Global Communities Strengthen Liberia/Guinea Border Surveillance

first_imgGlobal Communities, an American-based development organization, recently concluded a daylong cross border surveillance meeting for Ebola response between Liberian and Guinean authorities in the Liberian Town of Belefanai, Zota District in Bong County. The objective of the forum was to enhance cross border surveillance as a means of maintaining the gains being realized by both countries in an effort contain the further spread of the Ebola virus, despite reports of renewed outbreak in the Liberia, while Guinea and Sierra Leone are still battling with the virus.At the meeting, officials representing the two countries seized the opportunity to provide each other with situation updates about the EVD in their respective countries.The Liberia delegation was headed by Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, while the Prefecture of Youmou, was represented by an official of the Guinean Government.The meeting was organized by the America-based international development organization, Global Communities (GC) with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Global Communities representative makes power-point presentationCurrently Global Communities is providing material, technical and financial support to 36 community-based teams along the Liberian-Guinean borders.The event, according to Global Communities Acting Advisor in Bong County, Michael Sackey Fogbawa, was hosted with the intent to enable community dwellers residing at the border towns of the two countries to get involved by helping to secure cross-border entries aimed at containing the spread of the EVD.The Global Communities, he said, will establish a database recording system on both sides of the border to indicate people leaving and entering from the two countries.Mr. Fogbawa said the organization has identified 36 villages on the Liberian side of the border as places of interest for work, and therefore, will work with the local chiefs, health practitioners and community dwellers to ensure that measures put in place are observed.“Global Communities will hold regular meetings with the community residents and provide them compensation regularly as an inducement so that people will follow strategies laid down by the community,” Mr. Fogbawa declared.He assured residents of Bong County that his organization, in partnership with the county leadership and other organizations, will continue to make significant contributions towards the Ebola fight until it is rolled out of the sub-region.He challenged authorities of the two countries as well as health workers, traditional leaders, youth and women groups and the local administrations to organize a robust network to constantly monitor the health situation as a means of preventing resurgence of the disease along the borders.Earlier, Bong County Superintendent Selena Mappy extolled Global Communities for organizing the Ebola surveillance meeting. She stressed that the forum will help to further strengthen the existing cordial relationship between people of the two countries.She then hailed her Guinean counterpart for participating in the forum, adding, “This demonstrates that the two countries are prepared to redouble their efforts in the fight against the EVD.”For his part, the Guinean Prefecture Mustapha Flomo Conde, speaking through an interpreter, commended Global Communities for the opportunity and said the meeting will further increase the education his government has been carrying on along the border.Prefecture Conde told the meeting that the number of cases has drastically reduced in Guinea as the result of the full involvement of the community people and the government of Guinea.The Guinean delegation also included the City Mayor of Youmou, the head of the health team, the commander of the Gendarmerie, the coordinator of Civil Society Organizations, traditional leaders and youth leaders. Bong County’s delegation included the County Immigration Commander, County Health Officer, Dr. Samson Azoakoi, the Commissioner of Panta District, the Paramount Chief of Zota District and an array of other local leaders.Participants at the meeting were provided the opportunity to ask questions relating to the Ebola transmission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President says corruption claims “outrageous”

first_img…will not reveal names of campaign donors or amounts President David Granger has rejected wholesale corruption claims against his Administration in light of accusations currently hurled at Minister of State Joseph Harmon and he has demanded that non-governmental organisations address their concerns internally before releasing unverified information to the public, which can leave damaging effects on innocent individuals.Minister of State Joseph HarmonTIGI President, Reverend Compton MeerabuxNatural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanTransparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) had explicitly accused the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration of being corrupt, basing its assertion on the circumstances in which Minister Harmon issued what he described as an “honorary” appointment of businessman Brian Tiwari as his “business advisor” and also in staying a GRA order to seize two vehicles from Bai Shan Lin.In breaking his silence on the issue, President Granger expressed his dissatisfaction with the way TIGI haphazardly accused his Administration of being “corrupt”, without being apprised of all the facts and without even making attempts to seek an explanation.“When they make statements that the Government is corrupt, what does that mean? Does it mean that I am corrupt… does it mean that the Prime Minister is corrupt? It is an outrageous statement and I would ask TIGI to verify its information before going to the media. It is difficult for me to accept a blanket of criticism of the entire Administration because of one incident,” he responded as he fielded questions from Guyana Times during the recent broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’.Minister Harmon is currently subject to public opprobrium after the Business Advisor appointment document was leaked and published by the Kaieteur News which kept up a daily crescendo of criticisms on Tiwari and Harmon. The criticisms were addressed by several individuals questioning whether Tiwari was being attacked because he was a successful businessman.Harmon was also cited for instructions to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) halting the seizure of vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin – a firm also not favoured by the Kaieteur News. The vehicles were later ostentatiously seized.Kaieteur News Owner Glenn Lall had conspired in 2015 to defraud the state over 100M dollars in taxes but was offered a settlement as opposed to full prosecution by the laws.But during the recent telecast, President Granger emphasised that TIGI should have addressed their concerns with the Government before making wild accusations.“As a responsible non-governmental organisation, I would ask Transparency Institute to have a meeting with Mr Harmon and ask those questions before going to the press… If they have questions, put those questions to Mr Harmon and if those questions are not answered satisfactorily, then you can make a release to the press,” he stated.He explained that it be rather counterproductive to have a meaningful discussion on the issue by shouting back and forth at each other via the media. Furthermore, Granger revealed that both of the concerns have already been dealt with.“When the matter of Mr Tiwari came to my attention, I rescinded the appointment and I said that the Minister of Business is competent to provide advice to me on matters of business and that was the end of that matter as far as I am concerned,” the President reminded.It was noted earlier in the week that no one could seriously belief that an appointment made by Dr. Luncheon as Cabinet Secretary would be rescinded by Presidents of that era. Also, a directive from the Cabinet Secretary to desist from a particular action by a Government Agency is not unusual and falls within the duties of the Cabinet Secretary/Minister of State.In fact a commentator had stated that “the significant supervisory role of the Cabinet Secretary over the actions of Ministries, Government Agencies and State Controlled Corporations helps to ensure proper coordination and prevent pernicious acts to the functioning of the State, the image of Guyana and relationships with donor countries, particularly countries such as USA and China. Differences, if and when they occur should be resolved within the apparatus of the executive branch of government”.In relation to the issue of BaiShanLin, Granger said Finance Minister Winston Jordan is dealing with the situation.“As far as BaiShanLin is concerned, Mr Harmon said he was going to issue a statement. I’ve also had discussions with the Minister of Finance who is responsible for GRA and I believe corrective actions are being taken,” he stated.Judgment errorsMoreover, Granger explained that errors of judgment are bound to take place, but what makes the difference in good governance is how the issue is subsequently addressed.“From time to time, errors of judgment will be made, I am not saying there was an error of judgment here but when complaints are made, they are investigated… and I am not saying that there was no error but explanations can be given and Mr Harmon had explanations,” he stated.Release donor namesMeanwhile, TIGI had called on Government to reveal the identities of all its donors, pre- and post-elections 2015, and the amount and or value of their contributions.This demand follows statements made by senior Government officials with the first being Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman which suggested that individuals who contributed to the coalition are now being rewarded and there was nothing odd or wrong about that.Prompted for a respond in this regard, President Granger made it clear that he will not be releasing the names of his party’s donors since it is not a requirement of the law.He added that the donors, for fear of victimisation, had also requested their identities not be disclosed.“It is not dirty money but I know very well that some people can be very vindictive… certain people in political parties could be very vindictive and once they discover that corporations give money to parties, they can bring economic sanctions against those companies… and it has been requested by some people, although we are sure the money is clean, that their identities not be disclosed, simply because their businesses will be sanctioned or blackmailed or boycotted by other political parties,” he explained.On that note, Granger reaffirmed Government’s commitment to introduce modern campaign financing laws in time for the next General and Regional Elections in 2020.Appropriate campaign financing legislation will proscribe the acquisition of money from illegitimate sources, the spending of “dirty money” for campaign purposes, and will limit the amount of contribution that can be accumulated by parties contesting an election.last_img read more

