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Court must act swiftly – Sir Ronald Sanders

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…says Guyana could come under scrutiny for not upholding ConstitutionBy Samuel SukhnandanNow that both Government and the Opposition through President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo have met to discuss the way forward on the no-confidence resolution, and have agreed to ask the court to expedite the court proceedings, Guyanese diplomat and academic, Sir Ronald Sanders says the Court must act quickly to approve the request of both parties.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Sir Sanders said there is nothing wrong with going to court to seek a solution to the current problem facing the country, as it relates to the no-confidence resolution, but it must be understood that it is a matter of grave national importance.As such, he said based on the situation and given what is at stake, the court must pronounce on these matters in the shortest possible time. “No more than one week, because every day the court delays this matter, the political tension and anxiety grows and that is not a good thing,” he opined.Sir Sanders asserted that the court should not delay justice but should seek to make both a fair judgement and within a considerable time. He reminded that the court cannot change the Constitution, but only interpret it by law. “And that should not take any competent court a lengthy time to do,” he added.In cementing his argument, the Guyana-born diplomat said the country’s future isSir Ronald Sandersat stake and nothing should allow the supreme law to be vilified. He noted that the political and economic future of Guyana is also at stake, if this issue it not addressed soon, it could have several negative implications.While nothing is set in stone based on the meeting between the two parties based on the holding of elections, Sir Sanders emphasised the need for all involved to arrive at a mature political position which puts the interest and economy of Guyana before narrow political considerations.“This is not a time, in Guyana’s history, when it is on the cusp of becoming the wealthiest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and when it is faced with a hostile neighbour, Venezuela, for there to be any evidence of disunity and division in the Guyanese nation,” he told Guyana Times.According to him, there are many who will seek to exploit the political differences in Guyana for their own benefit. He said it is therefore in Guyana’s best interest to put aside political considerations and differences, in favour of a politically negotiated solution to this current problem.ScrutinyHowever, Sir Sanders who is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States and to the Organisation of American States (OAS); and also non-resident High Commissioner to Canada for Antigua and Barbuda, said that the basis of the issue facing Guyana has to do with constitutionality.“And that has a great importance in terms of Guyana’s membership with the OAS and the United Nations, where the issue of constitutionality has come to the fore in recent years. It is why for instance for the present time, countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras and even Guatemala, are under scrutiny for not following the constitutional process,” he said, pointing out that Guyana could head there if this matter is not addressed fairly and within the provisions that are available.In commenting on the vote that took place in Parliament on December 21, 2018 which saw the toppling of the coalition Government, Sir Sanders said the Guyana Constitution appears to be clear that if there is a no-confidence vote, the Government falls, and an election are to be held in 90 days.As a practical matter, he said because of some issues, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) may not be fully prepared as it may have otherwise been had it been 2020; but negotiation for an extension could only determined by way of negotiation between the President and the Opposition Leader.However, he said this does not take away from the fact that elections should by all means be held within the 90 days as stipulated in the Constitution. “It cannot be longer than the 90 days and it has to be agreed to, if there is any extension. That is the constitutional position of other countries which are aid donors, friends… that would expect the Government and the Opposition to move in this direction.”Again, Sir Sanders urged that both Granger and Jagdeo put the Guyanese people’s interest first. He said, “The people of Guyana are the people who must decide this matter. And the best way to end this constitutional impasse is to put the question to the people of Guyana in an election and the sooner that happen the better. If both sides believe they are popular, they shouldn’t be afraid to go to an election.”last_img read more

