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NASSCORP Embarks on Road Project in Sinkor

first_imgNational Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), an insurance agency of government covering workers in Liberia, has begun a major road project on 24th Street, Sinkor, where it is also erecting a 5-storey building for future use.The road is paved with concrete tar rather than asphalt, something experts say would last longer because the soil there hosts enough water that the concrete will be able to absorb.According to the experts, using asphalt would cause cracks in the pavement and the road will damage soon.The street, like the rest of the streets in the Sinkor belt, is to be paved by government, but an official of NASSCORP who spoke with this paper recently said the agency decided to underwrite the cost as part of its social responsibility to the people.According to the official, NASSCORP works for the people and it collects taxes, therefore, “The people have to get in return the benefits of their taxes as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility.”Contractors constructing the road said earlier that the project would have stopped near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit on 24th Street, but NASSCORP’s management reasoned that it should be extended downward to the beach so as to help residents in that area not to suffer from erosion and flood during the rainy season.The road leading to the beach on 24th Street is on a slope, and during the rainy season running water that enters the nearby swamp usually causes the area to be flooded.It may be recalled that in June 2014, many in the People United Community, between 20th and 24th Streets, were gravely affected by flood after long hours of rainfall.Also in 2016 there was a repeat of the disaster and scores of people were affected, leading some to even move from the area.As measurement was extended down to the community after ending the first phase of the road at the Cholera Unit, some residents were expressing delight over the development.“We are happy that the road will come down here. It will really help us, and we don’t care how the measurement will affect us. All we know is that our road should come,” James Barlea, an elder of the community said.Pains of development While some are rejoicing for extension of the road project towards the beach, there are still others who, due to roadblocks, rained insults on the workers.Some drivers living down the beach were recently heard insulting the contractors when they (contractors) lined measuring sticks and steel mats on the road in preparation of pavement.Two men, during the day the first phase was completed, were also heard insulting the workers for blocking the road to prevent passage so that the watery concrete could solidify.“I don’t know what kind of crazy people are these. Why can’t you complete one side and leave the other side for us to pass? You want to do all at once?”This ongoing road project financed by NASSCORP is among other road projects in the Sinkor belt sponsored by government.Beginning 10th Street to 18th Street, government is rehabilitating that belt with asphalt tar including the Payne and Horton Avenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘DONEGAL’ ARTIST NOMINATED FOR TURNER PRIZE

first_imgAn artist which strong Donegal connections has been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.George Shaw is the son of Letterkenny woman Eilish Keys from Sentry Hill.George is also the nephew of well-known Letterkenny businessman and garage owner Tommy Keys. The artist, who has been painting for 15 years, was born in Coventry but regularly returns to Donegal on holiday.He is noted and lauded for his work with paint used to colour aircraft models.George said he is sometimes embarrassed by hos tools which he has used.However his paintings of the surroundings in which he grew up including his own house, the pub in which he used to drink with his late father and a local phonebox have made him hot property. ‘DONEGAL’ ARTIST NOMINATED FOR TURNER PRIZE was last modified: December 5th, 2011 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) Tags:artist George ShawTurner Prizelast_img read more

SA looks to fast-track Congo trade pact

first_img29 October 2010 International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has called for the fast-tracking of the Economic Co-operation and Trade Agreement between South Africa and the Republic of Congo. The agreement, which was mooted after South Africa’s trade mission to Brazzaville in May 2010, would see the two countries facilitating mutual business opportunities in fields including trade, tourism, transport, energy and agriculture. Nkoana-Mashabane was speaking at the launch of the first South Africa-Republic of Congo Joint Commission for Co-operation in Cape Town on Thursday. During the first sitting of the commisson, a co-operation agreement on agriculture, fisheries and forestry will be signed. The agreement hopes to promote bilateral trade while addressing food shortages in the Congo. Nkoana-Mashabane said that although months of preparatory meetings had taken place between the two countries, not enough progress had been made in implementation. “We must prove to our peoples that our cooperation can bring about a tangible improvement in their daily lives,” she said. “Such projects should be the nucleus and catalyst of greater joint undertakings in the future.” A twinning agreement between South Africa’s Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University Hospital of the Republic of Congo was also signed, opening the way for the two countries to work together in many areas of health care. The minister thanked Congo for its support when South Africa was in the running for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. She also congratulated Congo for successfully hosting its 50th independence celebrations. Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Congo date from 1993, with cooperation between the two countries formalised by the signing of the umbrella General Cooperation Agreement in 2003. Representing Congo at the inaugural sitting of the joint commission were Basil Ekouebe, Congo’s minister of foreign affairs, and Rigobert Maboundou, Congo’s minister of agriculture. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Enabling Uganda’s disabled women

