Monday, December 23, 2013

How to Save and Celebrate a Greener Christmas This Holiday Season.

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How to Save and Celebrate a Greener Christmas This Holiday Season - African Utility Week 2014, S. Africa



 Christmas is a great time to introduce energy saving habits into a household as many easy and simple changes in the way we live can end up putting extra money into your pocket. Higher electricity prices in South Africa have become an increasing strain on consumers’ monthly expenses.

“As consumers we have a lot of decision making power when it comes to how we use and save energy,” says Russell Hughes, who is the event director of the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo in Cape Town.

“There are a variety of ways we can use a lot less electricity this holiday season such as using LED* Christmas lights which use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights. Consider investing in solar powered outdoor lights which can also be used on the Christmas tree and only come on at night.”

Hughes continues: “Get everyone in the family involved this December and challenge them to think of creative ways to save energy and make it a competition – and then reward the family by taking them out to dinner with the money you have saved! This way everyone starts to think about living greener and it becomes a way of life. African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is also a partner in Eskom’s 49M campaign, and we embrace the energy efficient use of power, not just in our company, but in our homes and personal lives too.”

More tips to be more energy friendly this holiday season:

1) Buy gifts that don't use electricity or batteries. Up to 40% of all batteries are purchased during the holiday season.
2) Buy environmentally friendly gifts such as solar chargers for laptops, cell phones and solar-powered torches.
3) Buy gifts made of recycled materials.
4) Don’t use the tumble dryer unnecessarily – it’s summer, so take advantage of solar powered drying.
5) Turn off the room lights when the Christmas tree lights are on.
6) Set a timer to Christmas and outdoor lights to limit the time they are on.
7) Create a romantic or devout atmosphere by using candles instead of lights.
8) Enjoy the weather and celebrate the holidays outside with a braai instead of cooking on a stove! Or enjoy cold meats and salads during this summer season – it’s healthier and saves on power.
9) If you’re going away, turn off/down the geyser and empty refrigerator.

More advice for creating a more energy efficient home during the year:
• Invest in a geyser blanket. Unless the geyser is properly insulated, switching it off does not save electricity.
• Insulate the roof to make the house cooler in summer and warmer in winter and thereby saving on using heating and cooling devices.
• Switch off appliances at the source when not in use.
• Replace bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps).
• Limit the use of down-lighters in your home - all the heat they generate is lost power.
• Use cold water to do laundry, it saves electricity and is better for the clothes.

For the past 13 years, the African Utility Week conference and exhibition has helped to reduce the energy consumption of commercial and industrial large power users and has assisted in African utilities providing electricity and water to all of Africa. The event brings together thousands of utility professionals from across the globe to learn, share knowledge and debate the key topics that will secure the future development of Africa’s power industry. These include energy efficiency, improved service delivery, renewable energy, collaboration across the continent and investment in new power projects. Stakeholders across the industry attend the event, from Energy ministers, utilities such as Eskom, municipalities and regulators to investors and technology and service providers. Attending the African Utility Week exhibition is free when registering in advance and it showcases energy saving technologies and services for the industry from more than 250 providers and features hands-on demonstrations and workshops on the exhibition floor.

*LED=light-emitting diodes

What is 49M?
Eskom’s 49M campaign encourages all South Africans to take the 49M pledge to save at least 10% electricity.

The dates for next year’s African Utility Week are:
Exhibition & Conference: 13-14 May 2014
Focus days: 12 May 2014
Site Visits: 15 May 2014
Location: CTICC, Cape Town
African Utility Week
Annemarie Roodbol
+27 21 700 3558
http://www.african-utility-week.com
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Cape Town, South Africa, December 21, 2013
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Government of Ethiopia partners with the G8 to improve land rights and governance.

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Today, the Governments of Ethiopia, the United Kingdomthe United States of America, and the Federal Republic of Germany announced agreeing to enter a land country partnership to work together to improve rural land governance for economic growth and to protect the land rights of local citizens in Ethiopia.

This partnership builds on existing programmes and represents an important vehicle for increased coordination and collaboration among the Government of Ethiopia and its development partners. The announcement came after the representatives of the heads of state from G8 member states gathered inLondon to mark the handing over of the G8 Presidency from the United Kingdom to Russia.

