January 12

Prophet River Death Investigation

first_imgFifty-one-year-old Jerry Burke of the Fort Nelson First Nation has been identified as the Prophet River man, who died after being taken into RCMP custody this week.He died in Edmonton’s University Hospital just before noon on Wednesday, after being transferred from Fort Nelson hospital.He was taken there on Tuesday with head and arm injuries, after falling down a short staircase from a residential patio.That occurred while he was being escorted by a police officer who had responded to an assault report, and subsequently took Burke into custody on an outstanding warrant.When several BC police agencies were unable to respond, the Regional Police Force in Lethbridge, was called in to investigate the death, in accordance with the new RCMP policy, which refers such cases to outside agencies.However, the victim’s body will be transferred to Vancouver, for an autopsy.- Advertisement –last_img read more

January 6

Sarri mess for Chelsea as Kepa row overshadows Spurs clash

first_imgChelsea eventually lost 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw, but that blow paled in comparison to the problems caused by Kepa’s rebellious behaviour and Sarri’s raging response on the Wembley touchline.Sarri was already fighting to avoid the sack amid reports the Italian has lost the backing of his players due to his stubborn tactics, dull training methods and habit of publicly criticising them.Arrizabalaga was fined a week’s wages and apologised for his actions, while Sarri blamed a “misunderstanding” and said he had had a “good conversation” with the goalkeeper.But the sight of Kepa staging a mutiny in the middle of Chelsea’s biggest game of the season laid bare the problems Sarri has been struggling to resolve.He tried to regain control of the situation by claiming the incident was caused by a delay in getting information from the team doctor about the extent of Kepa’s injury.That hardly excused Kepa from such disrespectful behaviour and few could have been convinced by the Spaniard’s insistence his actions were misinterpreted because he had no intention of disobeying Sarri.Meanwhile, watching Sarri rip open his training top and storm down the tunnel during the Kepa row hardly inspired confidence that he has the composure required to navigate such a treacherous predicament.He looks set to remain in charge for the Tottenham match at least.Now the question is whether Sarri will allow the ‘keeper to retain his place in the team.“What he has to do now is to make sure Kepa knows that he was in the wrong,” former Chelsea star Pat Nevin said.“That absolutely does weaken his position and make it look as if the player had more power than him.”– Insubordination –Letting Kepa get away with such insubordination would be a huge gamble, even though Blues defender David Luiz insists Chelsea’s stars still respect Sarri.“I’m sure if Kepa knew the coach wished to change him he would have come off because he is a great professional. He is a great boy and would respect that,” Luiz said.“The coach has the power over the group. He has our respect.”Sarri’s team have lost four of their last seven games, a painful period that has seen them drop to sixth in the Premier League, crash out of the FA Cup and lose the League Cup final.It is even more frustrating for Sarri as Chelsea’s dismal run started just after they showed signs of a revival by beating Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final.That rare success is a distant memory now and Sarri must hope the Wembley fiasco can somehow trigger a seige mentality in his team.With Chelsea already three points adrift of fourth place, another defeat could be the end for the Sarri era after less than a season.Meanwhile, Mike Dean has been removed from fourth official duties at the Bridge to avoid further conflict with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino marched across the pitch following Saturday’s defeat at Burnley to confront Dean in a heated exchange that earned him an improper conduct charge from the Football Association.Pochettino was seething about key decisions that contributed to Tottenham’s first defeat in five league games.Tottenham are six points behind leaders Liverpool, but the one bright spot was Harry Kane’s goal-scoring return after six weeks out with an ankle injury.“We don’t always want to be having to react from a poor result. But we’ll dust it off. We’ve still got a lot to play for,” Kane said.“We’re in the hunt for the Premier League, we’re still in the Champions League so we’re in a good place.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under fire after his row with Kepa Arrizabalaga © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – All eyes will be on the Chelsea team sheet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to see whether the fall-out from Maurizio Sarri’s astonishing row with Kepa Arrizabalaga drags on into the crucial London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.Chelsea boss Sarri was furious when Blues goalkeeper Kepa refused to be substituted after needing treatment in the closing stages of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City.last_img read more

