PPP/C to challenge wind farm deal with Govt financier

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) says it intends to vigorously challenge – in the courts if needs be – the ‘corrupt’ wind farm deal entered into between the current coalition Administration and one of its financiers, Lloyd Singh.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAPNU/AFC financier, Lloyd SinghThis position was adumbrated on Thursday by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was at the time addressing media operatives at the Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.“If they persist with it then we will have no choice but to review it,” Jagdeo said, even as he called on the international community, specifically the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to not fall prey to the machinations of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Speaking to the IDB’s involvement, Jagdeo spoke to the fact that the international financial institution has funded an Energy Matrix Study for Guyana.This study, he said, was handed over to Government since June of this year but Government is still to make a pronouncement on this report.The former President drew reference to the fact that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced the negotiations of a Power Purchase Agreement between Government, through the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL) and the principals for the proposed 25 Mega Watts, Wind Farm.Jagdeo said, international consultants usually just ‘baptise’ projects put forward by governments and he was hoping that this was not the case with the proposed US$50 million Hope Beach Wind Farm.He posited that the Energy Mix Study “may just baptise this, what is already in the system.”According to Jagdeo, there was never a public tender or any sort of competitive process with respect to the pursuit of a wind farm as part of Government’s renewable energy drive.On the matter of the Hope Beach Wind Farm principal, Jagdeo said Lloyd Singh is a known financier of the AFC.“Imagine a man who built the AFC headquarters is now negotiating with General Secretary of the AFC [Minister David Patterson] for or a Power Purchase Agreement that was never tendered and announced long before the power mix study…This smacks of corruption.”As such, the former President said even if Government were to go ahead with the project, the “PPP is not bound to respect anything that is done in this manner.”He said his party will vigorously oppose any Power Purchase Agreement negotiated in secret by related parties.This agreement, he said, will not necessarily be respected by the PPP.The US$50 million wind farm project is being touted by Government as its solution to GPL blackout woes, but Jagdeo has since questions what obtains if the wind speed for any given day were to drop below what is required and as a result generation reduces to nil.“What will be the back-up power that will kick in,” Jagdeo questioned, even as he sought to explain that with a wind farm, what is being purchased is energy and not necessarily capacity.Jagdeo – the main proponent behind the development of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project – said hydro offers both capacity and energy, “this seems to escape them, so we gonna be spending tons of money. This is a corrupt transaction.”Jagdeo also used the opportunity to take to task Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who according to the Opposition Leader, misled the National Assembly when he announced the development of and negotiations surrounding the wind farm at Hope Beach.He drew reference to the Finance Minister’s presentation to the House where he alluded to the power being purchased from the Wind Farm Project at 12 cents per kilowatt hour versus the 28 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) that it was costing GPL to generate electricity.According to Jagdeo, the generating cost for GPL at the time was 11cents per kwh, “he was wrong.”The former President said members of the Administration have since privately conceded that the Finance Minister was wrong.Jagdeo suggested that the Finance Minister deliberately used the inflated cost of electricity generation in order to justify the feasibility of the wind farm.He used the occasion to also lament the fact that there have been no investment decisions made about installing new capacity adding that, “they have effectively killed the hydro power and they are now in a mad scramble to resurrect the wind farm.”The matter of the wind farm, according to Jagdeo, will be raised with the Norwegian Government which itself is currently conducted another study on the feasibility of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric project.Jagdeo was adamant that Government’s proposed solution in the form of a wind farm will not bring an end to the spate of blackouts and other woes as he maintained that “this thing is a corrupt deal and we will scrutinise this… will press them hard to get the details of this contract.”According to Jagdeo, “we have to look at it, if we find that it is particularly egregious then we will challenge it as we have done in the courts and use every means that is available to us to expose it.”last_img read more

Liverpool facing competition from Turkish giants to land French striker

first_img1 Andre-Pierre Gignac in action for Marseille Galatasaray have joined Liverpool and Inter Milan in the race for Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to reports in France.talkSPORT told you on Tuesday about Inter’s interest in the forward, while Liverpool are also believed to be monitoring the striker’s situation closely.Gignac has been in fine form in Ligue 1 this season, smashing 11 goals in just 15 appearances.But now Roberto Mancini’s men and Liverpool are set to be joined in the race for Gignac by Turkish giants Galatasaray.According to French newspaper La Provence, Galatasaray are desperate to strengthen their attacking options as they bid to win their 20th league title.Gignac’s contract is due to expire next summer and the France international has already admitted he could be off.last_img read more