The greatest rivalries in English football: Chelsea v Liverpool 2004-2009

first_img10 10 In the first of a five-part series, talkSPORT looks at the greatest club rivalries in English football.These are rivalries from specific periods – moments in time defined by titanic tussles between teams.We’re not talking about historic rivalries stretching over decades or longer, or derbies that stoke local passions, but those played out between top class teams fighting for trophies in particular eras.We begin with the incredible sequence of matches featuring Chelsea and Liverpool between 2004 and 2009. 10 The Spaniard even had the satisfaction of ending Chelsea’s incredible 86-game run of being unbeaten in home Premier League matches, when Liverpool won 1-0 in London in October 2008.It sparked a concerted Premier League title challenge for Liverpool, yet they fell just short of taking top spot from Manchester United in 2009. Chelsea, who had by now been eclipsed in the league by United, had continued to rack up domestic cup silverware of their own.But it was in Europe where the most memorable matches occured between the Reds and Blues. Incredibly, Liverpool and Chelsea were drawn to play each other for five consecutive seasons in the Champions League, and it was Mourinho’s successors who finally got the better of Benitez in continental competition.Under the temporary management of Avram Grant, the Blues beat their familiar foes 4-3 on aggregate to reach the 2008 final (see picture below), then won a thrilling quarter-final 7-5 in 2009 with another interim boss, Guus Hiddink, in charge. 10 Liverpool’s skipper had been at the heart of the battles between both sides in the previous decade, and it felt as though the wheel had cruelly turned full circle, back to 2005, when a Gerrard own goal had handed Chelsea a late League Cup final equaliser.He bounced back from that blow to beat his old foes en route to the miracle of Istanbul.But it might take an even bigger miracle for Gerrard to gain similar revenge and breathe new life into what was a utterly compelling rivalry between the Reds and Blues.Chelsea v Liverpool, October 2004 to May 2009: The FactsGames played: 24Chelsea wins: 10 (Five Premier League, Two League Cup, Three Champions League)Liverpool wins: 7 (Three Premier League, Two Champions League, One FA Cup, One Community Shield)Draws: 7 (Five Champions League, Two Premier League)Trophies won in that periodChelsea: Two Premier League titles, Two League Cups, Two FA Cups, One Community Shield 10 Since that match, the Reds had somehow managed to reach the last four in Europe, but despite having won four European Cups in the past, were major underdogs against a Chelsea team that had beaten Barcelona and Bayern en route to the semis.Against the odds, and roared on by a thunderous Anfield crowd, Benitez’s team defeated Chelsea 1-0 on aggregate, courtesy of a controversial Luis Garcia goal (see picture below) that Mourinho refused to accept had crossed the line.  10 No matter what Mourinho thought, Liverpool went on to overcome Milan in the final to lift their fifth European Cup, and the stage was set for a bitter rivalry to grow.Indeed, Chelsea came close to signing the Reds inspirational skipper, Steven Gerrard, for the second summer in a row, just weeks after the 2005 Champions League final.As it was, Gerrard remained at Anfield and skippered the club to a dramatic FA Cup final win a year later, having beaten Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating semi-final at Old Trafford.Luis Garcia was on target again, and the Reds were making a habit of upsetting the Blues in knockout action.But the Blues had already gained a measure of revenge for their Champions League elimination by thrashing Liverpool 4-1 on Merseyside in the Premier League, as they stormed to another title in 2005/06.While Liverpool were collecting cups, Chelsea were winning what the Kop had once regarded its personal property: English league titles.Benitez got the better of Mourinho in the 2006 Community Shield, and saw off the Portuguese in the Champions League semi-finals again in 2007 (see picture below), before the Chelsea boss left Stamford Bridge in September of that year.center_img 10 During this period, the two clubs played each other an astonishing 24 times in a sequence of games that took in Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield meetings. That’s 14 more games than they would normally have been scheduled to play, so it’s no wonder they developed a fierce rivalry.For added spice, there was no love lost between Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and his Chelsea counterpart, Jose Mourinho, who was in charge of the Blues between 2004 and autumn 2007. 