ArcelorMittal Leads Repair of Damages

first_imgIt seems that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s directive that the cost of rehabilitating Arcelor Mittal’s and other public infrastructures damage by rioters in Nimba County be shouldered by the county’s Social Development Funds (SDF) has been totally ignored, or else the decision has been compromised.President Sirleaf, addressing the nation following the Nimba youths’ violence against ArcelorMittal’s infrastructure two weeks ago, declared that government would undertake the repair of the damaged roads and bridges.  But, she added, the costs would be defrayed by funds from the county’s Social Development Funds.This assertion by the President received a barrage of criticisms,  with many demonizing the government for failing to accept its responsibility,  blaming the problem on the people of Nimba.“As we have seen in Tokadeh, and as it appears to be springing up elsewhere in the country, including concession areas, the exercise of freedom without the associated responsibility leads to anarchy,” President Sirleaf pointed out.  Anarchy anywhere in the country undermines the collective progress made, which the Government cannot permit to happen, she added.To the surprise of most people, however, Arcelor Mittal has completed the rehabilitation of the bridge. According to Nimba County Development Superintendent, Teeko Tozay Yorlay, the company completed the rehabilitation of the bridge on July 16.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview, Mr. Yorlay said the rehabilitation work was done exclusively at the cost of ArcelorMital, although it was done under the supervision of the Development Department of the County Administration of Nimba County. During the rehabilitation exercises, the bridge, which is the major link from Sanniquille to Yekepa, was closed for about 11 hours.Though Mr. Yorlay said that he did not know the actual cost of the works done, he reckoned it was between US$5,000 to US$10,000. He indicated that the ArcelorMittal road project team worked in collaboration with Mr. Raymond Mambor and staff of the Development Department to repair the 45-ft bridge.“The cost of the repair works is being shouldered by AML,  based on very successful discussions held between the County Administration of Nimba under the farsighted leadership of Superintendent Fong Gami Zuagele and the Operations Manager of AML.Asked whether their decision for the company to rehabilitate the bridge did not constitute disrespect to President Sirleaf’s order, Development Superintendent Yorlay said that they are working in accordance with the mandate of the Liberian leader.“The President did not say that the money to repair the bridge should be taken from the County Development Fund as it is being wrongly interpreted in the public. What she said is that the funds would be taken from money intended to develop the county. This could be from the County Social Development or other funds that are allocated to the county for development,” he noted.Though President Sirleaf was not informed directly by the county authorities about the repair of the bridge, the county’s administration was updating Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly regularly.On July 3 and 4, the concessional area of Tokadeh in Yekepa, Nimba, witnessed a violent demonstration that led to the destruction and alleged looting of over millions of dollars worth of properties belonging to ArcelorMittal and the county.Some residents of the county, mainly youths, early last week, put the safety and security of the main mining facility of ArcelorMittal, located in Tokadeh, Nimba County under attack, and held the company’s staff, contractors and employees hostage for hours without food or water.Offices were vandalized and mining equipment; vehicles, construction materials, office supplies and building were destroyed and allegedly looted. It was also reported that law enforcement officers, who were attempting to restore calm in the area and surrounding communities were shot at and injured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden hotelier released on station bail

first_imgTrafficking in PersonsThe owner of a hotel and bar located at Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) who was implicated in an alleged case of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) has been granted station bail.The man was taken into Police custody in Linden at about 21:30h on Thursday last pending investigation for alleged Trafficking in Persons, after two foreign females found on the premises alleged they were being held at the hotel against their will.The two females have since been removed from the business place and handed over to officials of the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Social Protection Ministry as investigations continue.Information from the Police indicated that ranks acting on information received of alleged TIP, went to the hotel and bar located at Burnham Drive, Wismar, Linden, which is owned by a 54-year-old businessman.A search was conducted of the premises and two female Venezuelan nationals, ages 20 and 30 were allegedly found in one of the rooms. The females were questioned using a translator app, where they allegedly stated that they were being held at the hotel against their will and they were sold to the hotel owner by a man for $25,000 each.A Police source close to the investigation told this publication that the matter is currently still under investigation and advice is being sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward.last_img read more

