first_img EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE No one could quarrel with Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson being named Jamaica’s 2016 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last Friday. Still, as awards season fades into the distance, I can’t help but wonder how close the decision on the men’s award was. The numbers put up by Olympic 110 metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod just make my head tick. Injuries slowed Bolt in a season when I thought he was really going to speed. When he stumbled at the start, early in the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix, recovered, zoomed past Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, and South African flash Akani Simbine, and won with something to spare, he looked ready to run really fast. Sadly, injuries made him bob and weave to find enough fitness to get the 100m-200m double done at the Olympics. In a season where records didn’t matter for the tall man, he ran 10.05, 9.98, 9.89, and 9.81 seconds in his four completed meets in the 100m, and in the 200m, he clicked to times of 19.89 in London and 19.78 seconds twice in the Olympics. Those statistics made him the second-fastest 100m man of 2016, by 0.01, and third fastest of the year in the 200m. To conclude an undefeated three-meet indoor campaign, McLeod equalled the world-leading time of 7.41 seconds in winning the World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles title for Jamaica. Outdoors, despite two falls after the National Senior Championships, McLeod was the only man to break 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He backed up that 12.98 clocking with the number-two time of the year – 13.01 to win the National Senior Championships – and overall, six of the fastest eight. Bolt had three of the fastest eight times in the 100m and two of the fastest eight in the 200m. Throw in the first sub-10 second 100m clocking by a sprint hurdler and McLeod has a sparkling 2016 portfolio. Perhaps the difference was found in the comparative win-loss ratios. Bolt won all his races while McLeod lost three times in his prime event. That may have been the decider. Sport, like life, isn’t about ‘what ifs’, but I wonder where the award would have gone if McLeod had stayed on his feet in Budapest and Monaco, where he fell and finished them in times under 13 seconds. That’s all stat-nerd speculation. Bolt, McLeod, and Thompson now face the more critical matter of replicating the success of the Olympic year in 2017. The tall man is a past master of rising to the challenge, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be ready to roll at the World Championships in London this August. The circumstances are new for Thompson and McLeod. She debuted at the high level with a silver in the 200m at the 2015 Worlds behind Dutch rival Daphne Schippers, but McLeod’s Olympic gold was his first honour in such company. They both can learn from the greatest sprinter of all time and the way he wins, wins, and wins. To be truly great, that’s where they have to aim. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_img“We’re so happy and I don’t know how to describe it,” remarked coach Jerry Codiñera. “The game was so intense and it was a huge character builder for us because we built our trust on each other.”Salado fired 25 points, on top of eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals to lead Arellano to its second win in three outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado was the hero Arellano needed and on Tuesday, he made sure everyone knew.The speedy playmaker drained the game-winning one-hander with 0.3 seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Abdel Poutouochi to carry the Chiefs to a thrilling 73-72 overtime victory over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MJ Dela Virgen topscored for JRU (1-2) with 15 points and four rebounds, while Tey Teodoro also collected 15 markers and three boards before going down with cramps in overtime.The Scores:ARELLANO 73 – Salado 25, Nicholls 13, Flores 7, Enriquez 6, Canete 6, Meca 4, Villoria 4, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Alcoriza 4, Dela Cruz 0, Rivera 0, Padilla 0, Concepcion 0, Abanes 0.JRU 72 – Dela Virgen 15, Teodoro 15, Poutouochi 11, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Abdul Razak 4, Lasquety 3, David 2, Castor 2, Bordon 1.Quarters: 15-17, 28-35, 44-48, 62-62, 73-72. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Despite his impressive showing, the Cagayan de Oro-born guard almost went down as the goat as he muffed two freebies with 9.8 seconds left in regulation which could have iced the game.JRU took advantage as Tey Teodoro recovered the ball in the waning seconds and found Jed Mendoza who banked the game-tying trey from the left wing  with 0.2 ticks left to send the game to overtime at 62-all.Zach Nicholls also found his range, shooting 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers and four boards, while Lervin Flores got seven points and 15 rebounds in the victory.It was a tough outing for Mendoza, who split his freebies to put the Heavy Bombers up by one, 72-71, with 4.0 seconds remaining in the extra period, but saw his efforts go down the drain no thanks to Salado’s superb finish.ADVERTISEMENT SALADO WINS IT! #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/tti4bQGFKA— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 18, 2017 MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,It is irresponsible and taking the people for granted, for Ministers to make public statements without evidence and justification to the national community. Finance