The days of queuing at the Home Affairs offices may become a thing of the past very soon. Through Home Affairs’ online application system and partnership with banks, applying for a smart ID card has become a little easier.Applications for smart ID cards can be done online. (Image: My Broadband)Compiled by Priya PitamberHome Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department was trying to expand its footprint and make it convenient for people to apply.”The entire process is paperless and digitised and there is no human intervention along the line,” he said.e-Home Affairs allows people who are aged between 30 and 35 years old to apply for their smart ID cards and passports, upload supporting documents and pay for their applications online. They can make an appointment with their selected banks to have their photos taken and fingerprints verified.How to applyStep 1: Go on to the e-Home Affairs website and register. To register, you will need to:Complete personal details;Create a password, and;Answer various questions for security purposes.Step 2: You will receive an OTP (one-time pin) to confirm your cellphone number. Enter it in, and click submit.Step 3: You will receive another OTP to login to your profile.Step 4: Complete your application form for a smart ID card. The fields marked in red are mandatory.Step 5: It is optional to upload the listed, supporting documents. The originals will be required when visiting a bank branch.Step 6: You can make an online payment or choose to pay at a branch of a bank. An online payment means you need to log on to your bank’s payment system to complete the transfer. The smart ID card costs R140.Step 7: Book a slot at a bank that has the Home Affairs service available for your biometrics to be captured. But remember:Booking an appointment is needed for a visit to a bank.No booking is needed if you are going to a Home Affairs office.Step 8: Print out your confirmation letter.Step 9: Remember to take your confirmation letter and your green barcoded ID book when going to the bank to capture your biometrics.Step 10: You will receive a SMS notifying when your card is ready for collection at the bank.Source: Department of Home AffairsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Students at Siouxland Christian School here in Sioux City got a special treat heading into their Christmas vacation Friday.Siouxland Dairy Queen threw them a party because the school won a “Battle of the Blizzards” fundraising competition with other metro area high schools.Steven Hill of Siouxland Dairy Queen says in November, each school was paired with a specific Blizzard treat, and 50 cents was donated back to the respective school each time their blizzard was purchased;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/DQ.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……number one school. :11Each student received an Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard at the party.School Development Director Kelli Heilbuth says the funds will be used in a new academic program:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/DQ1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..as well. ;18The school won an additional $1,000.00 for finishing first.Siouxland Dairy Queen donated more than $6,700.00 to the six Sioux City metro high schools participating in the Battle of the Blizzards.
AC Milan coach Gattuso concedes Higuain now closer to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has hinted Gonzalo Higuain is leaving for Chelsea this week.Gattuso was speaking after the Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.He said, “We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces. There is great honesty. When a player makes certain choices, it becomes difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.“At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight. I don’t know what will happen. We are honest with each other and I want him to maintain this attitude, which has never been lacking thus far.”Gattuso continued: “I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice, because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years. It’s his mind, not mine. The most important thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.“I haven’t figured out what Higuain is unhappy with, because I see him look content and involved in the locker room atmosphere. We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 9: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Sanford Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)No. 10 seed Georgia is set to take on seventh-seeded Michigan State Friday afternoon in the opening round of the East region. Yesterday, the Bulldogs received good luck messages from Samuel L. Jackson and country singer Luke Bryan via Twitter videos. Today, some more Georgia fans got in on the act, and it was a star-studded crew.Georgia football coach Mark Richt and his wife, star UGa running back Todd Gurley, rap artist Ludacris, country singer Jason Aldean and celebrity chef Paula Deen all offered their best wishes for their Bulldogs. Deen got her sons involved, and Georgia hoops head coach Mark Fox even shouted out Ludacris’ upcoming album on Twitter. Take a look:The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @MarkRicht pic.twitter.com/78K8kTtzRr— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! Todd Gurley @TG3II pic.twitter.com/RAI9mhrITm— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 17, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @Ludacris Ludaversal album avail 3/31 pic.twitter.com/jHDWsXMPVM— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 17, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @Jason_Aldean pic.twitter.com/z0TEeSsTSL— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 16, 2015The Dawgs are Dancing, and so is the DawgNation! @Paula_Deen & sons pic.twitter.com/q10bPyIkeG— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) March 17, 2015March Madness is awesome. Can’t wait to see what other celebrity supporters Georgia hoops has.
PosPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWAR Only three teams in our sample — the 1977 and 1982 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1980 Oakland Athletics — had lower established WAR levels for their starting lineups on Opening Day than the Orioles will have this season. CCerone-0.2Heath-0.3Whitt+0.4Sisco+0.1 SSTorres+0.3Guerrero-0.3Griffin-1.1Martin+0.0 The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1According to our usual 50-50 blend between the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”:(No word on whether Baltimore owner Peter Angelos secretly built this team of cast-offs so he can move the team to Miami.)There have been a few teams who went into a season with less apparent talent than Baltimore — but not many. Using Baseball-Reference.com, we gathered data for each American League team’s opening day lineup since 1973 (to include every team who used the designated hitter full-time) and calculated those players’ established WAR track records going into the season.2To find a player’s established level of performance, we multiplied his WAR from the previous season by three, doubled his WAR from two seasons before and added it on, then added his WAR from three seasons before, and divided by six. This is an old Bill James invention for roughly projecting how much you can expect out of a player (in any given stat) based on the previous three years of performance. The track records for these Orioles — to the extent they have track records at all — place the team at or near the low-water mark at each position relative to all other AL opening day starting lineups since 1973: CFWoods-0.1Murphy+0.7Moseby+0.5Mullins-0.1 LFScott+0.0Henderson-0.4Woods+0.6Mancini+0.6 1977 Blue Jays1980 Athletics1982 Blue Jays2019 Orioles Baltimore’s place among the worst opening day lineupsAmong American League teams since 1973, the four worst opening day lineups according to the sum of players’ established wins above replacement (WAR) levels DHVelez+0.7Essian+1.6Mayberry+1.8Santander-0.2 2BGarcia-0.6Picciolo-0.8Garcia-0.2Villar+1.8 RFBowling-0.1Armas+0.3Barfield+0.7Hays+0.0 Total-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.1 1BAult+0.0Newman+0.7Upshaw-0.4Davis-1.0 3BMcKay-0.5Klutts-0.1Mulliniks-0.3Nunez+0.9 Established level is calculated as a weighted average of WAR from the previous three seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs One of those teams, the ’77 Jays, was an expansion club that won just 54 games. But the two others finished around .500, meaning there are limitations to predicting off a lineup’s previous MLB track records. Of course pitchers can come to the rescue, as they did for Toronto in 1982 (led by the underappreciated Dave Stieb). Also, young players can emerge in dramatic breakout fashion: Rickey Henderson had done little as a rookie for the 1979 A’s before erupting for 8.3 WAR in 1980, for instance.But it’s tough to find the next Stieb or Henderson waiting in the wings to save Baltimore this year. De facto staff ace Dylan Bundy had a 5.45 earned run average last season, while the top prospect in the Orioles system, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is starting the year in the minors and probably won’t be a full-time contributor until 2020. Among those actually in this lineup on opening day, outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays and catcher Chance Cisco probably have the best breakout potential. In fact, FanGraphs currently projects Mullins for a team-best 1.8 WAR, thanks to a combination of power and speed that could make him one of the few Orioles worth watching this season.New Orioles general manager Mike Elias told BaltimoreBaseball.com earlier this month that he wants the rebuild to go quickly: “This team finished last last year with a bad record,” he said. “I want to get out of that phase as quickly as possible, and so every decision that we’re going to make is going to be towards accelerating our advancement to be a playoff-caliber team again. I see no reason to stretch that out, drag it out beyond what we have to.”For now, though, this Baltimore lineup looks like it will battle the Miami Marlins for the saddest collection of mediocre veterans and anonymous prospects in the game. In each case, you’ve probably never heard of half of these guys, and the ones you do know are way past their prime. (Or never had a prime.) We’ll just have to see if this ragtag group can rally together and win the pennant anyway — or more realistically, rally to avoid 115 losses this time around.
Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledges fans after the Browns’ 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 14 in Cleveland.Credit: Courtesy of TNSBeing a Cleveland Browns fan means that Sunday afternoons in the fall have great opportunity to be a day filled of letdown, gloominess and disappointment. Frankly, this has been the case five out of the last six weeks.What may be the worst part of this expanse is the fact that the Browns have lost four of these games in the second half after having a solid lead or on the last play of the game. Here a few examples from this current season: Sept. 27 – The Browns hosted the Oakland Raiders, in which Cleveland had played a hardfought game. Quarterback Josh McCown performed well with 341 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Browns rallied from behind to score a field goal and a touchdown with six minutes left in the game. Driving one last time, Cleveland had the ball on Oakland’s 35-yard line with 43 seconds left on the clock. McCown tried to connect a deep pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a potential game-tying score, but veteran safety Charles Woodson intercepted the ball, killing the drive and thus ending the game.Oct. 4 – Cleveland traveled to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers. Out of all the games listed, I think this one wins the title of biggest disappointment. Another solid game from McCown and the entire team kept the Browns close in all four quarters. Under the five minute mark, Cleveland engineered a late touchdown drive, then converted on the two-point conversion to knot the game at 27. The Chargers stormed quickly down the field in response, setting an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. The first attempt went sailing as time expired but the ball clanked off the post. The field goal was no good. However, an offside penalty on the Browns essentially gave the Chargers’ kicking unit a redo, which it sent through the heart of the uprights.Oct. 18 – The Denver Broncos — undefeated and led