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Saturday morning power outage reported near North Peace Regional Airport

first_imgUPDATE – As of 10:25 a.m., B.C. Hydro estimates that the power could be restored by 11:45 a.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is reporting of a power outage this morning, Saturday, in the subdivision near the North Peace Regional Airport.According to B.C. Hydro, the power went out this morning at around 8:43 a.m. and the cause is believed to be a downed power line.- Advertisement -Hydro says crews have been assigned to fix the issue and a total of 29 customers are affected by the outage.There is currently no time as to when power will be restored.For further updates, visit B.C. Hydro’s power outage map.Advertisementlast_img

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Benteke will be a hit at Liverpool, claims new teammate Toure

first_imgChristian Benteke’s move to Liverpool could go through on Wednesday and according to defender Kolo Toure, the striker has what it takes to be an Anfield success.The Belgium international has undergone the second part of his medical in London ahead of a £32.5million deal and is set to be confirmed as the Reds’ seventh signing of the summer.Toure has played against Benteke and he believes his arrival signals a real statement of intent by his club and boss Brendan Rodgers.Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “Benteke is a great player. It is much better to have him on my side than have to play against him.“He’s so strong and powerful and his mental strength is important. Benteke isn’t weak, he stands up for himself. No matter what happens on the pitch, he will perform.“The club has done some unbelievable business this summer and it’s going to be a big season for us.“If we are strong mentally then I don’t think anyone can beat us with the team the manager has built.” Christian Benteke and Kolo Toure 1last_img read more

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NIGHT FROM HELL: EXHAUSTED FIRE CREWS TACKLE MASSIVE GORSE BLAZES

first_imgThe massive gorse fire near Crolly. Pic by Kei Patterson, Donegaldaily.comIT WAS another night from hell for Donegal’s hard-pressed fire personnel as crews worked into the early hours tackling gorse fires in several parts of the county.Exhausted fire service members are still on standby following several incidents in Inishowen and west Donegal.The worst of the fires was a mile-wide inferno between Crolly and Loughanure. Flames also danced high into the night sky at another massive fire on Fahan Hill.And yet another fire raged overnight near Muckish.Fire service staff believe some of the 80 major fires they have dealt with in the past week were started deliberately.At dawn Donegal fire brigade personnel were on standby in case new fires break out. Fire on Fahan Hill – Adam Rory Porter for Donegaldaily.comNIGHT FROM HELL: EXHAUSTED FIRE CREWS TACKLE MASSIVE GORSE BLAZES was last modified: April 8th, 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) Tags:buncranaCrollyFahanLoughanureMuckishNIGHT FROM HELL: EXHAUSTED FIRE CREWS TACKLE MASSIVE GORSE BLAZESlast_img read more

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The Furniture Liquidator announce extension of sale bonanza

first_imgThe Furniture Liquidator in Letterkenny was the place to be last Bank Holiday weekend, and now they have restocked for another massive sale with up to 70% off!This weekend the 100ft Marquee at Pearse Road Letterkenny will be full to the brim with more incredible offers on furniture.Get down early this Saturday to take away great suites at amazing prices. The Furniture Liquidator have just brought in a container load of sofas, chairs and sets for this weekend’s sale. The Furniture Liquidator Sofa EventThe Furniture Liquidator Sofa EventSolid oak bedroom furniture, single beds, double beds, 4ft beds and king size beds are all going at never seen before prices once more.Mattresses, lockers, wardrobes, chairs, hall tables, coffee tables, storage and more  – you’re sure to find it all at this sale.Planning ahead for Christmas? Get kids furniture, recliners, bean bags and playhouses at unbelievable prices.Call into the store this week to bag a bargain, with up to 70% off price tags. If you’re buying your home, the team can store free of charge, if you need delivery that’s no problem, or if you just fancy something nice to finish a room, this stock disposal event is not to be missed this weekend at the marquee at The Furniture Liquidator Letterkenny.Come early to beat the massive crowds expected! For opening times and contact details, visit facebook.com/TheFurnitureLiquidatorSponsored PostThe Furniture Liquidator announce extension of sale bonanza was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:homewareSALEThe Furniture Liquidatorlast_img read more

