Ebola Affects Bush Meat Sale in Bong

first_imgThe outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), resulting into the prohibition of eating bush meat, particularly fruit bats, monkeys and chimpanzee; is affecting people involved in the bush meat market. They are going out of business; some have begun complaining of economy hardship.Bush meat sellers, who spoke with the Daily Observer in Gbarnga yesterday, complained that with the World Health Organization and other organizations’ proscription on the eating of specific animals like monkeys, fruit bats and chimpanzees, the government of Liberia has banned the eating of all kinds of bush meat without further explanation.The bush meat sellers notified the Daily Observer that they are no longer in business because the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has informed consumers of bush meat that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“The ban on bush meat eating has extremely affected our business in the county and it has driven us out of business,” Korpo Tokpa, a dry meat seller lamented.Most bush meat sellers argued that since the outbreak of the EVD in the country in March, there has been no medical report of anyone contracting the virus through the eating of bush meat. But that their businesses have been affected since government announced that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“We agreed that the virus is real and is claiming lives, but we don’t think the meat is responsible for the spread of the disease. The ban on the sale and consumption of bush meat is affecting our business and has introduced economy hardship on us marketers already poor people,” another businesswoman, Cecelia Davis, remarked.Kebbeh Jallah: I used to sell dry meat pepper soup and the business ran successfully but since government placed the ban on the sale and eating of bush meat, the business has collapsed, reason no one wants to buy and eat bush meat because of the message.”A visit to the Gbarnga General Market and other markets by this reporter last week, where bush meat is sold proved that there is low purchase of bush meat in the markets.The section in the Gbarnga General Market, which sells bush meat looked like an old market place as consumers of bush meat seemed to have abandoned it.The bush meat sellers lamented that they are the worst hit in the Ebola trauma. They noted that they had to turn to selling fish for now as a means of survival because of the low purchase of their commodity, which was once a priced commodity on the Liberian market.Bush meat, which they said, was normally sold between L$800 (US$9.50) per quarter depending on the size, is now being sold for half the amount, that is, if they see anyone who may want to buy it.They lamented that since the outbreak of the disease in the country, they have been merely surviving as their means of livelihood has been badly hit.They said their businesses will not survive if Ebola is not eradicated from the country.Investigation conducted by this reporter established that most restaurants operators in Gbarnga, the political seat of Bong County, that exclusively sold bush meat before the outbreak of the virus in the country, have resorted to selling only goat meat pepper soup as alternative to the bush meat.Speaking to the Daily Observer the Superintendent of the Liberia Marketing Association Bong County Branch, Madam Viola Nyamah Cooper admitted that in accordance with government’s restriction on the sale and consumption of bush meat, her organization has warned its members specifically those in the business of selling bush meat to abandon it and venture into another trade until the virus can be defeated out of the country.The local market Superintendent told this paper as the result of government’s mandate, bush meat traders are constrained to discontinue selling bush meat in the markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Petr Cech at Arsenal will be KILLING Jose Mourinho, says ex-Chelsea assistant

first_imgSteve Clarke claims being forced to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal will be ‘killing’ Jose Mourinho.Mourinho has publicly backed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to sanction Cech’s switch to their Premier League rivals as reward for a decade of outstanding service.But Clarke, his former assistant, insists the Blues boss will privately be seething at losing such a top-quality player to a title rival.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “For me, he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He is a great signing for Arsenal.“I do smile a bit when I see Jose’s comments because I know inside it will be killing him having to sell one of his best players to a title rival.”last_img

Ethiopia’s Walia Antelope to gauge Cranes Afcon preps

first_imgNew skipper Onyango is one of the stars missing in Ethiopia.International friendlyToday: Ethiopia vs UgandaJune 6: Senegal vs UgandaAfcon qualifying fixtureJune 10: Cape Verde vs Uganda By Pius MagalaThe continued inactivity of a number of players that featured for  Cranes at the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon have left coach Micho Sredojevic trying out a number of fringe players ahead of the 2019 Afcon campaign.The trend is set to continue on Saturday evening when the Cranes play Ethiopia at the Hawassa International Stadium.Tony Mawejje Dennis Guma and Yunus Sentamu have all not played competitive football since featuring in Gabon. Guma and Sentamu are currently without a club while Geoffrey Massa retired from international football.With new captain Denis Onyango and KCCA players featuring in Caf competitions Micho is expected to give a chance to several players who have been on the peripherals of the senior national team.Among them is Aalborg midfielder Robert Kakeeto, who could feature in midfield alongside the established Khalid Aucho and Vipers anchorman Deus Bukenya.Forward Nelson Ssenkatuka, who scored 11 league goals for Proline in the recently-ended season, is also expected to get a look in alongside Emmanuel Okwi, who appears to be in line for more playing time following Massa’s retirement.Defender Savio Kabugo will also be granted another opportunity to regain his spot after two torrid years in which he suffered with a shin injury.