Countdown to elections

first_imgDear Editor,In examination of the noises caused by the strident Yes! Yes! Yes! of Honorable Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud that have now ebbed and flowed in the national space since the night of December 21, 2018, I am drawn to Edward Fitzgerald’s “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.”That a single sentence should encapsulate all that has transpired to date is to recognise the power of poetry and to understand the importance of literature to any society. Fitzgerald’s translation of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat speaks a pristine truth. The National Assembly approved a resolution of no-confidence in the Government. There is no going backward on this vote, indeed there could not even be a pause in the proceeding. The finger has written and moved on. We are witnessing the attempts to lure that finger back, witty use of mathematics; public wailing; gnashing of teeth; invoking of piety; all to no avail.The 90-day clock as prescribed by the Constitution, our supreme law, has begun to tick. As I write this, another day passes and the clock shows 69 days left before a General and Regional Election must be held as mandated. On March 21, 2019, that countdown expires. This countdown is inviolate and is unhindered by any process or institution. The Judiciary may well have matters in front of it that pertain to various interpretations of the Constitution, but they do not in any way affect this clock, any determinations can only apply to future motions of confidence. The state of readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission is not a factor, it is the President who sets the date of the elections. GECOM is provided billions in funding annually to be in a state of near readiness at all times in compliance with the vagaries of our Constitution. That tail cannot wag the dog.The Granger Administration may shed tears, but they should also end the disingenuous attempts to mislead our nation. We have no ‘Constitutional crisis’ the conflicts of Article 106 (6) and (7) will soon be resolved by the electorate. At that point members of the APNU+AFC Administration may well find acts that go beyond the description of ‘caretaker’ being examined by the judiciary for interpretation.Editor, I hope this letter illustrates the need for the much-maligned arts in our education system; life cannot be lived by mathematical formulas alone, that may well lead us to being half the men and women we are meant to be.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Armed bandits beat, rob Corentyne pensioners

first_imgTwo pensioners were on Thursday morning beaten and robbed after two armed bandits broke into their Alness Village, Corentyne home.The window from which the men gained entry into the houseOne of the victims was forced to undergo emergency surgery at the New Amsterdam Hospital following the attack.The attack, according to information received, occurred at about 03:30h at the Lot 53 Alness home, while the nine occupants were at home.The two masked men reportedly cut the grill work to a window in the lower flat of the building to gain entry.The men then went into one of the bedrooms in the upper flat occupied by the two pensioners; Guildford Goodchild, 76; and his wife, Kaymeah, 71.“They push open the door and put two lights in my face so I couldn’t see anything and then they take something and hit my head,” the former hospital matron told Guyana Times.An injured Kaymeah GoodchildAccording to Goodchild, the bandits demanded cash and jewellery but she told them that she did not have any.“They keep asking me and then my husband get up and hold on one of them and they start to lash him all over.”Her husband, a former Transport and Harbour worker, was hit in his head and abdomen. The bandits took away a gold ring he was wearing.Meanwhile, the woman’s grandson, Erwin Scarville, said he was in another bedroom and heard his grandmother screaming.According to the 20-year-old, he came out of his bedroom to investigate but as soon as he opened the bedroom door, he was confronted by one of the bandits who was carrying a gun.“He tell me to go on the ground so I go on the ground and I hear they still beating my grandfather but I couldn’t do anything. Then one of them come and stamp me on my back and put his foot on my neck and shortly after they start asking me where the money is…”The house belonging to the pensionersScarville recalled telling the intruders that he had no money. However, he told them where he had a $5000 bill. “They went and took the money and picked up my phone and left with it.”At the time of the robbery, all of the other persons on the upper flat were females. After the men left, the Police were summoned.Guyana Times understands that Scarville’s mother, who was holidaying in Guyana, left the country on Monday after a four-week vacation. She was using the said bedroom which the bandits initially entered.Meanwhile, a granddaughter of the elderly couple was questioned and several persons were detained by Police as investigations continue.last_img read more

