… standards dropped significantly at facility – Dr MahadeoMedical supplies as well as staff shortages were some of the teething issues affecting the delivery of health care in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). This was revealed during a Special Select Parliamentary Committee visit to Region Two on Friday. The team visited the Oscar Joseph Hospital at Charity.According to Parliamentarians, Dr Vindhya Persaud and Vishwanath Mahadeo, it is believed there is a countrywide shortage of drugs and as such, their visit was to check on those health facilities in the far flung areas making sure that they deliver the kind of service they are expected to.Special Select Parliamentary Committee member, Dr Vindhya Persaud chatting with patients at the Charity Oscar Joseph HospitalDr Mahadeo however made it clear that the team’s visit was not to affect the performance of staff but to identify the issues affecting the delivery of health care in the region.He said that the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital has lost its standard significantly and recalled in the 90s, persons from as far as Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) would visit that facility to access the services.A list of some of the supplies that are out of stockAccording to the Ward Sister Dame Hercules, the hospital is solely dependent on the Suddie Public Hospital for adequate distribution of pharmaceutical supplies. However, she added that she has since learnt that some of the bond shelves at the Suddie Hospital have been empty for the past three months. Hercules therefore said that there are some 45 medical items that are out of stock. Among these are 12 types of injections, Tamoxifen, Cortem, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C 500 mg.She also decried that the hospital has not been receiving medical supplies on time and most time doctors are forced to prescribe drugs for patients to purchase from private pharmacies.Hercules also lamented that due to the lack of resources, the hospital would usually transfer patients to Suddie for treatment and further examinations.She also said the hospital is not equipped with trained staff and most times, patients are sent to Suddie whenever they are admitted with fractures.The hospital’s Administrator, Omkar Persaud, made a special request for trained and specialised staff at the hospital. The team was told that the hospital does not perform surgeries of any kind at the moment since there are no trained personnel to do so.Dr Vindhya Persaud said recommendations have been made to send doctors to train in Georgetown.Residents living in the Pomeroon and Charity areas solely depend on the Charity Hospital for medical attention. When patients arrive at the hospital, they are often told that supplies are unavailable.The dispensaries currently have shortages of drugs since these are issued to the hospital in small quantities. Patients travelling from the Pomeroon to the Charity Hospital usually travel twice a month to get their medication. The hospital however has been making special provisions for persons living in that area by requesting medication for them. Pharmacists at Suddie said the medical facility received emergency supplies that would last for only two weeks. Additionally, the limited medication at the Oscar Joseph Hospital bond is expected to last for the next two weeks.The Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital is presently serving some sections of Region One (Barima-Waini), the Pomeroon and sections of Region Two.
During Nixon’s era, the East Room was used as a reception place for his daughter Tricia Nixon Cox’s wedding. It was the site of his farewell speech, and it was where Nixon and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT Treaty in 1972. Landais said this week’s visit to the Nixon museum, which was her first, was “for education.” “You learn about it in school, but when you see it physically, it means something different,” she said. Liliana Valencia, 33, of Anaheim said she took advantage of her children’s day off from school and took them to the presidential museum. “I want them to learn more about history,” Valencia said. “I came from Mexico when I was 16, and I didn’t know much about it. Hopefully they could learn more.” Valencia’s daughter, Gioana, seems to already be impressed by what she’s learned – and now seen – about the nation’s leaders. “They were brave. They have clean suits, and they have lots of important papers,” said Gioana, 7. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YORBA LINDA – While scads of people headed for malls and movies on a rainy Presidents Day holiday, thousands also flocked here to visit the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. One such person Monday was Diana Landais, 26, from Upland. When asked why she came, she said, “Why not? It’s Presidents Day.” Landais was among thousands of Southlanders who kicked off this week’s holiday with a visit to the Nixon museum, where a slew of events honoring the nation’s 37th president awaited them. Since opening in 1990, officials have waived the museum’s admission fee – up to $10 – several times a year, including Presidents Day, said museum spokeswoman Sandy Quinn. The idea is to provide visitors with a free experience that takes them into the presidential world, into the home in which late President Nixon was born and to the site where he and his late wife, Pat, are buried. “This is one place people can come and get a taste of the presidency. You come here and it makes the textbooks come to life,” Quinn said. While Monday’s event focused on Nixon, it also commemorated all things presidential, as visitors were greeted by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln impersonators in the museum’s lobby. Museumgoers posed with the VH-3A “Sea King” helicopter, which was used to transport several U.S. presidents, including Nixon, and other diplomats throughout the country between 1961 and 1976. Visitors also walked through a replica of the White House’s East Room, where hundreds of social events and other gatherings were hosted by former presidents.
