Court Denies Rep. Nyekan’s Appeal to Drop US$1.5M Libel Suit

first_imgAn appeal to drop US$1.5 million libel lawsuit filed against Montserrado County District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyekan for allegedly describing Journalist Mamadee S. Diakite as a “jihadist and ex- fighter of Liberia United for Reconstruction and Democracy (LURD) was last Friday denied by the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.Diakite’s Lawyer asked the court for a US$1.5 million judgment against defendant Nyekan, “which is sufficient enough to restore his reputation as a result of the defendant’s false and malicious allegation” made against him.At Friday’s hearing, Rep. Nyekan’s lawyer pleaded with the court to drop the case, arguing that the word jihadist was not an insult, instead, it is used by the Muslim scholar to convert people to the Islamic religion.Denying the appeal, Judge Johanes Zogbay Zlahn said, Jihadism (also jihadist extremism, jihadist movement, jihadi movement or militant jihadism) is commonly used in reference to aggressive interpretations of armed jihad in association with extremist interpretations of Islamic fundamentalism.“Since the word is associated with extremism, the request is hereby denied and the matter is ruled for trial,” Judge Zlahn further declared.He did not mention any specific date for the hearing of the matter.The case started when Diakite issued a “Motion for Damages for Libel” against defendant Nyekan, claiming that the defendant on September 18, 2014, held a press conference in Monrovia, where he allegedly described him (Diakite) as “jihadist and ex-LURD fighter, casting doubt about his citizenship.Mr. Diakite further claimed that Rep. Nyekan said he had court records to establish that he (Diakite) stole a forty-foot (40ft) container from the Freeport Port of Monrovia, where he served as Container Park Superintendent and was convicted of the crime.Diakite also alleged that the defendant said, his (Diakite’s)  name was on the payroll of the Ministry of State receiving an amount of US$5,000 monthly, and he (the defendant) had evidences to substantiate all of the allegations.Mr. Diakite contended that the September 18 press conference was broadcast on Sky FM radio, as well as reported in other print and electronic media, including the internet.Mr. Diakite contended that the allegation to besmear, defame and damage his hard earned character and reputation, as a law abiding citizen, justifies the US$1.5million award which is sufficient enough to restore his reputation .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fire destroys building near fuel bond – in Essequibo

first_imgA fire of unknown origin on Sunday afternoon threatened a fuel bond at the head office complex of Francis Shurland and Sons Inc of Lot 13 Adventure, Essequibo Coast.  Breaking out at around 15:30 hrs, the fire destroyed the first building in the compound, but fuel was stored in another building at the back of the compound.The destructive power of the fireFire of unknown origin on Sunday afternoon broke out at the head office complex of a popular businessman on the Essequibo Coast, and for a while threatened mayhem because of the huge fuel tanks on the premisesA staff member attached to the fuel bond had reportedly seen the fire breaking out and had immediately informed the Fire Station.When Guyana Times visited the scene, fire fighters were engaged in a valiant battle to extinguish the flames, and persons who flocked the scene in the neighbourhood were tight-lipped about the situation, but many were thankful the flames were extinguished before they had reached the huge fuel tanks at the back of the bond.Head of the Anna Regina Fire Station, Clive Mc Donald, said an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

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Bruins ride Shipp in victory

