“Utter lawlessness” on WCD roadway – Finance Minister

first_img…calls for Police to do their jobsA little over a week after the West Coast Demerara (WCD) highway was officially opened to the public, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has expressed his concerns over the way the roadway is being utilised by commuters.During a visit to Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) on Saturday, the Finance Minister stated that he was not pleased at what he saw along the highway. According to him, many vehicles were parked haphazardly along the roadway and vendors were operating along the shoulders of the roadway.“I believe it’s utter lawlessness in terms to have a market where people are parked all over the place. No one should be denied a living, but we must do our living within the laws of the country. We should not, as law enforcers, turn a blind eye to law breaking. It starts from a small crime that you might want to overlook and then it balloons into some of the problems that we do have today,” Jordan said.The Police were urged to perform their duties so as to ensure that all guidelines were adhered to, in order to preserve the highway. This includes ensuring that traffic hazards are not created when vendors ply their various trades.“I was really not pleased with what I saw coming over here; and I’m asking the Police to do what is necessary; first of all, to do your job and then do also what is necessary, so that this highway can be preserved,” the Minister said.“Parking on shoulders degrade highways very much. We ought not to allow parking on shoulders for highways, and we certainly ought not to allow people to be selling on highways, thus creating traffic hazards, congestion, and all these things,” he added.He further stated that for such structures to last, citizens and visitors would have to ensure that they were cared for and used the correct way.“This is easily the newest of the three coming from across the bridge (the Demerara Harbour Bridge). I’m already concerned that we seem to be ‘new people’. We seem to commission new things and then we move on to the next, not seeming to care that if we don’t care what we put in place, it would not service for the time that it is supposed to service.”The 30.7 kilometre highway spans from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, and was commissioned as part of a road improvement project, which was ongoing for approximately 40 months.The project, budgeted at US$46.7 million, which was signed under the previous Administration in 2014, was the fourth of its kind funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in collaboration with the Government. It comprised road works along the main access road on the WCD.last_img read more

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Vacancies: Warehouse Bar + Kitchen requires food and beverage assistants

first_imgWe are currently recruiting for Experienced Bar Staff and Food & Beverage Assistants to join our team in Warehouse Bar + Kitchen. Join our team at Warehouse Bar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. You will be part of a dynamic workforce, and a company that is constantly growing and expanding worldwide. Our key focus is fantastic food and drinks as well as sport, live music and entertainment.Key Responsibilities of these roles are: · Excellent customer service skills· Previous F&B experience is required (1 year preferably)· Must be knowledgeable of food & drinks service standards· Cleanliness level must be maintained to a high standard· Must be willing to willing to work variable hoursThe ideal candidate for these positions:· Must have a professional and friendly approach· Must be focused on providing excellent customer service· Must be team player and have the ability to multi-task.· Must have excellent attention to detail as well as good communication· Must have excellent time keeping skills· Good level of spoken English is requiredIf you are interested in joining our team and have the relevant experience for these roles, we would like to hear from you, please forward your CV stating what position you are interested in to hr@mcgettiganshotel.com Vacancies: Warehouse Bar + Kitchen requires food and beverage assistants was last modified: April 26th, 2018 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:jobsletterkennyWarehouselast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD HOLDING NIGHT AT THE RACES

