The executive director of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), Joe Luamba, Jr has called on Liberians to join the newly established National Citizens Registry (NCR).In a press release issued in Monrovia last Friday, Luamba said the NCR is being launched to enable Liberians to fulfill their constitutional obligation by adding their names, voter registration and electoral districts to the national registry. “This citizens’ initiative is consistent with the letter and spirit of Article I of the Liberian Constitution which states that ‘All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require,’” he said.He explained that the NCI Registry is open to all Liberian citizens to add their names, voter registration numbers, electoral districts, counties and phone numbers indicating to politicians that 167 years of statehood was necessary.When Liberian citizens value their opinions they must ensure that their servants in government follow their orders and in a situation where a government ceases to serve the common good of society, it becomes the duty of citizens to bring their servants under control.The NCR’s initiative, he said, “is a proven strategy that has successfully guaranteed that public servants remain servants instead of public masters in democracies and thisdates back to 5th century Greece.”He said the initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body and it exists in Switzerland, United States and the European Union.In order to return from the bottomless pit of despair, underdevelopment and lack of opportunities, Luamba said Liberian citizens must take the lead and begin trusting democratic ideas, not politicians, irrespective of their tribe, religion, education or social status. Luamba urged all Liberian citizens to register to vote as the first step on the path to peace, prosperity and unlimited equal opportunities for all citizens. They must register at the National Citizens Initiative Registry by calling 0775718065 and the process will continue through email, sms texts, letters, facebook, and websites to be established by UHRI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I beg your indulgence to publish my response to the “Eyes on Guyana” column of Mr Lincoln Lewis, appearing in the Kaieteur News of Sunday, October 07th, 2018 under the title, “Serious Questions about Sam Hinds ‘moral authority’ in call for equal treatment for sugar and bauxite workers.”Editor, one should expect, and even welcome, serious questioning of what he presents; and I do. I am heartened that Mr Lewis is not rejecting my call for equal treatment for sugar and bauxite workers, but his representations are seriously distorted and misleading, and he has knowingly or unknowingly propagated and hence sustained one seriously poisonous, divisive, untrue rumour.Editor, when I read that the Cabinet-led Task Force — of which Mr Lincoln Lewis was a member — had recommended that these Rusal workers facing termination be paid a package similar to what was applied in the case of Linmine in 1993 onwards and Bermine in 2002 onwards, I had thought and hoped that we were rounding a corner; for by evidently acknowledging and taking our (PPP/C) arrangements for bauxite workers during those difficult years as a standard, I was thinking that there was the beginning of a recognition that we had not been the problem for the bauxite companies, workers and communities. Indeed, it seemed that the door was being opened to the thinking that we had been good for the bauxite companies, workers, and communities. However, I will not let this Lincoln Lewis column dash my hopes.Editor, we, PPP/C, were always conscious of the need to treat our bauxite and sugar workers equally, if not equitably. As we, PPP/C, came into office in 1992, our bauxite and sugar sectors were in quite different economic situations, and with very different prospects. Bauxite, having suffered huge losses since the mid-1970s, there were grave doubts whether it could be profitable again and survive; but sugar was returning to profitability, and its prospects looked bright, admittedly on the then seemingly unending guarantee of the preferential prices of the Sugar Protocol.In those instances referred to by Mr. Lewis, where the bauxite sector was treated differently from the sugar sector, bauxite workers were treated better than what was specified by the various ‘conditionalities’ we, PPP/C, met in place. Rather than close down Linmine on that MINPROC declaration in 1994 as prescribed, we resumed and maintained subsidies until interested core partners came along. And much the same happened with the bauxite operations on the Berbice River. That is another story. The eventual privatisation of the bauxite companies was better than the previously prescribed alternative, which would have seen them closed down forthwith.Concerning the continued waiver of income tax on overtime work in the case of sugar