Man bemoans Police sloth following assault reports

first_imgAkeem Bailey of John and Durban streets, Georgetown is now fearful for his life after weeks of allegedly being stalked by his ex-girlfriend in several public places around Georgetown, with its accompanying embarrassment and abuse.The 27-year-old visited the Guyana Times on Wednesday, appearing significantlyAkeem Baileydistressed. According to Bailey, he and the 26-year-old woman (named) had reportedly been in a relationship for several months in 2017. However, when the young woman travelled abroad during the latter part of the year, things turned ‘south’ in a manner of speaking, and the duo parted ways. This was until the young woman returned to Guyana in December last, when she began stalking Bailey.“She came back to Guyana and I was already moving on…She started harassing me, telling me that I cannot leave her, and she’s gonna be dangerous to me and whatever, and I started feeling scared,” he explained.Further, the young man recalled, “I was at a party on Laing Avenue and she and her brother harassed me [physically and verbally].” He noted that the matter was reported at the Ruimveldt Police Station, but the woman was never arrested.Bailey alleges that the woman’s most recent attack on him was on Tuesday last, in the vicinity of Cool Square, while he was in the company of friends. “I was standing, having a conversation with some friends. There was a car [that] pulled up. Her brother came up, slapped me with a cutlass, she draw a gun out of her purse and harassed me,” he recounted.Bailey told this publication that the woman and her brother physically assaulted him, and at one point the young woman grabbed his shirt, pointed her weapon at him, and demanded that he get into the trunk of her motor vehicle.“My friends had to jump in and say, ‘Y’all can’t kill he; ‘cause if y’all kill he, y’all gotta kill me!” he posited.Again, Bailey alleges that he reported this incident at the Ruimveldt Police Station. He, however, alleges that upon enquiring when action would be taken against the woman, ranks attached to the Station posited that they could not arrest the woman from her place of work.Bailey further alleges that the woman claims to work as a personal assistant to a current Minister of Government, and would usually boast — while harassing and abusing him in public — that her position is shielding her from prosecution.When this publication made efforts to contact the Ruimveldt Police Station to confirm whether reports of these incidents had been made, it was explained that the Officer in Charge was not in the building, and no one was left in charge to relay the information requested.last_img read more

D’Urban Street man remanded for stabbing vendor

first_imgA 20-year-old mechanic was remanded to prison on Wednesday by Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for unlawful wounding.Brandon Singh of Lot 88 D’Urban Street, Georgetown, plead not guilty to the charge, which stated that on May 11, 2019 at Merriman Mall, Bourda, Georgetown, he unlawfully wounded Roy Cummings.The prosecution is contending that on May 11, 2019 at about 16:40h at Merriman Mall, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was standing at his business, which is located at the Mall, when he observed the defendant acting in a suspicious manner. According to the prosecution, the VC then approached Singh and told him about the way he was acting but he became annoyed.One of the VC’s staff and the defendant, along with his friends, got into an argument after the men deliberately stepped on the items that were being sold by the VC. The defendant armed himself with a pair of scissors and stabbed the VC to the right side of his abdomen. Cummings was taken for medical attention and the matter was reported to the Police.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel objected to bail. In court on Wednesday, the VC informed the Magistrate that he has video footage of the defendant and his friends robbing Cubans among others passersby at the said Mall.Magistrate McGusty upheld the request for bail to be refused. The man was remanded to prison and the case will continue on May 29.last_img read more

Team Tardi takes on Team Bottcher in second game of the 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup

first_imgFor more information, you can visit SASKATOON, S.K. – Sterling Middleton and his team, Team Tardi, are in Saskatoon as they continue playing at the 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup.This morning, April 25, Team Tardi faced Team Bottcher in game two of the Championship.After a close game, Tardi fell 5-6 to Bottcher in the extra.- Advertisement -On Tuesday, Tardi took on Team Dunstone in their first game of the Championship where they lost 7-6 in the extra.Up next, Tardi will be taking on Team Carruthers this afternoon in game three of the Championship.The 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup is taking place now until April 28 in Saskatoon.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pogba tantalises with Neymar comments

first_img0Shares0000French international Paul Pogba has struggled for regular game time under Man United manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 21 – Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said it would be a pleasure to play with Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, whom he described as pure “joy on the pitch” in an interview with an Argentine sports channel Tuesday.“Neymar is the definition of joy on the pitch,” the French international told Argentina’s TyC Sports. “When I look at him on the pitch, he enjoys playing, with his technique, his ability and all that.“I love watching him play. He’s a different guy, he has his own style. If one day I’m going to play with him, it’ll be a pleasure.”He was returning the favour after Neymar said in 2016 that he admired Pogba’s style and would love to play alongside him.Pogba, despite arriving at United in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million (105 million euros), has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourhino, leading to speculation about his future.France coach Didier Deschamps said “he can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford after the 25-year-old joined up with the squad for Friday’s friendly against Colombia.Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS guru and Aer Arann boss Padraig Ó Céidigh has backed continued Government support for Donegal airport.The Galway man has admitted in a RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta interview that air travel in Ireland does need to be restructured due to financial constraints.The airline chairman – the biggest shareholder in the company – said central government funding will change in the future. But Donegal, he said, had a better argument for support than some others including Galway.He told the radio station that he believes that the connection between Donegal regional airport and Dublin, and the funding provided is essential, because travel between both places can be difficult.However, motorway and train connections between Galway, and the close proximity of Shannon airport to Galway airport means that Galway’s case for funding was not as strong, he said.Passenger numbers on the Aer Arann Galway-Dublin route, in the last three years has decreased by two thirds, he revealed. Ó CÉIDIGH BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL AIRPORT was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Jacks outpaced by experienced Cal Baptist team

first_imgArcata >> They are as good as advertised.The Cal Baptist women’s basketball team, one of the preseason favorites to contend for an NCAA Division II national championship this season, jumped out to an early lead and used a 24-6 run late in the second half to cruise to a 93-59 win over the Jacks at Lumberjack Arena on Saturday.“We just wanted to make sure we came out and played hard and worried more about us,” Cal Baptist head coach Jarrod Olson said. “Our style of play is we play pretty fast …last_img read more

Piecing together a success story

first_img10 August 2007Not that long ago, Mamaki Mlangeni was an ordinary young Sowetan, unsure of what to do with her future. But she did enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles.A short 15 months later, Mlangeni’s life has transformed, demanding that she answer a continuously ringing cellphone. The calls are usually from clients in Botswana or South Africa wanting to place orders for the jigsaw puzzles she designs and manufactures.Mlangeni teamed up with Gabrielle Ritchie to establish Blue Fish Puzzles, a company that manufactures souvenir 60-piece jigsaw puzzles for corporates, individuals and kids. Ritchie is the operations manager, running the business from its offices in Cape Town; Mlangeni works in Johannesburg as the sales and marketing co-ordinator.Indigenous puzzlesShe attributes the idea behind Blue Fish to a group of friends who had gathered at a wedding, where they chatted about their love of doing puzzles – and remarked that it was a shame there were no puzzles relating to South Africa and its culture.“My friends and I used to buy puzzles as gifts for each other,” Mlangeni says. “However, to be always spending money on puzzles and building images that were not related to our county wasn’t realistic.”Driven by an impulse to turn her hobby into something that could generate an income, Mlangeni enrolled at the Business Place, a Johannesburg centre where budding entrepreneurs can get training and legal and financial guidance in starting and running a small business.Having undergone training, she and her partner got going on Blue Fish Puzzles, working around the clock to get their first order, produce their first stock, print business cards and manage a website.From hobby to businessAlthough believing that Blue Fish still has a long way to go, Mlangeni says it is starting to flourish, with products available through major South African retailers CNA, Incredible Connection and Exclusive Books in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, as well as at airport shops and in neighbouring Botswana.Mlangeni speaks highly of the Business Place, describing it as “a one-stop business hub where one should go if one is struggling to run a business”. She says she still visits for help when faced with tough business decisions. “I’ll always value their input.”The centre also takes orders for Blue Fish Puzzles. “Most of our clients are recommended to us by it,” Mlangeni adds. “We are in the process of becoming established and getting our business known so that we can expand the brand. We want to produce more products, add more styles and images.”Mlangeni’s message for would-be entrepreneurs is to be prepared to make sacrifices. “The rewards are abundant, you just have to be committed.“What you don’t know you can learn,” she adds. “Don’t give up; have faith in yourself and your business ideas, and believe that you will one day prosper.”The Business PlaceSince its inception six years ago, the Business Place has helped almost 50 000 South Africans – all of whom were in the same shoes as Mlangeni – to get businesses off the ground.Of these, around 25% are established businesses, 10% are in fully grown stages of business management, and around 65% are in the development stage. Most are in manufacturing, construction, information and communication technology, and tourism.The initiative is backed by financial services company Investec and the City of Johannesburg, which contributes around R2-million a year.According to Marcel Newsome, who manages the central office in Johannesburg and oversees the satellite centres – in Soweto, Alexandra, and Metsweding (Bronkhorstspruit) – the Business Place has grown its monthly intake to more than 2 500 people.On offer is business training; one-on-one guidance; affordable workshops, including sector networking sessions; and access to the internet to check for available opportunities.Access to informationWhile new clients usually ask general questions on starting a business, a client’s needs are first identified, then that client is sent on a workshop suited to his or her level of business knowledge. “We do consultations as we assess their progress and make sure that they walk away with a better understanding of how to start a business,” says Newsome.Business acumen is also built. The workshops are engineered to give a basic outline of all the important details needed to establish a business. “Our focus is to give people access to information through workshops that can enhance their businesses.”The Business Place also identifies business opportunities on behalf of its clients. “We keep a database of opportunities available in different industries and we then identify a client who is appropriate for that position,” says NewsomeAppointments aren’t necessary, he adds. “Just walk in and you’ll get all the help you need to create your own business.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

