Zuma suspends police commissioner

first_img24 October 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele while a newly established board of inquiry probes allegations of misconduct against him.“I have … decided to suspend the national commissioner from duty with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the inquiry, in terms of section 8 (3) (a) read with Section 9 (1) of the South African Police Service Act,” Zuma announced at a special media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.The President said he had established a board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Cele, to make findings and recommendations. He added that Cele would be entitled to his full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits during his period of suspension.“In August, I informed the National Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, of my intention to institute a board of inquiry to look into the allegations of misconduct, in relation to the procurement of office accommodation for the South African Police Service, as per the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector,” Zuma said.During her investigation into the lease agreements for police headquarters in Pretoria and offices in Durban, South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, found that Cele’s conduct as the SAPS’ accounting officer was improper, unlawful conduct which amounted to maladministration.Madonsela’s first report on the police leasing deals, released in February, pertained to her investigation into the deal for the Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500-million from businessman Roux Shabangu.The second, released in July, scrutinised the R1.16-billion leasing of Transnet Tower in Durban, also from Shabangu.Madonsela found that the leases were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.Zuma said the board of inquiry would be chaired by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. Other members of the board are Advocate Terry Motau SC and Adv Anthea Platt.The President said Major-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi would serve as acting national commissioner until further notice.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Sharing the Cultural Competence Journey

first_imgby Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network Literacy, robert.bertsch@ndsu.eduWhen we started planning the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference on cultural competency, a couple of issues came to mind. Well, actually, a lot of issues came to mind, but let’s focus on just two.First, we wanted to engage conference participants in conversation about cultural competency. This is nothing new for the MFLN. We strive to spark a conversation in each of our webinars and learning experiences. We want to engage you in an exchange of experiences that enhances your work and encourages your professional growth, but some experiences are easier to share than others, and conversations about some topics are more difficult than others. Cultural competency is a difficult topic. We wondered if conference participants would be ready to  share their experiences or if fear of judgement or of saying the “wrong” thing might hold them back.Second, we recognized that cultural competence is not something you simply acquire. It’s not something that can be gained over the course of 3 days. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration put it, “Developing cultural competence is an evolving, dynamic process that takes time and occurs along a continuum.” In other words, it’s a journey. We wondered how we could extend and enhance the Virtual Conference into a learning experience that could launch or re-launch you on your cultural competence journey.Here’s what we came up with.“Storytelling for Cultural Competence” is a learning experience that will help you get started on your cultural competence journey, get the most out of the 2018 Virtual Conference, and carry you forward.The experience is made up of four parts.The Personal Storytelling Journal (available now)This guided journaling experience encourages self-knowledge (an important part of cultural competence), cultivates empathy and connection, and provides a space to practice the vulnerability and authenticity required for cultural conversation.  It was designed as a pre-conference activity to prepare you for the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference, but it can be started or completed at any time.The Virtual Conference Journal (available now)This short journal will help deepen your Virtual Conference experience. It has space for notes and reflections for each conference session with “guiding questions” and quotations provided by the conference presenters.The Advocacy Action Plan (coming soon)In this guided experience you’ll learn new strategies, set personal goals for change and continue your cultural competence journey.The Storytelling for Cultural Competence Discussion Forum (available now)This forum is a private and safe space for registered users to share their thoughts as they work through the learning experience.We hope you’ll join us for any part or all of this experience, because when it comes to cultural competence, we all have something to teach and we all have something to learn. We believe peer support, practice and shared experience can change the way we think and act, and by changing the way we think and act, we can deliver more effective support and care to those we serve.You can join the Storytelling for Cultural Competence experience now!last_img read more

SPORTING IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHS FROM QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AVAILABLE

first_imgSporting Images have posted photographs on their web-site of all the action from the Queensland Junior State Championships played at Rockhampton 25-26 August, 2007.To access the photographs for purchase please visit the Sporting Images web-site at:  www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img

Former BC premier Clark says she intends to resign as party leader

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark will resign as leader of the provincial Liberal party.Clark made her intentions known in a brief statement.She says she informed her caucus colleagues about her decision to leave as leader effective Aug. 4.Clark says she’s proud of everything she has accomplished, including working to make B.C. the leader in Canada’s economy and creating more than 200,000 jobs.She calls the province’s protection of the Great Bear Rainforest “British Columbia’s gift to the world.”Clark led her party to a 43-seat win in the 87-seat legislature in the May election, but the government lost a confidence vote after the New Democrats and Greens formed an agreement to govern.She says she’s certain that B.C.’s best days are ahead and residents can achieve anything they set their minds to through “hard work, determination and perseverance.”More coming…last_img read more

Climate change will intensify extreme heat waves Study

first_imgLos Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.last_img read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

Dortmund CEO We would have signed Ronaldo if we had the

first_imgHans-Joachim Watzke says Borussia Dortmund would have made an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if they had “the financial strength” required to handle both the transfer and salary costsAs well as recruiting a new manager in Lucien Favre from OGC Nice in the summer, Dortmund had a busy time in the transfer market.Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer was brought in on loan, before his deal was later made into a permanent one last month, along with Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel and Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney.Despite the high-profile signings though, Dortmund have reportedly posted a €536m profit and will likely be on the lookout for new talent in the January transfer window.But CEO Watzke admits even they have financial limits that restrict them from making a dream signing like Ronaldo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 59-year-old revealed that Dortmund would likely have been unable to pay the additional costs involved in signing Ronaldo, like salary payments.“If we had the financial strength to get and pay Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have done that. But we do not have [that power],” said Watze on Transfermarkt.In the end, Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in a reported €112m deal and has since enjoyed a stunning start to life in Italy.Although Dortmund themselves aren’t doing too badly either with the club currently leading the Bundesliga with a six-point lead.They’ve also reached the Champions League knockout stages, where they will take on Tottenham in the last-16 next year.last_img read more