The partnership with Ethiopia will support improved rural land tenure security for all, including through appropriate land use management in communal and pastoral areas. It will strengthen transparency in land governance, including by promoting responsible agricultural investment through an improved legal framework and practices.

Speaking for the UK, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

I welcome this announcement that the Governments of Ethiopiathe United StatesGermany and theUnited Kingdom are entering a land country partnership.

Having secure rights to land will help people across Ethiopia to grow the food they need, boost incomes, defuse conflicts and deal with the impact of climate change. This joint partnership will make sure Ethiopiacan make the most of its valuable resources and attract the investment and income needed to boost growth and fight poverty.

Ethiopia's Minister of Agriculture Tefera Derbew said:

The Ministry of Agriculture of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia welcomes this joint partnership in the context of supporting the implementation of Ethiopia's Rural Land Administration and Use plan under its policy and strategic frameworks. It will help the country to ensure and sustain its economic development by strengthening rural land governance in view of fostering food security and realising constitutionally recognised rural land related rights of Nations, Nationalities and People of Ethiopia. I hope the current harmonisation, co-ordination and alignment mechanisms of Rural Economic Development and Food Security Working group (RED-FS SWG) and Sustainable Land Management Platforms will serve as an engine to further deepen our joint partnership on rural land.

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel said in Berlin:

Germany highly welcomes this partnership between our four Governments that will contribute to better land management in Ethiopia, thus promoting transparent, fair and sustainable investments in land. Access to land and land tenure security are crucial for food and income security for the rural population inEthiopia. This partnership will complement and strengthen the Government of Ethiopia's efforts in the sustainable land management program to which Germany has been committed for years. This partnership also shows that the G8 is delivering upon its commitments promptly and with a view to the needs and priorities of our partners.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah said in Washington:

We welcome this joint partnership in the context of the G8 and congratulate the Government of Ethiopiaon redoubling its dedication to achieving improved land governance and land tenure security for all. The Government of Ethiopia has made great progress in recognizing the rights of smallholder farmers with support from USAID, and we look forward to broadening and deepening this collaboration in the country's pastoral areas.

This follows the announcement of seven partnerships made last June at the G8 Open for Growth Summit. These partnerships between G8 member states and developing countries are designed to support governments in aligning their country frameworks with the globally agreed-upon Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security and to improve rural land governance and the security of land tenure for individuals, communities, and investors.

The partnership represents the continuation of the commitments made under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an effort by African heads of state, corporate leaders and G8 members to increase food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, and takes note of the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges. It will also coordinate and harmonize support from existing and potential new development partners in the land sector. These objectives will be achieved through ongoing and potential additional future programs in support of improved rural land governance.

The partnership will enable better collaboration, coordination, and sustainable impact. This will be achieved under the on-going RED-FS Working group and Sustainable Land Management Platforms. Further details on the partnership will also be communicated over the course of the next year through the G8 and the Global Donor Working Group on Land, which was recently established by bilateral and multilateral donors to improve coordination of their respective efforts in the rural land sector.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

World Bank Ranks South Africa Among Most Tax-Friendly Environments in the World

The latest World Bank Doing Business report shows South Africa continuing to move up the ranking as one of the best business tax environments on the continent.

With the report now in its 11th year, Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises analyses the impact of regulations throughout the business lifecycle across 189 jurisdictions, ranking economies on the basis of 10 indicators including ease of starting a business, and paying taxes. Russell Bedford member firms have contributed to each of the report’s Paying Taxes survey since 2009, contributing data on tax regulation, recent reforms, and the real costs of tax compliance worldwide.

While South Africa remains unchanged in 41st place worldwide for overall ease of doing business, the total tax burden on businesses is lower than that of its other African peers. Moving up two places to 24th worldwide, South Africa's tax environment is now more business-friendly than that of Cyprus, Iceland, the Netherlands and Sweden. With the total tax take reduced over the past year from 32.7 per cent to 30.1, the country remains ahead of the OECD average of 41.3 per cent, and substantially ahead of the Sub-Saharan average of 53.3 per cent.

Nick Reed, managing partner of Russell Bedford member firm Watermark Auditors Incorporated commented: "This year’s report is encouraging – the reduction in the total tax take, in particular. But there are no grounds for complacency, and new legislation next year (specifically regarding National Health Insurance and the potential introduction of carbon taxes) could have significant impacts for business.”

