The trans-continental Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route will allow the continent to reclaim its history from its colonisers.“We will also work to rediscover and claim African heritage, for the benefit especially of our young generations,” Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (Image: Department of Arts and Culture)Sulaiman PhilipA continent-wide Resisitance and Liberation Heritage Route offers Africa the opportunity to remember and reflect on its often tortuous road to independence.The Department of Arts and Culture hosted a summit recently to get input from government, non-governmental organisations and civil society on the African Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route.The route offers Africa the opportunity to commemorate, conserve and remember its road to independence, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa explained in his keynote address. “This is an opportunity for Africans to write our own history. Africa tell us about yourself. Tell us in Namibia how did you gain your freedom. Tell us in Ghana, how did you gain your freedom.”The Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) project supported by the African Union (AU). The project consists of a series of sites connected to Africa’s liberation and resistance history. Angola has identified two sites, the Fortress of São Francisco do Penedo in Luanda and the site of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. As Dr Ziva Domingos, of the National Directorate of Museums of Angola, pointed out: “Africa has a rich liberation history that led us to independence. We need to preserve this history.” A shared historyIn his opening remarks, Arts and Culture Director General, Vusumuzi Mkhize, spoke of a need for Africa’s history to be written by Africans. The trans-continental route will allow the continent to reclaim its history from its colonisers. “It is an opportunity to write our history; to embed our liberation heritage in hearts and minds.”To this end, the AU has approved the establishment of a multimedia centre and archive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. From the archive – which will include a research library, cinema and theatre – the AU will help national heritage chapters identify and propose local sites for inclusion on Unesco’s heritage list.Tanzania was chosen for its history of housing liberation movements from Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As the Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Susan Malawi, explained: “We need to acknowledge the importance of continental liberation movements. Until we collect, document and make this history available to the public we will never breach the information and knowledge gap.”Professor Muxe Nkondo, who drafted the South African Framework of the Liberation Heritage Route, said the route was just a small part of the African Renaissance. He told the audience that this heritage project was one small step in improving awareness of Africa’s rich history.It would also, he said, “lead to the development of centres of industrialisation and tourism. We learn about ourselves through the things we make together”. Most importantly it was an opportunity to look beyond a past where Africans were dehumanised and, instead, build an indivisible future.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Financial Management (PFM) program personnel often counsel military families about the financial implications of lifestyle transitions. This includes the decision by a service member to cohabitate with a civilian partner or for two unmarried service members to live together.Unmarried couples do not qualify for joint income tax filing status, spousal Social Security benefits, or the estate tax spousal exemption. In areas such as these, unmarried partners are treated as single individuals. In other areas of personal finance, however, unmarried partners operate much like married couples. For example, there are economies of scale (e.g., one cable bill instead of two) and the need to jointly pay household expenses.Image via Pixabay.com/CC0Major areas of personal finance that unmarried partners need to consider are cash flow management, taxes, insurance, property ownership, retirement planning, and estate planning. The longer a couple lives together, the more likely they will need to jointly make important financial and legal decisions. Below are nine financial recommendations to share with service members who are cohabitating: Develop a Method for Bill-Paying- Consider holding separate credit cards and bank accounts and divide household expenses evenly or proportionate to each partner’s income. Keeping assets separate avoids the problem of becoming liable for a partner’s debts. If financial accounts are commingled, creditors can seize the assets of one partner to pay the debts of the other.Know the Law- Check with an attorney about the impact of cohabitation on alimony and child support from a previous marriage. State laws vary. In some states, payments may be affected. Social Security benefits are not affected, however, which is why some retirees choose to live together but not marry so they won’t suffer a reduction in income.Make Gifts Carefully- Be aware of the gift tax implications of retitling individual assets with a partner. While spouses can transfer assets to each other free of tax, unmarried partners, like all single individuals, can generally make gifts to others only up to the annual gift tax exclusion ($15,000 per person in 2018).Consider Purchasing Joint Property Coverage- Find out if this is an option. Insurance companies may allow this if both partners have an ownership interest in property being insured. Many insurance companies also allow someone with renters insurance to add a partner for less than it costs for two separate policies. Consider increasing the coverage, however, to reflect the increased value of both partners’ possessions.Make it Legal- Prepare a binding legal contract called a cohabitation agreement which, similar to a prenuptial agreement for married couples, is designed to