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LDEA Burns Huge Quantity of Narcotics in Yekepa

first_imgLDEA Officers (right) along with security at the burning of narcotics in YekepaThe Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, December 22, 2018 burned huge quantity of marijuana and other narcotic drugs in the mining town of Yekepa in Nimba County.The LDEA Commander Maj. Arnold D. Kenewon put the quantity of the drugs to 120 kilograms of marijuana and 20 grams of cocaine, among other illegal substances.He said the drugs were arrested in different localities in Nimba, including the Dulay Border Point, Bewahlay, Yekepa and other far places in Nimba, but they decided to destroy the drugs in Yekepa to serve as a deterrent to those involved in trafficking and also signal to the public that the drugs arrested or seized from users are burned or destroyed.Maj. Kenewon explained that those arrested along with the drugs were sent to court for prosecution and warned the public to desist from drug trafficking and assist the LDEA in combating illegal drug acts.The burning of the drugs was very amazing to the public, especially those living around the concession area; because it was their first time to see such a huge quantity of narcotics to be set ablaze by state security.Every year, the LDEA destroys huge consignments of narcotics products in Nimba, but the burning exercise has always been in Ganta and Sanniquellie. Taking it to another locality was very strange to those who had up to this point never witnessed the burning exercise.“This is my first time seeing this kind of action, where huge drugs are set ablaze by security,” said Rebecca Y. Mulbah, Township Commissioner in Yarmin.She lauded the LDEA for the exercise and urged the government to do more in combating the trafficking and speedy prosecution of those involved, adding, “this is so dangerous for our children’s lives and it has to be stopped immediately.”In 2016, the LDEA arrested a Nigerian for carrying huge quantity of cocaine at the Ganta Check Point, after he had traveled with the cocaine concealed in his African slipper from Nigeria through Ivory Coast, before entering Liberia through Loguatuo.The perpetrator was sent to the Sanniquellie Magisterial Court for prosecution. Since then, however, the case remains limbo, after it was alleged that the perpetrator was placed on the docket.Many people who witnessed the burning believe that government is not ready to deal with drug traffickers and users, because the law is weak.Another case involving two Nigerians, Chini Obi and Sam Eze, charged for “Illicit trafficking of Narcotic Drugs” continues to languish on the court docket, since the case was filed on March 30, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Radisson Hotel, 7329 Greenleaf Ave., will be the site for the sixth Annual Soroptimist Showcase of Stars at 6 p.m. Feb. 23. The fundraising dinner includes a silent auction, talent show and awards. Following a social hour, dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and the show. Tables can be reserved for $650. Forty-five dollars of the ticket cost is tax deductible. Proceeds go to support Soroptimist programs that work to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. For more information, call (562) 698-1718. Firefighters to hold pancake breakfast PICO RIVERA – Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the VFW Hall, 4865 Durfee Ave. Cost is $4 per plate. For more information, call (562) 699-3268. Learn floral displays at library MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Friends of the Library will be teaching anyone interested how to make Chinese flowers and lanterns from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Space and materials are limited so those interested should sign up early. For more information or to sign up, call (323) 722-6551. Workshop to teach popotillo art MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Friends of the Library is offering a workshop on making popotillo art from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. The free hands-on class will show participants how to work with straw art. All are welcome. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. Friends of Library offering career day MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Friends of the Library will be sponsoring a career day for youths from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 in the Montebello Library’s multipurpose room, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. The event will allow young adults to explore different careers by meeting with professionals in a variety of fields on an individual basis. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. Literacy council to hold fundraiser WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Literacy Council’s Second Annual Love of Reading fundraiser will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at its facility at 12911 Hadley St. Sample soups will be provided by the following restaurants: Crepes and Grapes, Phlight, Sage Restaurant and Lounge and Greenleaf Cafe. Writings by literacy students will be presented. Poet Tony Barnstone will be guest speaker. Door prizes will be provided by Mervyns, California Grill and Amachi. Crafts for children will also be featured. Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Area’s top orators are announced WHITTIER – American Legion Whittier Post 51 announces the winners of the 2007 National High School Oratorical Contest. First place went to Irma Giron, an 11th-grader from Santa Fe High School. Second place went to Ian Jimenez, a 12th-grader from Whittier High School. Third place was earned by Stephanie Cuevas, an 11th-grader from Whittier High School. The winners were all awarded scholarship money for their orations. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mbappe not on Messi’s level yet, says Guardiola

