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Equipment for Ganta-Yekepa Highway Pavement Arrived

first_imgSeveral pieces of earth-moving equipment for the pavement of the long awaited Ganta-Yekepa Highway in Nimba County arrived in the country over the weekend.Compagnie Senegaise d’Entre-prises’ (CSE), a Senegalese Company with over 40 years of construction experience in several African countries won the bid for the road project to link the commercial city of Ganta to the mining Town of Yekepa through the county’s Provincial City of Sanniquellie.The road project came about through the initiative of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when the steel giant, ArcelorMittal made available about US$40 million for the project.At the ceremony for the arrival of equipment in Monrovia over the weekend, CSE Project Manager, Aliou G. Niasse, stressed the importance of quality road development in Liberia. He added that “Road development is significant to Liberia’s economic growth and prosperity because the road sector plays a pivotal role in the country’s development agenda.”Because shipping materials required for the project was a major factor due to the Ebola pandemic the country is faced with, Mr. Niasse disclosed that his company had to rent a war ship at the cost of US$500,000 “just to deliver the equipment to Liberia in time for the commencement of the project.”“The equipment that you see here in Monrovia now is a quarter of the equipment needed for the project. They are a part of the equipment that will be used for earthworks and rock crushing which is the first stage of the project execution.“We have already ordered more equipment for the other stages of work from Europe. We were facing problems with the shipping due to the situation with Ebola, but since things are relatively going on well, we expect that shipping from Europe will no longer be a problem.”According to him, the aim is to complete the mobilization of the remaining equipment during the upcoming rainy season so that they will be in the country and ready to work for the next dry season.The human resources aspect of the project remains cardinal to the success and viability of the work, and as such, CSE announced that it has instituted an achievable scheme in collaboration with the office of Nimba Superintendent, Fong Zuagle, in order to get the locals involved at every stage of the project.“The Superintendent’s office has set up a commission to find Liberian workers for various positions on the project. If we are unable to find suitable candidates locally, we will then look nationally or internationally to fill the positions,” Naisse said.For his part, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, Sr. lauded President Sirleaf for the initiative.Minister Moore further expressed confidence in the ability of CSE to construct “quality road” to benefit Liberians.The hallmark of Public Works is ‘quality,’ Moore declared. He noted that providing quality roads to Liberia is a matter of importance to the his Ministry to the point that a South African firm has been hired to monitor the project to ensure that value for the money provided is realized.This is CSE’s first contract in Liberia, the Public Works boss indicated, adding, “I’m happy that CSE is involved with this project and we expect CSE to produce quality.” Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuaglae, the county’s Legislative Caucus Chair, R. Matenokay Tingban and Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County stressed the need for local content participation in the project.In separate remarks, the officials maintained that the country takes seriously the issue of the participation of Liberians in these projects which they said will boost the local economy.Founded 1970, the West African owned company has had footprints in several African nations since 1983 and this first Liberian project stands to pave the way for future projects based on performance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sports wire: ‘Zag players suspended after arrest