workers, it is true, but sugar workers would readily give up that incentive for the higher wage rates bauxite workers received before, and more so since privatisation. (Sugar workers have been complaining about a number of constrictions in the application of this waiver to them). That notwithstanding, it may be recalled that the Structural Adjustment/Economic Recovery Programme entered into by then President Hoyte included reforms aimed at reducing, if not eliminating, special and unique situations and the discretion of a President or a Finance Minister to grant financial incentives. The waiver of income tax on the overtime pay of bauxite and sugar workers, and those workers only, stood out like a sore thumb. The waiver of income tax on overtime work is an incentive to both the enterprise and the worker. Many argued that that incentive was on challengeable legal and socio-political grounds. It was largely excused on arguing that Government was under pressure to incentivise the workers in these two most important state owned industries by finding one way or another to increase their after-tax take-home pay. We were uneasy with this waiver, and anticipated its ending on the occasion of privatisation or on significant upward movement of wage scales in the sector. There was no targeting of bauxite workers in this.There is absolutely no truth in Mr Lewis’s claim that a steam turbine was removed from the bauxite operations. Mr Lewis and others are invited to visit the steam power station, now derelict, and see for themselves that the three turbines that were there are still there. I call on him to show where, in any so-called PPP stronghold, the steam turbine is/was set-up. Further, even if it had been so, Mr Lewis should know that GPL electricity supply grid is such that it could not supply that electricity to only that stronghold. Indeed, we PPP/C, see our electricity grid and supply (GPL) as one of the integrating mechanisms of our people and country.To be frank and for full disclosure, I will say that some parts from one of a number of discarded GM diesel sets in the diesel power station by the Mackenzie bridge were taken to help rehab a similar engine in GPL’s small diesel power station at Onverwagt. It would have helped supply electricity to Bush Lot, but also to Lichfield and Hopetown, all on the West Coast of Berbice; and what, Mr Lewis, could have been wrong with that? One can suspect that this could have been jazzed up to give birth to that rumour. Whatever the case, Mr Lewis is here knowingly or unknowingly repeating and sustaining a seriously poisonous, divisive, untrue rumour, which as a recognised elder, looked up to by a significant number of our fellow Guyanese, is to be greatly regretted.There was no plundering of the equipment of the bauxite industry. Indeed, even though it would have made good economic sense, it was to avoid such charges of plundering that I did not entertain the offer from a scrap metal business from Singapore to purchase the alumina plant: “Liquify your sunk, frozen, discarded, useless asset” the lady from Singapore urged from across my desk.An approach from our local firm Wieting and Richter, as agent for a corresponding German environmental firm, to remove all installations and hazardous waste, and present a certified environmentally clean site, along with a small net amount of money, was also not entertained.Mr Lewis wrote, “By the time the PPP/C had done its target on the [bauxite] industry, 4000+ workers were dislocated… The PPP/C did not initiate the downsizing of the bauxite industry. Mr Lewis would know that that sad and traumatic transformation in coming to terms with reality began with the shock of that first big shrinking of about one third, some 1800 employees, in 1983 and the prescribed transfer of all non-core activities to various levels of Government and their agencies. This transformation was well on its way by the time MINPROC took management of the core operation in 1990, and the number of employees would have been further shrunk by the time we, PPP/C, entered Office in October, 1992. As has been stated on many occasions when MINPROC declared that they could not see a way to profitability for the bauxite operations in Linden, the prescription we had received called for closure forthwith. We did no such thing. (To be continued)Sincerely,Samuel A A Hinds,Former PrimeMinister, FormerPresident
