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Calgary urged to wait for more details before deciding on 2026 Olympic

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first_imgCALGARY – The City of Calgary is being urged to wait for more details from the International Olympic Committee before deciding whether to bid for the 2026 Games.The 17-member Calgary Bid Exploration Committee has concluded that it’s feasible for the host of the 1988 Winter Games to have another turn, but recommends Calgary take more time to determine whether it’s a good idea.In a presentation to city council on Monday, CBEC chairman Rick Hanson said the details of how the IOC may help Calgary reduce its costs — as well as what will be in the host city agreement — need to be fleshed out.When the committee was formed, it was expecting a September deadline for Calgary to decide on a bid.But the IOC has extended the invitation phase for 2026 bids, so the city has another year to mull it over.“We didn’t feel that we should rush to a conclusion or any kind of recommendation without considering all current and relevant facts,” Hanson told councillors.“And sometimes these current and relevant facts arrived very late in the game.”He said it’s reasonable to expect the city will have the information it needs by early next year.So far IOC officials have been accommodating and have shown interest in the debate underway in Calgary, he said.“At the end of the day you need to start negotiations and conversations from the position of respect and good faith and right now we’ve got good faith,” Hanson told reporters.“We’ve got the belief that they want to see successful bids come forward.”The bid exploration committee told city council last month that the price tag to hold the 2026 Games would be about $4.6 billion. It said the Games would generate almost half that in revenue, but another $2.4 billion would be needed.Hanson said Ottawa could fund up to half the shortfall if certain criteria are met. Without the support of the federal and provincial governments, a bid would be a no-go, he added.The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Calgary’s estimate is lower in part because the city could reuse venues from 1988.Sion, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, Austria, are among Calgary’s potential rivals for a 2026 bid.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he’s not expecting to see a draft host city contract until after next year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea“So it’s a bit anticlimactic, really. We’ve done all this work to get to this point, but it’s a bit hurry up and wait,” he said.“I suspect that council will probably make the decision to say, ‘We’ve done this great work. Let’s put it on the shelf, pens down for a little while. Let’s see what the IOC comes up with.’”The city’s administration is to make its recommendation at council next week, and Nenshi is expecting they, too, will call for a pause.The committee says it has produced 5,400 pages of analysis. The work came in about $2 million under its $5-million budget.A motion put forward by Coun. Sean Chu to have a plebiscite on the Olympic bid was defeated 13-2 on Monday, with many councillors saying there is not enough information to even know what question to ask.Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith, who was recently appointed to the IOC, was in Calgary to observe Monday’s session and said she thinks Calgary would do a terrific job hosting.“I think Calgary has shown what it can do in the past, with the Games in 1988, how they pulled everything together with the floods, how they really have a can-do attitude.”last_img read more

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Dikembe Mutombo To Receive Sager Strong Award At NBA Awards

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first_imgTurner and the NBA today announced that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo will be the recipient of this year’s Sager Strong Award at the NBA Awards on TNT, presented by Kia, to be held Monday, June 25, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.The Sager Strong Award, named for iconic Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager, is presented annually to an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace. The award is bestowed upon the recipient in the form of a colorful suit jacket, a replica of the one worn by Sager during his unforgettable “Time is simply how you live your life” speech in 2016.One of basketball’s most respected defensive players and rebounders, Mutombo is also well regarded beyond the game for his humanitarian work around the world. Two decades ago he created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Among the many achievements for DMF, the organization opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in 2007, and since, the facility has treated nearly a quarter million patients.In 2009, Mutombo was named a global ambassador for the NBA by NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern.The basketball Hall of Famer originally came to the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to Georgetown. Later, the school’s legendary coach John Thompson invited him to try out for the basketball team. Eventually, he would be a first round NBA Draft pick in 1991, and go on to play 19 years in the NBA before retiring in 2009.The 2018 NBA Awards on TNT – presented live from historic Barker Hangar in Los Angeles – will honor all of the league’s top performers from the 2017-18 NBA season, including the exclusive unveiling of the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.The second annual NBA Awards on TNT will once again feature current and former NBA players, coaches, musical performances and celebrity presenters throughout the evening. Additionally, the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be integrated throughout the show. Additional details will be announced at a later date.Last year’s first-ever Sager Strong recipient was Monty Williams, who has spent more than two decades as a player, coach and executive with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (as head coach), Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. His legacy throughout the basketball community extends beyond the court, as someone who has repeatedly faced adversity while remaining a beacon of compassion, loyalty, faith and family.The NBA Awards on TNT, created by Turner Sports and the NBA, is produced by dick clark productions.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan says no summit necessary with Alberta over licence plate dispute