first_imgBut the City boss, when asked by reporters on Friday to compare Mbappe with Lionel Messi, whom Guardiola managed at Barcelona, reacted cautiously.“Nobody can sit at the same table as Messi. Maybe Mbappe, he’s a top player, he will be an outstanding player, I’m pretty sure of that.“But to equal what Messi has done in 10 or 12 years, or Cristiano (Ronaldo), for example, we have to wait. I appreciate Mbappe wouldn’t like me to put more pressure on his shoulders.”Guardiola said Argentine forward Messi had produced his best season after season.“I think Messi has the numbers of 60-70 games every season, in the big games, always being there to score and assist, never injured, always plays every three days, never injured because he controls his body,” he said.“That’s why I don’t think we help with hypothetical suitors for him, saying you are going to be the new guy. So let Mbappe have the fantastic career he will have and after we”ll see in the future.”Guardiola also said he had warned his Manchester City stars about the perils of social media although he has no intention of curbing their use of it.A number of City players, in particular new French international full-back Benjamin Mendy, are prolific users of social media.Former Monaco defender Mendy was widely criticised when he mocked Brighton’s Lewis Dunk on Twitter after he scored an own goal in the match against City on the opening day of the season.Guardiola, 46, admits that it is an area that he does not understand but, while he is happy for his players to continue to use it, he has issued a message of caution.“No,” said Guardiola when asked if he intended to limit players’ use of social media. “They can communicate, it’s part of their lives now.“Today is a different world than what I lived in. Maybe in my period if we had Twitter I’d use Twitter.“I just want respect for the other ones. I don’t want to see disrespect for team-mates, the opposition, the club, for the fans, for the issues happening in the world. That I don’t want to see from my players, and we spoke about that.“Of course, everybody is free, I’m not a guy to say ‘ban that, ban that’. They are adults, some of them are fathers, but respect, be careful what you write, be careful what you say because I don’t want other guys to feel uncomfortable with what they say on Twitter.”0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00Paris Saint-Germain’s French striker Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Celtic September 12, 2017 © AFP/File / Andy BUCHANANMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – Pep Guardiola says new Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has plenty to prove before he can be considered on the same level as the all-time greats after Arsene Wenger said he could be the next Pele.The Arsenal manager heaped praise on the French teenager, who joined the Paris giants from Monaco in the transfer window, linking up with Brazilian superstar Neymar to form a frightening forward line.last_img read more

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Thousands without cable, Internet services due to fire damage

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousands of residents are without telephone, cable television and Internet service after wildfires and strong winds across the region damaged fiber-optic cables, officials said Monday. About 9,500 Charter Communications customers in Malibu, Agoura Hills, parts of Calabasas, Hidden Hills, unincorporated areas of Topanga and an unincorporated area next to Woodland Hills are without service, spokesman Craig Watson said. Customers lost power Sunday afternoon after flames burned hundreds of feet of a fiber-optic cable that provides service to nine out of 10 Malibu customers. Charter customers should be able to watch Channels 2, 4 and 7 if they unplug their television cable from their cable box and plug it directly into their television, Watson said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hundreds of Time Warner Cable customers in Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Canyon Country and Copper Canyon lost Internet, phone and television service because of high winds, commercial power outages and wildfires. But thousands of customers already have had their service restored, said spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner. The number of people without power “is truly dynamic and it depends on the situation,” Rockenwagner said. Crews for both companies have to wait for roads to reopen to make repairs, making it difficult to estimate when service will be restored.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Carpet Centre seeking Sales & Store Assistant

first_imgMeehan’s Carpet Centre & Elegant Rooms in Mountcharles, Donegal, are now recruiting for a Sales & Store Assistant in their busy on going shop and warehouse.Job details: – Full Time Position Available– Experience in sales preferable– Must have knowledge of Store and Stock Control– Must be a suitable candidate to undertake out of office jobs e.g. Estimating and measuring.– Training will be provided for this job– Must have a full valid Driving LicenseTo apply:  Please email your Curriculum Vitae to meehanscarpets@gmail.com or telephone 074 97 35550Job Vacancy: Carpet Centre seeking Sales & Store Assistant was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal jobsMeehan’s Carpet Centre & Elegant Roomsmountcharles jobsSales Assistantlast_img read more

