17 Jan

Fly Jamaica refusing to refund ticket cost after crash

first_imgDear Editor,I wanted to bring to your attention a situation that has arisen with Fly Jamaica after the recent plane crash in Guyana. The airline company operated flights out of Toronto to Guyana using only a single aircraft which was involved in the incident.Since then, the company has cancelled flights to Guyana and has stopped selling tickets. I had purchased a ticket before the incident to travel to Guyana on December 21 and return to Toronto in January 2019.I contacted Fly Jamaica to find out if my flight would be cancelled and if I could get a refund. They claimed that the flight will not be cancelled and therefore I will not be getting a refund. Since they only have the one aircraft, it is doubtful that they will resume flights from Toronto any time soon.My problem is that I still want to take the trip, which I have scheduled vacation time-off from my job for, but I cannot make any other arrangements at this time because Fly Jamaica could not guarantee whether they will have another aircraft operational before December 21st.There are other options to travel to Guyana that would allow me to visit my family, but I can’t purchase another ticket because my funds are tied up for a flight that I paid for which may or may not be cancelled.I know I am not the only one in this situation because Fly Jamaica has made no effort to reach out to its customers and they have not released any information to the press either. I hope this message will bring to light the ongoing situation of Fly Jamaica taking advantage of their customers.Sincerely,MohendranauthGaneshlast_img read more

14 Jan

UNDP Trains 663 Immigration Officers

first_imgThe Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) officers learned how to investigate fraud, human trafficking, and the new act of the Commission. 663 officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) have graduated following a three-week ‘intensive’ in-service training at the Justice and Security Regional Hub in Gbarnga, Bong County, a release has said.According to the release, the training was conducted in close consultation with the Judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and other principal institutional counterparts.It forms part of activities being implemented under the UNDP/OHCHR Joint Program, aimed at supporting the Government of Liberia (GoL) in its efforts to advance critical justice and security sector reforms as well as improve the delivery of justice, security and protection services across the country.Funding resources are being provided by the governments of Sweden and Ireland.184 of the officers that participated in the training are women. According to Danny Sartee, director for administration, more than 40 women hold leadership positions in the LIS.Colonel George Suomie, who turned over the graduates, said the exercise is part of the completion of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) process of the country.Suomie hailed the outstanding discipline and interest exhibited by the officers attending the training.He assured that the knowledge transferred and capacity building skills imparted will contribute to a more proficient, effective, efficient, professional and disciplined corps of officers who will help protect Liberia’s borders.“’Training is everything and everything is training’ and we appreciate the support of all partners, including UNDP, for this great opportunity once again afforded our officers,” Suomie said.He described the training as successful, with no report of any casualties, though there were cases that involved minor malaria, fever and pressure.UNDP Resident Representative Pa Lamin Beyai was represented by Marzu Stubblefield Quaye, project assistant under the governance program.Ms. Quaye expressed appreciation to the graduates for availing themselves for the training, encouraging them to remain committed to their duties and responsibilities to the country.“Protecting the borders of this country is not an easy task. Your duty is extremely critical and requires diligence, professionalism and commitment,” she emphasized. Ms. Quaye also mentioned that the duties being performed by immigration officers will always be recognized because their functions are strategic.LIS Commissioner-General Robert Budy congratulated the officers for a job well done and expressed appreciation to UNDP and partners for the continued support.Commissioner Budy said the training was necessary because LIS was lagging behind in the final structure of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) process.He emphasized that the government attaches premium on border security, to avoid infiltration of illegal migrants and substances that negatively affect the stability of the country, with human trafficking becoming prevalent in Liberia. Budy urged graduates to prepare themselves to utilize the skills obtained and to also transfer knowledge to in-coming officers.The training covered courses on investigation, fraud, human trafficking and the new act of the LIS, etc.The UNDP/OHCHR Joint Program works to enhance the capacity of institutions, to build public confidence in the different justice and security systems. It also strengthens access to justice, security and protection services, especially for women and girls.Interventions are designed with a view to ensuring sustainability and linking activities to “system-level policy development”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

