Mybelief that indigenous peoples are currently the most neglected among Guyanese under this regime is still intact. During the 39th Sitting of Parliament last Thursday, this belief was again vindicated by disregard for Amerindian development, displayed by the Government of Guyana.The responsibility to seek approval for a contingency sum of over $48 million for the Ministry of the Presidency and State House fell on the shoulders of the subject Minister, Joseph Harmon. Harmon defended that the massive sum covered installation of furniture and equipment for both State House and the Ministry, and included 6000 solar systems. Interestingly, these 6000 solar systems were part of a plan under the former PPP/C Government, to increase accessibility to electricity to Amerindians residing in the Hinterland.Further scrutiny by the Opposition PPP/C revealed that the solar systems have already been acquired by the coalition Government and according to Harmon, installation has already begun. As if to reassure himself of the legitimacy of such an extravagance, the Minister added that the initiative is intended to render “State House totally green”. When a breakdown of the $48 million was requested by the Opposition, Minister Harmon indicated that he could not provide the information but that “the bulk of the money had to do with the purchase of these solar systems”. Minister Harmon knows nothing of the details of this luxury – a burden borne by a Guyanese population taxed to the marrow.When asked by the Opposition if he was aware that the 6000 panels were part of a programme under the PPP/C Government since 2013, to develop the Hinterland and Amerindian homes, Harmon indicated he knew nothing of it. Instead, he audaciously and shamelessly defended that “this wasn’t the case as of May 2016”. Yet, he was a big wig of the PNC Opposition barely over a year ago, and witnessed his party gut the Amerindian budget of 2013 and 2014, deliberately stymieing Hinterland development.Then, the Minister was asked to provide specifics on the type of solar systems which were procured by his Government, in an attempt to determine whether they were the same which were scheduled for procurement under the former administration. Harmon indicated that he knew nothing of such details.When asked what was so urgent and unforeseen about these panels that they necessitated a contingency plan, especially since the subject Ministry and State House are equipped with fossil fuel back-up generators, Harmon, visibly harassed by the plethora of questions aimed at rendering the Government accountable to the Amerindian peoples of this country, finally had an answer.He retorted that the acquisition of 6000 solar systems just for the President’s residence and the Ministry of the Presidency “had to do with the quality of the building, the quality of the facilities which we [the coalition] found in those places”. This was his way of saying that unlike the Presidents before him, President Granger cannot live in a humble abode, even if that humble abode was State House. Evidently, his answer fell short of a reasonable explanation which suggested that again, the Minister knows nothing of contingency plans.Harmon was then asked to clarify whether or not there was a plan to convert all Guyanese homes to solar electricity and if so, when would the implementation phase commence. He responded with a generality, claiming that “It’s not just about putting a solar panel on every house. It involves more than [a] solar panel, it is an entire solar system that we’re talking about here.” However, he adamantly refused any further explanations as to when Guyanese can look forward to the benefits of renewable energies, presumably because he knows that there is no such policy or he knows nothing.This scenario can be described as nothing less than theft from the Amerindian peoples of this country, where tax dollars are being used to sustain the gluttony and avarice of a Government which has done nothing but trampled on the rights of farmers, Amerindians and the working poor while killing the economy. It is theft when tax dollars fund the continuous beautification of Georgetown, multimillion sporting and massive increases in Government salaries and travel expenses while there is no proportionate redistribution of wealth.But perhaps the true abomination of this theft lies in the silence of the Minister of Indigenous Affairs, powerless at the detriment of his people.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against a Web site peddling personal pictures, videos, diaries, and other items belonging to heiress Paris Hilton that were once kept at a storage facility. Hilton sued the Web site ParisExposed.com last month, accusing it of exploiting her private personal belongings for commercial gain. The injunction issued Friday temporarily bars the Web site from releasing Hilton’s personal information. The Web site claims to have footage of Hilton in a “sexy bubble bath” video and various shots of the socialite in “racy situations.” – Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and charged with new drug trafficking offences this week after being found with more than $15,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.43-year-old Andre Rozon was arrested by the Grande Prairie organized crime team on Wednesday. Rozon was wanted on a warrant stemming from a previous ALERT drug trafficking investigation that concluded last September.Rozon’s latest arrest occurred while he was stopped in a vehicle, along with co-accused Nolan Knibbs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 157 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2 grams of heroin, and $1,970 cash.- Advertisement -Rozon was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance. Knibbs, aged 27, was also charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.It’s not known when the two will next appear in court.