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreThis week we bid a sad farewell to another member of our Hall of Fame, the Great John Hannigan. John represented his club and county with great distinction for many years, playing over 100 matches for Donegal at a time when it was unheard of to do so. Known for his great sense of humour and as one of life’s true gentleman, John will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to get to know him. He retained a keen interest in both St. Eunan’s and Donegal football and was also an excellent golfer. To his wife Claire and children Adrienne and Damien we extend our deepest sympathies. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. All managers are reminded that pre match warm-ups are to take place on the Training Pitch and not on the Main pitch.Congratulations to our 5 players that were members of the County Minor squad that lifted the Ulster League title last week, Conor Morrison, Conall O’Boyle, David Tyrell, Michael Miller and Sean Daffan.The Minor Board are holding a Night at the Races on Friday, May 30th in The Glencar Inn. Cards will be distributed to all teams in the coming days and a big effort is needed by EVERYONE to help raise funds for training gear and match balls purchased recently. Horses cost €10. If anyone wants to sponsor a race, contact Paul McGovern asap on 086-8114151 or at: paulmagoo@eircom.net. MC on the night will be the one and only….. Dickie McGranaghanU12 Boys football (Go Games) gets underway this Bank Holiday weekend, with games scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday (May 5th). Keep an eye on social media for any fixtures / changes…. The Seniors and Reserves are back in league action this weekend as they travel to Malin on Saturday evening. The Reserves throw-in at 5:30pm with the Senior game down for 7:30pm.The Juniors were beaten by MacCumhaills last weekend and they travel to Glenfin this Sunday with a 3pm throw-in.The Senior Ladies opened their league campaign with a good win over newly promoted Milford last week on a score of 2-13 to 1-09. They have no game this week.The Minor boy’s footballers take on N. Columba in the All County League div. 1 semi-final in Glenties on Wednesday evening (30th). Throw-in at 7pm.The U16 boys football commences this Friday (May 2nd) with the A team at home to Fanad Gaels and the Development squad away to N. Colmcille. The U14 boy’s footballers defeated Carndonagh on Monday evening and take on favourites, MacCumhaills this Wednesday in the Northern League semi-final.The U14 girls continued their good start to the season on Tuesday night with a good win over Milford. They travel to Limavady for a friendly this Sunday with the bus leaving Tobin’s at 10am. Cost is €5 for non-lotto members and €2 for lotto members.The U16 Girls take on the Donegal U14 squad this Saturday in a friendly at 11am.The Minor hurlers lost to Aodh Ruadh last Thursday in the league despite an excellent performance by this young team. They play away to Burt this Thursday. The U14 hurlers defeated Burt last week and meet the same opponents at home this Thursday. The U10 hurlers had a great day out at the first blitz of the year in Convoy last Sunday with these young hurlers doing the club proud in all six games. U14, U16 and Minor hurling training continues every Tuesday at 5pm. New hurlers always welcome.This week’s Lotto numbers are: 3-7-10-16. There were 8 match 3 winners that win €15 each. Next week’s jackpot is €1,350. Full details were sent by club e-mail and are also available on the club Facebook page.The Friday Evening Hurling and Camogie Academy continues each week between 6:30pm and 8pm.The Sunday morning football Academy is also on every Sunday at 11am. New members welcome to both academies from all over Letterkenny.This weeks winning lotto numbers were 3,7,10,16There were 8 x match 3 winners each getting €15Enda O Donnell, LisnennanJames Mc Daid, LurgyTerence Gallagher , CastleshanaghanEugene Duffy, KillyclugNeil Campbell, WoodlandsAll above were direct debitFrog,  58 Cnoc ArdGerry Gallagher, OaklandsKieran O Hagan, 147 Ardboe Road, Cookstown, TyroneAll above were sold by Mr Lotto – AdrianNext week’s jackpot is €1,350Independent observer was Raymond BlakeDon’t forget you can now play the lotto via the club appPlease note that the upcoming club golf classic will take place on May 24th – contact James Friel, Adrian McClafferty or myself for further info or to enter a team for a great day out‪#‎ifyouarenotinyoucantwinGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD HOLDING NIGHT AT THE RACES was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:JOHN HANNIGANSt Eunan’s GAA newslast_img read more

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Lloris returns: Tottenham vs Barcelona preview and confirmed team news

first_imgWhat the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries. We are not victims though. We must feel strong. Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want.”Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona): “We know that they have injuries, but we expect the best from them and we are aware of their strength in attack and defence. When the draw came out, we expected tough games and we know this one is going to be very hard and difficult for us.”Team newsSpurs are definitely without Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele, with all five out of action until after the international break.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was a doubt but returns from injury to captain the side.Samuel Umtiti will miss out for Barca as he serves a suspension and Sergi Roberto is injured. 2 This week’s talkSPORT commentaries One of the biggest match-ups of this week’s Champions League action comes on Wednesday evening as Tottenham host Barcelona on at their temporary home of Wembley.This is something of a must-win match for Spurs after their last-gasp defeat at Inter on Champions League matchday one. Hoffenheim vs Man City (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENAston Villa vs Preston (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENNapoli vs Liverpool (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENSheffield Wednesday vs West Brom (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENQarabag vs Arsenal (Thursday, October 4) – CLICK TO LISTEN It is expected the Lilywhites and Inter are fighting it out to finish second behind Barca in Group B, and they don’t want to fall further behind the Italian side in the race to reach the knockout rounds.Ernesto Valverde’s Barca began their European campaign excellently, with Lionel Messi hitting a hat-trick and Ousmane Dembele also scoring in a 4-0 thrashing of PSV Eindhoven.However, they have failed to win any their three league games since the defeat of PSV, losing at Leganes and being held to home draws by Girona and Athletic Club.Spurs appear to have overcome their own period of patchy form by winning their last two Premier League fixtures, but Barcelona will prove a much tougher test than Brighton or Huddersfield. 2center_img Spurs conceded twice inside the final five minutes to lose their Champions League opener to Internazionale of Milan #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Lucas, Lamela, Son, Kane. Latest @WilliamHill odds – https://t.co/2JP0S9zEYd pic.twitter.com/uyXBmKFSkE— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018 Confirmed line-ups Umtiti was dismissed during Barca’s defeat of PSV 💪 Barça XI🔵🔴 #SpursBarça pic.twitter.com/jd36JV9VOz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 3, 2018last_img read more

