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  • Justice Minister Christiana Tah Resigns

    first_imgThe Attorney General and Justice Minister of Liberia, Counselor Christiana Tah, today tendered her resignation from the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Addressing a press conference at the Justice Ministry this afternoon, Counselor Tah said she could not be a Justice Minister under a government that had no confidence in her to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA happens to be headed by the President’s son, Fumba Sirleaf.Minister Tah also made reference to a statement made by Information Minister Lewis Brown, made following her suspension by the Supreme Court of Liberia for six months for contempt of court. During that period, she was forbidden to practice law in Liberia.  Minister Browne described her suspension as a “classic example of judicial  independence.”  Justice Minister Tah considered that statement a betrayal of trust and confidence which her government had in her.Delivering her resignation statement, Minister Tah was a accompanied by Police Director Chris Massaquoi; Harriette Badio, Assistant Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs; and Joyce Frankfort, Coordinator, Program Manager, Justice & Security Joint Program. Full text of Minister Tah’s statement is attached below.  Full story to follow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


    first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is offering a cut-price loan deal to help members pay for the cost of Christmas and stop them from going to loan sharks.The organisation is offering a seasonal loan of €1,000 with just €1,020 to pay back for a period of up to 40 weeks.Under the slogan ‘Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle’, the credit union is offering the deal to all its members. Manager of Letterkenny Credit Union Gordon Randles said the offer was first made available last Christmas and proved hugely popular.Now the credit union has decided to offer the same loan deal again with the least amount of interest of any offer across Donegal.Last Christmas the €1,000 loan deal was taken up by hundreds of members who used the cash advance to spend on items over the festive season.A number of illegal money-lenders are now operating across Letterkenny and Co Donegal. Many are charging huge interest on loans after traditional avenues of money lending including banks stopped offering short-term loans. CREDIT UNION TO BEAT LOAN SHARKS WITH CHEAP CHRISTMAS LOANS was last modified: November 7th, 2012 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:CHristmasLetterkenny Credit Unionloan sharksloanslast_img read more

  • South African film wins international award

    first_imgRay Maota Wandile Molebatsi (on the car) playsthe character of Vista, while KurtSchoonraad plays Richie Rich. Rapulana Seiphemo who plays Nyokais one of South Africa’s most reputableactors and has starred in manyproductions including the local soapie,Generations.(Images: Skeem)MEDIA CONTACTS• Anneke VilletLight and Dark Films+27 21 423 6785RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins at Tribeca• Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood• Shaken and stirred in Cape Town• SA actresses make it big in HollywoodSouth African production Skeem scooped the coveted Audience Choice Award at the recent Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), showing that locally directed motion pictures pose stiff competition among industry heavyweights.The festival ran from 13 October to 22 October 2011.Made by South African Tim Greene, Skeem was pitted against films with big-name directors like Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.The Audience Choice Award came with US$50 000 (R402 000) in prize money.Greene said: “I set out to make a film that people would want to see, and so to know that they enjoyed it is immensely gratifying. If you look at the cast lists of the films we were competing against, they’re all A-list Hollywood celebs.”Greene added that the honour made him proud of South African stars and that he was humbled by the recognition.This is Greene’s second feature film after 2004’s A Boy Called Twist, which centred around a young Cape Town beggar and was based on Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.Skeem will be released in South African theatres on 28 October 2011.The film, set in a rundown resort, follows the comedic exploits of a group of small-time crooks and greedy holidaymakers as they try to get their hands on a box full of money.It boasts an all-star South African cast who have featured in some of the biggest films made in South Africa. They include: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Casey B Dolan, Grant Swanby, Terence Bridgett, Zikhona Sodlaka, David Isaacs and Kurt SchoonraadZaheer Goodman-Bhyat, the film’s producer, said: “To actually win the audience award is a dream come true. To think that our local comedy film can travel and can be relevant to a global audience and compete successfully with the best films in the world gives me hope for the future of South African films.”Bhyat added that the nomination in itself was an honour.Made in the Middle EastThe Abu Dhabi festival has been an annual event since 2007, with the aim of livening up film culture in the Middle East.When it was started it was known as the Middle East International Film Festival, with a commitment to showcasing work by filmmakers from that region. This has changed to include international films.This year saw films, producers, directors and actors being honoured in the following categories: the Narrative Feature Competition; New Horizons Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Our World Competition; ADFF Audience Choice Award; ADFF Fipresci Award, and ADFF Netpac Award.Awards with the highest prize money of $100 000 (R807 000) went to the: Best Narrative Film, Chicken with Plums, by Marjane Satrapi; Best Film, Stories Only Exist When Remembered, by Julia Murat; and Best Documentary, Position Among the Stars, by Leonard Retel Helmrich.The prize money received by winners ranges from $15 000 (R120 000), $20 000 (R161 000), $25 000 (R202 000), $50 000 (R402 000) to $100 000 (R807 000).SA’s booming film industrySouth African films are notching up top honours at international festivals and award shows, which is testament to the country’s growing and vibrant industry.Hollywood has even used South Africa for film locations, with the next James Bond movie being filmed in Cape Town.Other big-budget Hollywood films that have been filmed on location are Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio.This has had a ripple effect with South African actors and actresses getting parts in international productions. These include Terry Pheto in The Bold and the Beautiful and Nondumiso Tembe in True Blood.Tsotsi, directed by South African Gavin Hood, gave Pheto an international boost after it won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006. The gritty drama focuses on the life of a young gangster from Soweto.last_img read more