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first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s minister of trade says there is no need to meet with Alberta officials to discuss a short-lived ban on Alberta licence plates on government construction projects.Jeremy Harrison says the issue has been dealt with.“A meeting as far as a get together in Lloydminster or Medicine Hat or wherever, it’s not necessary at this point,” Harrison said on Tuesday.“We’ll work together directly through the phone or mechanisms or where we see each other bilaterally since we go to a lot of events that we are at the same place at.”The Saskatchewan government announced the ban in December which it said was in response to similar restrictions facing Saskatchewan workers on Alberta job sites.Alberta filed a legal challenge and the policy was reversed in January before the two provinces were due to meet to discuss the issue.Harrison said getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which would increase the flow of Alberta crude from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., is the shared priority between the two provinces.“We’ve indicated our support for potential measures that would be taken by the government of Alberta on that front,” Harrison said.In Edmonton, Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said the two provinces will continue working to reduce trade barriers and focus on the expansion of the pipeline.“Alberta has a history of working very well with Saskatchewan,” Bilous said.“There is an acknowledgment that the No. 1 priority right now is the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Premier Moe has come out in support of Premier Notley and our government’s position — and so that is our No. 1 focus.”Despite the trade meeting being called off, Harrison said the two provinces still share “pretty strong difference of view” on the Alberta beer incentive, a program that includes grants to small brewers in the province.When Saskatchewan imposed the ban Dec. 6, it was not about beer but workplace fairness.Saskatchewan officials at that time said the licence plate ban was in response to similar restrictions facing Saskatchewan workers on Alberta job sites.Alberta said that was not true and that former Saskatchewan trade minister Steven Bonk never provided evidence to back up the claim.As the war of words escalated, former premier Brad Wall stepped in and said the plate ban was in response to anti-free-trade initiatives by Alberta, including the beer dispute.Alberta then filed a legal challenge under the New West deal.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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Killing of Nigerian news editor draws condemnation from top UN official

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6 October 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the recent killing of a Nigerian news editor, and called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. Bayo Ohu, the assistant news editor of the Nigerian daily newspaper, The Guardian, was shot dead in his home on 20 September as he was preparing to attend church, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “The shooters removed the victim’s laptop and mobile phone from the house, leading to speculation that the killing may have been linked to his work as a journalist, according to the International Press Institute (IPI),” the news release added.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura spoke out against the killing, stating that freedom of expression is a basic human right and its corollary, press freedom, is essential for democracy and rule of law.“Therefore, I trust that the authorities, in the interest of the whole of Nigerian society, will do all they can to bring the culprits of this crime to justice,” Mr. Matsuura said. read more

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Andrew Scheer demands Canada pull funds from Chinese development bank in retaliation