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NASA-JPL Loves Halloween but Despises Christmas

first_imgNASA’s premiere planetary lab goes nuts at Halloween, but fears the word Christmas. You can only have a Holiday Party in December.Jet Propulsion Laboratory posted an amusing article about how the scientists, engineers and technicians at the lab try to outdo themselves with techno-carvings of pumpkins and devilish decorations this time of year.Once a year at Halloween, JPLers take a break from building robots that explore the solar system to craft dramatic creations that have as much in common with standard jack-o’-lanterns as paper airplanes do with NASA spacecraft. Now in its seventh year, the unofficial pumpkin carving contest gives engineers a chance to flex their creative muscles and bond as a team, said NASA mechanical engineer Mike Meacham, who is co-running the one-hour competition this year.But when Thanksgiving rolls around a month later, employees will not likely hear announcements to be thankful for the privileged planet we live on, even though Michael Denton stresses that “fine tuning is a discovery of science” that is “astonishing” and “remarkable” for its precision (ID the Future). No; Thanksgiving is just a name for a traditional time to get four days off work to do your own thing.Two months later, when Christmas rolls around, employees are advised not to say “Christmas.” You can have a “holiday party,” but to avoid offending, planners should avoid red and green colors, Christmas music and Christmas trees. The energy was all spent on Halloween.“Everyone gets so excited about this competition that has no prize other than bragging rights,” said Brockie, who also helped build the cow-abduction pumpkin. “It’s fun to see everybody bring the same kind of crazy energy that they do to making the flight projects to something as simple as a pumpkin carving contest.”For employees who pride themselves on scientific materialism, it’s perfectly fine to “bond as a team” around a holiday dedicated to devils, ghouls and ghosts, but not around the historic birth of a baby who changed the world, whom we celebrate with songs of “Joy to the world” and “Peace on earth, good will to men.” It’s fine to decorate with orange and black, but not with red and green. It’s permissible to say Halloween, but not Christmas. Why would that be?The Pagan Origins of JPLPumpkins created by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are on display every year during the laboratory’s Halloween festivities, which also coincide with JPL’s birthday.That birthday was Halloween, 1936, when a team from Caltech successfully tested the first rocket in Arroyo Seco near Pasadena.JPL occasionally posts this photo of 5 rocket testers in Arroyo Seco on Halloween, 1936, as the day that gave birth to what would become JPL. Jack Parsons is at far right.Prominent among the rocket pioneers experimenting that day was a man named Jack Parsons. In “Jack Parsons and the Occult Roots of JPL,” Philip Keane wrote in Space Safety Magazine about this pagan “co-founder of JPL” that the lab has not repudiated.In 1939 Parsons became acquainted with the works of English occultist Aleister Crowley who referred to himself as “The Great Beast 666,” and was referred to by the English media as the “wickedest man in the world.”….Fast forward back to 1939… Parsons and his wife Helen joined the O.T.O.’s Pasadena chapter, known as the Agape Lodge, which was led by Wilfred Smith. He began correspondence with Crowley, and quickly became Crowley’s American representative for the O.T.O. [Ordo Templi Orientis, a pagan secret society modeled after Freemasonry, that specialized in ideas of free love, debauchery, and “Sex Magick.”]Parsons pursued his occult interests and scientific interests with equal intensity. He purchased a large house on South Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, and created a commune, inviting actors, actresses, poets, and writers (including sci-fi master Robert Heinlein and ultimately, sci-fi minor L. Ron Hubbard) to participate in his wild parties. He nicknamed the house “The Parsonage.” The police were frequent visitors to The Parsonage, receiving reports of naked pregnant women dancing through fire in the garden, loud music, and consumption of illegal substances. Parsons always greeted