  • Qunu museum gives life to Mandela’s legacy

    first_imgTourists have been streaming into the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape this week, underlining the institution’s worth as a catalyst for the upliftment of the local community – something Mandela insisted on when he opened the facility in February 2000, 10 years after his release from prison.(Image: Nelson Mandela Museum, Qunu)Brand South Africa reporterSituated on a hill top near Mbashe River in his home town of Qunu, the building honours Mandela’s wish that a museum be built at his birthplace to safeguard and preserve the gifts that he received from all over the world and make them accessible to all South Africans and its visitors.“Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision,” the museum explains on its website. “It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development, and should share the heritage resources linked to him.”The museum’s collections and multimedia exhibitions, including a comic display of Mandela’s life-long struggle for freedom, give visitors insight into the road Mandela walked to lead South Africa to democracy.“Through the museum, we promote the values of ubuntu [human kindness] and the rich history of our country for the benefit of many generations to come,” Nokuzola Tetani, the museum’s marketing manager, told SANews recently.Mandela, who died last week aged 95, is to be buried in Qunu on Sunday, 15 December.Message of condolenceThe number of visitors to the museum has doubled since the former president’s death. While the museum usually receives about 100 visitors a day, the number had doubled since last Friday, Fumanekile Wisani, a spokesman for the museum, said on Thursday. “There’s quite a number of people who are also coming here to write their messages of condolences.”Wisani said visitors were “feeling very sad as they viewed our exhibitions, but they were still keen to see those exhibitions, especially the ones about Mandela and [Albert] Luthuli in conversation”. Luthuli was the leader of the African National Congress and the first South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.There was also a lot of interest in the Sisulu exhibition. “We always explain to our visitors that the role played by Walter and Albertina Sisulu in the life of Nelson Mandela cannot be forgotten, because they are the ones who welcomed Madiba when he first arrived in Johannesburg.”The stone-and-wood museum in Qunu survived a big tornado earlier this year that destroyed houses and schools in the area.UpliftmentAccording to Tetani, the museum has been central to the socio-economic development of the area since its inception. “The majority of people in this area are poor and unemployed, and what the museum has done and continues to do is to bring business closer. And we always ensure that only locals are employed where possible.”Since 2008, the museum has been operating on two sites, in Qunu and at the Bhunga Building in nearby Mthatha, which is about 30 kilometres away.Through its youth and heritage centre, it trains young people in arts, tourism and farming. Visitors can join a local village tour to experience the authentic landscape of Madiba’s birthplace.Visitors are also taken to the small hut that Mandela slept in during his teenage years in Mqekezweni and shown the remains of his mother’s hut in Qunu.Monde Mgodlana, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, said the museum had changed his life. “I first started here as a caretaker and moved on to become a tour guide. I’m grateful for all the opportunities.”Source: SAnews.govWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • 3 Habits For Managing Your Social Media Footprint