For more information about the World Bank's Doing Business reports, please visit www.doingbusiness.org

About Russell Bedford International

Established in 1983, Russell Bedford International is a global network of independent firms of accountants, auditors, tax advisers and business consultants. Ranked amongst the world’s leading accounting and audit networks, Russell Bedford is represented by some 460 partners, 5000 staff and 280 offices in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Russell Bedford International is a member of the IFAC Forum of Firms and a member of EGIAN, the European Group of International Accounting Networks and Associations.

Contacts:

Kempton Bedell-Harper
Russell Bedford International
T: +44 20 7410 0339
E: info@russellbedford.com
W: www.russellbedford.com

Nick Reed
Watermark Auditors Incorporated
T: +27 11 705 0000
E: nick@watermark.co.za
W: www.watermarkgroup.co.za

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Africa trading less and less with Africa, research finds

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Africa has the lowest internal trade volume compared to other trading blocs in EuropeAsia and Latin America according to findings of four different research studies.
Presenting their research papers at the African Economic Conference, which is taking place in Johannesburg from October 28-30, four researchers from across Africa and one from Asia concluded that that trade within Africa was very low and its participation in the global trade negligible and fragmented. The papers were presented during a session entitled “Gravity Model Approach and Trade Potential.”
Edris Seid, a Research Fellow of the Social Policy Institute in Ethiopia, said intra-Africa trade is less than five per cent. Trade within Africa has not grown despite having many Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
According to the findings of his study, using the Gravity Model Approach looked at four RECs – the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – trade in Africa has remained staggeringly low and the performance of RECs varying, but generally disappointing. “SADC and ECOWAS have created trade in the ‘Vinerian' sense; COMESA has an implausibly negative coefficient suggesting that it has not expanded trade among the member states. Whereas IGAD has an insignificant positive coefficient implying that it has not contributed to the expansion of intra-regional trade,” the research concluded.
Research by PhD Student Mouhamed Njikam from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, concluded that intra-Africa trade was low, outward looking, primary-commodity based and undiversified.
According to his findings, the ECOWAS region has the lowest intra-trade volume standing at one per cent – 10 times lower than that of the continent and other RECs. He concluded that the region held greater trade potential if it addresses infrastructure and legislation issues.
Meanwhile, research by Dr. Albert Makochekana of the University of Zimbabwe found that improvements in port efficiency and increased use of e-business are some of the factors which boost intra-SADC trade in exports. “Whilst the positive influence of each of these two variables differs between exporting countries and importing countries, the fact remains that SADC policymakers should implement strategies which improve port efficiency and also encourage use of e-business.”
The research also looked at country-specific trade potential with other countries in the region. The simulations showed mixed results, some countries had exhausted their trade potentials, while others were shown as having untapped trade potentials. Exhaustion of trade potential does not imply that these countries should not trade, but that it may be difficult to increase the levels of trade between such trading partners.
Makochekana also observed that that although tariff rates had significantly reduced in SADC, non-tariff barriers had taken centre stage and negatively affected the trade environment in the region.
The research findings, including that of Atif Moheeldeein of Malaysia National University, conclude thatAfrica is trading less and less with itself and suggest policy and structural transformation, including investment in physical infrastructure to link neighbouring countries, harmonize trade policies, and simplify custom procedures so that the existing regional economic communities would promote intra-regional trade.

The annual African Economic Conference is jointly organized by the African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme.


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President Obama's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative to be hosted by select local barbershops

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) -- As part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance will team up with community agencies and barbershops across the country as part of Fatherhood Buzz to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focus on men’s health. Barbershops, which serve as unofficial outlets for peer education in many communities, were chosen as the trusted hub to share information about fatherhood and the essential role that fathers play in society. Events will include national and local resources for fathers, including handouts on health and wellness, parenting tips, networking, and positive conversations.
On average, men live five years less than women – with heart disease as the leading cause of death. Fatherhood Buzz events will encourage fathers to treat their health as part of their commitment to being a responsible father. Fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of their children. In fact, studies have found that children who have actively engaged fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.
"The three ways you can be a responsible father and man is by eating right, getting exercise and getting regular preventive health screenings," says Kenneth Braswell, Director, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC). "We are doing this outreach through barbershops to ensure that men, especially fathers, know about the importance of their health for themselves and their families."
Encouraging health among fathers through conversations is just one topic in a series of topics sponsored by NRFC being used to strengthen fathers and families through barbershops across the country.
President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative’s Fatherhood Buzz is a pilot program of The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) - an established, national and international resource for fathers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. A service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Family Assistance, NRFC develops and collects information about policies, priorities, trends, research findings, and promising fatherhood practices. The NRFC disseminates that knowledge to practitioners and the fatherhood field to support well-being and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for fathers, children, families, and communities. 


