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  1. Noobly

    The Bitcoin thread

    Dropping HARD at the moment.
  2. Every four years the United States (US) vote in the midterm elections. What are they? How does voting work? And what are the key issues dominating this 2018's vote? Here is a dummies guide. What are the midterm elections? Americans votes for a new president every four years in a general election. Midterm elections occur halfway through a president's term and are usually held in November. Midterm elections are not the same as state and local elections, which are held yearly. What do Americans vote for in the midterms? Americans vote for members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which make up the upper and lower chambers of Congress. Congress is the legislative (i.e. law-making) branch of the US federal government. The House of Representatives consists of 435 seats that are up for election every two years. One third (35) of seats in the Senate is also up for election as members of the Senate serve staggered six-year terms. Also up for grabs are 36 state governors' offices, three US territory governors' offices, many mayors' offices and local officials. Voters will also decide on ballot measures such as former felons' right to vote. How does the Senate election work? The Senate is composed of senators, each of whom represents a single state in its entirety, with each state being equally represented by two senators. The winners in each state are the candidates who receive a plurality of the popular vote. To win the Senate, a party needs to win 51 seats. The Republicans currently hold 51 seats and the Democrats 49. However, out of the 35 seats up for election in 2018, 26 are held by Democrats. The party will therefore need to keep all 26 their seats and gain two seats to take control of the Senate – a tall order. How does the House of Representatives election work? To win the House, a party needs to win 218 of the 435 seats. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats. The Democrats therefore need a net gain of 24 seats to win a majority. The House is composed of representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the US Census, with each district entitled to one representative. All representatives are directly elected. The Republican Party currently controls both the House and the Senate. What are the polls saying? Polls are suggesting the Democrats are likely to win the House, while the Republicans will keep the Senate. Historically, the president's party is likely to lose the House in his first term. While unemployment is down and the economy is growing under President Donald Trump, Republicans are worried about his spending and greater voter turnout among Democrats could mean a victory for the blue party. According to early predictions more than a dozen Republican-held seats have already flipped, while the Democrats appear to be holding onto their seats. Why does it matter who wins? With the Republicans controlling both the Senate and the House, the Trump administration has until now enjoyed the full support of Congress. If the Democrats control the House, they will be able to hinder Trump's ability to implement programs as he wishes. The party with a majority in the chamber also controls its committee chairmanships and has the power to issue subpoenas – so a Democrat-controlled House could enforce aggressive oversight of investigations of the president's administration, including alleged Russia collusion, Trump's business dealings and sexual assault allegations against him. The House can also initiate impeachment proceedings against the president, although it would need a two-thirds majority in the Senate to remove him from office. Do people actually vote in the midterms? Voter turnout in the midterms is usually much lower than in the general elections, but this year seems to be a record year. Three days before the election, the New York Times reported that 31.5 million people had already voted in the absentee elections. According to the Pew Research Institute the number of votes cast in Democratic primaries for the House were 84% higher in July than at the same point in the 2014 midterm primaries. What are the key issues? Even though Trump is not on the ballot, he is at the centre of the 2018 election. The midterms are always seen as a referendum on the White House occupant but the billionaire businessman's unique approach and personality has taken the trend to a new level. Sending thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border to counter a migrant "invasion", questioning the validity of birth right citizenship and spreading stories of scandalous murders by undocumented immigrants, Trump and his Republicans are making immigration a closing argument of the campaign. The Democrats, in turn, have focused on health care with the central message to voters being that if Republicans strengthen their grip on Congress, they will destroy health care, including coverage protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. What else? This year's midterms are said to be the most expensive in the history of the US with a total of $5.2bn being spent on campaigning, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Source: News24
  3. Noobly

    Stock Watch Thread

    So I see Santova bought SAI Logistics, they do india and hong kong, that must add tremendous value to Santova and with their share price down 4% currently, I wonder if I should not pick some up?
  4. Now Chinese are opening their own Police Stations in South Africa, they have already opened 13 & this one was opened yesterday in PE. They even teach police to speak Chinese so that the Chinese people don't struggle to communicate with them. I want to say fake news, but somehow this along with Cyril's presidency makes me feel this is true, can anyone confirm?
  5. Noobly

    The Funny Pictures thread

    Halloween Day at Sygnia (Team State Capture)
  6. Noobly

    Dischem share price

    Multiply by Momentum has launched Multiply Money Full Article: https://www.iol.co.za/personal-finance/my-money/multiplying-money-made-easy-17636032
  7. Noobly

    Who has naspers shares?