January 3

Wasserman to receive star on Walk of Fame

first_imgIn 1940, Wasserman became vice president of the agency’s new film division. During the decade, he was the agent for such stars as James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Judy Garland and Bette Davis. He was also the first agent for Ronald Reagan and helped him become president of the Screen Actors Guild. “He gave Ronnie some of the best advice in the business,” Reagan’s wife, Nancy, said in 2002, when Wasserman died at the age of 89 from complications of a stroke. In the 1950s, Wasserman oversaw the creation of a television division that would produce such hits as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.” “Miami Vice” and “Murder, She Wrote.” With Jules Stein as chairman and Wasserman as president, MCA became the world’s largest talent agency. However, it was forced by the Justice Department to dissolve the talent agency when it acquired Universal Studios in 1962. MCA then became the first entertainment conglomerate, with movie and television production, a music arm and the Universal Studios theme park. Wasserman’s marketing of “Jaws” in 1975 created the summer movie blockbuster, forever changing movies. Other classic films the studio produced during Wasserman’s tenure included “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”, “The Sting”, “Back to the Future” and “Animal House.” Wasserman, as a top Democratic Party fundraiser, played a key role in cementing the ties between the entertainment industry and politics. He was also lauded for his charitable efforts, launching the Wasserman Foundation in 1952 and raising funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and Music Center of Los Angeles County. “He was one of the smartest men I ever met and in more than intellectual ways,” former President Bill Clinton said upon learning of Wasserman’s death. “He just came across as someone who understood what life was all about and was pulling for people to have good lives.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOLLYWOOD – Lew Wasserman, the man The New York Times once called “the last of the Hollywood moguls,” will posthumously receive the 2,349th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Wasserman’s goddaughter, and Dreamworks SKG co- founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will speak at the late-morning ceremony in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Wasserman’s grandson, Casey Wasserman, will accept the star on his behalf. The younger Wasserman is chairman and chief executive officer of the Wasserman Media Group — a sports management, marketing and content agency — as well as owner of the Los Angeles Avengers Arena Football League team and head of the charitable Wasserman Foundation. Born in Cleveland in 1913, Wasserman was hired in 1936 as the national advertising director of the Music Corporation of America after his wife Edie complained about the way the music booking agency was publicizing bands her husband was booking at the Mayfair Casino in Cleveland. last_img read more

December 28

Costs rise, but vet homes still on track

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The project has completed a final environmental impact report, and earlier this month the state public works board approved preliminary plans for the project and the new cost estimate. That approval allows work on the construction plans to continue. Those plans should be finished either late this year or in early 2007. “That’s a watershed moment that says you are on the path of getting that project out to bid,” Sleppy said. Supporters of the Lancaster home have worked for more than 14 years to bring the facility to the Antelope Valley. Tom Craft, a retired Navy officer and chairman of the citizens support committee for the Lancaster home, said he is disappointed that the home hasn’t been built sooner. However, he is pleased that the state has kept the project on track in recent months. “We won’t save any lives, but we will make their lives more comfortable and make life more comfortable for the spouses,” Craft said of the home. The Lancaster home will be built on a 30-acre site, donated by the city, at Avenue I and 30th Street West. The Lancaster home will be named after the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, a record-setting test pilot and a combat veteran. The homes in Lancaster and in Saticoy will each have 60 beds and adult day-care centers capable of handling 50 clients. Those two homes will have the same floor plan – two residential wings, the 50-person adult day-care wing, and a services and administration wing surrounding a center courtyard. At 60 beds, the Lancaster home is much smaller than the original 400 beds envisioned in the mid-1990s, before years of delays. The design for the home will be done to allow for expansion if there is a demand for it and there is money to finance it. The West Los Angeles home will have convalescent hospital wards for veterans, including a ward for veterans with dementia, plus suites for veterans who don’t need hospital care. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A project to build three veterans homes, including a long-awaited one in Lancaster, remains on track for a 2007 groundbreaking, but cost estimates have risen by $34.7 million. Increased construction costs have upped the latest estimate for the project to $263.8 million. Two-thirds of the construction costs are to be picked up by the federal government with the rest picked up by the state. “We’re all concerned with the costs, but we’re within our federal and state budget authority,” said Robert Sleppy, chief of the environmental services section of the state’s Department of General Services. Plans call for construction on the three homes – one each in Lancaster, Saticoy and West Los Angeles – to begin in summer 2007. The homes in Lancaster and Saticoy are projected to be completed in December 2008, while the larger West Los Angeles home should be completed in December 2009. last_img read more

December 28

Aryan prison gang trial begins

first_img Later, he told jurors, “The Aryan Brotherhood is characterized, really, by its fearlessness with violence. The members will sometimes kill in full view of guards or others.” In his opening statement, defense attorney Dean Steward, who represents Barry “The Baron” Mills, said nearly all of the government’s case was based on jailhouse informants who had been coached and had months to get their stories straight. “Ninety percent of the evidence is going to be the testimony of these 42 inmate witnesses, and every single one will be getting something,” Steward said. The case involves alleged gang activity at six federal prisons stretching from California to Illinois and four California state prisons. Emmick said testimony will come from many of the informants cultivated by authorities during their six-year investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – After nearly eight years of investigation and trial preparation, the federal government opened its case Tuesday against the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang with a simple slide that read: “The Aryan Brotherhood: Blood in, Blood out.” The phrase – borrowed from the gang itself – sums up most of the allegations against members of the highly organized and violent white supremacist group accused of 32 murders and attempted murders in one of the largest capital punishment cases ever filed in U.S. history. The phrase means inmates must commit a killing to join the gang and can only leave when they die, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Emmick said in his opening statement. Sixteen of the 40 members arrested four years ago after a lengthy investigation could face the death penalty. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The first four defendants – reputed leaders of the gang – went on trial Tuesday in Santa Ana. Two face death; all have pleaded not guilty. At the start of the trial, Emmick detailed the alleged crimes, including orchestrating a prison war against a black gang that resulted in at least two killings. In another case, an Aryan Brotherhood member allegedly ordered a hit on an inmate who flicked a packet of sugar and spit milk at Edgar “The Snail” Hevle, another of the men on trial. Emmick said the gang went after its own when a member was ordered killed because he fell in love with a female gang associate he had been told to kill. Another was targeted because his wife on the outside refused to smuggle drugs into the prison for the gang, the prosecutor said. “This case is fundamentally about power and control of the nation’s prisons,” Emmick said. last_img read more

