Protest for peaceful place to play

first_imgKeziah Fortuin, 11, Zaib van der Berg, 11, Cleo Jasman, 11, and Tara Carelse, 12, had fun designing their home. A Hanover Park woman mobilised parents and their children to stage a protest of a different kind – allowing children to play peacefully.Ayesha Burgher said gang violence wreaked havoc on their daily lives. As a resident of Oribi Court for 23 years, she had thought back about how freely they could play “huisie huisie” as children many years ago. She then questioned why today’s children were not allowed the same joy. Often when they play outside, the children must run for cover when the shooting starts and things are especially vulnerable when it is school holidays. So, Ms Burgher spoke to some of her neighbours.On Thursday, the children were encouraged to “build their own houses” outside their homes, and four teams took on the challenge – using toys and even household equipment. They also wore banners around their necks, speaking out about the gang violence. They did all this under the watchful eyes of their parents.Said Ms Burgher: “Gang violence is a challenge for us most of the time. It is so nice to just watch the children enjoy playing a game and decorating their ‘houses’. We could play in peace those years, why can’t our children be shown the same courtesy? It is the school holidays, so why can’t the children play? Why must we be kept prisoners in our homes?”Zubeida Smith said they were a family of 13 who shared one-bedroomed flat, with no backyard.“Our children need to play, but so many things can happen if my children must walk from here to play elsewhere. The gang violence is so bad, that emergency services don’t want to come into the area without a police escort. I could not get an ambulance to take my five-month-old baby to the hospital in the middle of the night, and had to wait until the next morning. With all this happening, I feel encouraged when I see how happy our children are to be able to play outside,” Ms Smith said.Bahia Davids said government must take accountability for the lives being lost on the CapeFlats.“Where do the guns and bullets come from? There are so many laws and conditions if one wants to acquire a legal gun, why is it so easy for gangsters to get it? We must really look at the root of the problem,” Ms Davids said. Four groups of children got together to create their own houses, thanks to an initiative from Oribi Court, Hanover Park, resident, Ayesha Burgher. Four groups of children got together to create their own houses, thanks to an initiative from Oribi Court, Hanover Park, resident, Ayesha Burgher. 1 of 4center_img Adhraa Daniels, 11, Akirah Petersen, 9, Shaoudah Gabriels, 7, Narriman Rakiep, 9, Natheera Baker, 11, with little Anwar Smith, five months, and Ashurah Abrahams, 9, sit around their supper table. Keziah Fortuin, 11, Zaib van der Berg, 11, Cleo Jasman, 11, and Tara Carelse, 12, had fun designing their home.last_img read more

Metros

first_imgCanada: Toronto Transit Commission has asked the promoters of the AirCanada Centre to help fund expansion of the metro station at Union Station, to handle the anticipated traffic which will be attracted by the new sports arena.China: Hong Kong MTR Corp signed a contract with Siemens on February 18 for installation of new public address equipment at all stations, including automatic digital voice announcements in both Cantonese and English.Europe: The European Commission has appointed the Group for Urban Interchanges, Development & Evaluation to investigate the accessibility of public transport and quality of interchange across Europe. Led by consultants MVA, Guide has 12 members including academic institutions, passenger transport executives, and operators London Transport, Netherlands Railways and RATP. Great Britain: Tramtrack Croydon has awarded a £18m contract to Jarvis for design and installation of trackwork on the Tramlink light rail network from this month until the end of January 1999.Spain: The Basque regional government has awarded a Pts8bn contract for construction of a 3·2 km tunnel section of Bilbao metro line 2 between San Inazio and Barakaldo.Generalitat de Valencia has approved a 2·2 km extension of light rail Line 4 from Ademuz to Burjasot costing Pts1·3bn.USA: San Francisco commuter rail operator Caltrain has ordered three diesel locos of 3200hp from Motive Power Industries for delivery in August at a cost of $6·8m. GEC Alsthom Technotransport is to overhaul the existing 20-strong fleet in Montréal for US$12·2m, with provision for conversion to head-end power.Bay Area Rapid Transit has awarded a $597m contract to Tutor-Saliba and Slattery Construction to build the 14 km BART extension to San Francisco Airport. The interchange at Milbrae is to be built by Sverdrup/Conco for $70m.Metro-Dade County has invited bids for a 2·4 km extension of the Miami metro from Okeechobee to a multi-modal interchange at NW 74 St & Palmetto Expressway at a cost of $87m.San Francisco’s Muni Metro has issued a request for proposals for an 8·7 km light rail extension from 4th & King St along Third Street to the Caltrain station at Bayshore. Costed at $405m including 25 new LRVs, the line is expected to open in 2003.last_img read more

