An assistant overseer attached to the Port Mourant/John’s Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) has accused NDC Chairman Imran Khan of sexual harassment, verbal abuse, threats of dismissal and a ban on speaking to the media.Most of those accusations were admitted by Khan.Assistant Overseer Akeisha Walters, who has been with the NDC since March this year, alleged that Khan’s attacks started last month and intensified as she brought it to the attention of councillors.She said the chairman told her he needed to know all of her whereabouts, including when she goes to the toilet, eats and have sex.Both Walters and Market Clerk Raveena Anadeo met with Regional Representative of the Prime Minister, Gobin Harabjan and Technical Assistant attached to the Office of the President, William Moore to lodge complaints and then met with the media.“He told me that I have to seek his permission to speak with the media so that why I can’t talk with the media, I am sorry,” Anadeo said.Meanwhile, Walters is accusing the NDC chairman of sexual harassment.She said he told her that she must tell him of her every move including sexual activity.In an invited comment, Khan said he was using an analogy when he made the statement but denied that he used the word “sex”.“The way I have been administering and the way I know it, it is quite within my rights and within the legal framework to refer and for emphasis purposes can make analogies. In an effort to let this office understand that her every movement, every action, every decision as regards the council, I want to know,” Khan statedThe NDC chairman previously held the post as Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) for Region Six but was sacked when the Coalition Government took office last year.According to the NDC chairman, a misconception would have triggered the allegations. He explained that Walters might not have been properly informed as to from whom her directives come and added that the particular officer seldom adheres to directives given by him.“There is a reluctance to take the necessary guidance and directives. I had to be very blunt; eat, p*ss and s**t I have to know because this affects the council but I did not use the word sex,” he explained.Walters is also accusing the chairman of victimisation, alleging that in one day she received three warning letters from Khan.“He give me a warning letter for a chairman stamp, I get a warning letter for not preparing financial statement where I did and he give me a warning letter for the minutes, he say I did not prepare the minutes,” she noted.In response, the chairman said the letters were because of reluctance to adhere to lawful instructions, chief among which was forgery.“Yes, this individual was in fact written to. As a veteran administrator, I am in the habit of writing people but that government officers have to confirm and subscribe to the rules and regulations of not only the Public Service but there are rules which are captured in the by-laws of the NDC that also need adherence and conformity. So having recognised that there were breaches in these regards, as the Chairman of the NDC I have not much of an alternative but to take the appropriate and requisite action,” Khan explained.According to him, as stipulated under the Public Service Act, he addressed the issues verbally with Walters before the letters were issued.Khan added that if the employee continues to violate or flout the rules, then the act stipulates that a second letter is issued and if need be a third letter will be issued which is a dismissal letter.“The dismissal is recommended. We don’t arbitrarily dismiss, we recommend first and I am just following the principals here.”According to the Chairman, both the Assistant Overseer Akeisha Walters and the Market Clerk Raveena Anadeo had been in the habit of leaving the office without giving notice or indicating where they were going and closing the office at odd times.However, in commenting on the statement made by Anadeo, that she was forbidden to speak to the media, Khan said it was only a part of the statement which he made to her. “I said; ‘don’t speak to the media unless you would have gotten the permission to do so. You are an employee’. You cannot be the employee of an organisation and you are speaking on organisational issues that you cannot explain or give a proper account for.”The matter as it relates to sexual harassment has since been reported to the police.
Guyana’s top drivers and riders will have a chance to test their machines ahead of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) ‘Ignite’.The club has announced an official event just two weeks away, and it is expected to give drivers and riders a chance to iron out the kinks in their machines.According to a statement from the club, the event is expected to offer drivers and riders a chance to test their machines in a race-like environment ahead of the final round of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships.The statement continued, “We have also set the admission as free for those who want to come and have a look. We are always trying to attract new spectators, and we feel this is one way of doing that.”Among the local competitors are Mark Vieira, defending Group Four champion Andrew King, Danny Persaud, Rupee Shewjattan, Rameez Mohamed, Chet Singh, Shiraz Roshandin, Matthew Vieira, Raviero Tucker, Team Mohamed’s (Superbike champions), Kevin Deodass, Anand Ramchand and Adrian Fernandes.The entities pledging support to the event include GBTI, B.M. Soat, Noble House Seafood, Stag Beer, Air Services Limited, Guyoil, Palm Court, Hand-in-Hand, Ramada Hotel, Survival Supermarket, Club 704, Sheriff Security, EC Investments, Prem’s Electrical, Nexus Machinery, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Choke Gas Station, Japarts, R. Kissoon Contracting, E Networks, Miracle Opticle, Bikers’ Bar, Samaroo Investments, Innovations America, Superbet, Agriparts and KGM Security Service.The club is expected to launch the event within days, with just over a month remaining until the event.