Brentford 1-3 Burnley: Three first-half goals helps Clarets to comfortable victory

first_img George Boyd 1 Burnley moved within two points of second-placed Derby in the Championship as they were 3-1 winners over Brentford. The Bees were dealt with a blow beforehand, as defender James Tarkowski, who was set to start for Dean Smith’s side, made himself unavailable for selection after transfer speculation. The outcome was never in doubt after a one-sided first 45 minutes which saw the Clarets boss the game in every area of the field.It took them just 11 minutes to break the deadlock when former Bees striker Andre Gray teed-up Scott Arfield to curl a stunning shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.It was two on the half hour when Barton’s exquisite dipping free-kick cleared the wall and goalkeeper David Button’s outstretched arm to find the net.The first-half footballing lesson continued eight minutes later when a half-hearted headed clearance from Jack O’Connell was returned with interest on the volley by George Boyd to nestle in the bottom corner.The only surprise was that Gray, who left Griffin Park for £9million in the summer, failed to find the net in the opening 45 minutes.He was at the heart of everything positive in the first 15 minutes, firing narrowly wide and setting up Arfield for an early effort which flashed just wide.Brentford fans, who had to wait until the 37th minute for Alan Judge’s first bobbling effort on goal, booed off their men at the break.It was a different story after the break as Brentford emerged the brighter as Burnley sat deep and tried to kill the game off.Judge, also a Burnley target, flashed a shot wide of the upright to signal his side’s intent as the hosts pressed higher up the field.But all too often the final ball lacked quality and when it did reach the danger area Brentford looked toothless in front of goal.Half-time substitutes Sam Saunders and Lasse Vibe sharpened things up and it was no surprise when Judge cut in from the left to fire a low drive under Tom Heaton – a shot the goalkeeper should really have stopped.In the end it was a comfortable win for the Clarets, who closed the gap on leaders Middlesbrough to four pointslast_img read more

Viacom split toasts ’06

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. rang in 2006 as two separate companies, completing a breakup of a major media conglomerate in the hopes of winning back friends on Wall Street. The breakup was officially completed over the weekend, and shares of the two companies began trading separately for the first time Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. CBS Corp., which is being led by former CBS chief Leslie Moonves, will include the television network, a group of affiliated stations and a major radio broadcasting group that was recently renamed CBS Radio from Infinity Broadcasting. The other company, which will keep the Viacom name, is led by former MTV chief Tom Freston and will house a large array of cable networks including VH1 and Nickelodeon as well as the Paramount movie studio. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson On their first day of trading, shares of CBS Corp. rose 70 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $26.20, while shares in the “new” Viacom rose 44 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $41.59. Shares of both companies had been trading on a preliminary basis on the NYSE in early December. Sumner Redstone, the founder and controlling shareholder of Viacom, has declared the age of the diversified media conglomerate over, saying the breakup of the empire he created was necessary to respond to a changing industry landscape. However, other large media conglomerates such as Time Warner Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. have given no indication that they plan similarly radical steps to reorganize their companies. Time Warner, however, did sell off its music division and intends to float shares in its cable TV subsidiary. Viacom’s breakup did clear up questions over who would succeed Redstone, who is 82 years old, as the company’s chief executive. Redstone will remain chairman as well as controlling shareholder of both the new Viacom and CBS. last_img read more


