WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner. NEW FRONTIERS With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus.
Former Botswana president Festus Mogaeis the 2008 Ibrahim Prize Laureate. Former UN Secretary-General KofiAnnan, left, and Mo Ibrahim announcingthis year’s distinguished winner.(Images: Ibrahim Foundation)Janine ErasmusBotswana’s Festus Gontebanye Mogae, who stepped down as president of that country in April 2008, has won the second annual Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The prize is awarded by the Ibrahim Foundation to a former African head of state or government who has demonstrated consistent excellence in leadership.The Ibrahim Prize is unmatched in size and scope by any other, and is worth an unprecedented R50-million ($5-million) disbursed over 10 years, with a stipend of R2-million ($200 000) annually for life thereafter. During the first 10 years the winner may also receive, at the Foundation’s discretion, R2-million annually for any good causes he or she endorses.This year’s recipient was selected by a distinguished committee comprising former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan; Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish President; Mary Robinson, former Irish President and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former Guinean Minister of Education Aïcha Bah Diallo; Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Laureate; and Salim Ahmed Salim, former Tanzanian Prime Minister and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity.The former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano became the inaugural Ibrahim Laureate in October 2007. In its citation the Prize Committee praised Chissano for his “achievements in bringing peace, reconciliation, stable democracy and economic progress to his country”.The widow of another former Mozambican president, Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel, now wife of revered elder statesman Nelson Mandela and herself an internationally renowned champion for women’s and children’s rights, joins the Prize Committee from January 2009.A worthy recipientThe 2008 Ibrahim Laureate was announced on 20 October 2008 by Kofi Annan at a ceremony in London. Former President Mogae served as leader of Botswana’s government from 1998 to 2008. During his tenure he implemented programmes to develop education and health infrastructure, and privatised the airline and telecommunications industries. He also put into place one of Africa’s most progressive and comprehensive HIV and Aids campaigns.Botswana thrived under his stewardship and grew from being one of the continent’s poorest countries at the time of independence to one of its most prosperous. The country is also regarded as one of Africa’s least corrupt, according to Transparency International.“Botswana demonstrates how a country with natural resources can promote sustainable development with good governance, in a continent where too often mineral wealth has become a curse,” said Annan. Botswana is the world’s biggest producer of diamonds but has not allowed its mineral wealth to become a source of conflict.Mogae was quick to point out that the country was already doing well when he came to power, but that he just consolidated existing democratic practices.The former president has been honoured internationally a number of times, most recently with an appointment in September 2008 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as one of his four Special Envoys on Climate Change.The ceremony to confer the second Ibrahim Prize takes place at the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Egypt on 15 November 2008.Reports say that citizens of Botswana are brimming with pride after the announcement, and that the current government is reacting with great excitement.However, there is dissension from human rights organisation Survival International, which is voicing its displeasure over the Ibrahim Foundation’s decision as it says that Mogae oversaw the eviction of Kalahari Bushmen from their rightful land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Bushmen took the government to court and in 2006 the Botswana High Court declared the evictions unlawful.Rating African governanceDr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, who inaugurated the foundation and the prize, is a Sudanese-born entrepreneur who wrote his doctoral thesis on mobile communication – in 1974. Ibrahim features on Time magazine’s 2008 list of the 100 most influential people as well as the Forbes rich list. He created the Ibrahim Foundation to further his vision of a better Africa, an Africa that deserves the highest quality of governance.The Ibrahim Prize is linked to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which was developed with the assistance of political scientist Robert Rotberg and his team at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.The Foundation also sought the input of an advisory council of African academics and business practitioners, including Kenyan Michael Chege, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Florida University, South African Moss Ngoasheng, Executive Chairman of Safika Holdings, and Sudanese Nawal Nour, Director of the African Women’s Health Centre in Boston.