PI commences with VC’s testimony

first_imgAlleged night club ‘beating’The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the attempted murder of Romario Baljeet also called “Short Boss” who was allegedly beaten by businessman, Imran Khan at a popular Main Street, Georgetown nightclub commenced on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The matter commenced with the testimony of the Virtual Compliant (VC), Baljeet, before Magistrate Leron Daly. Apart from the chief witness, 18 others are expected to testify during the PI Hearing.Upon completion of the PI, the court will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to the High Court for trial.On Thursday, Baljeet testified that on the morning of October 28, 2018, he heard what appeared to be gunshots and upon making his way to the gate, he saw Khan and another man identified as “Kevin” also called “Fatman” standing next to a silver-grey BMW motorcar.He recalled walking between the two men as he made his way to his vehicle but it was at this time that he felt one blow to the back of his head and as he turned around, he saw the accused, Khan.He claimed in his evidence that Khan dealt him two lashes to his head and face causing him to fall to the ground.The VC told the court that he later woke up at the Woodlands Hospital. He is being represented by Attorney Latchmi Rahamat while Khan is being represented by a team of lawyers consisting of former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh.Baljeet is expected to continue his testimony on February 6, 2019.last_img read more

Packed cycling weekend starts today

first_imgThe inner circuit of the National Park will again be venue for the 14th annual Laparkan Holdings (LPK) 11-stage Cycling Programme, which gets underway on Saturday, September 22.This programme is set to get underway at 9:30 hrs, and will feature the normal card, which sees races from the BMX 6 – 9 to the 35-lap feature schoolboys and invitational race, which usually ends the proceedings.Andrew Hicks won the 13th annual LPK programme in 2017 with a time of one hour, 18 minutes, 30 point 28 seconds. Other winners in 2017 were Nigel Duguid, Ozia McAulay, Jonathan Ramsuchit, John Niles, Marvin Knight and Gerard Barrington.This 14th annual LPK Cycling programme is the first of two of the Guyana Cycling Federation’s sanctioned events on the calendar for this weekend.On the following day, Sunday, September 23, the 16th edition of the Victor Macedo Memorial Road Race will be staged. This race begins at 224 Peter Rose Street, Queenstown; from where the cyclists will make their way on to Mandela Avenue and proceed to the Linden/Soesdyke Highway on the East Bank of Demerara, before returning to the National Sports Commission on Homestretch Avenue for the finish of the race.Veterans Over-45 and Mountain Bikers will turn around at Yarrowkabra, while the others will go to the Long Creek School Junction for the U-turn.Set to pedal off at 7:30hrs, the race will see competition in the Open, Juniors, Mountain Bikes, Veterans under-45 and Veterans over-45 categories.Prizes are up for grabs in both races.last_img read more