Operating Projects primary focus of recent draft budget presentation

first_imgRoll Carts for Curbside RecyclingFire Services PlansCharlie Lake Boat LaunchFacilities Master PlanCemetery Master PlanThose with a multi-year timeframe include:Fair Share Renewal/CoalitionCorporate Strategic PlanMaster Transportation PlanDowntown Action Plan – Phase threeDevelopment Services ReviewLinked projects include:Boundary Expansion – awaiting outcome of 50 year planning horizonRecreation Master Plan – following commencement of the Corporate Strategic PlanSocial Framework – following commencement of the Corporate Strategic PlanCharlie Lake Master Plan – following completion of Recreation Master Plan“Just as a reminder, the operating project fund is from prior years’ surpluses, so any change in the projects would not have an impact on the tax rate going into 2015,” Roy said.When compared to the 2014 Operating Budget, there’s approximately a $4.2 million, or a 7 per cent increase in total expenditures. While staff still needs the latest assessed values for properties in the city before deciding if there is a need to increase property taxes, some council members are uneasy about the 7 per cent hike.Advertisement For the most part, Council and staff spent the majority of the meeting going through Operating Projects, as this is the area in which cuts can be made with minimal affect on city workers.“The changes that we have done to the… operating projects is the Corporate Strategic Plan to take 18 months so the budget has been adjusted to reflect that, the Charlie Lake Master Plan has been shifted to 2016; the Downtown Action Plan budget increased to reflect the need to maintain momentum and begin implementation in 2015,” Director of Finance, Mike Roy explained of differences in this presentation compared to last month’s. “We have removed the Green Ridge Heights Development Plan from the project list.”Roy adds, “New to the list that wasn’t there last time was the inclusion of a pilot project for the enhancement of the downtown maintenance.”- Advertisement -The area in which the enhanced maintenance will encompass is the intersection of 100 Street and 100 Avenue, going a block in each direction through the north and south alleys. This was created under the guidance of city staff and also the desire of the public.Operating Project have also been divided into three different categories, which are priority projects with a six – eight month timeline, priority projects with a multi-year timeframe, as well as projects that are linked to each other.Projects with a six – eight month timeline include:Advertisement “The tax rate and single-family dwelling impact right now, worst case scenario in this budget that was presented, is a 7 per cent tax rate impact based on 2014 assessments,” Roy went on to explain. “This works out to about $118 per single-family dwelling.”“I’m not comfortable with a 7 per cent [increase], and I understand the ratios and assessments, and the 2014 numbers but if the bottom line is increasing 7 per cent then I’d like to know if there are some ways we can reduce that,” Councillor Gord Klassen said.While City Council and staff didn’t necessarily commit to any cut backs, some ideas were thrown around. Some of these include shifting the line painting of roads to an in-house duty, as well as scaling back funds for protective services and possibly dipping into the Fair Share Reserve in an effort to mitigate the cost on taxpayers.Council says their goal is to reduce the 7 per cent increase to 5 per cent or lower, and will continue working towards this goal moving forward with their final 2015 Operating Budget.last_img read more

Swansea caretaker denies Shelvey unrest

first_img Jonjo Shelvey England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wants to remain part of Swansea’s battle for Barclays Premier League survival, caretaker manager Alan Curtis has insisted.Shelvey has fallen out of favour at Swansea in recent weeks and been linked with a move in the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace and Newcastle reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Londoner.The former Liverpool player did start Swansea’s goalless draw at Palace on Monday, but he was substituted early in the second half after an underwhelming performance.“There’s been questions asked about Jonjo’s attitude but in the couple of weeks I’ve been in charge he’s been excellent,” Curtis said.“There’s going to be a lot of speculation about Jonjo, he’s out of the side at the moment and he’s a current England international.“I guess people are putting two and two together that if he’s not in the team he will move in January.“But I’ve spoken to Jonjo and he wants to play a part at the club and, unless things change, I expect him to be with us through January.“He played on Monday and was disappointing, but if you look at his form you’ve got to look at the entire team as well for most of the season.“I feel it’s a matter of time with Jonjo, potentially he’s a great player and the class will always come through at the end.”Only bottom-placed Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than Swansea and Curtis admits that scoring more remains the team’s priority in the second half of the season.France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who has scored only once in his last 15 appearances and is another who has lost his place in recent weeks, has been linked with a January move to Qatari club Lekhwiya.Gomis’ departure could finance at least one new striker for Swansea in the transfer window but Curtis insists it is a case of adding numbers to the current squad, not diminishing it in any way.“I hope he (Gomis) will stay,” Curtis said.“You see the speculation in the papers but the chairman certainly hasn’t mentioned players going to me.“We probably need to bolster the squad, I’m not sure if we need to allow people to go out the door the other way.” 1last_img read more

