IMF NOW ACKNOWLEDGE WE WERE RIGHT – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the interview of Ashoka Mody, former Chief of Mission for the IMF in Ireland where he said the policies inflicted on Ireland had been wrong, said he welcomed the acknowledgement that Sinn Féin policies had been right.He said it was not too late for the Government to implement them.Doherty said: “When Sinn Féin criticised the policy of not burning the bondholders and imposing austerity as a response to the crisis, we were ridiculed and dismissed by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil – three parties who insisted that no bondholder would lose a penny and the Irish people would pay for it in taxes and cuts for years to come. “Over the course of the last few years we have seen Europe and the IMF start to reconsider that position and last June we had the announcement that sovereign debt should not be carrying banking debt.“In the last few months we have seen Europe do an about turn on how the collapse of private banks is handled. Now the bondholders are allowed to be burned.“Today we have the IMF former Mission Chief saying the policies the Troika inflicted in Ireland were wrong. This is a belated but very welcome acknowledgment that the Sinn Féin party has been correct in its assessment of how the crisis should have been handled.“Bondholders should have been burnt and the deficit should have been reduced through growth, not austerity, along with fair tax measures and eliminating public spending waste. “The only people who still haven’t come to this conclusion are unfortunately the ones running the country and the party that caused the mess – Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil.“On the day when it is confirmed these policies are wrong, the government chooses to announce it is cutting the confirmation and communion grant for the lowest earners in society.“It is not too late to change course, but this government needs to get itself on the right page now, before anymore damage is done. The opportunity arises now as we enter into the planning phase of Budget 2014. The government can make this a less severe budget.” IMF NOW ACKNOWLEDGE WE WERE RIGHT – DOHERTY was last modified: April 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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Copper Mine at Timna Shows Solomon’s Power

first_imgContinuing discoveries in the Timna Valley in southern Israel near the Gulf of Aqaba show the widespread and dominant influence of Solomon’s kingdom.At Fox News, James Rogers reports about new findings at the extensive copper mining operations at Timna. In “King Solomon-era fort in southern Israel reveals its secrets,” he shares the new radiocarbon data from organic remains at a fortress near the mines that dates to the reigns of David and Solomon.The gatehouse complex, which dates to the 10th century B.C., was unearthed in Southern Israel’s Timna Valley in 2014. Recent analysis of organic remains found within the fortification’s donkey stables, however, has given experts vital clues about the people who inhabited the fort.Experts were able to study animal bones and dung preserved in the hyper-arid climate of the Timna Valley. “When we uncovered the stables, the material was so well preserved and ‘fresh’ that we could not believe it is 3,000 years old,” Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology, one of the excavation leaders, told FoxNews.com via email. “Only when the dates came back from the lab we were reassured that indeed these were the remains of stables and other activities from the time of David and Solomon.”Tourists explore copper mines in the Timna Valley, Israel. Photo by David Coppedge, 2006.Researchers were even able to determine what the soldiers fed their donkeys and other animals.Built of sturdy stone to defend against invasions, the fortification had pens for draft animals and other livestock. By studying pollen, seed and fauna in the dung, experts found that the animals were fed with hay and the remains of grapes, which was delivered from the Mediterranean coast hundreds of miles away.An extensive communications network would have been required to establish trade links and defense capabilities hundreds of miles from the coast and from the capital in Jerusalem. “The evidence demonstrates long-distance connections with the Mediterranean region,” said Ben-Yosef. Timna is about 150 miles south of Jerusalem, and about 220 miles from Acco, if that could be considered one of the nearest ports for delivery of animal feed.The Timna site, discovered in 1934 and first thought to be a slave camp, turned out to be much more. Ben-Yosef proved in 2014 that the Iron Age remains were not from a slave camp, but indicated a “hierarchical, sophisticated society.” Finds like this overthrow revisionist notions that David and Solomon were mere tribal chieftans with limited knowledge and influence. Timna speaks of a kingdom capable of widespread trade, coordinated defenses, and sophisticated resources. Engravings show that Timna was under Egyptian control in the first half of the 12th century BC under pharoah Rameses III, but that was two centuries later.The fact that the two-room fortification is located within one of the largest ancient smelting plants in the Timna Valley is particularly important, according to Ben-Yosef. “Until now we didn’t have evidence for military conflicts in the copper mines of Timna at this period,” he told FoxNews.com. “Moreover, they are in accord with the biblical accounts depicting wars between David and the Edomites who inhabited this region.”The archaeologist added that, with biblical historians hotly debating these accounts, any evidence is of great importance.Work is continuing under the auspices of Tel Aviv University.Update 1/14/17: Live Science says that the remains do not indicate a diet of slaves. Instead, “the metalworkers ate good cuts of meat, pistachios and fish imported from the Mediterranean, suggesting they had a rather high status and were valued for their craft.”When you hear archaeologists scoff at Biblical narratives, stating that they have only “spiritual” meaning for “faith” but don’t represent actual history, just wait. Further evidence usually shows the critics wrong. Two documentaries about the Exodus, Patterns of Evidence and The Exodus Revealed illustrate that theme clearly. Experts can be wrong, just as they are about evolution. Taught the consensus in the universities, their biases reinforce each other. The scoffing often comes first – then the interpretation of evidence. Remove the scoffing attitude, look at the evidence with an open mind, and conflicts with Scripture often evaporate. (Visited 128 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rural women empower themselves