Federal Government approves North Montney Mainline Pipeline project

first_imgThe Federal Government has approved the North Montney Mainline Pipeline that will connect the existing natural gas pipelines into a system so the gas can be sold into Alberta and the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG Terminal.Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, announced the decision Wednesday after reviewing the report from the National Energy Board.  The NEB, recommend the project be built only if it met 45 conditions.The application submitted by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., started in 2013 for the $1.7 billion dollar pipeline.  NOVA Gas Transmission will now have to show the NEB how it will meet the 45 conditions that include further engagement with Aboriginal groups and local communities on how to mitigate the project’s impacts.- Advertisement -The Project will consist of two large diameter, 42 inch pipeline sections, Aitken Creek and Kahta, totalling approximately 301 kilometres (187 miles) in length, and associated metering facilities, valve sites and compression facilities.The Project will also include an interconnection with TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project to provide natural gas supply to the proposed Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG liquefaction and export facility near Prince Rupert, B.C. Subject to certain conditions, NGTL expects to have the Aitken Creek Section in service in 2016, and the Kahta Section in service in 2017.Below is a map of the project.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMORE THAN 800 people took part in Ireland’s most spectacular run – the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.Competitors went head-to-head over road, trail and Pollan Beach, with fund raised on the day going to repair storm damage along the beautiful Inishowen coast.Brooks and retail store Mc Elhinneys came on board as sponsors and all are reminded that their race number is valid for 20 % off in their Sports Store until May 4. Aaron Doherty won the race in an incredible 56:55. Judi Graham won the women’s race.Here are the results of the first 250 home.1st6340.56.55AaronDoherty1st Male2nd8050.58.08AlanBogle2nd Male3rd6330.58.38JamesBrowne3rd Male4th420.59.42stephenconnor5th6850.60.05DannyMullin6th7300.61.00ConalMcBride7th6790.62.21ShaneMcNulty8th1170.62.32BryanEdgar9th7630.62.51BennyMcDaid10th2900.63.11GerardO’Callaghan11th720.64.47NoelDiver12th3640.64.56AndrewWallace13th690.65.08BrendanDevlin14th6610.65.26Martin Mooney15th7080.65.45JulianGrimes16th5130.66.04JimmyRenfrew17th7390.67.08KieranCoyle18th1400.67.19MartinGormley19th4420.67.38JudiGraham1st Female20th7290.68.01DylanWaldron21st5670.68.08JonathanBurke22nd600.68.17Nigeldavenport23rd5680.68.22PaddyNicell24th7350.68.35Sean McMenamin25th5920.68.53GlenMillen26th3630.69.07darrenwallace27th3460.69.12BrianStakelum28th3320.69.14SeamusRuddy29th2680.69.29JamesMcMullan30th4610.69.37PatrickMcLaughlin31st5800.69.48AdamHarris32nd7410.69.57Kevin Murphy33rd2790.70.00ThomasMoore34th5160.70.05AlisonRankin2nd Female35th3050.70.20DermotO’Kane36th2670.70.28KieranMcMonagle37th1730.70.37JasonKing38th1260.70.45nicholasfowell39th2800.70.51NiallMoroney40th6880.71.00GemmaTurley3rd Female41st4300.71.07JohnCrilly42nd2320.71.08BenMcGonagle43rd2810.71.14JohnMorrissey44th110.71.18SeanBradley45th1540.71.19DANNYHARKIN46th1900.71.23MartyMcCabe47th5460.71.27DermotMcGranaghan48th6530.71.36HarryDonnolly49th4970.71.37KieranHarkin50th3290.71.45brianrodgers51st3880.71.50Kevin Grant52nd680.71.59IanDevlin53rd6420.72.20EugeneGallen54th6900.72.25Patrickwhite55th2870.72.28MarkNolan56th1140.72.37Richieduncan57th3240.72.38NicholasReed58th3340.72.43PaulRussell59th2280.72.44MartinMcGirr60th570.72.49DavidCullen61st3080.72.57BillyOrr62nd860.72.58PaulDoherty63rd5710.72.59StephenMcGinn64th2630.73.01KevinMcLean65th7060.73.21PatrickEnglish66th5610.73.27RoryMcLaughlin67th1890.73.33BrendanMcBride68th980.73.39EdmundDoherty69th1860.73.50AliMcAllister70th7700.73.58MichaelDonaghy71st6570.74.02Kevin Smith72nd3900.74.06Sean-AsheMcCaul 73rd7860.74.08ShaunWhite74th7400.74.17Sean Crossan75th5260.74.19NeilHartin76th2560.74.21LindaMcLaughlin77th3250.74.28Conor Reilly78th3750.75.03brendanwhelan79th6380.75.17SharonBlack80th6300.75.18MichaelCollins81st4060.75.30ConorMcGonagle82nd4500.75.36ThomasDoherty83rd6840.75.46Sean O’Leary84th6830.75.48LiamMcGinty85th5940.75.52JohnnyGoldie86th1190.76.01THOMASFARREN87th4520.76.04PJFriel88th7070.76.16CianMcGonigle89th4090.76.20KarenPearson90th4190.76.21TeresaDoherty91st6470.76.22FrankieLavelle92nd6180.76.25SeosamhMahon93rd870.76.31KevinDoherty94th6490.76.32SeamusMcDermott95th5930.76.34DermotFurey96th620.76.47ColinDean97th5340.76.57Sean