first_imgSo think how high Shipp’s confidence is now after he made 10 of 14 shots and tied a career-high with 24 points to lead No. 3 UCLA to an easy 81-66 defeat of defensively-inept and 19 th-ranked Arizona in front of 14,611 fans at McKale Court. UCLA (23-3, 12-2 Pac 10) stretched its lead to a game over idle Washington State while the Wildcats (17-9, 8-7) suffered through their second-worst home loss in coach Lute Olson’s 24 seasons. With Afflalo dogged by foul trouble and an errant touch, Collison needed a scoring partner. And Shipp obliged. He found his groove with a 3-pointer that gave UCLA a 28-23 lead 7:08 before the half, and he remained the flow. Shipp scored seven of UCLA’s nine points as the Bruins stretched a 38-36 lead to 47-40 early in the second half, and his jumper from the left with 4:43 to play gave UCLA a 68-59 lead. “Josh Shipp had a tremendous game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I think this is going to be a turning point for Josh Shipp, getting back on track the way he was playing earlier this year. I’m telling you that right now. He played with great poise and confidence.” Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur each scored 17 points, but offense is not the reason the Wildcats are mired in the middle of the Pac 10, and wear the tag of enigma. UCLA, which never trailed, obliterated Arizona’s lackadaisical 2-3 zone by getting wide open 3-pointers (the Bruins were 13 of 28), getting ally-oop dunks on the backside and corralling every loose ball. In fact, Arizona’s defense was so porous, uninspired and inactive, it committed three fouls in the first 37 minutes, 50 seconds. “It’s got to hurt you; it’s got to be like someone stuck a knife in you when someone scores,” Olson said of Arizona’s defense. “We don’t have that, and I’m sure that’s our fault as coaches. It’s not that we don’t know what we are doing, it’s that we are having a difficult time getting some key guys to play defense like their life depends on it.” Olson experienced his first weekend sweep in Pac 10 play since his first season here. This loss came three weeks after Olson suffered his worst home loss at Arizona, a 92-64 thrashing by North Carolina. “When talking to our team, I said that (UCLA’s defense) is an example of what needs to be done,” Olson said. “That’s the kind of effort that it takes. If someone scores a bucket off of you it should hurt, and it doesn’t hurt right now (for some guys). That’s the biggest problem we have.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photos UCLA vs Arizona TUCSON, Ariz. – Josh Shipp wasn’t just in a shooting slump. He had earned the distinction of being one of the worst shooting wings within the Pacific 10 Conference. Yet, as he stood outside UCLA’s locker room flashing his ever-present smile while minimizing the importance Saturday’s long-overdue breakout game, he said he always maintained confident with his shooting. center_img In the process, the Bruins strengthened their position for a No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament, and showed how dangerous they can be when a third scorer surfaces. “It’s about time, and it’s perfect timing,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “If a guy is going to go through his mental struggles, I’m glad he went through at that portion of the season. Now, it’s the most important time, when you want your better players to come along.” Bruins point guard Darren Collison scored 17 points and had a career-high 15 assists, one off Earl Watson’s school record. Afflalo added 15 points, but it was Shipp’s performance that solicited all the smiles. He was shooting 15.8 percent from 3-point range in league play, and was 2 for his last 19. In his last seven games, Shipp was shooting 38.3 percent (18 of 47) from the field and averaging 8.8 points in his last seven games, well off the 14.1 points he was averaging before the slump. “Numbers lie sometimes. You can’t always go by the numbers because they don’t always tell the whole story,” Shipp said. “I know I can shoot the ball, so I kept shooting. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. I’m going to keep shooting, though.” last_img read more

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11 football clubs that suffered huge falls from grace