first_imgAthletic director Mike Roth said the university is still gathering information, and the two players will face the same disciplinary standards as any other students. “The program is shocked and extremely disappointed,” coach Mark Few said at a news conference before leaving for Saturday night’s game against Saint Mary’s. “We regret the far-reaching effect this has on our program and the university.” Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, is a starting forward and the team’s second-leading scorer at 15.5 points a game. Davis has not played this season following shoulder surgery in October. Bernie not interestedBernie Williams plans to decline the New York Yankees’ offer to attend spring training on a minor league contract, the outfielder told reporters Friday night before playing guitar at a benefit concert. “I think if they wanted me, they would have signed me already,” Williams was quoted as saying by several New York newspapers. Williams added that he’s been working out, but it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be playing with the Yankees this year. New York general manager Brian Cashman said there was no room for the 38-year-old Williams on the roster. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays won the first arbitration decision of the year – against backup catcher Josh Paul. Paul sought a raise from $475,000 to $940,000. The Devil Rays countered with $625,000. Paul hit .260 with one homer and eight RBI in 146 games last season. ESPN subpoenaedThe State of Connecticut has subpoenaed ESPN to produce by next Friday the personnel files of Harold Reynolds, whom the cable network fired in July after 11 years as one of its baseball analysts. In his $5 million wrongful-termination suit, Reynolds said that ESPN had refused to give him a copy of his files so he could learn why he was fired. He said ESPN had never specified why it dismissed him. In what is being considered a sexual-harassment case, Reynolds has admitted only to giving a “brief, innocuous” hug to a female intern. The intern complained to ESPN three weeks after the incident, Reynolds said in his suit, filed in Superior Court in Hartford. Reynolds has not worked since his firing. “There’s a cloud over Harold’s integrity and reputation, and it’s undeserved,” Daniel Alterman, one Reynolds lawyers, said Friday, “and we would like ESPN to honor its obligations.” Sixer missing jewelryPolice are investigating a report that more than $100,000 worth of jewelry is missing from 76ers forward Joe Smith’s hotel room. Smith discovered he lost four pieces of custom-made jewelry worth $110,000 when he returned to his Philadelphia hotel room following a game against Toronto on Jan. 15. Smith went to police on Thursday and reported that two necklaces and a custom-made medallion vanished between 11 a.m., when he left the hotel, and 10:30 p.m. that day. Police said that there had been no forced entry into the room, and that the items had not been secured in a safe. They did not have any reports of thefts from the hotel that day and were continuing their investigation. The running feud between Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood escalated with another exchange of blows, leading to a two-game suspension for Thomas and leaving the Washington Wizards thin along the frontcourt. Thomas was suspended for throwing a punch at Haywood during practice Friday. Thomas was retaliating for what he believed was an intentional elbow. “This cat decides to hit me with a cheap shot during practice and I reacted,” Thomas told The Washington Post. “I could have turned the other cheek. I guess I didn’t.” Thomas and Haywood, who have been competing for playing time at center, have clashed several times. They fought in the locker room on Nov. 2 and had another altercation last season. Sabre slices tendonSabres left wing Paul Gaustad will miss the rest of the season because of a sliced tendon in his left leg that will require surgery. “Right now, he’s definitely done,” Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said Saturday night during the first intermission of the Sabres game against Calgary. “It’ll be a long process back.” Gaustad was cut on the lower part of his leg when he inadvertently collided with Ottawa’s Dany Heatley early in the third period of Buffalo’s 3-2 win Wednesday. Numerous stitches were needed to close the cut, but initial tests didn’t reveal serious damage. It was believed that Gaustad would miss no more than a week, but additional tests revealed the severity of the injury. “It felt like I got punched in the stomach when I found out what happened,” Gaustad said. “It was a freak accident. It’s something I’ve never really dealt with in my career. It’s just devastating to me.” Maple Leafs center Kris Newbury was taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the third period after a fight with Pittsburgh’s Ronald Petrovicky on Saturday night. The Toronto forward took several punches to the head before falling to the ice. He stayed motionless for several minutes before taken being off. More soccer riotsPolice used clubs and fired rubber bullets at rioting soccer fans who fought in Belo Horizonte before the start of the game between rivals Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro. Fighting broke out when members of the Atletico fan club Galocoura and Cruzeiro’s Mafia Azul encountered each other outside the stadium, more than 200 miles north of Rio. Police Col. Renato Vieira de Souza, quoted on the Web site of the soccer great Pele, said there was “tremendous turmoil.” David Beckham scored in his return to Real Madrid Saturday in its Spanish league game at Real Sociedad. Beckham, making his first start since Dec. 20, tied the match in the 37th minute with a low, bending free kick from outside the area which skidded off the wet surface and beat diving Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Chivas tops LMURookie forward Anthony Hamilton scored in the 68th minute to give Chivas USA a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday in the Major League Soccer team’s exhibition opener at The Home Depot Center. Goalkeepers Preston Burpo and Brad Guzan shared the shutout in a game where substitution rules were liberalized and Chivas USA fielded entirely different lineups in each half. Burpo played the first half and Guzan the second. Serena, Venus out Serena Williams has the flu and Venus Williams has a sore wrist, forcing the sisters to pull out of upcoming tournaments. Serena Williams withdrew from the Bangalore Open in India in what would have been her first tournament since her surprising victory at the Australian Open. The WTA Tour said Saturday the eight-time Grand Slam winner is still scheduled to play in the Dubai Championships that begin Feb. 19. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gonzaga basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were suspended from the team following their arrest in which police said marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms were in their car. The players were booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday night for investigation of drug possession, Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said. Prosecutors have until the end of Wednesday to file charges. The two were released Saturday on their own recognizance, the jail said. center_img The players were arrested in nearby Cheney. Campbell said the amount of marijuana was enough only for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony. Campbell said police pulled over the car because its tail lights were not working. Officers smelled marijuana and searched the car, he said. last_img read more

