organise your FCPX Libraries with Smart Folders.Editor Aaron Williams shares this excellent article on his three top tips for handing over a project to another editor.Looking to learn FCPX? Check out this 30 minute introduction, recently posted by Caleb Ward.I also recently collected together a lot of great FCPX workflow tips, tricks and tutorials over on my blog, which might also be worth a look. Check out this recent FCPX Workflow Round Up. The post includes mastering metadata for an efficient feature film workflow, round tripping to DaVinci Resolve 10 and much much more.
Are you interested in teaching the next generation of Touch Football stars?With over 230 school programs registered so far for the Sporting Schools Program, Touch Football Australia (TFA) is eager to engage with its members and accredited coaches in order to effectively deliver all of these programs.TFA has developed the Field Officer Program which will provide the capacity for accredited coaches and interested members to become involved in the Sporting Schools Program.To be eligible to become a Field Officer an individual needs to: – Be aged 15 years or over– Have a current state/territory Working With Children Check – Hold a General Principles, Foundation or Talent level coaching accreditationAs a Field Officer you will receive: – Program payment between $25 and $50 per hour/session (dependent on accreditation level)– Uniform– Resources– Educational and pathway development opportunitiesIf you are interested in becoming a Field Officer please click the following link and complete the form – TFA Field Officer Registration. For more information on the Sporting Schools Program, please visit www.sportingschools.gov.auIf you have any questions or would like further information, please contact TFA via [email protected] Related LinksTFA Field Officers
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Also in development are the boat-inspired Ark Car, the all-female led Tarna the Jackalope and another, which the team hopes to keep under wraps and make a splash when it is completed. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter There is a workshop in this city where a ragtag collective of creative Toronto folks are working in the belly of giant metal beasts. Near Dupont and Ossington, it is known as The 4tress, and this is the hub of Toronto’s mutant vehicle movement.Also known as art cars, there are currently four of them in various states of construction, with metal frames and innards being worked on by a volunteer army of artists, designers and other handy people who spend their days in the advertising industry or working on sets for the TV and film production and other trades.Heavy Meta is a fire-breathing dragon that is fully functioning and has already made over a dozen trips to Burning Man and other regional events. It will be on display during Pride at the stage at 526 Church St. this weekend from 5 p.m. onward.
Beatrice Hunter (centre) and her son Scott Dicker (right) are among 14 Labrador land protectors who had criminal charges against them dropped this week. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Crown has dropped criminal charges against more than a dozen land protectors in Labrador who were involved with the occupation of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project site in 2016.The decision came on Wednesday, more than two and a half years after the event, when Innu, Inuit and settler Labradorians occupied the project site for four days in a last ditch effort to protect their traditional foods and way of life.Scientists and Indigenous leaders had warned that reservoir flooding at Muskrat Falls would lead to spikes in methylmercury in the aquatic food chain, including fish, seals and waterfowl.But the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and project proponent Nalcor Energy did not adequately respond to the warnings with mitigation efforts.Beatrice Hunter, an Inuk woman living in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was one of several dozen land protectors who occupied the site.In the summer of 2017 she was jailed for 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after she refused to promise Supreme Court Justice George Murphy that she would stay away from the project site.The experience has left her with PTSD and other health problems, she says.But Hunter doesn’t regret the occupation.“It was the first time in my 48 years I saw my fellow Labradorians fighting oppression [together], so I don’t regret it one bit,” she told APTN News Thursday.“I was a great moment. I was proud to be a part of it. I’m glad my son also witnessed it; I’m glad he was a part of it too,” she said.Hunter’s 25-year-old son, Scott Dicker, also had his criminal charges dropped.“For the last two and a half years, it wasn’t easy,” said Hunter. “But I guess doing the right thing, what you feel is right, isn’t easy anyway.”At least six other land protectors, including Inuk Tony Wolfrey of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, still face criminal charges.The father and grandfather was one of eight individuals arrested on Oct. 17, 2016, several days before the occupation, for participating in a blockade of the project site’s main entrance.Wolfrey’s daughter, Emily, who is now 27, was violently arrested by RCMP officers moments after her father.She had been standing in what police called a “safe zone” during the blockade in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 17.Despite obeying the police orders to stay away from the project site entrance, after yelling in distress over her father’s arrest Emily was handcuffed, arrested and charged.She filed a complaint with the RCMP over the arresting officer’s conduct, but that investigation found no wrongdoing on the federal police force’s part.“If I knew that she would be getting arrested, I wouldn’t have bothered,” Tony said of his role in the blockade.“You should have seen the bruises on her,” he added, referring to Emily’s arrest.Dozens of land protectors, including Innu, Inuit and settler Labradorians, occupied the Muskrat Falls site in 2016. Some still face criminal and civil charges. Photo courtesy TheIndependent.ca.Tony says he and Emily should not be facing criminal charges and have pleaded not-guilty.He says they will appear in provincial court again next month.“We had to bring attention to what happened, and is still happening, because they still never clearcut [the reservoir],” Tony added. “The only way to get attention was to get arrested, I think, and for people to see what was going on.”During the occupation provincial and Indigenous leaders agreed to create an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to study the methylmercury issue and make recommendations for mitigation.The committee filed its report to the government in April 2018 and recommended that more vegetation be cleared from the dam’s reservoir prior to the final stages of flooding.More than a year later, and despite pleas from Indigenous leaders and grassroots people in Labrador, the government still has not ordered Nalcor Energy, its own Crown energy corporation, to clear the reservoir.Nalcor has said the final stages of reservoir flooding will take place this [email protected]@justinbrakenews
England managed to win their last preparation game for the upcoming World Cup in Russia as they beat Costa Rica 2-0 at home and Marcus Rashford was the main star as he scored the winner.The Manchester United attacker put a great performance in this last friendly match before the team will head to Russia – and he admitted that the expectations will be really high this year on the national team.Rashford spoke about the upcoming tournament as he said, according to Sports Mole:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament. I still need to get in the box a bit more to finish off chances. It means a lot to be involved but going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim.”“We have got a good chance. Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations.”