Tuschen man who needed AB+ blood dies

first_imgVishnu Singh, 22, of Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, died of malaria on Friday while a patient at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.Vishnu SinghHe was in dire need of 23 units of AB+ blood after he fell ill upon returning from Bartica.He was taken to numerous hospitals where he was treated and sent home, however, his health continued to deteriorate.When he was taken to St Joseph Mercy Hospital, he was finally diagnosed with malaria but by that time, he was in a critical condition.His mother and many others had taken to social media pleading with persons with AB+ blood to come forward. The call was indeed heeded but unfortunately his condition could not be reversed.The family has extended heartfelt thanks to all those who donated blood.last_img read more

Lawmakers Want NOCAL Audited

first_imgIn the awake of the financial turmoil affecting the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Capitol Hill is demanding a full-scale systemic and forensic audit of the company.The nation’s oil and gas regulator is facing a deep financial meltdown, a situation that has forced the one time “wasteful spending entity” into economic failure.Hitting Liberia’s “struggling economy” hard, the financial crisis at NOCAL shocked the state, forcing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to personally intervene in a move aimed at rescuing the public entity.President Sirleaf set up an interim management team with the responsibility of leading NOCAL to a comprehensive bailout.Despite her intervention, lawmakers have started to debate the need for the public spender to submit to a “comprehensive audit” in order to identify the root-cause of the financial meltdown.In separate comments, Representatives Gabriel B. Smith and Julius F. Berrian indicated that commissioning an audit of the entire NOCAL system which would unearth the financial transgression is paramount to addressing the crisis.According to Rep. Berrian, “dismissal or retirement benefits for NOCAL’s executives in the absence of a serious audit will have a negative bearing on national government.”These things happen everywhere, he said. “But ignoring the most important action to institute right now and focusing attention on non-essential issues is counterproductive.”The Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that despite Capitol Hill’s oversight responsibility over NOCAL, “there was no way for either committee of the Legislature with direct oversight to have seen this coming.”For his part, Rep. Smith described the crisis as a “turbulent time for Liberians, particularly those benefiting from NOCAL’s local and foreign scholarship program.”He noted that facing such a financial situation with scores of students placing their hope for a better future through NOCAL is “sad” and needs prompt action.Relative to reports of the President drawing-up a “fabulous retirement package” for few of NOCAL’s executives including Dr. Randolph McClain, the company’s CEO, Smith said; “If such a report is true, the President is not in her right mind.”Meanwhile, sources close to the Capitol Building hinted that the matter will form part of the House of Representatives’ agenda for discussion today Tuesday, September 8.According to sources, a majority of lawmakers have agreed to vote on a decision for the House’s plenary to order the commission of audit of NOCAL by the public anti-graft agency, General Auditing Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labourer slapped with robbery charge

first_imgMatthew Gasper of Lot 130 D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown appeared on Friday before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly to answer a charge of robbery under arms.The court heard that on Wednesday, March 20, at 08:30h, while in the vicinity of Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, he robbed Dennis Grant of his gold chain and cellphone.According to the Prosecution’s case, Grant had gone to visit a friend in the area when four men brandishing a handgun pounced on him, demanding that he hand over his valuables. Thereafter, the men made good their escape on foot.The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station, and Gasper was positively identified as one of the four men during an identification parade.Bail was refused, and the matter was adjourned until May 25.last_img read more

Two local firefighters receive prestigious medals

first_imgPhoto: Mayor Bruce Lantz (middle) applauds Fire Chief Fred Burrows (left) and Captain Tom Worton (right) after they received their Service Bar on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows and Captain Tom Worton received a high honour on Monday. On behalf of the Governor General of Canada, Mayor Bruce Lantz awarded the two local firefighters their Service Bar.- Advertisement -The Service Bar accompanies their previously-awarded Fire Services Exemplorary Service Medal. Ten years ago, the pair received those medals after completing 20 years of service, ten of which saw them performing risky duties. On Monday, the pair got a standing ovation from city council. Fire Chief Burrows started with the city as Deputy Fire Chief in 2003. Captain Tom Worton joined the City’s fire crew in 1979.last_img read more

GUN USED IN LETTERKENNY ROW WAS FAKE

first_imgGARDA sources have confirmed that a gun produced during a row in Letterkenny earlier this week was a replica weapon.Officers are continuing to investigate an incident which began at a house in the town in a dispute over a car.Twelve people were at the scene when the gun was produced. Gardai despatched an Emegency Response team to the scene. A file has been sent to the DPP. GUN USED IN LETTERKENNY ROW WAS FAKE was last modified: April 29th, 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)last_img read more