1 Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was among the many fans who stormed the pitch on Friday night as part-time minnows Salford City beat League Two Nott County in the FA Cup first round.Scholes is one of the Red Devils’ fabled ‘Class of 92’ who part-own the Evo-Stik Premier League club, and he was alongside Gary Neville and Nicky Butt to see their side claim a deserved 2-0 home win in front of the TV cameras.Salford embraced the opportunity to shine on their maiden appearance in the first round of the FA Cup, with Danny Webber and Richie Allen netting in the second-half to seal the biggest triumph of the club’s history.ALSO READ: ‘This is what it’s all about!’ – Fans revel in magic of the FA Cup as Salford winFormer England international Scholes ignored pleas to stay off the grass and stormed on to the pitch after the final whistle along with many of the rest of the 1,400 Salford fans inside the ground.The United legends continued to celebrate well after the end of the game, and former captain Neville, who won 20 competitions during his long and illustrious career at Old Trafford, was in a jubilant mood.“It is an absolutely unbelievable night,” the England coach said.“You never get too excited at football anymore because you’re working in a professional capacity but when we come down here it’s an escape for us and it makes us love football more.“Sometimes in the last 18 months you think there’s a lot to do here but this just makes it all worthwhile.“Tonight was for all those people who work there. I’ve not felt like that for a long time in football and that’s not over egging it. I felt like a kid again in a football ground. I’ve never seen Scholesy jump so high in celebration in my life.”Anthony Johnson, who manages the first-team along with fellow coach Bernard Morley, added: “When the final whistle went, you had Gary Neville and Nicky Butt part of the pitch invasion like normal fans and Scholesy is dancing and singing in the changing room – I’m sure it was Rick Astley he was singing in there.“It matters to them like it does to normal fans. We’re under no illusions that we’ve got to win games but we’re enjoying it and working for five of the best players this country has ever produced.“But I thought for 90 per cent of the game we dominated it.“I don’t want that to sound arrogant or brash but we felt we were the better side.” Manchester United Paul Scholes
DISGRACED poet Cathal O Searcaigh has claimed more than €127,000 in funding from the taxpayer over the past decade as a member of an elite arts club.Aosdana — set up by former Taoiseach Charles Haughey — gives yearly payouts or cnuas of over €17,000 to some of Ireland’s top artists and has cost the taxpayer just under €30million.O Searcaigh continued to receive his full tax-free payments despite a damning 2007 documentary Fairytale of Kathmandu which revealed details of the Gortahork’s poet’s sexual relationships with Nepalese teenagers. He received €12,700 per year between 2001 and 2010.O Searcaigh still insists he has done nothing wrong and blamed selective editing for how he was portrayed.The poet also received a grant to renovate his home in Gortahork and turn it into a interpretive centre for his work.In return for the grant to renovate his home, O Searcaigh has agreed to leave the property to the State. O SEARCAIGH HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN €127,000 IN GRANTS was last modified: June 3rd, 2012 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)
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says that nine Closure Orders were served on food businesses last month, including two in Co Donegal.The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.Golden River Chinese Takeaway, Shore Road, Ramelton, was closed and has not re-opened. A Closure Order was also served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on Country Meats (butcher), Coneyburrow Road, Lifford, DonegalProf. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety, ensure full compliance with food regulations and demand high standards from their suppliers.He said: “Each Enforcement Order sends a clear message to food businesses that unsafe food safety practices or non-compliance with food legislation is not tolerated by the inspection officers.“Again and again, we encounter cases involving improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising. These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place. “Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety practices and hygiene standards. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.” RAMELTON CHINESE TAKEAWAY CLOSED DOWN BY FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY – LIFFORD BUTCHER INVESTIGATED was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ChineseFood Safety AuthorityGolden RiverIrelandRamelton