“We are here to choose the best possible players that can in this moment serve Uganda with results. We want to see whether someone will convince us to be the surprise call up,” Micho said ahead of the friendly game.Up to seven players are expected to be dropped as the KCCA contingent and Onyango join the team that will proceed for another friendly against Senegal on Tuesday.The two teams are preparing for the opening games of their respective qualification campaigns with Ethiopia away to Ghana while Uganda will proceed to Cape Verde via Senegal. Tags: topcenter_img Cranes team in EthiopiaGoalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Said Keni (Proline)Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Nijemh, Lebanon), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia), Savio Kabugo (Proline)Midfielders: Aucho Khalid (Red Star, Serbia), Crizestom Ntambi (Jimma Aba Buna, Ethiopia), Deus Bukenya (Vipers), Martin Kizza (SC Villa), Robert Kakeeto (Aalborg, Denmark), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa)Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa), Nelson Senkatuka (Proline), Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka), Milton Kariisa (Vipers), Farouk Miya (Standard Leige, on loan to Royal Excel Mouscron)Comments last_img read more

Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has said that she is living with a ‘life sentence’ after being raped in 2015.Dominique Meehan (26) said she is still suffering and living with the daily effects of a violent rape which took place as a gaming convention in Dublin. Her attacker, Keith Hearne (30) of Allenton Drive, Tallaght, lost his appeal against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence on Monday. Hearne’s sentence was upheld for the rape, oral rape and false imprisonment of Ms Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.In her victim impact statement, Ms Meehan said that her mental health, her daily life and her career have been disrupted by the attack.She said that she admitted herself to the mental health unit after learning about Hearne’s appeal and struggles with suicidal thoughts.“I was off college for a month and had to have emergency appointments at my local rape crisis centre for counselling,” she said.Ms Meehan waived her right to anonymity so that Hearne could be named after his conviction. She said that she is proud of her campaign for rape survivors and women, but she has lost friends and family who did not understand her reasons for going public.“I have no social life to speak of in Letterkenny because I’m terrified of going outside at night. It takes everything I’ve got to get up in the morning and go to college. My self esteem is non-existent. I am living at home with my parents now so they can take care of me. This is a massive loss to my independence,” she said.Ms Meehan explained that her daily actions are impacted by the brutal rape.“I can’t lock doors, I can’t sleep on my right side, I’m a movie buff and I have to spoil movies on myself to make sure there’s no violence against women in them,” she said, adding that she has nightmares about being pregnant with Hearne’s baby and self-harmed in the months after the attack.Ms Meehan, who is studying to be a youth worker, said she is struggling to complete the course and considered dropping out due to the stress of the appeal.Four years on from the attack, Ms Meehan said that she and her family cannot celebrate her birthday or Christmas, as she lives with two dates in mind – the day Hearne was jailed and the date of her rape.She said: “I’m still in a prison he has created for me on the 4th of July 2015. And I will be feeling the effects for the rest of my life. “Every year that goes on, people look at me and think that I should be over this by now. This is a life sentence. Keith Hearne only has to serve twelve years, possibly less, and then it will all be forgotten about. You tell me how that’s fair.”If you have been affected by this article, support is available with the Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – Freephone: 1800 44 88 44 www.donegalrapecrisis.ieFor information about Sexual Assault Treatment Units, visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/satu/Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

National development plan unveiled

first_imgTrevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission, has presented the ambitious National Development Plan to Parliament. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj  Spokesperson, the Presidency  +27 12 300 5312 or +27 79 879 3203 RELATED ARTICLES • Manuel to head global green fund • Zuma: shared prosperity for all • Zuma: we are equal to the task • No stopping Africa’s growth: ZumaMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterTrevor Manuel, the minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission, has presented the first national development plan to President Jacob Zuma.Speaking before a packed House in Parliament, Manuel detailed the ambitious strategy that, if properly and successfully implemented, will see South Africa boast an employment level heading towards 90%, no poverty, and strong economic growth of 5.4% annually, by 2030.Political parties have hailed the plan, describing it as “historic”.But they were also cautious, and some even downright sceptical, about whether the government would manage to implement it.“The plan’s success or failure will entirely depend on if the president will rise to the challenge of aligning his policies with the goals and objectives of the NDP,” said the Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko.Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi expressed a similar view, saying that the plan was commendable, but that he wished to “raise the IFP’s concern on the implementation of this plan.”Mosiuoa Lekota of the Congress of the People leader doubted that the government was able to deliver, although he admitted that he was excited about the prospects for growth.Pieter Mulder of the Freedom Front Plus said the plan’s content gave cause to hope, but its success rested on a few factors, one of which is a capable civil service.Read a summary of the national development plan in PDF form (774kb). Individual sections are also available for download.The complete text of Manuel’s speech follows:South Africa belongs to all its peoples.We, the people, belong to one another.We live the rainbow.Our homes, neighbourhoods, villages, towns, and cities are safe and filled with laughter.Through our institutions, we order our lives.The faces of our children tell of the future we have crafted.Ladies and gentlemen, that is our vision for South Africa in 2030, anchored in our Constitution. Today, we want to remind all South Africans that it is our future, let us build it!Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson of the NCOPMister PresidentDeputy PresidentMinisters and Deputy MinistersHonourable members of the National Assembly and National Council of ProvincesFellow commissionersGuests and fellow South AfricansToday is a historic occasion. We are gathered here in a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament for the release of the first National Development Plan for South Africa. This plan is the product of thousands of inputs and perspectives of South Africans. It is a plan for a better future; a future in which no person lives in poverty, where no one goes hungry, where there is work for all, a nation united in the vision of our Constitution.It is a plan for our collective future. It is up to all of us to make it work. We speak of a future with expanding opportunities. We speak of a future we must shape, because we care and because we cannot miss the opportunity to do so.The plan we hand over today is about the actions that all of us must take to secure the future charted in our Constitution. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and detailed actionable steps to achieve them.Over the past two years, the commission has listened to thousands of South Africans from all corners of the country, from all walks of life. We received comments from individuals and organisations and engaged with government departments, provinces, municipalities, state-owned enterprises and agencies.The consultation process revealed three broad messages from citizens.In the first instance, South Africans from all walks of life expressed a deep patriotic commitment to South Africa, a love for their country, a desire to see it succeed. There is an incredible amount of goodwill out there that needs to be tapped and harnessed.Secondly, South Africans expressed concerns, honestly and frankly but constructively, that there are problems in our country that need strong, focused leadership from all. They spoke of joblessness, children who could not read or count, services that functioned on rare occasions and of public officials who were cold and uncaring.Thirdly, there was an overwhelming sense from all, including organisations representing millions of people, to be part of the process of making South Africa a better place and to take action to put collective interest ahead of narrow sectoral concerns.These are the real strengths of our South Africanness.We are humbled by this support and effort from South Africans who want to be part of the process of change by taking ownership of the plan and displaying a willingness to play their part in implementing the plan.  Mr President, it would be a profound wasted opportunity if we do not harvest the goodwill and determination and afford our people that opportunity to rise to greatness.The commission made a special effort to listen to young people. Young women and men talked of the difficulties of finding work, of the frustration at not getting their foot into the door, of their pain at not receiving a regular income and of basic things in life that being jobless excluded them from, such as starting a family. They also spoke to us about the ravages of crime on their lives and their communities. They expressed concern that good policies are poorly implemented and therefore fail.Ladies and gentlemen, these are the voices of our youth expressing their frustrations that stem both from the inter-generational effects of apartheid and from shortcomings in our collective performance since 1994. The plan we present today focuses on how we can translate our political emancipation into social and economic benefits for all South Africans, but particularly for young people. That we change the life chances of young people is critical for the future of our country.The methodology used in the plan was to set overarching objectives, to set key targets for various sectors and to make recommendations on how these targets can be achieved. This is a broad strategic plan, not a detailed Goss plan. The commission has been careful to distinguish between a broad strategy, specific policies of government and the day-to-day actions of business, government or trade unions.Honourable Presiding Officers, the commission has drawn from our Constitution the perspective that the future we must construct is one where no person lives in poverty and where together we deal decisively to root out the deep inequality that we have inherited. We are convinced that our country can and must eliminate poverty. We have used a simple poverty measure of R432 per person per month in today’s prices. Modest as this amount is, there are still about 39% of South Africans