10 10 Chelsea v Liverpool: one of the great English football rivalries 10 Liverpool: One Champions League, One FA Cup, One UEFA Super Cup, One Community Shield Both men were rising stars when they arrived in England in the summer of 2004, with Benitez a double La Liga champion and UEFA Cup winner at Valencia, while Mourinho had swept all before him as Porto boss, claiming the Champions League to boot.But the two took charge of very different clubs.Mourinho’s Chelsea were the nouveau riche big spenders, a club with just a solitary league title to its name, earned way back in 1955, and now desperate to buy their way to the top.Benitez’s Liverpool had none of Chelsea’s financial clout and, despite a flurry of cup successes early in the decade, couldn’t help but cling to a glorious history for comfort as they strived to recapture former glories.When the two clubs were paired together in the 2005 Champions League semi-final, the contrast in competitive strength was stark.Chelsea were on the brink of winning the Premier League title, 11 points clear in first place and 31 ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.Mourinho’s side had already claimed the League Cup (see picture below), beating a spirited but outplayed Liverpool 3-2 in the final. The following season Liverpool crashed out at the group stage and, with Anfield riven by in-fighting amid poisonous ownership issues, Benitez was dismissed in 2010 as the club slipped from Europe’s elite.With it went the feeling of intense rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea that had been generated by going toe-to-toe in major cup clashes.An FA Cup final win for Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea over Kenny Dalglish’s side in 2012 stoked memories of previous big games, but Liverpool’s decline took the edge off meetings between the two for a few years, until Mourinho returned to deal a fatal blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes in 2014.The story that day was of Steven Gerrard’s slip to let the Blues score a crucial goal, just when it looked like he would finally lead his club to an elusive championship.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgbut I believe the voters were misled.” The City Clerk’s Office is expecting to get verification from the county by Tuesday. Conservancy to mark 20th year WHITTIER – The Whittier Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. today at the historic home of Mary Sullens, 6235 Bright Ave. Members of the conservancy, founded in the aftermath of the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake, will reminisce and celebrate 20 years as a force in preserving the historic charm and character of the community with “its historic buildings, tree-lined streets and pristine undeveloped hillsides.” The night’s festivities include citing examples of historic preservation and community enhancement projects and giving recognition to the people behind them. Admission at $25 per person includes a dinner catered by Crepes and Grapes Restaurant. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds will help with the conservancy’s annual operating costs. Gardens at Whittier sets Oktoberfest WHITTIER – The Gardens at Whittier, 8101 S. Painter Ave., is hosting an Oktoberfest event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include plenty of food. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Tater. For more information and reservations, call (562) 698-0696, or go to www.emeritus.com. Weekly movie showings to begin LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., welcomes families to its At the Movies program at 1 p.m. every Saturday, starting today. Today’s movie is “The Haunted Mansion.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. You are advised to come early to get a good seat. The entire schedule is: “Everyone’s Hero” (Oct. 13), “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie” (Oct. 20) and “Monster House” (Oct. 27). The movies are sponsored by Movie Express, 15775 Imperial Highway. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit the Web at www.cityoflamirada.org. Chamber plans network luncheon PICO RIVERA – The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a network luncheon at noon Tuesday at Casa Gamino, 9060 Slauson Ave. The event, sponsored by Banco Popular, will include lunch, an opportunity to meet new people and promote your business and a presentation by guest speaker Monica Contreras of Banco Popular. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. There will also be a members-only cash drawing. The winner must be present. For more information, call (562) 949-2473. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySiccama was targeted by the public action group Montebello Citizens for Honest Government in a petition drive last April in response to efforts to explore the county taking over the city’s fire services. On Aug. 22, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office verified 5,028 signatures of registered voters of the 6,717 total signatures filed. At least 4,713 verified signatures were required to trigger a recall election. “I support the right of the voters and the democratic process,” Siccama, 46, said in a prepared statement after the election was announced. “I do not question the validity of the signatures themselves, MONTEBELLO – Two individuals filed nomination papers Thursday in the recall election of Councilman Jeff Siccama, the City Clerk’s Office announced. Leo Rodriguez and Mary Anne Saucedo’s papers have been submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office for verification, said Debbie Kosareff, Montebello deputy city clerk. Rodriguez is running in the Nov. 6 council election, and Saucedo is a former council member. The recall election is set for Dec. 18. It’s the first in the city since 1932, according to city officials. last_img read more