Two more Guyanese are facing drug trafficking charges after they were separately busted at the John F Kennedy (JKF) Airport in New York, United States with cocaine.Guyanese business owner Luke Kendall, was nabbed with cocaine pellets in his stomach upon his arrival on September 20, 2018, in the United States.According to reports, Kendall arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana and was subjected to a routine search by immigration agents at the airport. He was reportedly visiting the United Stated to purchase items for a business that heOdessa Edmondsonusually operates for his mother.However, when the man was asked by the agents to provide names and contact numbers for the persons he was visiting, those persons indicated that they had no idea Kendall was visiting. By this time, the ranks ordered the man to undergo an X-ray examination after which it was revealed that he had ingested cocaine pellets.Further examinations showed that the drug mule had more than 200 pellets containing the illegal drug, which he swallowed. He later admitted to swallowing more than three pounds of the substance.Kendall was charged and arraigned with the offence on September 24, 2018, before Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione. His preliminary hearing is set for October 8.Meanwhile, a young mother of Ituni, Upper Demerara River, is similarly facing drug trafficking charges after she was apprehended at with some 200 cocaine pellets in her stomach two Saturdays ago. The woman, Odessa Edmondson, who travelling with her baby, was intercepted by US Customs and Border agents.Agents observed Edmondson perspiring and acting in a suspicious manner which led agents to question her further. It was then that the young woman reportedly admitted to ingesting the pellets, revealing that she was going to be paid some US$6000 to smuggle the drugs into the United States. Edmondson reportedly excreted the pellets weighing over three pounds. As such, charges have sinceCocaine pelletsbeen filed against her.Guyanese Kurt and Maria Bruney were recently nabbed in similar circumstances when they were both busted by US Customs and Border officers at the JFK Airport. The couple allegedly attempted to smuggle hundreds of cocaine pellets into the US, after arriving in New York on a flight from Guyana on September 23.The husband was reportedly approached by officers to do an X-ray and just then, his partner in life and crime reportedly spilled the beans that they had ingested cocaine pellets. The East Coast Demerara couple both cumulatively had well over 200 cocaine pellets in their systems, with the contents of an excreted pellet testing positive for cocaine. Reports indicate that a sum of US$6000 was promised for his efforts, which was a similar amount to that of the suspected Linden mule.These individuals follow in the footsteps of several locals who were busted in the US attempting to smuggle drugs. The majority of the mules have been identified as women and they would often blame their economic and single-parent status for drug smuggling. However, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall recently outlined that one’s economic circumstances is no excuse for drug smuggling. As reported in sections of the media, CANU is working closely with the US immigration unit to probe the “cocaine ring”.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But so far, all that residents have received are empty promises and money appropriated for studies – most recently, $1.1 million to study alternatives to trashing their community. Dumps don’t belong near houses, schools or any other place where people congregate and spend a lot of time. In crafting policy, it can’t get much simpler than that. Neighbors are plagued not just by odors and potential health and safety hazards from the dump, but also by the fumes from the diesel trucks chugging through their community daily. City leaders have been consoling the upset residents of Granada Hills for years, but have never seriously considered alternatives or even made an effort to divert trash by requiring recycling at commercial and multifamily residential properties. The best they could do was sign a six-month extension of BFI’s contract last summer. Perhaps city leaders could take a cue from the sensible Los Angeles County Planning Commission and just say no to more urban dumping. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles County Planning Commission has done something that the city officials of Los Angeles can’t or won’t do: say no to the operators of Sunshine Canyon Landfill. Earlier this week, the commission denied a request by Browning-Ferris Industries, which runs the Granada Hills dump, to merge its separate Sunshine Canyon sites – one inside city limits, one outside – into a megadump with a land bridge. Needless to say, the residents of Granada Hills, who have long been fighting expansion of the urban landfill, were not thrilled with the megadump proposal. The county commission’s denial was some welcome relief: Finally, it appeared that a public agency actually has the residents’ best interest in mind. Residents in that northeastern corner of Los Angeles had grown accustomed to city politicians’ reneging on promises to curb or even shut down the dump. Both the current and the past mayor have promised to stop the city’s trash from going to that landfill – a big deal because most of the trash in the dump comes from the city.