by future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning — made their way to the banks of Lake Erie for a visit to an electric First Energy Stadium. Cleveland was coming off a win over its rival Baltimore in thrilling fashion — storming back in the second half and eventually connecting on game-winning field goal in overtime. (It’s crazy how the Browns can be on the bright side for once). Now, back against the Broncos, the Browns’ defense had quite the game, forcing three interceptions. This enabled the offense — despite the lackluster performance — to hang on in yet another tight game. Forcing overtime for a second straight week, Cleveland had backed the Broncos into a corner by intercepting the ball and having incredible field position. On par to what the season had been thus far, the Browns offense had a brain-fart, stalling out and eventually punting to give the Broncos the ball back. As the clock in overtime continued to dwindle down, Manning and the Broncos rallied, generating an impressive drive to only end the game on a 34-yard field goal. The Browns had their opportunities but they fell through their grasp.Nov. 1 – This past week, Arizona arrived in town. Cleveland got off to sluggish start before putting on an offensive clinic in the first half. McCown connected with tight end Gary Barnidge — who appears to now be McCown’s go-to man — for a touchdown, followed by a pair of connections with former Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline for two scores to give the Browns a 20-10 lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime. The momentum ceased to continue in the second frame though, as the defense struggled to pressure Cardinals’ signal-caller Carson Palmer, which allowed the 13-year NFL veteran to surgically dissect the Browns defense through the air. To no one’s surprise, the offense then stalled. Though the end result was not close, the first half sure gave fans a false hope for the rest of the game. But, in typical fashion, fans were left shaking their heads as another ‘L’ was added to the Browns’ record.What is by far the most painstaking element, and the utmost epitome of Cleveland Browns football is the fact that the team consistently loses games it has been a contender in. The past few seasons are great examples, in which the final record in no way represents how the season actually went.The Browns are on the verge of something good — a winning season, a playoff berth perhaps. The games this season reflect such a bold statement. One positive season is on the way, loyal Browns fans. I feel it.But it cannot come with a quarterback struggle and rearranging of coaches and front office personnel. It is difficult to give hope for a team that is a laughingstock of a league, but know that when these games are close, they are signs that there is success on its way.
Senior safety Christian Bryant is helped off the field after breaking his ankle in a game against Wisconsin. OSU won, 31-24, Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Senior safety Christian Bryant readied himself on the field, scarlet Buckeye fans erupting in cheers around him Sept. 28, 2013. Instead of taking down intended target, Wisconsin running back James White, Bryant took a hit from teammate sophomore Joshua Perry resulting in a broken ankle.A broken ankle that meant an end to his season and potentially his college career.Despite his inability to play, Bryant’s name was never out of discussions within the team. However, attempts to receive a an extra year of play from a medical redshirt as well as rehabbing his broken ankle seem to be thwarted. Coach Urban Meyer announced Thursday at a press conference Bryant would neither play in the Orange Bowl Friday nor have his petition approved by the NCAA for a medical redshirt.“I believe the appeal was denied. I’m not sure if there’s another one, to come back for another year. He won’t be able to play in this game,” Meyer said. “There was a little bit of outside hope to get him ready, but the injury that he had was pretty severe. I’m not sure if there’s another appeal process left.”Bryant might not be on the field, but the responsibility he garnered as a leader will be. After his injury, another stepped up on the defense: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier.The game following his friend’s injury, Shazier donned a No. 2 jersey rather than his traditional No. 10. Changing numbers wasn’t taken light heartedly – Shazier even has “10” tattooed on his arm. From then on, he was playing for someone else as well.“When Bryant went down, Ryan Shazier assumed a lot of that responsibility, including taking his number, and has done a really magical job at that. He was not a leader a year ago,” Meyer said.Losing Bryant meant the Buckeyes were losing more than just a pivotal defensive player.“Christian Bryant was our best player on both sides of the ball, and we lost him and his leadership skill,” Meyer said.While Bryant’s injury ended his own career. it might have had an impact jump-starting Shazier’s. The latter ended the 2012 season with 115 tackles, Bryant second to him with 71. This year, the linebacker has racked up 134 tackles, according to Ohio State.“He’s been a very good player this year, but he’s done a nice job leading, leading by example, practicing hard, and even being more vocal. That assumes some of the Christian Bryant responsibility,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
Everton defender Seamus Coleman believes the club is heading in the right direction after they bounced back from losing 6-2 to Spurs and win 5-1 at Burnley.Everton’s 5-1 win at Burnley was their first victory in six matches, putting last weekend’s humiliating 6-2 home defeat to Spurs behind them.Coleman was encouraged by their performance at Turf Moor as they steamrolled a hapless Burnley side.“We wanted to bounce back after that very disappointing defeat to Tottenham,” Coleman told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We knew it was going to be tough because they [Burnley] cause a lot of problems for teams with their style of play.“Our three centre-halves dealt with it brilliantly throughout the game. Then we had that little bit of talent in the forward positions to cause them trouble so we’re very happy with the win.“The confidence was there. The manager keeps telling us to believe in ourselves, to keep playing with a smile on our faces. At times we did that.“I thought there were periods in the game where we were very good, periods where we weren’t so good but it’s a work in progress and we want to keep getting better throughout the season.”