first_imgThe official opening of the pitch in Milford.Milford has got a brand new astro turf pitch after Donegal Local Development Company provided funding support to Milford Hall for the new facility.The new state of the art astro-turf pitch was officially launched yesterday (Fri) following a €135,945.47 capital investment.The existing all-weather pitch, which had lain idle behind the Milford Hall for the best part of a decade, has gotten a new lease of life and been transformed into a top of the range astro-turf playing facility. The development works involved the overlaying of a synthetic astro-turf carpet on the existing surface as well as drainage works, fencing, additional flood lights and portable goal posts.The innovative project was spearheaded by the Milford Hall Committee who wanted to provide an accessible amenity to the local rural population that would improve the quality of life of rural dwellers and enhance the social attractiveness of the local area. The new pitch has become a hive of activity for young – and not so young – in the local community.Donegal Local Development Company through the ‘Village Renewal & Development’ measure of the Leader Programme contributed funding of €96,912.55 to the project at a grant rate of 72% with the Milford Hall Committee contributing €39,032.92 of its own funding to the project. The existing infrastructure meant that the scale of investment for a project of this nature was significantly less than it would be for a green field site, thus representing excellent value for money.Speaking at the launch John Starrett, Board Director of Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. said “DLDC is delighted to be associated with the Milford Hall Committee and was very pleased to assist with Leader funding for this community facility. In delivering LEADER, the Board of DLDC has taken the approach of prioritising projects which assist in the diversifying the Rural Economy, and in turn, improving the quality of life for rural dwellers”. He added that “this project is an excellent example of how funding for community initiatives can improve and benefit the local area”. Paddy Harte, Board Member of Ulster Investment Community Trust congratulated the Milford community for their vision, energy and commitment in developing this very impressive community facility and added: “We, at UCIT are a community organisation supporting other community organisations through our loan facilities. The success of UCIT is dependent on the success of projects such as this one in Milford as it in turn, makes it possible for us to make loan funds available to other community organisations. I would like to acknowledge the very successful partnership we enjoy with Donegal Local Development Company”.Reverend James Gillespie, former Chairperson of the Milford Hall Committee said “the town had no usable all weather sports facilities. The existing all weather facility was developed over 10 years ago but its use has been minimal in the past 5 years or more, due to health & safety concerns surrounding the basalt quarry dust top layer, which was abrasive and unsuitable for younger children, in particular. The upgraded facility has greatly improved its value as an amenity for the wider community and interest groups and has greatly enhanced participation in sport by young people, in particular.”Joe Ferry thanked everyone in attendance and added: “The Milford Hall Committee would like to sincerely thank DLDC, in particular, for helping us to realise this project, not just through their funding of it under the Leader Programme, but also for their highly professional & collaborative approach at all stages. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to CS Architecture and McHugh Bros Construction, including the various specialists engaged by them, for delivering the state-of-the art infrastructure we see before us today. In many ways, we see it as a symbol of hope for a brighter future for the young people in the wider Milford Community”.The astro-turf pitch was then blessed and officially launched by Reverend James Gillespie. MILFORD GETS NEW ASTRO TURF PITCH was last modified: December 6th, 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:astro turfDLDCdonegalMilfordlast_img read more


first_imgNANCY PATTONThe death has taken place in Longford of Nancy Patton, formerly of Longhill, Rathmullan. Reposing at number 3 Main Street, Rathmllan from 6pm tomorrow, Monday. Removal from there on Tuesday going to St Joseph’s Church, Rathmullan for Requiem Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. House private from 11pm to 10am.DENIS MCLAUGHLIN The death has taken place at his home of Denis McLaughlin, Drumaville, Malin. Funeral leaving his home on Monday at 1pm going to St Patrick’s Church, Aughaclay, Malin for Requiem Mass at 1.30pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Donegal Hospice – c/o any family member. Family time from 10pm to 10am.JAMES MCCOLLIEThe death has taken place at Carndonagh Community Hospital of James McCollie, late of Ourt, Gleneely. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Monday at 10.15am for Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Bocan, Culdaff at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.BRIDIE BRENNAN The death has taken of Bridie Brennan, 12 Bracken Lea, Letterkenny  – nee Friel, Ballure, Fanad. Funeral from there tomorrow, Monday, at 9.30am going to St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny for Requiem Mass at 10am. Burial afterwards in Fanavolty Cemetery, Fanad. Family flowers only.  Donations in lieu if desired to Lifford Hospital Patients Comfort Fund c/o Eamonn Scott, Funeral Director or any Family member.MAY BRITTONThe death has taken place of May Britton nee O’Connell, Grange Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13. Removal from there today, Sunday, at 4.30pm to St Peter & Paul’s Church, Baldoyle. Funeral Mass on Monday at 10am with burial afterwards in Cashelard Cemetery, Ballyshannon arriving at approximately 4.30pm.JIMMY DOHERTYThe death has taken place at his residence of Jimmy Doherty, West Town, Malin Head.   Funeral from his late residence on Monday at 10.30am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Malin Head for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in Lagg Cemetery, Malin. LIAM HENRYThe death has occurred of Liam Henry, Loughill, Tubbercurry, brother of Sylvie Henry, Letterkenny. Reposing at his home on Sunday from 11am until 12 midnight. Removal on Monday arriving at St Michael’s Church, Cloonacool, for 12 noon funeral Mass, followed by burial in Cloonacool Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to ‘SHOUT’.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012 was last modified: June 3rd, 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYJUNE 3last_img read more