Doherty98th710.77.01dermotdiver99th6060.77.06FergalGarvin100th8080.77.10Jim Porter101st7540.77.11MichaelMonaghan102nd7830.77.22DavidStewart103rd330.77.27Ronan Cassidy104th1500.77.28PaddyHannigan105th6620.77.33DeclanMcGill106th6940.77.37MartinAnderson107th1250.77.43FrankFogarty108th3570.77.52JohnTorrans109th7920.77.56CJBirmingham110th7120.77.57SeamusDoherty111th7020.78.00BarneyO’Neill112th670.78.02HughDeighan113th4620.78.06PaulMcElhinney114th3910.78.10DarrenDoherty115th6560.78.13GerryKennedy116th6930.78.16AndyScanlon117th6480.78.18MichaelDoherty118th310.78.22BenCasey119th3950.78.32MichaelMcLaughlin120th4730.78.37DarylMcGee121st1720.78.40DamianKerr122nd7970.78.55Maria McGonagle123rd4550.78.56LiamDavenport124th2540.78.58jamesMcLaughlin125th1460.79.02KevinGreenan126th960.79.07ThomasDoherty127th7110.79.10RaymondMonaghan128th4510.79.11JohnSweeney129th6170.79.23MichaelShiels130th2420.79.25ColinMcIntyre131st3480.79.26johnstorey132nd510.79.27seamuscradden133rd7010.79.33PauricMitchell134th7150.79.35StephenByrne135th7260.79.39LiamGillespie136th4390.79.43ShaneDoherty137th5650.79.46UnaGavin138th3730.79.56Jason Wathes139th7930.80.00SeamusMcDaid140th5620.80.07PaulMcGlinchey141st4380.80.10OliverWalsh142nd5910.80.30KerrieMcIlmoyle143rd6210.80.39DermotGallagher144th2110.80.40KevinMcDaid145th3420.80.45PadraicSlattery146th7490.80.46CatherineDoherty147th360.80.48SarahChestnutt148th520.80.52allisoncreane149th530.80.57caileancreane150th1410.80.58KieranGrant151st5230.81.04ShaneQuinn152nd5050.81.09MatthewNethercott153rd6200.81.10GavinFriel154th2180.81.11JohnMcElroy155th2710.81.13DavidMcNulty156th1300.81.26PaddyGallagher157th3060.81.51FintanO’Hagan158th4530.82.01DavidPayne159th5030.82.11AndrewNethercott160th1660.82.13PeterJack161st1230.82.22Gary Fleming162nd1590.82.23Sean Harkin163rd6630.82.24CoreyMcBride164th6090.82.44TimothyBacon165th7220.82.50MaureenCollins166th6550.82.55GavinEakin167th4640.82.58DavidFurey168th1700.83.00StevenKelly169th5600.83.00RebeccaConlon Elwood170th1740.83.08MartinLilley171st630.83.11ElaineDeasy172nd1050.83.15GLORIADONAGHEY173rd4980.83.21LiamHarkin174th2060.83.29KatrinaMcConologue175th200.83.30PhilipBrowne176th3960.83.34ShaneDeery177th5890.83.39Gary Kendall178th2380.83.41STEPHENMCGRATH179th1800.83.42CarolineMaguire180th4690.84.06RoryConvery181st380.84.17HenryCleary182nd6520.84.17Kevin McGrath183rd3790.84.23DeniseDoherty184th1680.84.31ConorKeane185th6500.84.37PhillipNicholson186th2090.84.42MichaelMcCrory187th8010.84.45CathalDoyle188th1390.84.54MarkGilmore189th4860.84.55PeterDoherty190th1080.84.58DamianDowney191st3410.85.04BrianSinnott192nd1670.85.09GerryKeane193rd3380.85.27LeoSheehy194th3430.85.27ConnorSmith195th6290.85.39BreegeCollins196th3490.85.41AndrewStuart197th6750.85.46BrendanPatten198th3210.85.48Gary Power199th1650.85.53Carlhouston200th7230.85.56CarolineMcNulty201st5760.85.58SiobhanHopkins202nd300.86.11JospehCasey203rd2000.86.18MarkMcCarron204th6640.86.19MichaelMullen205th1120.86.22NoelDuffy206th5730.86.29SineadMcConnell207th6250.86.35ItaMcGettigan208th5170.86.36MichaelRankin209th6700.86.37MichaelO’Donnell210th7280.86.38NiamhMcCarthy211th7250.86.40JoanneCampbell212th7180.86.41DeclanCarlin213th7190.86.47ErniePollock214th3090.86.48AureliOslé215th3740.86.52Bryan Westman216th6980.86.53DavidMcGee217th50.86.56EilishBell218th610.86.57JamesDavenport219th2190.86.57stephaniemcFarland220th2250.87.04connellmcginley221st560.87.09KatieCrossan222nd430.87.18Chriscooley223rd5180.87.22JohnFarren224th2220.87.30BrendanMcGee225th7910.87.31Kevin Doherty226th1690.87.32FRANKKELLY227th700.87.33patrickdiver228th5720.87.40EddieNoone229th990.87.50PatDoherty230th3070.87.53EmmetO’Reilly231st4260.87.55MichaelPorter232nd1530.87.56JamesHarkin233rd7360.87.57TanyaMcDaid234th6650.88.00JohnnyDevenny235th8090.88.03Owen MartinMcDaid236th4840.88.04JaneMcGinty237th40.88.05DeaglanBarrett238th2610.88.07SiobhánMcLaughlin239th4750.88.08MajellaMcLaughlin240th5020.88.09ShaunCassidy241st7100.88.11BridGrant242nd2200.88.18ShaneMcGee243rd3780.88.20JamesWhoriskey244th4740.88.21Aileen Doherty245th6820.88.35RayMonaghan246th3390.88.38PaulineSheridan247th7890.88.39DannyLafferty248th4850.88.48MichaelMcDonald249th2140.88.49DavyMcDermott250th6070.88.53EoinGarvin    RESULTS: RECORD CROWD AS SUN SHINES ON THE BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: April 20th, 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:2014Ballyliffin coastal challengeResultslast_img read more