“We are shining a light on governance in Africa,” said Ibrahim, “and in so doing we are making a unique contribution to improving the quality of governance. Africans are setting benchmarks not only for their own continent, but for the world.”First published in 2007, the index ranks the 48 sub-Saharan countries according to their governance performance and provides a holistic and objective status report using 57 indicators in five key areas. These are safety and security; rule of law, transparency and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable economic development; and human development.Covering issues as diverse as judicial independence, government involvement in armed conflicts, respect for civil rights, business environment, and access to drinking water, the index assesses countries on their performance in these areas.According to the Foundation, the index has a multitude of uses, among them the kindling of debate around issues of governance, and the provision of a diagnostic framework to assess governance in the sub-Saharan region. Civil society will be also able to use it as a tool to hold their governments to account.Keeping tabsThe latest index was published on 6 October 2008, based on data from 2006, which is the most recent year with reasonably complete available information for nearly all sub-Saharan Africa countries. However, even with a two-year lag, says the Foundation, the Ibrahim Index is more up-to-date than many other indices.With an overall score of 85.1, Mauritius is the top-ranked country, while South Africa is fifth on the list with a score of 71.5. The other top five countries were Seychelles, Cape Verde and Botswana. These countries achieved the same rankings in the first index.South Africa improved its rating in economic opportunity, human development, and rule of law, transparency and corruption. The country’s score dropped in the categories of safety and security and participation and human rights.The 2008 index shows that two thirds of sub-Saharan African countries – 31 out of 48 – have improved governance performance, mostly in the areas of participation and human rights. Liberia in West Africa shows the most overall progress, moving up to 38th position and achieving a 10.4 points improvement.The majority of countries showed a notable improvement from the 2005 data used in the first index, to 2006, in all categories except safety and security. The greatest improvements were in the area of participation and human rights, with many countries holding elections that have been declared free and fair by international observers. However, there is still room for improvement across the continent, particularly with regard to women’s rights.Most countries showed improved access to technology, with 40 countries bettering their previous score for internet usage and 44 countries improving their scores for phone subscribers.On a regional basis, the Southern African Development Community, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Economic Community of West African States, and the East African Community all improved governance performance between 2005 and 2006. The only region which recorded an overall decrease is the notoriously poor and unstable Horn of Africa.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on email@example.com.Useful linksMo Ibrahim FoundationBotswana Tourism Government of BotswanaSurvival International
The Reserve Bank and the National Treasury form the monetary authority in South Africa. The Bank has a significant degree of autonomy in terms of SA’s Constitution, although it holds regular consultations with the minister of finance.The Reserve Bank has a significant degree of autonomy in terms of South Africa’s Constitution. (Image: SARB, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the National Treasury (the Ministry of Finance) together constitute the monetary authority in South Africa.South Africa’s central bank was established in 1921 in terms of a special Act of Parliament.FunctionsThe primary object of the South African Reserve Bank is to protect the value of the currency in the interest of balanced and sustainable economic growth in the Republic.The SARB acts as the central bank for the country and its banking institutions, is co- responsible for formulating South Africa’s monetary policy, and is largely responsible for implementing this policy.The Reserve Bank has a significant degree of autonomy in terms of South Africa’s Constitution and performs its functions independently, although it holds regular consultations with the minister of finance.The SARB sees it as essential that South Africa has a growing economy based on the principles of a market system, private and social initiative, effective competition, and social fairness. It recognises the need to pursue balanced economic policies that enhance both development and growth.The Bank is managed by a board of 14 directors representing commerce, finance, industry and agriculture. Seven directors are elected by the Bank’s shareholders. The President of South Africa appoints the governor, three deputy governors and three other directors to the board.The SARB’s management, powers and functions are governed by the South African Reserve Bank Act of 1989.Monetary policyThe Reserve Bank implements South Africa’s monetary policy and regulates the supply (availability) of money by influencing its cost.Monetary policy is set by the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee, which works within a flexible inflation-targeting framework.The Bank undertakes national and international transactions on behalf of the state, and acts for the government in transactions with the International Monetary Fund.The Bank is the custodian of the greater part of South Africa’s gold and other foreign exchange reserves.SubsidiariesThe Reserve Bank controls the South African Mint Company, and issues banknotes printed by the South African Bank Note Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank.Find out moreVisit the Reserve Bank’s website, where you will find information on legislation, the bank’s mandate, monetary policy, inflation targeting and reserves management.Also see our article on South Africa’s National Treasury, or visit the National Treasury’s website.Reviewed: 28 January 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
