IAC wants speedy swearing-in of new ERC members

first_imgDays after the National Assembly had approved the appointment of 10 members to serve on the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), the Indian Action Committee (IAC) is calling for the new appointees to be sworn in at the earliest date possible, so that they can commence work. In a congratulatory statement on Sunday, the IAC welcomed the House’s approval of the new body.“This long overdue decision, which the IAC has repeatedly called for, clears the way for the members to be officially appointed and sworn-in by H.E. President David Granger. This IAC is therefore hoping that this process can be expedited, so that the Commission can commence its work soonest,” the cultural body posited.Furthermore, the Committee reiterated its position on the importance of the ERC, saying that the Commission is most critical in helping to foster social cohesion. To this end, the IAC urged “full national support” for the ERC, as well as full provision of the requisite resources so that it can carry out its functions efficiently.After months of consultations and delays, the National Assembly, on Friday evening, approved 10 persons from various organisations to serve as members of the ERC. The new members include Dr. John O. Smith from the Christian bodies; Sister Rajkumarie Singh representing the Hindu bodies; and Roshan Khan from the Muslim bodies.The Labour Movement bodies nominated Norris Emanuel Witter as their representative; the Private Sector Organisations’ representative is Major-General (Retd.) Norman McLean, while the Youth Organisations are represented by Deodat Persaud and the Women Organisations by Ruth Howard.Additionally, the Cultural and Ethnic bodies appointed Barrington Braithwaite as their representative for Afro-Guyanese; Neaz Subhan represents Indo-Guyanese; and Ashton Simon represents Indigenous and Amerindian bodies.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton told the House that while it would have been more appropriate for the members to be already selected for such an important body, there were several hindrances to the process.Nevertheless, he expressed satisfaction that the appointments have been approved. The last ERC was dissolved in 2011.last_img read more

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DELIGHT FOR ARRANMORE ISLAND AS THEY RECEIVE GRANT FOR €45,000

FEATURES: The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh TD, announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €45,000 for repair works to be carried out on “Bóthar an Chomharchumainn” on the island of Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal. A 550-metre stretch of road will be covered with bitmac as well as 30 metres opposite the playground. Arranmore Island is one of the most popular Islands in the country with thousands of tourists flocking to it every year.It is one of the most scenic and beautiful Islands – and with top-class hospitality on offer and a wide range of activities to do – it’s the perfect venue for a short break away.News of the announcement will be a great boost to the Islanders as they’ve lobbied for extra funding for their infrastructure.Minister of State McHugh said that he was happy to be able to make this announcement. “I am pleased that my Department can provide this support to Donegal County Council to enable them to carry out these works, which will benefit the community of Árainn Mhór,” said the Minister of State.” DELIGHT FOR ARRANMORE ISLAND AS THEY RECEIVE GRANT FOR €45,000 was last modified: October 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnews read more

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WIN A LUXURY BREAK IN THE TWELVE HOTEL, BEARNA, GALWAY

first_imgWin a Luxury Break in The Twelve in Bearna, GalwayWe are giving you the chance to win a super-indulgent midweek (Sun – Thurs) break for two in the multi-award-winning boutique hotel, The Twelve in Bearna, Galway at the gateway to Connemara.The prize includes two nights accommodation, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening in the world class restaurant West, which was recently awarded an AA Rosette. Ten minutes from Galway city centre, on the Connemara coast road, The Twelve has 48 boutique style guest rooms, its own bakery where breads and pastries are freshly made on site, the lounge bar The Pins, a private dining room ideal for boutique weddings or business gatherings, and the world class award winning AA Rosette West restaurant.West has a Champagne Bar along with one of the most exciting wine collections in Ireland. The Twelve also offer an exclusive range of in-room spa treatments using Voya products, the chic, effective and 100% organic spa product range based on hand-harvested wild seaweed from the Walton family in the West of Ireland.If you’re not lucky enough to win this fabulous prize, check out www.thetwelvehotel.ie for details of their special offers including the new mid-term family break package including two nights accommodation with breakfast each morning for two adults and two children and a cookie making masterclass for the kids in the hotel’s on-site bakery.While Mum and Dad enjoy a delicious 5 course wine tasting menu on one evening the kids will be entertained with a movie, pizza and popcorn under the watchful eye of the hotel’s experienced babysitter. Why leave man’s best friend at home? Bring your dog with you to The Twelve Hotel and enjoy this package from just €590!Follow The Twelve Hotel on Facebook for details of ‘West goes North’ for one night only – West restaurant will soon be popping up near you!The Twelve, Bearna, Co. GalwayTel: +353 91 597000www.thetwelvehotel.ie HOW TO WIN:Simply answer the following question: Which award did the West restaurant recently receive?You MUST send your answer with address, contact telephone number to info@donegaldaily.com by noon FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH.The competition is FREE to enter and usual donegaldaily.com rules apply. Dates for booking are subject to availability and there is no cash alternative. DONEGALDAILY.COM – YOU CAN ENTER OUR COMPETITIONS FOR FREE. NO GIMMICKS, NO HIDDEN CHARGES, JUST A GREAT PRIZE FOR ONE OF YOU!WIN A LUXURY BREAK IN THE TWELVE HOTEL, BEARNA, GALWAY was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BEARNAGalwayWIN A LUXURY BREAK IN THE TWELVE HOTELlast_img read more