I ♥ Johannesburg

first_imgTim CohenI recently turned 50, a frightening age when all hopes and pretences of youth are finally banished. Your memories, good and bad, seem to loom large everywhere. Your centre of gravity seems to lean backwards rather than forwards.When a friend emailed to say happy birthday, the best I could do was say “What birthday?” He emailed back to say denial was not a river in Egypt.With the denial door closed, I tried to sanguine about it, or even wittily off-hand, but nothing seemed to help.There is nothing about being 50 that you can rationalise. I don’t like the physical decrepitude that it implies, I don’t like the pointed way it seems to accuse you of not achieving what you set out to achieve, I don’t like the strange way it alights in people’s minds and then settles there the way other dates do not.“Oh, you’re fifty! I would never have guessed it. You are in amazingly good shape for someone who’s fifty.” (In other words, you are not, even for someone who is fifty.)But if I was really searching, really scraping the bottom of the barrel, I would say the one thing that I did like about turning 50 was that I was in Johannesburg when it happened.I don’t love Johannesburg, or even particularly like it. South Africa’s biggest city, its sprawling economic powerhouse, is the place of inchoateness; it has no binding character. Its people live in everything from glorious mansions and box dwellings of toilets and bedrooms.The best it can do as a form of architecture is to copy – wait for it – Tuscan villas, a place with which it has no earthly resemblance or historical reason for trying to copy. And even that, it does not do very well. No Tuscan would be seen dead in the townhouse complexes that claim their heritage.The centre of the city is visibly decaying, and its businesses are moving out, not to suburbia but just up the road to another place where corporate headquarters can eventually be deposited like so much litter before the companies move somewhere else.It is in a place of fear; of crime and poverty and drunkenness, of electrical wires strung above people’s houses and huge automatic gates, the modern versions of moats around castles.The city stretches out over a huge area, until it almost ambles into other towns and centres. It doesn’t seem to know where it starts or stops; is Boksburg part of Johannesburg or is it a town in its own right? Is Soweto part of Johannesburg or not? Nobody seems to know.Nothing seems to bind Johannesburgers; its rugby team is simply miserable and it has too many soccer teams to attach a city identity to any one of them. Even the name Johannesburg is nondescript: the Afrikaans for John, the most common name in English, excitingly combined with the word for, well, “city”.The truth is that Johannesburg is a bit of a blank page; it has few features of note – no mountain, no river, no lake. There are places that pass for attractiveness, but no one can accuse any part of Johannesburg of being actually beautiful.When people try to romanticise Johannesburg they say there may be no river, but the city was built on a river of gold. Well, you just have to go down a gold mine once to have that thought well and truly banished out of you. Gold mines are hot, rough, and dangerous, very reminiscent of, well, Johannesburg itself.The only real feature of Johannesburg was the mine dumps, but gradually even they are being eaten away as part of reprocessing efforts – the gold miners trying desperately to get that last little bead of sweat out of their pits. If you think about it, it’s slightly funny that the most notable feature of Johannesburg geographically was the dumps.“I love Johannesburg,” a friend told me a long time ago. “It’s such a dump.” And that is Johannesburg people for you; they are not ashamed of the place, but they don’t long for it; they try, half-heartedly, to romanticise it, but generally fail.But here is the thing: they keep coming back. I am in fact a good example. I was born in Durban, but my parents ultimately moved to Johannesburg. They then moved to Windhoek, but came back, bringing me with them. I went to university in Durban but returned to Johannesburg. I lived in Cape Town but came back. I lived in London, but came back.When people try to put Johannesburg down – not a difficult task – they say things like, “If there was a god of Johannesburg, it would be mammon.” But this is precisely part of what I love about it. People come to Johannesburg not to feast their eyes or be entertained. They come to work. They come to build themselves and their lives and the things around them.And because of that, Johannesburg is rich – not because it worships money, but because it values what is valuable; effort, achievement, striving. It has what the Greeks used to call telos, a purpose or a goal.When Nelson Mandela set out on his journey to change the country, his first major move was the obvious one: he came to Johannesburg. And only in Johannesburg would he have been able to train in a white law firm and develop the following that would lead him to leadership. However hard the apartheid government tried, it could never quite impose its strict segregation on Johannesburg; it was like trying to corner a jellyfish. Johannesburg will not be defined.I love the fact that Johannesburg is not the seat of government or justice or administration. It stands apart, on its own, with no assistance requested or required. There is a kind of heroism to Johannesburg’s dismalness and decrepitude that gives me hope. It makes me think; we are old, we are grey, and we are ugly. But what the hell, let’s push on.Tim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to The Weekender and Business Day, where he has worked for most of his career. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.last_img read more