Emery reaches breaking point as Arsenal crash in Europa

first_imgEmery shrugged off multiple questions regarding his position during the post-match press conference.“Now our moment is not good. We need to win, take confidence and I think we are better than we are showing. The players, the coaches and myself,” 48-year-old Emery said.“I am thinking about the next match (against Norwich on Sunday) and how we can improve.“My work and my job is firstly analysing that match, how we are in the Europa League, in our feelings and how we are going to play on Sunday.”Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada scored a second-half double for Eintracht after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had opened the scoring in first half injury time for Arsenal inside a half-full Emirates Stadium.Boos from the lowest attendance at the ground since it opened in 2006 greeted Emery and his misfiring team at the final whistle while some disgruntled fans held up banners demanding ‘Emery Out’.Aubameyang struck home just before the half-time whistle with a low effort for his ninth goal in 14 matches.Kamada’s equaliser came 10 minutes later as he curled a tidy shot past Emiliano Martinez before adding his second on 64 minutes with a drive from outside the box to inflict a first home defeat of the campaign on Emery’s men.The Gunners are still on course for a last 32 place if they draw with Standard Liege on December 12.Scottish champions Celtic clinched top spot in Group E with a 3-1 win over Rennes while Wolves reached the knockout stages with a 3-3 draw at fellow qualifiers Braga in Group K.Rangers drew 2-2 at Feyenoord to hold top spot in Group G with a one point lead ahead of their last game against Young Boys.Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini was struck by a coin in his side’s win over Istanbul Basaksehir © ANP/AFP / Ozan KOSEEarlier, Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini was hit by coins as the Italian club kept their last 32 hopes alive with a 3-0 victory at Istanbul Basaksehir.Attacking midfielder Pellegrini had his head bandaged after he was struck by multiple coins with an hour of the game played after Jordan Veretout, Justin Kluivert and Edin Dzeko had claimed the advantage for the Serie A outfit in Turkey.The visitors remain in contention for a knock-out spot and sit behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, who beat Austrians Wolfsberg 1-0, on goal difference with the Turkish side a point behind on seven.– Kazakhs teach United kids a lesson –England’s Jesse Lingard scored for Manchester United before they lost to Astana © AFP / stringerElsewhere, Kazakh champions Astana fought back to surprise a youthful Manchester United 2-1.United captain Jesse Lingard opened the scoring, who had already reached the last 32, before Dmitri Shomko equalised for the home side.Di’Shon Bernard, 19, then put through his own goal to hand Astana victory over a United side whose average age was just 22.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 11 changes from Sunday’s draw with Sheffield United by handing senior debuts to teenagers Ethan Laird, Dylan Levitt and Bernard as well as naming cancer survivor Max Taylor on the bench.Solskjaer said some of the youngsters on show put their hands up to feature against Alkmaar in the final round of group matches on December 12.“At times we were excellent but there were spells when we let them push us back. That cost us in the end,” he said.“These boys have learnt a lot and have given me food for thought. I’m very pleased with many of them.”Shomko, meanwhile, told the result will live in his memory.“I will be telling my grandchildren, ‘you know guys a while ago I scored against Manchester United’. It does not matter who scored, really. The most important thing is that we won,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On the brink: Unai Emery on Thursday © AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASPARIS, France, Nov 28 – Unai Emery’s future as Arsenal coach was plunged into further doubt on Thursday when the Gunners slumped to a 2-1 loss in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt but the Spaniard said he did not fear for his job.Arsenal are now winless in seven games, the club’s worst run since 1992.last_img read more

Jury finds company liable in Vioxx trial

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A jury found Merck & Co. liable on Wednesday for one of two former Vioxx users’ heart attacks in a split verdict that awarded $4.5 million in damages to one of the plaintiffs. The state jury found the company failed to adequately warn both men about the risk factors linking the now-withdrawn painkiller to heart attacks and strokes, but said the drug was only a factor in one of the men’s illnesses. Jurors ruled that only John McDarby, 77, a retired insurance agent from Park Ridge, should receive compensation. McDarby was awarded $3 million for pain and suffering and his wife was awarded $1.5 million. He did not immediately comment after the verdict. The trial also included the case of Thomas Cona, a 60-year-old businessman from Cherry Hill who was stricken on a golf course after what he said was nearly two years of use. The jury said he should receive $45 to compensate him for the cost of his medication. Cona declined comment after the verdict. A Merck spokesman, Chuck Harrell, called the split verdict a “disappointment” but said “the jury has spoken.” The verdict came after less than two days of deliberations by a jury of six women and two men. The trial was the first dealing with plaintiffs who blamed illnesses on long-term use of the painkiller. McDarby, a diabetic who took Vioxx for four years, suffered his heart attack in his living room and broke his hip as a result, triggering a health slide that has left him using a wheelchair and unable to care for himself, according to his attorneys. The jury was expected to return to court today to decide whether the company will face punitive damages. The judge told jurors not to comment until after the entire trial ends. Compensatory damages are given to cover a plaintiff’s actual financial losses, such as medical treatment costs and lost income. Punitive damages penalize a defendant for bad conduct. The verdict capped a monthlong trial in which lawyers for Cona and McDarby laid out now-familiar accusations that Merck rushed the drug to market in a losing battle against competitor Celebrex and actively ignored evidence it was causing cardiovascular complications. The verdict is the second court loss for Merck, against two victories, one in a retrial. Like jurors in five Vioxx-related trials before it, the jury saw dozens of e-mails, internal Merck documents and safety study reports and heard live testimony from a parade of cardiology experts, academics and Merck executives. Plaintiffs lawyers said Cona and McDarby wouldn’t have been taking the drug for their arthritis pain if Merck – faced with clinical studies suggesting Vioxx was causing heart attacks and strokes – had not persuaded the Food and Drug Administration to dilute a new label warning in April 2002. Merck said it thoroughly tested the drug before introducing Vioxx in 1999. It was a huge hit with older consumers because of its efficiency as a pain reliever and its lack of gastrointestinal side effects that were typical of some arthritis pain relievers. At its peak, sales totaled $2.5 billion in 2003. But Merck ultimately pulled it from the market in September 2004 after a clinical study showed that people who took it longer than 18 months faced twice the risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes. The company now faces about 9,650 lawsuits in state and federal courts over Vioxx. It was the second Vioxx trial in New Jersey, where more than 5,000 suits are pending – all before state Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee, whose overloaded docket prompted her to impose time limits on the lawyers arguing the case. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Power of Postive Thinking: For Women Workshop CDP na Rosann Chapel Road Dungloe Tuesday the 22nd March 7.30-9.30pm. Contact 0879031389 or 074 95 61686 for bookings or enquiries.Family Country Jiving Night in aid of Spraoi le Chéile Community Creche, Dungloe: Saturday 26th March, from 7.30 to 10 p.m. in the Old Parochial Hall, Dungloe. Special appearance by Mikaela Bonner. Music by DJ Tubsy. Admission: Adults €10, Children €5, Family €20. Tickets available from Spraoi le Chéile, contact 074 9522804. Refreshments will be served. Please show your support. COMMUNITY: POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING: WOMEN’S WORKSHOP AT ROSSES CDP was last modified: March 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeatureslaunchedRosses CDPWorkshoplast_img read more

Mandela: president of the world!

first_img4 October 2005Former South African President Nelson Mandela has topped an international BBC poll to find the 11 leaders the people of the world would like to run a fantasy global government.More than 15 000 people worldwide took part in the interactive Power Play game, in which players were invited to choose a team of 11 to run the world from a list of around 100 of the most powerful leaders, thinkers and other high-profile people on the planet.Also in the top 11 is South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, voted into eighth position. Both Mandela and Tutu are Nobel Peace laureates.Mandela’s deputies are former US President Bill Clinton in second place and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and revered Buddhist figure the Dalai Lama in third.In fourth place, and a surprise to the BBC team, is Noam Chomsky, US linguist, leftwing political activist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Another outspoken American, Michael Moore, is 15th.US Federal Reserve boss Alan Greenspan makes the list at number five, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is number six and Steve Jobs of Apple computers is number seven.After Tutu, flamboyant British tycoon Richard Branson is in ninth place, followed by stock market billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.Just making the list at 11th place is United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, who already plays a key role in managing world affairs.Bush and Blair don’t ruleBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to make the fantasy government, coming in at 12th. US president George W Bush landed a spot at number 43, below Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro at 36 and left-leaning Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in 33rd place.Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who lives under house arrest, is the highest-placed woman, in 13th place.The interactive Power Play game was run as part of the BBC World Service’s Who Runs Your World season, which examines where power lies in the world.Users were required to pick at least one each from a select list of leaders, thinkers and economists, and had a free choice of any other eight, including the option of selecting “wild cards” from areas such as sport, politics, arts and design.More than half of the votes in the poll came from people in the US.Other placings include Osama bin Laden, at 70th, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling at reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Growing support for Play Your Part