who live below this line. By 2030, no one should live in poverty. The other measure which is much more difficult is inequality. Economists use a measure called the Gini co-efficient to measure income inequality – the higher the measure, the more unequal the income distribution is. South Africa has a very high Gini Co-efficient of 0.69; we seek to reduce that to 0.60 by 2030.Honourable members, development is a complex process. Our approach to tackling poverty and inequality is premised on faster and more inclusive economic growth, higher public and private investment, improving education and skills, greater use of technology, knowledge and innovation and better public services all leading to higher employment, rising incomes and falling inequality.The National Development Plan affords us an opportunity to rethink our strategy. A holistic approach is required, with progress across several fronts simultaneously over a long period of time.While we can measure income and income inequality, the concept of a decent standard of living is much broader than income. A decent standard of living includes healthy nutrition, access to household services such as water and electricity, available public transport, quality education and skills, safe communities, decent healthcare, full employment, accessible recreation and leisure and the entitlement to a clean environment. The commission’s approach is to address living standards inclusively for all South Africans. It recognises that government on its own cannot improve living standards. We require determined and measurable action by all social actors and partnerships across society to raise living standards.Development planning is about building linkages between these various strands of everyday life.For example, better quality schooling will make it easier for young people to access the labour market. But it also enables workers to improve their productivity, to learn faster on the job and to raise their incomes and living standards. Poor quality education, on the other hand, locks people out of the labour market and when people do find work, traps them in low-paying, low-productivity work.There are other dimensions of this story as well. Good quality public transport helps people search for work over a wider area; it helps them get to work faster and more cheaply, but it also assists in permitting people to live fuller lives with more recreational and family time, and it reduces the harmful environmental effects of traffic jams. Social protection helps shield families and workers from unforeseen events such as death, illness or injury, its key objective is to level the impacts of shocks between those who, for example earn sufficient to insure against unforeseen events and those who are too poor to do so.Public investment complements private investment, which is critical for job creation and for employment. We argue strongly that the harmful effects of spatial separation, one of the pillars of apartheid that we have not yet succeeded in demolishing, be broken down. Our towns and cities must house us differently, must connect us differently, must afford us space to play and pray. We must retain the option to remain in the countryside because we should be able to have access to a sustainable livelihood there. The commission takes a holistic approach to development with detailed plans in 13 areas that link and interact with each other.In addition to the physical aspects of development, the plan also recognises the social such as the need for social cohesion to underpin faster progress, the need for greater accountability of leaders in both the public and private sectors, for citizens to be active in their communities and in public life and for a capable and developmental state that is effective, caring and innovative. The plan must bind us, strand by strand, into one united and successful nation.Honourable Members, a point worth noting is that the commission is making a case for what needs to be done by all, regardless of political persuasion or station in life, if we are to live out those great values in our Constitution. When we raise targets – the numbers we use are precise targets, that which we must aim for! Now we are aware that we will not hit all of these, but all of us need a consciousness of how wide off the mark we actually are. It is also important to introduce into this discussion the reality that no nation has attained all of which it desires – there needs to be public discussion that is sufficiently inclusive and mature to construct the trade-offs between what we can do immediately and what can be deferred. This process only works if there is both honesty and accountability.The commission has also identified other enabling milestones to achieve the broad objectives of the plan. For example, we would have to create an additional 11-million jobs over the next two decades. Per capita income should rise from about R50 000 per person to about R120 000, but distributed more evenly across the population. The economy would have to expand to almost three times the present level. The share of income accruing to the bottom 40% of the population should rise from 6% to 10%. Ninety percent of children in grade six should be able to read, write and count at the appropriate level, and all children should have access to proper nutrition from birth to ensure proper formative development.Now, it is worth digressing to remind all South Africans that between that desirable state and the present, where even the school nutrition programme is difficult to implement, lies a huge chasm. The object of the plan is to bridge such a chasm – why does food not get delivered to children? Is it the capacity of officials charged with the responsibility? Might it be that food is too expensive and impossible to secure? Might it be that tenders get in the way of the objective of feeding children? Or might it be that decision-makers are