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was to be the highlight of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s celebration of his first 100 days in office. The setting was perfect – the ornate, 27th-floor Tom Bradley Tower room at City Hall. The attendance was perfect – a dozen television cameras, national and local media and even some bloggers, along with staffers and commission nominees. Yet, as Villaraigosa prepared to offer a Spanish-language version of his remarks, the room went silent. A television cameraman had pulled the plug on the mayor. Aware that, without a camera, anything he might do would not be caught for posterity, Villaraigosa stalled for time by chatting amiably as city workers tried to fix the problem. As the minutes ticked by, Villaraigosa got into the act, pointing to wires that could be the problem and even trying to sort out the different cables. Even that drew a positive spin from his supporters, with one saying, “See, that’s hands-on leadership.” If there is one major difference between being mayor and being a member of the City Council, it’s the access, Villaraigosa noted at one point last week. “Some days, I still can’t believe that I’m mayor,” Villaraigosa said. “But then I start making calls to people, and they get on the phone. That’s the biggest difference. When you’re the mayor, everyone returns your call.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger long has been accustomed to getting various offers in exchange for his support, but local union leader Julie Butcher thought she had an offer he couldn’t refuse. Butcher, general manager of Local 347 of the Service Employees International Union that represents some 10,000 Los Angeles city workers, sent a letter to the governor asking him to sign AB 1536, a measure by Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles. The measure would give security officers working for the city the power to make arrests without being held personally liable. Butcher pointed to law-enforcement support for the proposal, including the Los Angeles Police Protective League. But then she threw in a kicker: “If you sign this bill, I will change my party registration.” Apparently it didn’t impress the governor. He vetoed the bill. Maybe it was because Butcher didn’t say she would vote for Schwarzenegger. Retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann, long the San Fernando Valley’s highest-ranking cop, was saluted recently by fellow officers, elected officials and local power brokers. And many swear they saw the unexpected: A tear in Bergmann’s eye as he was honored at the Universal Sheraton. Bergmann, a police officer for more than 32 years, won praise from a diverse cast that included everyone from one-time boss Councilman Bernard Parks to his boss Bill Bratton and Valley gang-intervention leader William “Blinky” Rodriguez. In all, more than 300 people praised Bergmann, including council members Wendy Greuel, Dennis Zine and Parks; former Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski; state Sen. Richard Alarcon; former Assemblywoman Paula Boland; Valley leader Bert Boeckmann; and a host of current and former LAPD brass. Bratton said he would have preferred Bergmann, who became known for his innovative anti-gang programs, had stayed on the job. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he is considering naming Bergmann to a post as city gang czar to oversee all of the city’s programs. Daily News staff writer Beth Barrett contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Schumacher, despite all his problems this year, ended third in the standings with 62 points, ahead of Montoya (60) and Fisichella (58). Schumacher’s Ferrari was disabled on the way to the starting grid in a prerace collision. The seven-time world champion then had a spinout in his backup car after 22 laps. “For the team it has been a fantastic season,” said Alonso, who averaged 114.502 mph for the 56 laps. “It was not crucial but quite important for the team for the motivation for next year.” Raikkonen made a move in the final laps but finished second, four seconds behind. Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher was third and Alonso’s teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, was fourth. Fernando Alonso passed the checkered flag and broke into song, ending a triumphant season for the Spanish driver and his Renault team. The world champion captured the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai, China on Sunday to clinch Renault’s first constructors’ title. Alonso started from the pole in the Formula One finale and held off McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen for his seventh title this season and eighth overall.