December 24


first_imgTommy Tiernan has conquered Arranmore Island.The controversial comedian landed on the island yesterday and even kissed the ground when he got off the Arranmore Ferry. Skipper of the ferry Joe Doherty even took the opportunity to have his snap taken with Tommy.Tommy was greeted by a piper playing ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.”Tommy, who is certainly no saint, was greeted by islanders.Island spokesman Jerry Early, who hosted Tommy’s performance at Early’s Bar, said the comic was in great form. “He played a great gig and mixed really well with the islanders.“We all had a great time and the place was packed.“We would welcome Tommy back here any time again,” said Jerry.SIMPLY CLICK ON THE VIDEO TO PLAY.DDTV: TOMMY TIERNAN BLOWS AWAY ARRANMORE! was last modified: August 16th, 2013 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:Arranmore Islandtommy tiernanlast_img read more

December 22

Airtel Rising Stars 2018 finals to be played in Fort Portal

first_img Tags: Airtel Rising Stars 2018Darius Mugoya Airtel Rising Stars 2018 was launched on Wednesday (Pictures by Agencies)On Wednesday, Airtel Uganda officially launched the 7th edition of the ‘Airtel Raising Stars’ at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.The tournament is one that gives boys and girls under the age of 17 an opportunity to show case their abilities in hope of securing a sports career.Managing Director, VG Somasekhar led the delegation, flanked by the marketing director Indrajeet Kumar Singh, Neola Byuma (Brand Strategy Manager) and the Public Relations Officer (PRO) Faith Fiona Bugonzi.The FUFA team had the 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye, Executive Committee member Rogers Byamukama, FUFA Youth Development officer Bashir Mutyaba and the marketing director Esther Musoke.The global talent search platform aims to develop grassroots football by encouraging and nurturing the youths’ football skills and providing them with the opportunity to evolve and acquire new football techniques that will turn them into distinguished soccer talents.Darius Mugoye who represented FUFA President, Moses Magogo at the event, expressed his excitement and also thanked Airtel Uganda for its continued support to the development of football in the country.FUFA 2nd vice presdident, Darius Mugoya speaking at the event. “We are excited that the 7th edition of the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 programme is here, said Mugoye.“In the previous editions, there has been value added to the game of football with in the country.“Since 2011, a number of stars have graduated to the Uganda Cranes, U-20l, the Crested Cranes and the U-23.“We are excited about the partnership with Airtel Uganda, continued Mugoye.“No wonder, that during this partnership, we managed to have the Uganda Cranes promoted to the African Cup of Nations.“As a federation, we believe in building from the grass roots.The tournament that started in 2011 has identified many celebrated stars such as Farooq Miya, Muhammad Shaban, Martin Kizza, Kezironi Kizito, Fazila Ikwaput, Hassifah Nassuna, Allan Okello, Pius Obuya, Bashir Asiku, Mathias Muwanga and many other talented players who have gone on to play professional football and in the local leagues.The managing Director of Airtel Uganda, VG Somasekhar gave a detailed account about the activities of the company in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) cause where sports are part.“We are transforming the telecom industry in Uganda, said Somasekhar.“It gives me great joy in kicking off this season 7 of the Airtel Rising Stars.“Our Vision is to be the best loved brands in the daily lives of Uganda. With the best communication and we want to bring out the next stars.“There are 56 tribes in Uganda, Football is the 57th that unites all the others, continued Somasekhar.“Like our brand ambassador Eddie Kenzo, football first identified him and it got him to school then music.“We encourage many young kids to take on football. This game is not only limited to Kampala but is to be played across the 8 regions of FUFA.“We support football (through the Uganda Cranes sponsorship, Airtel Rising Stars and Airtel Masaza Cup), Kabaka Birthday run, education and culture. Airtel Uganda’s relationship with sports is well documented. Since 2011, we are growing strong and bigger.This year, the matches will be played in the five (5) regions with Fort Portal hosting the finals on 27th of August, 2018.The football matches will be closely watched and followed by FUFA selected scouts whose role will be to identify Uganda’s next superstars.Meanwhile, the official kits that will be used for the 7th Airtel Rising Stars tournament were also unveiled on the same day.Thereafter, there was an exhibition girls’ football game was played between the Katuuso community girls.The Katuso community teams posing for a photo with officials.The inter-district championships will kick off mid-June with the regional qualifiers continuing throughout the month to July 2018.Comments last_img read more