For more information, call 1(877) 4DAD-411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov.
For the listing of the community partners and barbershops, visit http://1.usa.gov/1gHhvyU




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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Is there ever a time when is a Parent – Child relationship too close? When Is Close Too Close?

Is there ever a time when is a Parent – Child relationship too close?

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What does that mean? If you spend time with your son or daughter or talk on the phone daily, is that too close? Does your close relationship interfere with your ability to parent that child? If the lines are blurred, meaning you such good friends, that you can’t give well-deserved consequences for misbehaving, then YES, you are probably too close.

I believe that teenagers and parents can’t be friends because when you need to discipline them or expect them to follow your rules, because they won’t understand how you’ve switched from friend to parent and may not obey you. On the other hand, if you are an aloof parent – the kind that just administers rules and won’t allow a close relationship to develop between you and your tween or teen, how do they learn that important skill of allowing others to be close to them?

However, what happens when your child becomes an adult and a real friendship develops? How much sharing is too much? Can you go out together and drink socially? Can you share the disappointments that you are experiencing in your own life? How do you maintain those relationships in a friendly way and yet not get hurt, the way adults do when one ‘friend’ feels differently or doesn’t respond in a way that you expect? We recently had a social event, and one of my friends, (she’s 40ish), told me that she asked her mother not to attend, so she could comfortably go and ‘have fun’. I had a completely different experience with my mother. Once I went away to school, we became friends and it was not uncommon to come home during break and be part of one my Mom’s famous parties. We’d have a blast!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tips on Getting Your Resume Seen by Employers


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~ By: Silas Reed ~ Are you worried about getting the right kind of job? There are lots of people who fail to have proper job satisfaction just because they do not get the job they would love to do. If you do not want this to be repeated to you then you need to be very careful while searching for a job.

First of all you should make a list of the criteria for the job required. After this you should prepare your resume according to that job. Different job applications usually have different kinds of criteria.

Therefore it is very important to learn how to write a resume. After you finish with the writing part you might think about how to post my resume. To post your resume online you first need to find the places where you can post it. 




You might be aware of the number of job boards available on the internet these days. All these job boards have the option to help you learn how to post my resume online.

There are certain things that you need to keep in your mind before you start posting your resume on the job boards or even on the distribution services. You must always remember that the most important thing is to stay visible to the prospective employers.

You need to follow certain tips which can help you get your resume seen by the best employers present in the market these days. The first thing that you need to do is keep your resume updated every time. There are people who post their resumes and tend to forget about it.

To send my resume to the best employers I need to keep my resume updated and at the top of the website. Whenever the employer would want to search for the resumes of eligible candidates my name and resume should come up. This will surely help me get better opportunities.

Other than updating the resume the eligible candidates also need to follow certain other things. Writing the resume in the most attractive way with all the required information is one of the biggest criteria.

If you want to learn how to post my resume using the job boards and the distribution services then you first need to find them out. Choose your job board and they will tell you the method to post your resume.

When you want to know how to make my resume attractive before I post my resume, you need to learn the strategies of writing the resume. Include certain important keywords in your resume regarding your job search. These keywords will help the employers locate you and find your resume fast.

You must make sure that the employer is attracted in the first 30 seconds of your resume reading. You should not include any unnecessary information in your resume to make it a crap. Now you might have got your answer to how to post my resume so that employers always have a look at their first effort.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Obamacare: The epitome of hypocrisy, an Obamanation, a deception that implies 'Barack-Obama-Cares' - Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr




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THE EPITOME OF HYPOCRISY... OBAMACARE
By Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.

To all who ever doubted the callous, inhumane mentality of the Barack Obama administration, this recent revelation of Obamacare should remove any uncertainty. I could be referring to the hidden surcharge levied on every participant to ensure abortion-on-demand at the cost of the taxpayer... Or the absolute total disregard for the health of women in lobbing and giving monetary incentives to non-physicians to perform abortions, which recently became law in California... Yes, that would be, non-physicians performing surgery on disproportionately poor minority women... Although these could certainly be viewed as callous and inhumane, along with the tax that was levied on medical devices which mostly struggling seniors will be forced to pay, that's not what I'm writing about, for there is something far darker and more sinister which shows the depth of depravity we have stooped to as a nation. Let's be perfectly clear: for anyone to support this diabolical intrusion, which by design seizes control of our lives and strips us of the little bit of conscience America has left, is unconscionable.
The websites for Massachusetts' Health Connector and Access Health Connecticut, Connecticut's official health insurance exchange, specifically asks those attempting to sign up for health insurance coverage, if they have any "unborn children." Is anyone in the household pregnant? Why? "Unborn Children" are counted as members of her household, so with this information, it helps determine whether she is eligible for assistance with health care costs!
"Unborn Children" are members! Wait...! What...? Who...? How...? So, let me get this straight... this segment of society which you have determined via Roe Vs. Wade to have no rights because they are not a person - and are not to be considered as a viable human being - but at the whim of the mother, can be torn and ripped out of the womb and mercilessly killed, and yet you now choose to recognize their "personhood and viability" by including them as members of your socialistic, genocidal, health care plan! Oh the unmitigated hypocrisy! This is demonstratively evil. The plan including them in coverage for their health, will also pay for them to be murdered, for their death, if another so chooses. Surely the facade of benevolence has been removed and we see the face of man's inhumanity to man and another depth of depravity for America. As Dr. Ben Carson, the brilliant renowned neurosurgeon from John Hopkins stated,
"...the Affordable Health Care Plan is not about health care but control. It is the worse thing to happen to America since slavery."
"Unborn Children are members..." I was so appalled I thought of God's response to Adam and Eve when He said, "What Is This That Thou Hast Done!" As it was for Adam and Eve, so shall it be for this nation: they never got back to the place of their prosperity and neither will America ever get back once this law is fully instituted. Their expulsion from the place of their prosperity set the stage for the murder and the shedding of innocent blood for millennia; so it is for America. The Affordable Health Care Act, by design, will increase the slaughter of the innocent and they will predominately be African-American... also by design.
This mockery of justice is an "obamanation." The themes of this madness mock justice and deceive its hearers, lulling them to sleep, thus ensuring their ignorance. Abortion. We hear terms safe, legal, and rare. Deception. The data proves it's not safe for women; by omission they censor information on the possible link between abortion and breast cancer, the high probability of miscarriages, and psychological damage similar to PTSD. Legal? It was Augustine who said, "...an unjust law is no law at all..." Slavery was legal. Jim Crow was legal. But because it was legal didn't make it right. Rare? Deception. Abortion is the most performed operation on a woman. One out of four women will have an abortion. In the African-American community, it can truly be described as Black Genocide, for as I have written before, 52% of all African-American pregnancies end in Abortion - 1,786 a day... Spelled out, that's One-Thousand-Seven-Hundred-Eighty-Six African-American children a day! In the City of New York, 60% of African-American pregnancies end with the death of the child by Abortion.
It's the same for Obamacare... Deception. That name implies 'Barack-Obama-Cares' about the Americans who will be receiving its care. It would appear that 2,000 companies and Unions who are a part of the Democrat machine, along with the Congress and their employees, are the only ones he cares about, for they are all exempted - along with himself - from having to have "Obamacare." Affordable? Deception. Remember when Candidate Obama was running for president... you were promised a savings of $2,500 only to find out it will cost nearly three times the amount promised each family would save. How in heaven can you call this affordable? When companies are making full-time employees, part-time employees, and you ask them why, and they say: they can't "afford" to keep them full time because of the "Affordable" Health Care Act... What's wrong with this picture? The irony is unbearable and the sanity of Americans who remain silent, especially those in the church, is absolutely incomprehensible. We are beginning to mirror the conditions Pastor Martin-Niemöller poetically described in Germany in the late 30's. I have re-arranged his historic quote to reflect America today.
First they came for a Conservative talk show host,
And I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Conservative talk show host.
Then they came for the Tea Party,
And I didn't speak out because I wasn't a member of the Tea Party,
Then they came for the Catholic Bishops,
And I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic Bishop,
Then they came for me, a Baptist Preacher;
I told them I voted for "change" and was with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton,
And a United Methodist.
They Left Me Alone!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sudan Solidarity Network calls on the Sudan Government to stop the on-going brutal & inhumane acts against the Sudanese people






