There could be some radical changes to the admission requirements to the University of Guyana (UG), if consultations with stakeholders see it necessary, newly appointed Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Ivelaw Griffith has said.Considering the much needed work to be done to put the country’s tertiary institution back on the pedestal, Griffith said that a review of the admission requirements must be changed.New UG Vice Chancellor Dr Ivelaw GriffithThe VC, who only took up the post on June 14 last, on Friday related how important it was for UG to get on par with international institutions, and said that decisions must now be made to see this realised. His concern in this regard was on the quality of the new admissions.The professor told journalists on Friday that “part of the context of the local admission is part of what reels from the high schools. Irrespective of what you think of the last two decades of this nation, the reality is, primary and secondary education have lost quality and so what the university has been taking in, is a low quality.”He further noted that trying to manage that lowered quality can in effect sometimes compromise the integrity of the lecturers, “because they now feel obligated to manage what they are taking in.”He said a much detailed conversation is needed with stakeholders, to try and figure out what might be causing the difficulty.“Some of the things we might consider doing is to revisit the admission requirements. But we have to balance the access with the expertise. So the process is still a conversation… Criteria are also a part of the conversation. Who we take in, is as important part as how we take them in,” said the professor.Griffith said he is uncomfortable with two dimensions of admission – the dimension of process, and the dimension of criteria. He related that he will within the course of the year, be working with the relevant colleagues on campus to also revisit that.“We have to be a little more nimble if we want to be a model university in relation to how students view the process and procedure for them to come on board. In doing that we have also have to ask ourselves, is the university like UG only operating to serve people within Guyana? The answer should be no”, the new VC said, noting that there must be a process that could reach out and recruit persons from outside Guyana.“Whoever is going to be recruited from outside Guyana is not going to come and make a trip and do all the things that local students do only to be told yes or no. So we have to modernise our process with a view to local students and enhance a share of student body that is international.”He said having international students are critical for two reasons: It allows for a different “price point for tuition”. It also allows to serve the region and beyond.Dr Griffith noted that “we also have to make a hassle free process for students locally and internationally”.
As efforts to improve food sufficiency in the country continue, several farmers in Nyehn Town, Todee District#1, Lower Montserrado County are appealing for support to enable them to improve their farms.The farmers are engaged in subsistence farming and are urging the government through the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and non-governmental organizations to come to their assistance.Farmers are involved in planting cassava, peanuts, rice, bitter balls and peppers.Ma Lucy Dolo, 48, in an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Todee district disclosed that it is important for farmers in rural areas to get financial and material support because a stable agricultural sector will ensure Liberia’s food security. “Liberia depends on rice as our staple food and we have a rich soil that is capable of producing food to feed its citizens and this can only be done when local farmers are empowered to produce more food,” she said.She asserted that growing food for the country is crucial and therefore the government should provide assistance.Madam Dolo said “Agriculture plays a critical role in the entire life of a given country and we must work to produce food as well as employment for our people.”Another farmer, Martha Moses said, “My dream is to see our country’s agricultural sector develop with storage facilities.”Madam Moses is a local farmer in Nyehn Town who plants rice, cassava and palm oil.She told this newspaper that there are many farmers who need support from the Liberian government and partners.“I’m 67 years old and I depend on my 6 acres of land. I harvest my produce and take them to Red light market but sometimes majority of them spoil while taking them to the market. “I only use the money to feed my house and send my children to school but that is not what I want to happen because I want to be a great contributor to the reduction of hunger and poverty in Liberia.”“If I receive the kind of support I need from Government or NGOs it will help me greatly because I will increase my production and make sure all my lands are used to increase food production,” Madam Moses said.Madam Moses warned that if Liberia’s agriculture sector is not strengthened it would create a serious problem for citizens. “It’s time we take up the challenge and rely on agriculture as our main source of income as we fight to end hunger by our hard work,” Madam Moses urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana has been given the green light to use monies from the Norway Agreement — in which the country is being paid for sustaining its rainforests to absorb global carbon emissions — to fund a 100-megawatt solar energy project.This was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday. He said a Guyanese delegation comprising of himself, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Amerindian People’s Association executive Laura George recently secured approval from Norwegian authorities to divert the funds that were initially earmarked for the controversial Amaila Falls Hydro Project.“We have been now given sort of the green light that the $80 million can be utilised for solar energy… and so: (to) those persons who are wedded to this idea of Amaila Falls or nothing, this is basically making it very clear,” the Minister of State noted.He explained that the Guyanese delegation was able to convince the Norwegian authorities to accept the use of natural gas as a clean and cheap alternative during Guyana’s transition.“They were prepared to accept that as a transitory arrangement, whereby: because natural gas was a resource that belongs to Guyana; that it was cheap and it was clean; that it was a sovereign decision as to what is done… It was felt that if you had natural gas in there, there was no Norwegian money; [but] I believe we had a more practical discussion,” Harmon said, while adding that the officials also saw a concerted effort by the visiting delegation, which comprised of three senior ministers promoting the solar project coupled with the support of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) and Conservation International.Harmon posited that Finance Minister Winston Jordan would soon be activating, with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, the process to release the monies earned by Guyana for preserving its rainforests – an agreement that was entered into under the Bharrat Jagdeo regime.It was recently reported that Government is set to pursue a 100-megawatt solar farm project. According to Minister Harmon, this proposed project will see several solar farms established to feed energy into Guyana’s grid.“It doesn’t have to be one space in which that is going to, but the accumulated amount that goes into the national grid adds up to that… From what I’ve seen in the GPL study, we’ll try as far as possible to locate them as close to where you have these sub-stations, so it will link very easily into the grid. So you won’t have to have the farms in some far place and then you will now have the issue of having to have transmission lines and all of that,” he posited.Moreover, the State Minister outlined that this solar project will bring about several benefits. This includes a 15 per cent reduction in the country’s reliance on fossil fuel in the first year after the project has taken off. He added that by the second to third year, there is estimated to be a 50 per cent displacement on Guyana’s reliance on heavy and fossil fuels.“This is going to make a major change insofar as our finances are concerned. We won’t be buying diesel and so on for our generators. Of course there’re still gonna be get kept as backup, but our frontline arrangement is gonna be solar. And in the presentation, it is made very clear that solar is now what the world is embracing,” he asserted.Harmon went on to note that this move to solar power is driven by the fact that it is much cheaper, with Germany and China having mastered efficient and low cost production of solar materials. While Government is going ahead with the solar farm project, Minister Harmon has clarified that Government is still embracing hydro-projects as an alternative energy source, but will be doing so with only smaller projects like the Moco Moco Hydro, which was recently approved.Nevertheless, he posited that Government is open to a private company investing in the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THERE’S a lesson to be learned from Tuesday’s election, which gives Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the say he’s long wanted in running the LAUSD: Voters yearn for education reform. This lesson isn’t new, but it’s one Villaraigosa had forgotten. After getting elected on a pledge to overhaul the schools, Villaraigosa tried to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District through the legislative process. He went to Sacramento, cut sundry deals, and cobbled together a hodgepodge plan the courts promptly rejected. So now Villaraigosa has taken his campaign directly to the people, backing reform-minded candidates to seize control of the school district. Unlike his previous insider strategy, this populist approach has succeeded. On Tuesday, Valley voters elected Tamar Galatzan to the school board, while South Bay residents backed Richard Vladovic. That gives Villaraigosa-supported reformers a majority on the board. Which is to say, the voters have done what the politicians and the courts wouldn’t – made the reform of the LAUSD a matter of the utmost urgency. As well they should have. The failure of L.A.’s schools touches on every facet of our life, from gangs to jobs to the future of the city’s middle class. For too long, we have had a school board that was indifferent to that failure. Not any more. Voters have put their trust in Villaraigosa and his candidates. Expectations will rightfully be high. It will not be enough for the new school board to give the mayor a cluster of schools, then limit reform to those select few. The LAUSD needs systemic change, and that’s what voters demanded Tuesday. Overcoming the district’s culture of failure, its resistance to change and its cumbersome bureaucracy won’t be easy. But Villaraigosa and the new school board have the voters on their side – and that ought to make all the difference.
