Woman sues CHP after angry cop invokes 9-11

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The officer yelled, “I don’t have time for you foreigners to sit in your Mercedes. You think you own the road! You think you own the country,” according to the suit. He also pulled her out of the car to berate her further, according to the suit. A CHP supervisor arrived at the scene and told the officer to release Sedaghatpour, who then went to a hospital to be treated for bruises on her arm and leg and elbow pain. She also filed a complaint that day against the CHP, according to attorney Hunter Pyle. Pyle said Thursday that the Attorney General’s Office agreed to try mediating the case, but a spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown said he couldn’t confirm that. A CHP spokesman refused to comment, citing pending litigation. Schatmeier, who works in the CHP’s Dublin office, was unavailable for comment. FREMONT – A woman of Iranian descent sued the California Highway Patrol for discrimination after she was stopped for speeding and an officer allegedly accused her “people” of being responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Zahra Sedaghatpour, 38, of Fremont said Officer Jon Schatmeier, 32, berated her after she asked not to be cited for traveling 79 mph on Interstate 680 in Pleasanton last year. “Today is Sept. 12. Do you remember Sept. 11? Do you know what happened on Sept. 11?” Schatmeier said according to the suit filed March 29 in San Francisco’s federal court. “It’s people like you who killed all of our people. This is our country! Why don’t you go back to your country?” Schatmeier told the woman to “shut up” and refused to provide a business card when she asked for one. When the officer asked her to sign the citation, Sedaghatpour asked whether she could read it first. last_img read more

Mbeki calls for stronger, fairer UN

first_img25 September 2003President Thabo Mbeki has called on world leaders, especially those in rich nations, to put their differences aside and practically recommit themselves to the United Nations.Mbeki told the 191-member UN Assembly in New York on Tuesday that the poor expected a united international community to create a just and fairer global village.“The disempowered will continue to look to this organisation, understanding, correctly, that they are too weak to advance their interests singly, outside of the collective voice of the United Nations,” he said.Mbeki told world leaders that the disempowered believed in a collective future of hope, and were also looking to the 50-year-old body to help bring an end to conflicts around the globe, while working towards the Millennium Declaration goals of halving poverty and a lack of basic necessities by 2015.“For us, collectively, to meet these expectations, will require that each and every one of us, both rich and poor, both the powerful and the disempowered, commit ourselves practically to act, in all circumstances, in a manner that recognises and respects the fact that none of us is an island”, Mbeki said.Mbeki said the attack by the US and its allies on Iraq posed many questions over the future and role of the UN as the custodian of world peace and security.“What is decided about the role of the UN in Iraq will … decide what will become of the UN in the context of its Charter, and the important global objectives that have been taken since the Charter was adopted,” he said.Regarding globalisation, Mbeki said the global village was still populated by unequal relations, with the majority in the developing nations still powerless and dominated by the powerful West.This situation ought to be reversed, he said, by levelling the playing field within the UN institution, whose responsibilities have increased since the body was first launched, by reforming its structures and organs.Mbeki warned that failure to transform the UN could result in the world failing to defeat poverty, underdevelopment and the terrorism that threatens world peace.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Tiling a piece of World Cup history

first_img30 September 2009By his own admission, 67-year-old Claude Powell was a pretty average footballer.In his brief playing days as a nippy striker who “created the openings, but didn’t score much”, it’s unlikely that he would have been mobbed for his autograph on the basis of any star football quality.At Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium, excited youngsters will next year be hoping to fill football magazines, scrap books and tournament memorabilia with the prized signatures of the likes of Kaka, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney or Fernando Torres.But Powell, a tiler working on the magnificent stadium that will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is already putting his signature on World Cup history.The sprightly pensioner’s job at the moment is to lay down tiles in the stadium’s player and team management dressing room areas – and he is literally leaving his mark.‘I’ve signed my name’“I’ve signed my name under a few of the tiles I have laid, so that I can one day tell my grandchildren that my name lies somewhere underneath this piece of our country’s history,” says Powell. “I’m proud to be playing my small part in completing this stadium and making the players’ lives a little more comfortable. For me, it’s a real honour being a part of it.“The World Cup is huge for our country, and excitement is building,” Powell adds before laying another tile. “It will mean jobs for our people and a boost to our economy, and it will be a big success.”A veteran of over 50 years in the tiling industry, Powell started work on the Green Point site a few weeks ago, as construction workers start applying the finishing touches to what will be one of next June’s most spectacular Fifa World Cup venues.Nearly 80 percent of the stadium bowl is now complete, the roof is virtually complete, and remarkable progress has been made since the start of construction of the 70 000-seater stadium in March 2007. The pitch is being grown off site, in Stellenbosh, and will soon be laid.On site from the startThe targeted completion date for Green Point is 14 December 2009, and few are more proud of this remarkable feat than the delightfully named Befaithful Gqokomo.Another sprightly worker who looks younger than his 55 years, the teetotaling safety officer for construction firm WBHO has been on the site virtually since construction started.Gqokoma remembers vividly the joy he felt in 2004 when Fifa President Sepp Blatter revealed South Africa as 2010 hosts. He didn’t know at the time, though, that he would be one of the 2 500 workers with a daily bird’s eye view of the erection of one of the tournament’s showpiece venues.“When we started I wasn’t sure if we would manage it in time,” Gqokomo says. “But here we are, we’ve built up this stadium from scratch, and on 14 December we’re done and out of the stadium.“I want to thank all the workers who have worked on this stadium with me,” Gqokomo said. “We’ve worked and delivered as a team, and I pray that our national team, Bafana Bafana, can also work as a unit during the World Cup – as we have here.”Once completed, the Green Point stadium will form part of an urban sport and recreation precinct situated on the Green Point Common.It will include an urban park as well as a green area, practice and playing fields for seven different sporting codes, as well as clubhouse facilities, as an additional legacy improvement for the city.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Elections 2014: four parties fail to make the cut

