Thousands of South Africans living abroadare casting their votes ahead of thenational elections taking place on 22 April.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.)Khanyi Magubane South Africans living abroad have been descending on high commissions and various embassies around the world where they will cast their votes today.About 16 240 registered South Africans abroad are expected to cast their ballots, in a process to be supervised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in 124 missions.Those who are momentarily outside the country on holiday, a business trip, attending a tertiary institution, on an educational visit or participating in an international sports will also be allowed to vote.All the voting stations opened at 7am and will close at 5pm at the local time of the country.The largest turnout is expected in London, where approximately 7 472 expatriates are expected to cast their ballots today.Early morning reports indicated that long queues had already formed outside the South African High Commission in London, where the IEC’s chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula, also arrived to encourage voters.Most of the South Africans in the queue had taken leave from work in order to vote, or had been granted a leave day, or “voting day” by employers.Many of the London-based nationals celebrated their democracy by wearing South African national sport team jerseys and carrying South African flags.In other parts of the world, voting in Australia, which is several hours ahead of South Africa, is almost completed. About 1 230 registered South Africans showed up to cast their vote.In Dubai, 900 South Africans living and working in the country are also voting today. In Wellington, New Zealand, over 400 South Africans are expected to vote today.The Hague in the Netherlands reported 378 registered voters, while Dublin, Ireland, is expecting at least 360 South Africans to vote.A low turn out is expected in the Middle East, as only 75 people registered to vote at the South African Embassy in Ra’anana, and only one in Ramallah in the West Bank.A possible contributing factor to the low number of voters could be that today is the last day of the Jewish festival of Pass Over and observant Jews are not allowed to work, let alone vote on that day.Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, accompanied by a South African delegation, will cast her vote in Geneva, Switzerland later today.Dlamini-Zuma will not be in the country when local voters head for the voting stations.She will be attending the UN World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and related Intolerances.This will be a follow up to the first Racism conference held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in 2003.Ensuring a safe voteIn a bid to ensure that the overseas votes remain safe and secure, the IEC has set up a two-envelop system.Each voter will receive a ballot paper and will vote for their political party of choice.Once the voting has been completed, the ballot paper will be placed in an unmarked envelope and sealed. The marked envelope will then be placed in another envelope with the voter’s name, ID number and voter district number.The envelopes are then placed in a ballot box, which will be sealed and flown to South Africa.On Election Day, 22 April the details on the marked envelope will be checked to verify that the voter is indeed registered to vote and checked for any irregularities. The vote will then be taken out and placed with other votes that have been cast locally.The IEC says this system will ensure that all overseas votes are anonymous when the final ballots are counted.Related articlesExpats allowed to vote overseas SA passport made more secure UK promises visa flexibilityGuide to reporting on electionsUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionDepartment of Home Affairs
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students and Interior Design Students had the privilege of Beth Zsoldos visiting and giving them the opportunity to learn how to do a simple modern floral arrangement as well as discuss floriculture / horticulture careers. Students did so by starting with a small bowl, black floral foam, and flowers. The classes got to start from scratch and use their imagination all while under the instruction of Mrs. Zsoldos. The classes got a feel of modern floral design and the work needed for the profession. Mrs. Zsoldos does floral arrangements for big events and weddings as a freelance floral designer. She also works for Ohio State ATI. She was able to give the classes her input and advice for doing continued education in the floral and turf careers. She explained to the classes the amount of open careers in the floral and turf industry. She informed the classes that there is also a new desire for welders and carpenters to make large things for florists to decorate.