resolve potential problems before they occur. The contract should specify how assets will be divided in the event that the relationship ends, who owns what percentage of joint assets, and plans to handle events such as the death or disability of a partner.Understand the Fine Print– Be aware that, if both partners sign loan documents, an apartment lease, or a contract with a utility company, both are legally responsible for payments, even if one partner moves out.Consider Beneficiary Designations– Consider naming an unmarried partner as a beneficiary on self-directed retirement plans (e.g., IRAs) and/or a life insurance policy in the case of long-term relationships.Keep Good Records– Keep a file with receipts to document which partner paid for large purchases. With unmarried couples, the IRS presumes that whoever dies first owned the property unless the surviving partner can prove otherwise with receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, etc.Draft a Will and Keep it Current– Unlike surviving spouses in a married couple, unmarried partners will not inherit anything automatically through state intestacy laws if a partner dies without a will. Instead, surviving blood relatives will receive the deceased partner’s property, even if relationships are strained.Join us Tuesday, August 28, 11 a.m. ET for the second webinar in the Family Finances series, Financial Planning for Life Events. RSVP here.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Dr. the Hon. Joyce Robinson, who died on Sunday, May 12. In paying tribute, the Prime Minister said that in the many different areas in which she served, Dr. Joyce Robinson was a pioneering, truly outstanding and highly accomplished Jamaican woman who dedicated her life to public service. As the first Jamaican to head the National Library Service, Dr. Robinson played an invaluable role in the vibrant development of the Service between 1957 and 1979. She again proved her enormous capacity for public service by managing the operations at the H.E.A.R.T Trust during its formative years, and also steered the success of the national literacy campaign in the 1970s which saw over 200,000 Jamaicans learning to read and write. As a result of the programme, she was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with an international literacy prize. In 1987, the Government of Jamaica also recognised her with the Order of Jamaica for outstanding public service. The Prime Minister said Dr Robinson’s life and enormous accomplishments represent the true spirit of a strong and determined Jamaican woman, who loved and served her country with pride and distinction. Expressing her sympathies, the Prime Minister said: “On behalf of all Jamaicans, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Dr Robinson’s daughter, son and other family members and pray they will find peace and be comforted by the Almighty during this very difficult period.” Contact: OPM Communications Unit Tel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: [email protected] Website: www.opm.gov.jm
Kolkata: Metro construction work at the site adjacent to Majerhat Bridge, a portion of which had collapsed on Tuesday, will remain stalled till the report of the high power committee is filed.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Metro authorities haves been directed not to continue with the work at the site adjacent to Majerhat Bridge, till the report of the committee comes.” It may be mentioned that the state government has set up a high power committee to probe into Tuesday’s incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe work at the Metro site was asked to stop for the time being as “heavy vibration” due to the construction work has come up as a reason behind the caving in of the middle portion of the bridge.Banerjee said that the exact reason behind the collapse will become clear only after the final report of the committee comes. But primary enquiry report has suggested that the Metro work had created some problems for the bridge.It may be mentioned that Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL) had stated in a Press communiqué on Tuesday night that “there was no relation” with the Metro work and the collapse of the bridge.During the Press conference at Nabanna on Thursday, the Chief Minister questioned how one can come to a conclusion regarding what led to the collapse, within such a short time after the incident.Banerjee said that directions have been given to check all the bridges adjacent to which Metro work is going on. Chief Secretary Malay De will be speaking to the metro authorities in this regard.
The Canadian Press Everyone has been evacuated and the terminal in blocked by the policeFrankfurt airport pic.twitter.com/B52WvcFe0U— Mina Maged (@MinaMaged4real) August 31, 2016 Share BERLIN — Authorities say a portion of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 has been evacuated after a person entered a secure area without undergoing required searches.Airport operator Fraport told the dpa news agency on Wednesday that the evacuation was a precautionary measure and that all passengers would have to go through security controls again.Frankfurt Airport’s Twitter account says: “today at Frankfurt Airport a passenger entered the security area before the security check had been completed” and “due to current police action at FRA, passengers are advised to allow extra time to reach the airport.”Flightaware.com, a flight tracking website, is reporting at 10 am EST that 56 flights have been cancelled at Frankfurt Airport, and another 26 [email protected] Frankfurt airport has been partially evacuated, please find all information here: https://t.co/KmvHhgL1jx /Nes— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) August 31, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Frankfurt Airport evacuated in security scare affecting flights Posted by Therefore the German federal police cleared departure hall A as a preventative measure.Passengers will be rechecked prior to departure.2/2— Frankfurt Airport (@Airport_FRA) August 31, 2016 Wednesday, August 31, 2016