NAACIE’s Kenneth Joseph dies after suffering stroke

first_imgTrade Unionist and General Secretary of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), Kenneth Joseph, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday, some three weeks after suffering a stroke.Joseph’s death was confirmed to Guyana Times by his wife, who said that he had suffered a stroke on February 1. He was 66 years old.President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) KomalNAACIE’S Kenneth JosephChand, said he received news of Joseph’s death at around midday on Thursday. He said he is saddened to hear of his passing, as he was still young and had a lot to contribute to the workers.According to Chand, the two unions have worked closely together over the years, championing the cause of workers.“He was cooperative and concerned about workers’ welfare and was not afraid to share solidarity. Even when we got disagreements, he opened himself to criticisms.”Chand said while he was aware Joseph was sick, he did not expect him to die. “He still had a lot to offer, he was still young. I will miss him and a lot of people will be surprised and shocked at his passing,” Chand told this publication.Joseph, who has been at the forefront with GAWU, fighting for the rights of workers, was only late last year representing workers of the Guyana Power and Light, who were clamouring for improved wages and salaries and working conditions.Prior to that, he had also been in solidarity with sugar workers, especially those attached to the Wales Sugar Estate.last_img read more

SA site eyes world heritage status

first_img The survey, carried out by Jonathan Kaplan and Peter Nilssen, showed various stone age sites and evidence of human habitation in the caves dating back thousands of years. Marean began working on the sites in 2000 and released the initial results of the SACP4 project in a paper called “Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene”, which he co-authored with Nilssen and 10 other people and which was published in international science journal Nature in October 2007. “We found that the people who lived in the Caves approximately 164 000 years ago were systematically harvesting shellfish from the coast; that they were using complex bladelet technology to produce complex tools; and that they regularly used ochre as pigments for symboling,” Marean said. It provided some of the earliest evidence of modern human behaviour, he said. “Much of the global climate was hostile to human habitation in that age, but the south coast of South Africa provided the conditions and vegetation that our earliest ancestors needed for their survival.”Measuring reactions to climate change The research is also expected to provide insight into how humans react to climate change by studying the local climate from 400 000 to about 30 000 years ago. “Isotopes embedded in dripstone formations and other mineral deposits in the caves – speleothems, raised beaches, fossil dunes, and other palaeontological assemblages – reveal information about the water which filtered into the caves in the past, and this in turn provides information about what kind of climate existed and what type of vegetation grew above the caves during periods of human habitation,” Marean said. “So by correlating our knowledge of the climate with what we’re learning about the habits of the people who lived in the Caves, we hope to learn how humans can be expected to adapt to climate change in the future.” The archaeological sites will also grow the local Mossel Bay economy, as Pinnacle Point is already attracting high numbers of scientists, students and volunteers and is expected to attract more in future. “With plans in place for a museum that will showcase and interpret what’s being found here, we believe that Mossel Bay will soon rank alongside places like the Cradle of Humankind and Olduvai Gorge as one of Africa’s most sought-after evo-tourism destinations,” said Mossel Bay mayor Marie Ferreira. SAinfo reporter 9 January 2013 Archaeological sites in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay in South Africa’s Western Cape province have been declared provincial heritage sites, bringing the area a step closer to being named a World Heritage Site, scientists working in the area announced on Monday. Scientists from the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project are studying Pinnacle Point, which has yielded some of the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour. “Pinnacle Point is significant because it’s a uniquely dense concentration of well- preserved archaeological sites which contain a record of human occupation over a period of about 170 000 years – from the time when modern human behaviour first emerged to the pre-colonial period,” head of the project, Professor Curtis Marean, said in a statement. “This is a significant step towards having Pinnacle Point declared a World Heritage Site.” Marean is associate director of the Institute of Human Origins and professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in the United States. Pinnacle Point will be put forward for National Heritage Site status before an application can be made to have it declared a World Heritage Site, Marean said.‘Revealing archaeological remains’ An environmental impact assessment of land to be developed as the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort revealed the first archaeological remains in 1997.last_img read more

South by Southwest Interactive: The Ultimate Scrapbook

first_imgTags:#community#conferences#SXSW 2011#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I spent much of my fourth consecutive year at the South by Southwest Interactive festival capturing tweets, photos and other moments from the thousands of people in attendance. To accomplish this, I used curation platform Storify, which incidentally won this year’s SXSWi Startup Accelerator competition for news technologies. Although still in private beta, Storify is getting a lot of well-deserved notice.Additionally, Storify launched a custom site that features many other curated stories from SXSWi keynotes, panels and parties. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… seamus condron Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Without further ado, here’s the scrapbook I created over my three day adventure. Admittedly my curatorial stamina began to wane a bit towards the end, but I pulled through! I’ll continue to fine-tune this story over the next few weeks. If you have something you’d like me to add, please drop me a line on Twitter. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more