Only 6% of cross-border traders prepared for no-deal Brexit, report finds

first_imgAs few as 6% of cross-border traders are prepared for cash-flow issues in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a report has found.New research has found that most are choosing to disregard the potential impact a no-deal Brexit could bring.While the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, only 6% of cross-border businesses have examined the possible legal implications for business contracts. Cross-border body InterTradeIreland said that the consequences of market access changes could mean firms are exposed to significant additional costs.The trade body found that just 6% of cross-border traders are prepared for cash flow and liquidity issues in the event of a no-deal Brexit.They have urged business owners to take steps to protect themselves.Aidan Gough, InterTradeIreland’s designated officer and director of strategy and policy, said: “Ignoring Brexit is a bigger issue than not preparing for it. Advertisement “Failing to take into account how it may impact your business could be very detrimental down the line.”There are about 20,000 cross-border traders on the island of Ireland.A substantial proportion of these are micro-businesses, which are particularly vulnerable to changes in current trading arrangements and are more likely to be reliant on the cross-border market as their only export destination.The latest research also shows continuity of supply is an additional problem that could hinder cross-border businesses and the ability to trade, but fewer than one in ten have taken steps to interrogate their supply chain. Tariffs are a further issue that could strike at the viability of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the event of a hard Brexit.InterTradeIreland’s latest business monitor highlighted that just 12% of SMEs that trade across the border have looked at the possible impact of extra taxes on their business.Mr Gough said that InterTradeIreland has launched a new campaign to encourage cross-border traders to plan for Brexit, adding that the research underlines the need for companies to start acting now.“We want to reach as many SMEs as possible to help them prepare, that’s why InterTradeIreland is launching our new campaign,” he added.“This will be a significant departure for InterTradeIreland.“It recognises that Brexit is the elephant in the room and with the deadline of October 31 fast approaching, Brexit is now just too big to brush under the carpet.“We think this approach and striking visuals will resonate with busy firms on many levels.”InterTradeIreland highlighted its online Bitesize Brexit, a tool for cross-border traders which details specific actions that businesses can take to prepare for Brexit.In a statement from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, a spokeswoman said it has been working with companies for more than two years to raise awareness of the key Brexit challenges.The statement said: “The department’s ongoing engagement and research indicates that the proportion of businesses preparing for Brexit is increasing, particularly among those businesses identified as most exposed to Brexit-related impacts, and that awareness of the key Brexit challenges is also increasing.“Almost 60% of Irish SMEs report a good understanding of the likely implications of Brexit impacts that are relevant to their business.”The department said that a survey carried out in February this year suggested that planning for Brexit is increasing, with almost half of SMEs saying they have taken “some form of engagement” to prepare for Brexit.“Among the most impacted businesses, progress is also being made, for example more than half of exporters indicate that they have a Brexit plan,” the statement added.Only 6% of cross-border traders prepared for no-deal Brexit, report finds was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Remarks for consul general Yusuf Omar

