Nimba Arson Death Toll Reaches 4, Perpetrator Still at Large

first_imgAt least four persons have now died from the arson incident which occurred late last month in the Nimba County bordering town called Loguatuo.One person died on the spot while three were on the critical list, but two days after they were taken to the hospital, one of them died, bringing the death toll to two.Last weekend the balance two who were very critical,  including the little child, died,  bringing the total death toll now to four.The location of the perpetrator, Arthur Duan, is  yet to be known since his escape after he set the house ablaze with children asleep in it.  Unconfirmed sources, however, suggest that he might have cross over into the Ivory Coast.What actually led to this man set his children at blaze is yet to be established, but some unconfirmed report reaching the Daily Observer say that, the wife, Rebecca Duan, has been refusing the man in bed making the man to believe that she was engaged in extra marital affair.But police early quoted the lady of saying that since she and the man got together as husband and wife, the man had always been complaining about the children.An angry man, believed to be his late 30s, on the 26th of September 2014 set his house containing four children ablaze in the Nimba County bordering town of Loguatuo. The children were all rushed to the Ganta Hospital, but one subsequently died after a few days, while the other two were critical.The perpetrator, Arthur Duan,  met Rebecca Duan when she already had four children before they got married in April this year.On Saturday, 25th September 2014, the man bought gasoline while his wife was out sleeping with friend, sprinkled the gasoline on the belongings in the house, and while the children were in bed sleeping, locked the door on them and at about 1 a.m. on 26th September 2014, he set the house ablaze and then fled to an unknown destination.The screaming of the children and the blazing fire awoke the residents from bed and they began applying some rescue efforts, but because the door was locked, they find their way through the window and rescued the smaller children,  leaving one of children, 12 year-old boy, identified as Timothy Newah, losing his life instantly. Benda Luo, Mercy Luo and their youngest sister sustained serious injuries  and they later died at the hospital.The behavior of the man brought great shock among residents of Nimba and close relatives, with many saying Arthur Duan had never been in a fight with anyone before then.  This caused them to wonder what led him to such desperation this time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspended Cllr. Gibson’s Lawyers: “Our Client Was Broke”

first_imgCllr. Charles Gibson (middle) has been dropped from the Justice Ministry nominationLawyers representing Justice Minister designate Charles Gibson in a Petition to restore his status as Counselor at-law have told Justices of the Supreme Court that their client had until recently been unable to restitute Anwar A. Saoud’s US$25,400 because he was broke, not having earned income since his suspension by the Court about one-year ago.In response to questions about Gibson’s prolonged delay to honor the Supreme Court’s mandate, Counselor Emmanuel James, lead lawyer for the accused said his client’s belated payment of Saoud’s US$25,000 was not due to any privy information that he would be appointed Justice Minister by President Weah but rather to his client’s state of penury (impoverishment). He said his client had to rally with his colleagues and friends to raise the amount in order to satisfy the ruling of the court.Gibson reportedly made the payment to Saoud on January 17, 2018, just six days before President Weah nominated him to serve as the country’s new Minister of Justice.The Supreme Court also reinstated his license that was suspended on February 24, 2017, which had since then barred him from practicing law.Gibson was suspended from practicing law in the country for two months on February 24, 2017 by the Supreme Court based on findings of the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Bar.The committee had charged him for misleading his client on whose behalf he had instituted a series of lawsuits to recover loans and other obligations from his customers. But Gibson was unable to account for the US$25,400 he had earlier collected.The Supreme Court ordered him to refund Saoud’s US$25,400 within two months as of the date of the judgment on February 24 2017.He was also asked to send copy of the receipt of payment to the Court Marshall and failure on his part as specified by the judgment warranted his suspension remaining in full and effect, until he fully complied with the order, which he only did on January 17, 2018.Up to present, it appears that President Weah’s nomination of Cllr. Gibson to head the Justice Ministry stills stands, as the President has issued no official statement on his nominee’s current suspension from practice by the Supreme Court of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorcyclist to undergo surgery

first_imgECD collisionFollowing a late night collision on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Sunday between a minibus and a motorcyclist, the injured man is expected to undergo surgery while the minibus driver was released on bail. According to information reaching Guyana Times, the driver of the minibus – a Blossom Housing Scheme, Enmore, ECD resident – was released on $40,000 bail on Monday evening while the motorcyclist, Eon Persaud, 35, owner of motorcycle CF 222, is still hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).This publication was told that Persaud is expected to undergo surgery for the injuries he sustained to his leg. The injured man after regaining consciousness after the accident told investigators that he was proceeding West on the northern side of Industry Railway Embankment, ECD, around 23:30h when the minibus driver swerved out of his lane to overtake another vehicle, thus colliding with hisThe minibus involved in the accidentmotorcycle and throwing him into the air.The bus driver’s story however differed, as he told Police that he was proceeding West on the southern side of Industry Railway Embankment when the motorcycle “came out of nowhere” and collided with the right side of his bus.As a result of the collision, the cyclist fell to the roadway but was picked up and rushed to the GPHC in an unconscious state.Based on information received, the man sustained injuries to his right leg and hand. Meanwhile, the driver of the minibus who passed a breathalyser test is continuing to assist with the investigations.last_img read more