first_img Fiorentina – The Florence club enjoyed some famous Champions League nights during the 1999-2000 season but financial problems took hold. In the 2001-02 season the club were relegated from Serie A and were soon declared bankrupt meaning they were refused a place in Serie B. The club ceased to exist and a new side was created and admitted to Serie C2. In 2003 the club bought back the rights to use the Fiorentina name and shirt design before returning to the Italian top flight in 2004. 11 Nottingham Forest – With Brian Clough in charge between 1975 and 1993 Forest enjoyed great success becoming English champions in 1978 before winning back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980. However, the current Nottingham Forest side under the ownership of the Al-Hasawi family is a far-flung entity. Last season the team narrowly avoided relegation to League One after clinching a vital 3-0 win against Ipswich on the final day. 11 11 Portsmouth – The 2008 FA Cup winners suffered a financial meltdown that saw them fall to League Two just five years on from that famous Wembley win. Harry Redknapp’s cup-winners featured the likes of David James, Sol Campbell and Lassana Diarra but all of those high earners were soon shipped off as the club battled to save themselves. After two administrations things now seem to be looking up for the south coast club as they were promoted as League Two champions last season. Blackpool – Under Ian Holloway the club enjoyed a dream rise to the Premier League in 2010 but were subsequently relegated from the top tier after just one season. Blackpool came close to securing an instant return but lost to West Ham United in the 2012 Championship play-off final – it was downhill from there under the Oyston family ownership. The club famously only had eight outfield players and no goalkeeper just two weeks before the start of the 2014-15 Championship season, which gave a glimpse into the mismanagement at the club. Relegation to League One arrived in April 2015 and was followed by a second successive drop to League Two. Under manager Gary Bowyer the club were promoted back to league One last season, via the playoffs, but fan boycotts and protests are still commonplace at Bloomfield Road. 11 Leeds United – An English footballing giant that has become synonymous with falling from grace – so much so the term ‘doing a Leeds’ is a descriptive phrase in it’s own right. The club enjoyed huge success under the likes of Don Revie and were champions of England the year before the Premier League was established. Massive transfer fees were paid on stars to take the club back to the top under chairman Peter Ridsdale but huge loans were taken out to fund the moves. It was hoped money from Champions League qualification would be used to repay the loans but the club missed out on the competition for two straight years and they were soon in a financial mess. The club tumbled out of the top division and fell to League One in 2007. 11 1860 Munich – Die Löwen (The Lions) suffered relegation into Germany’s third tier last month. Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wolves enjoyed a great period of success under the management of Stan Cullis but financial mismanagement in the 1980’s saw the club’s existence under threat. More recently, however, Wolves suffered another fall from grace after Mick McCarthy had guided them back to the Premier League in 2009. After three successive seasons in the top flight Wolves fans were subjected to back-to-back relegations. Kenny Jackett brought the club back to the Championship but was removed as head coach when current owners Fosun bought the club in July 2016. Wolves have now seen three managers in less than a year since Fosun took control – with Nuno the latest man to take the helm. 11 11 Parma – After a dramatic rise to grace Italian and European football throughout the 1990s and 2000s Parma then suffered a significant demise. In March 2015 the club was declared bankrupt after racking up debts of approximately €220million. Former Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo, who had two spells at the club and was a youth team coach during their financial crisis, said that his youth players had to take cold showers because the club couldn’t afford to pay for hot water. A phoenix club was created, called Parma Calcio 1913, and currently compete in Italy’s third tier. 11 11 11 FC Magdeburg – The German team were one of East Germany’s best sides and won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974. However, after German reunification the team’s history hasn’t been quite so glorious. Mismanagement in the 1990’s saw the team tumble down Germany’s footballing pyramid. The team were promoted to the third tier of German football in 2015 but this was the first time they had played professional football since reunification. Rangers – Perhaps one of the most dramatic falls from grace in recent times is that of Rangers – champions of Scotland on 54 occasions. The Glasgow giants were placed into administration in February 2012 and handed a 10-point deduction in the process. However, worse was to follow as the club’s financial problems spiralled out of control and they were subsequently liquidated in June of that year. Rangers restarted as a new company but their application to reclaim their place in the Scottish top flight was rejected and they were placed in the Third Division. The club worked their way back up and finally returned to the top flight last year finishing in third place. Coventry City – The club enjoyed 34 consecutive years in England’s top flight before suffering relegation in 2001. In 2007 hedge fund SISU took over the club and are much loathed by the Coventry fans. In 2012 the club fell to League One and the mismanagement has continued as they dropped to League Two last season despite winning the EFL Trophy. 11 One of Germany’s best-supported clubs, 1966 Bundesliga Champions 1860 Munich, have suffered a catastrophic fall from grace – and it could get worse.Die Löwen (The Lions) suffered relegation into Germany’s third tier last month after losing their crucial play-off second leg 3-1 to Jahn Regensburg.However, after failing to pay their licence for participation in the 3. Liga they could suffer further demotion to the Regionalliga – the amateur fourth tier in Germany.A reduction in revenue will result in drastic cost-cutting and they will most likely have to move out of the Allianz Arena – which they share with Bayern Munich – back to their old Grunwalder Strasse stadium.But 1860 Munich are not the only team to have suffered a significant drop down the footballing pyramid.Scroll through the gallery above to see other European sides that have tumbled downwards.last_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThere were no games at the weekend for either Senior or Reserve teams. They both face Bundoran at home this Sunday at both 1.30pm and 3pm. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support both teams on the day.Well done to both David Walsh and Calum Gallagher who were part of the Donegal senior and minor teams who defeated Cavan at the weekend. Good luck to Calum and the rest of the minor squad as they take on Derry this Sunday in the Ulster Minor Quarter Final in Omagh at 7pm.Our u10’s travelled to Dunkineely on Saturday last to take part in their first blitz of the year. Two teams lined out from the club and provided some enjoyable and entertaining football for all. It was great to see the number of parents who travelled to support and we hope this continues in the future. Anyone who wishes to have any information included in the notes should contact Shane Walsh via email on shanew03@live.ie by 6pm on Monday evening. GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Nov. 23 story incorrectly reported that all security officers within the new Office of Public Safety would be able to engage in vehicle pursuits in certain circumstances under a plan approved by the Police Commission. In fact, the agreement applies only to the agency’s police officers and not other guard and security officers. last_img read more

