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April 20, 2021

Surrounded by green

first_imgEvening primrose salute the sun. (Maria James)Fawn at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Ebony Jewel wing (a damselfly) with insect prey at Hills Pond. (Tom Oliver)Bullfrog at Hills Pond. (Tom Oliver)Yellow-rumped Warbler with insect prey at Hills Pond. (Tom Oliver)Red-breasted Nuthatch at Hills Pond in Perkins Plantation. (Tom Oliver)Doe and fawn at head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver) Two young bucks out for a walk on Walker Hill, Wilton. (Jim Knox) An eagle, the point guard on Wilson Lake, Wilton. (Jim Knox)A young red fox sneaking through a field, Wilton. (Jim Knox)Showing a little Attitude? A female gray fox being protective of her young. (Jim Knox)A beautiful sunset at Wilson Lake. (Jim Dwinal)A beautiful white giant daylily. (Jim Dwinal)Sunset. (Darlene Power)Sunrise. (Darlene Power)First glimpse of a crane brings good luck! (Jane Knox)Tall schooners take tourists out to sea. (Jane Knox)Rows of red chairs waiting for Maine tourists. (Jane Knox)Tall tiger Lilies reflect the heat of midsummer. (Jane Knox)A doe surrounded by green. Weld (Dennis York)Bull moose in Weld. (Dennis York)Geese in the cattails. Wilton. (Dennis York)Na-na, try to catch me. (Pat Blanchard)Think I’ve been spotted. (Pat Blanchard)I don’t think she sees me. (Pat Blanchard)last_img read more