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today to respond to China’s ban on Canadian canola shipments by taking a number of steps, including pulling hundreds of millions of dollars Ottawa has committed to Beijing’s multilateral development bank.The Canadian Press has learned Scheer will also use a news conference to demand that Trudeau immediately appoint a new ambassador to China, launch a complaint about the canola dispute with the World Trade Organization, and increase financial support for farmers.Citing unproven concerns about pests, China has rejected Canadian canola seed shipments in recent months and has suspended the licences of two major Canadian exporters. ‘Huge uncertainty’ for Canadian farmers: China stops buying canola just weeks before planting begins It’s not just canola: China imposing unusual obstacles on Canadian soybean, pea and pork exports China is a trade bully. Trudeau needs to stop dithering and fight back The Conservative leader will argue that Trudeau has done little to address the canola feud since it erupted in recent months.Among the steps, Scheer will call on Trudeau to cut Canada’s funding to China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the government has committed $256 million over five years.The Liberal government has established a working group to address the canola issue, requested to send a delegation of experts to China to examine the complaints, and says it has been exploring options to provide financial support to farmers.China’s decision to cut off Canadian canola seed shipments is widely viewed as an attempt to apply economic pressure on Canada following the December arrest of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.In the days following Meng’s arrest, China arrested two Canadian citizens on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered Chinese national security.Weeks later, Trudeau fired Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum, for going off script in the government’s efforts to win the release of the two men. read more

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SMMT welcomes OLEV PluggedIn Places launch

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed the launch of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Plugged-In Places scheme. The new initiative will see £30 million funding made available to support the development of a pilot scheme to develop electric car cities across the UK. Feedback from these pilot schemes will then help to develop the future national charging infrastructure.  Commenting on the launch, SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt said, “Today’s launch of the Plugged-In Places scheme marks an important development in the transition to a low carbon economy. It will open up new opportunities for UK companies, helping to maintain jobs and create prosperity within the sector, as well as providing new investment possibilities.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Govt denies withholding 2017 funding for Guyana Prize for Literature

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Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton, on Monday denied claims that the Government withheld funding from the Guyana Prize Committee for the Guyana Prize for Literature awards, which was supposed to be held in July of 2017.Last week, Inews reported that the coalition Government, in what has been described as an unprecedented move, was yet to provide funding for the prestigious Guyana Prize for Literature Awards.Dr George NortonHowever, Minister Norton – who was unclear as to why the award ceremony was not held – reiterated that he was “sure” Government would not deliberately withhold funding for the hosting of such an event. He added that he has a vested interest in the Guyana Prize and has been seeking information from both the Secretary to the Committee, Al Creighton and the Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson.The prestigious award ceremony was supposed to be held in July of 2017, with March 31 being the deadline for submissions. However, it is yet to be held since the Government has not released funding for the Guyana Prize Committee to go ahead with the awards. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSports personalities including Doris honoured at NSC awardsMay 23, 2018In “Sports”86 new doctors graduate from Guyana-Cuba Medical Scholarship ProgrammeAugust 29, 2016In “Health”Mash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news” read more

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AMEC purchases Canadian engineering company

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first_imgAMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has signed a legally binding agreement to purchase the assets and ongoing operations of Philips Engineering. Philips is a 70-person Canadian engineering firm located near Toronto, in Burlington, Ontario. Founded in 1946, the company specialises in engineering services relating to highway and municipal engineering, water resources, structural (buildings and bridges) and land development.  Coupled with AMEC’s existing geotechnical, environmental, and materials testing and inspection capabilities, the acquisition will, according to the company, enable AMEC to provide a complete civil engineering consultancy service to public and private sector clients in eastern Canada. The acquisition concurs with AMEC’s strategy of increasing the geographic footprint and capabilities of the Earth and Environmental division and it follows nine other selective acquisitions in this division since January 2007.“Philips offers excellent infrastructure capabilities, an established public sector client base and a strong strategic fit for AMEC in Eastern Canada,” said Laurie Davidson, Executive Vice President of AMEC’s Earth and Environmental division.Philips Engineering President Bob McLaughlin added: “This merger will greatly benefit clients of both companies in that they will have ready access to the complete slate of civil engineering and environmental services. It also will open exciting professional opportunities to Philips staff in the mining, energy, federal government and industrial sectors.”last_img read more

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← Previous Story WORLD YOUNG PLAYMAKER 2014/2015 Next Story → WORLD YOUNG RIGHT WING 2014/2015?  Loading … WORLD YOUNG RIGHT BACK 2014/2015 Dimitrij Küttel Sime Ivic Fabian Wiede Vladan LipovinaView Results

