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

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Dybala: ‘Juve showed experience’

first_imgPaulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Gattuso favourite for Udinese job

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese are taking 24 hours to consider coach Igor Tudor’s position after back-to-back embarrassing defeats to Atalanta and Roma, with Gennaro Gattuso the favourite. The 7-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday evening was shocking, but partially excused by the fact they were down to 10 men for an hour. However, on Wednesday night they incredibly lost 4-0 at home against a Roma side that had Federico Fazio very harshly sent off just 32 minutes in. According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, Udinese directors are taking a few hours to think about the various alternatives. Gattuso is believed to be the favourite, especially as he was in the stands for the 7-1 defeat to Atalanta, alongside his long-term assistant manager. The former Milan coach has already turned down offers from Genoa and Sampdoria this month, so there is no guarantee he’d accept Udinese. Other candidates include Pasquale Marino and Stefano Colantuono.last_img read more

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Maran: ‘No Cagliari limits’

first_imgRolando Maran saw Cagliari’s “best performance of the season” to beat Atalanta 2-0 and won’t set limits on their ambitions after going joint third. “I think it was our best performance of the season. This was an extremely tough fixture, as Atalanta were on great form, they had scored in every game and we decided the best way of approaching it was to force them to defend,” explained Maran on DAZN. “Both teams were on the attack constantly and that made for a very entertaining match. We ran from start to finish, everyone showed the right spirit and the great thing about these lads is that whoever I choose, they all give their contribution as part of the team unit. “If we rest on our laurels, we’ll never improve. We have to create continual motivation, both as a squad and as individuals. We watched Atalanta this week to prepare and decided we had to get closer to their approach, the way they face everyone with no fear and by playing their football. “We want to go beyond our limits and see what we can do. It’s all about finding the right path to improvement.” Cagliari are now level with Atalanta in fourth place after 11 rounds, so can they follow in those footsteps with European ambitions? “Obviously, there is now more attention on us, as is natural in this position, but it should only be relatively of interest. What matters is taking it one game at a time and not resting on our laurels. We must always strive to do better.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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6 days agoLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: I don’t need to rest

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: I don’t need to restby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re the most fun part of being a football player anyway, to go out there and show your talents to the world, try to win a game with a team you train with day in, day out.”It’s not easy, you need to look after yourself and with the life we live, it’s very important to leave a lot of things. For example, we play four games in the next 11 days, you’re travelling and staying in hotels and you need to watch what you eat, drink and make sure you recover well.”I’m not complaining, not at all, but you need to look after yourself because at the end of the day, the people are coming to the stadium to watch you play and it doesn’t matter if you had a cold the day before, they want you to turn up on matchday.”That’s why it’s very important to look after yourself and a big part of that is staying fit. Luckily, so far, I’ve been doing that pretty well and hopefully I can keep doing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Members of the House Pay Tribute to Ambassador Mullings

first_img “He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,” Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless. In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents. Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, and Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless, who was dedicated to the advancement of his constituents, and the country as a whole.In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents and understood the importance of representation.She stressed that he was a “genuine people person,” who could relate to individuals at all levels of the society. The Prime Minister noted that the former South East St. Ann Member of Parliament was a fair and astute leader, whose meekness and selflessness were appropriately balanced with his dedication to the upliftment of all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said Mr. Mullings struck a fine balance between representation and his Cabinet role, pointing out that his fairness was “of exceptionally high quality,” and that he was not blinded by political favouritism.“He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,”  the Prime Minister emphasized.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, said Mr. Mullings was a man of great integrity, who was warm and welcoming. “I found him to be very personable, and he was also a mentor…he was a role model for politicians, he was the epitome of civility, a true son of Jamaica.”In his remarks, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said Mr. Mullings was “endowed with humility, patience and endurance. He could aptly be described as a man who walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.”Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Mr. Karl Samuda, said Mr. Mullings was one of the finest political figures, and “one of the finest men this country has ever produced…a great and quiet strategist he was.”Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, Audley Shaw, said Mr. Mullings had set a good example for all Parliamentarians to follow.Finance and Planning Minister,  Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said there was perhaps no other Jamaican politician  who had, unstintingly, given so much of himself to the country, and described the former Deputy Prime Minister as a patriot and servant of the people.Both sides also recounted Mr. Mullings’ swift wit, kindness and lightheartedness, and offered condolences to his widow, Lilieth and daughter, Rose.Ambassador Mullings died on October 9, at the age of 82. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Yellowknife firm looking to create northern search and rescue base

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiving in Canada’s North can sometimes be a risky business.And when things go bad in the remote wilderness search and rescue teams are called upon to help.But there are no search and rescue bases in the region and, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers will tell us, one Yellowknife company wants to change that.last_img

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Second suspect charged with killing Rankin Inlet boy

first_imgA male adult and youth have been charged in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.APTN NewsRCMP have charged a second suspect in the killing of a Rankin Inlet boy in 2017.The suspect is a minor and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The charge was announced days after 21-year-old Glen Kadlak Jr. of Rankin Inlet was arrested in Iqaluit, NU., and accused in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.Read more: https://aptnnews.ca/2018/10/09/murder-charge-laid-in-death-of-nunavut-boy-12/Taparti was 12 when his body was found in an industrial part of Rankin Inlet after he’d been missing for five days.Kadlak Jr. remains in custody.last_img

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Ohio State football recruit shot again 17yearold girl killed

For the second time since April, Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner has been shot, according to police. This time, Turner’s injuries sustained are much more serious, as Turner was initially listed in critical condition and the 17-year-old girl he was with was killed.The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that Turner survived the night and was upgraded to stable condition.Turner, 18, and 17-year-old Tracy Banks were both shot multiple times Saturday morning in Youngstown. Police said Turner was found lying near a stop sign at an intersection outside of the house in which Banks’ body was found.The linebacker/defensive end recruit played at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after transferring from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he was declared ineligible before his senior year.He was shot twice April 17 while riding as a passenger in a car that contained marijuana and several guns, according to the police report. Turner downplayed the incident on his personal Facebook page, writing that he “just got hit twice is all” and that he “still can play football so its all gravy.”His Facebook page has since been deactivated.OSU coach Jim Tressel issued a statement, saying, “I’m so sad to hear of Jamel’s misfortune. I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time.”Stay tuned to www.thelantern.com for further updates. read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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