Site C Construction Schedule for November 11th to the 24th, 2019

first_img Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. Noise and vibration  Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Other  During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.  Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for November 11th to November 24th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank New: Paving and line marking is now complete on the Old Fort Road chain-up area, near the Gate B entrance to Site C. Lighting for the chain-up area will be completed in mid-November.  Large sections of the penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.  Contractors will continue to mobilize equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road.  Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used.  Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.  Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. 85th Avenue Conveyor  Fencing is being installed along the conveyor corridor. – Advertisement -Highway 29 New: Construction at Lynx Creek East may begin. This includes clearing, vegetation removal, excavation, hauling of materials, and construction of gravel causeways in the Peace River. Construction at the Cache Creek East embankment continues. This includes vegetation removal, excavation of existing soils, placement and grading of granular materials and site drainage. Cache Creek West construction will be shutting down for the winter. Geotechnical drilling will occur at Cache Creek. Portage Mountain Quarry operations will continue. This includes haul road capping, rip rap and road material production, sorting and stockpiling. Upgrades to the Portage Mountain access road are underway. Visit our website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates. Reservoir area  Debris and wood waste removal are continuing. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, bucked into logs, or burned. Burning may take place, as permitted by ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions.  Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations continue.  Clearing activities continue on islands in the Peace River, east of Halfway River. Additional clearing activities are expected to start on the south bank of the Peace Islands. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area.  Clearing on the south and north banks of the eastern reservoir continues. Helicopters will be used. Transmission works Advertisementcenter_img New: Transmission line stringing may begin on the eastern half of the transmission line and continue until April. Activities will include helicopter work. There may be short delays on Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road.  Clearing continues on the western portion of the transmission line. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, bucked into logs, or burned. Burning may take place, as permitted by ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions.  Transmission line construction will continue. This includes the construction of stringing sites, helical pile foundation installation, tower assembly and lifting and placing on foundations. Work will continue on the transmission line and will access the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas.  Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.  Road construction will continue in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas. Other areas  Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel fish habitat enhancements.  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage Old Fort Road  Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic. Gravel sections have also developed near 85th Avenue.  Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.  Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B. Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Learn more at drivebc.ca. Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road: There may be short delays due to transmission line work. Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Equipment Advertisementlast_img read more

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory over Stan Wawrinka on his second match point © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Vaughn RidleyTORONTO, Canada, Aug 9 – A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, “the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.”The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.“He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I just played not that great.“I didn’t return well. It wasn’t that great of a match.”Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tinney’s Toys: Check out CAT’s ‘Bruder’ toys for little builders

first_imgThis week Tinney’s Toys brings us through the history of engineering giant CAT, and their Bruder range of kid’s toys!Caterpillar are probably the best known brand in the construction industry with their extensive range of machines from mini diggers right up to mega quarry equipment. The Caterpillar company started in 1886, when Benjamin Holt built his first combined harvester in Stockton, California and in 1892 the Holt manufacturing company was established, and it was in 1910 that the Holt company registered the Caterpillar trademark. It was not until the 1950’s that the first Caterpillar or Cat Diggers as they are better known today arrived on our shores when the Caterpillar company set up their first overseas subsidiary which was in the UK.Today it is every child’s dream to drive one of these mega machines and with the latest addtion from Bruder they can do just that.The Bruder tag line “Just Like The Real Thing” stands out on the latest Bruder Caterpillar Digger to come on the market. As with all Bruder Toys this item is made from high quality durable plastic that deals with the high demands of a carpet farmer or construction worker. Starting with the base or under carriage we have a realistic looking set of tracks in silver than run smoothly when the toy is pushed along the floor.  The dozer blade to the front of the carriage has two positions, either fully up or fully down which is ideal for pushing sand along the ground, meaning the child does not have to hold the blade in position.On the main body of the digger we have a rear opening bonnet to get full view on the engine compartment so that the young workers can do the daily checks that all budding construction workers must do.Moving into the cab area the opening door gives access to the Bruder bWorld work men or women to operate the digger.  The interior of the cab like all of the toy is highly detailed showing the seat and joystick controls, foot rests and driving levers.  The cab is fitted with a front spot light, rear view mirror and handles for the work person to climb aboard.   There is also a round imitation beacon fitted on the cab but this does not light up and the Bruder light modules will not fit on to this cab.Now moving to the working part of the toy.  The jib has the realistic look of the pipes running up the top of the unit to feed the oil to the 3 major rams.  The large black multipurpose bucket will make light work of any sand pits that need moving, will full movement of jib and buckets.  The jib also moves side to side with the digger also able to do a full 360 degree turn.There are two versions of this latest model available. B10/2456 is the standard digger  for only €32.99 where as B10/2466 comes complete with a bWorld workman in a Cat uniform and with a Cat hard hat for €42.99.As with everything Bruder this is a fantastic durable toy that will gives hours of enjoyment either on the sandpit, carpet or even sitting on the bedroom shelf as the detail is high enough to be used as a model.  One thing that I would like to see is a range or different buckets coming for this item.  Who knows maybe they will be supplied as an add on in the future. Don’t forget about the Tinneys Toys Fun on the Farm event is coming Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.00pmTinney’s Toys: Check out CAT’s ‘Bruder’ toys for little builders was last modified: September 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brudercatdiggersengineeringFun on the FarmTinney’s Toyslast_img read more