too wealthy to care? Whatever the issue, a plan must boldly raise the breakdown and invite all South Africans to become part of the solution.Honourable Speaker, these targets are more than just arbitrary or distant points on a road map. They are carefully calibrated milestones along a path to prosperity and equity for all.Despite massive progress since 1994, on the present trajectory, we will not achieve our target of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. Without faster progress, there is a real chance that South Africa could slide backwards while dealing with the immense challenges overwhelming our capacity to succeed. For these reasons, we must accelerate the pace of change, work harder and better to move towards the vision we all aspire to. It is possible. We are capable as a nation of achieving these bold and ambitious but realistic objectives. When we unite and work together, we can achieve miracles. Our history is testament to this.Our plan to eliminate poverty and inequality rests on six pillars.The first is to unite all South Africans around a common programme to fight poverty and inequality and to foster a spirit of unity. But this will remain a hollow call unless we can improve the lives of young black people. To promote social cohesion, the commission proposes that the preamble of the Constitution be displayed in all workplaces and schools and that all South Africans are encouraged to learn at least one indigenous African language. We also propose ways to improve the efficacy of redress measures such as black economic empowerment and employment equity.The second pillar is active citizenry. Working individually and collectively with others in the community, citizens have a critical role to play in their own development and in the development of our country. The idea that people sit back and wait for government to deliver is neither feasible nor consistent with ‘people-centred’ development. Honourable Speaker, citizens and communities have a responsibility to hold their leaders accountable for their actions; it is up to every single one of us to hold our leaders responsible for implementation of the plan.The third pillar is a growing and inclusive economy. Without faster and more inclusive economic growth, it will not be possible to deliver on the objectives that we have set for ourselves. We need this to help pay for the development of capabilities such as education and infrastructure to improve the life chances of our people. The main change we seek is an economy that is more labour absorbing. We need to create more jobs, and make progress in broadening ownership of the economy.Our economy is caught in a low growth trap. To reverse this, we require higher investment, better skills, rising savings and greater levels of competitiveness. We do not suffer a poverty of ideas; our weakness is in implementation. The commission identified critical factors that contribute to this flaw and makes several proposals to deal with it. Among them is improving coordination within government and with other social partners to boost investment and employment. The plan also identifies a deficit in trust between business, labour and government that needs to be reversed if we are to build this economy.The main target in respect of the economy is to raise employment by 11-million to 24-million by 2030. This will require an extraordinary effort and the plan provides a detailed account of how this can be achieved.The fourth pillar of the plan addresses the urgent need to build capabilities. Capabilities apply to both people and the state. For some, capabilities might be adequate nutrition or a bus to get to a place of work. For others, it might be a college certificate to boost the chances of getting a job. Across the country, capabilities cover things like what broadband speed we would require, the amount of energy we would need to power a growing economy, port capacity to support a diversified economy or the water supply that meets the needs of households, industry and agriculture. The plan sets targets for energy consumption, the carbon intensity of the energy supply, water supply, rail and port capacity and internet connectivity.The fifth pillar is a capable and developmental state. We define a developmental state as one that is capable of intervening to correct historical inequalities and to create opportunities for more people. A capable state needs to be professional, competent and responsive to the needs of all citizens. We seek a professional civil service which can weather changes in political administrations. The president has mandated the commission to focus on 2030 – between the present and that date there will be at least four national and provincial elections, and at least three municipal elections. The plan is for all South Africans and cannot therefore focus on electoral cycles. The commission makes proposals covering the political administrative interface, personnel training and development, policy processes and coordination within and between spheres. Building a capable and developmental state means building the capacity of the state to effectively implement its key priorities and programmes. The tendency to outsource everything, including at times, our thinking, must end.The sixth pillar is the responsibilities of leadership throughout society to work together to solve our problems. South Africa’s progress in navigating the transition from apartheid to democracy was built on the ability of leaders to put aside narrow sectarian interests in favour of national interest, leaders who were able to put aside short-term political agendas for long-term benefit. To achieve the South Africa that we all desire, we require leaders to put the country first, to put the future ahead of today.Honourable Speaker, the approach of the commission has been to scan the external environment with a view to understanding what is likely to have an