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December 19, 2020

Language snafu snares relocating lawyer

first_img Language snafu snares relocating lawyer Senior EditorWhen friends ask Lydia Boesch, a California-licensed lawyer who moved to North Carolina in 2001, if she’s taken the bar exam in her new home yet, she has a rueful answer.“I say, ‘No, and you don’t want to know why,’” Boesch said.The problem is Boesch was once licensed in Florida, although she never actually practiced in the state. She allowed the license to lapse since she had no plans to practice in Florida, but now a glitch between Florida Bar and North Carolina rules is hampering her application in North Carolina.On December 12, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order saying under Bar rules it lacks the authority to help, although justices were troubled by the matter. Two called on the Bar to clarify its rules, and two others dissented, saying the court should issue a certificate that would help in her quest to be licensed in North Carolina.Here’s what happened: Boesch, a 1975 business graduate from Florida State University, worked as a CPA in Florida for several years before attending American University in Washington, D.C. She graduated in 1986 and joined The Florida Bar the same year.But she went to work as a staff attorney for a judge on the United States Tax Court in Washington, and then moved to San Francisco in 1989 and went to work for a law firm. She joined the California bar the following year.In 1991, she was given a pro bono award by the San Francisco Bar Association for her aid to the homeless, and in 1992 her work was included in a pro bono video prepared by the ABA on the direction of then-President Sandy D’Alemberte. The city of San Francisco honored her with a “day” for her pro bono work. She had a clean disciplinary record there.“I love practicing law and to be told I can’t practice. . . . I can’t talk about it, I’ll start crying,” Boesch said.Around 1993, Boesch determined she was unlikely ever to practice in Florida and decided to let her membership expire. As contemplated in Bar rules, she could do this by not paying annual membership fees for five years. Accordingly, her Florida Bar membership lapsed in 1998.In 2001, Boesch moved to North Carolina and late that year applied to join the bar there. And her problems began.North Carolina section. 0501 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law requires that the applicant be in good standing in any state or jurisdiction in the U.S. where he or she has been licensed to practice law. That can include being an inactive member.No problem for Boesch and her California membership. But that’s where the “glitch” in Florida Bar rules entered.Even though rules contemplate that it’s perfectly acceptable to resign from the Bar by not paying dues, Rule 1-3.2(a) specifies that members in good standing are only those who are licensed, who have paid annual fees for the current year, and “who are not retired, resigned, delinquent, inactive or suspended members.”Technically, because Boesch left the Bar by becoming delinquent on annual fees, she cannot be designated as in good standing.When Bar officials were approached by Boesch, they were sympathetic, and Bar General Counsel Paul Hill wrote two letters pointing out the Catch 22 of Bar rules. He also noted that under existing rules, there would be no impediment to Boesch applying to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for readmission to the Bar.But North Carolina officials remained adamant.“The North Carolina rule is that the person must be in good standing in any bar in which he or she has ever been a member,” said Fred P. Parker III, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners. “The information we had received was she [Boesch] would have to go back through the whole process again to be in good standing [in Florida].“Our rules provide that a person can go inactive and be in good standing and that’s fine, but if a person just quits paying dues and is not in good standing, that doesn’t meet the North Carolina rules.”Parker said the North Carolina board notified Boesch about six months ago that she had six months to get in good standing with The Florida Bar.The Florida Bar suggested to Boesch that she seek a certification from the court that she is in good standing with The Florida Bar.In a December 12 two-page order, the court declined. Four justices — Charles Wells, Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince, and Raoul Cantero — said the Bar rule was clear — and they lacked the authority to grant the request. In a one-page concurring opinion, Justice Barbara Pariente, joined by Cantero, called on the Bar to address the rule problem, and for North Carolina to reconsider.Justice Leander Shaw, joined by Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, wrote a 13-page dissent, saying the court traditionally broadly construes such Bar rules, and under a broad reading the court could and should help Boesch.Shaw noted while one rule prohibits members who have been delinquent for five years from being administratively reinstated by the Bar, the rule also provides such members “must be readmitted upon application to and approval by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.”“Although Ms. Boesch no longer was eligible for reinstatement, she nevertheless was in good standing with the Bar in terms of applying for readmission, for the slate had been wiped clean of fee arrearages and outstanding [CLE] course requirements,” Shaw wrote.The court could certify, he argued, that Boesch is in good standing to seek readmission to the Bar, and owes no fees, has no outstanding CLE requirements, and has an unblemished disciplinary record.“This court, in denying Ms. Boesch’s petition, is perpetrating a double injustice. First, the court is working an injustice against Ms. Boesch, for the court is barring an extraordinarily gifted and passionate member of the legal profession from contributing to society in a manner that is commensurate with her abilities and expertise,” Shaw wrote. “Second, the court is working an injustice against society, for the court is depriving society of the substantial services of this highly skilled and nationally recognized advocate of the poor and underprivileged. Instead of interposing a procedural bar that effectively will prevent Ms. Boesch from practicing law ever again in many states, this court should be lauding her exemplary devotion to the legal profession.”Boesch said even though the court technically turned her down, she hopes the order and attached opinions will help. “I’m disappointed this isn’t over, but I’m optimistic I’ve got something to work with,” she said, adding language from Justice Pariente’s concurrence might be enough.Pariente wrote: “The majority has made it clear that the sole reason that this court cannot certify that Ms. Boesch is in good standing with The Florida Bar is because her membership lapsed as a result of nonpayment of dues after a period in excess of five years. Hopefully this will not serve as an impediment to Ms. Boesch’s ability to seek admission to the North Carolina Bar, and I urge the North Carolina Bar to recognize that for its purposes, this court order is a limited certificate.”Parker, of the North Carolina law examiners, said he hadn’t seen the order and the opinions as of Bar News deadline. “When I get a copy of it, I’ll furnish it to the board and let them decide,” he said.If Pariente’s concurrence, and Shaw’s dissent aren’t enough, Boesch said she and her lawyer will likely go to federal court.“This is a violation of my federal civil rights on equal access and due process,” she said. “The U.S. Supreme Court said there has to be a good reason [to deny someone bar admission] and the reason has to be related to fitness to practice.” January 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Language snafu snares relocating lawyerlast_img read more

