Protesters demanding the immediate resignations of the Minister of Education and the Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) stormed the grounds at the Ministry of Education yesterday.The protestors were teachers who told journalists that they are demanding the resignations of Minister George K. Werner and Superintendent Benjamin Jacobs because Werner’s educational reform has failed, besides his dismissing teachers and that Jacobs’s educational qualifications are questionable.Spokesman Cyrus T. Kortu said the protesting teachers were from the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association, the National Teachers Association of Liberia, and other local teachers’ unions.Mr. Kortu said they are demanding Minister Werners’ resignation because of his role in bringing the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the introduction of the Bridge Academies that he said lacks what it takes to reform the Liberian school system.‘’The Public Private Partnership is now collecting over L$3000 per student in the primary level and there are many unqualified teachers teaching our children,” Mr. Kortu said.According to him, Bridge Academies, the foreign private education company the government has outsourced the education system to, has no success story in all the countries it has served.Mr. Kortu is the president of the MoE Scholarship Program at the William V. S. Tubman College of the University of Liberia. He said Minister Werner lacks leadership skills and Supt. Jacobs lacks quality academic credentials to manage education in the country.Ms. Susan P. Nagbeh, a member of the MCSS Teachers Association, said once there is no satisfaction for everyone in all the sectors, including education, there will be no peace.‘’We will make sure that all government school teachers lay their chalk down until Werner and Jacobs resign,’’ Nagbeh said. “Many children are not going to school due to Bridge Academies’ policies which is a great violation of their human rights.”Responding to the teachers concern, acting Communications Director at the Ministry of Education, Mr. J. Shannor Goe, said the teachers are at liberty to express their feelings but should understand that Minister Werner is not the problem in the education reform process.‘’It is unfortunate that the teachers are demanding the resignation of the Minister. Minister Werner is working with specific mandates and if he should go it must be based on his violation of those mandates,’’ he said.Mr. Goe further said that reform is not a unilateral decision of Werner but the government in line with plans within the international best practices.He admitted that Bridge Academies failed in Kenya and Uganda but said “it does not mean they can also fail in Liberia.”On students not enrolled in school due to Bridge’s policy of having a minimum size of students in a classroom, Mr. Goe said the choice is for parents to send their children to other schools.The aggrieved teachers, who termed yesterday as day one of their peaceful protest vowed not to stop until Werner and Jacobs resign from their jobs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibitions (GUYTIE) continued at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, several companies have introduced new products to the market. Comfort Sleep introduced a wide range of mattresses and Massy Technologies Guyana, introduced their alternative energy initiative.Director and General Manger at Massy Technologies Guyana, Jason Sahai, is quoted by the Department of Public Information highlighting the company’s new alternative solar energy initiative. It includes inverters, a solar panel, charge controllers and charge regulators were included. Director Sahai highlighted that the Massy company has intention of working with small-scale to medium-scale contractors to deploy the solar and wind energy countrywide. In addition, Sahai said the new product line has already drawn interest from several international investors and contractors who can help to deploy the company’s solutions. He added that individuals can save money on electricity costs.Comfort Sleep has been operating for over 13 years with its unique brand of sleep technology. The Managing Director of Comfort Sleep, Director Dennis Charran said his company is focused on innovation with the introduction of the new products. He added that the new mattress is the company’s eighth line of mattresses which is their highest foam line launched. Charran highlighted that the international standard mattress has high-density foam with 300 grams of fabric which has a 10-year life span on it.Charran expressed that the purpose of launching this new product at GUYTIE, seeks to attract international buyers. Cuban and Korean buyers have already been attracted to Comfort Sleep’s new product.GUYTIE is a business-to-business event intended to create a platform for local export-ready businesses to captivate foreign buyers and other potential partners. Potential investors from the United States, Canada and Europe are attending the event. The exhibition ended on Saturday.