first_imgGardaí in Donegal have seized more than one million euro worth of drugs in an undercover raid.A cannabis factory.More than 800 cannabis plants and 30 kilos of cannabis herb was found in the raid yesterday afternoon.The huge drugs haul, estimated to be worth more than €1.2 million, was uncovered at lands at Carrickaboy, Ballyshannon. The scene of the find is just a few hundred yards fro the local Garda station.Two men, aged 40 and 41, were arrested at the scene and were taken to Ballyshannon Garda station where they are currently being held under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act.The men are non-nationals.The operation involved local Gardai from Bundoran and Ballyshannon backed up by members of the Regional Support Unit. The area has been preserved and is currently being technically examined.Gardai are declining to comment on speculation that there have been further drug finds in the area.* Gardai have now confirmed the drugs haul is closer to €2M.DONEGAL GARDAI BUST €1MILLION DRUG OPERATION was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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:cannabisdonegaldrugsGradilast_img read more

Massive Black Friday Sale on tools and workshop equipment with up to 70% off at Ballybofey Autofactors

first_imgBallybofey Autofactors are about to begin their Massive Black Friday Sale this Thursday night online at midnight and on Friday morning in-store at 8am.The huge event will have incredible discounts of up to 70% off premium brands.Customers will grab exclusive offers on power tools, hand tools, workshop and diagnostic equipment from leading brands such as Milwaukee, Sealey, Sip, Autel, Beta to name but a few.  Browse the Ballybofey Autofactors Ltd Black Friday 2019 catalogue here: https://online.fliphtml5.com/wbkb/gmdm/<spandata-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_start></span><spandata-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_start></span>Special deals include Milwaukee Impact Guns from €159, Sip Space Heaters from €239, Sip Generators from €199, Sealey Tool Boxes from €120, Beta workwear from €39.If you’re looking for Christmas presents, Ballybofey Autofactors have some great gift ideas and deals to suit every budget. Make sure to call into the megastore on Navenny Road Ballybofey too, because they will have representatives from each brand in-store on the day to help with any questions the customer may have, we also have demonstrations in-store on the day on both welding and vehicle diagnostics where we will be showcasing the very latest products and technology on the market.The Hatter Tea rooms will also be on hand on the day to with free teas and coffees and refreshments for all customers.Plan your purchases now by browsing the Ballybofey Autofactors Ltd Black Friday catalogue here: https://online.fliphtml5.com/wbkb/gmdm/ Massive Black Friday Sale on tools and workshop equipment with up to 70% off at Ballybofey Autofactors was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofey AutofactorsBlack Fridaydiagnostic equipmentDiscountshand toolspower toolsSALEWorkshoplast_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 19