Huskies edge Kings in OT, book ticket to NWJHL finals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are off to the NWJHL finals after defeating the Grande Prairie JDA Kings in overtime in Game 5 on Tuesday night.The Huskies ended up losing their captain Jarod Lang early in the game after being slew-footed and hitting the ice head first early in the first period. At the first intermission, the game remained scoreless.It was the visitors who opened the scoring midway through the middle frame but it would be shortlived as three minutes later Nolan Legace accepted a pass from Jared Loewen, skated down the right wing and wired a shot bar down to even the score at 1-1. Even after outshooting the Kings 29-14 after 40 minutes of play the game still remained deadlocked.- Advertisement -The Kings scored with 9:00 left to play in the third stanza on the power play to retake a lead that was once again shortlived as Gary Loewen took a Geoff Dick saucer pass and wired a wrister past the visiting netminder’s earhole to even the score at twos. After sixty minutes of action, both teams were tied 2-2 and sudden death overtime was needed to decide a winner.At 2:57 of the extra frame Matthew Apsassin collected a loose puck behind the Kings net, skated out in front and fired a shot that bounced off the goalie’s pad and rolled into the empty cage as the Pups bench clearly in a hurry and mauled an ecstatic Apsassin.Zak Babbin made 22 of 24 saves for the Huskies while the home side fired 47 rubber biscuits on the Kings goaltender.Advertisement “We played a great game,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “We out-chanced them by a two to one margin. By the third period they flipping pucks into the neutral zone and waiting to jump on an error by our defenceman, but we weren’t having any of it. We lost a couple of guys in the series to injury, but we kid some well-deserved rest.”“It feels amazing,” added goaltender Babbin. “I haven’t been up here for that long as it seems like yesterday they called me up from Surrey. I was thrown into the playoffs and I’m happy that I helped the team move into the finals. Surreal feeling.”The Huskies win the series 4-1.The Huskies now await the winner of Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and North Peace Navigators. The Jr. Canucks lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Wednesday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Halos have ally in case of Matthews

first_imgIt’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or non-involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a (bit) of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia, and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he too is hoping for an imminent resolution. “Anytime something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews is holding that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Meanwhile, the rest of baseball stews. “I believe, naive as some people may think, that (baseball) is a social institution,” Selig said. “Every one of us, when there is something that happens like this, we all have a responsibility.” Selig dispatched three investigators this week to Albany as part of his own inquiry, and said they’re working closely with federal investigators. He wouldn’t divulge any results from their efforts, and said any disciplinary action against Matthews at this point will come from the Angels, not his office. “This is an on-going investigation, and I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way,” Selig said. “That’s up to (the Angels).” Pen-tasticDarren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one. And the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said,. Oliver was a big part of a dominant bullpen last year with the New York Mets, serving a long-relief role and finishing with 4-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over 81 innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist, to go along with Scott Shields, Francisco Rodriguez among others. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img On the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. last_img read more