Mark Kelly and Andrew McElhinney believe they have the right ingredients to make O’Donnell’s a successful business. “I want to wish Andrew and Mark well in their new venture. It is good news for Laghey and for the people of Donegal.” “And of course we will continue to bake O’Donnells award-winning breads for customers both here in Donegal and elsewhere.” “It shows that with will and determination, positive outcomes can be achieved in many of these cases,” said Mr McDermott. “As an insolvency practictioner I always face various problems when a business is in trouble, and it is always preferable if a business can be sold on as a going concern.“Thankfully that was the case in relation to O’Donnells. Mr McElhinney, a bread agent, said: “We are delighted to be the new owners of O’Donnells. It is a great bakery with a great deal of heritage and we will continue to use the fantastic family recipes handed down over the years. O’Donnell’s award-winning bakery in Laghey went into liquidation in January with fears over jobs. New bakery owners Andrew McElhinney and Mark KellyTHIRTY JOBS have been secured at a County Donegal bakery, one of the county’s leading insolvency practictioners announced today. However a former employee of the old company Mark Kelly and bread agent Andrew McElhinney have come together to buy the business.The announcement secures 15 full and part-time positions at the bakery and 15 bread agents in the county.Patrick McDermott, the Letterkenny-based accountant who specialises in insolvency work and business recovery, said he was delighted that O’Donnells Bakery had been saved. Mr Kelly, a baker with O’Donnells before it went into liquidation added: “We are looking forward to the challenges ahead. It is a competitive market but I am confident that our breads speak for themselves. Once people taste the quality of O’Donnells range of products, they always come back for more.”The move means the O’Donnell name will remain on a wide range of quality bread products.O’Donnell’s Bakery, a family-owned enterprise, has been operating in South Donegal since 1969. In 2005, brothers Charlie and Eamonn took over the operation from their father and uncles and moved it from its original home in Ballyshannon to a purpose-built premises in Laghey. DELIGHT AS 30 JOBS SAVED AT O’DONNELL’S BAKERY AFTER EXPERT NEGOTIATES SALE was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AccountantBallyshannonLagheyO’Donnells BakeryPatrick McDermott
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Rob Green has called time on his career no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow tense Getty gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED REAL DEAL Green started his career at Norwich and made 12 appearances for England.He said in a statement: “Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23 year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.“Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.”Green also played for West Ham, QPR and Leeds, winning promotion to the Premier League with the Hammers and Rangers.He won the First Division title with Norwich in 2004 and started the 2010 World Cup as England’s first choice goalkeeper. deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has announced he has retired from playing football.The former England goalkeeper had been with the Blues for a year but did not make an appearance, although he was in Baku for Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal. LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REPLY But Green was dropped following the opening 1-1 draw with the United States after allowing Clint Dempsey’s tame shot to creep through his legs.Green added: “I’ve had the joy of representing some fantastic clubs, all of whom have helped to shape me in their own varying way.“Thank you to all of the fans and everybody connected with Norwich City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England.“Thank you to all of the managers, coaches and staff I’ve worked with and thank you to all of the teammates that I’ve shared a dressing room with over the years.“Collectively we’ve shared some amazing times and I leave the game with memories that I’ll always treasure.”
