“Fake” kidnapping accused gets permission to leave Guyana

first_imgThirty-three-year-old Sawak Maraj, the Trinidadian, who came to Guyana and allegedly faked his own kidnapping was on Friday given permission by Magistrate Fabayo Azore to go home for Christmas with his family in the twin island republic.The successful application was made by Defence Attorney, Bernard De Santos, who in his submissions to the court said that his client is experiencing financial difficulties in Guyana and is asking to return home to be with his family for theSawak Marajholidays, in order to replenish his money.However, Police Prosecutor Dominic Bess objected to De Santos’ submissions. The prosecutor said that Maraj is not a Guyanese and as such poses a flight risk.After consideration of the submissions, Magistrate Azore granted the defense application and warned the Trinidadian to return to Guyana on February 2, 2019 for the continuation of his trial.It is alleged that on October 27, 2017 at Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Maraj gave false information to the Police that he had been kidnapped and US$700,000 was demanded for his release. However, after a probe, it was discovered that the “kidnapping” was staged.He was also charged for conspiring with others on the same day and at the same location to commit a felony, that is, to obtain US$700,000. He is currently on $1 million bail for the charges.last_img read more

Sarri eager to face Premier League’s top bosses

first_img“Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the most important championship in Europe,” Sarri said when speaking to official club app the 5th Stand on Monday.“In the Premier League there are all the most important coaches in Europe, maybe in the world.“It will be for me very exciting to play against Guardiola, Pochettino, Mourinho, Klopp and the others.”Chelsea finished fifth last season and so missed out on a place in Europe’s elite Champions League.“I think Chelsea is a good team,” said former Napoli boss Sarri.“The problem is that in England there are another five, six very good teams. With one or two adjustments we can try to play my football.“I want to enjoy, first of all, myself. The players have to enjoy themselves. First of all I hope that fans can enjoy the team.”Sarri’s comments came as Conte, 48, issued a statement through England’s League Managers’ Association.Conte was sacked on Friday, just 55 days after guiding Chelsea to FA Cup glory at Wembley in his final match in charge of the London club.He was replaced by Sarri just 24 hours later amid reports that Conte’s final months at Stamford Bridge had been marred by infighting with Chelsea chiefs, particularly over transfer policy.— ‘Unforgettable seasons’ —But there was no trace of bitterness in his LMA statement, with Conte insisting: “I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together.“It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart.“I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season.”He added: “I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”Conte won the 2016/17 Premier League title with Chelsea in his first season as coach and signed an improved contract, but not an extension to the deal which was due to expire in June 2019.Sarri’s first game in charge of Chelsea is set to be their pre-season friendly against Perth Glory in Western Australia on July 23.The 59-year-old is the ninth full-time manager of Chelsea since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club 15 years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri said he is looking forward to facing the “important coaches” in the Premier League. © AFP/File / ALBERTO PIZZOLILONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 16 – New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has spoken of his excitement at facing many of the world’s leading managers now that he in charge of a Premier League side.The Italian’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, where he replaces compatriot Antonio Conte, sees him join a multi-national cast of managers in English football’s top-flight, with Spain’s Pep Guardiola in charge of champions Manchester City, Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Portugal’s Jose Mourinho at the helm of Manchester United and Germany’s Jurgen Klopp in control at Liverpool.last_img read more