Man charged in fatal Bundoran crash

first_imgA 21-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing deaths following a Bundoran car crash last August.Joseph Gilroy from Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, appeared at Donegal Town District Court this morning. RTE reports that Gilroy was charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer on 19th August 2018 at Eastend, Bundoran. He was also charged with causing serious bodily harm to another crash victim, Rachel Elliott.Gilroy was remanded on bail to allow for the preparation of the book of evidence. He will appear in Ballyshannon court in June.Man charged in fatal Bundoran crash was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Spurs still looking for Man City game venue after Twickenham proposal is rejected

first_img impact GETTY possible standings Spurs will play their home games at Wembley until their new stadium is ready Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener The Rugby Football Union is not interested in hosting Tottenham’s home Premier League clash against Manchester City at Twickenham.The ground, which is known as the home of English rugby was shortlisted as a potential venue for the match due to construction delays at the new White Hart Lane and because Wembley, Spurs’ temporary home, is unavailable on October 28. Latest Football News Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes However, the Daily Mail claims the RFU are not considering any approach for the game to happen at Twickenham as officials are determined to preserve the stadium’s status as a rugby-only venue.Spurs have even explored the possibility of postponing their home clash against the Premier League champions amid concerns of further stadium delays.They have already deferred the proposed opening date of the £850million project for the visit of Liverpool on September 15 as there are problems with the safety systems.The game against the Reds as well as Spurs’ following home fixture against Cardiff on October 6 will take place at Wembley, as will the NFL clash between Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, which was due to take place at the new White Hart Lane on October 14.TSpurs will not have the option of using Wembley if their new ground is not ready for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side as the NFL have booked the national stadium for the clash between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The most viable option appears to be to rearrange the date of the fixture gameday highlights silverware smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 NEW ERA Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The club has been in discussions with Premier League officials over how to resolve the issue.To make matters worse, it’s unlikely the Premier League would sanction a reversal in fixtures and let the game happen at the Etihad Stadium as it would raise concerns over the integrity of the competition.It would lead to the Citizens playing four of their final five games of the league season away from home – which would put them at a clear disadvantage and the Premier League are thus unwilling to put them in that position.A switch would also see Spurs play four consecutive top-flight games at home in April which could cause logistical problems. ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

Marko Arnautovic winds up Jonny Evans to celebrate winner against Northern Ireland

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Arnautovic ran over to Evans as soon as he scored Arnautovic, a constant thorn in the Northern Ireland defence, sprung the offside trap to get on to Peter Zulj’s pass before slotting the ball past Bailey Peacock-Farrell to settle a close contest.The Austria captain then ran over to Leicester centre-back Evans, pounded his chest and appeared to laugh in his face, before removing the captain’s armband and waving it to his critics.Of the incident, Arnautovic said: “There is always emotion. Nothing much. I play against him a lot. Nothing personal just emotions.”It only inflicted more misery on O’Neill’s side, who now need to win Monday’s match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo to keep their fate in their own hands.Northern Ireland did not get a sniff of goal until after the half-hour mark when Ollie Norwood’s raking ball found the run of Shane Ferguson, but the Millwall man – making his first start in almost two years – got his angles all wrong to head high and wide. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Marko Arnautovic condemned Northern Ireland to a 1-0 defeat in the Uefa Nations League and exchanged a few heated words with Jonny Evans as he celebrated.The West Ham striker scored the only goal in the 71st minute to leave Michael O’Neill’s men without a point from their opening two matches in League B’s Group 3. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware And it was almost 2-0 when Stefan Lainer turned Valentino Lazaro’s corner into the side-netting.O’Neill went into all-out attack mode as Rotherham striker Kyle Vassell came on to make his debut, swiftly followed by Will Grigg, and the Wigan man was inches away from an equaliser when he twisted to head McNair’s 84th-minute corner on to the far post.But that was as close as they would come, and the match ended with Arnautovic missing a fine chance to make it 2-0 as he fired wide from a tight angle. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED Arnautovic’s celebration stole the headlines MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury All the chances that had been missing in the first half seemed to arrive at one when the second half began.First, Austria could only half-clear Stuart Dallas’ long throw and Paddy McNair tried to curl the rebound home, but it was an easy enough save for Heinz Lindner.The hosts then went straight to the other end where a mis-hit clearance fell kindly for Arnautovic, who bundled his way past Dallas before hitting a low shot which Peacock-Farrell diverted wide.The Leeds man then denied Sabitzer after his turn and shot, while Steven Davis dragged his shot wide after being played through on goal by Dallas.Arnautovic wanted a penalty when he tried to cut in from the right and tumbled over Jamal Lewis in the 65th minute, but the referee showed no interest.He would soon have his goal regardless, providing the one real moment of class in the match. ADVICE huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