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THOUSANDS AT ‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ PROTEST HEAR PRIEST TELL THEM TO STAND FIRM

first_imgTWO thousand people took to the streets of Letterkenny today to voice their protest at the €100 household charge and heard a Catholic priest tell them to stand up to the Government.With just a few days left before the March 31st deadline, a large demonstration was organised by anti-austerity protesters with people travelling from all over the county, and a small group from north Leitrim.Gaoth Dobhair priest Father Brian O’Fearraigh told the crowd that the charges were “unfair and unjust” and urged people not to pay the household charge, septic tank charges or water taxes. Father O’Fearraigh was among a number of people who symbolically tore up household charge registration forms.The popular priest told the crowd: “It was once said that ‘there is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything.’“Standing here today, we give it our all, in order to ensure that these regressive and unjust charges are defeated and in the words of a fellow campaigner in Falcarragh recently, To ensure these charges are relegated to the septic tank of history. Why? Because they bring nothing but, hardship and difficulty, stress and poverty go leor.“We, the people say: No to household charges. We the people say: No to water charges, We the people say no to septic tank registration fees. We the people say: We Can’t Pay won’t Pay.” TD Thomas Pringle got the biggest cheer when he told people to tell local Oireachtas members Joe McHugh, Dinny McGinley and Jimmy Harte that the ‘won’t pay’ message was clear.And he responded to reports that the Government had told councils to start knocking doors to collect the charge by saying: “The message will be the same, we can’t pay, we won’t pay, now go away.”Other speakers said they believed the people should stick together.“The sense of anger out there is palpable. People are simply not going to pay this charge. It’s the last straw,” said Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig , one of the organisers.“This protest is about sending a message to Government that people simply cannot afford any more charges “With just days to the deadline we want to let them know that we are not for turning,” he said.A separate protest over cuts to school transport took place in the Twin Towns. Free transport will only be provided in future if pupils attend their nearest post-primary school.Parents and teachers in the Finn Valley area walked from Navenney Car Park in Ballybofey to Stranorlar.THOUSANDS AT ‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ PROTEST HEAR PRIEST TELL THEM TO STAND FIRM was last modified: March 24th, 2012 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:Can’t Pay Won’t Payletterkennyprotestlast_img read more

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Track & Field Begins 2019 At Nebraska