    first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “It’s incredibly easy these days to get your thoughts out from your brain to the screens of people everywhere, and it’s critical you take the time to pause when you feel emotions stirring. It’s not just big brands and celebrities who make these missteps. More than ever you are judged by your public persona. Make sure it represents who you are completely, not just in the heat of the moment.” —Matthew Arevalo, social media marketer who’s worked with T-Mobile, Electronic Arts and AT&T on the importance of using social media efficiently. Use self-control. Get off the grid. Curate. These three habits will help you manage your social-media footprint and make you more effective, whether you use the medium for work or pleasure. Here’s a functional, easy guide to do just that. Self-ControlIcons and avatars give the illusion of anonymity on the Internet because people there aren’t shouting to the masses. And they can be free of true identification. Feeling at least somewhat removed from a post makes some more open with opinions, even detestable opinions. The need to self-control, or the lack of it, falls into two types of violators. One has the above habit, using the veil of secrecy to post what they would normally not. The other, is the type that cannot stop themselves from using the Web to surf, procrastinate, and do anything and everything besides what they probably should: Working.If you fall into this category, and lack appropriate self-control, there’s a good app for you, and it’s free. Wisely, it’s called Self Control. The Self Control app limits your use of email and social media, locking you out of designated sites for pre-determined periods, while still giving you broader online access. If you can’t stop trolling Facebook to see if your latest update got liked. And if you suffer from both afflictions, ranting anonymously and surfing in dangerous water, this could put you on a much needed time-out.Go Off The Grid OccasionallyLet’s say you’re careful about what you post. Very careful. You know about the risks of over-sharing. You’re the consummate professional. But, your’e always ready to respond. Always available. That can be exhausting, and exhaustion often leads to irritation, which usually ends with embarrassment. What to do?Get off the grid. Fellow RW writer Brian Proffitt recently wrote that knowledge workers should change their always-on mentality and stop answering email after business hours. Why: It improves your mood. Effective workers enjoy what they do. Once overworked, by your boss or your own over-accessibility, your spark and motivation drop severely.So, take some time off, stow your mobile and get away from it all. My colleague Jon Mitchell did just that for four days. And while his digital detox is probably different from what you’ll experience, you can feel the same thing he did: Recharged and re-inspired. Make this a habit and watch your productivity rejuvenate. Curation 2.0The final habit you should employ could be one of the most important of all. Make sense of all the white noise out there. All the voices. How do we filter it all? Turn to curation, a growing, but misunderstood, concept that can save you tremendous amounts of time directing you to what you need to know. I like a service called spundge, which helps me filter search results so they are more effective, saving me a ton of time. When you’re searching for specific, nuanced topics, this site gives you results in an easy-to-digest format that spares me from Google readers and extraneous searches. Now I spend that time on what I should be doing: Working. This habit I can’t stress enough, and it’s only getting more refined. The next step in curation is personalization.Personalization is what Facebook mastered from the get-go. Suddenly, each person’s online experience was truly personalized. A company called Gravity is moving this concept further. It uses adaptive artificial-intelligence techniques to make news sites, like TechCrunch and CNN Money’s iPad app, more individually relevant. Gravity monitors your habits to give you more of what you’ve looked at before.And with semantic-analysis abilities, Gravity monitors news and posts for trending topics. If enough people talk or post about an item, that content appears on your home page. “Think of it like a reverse search,” explained Jim Benedetto, Gravity’s chief technology officer. He compared his company’s service to pioneering adaptive-music player Pandora, which categorizes content fairly granularly and listeners rate songs to influence future content.  Related Posts adam popescucenter_img Tags:#curation#social media A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIEScenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Philippines finished its campaign with a 1-3 card, with its lone win coming against Thailand, 9-7 in the opening day last Tuesday.Singapore won the gold medal, Indonesia settled for silver, while host country Malaysia wound up with bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Read Next FILE – Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.The Philippines just missed out on a podium finish in men’s water polo, losing to Indonesia, 12-5, Sunday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Stumbling from the get-go, the Filipinos faced a 4-1 deficit in the first quarter against the reigning silver medalists and failed to respond in the ensuing quarters to bow out of the competition with three straight defeats.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Private Sector Urged to Work Closely with Public Sector to Improve Customer Service