Media literacy has been a component ofSouth African schooling for some years.(Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco du ToitUnesco regional office, Windhoek+264 61 291 7221RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco, AU to boost African journalism• Unesco lauds SA literacy project• Social development in SOuth Africa• SA celebrates media freedomJanine ErasmusA three-day regional teacher workshop to be held in early November 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa, aims to boost literacy in new media and information skills. The workshop is a joint project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and the University of Pretoria.At least 20 teacher trainers from countries in the Southern African region, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia, are to attend. Similar regional events will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to cover teacher training institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for teacher training institutions in the South Asia region.The event centres on Unesco’s draft media and information literacy (MIL) curriculum for teacher education, which is soon to be piloted in teacher training institutions in at least eight developing countries.Trainers at the African event will be brought up to speed with the latest developments in the field of media and information literacy as it pertains to teacher education. They will also have the opportunity to discuss the draft curriculum and give their feedback on it, both as a whole and for specific modules. This feedback is expected to enhance the draft.The development of the MIL programme is steered by an international expert group. Local media education expert Professor Fackson Banda, the SABMiller-Unesco Chair of Media and Democracy at Rhodes University’s journalism school, represents the country in this group. Visiting professor Albert Boekhorst, an information scientist connected to Pretoria University’s Department of Information Science, also works on the project.The group meets regularly to review the curriculum’s progress and make recommendations for its further improvement. The upcoming workshop is an extension of the ongoing validation process.Media expert Professor Birgitte Tufte of the Copenhagen Business School names South Africa as one of the world’s leading countries in media education, along with Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. Other countries slowly following suit include the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Austria, and Switzerland.South Africa held its first media education conference in 1990 and has seen an increasing demand for media education since the arrival of democracy in 1994.Understanding the mediaThe Alexandria Proclamation says that information literacy and life-long learning are “beacons of the Information Society, illuminating the courses to development, prosperity and freedom”. The proclamation was drawn up at a colloquium on information literacy and life-long learning held in Alexandria, Egypt, in November 2005.Media and communication technologies, says Unesco, are crucial in keeping people informed so that they can competently assess, process and use media, in a variety of forms, in their personal lives and careers.This competency allows citizens to participate usefully in democratic societies. It also allows them to create their own functional media messages.Media and information technologies also stimulate creativity and debate on a range of issues, but their effectiveness is entirely dependent on the audience’s ability to understand, process and use the information while filtering out propaganda and bias.The MIL programme aims to foster literacy in mass media as well as information and communication technologies among the youth of the world, who are today’s most eager media consumers, according to Unesco. These children obtain their news not only through traditional channels but also through new platforms such as social networking sites, where they interact with their peers.However, because of their tender age, these consumers are also most vulnerable to the dangers of misusing or misinterpreting the media.Before media literacy programmes are included in school teaching, a number of obstacles must be overcome, including overworked teachers and already full curricula. South Africa’s own school curriculum has undergone a number of revisions since 1994, when the controversial outcomes-based system was phased in. The 2008 group of matrics was the first to write their final exams under the new system.Teachers themselves need media and information literacy education to be able to understand the role and importance of media, and to be able to equip their pupils with the same skills.Unesco will work towards the inclusion of media literacy in national teacher training curricula, thus creating a ripple effect that will eventually filter down to pupils of secondary education level. The results and effectiveness of eight pilot projects will be shared with government education departments, and will determine the level of integration into national curricula.The integration of libraries into the programme is another crucial step, as libraries offer an environment with valuable resources and services, and play an important role in the life-long learning process.
A group of South African companies from four provinces will get an opportunity to showcase their products in China when they participate in the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) that will take place in Shanghai from 5-10 November 2019. The group’s participation is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services, and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.The CIIE is part of the Chinese government’s initiatives to support trade liberalisation and economic globalisation by actively opening the country’s huge market to the world. The CIIE is an open international cooperation platform provided by China for countries to showcase their products. It is also an international public platform provided by the Chinese government for all the countries in the world to discuss major issues of foreign trade, world economy and global economic governance.According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, China is expecting to import products and services valued at more than US$10 trillion and this will provide a massive opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market.“Our continuous participation in the CIIE will contribute significantly in helping us to increase the export of value-added products to China. Since 2009, China has been South Africa’s number one trading partner globally as well as in the Asian region. Total trade between South Africa and China grew from R271 billion in 2013 to R332 billion by the end of 2018. However, 86% of our exports basket to China is concentrated on primary products. There are concerted measures underway to promote value-added goods and services by broadening the export base and increasing South Africa’s market share in China,” says Gina.South Africa was among the twelve countries which were invited as guest countries of honour in the inaugural CIIE which was successfully held in Shanghai in November last year. More than 172 countries, districts and international organisations participated in the event. Products and services from more than 3 600 enterprises and companies were exhibited. SA’s participation in the first CIIE also formed part of the South Africa-China 20-Year Celebration of Diplomatic Relations. South Africa had the biggest representation of all countries from Africa and had the largest footprint at the event.Gina adds that South Africa’s participation will also contribute in strengthening both political and economic bilateral relations between South Africa and China. It is also expected to increase trade between the two countries in general, and South African exports of value-add products in particular.“As a fellow member of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping, participating in exhibitions like these will boost intra-BRICS trade and investment,” says Gina.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.zaIssued by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dti