December 18

BRICS and Africa in the new world order

first_img11 July 2011The Great Recession heralded the beginning of a new global era. On the one hand, it has exposed fault lines in the global economy, particularly in the advanced economies. On the other hand, the recovery from the recession is being propelled by the dynamism and extraordinary growth in the leading developing countries. Even the “forgotten” continent of Africa is now both a new frontier of economic and other opportunities and host to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The concept and the emerging reality of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – as a geopolitical and economic grouping of nations introduces a new dynamic to global governance and economic relations. BRICS is now part of the vocabulary used to describe the shift in economic power southward and eastward. As the leaders of the BRICS nations stated in the Sanya Declaration, adopted at the April 2011 meeting in China which formally marked South Africa’s entry to the group: “We share the view that the world is undergoing far-reaching, complex and profound changes, marked by the strengthening of multi-polarity, economic globalization and increasing interdependence.”Shaping the trendsThe BRICS nations not only reflect the shifting trends of the new global economic order but are increasingly shaping it. In the Sanya Declaration, BRICS, under the banner, “Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity,” indicated its members’ common aspiration: It is the overarching objective and strong shared desire for peace, security, development and cooperation that brought together BRICS countries with a total population of nearly 3-billion from different continents. BRICS aims at contributing significantly to the development of humanity and establishing a more equitable and fair world. The 21st century should be marked by peace, harmony, cooperation and scientific development.” The reality is that the BRICS nations represent 42 percent of the world’s population and 18 percent of its GDP. China’s economy, after three decades of 10 percent expansion, massive foreign investment, and now domestic market-led growth has lifted some four hundred million people out of poverty and is creating a middle class at a phenomenal rate. It has seen urbanization approaching twenty-million people a year. China’s economy has grown ninety times since Deng Xiaoping began the liberalization in 1978, paving the way for China’s integration into the global economy. China has surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, after the United States. India, with its established democracy and massive rural poverty, has succeeded in creating an economic miracle led by technology and services that has laid the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and put India at the forefront of BRICS. Brazil has come into its own as the leading Latin American economy. It is finding large-scale synergy with China in joint ventures based on an exchange of natural resources and oil for low-cost manufactured goods. Russia likewise possesses a formidable economy, not least due to its role as a leading oil and gas producer. Its potential as a trade partner and expertise in science and technology make Russia a valuable ally for fellow BRICS members.World watershedsThe shift in global trends is on such a scale that it is almost impossible to perceive the full impact of the changes as they happen. The present transition to a new global order has been developing for some time, but in the last two decades there have been some significant milestones:The collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 in response to democracy uprisings in Eastern Europe speeded the end of the Soviet system and marked the beginning of a new order. At that time, it was by no means clear what would replace the Soviet system, or whether democracy would be sustainable. There was a watershed moment in 1999 when a coalition of environmentalists, trade unionists, and students began a wave of anti-globalization protests at the annual World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.  The following year similar protests took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at the meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, at another World Bank meeting in Prague, and at the Group of Eight (G-8) summit in Montreal.  The year 2000 proved to be momentous, and not merely because it launched a new millennium. The United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals, which sought to halve global poverty by 2015 by achieving clearly defined objectives. The Goals have particular relevance for Africa.  In 2001, the World Economic Forum for the first time invited trade unionists and major non-governmental organizations, such as Oxfam and Save the Children, to its annual meeting in Davos in a bid to accommodate some of those who had been protesting in Seattle and elsewhere.  By the time major anti-globalization protests erupted again at the 2001 G-8 summit in Genoa, it was clear that the group was in trouble. A year before, it had begun the process of bringing five developing nations to the G-8 summit in Okinawa as non-member participants in order to discuss anti-poverty measures and climate change.  In 2008, the world’s financial system was shaken to the core with a global financial crisis. Soon followed the Great Recession, which saw the gap between so-called emerging and industrialized nations widening. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had marked the point at which developing markets began to grow faster than the industrialized G-8 countries.  By 2008, the Group of Twenty (G-20), a new, expanded grouping of leading economies, had its first meeting in Washington to discuss financial markets and the global economy; it rapidly developed into a body that could play a bigger role in addressing a broader set of issues.  China has experienced a phenomenal rise as an economic power. That this change has been more gradual than the other milestone events of the past quarter century in no way diminishes the profound impact it is having on the global order.  