“We’ve been unfortunate really with injuries that we’ve had this year and it’s taken a little bit of the creativity away from our squad with the unavailability of players for a period of time. So that’s something that we’ve obviously looked at.“We’re calm. The recruitment department behind the scenes have been working very hard in terms of identifying the right types of players that can make a difference for us, not just for now but going forward.”Speculation about striker Moussa Dembele’s future has been rife since long before the transfer window opened and Rodgers admitted he didn’t know if the highly-rated Frenchman would still be a Celtic player after deadline day.“I can’t say either way,” he said. “You just never know.“At this moment in time Moussa’s here and training but we shall see.” He said: “I think [adding new faces] is something that we’d like to do but we stay calm. “We have a month to do it.“For us it’s about trying to get the quality and not necessarily about numbers. “It’s trying to get in the players that can really help make a difference for us. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he wants to make more signings in the January transfer window but said he won’t buy just to expand his squad.The league leaders have already signed Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig and Lewis Morgan from St Mirren this month, though the latter has been loaned back for the rest of the season.Rodgers revealed that Compper had picked up an injury that could rule him out for a month but played down talk of him signing another defender following Erik Sviatchenko’s departure to FC Midtjylland. However, he said that he was in the market for additional quality and was looking at adding a creative player.
Duncan Luke, founder of SponsorMe, said there were many organisations and entrepreneurs that had identified a need for a platform to share and connect organisations, “and this project aims to better understand the environment and how it could best serve organisations and potential volunteers for these organisations.” Individuals and companies are both being called on to get involved. “The NYDA and SponsorMe are calling on all organisations that have opportunities for young volunteers to become involved, share their needs, sign up and give input in this project,” SponsorMe said. “We will be hosting an online forum for feedback on the online platform as well as focus groups in Cape Town and Johannesburg with organisations in October and November.” Organisations interested in getting involved can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteer-organizations, and individuals interested in volunteering can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteers. SAinfo reporter 8 October 2012 South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has partnered with civil society organisation SponsorMe to launch the pilot of an online volunteer platform in a bid to increase the number of young South Africans that volunteer. The platform, launched last week, allows volunteer organisations and individuals to connect and offer their services where they are most needed. The idea came about through consultations between volunteer organisations at the Knowledge Network Seminar in January this year, National Youth Service general manager Patrick Mphale said in a statement. It is the culmination of consultations and engagement with volunteer organisations and the Flemish government’s partnership programme, which is aimed at promoting youth volunteerism in the country, Mphale said. “This online platform is part of the five priorities of the programme to upscale and promote youth volunteering of which the other priorities are capacity building of civil society organisations, knowledge generation through research, funding for sustainability and marketing and advocacy.”
Ray Maota The Sapekoe Tea Estate on the hills of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo comprises two estates, Middelkop and Grenshoek, on 1 000 hectares of land. The managerial staff at Sapekoe,including Francis Mnisi, assistant GM (4th from the right), and Kwena Maphoto, the CEO of the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (2nd from right).(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kwena MaphotoGteda: CEO+27 15 307 3296RELATED ARTICLES• Skills drive needed for auto industry• Imbizo boost for entrepreneurs• Brics development bank underway?• Power sector ripe for innovationThe Magoebaskloof community in the Tzaneen area of Limpopo province will be reaping the fruits of enterprise, when an abandoned tea tree plantation is revitalised into a project that will create over 500 new jobs in 2013.The plantation was operated by international tea maker Lipton since the 1960s, but the company left in 2006 when the land was returned to the people, through the Mamphoku Makgoba Community Trust, as part of South Africa’s land redistribution programme.Lipton had been supported in its efforts by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state-owned finance institution that was set up in the 1940s to encourage industry development and promote economic growth.Although it is yet to yield monetary value, the Sapekoe Tea Estate project will see a majority of the people in the community – which has a high unemployment and illiteracy rate – secure jobs, with profits from the business going towards the trust. The IDC is also involved in the Sapekoe community project.The estate’s revamp was spearheaded by the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (Gteda), which is owned by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and was established in 2007 with a focus on development work and job creation in the area.