first_imgHowever, it was not just the prospect of escaping those winters that caused me such excitement when I learnt my next assignment was to be Sao Paulo. What got my adrenalin going was the prospect of playing a part, however small, in the building of a historic relationship. What Brazil and South Africa and our other partners in the so-called south do together in the years and decades ahead will, I am confident, mean better lives for untold millions of our people. Together, we are striving for a system of global governance which is more democratic and which more accurately reflects the world as it is, rather than as it was half a century ago. Together, we are working to achieve a new set of international trade rules that will empower the hitherto disempowered to lift themselves out of poverty, for the betterment of all. Our countries share many daunting challenges, but we also share a capacity to innovate and find solutions.. For example, who could fail to be profoundly impressed by Brazil’s achievements in the fields of alternative energy or combating HIV? South Africans, too, are ingenious people. A third of our petroleum needs we furnish from coal. With the pebble bed modular reactor we are on the threshold of revolutionizing the economics of nuclear power. In Paris this week we are showing off what could well be the world’s first truly affordable electric car. .Technological problems are not the only things we are good at. We have successfully confronted political and social problems that have left less fortunate societies in ashes. Many have called the way we brought down the curtain on apartheid a miracle or they have attributed it to the greatness of one undoubtedly great man, Nelson Mandela. But our democratic transition was neither miracle nor the work of any individual. It was a testament, like Mandela himself, to the content of our people’s character. .Yes, we have a serious crime problem in South Africa. Paulistanos would be the first to admit that theirs is not the safest community in the world, either. We share with you the reality of being rapidly urbanizing economies characterized, as such economies always are, by major disparities in wealth. These are harsh realities that breed crime. But the criminals are not representative of who we are, Brazilian or South African. The fundamental spirit of South Africa is captured in the word ubuntu. It is a difficult world to translate but is closely akin to the quality the Roman philosopher Seneca called humanitas or humanity. This he defined as ”the quality which stops one being arrogant towards one’s fellows, or being acrimonious. In words, in actions, in emotions humanity reveals herself as kind and good natured towards all. To her the troubles of anyone else are her own, and anything that benefits herself she welcomes primarily because it will be of benefit to someone else.” Like every young democracy, we have our good days and our bad days, but the good preponderate and sometimes observers mistake for bad days that are in fact very good. Some have been alarmed by our recent change of leadership. But I would urge you to consider this. Our ruling party’s decision to recall President Mbeki was no different that the British Labour party’s decision to replace Tony Blair while in office or the Conservative party’s to replace Margaret Thatcher. Nobody for a moment thought that Britain’s democracy or its institutions were under threat at those junctures. No one should think that about South Africa, either. Our democracy and our institutions – our judiciary, our robust free press, our financial system — all are solid, rooted in what I believe is one of the most stable societies anywhere. One of our newspaper columnists last week compared South Africa with a pond when you throw a stone into it. There is a splash and there are ripples, but calm always returns. South Africa, he wrote, was not a piece of glass that shatters. We are also a very practical, results-oriented people. You can see that in our economic policies and you can see it in our diplomacy. I very much hope my own tenure here in Sao Paulo will serve to further illustrate this. I am looking forward to reaching out and far and wide as I possibly can in this great region and working to build partnerships that will make a real difference in people’s lives. Thank you for your warm and generous welcome.last_img read more

