The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Nimba, N. Samuel Kehleay, has said that the lack of coordination on the part of some partners in the agricultural sector poses problems to food production in the county.He said some projects carried out in the past few years in Nimba County by partners did not make the necessary impact.Kehleay made the disclosure to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Doumpa town, Nimba County during the dedication of three rice business hubs for local farmers.The facilities were initiated by USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia.Kehleay said modern farming equipment donated by partners to some farmer organizations in the county are found to be in deplorable conditions.He attributed the problem to the lack of proper selection of farming organizations to benefit agricultural programs, stating that the equipment was not properly maintained.“We need to set up special criteria in identifying farmers’ organizations that will benefit from agricultural programs, if we are going to enhance food production in the county,” Kehleay suggested. He said farmers must be taught how to maintain the power tillers and different types of agriculture equipment to improve their level of productivity.“This also requires that responsible leadership be put in place to ensure that these properties are properly taken care of,” he added.Kealeay further said all farm inputs (machines) in the county must be monitored by the MoA’s sub-office for proper accountability.“When our office is informed about the contributions of partners to the various farming organizations, it should be our responsibility to ensure proper monitoring,” he said.The Nimba county CAC disclosed two tractors were given the county by government to enhance the works of farmers.He said that the tractor was in the county to expand the projects of farming organizations at a minimum cost.At the same time, Kehleay has said limited number of extension workers in Nimba County is a constraint for his office.He said there are an increasing number of farmers in need of technical assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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
“Great cache. Lots of hard work went into this one. Very creative. No need to force anything to get this one. Use your brain, not muscle to get to the log book.” – Sunrunner Video: Spoiler Alert![vsw id=”jQJZOJmwScU” source=”youtube” width=”420″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”] SharePrint RelatedIt’s Bigger on the Inside! — Who?: Regeneration (GC5ZFGA) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 7, 2016In “Community”Geocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 9, 2014In “Geocaching with Kids”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More “Wow, what a great cache to end this series (at least for now)! I’m actually a little disappointed that I can only give this 1 favorite point, but I’m sure you’ll collect a bunch. Thanks to you for a great cache series commemorating a great TV series, and thanks to the landowner for their permission.” – sky-raiderPhotos:The TARDIS puzzle. Photo courtesy of carlep_99During construction. Photo courtesy of carlep_99EXTERMINATE! Uh oh… Photo courtesy of carlep_99 The TARDIS in the wild. Photo by geocacher Lost From New York What’s the best field puzzle you’ve ever solved? Tell us or post photos in the comments. Geocache Name:Doctor Who #13 (GC56Y0Z)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:First, check out the video above. If you’re still scratching your head and wondering why this is Geocache of the Week, here are a few reasons:The creativity and craftsmanship that went into the containerThe awesome theme and decorationAll of the positive logs and favorite pointsA dedicated geocache ownerNot to mention, the threat of extermination via Daleks is a pretty unique feature for a geocache.What the geocache owner, carlep_99, has to say:“While watching Youtube videos about geocaching I kept seeing all these different field puzzle caches. So I decided I was going to try and create one myself and dedicate it to my favorite tv show (Doctor Who) to celebrate the new season beginning August 2014.”“I actually was surprised at the reaction some had with this cache. I wasn’t expecting it to be as popular as it turned out to be. Don’t get me wrong I was hoping people would enjoy it but when I saw what people were saying I got teary eyed and got a feeling of euphoria (i guess would be the best way to describe it) it was such an awesome experience…I wrote in the description a definite for Doctor Who fans, I was wrong, it’s turning out to be a definite for the whole geocaching community. A very much appreciated thank you to the geocaching community for all the logs posted and logs to be posted for “Doctor Who #13″.”What geocachers are saying:“One of the Best caches I’ve found in our tenure as geocachers! I wish I knew about the Dr Who series before finding this because after a first failed attempt to enter the Tardis I did my research. That just added to my appreciation of this cache when I returned to successfully log it! Simply awesome, a masterpiece of engineering and workmanship!” – Timpat
A thief was killed in firing by a security guard of the Hindustan Paper Corporation’s mill at Panchgram when he and his four accomplices attacked the security personnel posted there, sources said on Monday. The gang of five thieves armed with weapons had entered the defunct paper mill at around 3.45 p.m. on Sunday and tried to steal the equipment lying there, the sources said. They were spotted by three private security guards on duty when the thieves were about to flee. The thieves attacked the security guards, one of whom fired in self-defence. A bullet hit one of the thieves and the rest of the gang fled. The injured was rushed to Silchar Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead, the sources said. District Superintendent of Police Pabindra Kumar Nath, who had rushed to the spot, said the body is yet to be identified and investigation into the incident is on. Police have seized the 12 bore double barrel gun of the security guard, he added. Cases of theft at the defunct paper mill have been on the rise and the last one was reported about a month ago, the sources said.
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