them at the door and assured the officers that he was a respectable Cal Tech scientist, and therefore they had no cause for alarm, so they duly left him and his entourage in peace.At work, Parsons was excelling in his rocket developments, and blending his newfound occultism with his work practices by dancing and chanting Crowley’s “Hymn to Pan” before the launch of every test rocket. Nobody batted an eyelid at the time, and Von Kármán, who had just arranged government funding for the “GALCIT Rocket Project” regarded him as a “delightful screwball.”Parsons died of a mysterious explosion in his home at age 37. What was found there was very alarming to the powers that be.Upon searching the Parsons’ residence, police investigator Donald Harding and George Santmyer, the latter a close friend of Parsons, discovered a box which contained a film showing Parsons and his mother Ruth having sex. Was this was the final nail in the coffin of Parsons’ historical reputation?In any case, the works of Parsons were systematically expunged from the academic papers stored at Cal Tech. At first, he became a footnote in the technical papers, and as time progressed, the footnotes disappeared also.Rather than repudiate Parsons and distance itself from an evil genius, JPL preferred to just hide the truth and shield it from the public. Notwithstanding, the spirit of Jack Parsons lives on at Halloween, the “birthday” of JPL, with “crazy energy” devoted to the favorite pagan holiday of its co-founder. But in late December, these same employees mustn’t say “Merry Christmas.”Learn more about Jack Parsons and his role in the formative days of JPL from Wikipedia and L.A. Magazine. and Wired.co.uk.Update 10/31/18: NASA Planetquest sent no less than six (6) animated tweets celebrating the grotesque, mythical, monstrous aspects of Halloween. Someone must have thought this is the way for a government agency devoted to science to win friends and influence people.NASA Planetquest tweets on Halloween 2018.The individual tweets read:Three dead planets shamble through the twisted magnetic fields of their corpse star that exploded eons ago. What better place for a horde of zombies than the pulsar planets, each named after an undead creature: Poltergeist, Draugr, Phobetor?HD 209458 b, nicknamed “Osiris” after the Egyptian god of the dead, is a gas giant being destroyed by its star, the perfect spot for a skeleton stripped of its flesh . Soon, the planet (and any skeleton armies), will be destroyed by gravity.Mummies would feel at home on the ancient and dusty Proxima Centauri b. This rocky world only 4 light-years away may have lost oceans of water to the radiation blasts of its star , leaving it a possible desert world.Spooky, scary werewolves could roam free on TRAPPIST-1b, the innermost of seven tidally-locked planets. On the night side, it’s always dark enough to see the other six planets reflecting the light of their red star-like moons.YZ Ceti d, a tidally locked #exoplanet with one side plunged in perpetual darkness, is perfect for Dracula. Even this rocky planet’s day side is creepy: imagine the eerie light of a blood-red sun.Frankenstein’s monster would feel at home on Kepler-3b, 122 light-years away. Water in the atmosphere and a weak radio signal once led astronomers to believe this #exoplanet had lightning storms many times stronger than those on Jupiter … or Earth!Cassini office Halloween Party, 2010, with orange and black decor.As an eyewitness to Halloween vs Christmas celebrations at JPL from 1996 to 2010, I can vouch for the “crazy energy” devoted to Halloween and the political correctness about Christmas. I don’t have a problem with pumpkin carving, creativity, and party snacks. To be sure, these antics were fun, and if nothing else gave us an opportunity to eat cupcakes, enjoy friendship, and marvel at the imaginative creations of office mates. I did not witness glorification of Satan, witches, or ghosts.In addition, many employees all over the lab would wear costumes, and judges would award the best ones. Some came as Star Wars figures or party animals with wildly colorful hair and clothes. One of the pumpkin carving contest winners, 2010.Most of the antics of Halloween at JPL were as “innocent” as the costumes children would wear trick-or-treating, and the jack-o-lanterns homeowners would place