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September 16, 2020

VCT vs QUN: Favourable Dream11 for the Marsh One-Day Cup match

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 12:02 IST VCT Vs QUN: Favourable Dream11 For The Marsh One-Day Cup Match Victoria will be playing Queensland in the Marsh One-Day Cup on October 1, 2019. Take a look at the favourable Dream11 you can choose for the VCT vs QUN match 11 months ago Dream11 CPL: Barbados Tridents vs Jamaica Tallawahs match prediction WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img Mrigank Pandey LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th September, 2019 12:02 IST Victoria will take on Queensland in the 2019-20 Marsh One-Day Cup on October 1, 2019. The match will start at 5:30 AM IST. The match will be played at Junction Oval in Melbourne. Victoria are captained by Peter Handscomb and Queensland Bulls are captained by Usman Khawaja. Let’s take a look at the squads and the Dream11 prediction.  ALSO READ | Pakistan’s attempt to revive cricket at home drowns in heavy downpourVCT vs QUN: Squads and favourable Dream11Here are the squads for the two teams:VictoriaPeter Handscomb (captain and wicket-keeper), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Will Pucovski, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Will Sutherland, James Pattinson, Chris Tremain, Jon Holland, Jackson Coleman, Scott Boland, Andrew Fekete, Matthew Short, Travis Dean, Sam Harper, and Mackenzie Harvey. Queensland BullsUsman Khawaja (captain), Jimmy Peirson (wicket-keeper), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Billy Stanlake, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Gannon, Charlie Hemphrey, Xavier Bartlett, and Max Bryant.ALSO READ | MS Dhoni gets nostalgic about gully cricket, recalls school daysVCT vs QUN: Favourable Dream11Wicket-keepers: Peter HandscombBatsmen: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Matt Renshaw, Sam HeazlettAll-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Short, Michael NeserBowlers: Jackson Coleman, Jon Holland, Mark SteketeePlease keep in mind that these Dream11 suggestions are made with our own analysis in mind. These selections do not guarantee positive results in your games.ALSO READ | Rohit Sharma reveals AB de Villiers as his favourite cricketerQueensland are table-toppersQueensland are currently at the top of the Marsh Cup standings with 14 points to their name. Victoria are currently fourth on the points table having just won one out of their three games. Victoria’s match was against Queensland Bulls where captain Usman Khawaja was the Man-of-the-match. Khawaja made 138 as the Bulls batted first, Victoria could only muster up 168 runs before all their 10 wickets fell. Will Sutherland was their highest scorer with the 66 he scored in 67 balls. Victoria captain Peter Handscomb could only manage to score seven runs in his team’s failed chase. ALSO READ | SL captain says security is good, focus should be on cricket last_img read more

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December 24, 2019

DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN OFFERS HIS PUB RENT-FREE TO BRING BACK CUSTOMERS

first_imgOwner Jimmy McLaughlin is offering his pub free for six months.A businessman is giving away his pub rent-free for six months in a bid to get customers back.Up until March of this year Mary Deeney’s Bar in Muff was a thriving business.But the tenant landlord left and the bar was due to close it’s doors for a few weeks. Mary Deeneys was once a landmark bar in Inishowen.However owner Jim McLaughlin said it has been impossible to find someone to lease the bar which is located on the outskirts of the village of the Inishowen village.Now the 50 year old businessman is offering the bar and restaurant rent-free for six months to the new tenant.He told Donegal Daily “I have always been known for doing things a little differently and I’m hoping this will give someone a good start.“We have to agree a deal on a lease but the offer of six months free rent is a great bonus I think. “This was a landmark pub and there is no reason why the right person couldn’t return it to its former glory,” he said.The well-known father-of-five said the bar employed 14 people when it closed.The landmark bar has a traditional thatched roof and stone façade and is also noticeable by its 150ft steel Christmas tree which is lit up each festive season.“That’s fourteen people who could be taken off the dole if we can get the bar rented and up and running again,” added Jim.In its heyday the bar was a hive of activity. Jim was also part and parcel of the social fabric of Donegal and raised €100,000 for the Donegal Hospice through events surrounding the bar in the 1990s.At Christmas he often got celebrities including Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street’s Mike Baldwin) to turn on the Christmas lights.But, like many other landlords, Jim says the smoking ban was a huge blow to pub culture in Co Donegal.“When the smoking ban was introduced people began to go to off-licenses and realised they could get their drink much cheaper. “But the off-licenses do not have the overheads that a bar has.“The Government might have thought they were doing good but they have cost thousands of jobs and thorn the life out of a major part of Irish life,” he said.Jim added that since putting up a sign outside his bar offering it rent-free for six months, he has had a number of enquiries.He said he has yet to fix a price on a possible lease but is will to be flexible to get the bar open again with the right tenant.“I am due to meet a number of people who are prepared to give it a go.“I will give them as much support as they need. If they take a chance on me then I will take a chance on them.“Mary Deeney’s Bar was a thriving business and there’s no reason why it can’t be again.“We did great food and had a great atmosphere and that can all return.“I’m taking a chance but if someone is prepared to take a chance in return then we can make it work again,” he said.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN OFFERS HIS PUB RENT-FREE TO BRING BACK CUSTOMERS was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 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:Jim McLaughlinMary Deeney’s Barmuffrent freelast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Football inspires performing arts

first_img5 July 2010When it comes to the arts, football may not seem an obvious source of inspiration. But this year, there was an emergence of football-related performances at South Africa’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.The annual festival, which ran from 20 June to 4 July, is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. It draws artists and actors from around the world and features around 600 independent shows, exhibitions, lectures and cultural acts.“Art is not exclusive. Art is an integral part of daily life. I don’t believe that sport and art need to compete,” said Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival director, who has been running the festival for three years.“We recognize that the team [Bafana Bafana] played a considerable role in a journey of discovery for us as a nation. Similarly, with arts, you immerse yourself into the soul of a nation.‘Exploring a pool of creativity’“We offer[ed] people the opportunity to engage with soccer – but between matches, through exploring a pool of creativity that defines us as a nation.”Among the shows that used football as a central theme, there was an Australian one-man show production called “The football diaries”; a dance, theatre and music extravaganza by an international cast called “Football football”; a Makarapa exhibition; and even a gala performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra featuring two World Cup songs.Star performer Mpho Osei-Tutu acted in a debut one-man show called Convincing Carlos, directed by award-winning Craig Morris.The French-born South African actor and screenwriter played several characters in a story of a Bafana Bafana-mad family man who is seduced into believing that he has been chosen to save the national team from global embarrassment ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. His plan? To convince South Africa’s World Cup coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, to return at all costs.‘Passionate about football’“The number of people at the stadiums shows how immersed we are in the game, how people are passionate about football, and I’ve managed to get quite a lot of soccer fans to come watch the show,” said Osei-Tutu.But it’s the way arts, like sport, can unite people through the sharing of experiences that got Osei-Tutu the most excited. “I love telling human stories and reaching people. There are six billion stories to tell, but it’s the engaging people across all borders that I love the most.”For Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the moment in which South Africa can invite the world to celebrate Africa’s humanity through rhythms, harmonies and visions.“This is your moment. This is your time to share with the world the richness of our people, the vibrancy of our cultures, and the resilient spirit of a nation that is determined to be an important role-player on the world stage,” said Xingwana at the opening event of the festival.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Africa is open for business

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma opened the Tradeand Investment Conference andExhibition 2012 on Wednesday atSun City in the North West province.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zanele Mngadi The Presidency+27 82 330 1148mediaclubsouthafrica.com reporterSouth African President Jacob Zuma opened the International Trade and Investment Conference in the North West province on Wednesday.High-profile local and international government and business representatives are attending the two-day event, under the theme The African Dialogue, which is underway at Sun City.In his speech, Zuma said that there would be no stopping the rise of Africa – six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were now African and the continent had grown faster than East Asia in eight of the past 10 years.The text of the address follows below:Ladies and gentlemen,It is my honour to join you today at this 4th International Trade and Investment Conference hosted by our government through the Department of Trade and Industry.By being here, you are joining a remarkably diverse group of premier leaders in both government and industry, from across the world, to discuss the vast array of opportunities in Africa.There is no doubt that over the past decade, Africa has come from being the so-called ‘hopeless Continent’ to being a rising star.Profound changes have taken place which have brought about this turnaround.We can count the fact that Africa has come from being the notorious continent with 16 raging wars in 2002, to a continent which is fast achieving peace and stability.Around two thirds of governments in Africa are democratically elected, compared with just eight in 1991. The newest democratic states are Guinea Conakry, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire.The spread of peace and good governance is providing Africa’s entrepreneurs with the necessary conducive environment to promote themselves and establish their industries.They can now turn their ideas into major projects.These new developments are backed up by growth figures. According to the International Monetary Fund figures, region-wide GDP growth has averaged 5.5% from 2000 to 2010, more than double the rate we had in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.It is remarkable that six of the world’s fastest ten growing economies were African. In eight of the past ten years, Africa has grown faster than East Asia.Naturally, we all want to see Africa’s growth acceleration being widespread and also fairly inclusive, with the poorest seeing significant improvements in their lives.Steady progress has also been made in education, health, sanitation, and in empowering women but as the progress with the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals shows, the continent has a long way to go. But it is good that progress is being made economically, as this will produce the resources we need to achieve economic growth and improve the quality of life.Ladies and gentlemen,As you can appreciate, we are standing in an incredibly privileged position today, where we can witness Africa’s epic comeback.We are all aware of Africa’s history. Many of us have even been closely intertwined with Africa’s struggles, pain and suffering. But today we can stand here and proudly watch Africa finally rising.There is no doubt that these are only the first rays of light, glorious Africa is yet to reveal itself.But despite all the good news, companies have been slow to enter Africa. Some executives are still missing the signals. Others question whether Africa’s surge is just the result of a one-off lift by the global commodities boom, or whether it is really a sustained economic take-off?“Will Africa continue to rise,” they wonder, as the Economist asked last year?The answer to this is widely found. I expect that over the next two days this question will be answered numerous times, each time giving the same answer. Yes, – undoubtedly yes. Africa will continue to rise.But what Africa needs, is to have her own people to believe this, and to spread this powerful positive message using all the tools and information at our disposal. We need Africans to stop being pessimistic about their continent, and to be the leading spokespersons and ambassadors.If we do not believe what we see and experience, the rise of our beloved motherland, why should the rest of the world?I challenge all Africans today to accept the fact that their continent is changing. They must release themselves from the shackles of self-doubt and celebrate these new developments.Many reports have been produced by reputable think tanks pointing to the rise of Africa.Some are busy studying what makes Africa finally succeed.In the 2010 McKinsey Global Institute report, which I suspect you are all aware of, Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies, it was found that natural resources explain only a part of the African story.It said natural resources account for just about a quarter of GDP growth from 2000 through 2008, while other industries, particularly manufacturing and services, contributed