Wenger vows to return in 2019

first_imgAsked when he would be back in management, Wenger told Sky Sports on Wednesday: “At the beginning of the year.“It will seem odd to go somewhere else but I can’t tell you (where) because I don’t know where I’ll be. I’ll be somewhere — but I don’t know where.“I have had a good rest and watched football a lot. I have many good memories, so I miss them.”Meanwhile Wenger, whose final seasons in charge of Arsenal saw the once mighty Gunners struggling to contend for the English title, was pleased by the north London giants’ start to this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal are currently fourth in the table, just four points behind Premier League leaders and reigning champions Manchester City, despite losing their first two league games this term.“When Arsenal win I am happy,” said Wenger. “I felt I worked very hard and I think I left it (the club) in good shape.“After that, I’m a supporter like anyone else — I want them to win football games.”He added: “As a manager you have an influence, not only on the careers of players, the style of play and results but on the structure and impact you give to the club and overall that is very important – that the club can always continue at a very good level.”Wenger, in a separate interview with talkSPORT radio, was asked if Arsenal could win the Premier League this season, having last been crowned champions of England under him in the 2003/04campaign.“Why not?,” he replied. “When you look at last season at home we won 15, drew two and lost two — it’s away we were not good enough.“But overall the quality’s there. They have a chance — but at the moment we have some other teams who look very strong as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, seen here presenting the trophy for the 2018 Best FIFA Men’s Coach award, wants to return to football management © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Arsene Wenger has promised he will be back in football management at the start of 2019, but the Frenchman does not yet know at which club.The 69-year-old veteran boss ended his 22-year reign at Premier League side Arsenal at the end of last season but insisted at the time he was not yet finished with football.last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Lopezes’ home, along with four homes built between 1909 and 1929, will be on display for the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association’s seventh annual home tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The association had been seeking to get the Lopezes’ house on the tour for years but hadn’t been able to reach the former owners. “It’s just so beautiful,” said Karen Stoltz, tour chairman. “You see ironwork, the arch window in the living room and the balcony above the front porch.” The Lopezes are the sixth owners of the house. It was built by Oval Redman, who came to Whittier as a teenager in 1905 and had a walnut ranch south of Whittier. Two pastors of the Plymouth Congregational Church also are former owners. Since purchasing the home in March 2006, the Lopezes haven’t had to do a lot. WHITTIER – When Rudy and Monica Lopez began looking for a new home two years ago, they knew what they wanted. It had to be historic and a Craftsman-style. But they found few of those homes on the market and just for a lark decided to look at a 1930 Spanish Revival home on Beverly Boulevard. “When we walked in, we were just thrown by how beautiful it is architecturally,” said Rudy Lopez. “And the longer we’ve lived here, we just love it more and more.” They have installed landscaping, removed carpeting, refinished the original oak floors and painted the inside. With the exception of the kitchen, which was remodeled in the 1980s, the house is in virtually the same condition it was when built, Rudy Lopez said. The tour is a fundraiser for the association. Past proceeds have paid for three stone monuments advertising the Whittier Historic Neighborhood District. Money also goes to the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter and Hoover Elementary School. Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at Pour Le Bain, 6721 Greenleaf Ave.; Whittier Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave.; or Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave. They also may be purchased for $18 on the day of the tour at 6318 Washington Ave. Classic cars will be parked in front of each house. There also will be a quilt show, raffle of antique items and refreshments. The latter will be sold to benefit Hoover Elementary School. For more information, call Stoltz at (562) 464-9543. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Report by Donegal MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher on certain measures in relation to countries allowing non sustainable fishing was formally signed into EU law on the 25th of October last.The signing ceremony took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The author of the report, Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP stated “I had the honour to witness the signature of my report by the President of the European Parliament and the President in Office of the Council when they formally entered into EU legislation the Regulation on certain measures in relation to countries allowing non sustainable fishing.”“The Regulation now gives Commissioner Damanaki the necessary tool to introduce hard hitting sanctions against countries engaged in unsustainable fishing practices, such as Iceland and the Faroe Islands in the case of mackerel in the North East Atlantic.”“The mackerel fishery in the North East Atlantic was expected to be worth in excess of 1 billion euro in 2010 before the outbreak of overfishing by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In 2008 both Iceland and the Faroe Islands were fishing very modest amounts of mackerel. This is in sharp contrast to the landings in 2011, which reached up to 150,000 tonnes in each case.”“The Commissioner must take urgent action and implement the provisions contained in the Regulation, bearing in mind that talks to resolve the dispute broke down again without an agreement in London last week.” GALLAGHER REPORT ON UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING PRACTICES SIGNED INTO EU LAW was last modified: October 30th, 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)last_img read more

