Indeed, the audit confirmed these two things and put into writing what has frustrated millions of motorists trying to navigate this large city. Further, Chick concluded that unless the city takes bold action in the “reinvention and reorganization” of the city Department of Transportation, traffic will only get worse. What’s most shocking is to see those at City Hall actually acknowledge that traffic congestion isn’t seriously taken into consideration when they sell out the city and its people to developers who so handsomely contribute. As an ally of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chick is carrying the mayor’s water with this audit, which was launched at the request of his new Transportation Department head, Gloria Jeff. That’s a statement of fact, not a criticism, as long as they really mean to develop a comprehensive plan for managing traffic now. So far the mayor’s traffic plan – despite his rhetorical flourishes – has seemed little different from that of his predecessor, fixing a few intersections and a few potholes and calling it a day. As with his school reform plan, when it gets down to the particulars for traffic relief, the mayor is best at offering pipe dreams, like a subway to the sea, rather than solutions. THE larger findings of City Controller Laura Chick’s audit of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation were not news to Angelenos. We know traffic is bad out there and getting worse. Everyone in the world knows it. It’s the perennial L.A. story. We also know it’s not just the freeways anymore. Surface streets from Venice to Van Nuys are choked with cars at all hours of the day. We also know that the city’s traffic engineers and officials have no plan for managing the traffic problems of the city now and in the future. As Chick notes, we’re on the verge of becoming a city mired in gridlock, with surface streets as jammed as freeways. This calls for radical thinking and concrete ideas, such as different kinds of public transportation and tougher rules on trucks in rush hours, not platitudes supplemented with the occasional traffic-signal synchronization. This audit laid the problems out for everyone to see. Now comes the test of who may be willing to take up the challenge of applying bold thinking to this age-old Los Angeles story and put their political capital on the line.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Although several previous legislative efforts by Kuehl to increase cleanup at the site have failed in the face of heavy lobbying by Boeing, she said she is hopeful now of winning Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s support because at least six Republicans voted for it in the Assembly. The support by Republican Assembly members Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village, was seen as particularly important because their districts border the site. Strickland is on maternity leave, but a letter of support from her was read on the Assembly floor Wednesday. “I hope that this has a positive impact on the governor’s willingness to understand how important this high level of cleanup is,” Kuehl said. The bill passed 49-20 through the Assembly. That was a significant improvement from the Senate vote in May, when it passed with a bare majority, 21-16, with no Republican support. Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said Wednesday after the vote that he still has not taken a position on the measure. Boeing spokesman Dan Beck said the company would comment on the legislation after the governor makes his decision, but he added that Boeing is committed to cleaning up the site. “We’ve been doing everything we can in terms of a thorough and timely cleanup of the facility,” he said. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, said she voted against the bill, in part because the business community – including her local chamber of commerce and the California Chamber – opposed it. She said it didn’t seem fair to write a bill that applies to only one company and one facility, and that seems to change the rules in the middle of the game. “I think we’re seeing a dangerous precedent,” Runner said. “They have abided by the rules that were in place, and now we’re going to say we’re changing the rules and we want you to do this and this. “To me, it’s something that just targets this one company, Boeing, to do things over and above what they were required to do before they are able to get rid of this property.” The vote was cheered by local environmental activists, who have been frustrated in their dealings with Boeing and the federal government in efforts to push for tough standards to remove the contaminants at the site. “Boeing is in a considerably weaker position now,” said activist Dan Hirsch of the Committee to Bridge the Gap. “There has been a shift in the balance of power.” This year, a U.S. District Court threw out the Department of Energy’s planned cleanup of radioactive contaminants at the site and ruled that the agency had conducted a flawed study. Previously the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned that the DOE’s cleanup would leave the land unsafe for anything more than limited day hikes. “It’s huge. This is the one guarantee that we can have that a full (Environmental Protection Agency) cleanup will finally be effected at the site,” said Elizabeth Crawford, founder of RocketdyneWatch. “For me, it seems to represent a new era of seriousness by the state of California to benefit the people of California.” Located in the hills above Simi Valley and Chatsworth, the Santa Susana Field Lab was developed in the late 1940s for rocket-engine tests and nuclear-energy research. While the DOE cleanup of its 90-acre portion of the lab is nearly complete, Boeing is at least a decade away from decontamination of the rest of the 290-acre site, which is tainted with chemicals from rocket engine and laser development. The land is considered prime real estate that could eventually be used for homes. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After years of struggle, efforts to require stricter standards for cleaning up the Santa Susana Field Lab site gained momentum Wednesday as state lawmakers sent new legislation to the governor’s desk. The bill by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, would prevent the Boeing Co. site in the hills above Chatsworth and Simi Valley from being transferred or sold unless it is cleaned up to federal Superfund standards. Kuehl and co-author Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, believe the federal Department of Energy is currently using lower standards for cleanup that could leave some contamination in the area and endanger local residents. “If they don’t clean it up, it can’t be sold and developed,” Brownley said. “That becomes critically important, because in my opinion it is going to protect lives.”