“Ball is in Granger’s court” – Jagdeo

first_imgChancellor, CJ appointmentsWhen it comes to the appointment of a Chancellor of the Judiciary and a Chief Justice, President David Granger’s recent statement that “the ball is in Jagdeo’s court” is not sitting well with the parliamentary Opposition.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoDuring a press conference on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo drew reference to the letter he wrote to Granger since February 2018, when he rejected the President’s nominees. Jagdeo reminded that in his letter, he had committed to continuous engagement with the President.“He then went to the media and said we will not allow one man to hold this up and I had to subsequently point out that he himself, as Opposition Leader, held it up for nearly six years. And I had one month. And he said (he) was now seeking legal advice,” Jagdeo recalled.President David Granger“He has not said a word to the country about what the legal advice recommended, he has not gotten back to me and he now woke up and says, because I think he forgot everything in between that the ball is in my court. I believe he still thinks he’s waiting on me for a reply. This is serious!”Asked whether he would seek to re-engage the President, Jagdeo made it clear that as the President, Granger would have to re-initiate the discourse. He noted that he was waiting on the President to get back to him on the mode of future discourse.“He is the President of Guyana. He has to initiate. I have already given my position. I said I am prepared to engage you further. He has to get back to me on the mode of engagement. That is my position,” Granger said.Nothing to discussA few days ago, President David Granger had said there is nothing left to discuss on the matter. The Head of State had said he had looked forward to a timely settlement of the appointment, which many deem critical to the effective functioning of the Judiciary, but that didn’t happen.“The ball is in the court of the Leader of the Opposition. I made my proposals, he simply rejected them. He has not made any counter-proposals, so there is nothing to discuss,” President Granger said.President Granger reminded that the decision is solely dependent on consultations with Jagdeo.Asked whether he has received legal advice on the way forward in regard to these appointments, Granger said, “I know what needs to be done. I am well advised. But I have to wait on the Leader of the Opposition to respond to my proposal.”Justice Kenneth Benjamin was nominated for the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary, while Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, the current acting Chancellor, has been nominated for the position of Chief Justice.Concerns have been raised by the Bar Association in Belize about Benjamin’s failure, up to recently, to clear a backlog of cases by writing his decisions.Jagdeo, in a letter addressed to the President, had said that after having duly considered the nominations of Justice Benjamin and Justice Cummings-Edwards under Article 127 (2) of the Constitution, he is unable to offer his agreement for their appointments.However, the Opposition Leader has since indicated his willingness to further engage the President on substantive appointments to the top judicial positions.To this end, Minister of State Joseph Harmon subsequently said Government will be going ahead with “meaningful consultations” between the two sides, as provided for in the Constitution.last_img read more

12 Jan

Children and Family Centre commissioned in Sophia

first_img…Centre is “1st stop” for children in need of care, operating 24/7— CCPA DirectorIn order to provide a sanctuary for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, while ensuring that the each child has opportunities for self-development, a $250 million Children and Family Centre was commissioned on Thursday.One of the buildings in the Children and Family Centre compound that was commissioned on Thursday in Plum Park, Sophia, Greater GeorgetownSocial Protection Minister Amna Ally at the commissioning stated that Centre will assist children at risk or in need of protective care and will offer an alternative to caregivers at risk for abandoning or placing their child in residential care.“All children living at the Centre are expected to attend school or be enrolled at a day care if they have not attained school age. Meanwhile, parents will be encouraged to work, attend a job training programme, seek housing and employment, and attend social service appointments,” Ally said.She explained that there will be dedicated social workers functioning at the facility, who will each be assigned to work with every family so as to create an individualised care plan that will address their unique needs.“The family accommodation is temporary-transitional housing, meaning there must be an immediate plan to provide social work intervention and other assistance to the family for them to secure independent living accommodation”.Both children and family members housed there will become empowered towards “independence and self-sufficiency,” she stressed.Meanwhile, the Director at the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene, stated that having such a holding facility established is part of making a serious effort in preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families. It will also aid in the promotion of family-based care for minors.“The new Children and Family Centre is the first stop for a child in difficult circumstances and will be accessible 24/7. It is a centre where children on arrival will be assessed to determine the needed assistance. After the completion of the assessment stage, and if there is need for a long-term out of home care, family-based care such as the kinship and foster care will be the first option”.According to Greene, there are small group homes that were developed to provide for the needs of juveniles who “come into contact” with the law. There are four dormitories to accommodate the children housed at this facility—two for boys and two for girls.The CCPA Director explained that this would ensure that the very young children are prevented from being around the older ones since the facility will house children who come from different backgrounds and for various reasons.This Centre is located in Plum Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.It has been established to house 80 individuals at a time and consists of seven buildings, which include the dormitory facilities for both boys and girls, living quarters for up to eight families, kitchen, dining room, administration building and training facilities.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said that the project was financed by remaining money from an Inter-American Development (IDB) loan which was granted under the People’s Progressive Party government.last_img read more