This video was first shared by Greyscalegorilla. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you want to learn more about how to create this awesome effect, check out the corresponding blog post on Greyscalegorilla’s website.Have any tips for morphing objects in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below. Learn how to morph between two objects in this Cinema 4D video tutorial.The ability to create smooth transitions between objects really makes your animation flow more naturally. Of course, getting this effect is easier said than done.The following video tutorial was inspired by the award-winning People’s Car Project commercial that WeAreFlink made for Volkswagen. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out:Typically, when you want to morph an object, you will actually use separate objects that morph together through a combination of motion blurs, frame blending techniques, and misdirection.However, when you are trying to perform this action with slow morphing objects, it’s much more difficult because you can’t simply cover the edit points with fancy transitions. This is where the following video tutorial comes into play.This video tutorial by Greyscalegorilla offers a glimpse into how to perform this action using effects and tools that are 100% native to Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Using the Spherify ToolThe Pose Morph EffectCreating Metallic Textures
OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banegaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal could be about to miss out on a key transfer target.Reports in Spain and England had suggested the club wanted to sign Ever Banega to appease manager Unai Emery.The creative midfielder is seen as a key addition, especially with Aaron Ramsey on the way out of the club. Banega has played for Emery in the past.But Estadio Deportivo suggests that Sevilla are close to getting Banega to commit to a new contract.It would raise his release clause and commit the 30-year-old to the Spanish side for the next few years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
FIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Next World Cup 2019: This is India’s orange jersey for match vs EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The official kit sponsors of Indian cricket team unveiled the new away kit of the Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli’s men will move away from their traditional blue jersey as the new shirt will have a splattering of orange on the shoulder and the back.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 22:22 IST ICC Crickaet World Cup 2019: India’s orange-splattered cricket away kitHIGHLIGHTSIndia will sport the orange jerseys against England on SundayIndia’s new away kit has a splattering of orange on the shoulders and the backThe ODI and Away Kit designs launched this year are inspired by the young new generation of India: India’s official kit sponsorsIndia’s away kit for ICC Cricket World Cup has been officially launched by the team’s official apparel sponsor on Friday. Virat Kohli’s men will be sporting the jersey with an orange-splashing on the shoulder region for their big-ticket World Cup 2019 match against England in Birmingham.Speculations had been rife about the colour of India’s away jersey ever since it was announced that World Cup teams would wear away jerseys in a few matches in the 10-team tournament in England. India’s next game against hosts England is considered to be an away game for them. Since both England and India don blue colour jerseys, India, according to International Cricket Council regulations, are going to wear their away kit.India have been wearing their traditional blue jersey for quite some time now and the new away kit has an orange patch on the shoulders and on the back.”The ODI and Away Kit designs launched this year are inspired by the young new generation of India and the fearless spirit of the national teams,” India’s official kit manufacturers, Nike said in a statement. “Similar to the recently launched ODI Kit, the away kit is designed to enhance dynamic movements and modern requirement of the sport and the athletes. While the new engineered mesh and strategically placed sweat zones help enhanced breathability for the team on the field, new placket construction, the flex crest, garment cut angles and slash taping all add to making the new jersey lighter, more breathable and helps the athletes be agile on the field,” Nike added.advertisement”The new total orange and blue colored Away Kits also moves away from a traditional silhouette to using new innovative cut lines alongside dynamic material combinations to emphasize a Multi-dimensional Slash Design and Movement approach.”India Today had confirmed earlier this week that India will be wearing a new Orange-dominated jersey for the game vs England. England, who also wear a blue-dominated jersey, have the right to retain their first-choice kits since they have been labelled as the home team for their big-ticket clash in Birmingham.”For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event,” the International Cricket Council had said in a release.Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose the colour combination of India’s new away kit.Colour options were given to BCCI and they chose the colour combination that looked the best to them. The whole idea is to be different from blue as England also wears the same shade of blue as India, ANI quoted an ICC source as saying.While a political war broke over the orange colour in the India cricket jesey, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun had played it down saying the team is focussed on playing crikcet in England.”To be very honest we are not aware what colours we are going to be wearing, we haven’t given any thought to that and all our focus is only on the match tomorrow. We are focusing on the game and not aware of the colour we are getting. We bleed blue and blue is going to be predominantly the colour that is it,” Arun had said.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India orange cricket jerseyFollow India vs England