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Drake Road Races Announces Post-Race Recovery Blankets Courtesy of Grinnell Mutual

first_imgDES MOINES — Finishers of the 2019 Drake Road Races half marathon and 10k will enjoy post-race recovery blankets at no additional charge, courtesy of Grinnell Mutual. The recovery blankets will help regulate runners’ body temperature – hot or cold – after they cross the finish line on the iconic Blue Oval at Drake Stadium Saturday, April 20.  Provided by Grinnell Mutual, these branded wraps will also be valued keepsakes of running in the 51st Drake Road Races.”It’s exciting to get involved with the Drake Road Races this year. It’s such an important event in the life of our home state and so highly regarded,” said Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations at Grinnell Mutual. “We take pride in our company wellness efforts and in our community involvement, so being a part of this fits right in with our corporate principles.””Our team continues to evaluate every aspect of the Drake Road Races to ensure a world-class experience.  Grinnell Mutual shares our commitment to our participants and this new partnership further elevates our event and will improve the comfort of our finishers while celebrating their achievement on the Blue Oval,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays.Grinnell Mutual will also serve as sponsor of the post-race Grinnell Mutual Recovery Zone, where finishers of all three races can refuel, relax, and relive their performances with fellow runners.  Drake Road Races merchandise will also be for sale.  Other partners in the Grinnell Mutual Recovery Zone include Hy-Vee, Iowa Beef, Hiland Dairy, Athletico, and Vero Chiropractic.The Drake Road Races will serve as the starting line for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, which includes a full week of events for the 110th running of America’s Athletic Classic. The date also allows every competitor to be one of the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Relays Road Races 51st anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved technical shirt and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits.Registration information is available at DrakeRoadRaces.org.  About the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee:For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. The Drake Road Races, an iconic event in Des Moines for more than 50 years, serves as the starting line for the weeklong celebration of athletics in Iowa’s Capital City.  It is followed by one of the nation’s largest 1-mile road races, the Grand Blue Mile, which has hosted the USATF 1-Mile Championship four times since its inception nine years ago. The week concludes inside historic Drake Stadium, where the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 109 years, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records and countless feats of athletic excellence. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays “America’s Athletic Classic”. For more information, visit DrakeRelays.org.                                                                                   # # # About Grinnell Mutual:Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 109th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. Its products are available in 19 states.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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City Oilers vs BetWay Power: FUBA NBL finals game one

first_imgOilers and Power won one of their two fixtures against the other in regular season (file photo)FUBA National Basketball League Finals-Game OneCity Oilers vs BetWay PowerMTN Arena, LugogoWednesday, 03-10-2018 @07:00pmLUGOGO – The FUBA National Basketball League (NBL) Men’s finals will get underway on Wednesday evening as five-time defending champions City Oilers take on BetWay Power at the MTN Arena Lugogo.The finals offer Oilers an opportunity equal Falcons’ record for most league titles in history. Oilers are one five championships while Falcons who will return to the top tier next season have six.Power were undoubtedly the best side in the regular season, registering 19 victories and losing only three games.However, they will be facing a side that has defeated them twice en route to two of its five league crowns. Oilers beat Power in 2014 and 16 finals.To get here, Power defeated Ndejje 2-0 in the quarterfinals before overcoming JKL Dolphins 3-1 in the best of five semifinalsFor Oilers, they swept past Sharing Youths in the last eight before somehow defeating KIU Titans 3-1 in the semis despite losing the first game 83-61.Power and Oilers faced off twice in the regular season with either side winning once. Power defeated Oilers 64-56 on the opening day of the season before the defending champions leveled matters with a 65-57 victory of their own.Power will go into the game confident as they have a squad capable of winning any game with the likes Fahmy Sebatindira, Captain Joseph Ikong, Philip Ameny, Geoffrey Soro, Michael Kojjo, Stephen Wundi and Paul Odong all available for selection.However, they will be coming up against arguably the best side in and around the country. The likes of Jimmy Enabu, Stephen Omony, Landry Ndikumana. James Okello, Josh Johnson, Jonathan Egau, Tony Drileba and Daniel Jjuuko will be a more than hard nut to crack.Comments Tags: Betway Powercity oilersFUBA NBLtoplast_img read more