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Free State province: A field of maize, known in South Africa as mealies, on a farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: A field of maize, known in South Africa as mealies, on a farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: The Krugersdrift Dam, west of Bloemfontein. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: Walking in the Koranna Mountains in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: A flat-topped mesa in the Koranna Mountains in theEastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: A succulent plant pushes through a gap in the rocks on the Koranna Mountains in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: A summer thunderstorm brews over the Maluti Mountains in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province: A ruin of an old car remains at the foot of the Koranna Mountains in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Free State province:The road to the Karoo town of Smithfield. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 19: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Preserving Bethulie’s rich history

first_imgThe small town is centrally situated inSouth Africa and is of great importance to both nature lovers and history buffs. (Image:  Bethuliet) The stone angel presides over the historicalbattlefield cemetary. (Image: Fiona McRae) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anglo-Boer War MuseumBloemfontein+27 51 447 3447 or +27 051 447 0079  RELATED ARTICLES • The Free State’s castle retreat • SA looks back 100 years • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • Freedom Park celebrating peace• The history of South AfricaFiona McRaeOften described as the “undiscovered gem of the southern Free State”, the small town of Bethulie slumbers on the northern bank of the Orange River where the water course marks the border between the country’s Eastern Cape and Free State provinces.Bethulie is centrally situated in South Africa, about 800km from Cape Town, 600km from Johannesburg, and 500km from both Port Elizabeth and East London, making it an interesting and relaxing stop-over spot for long-distance travellers.However, with its many historical and natural attractions, the town – situated on the shores of Lake Gariep (Xhariep is San, meaning “great water”) and surrounded by farms and game reserves – is well worth a visit in its own right.Bethulie boasts the longest bridge in South Africa – the 1.152m rail and road DH Steyn Bridge – and was immortalised in actor Patrick Mynhardt’s autobiographical book Boy from Bethulie, which spawned a successful one-man show. Mynhardt died in London in 2007, during a run of the play at the West End’s Jermyn Street Theatre.On the natural front the area is rich in ancient rock art and fossils, some of which date back over 250-million years, and the remains of creatures such as the lizard-like Procolophon, and Lystrosaurus which was about the size of a pig, have been found.But the picturesque town’s quiet character of today belies a turbulent history that includes being the site of both a ferocious early tribal battle and the most notorious of the concentration camps established by the British to imprison mainly Boer women and children during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902.Its evolution over the years also saw Bethulie undergo more name changes than any other town in South Africa, after first starting out as a mission station established in 1829 by the  London Missionary Society at what was then known as Groot Moordenaarspoort (Afrikaans, meaning “great murderers’ pass”) – a reference to the tribal battles’ heavy toll.In 1833 the mission station was transferred to the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society under the leadership of the Reverend Jean Pierre Pellissier. Two more name changes followed before the society directors decided to give the station the biblical name of Bethulia (widely believed to mean “chosen by God”), which later became Bethulie.When the town was finally proclaimed in March 1863 it was with the name of Heidelberg. But with two towns of that name already in the country, it was later decided to revert to the mission station’s name.The original mission station buildings still exist, including the oldest house built by European settlers in the Free State.Preserving heritageBut it is its history as the site of one of the largest and worst of the concentration camps built by the English during the Anglo-Boer War that has perhaps left the deepest impression on Bethulie’s psyche.However, this short, sad chapter in its life is also seeing the town attract new interest and energy as concerned residents, historians and other role-players work to ensure that this history and heritage are rightfully preserved.Among them is Trudie Venter, former library senior director at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, who retired to Bethulie a few years ago.Venter, who grew up on a farm in the area and has close family and other ties with the town, is passionate about Bethulie and its history, and is an expert on the Anglo-Boer War. She has established a private information centre in the town, from where she freely shares her knowledge.At a conference of Anglo-Boer War historians, heritage bodies and other interested parties held in Bloemfontein – the major city closest to Bethulie, about 180km to the north –  in South Africa’s heritage month of September, Venter spoke on the Bethulie concentration camp and had the honour of unveiling an eighth monument to it, at Bloemfontein’s Anglo-Boer War Museum.The aims of the conference were to commemorate the concentration camp system that was initiated 110 years ago by the English during the war; to look at the history of the camps and the suffering of their inhabitants; and, with the preservation of many heritage sites under threat due to a lack of funding, to identify individuals and strategies to assist with the challenge of conserving and maintaining the various concentration camp sites and cemeteries in the country.“Much of our heritage will be neglected and ultimately lost unless communities themselves become involved and take steps to prevent this,” says Venter.She added that the conference was about people with passion coming together to establish a formal structure through which focused, collective and collaborative action could be taken. The South African Heritage Resources Agency, the Heritage Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal provincial heritage conservation agency Amafa and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were among the organisations represented at the conference, which looked at conservation strategies from an international right down to a local level.Sad historyKnown even by the English as “the hell camp” due to the shocking conditions caused largely by bad administration, the Bethulie concentration camp saw 1 737 deaths among its population of about 5 000 in the 13 months from its establishment in April 1901 until peace was declared in May 1902, says Venter.The ravages of disease, starvation and extreme temperatures resulted in an average of 30 people being buried daily, and “there isn’t a farm in the area that was not affected by the war”, often through the British scorched-earth policy of burning homesteads and lands so as to destroy the Boer fighters’ support base.A visit to the concentration camp cemetery just outside the town is an evocative experience. The names of all the camp’s victims are inscribed on long granite slabs, and a statue of an angel stands sentinel over the graves which were relocated from their original site closer to the river due to fears of flooding when Lake Gariep (then the HF Verwoerd Dam) was built in the 1960s.The original, simple hand-carved sandstone headstones – which now provide a record not only of the fallen but also of the folk art of the time and the new language of Afrikaans that was starting to emerge – have been set into walls at the far end of the monument. Reading them gives a clear indication of the heavy toll the camp exacted, especially on very young children.The town’s cemetery provides another sobering record of the victims of the war and includes the graves of 32 British soldiers, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.last_img read more