    first_imgDirector General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Division, Office of the Cabinet, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, has called on the private sector to work closely with the public sector to improve customer service in the country.“We are relying on you, the private sector, to work even more closely alongside us to make the impactful change that our millions of citizens, residents, members of the Diaspora and our investors expect and deserve,” Mrs. Pottinger-Scott said.She was speaking to private sector leaders at an Excellence Visioning Workshop held on July 27 at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston.The event was one of a series of consultations organised by the Office of the Cabinet in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) to improve customer service in the public sector and to agree on elements of service excellence.Mrs. Pottinger-Scott said early next month, the PSOJ and Government, through the PSTM programme, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the collaboration on customer service improvement.The agreement will emphasise the creation of learning opportunities between sectors and the sharing of best practices that can be adopted to address service delivery weaknesses in the public sector.“We are making slow strides and are eager to partner with PSOJ to get further faster,” she added.She said the PSTM programme is keen on improving “Jamaica’s competitiveness ranking,” adding that the country slipped two spaces from the 65th ranking it held in the Doing Business Report last year.Currently, Jamaica is ranked 67 among 190 countries in the World Bank-led Report.Mrs. Pottinger-Scott cited a slew of initiatives under the PSTM programme scheduled to come on stream before the end of the next financial year. Among the initiatives is the launch of an electronic business registration system through the Companies Office of Jamaica.“We are still working on it and we have certain timelines that we have to meet. It involves not just the automation of the application process for company registration, but putting the system online, so that 24 seven applications could be put in,” she said.Additionally, she said the AMANDA development approval process portal, which will allow builders and developers to upload and track their applications online, is being implemented.The Director General also spoke of plans to launch a national Government e-portal, which will provide “a single gateway to information on all Government services to make finding information and services far easier than it is today.”Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PSOJ, Dennis Chung, said he was happy to accept the invitation to partner with the Cabinet Office in the customer service improvement venture, since “it was a natural fit and a natural progression to get there.”Mr. Chung said customer service is the heart of private sector businesses in Jamaica, adding that service excellence makes a significant difference to achieving the maximum potential in private sector businesses.“If you think about the potential that it can achieve in the country through the delivery of excellent customer service, it is tremendous,” he emphasised.According to Mr. Chung, public sector bureaucracy is the second impediment to doing business in Jamaica.“If the Government could resolve the bureaucracy issues, then we can go a far way in driving economic activities in the country,” he said.Since April 2017, the PSTM Division, which was created to streamline activities aimed at boosting Government efficiency, has been engaging technocrats in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), civil society and other groups at service excellence visioning workshops.last_img read more

  • Transport Canada to take new look at rules research on school bus

    first_imgOTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering his department to take a fresh look at the data on school bus safety and seatbelts.Garneau says if seatbelts are properly used and installed on buses they can provide an additional layer of safety for riders, but notes that current seat designs already provide good safety in the event of an accident.The government was put on the defensive Monday after an investigation from the CBC show “The Fifth Estate” suggested federal regulations about school bus safety restraints were based on out-of-date and incomplete information.Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses, but did introduce new guidelines in late June to regulate their use by bus operators who choose to install them.Those new technical requirements say restraints must not compromise existing safety features of the compartmentalized seats specifically designed to protect school children in the event of a crash.A 2010 Transport Canada study says seatbelts could help prevent injuries in rollovers, crashes where a pickup truck or larger vehicle slammed into the side of a bus, or crashes causing “significant vertical lift of the occupant compartment.”The study recommended more research on the use of seatbelts on buses to ensure their use didn’t increase the risk of injury for children.Since 1984, there have been 23 deaths of school children involved in bus crashes, including one between 2008 and 2016, the most recent year available.Transport Canada says side-impact collisions that cause injuries are rare.However, Garneau said he was willing to take another look at the data on bus safety.“I have instructed my department to take an in-depth look at the question of seatbelts in buses, a fresh look based on all of the evidence that has been collected since all the way back to 1984, and I look forward to their findings,” Garneau said in the House of Commons.last_img read more