first_imgIf it’s good enough for the likes of millionaire soccer stars Robin Van Persie and Frank Lampard to play on, then it’s good enough for many of Donegal’s exiled GAA players.More than 300 tons of top soil from two of the world’s biggest soccer clubs has been used to resurface London’s famous GAA club, Tir Chonaill Gaels.The deal was struck by Irish businessman Michael Crossan who owns PowerDay Recycling Company. Michael has connections with both Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC and regular supplies them with top soil when they are reseeding their pitch.Now the businessman, who is also a sponsor of Tir Chonaill Gaels, has literally brought the GAA team a new playing surface fit for superstars.The club is home to many well-known Donegal players including Letterkenny’s Brian McBrearty and now Ciaran Bonner who transferred from Glenswilly recently.The ground, Tir Chonaill Park in Greenford, has been closed for the past number of weeks while the reseeding took place. But now chairman of the club Tom Mohan, who is originally from Frosses, says it’s almost ready to be used.“Mick Crossan has been very good to us. He does more than just write cheques for us.“This is the best quality top soil you will find anywhere in the world and now we’ll be playing on it.“Grounds such as Chelsea and Arsenal reseed their grounds every three years and we have been lucky to benefit from it.“Who knows – we might even start scoring a few more goals because it’s was used on a soccer pitch. Just as long as the lads don’t think they’re Frank Lampard and look for his wages,” laughed Tom. Estate agent Tom said Ireland and Donegal’s loss has been London’s gain with hundreds of GAA players now transferring from clubs across Ireland to London.“Since the 3rd of January we have transferred 28 players and I know there are more than 500 players who have transferred to various clubs around England in recent months.“It’s unfortunate that has to be the case but it’s a fact of life that lots of young men are looking for work.“We will try and find them work over here and if they can play football then even better,” he said. DONEGAL’S EXILED GAA STARS TO GRACE ARSENAL AND CHELSEA’S ‘GROUND’ was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:LondonTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgEURO 2016: It’s almost here, EURO 2016 kicked off on Friday night, but for Irish fans only one date mattered, and that was June 13th. The day is here, and Martin O’Neill’s side carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders. It’s a great day for Donegal too, and again we have representation on the field with Seamus Coleman set to start at right-back, while Shay Given will more than likely be on the pitch.Other Donegal connections to the squad are Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy, who qualify to play for Ireland through their grandparents who came from Donegal.Shane Duffy’s father is from Letterkenny and Ciaran Clarke has relations in Milford!Donegal captain Michael Murphy, fresh from helping his side defeat Fermanagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final yesterday has shown his support for the Boys in Green. The team at Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is getting behind the Boys in Green, particularly those hailing from Donegal.To celebrate the EUROs, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure has teamed up with Donegal Daily and Inishowen Motors to run a EURO 2016 Fantasy Football League.The Euros may be in full swing, but fans can still enter the Fantasy Football League, which is free to join.The competition is open to people aged 21 and over and there are some great prizes up for grabs.The winner, courtesy of Inishowen Motors, will receive a brand new KIA Sportage for one year. For more information and to select your team for the EURO 2016 Fantasy Football League click on this link…. Take down the league code 03034EBC and enter this into join leagues to be eligible to win some of our amazing prizes! #COYBIGMICHAEL MURPHY SENDS HIS SUPPORT TO SEAMIE AND SHAY AS EURO KICK-OFF NEARS! was last modified: June 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalEuro 2016IrelandMichael Murphysoccersupportlast_img read more