In 2011, the democracy uprisings in the Arab world, similar to the revolutions in Eastern Europe two decades earlier, represents another important geopolitical shift. The recent woes of the euro suggest there will be further upheavals in currency markets as well as fresh tremors in the global financial system. The future is East and SouthThese developments, among many others, signal that a global “tipping point” has probably been reached, that the world is living through an exciting and uncertain transition to a new era. Historic shifts require that the mindsets and paradigms through which we analyze and understand this world, as well as plan and act within it, must be “reloaded” to adjust to new realities. I was most interested to find that, as one fellow panelist at the Economist’s Emerging Markets Summit in London last year said, clearly the future is East and South. Western business people and investors need to “reload the mindset,” as he put it. In other words, as you reformat the disk or memory stick of your computer, you have to reformat the investor mindset. In reformatting, you must begin to develop and embrace a different world view – one that is coming from a different space and different directions: the East and the South. If we want to do business in the future, the panelist was saying, appreciating this change in world view will be crucial to enabling businesses and investors to understand the new world in which they are required to operate. Indeed, it is clear that business people have already started using their minds – and their feet – to move in that direction. I think we are talking about a shift from a decades-old tradition to a new way of doing things. The same applies to the approach and perceptions of Africa. I visited the United Kingdom in March 2010 as part of the delegation of South African President Jacob Zuma on his state visit. Interactions with business leaders, analysts, and investors there suggested that the mood was still quite uncertain about Africa and South Africa. Six months later, I travelled to Britain with a delegation led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. The mood had changed quite fundamentally. Part of it was surprise over how in 2010 South Africa had successfully hosted one of the largest sporting events, the Fifa World Cup, which resulted in a very different and positive experience and perception of the country.The purpose and potential of BRICSThe Sanya Declaration reflects a distinct ethos and orientation by the BRICS nations in their approach to various issues, for instance:“The overarching objective and strong shared desire for peace, security, development and cooperation.” “Contributing to world peace, security and stability, boosting global economic growth, enhancing multilateralism and promoting greater democracy in international relations.”  “We are determined to continue strengthening the BRICS partnership for common development and advance BRICS cooperation in a gradual and pragmatic manner, reflecting the principles of openness, solidarity and mutual assistance. We reiterate that such cooperation is inclusive and non-confrontational.” Equally, the wide-ranging initiatives and issues that BRICS is and will be addressing in the year ahead are also suggestive of the kind of influence that the member nations could have on global dynamics if these initiatives are backed by serious intent and consensus:“In a spirit of mutual respect and collective decision making, global economic governance should be strengthened, democracy in international relations should be promoted, and the voice of emerging and developing countries in international affairs should be enhanced.” “Our increased cooperation in economic, finance and trade matters, which will contribute to the long-term steady, sound and balanced growth of the world economy.”  “We support the Group of Twenty (G-20) in playing a bigger role in global economic governance as the premier forum for international economic cooperation.”  “Recognizing that the international financial crisis has exposed the inadequacies and deficiencies of the existing international monetary and financial system, we support the reform and improvement of the international monetary system, with a broad-based international reserve currency system providing stability and certainty.”  “We call for more attention to the risks of massive cross-border capital flows now faced by the emerging economies.”  “We call for further international financial regulatory oversight and reform, strengthening policy coordination and financial regulation and supervision cooperation, and promoting the sound development of global financial markets and banking systems.”  “Climate change is one of the global threats challenging the livelihood of communities and countries. China, Brazil, Russia and India appreciate and support South Africa’s hosting of [the upcoming climate change summit].”  “We support the development and use of renewable energy resources. We recognize the important role of renewable energy as a means to address climate change. We are convinced of the importance of cooperation and information exchange in the field of development of renewable energy resources.”  “We underscore our firm commitment to strengthen dialogue and cooperation in the fields of social protection, decent work, gender equality, youth, and public health, including the fight against HIV/Aids.”  “We support infrastructure development in Africa and its industrialization within framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).”  “We have agreed to continue further expanding and deepening economic, trade and investment cooperation among our countries. We encourage all countries to refrain from resorting to protectionist measures.” BRICS initiativesBRICS has taken important initiatives in the spirit of the Sanya Declaration. The member nations have decided in principle to establish mutual credit lines denominated in local currencies rather than US dollars, a move that is seen to promote cooperation between countries over a wide range of projects and has proven able to facilitate trade and investment between these countries. Such arrangements are already working to the mutual benefit of China and Brazil, deepening China’s relationship with Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Recently, China Development Bank Chairman Chen Yuan has said that the bank is prepared to lend up to $1.5-billion in local currency to fellow BRICS countries, particularly for oil and gas projects. In May, after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, BRICS called on the IMF to appoint a new director on the basis of merit and transparency, not according to a particular region. The new approach to the selection process for such appointments must reflect the shift in global economic power. It is the first time that a group of developing nations has had the clout to put effective pressure on a leading international organization to select a chief executive who reflects the importance of emerging markets in the global economy. The IMF is an important institution and I think there are also historical issues at stake, whether the institution continues to operate as it always has done, or whether the twenty-first century has indeed arrived for everyone concerned.BRICS and AfricaThe rising power of the BRICS lobby holds potentially far-reaching consequences