0Shares0000Incumbent Aleksander Ceferin is the sole candidate in Thursday’s UEFA Presidential election in Rome © AFP/File / JOHN THYSLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb 6 – Two and a half years after becoming UEFA president in the wake of the scandal that brought down Michel Platini, Aleksander Ceferin will win a new four-year term at the head of European football’s governing body on Thursday.The 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer — who saw off the Dutchman Michael van Praag in 2016 — is the only candidate this time in the election for the UEFA president, which will be take place at the organisation’s Congress in Rome. Previously the head of the Slovenian Football Federation, Ceferin’s presidency so far has been marked by his discretion and a less charismatic approach than that of Platini.The Frenchman is still suspended until October this year, when he will complete a four-year ban from all football-related activities following the corruption scandal that also brought down then-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.“The situation was ideal. The biggest scandal had tarnished football’s image,” Ceferin admitted during a recent speech to students in Ljubljana as he discussed the situation when he took over.“I stood. I was underestimated and when (opponents) realised the situation, it was too late.”– Make his own mark –Since then, Ceferin — recently ranked just behind Melania Trump among the most influential Slovenian citizens in the world by Slovenian magazine Reporter — has imposed his own, more understated, style.His most notable achievements have been introducing term limits for UEFA presidents — to a maximum of three four-year stints — and, according to one of those close to him, “maintaining unity in European football”.Having previously been largely charged with putting in place measures voted for under the previous regime of Platini and Gianni Infantino, Ceferin can now hope to really make his mark and implement his own changes.“You can see with him a desire to give more of a place to the smaller clubs and nations with the creation of a third European club competition and the Nations League. But it is too soon to say if that will make a difference,” says Didier Primault, director of The Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport in the French city of Limoges.– Bone of contention –The biggest bone of contention moving forward is the plan of Infantino — now FIFA president — to introduce a new, expanded Club World Cup and global Nations League. Determined to protect UEFA’s own Champions League and recently-introduced Nations League, Ceferin is opposed to those ideas.Reforms to the Champions League which mean the continent’s leading four leagues — Spain, England, Germany and Italy — now all get four automatic qualifying spots in the group stage were initially proposed by Platini but brought in under Ceferin’s presidency.Nevertheless, the Slovenian has sought to champion the rights of clubs from smaller countries, and he must look for ways to restore competitive balance, something he recently said was his “greatest challenge” going forward.Late last year UEFA confirmed plans to bring back a third European club competition from 2021/22, which would have 32 teams mainly from smaller member associations.Meanwhile, Ceferin will also have to deal with the burning issue of Financial Fair Play (FFP) — can he restore faith in what was one of Platini’s flagship projects at a time when many feel clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have pushed its credibility to the limits?And in the background there is the question of whether he might one day seek to take the step from UEFA to FIFA.“For the moment I am not interested in the FIFA presidency at all. But if you ask me if I will be in four, eight or 10 years, I can’t say yes or no,” he said recently.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
He was replaced in goal by Alfred Gomis of Italian club SPAL. Mendy’s injury comes as a big blow to a fancied Senegal side looking to win the Cup of Nations for the first time.They face Uganda in the last 16 in Cairo on Friday, while Reims will hope to have Mendy back fit for the start of the Ligue 1 season against Marseille on August 10.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal ‘keeper Mendy out for a month with hand injuryREIMS, France, Jul 4 – Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will be sidelined for a month with a hand fracture sustained at the Africa Cup of Nations, his club Reims announced.Mendy, 27, left Egypt on Tuesday to return to France for treatment on a broken left finger suffered during the warm-up ahead of Senegal’s 3-0 victory over Kenya in their final group game.