at the door. Witch costumes, though, complete with pointy hats and broomsticks, were not frowned upon. There was a spirit of free self-expression with few limits.At Christmas, though, I saw a progression over those years toward more political correctness, resulting in managers and employees applying “crazy energy” to not say the C-word or even hint at it. And yet these attempts were awkward and inconsistent.In 1996, the idea of having the annual “Christmas Party” didn’t raise an eyebrow. Red-and-green decorations, Santa hats, and Christmas music were considered normal.Playing Christmas carols at the annual Christmas party, 2002.In 2002, I played some traditional Christmas carols on my French horn for the annual Christmas Party. No lyrics, mind you; just melodies. The audience clapped, but I sensed uneasiness among the planners, with only a tepid acknowledgement.In the same years, the Cassini Virtual Singers routinely adopted Christmas carols and tunes, changing the lyrics for Cassini humor (see photo, bottom). These included take-offs on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Nobody seemed to worry about those, provided the words were changed.In 2003, I wrote to my boss and to the program manager’s administrative assistant, Carmen Vetter, asking why “Christmas Party” was being changed to “Holiday Party.” I included a link to an article by Dennis Prager, an orthodox Jew, who argued for keeping the name Christmas Party. I said this issue was “small potatoes” for me, but thought they might find his arguments convincing. Vetter testified that this email disturbed her very much. She felt it was “very harassing.” JPL’s lawyers used it as evidence I was “harassing” her.Around 2005, my boss took our group to the most un-Christmasy “holiday party” I ever witnessed, with pizza, pool, and rock music.In 2007, JPL’s new “Diversity and Inclusion” office sent all employees examples of how to be politically correct at JPL. One example specifically recommended avoiding the use of the words “Christmas Party” and use of traditional Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees or red and green colors. In 2009, I didn’t attend the Cassini “Holiday Party” but asked Carmen Vetter about it in the elevator, asking innocently, “Was it Christmasy?” She freaked out (in her mind, not externally), testifying later that she felt harassed by the question. (My lawyer remarked that the blue-and-white snowflake decor Vetter had used at that particular party matched traditional Jewish colors for Hanukah.)At my trial in 2012, I reminded the court that Christmas is a federal holiday. (Halloween is not.) I said, “Christmas is no longer religious to many people. We have Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus and all these secular meanings to it. I was only thinking that it’s not necessary to be so politically correct for a federal holiday like Christmas to try to sanitize it if what it really was.”Even as late as 2006, it was hard to eliminate all references to Christmas themes and decor.Some final thoughts. There are many good and decent people who work at JPL. The place has a stellar history of science and space exploration; it is not “haunted” by the ghost of Jack Parsons. He was only one of five, after all, involved on those rocket tests on Halloween 1936 (although some consider him the most important one). I did not object to pumpkin carving, costumes, and another chance to party and have snacks. However, I would like to make the following suggestions to JPL:1. Openly acknowledge the evil deeds of Jack Parsons and publicly repudiate them.2. Devote the same level “crazy energy” to Thanksgiving, inviting employees to express gratefulness for the exceptional planet we live on.3. Devote even more energy to Christmas, and call it Christmas. Stop the political correctness! Christmas is a federal holiday. It deserves to be celebrated on lab with all its rich traditions. Employees don’t have to make it religious, but neither should employees be prohibited from enjoying the religious aspects of Christmas traditions and music. 4. For any employees who are offended at Christmas, give them a JPL-labeled pacifier to suck on.(Visited 439 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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US export record for Mercedes-Benz SA