DONEGAL’S U-21 footballers staged a stunning comeback against Cavan in the Ulster final in Enniskillen tonight – but just failed to claw back enough to win.Playing under the floodlights at Brewster Park, Cavan raced into a good lead.But Donegal, with Paddy McBrearty in stunning form, began to claw in the deficit in the second half. However it wasn’t enough to secure the title.Darach O’Connor and McBrearty scored Donegal’s only points of the first half, Cavan leading 0-07 to 0-02 at the break.Donegal suffered an early blow when Ryan McHugh limped off.Donegal then began their comeback with Willie Gillespie netting to reduce the deficit and with McBrearty playing superbly Donegal pulled it back to a two-point game. But just as Donegal closed in Cavan pulled ahead again, finally winning by 0-13 to 1-06 – a four point winning margin.Congratulations to Cavan on securing the Ulster title. U-21 ULSTER FINAL: STUNNING DONEGAL COMEBACK BUT NOT ENOUGH TO BEAT CAVAN was last modified: April 10th, 2013 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)
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez hopes his team’s stunning World Cup victory over five-time winners Brazil will inspire pride back home.Fernandinho’s own goal and a Kevin De Bruyne stunner sent the Red Devils through to the semi-finals despite Renato Augusto’s late goal in a thrilling encounter. It doesn’t get any easier for Belgium, who meet France in their first World Cup semi-final since 1986 on Tuesday at 7pm.Join talkSPORT for live commentary as the action unfolds at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Belgium’s golden generation shone on the big stage, with masterclasses from Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, and Martinez believes they have earned the right to be heroes.He told talkSPORT: “We had incredible hearts out there. Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil have this finesse, that quality that will break you down, but they didn’t accept it.“I didn’t even think for one minute that they were going to give up. This is something special.“These boys deserve to be real special people back in Belgium. I hope that everyone in Belgium is very proud.” Belgium celebrate their victory De Bruyne scored what proved to be the winner 2 2
Ballindrait 5K 2015Overall Finish List by Chip Time July 03, 2015Results By Lifford AC Chip TimingPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender1Anthony Doherty210 1 Top Fin16:5816:58M 2Karl Doherty2881 W/C17:4017:40M3Clint DohertyFinn Valley AC2672 Top Fin18:1518:17M4Martin McColgan2423 Top Fin18:1618:19M5Niall ElliottLifford AC3121 M 0-1818:1718:17M6Dara McNultyfoyle valley1941 M 40-4918:2518:27M7Kenny MelaughDeele Harps2491 M 19-3918:2818:30M8James StevensonLifford AC2592 M 19-3918:3818:39M9Charlie McElwaineLifford AC3032 M 0-1818:5318:55M10Conor GallagherLifford AC2173 M 19-3919:1919:19M11John TaylorConvoy AC1931 M 50-9919:2419:27M12John McCarthyCity of Derry Spartans2002 M 50-9919:4119:43M13Warren Blackburn1834 M 19-3919:4219:42M14Evan BonnerDeele Harps2325 M 19-3919:5119:56M15Conor McGonagleFinn Valley AC2702 M 40-4919:5719:59M16John CoyleFit4Life Lifford AC2913 M 40-4920:1620:20M17Denis Lafferty1696 M 19-3920:2620:31M18Pat BonnerDeele Harps2314 M 40-4920:3820:43M19Eamonn ConnollyAghyaran Athletic2607 M 19-3920:5520:56M20Wilson CraigLifford AC3013 M 0-1820:5721:00M21Kevin Connolly2145 M 40-4921:0221:05M22Martin Devenney2158 M 19-3921:0321:05M23Adrian DevineCastlefinn Running Club2239 M 19-3921:0821:10M24Gerard CampbellLifford AC2783 M 50-9921:1121:13M25Gavin GallagherDeele Harps29810 M 19-3921:1521:26M26Ryan Campbell1724 M 0-1821:1621:19M27Gerard CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life1646 M 40-4921:1921:22M28Norman Lindsay26311 M 19-3921:2121:28M29Sean McMenaminAghyaran Athletic2614 M 50-9921:3221:34M30Ian Alexander3047 M 40-4921:4121:45M31Dermot McGranaghanCastlefinn Running Club2585 M 50-9921:4421:46M32Eugene BoyleCastlefinn Running Club2168 M 40-4921:4421:46M33Barry PorterFit4Life Lifford AC2929 M 40-4921:4421:48M34Pauric McKinneyInishowen AC2116 M 50-9921:4721:51M35Michael McKinneyLifford AC17710 M 40-4921:4821:50M36Jay McCauleyFit4Life Lifford AC27711 M 40-4921:5421:56M37Mark MelaughDeele Harps25012 M 19-3921:5922:10M38John McElwaineLifford AC30212 M 40-4922:0322:07M39Patrick McDaidFit4Life Lifford AC2667 M 50-9922:1622:19M40Martin CrawfordLifford28513 M 19-3922:2822:33M41Noel MaileyConvoy AC18914 M 19-3922:3022:30M42William O’DonnellConvoy AC18815 M 19-3922:3622:39M43Dessie GallenKCR20713 M 40-4922:4522:49M44Liam ClearyFit4Life Lifford AC22914 M 40-4922:4522:51M45Don SmithConvoy AC2838 M 50-9922:5122:53M46Karl HoustonCastlefinn Running Club24515 M 40-4922:5122:54M47Stephen CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life19516 M 19-3922:5122:58M48Kieran McGowanDeele Harps30517 M 19-3922:5723:06M49Amanda McBreartyCastlefinn Running Club2441 Top Fin22:5723:00F50Joe GavinLifford AC28216 M 40-4923:1123:18M51Eugene McGinleyRaphoe Road Runners2249 M 50-9923:1123:15M52John CraigFit4Life Lifford AC30017 M 40-4923:1223:17M53Chris CuskellyLifford AC23418 M 40-4923:1523:20M54Mark Glenn18418 M 19-3923:2123:21M55Liam MaguireLifford AC18619 M 40-4923:2323:23M56Adrian SheridanOmagh Wheelers1995 M 0-1823:3523:38M57Deborah ConroyLifford AC Fit4Life2012 Top Fin23:3623:39F58Ursula CoyleFit4Life Lifford AC2903 Top Fin23:3623:39F59Kevin GallagherFit4Life Lifford AC23020 M 40-4923:5023:56M60Eddie ConnollyDeele Harps18019 M 19-3923:5123:57M61Stephen BarrettFit4Life Lifford AC29720 M 19-3923:5624:01M62Barry McArdleLifford AC31121 M 40-4924:0124:06M63Joe GallenLifford AC Fit4Life20410 M 50-9924:1024:17M64Gillian SmithCastlefinn Running Club2561 F 19-3924:1624:21F65Eamonn McConnellCastlefinn Running Club28722 M 40-4924:1624:21MPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender66Rhonda PorterLifford AC Fit4Life1652 F 19-3924:1824:21F67Martin McCrory17523 M 40-4924:3224:41M68John Lowe26521 M 19-3924:3424:42M69Aidan McGrathFit4Life Lifford AC22824 M 40-4924:4624:50M70Declan McCallionLifford AC21911 M 50-9924:5725:03M71Anthony BolandFinn Valley AC30912 M 50-9924:5825:10M72Gary CrawfordDeele Harps31022 M 19-3925:0825:19M73Declan McCullaghDeele Harps29423 M 19-3925:0825:17M74Charles Dooher1736 M 0-1825:1625:22M75Sean McCullaghDeele Harps29524 M 19-3925:1925:29M76Aidan GallenKCR2067 M 0-1825:2025:26M77Lawrence O’HaganCastlefinn Running Club23625 M 40-4925:4725:55M78Michael FrielLifford AC21826 M 40-4925:5326:00M79Keegan GallagherDeele Harps3068 M 0-1825:5326:05M80Alisha CuskellyLifford AC2331F 0-1825:5425:58F81Caroline CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life1633 F 19-3925:5726:00F82Roisin KerriganFit4Life Lifford AC2351 F 40-4926:1226:16F83Linda MacbethRaphoe Road Runners2934 F 19-3926:1526:21F84Irene McNultyConvoy AC1872 F 40-4926:1726:23F85Tommy McHughLifford AC Fit4Life19013 M 50-9926:2026:23M86Mark DonagheyLifford AC20227 M 40-4926:2126:27M87Joe BreslinFit4Life Lifford AC27914 M 50-9926:2226:26M88Barry DuffyAghyaran Athletic24028 M 40-4926:2526:36M89Oliver GallagherSt Johnston Men on the Move28015 M 50-9926:3126:34M90Camillus Melaugh17125 M 19-3926:3226:38M91Vanessa McHughDeele Harps2252F 0-1826:3326:35F92Sean BonnerConvoy AC28416 M 50-9926:4826:53M93Chris McCay17626 M 19-3926:5527:05M94Rosie McCaffertyMelvin WJR1855 F 19-3926:5827:07F95Karen Darragh2746 