DD HEALTH WATCH: A European consumer group has launched an interactive online kitchen, aimed at helping consumers to make healthy choices about what they eat.‘What’s in your kitchen?’ was launched by BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation. It contains facts and figures about food from across Europe and provides consumers with useful tips about healthy eating.For example, on the section about alcohol, it points out that a pint of beer can have as many calories as a chocolate bar, while a glass of red wine can have as many calories as a doughnut. BEUC defends the interests of consumers throughout Europe and represents 41 national consumer organisations in 31 European countries.To see ‘What’s in your kitchen?’, clickhttp://www.whatsinyourkitchen.eu/?lang=en&view=kitchen DD HEALTH WATCH: ONLINE KITCHEN TO HELP CONSUMERS MAKE BETTER CHOICES was last modified: April 2nd, 2016 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:BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation.healthy eating
Jason Quigley has been forced to withdraw from his bout which was set to take place on September 17th.In a statement issued earlier by the Ballybofey man he expressed his disappointment but has promised is fans he will make it up to them.“Sorry to all my fans everywhere and all that had flights tickets and everything got from Ireland, I will make it up to you all.” said Quigley. Quigley’s injury means he will have to wait for his 12th professional fight a little longer.“My fight on September 17th in Texas is off due to injury” the statement read.https://twitter.com/jay_quigley/status/768149700516073473 Quigley forced to withdraw from Texas fight was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingJason QuigleyprofessionalTEXAS
Sean gets into the saddle for his cycle. Pic by Donegal Daily.Endurance athlete Sean McFadden has admitted he almost gave up half-way through the ‘The Race’ before going on to win the gruelling event.McFadden , a county council worker, has trained night and day for the event which was held over Saturday and Sunday across North-West Donegal. The 38 year old Letterkenny man was triumphant after an event which saw participants run a half marathon, cycle 175 km, paddle 15 km and climb 800 vertical metres up Muckish Mountain before finishing with a full marathon through the night.But McFadden told Donegal Daily he came very close to giving up and that only his family and friends kept him going.“I just became so emotional. I was crying and my legs were gone. I don’t know what happened to me.“But I thought of my family and all they have done for me and all the sacrifices they have made for me and I carried on. This is my county and I didn’t want to be letting people down. “I almost stopped again at the start of the full marathon and I started to walk and I would have settled for second place. But a friend of mine came along and told me a few home-truths and that got me going again,” he said.McFadden beat 63 other competitors to lift the title in only the second year of the event.He completed the gruelling course in a time of 15 hours and eight minutes in gale force wind and driving rain.Such was the challenging nature of the weather conditions that organisers were forced to cancel the kayak section because of safety fears but added a further ten mile run.Just 34 of those who started the event at 6am on Saturday morning, managed to complete the course in the allotted time of 24 hours including five of the six female athletes entered in the event.Letterkenny man McFadden, who was second in last year’s inaugural event, crossed the line at Gartan Outdoor Centre at 9.08pm on Saturday evening. Others ran through the night in a desperate bid to finish the course before 6am.McFadden came in 17 minutes ahead of his friend Sean McLoughlin with Eddie Brennan coming in third.Diane Behan won the women’s event in a time of 18 hours and 43 minutes (8th place overall), with all proceeds going to Gorta Self Help Africa.Co-organiser of The Race, Magnus Collins, said they could not have picked a better day to host the gruelling test of endurance. “I know the athletes will hate me for saying this but we could not picked a better day. The gale force winds and driving rain tested these athletes to their limits.