Corentyne underage marriage Following reports that teenage girls on the Corentyne, Berbice were allowed into marriage and one was living with an adult male as if married, one of the two girls has been confirmed pregnant.Doctors have confirmed that one of the two 13-year-old girls is pregnant.On Wednesday, Guyana Times had reported that a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wed to an older man over the weekend. This led to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) promising a probe.Police on the Corentyne are currently investigating two other cases.The parents of one of the girls, this newspaper was told, have been assisting the Police with their investigations which led to the arrest of one man.Over the weekend a man admitted to this newspaper that he has been living with a 13-year-old girl.Meanwhile, residents on the Corentyne had gone to the Office of the Prime Minister after they had reported the matter to the relevant agencies and had not been getting a response.Regional Representative to the Prime Minister, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that he too had tried to get the relevant agencies involved.“The residents of the community kept calling and complaining they had some priests and pastors also called about an underage girls who would have run away a few weeks ago and then the parents were making arrangements to marry the girls. I passed on that information to the Number 51 Police Station Sergeant and also at the Police Outpost at Number 62 Village, but the complaints continued to come in.”The age of consent in Guyana is 16. The age of consent was raised from 13 to 16 on October 31, 2005. Harbhajan added that he is surprised at the way one Police Officer acted when the information was given to him.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken have since assured that the matters will be investigated while the CC&PA is also investigating both matters.On Tuesday, Director of the CC&PA, Ann Greene, during an interview with Guyana Times stated that the CC&PA currently does not have enough information to conduct the investigation.“We (are) looking at it but we got to get more information to send the people out. We don’t have exactly where this place is or who these people are. I have it down on the list… I need more information on where we can find this child,” she explained.Greene noted that this is the first report coming out of the Corentyne, Berbice area after quite some time. According to her, such cases were more prevalent in years gone by but had decreased significantly due to sensitisation conducted by her agency.
25 May 2006South Africa is a key partner in two new trade programmes designed to increase trade between SA and its neighbours and give emerging farmers in the region access to Europe’s supermarkets.The two programmes, supported by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and backed by £4.5-million (R56-million) in British funding, were announced by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and South Africa President Thabo Mbeki following their meeting in London on Wednesday.According to the Cape Argus, the first, four-year programme will see British and South African supermarkets helping vegetable farmers in southern African countries to meet the quality standards required by EU markets.The programme aims to increase the sourcing of products by SA supermarkets from neighbouring countries by 30% by 2010, and to increase international retail sector purchases of high-value agricultural products from southern Africa by 5%.The second programme aims to reduce waiting times at border posts for both smaller traders and larger businesses moving goods between South Africa and Lesotho, South Africa and Mozambique, and Zambia and Zimbabwe.According to The Herald, the programme, backed by £500 000 (R6.2-million) of legal and practical support from Britain’s DFID, will also involve the SA Revenue Service and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).The programme aims to help cut waiting times at the three border posts – among the busiest in southern Africa – by at least 30% by 2010.“If Africa is to achieve the growth necessary to meet the key Millennium Development Goals of halving the number of people in poverty by 2015, the business environment must improve,” Mbeki and Blair said in a joint statement after their meeting.“Today’s trade agreement takes southern Africa another step towards a better business climate.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
5 May 2011 President Jacob Zuma gave the promotion of South Africa’s burgeoning tourism industry a boost by signing “The Golden Book”, a campaign by global tourism pacesetters, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma became the first African head of state to make an entry in the book, which is a joint initiative by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to position travel and tourism higher in the global agenda. The campaign seeks to mobilise recognition and support for travel and tourism from world leaders by demonstrating its crucial role in economic growth, job creation and development. “We take tourism very seriously in this country, given its job creation potential,” Zuma said. “That is why we have identified tourism as one of the six job drivers in our New Growth Path framework. “Tourism’s contribution to the GDP of our economy has increased from just less than five percent in 1994 to an estimated 7.7 percent in 2010.” Zuma said the country’s tourism sector was well placed to address unemployment “given its labour-intensive nature.” The President said tourism jobs were not only created in the travel and tourism industry, but also in the manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, healthcare and others areas of the economy. South Africa aims to increase the number of foreign arrivals from 7-million in 2009 to 15-million by 2020. “We plan to increase tourism’s total contribution to the economy from R189-billion in 2009 to R499-billion by 2020,” Zuma said. “Most importantly, we want to create 325 000 new tourism jobs by 2020. We will do everything possible to promote and grow the tourism sector so that we can achieve these developmental goals.” Among those who attended the signing ceremony were WTTC President David Scowsill, UNWTO ethics committee president Dawid de Villiers, and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The signing took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa conference being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Source: BuaNews
17 March 2014Brand South Africa will be in Melbourne and Sydney this week to engage with South Africans based in Australia on the country’s progress since the advent of democracy 20 years ago.The agency said on the weekend that it would be showcasing both South Africa’s achievements over the past two decades and the work that was being done to address the country’s socio-economic challenges, with particular reference to the National Development Plan (NDP), also known as Vision 2030.“It is also important for South Africans to know that they can be part of South Africa’s growth and development despite where they may now reside,” the agency said in a statement. “They are also invited to join 20 year commemorative events organised by the South African representatives in their countries of residence.”The delegation, led by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and including Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya and CEO Miller Matola, will interact with South Africans based in Australia, as well as with individuals or organisations that are interested in the country’s offerings.The Global South Africans Roundtable will take place at the Intercontinental Melbourne on Monday evening and at the Intercontinental Sydney on Wednesday evening.The discussion can be followed on @Brand_SA using the hashtag #SA_Aus2014.SAinfo reporter
By Philem Dipak SinghNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra was today elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association for a four-year term by an overwhelming majority in the polls held at its Annual General Meeting here.The 60-year-old Batra secured 142 votes while his rival Anil Khanna got 13 in the two-way contest.His election to the top post was rendered a formality after Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association president, withdrew from the contest in a surprised move. But there was an election for the presidents post as Khanna sent the withdrawal letter to the IOA-appointed Election Commission after the stipulated deadline of December 3.Incumbent Secretary General Rajeev Mehta was re-elected for his second term without any contest as he was the lone candidate for the post.Batra will thus become one of the few sports administrators who heads an important international federation as well as a National Olympic Committee.Meanwhile, Anandeshwar Pandey was elected as treasurer, while R K Anand defeated J S Gehlot by 96 votes to 35 for the post of senior vice president.The election results will however be subject to the final decision of the Delhi High Court, which yesterday refused to stay the polls on a petition filed by lawyer Rahul Mehra.Just after winning the election, Batra said that he would take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2026 Commonwealth Games.”I am yet to take over as the IOA President. But once I settle down, the IOA will take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2026 CWG. We should think big but hosting these Games depends on government as it is the government which will sanction the funds,” he told a press conference.advertisement”The IOA hopes to work with the government in a conducive atmosphere. We want to have a good relation with the government but at the same time, the government will also have to draw the line (upto where it can go),” he added.Asked about sporting relations with Pakistan, Batra said, “As far as international multilateral events, organised by the international federations are concerned, we have to play against Pakistan. But I think it is not possible to play them in bilateral events unless the relation between the two countries improve. Moreover, their behaviour will have to improve.”When Batra was the president of Hockey India, there was an acrimonious incident between Indian and Pakistan hockey teams after a match in the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar and he had stopped any bilateral matches between the two countries until Pakistan made an unconditional apology for their behaviour. PTI PDS CM CM