Indian Railways budget launches five-year plan

first_imgINDIA: The 2015-16 railways budget should be seen as the beginning of a Rs8 560bn five-year action plan to transform the network, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said when he presented the budget to parliament on February 26.This year’s budget forms part of a ‘trilogy’ of documents being produced by the government, along with a white paper and a ‘Vision 2030’ document which is to be released later this year.Prabhu set out four goals for IR: sustainable and measurable improvement in customer experience; improved safety; substantial expansion of passenger and freight capacity; and becoming financially self-sustainable.Work to increase capacity from 21 million to 30 million passengers/day and 1 billion to 1·5 billion tonnes/year will focus on gauge conversion, additional tracks and electrification on high-traffic routes.Passenger train speeds on nine corridors are to be raised from 110 and 130 km/h to 160 and 200 km/h, with the average speed of freight trains to be increased to 100 km/h (empty) and 75 km/h (loaded). Long-distance multiple-unit trainsets are to be introduced within two years. The feasibility study for the Mumbai – Ahmadabad high speed line is to be completed in the middle of this year.Efforts to improve the customer experience will include a focus on cleanliness including the installation of modern toilets, as well as improving ticketing technology, ensuring that unreserved tickets can be bought within 5 min. IR is to pilot the introduction of onboard CCTV and entertainment systems, lengthen the busiest trains from 24 to 26 coaches, and develop a new design of ladder to make access to upper berths easier. Dedicated coaches on selected trains serving major tourist destinations could be offered to travel companies on a revenue-sharing model.A Transport Logistics Corp of India is to be established to develop common-user freight facilities through PPPs. Policy on freight terminals will be revised to remove obstacles which have impeded private investment.Four railway research centres are to be established at universities, and a dedicated railway university is planned. A foreign technology co-operation scheme is to be launched. The scale of the investment will require multiple sources of funding, and Prabhu said multilateral development banks and pension funds had expressed interest in financing rail projects. Full analysis of the Indian Railways budget will appear in the April 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International. Proposed five-year investment plan 2015-19 Amount, Rs bn Network decongestion (including Dedicated Freight Corridors, electrification, double-tracking)1993 Network expansion (including electrification)1930 National projects (North Eastern and Kashmir connectivity projects)390 Safety (track renewals, bridge works, signalling and telecoms)1270 IT and research50 Locomotives and rolling stock1020 Passenger amenities125 High speed rail and elevated corridor650 Station redevelopment and logistic parks1000 Other132 Total8560last_img read more

MURDER ENQUIRY LAUNCHED AS MAN ASSAULTED IN DUMFRIES DIES

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMurder Enquiry – DumfriesPolice Scotland report that the 44 year old man who was seriously assaulted in the early hours of Saturday 1 August 2015 in Queensberry Street in Dumfries, died in the early hours of Friday 7 August 2015. The man has been named as Daniel Skelton from Blackmoss Drive in Bellshill.Detective Chief Inspector Colin Burnie of Police Scotland in Dumfries said “sadly the victim died at the Western Infirmary in Edinburgh in the early hours of today and as such this is now a murder enquiry. The Procurator Fiscal has been notified and a post mortem examination is being arranged.”last_img

Attempted coup thwarted, Ethiopian military chief killed

first_imgSouth Sudan military chief dies Egypt appoints new military intelligence chief El-Sisi Resigns as Military Chiefcenter_img In this image made from video, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, Sunday, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, the prime minister told the state broadcaster. (ETV via AP) In this image made from video, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, Sunday, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, the prime minister told the state broadcaster. (ETV via AP)Ethiopia’s government foiled a coup attempt in a region north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the country’s military chief was shot dead, the prime minister said Sunday.The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others within the military, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, wearing military fatigues, announced on the state broadcaster early Sunday.In a related development, the head of Ethiopia’s military was shot dead in the capital, a spokesman for the prime minister announced Sunday.Gen. Seare Mekonnen was killed by his bodyguard at his residence in Addis Ababa, said Nigussu Tilahun at a press conference Sunday morning. A retired army general visiting the army chief at the time was also killed in the same attack late on Saturday, said the spokesman.The attack followed the violence in Amhara, where soldiers allegedly led by a renegade brigadier raided a meeting of the regional government and killed officials including the region’s president.Most of the perpetrators of the attack in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara, have been apprehended and others are being hunted down, said the spokesman.The attack in Bahir Dar and the assassination of the army chief are linked, he said.The U.S. Embassy reported gunfire in the capital Saturday and urged people to be careful.In Bahir Dar residents told The Associated Press they could still hear gunshots late Saturday. Ethiopia’s internet appeared to be shut down on Sunday.The attempted coup in Amhara is the latest challenge to Abiy, who was elected last year as a reform-minded young leader.Abiy has captured the imagination of many with his political and economic reforms, including the surprise acceptance of a peace agreement with bitter rival Eritrea, the opening of major state-owned sectors to private investment and the release of thousands of prisoners including opposition figures once sentenced to death.Along the way he has faced some challenges. In June 2018, only months in office, an attempt to hurl a grenade at Abiy caused a deadly explosion at a massive rally in support of the sweeping changes in Ethiopia. Nine police officials were arrested over that incident, state media reported.In October rebellious Ethiopian soldiers protested over pay, causing a security incident in the capital. Ethiopia’s army is one of the largest in Africa.The country is a key regional security ally for the United States and others in the restive Horn of Africa region.Relatedlast_img read more