Minister Winston Jordan publicly alleged that the national economy under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration was supported by drug money. Where is the evidence, Minister Jordan? Establish your credibility with a sense of integrity and prove your allegation. The population is waiting for the evidence. Please provide it, Minister Jordan.There is also the misleading statement by Public Works Minister David Patterson justifying the takeover of the operations of the Berbice River Bridge on the grounds of PUBLIC SAFETY. The Minister needs to explain to the nation what public safety was involved? He is challenged to prove to the nation that public safety was in danger.Everyone knows that there were no threats to public safety, but a cheap, colluded political ploy and shenanigan to get some votes from Berbice at the last Local Government Elections. That ploy of rescuing the Berbicians from unconscionable prices for crossing vehicles over the bridge did not work, AFC Ministers. Everyone knows the colluded timing of the increases – November 12, 2018, the day for the last LGE.The other consequence of this action is engendering the lack of confidence in the public-private partnership and scaring away private investors.Let the Government buy out all the shares with full compensation, and manage and operate the Berbice River Bridge with the same pricing for the crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge, thereby bringing equity in the river bridge transport system.The people await the responses of the Ministers.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

first_imgOpen Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh.On the very day Liberia inaugurated its new President and Vice President, a civil society organization released what it referred to as ‘useful data’ to support the new government’s education and youth development programs.The data is contained in a report titled: A Decade Without Higher Education, which details findings from a study conducted in September and October 2017, that sought to understand the level of education attained by local commercial motorcycle and taxi drivers within the last decade.There are an estimated 40,000 commercial motorcyclists in the country.Open Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh, warned that in another decade from now, and as attractive as the commerical motorcycle sector remains, more and more young people will fail to attain higher education – thereby increasing the number of illiterates and school-dropouts in the country.The study concludes that as much as commercial motorcycle business seems to be a vibrant income-generating sector, it has in some significant ways hampered the pursuit of higher education by Liberia’s youth population. Releasing the report, Konneh said that the fast and untaxed revenues from this sector discourages actors from pursuing sustainable careers, either through higher academic, technical or vocational education, adding that the sector plays an enduring role in suppressing the national campaign against illiteracy.Motorcyclists overwhelmingly supported the candidacy of the soccer legend, George Weah.The study interviewed 1,001 motorcycle taxi drivers – 868 or 86.2% of whom the study finds have spent between one to ten years in the sector.“But in that whole decade, 90% of respondents attained less than a high school education. Only two motorcyclists were found to have graduated from a college or university, although 53 enrolled,” Konneh said.According to him, the primary reason commercial motorcyclists cited for not furthering their education was the lack of money to cater to personal, family, and school obligations at the same time, and from a single income source. “Interestingly, only a few respondents blamed their not being in school on lack of interest or lack of school in their communities. In fact, as per the data, all except 5 respondents expressed interest in going back to school,” he said.Specifically, the study found that 45 of respondents (4.7%)  have only attained elementary education; 231 (23.9%) have attained junior high education; 251 respondents (26%) have attained up to but not more than senior high education; while 341 respondents (35.3%) have graduated from high school within the last decade.The study also finds that within the last decade, only 21 of the respondents enrolled at a technical or vocational school.Holding the country’s stability as a measurement, the reports says any person who was in elementary school in 2003 would have been out of high school by the end of the decade in 2013.Konneh: “Similarly, those who were in junior high within the same time frame would have been in their 2nd or 3rd year in college while those at high school level would have all been out of college by now – if they had remained or continued in school. But the reality is different, based on the data our study has generated from speaking with actors in this sector.”Apart from the inquiry about their educational level, the study also inquired about why these young people chose the motorcycle taxi sector. The primary reason cited by them was to sustain themselves and their families, and not to pay school fees. 366 or 36.6% of respondents said they chose the trade primarily to sustain themselves while 318 (31.8%) chose it to sustain their families. In fact, only 99 respondents (9.8%) chose to drive motorcycle taxi in order to pay school fees.“These statistics explain why 90% of commercial motorcyclists interviewed are still in high school or only high school graduates,” Konneh added.The civil society organization is proposing that while commercial motorcycling remains a viable income generating sector, stakeholders in Liberia’s education and youth development should begin to develop technical, vocational or professional training programs specifically tailored for and targeting actors in this sector.