Count yourself in to end violence against women and children

first_imgDuring the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, government, civil society and non-profit organisations come together to raise awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. (Image: SASSA)Brand South Africa ReporterThe theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children underscores the need for all citizens to work together to end violence in South Africa.“Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward’ is the core message of the 2014 campaign which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. The period also includes Universal Children’s Day on 30 November and World AIDS Day on 1 December.South Africa will officially launch its 16 Days of Activism Campaign on 25 November, according to Minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.“Beyond the 16 Days of Activism, there is a year-long programme which will monitor and evaluate the extent to which lives have improved through the implementation of laws and programmes aimed at eradicating violence against women and children,’ Radebe said updating the media about the campaign on 6 November.Council on Violence Against Women and ChildrenThis year, South Africa is taking a step further to end violence against women and children by setting up a Council on Violence Against Women and Children. The Council, comprising of key government departments, civil society organisations and other relevant partners, will take on an advisory role and coordinate comprehensive initiatives to stop the scourge.During the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, government, civil society and non-profit organisations will come together to raise awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.16 Days of Activism Campaign achievementsGovernment says it’s fully committed to leading a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade. However, a lot has been done since the launch of the campaign 16 years ago, and the following milestones have been achieved:The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill which was passed in South African National Assembly earlier this year provides government with the legislative authority to fast-track the empowerment of women and address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of our target of 50/50 gender parity.Government has also developed a barometer to measure the number of women who will benefit from the five million jobs that government seeks to create in the next 10 years under the New Growth Path. The barometer will highlight the high impact of unemployment on women.Government provides support to children to fight child poverty and provides foster care benefits to over 563 000 vulnerable children. More than 10.5-million children in South Africa benefit from the child support grant.Government provides subsidises to about 800 000 children at early childhood development centres to enable children from poor households to obtain early education. In addition, more than eight million children at primary and secondary schools benefit from school-feeding schemes.On 6 June 2011, Government launched the Strategy and Guidelines on Children Working and Living in the Streets. This Strategy provides guidance on the services provided to children living and working in the streets.The Expanded Public Works Programme and a community works programme provide short-term employment opportunities while also responding to pressing community challenges.The Green Paper on Families seeks to strengthen and support families as the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.In May 2011, government led a national Rural Women’s Summit to empower women with information on how to access various departmental programmes.Since 1994, Government has developed several pieces of legislation to redress the wrongs affecting women and children.Join in to end violence against women and childrenThis year government is calling on citizens to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. There are numerous ways that individuals can join the campaign. People can:Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period to lend their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women and children.Join the cyber dialogues initiative. The cyber dialogues facilitate on-line discussions amongst people to discuss issues related to the abuse of women and children, share experiences and propose solutions. Professional experts in the caring professions (social workers, psychologists, counsellors) and political principals also participate in the on-line chatroom. The discussion takes place in cyber space in chat-room format, with discussions in real time via various access points (Thusong Centres) around the country. Gender Links (an NGO) hosts the cyber dialogues with role players, including Women’s Net, the Gender Advocacy Programme and Department of Communications.Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities. A calendar outlining events taking place around the country over the period of the 16 days is available .Volunteer in support of non-governmental organisations and community groups who support abused women and children. Many organisations need assistance from the public. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions.Donate money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. The Foundation receives money raised during the campaign and distributes it to non-governmental organisations. Call 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5 to find out more.Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.Report child abuse to the police.Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline 0800 150 150.Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children.Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence.Join community policing forums (CPFs). The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. The goal is to bring about effective crime prevention by launching intelligence-driven crime-prevention projects in partnership with the local community.Where to get helpNational Crisis Helpline (Lifeline), telephone 0861 322 322Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline telephone 0800 150 150People Opposed to Women Abuse telephone 011 642 4345Family and Marriage Society of South Africa telephone 012 460 0733National Network on Violence Against Women telephone 012 321 4959Counselling and support for children: Childline telephone 0800 055 555Social Security: Child support grants telephone 0800 601 011Healthcare: Marie Stopes clinics telephone 0800 11 77 85Depression and Anxiety Group telephone 011 783 1474AIDS Helpline telephone 0800 012 322AID for AIDS telephone 0860 100 646Legal assistance: Legal Aid Board telephone 011 845 4311Lawyers for Human Rights telephone 011 339 1960Campaigns for men who support no violence: Men as Partners Project telephone 011 833 0504Sexual Harassment Education Project telephone 011 403 0541Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 011 403 5650South African Police Service telephone 10111Suicide Crisis Line telephone 0800 567 567Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Learning isiZulu made easier for kids with Siyafunda