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MOTORIST WARNED TO STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL 2020

first_imgA MOTORIST caught driving despite being banned has been told he can’t drive again – until 2020.Kieran Lynch; Prockliss Termon was stopped on April 30 2012 at Clonkillymore, Termon.He was driving without a license or insurance, Letterkenny District Court heard. Lynch was appearing back in court after completing a the Pro Social Drivers Course.“I’m going to give him one more chance – I will not lock him up today,” said Judge Paul Kelly.He gave Lynch a 6 months prison sentence, suspended for two years. He also bound him over to be of good behaviour for two years and banned him from driving for six years,“The only reason you are not going to jail is because the organiser of the Pro Social Driving Course had good things to say about you,” said the judge.MOTORIST WARNED TO STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL 2020 was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:driving banKieran Lynchsuspended prison sentenceTermonlast_img read more

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Onduparaka away to unbeaten Kirinya as League returns

first_img Tags: kirinya jssonduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premier League Onduparaka have six points so farStarTimes Uganda Premier League (Match day 4):Kirinya Jinja S.S Vs OnduparakaMighty Arena, Jinja S.STuesday, 23-10-2018 @04:30 PMJINJA – Arua based club Onduparaka FC visit unbeaten Kirinya JSS in the Startimes Uganda Premier League.The two teams were promoted together in the 2016/17 season and they have faced off 4 times but none of them have managed to win away from home.Team news;On form striker Joel Madondo and Uganda Cranes player Isaac Isinde who missed the encounter with Tooro will be the hope for Kirinya SS as they host Onduparaka FC.Rashid Okocha, Fred Okot Oola, Sabir Simba, Abel Eturude, Richard Ayiko, Nicolas Kagaba and goalkeeper Nicolas Ssebwato will all be expected to be on the hero’s for Onduparaka to get at third away win.Team captain Rashid Toha, Ezra Bidda and the Gadaffi duo of Gadihno  and Wahabi did not make the trip to Jinja because they have injuries.Match Facts.Asaph Mwebaze’s men are placed 7th on the log with 6 points having won 2 and lost 1 of their opening 3 fixtures.Kirinya sit 8th on the log with 5 points and they boast of an inferior beaten run of 3 games.Onduparaka have beaten Kirinya twice in Arua but only managed a draw in Jinja, with Kirinya also winning once last season.Comments last_img read more

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Vipers seek to close gap on leaders KCCA

first_imgVipers lost their last home League games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Vipers SC vs Bright StarsSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 22-02-2019 @4pmKITENDE – Second placed Vipers SC will be hoping they can take full advantage of KCCA FC’s slip up when they (Vipers) host Bright Stars at the St. Mary’s stadium on Friday afternoon.After KCCA were held to a 1-1 draw away to Police on Thursday, the Venoms have a chance to trim the Kasasiro’s lead atop the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, to four points, if Vipers can take care of Bright Stars.However, they have been disappoint so far this season, dropping unimaginable points even at home. In their last home League game, they lost 3-1 to SC Villa, in a match that they were expected to pick all three points.They have now gone two games minus victory, form that does not suggest they want to retain the League crown they won last season.They will go into the Bright Stars game knowing they have to be at their absolute bast if they are to pick all three points.“We know it will not be an easy game because all the teams in the league are no pushovers. Said Vipers head coach Nam Ouma ahead of the game.“We lost our last home game 3-1 and we need to bounce back as soon as possible if we are to put our title charge back on track.Vipers will be welcoming back Captain Tadeo Lwanga who was suspended for the game away to Tooro United. Defender Geoffrey Wasswa is slowly recovering from injury and will face a late fitness test if he is to feature. Yayo Lutimba who has been struggling with form lately is expected to start again at left-back.For Bright Stars, they are set to be without the injured former Vipers left-back Dan Bilikwalira otherwise, the rest of the first team are in contention to play if picked.The stars who are coming off a 2-1 win over URA in the Uganda Cup are desperate for three points. Fred Kajoba’s side have not won a game in any of their last 10 League encounters (D6 L4).They are currently 8 points off relegation but know that they need to start winning games as the teams currently occupying the drop zone have started gaining momentum.Match Facts:This will be the 12th meeting between the two sides ever since Bright Stars were elevated to the top tier in 2013.In the previous 11 encounters, Bright Stars have never defeated Vipers, losing 4 and drawing 7 games.The first game between these two sides this season ended in a 0-0 draw at Mwerere while the reverse fixture last season saw Vipers win 3-2.Going into the game, Vipers have lost only one of their last 36 League games (W24 D11).At home, the Venoms have lost only one of their last 19 League games, winning 15 and drawing 3.For Bright Stars, they have won only three of their last 13 competitive fixtures (D6 L4). All the three victories have come in the Uganda Cup.Away from home, the Stars have won four of their last 9 competitive games (D3 L3).Comments Tags: bright stars fcNam OumaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