26 Dec

‘Mesut Ozil dreams of being Christian Eriksen’, talkSPORT presenter says

first_img 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings MONEY Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is the player Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘dreams of being’.That’s the claim from talkSPORT’s Drivetime host Adrian Durham, as he debated which of the players has had a bigger impact on English football. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Both midfield stars made their north London debuts on September 14, 2014 and, five years on, Durham feels one player has shone far more brightly.Ozil has seen his influence in big games brought under continued scrutiny during his time at the Emirates, while Eriksen continues to earn plaudits for his consistency at Spurs.Durham said: “I’ll give you very basic stats. Ozil: 145 appearances, 27 goals, 50 assists, 160 minutes per goal or assist.“Eriksen: 175 appearances, so he’s played more games, he’s been ill less. 41 goals, 49 assists, 165 minutes per goal or assist. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware RANKED Who has had the greater impact at their club? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “Christian Eriksen is the player Mesut Ozil dreams of being”Who would you rather in your team? 🤔Ozil or Eriksen?@talkSPORTDrive has made his mind up! pic.twitter.com/Jpqpl5481g— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 14, 2018“I’m not particularly interested in stats, for me it’s just the way they play, what they give to the team, the impact they have.“And as I’ve always said, Christian Eriksen is the player Mesut Ozil dreams of being.“It’s a no brainer. The impact Eriksen has had at Tottenham is far great than the impact Ozil has had at Arsenal.” highlights Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack REVEALED smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgTHE ferries might be a bit slower because of the high winds, but the road home to Donegal tonight for the county’s legions of Celtic fans is a happy one after the 1-0 win over Rangers. So for all of them – and Hoops fans everywhere – here’s Joe Ledley’s goal again.Not bad for a 5′ 5″ footballer.Click to play>   DDTV: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTIC – WATCH LEDLEY’S WINNING GOAL AGAINST RANGERS was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Celticceltic 1 rangers 0DDTVRangersvideo of joe ledley goallast_img read more

21 Dec

Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’

first_imgThe lack of funding for two senior Speech and Language Therapist posts in Donegal has been branded as unacceptable ignorance from the Department of Health.Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has criticised the Minister for Health for not allocating funding for services for adults with intellectual disabilities, despite the applications being approved.Deputy McConalogue said he was informed by the HSE that Speech and Language Therapy Services submitted business cases for two Senior Speech and Language Therapist posts for Adult Intellectual Disability services in Donegal at the beginning of 2017. “Through my correspondence with the HSE I have discovered that despite the application submitted in 2017, no approval has yet been received for the posts. Indeed, I learned that the posts were included in their estimates for 2019 but no funding was received,” McConalogue said.The Fianna Fáil TD said it is unacceptable that there is currently no service for adults with intellectual disability in Donegal for their communication needs.“As it stands at present, adults with intellectual disability who require swallow assessment, are currently being seen with the Primary Care system and that is unfair and unacceptable.”Deputy McConalogue who raised the matter with the Minister in the Dáil recently, promised to keep the issue high on the agenda. “I have been informed that the HSE will include the posts again as a matter of priority in their 2020 estimates, so it is up to the Minister now to follow through with the necessary funding to ensure this vital service is available for the people of Donegal as a matter of urgency,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’ was last modified: December 7th, 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