Picture Special: 100 adult learners receive Donegal ETB FET Awards

first_imgAround one hundred people were honoured with awards from Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training Services at a ceremony in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar on Tuesday 21 November.Donegal ETB presented certificates to around one hundred adult learners who had achieved certification in a range of programmes both on a full-time and a part-time basis over the last year. Many of these learners completed their courses on a part-time basis in the Finn Valley Centre for Education, Stranorlar. These included part-time learners on the Learning for Living and Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) programmes run by Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training Services, who received certification in a wide range of subjects including in core skills, exploring options, ICT, communications, English, Maths, internet skills, computer literacy, word processing and special needs assistant component modules. Speaking at the awards, Donegal ETB Chairperson, Rena Donaghey, said “It’s an honour to be here tonight to share the achievements of so many adults. I would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their success.”Cróna Gallagher, Director of FET, Donegal ETB, who presented the awards stated, “It’s fantastic to see so many learners receiving awards here tonight. They have put in so much work to get their certification and I’m delighted to be able to share in their achievements. The certification they have received here tonight will now open up many more progression options to them within further education and training or the world of work.” In 2016, almost 12,000 learners completed courses in more than 120 venues across the county, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county. Its wide range of courses can be found on the course finder section of its website (www.donegaletb.ie/coursefinder).Further updates on the awards event can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie/news) and Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB). Lifford and Raphoe ICT Group 2BTEI Stranorlar SNA Course Group 2Ballinamore GroupStranorlar IT Group 2Stranorlar Internet Skills Group 2Stranorlar Internet Skills 2Stranorlar ICT Group 2Stranorlar Communications Group 22Stranorlar Communications Group 2Stranorlar and Raphoe IT Skills For Work Group 2Raphoe ICT Group 2Raphoe IT Group 2Lifford Internet Skills Group 2 Picture Special: 100 adult learners receive Donegal ETB FET Awards was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 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:awardsDonegal ETBlast_img read more

Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says mentor

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s former coach says he has no doubt the teenager will commit his future to Liverpool.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future as his representatives have been discussing a new deal for him at Anfield, with Chelsea and Arsenal said to be showing an interest.But Steve Gallen, who took Sterling to QPR and battled in vain to keep him there before the player’s move to Merseyside in 2010, does not believe he would be tempted back to London.“I’m sure he’ll stay there and I hope so – he should do,” said Gallen.“I read about him supposedly wanting all this money but I know Raheem just wants to play football and he’s at a great club.“If Raheem wasn’t a pro footballer he’d be back at St Raphael’s estate in Neasden kicking a ball around – he just loves to play.“You read all this stuff about him but I know what a great kid he is. He’s an absolute diamond and we always knew he’d go on and be a star.“We knew it from when I first brought him to QPR at the age of 14. Paulo Sousa was the manager and invited him to train with the first team.“At the end of the session the players stood there and applauded the lad. They could see even then what a player he was going to be.”See also:Sterling assured over Liverpool role 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dating of Crater Rays Needs Overhaul