F 19-3927:2027:26F96David MeehanFit4Life Lifford AC28927 M 19-3927:2427:24M97Denise MossAghyaran Athletic2383 F 40-4927:3127:39F98Carmel BolandFinn Valley AC3081 F 50-9927:3527:47F99Oisin McKinney2139 M 0-1828:0028:04M100Padraig Gallagher20910 M 0-1828:0128:04M101Ciara McKinney2123F 0-1828:0128:04F102Oisin DohertyDeele Harps22611 M 0-1828:2828:28M103Carmel BrindleLifford AC Fit4Life1924 F 40-4928:3328:39F104Kevin BoyleLifford AC Fit4Life18217 M 50-9928:3728:43M105Peter Mackey20328 M 19-3928:5028:55M106Sarah BarrettFit4Life Lifford AC2967 F 19-3929:0029:06F107Ann DonnellFit4Life Lifford AC2545 F 40-4929:0429:10F108Teresa McMenamin2418 F 19-3929:0429:13F109Christine PattonFit4Life Lifford AC2489 F 19-3929:0429:11F110Kate MullenLifford AC Fit4Life1746 F 40-4929:0729:14F111Caroline McCurdyFit4Life Lifford AC2277 F 40-4929:0829:14F112Derek McGillionMelvin WJR17829 M 40-4929:1629:26M113Karen McGillionMelvin WJR1798 F 40-4929:1629:26F114Kieran CrawfordLifford28612 M 0-1829:1929:23M115Kevin McGlynn17029 M 19-3929:1929:25M116Cronan GallagherDeele Harps30713 M 0-1829:2029:25M117Darragh GallagherDeele Harps29914 M 0-1829:2629:37M118Amanda DuffyAghyaran Athletic2399 F 40-4929:3329:43F119Nicola GreggConvoy AC18110 F 19-3929:4529:49F120Conor CattersonDeele Harps22030 M 19-3930:0230:14M121Marian Gallagher20810 F 40-4930:1030:14F122Marie McGonagle19811 F 40-4930:1030:14F123Andy Mcbeth27231 M 19-3931:0531:13M124LeaAnn MelaughFit4Life Lifford AC24711 F 19-3931:0831:15F125Jasmine KellyDeele Harps22212 F 19-3931:2831:37F126Brid KellyDeele Harps22112 F 40-4931:3831:38F127Mairead McElhinneyDonoughmore25213 F 19-3931:4431:53F128Jenny Lowe26414 F 19-3931:4631:54F129Alison Devine26215 F 19-3932:0532:12F130Eileen CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life19616 F 19-3932:0832:17F131Ava CrawfordLifford AC1974F 0-1832:1432:23F132Gerard MaxwellFit4Life Lifford AC23730 M 40-4932:2232:26M133Brian Loughrey28132 M 19-3932:2232:25M134Nia Loughlin16717 F 19-3933:5534:05F135Eugene McGarveyFinn Valley AC26818 M 50-9933:5734:06MPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender136Gina McCartney2732 F 50-9935:3835:47F137Louise Macbeth27118 F 19-3935:3935:47F138Joan Colhoun1683 F 50-9936:5136:55F139Margaret McGarveyFit4Life Lifford AC26913 F 40-4937:0937:18F140Carolann WardFit4Life Lifford AC27519 F 19-3937:4837:58F141Niall WardLifford AC27633 M 19-3937:4837:58M142Liz GallenKCR2054 F 50-9938:1738:22F143Leslie Brown1665 F 50-9938:5239:02F144Charlene McConnellDonoughmore25320 F 19-3939:4739:55F145Joan McHughLifford AC Fit4Life1916 F 50-9940:1140:16F146Anthea HegartyFit4Life Lifford AC25514 F 40-4945:5346:07F147Michael Hegarty25745:5346:07M148Kieran McColgan243MWalkers1Sylvia French2Daniel O’Hagan3Audrey Friel4Mary Friel5Derek Friel6B Gallagher7Liam Curran8Mary Curran9Kevin Boyle10Kerri Hegarty11Emma Hegarty12Mary Hegarty13Judith Smyth14Charlotte Neeson15Ellie O’Hagan16Louise Connolly17Damien Lynch18Pippa Rose Lynch19Hannah Connolly20Martina Doherty21Noel Hannigan22Patsy O’Donnell23Patricia O’Donnell24Una Gallagher25Niall Gallagher26Lauren Gallagher27Archie Melaugh28Leonard Melaugh29Paul Lynch30Kevin Lynch31Jacqueline Lynch32Lauren Lynch33Lorraine Craig34Rose Lynch35Simon Lynch36Iris Kerrigan37Muriel Gallagher38C Gallagher39Paddy McKinney40Emmet Catterson41Niamh Foley42Adam Campbell43Sean McGinley44Kate McGinley45Hazel Willoughby46Alice O’Hagan47Tony O’Neill48Catriona O’Neill49L Melaugh50Elaine McGlinchey51Lee Wood52Owen McCullagh53Stephen McCullagh54Lauren Hegarty55Jamie Hegarty56Lisa HegartyPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender57Katelyn Stevenson58Farrah Stevenson59Margaret Lafferty60Laurice Lafferty61Liam McMonagle62Hector Toye63Sandra O D64Shane Toye65Amanda M66Claire Curran67Eimear Curran68Barry Curran69Deirdre Hegarty70Paul Hegarty71E Hegarty72Catherine Hegarty73Liam Hegarty74Linda Hegarty75Laura Hegarty76Paula Gallagher77Francesca Colhoun78Declan Melaugh79Derek Cooke80Courtney Houston81Michael Houston82Kyle Crawford83Oisin KellyMORE THAN 200 TAKE PART IN BALLINDRAIT 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 4th, 2015 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:Ballindrait 5K