first_img19 August 2011 The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) introduced its latest campaign, Play Your Part, to representatives of government departments, business and NGOs at a recent breakfast meeting in Sandhurst, Johannesburg. The campaign encourages South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or small the contribution, to create a better country. It also aims to connect and celebrate citizens who are already playing their part and making an impact in their communities. Speaking at the breakfast meeting on 17 August, IMC chief executive Miller Matola said: “Play Your Part is a national movement for social change, contributing to social cohesion and national unity.”Collaboration with forgood The IMC has collaborated with forgood, an online social network with a humanitarian focus, to create a facility whereby willing South Africans can connect with each other to share stories about the work they are doing, exchange ideas for projects and secure resources. “There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, everywhere in our country, this is a platform for them to share their stories, and to celebrate great stories,” said CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet. The online resource gives information to people who are keen on doing something in their respective areas, but do not know how to go about it. “Play Your Part will help connect people who are interested in the same things. It will also connect them with the opportunities they are looking for,” he said. Japhet added that the Play Your Part site, powered by Forgood, will also provide regular news updates and list events taking places various communities. Play Your Part enables users to create their own profiles, join the campaign and start making a difference.Business joins in Financial Times CEO Rochelle Josiah said her publication endorses the initiative and would be playing its part through some of its own projects. Michelle Gerszt, marketing executive of the Smile Foundation, spoke about how her NGO is playing its part by helping children with facial abnormalities access free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery. “We help children with abnormalities such as cleft lips and palates, burn victims, those with facial paralysis and other conditions. The medical staff who work with us all work for free: they volunteer their time to help our young patients. They are playing their part in changing the lives of young people and their parents.” Gerszt said her organisation is proud to be part of the Play Your Part initiative as it promotes the same values as the foundation. “The work we do brings people together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of those in need.” She added that the Smile Foundation had a skills development programme in place to equip medical teams with the necessary techniques and knowledge. “Instead of bringing in specialists from other countries, we have our own doctors and nurses trained and skilled to perform these complex surgeries. We are investing in the medical teams we work with and we support the public hospitals we work in by purchasing equipment that can be used by the departments of plastic and reconstructive surgery.” Pieter Pretorius, GM for the country’s power utility Eskom, said his company’s 49m initiative was also making a difference in South Africa. “We are proud to be associated with the IMC’s Play Your Part. The campaign speaks to the same ideas as our project: 49m is about mobilising people to play their part in building a better future for South Africa. We want to encourage people to reduce their consumption of electricity, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.” Pretorius added that people can make small changes like remembering to switch off any lights or appliances that are not in use. “It’s not about sacrificing, but rather about being considerate. The power we save today is the power we’ll need tomorrow to light our rooms, watch our televisions and boil our kettles.”Government adds its support Zeng Msimang, director of strategy and content for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the Play Your Part campaign has helped the government raise funds to provide famine relief to Somalia. She added that although the initiative is a local one, the department would promote it across all countries it works in. “For us Play Your Part is about being patriotic and it starts with our diplomats. We want it to start internally with the way we treat and behave towards each other.” First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