“With the initial funding of R15-million (US$1.7-million) from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture,” explained Gteda CEO Kwena Maphoto, “we started with the pruning of the trees and are now rehabilitating them.”A majority of the work will be in the fields, while an additional six managerial positions will become available.Gteda, said Maphoto, involved the community from the early stages of the project, when feasibility studies were being done.“This is going to be their project once it takes off, so they need to know exactly what’s going on,” he said. A pot full of opportunitiesAgriculture is a key economic driver for the Tzaneen region, and thus has the most potential for job creation.The 1 000-hectare Sapekoe property consists of the Middelkop and Grenshoek tea estates. In addition to funding from the provincial government, the project also received another R9-million ($1-million) through the Limpopo Agri-business Development Corporation in 2012 to improve the condition of the existing tea trees.Maphoto said the company, once in operation, has a number of possible offshoots that include producing organic tea and iced tea, as well as the processing and packaging of various brands of tea.“There is also the possibility of tea garden tourism, and the diversification of the estate into forestry and avocado production,” he said.Nothing had been produced on the estate for over six years before the revamp of the area started in 2011.The goal for the Makgoba community is to develop appropriate, viable and sustainable business plans for the two tea estates with the assistance of an external investor.“This is to generate sustainable income, create jobs, and facilitate economic growth and capital investment that will address the problems of poverty, low absorption rate of labour force into the economy,” said Maphoto.To date Gteda has provided equipment worth just under R5-million (US$571 000) for the people of Makgoba to get the operation off the ground so that the transition will be easy when they take over the running of the establishment next year.The gesture also gave the community a sense of ownership over the production process. A feasible ventureThrough the feasibility study undertaken before the revitalisation of the tea estates, it was discovered that the phytonutrient extraction technology for the production of high purity bioavailable green tea extract was the most appropriate to pursue.These extracts are used in juice drinks, iced teas, isotonic drinks and yoghurts.According to Maphoto, the technical and financial assessments of the green tea extraction technology at both Middelkop and Grenshoek indicate a very high profit margin which could be realised in the first year following the rehabilitation of the tea estates.“The Makgoba Trust can receive financial benefit of up to R30-million (US$3.4-million) per year when the business is in full production,” he said.
Sam Nzima’s famous picture hangs at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Antoinette Sithole, left, gives tours at the museum and says schoolchildren still find the uprising hard to believe. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Hector Pieterson Museum +27 11 536 0611 • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • Historic Soweto township turns 80• Trio aspires to retain Hector legacy• Soweto tours with a twist• Youth Day: lessons from 1976Lucille DavieAntoinette Sithole, Hector Pieterson’s sister, finds that schoolchildren want to touch her to see if she is real, once they have heard the story of 16 June 1976, and see the famous photograph of her running alongside Mbuyisa Makhubu, who was carrying the dying 12-year-old Hector in his arms.“They find the story unbelievable,” she says now, 38 years later. On that fateful day, police opened fire on thousands of schoolchildren who were protesting against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. Hector was the first child to die on the day, in uprisings that spread across Soweto and the country in 1976. By the end of the year, there had been more than 500 deaths around the country.Sithole now gives tours at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West in Soweto, built just a few blocks from where her brother was shot. The children say that the event happened a long time ago, and it’s hard to believe it took place. “They just keep on touching me – I am the past and the present, and it is very exciting.”It is striking that the children of today don’t appear to have unity, she says; she explains to them that back in 1976 children supported one another; they had a sense of unity. “Now children do drugs, and there is teenage pregnancy, and they don’t take a stand. They are living in another world.”She has told the story thousands of times of how she joined the march of up to 15 000 schoolchildren, on their way to Orlando Stadium to discuss their grievances. About having to repeat it almost every day, she says: “At first I could not talk about it, but I am part and parcel of the story. I now feel honoured and proud to talk about our history.” Schools on strikeTensions in schools had been growing from February in 1976 when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for refusing to teach in Afrikaans. Efforts to make representations to the education authorities were rebuffed, and in mid-May about a dozen schools went on strike, with several students refusing to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary, and Morris Isaacson High – marched but before they got to the stadium, the police met them, in Moema Street. No one knows who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were running in all directions; some were left lying wounded and dying on the road.The museum, opened in 2002, captures in graphic photographs, posters, TV footage and artefacts the events of the day, together with eye witness accounts. A series of ramps leads the visitor into the belly of the museum, where one is finally confronted with