Irish Water announce plans for further roadworks in Letterkenny region

first_imgMore water mains and sewer works are in the pipeline for Letterkenny and surrounding areas in the coming weeks, Irish Water has announced.The water utility said that pipe laying works and piling works on the Oldtown Road are ahead of programme and two-way traffic will be maintained for the duration of the works.All works will cease on the R250 Oldtown Road in the weeks surrounding Christmas, from the last two weeks in November to the third week in January. Further updates are due as the project progresses. Carnamuggah:Works commenced at Carnamuggah in Letterkenny on 16th September.Kilmacrennan:A stop/go traffic management system will be in place throughout the week in Kilmacrenan on N56 during daytime working hours.Manor Roundabout to Dry Arch roundabout:Works will take place during daytime working hours on the hard shoulder of Letterkenny-bound N13 dual carriageway from N13/N14 roundabout to Dry Arch Roundabout with outside lane only open after 10:00am.  Irish Water announce plans for further roadworks in Letterkenny region was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Sector mineiro e os minerais na África do Sul

first_imgA África do Sul, conhecida em todo o mundo como um autentico poço de tesouros, abunda em recursos minerais, produzindo e detendo uma percentagem significativa dos minerais de todo o mundo.A riqueza do pais tem sido construida com base nos seus vastos recursos – quase 90% da percentagem de platina no planeta Terra, 80% de manganes, 73% de cromio, 45% de vanadio e 41% de ouro. So nao temos petroleo bruto e bauxita.O pais e um dos maiores produtores de metais preciosos como ouro e platina e tambem de bases de metal e de carvao. É o quarto maior produtor de diamantes.E os entendidos acreditam que existe ainda um potencial consideravel para descobrir outros depositos de minerios em areas ainda nao exploradas.Posiçao na economiaA posiçao da África do Sul como maior produtor de ouro do mundo – posiçao que manteve durante mais de um seculo – foi ultrapassada pela China em 2007. O ouro, outrora um pilar da economia sul africana, perdeu importancia quando a economia do pais se diversificou.Apesar disso, no entanto, a industria do sector mineiro continua a ser crucial para a África do Sul, com os metais preciosos a contribuirem 65% para as receitas de exportaçao e 21% do total de exportaçoes de bens em 2006. O pais fornece cerca de 80% da platina de todo o mundo.O sector mineiro e, por outro lado, o maior empregador da África do Sul, com cerca de 460.000 empregados e outros 400.000 empregados distribuidos pelos fornecedores de bens e serviços a industria.TransformaçaoPropriedade, acesso e facilidade dos recursos minerais do pais estao regulados pela Lei do Desenvolvimento dos Recursos Minerais e do Petroleo, de 2002, que reconhece a custodia do estado destes recursos.A transformaçao e um ponto chave no sector mineiro da África do Sul. O acesso equitativo aos recursos minerais e as oportunidades foi legislado, com significativa participaçao de individuos tradicionalmente desfavorecidas como assunto da carta de direitos da Capacitaçao Economica da Maioria Negra.Actualmente, mais de 70% da força laboral deste sector e negra, enquanto que menos de 5% tem posiçoes de chefia. O Governo estipulou metas e em 2009 cre-se que todas as empresas mineiras terao 40% de posiçoes de chefia por sul africanos outrora nao favorecidos.Outras metas para os proximos 10 anos englobam a transferencia de 26% de activos mineiros para empresas de proprietarios negros, assegurando que 51% dos projectos mineiros futuros sejam controlados por empresas de proprietarios negros.Pontos fortesSendo um pais maioritariamente mineiro, entre os pontos fortes da África do Sul estao o alto nivel tecnico e a competencia de produçao, assim como actividades de investigaçao e desenvolvimento bastante abrangentes.O pais tem facilidades de processamento de excelente nivel cobrindo aços ao carbono, aços inoxidaveis e aluminio, para nao falar do ouro ou da platina. É ainda lider mundial em novas tecnologias, com um processo absolutamente revolucionario que transforma minerio de ferro superfino de baixo grau em aços de elevada qualidade.Este tipo de beneficio ou acrescento de valor a materias primas antes da exportaçao foi classificada pelo governo como uma area em franco crescimento. Existem oportunidades lucrativas para processo a jusante referente ao ferro, aço ao carbono, aço inoxidavel, aluminio, metais do grupo da platina e ouro.Lideres na industriaDuas das maiores empresas mineiras sao da África do Sul. A BHP Billiton, a maior empresa mineira do mundo, surgiu de uma fusao entre a empresa sul africana Billiton e a australiana BHP.A Anglo American Plc, que tem a sua sede em Londres e uma delegaçao em Joanesburgo, detem varias outras subsidiarias importantes, como a Anglo Platinum, a Anglo Coal, a Impala Platinum e a Kumba Iron Ore.A empresa mineira De Beers, ela propria sul africana, e de propriedade anglo-americana e um consorcio liderado pelo governo do Botswana. O maior produtor mundial de diamantes revolveu 51,1 milhoes de carates em 2007.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweblast_img read more

