Can’t Pay Won’t Pay have condemned the “arrogant and heavy-handed approach” of Irish Water meter contractors who have moved into Letterkenny in force this week.And have pledged their full support for residents who resist metering or remove installed meters.Residents of Thorndale and Elmwood Downs awoke this week to find their footpaths ripped up and Irish Water vans putting in water meters in the area. A spokesman for Can’t Pat Won’t Pay said the residents had been given no notice of the water supply being cut off.“Despite what Irish Water have promised, no notice is being given to residents that their water supplies have been cut off. We have heard from people who have gone to work leaving washing machines or dishwashers on who have been worried that their appliances may have been damaged by the sudden loss of water supply,” said spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.“Even where people have made it clear they did not want meters, the contractors have ignored them and continued the installations. Their actions are arrogant and heavy-handed. I have stopped installers on a number of occasions in West Donegal by standing over the connection and I fully support anyone who does the same in Letterkenny. Make it clear you do not want a meter, stand in their way, ask them why they have not given you the required notice. In short, get in their face and make it difficult for them. At the very least it will slow them down and they may decide to move on to where they will get less resistance.”“Where they do succeed, it is easy enough to remove the meter and I encourage people to do it. I believe this is rightful civil disobedience. The government can claim no mandate to implement these charges. There is overwhelming opposition to the charges and they should have scrapped them not modified them.” “It is important to remember that even if they install a meter on your supply, you can still join the boycott. Tens of thousands in Donegal will not pay regardless of whether we have meters or not. In the end it will be the impossibility of getting us all to pay that will make water charges uncollectable and will finally kill them off. Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’s message is: resist metering, support the protests and join the boycott.” ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ SLAM ‘HEAVY-HANDED’ APPROACH OF IRISH WATER IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayIrish Waterletterkenny
7 February 2013South Africa’s move to a so-called “twin peaks” model of regulation will boost the country’s resilience and further stabilize its financial system, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) says in its peer review of South Africa.The FSB was set up following the global financial crisis of 2008-09 to coordinate the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies at an international level.Based in Basel, Switzerland and hosted by the Bank for International Settlements, it aims to develop and promote effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies in the interest of global financial stability.In 2011, the South African National Treasury issued a policy document for financial reform that proposed the adoption of a “twin peaks” model of financial regulation.This regulatory structure involves separate prudential and market conduct regulators, aimed at creating a more resilient and stable financial system.“The FSB welcomes the planned reforms and agrees that a shift to a twin peaks model provides a good opportunity for South Africa to streamline responsibilities and elevate the importance of market conduct regulation,” the FSB said in its peer review on South Africa this week.Last week, the Financial Regulatory Reform Steering Committee, comprising the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank and Financial Services Board, published for public comment a summary of the proposals for implementing the twin peaks model.The Treasury said the twin peaks approach entailed creating a prudential regulator housed in the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), and transforming the Financial Services Board into a dedicated market conduct regulator.The objective of the prudential regulator will be to maintain and enhance the safety and soundness of regulated financial institutions.The FSB suggested that South Africa consider shifting legal authority for financial disclosure and regulation of public companies from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Financial Services Board, which would remain the lead regulator of the exchanges under the twin peaks structure.“There is scope for additional cooperation between the South African Reserve Bank and the Financial Services Board with the National Credit Regulator,” the FSB added.South Africa was the seventh country to be voluntarily peer reviewed by the FSB. The United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia and Germany will undergo a peer review in 2013.Source: SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.(Image: Vimeo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Genevieve Hofmeyr Founder, Partner & ProducerMoonlighting Films+27 21 447 2209Melissa Jane CookA Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.Directed by Ian Gabriel, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.Threading together universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption, Gabriel acutely reveals the gritty realities of a vicious gangland subculture. Harvesting depravation and violence, at the pinnacle of the narrative is a captivating message of inspiration and hope.The cast of Four Rooms is an ensemble of talent and combines veterans including Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and many actors and bit players drawn from a pool of real people and actors, schools and chess clubs, all familiar with life on the Flats in the various gang-associated areas where filming took place.With the exception of the lead supporting actor Farakhan ( Brendon Daniels) and the lead actor Ricardo ( Jezriel Skei ) all the prison cast (youths and adults) were cast either from Victory Outreach, an outreach rehabilitative programme for ex -gang and drug users, and the Ottery Reformatory where actual juvenile offenders appeared in the juvenile quad scene.Filmed over five short weeks the film centres on a 13-year-old chess prodigy who’s drawn into Cape Town’s notorious child-gang culture. His absent father, recently released from prison, tries to break the pattern of violence and keep his son away from the ‘Four Corners’.Four lives change forever as the destinies of a reformed prison ‘general,’ a local cop, a charismatic gang leader and a surgeon back from London intersect with Ricardo.