“Donegal has an incredible beauty and ruggedness and there is no question that this is amongst the toughest one-day events in the world.“To watch these athletes encourage each other to the very end after 24 hours of pain and exhaustion was a privilege. It was a truly great day,” he said.DETAILS ON ALL THE PARTICIPANTSBib Firstname LastName GenderGender PosFinish Run1 Rank Cycle1 Rank Mt Rank Bike2 Rank Transition Run3 Rank1 90 Sean McFadden M 1 15:05:30 02:33:20 1 04:03:47 1 00:40:37 4 03:14:01 2 00:07:04 04:26:43 42 89 Sean McLoughlin M 2 15:22:39 02:38:34 3 04:19:47 3 00:34:50 2 03:13:13 1 00:14:29 04:21:49 23 56 Eddie Brennan M 3 15:55:48 02:38:34 2 04:12:46 2 00:45:10 6 03:40:48 4 00:19:23 04:19:10 14 74 Markus Pieterse M 4 17:17:41 03:05:02 13 04:45:35 5 00:54:16 13 03:26:06 3 00:19:33 04:47:12 65 7 Brian McBride M 5 17:45:41 02:45:21 5 04:36:56 4 00:38:33 3 04:12:19 14 00:18:12 05:14:24 126 85 Rob McDonald M 6 18:25:28 03:07:24 20 05:09:16 6 00:50:45 9 03:45:59 5 00:29:52 05:02:14 87 38 Stephen Casey M 7 18:41:43 02:42:43 4 06:01:07 20 00:56:34 15 04:12:05 13 00:26:44 04:22:33 38 55 Diane Behan F 1 18:43:57 02:50:29 7 05:47:21 15 00:50:34 8 04:00:53 10 00:24:59 04:49:44 79 12 Declan Faulkner M 8 18:57:15 03:05:04 14 05:19:58 8 00:48:27 7 04:00:44 9 00:32:18 05:10:46 1110 53 Denis Shields M 9 19:39:10 02:55:14 8 05:51:13 16 00:54:20 14 04:29:28 22 00:23:31 05:05:26 911 43 Adrian Mc Gettigan M 10 19:39:10 02:55:19 9 05:51:16 17 00:53:43 12 04:29:55 23 00:23:35 05:05:26 1012 3 Avril Copeland F 2 19:50:43 03:12:06 21 05:39:17 12 01:01:01 17 04:26:05 18 00:52:35 04:39:42 513 14 Gavin Harris M 11 20:08:11 03:05:47 16 05:15:35 7 01:01:18 19 03:56:01 6 00:23:21 06:26:10 2914 17 Gerard Callaghan M 12 20:24:43 03:05:48 17 05:23:53 9 00:58:41 16 04:00:07 8 00:25:45 06:30:33 3215 77 Michael Murphy M 13 20:41:29 03:35:18 46 05:42:39 13 00:51:00 10 04:11:23 12 00:29:28 05:51:43 1816 2 Ailise Deane F 3 21:09:54 03:31:55 43 06:17:26 28 00:53:30 11 04:24:45 17 00:23:49 05:38:31 1417 9 Cathal Wilson M 14 21:21:02 03:12:31 22 05:42:55 14 01:06:46 31 04:09:55 11 00:25:51 06:43:06 3418 48 Brendan flanagan M 15 21:26:04 03:13:57 23 05:37:26 11 01:05:31 28 04:21:40 16 00:52:20 06:15:13 2719 63 Garvan Smith M 16 21:30:08 02:50:08 6 06:30:11 32 01:03:29 22 04:46:28 32 00:35:58 05:43:56 1720 87 Rose Leith F 4 21:37:37 03:29:48 39 06:16:38 27 01:19:00 47 04:36:41 27 00:34:05 05:21:27 1321 8 Brendan McBride M 17 21:49:27 03:04:26 12 06:35:10 33 01:08:42 38 04:29:19 21 00:37:21 05:54:31 1922 46 Barry Smyth M 18 21:58:02 03:29:06 36 06:08:40 25 01:05:09 27 04:28:14 19 01:04:46 05:42:09 1623 88 Ruaidhri Stewart M 19 21:58:03 03:35:17 45 06:10:56 26 01:01:44 20 04:33:30 26 00:54:38 05:41:59 1524 75 Martin Christie M 20 22:37:35 03:17:54 27 06:19:54 29 01:05:05 26 04:28:54 20 01:04:17 06:21:33 2825 4 Barry Maguire M 21 22:37:35 03:39:17 51 06:38:47 34 01:04:08 25 03:59:09 7 00:45:14 06:31:01 3326 86 Daniel Cottell M 22 23:04:51 03:30:57 41 06:56:07 45 01:07:38 34 04:44:50 31 00:48:04 05:57:19 2027 24 Ken Healy M 23 23:08:39 03:37:56 50 06:52:53 43 01:16:12 44 04:18:57 15 00:34:23 06:28:19 3028 76 Sebastien Giraud M 24 23:15:16 03:14:18 24 05:55:55 18 01:01:01 18 04:49:36 34 01:15:17 06:59:13 3829 50Catherine (Kate)Kelly F 5 23:15:17 03:17:55 28 06:08:04 22 01:04:08 24 04:55:13 35 01:00:45 06:49:14 3630 61 Emma Kerr F 6 23:20:02 03:32:56 44 06:21:43 30 01:27:16 51 04:38:48 28 00:51:01 06:28:21 3131 37 Seamus Mcloughlin M 25 23:22:20 03:35:32 47 06:44:11 38 01:07:07 32 05:13:07 38 00:31:00 06:11:25 2632 70 Steven McGeown M 26 23:22:20 03:18:23 30 07:31:43 51 01:15:40 43 04:33:21 25 00:31:51 06:11:23 2533 65 Glenn Hannigan M 28 23:25:03 03:59:27 61 06:27:38 31 01:14:23 41 04:58:34 40 00:45:00 06:00:03 2234 25 Larry Maguire M 29 23:25:03 03:06:14 19 06:53:47 44 01:14:00 40 05:26:00 42 00:45:00 06:00:03 2135 83 Paul Mcerlain M 30 23:28:00 03:41:35 53 07:08:50 49 01:05:49 30 04:43:48 39 00:45:08 06:02:52 2336 57 Eddie donegan M 31 23:55:18 03:59:29 62 06:40:44 35 01:05:49 29 04:39:57 29 00:37:01 06:52:21 3737 5 Daron Askin M 32 23:55:48 03:23:47 31 06:42:45 37 01:08:12 3738 84 Philip Nicholson M 33 23:57:18 03:30:45 40 06:51:43 40 01:19:52 50 04:44:18 30 00:50:59 06:48:26 3539 72 Kieran