A legacy of freedom, from mother to daughter

first_imgMother, Sibongile Mkhabela, and daughter, Ntsako Mkhabela, are in a new series produced by Play Your Part for SABC 2 featuring ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things to contribute to positive change“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” said Mahatma Ghandi, whose political consciousness was sparked during South Africa’s tumultuous apartheid regime.His words ring ever more true as South Africans look within to build the country’s future, realising that the power to do so lies in the deeds of ordinary citizens.Recognising this, Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign encourages South Africans to use their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a strong, united nation; now the initiative is producing a series for SABC 2 featuring ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things to contribute to positive change.The first episode, airing on Sunday 15 June at 9pm on SABC2, features struggle activist Sibongile Mkhabela, and her daughter and playwright, Ntsako Mkhabela. The episode focuses on how Ntsako sees her mother’s sacrifices for her freedom, and how Sibongile feels about her daughter’s accomplishments.In a quiet moment on location at Constitutional Hill, Sibongile and Ntsako reflect on their respective journeys to freedom and understanding.SIBONGILE: THE STUDENT ACTIVISTSibongile’s life journey took her from Soweto’s burning streets during the 1976 student uprisings, to being chief executive officer at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Growing up in Zola, one of the poorest areas in Soweto, Sibongile says she has always had a desire for change. A former student leader, executive member of the Soweto Students Representative Council and general secretary for the South African Students Movement, she was one of many responsible for driving the nation-wide June 16 1976 revolt.Sibongile describes the day, saying, “I remember when we were marching, we were coming from Naledi, that was my high school, and it’s further down in the west, and Hector Pieterson died, I think, more to the south.“And as we were marching we got the message that Hector Pieterson had died. For me that was a defining moment, if there were defining moments, and that sense of loss … just never left me.“So, for me that moment that I remember walking with my friends and hearing this message, that at that point there is no turning point, we’ve paid the highest price. Going back would be to be unfaithful to the boy who had died. And by the end of that day we didn’t have as many deaths as we had the next day, June 17th. June 17th was a horrible day. But I think from that moment onwards I was almost carried by something else, you know. Within me there was born something.”After the protests, Sibongile was arrested and charged, with 10 others, with sedition, in what was known as the Soweto 11 trial. She was the only female student arrested during the uprising.After the protests, Sibongile (right) was arrested and charged, with 10 others, with sedition, in what was known as the Soweto 11 trial. She was the only female student arrested during the uprising (images: Melissa Jane Cook)NTSAKO: THE PASSIONATE PLAYWRIGHTNtsako’s play, By the Apricot Tree, is based on her mother’s experiences in prison and was penned when she was just 22. Describing her mum as “crazy, daring and incredibly courageous” Ntsako says the play describes her mother’s coping mechanisms during solitary confinement; “She had to forget,” she says.Sibongile is clearly proud of the result, saying, “In her way she was trying to understand what I went through. And it was beautiful to see it from her eyes … when you get into that you’ve got to find a way of surviving. How do you survive? You have to forget. So she does this play, which I find very fascinating, of playing with memory, how you play with memory.”For Ntsako, the play is also cathartic. She says, “The problem with young people in post-colonial Africa is that we shy away from telling our stories, especially those that remind us of our painful past. Storytelling is an important part of our nation’s past.“For South Africa to heal, we must craft more than the official history and tell the stories of ordinary people who fought for freedom.”She believes nation-building is in the hands of the people, and says, “Democracy was step one; step two is to make the responsibilities real and carry these out.”She adds; “We … must avoid being complacent when it comes to further growing our nation, and extending our freedoms beyond what they are today.“Activism is dirty; it needs your hands whether it is a veggie garden, teaching kids how to paint, or how to write; activism needs your hands more than your voice. We need to get dirty man. We need to think deeply about realities… look outside the window.“We have [the] courage to do things and the choices we make are never linear. My mum is not linear; she is so much more than just a mother. So many mothers want to shield their children, but my life with her is always an adventure.“She says ‘always ask yourself, what you are doing for your society?’”Join Sibongile and Ntsako at Constitutional Hill on Sunday 15 June at 9pm on SABC2, and look out for more Play Your Part stories about everyday South Africans every Sunday from then until 7 September.last_img read more