Mark Warburton has told talkSPORT he is pleased Brentford fans finally have some clarity over rumours over his future, after the club announced he will leave his post as manager at the end of the season.The high-flying Bees have exceeded expectations in the Championship this season after 52-year-old Warburton guided the side to promotion from League One.But supporters were shocked when reports emerged last week that owner Matthew Benham was searching for a new boss to bring in over the summer, and the club confirmed the news with a lengthy statement on Tuesday.It stated that, after a disagreement over the long-term direction of the club, the manager and assistant David Weir will leave at the end of the current campaign, with sporting director Frank McParland immediately placed on gardening leave.And Warburton revealed that he felt uneasy about the new management structure the club wanted to implement, and could not continue his role as a result.“It’s been a difficult few days to be honest, but I’m pleased there is some clarity now at least, for the fans and the players,” Warburton told Kick Off.“The owner of the club is looking for a different direction, he wants to adopt a more European model, one with a sporting director and head coach, where the head coach hasn’t got the absolute veto on players coming into the club.“In all truth it’s not a model that sat very comfortably with me and I think you have to be totally honest to take a club forward in the right way, and it didn’t sit right with myself, David or Frank.“The owner Matthew’s business is statistical analysis of players in leagues around the world and it’s a magnificent resource we’ve tapped into over the last few months, we’ve utilised it really well.“But with the new model, it looks like the club will recruit players more on that mathematical basis.“Now, I don’t want to come across as old fashioned, but I just think there are certain responsibilities that are important to us as coaches and managers and I’d rather be honest about that now than continue working and have more concerns and worries down the line.“All that would do is impact the players negatively, as well as the supporters and the staff.“So honestly now, it’s disappointing we couldn’t reconcile our differences but we’re still good friends and both parties have been very straight forward with it.“I have enormous respect for Matthew, he gave me this chance in the first place, which was a brave call, but he also has invested significant sums in the club and will continue to do so.“The supporters can be reassured of the club’s long-term security, so that’s fantastic news and hopefully it works out well for Brentford going forward.”Listen to Kick Off’s interview with Brentford manager Mark Warburton in full above!
Re “Lost war” (Viewpoint, Sept. 30): I don’t usually agree with Mariel Garza’s opinion pieces, but I sure do agree that the way to deprive street gangs of their power is to eliminate their financial footing by legalizing drugs. Of course, the established bureaucracy is going to fight that tooth and nail because it, too, is financed by illegal drugs. There is a fine line between law enforcement and law evasion when financial self interest is involved. Taxing drugs that are now illegal and investing the money in drug education and rehabilitation would be a far more effective strategy than the clearly broken system of strong-arm enforcement and repeated incarceration that we now endure. – Roger Walton North Hills Rate hikes for pay Re “DWP: L.A.’s best jobs” (Sept. 30): When the recent rate increases were passed on to the people of Los Angeles, I don’t recall that Department of Water and Power officials told us that they needed that extra money so they could pay their people nearly 20 percent more than the average non-public safety city worker gets – or close to 50 percent more with overtime. Taxpayers, you need to visit Citizens Against Government Waste’s Web site (www.cagw.org) and read the “Piglet Report”! – William Conroy Northridge Obsessed with DWP On Sunday morning, I read the expos of Department of Water and Power salaries, and although I work for the DWP, I am not writing as an employee, but as an average person. Even as an average person, I can see a pattern of attacks that begin to resemble, well, a pattern. The disturbing thing about patterns is that they begin to resemble obsessions, and the disturbing thing about obsessions is that they gradually cease to have rational motivation. If you kick the DWP often enough, you’ll run the risk of creating sympathy for it. – Arthur Saginian Saugus A longtime problem Excellent article on Los Department of Water and Power employees’ salaries, which are larger than comparative pay in other city departments. However, this out-of-balance pay scale has been in effect for at least 50 years. I recall stories in the early 1950s pointing out this unfair pay discrepancy. And no one, including the Los Angeles City Council, over all these years has made any effort to equalize salaries. – Cliff Dektar North Hollywood O.J.’s peers It appears that