Keating M 34 23:57:28 03:05:25 15 07:02:27 46 01:28:39 52 05:57:00 41 00:36:32 06:10:09 2440 10 Colm Keane M 35 23:57:38 03:41:15 52 06:52:25 42 01:07:33 33 04:58:18 36 00:42:31 07:10:24 4041 13 Diarmuid O Conchubhair M 36 23:58:58 03:41:35 54 06:52:06 41 01:07:48 35 04:58:24 37 00:42:10 07:10:23 3942 66 Hugh Hunter M 27 24:31:00 03:55:46 59 06:49:00 39 01:03:44 23DNF 11 John Maccormack M 03:29:07DNF 16 Gerard Prendergast M 03:02:42DNF 21 John Boyce M 03:36:31DNF 22 John Coade M 03:06:13 06:05:53 01:16:32DNF 23 John Mulrooney M 03:17:54 07:31:56DNF 26 Martin Carey M 03:03:49 06:08:15 01:19:36DNF 28 Neil Curran M 03:55:46DNF 30 Oisin Weldon M 03:29:05DNF 33 Paudie Lynch M 03:43:47 07:06:23 01:18:52DNF 39 Terence McDonagh. M 03:35:34DNF 45 Arthur McMahon M 03:55:44 05:57:59 01:19:50DNF 51 Ciaran Reynolds M 03:24:48DNF 60 Thomas Brien M 03:31:01 07:04:58 01:08:01 04:49:32DNF 62 Gabrielle Dillon F 03:25:18 06:41:07 01:14:24 04:32:55DNF 69 Jeff Butler M 03:18:10 05:33:36 01:02:17DNF 71 Kevin McGrath M 03:24:47DNF 73 Mark kellett M 03:29:47 06:08:08 01:10:06DNF 78 Neville McGroarty M 03:15:00 07:09:18 00:43:30DNF 79 Padraic McDonagh M 04:18:21DNF 81 Paul Canavan M 03:46:06DNF 82 Paul Sherry M 03:50:38DNF 32 Patrick O’Doherty M‘I ALMOST GAVE UP HALF-WAY THROUGH THE RACE’ – SEAN McFADDEN was last modified: March 9th, 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)
Sam Nzima’s famous June 16 1976photograph of Mbuyisa Makhubo carryingHector Pieterson, with Hector’s sisterAntoinette running alongside.(Image courtesy of www.soweto.co.za)Khanyi MagubaneIn South Africa June is known as “youth month” in commemoration of the June 16 1976 youth uprisings in Soweto, Johannesburg. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event and various activities will take place under the theme “entrenching our democracy: all youth to the polls”.“June is a time when we focus our attention on taking stock of the progress we have made and rededicate our energies to tackling the complex and challenging issue of promoting the development of young people,” said Barbara Creecy of the Gauteng province’s arts and culture office at the launch of youth month.“It is also a time when we remember and pay tribute to the important role young people have played in the struggle for our democracy.”On that fateful day in June 1976 thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets to protest against Afrikaans being used as the medium of instruction in schools. The peaceful march turned violent when apartheid police attacked the students, firing teargas and live ammunition.The first fatal victim of that march was the young Hector Pieterson. Photographer Sam Nzima’s famous image of his blood-soaked body being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo, while Hector’s sister Antoinette Sithole ran alongside, caught the attention of the world.According to the June 16 1976 Foundation, about 23 students were killed that day. News of the senseless killing of the students sparked retaliatory action from residents in the township, and the foundation quotes a figure of about 200 people who died that day.The brave action of the students, which sparked the countrywide protests that marked the beginning of the end of apartheid, prompted the democratic government to etch the date in the country’s history in the most significant way. What was once known as “June 16 day”, was later renamed “youth day”.Month-long activitiesAnd the “day” has been spread over a month with various activities aimed at the youth planned, including a three-day National Youth Festival in Cape Town from 14-16 June. Hosted by the National Youth Commission (NYC), the festival will consist of a number of development-based activities.The NYC, in partnership with the Flemish government, will launch the “Batsha/Jeugd Project” aimed at increasing the capacity of four community centres around the Cape Town area. The resources of the community centres will be beefed up to facilitate youth development.The University of the Western Cape has also been roped in to help provide information hubs. Each hub will host about 1 000 learners and youth from surrounding communities. Activities include career guidance workshops and exhibitions.The different hubs