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TWO DONEGAL GIANTS COME TOGETHER IN UNIQUE VENTURE

first_imgThe venture is officially launched this morning by Minister Michael Ring with the McGlone and Temple families. Pic Donegal Daily.Two of Donegal’s most famous brands have come together to promote the economy and image of the county in a unique venture.Minister Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport officially launch the joint marketing initiative of Harvey’s Point and Magee of Donegal which will be known as SephirA.The glamourous launch was attended by the Gysling and Temple families and General Manger, Noel Cunningham today in the Magee of Donegal store, Donegal Town. The two leading family run brands are joining forces to jointly promote hospitality, tourism, retail and employment in the Donegal region, at a National and International level.The strategic partnership of the two family brands synonymous with quality and Donegal will see a vast array of mutually attractive consumer benefits generated for both Harvey’s Point and Magee of Donegal alike.The brands will engage in a number of cross promotion strategies, to include international sales trips, with a key focus on North America.As an ambassador for the Wild Atlantic Way, Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point will travel across the United States throughout the summer months, promoting the West Coast Experience. At a national level there will be in store consumer promotions and a dedicated merchandised cabinet display of Magee’s products available for purchase in Harvey’s Point.Guests to Harvey’s Point will also receive exclusive Magee in store discounts, as well as availing of a complimentary personal shopping experience and upcoming select fashion events.The picturesque hotel runs a series of midweek and weekend breaks, which will include a Magee shopping experience and traditional weaving demonstrations.In a further initiative to generate and grow visitors and promote tourism in Donegal, Magee of Donegal will this year sponsor the ever popular Harvey’s Point ‘Dinner Cabaret’, which will return for the 2014 season, from June 25th to October 29th.Director of Magee, Charlotte Temple, Director, Magee said they are very excited to be partnering with Harvey’s Point. “Harvey’s Point has evolved over the years into a fantastic hotel that we, not only in Donegal but nationally can be very proud of. We both have a similar target customer and working together this year and going forward, will be hugely beneficial for both parties and Donegal.”Speaking about the strategic business and marketing partnership Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point said they are delighted to be joining forces with a strong brand such as Magee of Donegal.“It is a natural fit for us, as we share a number of the same values and vision. Working together we aim to ensure that Donegal is highly visible and promoted as a quality holiday destination, bringing more visitors to our unique and stunning county.”Noel Cunningham, host of Harvey’s Point Cabaret Nights with SephirA, who will appearing at this summer’s spectacular showsTWO DONEGAL GIANTS COME TOGETHER IN UNIQUE VENTURE was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 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:donegalharvey’s pointMageesNoel Cunninghamtourismlast_img read more