first_img19 October 2010Mercedes-Benz South Africa scored a double success this week, loading a record 3 280 C-Class vehicles onto a ship bound for the United States, including the 100 000th C-Class vehicle to be exported to the US from the automaker’s East London plant.“This week saw Mercedes-Benz South Africa export its largest ever single consignment of Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars destined for US customers,” Mercedes-Benz SA CEO Hansgeorg Niefer said in a statement.JD Power Platinum Award“This volume of vehicles from our East London plant reaffirms that US customers are very satisfied with the South African build quality, and underpins the reasons Mercedes-Benz SA received the 2010 JD Power Platinum Award for initial quality earlier this year.”The award was based on a US survey conducted among over 80 000 US new car owners earlier this year.“The local plant was thus named the best plant in the world – best among all brands and manufacturers serving the US,” said Rainer Ruess, manufacturing site leader at the plant.Harbour deepeningTerry Taylor, corporate affairs manager of Transnet National Ports Authority, remarked that the recent deepening of the west quay at the East London harbour had reaped immediate benefits.“The new depth allows more flexibility for larger vessels,” he said. “Together with this, we also added another 1 200 parking bays in close proximity to the quay-side. The total cost of the development was just over R40-million.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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US publisher buys rights to young South African’s tale

first_img21 January 2015The international rights to youth activist Malaika wa Azania’s book, Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation, have been bought by Seven Stories Press, a US publisher based in New York.In making their offer, Dan Simon, publisher at Seven Stories Press, compared Wa Azania to “a young Steve Biko, someone I have long revered for the directness and clarity and power of his vision and his words”, Jacana Media, Wa Azania’s South African publisher, said in an undated media release.The Press plans to publish the book in the US this year “and will be seeking further international publishing opportunities in the new year for the young firebrand”, Jacana said.Memoirs of a Born Free as Wa Azania’s “long-overdue letter to the ANC” as well as “a journey of the extraordinary life that she has lived”, Jacana said.According to BooksLive, Malaika wa Azania is the pen name of 23-year-old Malaika Lesego Samora Mahlatsi, described as a “fierce debater and an activist devoted to pursuing the African Renaissance agenda”.Her book recounts her experience of growing up in Meadowlands, Soweto, through the end of apartheid and during South Africa’s transition to democracy. Along the way, she develops her Pan-Africanist ideals and identifies herself as a “fighter and future custodian for blackness”.Wa Azania has said she rejects the notion of “born frees”: “Even in the book I speak about how I feel the term born free is a false thesis,” she says in a video interview with Polity.co.za. “The entire narrative around what born frees are is itself a false thesis. I don’t believe there is such a group of people called born frees.”The 23-year-old author told TimesLive that the US deal would help her continue to provide for her family and pay her fees at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she is a student.“I am the breadwinner at home after my mother was retrenched.”Wa Azania’s story is not a reflection of the freedom spoken about in the romantic speeches of government officials, Jacana says. “It epitomises the ongoing struggle for liberation and for emancipation from the mental slavery that still exists even in the ‘born-free’ generation.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Mandela: the name that will live on