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VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SUDAN DENOUNCED
Will Omar Al Bashir be the next to crumble? Anti government protests have erupted in different parts of the Sudan. Sudan is on fire.  Over the past week the Sudanese armed forces and police, in a futile effort to deny the Sudanese people their constitutional freedoms of peaceful association and expression, have randomly and indiscriminately fired live ammunition at civillians’ heads and chests, resulting in, at least 100 reported deaths and serious injuries. 
More than 2000 protesters, including journalists have been rounded up and detained in different parts of the Sudan.  Journalists who are deemed to be or simply suspected of being in defiance of the media blackout are at risk of persecution by arrest and interrogation.
News emanating from the Sudan tells a story of riots that have spread beyond the already volatile areas of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains. The anti-government protests began in Wad Medani, in the centre of Sudan before spreading to Khartoum and other towns and cities.
The Sudan Solidarity Network (SSN), founded and based in South Africa, has condemned the attack and is calling upon the rest of the world to take a stand against President Al Bashir and the National Congress Party. The Executive Director of the SSN, Mr Sabir Abu Saadia said “what we want for the Sudan is peace and respect for the democratic rights of the people. We denounce the murder of unarmed men, women and children whose fundamental rights have been trampled; enough is enough”.
In expressing its commitment to the cause, the SSN has issued a statement of solidarity with the people of Sudan. The statement is an expression of the unequivocal and uncompromising support and solidarity with the protesters, including the youths and journalists.  “The free world has to take a position. It is time that Al Bashir realised that he is isolated, he cannot continue to violate people’s fundamental rights with the rest of the world hiding behind an assumed lack of knowledge” said Mr Saadia.
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The Statement of Solidarity (a shortened version and a full length version) accompany this press release: Statement%20of%20Solidarity%20with%20the%20People%20of%20Sudan%20%2... | Statement%20of%20Solidarity%20with%20the%20People%20of%20Sudan%20%2...
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If you would like more information on the topic at hand and the SSN or to schedule an interview with Mr Sabir Abu Saadia please send an email to The Secretary General, sudansolidaritynetwork@gmail.com or phone any one of the following:
Sabir Abu Saadia    _                      +27 82 954 4373
Rashid Hassan        _                      +27 82 907 9345
Sabelo Sibanda       _                      +27 73 084 5415
Issued by the Sudan Solidarity Network (Founded and based in South Africa)


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

If We Must Die: Claude McKay - Born September 15, 1890

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173960


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Mon, 1890-09-15
This date marks the birthday of Claude McKay in 1890. He was an African American writer, born in Jamaica.
He was educated by his older brother, who owned a library of English novels, poetry, and scientific texts. At twenty, McKay published a book of verse called "Songs of Jamaica," recording his impressions of Black life in Jamaica in dialect. In 1912, he traveled to the United States to attend Tuskegee Institute. He remained there only a few months, leaving to study agriculture at Kansas State University.
After 1914 several of his poems were published in various American periodicals; they were primarily lyric works decrying injustice....MORE: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/claude-mckay-outstan...





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TheBlackList Question The Week Ending 8/25: Maybe Racism Does Not Exist. What if there IS no such THING as racism?

Maybe Racism Does Not Exist. What if there IS no such THING as racism?
UPDATE:

CLICK HERE>> The recording of the discussion: Maybe Racism Does Not Exist. What if there IS no such THING as racism? http://www.freeconferencecalling.com/Recordings/Podcast.aspx?bridge=607537&accountid=607537 Recorded 8/25/13


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DATE: Sunday, September 1st
TIME: 2:00pm (Eastern Time)

TOPIC: “Power concedes nothing without a DEMAND. It never did and it never will", really? Does power concedes nothing without a DEMAND? 

CONFERENCE PHONE: 712-432-3066
CONFERENCE CODE: 607537
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