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FF Bailout exit is absolutely good news but we need a lifejacket

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first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uXqyRSUgsMFIANNA FÁIL HAS welcomed the fact that Ireland will exit the EU/IMF bailout programme in December but has criticised the government’s decision not to avail of a precautionary credit line.Speaking at Leinster House this afternoon, the party’s finance spokesperson slammed the “political theatre” of the announcement earlier today and said the government had taken the wrong decision in opting to go it alone. “We believe the country does need to have a lifejacket as we enter what could be potentially quite choppy waters over the next six or nine months,” McGrath said.Both he and jobs spokesperson Dara Calleary criticised the lack of debate on the issue with Calleary citing a “massive information deficit” about the reasons behind the decision.McGrath acknowledged the exit is ‘good news’, saying: “Well, absolutely for the country of course.“There was always a completion date, an exit date from the programme, the programme has been essentially fulfilled and we are exiting completely.”But he said his concerns essentially “boil down to having an insurance policy in place in the event that something goes wrong.”Analysis: 5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it aloneWATCH: Taoiseach confirms Ireland will exit bailout without credit lineRead: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit linelast_img read more

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Lollipop used for road safety but not as you might think

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first_imgFirst, it’s difficult to yell while sucking a lollipop. Altercations happen due to verbal exchanges, but with a sucker in the mouth, there’s less talk, which results in fewer fights. The lollipop’s sugar hit calms those who’ve drank too much.Two thirds of pedestrians killed on Irish roads had been drinking; 50 per cent of them were three times over the legal drinking limit.The aim of the campaign is to get those who walk home after drinking to realise the danger they’re putting themselves in.Mayo County Council said: “In particular we want people to sort their lift home before heading out to go drinking.”Ireland one of best in EU at reducing deaths of pedestrians>One in seven head traumas are caused by road collisions>Ireland praised for its record on low road deaths> LOLLIPOPS CARRYING A road safety message ‘Never let a friend walk home drunk’ will be handed out to party goers in Mayo.The plan is to give out the sugary treats to people coming from night clubs and late bars in an attempt to crack down on road deaths of pedestrians and to stop drunken brawls.Road safety officials in Mayo claim this approach has worked in other countries where police “noticed an immediate decrease in rowdy activity and an increase in calming energy and awareness created around the message on the lollipop”.While the road safety awareness message is clear on the lollipop wrapper, how does the council plan to stop fights with the sugary treat?Mayo County Council have all the answers for this one:last_img read more

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Amazing letter to a woman with memory loss from her best friend

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first_imgWHEN THIS PERSON’S friend was in the hospital experiencing short term memory loss, she stayed with her to make sure she was ok.After a period of being asked the same questions over and over again, she wrote this letter and taped it beside the bed.The patient then uploaded it to Reddit so we could all see how amazing it is. Can’t see the image?  Try reloading this post.  ImgurIn case you’re wondering, she did mess with her as well, “I told her the same series of jokes, tweaking them each time so they were funnier and funnier. Every five minutes, I was A COMEDY GOD.”That’s the kind of friend you want.We bet you can’t make it through this post without smiling>VIDEO: This man’s nearly-naked dance wins the internet>last_img

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Aulas desperate to scare away Tousarts suitors

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first_imgAccording to the Italian newspaper Calciomercato, Olympique Lyonnais president, Jean-Michel Aulas, frantically tries to bind in-demand midfielder Lucas Tousart by offering him a new improved contract.The 21-year-old Frenchman was a subject of interest of Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window but eventually remained at the Groupama Stadium.However, the European giants are still trying to lure the talented midfielder away from the south of France. Therefore, Aulas would like to see Tousart extending his contract until 2023. The Lyon bigwig also hopes to exclude a buyout clause and make things even more complicated for the potential suitors.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Along with Ndombele and Houssem Aouar, the Valenciennes FC youth product has been holding down the midfield department for over a year, and Bruno Genesio would hardly accept to renounce his services.Ever since breaking into the Lyon’s first team back in 2015, Tousart has been an essential part of the squad. This season, he was a starter in seven Ligue 1 matches for Les Gones and also played his part in a stunning 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League opener.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Vancouver has topped 6 inches of rain this month more