Stags earn another shot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. True enough, luck was on the Lady Oragons’ side as Kmezic and Shyrra Cabriana engineered an oozing rally that left the Lady Realtors grasping for form.After trailing by as many as six in the fifth set, 5-11, Cabriana unloaded a bomb from the service box to make it 8-11 before Kmezic delivered back-to-back kills to inch closer, 10-11.MJ Philips then committed an attack error in the ensuing play before Kmezic knocked down a kill and a block, followed by another ace by Cabriana to give the Lady Oragons the match point, 14-11.“Sinabi ko kay (Kmezic) ‘to spike hard.’ Ang laki nya eh. Pero baka naga-adjust pa sya kasi iba naman ang laro ng Asian sa European,” Tupaz said.Philips fired 21 kills, three blocks and two aces for 26 points while Canadian reinforcement Marisa Field had 15 markers for the Lady Realtors, who fell short despite the presence of new head coach Jerry Yee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rookie team Iriga City passed its first major test with flying colors as it survived a gritty Sta. Lucia Realty side, 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Serbian reinforcement Tamara Kmezic was impressive down the stretch, carrying the Lady Oragons to their first victory in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone, UCPB Gen and Asics.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Kmezic, the league’s tallest import at 6-foot-6, fired 26 kills for a conference-high total of 28 points while local star Grethcel Soltones and Japanese reinforcement Saama Miyagawa chipped in 15 and 10 points, respectively.But more than anything, it was Kmezic’s intimidating presence on both ends that helped the Lady Oragons in the crucial moments of the fifth set.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“Sinabi ko sa kanila na kung mahina ang loob nyo, talo na tayo. So, dapat lumaban tayo hanggang sa dulo,” said Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz, whose wards crawled from a deep 5-11 hole in the fifth set en route to posting the morale-boosting victory in this tourney that has ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.“Siguro lucky lang. Pero step by step lang. Ganun talaga eh, since first-timer kami, tingin sa amin mababa lang. Kung sa sundalo, ikaw ang lowest kasi naguumpisa ka pa lang naman.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Related LinksBoys NYC final By BEN HARRISNew South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) took out the 18’s Boys division of the X-Blades National Youth Championships, but they had to work hard for it.NSWCCC, the runners-up in the last two championships, played their archrivals Queensland Secondary Schools Touch in the final.In 2010 and 2011 QSST had been the champions but this year it was NSWCCC who took the honours with a 9-8 victory.NSWCCC scored in the final stages but QSST had a chance to level the scores right on full-time but they could not convert.NSWCCC co-captain Dominic Field was a relieved player at full-time.“Going into it we were pretty nervous because QSST have knocked off some big teams coming into this grand final. “Even at half-time we were five-all and I was still nervous because we were like that last year and we went down by six.“It’s good that we finally came on top.“I’ve been in this team for three years and we have been beaten twice quite convincingly, so I’m cheering now.”QSST galloped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half but NSWCCC fought back to level the scores up at half-time.NSWCCC hit the lead for the first time in the match late in the second half when Player of the Final Matthew Arnold scored.Field soon made it 9-7 with his late touchdown.QSST scored with 90 seconds remaining and nearly stole the game on the stroke of full-time.NSWCCC’s Jed Ibbotson was named Player of the Series.In the Community Final, Central Queensland Bulls defeated South Queensland Sharks 8-5.In the Developing State Final, Western Tigers defeated Northern Territory 10-7.The overall champions of the X-Blades National Youth Championships were QSST.For more information on the X-Blades National Youth Championships, visit these websites: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
Ajax defender Blind: We pulled the wool over Chelsea’s eyesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax weren’t at their best for watching Chelsea spies after edging past bottom-placed RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.Ajax sneaked a 2-1 away win to go three points clear at the top of the Dutch league as rivals PSV Eindhoven crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Utrecht but Daley Blind said his side got away with a fortunate victory just days before they host Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.“I think it was our worst match in the last two years,” the 29-year-old defender told Dutch television. “We were lucky to come away with the win. We weren’t well organised and we certainly didn’t play with any sharpness.”“They played a long-ball game but nothing fell for us. It was one of those days where we had to grind out a win,” added the former Manchester United player.”It was nice to win this kind of horribly bad game. That’s what it’s about. But we must look at ourselves and ensure this can never happen again.“But hopefully we pulled the wool over Chelsea’s eyes. If we did that then we achieved our mission.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Three times this year, ESPN College GameDay analyst Lee Corso had the opportunity to pick Michigan State. Three times he opted not to, and consequently, lost. It appears that he’s finally a believer.Saturday, Corso, in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten title game between the Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes, picked MSU to win the conference. He donned a large Spartans helmet to make his pick. Here’s video, via FanSided’s Mike Dyce.Corso picks Michigan State pic.twitter.com/F7YIQ1I5Yl— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) December 5, 2015Lee Corso is 0-3 picking against @MSU_Football in @ChevyTrucks #SaturdaySelections this year. He learned his lesson! pic.twitter.com/Ga5f0ftKmx— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2015Corso’s blessing isn’t exactly a good thing – he’s just 3-10 on the year. That being said, Michigan State fans are still probably feeling pretty good about his decision.