this time it will be possible to get a jury of peers for the new trial of O.J. Simpson. For jury duty, we can summon Britney, Paris, Michael Vick, Mike Tyson, Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson and Nick Nolte. – Alan Litt Granada Hills Is everyone paying? Re “Should kids pay to play?” (Sept. 29): Do soccer players have to pay, too? Or do they have special privileges – as in everything else? – Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Tree tragedy Re “A million? Not quite” (Oct. 1): I was very impressed with the expos of the Department of Water and Power fiasco, but Monday’s article about the “lost trees” is really the nail in the coffin for our bloated, misguided, uncaring city government. How can anyone lose track of 110,000 trees, then want a grant from the state for $400,000 for a software program to find them? I watched on Balboa Boulevard, from Roscoe Boulevard to Strathern Street, as 50 trees were planted. The only problem is that you have to water saplings for them to grow. They died, of course. Then trees were planted again. – J. Don Buchanan Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now that the star of “24” has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, the show could be retitled “24 months with probation,” starting Keifer Sutherland and Mos Def. – Ron Sellz Chatsworth Broken system
Table-toppers Finn Harps will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host new-boys Galway FC at Finn Park on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).Harps striker Ruairi Keating is one of a number of players in flying form for Finn Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Last Friday evening’s 5-0 hammering of Cobh Ramblers saw Harps increase their unbeaten start in the league to three games and keep their third clean sheet in a row.When you factor in the end of last season, it means Harps are now unbeaten in five league games and haven’t conceded a goal in 360 minutes of league football – the last goal against them coming when Garbhan Coughlan scored an injury time consolation for Athlone Town in a 3-2 victory for Harps on 4th October last year. “I was obviously very happy to get three points on Friday,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he reflected on the game against Cobh.“I felt our second goal from Carel Tiofack came slightly against the run of play as we didn’t start the second half particularity well. However, after that, the result wasn’t in doubt really.”Horgan was also delighted to see his side record another blank scoreline for the opposition and he has yet to witness his Harps side concede in league action this season.“It is always good to keep a clean sheet but we ran our luck a little especially from one or two Cobh set-pieces. This is something we will need to improve on ahead of the game against Galway.” With Galway the visitors to Finn Park on Saturday, Horgan feels this could be the toughest test his side has faced this season.“Galway have huge potential,” he said. “They have quality players like Ryan Connolly, Vinny Faherty and Gary Shanaghan who have all played with top Premier Division sides. Add in young Ryan Manning and Jason Molloy and they will pose a huge attacking threat to us.”The Harps boss continued: “It would be great to see a big crowd come out on Saturday as a good atmosphere can definitely play its part in encouraging any team, and we are no different. Galway have a lot of quality and play good football so it’s a challenge we will be relishing.”On the team front, Horgan is still missing Kevin McHugh and Gareth Harkin with hamstring injuries. Sean McCarron remains sidelined with a fractured cheek while Ciaran Coll and Keith Cowan are doubts after they both picked up knocks in Friday’s game with Cobh.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Ciaran Coll (knock), Keith Cowan (knock)..Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring), Gareth Harkin (hamstring), Sean McCarron (fractured cheek). Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-D-D-W-W (11 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Pat McCann – 3Ruairi Keating – 2 (1 in League Cup)Keith Cowan – 1James Doherty – 1Michael Funston – 1Carel Tiofack – 1Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)21-Mar – 2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (Doherty, Tiofack, McCann 2, Keating)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedTABLE-TOPPERS HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST GALWAY FC was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsFinn ParkGalway FC
… Steph Curry carried the Warriors to a Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday evening with his remarkably efficient shooting.He finished with 38 points on just 16 shots and also chipped in 15 rebounds, taking over the game and starting the Warriors off on the right foot in the first-round series.Draymond Green’s improved shooting also buoyed the Warriors during the first half when the Clippers’ bench, but whether he can sustain that level of production remains to be seen.