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Sophiatown again, 50 years on

first_img14 February 2006People danced and sang in the streets in celebration of the renaming of Sophiatown this weekend, much in the spirit of the lively suburb of 50 years ago, which was demolished by the apartheid government.The Johannesburg city council took the decision in 1997 to re-instate the old name Sophiatown, replaced in the early 1960s by the apartheid government with the name Triomf (“triumph”). That renaming was done to mark the flattening of the suburb and the moving in of white, working class families where the vibrant, cosmopolitan suburb used to exist.On Saturday, 11 February the process finally came to fruition when Mayor Amos Masondo renamed the suburb. The ceremony was attended by Adelaide Tambo; members of the Xuma family from the Eastern Cape; the consul-general of India, Suresh Goel; Father Timothy Stanton, a senior member of Anglican Community of the Resurrection; judge Fikile Bam, an ex-Sophiatown resident; several dozen former Sophiatown residents; and several hundred others.Vibrant community“The name Sophiatown evokes memories of a vibrant, creative, multi-cultural community, a place where artists, writers and musicians flourished, against the odds, in an atmosphere of racial tolerance,” Masondo said.“Long before Soweto became a heritage destination, Sophiatown was where urban culture found its pulse and rhythm in the 1940s and 1950s.”The renaming took place in a marquee erected in Sophiatown Park, with intermittent rain failing to dampen the high spirits of the day. The suburb has been called Triomf and Sophiatown interchangeably for several years.Seventy-seven year old Irene Kau, sitting at a table with other residents of the old Sophiatown, said she was happy to witness the renaming of the suburb. “That pain does not go away, every time you come here it’s revived,” she said, recounting her forced removal.She said that on the day her family was moved and dumped in Diepkloof, it was raining too. In total, about 65 000 people were removed from the suburb.‘Closes the circle’Dr Mongezi Guma, programme director and minister at the local Anglican church, set the tone for the name change, at the same time saying that the rainy day “closes the circle”.“A name is a name – why should we care? A name is something that gives identity to people, it locates a person in the broader scheme of things. A name makes you different,” he said, to much agreement from the audience. “In the minds of those who had lived here it was Triomf.” And there was more nodding of heads.Guma’s message was one of reconciliation of the old and new residents of Sophiatown. “We want to marry our ancestors in a way to look into the future together. We want to marry the memory of Sophiatown to the memory of Triomf.”The removals started on 9 February 1955 and continued until 1963, by which time the residents had been removed and most of the suburb had been flattened. Several buildings escaped the bulldozers: the Christ the King Anglican Church, where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston preached, Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma’s house and St Joseph’s Home for Orphans.‘Celebration’“This is a day of celebration, not a day of triumph,” Guma added.Singer Hanne Koster stepped up to the podium and sang her song Sophiatown, with the chorus line, “Whose triumph are you, Sophiatown?”Then diva legends Abigail Kubeka and Thandi Klaasen took the stage, and the audience just couldn’t keep to their seats. Several seventy-somethings found space to dance, between tables and chairs, and their hips and shoulders moved like their grey hair wasn’t there.The cast from the play Sophiatown also sang several songs from the 1950s, bringing a nostalgic note to the day.Dr Xuma’s houseDr Xuma’s Toby Street house, now a national monumentThere were many famous Sophiatown residents, one of whom was Dr Xuma, the suburb’s doctor and president of the ANC from 1939 to 1949.City councillor Nandi Mayathula-Khoza paid