the famous photograph taken by The World photographer Sam Nzima. He took a sequence of six photographs of Makhubo carrying Hector and putting him a car. He was taken to the nearby Phefeni Clinic, where he was pronounced dead. The photographs were splashed across the front pages of newspapers around the world, and Hector became the symbol of apartheid repression.Sithole takes overseas visitors through the museum, and says that they cry when they hear the story. “They say I am brave, that they couldn’t talk about it. But I am not angry, I have learnt forgiveness.”She remembers the events “just like yesterday”. But on the other hand, sometimes she doesn’t believe the story herself, as if she is watching a movie, she adds. Sometimes she is restless, and would like to have “me time”.Recently turned 54, “every birthday to me is very, very important” she says, “because if my brother hadn’t have died, it could have been me”. She gives talks around the country, and has been invited to speak in Europe, Canada and the US. She gives credit to her mother, as the one who is strong. “Whatever happened to her she accepts.” Hector’s motherSeventy-one-year-old Dorothy Molefe says she still misses her only son, who would be 50 this year. “I miss him a lot, we were very close, he was like a brother to me. I miss the jokes, the teasing. He was clever, jolly, always smiling.” And because he was her only son, it was harder for her. “I don’t even think of how old he would be now.”Molefe still visits his grave in Avalon Cemetery, in Soweto. “I think of the memories of when he was alive.”Back in 1976, it took three weeks to get Hector’s remains from the mortuary. “He was the last one of the children to be buried,” she said in 2005. She found the funeral “very hard”. “I didn’t want to be too sad, in case everything didn’t go right.”Hector was one of six children; Molefe had three daughters and a son with her first husband, and two daughters with her second husband. Since Hector’s death, she has had to bury a second child: in 1997 her 15-year-old daughter, Debbie, died in a car accident. She has 12 grandchildren – her son would probably be a grandfather today, if he’d lived.The apartheid government was jolted by the event. The immediate consequence was that Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants. But the most significant change was that urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Previously they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, far away from industrial centres and jobs. The hunt for MakhuboThe 18-year-old Makhubo was harassed by police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His late mother told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the mid-1990s that the only communication she received from him was a letter he wrote in 1978 from Nigeria. According to the Mail & Guardian, he is believed to be still alive and detained in a Canadian jail on immigration charges.The newspaper reported on 13 June: “Last year saw the failure of a Department of Arts and Culture-initiated project to repatriate a man – believed to be the very same Mbuyisa Makhubu – detained in Canada for 10 years on immigration charges. The DNA results into his identity were pronounced inconclusive. But for the Makhubu family, hope remains.” The Citizen newspaper reported the following day: “[The department] is in the process of clarifying the situation regarding DNA tests done on a man currently in Canada that some maintain could be Mbuyisa Makhubo.”The man has been imprisoned in Canada for a decade on immigration charges, claiming his name is Victor Vinnetou. In its report, the Mail & Guardian said that according to detention review transcripts supplied to it by Canada’s immigration and refugee board, “the detainee in question has been living in Canada since 1988 and has been detained there since 10 August 2004. He assumed multiple identities since arriving in Canada and has the symptoms of a mental health disorder.”
By 2030, compared to workers in 2018, technology will enable workers to be more mobile, more productive and more capable, according to a new survey on technology in the future workplace by Dell.Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer at Dell, said that “stronger human-machine partnerships will result in stronger human-human relationships, as companies take a customer-first approach and lead with insights. By applying machine learning and AI to customer data, companies will be able to predict and understand customer behavior like never before.”Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer of Dell Technologies, said that “you can understand why the business community is so polarized. There tend to be two extreme perspectives about the future: the anxiety-driven issue of human obsolescence or the optimistic view that technology will solve our greatest social problems. These differing viewpoints could make it difficult for organisations to prepare for a future that’s in flux and would certainly hamper leaders’ efforts to push through necessary change.”On the employer side, nearly half say that the introduction of AI, automation and new technologies will free users up to do higher-level more productive tasks, while the other half disagrees with this. Despite that split, 82 percent say that in the future, workers will become more collaborative in their relationship to machines, creating “integrated teams.”On the employee side, nearly 80 percent of employees said that they think machine and software will help them with their jobs, making work more engaging and empowering the users to improve how they perform their jobs. But despite the potential for good, most also admit that they worry about the safety of their jobs in that future too. They worry that fewer workers will be needed and their job may be one of those that no longer exists.