first_imgThe Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 25-26 in Iowa City, Iowa at the Black and Gold Premier Invite, hosted by The University of Iowa. Print Friendly Version Meet Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2019 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Saturday Heat Sheets Story Links Live Results The Bulldogs will face competitors from 16 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska-Kearney, Hays State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon.Under the direction of second-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Jimmy Grant Open in Iowa City, where the Bulldogs won two events against Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State, and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) won the 3000 meters, which helped lead the men’s team along with a win in the mile by Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland). Yeager led the way with a time of 8:32.15 in the 3000 meters. Lechleitner won the mile 4:09.99, with two more Bulldogs finishing in the top five. The women’s team had similar success in the 3,000 meters with Rachel Selva (Lenexa, Kan.) finishing third in 10:22.63 while Olivia Rogers (Centennial, Colo.) came in fifth.In the sprints, Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Norah C, Zimbabwe) opened his season by taking second in the 300 meters in 33.52. Mariah Crawford (DeSoto, Texas) was fourth in the women’s section of the event.Lexie Chapman (Pekin, Ill.) made her Drake debut by finishing fourth in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 57-11 (17.65m). Friday Heat Sheets last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgJimmy Duffy Annagry Community Notes December 4thCRAFT FAIRThe 26th Annual Craft Fair held in Caisleain Óir Annagry will take place on Friday December 5th starting at 8pm. The John Thomas Boyd Memorial Cup will be awarded to the “Best Presented Stall”. To reserve a table contact Seamus at 074 9548723 or Caisleain Óir Hotel at 074 9548113. TABLE QUIZA Table Quiz in aid of Old People’s Party Mullaghduff will be held in Caisleain Óir Annagry on Wednesday December 10th starting at 9.30pm sharp! teams of four, €20 per table.LOTTOThere was no winner of the €2660 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for December 3rd . The numbers drawn were 7-10-15-19. Jackie Hughes Mullaghduff, Toni Sidonio Mullaghduff, Siobhan Burke Mullaghderg, Anne Marie Kuncatis Annagry, Eileen Greene Loughanure and Tony Doherty Ranafast matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on December 10th is €2720. If you’re not in, you can’t win! SYMPATHYSympathy of the community is extended to her relatives and friends of Hughie O’Donnell Loughagher, Caitlín Gillespie Stranacorka, Mary Gallagher Meenmore and Sarah Boyle Glasgow and Kilindarragh who have died recently.RAILWAY WALK AGMThe Annual General Meeting for the Old Railway Walk will take place on Thursday December 18th at 8pm in the Community Centre, Acres, Burtonport. Everyone is invited to come along to get an overview of developments to date and to contribute their ideas and observations on the night.CHRISTMAS PLAY Keadue National School present their Christmas Play in St Mary’s Hall Kincasslagh this Thursday evening December 4th starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.PLAYMATTERSBreakfast ArTBoX will be held in the CDP Building Dungloe from 10am to 12pm on Monday mornings and “Story & Rhyme Time” will be held in the Public Library Dungloe from 9.30am to 10am on Thursday mornings. Both sessions are suitable for toddlers and their parents.COLLECTION The total amount collected at the annual Church Gate collection on behalf of The Donegal Society for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus taken up in Annagry recently was €394. DSSBH wish to thank all who have subscribed.NIGHT AT THE RACESNaomh Muire GAA Club will host their annual Night at the Races in Sharkey’s Bar Annagry on Tuesday December 30th, starting at 9.30pm. Combined Horse and Jockeys can be purchased from committee members for €20.BINGOBeidh Bingo Mór na Nollag i Áislann Rann na Feirste Dé Domhnaigh ar an 7ú Nollaig ag 3.30i.n. Ta na dorsa ag oscailt ag a dó ó chlog. Duaiseanna corradh is €3000, Ciseáin Nollaig agus go leor duaiseanna eile le baint ar an lá. Leabhar singilte €15, leabhar dubailte €25. Failte romhaibh uilig.100+ DRAWThe following people who won in the 100+ November Draw co-ordinated by Naomh Muire CLG were €500 Charles Doogan Loch an Iúir. €200 Patrick McGinley Snr Calhame. €100 Joe McDevitt Annagry, Seamus Rodgers Annagry West, Phil Duffy Meenacrieve. €50 Danny Gillespie Annagry, Cormac McGarvey Cnoc an Stolaire, Patrick Ferry Cúl a’Choic, Michael Sharkey Annagry, Kevin White Loughanure, Ciaran McGinley Calhame, Robbie O’Donnell Annagry, Yvonne Gillespie Lunny Braade. The next draw will take place on December 31st.DAIDÍ NA NOLLAGBeidh Daidí na Nollag ag tabhairt cuairt ar Chlub Óige Rann na Feirste ar 11ú Nollag ag a 7i.n i Áislann Rann na Feirste. Beidh Ceol, Spoirt, Siasmaiochta agus Solaistí do óg is fasta. Ta an cead isteach €5 an teaglach agus tá fáilte roimhe gach duine.DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Jimmy DuffyJimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community Noteslast_img read more

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Play Your Part to make SA better

first_img13 June 2011 Play Your Part is a national initiative by Brand South Africa, powered by the organisation forgood, to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change in the country, to become involved, to simply play a part. Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens. Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small. With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere. Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of South Africa our land.What’s forgood all about? Forgood is a home-grown social network that combines purpose with fun and rewards. The forgood community is made up of friends, groups and activities. Members create groups and activities that other friends on forgood can join. Connect with others near you or those who share your cause. Offer whatever you can: time, money, skills or resources. Get your good on and earn recognition and good points in our Give/Get programme. Once you’e earned enough points, you can exchange them for real-life rewards. Give vouchers to a group or an NGO – get movie tickets and or other goodies for yourself. We make giving fun for everyone. If you’re already involved in a social outreach project, or even if you just love helping others, create a profile for yourself, then create your group and get others to join your cause. Everyone who shares your cause and lives within 50km of your group will be invited to join you. How about if you really want to do something worthwhile, but don’t know where to start looking? Once you sign up, groups and activities will come looking for you, based on where you live and what you’re passionate about. Forgood gives you a real-time map of social action in your community, showing you which groups and activities are working for good right now on your local map. In time, you will find recycling points, HIV clinics, schools and other helpful places in your area. You can also read inspiring stories of good news happening on your doorstep. Or share your good news with us. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries

first_imgArtists and the economy was discussed on the second day of the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress, with speakers calling on governments and private sector leaders to invest in the arts and heritage as a means of uniting Africa through its diversity. N’Goné Fall says artists are visionaries. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future.” (Image: Media Club SA) Melissa JavanThe impact artists made on the economy was one of the topics discussed at the fourth African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC4), running from 25 to 27 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.This congress, which promotes diversity, is a partnership between the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the African Union Commission; its theme is “Unity in cultural diversity for Africa’s development”. Cultural leaders from across the continent are discussing how Africans can connect and improve their economies.N’Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic and cultural engineering consultant. She spoke about the lack of government investing in contemporary and modern arts, yet internationally there was a huge market for it.“Europe and the United States have the biggest auction houses and art fares in contemporary and modern art. This boosts the economy, but does not affect us [Africans] locally, because artists are going as individuals to Europe,” she said. “The artists are not seen [by the government] as important and [are] still seen as entertainers.”She knew of many top South African and Nigerian scholars with PhDs in history of art, but who lived in the US. “Their research grounds are that side. We have not training grounds for them here, so now there are teaching that side. And it’s a pity.Artists as visionaries“African governments and the African Union need to realise that they should make art and culture as a component of importance.”Fall saw artists as visionaries and activists. “An artist is about education, capacity building, empowerment, et cetera. Artists are probing political issues, spiritual and cultural issues. They rely on history in order to inspire the present, the future. They are change agents.”Mike Dada, the president of the All African Music Awards, reminded the audience that Africa had a lot to offer the world. The “African brand”, however, was created by Western media and observers. “Often times their facts are out of context and distorted. Through that lens [of Africa] we mostly see hunger, war poverty, hopelessness, et cetera.”He asked the audience, packed as it was with African leaders and representatives, whether they wanted to continue to have others telling African stories, or whether they were “ready to tell our story”.“The global village, the people, the investors, the young and the old, everyone from different walks of life, they want to listen to African stories.”Telling our own storiesUsing visuals of leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, as well as of hungry children, Dada added: “Our people all contribute to the perception of Africa.”Dr Webber Ndoro of the African World Heritage Fund said that heritage must be a cornerstone of sustainable development in Africa. “Heritage provides potential to create dialogues between developers and communities.”Although tourism played a huge role in heritage being a cornerstone, locals did not benefit much, he said. His statistics on tourism’s share market showed that 72% went to international companies and less than 5% went to local communities.“If we look at Victoria Falls and Livingstone as an example, of the 29 hotels and lodges in the area only five of them buy from the local communities,” said Ndoro. “We are trying to improve it. That’s why we are targeting individuals and families.”Of the 1 007 properties listed as World Heritage sites, he added, only 89 were in sub-Saharan Africa. The process of nominating a heritage site for the list took two years. “Besides lack of interest, there is a lack of capacity for African governments to compile a heritage site to the nomination list.”The objectives of the congressAccording to the African Union, cultural experts, policy makers, members of the private sector and civil society organisations working in the arts and culture sector are attending the congress. Its objective is to take stock of the challenges and record good practices on harnessing cultural diversity to enhance development.Specific goals include:Facilitating the exchanges of ideas and experiences among arts and culture professionals, researchers, creators/producers of culture, decision/policy makers in the area of cultural diversity in Africa;Gathering inputs and best practices for the formulation and implementation of cultural policies and programmes in Africa in the area of cultural diversity;Mobilising partners to engage in private and public partnerships for the finance the cultural sector;Accelerating the implementation of the Plan of Action on cultural and creative industries as a tool for the creative economy and sustainable development;Organising a thematic exhibition on African shared values and the spirit of pan-Africanism to showcase Africa’s creative and cultural potential with a view to boosting sustainable development; and,Providing pointers for the development of the first 10-year implementation plan for Agenda 2063 as it pertains to Aspiration 5 and related focus areas and flagship projects.The union said cultural diversity was critical “in the sense that the achievement of the Agenda 2063 vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa will depend on the capacity of Africa to overcome the continent’s major post-colonial conflicts by bridging the gap between cultures and promoting mutual understanding among peoples”.last_img read more

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