Evangelist’s party guided by hand of God

first_imgVoters matter most in a democracy. But for Zoram Thar, God matters more. Zoram Thar is a semi-political group contesting 24 seats in the November 28 Mizoram Assembly election.The group’s president, Zaichhawna Hlawndo, prefers to call it a spiritual party that wants Jesus to control the 40-member House.An evangelist who preached across India, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the 55-year-old Rev. Hlawndo is contesting from two seats — in Serchhip against Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and in the Aizawl West-I constituency.But he desists from calling Zoram Thar an evangelical party, which it had intended to be in the 1990s.New group“Zoram Thar, meaning New Mizoram, was founded by Rev. V.L. Nithanga in 1994 but it lost its way in the political quagmire and became defunct. Ours is a new group guided by divinity to clean up the corrupt political system and establish God’s govern-ment,” he told The Hindu.The reverend said he had decided to settle down in the U.K. when a ‘divine call’ he received while in transit at the Dubai airport in 2012 made him decide to return to Mizoram.He formed Zoram Thar in February 2016 with a few church leaders, sold his U.K. house in 2017 and got down to finding candidates — apostles, rather — to carry out God’s instructions.Among the candidates are his evangelist daughters Lalhrilzeli, 28, and Lalruatfeli, 26. Both are contesting two seats each. Three others are his neighbours in the Chaltlang Lily Veng locality of Aizawl.Rev. Hlawndo has fielded three women apart from his two daughters, making Zoram Thar the party along with the Bharatiya Janata Party to have given ticket to most women — five. “God told us to contest this election, He will guide the people the way He knows best,” he said.last_img read more

U.K. Scientists Welcome New Policy on Animal Research

first_imgLONDON—The number of live animals used in the United Kingdom for scientific research will not be capped, the British government announced today. Instead, a policy document unveiled this morning says the government will only “encourage” researchers to use alternatives whenever possible. The number of animal experiments has been on the rise in recent years in the United Kingdom, as it has in many other countries.The policy document, presented at a press conference by David Willetts, the U.K. minister for universities and science, has reassured scientists. But animal rights lobbyists are critical. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) called it “a missed opportunity for the Government to make meaningful and lasting change for the millions of animals suffering in UK laboratories.”“Britain is a world leader in science and it has also got a great tradition of concern about the welfare of animals,” Willetts said at today’s briefing. “What we do in this document is bring these two great traditions together in our delivery plan.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties agreed to tackle the issue of animal studies in their 2010 deal to form a coalition government. Despite the stated ambition to reduce the number of animal experiments, their numbers have been steadily rising—a trend that started in the early 2000s.The most recent data available show that in 2012, researchers conducted more than 4.11 million experiments on animals—well over 11,000 procedures a day and a rise of 8% over 2011, according to Home Office figures. The rapid growth is caused primarily by the massive use of genetically modified animals.Most animals used in scientific research in the United Kingdom are bred specifically for this purpose, in line with the 1988 Protection of Animals Act. However, wild-caught primates are also used at times, if the scientists can provide exceptional and specific justification.The government says that the policy paper, Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, is designed to balance the desire for reducing the number of animal experiments with the need to protect U.K. science and innovation. It relies on the long-established international principle of “the 3Rs”: replace animal tests with other studies wherever possible, reduce the number of animals involved, and refine procedures to minimize suffering.But Willetts refused to discuss what kind of reduction the government is aiming for; the approach isn’t “about a numerical target,” he said, but about encouraging more ethical research methods. “The commitment is to ‘work to reduce the use of animals.’ Ultimately the final figure will depend on patterns of scientific advance,” he said.The government’s plan outlines the need for more transparency and openness. The public should be better informed about what is actually going on in animal research labs, says Dominic Wells, chair of the Animal Science Group, a special interest group within the U.K.-based Society of Biology. Scientists should be reporting what happens to the animals “rather than just giving the numbers.”Wendy Jarrett, chief executive of Understanding Animal Research in London, a group that tries to promote understanding about advances stemming from animal experiments, welcomes the openness initiative. More than 40 U.K. organizations involved in bioscience are now drawing up the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a document that will set out ways for biomedical researchers to explain what they are doing with animals and why, she said in a statement today. “We support all efforts to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research and we are delighted by today’s announcement that the Government will be giving the [National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research] even more funding,” she added.But BUAV CEO Michelle Thew calls the plan “a whitewash” that “shows that the Government has in reality given up on what it promised to do and that is to reduce the number of animal experiments.” The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) called for much stricter measures including a ban on monkey experiments. “Animal experiments have risen year on year […] whilst the Government has twiddled its thumbs,” NAVS Chief Executive Jan Creamer said in a statement. “Such crude and outdated animal research methods can be replaced with quicker, cheaper and scientifically superior methods—the cutting edge of modern science.”Willetts said the government hoped its policy would also set animal research standards elsewhere. Animal testing of cosmetics, for example, is not carried out in the United Kingdom, but still exists in some other countries. “We … try and persuade them that they don’t need to use animal testing in cosmetics,” Willetts said.last_img read more