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first_imgIt almost felt like springtime Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures running well into the 50s. And it has been very wet this week, although we got a brief break for most of Wednesday.Vancouver’s monthly rainfall topped 6 inches Wednesday, almost 2 inches above normal, and with more rain Thursday, we will certainly add to that. Fortunately, the heaviest rain will be to our south and north, giving local creeks a break of sorts. Still lots of groundwater to run off.Reports of high seas off the coast continue into Thursday, with swells running some 20 to 25 feet. Another great day for storm- watching. The good news is that the ocean will tend to quiet down on Friday and Saturday.That also means we will dry out a little before more rain next week. I would expect freezing overnight conditions and maybe freezing fog as we encounter yet again another inversion with warmer temperatures aloft and very cool at the ground.Earlier in the week, there appeared perhaps a chance of low-elevation snow early next week, but that has evaporated, and any precipitation that falls in the solid form will remain in the mountains.last_img read more

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Costa Rican economy grows more than regional average in 2012

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first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican economy will finish the year with 5 percent growth, a figure that is above the 3.2 percent average for Latin America, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).The most dynamic sectors are transport, storage and telecommunications services, financial intermediation, insurance, real estate and manufacturing.The study also says the government fiscal deficit will close at 4.5 percent. The fiscal deficit in November was 4 percent.ECLAC predicted the country’s growth will drop to 3.5 percent next year.In August, Costa Rica’s Central Bank predicted growth of 4.8 percent in 2012. Facebook Commentslast_img

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South Africa still struggling to fulfill Mandelas hopes dreams