“Four corners, four lives and sounding boards influencing one boy’s life, reflecting the Four Corners of a chessboard and the Four Corners of a prison cell (literally ‘Vier Hoeke’ in Sabela prison slang – the secret language of the prison Number Gangs); each of these simple stories connected with the next to make up the Four Corners in the chessboard of Ricardo’s life,” says director Ian Gabriel on the Four Corners movie website.South Africa’s Cape Flats, located just outside Cape Town, an area of brutality and struggle. A society that spawned gangs and the gangs’ violent retaliation within it. For generations this hostile environment has been plagued by issues of poverty, depravation and disorder.Gabriel states on the website: “The world of the Cape Flats is so unique and such a different world that I knew the more we told the more we would need to tell. It wasn’t only with the actors that I wanted to achieve the sense of being ‘in the moment’ – I wanted that from the audience as well if that was possible, so that when finally there is a chase or there is a gun fight, which are staples of the gangster film genre, I wanted people to really feel and be in those moments and experience them, just as the community of families in the Cape Flats experience gangster turf outbursts from day to day on the streets, school-fields, playgrounds and block yards which are the chosen ‘battlegrounds.’”According to the Twitchfilm.com website, the Cape Flats district of Mitchells Plain has the highest rates of murder, violence and property crime in the nation by a large margin, with neighbouring districts having what are described as ‘abnormally high’ murder rates for more than a decade.Cape Town is home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor, so this space makes for a compelling setting for Gabriel’s Four Corners.This is the first film to delve into the hundred year-old war between South Africa’s Numbers Gangs, the 26s and the 28s. It blends Sabela, Tsotsi taal (slang originally used by criminals), Cape Afrikaans and English.In an article titled South Africa Comes of Age, the pre-eminent industry trade publication, The Hollywood Reporter, enthused about “the high hopes for the child gang thriller Four Corners, the country’s contender in the foreign language Oscar race”.Gavin Hood, director of the 2006 Academy Award winning South African film Tsotsi introduced Four Corners at a VIP screening on the 24 November in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles in the United States. He said: “Watching your beautifully made, heartfelt film brought tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, and of pride.”Hood specifically acknowledged the outstanding performances of undiscovered, bright new talent alongside more seasoned actors. “This is a story about a group of young people, many of whom have never acted before, seeing their community on screen for the first time, making a searingly honest piece of art.”Giant Films’ Cindy Gabriel and Moonlighting Films’ Genevieve Hofmeyr produced the independent and South African-financed Four Corners – which is director Ian Gabriel’s second feature film, following the highly acclaimed Forgiveness.Producer, Genevieve Hofmeyr, said that they were able to produce the picture – which was in development for four years – with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The Little Film Company is handling international sales.The movie releases on 7 February 2014 in South Africa through Indigenous Film Distribution.“It’s a great privilege for us to be representing such a prestigious film,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “As it is South Africa’s official submission for the Oscars, we are all keen to see how the world responds. It’s an ambitious film that delves deep into the human story behind the longstanding gang warfare that has a daily impact on the lives of people living on the Flats.”The soundtrack for Four Corners is composed by South African composer Markus Wormstorm. The film uses ‘found’ and original South African music by musicians as diverse as Felix laBand, Khuli Chana, Hemelbesem, Rattex, Jits Vinger, Cream, Kyle Shepherd and Isaac Mutant.“I hope to leave the audience with an experience that will stay with them after they leave the cinema. If they remember that this special world of the Cape Flats exists and is not only more dangerous, but also much richer than they knew, that will be very satisfying for us as film makers and for the communities and families we worked with,” concludes Gabriel.
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zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels Greek ship owner and operator Euroseas has secured a charter contract for its 5,600 TEU container vessel, the Akinada Bridge.Built in 2001, the ship would be deployed on the charter for a minimum of ten and maximum of thirteen months at a daily rate of USD 16,500.Euroseas said that the charter would commence upon completion of the vessel’s special survey and drydocking and the installation of a ballast water treatment plant at a total cost of about USD 2.5 million.The company added that it expects to fully recover the above-mentioned cost over the duration of the charter and to finance it via a loan from an entity affiliated with the company’s CEO.“The strength of the intermediate size containership market has provided us with an opportunity to charter our only non-feeder vessel at rates that justified the investment required to complete the fourth special survey of the vessel and installation of a BWT plant. After the completion of the announced charter, we expect to have the vessel available for employment until its fifth special survey due date, i.e. for four additional years, with minimal incremental investment required beyond its operating cost,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.“We are cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the containership market across all segments as fleet growth over the next couple of years is expected to be low by recent trends.”