Suit over Virginia massacre possible

first_imgBy The Associated Press ROANOKE, Va. – As the sixth-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre approaches, a lawyer representing 20 people killed or injured in the April shootings has begun notifying the town and the state about possible lawsuits. Blacksburg Town Attorney Larry Spencer said he received notices Friday from Peter Grenier, a personal injury lawyer in Washington, D.C., of possible lawsuits claiming negligence by the town and its employees. A spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office said it received notice Friday from Grenier’s law firm of a possible lawsuit on behalf of injured student Kevin Sterne. Tucker Martin said he could not say whether it was a possible lawsuit against Virginia Tech or the state itself. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No lawsuits have yet been filed stemming from the shootings on the university’s Blacksburg campus, where mentally disturbed student Seung-Hui Cho killed two people in a dormitory and 30 in a classroom building before taking his own life. last_img read more

Chelsea star desperate for new deal after feeling invigorated by Maurizio Sarri

first_img“Everything goes through me. This is what I like. I feel sensations under Sarri that I never thought I would feel again.“Touching the ball 100 times, all the play going through me or Jorginho is a very important role for him, I’m learning it, I’m very passionate about it as it’s very interesting. revealed Fabregas is enjoying his football once again under Sarri Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The 31-year-old puts in a tackle in the Europa League on Thursday 4 Most Popular Football Stories After winning his first Premier League title under Jose Mourinho, his career seemed to be tailing off as N’golo Kante dominated midfield battles on his own.However, with the World Cup winner being deployed further forward, the 31-year-old is being given license to dictate play from a deeper position – much like a quarter-back in American Football.And the former Arsenal man is reaping the awards.“I wish he came a bit earlier to be honest, it’s a little bit late now in my career. Definitely I’m very happy with him,” Fabregas said. “I’d love to stay at the club. I’ve been very happy for the last four years and a half, we’ve had great success, won many things.“I feel I still have a lot of football left in me but it is now up to the club.”With Jorginho following the Italian boss to west London from Napoli, many expected Fabregas would suffer as a result. Numerous Serie A teams were even linked with moves over the summer.However, with his contract up at the end of the season, the midfielder is desperate to seize every opportunity with the club involved in four competitions this season. “The way he sees football is something that maybe in the future if I become a coach I think I’ll do something very similar to what he does. It’s what I like and how I see football.“I’m learning a lot from here, it’s really interesting how he works and I’m really looking forward to working for a long time with him.” 4 scrap The signing of Jorginho and the emergence of Ethan Ampadu suggested the Spaniard’s days were over Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware tense 4 BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 gameday cracker Fabregas regularly features in European competitions now Cesc Fabregas revealed his desire to extend his current Chelsea deal after falling in love with football against under Maurizio Sarri.The Spain international joined the Blues in 2014 after three indifferent years at boyhood club Barcelona.last_img read more