tribute to him. “The son of uneducated ordinary parents, he became a highly qualified medical doctor, with a string of degrees from universities in America, England and Scotland. He rose from herdboy, shipping clerk, and hotel and train waiter to head the liberation movement in his country.”Xuma opened a surgery in Toby Street in Sophiatown in 1927, naming it Empilweni (“health”). The house, considered a mansion by his neighbours, is now a national monument, and a doctor’s family once again lives in it.Mayathula-Khoza outlined the contribution Xuma made to the ANC during his years as president: paid debts owed; established an effective branch structure and instituted provincial congresses; introduced a new constitution; eliminated the house of chiefs; signed a pact with the SA Indian Congress; and gave women equal rights. He acted as unofficial delegate to the United Nations in 1946.Xuma and his American wife were finally removed from their house in 1959. They went to live in Dube, Soweto. He died in Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in 1962 and is buried in Brixton Cemetery.Cultural diversityAs part of the celebrations, Masondo unveiled a heritage plaque on the wall of his old home. He reminded the audience of the cultural diversity that had existed in the suburb.“For the white establishment, the threat posed by Sophiatown was cultural as well as political. Sophiatown was a grand experiment in the management of cultural diversity. Sophiatown culture was itself a form of local resistance, a way of rejecting the government’s apartheid culture and institutionalised racism.”Street name changesMasondo also raised the issue of changing the suburb’s street names. In 2004 the City changed a number of names in Newtown, in an effort to reflect the broader history of the country. But he rejected the idea for Sophiatown.“Because of their history, Sophiatown’s historic street names are in a different category. For former residents, these street names become important place-markers, holding a store of bittersweet memories. While there may be streets in other areas that could be renamed, Sophiatown street names have become almost sacred, and must remain as important links with our past.”In conclusion, Masondo said: “Sophiatown is the past we dare not forget. It is the future we must invest in. All of us without exception have a responsibility to help create the future that will be the envy of the world – a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society. This is where we are going. We should defend and deepen this achievement – a healed nation.”The rain had stopped and the mayor led the crowds on a street parade through the suburb, with the South African Police Service band playing grand tunes from the back of a truck, followed by a dance troupe in colourful costumes.The procession walked several blocks up the road to Xuma’s house, where the plaque was unveiled. Then it snaked around the corner and down towards St Joseph’s home, where wreaths were laid at the gate for Huddleston, whose ashes are buried at Christ the King Church.The seventy-somethings, most with heads of white hair, walked along in the procession, not wanting to miss any part of the celebration.‘People stay the same’Along the way, former Triomf residents watched from behind their garden gates as the procession moved past them. They said they didn’t mind the name change. “Sophia is an Afrikaans name, anyway,” said some.Positive things had come from the day, like cleaning the streets, they added. “People stay the same, a name is a name. It makes no difference.”The procession then moved back to the park, where a Sophiatown great, Hugh Masekela, was waiting to blow his trumpet. He was one of the original members of the Trevor Huddleston Band, having been given his first trumpet by the priest.Lunch was served, and Triomf was Sophiatown again, 50 years later.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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From discards to employers: Fast growth at Eco Furniture

