Although he is no longer a Minister of Government, Joseph Harmon will be attending Cabinet meetings and will continue to host the post-Cabinet press briefings, as he did in the past as Minister of State.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonHarmon, who was forced to resign as a parliamentarian and a Minister, was recently appointed Director General of the Ministry of Presidency and among his new responsibilities will be to continue hosting the post-Cabinet press conference.This, he added, will result in him still having to attend Cabinet meetings.“I can say to you; one specific responsibility I’ve been given is the continuation of the post-Cabinet press briefing. Hence my being here today, and the fact that the President has invited me to sit in the Cabinet meetings so that I can brief the nation on the things that are dealt with in the Cabinet,” Harmon stated.According to the Director General of Ministry of the Presidency, he is still unclear as to what his full responsibilities will entail.“[The nature of my new duties] is a work in progress and that [hosting the post-Cabinet press briefing] was one of the duties that has been assigned to me. As the other duties are made clear and certain, I will give that information out,” the State Minister told reporters at Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.Harmon, along with three other senior Government Ministers, were forced to resign as parliamentarians due to their dual citizenship status.By resigning as Members of the National Assembly, they also effectively resigned as Cabinet Ministers.President David Granger told reporters on Thursday morning that he needs Harmon to help him manage the Ministry of the Presidency.“All Ministers are my assistants but Mr Harmon, in particular, will have a non-ministerial role in helping me to manage the Ministry of the Presidency,” he posited.According to the Head of State, the Ministry of the Presidency has several large Departments which effectively places him with the responsibility over several critical areas such as defence, environment and energy. Hence the need for help.“There are three large Departments – the Department of Public Service, the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and the Department of Energy. These are all very huge administrative responsibilities and I needed assistance in helping me to manage them,” the President noted.However, along with Harmon, the Ministry of the Presidency has Dawn Hastings-Williams, who was appointed the new Minister of State, and a Permanent Secretary. There is also a Cabinet Secretary, Edward Persico.Furthermore, the Ministry of the Presidency also includes Tabitha Sarabo-Halley as the Public Service Minister and Simona Broomes as the Minister with responsibility for Youth Development.These new appointments and reassignments within the coalition Government came on the heels of recent court rulings barring persons with dual citizenship from sitting in the National Assembly.This saw, in addition to Harmon, former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and former Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine being forced to resign.Nevertheless, it was noted that the President is in talks with these other resigned Ministers on their role in the Government. In fact, he has already met with Greenidge and Dr Roopnaraine.“I would like to have them on board… I hope that they continue to assist the Government. Minister Greenidge, for example, served under President [Forbes] Burnham and President [Desmond] Hoyte so he has immense experience and I hope he continues to serve but it is up to him. Minister Roopnaraine as well is not without experience as an academic and again, it’s up to him… I would like them to work but it is up to them to decide if they want to continue to serve,” the Head of State asserted.As his coalition Administration undergoes this rebalancing period, President Granger further noted that there could be more additional appointments at the junior ministerial level if the need arises.
The accessibility of Ballyshannon’s streets is set to be reviewed to address issues faced by wheelchair users and people with visual impairments.At present, it is not possible to walk from the top of the town to the bottom without having to use steps.Other issues such as the location of disability parking spaces and dropped kerbs have caused problems for people with disabilities in the town, which is largely situated on a hill. While progress has been made to improve paths in recent years, local councillor Barry Sweeny has called for a co-ordinated review of the entire town.He said the idea was met positively by the Roads Engineer of Donegal Municipal District and plans are being made to address issues.Fine Gael’s Cllr Sweeny told Donegal Daily: “If you look back at old heritage photos of Ballyshannon it was all steps. This was reduced over time but there are still problems of accessibility, not only for wheelchair users, but for people with visual impairments and parents with buggies.“There are areas that can be improved, such as to get from the top of the town to the bottom – you can’t do it without steps. “We are looking at one area where it may be possible to eliminate steps.”Cllr Sweeny said that meetings with local wheelchair users have highlighted problems such as parking spaces being located on the wrong side of the road and drop curbs not being in the correct places.After raising the motion at the July sitting of Donegal MD, Cllr Sweeny said the council is exploring plans to do a walkability audit of Ballyshannon.“It would be great to pilot this in Ballyshannon, but it is important in all towns in South Donegal.“A lot of good work has been done by the council in the last two years to improve footpaths in the town, and it would be council practice to ensure these are wheelchair accessible,” Cllr Sweeny said. Cllr Sweeny added that a combination of improved infrastructure and policing of disabled parking areas would improve the town for people with disabilities and for carers.Accessibility problems in Ballyshannon to be reviewed was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AccessibilityBallyshannoncllr barry sweenydisabled parking
