On the early morning of Saturday, November 26, the world awoke to news of the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, whose demise actually occurred on Friday morning, November 25. Fidel left public life in 2006 due to ill health, leaving power in the hands of his brother, Raul Castro. Following the news of his death, US President-elect Donald Trump, according to BBC, described Castro as a “brutal dictator who suppressed his own people during his tyrannical regime”, a comment that set off diverse views on the leadership of the late Cuban leader. The BBC also reported that dissident Cubans in Florida in the United States, upon hearing of Castro’s death burst into joyous celebration, with some expressing regret that he was not prosecuted in a criminal court for his alleged brutal regime.United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, quoted by the BBC, however, acknowledged Castro’s leadership in making Cuba one of the most recognized literate societies with a resilient health care system providing universal free health care to its citizens.Russia and China have expressed remorse over Castro’s demise on grounds that he was a communist and a true revolutionary leader who stood by his decision and principles to defend the communist ideology and his country.Amid diverse reactions from around the world over the death of Castro, how impactful was his style of leadership on Liberia and other African countries?During the Ebola crisis in 2014 in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Cuban doctors were sent to the sub-region to help contain the disease.According to the Cuban Embassy near Monrovia, over 48 Liberians have benefited from training in medicine in Cuba, which Chargé d’Affaires Yordenis Despaigne Vera says solidifies Liberia-Cuba relations.Liberia and Cuba have been in mutual diplomatic relations since the 19th century especially when Liberia pleaded for lifting of the economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.At the continental level, Dr. Stephen Wilkinson, Editor of the International Journal for Cuban Studies, told BBC in his analysis that many African countries benefited from Castro’s regime despite the economic blockade on Cuba.Dr. Wilkinson said Fidel Castro’s regime identified with liberation movements in Africa and during their struggle for independence on the continent, Castro helped many of them with military aid.Among countries that received military aid from Cuba are Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, the Congo, Algeria, and Ethiopia.During the Angolan civil war that was fought between the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) between 1975 and 2002, Castro supported MPLA with military aid against the US backed UNITA rebels.His regime also condemned the inhumane treatment perpetrated against black South Africans; and since 1996, South Africa benefitted from “Cuba Medical Internationalism.”During the Mozambican civil war that started on September 25, 1964 and ended with a ceasefire on September 8, 1974, Cuba was among countries, including the defunct Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and China, that supported the Mozambique Liberation Front (otherwise known as the FRELIMO). In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s crisis during the fight for independence, a Cuban Expedition Unit led by Che Guevara trained Marxist rebels to fight against the weak central government of Joseph Kasa-Vubu along with the forces of Mobutu Sese Seko.South African President Nelson Mandela visited Cuba after he left office in 1991 and extended gratitude to Castro for standing by the suffering black South Africans.Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano early Saturday morning expressed his condolences to the people of Cuba for Castro’s passing, remembering the revolutionary role he played during that country’s struggle for independence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
General and Regional Elections…The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been circling around distant timelines among other factors, which have influenced their inability to announce a date for elections. But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has asserted that Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh will have to rise above these inhibitions and make that very important decision.GECOM Chairperson Claudette SinghOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was the position he shared on Friday, as he recognised that the GECOM Chair must be in a very difficult position of having to consider every possibility before making an announcement. He stated that she is fixed in a position where Government Commissioners are pushing to stall the process while the technical advisors are presenting protracted timelines.He expressed, “I’m trying to picture the job of the Chairperson…It must be very difficult for her to find an accommodation because I’m sure she doesn’t want to dismiss their concerns just like that….At some point in time, she will have to make the tough decision, which is, we are going to respect the Constitution and stop the prevaricating by the Commissioners to delay things. She has to say to the Secretariat: ‘We’re getting this done by this date. You better go and work now to ensure that the timelines fit in.’”The Opposition Leader also indicated that they retracted from protest actions to allow GECOM and its new leader to execute their functions effectively. However, the elections body is still confined by deceptive data and slothfulness.