Details of flu pandemic strategy released

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – A flu pandemic that hits the United States would force cities to ration scarce drugs and vaccine and house the sick in hotels or schools when hospitals overflow, unprecedented federal plans say. The Bush administration’s long-awaited report Wednesday on battling a worldwide super-flu outbreak makes clear that old-fashioned infection-control will be key. Signs that a super-flu is spreading among people anywhere in the world could prompt U.S. travel restrictions or other steps to contain the illness before it hits America’s shores. If that fails, the Pandemic Influenza Plan offers specific instructions to local health officials: The sick or the people caring for them should wear masks. People coughing must stay three feet away from others in doctors’ waiting rooms. People should cancel nonessential doctor appointments and limit visits to the hospital. A day after President Bush outlined his $7.1 billion strategy to prepare for the next pandemic, the details released Wednesday stress major steps that state and local authorities must begin taking now: Update quarantine laws. Work with utilities to keep the phones working and grocers to keep supplying food amid the certain panic. Determine when to close schools and limit public gatherings such as movies or religious services. “This is a critical part of the plan,” because states will be at the forefront of a battle that could have “5,000 fronts,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, who will work with governors in coming weeks to push local preparations. “Every community is different and requires a different approach.” Also Wednesday, the government for the first time told Americans not to hoard the anti-flu drug Tamiflu, because doing so will hurt federal efforts to stockpile enough to treat the sick who really need it. Tamiflu’s maker recently suspended shipments of the drug to U.S. pharmacies because of concern about hoarding. A key question is how much of the financial burden of preparing must be shouldered by cash-strapped states. Bush’s plan provides $100 million to update state pandemic plans, but also requires states to spend about $510 million of their own money to buy enough Tamiflu for 31 million people to supplement the federal stockpile. Some states might not be able to buy the drug, said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. “This is a national emergency. I believe very strongly it should not depend upon where you live as to what sort of protection you get,” Lowey told Leavitt on Wednesday. Lawmakers also grilled Leavitt – who appeared before House and Senate health appropriations panels _ on why it took the administration more than a year to issue its plan. “Could we have acted sooner to avoid the situation we are in now, in effect running for cover?” asked Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Pandemics strike when the easy-to-mutate influenza virus shifts to a strain that people have never experienced before, something that happened three times in the last century. It’s impossible to predict when the next pandemic will strike, or its toll. But concern is rising that the Asian bird flu, called the H5N1 strain, might trigger one if it eventually starts spreading easily from person-to-person. The new HHS pandemic plan outlines the worst-case scenario: If the next super-flu resembles the 1918 pandemic, up to a third of the population could get sick and 1.9 million Americans die. The illness will spread fastest among school-aged children, infecting about 40 percent of them. At the outbreak’s peak, about 10 percent of the work force will be absent because they’re sick or caring for an ill loved one, wreaking economic chaos. Health costs alone could reach $181 billion. A cornerstone of Bush’s preparations is to modernize the vaccine industry, so that one day scientists could spot a novel influenza strain and quickly produce enough vaccine for everybody. That, however, will take years. So the administration is also beefing up attempts to detect and contain a brewing pandemic wherever it starts in the world – with restrictions on international travelers attempting to enter the country as one potential step. Here, HHS has the legal authority to order quarantines, if health officials think they would help stem infections. It’s unclear how much quarantines would help fight influenza, as people can spread the virus a day before they experience symptoms, but the federal plan orders communities to get their own quarantine procedures in order just in case. Also in the plan: Telling states how to prioritize who will get limited stockpiled doses of medication and vaccine. The government wants to stockpile enough vaccine against today’s version of the bird flu to treat 20 million people, with vaccine manufacturers, health workers and the medically frail first in line for shots. It also plans to stockpile enough of the anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza for 81 million people, provided states come up with their share – enough for 31 million. Most of the drugs will be reserved for the sickest patients. Associated Press Writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GOOD RIDDANCE! ARLENE ARKINSON’S KILLER DIES IN JAIL

first_imgEvil: HowardThe convicted child killer and rapist Robert Howard has died in prison custody at a hospital in England.The man suspected of abducing Tyrone schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson from outside a County Donegal nightclub was confirmed dead by prison authorities.The 71-year-old Irish native was serving a life sentence for raping and killing 14-year-old Hanna Williams from London, whose body was found in 2002. Arlene went missing after going to a disco in Bundoran in 1994. Her body was never found despite extensive searches on both sides of the border.Howard was charged with murdering Arlene but was acquitted in 2005. The jury was never told of his previous history of murder. By then he was already serving a life term for killing and raping Hanna Williams.Arlene, a schoolgirl from Castlederg, was last seen alive in a car driven by Howard.She has been missing, presumed dead, for 21 years. A number of searches have been carried out at various locations, but her body has never been found.  GOOD RIDDANCE! ARLENE ARKINSON’S KILLER DIES IN JAIL was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Arlene ArkinsondeadRobert Howardlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Kevin Durant is on another level — to beat Houston, the other Warriors need to up their game, too

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A week ago, after a Game 2 to forget, Kevin Durant issued a reminder.“I’m Kevin Durant,” he said. “You know who I am.”Don’t perceive that statement as egotistical — no, it was just arguably the greatest scorer in the history of the NBA’s brief way of stating the overt truth that he could do whatever he wanted on the basketball court, night in, night out.Since then, Durant has issued a few more reminders of that fact. He scored 38 points in Game 3 and followed it with a 33-point …last_img read more

Grant increases for children, elderly

first_imgWidening grant access South Africa will spend R89-billion on state social grants in 2010/11 in the face of increasing unemployment and the impact of last year’s recession. Tabling his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said provision had been made for the extension of the child support grant up to the age of 18. State old-age pensions and disability grants will rise by R70 to R1 080 a month, while child support grants will increase by R10 to R250 per month. In co-operation with the Special Investigation Unit, the SASSA has cracked down on fraudulent grant claims among public servants and is currently investigating similar abuses in the public sector. “We recognise that the increase in the child support grant is slightly below the inflation rate but the social benefit and the cost of bringing in two million more children implies that we have to adjust this grant more moderately,” Gordhan said. Nearly 14-million South Africans are benefiting from the country’s social assistance programme, with more than 9-million of these grants going to households with children. center_img 17 February 2010 In the next year, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will focus on widening access to social grants, and improving grants administration and payments in order to minimise fraud. Expenditure on grants is set to increase from 3.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 3.5%. It is estimated that about R300-million will be recovered from dormant accounts this year. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Honouring Mandela around the world