“Our emphasis on this category of young people is based on the fact that they find motorcycle taxi driving as an activity that generates income to handle their immediate expenses, but ignore the long term effect of not being educated. Commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable trade or career. The fact that 90% of the young people interviewed did not get enough income to enroll in a higher learning institution supports our conclusion that commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable activity,” says Konneh.“If we must empower and include our young people in our country’s governance, we must start by prioritizing education rather than money-making at an early stage in their lives,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTwenty-five-year-old Donald Grovesnor, called “Black Boy”, of Lot 19 Sideline Dam, Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was on Thursday arraigned with the chopping to death of a cane harvester.The accused appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Courts before Magistrate Zameena Ali-Seepaul and was slapped with the indictable offence.It is alleged that on March 3, 2019, at Wales, he murdered 29-year-old Suraj Jailall, called “Neshal”, of Lot 92 Sideline Dam, Sister’s Village.He was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on March 27 for reports.Dead: Suraj JailallThe victim, Jailall, died on March 4 while receiving medical attention at the West Demerara Regional Hospital. According to reports, the chopping incident resulted in a section of the now dead man’s ear being severed.The chopping incident allegedly stemmed from an earlier argument between the two men on Sunday last.Guyana Times understands that the duo was imbibing when an argument ensured. Sometime later, the suspect reportedly accosted Jailall but subsequently released him and went home.However, Grovesnor returned with a cutlass and dealt Jailall the fatal blow to his head. Jailall was taken to the hospital where he was treated but later succumbed to his injures.last_img read more

first_img…maintains Guyana can have both green economy, oil sectorNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman is adamant that contrary to the prevailing criticisms that Government is being ill-advised and is, in fact, not adequately preparing Guyana for an oil and gas sector – the Government is watching and learning from other nations.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe Minister was at the time speaking during the opening of a geosciences technology workshop, organised by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), on Monday. According to Trotman, the Government is pursuing technical cooperation engagements like these, which can provide information with a nexus between the technical and the straightforward.He acknowledged the importance of not only considering geological developments, but economic and commercial trends. Given the size of investment needed, Trotman said that understanding the geological occurrences in other oil-producing nations was especially important.“Owing to the dynamic nature of the earth’s surface and the continental crust that we reside on, many structural changes have occurred that have allowed us to draw parallels with other onshore and offshore (oil) basins and to observe the successes and failures as we continue on this journey.”Exxon’s operations in the Stabroek blockHe told the gathering at the Marriott Hotel that just recently a local team attended an oil producers’ conference in Trinidad, where the importance of learning from locations with similar geology and its role in successful exploration were greatly highlighted. “When there is a thorough understanding of geology and how it affects production, we can ensure optimal resource planning, efficient utilisation, and maximum recovery and successes.”Trotman noted that Guyana would have the task of not only preparing legislative and institutional frameworks to efficiently manage the oil and gas sector in Guyana, but to also mentally prepare for the changes that petroleum production would bring. He was also adamant that Government remained committed to its green state development, alongside the oil sector and to the youths.This is despite Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, an economist, pointing out the obvious; the contradiction of having a “green economy”, that is based on renewable energy, while making plans for oil to become a major economic player.“We are committed to managing our energy sector within the ambit of a green economy,” the Minister expressed. “And, of course, our youth are very important to us and will be more so in the next decade.There has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on the Payara well began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.The lesser-known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and British company Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government last year.last_img read more

