Linden man commits suicide

first_imgA Linden family is devastated following the suicide of 50-year-old Walter Layne, whose lifeless body was discovered hanging by an electrical cord from the ceiling of his home at Lot 5175 Central Amelia’s Ward,Dead: Walter LayneMackenzie, Linden, region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The ghastly discovery was made at approximately 20:30h on Wednesday evening. According to information received, the son of the deceased, 18-year-old Trevon Layne who discovered the body, indicated that the act appeared to be premeditated since his father had related that he would be going away.Layne, a former RUSAL employee, was also said to be suffering from hypertension and a thyroid disorder, which caused him to leave his job earlier this year. Layne’s immediate family related that they last saw him alive at home on Wednesday afternoon when they left for church.According to Police, foul play was not suspected; however, a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted to determine the actual cause of death. Layne is survived by his wife and four children. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more


first_imgHeavy snowfall has caused traffic chaos and disruptions all across Donegal as the adverse weather conditions show no sign of ceasing. A large number of schools across the county have been forced to close this morning.A whole host of bus companies right across Donegal have had to suspend their services due to the treacherous road conditions. Gardaí are advising motorists to refrain from travelling on the roads unless absolutely necessary.If you do have to undertake a journey then check your route as some primary roads are unpassable.Snow is still falling in many parts of Donegal this morning and there is more snow forecast for the afternoon.The notorious Meenaroy road between Fintown and Glenswilly has been described as absolutely treacherous and motorists are being warned to avoid the route. The full list of school closures and bus services that have been suspended are outlined below.School Closures:St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar will be closed todayDooish National School will be closed todaySt Stafans National School, Doneyloop, Castlefin will be closed today St Eunans National School, Raphoe will be closed todayShessiaghoneillNationalSchool, BallybofeyBoyagh National School, Porthall, LiffordWelshtown National School, Welshtown, Ballybofey Donoughmore National School, Liscooley, CastlefinGairm Scoil Cu Uladh, Ballinamore, FintownMurlog National School, LiffordScoil Mhuire Gan Small in LiffordGlenmaquin National SchoolDromore National School, Crossroads, KillygordonGaelscoil Moville will not open until 11am today, if there is any changes you will be informed by text at 10amSt Mary’s NationalSchool, CastlefinSt Columbas National School, Ballylast, CastlefinBus Services Suspended: BB Buses will not be travelling to Lurgybrack National SchoolHome James bus hire will not be travelling this morning on any of the routes.Mc Geehan bus serving Garten and Lurgybrack school will not be running today.Mc Gettigans Travel will not be operating any of the routes in Letterkenny this morning.Michael Friel Coaches will not be operating school services in the Letterkenny area this morning.Brian Gallagher Minibuses service will not be operating to Illistrin school this morning.James Doherty buses will not be travelling to Ballinamore school.O’Donnell buses, Manorcunningham.Further Weather Cancellations:The Creeslough Day Centre.The Cumann Na mBunscoil indoor football finals in Burt have been cancelled.Little Acorns Playgroup in Raphoe.The Newtowncunningham Day Centre.Convoy Bingo cancelled.Little learners Montessori in Glenties.The Gartan Day Centre.The Day Centre in Ardara will be closed todayTiny Tots playgroup, Stranorlar will be closed todayIrish Wheelchair Association services have been cancelled in Letterkenny, Malin and Dore.The Day Centre in Fintown.The Day Centre in Cloghan.The Kilmacrennan Young at Heart Group.TRAVEL CHAOS AFTER HEAVY SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Gallery: The road to freedom