AT&T reports earnings in its final (?) quarter

first_imgNEW YORK – AT&T Corp. painted a positive picture Friday with what may be its final earnings report before becoming part of SBC Communications Inc., topping Wall Street forecasts with third-quarter income of $520 million and boosting its revenue forecast for the second time this year. The iconic telephone company, which in January agreed to be acquired by SBC for $16 billion, also expressed optimism the deal would close before year’s end, winning regulatory approval without concessions such as asset sales or price freezes. Despite the upbeat report, AT&T’s results reflected the persistent competitive turmoil of the telecommunications industry, which has reduced the once mighty company’s customer base by two-thirds over the past decade – from roughly 60 million at the peak to less than 20 million at the end of the latest quarter. “AT&T’s employees across all areas of the company have done a fantastic job of transforming our business in the face of adverse and chaotic conditions in our sector,” Chief Financial Officer Thomas Horton said during a conference call with industry analysts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The profit reported Friday amounted to 64 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 30. The results included a $92 million expense relating to investments in aircraft leases with airlines that have filed for bankruptcy, as well as $20 million in expenses for the SBC deal and a $41 million pretax benefit. SBC and AT&T originally said their deal would close in the first half of 2006, but now say it could close before January. They have secured government approval for the deal from all but a few key states, and are still waiting to see whether regulators at the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission will seek any conditions before allowing it to proceed. “We don’t think there’s any need for divestitures,” Horton said in an interview. “It is conceivable there will be some conditions on the merger, but we certainly don’t see any need for them. “Regulators are going through a rigorous evaluation of the merger, and we’re confident that at end of the regulatory process that this merger will not harm competition and will be good for customers.” Though AT&T as a company is slated to be absorbed into SBC, the AT&T moniker may live on as the combined company’s name or the brand for its products.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is running an incredible offer to coincide with the US Masters.It will be hard to ‘Putt’ this offer down!Golf lovers are onto a potential winner as the Letterkenny sports shop launches its US Masters’ Madness golf offer.Any golf purchase made in store from now until Wednesday, 8th April 2015 will receive every cent back in gift vouchers – that’s if Irish golf star Rory McIlroy wins the US Masters and dons the famous green jacket in Augusta. While this offer looks too good to be true, it’s not an April Fools.McIlroy is the hotly tipped favourite by Paddy Power (9/2) to win the US Masters in Augusta, as the County Down man hopes to take the title from two-time Masters’ winner, Bubba Watson.The US Masters’ Madness golf offer covers the complete golf range stocked by the sport shop, which has a custom-built golf section complete with a state-of-the-art golf simulator.Customers can purchase from a wide variety of golf shoes, clubs, bags, clothing and accessories from all the leading brands including Titleist, Taylor-Made, Callaway, Wilson, Nike, Adidas, Galvin Green and Srixon. If McIlroy wins, customers will get a full refund on the value of their purchase in the form of a Michael Murphy gift card. Commenting on the offer, Michael