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1 October 2010 Chancellor House, where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had their Johannesburg law firm in the 1950s, is to be completely restored and become home to a new legal museum and resource centre, taking its rightful place as an iconic site of the struggle for human rights in South Africa. Tambo, in the introduction to Ruth First’s No Easy Walk to Freedom, described the downtown Johannesburg structure as “a shabby building”, and one of the few in the city that could be rented by black people. Designed by architect Frank Jarett and built around 1948, Chancellor House is soon to shake off its shabby reputation. The City has just expropriated the building, offering the owners R350 000 for the derelict structure. Work on the building begins this month, says Yanda Tolobisa, the Johannesburg Development Agency’s project manager for Chancellor House, and is expected to be complete by June 2011. “The turnaround of Chancellor House is a great achievement, both for reclaiming heritage and for urban renewal in central Johannesburg,” says Eric Itzkin, the deputy director for immovable heritage in the City’s arts, culture and heritage department. “After wasting away for many years, Chancellor House will take its rightful place as an iconic site celebrating the struggle for human rights.”Law offices Located on the corner of Fox and Gerard Sekoto streets in Johannesburg’s CBD, Chancellor House was home to the law offices of Mandela and Tambo in the 1950s. They had two small rooms on the second floor, with the words “Mandela & Tambo Attorneys” sandblasted on the window. “Africans were desperate for legal help,” Luli Callinicos writes in The World that Made Mandela. “It was a crime to walk through a Whites Only door, a crime to ride a Whites Only bus, a crime to use a Whites Only drinking fountain, a crime to walk on a Whites Only beach, a crime to be on the street after 11pm, a crime not to have a pass book and a crime to have the wrong signature in that book, a crime to be unemployed and a crime to be employed in the wrong place, a crime to live in certain places and a crime to have no place to live . Every day we heard and saw the thousands of humiliations that ordinary Africans confronted every day of their lives.” Callinicos interviewed communist party leader Chris Hani two weeks before he was assassinated in 1993. He said: “We admired [Mandela and Tambo] because we saw in them a different type of intelligentsia; an intelligentsia which is selfless, which was not just concerned about making money, creating a comfortable situation for themselves, but an intelligensia which had lots of time for the struggle of the oppressed people of South Africa; how they used their legal knowledge to alleviate the judicial persecution of the blacks. “And as we therefore studied, we felt that our priority as probably future intellectuals, should be to participate in this struggle.” Mandela and Tambo’s office ran for eight years, from 1952 to 1960. Both were arrested in 1956 and tried for treason. The Treason Trial ran for four years before the charge was dismissed against the remaining trialists in 1961. During the trial their legal obligations were curtailed, and other partners joined the firm: Duma Nokwe, Ruth Mompati, Mendi Msimang, Godfrey Pitje, among others. “And I must say my life was shaped by the outlook of people like comrades Tambo, Mandela, Duma Nokwe and others,” Hani said.Living Legal Museum The building has belonged to the Essa family from Polokwane in Limpopo, since 1943; they have been refusing offers to buy the historic building for many years. Lucy Taylor, a Chancellor House activist since 1996, has been trying to get the family to sell the building. Over the past 14 years she has written dozens of letters soliciting support for what she calls the “Living Legal Museum”, a proposal to turn the building into a museum commemorating the two famous tenants, a coffee shop, a law library, and a legal resource centre for disadvantaged law students. Her response from Mandela when he was president, reads: “Chancellor House was home to the first black-owned firm in South Africa, which was that firm owned by myself and the late Oliver Tambo – so this project has a special place in my heart.” In a letter from the Essa family lawyers, Ismail Ayob, indicates that the Essa family did not consider the building to be a historical monument. In 1997, it was to be demolished to make way for a parking garage. It was declared a provisional national monument in 1999.National Monuments Council Taylor got letters of support for her proposal from a wide range of people: advocate George Bizos; judges Albie Sachs, Joel Joffe and Richard Goldstone; businesswoman Irene Menell; the late Adelaide Tambo and her son Dali; and long-time friend of Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada. In 1997, Sachs wrote to Taylor, saying: “When I was a law student at University of Cape Town in the 1950s I would visit the offices of Mandela and Tambo each time I came to Johannesburg. The building accordingly has strong memories for me.” Taylor tried to raise funds to buy the property. In August 1998, Abdool Essa wrote to the National Monuments Council, saying he would be prepared to sell the building for R925 000. But this never happened, and the building became more and more shabby and uninhabitable, despite the fact there were about 100 squatters living in it until recently. The building has finally been cleared – the squatters were relocated to several shelters in the city – and the family offered R350 000 for the structure, a price that was reached after the building was professionally evaluated. Ironically, in 1997, the building was evaluated for the same amount. It is estimated that the refurbishment will cost R10-million. “I am delighted something is to be done,” says Taylor. “I have been fighting on empty for 14 years. I am very happy.”Heritage report HMJ Prins Architect and UrbanWorks Architecture + Urbanism were asked to compile a heritage and conceptual design report on Chancellor House. “The objective therefore results in finding a way to appropriately commemorate Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo relative to their relationship to Chancellor House,” says the report. “Chancellor House hereby becomes an important relic in capturing another layer