If you’ve ever looked at the thriving IT, compliance and fintech industries and wondered how to enter the sector, then the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is a good place to start. Post graduate programmes at LYIT have been designed to meet the demands of today’s job market. Courses in governance & compliance, leadership and business systems, among many others, are provided to equip people with the skills they need to seize job opportunities locally and elsewhere. One such graduate is Emma Lundberg (36) from Ramelton, Co. Donegal. Emma is in the final months of her one-year Masters in Governance, Compliance & Data Protection in Financial Services.She wanted a change after 10 years as a people manager in a telco company. Having gained a Business & Marketing degree from LYIT 13 years previously, she knew that she needed to retrain if she wanted a change.As a result of her upskilling, Emma has been promoted to the role of Compliance Analyst for the same company in their Dublin office.Emma’s Masters helped her gain practical and transferable skills in IT, risk and audit, privacy, GDPR, fintech and financial regulation to move up the ladder. Emma Lundberg is a Compliance Analyst after completing an M.A. in Governance, Compliance and Data Protection in Financial Services at LYITThe degree’s focus on privacy and information security was a key driver for Emma in choosing the MA (Master of Arts).“Any course with an element of Data Protection would have wide ranging benefits given the reach of new GDPR legislation.”“The course content was also varied enough to give me an insight into other areas of business that I hadn’t previously had exposure to, like the areas of FinTech, financial services, IT as well as risk and audit.”With one day of classes per week supplemented with online learning, Emma was able to study at LYIT while keeping up with her full-time job and family life. She found that staff at the college worked to make the experience as manageable as possible for mature learners.“Studying with a full time job and a family is never easy, however the year flies in so quickly you don’t really have a chance to think about it. The lecturers were great in that they made sure that deadlines for coursework submissions never fell too closely together,” she said. “LYIT were also really easy to deal with when it came to fee payments, many students availed of the option to spread fee payments over several months instead of having to pay all in one go.”Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyEmma also had the support of her employers as she upskilled. “They were clear that from my personal development perspective I was interested in moving roles,” she said.The company offered flexibility to Emma so she could switch focus between work and study.The hard work paid off, as Emma’s MA helped her secure several interviews for compliance roles. “Ultimately, I was lucky enough to stay with the same company as a new role became available in their information security department. I’ve been in my new role for 2 months now and I would say that the course content covered really prepared me for a compliance role,” she said.“As someone who had very little technical experience before completing this MA, and even less regulatory experience, the skills learning have meant that I have been able to work successfully in an information security role. “I would also say that the skills learned on this course are very transferable, while the course has a strong fintech element, as many of our local employers are fintech organisations, I have been able to remain working in the telco industry and the course content has been just as relevant for me.”For Emma, this MA is only the start. In the absence of experience, she was able to show her employers that she has a good understanding of the current regulatory environment, industry standards and frameworks. Now, she has set her sights on progressing even further into this field. She said: “I think my decision to retrain has already opened the door to new opportunities, this is just the start! I am already planning to complete some certifications and I’d love to retrain further in the area of cyber security. All in good time!”LYIT is currently recruiting for the next intake of this MA and there are still some available places. The course begins at the end of September 2019, find out more at lyit.ieLearn more about this M.A in Governance, Compliance and Data Protection in Financial Services programme by signing up for a free webinar which is scheduled for 28th August 2019 at 7pm:Click here to register for the free webinarFor queries and more information, contact Siobhan Cullen, Head of Department Law & Humanities, by email Siobhan.email@example.com or tel 074918620Upskilling at LYIT: How Emma’s M.A. helped her change career was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 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:Compliance and Data Protection in Financial ServiceseducationfintechGDPRGovernanceLYITMasterspostgraduateupskilling