for the relationship between China and Africa in general and is likely to have a profound impact on China’s rapidly growing trade and investment relationship with South Africa. There are some similarities between the rise of Africa now as a priority investment destination and that of China three decades ago, when that country began opening its economy to global forces. Africa is set to achieve growth levels that will empower its nearly one-billion citizens and enable the continent to elevate millions from poverty. The key elements in China’s economic miracle have been an integrated market, special economic zones with incentives for foreign investors, and widespread reform of the agricultural system, which has freed up more labor for economic development. China’s lifting of four hundred million people out of poverty in the space of three decades is unprecedented. This is the question facing Africa’s fifty-three countries: how can we rapidly realize the economic promise of the continent and do so in a way in which hundreds of millions of poor and marginalized people have jobs, move out of poverty, and fulfill their potential? As African nations tackle these issues, the BRICS formation offers interesting trajectories for an alternative economic model that ensures job-creating growth and different forms of inclusivity and equity. But the African miracle will be distinct and will need to be based on home grown formulas tailored to the continent’s conditions, strengths, and specific needs. The key will lie in unlocking the huge entrepreneurial potential of the continent. Africa’s greatest disadvantage among advanced economies is probably in the area of perceptions. The huge deficit between the reality of Africa and the mainstream media’s obsession with negative stereotypes of conflict, famine, and failed states undermines the continent’s potential. The mainstream media have dominated the narrative for the past four decades, and through selective – rather than inaccurate – reporting have reinforced Africa’s negative trends at the expense of its potential.Africa as investment destinationThere are many reasons why Africa’s potential as an investment destination should be taken more seriously:In the past few decades, Africa has made significant strides toward democratic governance, transparent economic systems, and elimination of some of the crippling bureaucratic barriers to trade and investment. Although Africa still falls far short of constituting an integrated market, the trends toward integration and greater transparency are undeniable. The inclusion of South Africa as the fifth member of the BRICS group and its seat on the UN Security Council for 2011-12 ensure that Africa has a voice in all key global forums and will accelerate reform of the UN and global financial, developmental, and trade architecture.  The potential of Africa as an investment destination has long been recognized and supported, both in terms of investment and soft loans by China and with strategic investments from South Africa and other rising economies such as India and Turkey.  There is ample evidence of Africa’s potential to leap-frog constraints, such as with the revolution in mobile telephone technology. The next breakthrough will need to come in the field of electricity provision. Africa’s hydroelectric potential could play a key role.  In a world in which there is growing consensus that future wars will be fought over food and water resources – rather than territory or ideology – Africa enjoys the advantage of huge water reserves and vast tracts of arable land. It is also rich in largely unexploited mineral and natural resources.  Africa, with nearly one-billion people, represents the world’s third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion).  South Africa played a key part in rescuing the 2009 climate change summit in Copenhagen. There was enough progress at Cancun in 2010 to ensure that the next critical session, in Durban in December, could broker the breakthrough that the world so badly needs. South Africa’s roleFor President Zuma, South Africa’s participation in BRICS is not a question of boxing above its weight. It is basic logic that a continent central to sustainable global growth should be included in a grouping that includes the major developing markets in Asia and Latin America. As the last frontier of the global economy and its third-largest market, the continent must have its say in the renovation of the international economic and political architecture, the establishment of a more equitable and sustainable trade dispensation, and agreement on climate change to ensure the future of the planet for all its inhabitants. All the BRICS nations are increasing trade with – and investment in – Sub-Saharan Africa as an indication of their interest in its growing consumer market and resources. President Zuma has already overseen a rapid deepening of South Africa’s relationship with China. He has also stressed that South Africa needs to balance its trade with China to reduce the heavy deficit in China’s favor. He foresaw cooperation between the two countries in reforming multilateral institutions. South Africa’s economy is only slightly larger than that of Egypt or Nigeria, two other leading economic forces on the continent. However, South Africa has a more diversified economy, and highly developed financial institutions, infrastructure, and expertise are more entrenched. South Africa’s position as the only G-20 member from Africa facilitated the continent’s entry into BRICS. South Africa is both a benefactor of better access to BRICS markets and, at the same time, a competitor or joint venture partner in the development of Africa. Africa grew at 4.5 to 5 percent last year and is expected to reach 5.5 to 5.7 percent this year. South Africa is set for a more modest 4 percent. Aware of the massive savings pool that China and other BRICS nations are sitting on, President Zuma is inviting investors from BRICS countries to take up the major infrastructure and manufacturing opportunities in South Africa and on the African continent. Both the private and public sectors of the country stand to be leading beneficiaries of this offer.Shift in South Africa’s trading patternsIt is no coincidence that since the beginning of 2010, President Zuma has made his first state visits to India, Russia, and China. In July 2010, Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, paid a state visit to South Africa following a working visit by President Zuma earlier in the year. President Zuma lost no time in meeting the new Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, at the BRICS summit in China last April. Two-way trade between China and South Africa reached R119.7-billion ($17.9-billion) in 2009, enabling China to