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A ‘damp squid’

first_imgA week is a long time in politics – just ask John Terry.Last weekend the Chelsea skipper ran a gauntlet of hate at Loftus Road on his way to a sweet FA Cup win.Six days later he was left with sweet FA as the England captaincy was stripped from him for the second time.You suspect he won’t be given the chance to complete an unwanted hat-trick.The pendulum appeared to be swinging back in Terry’s direction when the date for his trial over the alleged racial abuse of QPR’s Anton Ferdinand was scheduled after the completion of Euro 2012.“I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…”However, many fans – from an assortment of clubs – expressed their unease at the possibility of the 31-year-old defender lifting the trophy – a moment, like Bobby Moore in ’66, that would be forever framed in time.All rubbish, of course. My dog has got more chance of winning a football tournament than England – and I haven’t got a dog.Terry, lest we forget, has not been found guilty of anything and is indeed continuing to protest his innocence over the Ferdinand affair.Although you wouldn’t think it given the stream of angry chants directed at him last Saturday.Not that anyone, least of all Terry, expected anything different – with the pre-match hysteria cranked up by the posting of a bullet, which later became a cartridge and was eventually revised to an airgun pellet.In the event, what was billed as an explosion in a fireworks factory fizzled out into a damp squib (or ‘damp squid’ as Paul Merson is fond of saying).There were no arrests either inside or outside the ground, with police almost outnumbering the crowd (3000 empty seats testament to the fear factor whipped up by the media) and the only injury was caused by the ball – such was the reluctance by any player to show anything approaching passion given the fierce glare of the media spotlight.The game had 0-0 written all over it, but was ultimately decided by a penalty so dodgy I half expected Daniel Sturridge’s name to be belatedly added to the Oscar nominees.Bereft of anything of interest to write about, Fleet Street’s finest turned their attention to the crowd.Replacing Rob Hulse. Quite a task facing Zamora.The tone of most pieces seemed to be along the lines of brave John Terry heroically ignoring the bile spat at him as he strode into the lion’s den like an all-conquering gladiator.I agree, it wasn’t particularly pleasant (from either set of fans) – and I left my seven-year-old daughter at home for that very reason – but let’s face it, in a local derby with added spice, no-one is going to be blowing kisses and handing out flowers.It was back to league action in midweek and while 10-man Chelsea sneaked a late point at Swansea, Rangers travelled to Aston Villa with more new faces than a 70s talent contest.I was delayed getting home from work and was amazed to discover we had taken the lead through one of the deadline day signings, Djibril Cisse (move over Philip, there’s a new Beard in town).I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…Over-excited, I made the mistake of telling my little one the news, sending her to sleep with a smile on her face, dreaming of three precious points.At 7am the next morning I had to break it to her that three points had become one – I always find bucketfuls of tears are not the best way to start the day, although thank the Lord for chocolate buttons.It’s fair to say Fulham fans weren’t exactly jumping for joy at the departure of Bobby Zamora to Loftus Road – although one wag pointed out that Mark Hughes’ signings had brought the average age of the QPR squad up to 65.But while most backed manager Martin Jol, they saved their biggest love for the return of Roy Hodgson, with old Steptoe visibly moved by the reception when he returned with West Brom in midweek.And the Fulham defence even had the decency to extend the welcome to Albion’s Some Tchoyi to complete the perfect evening for their former gaffer.Last, but certainly not least, the west London performance of the week goes to Brentford – and in particular Gary Alexander.The striker fired a hat-trick in the 5-2 walloping of Wycombe, taking his tally to 10 goals in his last nine.Mischievous Bees fans renamed their opponents ‘Why Come?’ and took particular delight in seeing former QPR hero Gareth Ainsworth aimlessly looking for the dugout on the wrong side of the pitch.I’m hoping, in true pantomime fashion, one of the Griffin Park faithful shouted out: “It’s behind you!”Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

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QPR fans react on Twitter after club speak to Holloway