    From @SimonPB
  8. Een van die vyf vermeende bomme wat vandeesweek na kritici van Donald Trump gestuur is, was bestem vir die nuusnetwerk CNN. In sy reaksie hierop het die hoof van CNN Worldwide onomwonde die vinger gewys na die antijoernalistieke klimaat wat deur die Trump-administrasie geskep is: “Daar is ’n totale gebrek aan begrip by die Withuis oor hul volgehoue aanvalle op die media. Die President, en veral die Withuis se perswoordvoerder, moet weet dat hul woorde saakmaak. Tot dusver het hulle geen begrip daarvoor getoon nie.” Dit is in baie plekke in die wêreld ’n besonder gevaarlike tyd om ’n joernalis te wees. Verlede jaar is ’n rekordgetal joernaliste wêreldwyd in hegtenis geneem. Slegs enkele dae gelede het die verdwyning van die Saoedi-Arabiese joernalis Jamal Khashoggi uit dié land se ambassade in Istanbul wêreldwyd opslae gemaak. Daar word nou allerweë aanvaar dat Khashoggi, ’n prominente kritikus van die Saoedi-Arabiese regering, vermoor is. Hoewel die Saoedi-Arabiese regering aanvanklik enige kennis van die voorval ontken het, het ’n Saoedi-amptenaar beweer dat Khashoggi in ’n vuisgeveg in die konsulaat dood is. Sy liggaam is egter steeds nie gevind nie. Turkye se rekord ten opsigte van persvryheid is self beroerd. Volgens die Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is dié land onder bewind van president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan die land ter wêreld waar die meeste joernaliste in hegtenis geneem word, met China en Egipte op sy hakke. Op ander plekke in Europa gaan dit ook sleg: Die ondersoekende joernalis Daphne Caruana Galizia is verlede Oktober in Malta deur middel van ’n motorbom vermoor, en die teregstellingstyl-moord in Februarie vanjaar op die Slowaakse antikorrupsiejoernalis Jan Kuciak en sy verloofde, Martina Kusnirova, het kommer laat ontstaan dat ’n klimaat van onstrafbaarheid (“impunity”) besig is om op die *bad word* please do not do that inent pos te vat. In die VSA, wat dikwels daarop roem dat hy die bastion van Westerse demokrasie is, kan ’n duidelike tendens van “sluipende outoritarisme” bemerk word, wat vererger word deur die verspreiding van mis- en disinformasie. Hoe lyk die situasie nader aan die huis? Die nieregeringsorganisasie Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) het pas hul verslag oor mediavryheid in Suider-Afrika vrygestel. Dit skets nie ’n mooi prentjie nie. Die streek word opgesom as “’n landskap waar die geleidelike en subtiele ondermyning van vryheid van spraak vererger word deur enersyds die media se stryd om ekonomiese oorlewing en andersyds die media se relevansie vir burgers wat alte geredelik hulself van die media distansieer en die kritiese rol daarvan om magshebbers tot verantwoording te roep, geringskat”. ’n Algemene tendens van demokratiese agteruitgang in die streek word bemerk. Van die lande wat in die studie ingesluit is, word Tanzanië en Zambië uitgesonder as lande waarin demokrasie sterk agteruitgegaan het. Voorvalle in Zambië sluit in ’n bomaanval op ’n media-instelling in privaatbesit en die afkondiging van ’n noodtoestand nadat openbare instellings onder brandstigting deurgeloop het. Onder Tanzanië se president John Magufuli is daar al hoe minder ruimte vir kritiek op dié land se regering, en verskeie opposisiepolitici en joernaliste is as dood, vermis of in hegtenis aangemeld. Hoewel die internet dikwels gesien word as ’n uitweg waar amptelike sensuur of regeringsinmenging omseil kan word, duur die tendens voort dat Afrika-regerings die internet blokkeer. In 2017 is twaalf voorvalle in nege lande in die streek van opsetlike onderbrekings van internet- of selfoonnetwerke opgeteken. ’n Verwante probleem is die daarstelling van wette wat aanlyn inhoud reguleer. Volgens Misa word hierdie wette dikwels voorgehou as beskerming van burgers se regte, maar in werklikheid bedreig of kriminaliseer sulke swakgeformuleerde wette meer dikwels burgers se vryheid van spraak. Die registrasie van blogs en aanlyn forums wat volgens voorgestelde nuwe regulasies in Tanzanië vereis sal word, hou die risiko in van verdere druk op vryheid van spraak in dié land. Die voorgestelde Suid-Afrikaanse wetsontwerp op kubermisdade en -veiligheid wek ook kommer dat, sou sulke regulasies ingestel word, dit vryheid van spraak kan onderdruk en groter moontlikhede bied vir monitering van burgers se kommunikasie deur die staat. Pogings tot groter beheer oor die kuberruim is ook merkbaar in Zimbabwe en Namibië, waar aktiviste beswaar teen soortgelyke wetsontwerpe aangeteken het. Wat Suid-Afrika spesifiek betref, is daar ook rede vir kommer. Ten spyte van ’n Grondwet wat vryheid van spraak waarborg, word daar in die verslag opgemerk dat die organisasie Freedom House se klassifikasie van Suid-Afrika se vlak van mediavryheid afgeneem het van “vry” na “gedeeltelik vry”. Hoewel die kriteria onderliggend aan sulke klassifikasies soms bevraagteken word, het die Wêreldvereniging van Koerante en Koerantuitgewers (WAN-IFRA) ook aangedui dat die toestande in die land minder bevorderlik raak vir mediavryheid. Dit is deels te wyte aan die Suid-Afrikaanse regering se oorweging van strenger maatreëls om die media te beheer, byvoorbeeld die voorgestelde Media-appèl-tribunaal, asook ’n klimaat van onverdraagsaamheid teenoor kritiek in die algemeen. Die alomteenwoordigheid van korrupsie en staatskaping, asook die groeiende voorkoms van fopnuus en misinformasie op sosiale media, dra tot hierdie negatiewe oordeel by. Die jaar 2017 in Suid-Afrika is voorts gekenmerk deur aanvalle deur polisielede op joernaliste wat protesoptogte dek, asook die obstruksie van joernaliste en fotograwe