of our recent history. Although the building itself is not of any notable architectural or aesthetic value, our role was to find a way in which to instil a level of historical significance to the structure.” The building is in Ferreirasdorp, historically an Indian area going back some 100 years that managed to resist apartheid attempts to remove tenants and owners. The area around Chancellor House contains several significant civic buildings: the Magistrates’ Court, the Family Court, a Home Affairs branch, and the Johannesburg Central Police Station. Chancellor House is across the road from the Magistrates’ Court, where Mandela, Tambo and their partners represented their clients. In 1952, Mandela was brought before the same court and charged and sentenced under the Suppression of Communism Act.Ferreirasdorp The report outlines the significant surrounding buildings. One block away is Kholvad House, a block of flats. Mandela often visited his friend Ahmed Kathrada at number 13, and when his office closed in 1960, he moved his law rooms to this flat. “Although my practice had dissolved, my reputation as a lawyer was undimmed. Soon, the lounge of No 13 and the passage outside were crammed with clients. Kathy would return home and discover that the only room in which he could be alone was his kitchen,” Mandela recounts in Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela socialised with other Indian families in Ferreirasdorp. The Pahad family welcomed him, Tambo and Walter Sisulu to their home, where they often had meals. Struggle icons Yusuf Dadoo and the Cachalia family also lived in the suburb, and Mandela often held clandestine meetings in the flat of IC Meer, says Callinicos. Further west in West Street, was Sitha Investments, Sisulu’s estate agency. Sisulu had a huge influence on the ANC intellectuals, having been a trade unionist and entrepreneur, with a “maturity and wisdom beyond his years”. “Sisulu’s office became a formative meeting place in the lives of dozens of young intellectuals and activists, including Mandela,” Callinicos says. Several blocks north of Chancellor House is Chinatown, where the Chinese Club is the oldest building in the precinct. Recently, the Johannesburg Development Agency revamped Chinatown, installing concrete benches and new paving, and planting trees. Two gateways are soon to appear, demarcating this precinct which dates back over a hundred years. And barely another block or two away was Kapitan’s, the Indian curry restaurant that remained multiracial throughout the nine decades of its existence. Mandela regularly ate a plate of curry there, and often took Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to the restaurant when they were courting. Sadly, the restaurant has closed following the death of both owners – Madanjit Ranchod and his wife Marge.Chancellor House Chancellor House has been occupied by squatters since 2000, and it was damaged by a fire several years ago. Most of the interior walls are black from fire damage, and there may be damage to some of the supporting walls. The external face brick is in good condition, but the canopy and its support structures need to be replaced. There will be minimal demolitions, says the JDA’s Tolobisa. The basic structure – the facade, the height of the building and the canopy overhanging the pavement – will be restored. Plans include the possible demolition of the old ablution block and staircase on Fox Street, to make way for the creation of a small inner courtyard and garden. A permanent photographic exhibition is planned for the rooms from which they consulted, on the second floor. The ground floor will contain a gallery with an exhibition. The old offices on the first and second floors will be restored. “New displays showcased in windows facing out onto the street, promise to be ground-breaking and visually exciting, with archival images and documents, many of them only recently uncovered and never before seen in public,” says Itzkin. “I am fully supportive of the project. I would like to see it not merely a historical monument but used by our young people as a library and training centre for candidate attorneys,” Mandela wrote in a 1998 letter. “I believe that my late partner, Oliver Tambo, would also have wholeheartedly approved if he were still alive.” Source: City of Johannesburg
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification We warned you on the day Facebook filed for its initial public offering that, from that point onward, the company would be fixated on making investors and advertisers happy, in that order, even if it meant making users unhappy. So it has come to pass. How else to explain Facebook’s latest effort to bolster advertising revenue, which portends yet another wave of privacy concerns and alienated users?Matching Email Addresses & Phone NumbersThe new ad program lets advertisers match email addresses and phone numbers from their own files with the information shared by users on Facebook, making it easier to target ads. That follows programs launched in the past few months that let advertisers target ads based on surfing habits on other sites and ads that follow users once they leave Facebook.How effective are these initiatives? Effective enough for Slate to declare that Facebook is finally a place where politicians can win votes through advertising. Effective enough that shares of Facebook are, at this writing, up in a second straight day of trading.That may sound like good news, especially if you’re part of the two groups of preferred stakeholders. But Facebook could be trading a short-term game for long-term regulatory problems, and the most recent push seems like a desperate bid to woo institutional investors who can prop up the company’s share price.Regulators Ratchet Up The PressureFacebook’s plan to boost revenue by revealing personal information comes at a time when regulators in both Europe and the U.S. are clamping down in response to privacy concerns. The EU measures have more teeth than those proposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which primarily targets how information from minors is used.