“We ended the protest for a while because we wanted to give the Chairperson an opportunity to familiarise herself with what’s going on but what you have in there is a Commission that has to overcome the legacy of the illegalities and the sloth of the past. Even now, being trapped by that activity and the misinformation,” he said.The decision on an elections date, he noted, can be achieved in a short time if all Commissioners and other staffers work with the intention of upholding the constitutional deadline. The deadline for elections is September 18, three months after the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling that the David Granger-led Administration toppled with the valid passing of the No-Confidence Motion.“If they put their minds to it, they can get things done quickly without compromising quality. At some point in time, she has to say that.”When asked for a date which the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is willing to accept, he responded, “We believe way before the end of the year, it is still possible.”MergerSince the announcement to merge the data gathered from the incomplete House-to-House Registration exercise, there have been reservations about the accuracy and extended timeline surrounding this activity.At a recent press conference, the Opposition Leader said that the plans to merge the data with the existing database will push the hosting of early elections to 2020. He argued that there is a much simpler way of ensuring that everyone, including new registrants, gets on the voters’ list.The Opposition Leader explained that of the 285,000 registrations that were obtained during the H2H exercise, only approximately 2000 are new registrants.As such, instead of adding the more than 280,000 registrations to the existing National Register of Registrants database which would have massive repetition, Jagdeo said GECOM should filter out those new registrants and have them re-register at their local divisions.“With this merger, the optimistic scenario is to go to Claims and Objections in November because the merger will make about three months and then elections on the 27th April, next year. So you understand this merger will not improve the database. It’s a delaying tactic once again,” he stated.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge 1 England manager Roy Hodgson has suffered another blow ahead of clashes with Lithuania and Italy with news Daniel Sturridge has withdrawn from the squad.Reports earlier on Monday suggested the Liverpool striker was a doubt for the international break after picking up a suspected hip injury during Sunday’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester United at Anfield.And the Football Association confirmed the same evening that the frontman, who reported to St George’s Park on Monday afternoon, has been sent back to his club for scans on the problem.An FA statement said: “Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has left the England squad and returned home to his club on Monday evening.“This follows a scan on an injury that he sustained during Liverpool’s game against Manchester United on Sunday.“The England medical team took the decision on Monday evening having assessed Daniel following the squad’s arrival at St. George’s Park on Monday afternoon.”Sturridge joins fellow Liverpool star Adam Lallana in withdrawing from the Three Lions side, and his absence increases the likelihood of Tottenham’s Harry Kane playing a significant role in the upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy – the first a Euro 2016 qualifier – after the 21-year-old received his first call-up on Thursday.Earlier on Monday, Roy Hodgson called up uncapped Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason to replace Lallana, who suffered a groin injury in the loss to United.Danny Rose, Jack Butland and Robert Green were also added to the squad on Saturday following the withdrawal of Fraser Forster and Luke Shaw.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The event serves more than 600 children and their family members. Cardinal Roger Mahony will attend with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. North Valley Caring Services will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday at Sepulveda United Methodist Church. “Whenever you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, you’re wasting your time on Earth,” said Dan Rathbone, kitchen coordinator. “I don’t want to waste my time.” The nonprofit, which started about 30 years ago as a soup kitchen and serves the poorest communities in the San Fernando Valley, is expected to feed up to 300 people. Also on Wednesday, actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, will be on the street in Skid Row hosting the Los Angeles Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. Actors and politicians will also be on hand dishing up traditional dinners. In Santa Monica, the St. Monica Parish Community will be feeding about 1,000 people during the 28th annual Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday. After dinner, the guests are invited to browse through the parish’s clothing boutique for free new and used clothing and toiletries. Free bus transportation will be provided across from St. Joseph’s Center at the southwest corner of Rose Avenue and 4th Street, next to the Public Storage yard in Venice.