first_imgA dating method relied on by planetary geologists needs drastic revision, according to Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) scientists at the University of Hawaii.  Crater rays are the streaks that extend radially from impact craters.  Previously, planetary scientists assumed they darken over time under bombardment from the solar wind and can be used as indicators of young and old craters.  This overlooks factors like the brightness and composition of the underlying material, the effect of secondary craters, and the amount of mixing of new and existing material, and the actual darkening rate.  Dates estimated without knowledge of these conditions can apparently be in error by large margins.    The researchers compared data on lunar crater rays from the Clementine lunar spacecraft, Apollo moon samples, and spectra from Arecibo radar and other instruments, and found that “the mere presence of crater rays is not a reliable indicator that the crater is young, as once thought,” according to the press release by Linda M. V. Martel.  The lunar crater Copernicus had often been used as a model for classifying craters as older or younger than the so-called C/E boundary between two conventional lunar epochs labeled Copernicus and Eratosthenes.  The younger, “Copernican” craters have sharp rims and bright rays.  But estimates from crater counts on lava flows around a classic “Copernican” crater, Lichtenberg, are much older.  “It follows that the mere presence of rays is not a reliable indicator of crater age,” Martel concludes,And it is no longer valid to assign a Copernican age to craters based only on the presence of rays.    [B. Ray] Hawke [U of Hawaii] and others conclude that a new method using the optical maturity parameter is required to distinguish Copernican from Eratosthenian craters.  They acknowledge a problem of not knowing the time required for a surface to reach full optical maturity; no such age has been firmly established.    A possible solution was proposed by Jennifer Grier (formerly at the University of Arizona and now at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Al McEwen (University of Arizona) and colleagues.  Their work showed that if the ejecta of Copernicus crater were slightly more mature, it would be impossible to tell apart from the optically mature bedrock.  Since the commonly accepted age of Copernicus is about 0.8 billion years, then perhaps full optical maturity occurs at about 0.8 billion years.  More work is necessary and future studies will look more closely at optical maturity maps of the Copernicus crater region to better define the C/E boundary in the lunar time scale.Unfortunately, pinning down absolute ages by radioactive dating methods will require more samples from the moon, Martel says, so the uncertainty will be around awhile.Another dating method is found to be deficient by the daters themselves.  Ask yourself the next logical question.  How are we to know that the “commonly accepted” ages of these formations have any validity?  After all, the previous estimates were considered valid till now.  How can anyone have confidence that the assumptions used to determine these dates, the dates remaining after this latest “whoops” report, are just as flawed as the assumptions that were used to date crater rays?   You can’t calibrate assumptions against assumptions, and nobody was there with a stopwatch to provide a real absolute age.  There are some things science cannot know for sure, such as processes extrapolated back in time when there were no observers.    Readers had better be armed with good baloney detectors before swallowing the millions and billions tossed out so glibly by “experts” who weren’t there and can’t possibly know such things without assuming the very things they need to prove (see 10/09/2003 headline).   We’ve indicated many times that the assumed age of the solar system (4.6 billion years) is rarely if ever questioned; it is taken on faith by most researchers as a given (see, for example, the 05/13/2003 headline), yet is based on flawed, assumption-ridden premises (see 08/12/2003, 06/05/2003, 02/22/2002 and 10/25/2001 headlines).  As a consequence, they are often found force-fitting uncooperative data into it, just like they are doing here with lunar craters.  Who cares whether “most scientists accept” a date that fits into the currently fashionable (i.e., evolutionary) timeline, especially when it was arrived at by ignoring other dates that don’t fit?  Consensus doesn’t cut it in science (see 12/27/2003 editorial).  Let this latest admission be a lesson: geological dating is a splintered reed that will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Guide: what you can do on Mandela Day

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages people to carry out their volunteer work for the long term, starting on Mandela Day.“The Nelson Mandela Foundation felt it would be useful to issue the guide for the first time this year, especially as we have changed the way in which Mandela Day is observed,” says Ffoundation CEO Sello Hatang. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterIn time for Nelson Mandela International Day (known as Mandela Day) on 18 July, which has become synonymous with charitable work, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has compiled a handy guide if you are wondering what you can do with your time.The emphasis, though, is not to limit your contribution to 67 minutes but rather to make charitable work a regular occurrence. That way, there will be a long-term positive effect on those who are being helped.No matter how small the action, you can help to change the world. Lend a helping hand to those less fortunate everyday #ActionAgainstPoverty pic.twitter.com/Oe8lkdfeRR— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 16, 2017“The manual is intended to help people who don’t really know how they to contribute or volunteer during Mandela Month, as July has typically become known,” said Sello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“The Nelson Mandela Foundation felt it would be useful to issue the guide for the first time this year, especially as we have changed the way in which Mandela Day is observed.”Hatang said that instead of volunteering 67 minutes on 18 July as had become the norm, the foundation was calling on South Africans and those around the world to take action throughout the year.The foundation was grateful to everyone who had given 67 minutes of their time on the day in the past, but, “it became increasingly troubling for us as the Nelson Mandela Foundation that the Mandela Day campaign serves as a momentary relief for recipients”.The day — 18 July — should be the start of taking action, he said, not the end. “We want South Africans and those around the world to commit to long-term, regular projects that will tackle poverty.”Watch:Here’s the list of suggestions, outlining practical things to do, from the foundation:Make stationery packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors, etc.) for teachers at an under-resourced school;Sort donated clothes at U-turn or The Warehouse, but call before time to organise, the foundation advises;Volunteer your time at a Haven Night Shelter;Find your nearest fixed donor site and give blood;Offer to fix things at a local school or organisation;Help to build a home with Habitat for Humanity’s International Mandela Day Build Week;Donate educational materials to Breadline Africa;Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme;Make “care kits”, including items such as a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, and so on, for patients at a government hospital;Throw a tea party for the children and carers at a children’s home;Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice;Hold a teddy bear or book drive for a children’s home;Teach someone how to use a computer and the internet;Tutor someone who needs help learning your mother tongue;Donate your old computer to an under-resourced school;Tutor pupils from under-resourced schools;Donate books to your local library; and,Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career.About the dayThe United Nations officially declared 18 July, the day of Mandela’s birth, as Nelson Mandela International Day. It is a “global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact”.Source: The Nelson Mandela FoundationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more