roy williams tees off on espn green roomNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams is upset with ESPN – and he had no problem letting everyone know on Friday. Williams, ahead of his team’s contest against Boston College this Saturday, expressed that he isn’t a fan of how the network seems to focus on the “green room” players during broadcasts – meaning the players who are locks to be first round NBA Draft picks. He thinks that the game of college basketball is great – and ESPN shouldn’t just be giving the next-level players attention.Here’s video, via North Carolina:Williams makes some good points, but it’s not as-if he hasn’t seen his own share of “green room” players come through his program. Regardless, we don’t expect the network to change its ways.
Not all the numbers work out so neatly, however. Another bin contains all those favorites with win probabilities in the 50s (anywhere from 50.0 percent to 59.9 percent). These teams were supposed to win about 55 percent of the time. In fact, they’ve won 38 of 63 games, or 60.3 percent of the time. So the teams performed a little better than expected in these games.By contrast, teams with win probabilities in the 60s (from 60.0 percent to 69.9 percent) have won 35 of their 60 games, or 58.3 percent. That’s a bit worse than expected.What’s going on here? How are the somewhat heavier favorites, with win probabilities in the 60s, performing worse than those teams whose win probabilities were in the 50s? Are the heavier favorites getting cocky? Is there something wrong with the model?Probably not. Instead, these differences are well within the ranges that might result from random chance. This is easier to explain visually, as in the following graphic, which portrays the results of games from each bin along with their confidence intervals. Our NCAA tournament forecasts are probabilistic. You could say that FiveThirtyEight is “calling” for Michigan State to defeat Virginia on Friday, but it isn’t much of a call. Our model gives Michigan State a 50.7 percent chance of winning, and Virginia a 49.3 percent chance. For all intents and purposes, it’s a toss-up.Other times, of course, one team has a much clearer edge. Duke was a 92.9 percent favorite against Mercer last week, but Mercer won.Still, upsets like these are supposed to happen some of the time. The question in evaluating a probabilistic forecast is whether the underdogs are winning substantially more or less often than expected. The technical term for this is calibration. But you might think of it more as truth in advertising. Over the long run, out of all the times when we say a team is a 75 percent favorite, is it really winning about 75 percent of the time?FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA tournament projections have been published each year since 2011. The formula has changed very little over that period. (The only substantive change has been adding a fifth computer power rating, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, this season.) That gives us a reasonable baseline for evaluation: a total of 254 games, counting the 52 played so far this year. (These totals include “play-in” games.)You can find a file containing our past predictions here. It’s important to emphasize that these predictions were published at The New York Times or ESPN versions of FiveThirtyEight in advance of each game — these are actual predictions and not hindcasts.Overall, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite won 70.0 percent of the time. How often was the favorite supposed to win? According to our model, 72.1 percent of the time. So at a macro level, the forecasts have been pretty well calibrated (70.0 percent is well within the 95 percent confidence interval drawn by simulating the results 100,000 times).But that doesn’t tell us everything. It’s also important that the heavier favorites, like Duke in its game against Mercer, win more often than the slim favorites, like Michigan State against Virginia.To evaluate this, we can break the 254 games down into bins. The most intuitive way is to use five bins based on the first digit of the favorite’s win probability. For example, one bin contains the 40 games in which the favorite’s win probability was somewhere in the 90s (that is, anywhere from 90.0 percent to 99.99999 percent; in practice, the heaviest favorite in our database is Ohio State, which had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.)We’d expect the favorite to win about 95 percent of these games. In fact, the favorite won 38 out of 40, or exactly 95 percent of the time. The exceptions were Duke this year and Missouri in 2012, which lost to Norfolk State despite being a 97.2 percent favorite. Each result is within its respective confidence interval. The calibration is not perfect. But the deviations from perfect calibration are not statistically significant. We encourage you to check our work, and let us know if you think there’s a better way to judge our results. But overall, the tournament’s results have been reasonably true to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities. Just don’t tell that to your buddy who had Duke winning it all this year.Correction: Speaking of checking our work: a reader, D.K., discovered that our database incorrectly listed Kentucky as the winner of its 2011 national semifinal against Connecticut. The chart, table and text have now been changed to reflect the correct result. We appreciate D.K.’s assistance and apologize for the error.