How not to tame the Golden State Warriors The Beermen turned their quarterfinal matchup with Phoenix Petroleum into a virtual cakewalk Tuesday night, leading by as many as 28 points en route to a 115-96 ripping of the Fuel Masters for the first Final Four seat.The Gin Kings later took the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor and booked their own semifinal seat by destroying GlobalPort, 96-85, frustrating even the Batang Pier’s usually cool franchise player, Terrence Romeo, into ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn an utter show of force, six players tossed in 11 points or more for the Beermen, who forged the rout even with Best Import candidate Charles Rhodes taking a back seat and letting the locals do most of the damage.“We’re happy to meet the expectations of so many people,” coach Leo Austria said as he awaits the winner of the Star-Rain or Shine series. “I have to commend the players; they wanted to make the semifinals right away.” Marcio Lassiter scored 11 points in the first period when the Beermen set the tone, and then dropped the same number in the third when second-ranked San Miguel pulled away as the title favorites forced the eighth-seeded Fuel Masters to an unceremonious exit.Leading Player of the Conference candidate Alex Cabagnot fired 20 points and had eight rebounds and six assists for the Beermen, whose rousing Philippine Cup triumph over Barangay Ginebra stirred Grand Slam talk early in the season.June Mar Fajardo, the reigning three-time MVP, also didn’t need to work that hard and finished with just 15 points and eight boards in 35 minutes.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa and the Hotshots try to close out their respective best-of-three series on Wednesday when they clash with Meralco and defending champion Rain or Shine also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer left little doubt that it remains the biggest stumbling block to any team wanting to win the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But Barangay Ginebra just might have something to say about that.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast
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The Ministry of Education is moving to implement a policy, to make it mandatory for schools to allow school-aged mothers to resume their education after childbirth.This was disclosed by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on June 6.Miss Falconer informed that Cabinet has approved the policy for mandatory re-integration of all teenaged mothers into the formal school system, following the completion of an intermediary education programme.She said the policy is intended to allow the girls to continue their education after the birth of a child and not be barred from the school system.“The schools will now be advised that places temporarily vacated by a student during a period of pregnancy should be retained for the student’s return to school, following the completion of an approved transitional programme,” she informed.The education regulations provide that a girl who becomes pregnant shall leave the formal school system during the period of her pregnancy.Under those stipulations, the Minister of Education has the discretion to facilitate the re-entry of such girls into educational institutions.Senator Falconer noted that no policy framework existed before the exercise of this discretion.“Instead, schools have, at times, misinterpreted the provision to treat the girls as absent from the school permanently,” she said.The Minister said the new policy will provide the same flexibility to students wishing to attend a different school after they have had a child.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
The Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. A Cabinet submission highlighting reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.Director of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, Damion Cox, says the reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament which carried out a review of the Access to Information Act in 2011.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Mr. Cox said amendments to the Act are being legislated, “to ensure that public authorities apply a public interest test in relation to more categories of exemptions.”A public interest test, he said, is the process whereby public authorities are expected to identify any relevant public interest.Explaining further how the exemptions work, Mr. Cox informed that a public interest test is only applied to two sections of the ATI Act. Section 19 of the Act stipulates that an exemption can be applied to government deliberative process, while section 21 mandates that the test be applied to documents dealing with any historical, archaeological, anthropological and natural resources, as well as national monuments.Similarly, he advised that the exemptions protect “things relating to personal privacy and national security, as well as commercially sensitive information of public and private entities.”Mr. Cox also added that the Act therefore, “seeks to balance the public interest in terms of those documents that can be readily released and those that an exemption can be applied to.”Meanwhile, the Director is encouraging persons to utilise their right to know, under the Act. He noted that everyone has a right to access government information, since the passage of the legislation.“The Act provides for proactive disclosure and we are looking to strengthen that. Where we are right now, in terms of routine disclosure, is a far way from where we were prior to this Act being introduced as part of the transparency and open governance framework,” Mr. Cox said.He added that the aim of the legislation and its implementation is to ensure that Jamaica is conforming to international standards.Mr. Cox also pointed out that the global move, in terms of open data, is far greater than just gaining access to information that is available.“It is how we can use the vast data that government collects to create applications that can provide citizens with good services,” he explained, while pointing out that this is what pertains in many other jurisdictions.The Act, which was passed in 2002, gives Jamaican citizens and individuals across the world the opportunity to access official government documents, while promoting freedom of information. Reforms are part of the recommendations made by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament. Story Highlights Reforms to the Access to Information Act, is to be presented to Parliament by the end of the third quarter of the financial year.