Mandela deeds in motion

first_imgPupils from the Strathyre School for Girls enjoy story time at Pick n Pay head office. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) “The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy.” (Image: Two Oceans Marathon) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre  of Memory   +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Madiba’s life captured in art • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • World to serenade Madiba • Madiba birthday song a group effort Cadine PillayRetail giant Pick n Pay has teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to start a book drive as part of their tribute to the former statesman ahead of his 94th birthday. The launch of the Mandela Day book drive was held in Kensington, Johannesburg, on 28 June.Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July across the world, after it was proclaimed in 2009 by the UN as an occasion to celebrate Mandela’s life.  The book drive started on 1 July and will continue until the 17th , and Pick n Pay has set up book stands in their stores where members of the public can drop off books that they are donating as part of the campaign.  The books will be handed over to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on 18 July, after which they will be distributed to underprivileged schools around the country. People are encouraged to give books that are suitable for children of school-going age, as these will help set up libraries for them.‘Donate a book and build a future’The Mandela Day container library initiative is linked to the 94+ Schools infrastructure project – an initiative that honours his 94th birthday and legacy by promoting education, particularly for underprivileged schools.“Books open a door to a whole new world – through reading, children not only improve their grammar and vocabulary but also learn about people and places from other parts of the world,” said Bronwen Rohland, Pick n Pay’s director of marketing and sustainability, at the launch of the campaign.She added that books improve the understanding of and concern for all people, stressing how important it is for all children have access to books from a young age.“It is a privilege for Pick n Pay to be working together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation – let us not forget that Mr Mandela has spoken about how reading sustained and kept him and his fellow prisoners up to date with the rest of the world while they were imprisoned on Robben Island.”From the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory’s perspective, the campaign is seen as a move that should inspire more companies to do the same as Pick n Pay.“Just as we encourage youth to actively participate in Mandela Day, we also acknowledge the importance of literacy at a young age,” said Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the centre.“Just think, if every child could read, what power it would give to people and communities the world over. We would like to thank Pick n Pay for helping us drive more books to disadvantaged schools.”Hatang also had advice for donors: “If in doubt about what to donate, focus on story books you loved or that you know appeal to children.”Pupils to benefitMany South African schools lack basic facilities that are needed to make a library functional, and the container library project, a long-running initiative of Breadline Africa, aims to help solve this problem by providing nine container libraries.Although the target for 2012 was 20 containers, Hatang said through the initiative they had managed to secure funding for 10 containers so far.  An estimated 9 500 pupils in the some of the country’s poorest communities will benefit. For many of these schools, this will be the first time they will have access to a fully functioning library at their place of learning.Mandela once said: “That joy (of reading) has been mine all my life, and it is one I wish for all South Africans.”The book drive will see to it that children from poor communities too can experience that same joy of reading.Running in his honourWhile the subject of books reigned supreme in one province, in another, KwaZulu-Natal’s uMgungundlovu district municipality announced that it would host the Mandela Day Marathon to mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrest in the Midlands town of Howick in 1962.The inaugural 42.2km run will start in Pietermaritzburg, and will take place on 26 August 2012, and if the municipality has its way, will feature as a major event on the national and international calendars going forward.Mandela, then an active leader of Umkhonto weSizwe, the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed wing, was arrested on 5 August 1962 after being on the run from the police for over a year. The famous treason trial followed shortly afterwards, when several more of the ANC leaders had been rounded up by police officers around the country and charged.He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but spent 27 years behind bars before leading the ANC through negotiations with the then-ruling National Party, and subsequently becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president after an all-inclusive election in 1994.The marathon will commence directly outside Manaye Hall in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, where on 25 March 1961 Madiba gave his last speech prior to being captured on the road to Tweedie (a farm area in Howick) in August of the following year.“The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy,” said uMgungundlovu mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.Runners will climb 540m during the first 15km before reaching the halfway point near Hilton and going on to the less challenging second half, which will take them through Cedara, Merrivale and into Howick to pass the Anglo-Boer war memorial.An associated 10km event will commence from this point and both races will continue out to pass Midmar Dam and thence to the new capture site museum in Tweedie.Reflecting on Mandela’s strugglesThe race is less about fast times and more about recognising and commemorating and gaining insight of the challenges and struggles that Madiba took on in the fight for freedom.“Through this marathon, we want to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, the discipline that meant spending 27 years in prison, because of an understanding of what he wanted to accomplish in the end,” said Bhamjee.He added that there was no better way to remember, honour and celebrate Mandela’s selflessness to the betterment of the entire world than to have this marathon, which is a qualifier for both the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.Bhamjee explained that Mandela had a long history, not just with Pietermaritzburg, but with the district as a whole.The district manager for uMngungundlovu, Sbu Khuzwayo, said the city had made R1.5-million (US$181 350) available for the race and, of that amount, R253,000 ($30 600) was for prizes.Entries for the race, which are expected to be limited because this is the first event, will open on 18 July and close on 14 August.last_img read more

Cover crops garnering more interest in western Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week, area agriculturalists met at the St. Mary’s Township House and discuss cover crops after winter to prepare for spring planting season. Extension agents from Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer Counties, along with VanTilburg Farms, Inc. were represented at the meeting to discuss varieties of cover crop seeds to plant, the mixes, when they grow and what to do now after winter to prepare for spring planting season.Matt VanTilburg with VanTilburg Farms, Inc. discussed a wide variety of cover crops, including management during the spring, preparing for planting the crops, and year-round tips for effective cover crop usage. Pictures were displayed of the cover crops planted at the Brown farm last fall in 2014 and their progress that very day, based on how they withstood the winter. John Smith, retired Auglaize County Extension agent also made an appearance as he assisted with the previous cover crop field day last fall, when they were planted and discussed, prior to his retirement.Sessions were held at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30, with the greatest attendance session starting at 2:30. The township house was so crowded with such a vast turnout of area farmers, the air conditioner had to be used even with the chilly weather outside. Denny Riethman with Mercer County and Jeff Stachler, the new Extension Agent for Auglaize County, also aided and answered questions throughout the day.Cover crop termination was a major focal with preparing for spring planting season. Many varieties like oats, radishes and buckwheat will be killed naturally by the weather (called winter-kill). While some other varieties are a bit more persistent like cereal rye or annual grass, which need to be terminated with tillage practices, a roller crimper or herbicides. Timing is also an important factor to be considered when deciding the next crop to plant and all determinations are factored into the year-round process of what to plant and when.Cover crops along with the different mixes are an immense asset as they increase the water infiltration rate, biologic activity, water holding capacity and also decreasing erosion and run-off. Implementing them with your standard crops will help to increase production while also utilizing conservation practices. Handouts from the session cover more information, while also providing input on a variety of cover crop tips. To learn more, contact local Extension offices or VanTilburg Farms, Inc.last_img read more