Then-freshman OSU quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Illinois Oct. 15, 2011. OSU won, 17-7.Credit: Lantern file photoJunior quarterback Braxton Miller was thrown to the wolves in his freshman season with the Ohio State football team.Miller was the starter at quarterback in each of the final 10 games of 2011, including the Buckeyes last game at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, Oct. 15, 2011.In that game OSU pulled off a 17-7 victory, although Miller only completed a single pass.“I was thrown in there early. I don’t think I was ready at that time, but I did what I had to do,” Miller said after practice Wednesday. “It was kind of a big stage at that time, so I had to prepare and it was kind of tough and I didn’t expect to play as a freshman.”Now the No. 3 Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0), will return to Memorial Stadium Saturday, looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games.Coach Urban Meyer, who took over the Buckeyes following the 2011 season, said Miller has come a long way since that game.“I can assure you that (he’s) in a much different place than he was two years ago,” Meyer said Monday.It was a career-low in completions and passing yards for Miller, who has since developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award Nov. 4.Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the game in 2011 was a difficult situation because of Miller’s inexperience.“His freshman year, it was kind of a unique situation for all of us really and we were trying to win games (OSU finished the year 6-7), whatever it took to win a game,” Spencer said after practice Monday. “So now that he has really developed as a passer and he’s gotten better at reading what he has to do, we flow so much better.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said in hindsight, it’s hard to believe the Buckeyes only completed one pass during that game.“Looking back, that’s crazy to me just because our passing game has evolved so much now and so many different guys can score touchdowns for us now,” Mewhort said Monday. “One pass, that’s kind of unreal to think about, and Braxton and the skill guys have come so far.”In his freshman season, Miller averaged 96.6 yards passing yards per contest. This season, Miller has almost doubled his weekly output from two seasons ago, throwing for an average of 188 yards per game.Spencer said Miller’s development as a passer has helped the offense become more balanced this season.“It definitely changes the dynamic. We’re putting up 40-some points a game, so it’s working pretty well for us and his development,” Spencer said. “It’s coming along great … He’s playing really well right now and us as receivers, we’re executing pretty well for him.”Mewhort added that even compared to last year, Miller has become a better passer, helping the Buckeye running game in the process.“Last year, there were some games where teams played us real heavy in the box because we couldn’t do as much with our passing game, but this year, it’s a lot different. There’s not eight or nine guys in the box because this offseason Braxton, the wide receivers, the running backs and the skill guys got together and decided, ‘We’re going to be really good this year,’” Mewhort said. “I think they’ve done that so far, they’ve gotten better every game and that makes it easier on the (offensive line) and the running game, knowing that there are other threats.”In 2012, the Buckeyes beat Illinois, 52-22, with Miller throwing for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 12 completions.Meyer said having a quarterback and leader like redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton to look up to has been a boost for Miller this season – something he did not have the luxury of his first year on the job.“I think the way these two quarterbacks are now preparing, with all due respect to when Braxton was a freshman, he really didn’t have anyone to look up to to say, ‘This is the way to prepare for a college football game.’ And certainly last year, we were just still trying to teach Kenny because Kenny didn’t really know, because neither one of them really played,” Meyer said. “Now they’re both operating at a very high level, they’ve practiced very hard, they prepare very hard, much different than a year ago, so I think Kenny had a lot to do with it and it’s a direct result of the way he prepares, the way he practices.”His relationship with Guiton has been really important in his time at Ohio State, Miller said.“I look up to him as a big brother, I’ve talked to him ever since I was being recruited,” Miller said.Miller hopes to improve on his last trip to Champaign, Ill., Saturday at noon when the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Fighting Illini (3-6, 0-5).