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
20 January 2015Relief parcels have been distributed to flood-hit families in Malawi by the South African humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers.The parcels – worth R500 each – contained staple food, blankets, eating utensils, water purification tablets and plastic sheets, the organisation’s founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said on 17 January.The eight-member Gift of the Givers team reached areas more than 100km away from Blantyre, he added. Distribution would also be carried out in Chikwana, Nsanje, Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Phalombe and Mulanje regions.Continuous rain and the “baby” Cyclone Bansi have resulted in Malawi declaring 15 of its 28 national districts disaster zones, and the country has called for international assistance. An estimated 100 000 people have been left homeless and 173 are confirmed dead.The death toll is expected to rise as it is believed that 183 people have been swept away from one village alone. In addition, 11 000 homes have been damaged.Sooliman said the southern African country was probably facing the “greatest flood disaster in the history of its existence”. “Massive destruction to agriculture, roads, bridges and general infrastructure, including power facilities, has complicated the situation due to prolonged power outages.“The Malawi defence force has already rescued more than 4 000 people with the fear that many more are trapped in inaccessible areas,” said Sooliman.There are also concerns of a cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases as there is no clean drinking water and the sewerage system is contaminated. The humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen as tropical Cyclone Chedza hit Malawi on 18 January.“It is expected to be far more destructive than Cyclone Bansi, bringing more heavy rains and greater flooding,” said Sooliman. Gift of the Givers has put water rescue teams from South Africa on standby for this eventuality, and medical teams are also ready if required.Sooliman has urged South Africans to contribute to the relief efforts.Meanwhile, its rescue mission in Mozambique is progressing well, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which was deployed to the flood- stricken country after its government approached its neighbour for help.SANDF personnel left for Mozambique a week ago, and spokesman Lieutenant General Mabanga said the team was expected to spend seven to 14 days in that country. “Their stay will depend on the situation in that country.”Senior SANDF members would go to Mozambique on 20 January to assess needs.Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following torrential rains in Mozambique. Four people have died in Mocuba, one of two districts badly affected by flooding, while an estimated 5 000 have sought refuge in government shelters. According to reports, the waters have risen to double the flooding threshold.SANDF soldiers deployed in Mozambique include members of the South African Air Force, Navy divers and medical personnel. No SANDF members had been deployed in Malawi, Mabanga added.Source: SANews
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
After Jaipur and Ahmedabad, the Union Health Ministry has now sent a team of experts to Madhya Pradesh to confirm and verify reports of Zika virus cases in the state. A central team comprising experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) has gone to the State following information about three persons being detected with Zika virus, a Health Ministry official said.“The team will verify the facts and if the information is true, it will assist the Madhya Pradesh government to replicate the measures and action plan, implemented in Jaipur and Ahmedabad, there, to prevent any possible outbreak of Zika,” he said.“Because the symptoms of Zika infection is similar to that of dengue and spreads through mosquito bites, it raises concerns,” the official added He said the state health department has been asked to keep a close watch on people suffering from symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease. Meanwhile, an intensive screening exercise is being undertaken and vector control measures have been intensified at Ahmedabad after the first case of the mosquito-borne disease was detected this year in Gujarat. Zika virus, transmitted through the aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children. The state health department has advised pregnant women not to visit the affected areas. During the latest outbreak of the virus in the country, the first case surfaced on September 22, when an 85-year-old woman with no recent travel history tested positive for the virus in Jaipur. Since then, the number of Zika cases have risen to 153 in Rajasthan. In India, the first outbreak of Zika virus was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district in July that year. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management. The disease is under surveillance of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the WHO notification since November 18, 2016.