first_img“I was speechless when I realised how much was at stake with the existing odds on my bet slip, at one time I thought of cashing out during the 8th game, but I challenged myself to see the game out. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I ever made,” an excited Wambui said.“Ensuring that our players receive their winnings as soon as any bet is settled is our number one priority. We appreciate the trust showed by our customers, who believe in us to honour payouts,” BetLion Managing Director, Spencer Okach, said.0Shares0000(Visited 137 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wambui wins Sh2mn with Sh100 BetLion stakeNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16 – Betting firm BetLion on Tuesday paid Sh2 million to Samuel Wambui who was the biggest winner this past weekend.Wambui, who placed a stake of only Sh100 on 8 teams on his betslip, managed to get all his selections correct.last_img read more

first_img N’Golo Kante: Liverpool the latest club linked with Leicester and France man – Along with Arsenal and Man United, Liverpool are also keen on Kante report the Daily Star, revealing there is a £22m release clause in his contract at Leicester. 9 9 9 Some Liverpool fans really don’t want Mario Gotze! – Playing in an unfamiliar position for Germany against Ukraine at Euro 2016, Gotze struggled to show what he can do best, but that didn’t stop some Liverpool fans some Liverpool fans suggesting the club should be targeting other players instead. Gotze has been strongly linked with a big money move to Anfield in recent months. 9 9 Which other players will join Joel Matip and Loris Karius at Liverpool? Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest transfer news surrounding the Anfield club with updates on rumoured departures as well as arrivals.Judging by the rumours, it appears manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster all over the pitch with defenders, midfielders and attackers being targeted.Remain up to date with all Liverpool news by clicking here.MORE LFC NEWS: JOHN-ARNE RIISE RETIRESDONE DEAL SEES JUVENTUS SNAP UP LIVERPOOL TARGET Jurgen Klopp interested in Cristian Tello? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Liverpool transfer rumours – In Spain, it is said Liverpool want 24-year-old Tello to join them in the summer. For the past two years the forward has been loaned to both Porto and more recently Fiorentina and the Italian club have an option to sign him for €8m, say Spanish outlet Sport. However, Fiorentina feel it is too much and will look to get the potential cost for Tello down. His contract at Barcelona expires in 2018 and his release clause is rumoured to be €25m. Joao Teixeira heading back to Portugal – Portuguese outlet A Bola say there is an agreement between Liverpool and Porto for 23-year-old Teixeira. The attacker played for Braga and Sporting in his native Portugal before joining the Reds in 2012. Coutinho dismisses PSG transfer rumour – In recent weeks, Philippe Coutinho has been linked with big-money transfer to PSG, but the Liverpool attacker has played down that rumour. The Liverpool Echo carry quotes that see him commit to the club, “I am grateful for everything Liverpool has done for me,” he said following Brazil’s Copa America elimination after losing to Peru. “Am I happy there working under Klopp? It’s clear, he’s great.” 9 Swansea looking at bringing Joe Allen back – Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants Allen back at Swansea, the club he left for Liverpool in a £15m deal in 2012. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, he said: “Naturally, we are interested in good players like Joe who may be available this summer given that he has a year left on his contract.” Jenkins added he’d be keeping tabs on the Wales international’s situation. Liverpool to offer Southampton Jordon Ibe for Sadio Mane? – The Sun carry news of a possible swap deal involving Jordon Ibe moving to Southampton and Sadio Mane going to Liverpool. Apparently the Reds rate Ibe at £10m, with Mane valued at around £30m. Piotr Zielinski: Udinese man to choose Liverpool because he loves the Beatles – As talkSPORT reported, Zielinski is destined to pick Liverpool over Napoli. That’s according to the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who said: “The lad prefers Liverpool. Clearly he’s never been to Naples before and probably he’s in love with The Beatles.” Zielinski has spent the past two seasons on loan at Empoli. 9 Ricardo Rodriguez could cost £19m – Although Jonas Hector is the left back linked with Liverpool, fans would love the club to also look at Rodriguez, the Wolfsburg and Switzerland ace. His agent has been quoted as saying there is a release clause in his contract and reports suggest the 23-year-old could be available for £19m. However, Arsenal have also been linked with the player and they are able to offer Champions League football. Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is another left back said to be on the Liverpool transfer shortlist. 9 9last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the An Post cycle team with members of the Donegal Hospice.They promised to deliver and they certain did!Local lads from An Post Letterkenny raised an incredible €10,008.40 for Donegal Hospice from their recent Mizen to Malin Charity Cycle.The cyclists and committee members wish to thank family, work colleagues, friends and all their corporate sponsors for their support in helping them raise €10,008.40 for the Donegal Hospice. The An Post Letterkenny group who took part in the cycle are pictured here presenting a cheque to the committee members of The Donegal Hospice.AN POST CYCLISTS DELIVER €10K GOOD WISHES TO DONEGAL HOSPICE! was last modified: August 21st, 2014 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:An Postcycledonegal hospicelast_img read more