Finalized route for Carnival Opening Parade announced

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Finalized route for Carnival Opening Parade announced by: – January 30, 2014 Share The final changes with respect to the route for this year’s Opening Carnival parade scheduled for February 8, 2014 from 3pm has been revealed.The parade route has been from Victoria Street, through the City and onto the Pottersville Savannah, culminating with an opening ceremony. “We flipped the script slightly, put a new twist to an old thing. We’ve been at the Bayfront before, we’re going back to the Bayfront,” events coordinator of the Discover Dominica Authority, Nathalie Clarke said.The parade which will start at the Portersville Savannah from 3pm, “will move southwards along the Goodwill road, across the EC Loblack Bridge south along Independence Street, westwards along King George V Street, turn southwards along Old Street and then proceed northwards along the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard” where it will climax.“You notice we’re using part of the Carnival Monday and Tuesday route right because it’s already there for us to use, the streets are already wide enough because you have to think of all the big flatbed trucks that are trying to turn the corners and so on,” Clarke added. Following this parade, there will be an opening ceremony on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard from 6:30pm where the Mayor of Roseau Irene John will officially present the keys to the City along with addresses from the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture and Tourism Minister.Following this Opening Ceremony, there will be a Konnet Viv jam session at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium car park from 8:30pm. This is a new feature to this year’s Real Mas celebrations.The Konnet Viv fete will feature the WCK, Triple Kay Bands and DJ Flip.“It’s going to be a wonderful jam session…it’s going to be a nice all-inclusive party so bring your rags, bring your flags, come and jam, get ready,” Carnival promoter Val Cuffy urged. The entrance fee to the stadium will be between $20 – $25 per person and will commence at 8:30pm until midnight.Dominica Vibes News 28 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Dominica ‘safe to visit’ despite Chikungunya

first_img Tweet LocalNews Dominica ‘safe to visit’ despite Chikungunya by: – May 24, 2014 77 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas has assured the public that Dominica is a safe place to visit for business and pleasure, despite the presence of the Chikungunya virus on the island.Tourism experts have warned that the Caribbean Region should work together to combat the mosquito-borne virus before it affects their populations further or impact visitor arrivals during the summer.Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people suffering from the virus, which was first confirmed in St Martin in December, 2013 and has rapidly spread to other islands including Puerto Rico and Florida.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported that there have been more than 55,000 suspected and confirmed cases since throughout the islands.Health officials are working feverishly to educate the public about the illness, reduce the mosquito population, and deal with an onslaught of cases. So far, there are no signs that the virus is keeping visitors away, though some Caribbean officials warn it might if it is not controlled. “Dominica is a safe place to travel to notwithstanding the spread of Chikungunya,” Minister Douglas told Dominica Vibes.“We continue to keep the spread of the disease in check and all the health authorities continue to treat persons to recover as quickly as possible,” he continued.Although there are suggestions that the Chikungunya virus could affect travel to the region, Mr Douglas assured visitors that Dominica is taking serious measures to treat it. “I can just encourage all citizens to be very mindful of the effect that the word reaching out there can have and we don’t really want to scare persons who have planned their holiday for the Caribbean and we want to assure them that this is a situation that we will continue to monitor and sensitize all our citizens,” he said. He said Dominica is doing all it has to do at this time to help prevent the spread of the virus by cleaning the environment to bring an end to the breeding of mosquitoes. There are close to two thousand suspected cases of the virus in Dominica.Douglas noted that the issue of Chikungunya must be dealt with on a regional level in order to contain its spread. He informed that regional tourism ministers have crafted a statement on the disease which will be released shortly, in an effort to reassure the world that the Caribbean is a safe place.“Destination Caribbean continues to be a safe region to come on a vacation and all of the individuals continue to do all that we possibly can to ensure that the Chikungunya is under control,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