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to news that the club have spoken to Ian Holloway about the vacant manager’s job at Loftus Road.Holloway led QPR to promotion from the third tier during a five-year spell in charge and remains a popular figure among many fans, with some urging co-chairman Tony Fernandes to bring him back.@WestLondonSport @tonyfernandes Re-appoint this man,use his ability to galvanize the fans&players together & you will make QPR fans happy— Deano Baggio (@DiscoDean7) November 8, 2016@WestLondonSport if we managed to get Holloway in I would be absolutely buzzing!!! Please make this happen 🙏🏻— Sam Prior (@samprior1882) November 8, 2016@WestLondonSport please let this happen, he’d be brilliant— David Barton (@dave_barton76) November 8, 2016Great to hear Ian Holloway is linked with the @QPRFC managers job Would love to see a passionate QPR man at the helm again! @tonyfernandes— Andrew (@batstone12) November 8, 2016Ian Holloway all the way loves the club got to be first choice @tonyfernandes— mark florez (@marcosqpr) November 8, 2016Ian Holloway with Marc Bircham as assistant would be class— WE WANT OLLIE (@HJKQPR) November 8, 2016But others are less convinced that re-appointing Holloway – who has not been in management since leaving Millwall in March 2015 – would be a good move.@WestLondonSport Back to The Future was set in 2015, I can’t see how IH is a realistic candidate, then again I didn’t forsee LF as a DOF— Kevin McSweeney (@McShabby) November 8, 2016@WestLondonSport No that would be ridiculous— DJ FOSTER (@mavqpr) November 8, 2016I love Ollie, but this would be a bloody disaster #QPR https://t.co/5r29MX5uXD— Sam Willson (@sawillson) November 8, 2016My memory isn’t perfect and correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we get rid of Holloway because he was inflexible and had no plan b?— Mr QPR (@QPRforum) November 8, 2016Why do ppl want Ollie as manager? Coz he knows and loves qpr? Doesn’t mean he’s a good manager. Only clement out there for me!!— Gavin Cronin (@QPRGAV) November 8, 2016Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Holloway predicts problems for QPR and believes Bees will go downForever R’s: Eleven men who sum up the spirit of QPRSherwood looks out of the running for QPR jobFreedman and Robinson apply for QPR jobQPR speak to Holloway about manager’s jobHolloway and Bircham set for QPR return  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Mama Afrika feeds the nation

first_imgThe skills taught include basic cooking skills as well as advanced courses and more specialised courses such as cake baking and cake decorating, as well as flower arranging and various forms of art like mosaic art. (Image: Clover Mama Afrika, via Facebook)Women are often the ties that bind communities together, and are usually the people who care for those in need. This is particularly true for women living in underprivileged communities where banding together and supporting each other is often crucial to survival.The Clover Mama Afrika project identifies such women around the country and then supports them to become self-sustaining by providing and further developing their skills so that they can generate an income. This income helps them to support their communities and care for orphaned and abused children as well as the sick and elderly.Professor Elain Vlok, Clover’s manager of corporate services, is responsible for driving the Clover Mama Afrika initiative. Her passion, dedication and insight have led to the success of the initiative. Vlok believes that the programme’s on-going success is built on a generosity of spirit that is the very essence of ubuntu or “human kindness”.Established in 2004, the award-winning Clover Mama Afrika initiative has strived to restore some of the qualities of African tradition into modern life.“The wonder of this project is that we get people away from begging,” Vlok explains. “We help them to become sustainable. They can now bake their own fresh loaves of bread to feed their own people before they start selling the bread.”Apart from basic baking, the organisation also offers the women the opportunity to learn other skills through partnerships with groups such as Pick n Pay’s Good Food Studios, Chipkins and Food Creations.These skills include basic cooking skills as well as advanced courses and more specialised courses such as cake baking and cake decorating, as well as flower arranging and various forms of art.GET INVOLVEDIf you want to get involved in the activities of Clover Mama Afrika, visit its website for more details on how you can play a part in the ongoing growth and development of South Africa’s women and communities.If you’re interested in donating to the cause, look at the organisation’s wish list to get an idea of what resources it needs most. These include donations of money as well as nappies, toiletries and non-perishable foods.Through the initiative, individuals who think they fit the bill are able to become a Mama; if you are interested, email Clover Mama Afrika at info@clovermamaafrika.com or call the group on 011 471 1431.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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