impact on our future. Allow me to present a few of the highlights from this exercise. The global economy is changing, with a rising share of production and wealth generation occurring in developing countries in general and Asia in particular.There is a resurgence of development on the African continent, with the region enjoying its longest period of economic growth in half a century. Africa’s voice on global forums is becoming louder.Globalisation will continue apace with both risks and opportunities for all countries. Countries that position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities while protecting their economies (and the poor) from risks will do better over the next two decades.Science and technology have and will continue to shape development in ways that open up huge opportunities for humanity in general, including poor countries. Innovation is essential for a middle income country such as South Africa to progress to high income status.Climate change is and will continue to affect the world, with the worst effects likely to occur in Africa. We confront greater climate variability and more shocks such as floods and droughts.The commission also looked at demographic trends and their likely impact. The trends we identified offer opportunities as well as risks. On the positive side, our population growth is slowing and is expected to expand at less than 1% a year to reach 58.5-million by 2030 and life expectancy is rising again, quite rapidly. Also in our favour is the fact that we have a young population, which could prove to be a major boon but could also be a danger if we don’t address the problem of joblessness.Honourable Speaker, these trends will have an impact on our development, in the same way, the world today is different from the one into which our democracy was born 18 years ago.The world is changing at breath-taking speed. Countries are steaming ahead, taking extraordinary measures to boost their economic performance, develop their industries and invest in research and development. But, the global environment is also fraught with risks – we observe that much of the world is caught in a wave of low economic growth right now. Much of this will linger for some time. This will impact on our plans for higher growth. We need to understand these trends in order to minimise risks and to explore opportunities. A failure to act will not just see us being left behind. It will also confine future generations to poverty and hopelessness.The single most frequent comment or question from the public has been about implementation. Given weak capacity in the state and low levels of trust and cooperation between major social partners, how will this plan be implemented? The commission stresses that implementation rests with society as a whole, led by government and the executive.But we do believe that, during the course of our work, we have come a long way in forging the beginnings of a common approach. Discussions between the commission and government departments were often robust and frank. There were areas where departments were able to convince us that we were wrong on certain issues. There were also several areas where we were able to persuade and convince departments of the correctness of recommendations in the draft plan when departments did not originally support the recommendations. There are areas where our plan differs from existing plans or policies. It is very much in the nature of planning that, going forward, there will need to be an alignment of plans both within and outside of government to the broad strategic plan being proposed today. Parliament and society at large have a critical role to play in promoting such alignment and in holding various parties accountable for implementation.Let me set out how we see the next steps. In the first instance, it is expected that Cabinet, led by the president, will consider this plan, adopt the key recommendations of the plan and set in motion a focused programme to implement the plan. We must stress that this is not just a plan for government. There are actions and responsibilities for business, for labour, for civil society and for individuals. The commission outlines the factors critical for the success of the plan. These include the need for careful sequencing, prioritisation and to mobilise all of society.The plan will only succeed if we share collective responsibility to hold one another accountable to get things done. As the commission, we will play our part. The life of the commission does not end with the handing over of the plan. The President has appointed the commission for a five year period and we are only about half way through our term. The commission will continue to mobilise society in support of the plan, conduct research on issues impacting on the country’s long term development, advise government and other social partners on implementation of the plan and work with relevant institutions to monitor and report on progress in achieving our long term objectives. Outside of government, the commission will meet with social partners to discuss their role in implementing the plan and construct an accountability chain for key recommendations.In addition to the thousands of comments from the public and hundreds of meetings, this plan is made possible because of the time, dedication and selflessness of the commissioners. These are indeed outstanding South Africans who have risen to the difficult challenge set by the president. The commissioners are experts who come from different backgrounds. The manner in which they worked together to achieve consensus on complex issues provides hope that leaders from diverse backgrounds throughout our country can rise to the challenges of our time and resolve our complex problems. For me, it has been a privilege to work with such passionate and hardworking South Africans.The commissioners will join me in applauding the diligence and