The (Cultural Revival Amongst Interested Communities (CRAIC) 2019/20 committee have arranged a fantastic program of music, song and dance events this year in the Lifford and Strabane areas.The following is community notes: October has been a busy month for the group when we held a fundraising session for Donegal Hospice in McBrides, Castlefinn on Saturday 12th October.CRAIC would like to thank all the sponsors who help us provide amazing raffle prizes, and all the businesses who prepared refreshments and supported the event. We had a large turnout of musicians from Plumbridge, Killea, Strabane, Dungiven, Doneyloop to name a few. After a hugely successful we raised a total of €1025. Great work everyone!Our next main October event was our annual Johnny Crampsie Weekend which was held this year on Saturday 26th October in the Stables Inn, Strabane.Taking a different format this year CRAIC held a session comprising of some of the best local talent from Strabane & Lifford areas. The event was well attended & CRAIC were delighted with our special guests for the event, the multi-talented, John & Sheila McElhinney from the Haw.A huge thanks to them for adding such a variety to the session including Irish Traditional, American, Country & Swing.This was a very fitting act to remember the late virtuoso Johnny Crampsie. Thanks to the Stables for taking the Events, to those who helped with refreshments & to everyone who supported us once again this year.CRAIC November event ‘TRAD FOR TROCAIRE’ will take place on Sunday 17th November 5-8pm in MKs Bar, Derry Road Strabane. All Welcome.Over €1000 raised for Donegal Hospice by Lifford community group CRIAC – Pic Special was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 5 p.m. as the Warriors take on the Nuggets in Denver in a battle of a pair of 2-0 teams.The Warriors had a day off after Jonas Jerebko’s tip-in gave them a thrilling last-second, come-from-behind win over the Jazz on Friday while the Nuggets are on a back-to-back after Saturday’s 119-91 victory over the Suns.Denver center Nikola Jokic had a triple-double in the …
ALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie was hired by owner Mark Davis following the 2012 season to be the general manager and handle the personnel department following the death of owner Al Davis. McKenzie was fired Monday, and since last January has been a facilitator for coach Jon Gruden.Some notable transactions under the watch of McKenzie from 2012 through 2017, during which time the Raiders were 36-60 with a playoff appearance and a 12-4 season in 2016:Hits— Drafted Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe …
CEO of BSA, Miller Matola, donates acheque for R20 000 (US$2 871) to ShirleyMerime, co-founder and chairperson of theEbenezer Hannah Home. A BSA employee helps a thirsty childduring the 67 minutes of Mandela Day.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122• Shirley MerimeEbenezer Hannah Home+27 82 956 7459 or +27 10 230 0899Ray MaotaBrand South Africa (BSA) put its Play Your Part campaign to work on International Mandela Day by helping out at the Ebenezer Hannah Home and donating R20 000 (US$2 871) to the institution.Employees of BSA, along with their CEO Miller Matola, made the trip to the Walkerville home, south of Johannesburg, on 18 July 2011 and spent more than 67 minutes there interacting with the elderly residents and feeding and caring for the young.International Mandela Day is celebrated every year on this date to celebrate the birthday and humanitarian work of South Africa’s former president and Nobel laureate.The Play Your Part campaign was launched on 13 July and appeals to every South African to do something, big or small, to contribute to a better future for all.Matola said: “As we celebrate Mandela Day and initiate our Play Your Part campaign, we instil the ethos of our former president to service and self sacrifice for others. We commend the home on the work it does in making a difference in the country.“This kind of work goes beyond the walls of this establishment and makes South Africa a great country to live in.”After receiving the cheque from Matola, Shirley Merime, the home’s chairperson and co-founder, said: “I truly thank God that our prayers are answered on a daily basis. Thanks to the IMC we will now be able to get equipment for the home.“I’d also like to wish Tata Mandela a happy birthday as it is because of him that an orphan child like me is able to play an active role in the community and help others.”The youngsters at the home then reciprocated by putting on a song and dance performance for the IMC staff.Upliftment from adversityThe Ebenezer Hannah Home is an NGO catering for the orphaned, elderly and destitute. It caters for people in the informal settlements of Thula Mtwana, Sweet Waters, Bheka Phambili and Majazane in the deep south of Johannesburg.Leo Makgamatha of BSA’s marketing department said: “We chose an NGO along with the Mandela Children’s Fund that resonated with the former president’s belief in social cohesion and the upliftment of children faced with adversity.“The money will be used to buy mattresses, bedding and other equipment.”The pastor and teacherThe Ebenezer home is run by founders Thomas and Shirley Merime whose life story is the stuff movies are made off.The couple both grew up in orphanages as Thomas’s parents abandoned him, while Shirley’s mother died of cancer.After roaming the streets, Shirley ended up at the Roman Catholic Orphanage in Pofadder in the Northern Cape, where she met Thomas.Shirley, a qualified teacher and Thomas, a building contractor, married and had children years later after settling in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, but their struggle continued.Thomas had a violent streak and would victimise his family, which led to the couple divorcing and Shirley taking the children with her.Thomas said: “I lost everything and nobody wanted anything to do with me. I was in the gutter.”But Shirley said she never stopped praying for the man she met as a 10-year-old at the orphanage, and this led to the down-and-out Thomas becoming a pastor.He said: “I not only got my family back, but also everything else I had lost and much more. Look at the size of my family at the moment.”Seeking self-sustainabilityThe home, which was established in 1992 and accommodates nearly 120 people, survives on donations and volunteer work, but has a plan to become self-sustainable.It has a bakery with the capacity to make at least 1 000 loaves of bread a day to sell to shops in the surrounding areas.Thomas said: “If we could get a month’s supply of baking material, we would be able to sustain the bakery and be profitable. The profit can be put towards other needed necessities at the home.”The refuge also runs a tuck-shop for passers-by and a vegetable garden to feed the residents.Its crèche caters for children at the home as well as those living nearby.