A Man, A Plan, A Cabal: Panama

first_imgEvolutionists duke it out on the age of the Isthmus of Panama. Every solution breeds new problems.No fewer than 35 scientists, from nearly that many institutions, signed on to a paper in Science Advances in August that strongly argued for a date for the Isthmus of Panama at 2.8 million years. Their confidence is palpable:The formation of the Isthmus of Panama stands as one of the greatest natural events of the Cenozoic, driving profound biotic transformations on land and in the oceans. Some recent studies suggest that the Isthmus formed many millions of years earlier than the widely recognized age of approximately 3 million years ago (Ma), a result that if true would revolutionize our understanding of environmental, ecological, and evolutionary change across the Americas. To bring clarity to the question of when the Isthmus of Panama formed, we provide an exhaustive review and reanalysis of geological, paleontological, and molecular records. These independent lines of evidence converge upon a cohesive narrative of gradually emerging land and constricting seaways, with formation of the Isthmus of Panama sensu stricto around 2.8 Ma. The evidence used to support an older isthmus is inconclusive, and we caution against the uncritical acceptance of an isthmus before the Pliocene.Their view got good press on Science Daily. Too bad Nature didn’t take this challenge sitting down. Carrie Arnold writes about new evidence supporting a much earlier date:Colliding tectonic plates pushed up a strip of land from the watery abyss that once divided North and South America, forming the isthmus of Panama. But a study now hints that this happened millions of years earlier than scientists had thought.Evolutionary and population-genetics data from Eciton army ants, which can only travel on dry ground, suggest that the isthmus formed 4–8 million years ago. The research, published on 25 October in Molecular Ecology, challenges the long-held idea that the link between continents emerged no more than 3 million years ago.Why is the first of these papers so concerned about the date? “Populations of marine organisms divided by the rising land forged separate evolutionary paths in response to new and contrasting environments, and the timing of their divergence is now used to calibrate rates of molecular evolution.” So there it is. They don’t want to reset their clock to Darwin Savings Time.In the Science Advances paper, the gang of 35 tries to avoid charges of circular reasoning. They know they can’t calibrate the molecular clock by the Panama isthmus which separated sea creatures from the two sides, then turn around and use it to date the formation of the land bridge.To estimate dates from molecular divergence, it is necessary to (i) determine the phylogeny of a group, to identify sister species in either ocean, and (ii) estimate the rate at which their molecules have evolved. Most calibrated phylogenies of marine organisms have assumed that the Isthmus closed at 4 to 3 Ma, but it would be circular to use these estimated rates of molecular evolution to date Isthmus formation. In an attempt to remove this circularity, Bacon et al. assumed a “universal” rate of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) divergence of 2% per million years. However, this is inappropriate, because rates of molecular evolution vary substantially between clades; two approaches are taken here.First, they used molecular divergence dates for sister species on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the land bridge that they claim are independent of the date for the isthmus formation, because they are supposedly calibrated by fossils. Second, they did the same for phylogenies that are not calibrated by fossils, and asked if the results are reasonable for old or young dates. It’s hard to see how they escape the charge of circularity here, though, since both approaches assume molecular evolution rates. Dating fossils also assumes evolutionary divergence rates. It’s circularity folding back on itself.One consequence of the late date (2.8 million years) is how to get animals across without the land bridge. In the case of North and South America, this includes rodents, monkeys and sloths found on both hemispheres. The gang of 35 argues that it’s not a problem, because evolution did it before with the aid of rafts:Some researchers have argued that dispersals of animals and plants between North and South America before 3 Ma indicate an early completion of a land bridge. Bacon et al., for example, estimated that Copernicia and Pritchardia palms dispersed between North and South America from 31 to 9 Ma, and thus concluded that the Isthmus of Panama had emerged in the Oligocene or Miocene. However, many kinds of plants and animals are known to have dispersed over ocean barriers with surprising frequency, often crossing gaps much wider than the widest plausible strait separating North and South America in the Miocene. Primates and rodents crossed the Atlantic in the Eocene. All the post-Eocene mammal lineages of Madagascar, including hippopotamuses, arrived from Africa. Most of the (endemic) modern fauna of the West Indies is derived from overwater colonists. Salt water–intolerant amphibians crossed sea barriers numerous times.Readers may be unaware of rafting monkeys and hippos, having never seen any on cruise ships (see “Improbable Sailors,” 4/27/15). Is this a case of fudging data to rescue a popular theory? (3/12/15). The gang of 35 stretches credibility to make their case:Rafting is the most likely method of dispersal of terrestrial organisms over water. Natural rafts of soil and vegetation that form when floods wash away parts of river banks are frequently observed far out at sea, especially in areas receiving tropical storms, and these rafts might harbor enough food and fresh water to maintain animals for a journey of weeks or months. Rafts frequently reach very large sizes, and prevailing winds, currents, or storms can carry them relatively rapidly over long distances. The Atlantic crossings by monkeys and rodents, which almost certainly occurred by rafting, indicate the great potential of this mechanism for long-distance dispersal.That’s where the Nature paper comes in. Army ants only travel on dry ground, says Carrie Moreau of the Field Museum in Chicago. “She picked the perfect species for this kind of study,” a California colleague remarks, since the paper in Molecular Ecology claims they are “unable to disperse across water”. Since the ants are found on both sides of the land bridge, and molecular evolution demands that they diverged 4-7 million years ago, the bridge must be older as well. Nature then adduces additional evidence to support the old age:Other recent biological and geological evidence also suggests that the isthmus emerged earlier, through a more complex process, than previously thought. That evidence includes fossil teeth from ancient monkeys, which suggest that the primates crossed the gap between the continents 18 million years ago. And 20-million-year-old plant fossils found during the excavation of the new Panama Canal in 2012 also challenge the accepted age of the isthmus.One member of the gang of 35 is not convinced. He waves his sword:Anthony Coates, a geologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, is sceptical of any evidence contradicting the isthmus’s 3-million-year age. “There are still a series of investigations in different disciplines that all converge on the same number of around three million years ago. This is extremely rigorous evidence,” Coates says.The geological battle lines, it seems, have been drawn. Whether they can form an ideological land bridge similar to the physical one that researchers are studying remains to be seen.Much of this depends on the molecular clock dating method, which assumes Darwinian evolution. But another conundrum arises independent of that. If rafting is so easy and common, why don’t we see it going on today? And why wouldn’t frequent rafting of everything from ants to hippos dilute the evidence for evolution from biogeography? Typically, evolutionists date divergence patterns from natural barriers, including oceans, such as in the familiar case of the Wallace Line. But then there are animals that can’t swim, raft, or travel long distances, yet are found on every continent (see the case of worm lizards, 4/27/15). Nick Longrich was so dumbfounded by the rafting hypothesis as an explanation for the spread of worm lizards and “nearly every other living thing as well,” he remarked, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever you’re left with, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”I’m Popeye the sailor ant,I’m Popeye the sailor ant;Can’t Darwin diminish though ain’t good at swimmishI’m Popeye the sailor ant.Ever heard of the “Popeye Theory of Evolution”? 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SA’s social investment exchange