THE HOOPS REPORT: HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN?

first_imgNEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: IT WAS a night full of hope and dreams – and ended in a nightmare.Celtic probably played their best football in Europe in years; but still lost tonight here at Parkhead.Celtic 0, Juventus 3. That’s sore reading for Hoops fans.Especially the thousands of fans travelling from Ireland – hundreds from Donegal.Jim McGuinness was here; as was Shay Given.But there is nothing anyone can do about how the great Turin footballers came to Glasgow tonight and pick-pocketed the first leg of this last 16 Champions League match. Three defensive errors – three shots on goal – and three goals.At the other end, we missed all our opportunities.Alessando Matri put the visitors ahead in the opening moments, taking advantage of poor defending.Two late goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic ensured the return leg will surely be just a formality.Poor Efe Ambrose was at fault for two of the goals, a crash down to earth after winning the African Nations Cup with Nigeria at the weekend. I’ll have Neil’s reaction later.Going for a pint first. Sick.********Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day Follow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDailyTHE HOOPS REPORT: HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN? was last modified: February 13th, 2013 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:Celticceltic parkJim McGuinnessjuventusNeil LennonShay Giventhe hoops reportlast_img read more

STAPLETON TASTES SUCCESS AS IRELAND SEE OFF USA IN WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP

first_imgWinner: Nora StapletonNiamh Briggs accumulated 18 points as Ireland outfought and outfoxed a physical USA team to begin the Women’s Rugby World Cup in winning style with Donegal’s Nora Stapleton putting in a great performance for the Irish in Paris.Tries from prop Ailis Egan and star full-back Niamh Briggs sandwiched a Lynelle Kugler effort as the girls in green led 20-10 at half-time in muggy Marcoussis.A Carmen Farmer try brought the Americans back to within three points, but Briggs’ 60th-minute penalty proved to be the last score of an end-to-end Pool B opener with another Donegal player Larissa Muldoon on the replacements bench Although the US had won the sides’ last meeting 40-3 at the 2010 World Cup, Philip Doyle’s Ireland side have certainly kicked on since then – as evidenced by last year’s Grand Slam success.Briggs slotted a third minute penalty to give them an early lead here, Ireland getting off to a strong start on the back of a Claire Molloy-won lineout.But Doyle’s charges allowed the USA a foothold when they lost ruck possession near their 22 and Grace Davitt infringed at a subsequent ruck. The Americans turned down a kickable penalty and although their powerful lineout maul was stopped, flanker Kugler found space close in to score the opening try.Kimberly Rozier converted for a 7-3 scoreline but the scores continued to come at a rapid rate, Briggs splitting the posts in the 11th minute with a penalty from a similar distance to her first. The influence of the American set piece increased towards the end of the first quarter, but Siobhan Fleming got in to disrupt a lineout in her 22 and a follow-up choke tackle relieved the pressure.Clean possession was at a premium with the tackle and breakdown area fiercely competitive, while a promising break by Ashleigh Baxter was well defended.On the plus side, Ireland’s maul was beginning to look a potent weapon. The pack built momentum with three well-constructed drives, however half-backs Tania Rosser and Nora Stapleton were unable to unlock the US defence.The Irish forwards kept pressing and a 29th minute maul – outside the American 22 – led to lock Sarah Walsh being sin-binned. Opportunity knocked from the