“We do not charge the outside children a fee, but ask their parents to contribute something towards the home every month whether it’s volunteer work or whatever money they might have to help in running the home.”Rock of help for manyEbenezer, which means “the rock of help” in Hebrew, is well known to welfare workers and hospitals throughout Johannesburg.“We have helped thousands of people over the past 19 years. If somebody has to be discharged from hospital and has no place to go or a family, the hospital calls us,” said Shirley.“We seldom turn anyone away, but one of our conditions is that the person must be able to move around as we cannot afford caretakers and everybody has to contribute to the running of the home,” added Thomas.The home’s study centre for the children at school is open to youngsters from the local community, but is in dire need of books.The home also feeds children from the surrounding community if there is a need.Thomas said: “We encourage and empower the community at the centre to be self-reliant and to enhance skills development. We ensure that the children get the necessary education and encourage religious and cultural instruction.”David Seoehlane, a grade nine pupil who has lived at the home for two years, said: “I’m from an abusive home in Vlakfontein and was brought here by police. I would like to become a social worker because of the situation I’ve been through and the help I have received from Mama Shirley and Pastor Thomas.”/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2475:imc&catid=42:landnews&Itemid=110
The level of poverty has gone up in Cyclone Fani-hit districts of Odisha where people from lower-income group have suffered an extreme impact, says an assessment carried out by the Odisha government in collaboration with The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations.According to the study released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Tuesday, a comparison of pre-Fani (2018–19) and base year (2011–12) indicates a decrease in incidence of the income poor (share of population whose income or consumption is below poverty line) by − 5.1 percentage points, that is − 0.7 percentage point per annum. Mr. Patnaik said the total damage is estimated at ₹24,176 crore and recovery needs ₹29,315 crore. Rural areas worst hitThe decline was greater in rural areas (−0.8 percentage point per year) compared to urban areas (−0.5 percentage point per year) and greater among the vulnerable population across social groups (−1 percentage point per year for Scheduled Tribes, and −0.8 percentage point per year for Scheduled Castes, as also for Other Backward Classes, as compared to −0.3 percentage point per year for others.However, the comparison of the incidence of the income poor in the pre and post-Fani scenario suggests that the entire gain in the last seven years was lost in the aftermath of the cyclone. “The increase in the incidence of the income poor has been relatively low in the case of STs (3.6 percentage points) as their population is low in the Fani-affected districts. The increase has been the highest for SCs, particularly in urban areas (9 percentage points). In rural areas, the increase in the incidence of the income poor has been the highest for others (7.2 percentage points),” finds the study.“It indicates that the lower-income group suffered an extreme impact (0.843), the upper-income group that fell into the lower-income group on account of Fani suffered a moderate impact (0.526) and the upper-income group that remained in the upper income group suffered a subdued impact (0.262),” it says.