first_imgIn June 2006, South Africa launched a different kind of “stock exchange” – at the time only the second of its kind in the world – to facilitate investment in selected social investment projects.The South African Social Investment Exchange (Sasix) gives philanthropists a centralised way of keeping track of how effectively their donations are being used. Sasix opened with an initial offering of 16 selected “social profit” projects available to the public as investment opportunities with a social return in the form of improving lives.By February 2007, the exchange had attracted some R2.4-million for its projects, which had grown in number to 31 – twenty of them fully funded.“Unlike other ‘do-good’ efforts, these carefully chosen projects have been scrutinised as thoroughly as any company listing on a formal stock exchange,” Sasix said at its launch.“Budgets, project plans and expected outcomes have been assessed in an intensive due diligence process and the expected results carefully analysed. In this way, the returns that accrue to society, while not of a financial nature, can be measured by the way the completed project actually changes people’s lives.”The first such “stock exchange” was the Social Stock Exchange launched by Brazil’s Bovespa stock exchange in 2003.Sasix is an initiative of the Greater Good South Africa Trust, with support from Noah Financial Innovation’s Broking for Good Foundation.Towards a dynamic ‘social capital market’“As is the case elsewhere in the world, South Africa’s current social capital market is not particularly dynamic,” Greater Good South Africa founder Tamzin Ractliffe said at Sasix’s launch.“People tend to support what they know best, which typically means the better known ‘charity’ brands, even though there are so many other non-profit organisations doing great work and being extremely worthy of support.“We hope to make these organisations, many of whom are providing innovative solutions to social problems, more visible, facilitating their access to a responsive, dynamic social capital market that sees social capital flowing to exceptional social investments that demonstrate their social profit.”“Social shares” in Sasix projects cost R50 each, with projects falling into the fields of early childhood education and development; orphans and vulnerable children; food security; enterprise development; basic healthcare; environment and conservation; and animal protection.A prospectus is printed quarterly and detailed project proposal profile documents are available on the Sasix website.Investors – who can choose to invest in one project or a portfolio of projects – can purchase shares online or through the offices of the Greater Good South Africa Trust.Performance-based investmentsIf, for instance, a non-profit organisation needs to raise R75 000 for a particular purpose, 1 500 shares costing R50 each will be allocated, Sasix explains on its website. “Once the entire allocation has been taken up, the project is closed to further investment and the work is implemented.”At the end of the “social investment cycle”, Greater Good South Africa provides a project performance report that includes an analysis of the achieved outcomes versus the forecast, as well as an assessment of the lessons learned.“Sasix is unique in that all its investors are able to choose discrete, time-bound and performance-based investments in projects that are meaningful and tangible to them,” says Ractliffe.“The provision of clear, accurate and concise information, before and after, means that they know exactly how their investment will be used, and exactly what kind of social impact, social profit, their investment generates.”From ‘non-profit’ to ‘social profit’“The concept of a social investment ‘stock exchange’ represents a shift in thinking that moves beyond the idea of charity, or of corporate social responsibility as a means whereby businesses ‘pay something back’, to a 21st century idea of committed investment in accountable development projects that yield measurable achievements, specifically a ‘social profit’ that can be measured by how lives have changed for the better.It is with this in mind that Ractliffe suggests that non-profit organisations are better described as “social profit” organisations.“‘Non-profit’ is negative in the sense that it implies no value. In reality, non-profit organisations do, can and should deliver significant value to society.“The impact of the words ‘non-profit’ is that it can lead to low expectations all round,” says Ractliffe. “A business doesn’t necessarily expect decisive and measurable results from its corporate social investment as long as they are ‘doing good work’, and the non-profit organisation can succumb to this low level of expectation and not be accountable for delivering on its social mission.“The concept of a social profit organisation demands far greater performance and accountability.” reporterArticle last updated: April 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Video: ‘Thank you, South Africa’ – Proteas captain AB de Villiers

first_img“To the people of South Africa, and everyone who supported us in this World Cup: thank you very much for your support.” Watch Proteas captain AB de Villiers, on behalf of the entire team, thank the fans after the national squad bowed out of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.“We come back as a proud team, and we hope we did you, as a nation, proud.”last_img