Murphy said: ‘We’re big fans of Rory McIlroy and a win for him in Augusta would be another great day for Irish golf. With our Masters’ Madness offer, we’re planning to make it a good day for our customers as well.The offer is running across the entire golf section, in-store and online and is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. In fact with the timing, some people think that the offer is too good to be true and that it must be an April Fools, but if McIlroy wins at Augusta, we will give a full refund in the form of a store gift card on any golf purchase made between now and the tournament. We’re looking forward to seeing how things go.’For more information on the massive Masters’ Madness golf offer log onto www.michaelmurphysports.ie or visit the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Facebook page. Terms and conditions apply.Terms and Conditions:– Off­er valid on in-store golf and on-line golf purchases only. – Purchases must be made between 9.30am on 27th March 2015 and 6pm on 8th April 2015.– Off­er valid on cash, credit cards and debit card purchases only. Shop LK and GUI vouchers and Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure gift cards are also accepted. To be eligible all golf products must be paid for in full at time of purchase. (no exceptions)– Off­er does not apply to any exchange or trade-in transactions.– All refunds to be in the form of Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure gift cards. There will NOT be any cash refunds. – Purchases which avail of any other ongoing discounts or promotional off­ers will NOT be eligible for a refund.– To redeem this off­er the original purchase receipt containing the “Masters Promotion” stamp must be presented in-store on or before 6pm on Friday 24th April 2015.– Eligible purchase receipts must be redeemed in store not later than 6pm on Friday 24th April. Purchase receipts presented after this date cannot be acceptedMICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE PUT THEIR GOLFING SHIRT ON RORY! was last modified: April 1st, 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:donegalgolfMichael Murphy Sports and Leisurerory mcilroylast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S senior ladies football team are Ulster Champions for the first time…..and YOU can help them now in their quest for All-Ireland glory.The county has had some great success at underage level this year with the U14s winning their Ulster title and reaching an All-Ireland final and the U21s winning an All-Ireland.All of this costs money of course and the ladies game isn’t exactly flowing with money – and here’s how you might be able to help out…and have fun doing it. The county Ladies Gaelic Football Association have a golf classic spectacular – with €2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!You don’t have to be able to play golf to help out.The event takes place on August 14 at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club. Entry fee per team is €100 with some super golf gear among the prizes.There’s even plans for a BBQ on the 10th hole….well nearby at least!Anyone interested in taking part should call 074 91 31093 to book their place. If you can’t make it (or just don’t like golf!) you can sponsor a tee for as little as €100, by calling the same number.So come on Donegal – be proud, and get behind Donegal’s Ladies Football Teams.A full list of sponsors will be published on Donegal Daily. CAN YOU HELP DONEGAL’S LADIES FOOTBALLERS ACHIEVE ALL-IRELAND GLORY was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by John2Share 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:2015August 14Classicdonegalfundraisergolflast_img read more