penalty and they needed no second invitation as Sophie Spence was hauled down short before Egan, with support from her front row colleague Gillian Bourke, plunged over from the ruck.Briggs’ successful conversion gave Ireland a 13-7 lead. The six-point buffer was a brief one though as hands in the ruck from openside Molloy earned her ten minutes in the bin and Rozier took the three points on offer. However, Ireland struck for their second try just before the interval as turnover ball from a lineout led to strong carries from Egan and Spence, who consistently punched holes in the defence, and a final pick-up at a ruck from Briggs saw her wrestle past two American defenders for the score.The Waterford woman converted her own try to put 10 points between the teams at the break, but again the US were quick to respond early in the second half.Barely a minute had elapsed when American lock Farmer muscled over from a couple of metres out. Number 8 Heather O’Brien had fumbled the restart, allowing the US to build immediate pressure from a scrum. Rozier added the extras for 20-17.Ireland’s error count increased as they coughed up ruck ball and the usually reliably Briggs let a high ball slip through her grasp, however Alison Miller did well to bring down the dangerous Vanesha McGee. There was little between the teams in a tight third quarter. Crucially though, centre Jenny Murphy made a terrific impact off the bench with two forceful runs – the second seeing her link well with Rosser off another muscular maul from the pack.The same attack led to USA replacement Shaina Turley picking up a yellow card close to her try-line and Briggs mopped up with a well-struck penalty right on the hour mark.Ireland were now back in the ascendancy as Baxter and the tireless Lynne Cantwell caught full-back Meya Bizer in possession. They had a tight grip of territory as they forced hurried clearances from the Americans with 15 minutes left.Briggs slid a drop goal attempt wide as Ireland tried to move clear by more than a converted try, entering the closing stages.Their greater experience showed as they continued to control territory and a hard-won victory was theirs, albeit with Briggs missing a last-gasp penalty which would have denied the US their losing bonus point.Next up for captain Fiona Coghlan and her team-mates is a fascinating first ever clash with New Zealand on Tuesday. The Black Ferns, who are the defending champions, overwhelmed Kazakhstan 79-5 earlier today.Said Coghlan: “There are aspects we need to improve on and we’ll look at that going into the New Zealand game.“But I think when you’re down, the ability to come back, go down and again and come back, that shows what this team is made of and the character that’s in the team.“Particularly in the last 10-15 minutes, we were all on the same page and everyone knew what we had to do in order to get the win. We’ll take great heart from this win.”USA: Meya Bizer; Vanesha McGee, Akalaini Baravilala, Emilie Bydwell, Sadie Anderson; Kimber Rozier, Jocelyn Tseng; Hope Rogers, Katy Augustyn, Jamie Burke, Carmen Farmer, Sarah Walsh, Jillion Potter, Lynelle Kugler, Kate Daley.Replacements: Kittery Wagner, Sarah Chobot, Sarah Wilson, Sharon Blaney, Shaina Turley, Deven Owsiany, Hannah Stolba.Ireland: Niamh Briggs; Ashleigh Baxter, Lynne Cantwell, Grace Davitt, Alison Miller; Nora Stapleton, Tania Rosser; Fiona Coghlan, Gillian Bourke, Ailis Egan, Sophie Spence, Marie Louise Reilly, Siobhan Fleming, Claire Molloy, Heather O’Brien.Replacements: Sharon Lynch, Fiona Hayes, Laura Guest, Paula Fitzpatrick, Larissa Muldoon, Jenny Murphy, Jackie Shiels.STAPLETON TASTES SUCCESS AS IRELAND SEE OFF USA IN WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP was last modified: August 2nd, 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:IrelandLarissa MuldoonNora StapletonUSAWomen’s rugby world cup 2015last_img read more