surpass the US as South Africa’s largest trading partner, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. Its statistics also show that South Africa’s exports to India reached R5-billion ($746-million) in 2010, while imports totalled R2-billion ($298-million), in favor of South Africa. The fundamental shift in South Africa’s trading patterns was also clear from statements made by President Zuma during and after his state visit to China last August. South Africa, he said, would look to China for investment in meeting its infrastructure projects, including transport systems, freight transport, renewable energy projects, and mining. The agricultural sector and car manufacturing were also potential recipients of Chinese investment. The stage has been set for accelerated investment from both the BRICS and advanced economies. In 2007, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China bought a 20 percent stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank for R36-billion ($5.4-billion), making it China’s largest foreign investment to date. In 2009, China announced that the African headquarters of the China-Africa fund would be in Johannesburg. China has more recently invested in a South African platinum mine and a cement factory. One of the tangible agreements emerging from the state visit to China in August 2010 was the intention to build a high-speed rail link between Durban and Johannesburg. The consistent message that President Zuma conveyed during his state visits to China and Russia was that South Africa wanted to learn from both countries how to ensure high levels of beneficiation of South African mineral wealth to help the country speed up development, create more jobs, and roll back poverty.South Africa’s New Growth PathThis approach is in line with South Africa’s recently adopted economic road map – known as the New Growth Path – which lays much emphasis on local input and joint ventures to create jobs and boost manufacturing and the beneficiation of minerals and natural resources. The growing relationship with China is seen as a means of both boosting South Africa’s share of global trade and accelerating the development of the African continent. With its world-class financial sector, deep experience in African markets, and extensive corporate footprint on the African continent, South Africa is well placed to lead an African miracle. As the pace of regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) quickens – a goal that President Zuma has made a top priority – the economic rewards for South Africa will come in the form of increased foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations. The evolving free trade agreement between the overlapping regional economic communities of the SADC, the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (Comesa), and the East African Community (EAC) is likely to give further impetus to this process. South Africa is thinking BRICS. It is expanding flight connections and marketing tourism to the BRICS nations as well as tailoring investment opportunities and conditions to meet the requirements of its new strategic partners. It is also looking to the BRICS countries to assist in training South African diplomats. South Africa’s robust private sector also stands to benefit from these opportunities. Standard Bank was ahead of the game when they sold the 20 percent stake to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. BRICS, with Africa now represented in the grouping, will deepen South-South cooperation and have the potential to change the rules of international finance and trade and give a voice to developing countries on a whole range of issues ranging from climate change to development. But there is a danger that BRICS could lose faith in the WTO. Brazil, India, and China have criticized the WTO for failing to scrap the onerous subsidies of the developed nations in the agricultural industry. Russia is not a member of the WTO. It will take some time for South Africa to achieve a more sustainable trade balance with China by getting the Chinese engaged in more joint ventures, manufacturing, and beneficiation in line with the New Growth Path that seeks more leverage from foreign investors. Despite China’s position as South Africa’s biggest two-way trade partner based on South African exports of mineral resources, the European Union remains South Africa’s most important export market and responsible for 40 percent of foreign investment. While the US is set to remain by far the most powerful global economy in the next two decades, the changes now under way and symbolized by the BRICS group will prepare the ground for profound changes in the global order in the next twenty to twenty-five years.Challenges aheadMembership in BRICS has put South Africa in the league of the world’s fastest growing and potentially most influential group of nations. And that puts South Africa and the African continent at the cutting edge of the global changes taking place. One of the urgent challenges is global warming. With South Africa serving its second term on the UN Security Council and President Zuma’s appointment as co-chair of the Durban climate change summit, the country is well placed to help forge a grand trade-off between the industrialized and developing worlds. The Durban meeting, formally known as the 17th Convention of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 17-CMP 7, stands to make major progress by establishing either a reformed global market mechanism to regulate emissions or by extending the current one to include the US and China. China, because of necessity and its history of pragmatic adjustment, could become the world leader in developing cleaner and more sustainable technologies that will supplement and ultimately replace fossil fuels as the world’s primary source of energy. South Africa is well able to contribute to this global priority. After hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and more recently committing to the Clean Development Mechanism, South Africa has vowed to reach its targets on reducing emissions and carbon management. But in a country with high unemployment and underdevelopment, we must continually weigh the dictates of environmental management with those of developmental priorities. In global governance, the “tipping point” could well be with us. South Africa is privileged to be part of these historic trends. Like all previous eras, this one will have its own challenges. Balancing national self-interest with genuine global interest will be one of them. The BRICS nations will be key players in the forging of a more cooperative, interdependent, prosperous, sustainable, and equitable world. This article was first published by The Cairo Review of Global Affairslast_img read more