tirelessness of our small but exceedingly effective secretariat. The secretariat has been led by Kuben Naidoo since its inception. He is an absolutely wonderful, bright, honest, committed and diligent public servant. We are sad to take leave of him at the end of this month – we want to assure him of the best wishes of each and every commissioner in his new endeavours.The president did not issue a tough challenge and then walk away. He has provided constant guidance and support to the commission through difficult and at times daunting periods. The commission would not have been able to produce work of this quality without that support and encouragement and we thank him for it.Honourable members, ladies and gentlemen, our future is under construction and we now have a plan for its construction. Building on our history and our collective achievements since 1994, our challenge is to build a future fit for our children, a future that our people deserve. We have an opportunity to construct a future we all want. We must not squander this opportunity. The decisions we make today, the actions we take over the next five, ten, fifteen and twenty years will determine where South Africa’s future is successful or whether we are just another hopeful but ineffective state unable to satisfy its people’s dreams. Fellow South Africans, the changes we seek and the outcomes we all desire will not happen on their own. In fact, we can confidently say that without a change in pace and approach, our vision will remain elusive.The National Development Plan is an opportunity to remake the future, to re-energise our people to strive for a future that is worthy of our proud history, built in the vision of our Constitution. The National Development Plan is a call to action to unite as a country, to unleash the energies of our people to build a better future. It is our future, we have to make it work!As a commission we enjoin all South Africans to grasp this opportunity. The plan is here. 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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 29, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain arrives later this afternoon and we will see some significant changes to our short term weather pattern, at least for a couple of days to finish the work week. A strong cold front is working across the corn belt from northwest to southeast and has some cooler air with it. We are going to leave rain totals alone this morning for the coming 18 hours or so. We see rains of .25”-1” with coverage at 80%. We are not quite as concerned about thunderstorms but will grant you that we can’t rule them out. The action starts in west central and NW Ohio later this afternoon and then continues to trek across the state through the overnight and may not completely exit eastern and southeastern Ohio until closer to late morning tomorrow. The map above shows rain totals through midday tomorrow.We are going drier tomorrow afternoon and Friday, as the air mass change coming behind this front looks to be more substantial. WE think we see mixed clouds and sun for both days and no significant precipitation threat. Temps will actually be below normal for these days, quite the contract from earlier in the week. This cold front just has not seen its edge erode away, and the air mass has not modified as it has trekked across the corn belt so far…so we are making this tweak.Warm and humid weather returns over the weekend as south flow works back into the area. We also see scattered showers and thunderstorms moving through, favoring the northern half of the state. Precipitation potential has a wide range at this point, anywhere from a tenth to 1 inch combined for the 2 day period. However, coverage is only 60%, and that again is skewed more to areas from I-70 northward. We wont rule out action in southern Ohio completely. Temperatures will return to above normal levels this weekend.Monday should be dry. However, we see that general unsettled weather pattern we have mentioned before (pretty much every day this week) back over the area for the rest of the week. This yields scattered showers for Tuesday and Wednesday at least, producing .25”-.5” rain totals each day, and nearly 70% coverage each day too. This set up does not bring rain all day, but chances are there through each day, Tuesday and Wednesday. We should be mostly dry Thursday, but then a minor front is back, threatening for Friday. The moisture with the Friday front is not impressive yet, but we think it may be able to build as we get closer to the end of next week. We have no reason to deviate from our thoughts on an active extended period too, keeping scattered showers as at least a possibility at least 4 days of that 11-16 day period.Temps will mostly be above normal for the next 10 days to 2 weeks. WE are cooler today than previous days and will be below normal tomorrow and Friday, but then we spend the rest of the forecast period anywhere from 2-8 degrees above normal.last_img read more

‘Australian cricketers beat the Indians as much on the field as in the mind’