5 October 2014President Jacob Zuma is, this month, October 2014, prioritising the economy and local government.In his State of the Nation address delivered in June 2014, Zuma said the economy would take centre stage this term and announced a target of 5% growth by 2019. He also announced that local government, the sphere of government closest to citizens, and the “engine of service delivery’ would be revitalised and strongly supported.Kicking the initiatives off, on Friday 3 October, Zuma launched Phase 3 of the Expanded Public Works Programme in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape. The programme is expected to create six million work opportunities between now and 2019.On Tuesday, 7 October, the president will hand over the operator permit for the Dube Trade Port Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to Senzo Mchunu, premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Last year the president launched the Saldanha IDZ in the Western Cape. The IDZs will promote industrialisation and raise awareness around the Special Economic Zones programme, which aims to grow the economy and create jobs through creating a conducive environment for foreign direct investment. The Saldanha IDZ, still in development, has already attracted the interest of 19 potential investors.On 8 October, the President will relook the Back to Basics campaign targeting local government performance. He has convened a meeting of the President’s Coordinating Committee, the statutory body that brings together national government, premiers and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) association, to discuss strengthening local government to improve service delivery and promote economic growth and development at a local level.On 9 October Zuma will host a meeting of the Mining Sector National Consultative Forum in Pretoria. He had announced in his State of the Nation address that he would lead the government-labour-mining sector interface, and would prioritise revitalising and rebuilding distressed mining towns and communities.In August this year Zuma launched Operation Phakisa, aimed at “unlocking the potential of the country’s ocean economy’. Teams from government, business, labour and academia have been exploring the potential of the country’s oceans to boost economic growth and job creation. Zuma will release their findings on 15 October at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.In his State of the Nation address, Zuma had announced that he would convene the Presidential Business Working Group to discuss joint action for economic growth. The working group will meet on 24 October in Pretoria, where teams from business and government will report back on their findings.Zuma will later this month also meet with the South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the South Africa-Turkish Business Association. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa also recently convened the Joint/NEDLAC Working Group, which brings together business, labour, community and government to collaborate on inclusive economic growth. Ramaphosa will lead the group.Source: The Presidency
Paternoster, one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of the Western Cape province, serenely sits a 20 diners a night Restaurant, called Wolfgat. Unknown to the world, until this intimate, seashore restaurant was awarded ‘off-map destination and restaurant of the year’ at the first edition of the World Restaurant Awards on 18 February 2019 in Paris.This two-year old restaurant, is not only now an award winner, but is an eatery of remarkable coastal history. A 130-year-old building, located on the Wolfgat cave, Archaeologist John Parkington, affirms it as “a substantial chamber lying under an unusually large calcrete shelf”. Almost certainly, the chamber, and passages leading into it, owe their origin to underground stream erosion that has removed softer sand from below the cemented shelf”, according to their website.The menu is customised in Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s signature beach vegetation foods. Imagine for a second, homemade bread and butter, local seafood, lamb and/or venison, married with handpicked wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools. The Chef teams up with his six mostly female staff, to prepare the food with some of the features taking weeks of preparation.Sharing his excitement, following his win, Van der Merwe was quoted by @worldrestawards saying; “I’m really proud to bring something like this back to our continent and beautiful country. I’m very proud to be working in a team of mostly women.”Not only has Wolfgat become a trailblazer in the culinary industry, but is now a conversation starter on the global stage, for its exclusive scenery, a stone throw away from the tranquil, yet rippling Atlantic Ocean and a contributor to South Africa’s Nation brand image and reputation. Wolfgat has strengthened and reaffirmed South Africa as a country that inspires new ways of excellence and has remained authentic to its diverse cultures and true to its robust history.“Just making the longlist was incredibly overwhelming, because I look up to all of the other restaurants that were nominated with us, and we certainly didn’t feel worthy of being there, so this is a few steps of insanity above this, so I can’t quite put it in words. I think it willl all sink in.” said Kobus van der Merwe of @wolfgat on winning #RestaurantoftheYear and #OffMapDestination at the #worldrestaurantawards.We only book 20 diners per sitting – by keeping it small, we keep it sustainable. Brand South Africa congratulates Wolfgat for the incredible win which has elevated the country brand to new heights. To book a seat at the award winning restaurant go to – Wolfgat BookingFun facts about Paternoster, home to this incredible restaurantPaternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailorsFamous for its abundance of crayfishEnjoys ten months of the year watching of whales and dolphins, frolicking in the oceanA breeding ground for over 250 species of birds with seabirds (seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the oystercatcher)Five kilometres outside of the fishing village of Paternoster the last manned lighthouse constructed in 1963, rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, the Cape Columbine LighthouseSource: SA-Venues.comImage: Wolfgat on Instagram.
Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Microsoft is sponsoring Dev Unplugged, a contest for developers working on games and music applications in HTML5. “We believe that HTML5 and related technologies, in conjunction with faster and faster browsers, finally give developers the tools they need to create experiences that are as vivid, interactive and compelling as anything you have seen in native applications,” writes Microsoft’s Carter Rabasa. Several prizes are being offered, worth $40,000 in sum.Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and the bands AWOLNATION and Ra Ra Riot are providing developers with starter content to use in entries.Here’s a partial list of prizes: 3/1 – Contest Opens (submit early, don’t miss a chance to get voted-up!)4/5 – Submission gallery opens to the public and voting begins!5/9 – Submission deadline5/12 – Top-40 Finalists are announced5/23 – Winners are announced!The contest rules can be found here.We previously covered the results of a Google and SPIL sponsored HTML5 game development contest here. klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid $40,000 in total prizes including $9,000 for the Grand Prize.Front page exposure on theFWA.com and beautyoftheweb.comCool hardware: laptops and slates from Alienware, HP and ASUSAn all-expense paid trip to the Future of Web Apps Las Vegas with “golden ticket” VIP accessAnd here’s the timeline: Tags:#hack#news How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes
The indefinite hunger strike of the teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) demanding regularization of their jobs entered the fifth day on Saturday.“The jobs of SSA teachers were regularized in different states of the country, but despite our repeated memoranda to the government our jobs were not regularized. So we have decided to continue our agitation until our demands are met”, Secretary of the Tripura SSA teachers Welfare Asssociation, Bastab Debbarma told the press.He said 38 teachers had participated in the fast and more than 300 teachers are remaining present near the ground of agitation here.The State Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty has appealed to the agitating teachers to withdraw their strike on the plea that the government was concerned about their problems.“The SSA teachers are getting their salaries and facilities at par with the regular teachers of the State government and we have decided to introduce Employees Provident Fund (EPF) within short time,” Chakraborty told reporters.He added that the Lok Sabha MP from Tripura, Jiten Chowdhury, had raised the issue in Parliament and requested the central government to regularize their jobs, but the central government remained silent on the issue.There are 5,200 SSA teachers in the State.Meanwhile, the State BJP President Biplab Deb and Tripura Pradesh Congress President, Birajit Sinha visited the site of agitating teachers and expressed their sympathy to the teachers.Mr. Deb alleged that the State government was deliberately depriving the SSA teachers despite getting full funding from the central government.He assured them that their jobs would be regularized if the BJP was voted to power in the next assembly elections scheduled to be held in February 2018.
WAILEA, Hawaii — Olympians Andrew Gemmell and Haley Anderson won 10-kilometer titles in the open water competition at the Pan Pacific championships.Gemmell, of Wilmington, Delaware, pulled away from the men’s field down the stretch to win in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 11 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of silver medalist Jarrod Poort of Australia, who touched in 1:52.12.Kane Radford of New Zealand took the bronze in 1:52.13 at Maui’s Ulua Beach on Aug. 31.Anderson, of Granite Bay California, edged teammate Eva Fabian of Keene, New Hampshire, for the gold by one second. Anderson won in 1:59.51; Fabian was second in 1:59.52. Chelsea Gubecka of Australia earned the bronze in 1:59.54.With the victories, the U.S. has swept the men’s and women’s 10k titles at the past three Pan Pacs, including 2006 and 2010.The open water races were relocated to Hawaii because of water quality issues at Gold Coast, Australia, where the Pan Pacs pool competition was held a week ago.TweetPinShare0 Shares