Innovative and imaginative ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project launched in Harvard

first_imgAfter 18 months of research including fieldwork in the Northwest of Ireland, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) formally launched their findings of the ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project at a special event in Harvard University, Massachusetts yesterday (Thursday).The event was attended by the visiting delegation from Ireland North West led by Mayors Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and Cllr. Michaela Boyle from Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council respectively and included Council Chief Executives Seamus Neely and John Kelpie.The project ‘Atlas for a City Region’ was jointly commissioned by both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and has been borne out of the unique cross-border collaborative approach adopted by both Councils who are firmly of the view that despite Brexit and indeed the border, their region including Letterkenny, Derry and Strabane has the potential to continue to grow and prosper. The final report is structured around three questions. Is there a cross-border region in the Irish Northwest? How to draw that region on a map? And how might the region develop over the next two hundred years?In answering these questions, twenty-seven students from Harvard University travelled to the Northwest for fieldwork in spring 2019. One group of students gathered evidence of a cross-border region.Working with Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard GSD, another twelve students imagined the future of the region in light of Brexit and changing climates.“If we don’t imagine the future, we have no hand in shaping it,” said Professor Gareth Doherty who was the lead investigator for this project and a native of Carndonagh in Co. Donegal. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Mayor of Donegal County Council commended the work done by Harvard GSD students under the guidance of Professor Gareth Doherty, Director of the Landscape Architecture program at Harvard GSD.“This has been an exciting project for us to embark upon and I must commend the quality of the work, the imaginative and innovative proposals that have been presented to us and the value of the ideas and propositions that the students, under the guidance of Professor Doherty, have conceived.“This project has been about getting a fresh outside perspective on what the opportunities are for our region. We have ambitious plans for our region and despite the challenges we face, we believe that we have the confidence and resilience to allow our communities and businesses to continue to thrive and prosper.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. Michaela Boyle believes that the concepts and ideas presented by this project will play a vital role in informing the direction of travel for the region and that the hands-on approach taken by Harvard GSD’s students during their visit to the region earlier this year has allowed them to develop a deeper insight into the lives that are lived in the region, the challenges that are faced and most importantly the opportunities that exist.“The students engaged with, not only the terrain and policy-makers, but with our communities and with people living in our communities. “This is very much reflected in many of the proposals presented and I think these experiences have added a greater depth and understanding to the student’s ideas and concepts.“This project has been about imagining our future, it has been about looking at the potential impact of major events such as Brexit, climate change, rising sea levels and higher temperatures and what we can do to mitigate the adverse impact of these events.“This has resulted in a suite of imaginative, innovative and unique proposals that can only enrich plans for the future development of the city region.”The findings from this research will be exhibited in the North West region in Spring 2020. Innovative and imaginative ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project launched in Harvard was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

SA, Cuba trade ‘below potential’

first_img6 November 2012 There is plenty of room for improvement in the levels of trade and investment between South Africa and Cuba, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the opening of the South African Pavilion at the 30th Havana International Fair in Cuba on Sunday. Eighteen South African companies are exhibiting at the Fair, representing the capital equipment, electro-technical, mining, agro-processing, engineering and metals sectors. Davies noted that the current levels of trade between the two countries were extremely modest and below what they had been in the past, despite a number of interventions by both governments. “But I’m happy to say this year, the 30th Havana International Fair anniversary is coinciding with the ratification of the agreement which was reached during the [2010 state] visit by President Zuma.”R350m assistance package South Africa is providing Cuba with a R350-million economic assistance package that Davies believes could help to turn the country’s trade and investment pattern around. The package comprises a R40-million grant for the purchase of seeds by Cuba, a R100-million solidarity grant, and credit lines of R70-million and R140-million. Davies said that Cuba continued to provide training for South African doctors, as well as vaccines that were used in South Africa’s public health sector. He added that South Africans should never forget the sacrifices made by Cuba in helping the country in its transition to democracy. “If it had not been for the contributions and sacrifices that Cuba made to the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the impact it had on Namibian Independence, and [the effect] Namibian Independence had on the transition to democracy in South Africa, I think we might well find ourselves battling with the demon of apartheid for several more years, and possibly a decade longer than we did,” Davies said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more