New Bishop of Raphoe is Ordained as Archbishop calls for more Masses in Irish

first_imgThe Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, has told the new Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian SJ, to engage with the challenges and questions in his new role with ‘confidence, conviction and humility’.Alan McGuckian SJ was Ordained as the Bishop of Raphoe at St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, this afternoon.Bishop elect Fr Alan McGuickan awaiting to enter St Eunan’s Cathedral.  (North west Newspix) A native of Cloughmills in County Antrim, but who has a close affinity to west Donegal, he is the first Jesuit Bishop in Ireland.The Cathedral was packed-to-overflowing with around 1,000 people in attendance while the Episcopal Ordination was broadcast online.Archbishop Martin was the Chief Ordaining Prelate at the service.“As bishops it is always important for us to learn new ways of presenting our sincerely held perspectives alongside the opinions of those of other faiths and none, and to encourage conversations at a national level on significant issues and values,” Archbishop Martin said. “President Michael D Higgins’s recent  ‘Ethics Initiative’ has identified the need for a debate in  contemporary Ireland about what ethical values and principles we want to uphold and strengthen.  We need to have conversations about what constitutes a ‘good life’ and ‘flourishing life’ not just for individuals but also for communities.“The engagement of people of faith together with all people of good will in such conversations is to be encouraged and welcomed.  In entering such a process we in the Catholic Church can draw upon our rich tradition of social teaching.“You have already shown, in your ministry with young people as a teacher and university chaplain, and through your creative gifts of communication, that you can engage with the challenges and questions of today, and do so with confidence, conviction and with humility.”Bishop McGuckian was proposed to Pope Francis – the Catholic Church’s first Jesuit Pope – by Archbishop Charles Brown, who is the outgoing Papal Nuncio and was officially announced as successor to Bishop Philip Boyce in June.Bishop Emeritus, Dr Philip Boyce, who served as Bishop of Raphoe since 1995 concelebrated along with Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor. A large connection of Fr Alan’s family and friends, including his brothers Fatther Bernard McGuckian and Father Michael McGuckian, were in attendance while Commandant Louise Cullen, Aide de Camp, of President Michael D Higgins, traveled to Letterkenny for the occasion.Bishop Elect Fr Alan McGuickan on the alter of St Eunan’s Cathedral during his inaugeration as Bishop of Raphoe. (North West Newspix)Archbishop Terence Prendergast SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, read the Gospel.Other clergy concelebrating the Mass included Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam; Bishop Michael Smith of Meath; Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert; Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore; Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore; Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry; Bishop Brendan Kelly of Achonry; Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick; Bishop Raymond Browne of Kerry; Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin; Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin; Bishop Patrick Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of Down and Connor; Bishop Donal Murray, Bishop Emeritus of Limerick; Bishop Anthony Farquhar, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Down & Connor; Monsignor Michael Ryan, Diocesan Administrator of Ossory; Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, Diocesan Administrator of Clogher; and, Monsignor Piotr Tarnawski, Chargé d’Affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland.Priests and other religious figures from across the Raphoe Diocese were out in force to welcome the new Bishop. Each Parish was allowed four representatives in the congregation. Since first attending a Gaeltacht College in Rannafast in 1968, Fr McGuckian has been a regular visitor to Donegal.Archbishop Martin said: “I know your affection for Donegal and its people has already been nurtured by your many visits to Rann na Feirste.  As we look forward to the launch later this year of the new Irish translation of the missal – a project in which Bishop Boyce was intimately involved – your familiarity with, and respect for the Irish language will be invaluable.  I would be very pleased if more parishes, not just those in the Gaeltacht, could introduce regular Sunday worship in our native language.”Bishop Elect Fr Alan McGuickan on the alter of St Eunan’s Cathedral during his inaugeration as Bishop of Raphoe. (North West Newspix)After ordination in 1984 he spent some years teaching in Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school outside Dublin.From 1991 to 2005 he was based at the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. During that time he set up the websites sacredspace.ie, gettingmarried.ie and catholicireland.net.Since Feb 2014 he has been the Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate and now moves to take up his new position as the head of the Raphoe Diocese.Retiring Bishop Boyce with Archbishop Eamonn Martin at the inaugeration of Bishop elect Fr Alan McGuickan at St Eunan’s Cathedral. (North west Newspix)New Bishop of Raphoe is Ordained as Archbishop calls for more Masses in Irish was last modified: August 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Alan McGuckianarchbishop eamon martinBishopBishop Alan McGuckianBishop Philip BoycecathedraldonegalletterkennyRaphoe DioceceSt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more