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Sasol on global sustainability index

first_imgSasol chief executive Pat Davies said it was a great achievement for the company, which had previously only managed to get up to the top 15% in the oil and gas sector last year. Examples include criteria on corporate governance, knowledge management, environmental performance and human rights policies. In total, the comprehensive assessment comprises around 50 different criteria in each industry. Public acknowledgement Comprehensive assessmentLaunched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. “We are motivated by the positive impact that this inclusive approach to business can have on all our stakeholders.” Inclusion on the index is a goal of leading corporations internationally, as it results in public acknowledgement of being an industry leader in economic, environmental and social areas. In addition, the index is closely watched by market participants around the world. “We have seen a clear shift in the debate around sustainability issues and their important role for long-term corporate performance,” said Dow Jones Indexes executive director and editor John Prestbo. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img 26 September 2008 Sasol has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which places the South African petrochemical company among the leading 10% of the 2 500 largest global companies in terms of corporate sustainability and long-term business success. SAinfo reporter “Our renewed focus on people, exceptional performance, long-term sustainable growth and safety has been rewarded,” he said in a statement this week. “Several large institutional asset owners have moved into sustainability mandates, influential investment consultants have built up teams to support their clients in this field, and a growing number of market participants are integrating long-term economic, environmental and social factors into their analysis.” Companies are assessed with regard to general as well as industry-specific sustainability criteria based on sustainability trends. The criteria cover economic, environmental and social issues with a clear focus on long-term shareholder value creation.last_img read more

Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on

first_img11 July 2013 Denis Goldberg was sitting in the lounge of the farmhouse reading a book when the South African police swooped on the high command of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) military wing at Liliesleaf Farm back in 1963. The police must have been very pleased with themselves – they had hit bull’s eye: members of Umkhonto we Sizwe or MK were poring over Operation Mayibuye, the plan for guerrilla warfare in South Africa. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the raid on Liliesleaf, now in the upmarket suburb of Rivonia in northern Johannesburg, on 11 July 1963. In one of the outbuildings, six men were discussing Mayibuye – Raymond Mhlaba, Govan Mbeki, Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein, Walter Sisulu, Bob Hepple, and Ahmed Kathrada. Nelson Mandela himself was absent – he was serving a five-year sentence on Robben Island for inciting workers to strike, and for leaving the country without a passport. The men were all taken into custody and charged with sabotage, a sentence that carried the death penalty. But they didn’t go to the gallows – the resultant Rivonia Trial saw eight men convicted to life imprisonment, serving up to 27 years in jail.Banned The ANC had been banned in April 1960, forcing it to reconsider its commitment to non-violence, and to go underground. In mid-1961 it was decided to form Umkhonto we Sizwe, the Spear of the Nation. The farm at Liliesleaf was purchased, to be used for meetings of the ANC and MK. Mandela had at various times lived at Liliesleaf, in disguise as a gardener under the alias of David Motsamayi. The book Goldberg was reading was Brighter than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists, by Austrian Robert Jungk, first published in 1958. It is the first published account of the Manhattan Project and the German atomic bomb project, which studied the making and dropping of the deadly bomb, as told by the atomic scientists. It is based on interviews with those who played a major role in the construction and deployment of the bombs in WW2. “They hit the jackpot,” says Goldberg now. He recalls that he ran to the bathroom the moment he heard the police. He wanted to hide the notes he had made, showing his designs for the development of weapons. Goldberg trained as a civil engineer.Several ironies There is an irony in the fact that while MK were planning for armed resistance, not a single weapon was found at Liliesleaf. “The police searched the entire farm and confiscated hundreds of documents and papers, though they found no weapons,” writes Mandela in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. “One of the most important documents remained right on the table: Operation Mayibuye, a plan for guerrilla warfare in South Africa.” Another irony is that this was to be the last meeting at Liliesleaf. Hepple writes in a paper published in Social Dynamics in 1964 on the raid, “Rivonia: The story of accused no 11”, that they were aware that the police were getting closer to discovering Liliesleaf. “We all knew that the police were closing in on the leaders who were living underground. Many arrests had been made, including on June 25 that of five or six activists who knew about the Place.” That “Place” was Liliesleaf, of course, also referred to as “Lil’s place”. Hepple explains that there had been several breaches of security, with outsiders invited to Liliesleaf without approval, witnessing “eleven or twelve members of the central leadership”. Hepple, an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar at the time, wrote of his trip out to Liliesleaf: “I was full of anxieties as I drove from my chambers in central Johannesburg to the meeting at ‘Lil’s place’ (which is how we described Lilliesleaf Farm).”New headquarters Goldberg confirms that they had already bought a new headquarters, Travallyn in Krugersdorp, a small town on the western outskirts of Johannesburg. Several people had already moved into the small holding. But Bernstein had to get home within a specific time, as specified by his banning order. So it was agreed to meet at Liliesleaf for the last time. Hepple recounts the dramatic events on that afternoon at the farm: “It was about 3.15pm when a van was heard coming down the drive. Govan went to the window. He said, ‘It’s a dry-cleaning van. I’ve never seen it before’. Rusty then went to the window and exclaimed ‘My God, I saw that van outside the police station on the way here!’” Dogs were heard barking, and Bernstein shouted that it was the cops. “Govan had collected up the Operation Mayibuye document and some other papers and I saw him putting them in the chimney of the small stove in the room. The back window was open, and I helped Govan, Walter and Kathy [Kathrada’s nickname] jump out of it. There was a second or two as I moved back near the door, with Rusty next to me and Ray sitting next to the window. The door burst open. Detective Sergeant Kennedy, whom I had cross-examined in a political trial earlier that year, rushed in: ‘Stay where you are. You’re all under arrest.’ He walked up to me with an excited sneer: ‘You’re Advocate Hepple, aren’t you?’” It was all over. They were marched outside and searched, bundled into the back of the van, and after several hours, driven to The Fort in the city centre, then on to Pretoria Central Prison. Hepple spent three months in solitary confinement.Charged with sabotage Other arrests had been made. In October everyone appeared in the Supreme Court, charged with sabotage. Accused No 1 was Mandela, Hepple was Accused No 11. Hepple had been Mandela’s legal counsel when he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island in 1962. In an unexpected move, all charges against Hepple were withdrawn, and he was to be called as a witness for the state. He was released from prison. “I had no intention of testifying against the accused, whom I admired and respected,” he writes. He made plans to escape across the border into Botswana with his wife, on his way to Dar es Salaam, and on to London. “On Saturday, November 25th, as the news of Kennedy’s assassination broke, Shirley and I left our children and our parents, our home and friends, and the country we loved.” His children later joined him in London, where he still lives. He wrote his account a year later, just as the Rivonia trialists were sentenced to life imprisonment, on 12 June 1964. He went on to have a long and distinguished legal career. He is an international expert and activist in labour law, equality and human rights; Emeritus Master of Clare College and emeritus professor of law at the University of Cambridge in England; and has received several awards and honours, including a knighthood in 2004. Hepple launched a new book in Johannesburg this week, titled Young man with a Red Tie: a memoir of Mandela and the Failed Revolution 1960-1963. It recounts his escape to avoid testifying against the Rivonia trialists.Liliesleaf today The Liliesleaf farmhouse and outbuildings have been sensitively restored, and a new building housing a museum has been built on the site. “It is a site of immense significance,” says Nicholas Wolpe, CEO of the Liliesleaf Trust. Through the establishment of the Liliesleaf Trust and Legacy Project, the site has been developed into one of South Africa’s most prominent liberation landmarks. About 60% of the building infrastructure consists of original brickwork. During the excavation process, more than seven different types of brickface were uncovered and any post-1963 brick was discarded. This brickwork was used in the restoration of the historical buildings and structures, which today constitute the museum component of Liliesleaf, a project which began in mid-2004.Interactive museum experience A visit to Liliesleaf is much more than a dry history lesson. The interactive displays and beautifully restored buildings tell the story of commitment, dedication and selfless sacrifice of many people who fought for freedom from an oppressive apartheid government. A key component of the Liliesleaf Legacy Project has been the interviewing of numerous individuals linked to Liliesleaf, to build-up a comprehensive audiovisual archive of the farm’s history. The interactive tour takes visitors on a journey, retracing the footsteps of prominent anti-apartheid activists who spent time on the farm. At each point in the tour, visitors have an opportunity to experience a first-hand account of the events and circumstances leading up to the raid of the Rivonia farm, through interviews with struggle veterans. In the farmhouse, a large 3D interactive table allows visitors to pull up videos, images, audio and text about the farm’s history, using two aluminium navigator orbs. Tour guide Zein Khumalo says the table is the only one of its kind in the world. The electronically-controlled cabinet of curiosity holds an account of each event that culminated in the Rivonia trial. As each cabinet is pulled out, the accounts are automatically read out. A telephone rings in the corner of one of the manor house’s rooms – it’s one of those old bulky black phones with a dial, and on picking up the receiver, the telephone plays recorded stories of spy agents, terrorists and infiltrators. The award-winning touch screen technology, telephone stories, sparse furnishings and dark rooms convey the sense of secrecy, fear and tension that the struggle leaders must have lived with every day.In search of a historical artefact According to Wolpe, the vision for Liliesleaf Farm took root after a Rivonia trialists’ reunion on the site in 2001. This led to the farm being re-purchased and its original structures were uncovered by archaeological diggings. But after all the excavations, one important item is still missing – the search for Mandela’s highly prized Russian Makarov pistol is still on. Although it was reportedly only buried about 20 paces from the farmhouse kitchen, an extensive search still hasn’t delivered the artefact, now valued at about R22-million (US$3-million). The semi-automatic pistol is believed to be the first weapon of the war against apartheid. It was given to the young Nelson Mandela in 1962 by Colonel Biru Tadesse of the Ethiopian Riot Battalion in Addis Ababa, when Mandela was on a trip to seek military assistance. Mandela hid the pistol, and 200 rounds of ammunition, in a pit deep enough so that a plough could not uncover it, near an oak tree on the farm. At the time he hoped to retrieve it soon, but he never got the chance. A few weeks after he buried the firearm he was arrested and imprisoned.Celebrating South Africa’s journey to freedom As the search for the valuable firearm continues – and Wolpe thinks that renewed efforts will be successful – the Liliesleaf museum remains an important part of South Africa’s history. “Liliesleaf is our connection to South Africa’s past, a link to the present and a bridge to the future,” he says. What makes a visit to Liliesleaf worthwhile is that the individual memories of the struggle are conveyed by people who were actually there. It represents the beliefs, inspiration and aspirations of a fearless group of leaders who were committed to bringing about socio-political transformation based on democratic principles. “It is important that the memory and legacy of South Africa’s struggle for freedom is preserved in the hearts and minds of all South Africans,” he says. 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Work of Crime Observatory to be Improved