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All aboard the Tshwane express

first_imgThe Tshwane Business Express will coverthe distance between Johannesburg andPretoria in one hour.(Image: Metrorail) Transport minister Jeff Radebe aboardthe Khayelitsha Business Express.(Image: Cape Metrorail) The Khayelitsha Business Expressprepares for departure.(Image: Cape Metrorail) Commuters on the Soweto BusinessExpress enjoy a pleasant trip into Joburg.(Image: Cape Metrorail)Janine ErasmusWith petrol prices on the rise and freeways getting busier and busier, South African commuters are battling not only with high costs but also with peace of mind. The Tshwane Business Express, a new rail service launched in May 2008, will help to ease the pressure for some.Taking into account the ever-rising price of petrol and the cost of running and maintaining a car, says the national Department of Transport, it is hoped that young professionals will embrace the new alternative to negotiating the N1 freeway between Pretoria and Johannesburg. This section of the N1 is known as the Ben Schoeman highway and is considered to be Africa’s busiest stretch of road.Greater use of public transport is one of the most efficient ways to cut congestion on the country’s roads, said Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Transport, in his keynote address at the launch. “We can dare to say that we are on track towards providing a lasting, sustainable, efficient and affordable mode of transport to serve our people and the economy at large.”The Tshwane train accommodates 530 passengers and business commuters can make the most of a range of added services on the train, such as attendants, complimentary refreshments and newspapers on board, laptop workstations, and soon wi-fi, and enhanced security.In addition to covered parking facilities at all stopping stations, a free bus shuttle service is also available to take passengers to destinations such as OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg central, and the nearby business suburbs of Parktown and Rosebank.At present the train operates only during peak hours in the morning and afternoon, stopping at Centurion and Kempton Park stations before arriving at its destination. However plans are underway to expand the service to off-peak hours. Passengers will pay R750 for a month’s travel in the so-called Zone 2, or business class, while Zone 1, or economy travel, costs R550 a month. A one-way trip costs R30 and R20 respectively.The Tshwane Business Express is the third such service in South Africa, following on the heels of the Soweto and Khayelitsha business expresses, which were launched in July and November 2007 respectively.All three services are aimed at the middle-class passenger that, according to the department, is emerging from townships and previously disadvantaged areas. It is hoped that more efficient and accessible services such as these will help to build a culture of using public transport, which in recent years has proved unequal to the task of transporting South African citizens. They have consequently taken to the roads in their millions, boosting car sales and resulting in tremendous traffic congestion.South Africans on the moveKhayelitsha’s 300-seater express rail service takes commuters from Khayelitsha station to Cape Town station in under 40 minutes, including three stops along the way. Offering the same luxury and convenient facilities as the other two services, the Khayelitsha express train costs R300 per month, R99 per week and R30 and R25 for single and return daily trips.Like the Tshwane express, the Soweto express train seats 530 commuters in comfort. For R310 per month passengers travel to Johannesburg from Naledi station, stopping at Ikhwezi and Dube stations in Soweto on the way.Both the Soweto and Tshwane express services will work in tandem with the Gautrain rapid rail link, currently under construction. This service, offering 100 000 daily passenger trips, will cover the distance of 80 km between Pretoria and Johannesburg in 40 minutes and is also intended mainly to ease the congestion on the N1 highway and reduce the number of cars by an expected 20%.Minister Jeff Radebe, speaking in the National Assembly in July 2007, put the cost of the Gautrain at R25,5-billion but according to senior ANC member Jeremy Cronin, speaking in the same house on a later occasion, the cost could be as high as R35-billion.Developing a better national rail serviceMetrorail, a division of the state-owned South African Rail Commuter Corporation, oversees commuter rail services in South Africa’s urban areas. Metrorail covers 471 stations and 2 228 km of track, and carries an average of 1,7 million passengers per weekday.South Africa’s national Department of Transport has embarked on several programmes in order to upgrade the country’s public transport and roads systems. The department has allocated R8,5-billion for passenger rail infrastructure; R8,2-billion for public transport infrastructure other than rail; R5,5-billion for infrastructure of the country’s national roads; R9,2-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup; and R19,2-billion for upgrading of airports.The public rail transport system is one of the department’s main focus areas. The R16-billion National Rail Plan, approved by cabinet in 2006, brings together all the regional rail plans under one umbrella and lays out the specific infrastructural and rolling stock interventions required to implement the department’s rail plan strategy.“Our public transport system needs to remain a lasting legacy long after the last goal is scored in the World Cup final,” said Jeff Radebe at the launch of the Soweto express train. “Our plan is to ensure that by 2010 there is a train available every five minutes during peak hours.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksInquiries – 012 315 2007More information on the Tshwane Business ExpressDepartment of TransportSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrainCape Metroraillast_img read more

