Thousands attend funeral of Mozambique rebel leader

first_imgMozambican rebel and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama will be buried Thursday in his home village.On Wednesday thousands of Dhlakama’s supporters, some wearing T-shirts with his picture, lined up on Wednesday to mourn a man who was both loved and despised for his role in the civil war.The coffin was draped in the national flag while uniformed soldiers – once the main targets of rebel attacks – stood guard.Dhlakama died at age 65 last week in his rural hideout in central Mozambique, where he had run a renewed military campaign against the southern African nation’s government after pulling out of a 1992 peace accord that ended 16 years of civil war that killed up to 1 million people.His death came not long after he had renewed negotiations with the government.President Filipe Nyusi said those talks should continue.“I want to make it clear that I will carry on with the work that we began, the peace and strengthening of our democracy,” Nyusi said at the funeral in the port city of Beira.Dhlakama, who turned the Mozambique National Resistance, or Renamo, from a rebel group into a competitive political party after the 1992 peace deal, had demanded the decentralization of power as a condition to lay down arms. His group, which never fully disarmed, was repeatedly defeated in elections and alleged fraud.Speakers at the funeral described Dhlakama as a visionary, a democrat and a negotiator.“He was a man of the people. He died fighting for the freedom of the people,” Sarah Zhuwawo, who said she was a relative, told The Associated Press.Others were less charitable.“He was a bandit. He was a dangerous man, that one. He wanted this country to collapse,” said Lucas Chikweya, who was selling boiled eggs on the street.Between 2013 and 2016, Renamo resumed low-intensity sporadic attacks on Mozambican police, the military and civilians after Dhlakama left his Beira residence for rural Gorongosa, citing renewed attacks on him by the government.However, tensions eased in 2017 as Dhlakama met Nyusi in Gorongosa to discuss differences between the two sides.“What matters most is that he was working toward peace at the end. It is important that negotiations are completed before next year’s elections,” said Zimbabwean opposition politician Chris Sibindi, who attended the funeral.Mozambique is set to hold presidential, legislative and provincial elections in October 2019.last_img read more

Slavia is preparing a new serious outgoing transfer – BG Football…

first_imgSlavia’s team is preparing a new serious outgoing transfer. Several clubs from abroad are interested in a white player. This was confirmed by the club, but at this stage Slavia do not want to mention the name of the player. The team bosses hope that by the end of the year the athlete in question will be sold and the club’s coffers will be filled again.Anton UzunovRecently, Slavia transferred its great talent Filip Krastev. The youngster is already a footballer of the Belgian Lommel, which is a satellite of Manchester City. Krastev will stay in Bulgaria until the winter, after which he will join his new team. The transfer amount for Krastev’s rights is kept secret, but it is certainly not small. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

US Field Track federation calls for postponing Olympics amid Coronavirus crisis

first_img Written By Read – Norwegians: Olympics Must Wait Until Virus ‘under Control’Read – Flame In Japan; How Long Until News If Olympics Will Open?(With Agency inputs) First Published: 21st March, 2020 21:42 IST As the unprecedented outbreak of deadly Coronavirus continues to grip the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 in uncertainties, the United States Track and Field federation has also called for the postponing of the event. In a letter to the Olympic Committee, the USATF has acknowledged that the “global pandemic has grown” and keeping in mind the health and safety of their coaches, players, athletes and other staff, the federation made the decision. Just days after the US President Donald Trump had also suggested that Japan should consider postponing the event in the wake of the pandemic, USATF CEO, Max Siegel urged the CEO of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland to delay the sports event which is scheduled to start on April 24. This comes after Brazil’s Olympic Committee has also called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to postponed to next year.  LIVE TV Read – Olympics Should Definitely Be Postponed, Feels Sharath KamalThe Coronavirus which originated in China in December 2019 has now claimed over 11,890 lives worldwide as of March 21. According to the tally by international news agency, the pandemic has now spread to 180 countries and has infected at least 287,176 people. Out of the total infections, 93,613 have been recovered but the easily spread virus is continuing to disrupt many lives. Major cities have been put under lockdown in almost all countries, and the economy is struggling. Read – French Swim Federation Joins US Counterpart In Olympics Delay CallTrump suggested postponing OlympicsTrump’s statements came amid the heightened concerns of the pandemic spreading throughout the globe leading to the first cancellation of an Olympic Games since World War II. The US President had suggested an ‘idea’ that Tokyo Olympics 2020 should be postponed for a year.While expressing his opinions on the arrangement of the event on March 13, Trump said that the event, which is scheduled to begin on July 24, should be delayed because he would “like that better than having empty stadiums all over the place”. However, according to reports, the US President has also said that he does not plan on making the recommendation to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 21st March, 2020 21:42 IST US Field Track Federation Calls For Postponing Olympics Amid Coronavirus Crisis the US Track and Field federation has also called for the postponing of the Tokyo Olympics as coronavirus outbreak continues to pose uncertainties on the event. FOLLOW US Aanchal Nigam The US President said, “It is very possible for the Olympics maybe, I just can not see having no people there, in other words, not allowing people. Maybe and this is just my idea, maybe they postpone it for a year.” SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img read more

