Saturday, September 21, 2013

New rationale for looting Africa, carbon credits

Ugandan farmer: 'My land gave me everything. Now I'm one of the poorest' | Environment | "An Oxfam spokesman says: "They had schools, health centres, churches, permanent homes, and farms on which they grew crops to feed themselves and surpluses to sell at market. They paid taxes. Theirs were strong and thriving permanent communities.

"Land grabs are going under the radars of existing safeguards intended to protect vulnerable people. The New Forests Company describes itself as ethical and says it follows international standards, yet more than 20,000 people were evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation to make way for their plantations," says Oxfam director Barbara Stocking."

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Gauteng: many #publictransit promises, little action. Solution: free buses.

Will Gauteng's latest transport strategy be any different? - FM: "None was ever implemented. Indeed, previous plans were abandoned during a change of administration, or have simply sat on the shelf.
Will this latest plan be any different?"
Politicians propose grandiose schemes for building public transport. There are always winners and losers. This creates division and allows the biggest opponent, autosprawl profiteers, to divide and conquer. If a city simply makes buses free, that will people more flexibility in where they work or live.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ghana: Metro Mass Transit/National Drivers Academy to Train 1000 Drivers "The programme is being organised by the MMT in collaboration with the National Drivers Academy (NDA) in compliance with Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 2118 which requires that drivers are given adequate training to ensure safety on the country's roads.

Under the programme, an initiative by Mr Noble Appiah, Managing Director of MMT, a total of 1,000 drivers will be trained in 4 batches in Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale."