Diaspora meeting: Africans must unite

first_img24 May 2012Africans must unite in order to build a solid foundation for reviving the African family across the world – a move that will give impetus to the renaissance of the continent.The call was made at the opening of the African Diaspora Ministerial Meeting held ahead of Friday’s Global Diaspora Summit in Sandton.The ministerial meeting, hosted at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s headquarters in Pretoria, paves the way for the Sandton summit to be attended by, among others, current and former heads of state.The common thread amongst speakers was a vision of a united and strong Africa based on partnerships between governments and all segments of society in order to shore up cohesion and solidarity amongst countries on continent and the diaspora.The opening of the ministerial meeting recognised the need to build on sustainable partnerships between the African continent and the African diaspora through dialogue and effective collaboration with governments and peoples of different regions of the world.Building a sold foundationSpeaking at the opening session, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the outcomes of the summit must contribute towards building a solid foundation for reviving our global African family.She affirmed the need to promote South-South cooperation as a framework for enhancing mutual development as well as Pan African Solidarity.Nkoana-Mashabane said a united Africa and Diaspora would lead the continent in the right direction towards independence, economic emancipation, eradication of poverty and advancement of Africa.She urged the summit to pick up the baton relayed from the days of Pan African conferences premised on ridding the continent of all its challenges; and help create a better life for Africans in the diaspora.“These struggles on the continent and the diaspora are far from over. The challenges of neo-colonialism are still before us. Racism is another reality that continues to cause pain, suffering and humiliation to its victims.“Many people on this continent still live in fear because of the absence of peace and security in their countries. Disease, hunger and ignorance remain an obstacle to our achievement of a better life for our people,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.A message of hopeErieka Bennett, Ghana’s Head of Mission at the Diaspora African Forum, said the summit was an opportunity for African leaders to give the diaspora a message of hope that the continent will never be the same, and that unity in diversity was a tenable ideal.Also addressing the summit, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping, lauded the efforts thus far to support Africa and the African diaspora.He used his message to outline the aim of the summit and the work that had been done from ministerial and technical experts’ meetings that led to the draft declaration, programme of action and implementation strategy, which will be considered at Friday’s summit.Ping said Friday’s consolidated outcome document would “serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation”.Among others, the draft declaration mentions the African Diaspora Legacy Projects. These include the creation of a database of professional skills in the African diaspora, which will tap into the expertise which have been lost in the brain drain.Others include the African diaspora Fund, whereby Africans abroad will be able to invest in African development, among others.These projects will be discussed and finalised at Friday’s summit, which will be attended by over 60 representatives.Harnessing skillsThe summit will discuss how best to harness the skills and energies within the continent and abroad for socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies, as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships within the continent and the diaspora.To be held under the theme, “Towards the Realisation of a United and Prosperous Africa and its Diaspora”, the summit will also consider the possible inclusion of the diaspora as a sixth region of the AU and endorse an AU Diaspora Volunteer Programme, which would associate the diaspora directly with the development efforts on the continent.The AU defines the diaspora as “peoples of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Mob torches liquor shop

first_imgAn irate mob, comprising mostly women from the neighbouring Sweepers’ Colony, allegedly ransacked and burnt a country liquor shop located in Ward No. 17 of Choudwar Municipality, about 15 km from here, on Saturday morning. The mob reportedly went berserk after finding the body of a local youth lying in a pool of blood near a canal, five km away from the liquor shop. The police said a man named Ashok Naik (30) and his acquaintance from the colony had gone to the liquor joint on Friday evening. When Ashok did not return home late in the night, his family members searched for him. His body was found lying near the Dhumabati canal. Believing that Ashok’s murder had something to do with the liquor shop, the colony residents rushed to it and set it on fire after ransacking it. The police said a murder case has been registered and investigations are on.Another body found In another incident, the Mangalabag police of the city retrieved the body of another youth lying in a pool of blood near the tuberculosis ward of the SCB Medical College and Hospital on Saturday morning. The police had suspected it to be a murder case after seeing a liquor bottle and some belongings strewn near the body. However, an autopsy led doctors to believe that it was a case of suicide.last_img read more

10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United

first_imgSuns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury MOST READ “Unlucky is a different thing than ridiculous,” Mourinho said. “And after that Tottenham has the game in their hands.”It was a damaging defeat for Mourinho’s team, with Manchester City allowed to surge 15 points clear of its second-place neighbor by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0.United was second-best all night in front of a Premier League record 81,978 fans at English soccer’s national stadium, which is Tottenham’s temporary home while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane.Tottenham set the tone with its explosive start, producing the third fastest goal since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.ADVERTISEMENT “We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said, “… and give the signal to the opposition that we want to play in the opposition half and dominate the game and put pressure on them.”United should have been more alert, based on its preparations.“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”It was timed at only 0.1 seconds slower than Alan Shearer’s 10.4-second goal in 2003 for Newcastle against Manchester City. Tottenham does hold the record, with Ledley King netting after 9.9 seconds at Bradford in 2000.“One of the criticisms of ourselves over the last couple of weeks was our slow starts, it was something we wanted to improve on and we definitely did today,” Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier said. “We were in control of the game from beginning to end, we came out and pressed them and didn’t give them any time. They suffered under it.”For a Tottenham side that couldn’t even beat fourth-tier Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday — drawing 1-1 — beating United so convincingly reasserted its top-four credentials.Tottenham is two points outside the Champions League places in fifth, and heads to third-place Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool felt the full force of Tottenham’s formidable counterattacking potency in October when Juergen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 at Wembley but inconsistency has proved costly.“You can win a game if you’re ready to fight,” Pochettino said, reflecting on a third successive home win over United. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled by one of the league’s most-expensively assembled teams, with only one save of significance required to block a shot from Romelu Lukaku.With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.“The distance to the leader was already considerable, even before this match,” Mourinho said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory.Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since Dec. 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut not quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, center with back to camera, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)ONDON — Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals.Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Farmers Urged to Join Reputable Groups in Order to Receive Gov’t Inputs

first_imgStory Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the move will ensure that “real farmers get the items”. Farmers are being encouraged to join a reputable organisation in order to benefit from farming inputs being provided by the Government. “Many times, inputs are given… to persons who say they want fertiliser, they want chickens, and when it is given to them, we find that before they get home, they sell (what they got). These are persons that are not farmers. I am one who believes in giving all the inputs through organisations and not to individuals,” he said. Farmers are being encouraged to join a reputable organisation in order to benefit from farming inputs being provided by the Government.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the move will ensure that “real farmers get the items”.“Many times, inputs are given… to persons who say they want fertiliser, they want chickens, and when it is given to them, we find that before they get home, they sell (what they got). These are persons that are not farmers. I am one who believes in giving all the inputs through organisations and not to individuals,” he said.“When you give it (the input) to the organisation, like the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) or a production marketing organisation (PMO), the executives there know who the real farmers are and they are able to give it to those farmers who are in need of it at that particular time,” he argued.Minister Hutchinson was addressing attendees at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22).Organised by the St. James Association of Branch Societies of the JAS, the annual Easter Monday event provides an opportunity for farmers in western Jamaica to showcase their products and livestock.last_img read more

Ronaldo expected to plead guilty in tax fraud case today in

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is expected to enter a guilty plea to tax charges during his time at Real Madrid for a suspended prison sentenceThe Portuguese superstar is set to arrive at Madrid later today to attend a court hearing over accusations that he defrauded the government over income through image rights.Ronaldo is accused of using shell companies outside of Spain to hide the earnings he made from 2011 to 2014, which generates up to €14.7m.Despite the 33-year-old having protested his innocence on the matter since 2017, the investigation remains ongoing and the Juventus forward will now have to appear before a judge today.Sky Sports reports that a deal has been struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities, which will see Ronaldo plead guilty in exchange for a suspended two-year sentence.Spanish law dictates that first-time offenders can receive suspended sentences for two years or less, which means Ronaldo will not have to go to jail.However, he will be expected to pay up to nearly €19m in fines as a result of this arrangement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The hearing today in the Spanish capital will likely not last long with Ronaldo expected to appear in person after turning down the option of attending the court via video conference.Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso will also be at the courts today to answer to charges related to tax fraud of around €2m between 2010 to 2012 from image rights.Alonso previously spoke about the case in March and announced his confidence that he will be found innocent.“My tax situation? I am calm and I believe I have done everything right, step by step, I trust that this will end well,” said AlonsoBut the 37-year-old Spaniard, who played for Real between 2009 to 2014, could have up to five years in prison and a fine of €4m.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges in Spain in recent years.last_img read more

Sebi seeks details of IDFCShriram Capital mega merger

first_imgREUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has sought details from IDFC and Shriram Group’s companies on the proposed merger announced on Thursday, the Business Standard said in a report on Friday.Citing reports, Business Standard said that Chennai-based Shriram Capital and IDFC Bank are set to begin negotiations for merging all or some of their businesses in a mega union that could create a Rs 60,000-crore financial powerhouse.Sources said the market regulator has asked stock exchanges to submit details of trade patterns for the price movements in their respective stocks, the report said.Accordingly, the respective group companies need to submit detailed reports on trading patterns and disclosures made by all three companies with their comments, the report said.A board meeting of Shriram Capital has been called on Saturday to discuss the merger. IDFC Bank and IDFC did not inform the stock exchanges of any board meetings till Thursday evening.Later on, an IDFC bank statement said that the bank would keep evaluating opportunities and if anything concrete fructified, it would inform the stock exchanges. At this point, there is nothing that can be disclosed, it said in a statement to stock exchanges.last_img read more