first_imgPeter Haralambous, co-owner of Eco Furniture Design, helped build the business from a small concern began by constructing a table from discarded wood to one of the fastest-growing small businesses in South Africa. Eco Furniture Design has made craftspeople out of people who came to them with no skills.(Images: Eco Furniture Design)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tameron GrahnOwner, Eco Furniture Design+27 21 827 1336Sulaiman PhilipEco Furniture Design, a Cape Town company, has been named the fastest growing small business incubatee by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).The recognition came at the National Technology Awards, held in Durban in October. The awards celebrate small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that embrace technology to improve their competitiveness.There are 12 incubator programmes across the country in industries as diverse as IT, construction and agriculture. The programmes are designed to get enterprises from a survivalist stage or from the informal economy into thriving businesses in the mainstream economy. The awards, made by the the dti, were held at iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.Eco Furniture Design was recognised for the fastest growth across all the industries. “We went from two employees as a start-up almost two years ago to a point where we employ 12 people today,” says founding partner Peter Haralambous. The business grew out of Peter and his partner, Tameron Grahn, building a table from some wood they found discarded at the side of the road.The partners saw a business opportunity once friends started asking them to build furniture for them as well. Without funding or woodwork experience, they approached the Furntech incubator in Woodstock, Cape Town. “They have a two-year programme that helped us to build our business from scratch. It has given us the freedom to employ unskilled people with potential and have them trained at the centre by Seda technicians. This is an aspect of the business that I really enjoy,” Haralambous explains. Support for small enterprisesSeda, the Small Enterprise Development Agency, falls under the dti. Its mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co-ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.The Furntech incubator, one of the smallest in the country, has space for 12 furniture-related businesses, from designers to manufacturers like Eco Furniture. It has state-of-the-art machinery and trained technicians who help teach skills to entrepreneurs and their employees. Furntech’s business technology incubation is affiliated to the Seda Technology Programme, which develops innovative technology based platforms that result in the creation of sustainable, globally competitive small, medium and micro enterprises.Lucky Mhlanga, an Eco Furniture employee, has been with the company since it began. He started with no carpentry skills but today is a carpenter, having been trained to artisan level at the incubator.Access to equipment works on rotation, which has inadvertently proven to be a good business lesson for Haralambous. It has taught him the importance of lead times and scheduling production. It is early days yet for the company, with the hiccoughs that come with starting a business. Easing the way, though, along with the technical assistance offered at incubators like Furntech, entrepreneurs can access funding and business skills training. Training and teaching skills“Being part of this programme has allowed us to build our business. It’s allowed us to hire unskilled people and train them. It has allowed us to grow steadily in a relatively safe environment. It’s early days yet but we’ve been given firm grounding.”Haralambous is looking for new factory premises as Eco Furniture is almost two years old and must soon leave the Furntech space. The dti has moved it from one programme to another, one that gives businesses that come through the incubator system grants to help fund the purchase of equipment. “The programme is designed to assist with technology transfers and ensure that we build on the last two years of success.”The department and its minister, Rob Davies, recognise the importance of South African businesses embracing technology to remain competitive. “Technology is no longer a luxury for small- to medium-sized enterprises. The Technology Awards are designed to inspire and encourage creativity and technological innovativeness among business people by rewarding those that make use of technology to advance their business,” Davies said on the eve of the awards ceremony.The awards showcase successes from three programmes the dti runs with various parastatals:● With the Industrial Development Corporation, it runs the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation. This fund helps companies that develop innovative products or processes from the conclusion of research and ends once a prototype has been developed.● With the National Research Foundation, it runs the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme, which spends R390-million a year on research in science, technology and engineering. The focus is to train and develop researchers and technology managers who will help develop and improve competitive practices across all industries.● With Seda, it has run the Seda Technology Programme since 2006 with a focus on improving government support for small- to medium-sized businesses. Government research has found that most small, technology based businesses that failed did so in their first three years. STP is designed to give small start-ups support and training to improve access to technology and management support to improve productivity and performance. Other winnersOther winners on the night were Durban IT development and training company Smart Xchange, and Thabong Bakery, from Welkom in Free State. The awards are growing more prestigious and more competitive, says the director-general in the dti, Lionel October. “The development of small, medium and micro enterprises in partnership with the government, using programmes like these three, can bring a positive spin to the creation of jobs.”It is this network of resources that has helped Anna Lelimo, the owner of Thabong Bakery, to grow her business from a home-based caterer to one that supplies bread and confectionaries to 30 supermarkets. The mother of two made a brave decision to change careers in 2001 to follow her dream to be her own boss.Lelimo told her hometown newspaper, The Weekly, after receiving her award: “It is liberating to take your life in your own hands and decide what you are going to do with it and where you want to take it. When I embarked on this new chapter in my life as a business owner, there were a lot of challenges and sacrifices, but when you are determined to succeed, no matter how difficult the road, you will find a way to accomplish your dreams.”last_img read more

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Haryanvi folk singer Mamata’s body with throat slit found in village in Rohtak district

first_imgThe body of Haryanvi folk singer Mamata, who went missing on Monday, was found in Rohtak district with the throat slit, police said on Friday.DSP (Rohtak) Rohtash Singh said a complaint was registered by the 40-year-old singer’s family on January 16, alleging that she went missing the previous day.He said the family told them that Mamta left home with her associate to attend an event in Gohana.“The associate, Mohit, said when they were on their way, they came across a car at Lahli village. Mamta joined its occupants, saying she was going to Kalanaur and will join him in Gohana soon. However, according to her family, she went missing thereafter,” he said.Body found in bushesThe body was found in bushes at Baniyani village on Thursday, the DSP said.“Her body bore injury marks, which seemed to have been inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon. The body was sent to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, for post mortem,” he said.The DSP said the jewellery that she was wearing was intact on the body.A murder case has been registered against unknown people. “We are questioning various people. We are also going through her call records and are hopeful of getting an early breakthrough in the case,” he said.It may be recalled that in October 2017, singer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead in Panipat district.last_img read more

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