‘Wild’ plans for two Sudan cities

December 18, 2019

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first_imgBlueprints of the proposed Rhino City.(Image: aboswell) When Africa is mentioned, wild animals often come to mind. Now, in Southern Sudan, this is being taken a step further with plans to restructure two cities into the shapes of a giant rhino and a giraffe.It’s hoped this will help rejuvenate the impoverished and war-weary region.The one city, Juba, will take the shape of a rhino, while the city of Wau will be modelled on a giraffe. Both animals are national symbols of Sudan.This ambitious plan, which will need U$10-billion (R68.2-billion) to implement, has been introduced in the run-up to a referendum in January 2011. If the majority vote is “yes”, Southern Sudan will split from the north and become fully autonomous.Sudanese authorities are busy talking to investors about raising the project’s budget, which is almost six times more than the southern region’s 2010 budget of $1.9-billion (R12.9-billion).The National Congress Party, along with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) govern northern Sudan, while the SPLM oversees the southern region.Architectural plansDaniel Wani, the under-secretary of Southern Sudan’s ministry of housing and physical planning, said of the plans: “It’s very innovative and it’s unique, that’s our thinking. The ministry of housing thinks you have to be unique to attract the people.“The advantage is that there will be uniformity of planning. It will be very easy for future generations to follow our thinking, what we wanted to put in place, because we are not planning for now, we are planning for tomorrow,” said Wani.Architectural firms from Canada and Sudan drew up the designs, which, if approved, could take 20 years to execute.Architectural drawings of Juba, the region’s capital also called the Rhino City, show that police headquarters would be situated at the rhino’s mouth, an amusement park at the ear, an industrial area along the back and residential housing throughout the four legs.Jemma Kumba, the minister of housing and physical planning, said: “Juba is made up of slums and the plans would bring order to the city’s chaotic layout.”ScepticsBut there are some sceptics who believe the project will never take off, and others maintain the money should go towards initiatives that would do more to improve lives in the region.“This is just one of a collection of crazy ideas and it’s very unlikely to ever happen,” said a Juba-based contractor familiar with the blueprints.Nora Petty, an aid worker for the Malaria Consortium NGO in Juba, said: “It doesn’t seem like the government of Southern Sudan should be using its resources or staff time on these projects when the people there lack basic services like healthcare and water.”Oil, religion fuel civil warSudan gained independence from British colonial rule in 1956 and had its first taste of instability in May 1969, after the civilian government was overthrown and Jaafar Numeiri took control.In 1978 large reserves of oil were discovered in Bentiu, Southern Sudan, and in 1983 Numeiri introduced Sharia Law, which led to hostilities between the north and south, which was mostly Christian at the time. A vicious civil war ensued.Numeiri was overthrown in a military coup in 1985. Current president of Sudan and the head of the National Congress Party, Omar al-Bashir, came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, ousted the existing government.Heart of the conflictToday’s conflict in the oil-rich Darfur region is a continuation of the civil war, which flared up in February 2003 when the SPLM Army and Justice and Equality Movement groups in Darfur took up arms, accusing the Sudanese government of oppressing and committing genocide against black Africans in favour of Arabs.Several hundred thousand are believed to have died there – either from direct combat, or starvation and disease caused by the conflict.Although the situation remains volatile, UN and AU peacekeeping forces maintain a heavy presence in the region and the International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of President al-Bashir on charges including war crimes and torture.South Africa’s position on DarfurSouth Africa is keeping a close watch on developments in Darfur, especially in light of the upcoming referendum.Speaking in parliament on 3 November, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the country’s government was “reasonably satisfied that preparations for the referendum are progressing well.”“Sudan was mired in conflict for many years. Through mediation efforts mainly from the African Union, the main political parties signed a historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005,” he added.“Part of the agreement is that a referendum be held to give the people of Southern Sudan an opportunity to decide whether or not the region should secede.“In terms of the CPA, the National Congress Party and Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement agreed to work together to address the causes of conflict in different parts of the country. The two parties have formed a government of national unity to govern Sudan as a whole, while the SPLM governs Southern Sudan,” Motlanthe said.last_img read more


10 months agoArsenal, Everton target Samuel Chukwueze admits Premier League contact

