first_imgOne of the elderly residents on Dr McCloskey Crescent in Glenties who were locked into their homes.Irish Water has agreed NOT to install water meters outside the homes of residents in Glenties who oppose their installation.It follows a major stand-off between the company and locals in the town this week after the homes of elderly residents were blocked by Irish Water engineers.Now, following a meeting between the company and locals, Irish Water has agreed to approach individual residents. Irish Water has agreed not to install water meters in Glenties where individual residents do not want them.o approach individual homeowners on the issue.If a resident does not want a water meter, then Irish Water has agreed not to install one.Speaking following the agreement community representative Brian Carr said the move makes common sense.“After meeting with a representative of Irish Water on site here in Glenties this morning, a major breakthrough has been reached. Irish Water have agreed to contact any home who has a poster stating they do not want a watermeter installed. If that homeowner states they do not give permission, Irish Water will not install a meter for their premises.”“At all times this is what we wanted, it is unfortunate that this agreement could not have been made earlier this week as the turmoil and fear that have been created was totally unnecessary.” “Notice of works commencing was not given to the people of Glenties and on Monday morning Irish Water contractors moved into a small estate in Glenties. These houses are predominantly occupied by elderly residents, these residents were blocked in their homes and were feared.“The attitude of the Irish Water representives towards residents has created much of the ill feeling.“We are hoping that real lessons have been learned by Irish Water, all people are wanting is to be treated with respect and their human rights upheld.“The support and solidarity of the community have achieved this agreement. We will continue to support all our neighbours whether they want a metre installed or not.”He added that Right2Water Donegal will be meeting with representatives in the community over the weekend to inform people of their rights. IRISH WATER IN CLIMBDOWN WITH GLENTIES RESIDENTS OVER WATER METERS was last modified: May 1st, 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)last_img read more

JSE pushes Africa investment

first_img5 April 2012 As appetite for investment in the continent continues to grow, the JSE is implementing a new Africa strategy, migrating the companies listed on its Africa board to its main board and diversifying the instrument range it offers to African investors. The JSE said in a statement on Monday that African companies will be allowed to list directly on its main board and AltX smaller cap board from mid-year, as Africa’s largest stock exchange moves to position itself as a more attractive proposition for African listings. Included in its new offering will depository receipts and a broader range of exchange traded funds and debt instruments. Since its launch in 2009, the JSE’s Africa board has managed to attract only two successful listings: Botswana’s Wilderness Holdings, an ecotourism company, and Trustco Group Holdings, a Namibian-based microinsurance and microfinance company. However, the JSE said, it had found that companies wanted to be ranked with their sector peers, something the Africa board did not allow.‘The Africa strategy’ There were other reasons why it felt the time was right for a strategic shift. “First, the October 2011 announcement by National Treasury that companies previously viewed as foreign listings would in future be treated as domestic makes it easier for South Africans to invest in JSE-listed African stocks – that makes capital raising by foreign companies easier,” the JSE said. Second, the JSE had developed good relations with several stock exchanges on the continent. Third, investment flows into the continent’s markets and the number of funds focused on the region were increasing as investors searched for high returns in previously unexplored emerging markets. “All of this means that there is an opportunity for the JSE to work with these exchanges and various development institutions to build capacity on the continent,” said Siobhan Cleary, director of strategy and public policy at the JSE. “It also gives the JSE the opportunity to evolve its Africa strategy. “This has meant looking critically at what issuers – companies, governments and others – from the rest of the continent are looking for, and aligning their needs with the JSE’s objectives.” Diversifying the instrument range Nathan Mintah, chairman of the JSE’s Africa advisory committee, said the evolution in the JSE’s strategy was “a step in the right direction in the quest to increase capital flows into the rest of Africa”. “Offering issuers and investors the ‘whole JSE’ market platform for access to instruments across the capital structure in equities, mezzanine, and fixed income, combined with the JSE’s liquidity, will clearly benefit all stakeholders and serve as a catalyst for product innovation in areas such as exchange traded products for the rest of Africa.” The JSE is also working at diversifying the instrument range it offers investors from the rest of the continent. The bourse currently offers four interest rate instruments from the rest of the continent, as well as an African exchange traded product, Cleary said, but would be giving increased focus to listing further debt and quasi-equity products.Depository receipts “These will also include depository receipts (DRs), which are traded like shares and offer investors the same economic, corporate and voting rights as holding underlying shares directly.” DRs enable issuers to reach investors located outside their home markets while reducing the risk of cross-border investment. They would provide a way for African companies to raise capital on the JSE without requiring a secondary listing, Cleary said. “DRs are applicable for African companies regardless of whether they have an existing listing on an African exchange or any other exchange. Freely traded in South African rands, this will allow African companies to market themselves to both South African and international investors.” Previously, the Africa board only catered for main board listings. Smaller and medium-sized companies from the rest of Africa fulfilling AltX criteria will from now on be encouraged to list. “The JSE’s existing African offering includes 12 African companies,” said Cleary. “In future, there will be no differentiation (for listing purposes) between African and non-African companies. “For equities, this will mean that we will list the companies on the main board or AltX as applicable. We will also actively market and profile the African companies that are already listed.” The JSE said it believed that its approach provided a workable solution to the sometimes complex issue of investment on the continent, while also contributing to the development of markets within their own economies. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hector’s sister tells the story still, 38 years later