VAT Removed from Select Adult and Baby Products

first_img Tweet 404 Views   no discussions Share Share BusinessLocalNewsPolitics VAT Removed from Select Adult and Baby Products by: – February 14, 2020center_img Sharing is caring!                                                           Hon Gretta RobertsIn the interest of babies and the senior population, the House of Parliament has agreed to completely remove VAT from specific items designed to make life more comfortable for senior citizens.In July 2014, Government announced the removal of import duties on adult and diapers.This time, according to Gretta Roberts, Hon Minister of Governance, Public Service Reform, Citizen Empowerment, Social Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, the 15% Value-Added Tax will also go with retroactive effect from September 2019.“In identification of the needs of the communities, we recognise that among the elderly and infants, there are some articles and equipment that can be used to provide better and more professional care,” the Minister began.She listed, “adult diapers, baby diapers, baby wipes, bath boards, bath steps, bath lifts and hoists, shower chairs and reclining beds.”Hon Roberts says, “The goal is always to make the quality of life better for citizens.” Sharelast_img read more

Iowa Supreme Court decides that dairy farm owner can be sued for farm tour injury

first_imgThe Iowa Supreme Court says farmers who host educational tours are not shielded from personal injury lawsuits under Iowa’s recreational use law.The court ruled 5-2 last week that the owners of a dairy farm can be sued by a chaperone injured when she fell through a hole in a hayloft during a kindergarten class field trip.advertisementadvertisement The ruling could jeapardize educational farm tours, which have become popular events in many agricultural areas. A September 2012 farm tour weekend in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area drew more than 6,000 visitors, for example.At issue is the interpretation of a 1967 law that bars lawsuits against landowners who open their property to the public for recreational uses such as hunting, hiking and snowmobiling.The majority ruled that Iowa lawmakers never intended the law to bar legal claims for injuries suffered in a dairy barn while “frolicking in a hayloft as part of a guided tour.”The suit was filed in 2010 by Kimberly Sallee, who chaperoned her daughter’s kindergarten class trip from Oelwein to a farm owned by Matthew and Diana Stewart.Students who visited would learn about a typical day on the farm, where they participated in activities such as riding a horse, feeding a calf, seeing a tractor and playing in a hayloft. The Stewarts supervised the activities.advertisementSallee climbed the ladder to the hayloft and unknowingly stood on hay bales that covered a hole in the floor. When the bales collapsed, she fell several feet and broke her wrist and leg. She filed a lawsuit against the Stewarts, alleging their negligence caused her injuries.A district judge dismissed the lawsuit two years ago, ruling the Stewarts were immune from liability under the recreational use law. The students had engaged in horseback riding and the study of nature, activities specifically mentioned in the law, the judge found.An appeals court overturned the decision last year, ruling 2-1 that the Stewarts were not immune because they were responsible for guiding the tour.Justice Brent Appel, writing for the majority in Friday’s opinion, said all states have laws that limit liability against landowners for recreational activities, but Iowa’s was more limited than some others. He said Sallee was not participating in any of the specific activities covered by the law when she was injured.The goal of limiting the law is to “avoid the absurd result” of applying the immunity so broadly that it would bar lawsuits over injuries at a backyard barbecue or a driveway basketball game, he wrote.”The Legislature clearly has not empowered this court to expand or update the list of recreational purposes,” Appel wrote. “While such an action might be supported by policy reasons, any such action must be taken by the Legislature, not by us.”advertisementBut dissenting Justice Edward Mansfield said from its outset, Iowa’s law was designed to encourage farmers to offer free recreational use of their lands and buildings. The decision “turns this law upside down” and takes away their long-standing legal immunity, he wrote.Ray Walton, a Waterloo lawyer who represents Sallee, said the case would return for a civil trial in Fayette County, where he hopes to prove her claims. He said the ruling would only affect landowners who participate in the activities of their guests, such as leading tours, and would not affect those who simply allow hunting or fishing. PD—Compiled from AP Newsfinder story and other sourceslast_img read more

Developer plans expansion for Farmington medical office building

first_imgFarmington Planning Commission members got a first look Monday at plans for Professional Pavilion, an expanded medical office building located on Shiawassee between Mooney Street and Orchard Lake Road.The existing 25,000-square-foot building’s new owner, Jim Barnas of Contracting Resources, plans a 13,000-square-foot addition with dramatic changes to the parking lot and building entrances. The half-vacant building is under contract; the sale will be completed once additional leases are signed.“The building was built in ’70s and purchased in mid-2000 by a real estate investment trust out of Milwaukee,” said Barnas, who is an architect “The building has actually kind of gone down in quality.”Plans call for new landscaping, islands that will reduce the parking lot’s impervious surface, canopies over entrances, and a low retaining wall at the Shiawassee/Grand River intersection that will also identify the building.“The addition does bring a modern element to the existing building,” Barnas said.Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said the project was reviewed by the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA). The property is located in one of four focus areas over which the CIA has jurisdiction.“This is a cornerstone project,” he said. “This is a gateway for this focus area.”Barnas discussed adding “welcome” and directional signage, Christiansen said. Commission chair Kenneth Crutcher asked whether he would consider some type of sculpture on the corner.“We would consider anything,” Barnas said. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more