October 28, 2019

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first_imgArsenal, Everton target Samuel Chukwueze admits Premier League contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze is leaving the door open to a move to England.While a target for Atletico Madrid, Chukwueze is also being linked with Arsenal and Everton.”I have a contract with Villarreal that ends in the summer and the club knows what to do. I can confirm that there are some clubs interested – the best English teams, but for Atlético Madrid I’m not sure, really,” he said. “Then, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and see what happens. For now, the focus is still for me to help the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


18 days agoEx-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddison

October 28, 2019

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddisonby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Steve McMahon thinks James Maddison would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield.The Leicester City star has gained plenty admirers over the last 12 months, including Manchester United.And McMahon thinks his former club should go after the talented playmaker.”I just wonder, there comes a time and this is no disrespect to Leicester, I wonder if Maddison will make a decision like Maguire and think do I go for the medals, do I go for the cash,” the Reds legend is quoted by the Express.”I don’t think he’s going to be at Leicester for a long, long time. I really don’t.”I think Maddison has another level to go. I think there’s a top team, if it’s not Liverpool then United maybe, they’ll be in for him. He can only get better.”Jurgen loves up and at them players, 100 per cent, non-stop work rate. He knows his full backs can create a chance, the space and can go for an overlap.”I don’t see Maddison sitting on the bench [at a big club]. Say he comes to Liverpool, I’m not telling James Maddison to leave, but if I’m Klopp I would be looking to sign a player.”He’s young, he’s English, he’s got a lot going for him. He changes the tempo of the game, why wouldn’t he get in Liverpool’s midfield?”Henderson has been getting replaced for ever with Milner, Keita has not come on leaps and bounds, Fabinho is the holding midfield player.”There’s a position there for him. If he came and he knuckled down, and he got his work ethic sorted, I see no reason why he wouldn’t fit in.” last_img read more


a day agoAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatable

October 28, 2019

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatableby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Manchester City are beatable.Villa face the reigning champions at the Etihad this Saturday.”I think so, yeah,” Hourihane said when asked if the pressure if off for the trip to the champions.”I suppose you go into those two games, starting with City, high on confidence. We will see how it goes.”The recent results have given us a lift. We were inexperienced, so to speak, at this level barring a couple of players.”To get good results at this level is only going to breed confidence. Are City beatable? Why not? We will go into every game for the win.”We have been very close to beating a couple of the top teams already, Arsenal and Spurs. Hopefully we can go one better.” last_img read more


Miami WR Commit Lawrence Cager On Hurricanes’ 2016 No. 1 Recruiting Class, “We Going To Win, They Ain’t Going Nowhere”

October 27, 2019

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first_imgLawrence Cager at the Army All-American Game.Confidence a characteristic Miami four-star wide receiver commit Lawrence Cager is certainly not lacking. Wednesday afternoon, Tyler Donohue, a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report, sent out a tweet about the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class. Miami’s class currently ranks No. 1 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings, but Donohue emphasized that Al Golden will need to notch plenty of wins next fall in order for those players currently pledged to The U to stay committed. Securing victories won’t be a problem for Miami in 2015, Cager says. @TDsTake oh we going to win they ain’t going nowhere— Lawrence Cager (@Uncle_Leroy3) February 11, 2015Hopefully Cager and the 2015 Miami team will be able to back up that confidence. The Hurricanes begin their campaign Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more


Ole Miss Football: Photo: Laquon Treadwell Thanks Fans For The Letters He Received During His Rehab

October 27, 2019

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first_imgLaquon Treadwell gets letter from fan following his injury.IG/successfulquonOne of our least favorite moments of the 2014 college football season was the devastating leg injury to Ole Miss star receiver Laquon Treadwell during a brutal loss to Auburn. Treadwell, who was inches away from scoring a huge touchdown against the Tigers, suffered a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle and fumbled the ball at the goal line. Treadwell is one of the most charismatic and popular players on the Rebels, and he received tons of fan support during his rehab. Today, Treadwell posted a picture of some of the letters he received from young fans who are excited that he is ready to hit the field once again in 2015.We’re glad that Treadwell has recovered as well. There are few more exciting wide receivers in the sport.last_img read more


