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December 21, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSome trick questions in our previous quizzes were so unfair they could have been set by Lee Mason. These 10 questions are still tough though – see how many you can answer/guess correctly…[mtouchquiz 5]Click here for previous QPR quizzesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Buffalo Volunteer Rifles celebrates its 135th anniversary in 2011.(Image: Shamin Chibba) South Africa is a country not only built on gold and diamonds, but on the blood of many who strove to claim the land as theirs. Sadly, many relics from these battles are lost. However, there are a few people who have made it their purpose to preserve the precious artifacts that survived, and make them accessible to the public.One such place is the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles (BVR) Military Museum in East London. The museum is the city’s hidden gem; unknown to many yet containing a treasure trove of history.According to curator Major Anthony Step, the museum serves as a depository of war history that is preserved for future generations.“We house military memorabilia pertaining to those who served in all branches in all wars,” he said.For Step, the museum, located at BVR headquarters on Fleet Street, is a true representative of internal conflict in the country. It contains items from as far back as the Cape Frontier Wars, which started in the 18th century, to the liberation struggle of the latter 1900s.The museum is divided into four themes – the armed struggle, military artifacts, BVR regimental memorabilia and a depository of the commander units which were closed down in 2006.The museum houses old artillery, medals, guns, uniforms and photographs. However, Step did acknowledge that not everything could be salvaged.“This is the sad thing about conflict. Some things get lost and stolen – that is why it is important to have a museum,” he said.The East London Museum is currently assisting the BVR centre with items related to the armed struggle during apartheid. Though the headquarters are running out of space to house all these goods, Step said there is another base they would utilise in the future.Cherished relicsOne of Step’s prized items is a document containing the minutes of BVR meetings in 1876, its first year of existence. He also treasures the kilted uniform of the BVR’s Scottish Highland Company.Any visitor, though, would be startled at a well preserved letter sent to a Nazi officer, congratulating him on his efforts. It was signed by Adolf Hitler.Step has had to search for artifacts throughout the Eastern Cape to fill the museum.One such item is the cannon that greets visitors at the entrance to the headquarters. It was used by the British during the Napoleonic War before being brought to South Africa for the British campaign in 1834. The cannon was later found standing outside the Civic Centre in the small town of Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape province.The museum also has the two cannons that were previously displayed outside the East London City Hall. The BVR took them before they could be discarded by city officials. However, they are disintegrating slowly.“They need immediate restoration or they will be lost to rust and corrosion. The regiment does not have the funds to do so,” said Step.A consummate storytellerIt is not only the items themselves that inspire awe, but also the astounding knowledge that Step displays when he shows visitors around the room. He is a consummate storyteller, providing tidbits of information on almost every item in the complex.Step believes the value of an item is measured by the tales it can tell. “Every piece in a museum must tell a story,” he said.Looking at a battlefield illustration, drawn during the Anglo-Boer War, he chuckled while pointing out that at the very same spot a soldier, who was sitting passively, was shot in the head. Before he collapsed, the soldier cried, “Who threw that stone at me?”About the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles•    An infantry regiment of the South African army, the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles is in its 135th year of existence. It was established as the Buffalo Mounted Rifles in 1876 by Edward Yord Brabant.•    The regiment changed its name four times. In 1879 it was known as the Cape Mounted Yeomanry before changing to the Kaffrarian Rifles in the 1890s. It became known as the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles in 1999.•    One of the more controversial figures was Rowland Bettington, who commanded the regiment in the 1890s and gained notoriety when he partook in the Jameson Raid.•    In 1927 the BVR officially affiliated itself with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.•    The BVR boasts a Victorian Cross hero in Gerrard Ross “Toys” Norton. He received the accolade after his efforts in the Second World War. He is only one of three South Africans to have received the medal, which is displayed at the BVR Museum alongside a photo of the war veteran.•    Among the BVR’s latest members are former soldiers of the liberation struggle who fought against the apartheid regime.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img The Government is spending some $500 million to improve hospitals islandwide for the 2013/14 fiscal year. Story Highlights The improvements form part of efforts to transform the nation into a health hub in the Caribbean and the Americas, under the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. The four institutions are: the Santa Cruz Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Isaac Barrant Health Centre, St. Thomas; Claremont Health Centre, St. Ann; and Darliston Health Centre, Westmoreland. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the administration is spending some $500 million to improve hospitals islandwide for the 2013/14 fiscal year.This is being complemented by similar work earmarked for approximately 100 health centres across the country, at a cost of some $400 million.The projects are part of the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priorities, focusing on human capital development, with emphasis on enhancing and strengthening primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare.Speaking on October 11, at a re-dedication ceremony for the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary, which was refurbished at a cost of over $90 million, Dr. Ferguson said the improvement works form part of efforts to transform the nation into a health hub in the Caribbean and the Americas, under the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.Vision 2030 Jamaica seeks to position the island to attain developed country status and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.The Minister also highlighted work to develop four Centres of Excellence to provide enhanced primary healthcare, which he said is “going extremely well”.The four institutions are: the Santa Cruz Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Isaac Barrant Health Centre, St. Thomas; Claremont Health Centre, St. Ann; and Darliston Health Centre, Westmoreland.Dr. Ferguson said, however, that while much is being done to improve the sector’s infrastructure and human resources, there is also need to improve the health of the beneficiaries.He noted that Jamaica has been party to Protocols and Conventions, aimed at decreasing by 25 per cent, the number of avoidable deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), by 2025.Pointing out that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica are attributable to NCDs, such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, and hypertension, the Minister contended that efforts at reducing their prevalence “is a major task for our country”.Dr. Ferguson cited the decision to, among other things, legislate the Public Health (Tobacco) Regulations 2013, effective July, maintaining that this is a “pro-health” position by the Ministry and, by extension the Government, rather than an anti-smoker campaign.The Minister argued that tobacco smoking is “clearly recognized” as the worst of the four commonest risk factors associated with the prevalence of NCDs. The others, he pointed out, include: excessive use of alcohol, improper diet, and lack of physical activity.Rehabilitation of the 146-year-old Annotto Bay Hospital was spearheaded by the Ministry to repair structural damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy’s passage in October 2012.Refurbishing work was done on the female medical, paediatric, and maternity wards; Accident and Emergency unit, doctors’ and nurses’ quarters, and porters’ lodge; kitchen and laundry room, and the roadway was repaired. These were complemented by the provision of a new ambulance.Funding was provided by a wide cross section of public and private sector stakeholders. Chief among these were: the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; Japanese Embassy in Jamaica; and the RJR Communications Group. A significant number of community organizations and persons also contributed to the cause.last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Related Items:lime, martin roos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands February 4, 2015: LIME Caribbean has launched another innovative digital software, My LIME Self Care App, which is designed to give customers across the region greater access and more control of their own mobile services. My LIME Self Care App is now available for use in the British Virgin Islands and is currently being rolled across all LIME markets. MY LIME Self Care App can be downloaded on iPhone from the Apple App Store and on Android from the Google Play Store.With MY LIME Self Care App prepaid users can: buy and see add-ons; monitor their data usage to know how much is left on their package; and track the last 24 hours of call and text history that they paid for, including duration, charges, and destination numbers.monitor their data usage as well as, download and pay their bills. The App summarises overages; allows email messages to be sent directly to customer service representatives for extra help, among other uses. This extraordinary value offer is free to LIME customers as there is no charge for data usage while using the LIME Self Care App. “The MY LIME Self Care App places the centre of control where it belongs, in the hands of the customer. We are committed to provide customers with more innovative products that will complement their lifestyle and make them the decision makers,” said Martin Roos, CEO of LIME Caribbean.“LIME is committed to driving customer service excellence, where excellence is defined by the customers themselves, not by the provider. This App gives the consumer the authority and flexibility to manage the services they need and can access from LIME,” the CEO added.With a major network upgrade programme valued at some US$1.05B already underway, LIME continues to invest heavily in the region. LIME has afforded its customers a plethora of value packed data plans, an attractive range of affordable smartphones, revitalized its brand identity, refurbished retail stores and continues to roll out innovations. All this no doubt, has contributed to the growth in its customer base, evidenced by over 100K new subscribers on its network in just 60 days, leading in to the start of the New Year. “This new app is among a suite of new innovations that LIME has in the pipeline for its customers. LIME Self Care ‘wizards’ will be on hand in retail stores to demonstrate the features of the App and help customers to better understand this useful application,” Martin Roos further stated. Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