first_imgSam Nzima’s famous picture hangs at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Antoinette Sithole, left, gives tours at the museum and says schoolchildren still find the uprising hard to believe. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Hector Pieterson Museum +27 11 536 0611 • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • Historic Soweto township turns 80• Trio aspires to retain Hector legacy• Soweto tours with a twist• Youth Day: lessons from 1976Lucille DavieAntoinette Sithole, Hector Pieterson’s sister, finds that schoolchildren want to touch her to see if she is real, once they have heard the story of 16 June 1976, and see the famous photograph of her running alongside Mbuyisa Makhubu, who was carrying the dying 12-year-old Hector in his arms.“They find the story unbelievable,” she says now, 38 years later. On that fateful day, police opened fire on thousands of schoolchildren who were protesting against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. Hector was the first child to die on the day, in uprisings that spread across Soweto and the country in 1976. By the end of the year, there had been more than 500 deaths around the country.Sithole now gives tours at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West in Soweto, built just a few blocks from where her brother was shot. The children say that the event happened a long time ago, and it’s hard to believe it took place. “They just keep on touching me – I am the past and the present, and it is very exciting.”It is striking that the children of today don’t appear to have unity, she says; she explains to them that back in 1976 children supported one another; they had a sense of unity. “Now children do drugs, and there is teenage pregnancy, and they don’t take a stand. They are living in another world.”She has told the story thousands of times of how she joined the march of up to 15 000 schoolchildren, on their way to Orlando Stadium to discuss their grievances. About having to repeat it almost every day, she says: “At first I could not talk about it, but I am part and parcel of the story. I now feel honoured and proud to talk about our history.” Schools on strikeTensions in schools had been growing from February in 1976 when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for refusing to teach in Afrikaans. Efforts to make representations to the education authorities were rebuffed, and in mid-May about a dozen schools went on strike, with several students refusing to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary, and Morris Isaacson High – marched but before they got to the stadium, the police met them, in Moema Street. No one knows who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were running in all directions; some were left lying wounded and dying on the road.The museum, opened in 2002, captures in graphic photographs, posters, TV footage and artefacts the events of the day, together with eye witness accounts. A series of ramps leads the visitor into the belly of the museum, where one is finally confronted with the famous photograph taken by The World photographer Sam Nzima. He took a sequence of six photographs of Makhubo carrying Hector and putting him a car. He was taken to the nearby Phefeni Clinic, where he was pronounced dead. The photographs were splashed across the front pages of newspapers around the world, and Hector became the symbol of apartheid repression.Sithole takes overseas visitors through the museum, and says that they cry when they hear the story. “They say I am brave, that they couldn’t talk about it. But I am not angry, I have learnt forgiveness.”She remembers the events “just like yesterday”. But on the other hand, sometimes she doesn’t believe the story herself, as if she is watching a movie, she adds. Sometimes she is restless, and would like to have “me time”.Recently turned 54, “every birthday to me is very, very important” she says, “because if my brother hadn’t have died, it could have been me”. She gives talks around the country, and has been invited to speak in Europe, Canada and the US. She gives credit to her mother, as the one who is strong. “Whatever happened to her she accepts.” Hector’s motherSeventy-one-year-old Dorothy Molefe says she still misses her only son, who would be 50 this year. “I miss him a lot, we were very close, he was like a brother to me. I miss the jokes, the teasing. He was clever, jolly, always smiling.” And because he was her only son, it was harder for her. “I don’t even think of how old he would be now.”Molefe still visits his grave in Avalon Cemetery, in Soweto. “I think of the memories of when he was alive.”Back in 1976, it took three weeks to get Hector’s remains from the mortuary. “He was the last one of the children to be buried,” she said in 2005. She found the funeral “very hard”. “I didn’t want to be too sad, in case everything didn’t go right.”Hector was one of six children; Molefe had three daughters and a son with her first husband, and two daughters with her second husband. Since Hector’s death, she has had to bury a second child: in 1997 her 15-year-old daughter, Debbie, died in a car accident. She has 12 grandchildren – her son would probably be a grandfather today, if he’d lived.The apartheid government was jolted by the event. The immediate consequence was that Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants. But the most significant change was that urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Previously they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, far away from industrial centres and jobs. The hunt for MakhuboThe 18-year-old Makhubo was harassed by police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His late mother told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the mid-1990s that the only communication she received from him was a letter he wrote in 1978 from Nigeria. According to the Mail & Guardian, he is believed to be still alive and detained in a Canadian jail on immigration charges.The newspaper reported on 13 June: “Last year saw the failure of a Department of Arts and Culture-initiated project to repatriate a man – believed to be the very same Mbuyisa Makhubu – detained in Canada for 10 years on immigration charges. The DNA results into his identity were pronounced inconclusive. But for the Makhubu family, hope remains.” The Citizen newspaper reported the following day: “[The department] is in the process of clarifying the situation regarding DNA tests done on a man currently in Canada that some maintain could be Mbuyisa Makhubo.”The man has been imprisoned in Canada for a decade on immigration charges, claiming his name is Victor Vinnetou. In its report, the Mail & Guardian said that according to detention review transcripts supplied to it by Canada’s immigration and refugee board, “the detainee in question has been living in Canada since 1988 and has been detained there since 10 August 2004. He assumed multiple identities since arriving in Canada and has the symptoms of a mental health disorder.”last_img read more