Frank Pringle Remembered As Tourism Icon

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Pringle, who had a distinguished record of public service, including serving as Jamaica’s Tourism Minister from 1989 to 1992, died on December 10 at the age of 88. It was a somber atmosphere inside the Half Moon Hotel conference centre in Rose Hall, St. James on Saturday (January 26), where scores of persons came out to bid farewell to late Ambassador Donald Frank Pringle. Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang, (representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness); former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson; Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips; and Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, headed the list of dignitaries attending the memorial service. It was a somber atmosphere inside the Half Moon Hotel conference centre in Rose Hall, St. James on Saturday (January 26), where scores of persons came out to bid farewell to late Ambassador Donald Frank Pringle.Mr. Pringle, who had a distinguished record of public service, including serving as Jamaica’s Tourism Minister from 1989 to 1992, died on December 10 at the age of 88.Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang, (representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness); former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson; Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips; and Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, headed the list of dignitaries attending the memorial service.Dr. Chang, in his tribute, said that while Mr. Pringle served in both the private and public sectors in various areas, he will best be remembered for the role he played in taking tourism to “a higher level.”“He was very passionate about tourism and truly believed in the Jamaican product,” he noted.“He was also a very humble man, who saw only the best in others and who simply had an everlasting love for family and country. He will surely be missed,” Dr. Chang added.Former Prime Minister Patterson remembered Ambassador Pringle as a man, who had no other personal ambition but “to serve his fellowmen.”“This is a man, who has done so much to serve the people of this country especially in western Jamaica where he lived for many years,” he pointed out.“His was a commitment to the service of the people to create social justice and social awareness. He was of the belief that economic development should not be confined to the benefit of a few but something that should be shared by the entire population. He was a giant of a man who will be sorely missed,” Mr. Patterson said.Montego Bay businessman Mark Hart, in his stirring eulogy, said that Ambassador Pringle’s contribution to tourism and public service “cannot be measured in words.”“His work at Tryall in Hanover, even though he didn’t know it at the time, was the beginning of Jamaica becoming a force in the hospitality and tourism industry and from where we have never looked back,” he noted.Mr. Hart pointed to the late Tourism Minister’s role in conceptualising the ‘Meet the People’ programme in 1963 and which today, is still one of the centerpieces of the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) marketing strategy.“It is still the premier model for community tourism and a major advertising tool for Jamaica,” he noted.“You can look at all the successes we have had in tourism over the years and you would be hard pressed not to find Frank Pringle’s fingerprints all over the place. He was a visionary and a man, who was way ahead of his time,” he added.Mr. Pringle, in addition to serving as Tourism Minister, was also Jamaica’s representative to the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).He was accorded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, in 2001 for outstanding service in the fields of tourism and public service.last_img read more

Canada 150 preparations closing in construction wont all be done in time

first_imgOTTAWA – It’s dusk on a warm summer evening in Ottawa.As people emerge from a new light-rail station a block south of Parliament Hill, they look down the street to the west, to see a glowing glass tower.They walk towards it, lured by an LED-screen projecting a live performance from a theatre on the other side of the country.This is the final dream for the $110.5 million addition to the National Arts Centre, the single-largest, national legacy infrastructure project timed to help celebrate Canada 150.It just won’t happen in time for Canada to blow out its 150 candles on July 1.For several years, downtown Ottawa has been a flurry of construction, leaving a snarled mess of barricades and stressed-out commuters, as much of the Parliamentary precinct, including Parliament Hill itself, undergo massive renovations. Not all the projects were done with Canada 150 in mind, but parts of downtown are looking quite spiffy, as the city prepares to host its largest-ever influx of tourists.Expectations are that more than 400,000 will be on the Hill for Canada Day alone and the city will draw as many as 10 million throughout the year.They will have to take the good with the bad when it comes to construction.The first phase of Ottawa’s new light rail system under downtown was never supposed to be finished for Canada 150, but the original project agreement included a clause that would have downtown streets “restored to pre-construction configuration before the 2017 Canada Day celebrations.”A recent update given to Ottawa city council says construction will be halted for the Canada Day weekend and streets will be cleaned for it, but thanks to the massive sinkhole that opened downtown in 2016, some street-level areas still won’t be ready.As for the NAC, the first floor of the new 5,500 square-metre expansion will open on Canada Day. The “lantern” glass tower with the LED projectors and the rest of the second floor will be ready in October, followed by a new 600-seat conference and events room next February.It was always planned that way, says chief architect Donald Schmitt, who led some reporters on a tour of the construction space last week. He was hired in 2011 to start re-envisioning the building Canada built for its 100th birthday in 1967, but funds for the renovation didn’t get approved until late in 2014 and construction didn’t begin until February 2016.More than 200 tradespeople are now on the site as the rush is on to get the finishing touches on the first floor in time for a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting on July 1. Even to meet this first deadline, the project had to take special steps, including constructing 247 triangular wooden roof pieces in a warehouse south of Ottawa and then installing them with cranes, saving months of time.When the NAC was first built, it was supposed to be ready for the Centennial in July 1967 but ran almost two years behind schedule, eventually opening on June 2, 1969.The city will see other additions this summer. The National Gallery will open new Canadian and indigenous galleries on June 15. Across the Ottawa River at the Canadian Museum of History, one of three main sites for the national Canada Day festivities, a new $30-million Canada History Hall will open July 1.Museum CEO Mark O’Neill calls it the most significant legacy that will be left behind by Canada 150.“There are great Canada 150 projects across the country, but if you look at the projects that will be legacy … I don’t think there is any other project out there that is similar in nature to this one.”There will still be a lot of construction around on July 1. On Parliament Hill itself, cranes, scaffolds and construction fencing will loom large around the West Block. On the edge of the Rideau Canal, across from the famed Chateau Laurier, the city’s old railway station is being refurbished to house the Senate when Centre Block closes for restoration in 2018.The old central post office across Elgin Street from the National Arts Centre is cradled in scaffolding, hidden behind a blue and red wrapping printed with Canada 150 logos.Most of these renovations were not part of the $500 million earmarked for community infrastructure legacy projects and local and national festivals and celebrations to mark the birthday across the country.While the Centennial celebrations gave Canada the world’s first UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Alta., the sesquicentennial will bring the “red couch tour” which is, quite literally, a red sofa travelling the country and stopping for people to sit and reflect on what Canada means to them.last_img read more