first_imgOn the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past,,On the wall in the Australian dressing room can be found a sheet of paper on which players are invited to write anything that might help their team’s cause. Since taking charge as captain, Steve Waugh has shown a determination to open the minds of his players to the past, as symbolised by the caps worn in Sydney, to the community and to Australian sportsmen in other disciplines.As the rain fell on the first day in Sydney a marathon runner called Pat Farmer was invited into the Australian dressing room. Farmer had recently completed a run around the coast of this enormous country and was accordingly awarded a lap of honour. Justin Langer brought him to the rooms and asked him to talk about his experiences.After he had spoken, Farmer was invited to write something on the sheet. He wrote, “There is no greater force on earth than your own personal will. If you want to do something, anything, you will find a way. And if you don’t you’ll find an excuse. Never, ever give up.”Langer used these words of inspiration during a lengthy innings that began in disarray and ended with a commanding display of strokes. This was typical of Australian cricket. Find the motivation, find the means, tap the strength. Survive. Prosper. Overcome.Another picture from the same match, the sight of Ajit Agarkar nodding to the bowler after he had survived his first ball in the second innings. It was an understandable reaction because already his innings had outlasted its predecessors. Nonetheless it was a concession.advertisementAgarkar was joining the widespread amusement at his predicament. His approach was that of a man pleased to negotiate that ball and not expecting to be around much longer. It gave the impression of a broke man playing for a broken team. And these Australians can sniff blood.Ajit Agarkar: Aggression yes, discipline noAgarkar fell next ball, drawn into an indiscretion by some malevolent spirit. He had also bowled badly. Abandoning the lessons of his upbringing, ignoring the advice of his mentors, he tried to send down bumpers and yorkers and was aghast as they turned into juicy deliveries duly despatched by his opponents.Agarkar had wanted to capture the spirit of Australian cricket, tried to bring it into his own game. But he had misunderstood. The Australians talk a lot about aggression and so forth but they play tight and disciplined cricket.More than any team around, except possibly South Africa, they respect the basics of the game, batting with a sound technique and bowling a line and length. As much can be told from studying the work of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.McGrath hardly every bowls down the leg side, he bowls to his field. Warne nags like a drinker’s wife and only loses control when he tries something unusual. Against opponents he respects, the leg-spinner tightens his game.Even a firebrand like Brett Lee bowls within parameters. His bumper was intended to push the batsman backwards and is followed by an intense attack on the stumps. Agarkar had not seen this. He had seen only the specialities and not the substance.Agarkar is a proud cricketer who lost his way. Even the mighty Sachin Tendulkar mislaid his mind in Sydney, playing a blaze of strokes and arguing with umpires about trivialities. Rahul Dravid was a shadow of his former self and seemed unsurprised to lose his wicket cheaply.The Australians had taken him apart. Before the series began Warne said he’d detected a weakness. They preyed upon his mind, refused to show him any respect. Perhaps Dravid’s self-esteem suffered. In fact it was a compliment. The Australians were only pretending. They hold him in high regard.Champions work that way, throwing opponents off their game. Anil Kumble bowled slower as the series went on in an attempt to take more wickets. It was a mistake. It was also part of the Australian trick of turning opponents upon themselves.In the first Test they set out to disrupt India’s opening pair, knowing the disarray it would cause. They succeeded. Sadagopan Ramesh and Devang Gandhi did not bat together again. Meanwhile the Australian openers were faring worse and no one said a thing.India did not survive its trip Down Under. There was something beautiful about the destruction of India’s hopes. It didn’t take long. Indian cricket is brittle and a reconstruction of the domestic game is needed. It is also a cultural matter.The players must rid themselves of the notion of cricket being a gentleman’s game. They must look into the past for strength, into their own tradition, and must mix with the great warriors of Indian sport, the fighters, the lifters and the runners who’ve crossed a desert and lived to tell the tale.advertisementlast_img read more

Mamata worried about tourists stuck in Dras due to landslide

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the tourists from Bengal who got stuck in Dras following a landslide, and directed senior officials to take necessary steps for their safety and security.A group of people from Konanagar in Hooghly had gone for a trip to Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh and got stuck on their way back from Leh and Ladakh. A Landslide took place on Tuesday at Saitani Nalah, which is situated between Dras and Sonmarg, leaving the tourists stranded on their way back from Leh and Ladakh. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAll tourists were taken back to Dras, the sub-divisional headquarters, where there are hotels, hospitals and habitation. The Chief Minister, who is in Kalimpong at present, directed officials of the state government to take necessary steps on an immediate basis, to ensure that the tourists do not face any problem and return safely to their homes.Senior officials of the state government contacted officials of Kashmir administration. It has been learnt that officials from Kashmir administration are extending all help to those who are stuck in Dras. They have given food and water to the stranded tourists. The local administration has also made necessary arrangements to provide medical assistance to the tourists, who are stuck at the place since Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state government officials have also come to know that the work of clearing the road is going on in full swing and would be done by Thursday afternoon. As soon as the road is cleared and it is declared safe for vehicles to ply, initiatives would be taken to help the tourists return home. The state Tourism department has also opened a helpline number (033-22358271/033-22358272), on which people can contact for any assistance.So far, there is information of about 22 people from Bengal getting stuck in Dras.last_img read more