op misdaadtonele. Dreigemente teenoor joernaliste, diefstal van toerusting asook die opsetlike verdoeseling van inligting deur regeringsamptenare en sakelui tydens joernalistieke ondersoeke word verder genoem as bydraende faktore wat die algemene klimaat van mediavryheid in die land laat verswak het. Die beklemmende ekonomiese omstandighede vir die media in die land is ’n verdere probleem. WAN-IFRA het hul kommer uitgespreek oor wat beskryf word as die langsame “versmoring” van onafhanklike en kritiese media deur onttrekking van, of onduidelikheid rondom, advertensiebesteding deur die regering se inligting- en kommunikasiediens (GCIS). Dalende sirkulasie van die drukmedia is ’n volgehoue tendens. Bogenoemde negatiewe kwessies nieteenstaande, merk die verslag ook op dat daar in 2017 verskeie positiewe ontwikkelinge op die Suid-Afrikaanse mediafront was. Hieronder tel die oopvlekking van staatskaping, ’n ondersoek deur ’n parlementêre komitee na wanbestuur by die SABC, asook volgehoue goeie werk wat deur die Persraad en –Ombudsman verrig is. Hoewel aanvalle op joernaliste in Suidelike Afrika oor die algemeen afgeneem het in 2017, blyk dit dat die aanvalle wel in brutaliteit toegeneem het. Joernaliste in Suid-Afrika was ook nie gevrywaar van druk en intimidasie nie. Die verslag maak veral melding van die dood van Suna Venter as gevolg van trauma wat sy ervaar het as deel van die “SABC 8” wat hulle teen redaksionele inmenging by die uitsaaier verset het. Haar stresdood het gevolg op doodsdreigemente, aanranding, saakbeskadiging en inbrake wat sy moes deurstaan. Die interdik wat die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Redakteursforum (SANEF) teen die lede van die Black First Land First-aktiviste verkry het ná hul aanvalle op en dreigemente teen joernaliste van Business Day en AmaBhungane word ook vermeld. Die verslag se afdeling oor Suid-Afrika eindig op ’n hoopvolle noot – die bedanking van die voormalige president Jacob Zuma en sy opvolging deur pres Cyril Ramaphosa. Laasgenoemde word gesien as “beter ingestel” op die voordele van ’n oop samelewing en die onwenslikheid van strenger beheer oor die media. Source Litnet.co.za
  9. The president says the aim is to build a county driven by enterprise and innovation, and develop an economy that is diverse, resistant and prosperous’ Local and international companies will announce various investment strategies for SA over the course of the inaugural investment conference on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. “With your presence here, you have chosen to walk along the path for growth, job creation and prosperity for the people in this country,” Ramaphosa told the more than 1,000 delegates at the opening of the event, adding that SA’s potential has been constrained in recent years. “Our task to move our country forward is to build a social compact, to build our country and move our economy forward. [To] build a county driven by enterprise and innovation, to develop an economy that is diverse and resistant as well as prosperous,” he said. “The history of injustice, which has seen the continued exclusion of millions of South Africans, particularly as it relates to skills and the ownership of assets, is the single greatest impediment to the development of our society.” He said economic growth and job creation are at the centre of SA’s national agenda. This will move forward through the “ambitious and unprecedented drive” to raise at least $100bn over five years that was announced in April. “We did so knowing no meaningful growth and job creation would be done without a massive surge in investment in our economy,” he said. “Today a number of local and international companies will be coming forward to make announcements on investments they want to make to expand and invest in our economy.” He said that SA has also received investment pledges from a number of other countries. “In furtherance of this commitment, I call upon South African companies to engage with the investment envoys, to engage on their investment plans, including capital expenditure,” said Ramaphosa. Over the course of the day, Ramaphosa said a number of pertinent issues will be raised, including policy uncertainty and regulatory obstacles investors have identified. He said the government has been working with the World Bank to ease the process of doing business and creating a new foreign direct investment strategy for the country. “We will reduce timelines, for investments to be affected with greater speed,” he said. He said the government will also confront challenges in some of the largest state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have experienced years of decline in governance, financial performance and have been eroded by corruption. “The private sector plays the biggest role. Where we have played the role as the state, many of our own companies have faltered and stumbled along the way. It is essential that those companies be restored as drivers in the economy,” he said. Touching on land reform, which has been a concern for investment, Ramaphosa said there is general agreement among most South Africans that it needed to be accelerated “not only to address the historical injustice perpetrated against the majority of our people, [but] … to effectively unlock the economic potential of our land”. He said the government is providing certainty to those who own land, who need land and those looking to invest in SA’s economy. “Our constitution should allay any fears that their factories will be expropriated. That shall not happen. Your investment will be protected.” source: businesslive
  10. Noobly