first_imgThe coverage, range and distribution of data collected by the Jamaica Crime Observatory is to be improved, following an injection of $43.9 million.The money is being provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through its Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), funded by the World Bank.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solidify this arrangement was signed by representatives of the Ministry of National Security and JSIF during a ceremony at the St. Andrew offices of  JSIF, on Thursday (February 28).The JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, said he is pleased that since its inception in 2011, the facility has redounded to the benefit of the Ministry of National Security.He noted that under the agreement, the institutional capacity of the Jamaica Crime Observatory will be improved by expanding its coverage, and improving the software used to analyse the data collected.Mr. Sweeney also informed that capacity building activities will also be carried out for staff to analyse and disseminate a greater volume of information.The funds will also go towards conducting victimisation surveys.In the meantime, the National Security Ministry’s Chief Technical Director, Security Policy and Risk Management Affairs, Rohan Richards, welcomed the support.Mr. Richards said the additional support will help to fulfill the objective of the Observatory, which is to improve the quality of crime and violence statistics that directly influence the design and implementation of evidence based strategies and policies.“Now more than ever, there is a need to bolster our crime surveillance capacity to contribute towards improved management of our urban spaces as well as public safety,” he said.The Crime Observatory is an instrument through which the Ministry of National Security keeps up to date, reliable data to promote transparency, security and safety in the national interest.It also establishes valid and consistent crime and violence related statistics for each community as well as the corresponding geo-reference maps of the cases, and uses the data to inform policy and decision making towards the development of improved citizen security and prevention measures.The Observatory collects data on seven crime and violence categories (murder, shooting, sexual offence, robbery, fatal shootings, traffic fatalities and suicide) across 14 parishes. Data collected by the crime observatory is used by the Government, private sector, academia, civil society and other groups.Jamaica is one of three Caribbean countries to have an established crime observatory. The others are Belize and Guyana.last_img read more