hosting the young people will include a youth and economic participation hosted by the department of trade and industry, youth and education hosted by the department of education, and the youth lifestyle corner hosted by the health department. This will all culminate on June 16 when the main festival event takes place. This will include speeches from officials as well as entertainment.Youth in miningThis year, government programmes aimed at the youth have included setting up structures to incorporate the youth into the country’s mining sector.Mining is one of South Africa’s most lucrative industries, contributing 5.8 % of the country’s gross domestic product for 2007. South Africa mines several minerals and precious metals including coal, gold and platinum.An Australian mining company, Coal for Africa, which has acquired rights from a local clan to mine coal in the area, is to invest R10 million (US$1.27 million) in scholarships annually for pupils in the Limpopo province.“Our main concern so far is the lack of skills among local people when it comes to the mining industry,” said Coal for Africa chairperson Sam Farrell. “South Africa has serious skills shortages in the fields of engineering and we are forced to import skills from other countries. This has to change.” The scholarships will be available to high school seniors who are interested in mining.The two collieries are expected to begin operating by June next year and Farrell said the company hoped to expand to other parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe.Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is also in the process of putting together a new project that is set to benefit young people who are interested in the country’s mining sector. Motsepe is planning on partnering with US hip-hop star and business entrepreneur Curtis James Jackson, popularly known in the entertainment industry as “50 cent”.Motsepe is eager to set up a deal involving the rap star, who has spoken of his interest in getting involved in the mining industry. In May, Jackson was in South Africa to perform at a number of concerts and Motsepe took the opportunity to wine and dine the musician.The two men visited several mines in Mpumalanga, where they had talks with chiefs from the local villages, who hold an interest in some of the company’s operations. The US rapper also had the rare chance to go down a mineshaft at the Two Rivers Platinum mine in Mpumalanga.A youth mining indaba conference was held in Limpopo province, north of South Africa, in March 2008. Limpopo has a rich mining industry, with the world’s largest reserves of platinum group metals found in that province. These include rich deposits of chrome, vanadium, nickel and titanium.Addressing delegates at the indaba, Seaparo Sekoati, the province’s parliamentary representative, said it is important for a path to be created to facilitate the participation of young people in the mining industry’s value chain. “This may not necessarily mean that you own the mines yourselves, but that you find ways of adding value to the industry as either partners or suppliers of goods and services to the mines,” he said. “Learnerships and internship … are also a critical area in which young people can derive benefit from their strategic relations with the mines.”In Mpumalanga province, the youth have been encouraged to seize the opportunities available to them. Fish Mahlalela, from the province’s health and social services office, urged the youth to take up opportunities within the department. Referring to the many opportunities provided by government, Mahlalela announced, his department had intentions to award 320 bursaries to youth in the province to study in the areas of community development and social work.Thirty youths from the province are also currently in Cuba studying medicine as part of an agreement between the governments of Cuba and South Africa. Another 625 students have also been subsidised to study health-related courses at various universities in the country.Useful linksNational Youth CommissionJune 16 1976 FoundationSouth African History OnlineGovernment Communication and Information SystemMpumalanga Limpopo Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at email@example.com