Holidays Can Be A Killer For Pets

first_imgPoinsettia are beautiful and can be trimmed back to keep year round, but the leaves from this plant can irritate and damage your dog’s mouth and stomach, and often cause nausea and vomiting. Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, because of the caffeine content, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea.” Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “They can get symptoms like they are drunk, they are staggering.” English Ivy can be dangerous to humans as well since it is toxic all around and can also cause dermatitis and skin inflammation if handled improperly. For dogs, ingesting the leaves of this plant is the most dangerous part and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dogs can also experience dermal reactions like blistering, redness or swelling if they come in contact with it. Many seasonal plants are very dangerous when ingested by animals. Decking the halls with holly for Christmas is tempting,  and while it’s sharp leaves and bitter taste will keep most dogs away from it those who do take a nip can get in trouble fast. Holly can be pretty toxic if ingested, even in small doses. Ingesting mistletoe can be very dangerous for your dog since it is very toxic because it has multiple toxic substances which can cause severe stomach pain, drop in blood pressure and breathing problems. In larger amounts, mistletoe can also cause seizures or even death.center_img Dominic suggests letting the animal vomit to get the toxin out of it’s system, and if it doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly, take it to the veterinarian for more aggressive treatment. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the distractions of friends, family, and festivities, many pet owners aren’t keeping a close eye on their fur babies – and that can turn deadly when pets decide to have a festive party of their own. Amaryllis is also pretty toxic to dogs, creating stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and even tremors. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp3VmDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Venezuela opposition takes steps to seize oil revenue

first_imgVenezuelans line up as they wait for a free lunch at the “Divina Providencia” migrant shelter outskirts of Cucuta, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, Colombia on 13 February 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido took another step Wednesday in an international bid to economically starve president Nicolas Maduro’s regime, announcing the appointment of a new board for Citgo, the US-based arm of state oil firm PDVSA.Guaido—who has been recognised as acting president by more than 50 countries and also heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature, which appointed the new board—is locked in a battle with Maduro for control of the crisis-hit country.The United States, which is leading the push to topple Maduro, has sanctioned key regime financial assets including Citgo, and on Wednesday president Donald Trump once more refused to rule out military action against the leftist leader.Announcing the new six-member board on Twitter, Guaido said it “will be made up of qualified Venezuelans, who are free of corruption and without any partisan affiliation.”“With this decision, we are not only protecting our assets, we are avoiding the ongoing destruction and loss of the business,” said Guaido, who declared himself interim president after incumbent Maduro announced victory in polls the opposition said were rigged.The previous board was named by Maduro, who has presided over the economic collapse of Venezuela.The country is wracked by recession and hyperinflation, while millions of people are suffering from shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.‘US blockade’Venezuela earns 96 per cent of its revenues through oil but its production has dropped to a 30-year low of 1.1 million barrels a day.The US was its biggest single customer, buying almost half of its production, which represented 75 per cent of the country’s liquidity.Caracas says the “US blockade” has cost it $30 billion.In announcing the latest raft of sanctions last month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Citgo can continue to operate, but its earnings must be deposited into a blocked account in the United States, out of reach of Maduro’s regime.As Venezuela’s opposition moved to replace Citgo’s leadership, Trump was hosting Colombia’s president Ivan Duque for talks on the crisis gripping its Latin American neighbour.Declaring himself “sad” about the “turmoil” in the oil-rich nation, Trump demanded that Maduro unblock US aid shipments to the country, sitting on the Colombian side of the border.Key to Guaido’s strategy to oust Maduro is bringing in the aid that has been blocked by Venezuela’s military, at Maduro’s behest.Success would demonstrate to Venezuela’s people that Guaido is able to meet their needs.Maduro says the aid is a “political show” and would be a prelude to a US invasion.“You’ll see,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if thousands of US troops could deploy.Duque, whose country has taken in large numbers of Venezuelan refugees, also lambasted Maduro, saying that “obstructing the access of humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity.”‘Feast of hatred’“I think he’s making a terrible mistake” by not letting in the aid, Trump said of Maduro.“We’re trying to get food to people that are starving. You have people starving in Venezuela.”Maduro hit back at the two leaders, terming the meeting a “feast of hatred” and warning: “Hands off Venezuela.”At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on 23 February.“We have almost 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn’t enter,” he said.In his latest attempt to erode Maduro’s authority over the military, Guaido added: “Here is a direct order to the armed forces: allow in the humanitarian aid once and for all (and) end the repression.”Guaido’s team has met with Brazilian officials to set up a second aid storage centre on that border. The new right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has joined the growing coalition against Maduro.But Maduro has so far resisted, portraying himself in the mold of historic Latin American anti-imperialist leaders.He has backing from Russia and China, as well as his armed forces.Moscow weighed in on Tuesday, with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warning “against all interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs, including the use of force threatened by Washington.”There have been growing rumours about possible US preparations for some kind of military involvement ever since Trump’s hawkish national security advisor John Bolton was photographed with a notepad reading “5,000 troops to Colombia?”However, on Wednesday the State Department point man for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, played down the idea.Military intervention “is not a path that the US government is pursuing,” he said. “I don’t see a reason” for the use of force.last_img read more

Council Approves Port Covington Deal

first_imgBaltimore’s City Council has given final approval to $660 million in public financing for Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s mixed-use waterfront development.Artist’s rendition of what the Port Covington Project would look like after completion. (Courtesy photo)The council voted 12-1 on Sept. 19 to approve the public financing package for Port Covington. The $5.5 billion development will have offices, homes, restaurants, green space and a new campus for Under Armour, a sportswear company.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation.last_img read more