TIBCO’s tibbr May Be the Enterprise 2.0 Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

first_imgSo what’s the big deal about tibbr? Here’s a quick look at the features:Active Directory and LDAP integrationBoth cloud-based and on-premise offeringsEnterprise software integration (Oracle, SAP,, etc.)Social media integregation (Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, etc.)RSS aggregationMobile client for Android, BlackBerry and iOS (including the iPad)It can aggregate social media, business intelligence, ERP and more into a single interface. It works with major enterprise software out of the box. In short, this is an enterprise-ready product from a serious vendor that’s ready a universal inbox.Even enterprise 2.0 curmudgeon Dennis Howlett is impressed:I first saw an early iteration of tibbr last year when it was used as a socially mediated communications tool at the company’s annual user conference. At the time I thought: ‘meh.’ It was like another Yammer with little to commend it beyond the ability to discover other attendees, share questions and the like.Fast forward to last week when I was given a sneak preview of the latest iteration. Today, tibbr is a whole new animal with the ability to do what I have been asking of Enterprise 2.0 technologies. It intelligently marries people, process and context, delivering information the way people want to consume.Howlett says that unlike other enterprise 2.0 solutions, tibbr doesn’t look like a solution looking for a problem.Other companies, such as SimplyBox, SnapLogic, Socialcast and Socialtext have been trying to solve the integration problem for big enterprises. Interestingly, SimplyBox and Socialcast take a different approach – instead of a universal inbox, those products are trying to bring a social layer into existing products. This may be a better approach than adding a new application that aggregates information from other sources. Time will tell.Where is TIBCO going with all this? It’s already touting the combination of its Spotfire business intelligence product with tibbr as “social BI.” And last month acquired loyalty management company Loyalty Lab, so watch for it to become more active in the social CRM space. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products TIBCO‘s enterprise 2.0 offering tibbr has been a long time in the making. We first covered it in Oct. 2009. It was finally released from beta today, and the reaction has been positive. It seems that TIBCO took its time and got the product right. It may be a bit late in the game, but Tibco has serious enterprise credibility and a solid product.This, along with the announcement that Microsoft’s OfficeTalk may be commercially released, reminds us that there is still room at the enterprise 2.0 table for products from established enterprise vendors. klint finleylast_img read more

Bhopal gas tragedy activist Abdul Jabbar passes away

first_img His illness was in a critical state for three years. “We found he was living on one small diagonal artery that supplied only 10% of the blood,” said Mr. Goenka.On the intervening night of December 2 and 3 in 1984, as methyl isocyanate leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant here, Mr. Jabbar, whose house stood just 2 km away, couldn’t save his mother and brother. Yet, he helped evacuate scores of others from neighbouring areas. The tragedy killed more than 25,000, and caused diseases among lakhs, even in subsequent generations.“If the government couldn’t save a crusader, who gave voice to the affected and served his lifetime for them, by providing him adequate care in time, imagine the plight of other survivors,” said Rasheeda Bee, an associate of Mr. Jabbar and president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. “He was admitted to various hospital for three months, and the government apparently woke up too late. There is a clear case of negligence.”Asserting that survivors would continue to demand justice, she said, the next generation would fight for rights.In 1987, Mr. Jabbar set up the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sanghathan, which imparted vocational skills to women, mainly widows, so that they could be self-reliant. In addition, the group demanded sustenance allowance for them.Condoling the death, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said, “He played an important role in ensuring employment and rehabilitation for the gas-affected. He was also conscious about the environment and from time to time worked for its protection. His death has caused irreparable loss.” Social worker Abdul Jabbar, who organised survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy to raise demands for fair compensation, adequate treatment and complete rehabilitation, died at a private hospital here on Thursday night. He was 61.The State government had planned to shift him to a Mumbai hospital for better treatment on Friday. But, Mr. Jabbar, survived by wife and three children, breathed his last at the Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal, said its Chairman Ajay Goenka.Stating that he was admitted to the hospital two days ago, Mr. Goenka said, “He had long-standing diabetes leading to atherosclerosis, which led to triple-vessel disorder in the coronary arteries. And peripheral vascular disease causing gangrene. These were the major causes for his death.”last_img read more