We are the HEARFELT Project

first_imgDUMELA, HELLO. This is our story. We are the HEARTFELT Project, set up in Makapanstad, South Africa.Our beautiful hand-made products are made by very special ladies and each one carries a message of hope.There are now 10 ladies who work at the project. Our little designs are being well received both locally and internationally, helping us to heal the hearts of many people in the local community.You can read more about who we are and what we do on our website. Or by reading the story below. Warm regards,The HEARTFELT ladiesThe HEARTFELT storyIn 2005 Martha Letsoalo’s youngest son Emanuel (aged 26) was put into Pretoria Juvenile Prison accused of murder. There was enough evidence to prove that he didn’t do it – however the lawyer given to her by the Government decided that instead of getting Emanuel out, he would leave him there. A corrupt way to make more money.He knew that a desperate mother like Martha would do anything to free her son. And after all, as a single black South African woman from a rural community – with very little knowledge of the judicial system – who was going to listen to her story? Earning R1300 per month, he made her pay him R1000 each month. Leaving her with only R300 to survive on. This went on for nine long months.Martha could only visit Emanuel at the prison on a Saturday. She traveled there every weekend from Makapanstad – a journey that was far away. She never complained, always happy to see his face. Although, trying not to let it show she knew he was being badly mistreated in prison.One Saturday, when she got to the prison he was no longer there. Without her lawyer telling her the authorities had moved Emanuel from Pretoria Juvenile Prison to Johannesburg Juvenile Prison – a place that not only had a bad reputation but was even further away for her to now travel to.When she finally found him, she could tell something was wrong. He looked very ill and needed medical attention. She phoned the lawyer who said he needed more money before he would help. She didn’t have any. Each day, with no medical attention, she became more and more desperate.It got to the stage where he couldn’t even drink water on his own. How was he doing it when she wasn’t around? She was told he had Tuberculosis (TB). He could also have picked up HIV/AIDS.Out of desperation Martha called Julie Masureik (one of the children she had looked after for a family in Pretoria for 20 years). Martha was like a mother to her. They had spoken on the phone a few months before and Julie (who was living in the UK) had said to call if she needed help. She was devastated to hear that Emanuel had been put into prison.Together they desperately attempted to get Emanuel out. Each day was a life or death situation. They found a new lawyer who took on the case. Sadly it was too little too late.One week before his release, Emanuel died – all alone in his prison cell. It literally broke Martha’s heart. Suspiciously his prison file disappeared soon after and to this day she has no idea what really happened to her son.To heal her broken heart, Martha together with Julie started the HEARTFELT Project. Sewing the hearts gave Martha a reason to carry on. Each heart is a symbol of her love for her son. Each heart is filled with her story. Each heart is filled with hope.Martha is a survivor. She is a strong woman of Africa. She understands that she is not alone – so are all the women employed by The HEARTFELT Project. They all have their own stories to tell. Each heart is filled with hope for their community. Hope for their children’s future and hope for them.Economic developmentJob creationThe HEARTFELT Project employs five women – who work together to create heartfelt products that are uniquely South African. As the project grows the aim is to employ many more women – and to reach out to the community.Proceeds from each heart go directly to the ladies as well as to help fight TB, HIV & AIDS and other socio-economic problems in the community by donating a portion of each sale to a local charity. To help better the lives of not only the ladies but the community as a whole.Sustainable developmentAt the HEARTFELT Project we are continuously working on and developing new products – currently looking at ways to develop a recycled range from materials found in the households of the women and the community.Promoting socially responsible tourism and exportThe HEARTFELT Project aims to break away from the culture of mass produced curio craft to produce products that are truly unique and individual. We are currently selling to safari lodges, a selection of curio shops within South Africa, as well as to individuals and retail outlets within the UK.The HEARTFELT communityMakapanstadMakapanstad is a small rural community situated in Moretele, the North West province of South Africa. The HEARTFELT Project operates out of Martha’s home there. Hopefully one day Martha and the ladies will have their own workshop on the property to work from. At present there is still no running water or proper ablution facilities.Your supportSimply by purchasing a HEARTFELT product you will be helping both the ladies and the people of Makapanstad. The HEARTFELT Project offers its support by donating money from each product sold. That means that every time you buy a heartfelt gift for a special someone, you help a special someone too.And you never know – it could be one of the ladies’ mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brother, sister or even child that could be helped one day.Helping the community heal the nationChosen by the HEARTFELT ladies, A re Aganeng Health Services is a community based non-governmental organization set up to help under privileged & disadvantaged people in the Makapanstad community. It provides accessible health services to TB patients, HIV/AIDS patients, the old aged, orphans, vulnerable children and chronically ill people. As well as providing counselling to traumatized people and rape victims.Established in 2006 by compassionate community members made up of teachers, nurses, home based care, care givers, pastors and paramedics – the HEARTFELT Project aims to donate to A Re Aganeng on a monthly basis, and feels it needs all the love and support it can get.All donations are welcomeEquipment & supplies: if your firm has furniture (eg tables and chairs) or other equipment and supplies that you can donate to the HEARTFELT Project, we will gladly accept it.Organisational support & collaborations: if you are aware of an organization that works on issues of poverty alleviation, economic development and TB or HIV prevention and education – please share our story.Story submitted to SAinfo on 8 April 2008last_img read more