first_imgZimele has empowered scores of women in Swayimane, a village in KwaZulu-Natal. The women have initiated small businesses in sectors such as craft, retail and catering. (Images: Zimele) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rosetta Stander Director Zimele +27 82 561 4729  RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s women farmers root out hunger • Itlhabolole: beauty from waste • Bright future for Rwanda’s women • Hair academy empowers womenBongani NkosiA self-empowerment project initiated five years ago is improving the lives of 600 women in Swayimane, a disadvantaged community in rural KwaZulu-Natal.It is through the Zimele Self Help and Savings programme that the women have been able to start their own small businesses, hailed as successful by the provincial department of finance.The scheme focuses on saving money for wise investments. And so encouraged, the women were able to save more than R170 000 (US$24 000) from their pockets, over the five years of the scheme’s existence.Together with loans amounting to R292 932 ($41 000), the savings fund bankrolled the women’s budding enterprises.They are now running “successful businesses” in agriculture, crafts, retail and catering. They are also a driving force behind emerging cultural guesthouses in their area.The group recently sold craft products to the value of R300 000 ($42 000) at an international trade market.Learning business, financial and social skillsZimele Self Help and Savings is an initiative of Zimele, a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve the quality of life in KwaZulu-Natal’s rural areas. Zimele aptly means “I am self-reliant” in the local isiZulu language.The participating women have empowered themselves with financial, business and social skills “that saw them get out of the cycle of poverty in a deeply impoverished village”, said the finance department.“I have learned a lot from this saving initiative. Zimele is organising people who come and buy from us, now I can take my children to school and buy food for them too,” Qaphelani Dlamula, a member of the Zimele Self Help and Savings group, said in a statement.KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance, Ina Cronjé, said the project’s success can be attributed to her department’s campaign that encourages responsible spending. Cronjé honoured the women at an event held at Swayimane Community Hall on 23 August.“This is visible proof of what we have been going around preaching in the province – encouraging people to save and use their savings to create a better future for themselves and their families,” said Cronjé.“Every man and woman should know how much money comes to their household, how much goes out and how much is saved,” she added. “It is important for families to sit together, especially with their children, so that they will not make unnecessary demands.”Caring for the communityZimele Self Help and Savings has also started two early education centres in the poverty-stricken area, where they offer “quality education and day care” to at least 45 children.“Parallel to their businesses, these women have become involved in initiatives to help orphaned and vulnerable children in their community,” said Rosetta Stander, Zimele’s founder and director. “They are feeding the children using their own resources, rebuilding the dilapidated mud houses where the children live, and providing them with emotional support and encouragement,” Stander added.Enrolling for ABETFinancial illiteracy – which, according to the department, was worsened by very low levels of education – compounds socio-economic challenges in the area.Zimele encouraged the women to enrol for their nearest adult basic education and training (ABET) programme in a bid to eradicate illiteracy.Zimele’s Sebenzani Meyiwa has been described as a “shining example” of how uneducated elders can empower themselves through ABET.“If I want to run a successful business, I have to be able to read and write,” she said.last_img read more

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Plus pick: Lakshadweep

first_imgStayBangaram Island Beach ResortThis is luxury at its best in Lakshadweep. The beach huts with tiled roofs augment the scenic beauty of this uninhabited island. For more privacy there are the villas. The verandahs, all thatched with palm, are galleries to the spectacular views of the sea. This resort also boasts a bar–a rarity considering Lakshadweep is alcohol free.Tel: (0484) 266 8221; www.cghearth.comAgatti Island Beach ResortYou can walk straight into this resort after getting off the plane–it’s a stone’s throw away from the Agatti airport. This eco-friendly resort offers some of the best swimming stretches in Agatti. You can fish in the blue lagoon and barbecue your catch for dinner. The best way to while away time is to laze on a hammock under coconut trees.Tel: (0484) 236 2232; www.agattiislandresorts.comEatCoconut RiceThere can be arguments and more arguments about the authenticity of this dish, which is more associated with Tamil Nadu. But this recipe with the Lakshadweep twist is something you can try at home. And it will serve you well in the sweltering heat. Just boil the rice in coconut milk, instead of water. And that’s all you need to do. A lagoon fish pickle is the perfect accompaniment but it also tastes good with regular spicy fish and meat curry.KalanjiTry this for breakfast if you are bored of omelettes and toasted bread. Kalanji is a light, flaky roti (almost feels like paper) made of rice. It is served with milk and sliced bananas. A heavier and tastier version of the kalanji is the aluura, which comes with a generous coating of eggs and raisins. This is spiced with turmeric to give the roti a dash of colour. Aluura is usually had with a glass of cold milk.ShopTuna PickleThe islands of Lakshadweep have little or nothing for the avid shopper. But if you must bring back something from here–apart from happy holiday memories–then we suggest you choose the tuna pickle. These are tiny bottles of pure delight. Rich and delicious, the chunks of tuna fish in oil and spices can make even the most mundane of meals interesting. And the best place to buy these pickles is the popular canning factory on Minicoy Island. You can also pick up cans of tuna chunks, white tuna meat and smoked tuna from the factory outlet here.SeeMinicoy LighthouseThis lighthouse, built by the British in 1885, is the only one in the country where the Tricolour is unfurled every day. The 49m-high lighthouse once witnessed the hoisting of the Union Jack every day till April 2, 1956–the day the Indian Navy took over. Built with black bricks imported from England, the view from the top of this well-maintained structure, will take your breath away. The island of Minicoy, comprising a cluster of 10 villages, is also famous for lava, a colourful dance form unique to Lakshadweep.KalpeniThis island has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. The shallow yet sparkling lagoon is ideal for water sports. A huge storm bank of coral debris along the shoreline is yet another attraction of this secluded island, with the small islets of Tilakkam, Pitti and uninhabited Cheriyam making a pretty picture on the waterfront.advertisementlast_img read more

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