first_imgCitizens everywhere deserve the respectof their governments. They also sharethe responsibility, with their leaders, ofcreating an adequate society. With the continent’s abundance of the sunand wind, solar technology advances inAfrican countries should have become apriority many years ago, said Ramphele.(Images: Southafrica.info)MEDIA CONTACTS• Steve Biko Foundation+27 11 403 0310Valencia Talane“We need a philanthropic movement in this country where each one of us does what we can do.”This was said by distinguished philanthropist, academic and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele back in 2007, citing, among other concerns, a need for South Africa’s emerging middle class to share more of its wealth in order to help address poverty and inequality in the country.Fast forward to five years later, today – Ramphele has delivered such a movement.The Citizens Movement for Social Change, launched in April, encourages a culture of accountability and proactiveness among citizens, which will see them grow beyond a nation wounded by colonialism and apartheid.Addressing attendees at the launch in Cape Town, Ramphele echoed her words from 2007, saying: “Accountability mechanisms to ensure citizens remain stewards of the democracy and at the centre of governance have not yet been developed.”On the other hand, a change in how leaders view the people on the ground is also necessary to lessen the gap between those who hold the power to govern and those who should be benefiting from the government.In an interview with Business Day earlier this year, Ramphele said one of the flaws of South Africa is that in the transition to democracy “we skipped a step”, forgetting to liberate ourselves from the psyche of an apartheid society, which had thrived on the principles of job reservation and exclusion.“We underestimated the depth of the chasm that we inherited. We thought we could throw money at education and money at other things, but it required much, much more,” she said.“Now the best weapon anyone has to arrest the slide is to become an active citizen and champion of the Constitution, which enshrines social justice.”Lessons from AfricaFrom 2000 to 2004 Ramphele was one of four managing directors at the World Bank, and the focus of her post was human development in Africa.It was a great achievement for her on an individual level; she was the first African to reach a position of such seniority at the global financial institution.“My contribution to the World Bank was to say ‘what is good for people in the US and China is good for people in Africa’, which I think has helped the bank think more holistically in their efforts on development,” she said.However, she reckons, it was a great learning curve for her as well.Speaking to UK-based Ubraintv.com – a digital network that focuses on energy and environmental news – Ramphele shared her views on Africa’s preparedness to start taking care of itself, so to speak.There are parts of Africa that are working, and some that are not, she said.“”Ethiopia, which was in the media for the wrong reasons a few decades ago, is now pioneering the process of reforestation,” she said, referring to the famine that gripped the Horn of Africa country, where varying reports put the number of deaths between 400 000 and 900 000, with many more displaced.“This was achieved by ordinary people whose government had to catch up with the citizens.”She added that the events of the last year or so in the continent’s Arab nations were also a sign of the revolutionary change that can be brought about by citizens.These are ordinary people taking charge of their own issues, demanding that governments meet them halfway in creating governable states that address the needs of the poor.Africa has a unique way of communicating, said Ramphele. Many people in Africa subscribe to a culture of meeting in a circle, with everyone around the circle having a say and contributing towards a solution for the concern of the day. This is known as a kgotla, from the Setswana word meaning “court”.“There is no hierarchy in a circle, so everybody gets a turn to be heard,” she reasoned.This will come in handy, said Ramphele, in the networking and knowledge-sourcing processes that African scientists should be enlisting in order to advance the continent’s chances at fighting climate change.Technology in the fight against climate changeRamphele is of the view that most of postcolonial Africa’s governments ignored the investment in their people and, therefore, the enabling of Africans to innovate.“Despite Africa’s shortcomings in terms of governance, the interconnected world allows us to look at what is happening elsewhere, and determine how we can adapt that to our environment,” she said.“From having looked at the technology the world has to offer, combining it with our natural resources like the sun and wind, we should be able to develop technology that is appropriate for our needs.”Through the work of the Technology Innovation Agency, a government agency of which Ramphele is chairperson, she is able to see benefits of the internet and social media revolution, with young people now able to connect to their peers around the world to share ideas.Ignoring the changes around the globe will, in time, mean that we will fall behind in our efforts to preserve the planet, she said, and when we run out of time, nature could punish us.“The current shift to think beyond economic growth and to embrace an approach towards human development means that at all levels of governance, national, continental and global, we have a set of actors who are well informed.”Nurturing a responsible citizenryThe task ahead, Ramphele argued, is to mobilise citizens to voice their rights and exercise their responsibilities.Without an active citizenry and with enduring poverty and development failures, South Africa is headed down a dangerous path of instability. *Image of Mamphela Ramphele courtesy of Wikipedialast_img read more