first_imgFrom fossils to flowers, money to museums, and statues to streets, Nelson Mandela’s name lives on in various ways throughout the world. Nelson Mandela’s statue in Nelson Mandela Square, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, is the central focus of the plaza. (Image: Pixabay) Priya PitamberThe name of Nelson Mandela evokes many emotions; words such as inspirational, motivational and iconic spring to mind. There is no doubt his name and legacy will live on in many ways.Statues and monuments have been erected in his honour, his face etched on to the South African currency and his name has been revered in discoveries in science, nature and palaeontology.But how did the name come about?On 18 July 1918, Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, into the Madiba clan. “He attended primary school where his teacher gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children ‘Christian’ names,” reads the biography on the Nelson Mandela Foundation site.And so he received the name that would become recognisable to the hearts and on the tongues of people across the globe.In scienceDuring the 1970s, a team of scientists discovered a new sub-nuclear particle, which they named the Mandela Particle.“I was also interested in politics and so when it appeared that data I had found indicated that we might have found a new sub-nuclear particle from Cosmic Ray interactions, I suggested that it might be called Mandela after Nelson and Winnie Mandela,” said Dr John Baruch in his profile on the Bradford University website.In later years, however, the finding was found to be an error, caused by defective equipment. “But it’s the thought that counts,” stated the British newspaper, The Telegraph.Roads, streets, highways and moreThere are more than 85 roads around the world that bear the Mandela name, says the foundation. Countries where roads have been named for the leader include Tunisia, England, Senegal and Mauritius. In Glasgow, Scotland, the street on which the South African Consulate is located has been renamed after Mandela. There are many streets across the world that are named after Nelson Mandela. (Image: Kidbrooke Kite)In South Africa, every one of the nine provinces has multiple street names that proudly bear the Mandela name. It is testament to the reverence South Africans have for him.His name bloomsIn 1994, when Mandela was elected the first democratic president, the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town introduced the Strelitzia reginae, given the common name Mandela’s Gold, to horticulture. As the name suggests, its flowers are yellow. Mandela’s Gold is the common name for the Strelitzia reginae. (Image: Neelix, Wikipedia)Another flower, the Protea cyneroides, a deep red king protea, is fondly known as the Madiba protea.Across the world, in Singapore, an orchid was named the Paravanda Nelson Mandela after he paid a visit to the National Botanical Garden.RandelaIn November 2012, the South African Reserve Bank issued new bank notes featuring Mandela’s face on the front. The currency was quickly and colloquially renamed the “randela” after the rand. The South African Reserve Bank revealed new bank notes in 2012, with a smiling Mandela on them. (Image: AFP, Saudi Gazette)At the time, the bank governor, Gill Marcus, said Mandela was delighted with the designs. “This is our way to pay tribute to him. Madiba does represent something special, not only in South Africa. He is really an extraordinary human being,” she said.Statues and sculpturesStand in Sandton Square, in the largest business district in Johannesburg; a 6m-high bronze statue of Mandela stares down at you. The square was renamed Nelson Mandela Square after the unveiling. There is a statue of Madiba in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg. (Image: Pixabay)At the other end of the world, in Dublin, Ireland, there is a sculpture by Elisabeth Frink of the late leader in a city park. In London’s Parliament Square in Westminster a Mandela statue stands alongside monuments dedicated to Winston Churchill, Sir Robert Peel, Benjamin Disraeli, and Field Marshal Jan Smuts, another South African.There is also a bust of Mandela, sculpted by Ian Walters, placed outside the Royal Festival Hall in the UK capital in 1985.Places of learningIn Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Park Public School was renamed Nelson Mandela Park Public School in 2001.“We were here in 1998; it was one of the most of unforgettable occasions, because we met thousands of children who inspired us a great deal,” Mandela said when he attended the renaming ceremony.“We now know there are children all over the world as young as you are, that these children in other countries are very poor and need help, and we are pleased to know that the children of this school have identified themselves with the children of South Africa and have raised funds and continue to raise funds in order to help our children.”He added: “Now we are here today to launch your new school name, and it is a great privilege for me and my wife to do so.”After Mandela visited Gabon in 1999, the then president, Omar Bongo Ondimba, renamed a school in Libreville Nelson Mandela High School.And an amalgamation of three tertiary institutions in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa resulted in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2005.And a fossil tooOn 18 July 2012, the palaeontology world added another tribute to Mandela: a prehistoric woodpecker fossil was named after the former president: Australopicus nelsonmandelai. French and German scientists named the fossil of a woodpecker after Nelson Mandela. (Image: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)It was discovered by French and German scientists at the Langebaanweg fossil site on South Africa’s southwest coast. It was the oldest type of woodpecker ever found on the African continent, they said.“We have named the new species after Nelson Mandela – a sort of scientific present for his 94th birthday,” Albrecht Manegold, from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, told media at the time.His noble name“The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you,” said British politician, Edward F Halifax. And through these many honorary namings, the Mandela name will continue to inspire and motivate.last_img read more

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