the rest.A further answer to the rise of Africa can be found in the current activities and developments taking place in Africa.Firstly, the African Union has taken a conscious decision about integration and to promote intra-African trade. Because of costly barriers, intra-African trade is unusually low. It averages 10%, which is less than half the level in other emerging market regions.Creating larger regional markets will increase specialisation and competition and boost manufacturing.A continental free trade area is being established.And at a regional level, the Tripartite Free Trade area, bringing together COMESA, SADC and the East African Community will create a market of 26 countries, with a population of about 600-million people and a combined GDP of R7.9-trillion (US$1-trillion). This augurs well for the economic future of these regions.Secondly, the infrastructure developments that have been undertaken in Africa will eliminate most of the hindrances to growth.It is widely known that Africa’s inadequate infrastructure is one of the main factors inhibiting trade, integration and economic development.It has been calculated that if the continent continues to narrow its infrastructure gap, economic growth will receive a further large boost – perhaps by as much as two percentage points a year.In view of this, the AU has set up the Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative, a continental committee of eight Nepad heads of state and government, to champion infrastructure projects at the highest level.South Africa is also chair and champion of the North-South Road and Rail Corridor project.This corridor cuts across eight countries in eastern and southern Africa and aims to facilitate trade by upgrading road, rail, power and port facilities. It also aims to simplify cross-border regulatory procedures. This will enable producers and traders to access regional and international markets more easily.The projects have already passed the feasibility studies phase and should be at the implementation phase by 2016.Encouragingly, Africa is now able to spend about R575-billion ($72-billion) a year on infrastructure, but there remains a R3.8-trillion ($480 billion) shortfall over the next decade to provide for unmet needs, particularly in water, power and transportation. There is much scope for private participation and investment in this area.Domestically, you would be aware of our own massive infrastructure development programme, which I announced in February this year.We are on course to spend billions of rand on infrastructure in the coming years, focusing on rail, roads, energy, water, sanitation and the communication sectors throughout the country.The plan also includes the building and refurbishment of universities, further education and training colleges, schools and hospitals. We have been working hard to unpack the projects and development implementation timelines.This week the three spheres of government are meeting to discuss implementation. The programme will change the South African landscape as it will boost job creation, improve access to basic services and boost the competitiveness of our economy. You will get details later today in this conference.I invite you to join us on this infrastructure journey and find areas in which you can participate.Thirdly, ladies and gentlemen, on why Africa is succeeding: Africa’s demographic composition is bound to fuel long term growth. In 2010, 42% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population was younger than 14 years old.By 2050, the continent will be home to one in five of the planet’s young people and will have the world’s largest workforce of 1.2 billion. In that year, one in four workers in the world will be African, compared to one in eight from China, reversing today’s balance.While other regions rapidly age, Africa will enjoy a demographic competitive advantage of young, energetic and increasingly educated workers to power the continent’s services and manufacturing sectors.Finally, the growth of the information and communications technology sector in Africa has been phenomenal.The number of mobile phone users has multiplied 33 times to 316 million users since the year 2000.The internet is spreading around Africa at an even faster pace. These trends have strong positive effects on growth.For example, for every 10 new mobile phones per 100 people a country adds, GDP is likely to increase by 0.8 percentage points.Due to the lack of fixed line internet infrastructure, roughly 39% of mobile users access the internet via mobile. This has opened an entire new portal for assistance in health and education, in especially the most rural areas.Ladies and gentlemen, indeed Africa is rising, and the signs are there for all to see.What is left is for the business sector to grab the opportunity and reap the rewards of this growth, in a manner that promotes inclusive growth, and which creates decent work for the African people.Africa is indeed open for business.It is my pleasure to declare this Africa Dialogue Conference officially open!I thank you.last_img read more