Help Name the March 2015 Geocacher of the Month

first_imgThe earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin.You know you’re a geocacher if… Share with your Friends:More If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher,If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other. chuck80196Missouri-based cacher chuck80196’s nomination comes from Stearman5: “This geocacher has found just about every geocache within the local area and is often traveling to other states to get his daily geocache. Chuck80196 has a current geocache find streak of over 1600 days with a find, and he is motivated to keep that steak going. After he passed 1,000 consecutive days with a find he was surprised at a local ice cream event with a golden ammo can; GC4F08J. He has over 880 first to finds and of late holds back to allow others the chance to get their first FTF; especially if he has already gotten his geocache for the day. He has over 4,900 finds and should pass 5,000 finds by April 5th of this year. He not only gives out favorite points but also receives them. Out of his 181 caches he has received 205 favorite points that is an average of 1.1 points per cache. And out of the caches he has found he has given out 460 of his 491 favorite points available that’s 94% given away. Chuck80196 is ALWAYS willing to help another geocacher out and if you know him he is probably the number one PAF [Phone A Friend] option on your list. And at events he is easily one of the most outgoing social persons at the event. Everyone loves to geocache with him and enjoys chatting it up when you cross paths with him.”Comment below to tell us who you think should be the March 2015 Geocacher of the Month.  When you get asked, “Cash or Card?” you hand the teller a lock-n-lock…You wake up early to be first in line for ammo can sales…You’ve been to a CITO event (Cache In, Trash Out), and…You’ve been nominated for Geocacher of the Month!This month, these three awesome people know for certain that they’re geocachers (in case they had any doubts before).Here’s your opportunity to  help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition geocoin, a hat and profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Without further ado, here are the March 2015 nominees for Geocacher of the Month.SchlurieSchlurie is famous in Rheinland-Pfalz for creating fun and inspiring geocache hides. His particular specialty is birdhouse caches, which have generated a lot of “WOW” moments for geocachers over the years. His nomination comes from Gruet: “Es sind alles selbst gebastelte Vogelhäuschen der Extraklasse. Raffinierte Tricks zum Öffnen, versteckte Mechanismen und integrierte Elektronik. Alles mit Erlaubnis der Gemeinde in einem wunderschönen Waldgebiet installiert. Über 40 Favoritenpunkte in nur einem Monat sind selbst erklärend!” All the caches [in the series] are homemade birdhouses of the highest order. You’ll find clever tricks required to open them, hidden mechanisms, and even integrated electronics. All placed with permission from the land manager of a beautiful area of forest. Over forty favorite points in just one month! SharePrint RelatedHelp Name the April 2015 Geocacher of the MonthApril 29, 2015In “Community”Help Name the Next Geocacher of the MonthApril 18, 2014In “Community”Announcing the August Geocacher of the MonthSeptember 24, 2013In “Community” FivebalesIdaho geocaching team Fivebales are all about strengthening their location geocaching community. Their nomination comes from you+me_makes4, who says, “I’d like to nominate Fivebales as Geocacher of the Month because of the amount of work that they put in behind the scenes. One half of Fivebales has been the Event Manager for the Yuma Mega Event for the past two years. It’s a largely thankless job that requires countless hours of work for an amazing annual Mega Event. The second half (and, I’m sure in her words, better half) of Fivebales has served as Secretary for South West Arizona Geocachers (S*W*A*G), the group that organizes the annual Mega. She also organizes a monthly newsletter that is sent out to every member of S*W*A*G to keep up on local happenings and events. The Yuma, Arizona geocaching community would not be where it is without them, and this is our way of thanking of them for all the hard work.”last_img read more