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Video: The eco-friendly vuvuzela

first_imgBusiness start-up, social upliftment programme, environmental awareness initiative – the Kelp Environmental Learning Project (K.E.L.P) combines all three to give a completely new twist to the South African soccer fan’s trademark vuvuzela trumpet.Click arrow to play video.MediaClubSouthAfrica: Colourful vuvuzelas – from kelpPublished on SouthAfrica.info on 9 March 2010.last_img

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VD Linde lifts FIA Academy Young Driver Award

first_img22 July 2014South African motor racing prodigy Kelvin van der Linde was awarded the Driver of the Year award for the 2014 International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Young Driver Excellence Academy at a graduation ceremony at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on Friday.The 18-year-old was presented with a trophy and certificate at the culmination of a seven-month programme that included five different workshops attended by 10 young racing drivers from eight countries. Van der Linde was the official representative of the African continent.The Young Driver Excellence Academy is an initiative of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.Intensive selection processVan der Linde earned his place at the 2014 Academy after an intensive selection process that involved events around the world at the end of 2013. Each FIA National Sporting Authority (NSA), including Motorsport South Africa, nominated a driver to attend the selection process. Five qualifiers were chosen and were joined by five wild card participants.The Academy offers a fully-funded training programme to help develop the participants’ motor sport careers, while increasing safety skills and promoting fairness and responsibility on and off the track.‘Expert tutelage’Drivers benefitted from the expert tutelage of former Formula One driver Alex Wurz of Austria and former World Rally Championship co-driver Robert Reid of England.As part of Van der Linde’s prize, Wurz and Reid will assist him in his career progression, ensuring he has the chance to meet key people and develop opportunities in the sport.‘A well-deserved winner’Wurz commented: “Selecting a winner is never easy. However Kelvin’s performance across the entire range of the Academy was outstanding and makes him a well- deserved winner.“It’s always at the end of the Academy during this last workshop that you realise you work with such promising talent and appreciate the friendships you have built with such extraordinary young people like this year’s Academy graduates.”Reid said: “Kelvin is a well-deserved winner of the Academy. He has performed well throughout, but also learnt a lot and improved on all levels.”ImpressedAccording to the Academy, Van der Linde, the 2012 South African VW Cup champion and 2013 European VW Scirocco R-Cup champion – he is the youngest to have won either of these titles – impressed not only with his speed on the circuit, but with his willingness and enthusiasm to engage with the Academy programme, which is aimed at developing and improving motor sport safety and sustainability and promotes excellence and achievement in all areas of motor sport.He also demonstrated a strong appreciation and understanding of key safety aspects of the Academy throughout the year.Van der Linde, who currently leads the ADAC GT Masters Championship for GT3 sports cars in Europe at the halfway stage in a Prosperia C. Abt Audi R8 with German co-driver Rene Rast, was thrilled to be named Academy Driver of the Year and said he is excited to continue implementing the lessons he has learnt.‘This is amazing’“I’m really speechless right now. To come to the Academy as the African representative where, despite being a large continent, racing is still growing and to win this is amazing,” he said.“I came here with an open mind, ready to learn, and gave it my best. It’s great to win and receive this trophy, but the real work starts now.”That work includes a return to the “real world” and catching up on his matric preliminary examinations at school. He missed the first three exams because of last week’s final Academy workshop in France and will be working hard to catch up this week.“While a motor sport career is what I have chosen for myself, I realise the value of completing my school education and intend to achieve as good a matric result as I can,” Van der Linde said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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UK: Indian academics in demand, cross 5,000 mark

first_imgThe number of Indian students coming to British higher education institutions has dwindled since 2010, but the number of academics categorised as “British Indian” has crossed the 5,000 mark for the first time, reflecting their expertise across disciplines.The category includes Indian citizens and British citizens of Indian-origin. During 2016-17, the 5,245 academics in this group included 2,185 Indian citizens, according to new figures provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).Indians have long taught various subjects in British universities, including economist Amartya Sen, educationist Sugata Mitra and engineer Kumar Bhattacharyya, but this is the first time their figure has crossed 5,000 across the United Kingdom.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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