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Mandela, Castro’s special bond recalled

first_img7 March 2014 The deep respect and affection shared by Nelson Mandela and Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is the focus of Mandela and Fidel, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Estela Bravo. The documentary was screened during the first in a series of three Mandela/Fidel Legacy Dialogues at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria last week. The second will be held in Cuba later this year, and the third back in South Africa. Mandela and Fidel begins with Mandela attending Namibia’s independence celebrations in March 1990, only a month following his release. Meeting with top Cuban officials, he says: “We have never doubted that in Cuba, we have a dependable friend.” He acknowledges that without Cuba’s involvement in the war in Angola, South Africa would probably still be occupying parts of that country and Namibian independence “would have been very difficult to achieve”. The following year Mandela travelled to Cuba, where he was feted everywhere, Castro at his side. In the documentary, Castro tells an audience: “If you want to have an example of a truly honourable man, then this man is Nelson Mandela.” The documentary follows their relationship for several more years, including Castro’s attendance at Mandela’s presidential inauguration in May 1994. The audience at last week’s screening applauded Mandela’s forthright manner, for example in defending South Africa’s relationship with Cuba, and laughed at his “rebuking” Castro for not responding to a four-year-old invitation to visit South Africa. Castro’s visit took place a few months after that. US-born Estela Bravo became a resident of revolutionary Cuba in the 1960s. She has made dozens of films, mostly focusing on sensitive social and political issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. She has also made other acclaimed documentaries about Castro, according to the foundation. Opening last week’s discussion, at which Bravo was an invited guest, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang noted that Mandela and Castro had always met with the greeting “my brother”. Cuba always supported South Africa’s liberation struggle, and even now its support for the country was extensive, Hatang said. “The lesson is, solidarity is a possibility, and it delivers.” Unisa vice-chancellor Mandla Makhanya noted in his speech that the mutual respect that Mandela and Castro felt mirrored the struggles for freedom of their respective countries. He concluded by quoting Castro: “The quality of life lies in knowledge, in culture. Values are what constitute true quality of life, the supreme quality of life, even above food, shelter and clothing,” and then Mandela: “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Cuban ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio told the gathering that the strong relationship between the two men portrayed in the documentary reflected a relationship between South Africa and Cuba dating back to the early 1960s, at the time of the Cuban revolution. Cuba was “an early supporter” of South Africa’s struggle, training cadres as early as 1962 and later committing thousands of troops to the war in Angola, of whom 2000 died “in solidarity with the peoples of Africa,” de Cossio said. “We are proud in Cuba of our relationship with South Africa, and to have South Africa as a friend.” Also a guest at the screening, Barbara Masekela, South Africa’s former ambassador to the US, who accompanied Mandela to Cuba in 1991, said Mandela’s friendship with Castro had been “born in the trenches of the freedom struggle”. “It’s not unlike the relationship he had with Walter Sisulu, and the relationship he had with Oliver Tambo.” Masekela hailed Bravo as “a great filmmaker”, saying: “There is a strain that goes through all of her films, and that strain is the collective memory we must all share.” During a question-and-answer session after the screening, Bravo said that Mandela’s 1991 visit to Cuba had come at a very important time, when socialism worldwide was collapsing, to “show solidarity with Cuba”. She said South Africa was privileged to have had Mandela, asking: “Who in the world is more loved than Mandela?” Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Ravan to be released from jail

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November 27, 2019

Bone bruise

first_imgA bone bruise results from compressive forces incurred during an injury. The damaged areaoccurs in the medullary portion of the bone and can be accompanied by bleeding and swelling.Bruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows from other people or objects. Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.Review Date:5/1/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

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October 14, 2019

Process shields Lonechild from resignation calls

first_imgBy Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-A Saskachewan chief who hid a drunk driving charge weeks before he was elected to the post of leading the province’s biggest First Nations organization is refusing to step down despite growing calls for his resignation.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving and is facing a sentencing hearing on March 23 in provincial court.Lonechild was charged weeks before he was elected to lead the federation, but he kept the incident hidden from the chiefs who cast the votes.Lonechild faced immediate opposition at the opening of the federation’s annual assembly Wednesday when a vote was held to prevent him from giving the opening address.The assembly went into a four-hour in camera session and Lonechild emerged saying he was still chief.“I am still the chief of the federation,” said Lonechild. “I believe the FSIN will emerge a stronger governing body as a result of the ongoing discussions.”Behind the scenes, however, machinations continued to push Lonechild out. A petition was circulated and reportedly signed by 30 chiefs calling on Lonechild to resign.The petition, however, was ignored and it appears Lonechild is being protected by the federation’s complex process for the removal of a chief which requires $1,000, a band council resolution and other paperwork from 25 bands before a non-confidence vote can be triggered. A vote of non-confidence needs the support of at least 35 chiefs for it to succeed.The issue is dividing chiefs.Lonechild, who appeared with supporters and family to face the media, said some chiefs backing his position say the matter is a personal one.“This was a personal issue that happened before I was chief of the FSIN,” said Lonechild, skirting the fact he was charged shortly before he was elected.Other chiefs are saying he should go.Chief Felix Thomas, the head of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, said Lonechild should step aside.“Our feelings are still such that we would not support him as the federation chief, and kindly ask him not to speak on our behalf,” Thomas told local radio station CKOM.last_img read more

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