Graphic: Francois Smit. Click to enlarge. This article originally appeared on page five of South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. (Click to enlarge.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Barber US Country Manager, Brand South Africa +1 202 276 5084 firstname.lastname@example.org RELATED ARTICLES • My normal, crazy, mixed-up country • Turning up the media volume • Looking south and east for growth • New campaign for a better SA • Biko’s legacy lives onSimon BarberIt has been 20 years since Nelson Mandela walked to freedom, 16 since the magical days of April 1994 when millions of South Africans cast ballots for the first time to make him our first truly representative president. The world watched in trepidation, then in wonder, as South Africa emerged from its generations-long nightmare of racial oppression as a new, united democracy.This year, the world’s eyes were on South Africa again as we hosted the global Superbowl of soccer, the Fifa World Cup. There was plenty of excitement on the field. Off the field, the world saw a South Africa fulfilling the promise of its rebirth.What happened in 1994 was not a miracle. Rather, it was a testament to the character of South Africans and our way of doing things. These transcend everything that has divided us and will carry us through the challenges we still face.South Africans are an independent-minded lot. We acknowledge with gratitude the contributions and sacrifices of our friends in helping us bring down apartheid, but when the time came to construct a new order on apartheid’s ashes, we did it our own way. So many of us had been denied control of our destiny for so long that perhaps it was only natural that we would be particularly protective of it once we’d won it back. We also knew that, to be lasting, our solutions had to come from within so as to be owned by all.That speaks to our innate pragmatism. We come at things from fresh angles, whether we’re looking for a political compromise to bridge chasms centuries in the making or we’re figuring out how the largest radio telescope ever conceived, the Square Kilometre Array. It is gratifying to hear the American scientists working with us on the SKA project speak, in glowing terms, of “the South Africa way”.South Africans do difficult things well. Getting state-of-the-art stadiums and infrastructure ready for the World Cup was no cakewalk. Our landscape may be stunning but it has taken stamina, imagination and skill to survive and prosper in it. Blessed we may be with an extraordinary mineral endowments but to mine gold safely at depths where the rock is hot to the touch requires multiple feats of engineering. Our past may still haunt us in some respects, but it was also a crucible. It did not break us. It made us more resourceful and resilient. Today, we are among the most stable societies anywhere.An essential element of the South African way is an ethos we call ubuntu, which holds that a person can only be as happy or as whole as the community of which he or she is a part. The shorthand for ubuntu is “I am because we are”. It has a lot to do with South Africans’ capacity to forgive. If you had the chance to listen to President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address in February, you would have heard him speak generously of the late President PW Botha, notorious for some of the apartheid era’s fiercest repression. Thabo Mbeki, our president before Zuma, went so far as to say that the perpetrators of apartheid were themselves victims because in treating others as less than human they lost their own humanity. No loss is more grievous and the loss is shared by all.This informs the way we seek to contribute to a safer, more prosperous, more sustainable world. Ubuntu teaches us that we are all connected. It teaches the importance of listening to each other, of not casting each other as demons, of not allowing ourselves to be prisoners of history. It reinforces our resolve to move beyond old categories and ideological camps to try and see the world through the eyes of adversaries. It helps us draw on the rich diversity of our experience and tradition, philosophy and faiths, to find in concert lasting answers to our shared dilemmas.That was the basis of the so-called miracle. That is why South Africa is an essential partner in the search for solutions to the problems that now, more than ever, bedevil all humanity. It’s time. Time to believe.Simon Barber is the US country manager for the International Marketing Council, the custodian of Brand South Africa.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid Mandela There is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.
9 May 2012 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe opened the 7th South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission in Berlin on Tuesday by extending an invitation to the European nation to invest in South Africa’s massive state-led infrastructure drive. “We are targeting a range of areas, including roads, rail, ports, water infrastructure and telecommunications,” Motlanthe said in his opening remarks at commission. “To this end, we wish to invite the government of Germany and German corporates to participate in this important initiative.” Motlanthe said that, while the commission was sitting during a challenging time for Europe and the global economy, the two countries should not lose sight of the goals they had in common. “Both our countries share the goals of enhancing peace and security; good governance; the rule of law; democracy and human rights; economic development; and indeed, dealing with the challenges posed by climate change, as well as finding new sources of energy.” To address these challenges, constant monitoring and detailed analysis so as to find practical solutions was required, Motlanthe said. The economic crises in Europe and other parts of the world had had a ripple effect around the globe, the Deputy President said, resulting in a significant decline in South Africa’s exports between 2008 and 2009. “However, we are pleased that our trade with Germany is approximating levels previously reached before the crisis of 2008.” Tuesday’s meeting discussed issues such as renewable energy and education and training, and assessed progress made since the last Bi-National Commission, held in South Africa in 2010. The meeting also touched on global issues such as the Eurozone and problems facing the African continent, including the African Union’s post-conflict and reconstruction development programme. Source: BuaNews