December 18

Spotlight shines on African cuisine

first_imgAfrica’s food is as rich and diverse as its people, yet its culinary offerings are not that well known. Filmmaker and foodie Tuleka Prah wants to change that. She has started to chronicle traditional recipes made by ordinary people on her website, African Food Map. One day, she would like to create an African Food Dictionary. Jollof rice is one of the West African dishes Tuleka Prah features on her website chronicling African cuisine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm• South African foodies cooking up a storm• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture• South African television Priya PitamberThe world over, people have heard of or eaten food such as pasta or stir fry. Yet as one of the largest continents, Africa’s cuisine tends to fly under the radar.Enter Tuleka Prah, filmmaker, traveller and foodie, who started to document the making of African dishes on her website, African Food Map.“African Food Map is literally a combination of the things I love because it includes food, travel and making films,” her website states. “It’s an authentic collection of the most popular recipes from around the African continent. It is the start of a growing record of African recipes just as they are made, by people who love to eat them, and who prepare them every day.”Born in England, Prah has lived in various countries in Africa – Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, and Namibia. She now lives in Berlin and is studying towards her doctorate. According to the Design Indaba website, her online food offering helps her to “keep in touch with her gastronomic roots”.Speaking to fashion and lifestyle website Fashion Africa 254, Prah recalled how inspiration for her African Food Map started. “I was looking for a recipe for kontomire, a dish my Dad would make using spinach and either fish or beef,” she said. “I knew his recipe was – well, his recipe! And so I was looking for I guess a more ‘true’ version of it. I was looking at the pictures online, which weren’t so nicely done, and I thought ‘Wow, someone really needs to do this properly.’”Prah saw her chance, and took it.South AfricaPrah lived in South Africa for seven years, where she felt the country both nurtured the enjoyment she got from cooking as well as challenged her in other aspects.She could not understand the social expectations (and implications) of apartheid categorisations, and how she fitted into it all. Nevertheless, she writes on her website: “South Africa had the best range of food that I had, up until that point, experienced. I often loved what I ate and what foods were introduced to me there. I would even go so far as to say that this country nurtured the pleasure I now take from cooking and eating.”Prah describes South Africa’s bobotie as the ultimate “so-and-so-makes-it-best” dish. “The dish – a bold flavour-assembly of ingredients – has its roots in the Western Cape’s slave history, and is likely derived from a combination of ‘leftovers,’” she writes. “I ate mine with yellow rice and it was absolutely delicious.”Watch Chef Mako prepare his version of this popular dish – he adds coriander for flavour:She describes one of South Africa’s favourite dishes, samp and beans (in isiZulu, isitambu and in isiXhosa, mngqusho), as comfort food. She has only eaten versions without meat, Prah says, although meat is usually added, and the grains need to be cooked until they are really soft.“This popular dish is very easily tweaked and adjusted to suit personal tastes and is therefore a highly variable dish.”See the recipe:KenyaPrah and her family moved to Kenya in the early 1980s, and she returned for a visit in 2013. “My experience of Kenyan food at the time, largely consisted of ugali and a lot of leafy vegetables,” she writes.She got Diana Chipo Munanairi, a chef, entrepreneur and mother, to make sukuma wiki, a spinach dish that is a “common accompaniment to most meals”.Watch Munanairi whip up the dish:“Most people actually overcook sukuma wiki,” cautioned Munanairi. “So it turns the colour and it becomes something totally different because of over-cooking. We’ve tried to maintain the colour.”Ghana“For me, being in Ghana is synonymous with being around great food,” Prah writes on African Food Map. “With a coast, a tropical interior and a desert-like region to the north, the range of food in Ghana is very diverse and always exciting.”While in the country, she and her aunt, Cynthia Prah, made jollof rice, a one pot meal consisting of meat, vegetables, and well, rice of course.See the recipe:Optimistic feedbackThrough her website and videos, Prah has reached an audience that might not have otherwise known what African cuisine is all about.“What a great idea to give the world a glimpse of the rich African culinary traditions,” Constanze Klee writes on My African Food Map’s Facebook page.“What a discovery!” writes Giulia Aldrovandi‎. “I love your YouTube channel and I know absolutely nothing about African food despite having looked for some books in the past without much success… I am very determined to reproduce your recipes in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing them (beautiful photography as well I have to say).”What’s next?Prah would like to expand her work to create something to the effect of an African Food Dictionary.“I want it to be the go-to resource for African food,” she told Design Indaba. “I want to go to every country I can and collect and share as much as I can – everything from the recipes, to the ingredients, to the preparation, to the histories, to the quality of flavour.”If she has her way, food such as bobotie and jollof rice could become as globally popular as pizza, for instance.last_img read more

December 17

Winner Winner Geocache Dinner! — Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Finding a geocache can be as simple as walking to a location and looking down. But after a while, it’s natural to want to change it up—even make it more difficult. With this geocache, you won’t have to solve a word puzzle to make the find, but you will have to spin the wheel. Around the edges of this spinning contraption, loosely based on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune”, are many containers—only one of which holds the logbook. Make the hike, give the wheel a spin and see if you’re lucky enough to find it on the first spin! What the geocache owner, dex4, has to say:“I found a large discarded wooden cable spool on the side of the road in Burlington Ontario. I brought it home and separated the 2 large round spools. I searched for small cans of paint the same colors as the Geocache symbols, drew out the Geocache symbol and painted it…I drilled about 25 holes and added film containers in the holes. One container contained the log sheets…It was a “hit” with geocachers. I had some comments that the wheel did not spin.In 2010 I painted the other spool and drilled holes for film containers and a hole in the center so it could spin. I had a location on Hyway 5 that had  abanded sign post. With the help of a ladder I managed to install the spool high on the sign post and make it SPIN. The caches require maintenance from time to time as the film container dry out and crack or fall out of their pre drilled holes.”What geocachers are saying:“this was the best cache I’ve found so far, quite the hike to the cache lol it was awesome!! TFTC!” – jessicaswr“Wow did we have fun with this one. This has been on the radar for a long time and today we did it. This one gets a favorite for sure” – three-amigoz“Dude, what a great, great cache! Very impressive. We had some fun with this one. A favourite for sure!” – thewhytesPhotos:Wheel! Of! Geocaching! Photo by geocacher Nonsuch30The wheel requires a little bit of a climb to get to. Photo by geocacher Mark0077Two brave geocachers making the find. Photo by geocacher SuperkatzeWhat is your geocaching lucky charm? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Give it a spin! Photo by geocacher Team GojuGeocache Name:Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Step inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 2, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more