19 Dec

Your Body Needs Its Nature Medicine

first_imgTrapping yourself indoors most of the day? Studies show that health improves with outdoor experiences in nature.Dose of nature is just what the doctor ordered (Medical Xpress). Australian and UK scientists found that people have better blood pressure and mental health when they visit parks 30 minutes or more each week. Given the urban pressures causing heart disease, stress, anxiety and depression, “savings to public health budgets across all health outcomes could be immense.”Get children playing outdoors to improve academic success and reduce obesity (Science Daily). Kids addicted to screens? Show them some reality outdoors and get their weight off. A study in Scotland showed that kids playing video games all day had multiple health problems. Health scientists recommend Unplug & Play: “Play benefits children in helping them to develop socially and emotionally, so promoting active outdoor play would have many benefits in addition to improving physical activity, improving academic attainment, and reducing obesity.”Running barefoot helps optimize technique, reduces risk of injury, study shows (Science Daily). Ever think about what the first humans experienced before shoes were invented? Except when walking around cactus or sharp rocks, they probably were more athletic. Barefoot running, while controversial, is still trending upward for scientific reasons.Barefoot running appears to contribute to the acquisition of a more efficient biomechanical running pattern, allowing contact between the foot and the ground to begin in the metatarsal area (forefoot strikes). The use of standard modern footwear appears to favour the opposite technique; initiating contact with the ground at the heel area with a rearfoot strike, which produces significant impact peaks that negatively affect the runner’s health and athletic performance.If these stories inspire you to become more active, here are some recent articles about exercise and health from Live Science.Will Staying Hydrated Help with Weight Loss? (Live Science)Meet Your Muscles: 6 Remarkable Human Muscles (Live Science)The 4 Types of Exercise You Need to Be Healthy (Live Science). Includes links to more detailed articlesModern conveniences are helpful, but not if they rob us of good health. We have innate capabilities that are tuned for interaction with nature. They do best when we connect them to their natural environment.Both creationists and evolutionists realize that the human body was designed to handle a wide variety of outdoor situations. Be all that you can be; explore your design!(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

19 Dec

Zackie Achmat, TIME hero

first_img24 April 2003Aids activist Zackie Achmat continues to receive accolades in the international community for his struggle to get antiretroviral drugs administered free to HIV/Aids sufferers.This week he was featured as one of 35 “Heroes 2003” around the world in TIME magazine’s European edition. In the profile, written by South African TIME correspondent Peter Hawthorne, Achmat is described as “filled with defiant energy” and “an old hand at fighting deadly foes”.Certainly, Aids is not the first battle Achmat, 40, has taken up. Writes Hawthorne: “As a schoolboy in the 1970s in a segregated Cape Town township, he was caught up in the violent student campaign against apartheid. He helped to set fire to his own school and was arrested and detained five times.“For 10 years he operated as an underground activist for the banned African National Congress, evading the secret police and organising youth resistance groups.”A new struggleThen it was apartheid, now it is Aids. Ironically, Achmat’s latest struggle frequently pits him against the government he fought to put in place, although he insists he is still a loyal member of the ANC.Achmat, who is gay and who has openly championed gay rights, took on his new struggle when he found out he was HIV-positive. “The disease was regarded as taboo”, he says in the TIME article. “The cost of treatment, if you could find any, was way out of the reach of poor people. To have Aids was a death sentence.”With the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which he heads, Achmat has fought and won several battles to make anti-retrovirals more accessible to those who can’t afford to pay for them. Extensive lobbying by the TAC helped compel 39 large pharmaceutical companies to back down from their legal challenge against South Africa’s drug laws, in an attempt to prevent the production and importation of generic Aids drugs.Refusal to take antiretroviralsHis ongoing battle is to get the government to offer anti-retrovirals to the thousands of Aids sufferers who need them. Despite losing a lot of weight recently and suffering from constant diarrhoea, Achmat refuses to take the medication himself – in solidarity with the so many others who are denied it because they cannot afford to pay for it.The South African government has increased its HIV/Aids-combatting budget ten-fold from R342-million in 2001/02 to R3.6-billion in 2005/6, but is still unable to offer all Aids sufferers access to antiretrovirals. This would cost government R7-billion a year.Pregnant HIV-positive mothers around the country now receive Nevirapine to stop mother-to-child transmission, where adequate counselling and testing facilities exist. Antiretrovirals are also being offered to those who have been raped.The government is also providing treatment for opportunistic infections associated with Aids such as TB, pneumonia and oral thrush, but the provision of antiretrovirals for all Aids sufferers continues to pose a major challenge. A government task team trying to find ways of lowering the drug prices is set to announce its findings soon.In the meantime, Achmat won’t give up his struggle until he sees poor people who are Aids sufferers get the life-saving treatment he believes they have a right to. Not even former President Nelson Mandela, who has visited him to plead with him to take the drugs, can change his mind.Achmat has received several other accolades, including:In April 2001 he was named TIME magazine’s “Person of the Week”.In October 2001 he won the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award.The Treatment Action Campaign won an MTV Free Your Mind Award in Germany in November 2001.Others listed in TIME’s “Heroes 2003” include U-2’s Bono, soccer star David Beckham and Harry Potter author J K Rowling.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