Adverts target rhino horn consumers

first_img21 May 2013“Rhino horn is made of the same stuff as human nails. Still want some?” Conservation organisations WWF and TRAFFIC, as part of their campaign against the illegal wildlife trade, are running a series of myth-busting adverts aimed at encouraging Vietnamese citizens to stop buying or consuming rhino horn.According to the latest figures from South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, 313 rhinos have already been poached in the country this year – more than two per day.“Innovative strategies are needed to combat this problem, and part of our approach is to address the appeal of rhino horn to the growing Asian consumer market,” WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) rhino coordinator Jo Shaw said in a statement last week.WWF-SA is supporting the first comprehensive, detailed research into rhino horn consumers in Vietnam in an effort to better understand the complexities of this market and guide future campaigns.“This will also benefit the implementation of the action plan for rhino conservation signed by the South Africa and Vietnam governments earlier this month,” Shaw said.The current Vietnamese awareness campaign includes a public service announcement starring local singer My Linh.The video – click here to watch it on YouTube – includes footage of rhino translocations by the WWF-SA Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, informs people about the composition of rhino horn and urges them not to consume or buy it.Backing this up, print adverts conceptualised by Ogilvy & Mather Vietnam have been developed depicting a rhino with human hands or feet in place of its horn, conveying the message that rhino horn is made largely of keratin, the same substance that makes up human fingernails and toenails.“Rhino horn is largely made of keratin and will do nothing to treat cancer or help one’s sexual prowess,” says TRAFFIC’s Greater Mekong programme coordinator, Naomi Doak.“There are traditional medicines that have proven to be effective for treating a variety of ailments and symptoms and have saved millions of lives. Rhino horn is not one of them. Widespread lies, myths and rumours are fuelling demand and use of rhino horn.”A dramatic recent spike in demand for rhino horn is believed to have been driven by myths related to its healing properties. There is also renewed interest in other non-traditional medicinal uses attributed to rhino horn, for example as hangover cures, sexual stimulants and detoxifiers.“Although rhino horn remains in the pages of a number of traditional Vietnamese medicine texts, its sale is illegal and it has not been included in the publication of the official pharmacopeia in Vietnam for a number of years,” says WWF-SA.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Reviewing Submissions for Government Funding