September 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Still no official unemployment number for TCI; growth recorded at NIB for 2014 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Over 22,000 Bahamians are unemployed and the reveal late last week on a recent labour force survey sends at least one Politician into an ‘I told you so’ mode.    The comments of PLP National Chairman, Bradley Roberts about the massive job expansion of the PLP over five years in office elicited an additional media statement from the Ministry of Labour.The Ministry quickly points out that the survey taken just before the General Elections and around the time of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, likely contributed to the less than two point drop in the unemployment rate.    The public has been told in recent weeks that there was a burst of hiring by Government under the former Perry Christie Administration just before the elections.At the Ministry of Tourism, where there were layoffs to streamline payroll the annual bill was put at $750,000 for that extra staff.    The National Health Insurance or NHI also cut back, saying people were hired but had nothing to do.Here is what the Labour Ministry had to say,  “… many of these employees, sadly, have since reverted to unemployed status and are seeking new opportunities in the labour market.”For the 9.9% who remain without work countrywide, there are two projects touted in the media statement – expansion of the National Training Agency and work with the Inter-American Development Bank to finalize a National Apprenticeship Program aimed at preparing hundreds of our young men and women to be trained to enter the job market.#Unemployment, according to the survey dropped from 11.6%, Grand Bahama Island leads with 12.4% unemployed and most of our unemployed are between the ages of 15-24. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, unemployment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp LABOUR MINISTER HON. D.SHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES Higher crime, higher unemployment, Opposition expressed concern on joblessness Recommended for youlast_img read more

September 15, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSomething for the weekend…Employees around the globe have been bringing the festive spirit into their place of work by decorating their desks with Christmas cheer.Some have opted for life-sized gingerbread houses, while others have gone for snow scenes, gift-covered or candy cane-themed decor, or fireplaces decked with stockings.Workers are sharing their festive creations on social media site Tumblr, via the Holiday Cubes page and #holidaycubes hashtag.The Employee Benefits team is wondering whether yuletide decoration could increase employee engagement and motivation during the festive season… (and whether our creative skills could stretch to constructing desk-sized gingerbread houses).last_img read more

September 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam.The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia.“Kansas has a long tradition of support for the armed forces. This change in Supreme Court practice reflects the state’s strong commitment to supporting military families, and it will be important for those military families it affects,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt, according to a news release from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.The court studied the issue for more than a year. “It was not an easy thing to say, ‘Yes that makes sense,’ because we want to be fair to our Kansas lawyers who did have to take the bar exam and pass it,” Chief Justice Lawton Nuss told the Hays Daily News.“We looked at how other states were handling this and looked at other rules, and tried to then develop a rule that brought together what we saw as good parts of all of them,” said Justice Marla Luckert. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more