Friends Show Appreciation For Robin Williams

October 16, 2019

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first_img“I will never forget the day I met him and he stood on his head in my office chair and pretended to drink a glass of water using his finger like a straw,” director Garry Marshall told the LA Times.There is no doubt that the late actor Robin Williams had a knack for making people laugh. In a statement about his passing from The Juilliard School, where Williams attended in the mid-70s, president Joseph Polisi said, “Robin’s genius for comedic improvisation was matched by his deep understanding of the actor’s art and how to touch his audience in meaningful ways. As an artist, he brought together a unique mix of traditional actor training with a creative spirit that set new standards for performance in cinema, television and live theater.”That Williams brought joy and inspiration is echoed by countless industry people, but there are many actors who also praise him for the profound effect he had directly on their careers.“He made Matt [Damon] and my dreams come true,” said Ben Affleck. “What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything.” Marlee Matlin said, “He was so helpful early in my career. I have no words. I am heartbroken.”Jessica Chastain credits Williams for enabling her to even go to school. “Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college,” said Chastain. “We didn’t have a lot of money and Juillard is a pretty expensive school. Robin Williams was a very generous Julliard alumnus and gave a scholarship every two years to a student. It paid for everything and I got it.”Although Chastain never did meet Williams during her time at Julliard, she is still deeply appreciative of the education that was provided for her. “Robin Williams changed my life. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more


Kema Experiences at Beatton Provincial Park

October 13, 2019

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first Kema Experience in a park is being celebrated by the Doig River First Nation and BC Parks at the Beatton Provincial Park.The meaning of Kema, ‘a good place in nature’ is an innovative space that empowers people to feel rooted, connected, transformed, and energized through the fusion of contemporary art with Indigenous culture. From Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 11 am through to Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 4 pm join a the Beatton Provincial Park for this first of its kind family-friendly event.  This event is a way to begin a journey towards reconciliation shares the event organizers through learning a greater understanding of Dane-zaa culture, values and practices.The Kema Experience is said to engage the whole family through multi-sensory and interactive exhibits by learning, inquiring and playing as you explore the Dane-zaa culture.Organizers suggest participating each day to see, hear, smell, or experience something different as you wander throughout Dane-zaa structures and one-of-a-kind exhibits.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more


Govt sleeping while Chhota Modi looted crores Cong

October 12, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi: Charging the government at the Centre, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of, ‘inaction’ against Nirav Modi despite evidences that are available in the public domain, the Congress on Friday questioned as to what was stopping the NDA government from taking action against the fugitive diamond merchant.Addressing a press conference on Friday, party’s national spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who claims himself as ‘Desh ka Chowkidar’, and his government slept and snoozed while Chhota Modi (Nirav Modi) looted crores, fled the country, posed with the PM, globe-trotted the world, opened a new diamond business in London which have a Panama Papers Connection.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “It’s a very simple question for the government as if the Congress can expose this entire chain of events, why the same cannot be done by premier investigative agencies of the Modi government even after 14 months of his escape?” Khera asked. “Nirav Modi, who escaped the country in January 2018, travelled the world until November 2018. Even after his passport was revoked in February 2018, he travelled to at least six countries — UK, UAE, Hong Kong, France and Germany,” the Congress leader said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedExposing Nirav Modi’s new ventures, the Congress leader said, “The evidences now establish that Nirav Modi opened a new company called ‘Diamond Holdings’ in the UK on May 24, 2018.” According to official documents, Diamond Holdings deals with wholesale of watches and jewellery, retail sales of watches and jewellery in specialised stores and specialised design activities, he said. As per the documents, the fugitive diamond merchant is currently living in Centre Point apartment tower on Companies House and the registered address of the company is 4th floor, Scottish Provident House, 76/80 College Road, Harrow. “According to the title deeds, the apartment was shockingly bought for £7.95 million in cash on January 5, 2018, which make it clear that Nirav Modi had fled on January 1, 2018, with almost £8 million in cash,” he said. Interestingly, on January 23, 2018, PMO, PIB and MEA had tweeted a photo of a business delegation comprising of Nirav Modi and others with Prime Minister.last_img read more


ADB committed highest ever 3 bn in sovereign loans to India in

October 12, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi: ADB committed to provide USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986, said the annual report of multilateral lending agency. In all, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), owned by 68 member countries, committed a total of USD 3.88 billion, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018. The demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included USD 21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB’s own resources, exceeding the target of USD 19.71 billion and up 10 per cent from 2017, said the report released on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalPrivate sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB’s overall commitment. ADB also successfully mobilised USD 14 billion in co-financing from bilateral and multilateral agencies and other financing partners, including USD 7.17 billion in co-financing from ADB’s private sector operations. “In India, ADB committed USD 3 billion in sovereign loans in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country,” the report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The arrangement includes support for solar power generation, solar-based minigrids, and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The alliance’s major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030.last_img read more