first_imgI just finished up two long days sitting in a conference room with over 25 other people reviewing green building proposals for a federal agency that must remain unnamed. Both interesting and mind-numbing, the process of reading, evaluating, grading, discussing, and writing reports was an arduous and informative process.We saw many well written proposals for ridiculous projects and many poorly written ones for potentially viable ideas. Our work involved separating the wheat from the chaff in a group of about 65 submissions. There were several themes that regularly repeated themselves in the papers, including CO2 detectors to assist in ventilation systems, advanced window technologies, reflective roofing, and unique air filtration devices.Before I get into some of the interesting and amusing content of the proposals, I feel the need to mention the incredible group of experts assembled to undertake the work. The reviewers included engineers, consultants, architects, and researchers, along with experts in air quality, building management, IT, green building, and other disciplines. I suppose there were a few building scientists in the group, but no one described themselves as such.I frequently find myself humbled when I sit down with others how have almost limitless depths of knowledge in specific subjects, particularly as I see myself as a generalist with a very broad but relatively shallow knowledge base. Coming from a contracting background, where being a “jack of all trades but master of none” is both a common and valuable trait, I am often out of my depth with roomfuls of subject experts.I bet you never knew I was a rapporteurEach of us was sent a copy of all proposals in advance of the meeting, with an assignment to prepare a written evaluation of between 7 and 8 of them and briefly read through all the others. Each proposal had three primary reviewers, one of whom was listed as the “rapporteur” (literally French for “reporter”) – the person responsible for assembling the reviewers’ consensus and preparing the final written report.I didn’t know that using fancy French words was a hallmark of government programs. Didn’t they rename French fries in the Congressional cafeteria for a while?Lots of talk about demand-controlled ventilationOne subject of multiple proposals was a new or updated type of CO2 detector designed to be used in demand-controlled building ventilation. Now, I’ve had lots of discussions and arguments about, listened to many presentations, and read books and articles on building ventilation, but somehow I missed this particular phrase – “demand-controlled ventilation” – before. In its simplest form, this can be provided by something like a humidity sensor in a bathroom, but for whole-building ventilation, particularly for residential projects, it is pretty rare.One of the attendees pointed out in a side discussion that he manages his house ventilation based on hot water use – when his college age children are home and use more hot water, it signals his ventilation system to move to a higher exchange rate. Not exactly orthodox, but interesting nonetheless.It does appear that there is a lot of thought (and money) going into using CO2 sensors to manage building ventilation these days. While I like the concept, it falls into the category of possibly being too complicated to work consistently and effectively. It will be interesting to see how these experiments evolve into real-world products.Evaluation haikuPerhaps the most entertaining part of the entire meeting came towards the end, when each rapporteur had to provide a brief review of one of the proposals that had not made the “competitive” cut, just to make sure that we weren’t getting rid of anything that was worthy of consideration. After being reminded by the meeting organizer to keep our comments as short as possible, the gentleman next to me provided his report in haiku as follows:This one not so good,Has to do with mold, I think,Was not understood.Both amusing and concise, it was one of the best reviews of the entire meeting.My take on the entire processOverall, I found the evaluation process well organized, if somewhat arbitrary. Individual reviewers were assigned proposals based on their self-reported expertise and the expected content based on the title.In most cases the matches were reasonable, but some of us were reviewing things that were far beyond our ability to understand them. As each proposal was discussed by the entire group, these gaps were easily filled in, and we ultimately arrived at, I believe, reasonable evaluations of each proposal.As we are not the final arbiters of the process, I don’t believe I will ever find directly out which proposals were approved, but it will be interesting to see if any of them eventually appear in the marketplace. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with a diverse group of very smart people, hear their opinions, and learn new things from them.last_img read more