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Thanksgiving will come two days early for thousands of homeless throughout the Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles. The North Hollywood-based San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission will be coordinating the Great Thanksgiving Banquet, which feeds more than 500 homeless and impoverished Valley residents today. “It’s been said that one’s life has no real meaning until they dedicate themselves to helping others and this is an opportunity to help and inspire those who need encouragement and a fresh start,” said pastor Bob Sobo of the Rescue Mission. Children and their families are invited to today’s Para Los Ni os annual Thanksgiving Celebration at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
A mother and daughter escaped serious injury after their family chip-van was hit with a bullet on Saturday evening.A pellet gun is believed to have been used in the attack.The well-known chip-van located at Newmills, Letterkenny was shot at just before 7.30pm on Saturday night.The van is operated by local couple Sabrina and David Mackey who also live locally. It is understood that Ms Mackey and her young daughter were working in the van at the time of the attack.Letterkenny Town councillor Tom Crossan has slammed the incident.He told Donegal Daily “This is absolutely scandalous and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything to contact Gardai.“If anyone knows this chip-van, there is quite a large hatch at the front. “If this bullet have had went into that hatch and hit one of these people, then there could have been very serious consequences.”The incident has been reported to Gardai who have carried out an examination of the scene.It is understood that the gun used to fire the bullet may have been a high-powered pellet gun. MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TARGETED IN GUN ATTACK ON CHIP-VAN was last modified: December 9th, 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:chip-vanCllr Tom CrossanNEWMILLSpellet gun
Lotto winning numbers for the 10/01/2017 were 8-6-4-1-3-7-5-2. Ann Long, Mary Herron, Martin O Donnell, Kate McGlynn and Joanne McKenna all matched 3 numbers and get €12.00 each. Jackpot for the 17/01/2016 is €5100.Handball training on Mondays from 6.30-8.00. It’s important that everyone attends as teams will be selected for the upcoming Ulster Championships.Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the seniors, reserves, 3rds and U21s. Contact relevant managers for details CLG Dun na nGall have an Annual Club Pass for sale for the 2017 season. This pass will give admission to all adult league and championship matches plus U21 matches under the control of Donegal GAA for 2017 Season. It does not include U18 or below. The pass costs €149.00 and can be booked through the club.Also the Club plus Season tickets are available on line @ gaa.ie. This ticket will give you admission to all Donegal National League matches plus the first round of the Ulster Championship and all adult Clubleague and championship matches plus U21 matches under the control of Donegal GAA for 2017 Season. The cost of this ticket is €200.Club Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 .Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 0872052481 Glenfin GAA: Handball training continues ahead of Ulster Championships was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman has said he was proud to captain his country – even if it was only for a few minutes.Coleman – proud to captain his country.The Everton man finished last night’s friendly game with Wales with the armband.But the Killybegs man said his only mission now is to help Ireland get three points against Sweden in the World Cup qualifiers next month. “I’m very proud to get the armband but it was passed around a few times beforehand. As a kid, you always want to get the chance to do it.“Whether it’s a friendly or not, it’s an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it,” said Seamus.Coleman is constantly being linked with a move to Man Utd since his former Everton boss David Moyes became number one at Old Trafford.But he said his only thoughts now are about helping Ireland get to Brazil for the World Cup finals. “But those games next month will definitely be the most important that I will have played in ever.“It’s going to tell the tale whether we go to the World Cup or not.“We have to beat Sweden and then build towards the Austria game. And I think tonight was a positive result for the defenders, keeping clean-sheets will always mean we are confident going into games and that’s what just what we needed.”Three days before the Premier League season kicks-off, Everton man Coleman admits he was just happy to get a good workout under his belt. And, most importantly, come through it unscathed.“I think for the players the most important thing was to just get through tonight,” he said. “It’s the start of the season and the biggest thing was not to get any injuries.” COLEMAN DELIGHTED TO CAPTAIN COUNTRY BUT BIGGEST TEST AHEAD was last modified: August 15th, 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:CaptainIrelandKillybegsseamus coleman