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first_imgNo related posts. JOHANNESBURG — When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he brought a vision of forgiveness and reconciliation to rebuild a nation marred by the legacy of white rule. But the South Africa he leaves behind is still a work in progress, far from living up to the promises ushered in by his freedom and the ideals of justice and equality that he espoused.South Africa has made tremendous strides since the end of apartheid, the brutal system of white rule that gripped the country for decades. Under apartheid, blacks and other non-whites were racially separated in every manner possible: education, hospitals, public transport, even beaches. They were forcibly removed from homes, denied citizenship or a vote; any dissent was violently suppressed by the state. Today, all South Africans are considered equal under the constitution.The nation, thanks in large part to Mandela, is no longer an international pariah but participates freely in the global economy, sports and other arenas. South African companies have expanded across sub-Saharan Africa and are a vital economic engine for the continent. South Africa, diplomatically and militarily, is playing a leading role in efforts to defuse crises in Congo, the Central African Republic and other trouble spots on the continent.But at home, the record remains mixed, a place where Mandela’s hopes and dreams remain largely unfulfilled. South Africa is a nation where racial and economic inequalities still tear through the consciousness of the black majority. While some progress has been made, the majority of blacks live in poverty, and many still lack basic necessities such as electricity, proper housing and clean water. Education and health care for impoverished blacks remain poor. It is a nation where the economy is still largely controlled by whites and a relatively small group of black elites.It is also a nation where there’s gradual but growing disillusionment with the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party that Mandela helped create and nurture into the revolutionary force that dismantled apartheid. Today, the party and its leadership are facing allegations of corruption and of ignoring the needs of impoverished blacks, the very constituency that Mandela fought so long and hard to emancipate and empower.“We have pockets of individuals, institutions and groups who are pushing Mandela’s ideals,” said William Gumede, a political analyst. “But there has also been backsliding among the ANC leaders in espousing Mandela’s hopes and dreams. His death has left a real gap, and the current leadership is not up to filling this gap.”When he became South Africa’s first black president after winning the nation’s first multi-race elections in 1994, Mandela actively wooed foreign investors. Instead of nationalizing companies, he persuaded the ANC to move away from its socialist ethos and embrace a free and open economy, which fueled South Africa’s economic growth for years.Today, however, that legacy is under fire. Unemployment remains at nearly 25 percent; white people on average earn six times more than their black counterparts. The ANC youth’s wing has lobbied hard for the nationalization of banks and mines; according to the Municipal IQ, a Johannesburg-based research group, last year there were a record 173 protests, many of them violent, over a lack of housing, jobs and basic services. According to World Bank statistics, South Africa remains one of the world’s most economically unequal societies.The most violent upheaval came in August 2012, when police killed 34 mine workers waging a strike at a platinum mine in the town of Marikana. It was the deadliest action by police in post-apartheid South Africa. The ANC responded by charging the striking miners with the murders of their co-workers, triggering popular anger at the storied party.Politically, allegations of corruption have touched the highest levels of office — something that would have been unthinkable under Mandela’s single term in office. President Jacob Zuma is facing a government probe for allegedly spending about $20 million of state funds to renovate his luxurious private residence in KwaZulu Natal province. In 2006, he was acquitted of rape charges. In 2009, charges that he allegedly took bribes from arms dealers were dropped, paving the way for his presidency.In the famed township of Soweto, on Vilakazi Street where Mandela once lived, youths protested and fought the apartheid regime in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Today, many young people here express concern about their future in a post-Mandela South Africa.“Madiba wanted us to have peace and no racism,” said Thandeke Belle, 14, a middle school student, using Mandela’s clan name, as many people in South Africa do. “I still feel there is racism although it was not as much as apartheid. The whites are still at the top, and we blacks are stuck down at the middle.”“Poor people are going to become poorer and the rich will get richer because of what’s happening,” said Belle’s classmate, Thato Tshabale, 15, who was standing next to her. “If you are a normal person with no connections, you will be nothing in today’s South Africa.”Tshabale said his ability to achieve his dreams of going to college and acquiring a healthy income are limited. “I don’t think apartheid has ended,” he said. “Right now, in order for us to learn, we need money. But the whites always have money and they get a lot more chances than blacks.”Papallo Chapedi, 15, said his mother had been waiting more than 10 years for government-subsidized housing, while some of his friends’ relatives were able to get housing due to their ties to the ANC. He criticized Zuma’s leadership, saying that he “does not even come close to Mandela” in terms of what he has provided to South Africans.“I feel a huge animosity towards the ANC,” Chapedi said. “It’s not empowering our needs. There is a lot of corruption; there’s propaganda. I would like to see change.”Patrick Hanratty, 64, had brought some Italian tourists to look at where Mandela had lived. For the white tour operator, Mandela’s vision for South Africa had been partially realized.“There have been successes, and there have been failures,” Hanratty said. “We are living in a society that has a measure of justice, whereas before we were living in a very unjust society. The feeling of guilt is still there of having benefited from the misfortune of our black brothers, but it is less than it used to be.”He added that whites like him “still live in a very privileged position,” but he said this was also partly because the government was being careful not to alienate whites.“You can’t dismantle an economy and make everybody equal,” he said. “To do that would endanger the development of the country. The government is following a pragmatic approach. They don’t want white flight. They want to keep as many skills and as much capital in the country” as possible.Perhaps the biggest impact that Mandela’s vision has had on whites, said Hanratty, is that they are no longer ostracized by the world, particularly in Africa.“You can be a white South African and can go all the way to Cairo without being considered a pariah,” Hanratty said. “You can show your passport with pride. South Africans can play sport anywhere in the world. This helps our national identity very much.”Despite all the challenges South Africa faces upon Mandela’s death, many South Africans expressed gratitude that they were led by a man who by example showed how leaders should govern their nation, imbued with the principles of democracy, justice and equality.“He was our [George] Washington,” said Gumede, the political analyst. “In his personal and public life, he created a gold standard and way of governing that showed us how our leaders should govern. . . . We know what is possible. Not many leaders in Africa can set that kind of example.”© 2013, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Kenya seeks German man for info on terror group