first_img26 March 2014 A total of 29 political parties will contest South Africa’s national elections on 7 May, after four parties failed to submit all outstanding documentation and pay their election deposits ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. This is four fewer than the 33 parties which had provisionally indicated their intention to contest the national election last week. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said this still remains the highest number of parties to contest a democratic national election in South Africa’s history. The parties that failed to rectify their non-compliance in respect of the required election deposit for the national election are the African Unite Party, the Iqela Lentsango – Dagga Party, the Lekgotla for Democracy Advancement, and the South African Progressive Civil Organisation. “A total of 31 parties were issued with notices from the Electoral Commission last week indicating non-compliance of the requirements to submit candidate lists and pay deposits,” the IEC said. “These notices applied to documentation in respect of approximately 300 candidates.” The IEC said the other parties had submitted their outstanding documentation, which electoral officials will now process in preparation for the publication of the lists of candidates for each party (national, regional and provincial) for public inspection from 28 March. An abbreviated list of candidates will be published on the IEC website – www.elections.org.za – but for security reasons this will not include supporting documentation or ID numbers. The comprehensive list, including all supporting documentation, will be available for inspection at the IEC head office in Centurion during office hours (8am to 5pm) on Friday 28 March, Monday 31 March and Tuesday 1 April. The IEC said any objection to lists of candidates in terms of Section 30 of the Electoral Act (Act 73 of 1998) must be submitted to the Electoral Commission’s head office in Centurion in writing before 5pm on Tuesday, 1 April. Such objections must indicate the reason for the objection to a candidate and must show that a copy of the objection has also been lodged with the relevant political party. The Commission will rule on the objections by Monday, 7 April, and any appeals to the rulings must be submitted to the Electoral Court by 10 April. The final deadline for decisions of the Electoral Court is 15 April, following which the final list of candidates contesting the elections will be published on 22 April and certificates issued to candidates by 24 April. A revised set of ballot paper examples for the national and provincial elections is available on the IEC website. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Friendly South Africa remains a draw for expat families

first_imgIt’s easy to make friends in South Africa’s culturally diverse population, which makes Mzansi a hit with expats.(Image credit: Andy Carter) Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey spins a really good story for South Africa. Expatriate workers looking for a balance between work and a decent family life rated South Africa the second best destination in the world, after New Zealand.The annual survey measures four categories: earnings, lifestyle, raising children and the cost of living. Countries made it on to the list if, and only if, there were at least 100 respondents from each locale. South Africa did not fare that well in the economic measures, but it was close to the top in the social categories. Or as one respondent put it, in South Africa I “enjoy improved quality of life i.e. better weather and more social events. There’s more luxurious housing and better value for your income.”The results are based on the subjective opinions of almost 3 000 expats. Switzerland was tops overall, South Africa 22nd, but the country outranked most others on social measures, like “great place to raise children”. South Africa’s cultural diversity also made it easier for expats to find their feet, and made it easier for them to find something to remind them of home.The international bank measured four social categories: (1) ability to befriend locals, (2) success in learning the local language, (3) capacity for integrating themselves into the community and fitting into a new culture, and (4) raising children abroad. Like expat parents in New Zealand, expats living in South Africa felt their children enjoyed a better quality of life, and believed their children were more well-rounded as a result of being integrated into the local community.Expat life has evolved to become about more than just a bigger pay cheque or better career prospects. While this does remain true for younger and newer entrants to the job market, for married expats and those with children especially, a more balanced and well-rounded experience for themselves and their children matter as much as salary.As they did in the Land of the Long White Cloud, expats in South Africa claimed that the scenery, diversity of the landscape and good weather made their new homes the best place to raise children. The expats who voted New Zealand and South Africa as the top two places to raise children also mentioned that they felt their children were safer and healthier since they moved because children grew up more active, outdoorsy and healthy.People in search of better job prospects headed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait, countries that scored very low on integration with the local community. Money matters of course. Switzerland was voted top but as an average, the Asian subcontinent – mostly South Africa’s Brics partners China and India – scored highest in the salary stakes. The global salary average is $92 000 (about R997 000), but in Asia you can pocket $120 000 although you have to contend with a higher cost of living.In Mercers 2014 Cost of Living survey, Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Tokyo (7), Shanghai (10), Beijing (11), Seoul (14), and Shenzhen (17) were the Asian cities that made the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. Covering 211 cities across the globe, the Mercer survey measures the cost of 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.Companies and governments use the Mercer index to set compensation allowances for expat employees. There are four African cities on the list, with Luanda in Angola rated as the most expensive city in the world. N’Djamena in Chad (2), Victoria in the Seychelles (13), and Libreville in Gabon (19) are all more expensive than South Africa’s most expensive city, Cap Town, which came in at a value for money 205.Economic opportunity in South Africa, generally, cannot match the prospects of the countries that make up the top 10 of HSBC’s list, but the friendliness of South Africans remains one of the country’s biggest assets. We face challenges, and sometimes we don’t get along with our neighbours, but the warm smiles and affection Mzansi shares with foreigners – guests or expats – is infectious. Expats feel their children are safer and healthier and lived a more active, outdoorsy and spirited life.(Image credit: Sandra Mallinson)last_img read more