Independent Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr said he fears local authority services will be drastically impacted upon as a result of the new deal struck between the Government and Irish Water.Cllr Frank McBreartyThe Raphoe county councillor said he intends to will be asking the council’s executive questions at next Monday’s full council meeting.He wants to know what the implications will be for the local authorities concerning the fact that Irish Water will have their subvention reduced by the Fine Gael and Labour government. “This decision will exempt Irish Water from paying the €60m owed to local authorities around the country. I feel the actions of Government over the last number of days have led to even further confusion which has led to more questions that need to be answered.“The Government seem to have made these decisions in order to ensure that Irish Water passes the market corporation tests which stipulates that over half of Irish Water’s revenue must come from charges.“How does this affect the 12 year service plan? Who is going to replace the funding which was promised by Irish water directly through this 12 year plan and future budgets of Donegal County Council.“What impact will it have on services and the raising of rates from Irish waters network. Will this new decision have any impact on the budget that the members of Donegal County Council passed last week for 2015. Will this ultimately force local authorities to increase the Local Property Tax or will the government commit to increasing the equalisation fund to compensate us for any loss of income as a result of the so called climb down by Government. “Donegal County Councils budget has been dramatically reduced over the last few years and we can take NO more cuts,” he said.He added we have only now learned that Irish Water is to cost the Irish taxpayer in excess of €84 million per year along with the multi millions that have already been spent because of the mistakes that were made at government level.“This money would have been better spent on upgrading the network for which local authorities were doing before those services were transferred to irish water. This PR stunt by the government is designed to deflect away from the hurt and anger that home owners are feeling due to this governments failures and that is why I am saying once again that if people to stand firm and not pay the water charges then this campaign can be successful,” he added.COUNCIL SERVICES COULD BE BADLY AFFECTED BY NEW IRISH WATER DEAL – McBREARTY was last modified: November 20th, 2014 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:donegalDonegal County CouncilFrank McBreartyIrish Water
A question I get asked a lot is “when’s the best time to plant shrubs?”, and I think the answer is so much more complex than I used to answer when I first left Horticultural college. The answer back then was “during the dormant period”, you see this was a world when the majority of plants were bought and sold in the Autumn-Spring period – typically bare root plants.Then the advent of the container grown shrub came along and indeed became the mainstream option, and the answer to “when’s the best time to plant shrubs?” changed to “plant when there’s an R in the month”. This involved avoiding planting in the May-August period – the thinking was that the ground was too dry and that you would have to be bothered to water your newly installed plant. Advertisement Then there was the change from the single working person household to both adults in the household working, which meant that weekends became more precious as family time and spare time became more filled up with jobs around the house including housework and the likes.Not only has this changed dramatically affected businesses like home milk delivery but gardening changed too. Now when the weather’s good we jump out the chairs and head off to the garden centre to pick up some shrubs to plant that day when the weathers good, and the whole family are outside enjoying the weather.The idea only planting in the Autumn or Spring has long been forgotten!The idea that gardening was something that ‘dad’ did and others enjoyed is a thing of the past, now gardening has become a key family activity and the garden being a key space for enjoying leisure time in the garden; Trampolines, Slides, Swings, Mud Kitchens all things that were far from commonplace 10 years ago. Advertisement The phrase “the cheaper way to extend your home is your garden” is so true, a few euro spent on shrubs, trees, play equipment or whatever hugely expands your living space in the garden and creates a space for enjoyment, relaxation, and escapism.So my new answer to the question “when’s the best to plant shrubs?” is when you can afford to!Late August in the garden is a funny time of year, the summer bedding plants are still looking amazing, and with regular dead heading will keep going for ages yet.Some of the earlier flowering shrubs in the garden will be passing now, and if needed should be cut back now. The vegetable garden is pumping out the goodies, with onions coming ready now, carrots starting to come and the early potatoes being well harvested through.Pest and Disease control is important so get some Yellow Sticky Traps for the glasshouse for Aphid control and keep on top of the moss on the lawn with an application of Mo-Bacter.Yellow sticky card insect traps protect tomato plants in a greenhouse.DD Gardening: When’s the best time to plant shrubs? was last modified: August 19th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:AutumnGardeningshrudssummer
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