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first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Al-Shabab, Somalia’s most dangerous insurgent group, has threatened to bomb Kenya for sending troops into Somalia.Kenya’s government says the military incursion into Somalia was a reaction to the threat posed by al-Shabab whom it blamed for a wave of attacks and kidnappings on Kenyan soil.(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Note both spellings of German name are correct: Mueller and Muller)(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A Kenyan official says a German man is sought for questioning about the activities of an al-Qaida-linked militia group.Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said in a statement Saturday that Ahmed Khaled Mueller is wanted for questioning over the criminal activities of the Somalia-based al-Shabab militia.He says Mueller may be armed and goes by the aliases Andreas Martin Muller and Abu Nusaibah. Kiraithe says Mueller may have entered the country illegally. 0 Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Africas Top 50 Safari Parks

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first_imgSafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris, published a definitive ranking of the 50 best Safari parks of Africa based on more than 3,000 reviews. A total of 2,234 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 63 countries. Another 774 park reviews were written by renowned experts, including guidebook authors from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint. These results include both first time and experienced safari-goers.Tanzania’s Serengeti swept first place with an impressive rating of 4.89 out of 5, followed by South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve, and Okavango Delta in Botswana. South Africa held four of the top ten spots, more than any other country; however, its Kruger National Park only ranked 20th, which was a great surprise, as Kruger is highly regarded in the safari industry.Serengeti was rated best for its variety of wildlife, abundance of predators, and spectacular wildebeest migration. Legendary MalaMala Game Reserve offers some of the best wildlife viewing of Africa, and its luxury lodges cater the rich and famous.Okavango Delta is regarded for its scenic beauty. Its annual flooding transforms this otherwise desert area into a wildlife paradise of tranquil waterways. Kenya has almost 17% of the top 50 parks, but only the Masai Mara National Reserve is in the top 10. Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools was ranked 4th, which is significant when looking at all 138 parks that were considered for this top list.Source = SafariBookings.comlast_img read more

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Life After musical about a teen coping with loss

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first_img‘Life After’ musical about a teen coping with loss leads Dora nominations by The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2018 9:03 am PDT Last Updated May 31, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A musical about a 16-year-old girl sent reeling after the sudden death of her father and a dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline are among the leading contenders for this year’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards.“Life After” nabbed a leading 12 nominations for Toronto’s biggest theatre, dance and opera awards, vaulting co-producer Canadian Stage to a leading 24 nominations spread over the opera, dance and touring categories.The story of a teen trying to cope with loss and grief also gives co-producer the Musical Stage Company a leading 21 nominations in the musical theatre category and hands a best new musical/opera nod to Britta Johnson, the young phenom who wrote the production’s music, book and lyrics. Yonge Street Theatricals is another co-producer.Soulpepper Theatre tops the general theatre division with 13 nominations after an embattled year. Its founder and artistic director Albert Schultz resigned in January after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against him and the company, alleging sexual misconduct. None of their allegations have been tested in court.The Soulpepper nods include five for “Idomeneus,” including best ensemble performance, costume design, scenic design, lighting design and direction for Alan Dilworth.The Theatre Centre leads the independent theatre division with 12 nominations, eight of them in co-production with Native Earth Performing Arts, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre for “Bears.”The dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline earned noms for best production, new play, scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design/composition, direction for Matthew Mackenzie and male performance for Sheldon Elter.The other four nominations are for “Daughter,” co-produced by The Theatre Centre and Quip Take with Pandemic Theatre. Those include best production, direction for Ann-Marie Kerr, male performance for Adam Lazarus and sound design/composition.Native Earth Performing Arts takes second spot in the independent theatre division with 10 hits, including best new play and lighting design “Ipperwash.”Tapestry Opera’s productions lead the opera category with 18 nominations, 10 of which are for “The Overcoat — a musical tailoring,” a co-production with Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera.“The Overcoat” vies for best production, new musical/opera, best direction, best male performance for both Geoffrey Sirett and Peter McGillivray, scenic design, costume design, lighting design, choreography and musical direction for Leslie Dala.The Dora Mavor Moore Awards will be handed out June 25.———Online: http//tapa.calast_img read more

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