“These new limits will seriously hamper the company’s focus on a market of half a billion people in the EU and hone its efforts on US consumers,” said Darren Hayes, a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. “This change will require that the company become more intrusive about collecting personal data.”Hayes expects the FTC to push forward with its new rules and perhaps open new investigations into Facebook as early as next year. Government actions could end in hefty fines and diminished confidence in the company’s ability to grow revenue without flagrantly violating privacy. “If President Obama is re-elected, then the FTC will be relentless with these investigations,” Hayes predicted. How Much Is Privacy Worth To Users?Of course, fines and regulatory pressure probably won’t stop Facebook’s latest efforts to target ads at the risk of privacy. The company has, after all, made an art form of pushing ahead with intrusive initiatives and weathering negative publicity related to its privacy policies. The ultimate regulation comes from users who will, sooner or later, either quit Facebook or accept privacy breaches as the price of using the service. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland
He noted that the security forces have been operating in a commendable way and encouraged them to continue to respect the rights of the people and protect the confidentially of information given. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to continue providing critical information to the security forces, which will assist them in removing criminals and weapons from the streets, particularly in St. James where the State of Public Emergency is under way.The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on January 30.He noted that the security forces have been operating in a commendable way and encouraged them to continue to respect the rights of the people and protect the confidentially of information given.“People are seeing that the Government is serious, the Opposition is serious about crime. There is an evolving consensus that we must tackle this thing; that the police (are) acting in a way that is inuring and building the confidence. I think that we are on to a good thing if we can maintain the posture against the criminals,” he said.In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the state of emergency will target persons involved in the importation of guns, drugs and other major crimes.“The strategy can’t be simply to focus on the street-level criminals… the facilitators of lottery scamming, illegal importation of weapons, extortion, unaccustomed goods, drugs and murder; those crimes will be specifically targeted, and we have mobilised all law-enforcement agencies to deal with that,” he said.During yesterday’s (January 30) sitting, all 51 members of the House who were present voted in favour of the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James until May 2, 2018. Eleven members were absent.The State of Public Emergency was declared on January 18. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to continue providing critical information to the security forces, which will assist them in removing criminals and weapons from the streets, particularly in St. James where the State of Public Emergency is under way. “People are seeing that the Government is serious, the Opposition is serious about crime. There is an evolving consensus that we must tackle this thing; that the police (are) acting in a way that is inuring and building the confidence. I think that we are on to a good thing if we can maintain the posture against the criminals,” he said. Story Highlights
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate arrangements in Park Street which would be enforced from 11:55 pm on Monday to ensure hassle-free Christmas celebration.Enthusiastic city dwellers have started visiting the area since Sunday night and the footfall has been rising since Monday evening. Despite the huge gathering of people, Kolkata Police has managed traffic in such a way that no major congestion occurred in Park Street before its closure for celebration. Sources informed that Park Street and all of its link roads were blocked from 11:55 pm. All Esplanade bound vehicles were diverted through S N Banerjee Road and Exide Crossing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePark Street got more and more crowded throughout the day as the festive frenzy took over people. Another attraction which would add to the joy is a musical fountain installed by CESC at Maidan opposite Victoria Memorial. The 150-channel musical fountain has been refurbished and a new programme of music will enthrall the citizens of Kolkata, which has already acquired a special position as one of the most well-illuminated Indian cities. The fountain becomes functional from 5 pm to 9 pm from Christmas Eve. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of Bengal. He wishes that this joyous occasion provides an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the country’s cultural heritage, spirit of friendship and fraternity among all sections of society. “May the ideals of peace, amity and sacrifice prevail,” the Governor said.
Tags: Argentina, Goway Travel Posted by Argentina to attract foreigners by cutting 21% tax on hotels Travelweek Group The Mauricio Macri government of Argentina has issued a decree that refunds the 21% VAT (value-added tax) for accommodation services for foreign visitors in an attempts to attract more visitors. This is part of an ambitious tourism plan that aims to generate 300,000 jobs and raise international arrivals to 9 million and spending to $8bn USD by 2020. So far this year, tourism arrivals have fallen by 6.3%. According to the new regulation, foreigners will continue to be invoiced the same values that exist today. However, VAT invoiced for hotel services will be returned in a “direct and automatic” way on debit and credit cards issued abroad.Goway says the new VAT exemption for foreigners means big savings on accommodation in Argentina. “Globetrotters who’ve been dragging their tango heels on booking trips to Argentina may want to take the plunge in 2017,” says Goway. “The elimination of the VAT (value added tax) on hotels for foreigners makes this already very affordable destination even more tempting.”More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Goway offers tours such as Goway’s Argentina Top to Bottom, to innovative Argentina vacations such as Crossing Argentina, which mixes in a taste of Lima, Peru, to short city breaks that show off the best of Buenos Aires. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>