    Do you own a Fitbit?

    I have the Alta and it lasts about 6 days for me.
  11. This decrease does seem like a waste of time, but I am hoping it marks a turning point.
  12. New data from the Central Energy Fund shows that the petrol price is set to drop by 3c in November. The possible decrease is attributed to a strengthening rand and a decrease in Brent crude oil prices. South Africa’s petrol price jumped to a record-breaking R17.08 in October; this would be the first decrease in eight months. The South African petrol price is set to drop by 3c per litre in November, the first drop in eight months, new data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) shows. But the news is not all good: the diesel price is set for a massive 35c per litre hike. The possible decrease in the petrol price is attributed to a strengthening rand, and the global decrease in Brent crude oil prices, data from the CEF released on Wednesday shows. The CEF is a state-owned entity mandated to manage PetroSA and Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) to secure South Africa’s national energy security. Hugo Pienaar, senior economist at the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University, said things are looking increasingly promising for consumers in South Africa. “It is not only that the rand, on average, performed stronger against the US dollar, but the oil price also fell sharply from around $86 a barrel in early October, to around $76 today,” Pienaar told Business Insider South Africa. He said the petrol price may decrease slightly or remain the same as October prices when a formal determination is made. The local petrol price jumped to a record-breaking R17.08 inland in October, and R16.49 at the cost. “I think the most important point is that the price [of petrol] will stay roughly the same, which in itself is positive after the sharp increases,” said Pienaar. President Cyril Ramaphosa set up an inter-ministerial committee in July to investigate possible interventions the state can make to lessen the effect of petrol price hikes on South Africans. The initial report was set to be completed by September, but has now been postponed to the end of November, energy minister Jeff Radebe said this week. Source: Business Insider
  13. President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended the NPA's Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi pending the outcome of an inquiry into their fitness for office. Jiba is the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions and Mrwebi the Special Director of Public Prosecutions. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon. The inquiry will be led by former justice of the Constitutional Court Yvonne Mokgoro. In a letter to Jiba and Mrwebi Ramaphosa said: "I have taken into account the serious nature of allegations that you are unfit to be in so high an office, where the work of our criminal justice system is central to the critical and pressing matter of all prosecutions, especially prosecution of corruption cases and safeguard of our public purse. "You hold a senior position with influence over a large swathe of the NPA. It is the interest of the NPA’s image as a whole that I consider here, and of the integrity of an enquiry (sic) that must result in the clearest and most convincing conclusions about the integrity, and sound leadership of the NPA." *This is a developing story. Source: news24
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