first_img12 July 2016“Children are more likely to pass and stay in school when they are taught with their optimal language at primary level,” said Siya Masuku, author and illustrator of Siyafunda, a book made for children learning isiZulu at a primary level.It all started with a conversation Masuku had with his mother, a primary school teacher in Soweto. She was concerned because there was a shortage of books at the school. “When I was growing up, my siblings and I were fortunate to have access to books at home,” he said. “The impact of our conversation made me realise how important it was to create Siyafunda.”The book’s title aptly means “we are learning”. Siyafunda is designed for children learning isiZulu at a primary level. (Image: Supplied)Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, supports a multilingual approach to education. In its Advocacy Kit for promoting Multilingual Education: Including the Excluded, Unesco’s Principles on Language and Education it stated that “mother-tongue instruction is essential for initial instruction” and the best way to maintain literacy was to have a quality supply of reading materials.The organisation estimated 40% of the global population did not receive an education in a language they spoke or understood.Watch:Never too early tolearnMasuku started making the book in January 2015, taking about a year to lay the foundations. “We are still making it to this day.”The book, he said, focused on the phonetics of the isiZulu language. “The learner is able to pronounce all 25 alphabets in the isiZulu language through the aid of an isiZulu teacher.” Siyafunda is designed to focus on learning the phonetics in isiZulu. (Image: Supplied)It makes use of compelling visuals and new words to add to a learner’s daily vocabulary, especially in early childhood education.There is also an English translator page for non-isiZulu speakers, making it easier to understand for those who don’t read isiZulu.“Siyafunda aims to increase a growing interest in approaching literacy and learning as an extramural activity.”It would be available to schools in early 2017, Masuku said.Further plansThe goal is to create a digital version of the book to be made available online. Working with Danieteach, Masuku created a platform for learners to subscribe to Siyafunda, enabling them to learn isiZulu no matter where they were.“The best feature is the narration, done by Mamoroa Ledwaba, who is an isiZulu teacher by profession,” he said. “This means learners will be able to access Siyafunda with the guidance of a virtual teacher.”last_img read more