18 Dec

Oyinbo Princess, the Nollywood actress with a difference

first_imgCD AndersonA young British actress is fast becoming one of Nigeria’s top film stars. Nicknamed “Oyinbo (white) Princess” by her growing legion of fans in Nigeria and the wider African diaspora, Claire Edun is using her love of African culture and proficiency in pidgin English to give Nollywood a more global appeal.Edun became familiar with Nigerian culture while growing up in the Peckham area of London, where there is a large community of African expatriates.She got her love of Nollywood films from her friends, and soon mastered the pidgin dialect – a mix of English, indigenous African languages and street slang – used in the popular films.She had always had a passion for acting and drama, and had starred in local theatre productions while still at school.Nollywood’s Oyinbo Princess, British actress Claire Edun is proving popular with Nigerian audiences. (pic: Oynibo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/NRLa6uOb88— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016As an adult working as a flight attendant, Edun fell further in love with Africa and its people during her flight stopovers on the continent. She took to Nigeria in particular, where she enthusiastically embraced the music, art and culture.She married a Nigerian expat, Richard, who taught her more about Nigerian culture, including the complexities of pidgin English.In 2014, Edun posted a video online of herself speaking pidgin and was spotted by one of Nollywood’s top producers, Lancelot Imasuen, who offered her the opportunity to star in one of his films.Authentic Tentative Marriage, with Alexx Ekubo & UK actress Claire Edun a popular Nollywood romantic comedy (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Emmf5SoW0c— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage is a romantic comedy with a subtle political edge. In the film Alexx Ekubo, one of the country’s most popular heartthrob actors, plays a man who wants to escape Nigeria by marrying a white English woman. But he soon rediscovers a love for his country and culture, thanks to his new wife’s audacious – and often hilarious – assimilation into Nigerian life. Critics praised Edun’s comedic zest in the role, her command of the often intricate and rapidly fluid language, as well as her sensitivity in portraying the clash between two different cultures.A scene from the Nollywood film ATM, featuring UK actress Claire Edun (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Ir792KCzWZ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Edun told the UK’s Daily Mail that the film had good, strong messages: “(It’s all about) having pride in where you come from rather than thinking the grass is always greener elsewhere.”The film has been a hit with Nigerian audiences, who responded enthusiastically to Edun’s role. The producers plan on taking the film to the UK and Europe not only to gain a wider audience in the large African diaspora in the region, but also to show traditional Western filmgoers that the two worlds of cinema can meet in a good, positive way.Meanwhile, Edun, dividing her time between the UK and Lagos, is hoping to capitalise on the success of her first role and her growing popularity with film fans, and land more roles in Nollywood productions.Watch the trailer for ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage:Source: BBC AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more