first_imgThe work of the women in Uganda is a revolution in their community for their peers and for disabled people.  One of the founders of Made, Fatuma Acan, is the first woman in Africa to be trained as a wheelchair technologist and uses a wheelchair herself.(Images: Whirlwind Wheelchair International) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fatuma Acan,   Made Uganda   +1 256 758 46 591 RELATED ARTICLES • ICT helps the blind • Young SA disability activist lauded • Paralympic heroes back in SA • SA amputee golfer challenges the oddsCadine PillayThe 1995 World Conference on Women held in Beijing will always be a milestone to the disabled community in Uganda, as it gave birth to a project which introduced more comfortable wheelchairs.According to a report titled The Status of the Wheelchair in Uganda, the country may need up to 1.5-million wheelchairs for its disabled citizens. The World Health Organization estimates that one out of every 300 people in the developing world is in need of a good wheelchair.Shortly after the conference in 1995, the late Christine Kania, who was a member of the Constitutional Review Commission, trained three disabled women in Uganda who then started the project; two of them were Fatuma Acan and Sharifa Mirembe.Promoting independence in the disabled communityThe group of Ugandan women later trained in America and Tanzania after which they returned to their country to set up an NGO called Mobility Appliances by Disabled Women Entrepreneurs (Made) in 1997, to provide mobility to persons with disabilities.Since then, Women Pushing Forward (previously known as Whirlwind Women), a women’s wheelchair-building project based at the San Francisco State University, has been collaborating with disabled Ugandan women in the manufacture of the Whirlwind wheelchair.Made teaches them to enhance their own mobility and gain economic independence and has provided hundreds of disabled people with a wheelchair, thus giving them the chance to live a more productive life.The UN and several private foundations provided Women Pushing Forward with seed money for supplies and training for the project in Uganda.Women Pushing Forward is also a project of Whirlwind Wheelchair International (WWI), a non-profit organisation established to promote the social and economic integration of people with disabilities worldwide. Skills development for better livingWWI trains people with disabilities in developing countries to build strong, all-terrain wheelchairs made from locally available materials and costing about $399 (R3 500).“Attaining an appropriate-technology wheelchair and the skills to build and maintain it can improve the quality of life of a wheelchair rider,” said WWI’s Keoke King.WWI helps these new technicians as they work to establish self-sufficient production workshops, and links them through the global Whirlwind network of wheelchair designers, builders and riders so that participants from 25 countries can share solutions to design and local environmental challenges.“By teaching people with disabilities to build the Whirlwind wheelchair, WWI also teaches them skills they can use to earn a living,” said Acan, who is also the director of the Pan-African Wheelchair Association.Acan, who is the first woman in Africa to be trained as a wheelchair technologist, contracted polio as a child and uses a wheelchair herself. In 2010 she spent two weeks at MIT as a participant in their Visiting Practitioners Program.In the past 15 years over 200 mechanics have been trained in more than 40 countries to build the Whirlwind wheelchair, and over 10 000 wheelchairs have been produced. However, while women with disabilities have been recognised among these mechanics, according to Disability Worldtheir labour has not led to acceptance in the wheelchair workshops.“Women continue to be discouraged from participation in wheelchair-building by the presumption that metalwork is the domain of men. Women Pushing Forward was founded to counter such stereotypical thinking and to help maximise women’s participation in all aspects of the wheelchair industry,” said King.A good economic opportunity“It took about two years of training for the Made staff to be able to produce enough wheelchairs to pay their salaries and expenses,” said Acan.The Ugandan women also raised money from private funders outside Uganda and through a partnership between the Kampala Rotary Club and Rotary International, are able to provide subsidies for wheelchair purchasers, who battle to afford the Whirlwind’s cost.Made employs a regular staff of four – three women and one man – and has two women apprentices. Information shared by Disability World at the Rehabilitation International Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 showed that the wheelchair-building provided Made founders and the other women not only with a way to support themselves and their families, but an opportunity to control their own mobility and improve the mobility of many others.  “Women who enter this field do much more than earn a living – they become role models for other women with disabilities in a non-traditional field,” said Acan.“As contributors to improved mobility for the local disability community, they are helping to shape that community and provide it with important resources; as women with disabilities.“They contribute their particular perspectives and creativity to the evolving design of the Whirlwind wheelchair, a contribution which has an impact far beyond Uganda as design improvements are shared by shops around the world through the Whirlwind Network.”Overcoming odds one revolution at a timeThe Whirlwind women’s wheelchair makers live and work by a saying: One revolution at a time. To the women in Uganda, their work with Made is a revolution in their community for women and for disabled people.Acan and Mirembe have been activists for disability rights and women for the past decade, and also have experience in running micro-enterprises. These experiences came in handy when they entered a male-dominated field to become entrepreneurs and role models. A message, from women who build wheelchairs in Kenya, says: “Women with disabilities are just as able as men to create employment and sustainable livelihoods. We are a women’s group that uses some help from men. The women are in charge.”However, while they have had confidence in their own technical potential since initial training, they constantly have to prove to a variety of sceptical observers that they can build and sell wheelchairs – an ongoing challenge.last_img read more

Android Market Gets AT&T Direct Carrier Billing

first_imgThe Android Market has long been a source of frustration for Android users – it seems so much simpler to find and buy apps for the iPhone. With that in mind, a number of improvements have been announced recently by Android in order to help make both finding and purchasing apps easier. Add to that list now, AT&T Direct Carrier Billing for those Android folks (obviously) on the AT&T network. This means apps you purchase can be billed to your phone bill, instead of your having to pull out a credit card. Android Developer Ecosystem chief Eric Chu has just announced the new payment method on a blog post, noting that “The Android Market team has been working hard to deliver more forms of payment to further reduce purchase friction.”Chu says that the Direct Carrier Billing has been rolled out to all AT&T users over the past few days, along with other updates to the Market service. These include the new 15-minute refund window, an increase in the maximum .apk size, as well as content ratings and new categories for apps. The latter will include “Media & Video”, “Music & Audio”, “Business”, and “Sports” games.According to Chu, Android plans to “partner with more carriers” to bring this billing option to their subscribers. As it stands, AT&T and T-Mobile are the only US carriers that offer this. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology audrey watters Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more