first_img4 July 2013 It’s not only South Africa that has a penchant for naming things after Nelson Mandela – there are numerous streets, bridges, educational institutions, buildings, organisms, flowers, statues and monuments around the world that bear his name. With the help of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, we bring you a far from exhaustive list of some of the places where Mandela’s name can be found. In South Africa citizens are used to driving down Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Tshwane, wandering through Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, attending the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, living in the Nelson Mandela residential hall at Rhodes University, visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape, trekking the Madiba heritage trail in the Eastern Cape, or holidaying at the swanky Mandela Rhodes Place in Cape Town. But in Purmerend, Zoetermeer and Arnhem, all in the Netherlands, residents there have their own Mandela Bridges, as do the people of Utrecht, Belgium.A road by any other name And just as Bloemfontein residents have their Nelson Mandela Drive, so do the people of Castries, St Lucia, in the Caribbean. In Paris, France, pedestrians can stroll along the Avenue du President Nelson Mandela in Arcueil, located in the city’s southern suburbs, while there is a Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela. Dakar in Senegal boasts the Avenue Nelson Mandela, and there are more Mandela Avenues in Glamorgan, Harlow and Falkirk, UK; Georgetown, Guyana; and Schrijndel, Netherlands, as well as a Mandela Road in Culemborg, Netherlands, and Uyo, Nigeria. The UK has several versions of Mandela Close and Mandela Way respectively, and there is a Mandela Highway leading into Kingston, Jamaica. Not to be outdone, the authorities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have established the grandly-designated Nelson Mandela Highway Road, and there are Mandela roads, places, paths, parkways, interchanges, links, courts and streets all around the world. In Italy, there is a municipality or comune named Mandela, situated in the province of Rome, about 40km northeast of the Italian capital. A few cities have named stadiums after Mandela – besides the Nelson Mandela Multipurpose Stadium in Port Elizabeth, there’s one in Port Louis, Mauritius; in Kampala, Uganda; and in Torrevieja, Spain.Following in his footsteps For those who want to do their own long walk while remembering the elder statesman, the Madiba hiking trail in the Eastern Cape passes through his home town of Qunu. The Mandela Garden in Leeds, UK, as well as the Nelson Mandela ornamental garden in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, UK, the Nelson Mandela Park in Montreal, Canada, and Mandela Park in Hoorn, Netherlands, offer a chance for peaceful contemplation. You can even wine and dine in his presence by proxy, at the Cafe Mandela in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Mandela Bar at Bristol University, or Madiba Restaurant in New York, which has served up peace and love since 1999. Mandela’s former wife Winnie has not been left out – in 1983, the New York City square in front of South Africa’s UN mission became the Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza. Port Louis, Mauritius; New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Hague, Netherlands; Tunis, Tunisia – it seems unlikely that any other world icon has so many tributes in so many places.Education in Mandela’s name Mandela’s passionate belief in education is reflected in a long list of schools, scholarships, programmes, awards, libraries, centres, chairs, bursaries and funds – not just in South Africa or even the continent, but far beyond. A few of them are the Ecole Nelson Mandela, in Bamako, Mali, the Mandela Children’s Learning School in Compton, US, and the Mandela Institute for Human Rights in the Palestinian National Authority Area, Jerusalem, Israel. Students at the Nelson Mandela Educational Centre in A Lama, Spain, the Nelson Mandela State International School in Berlin, Germany, the Mandela Supplementary School in London, UK, and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in New Delhi, India, study under the gaze of one of the world’s most ardent champions for the education of youth. The Australian High Commission in South Africa awards 20 Australia Mandela scholarships annually, given to academic staff who wish to study for their masters’ degrees at Australian institutions. At the University of Michigan, the Dubois-Mandela-Rodney postdoctoral fellowship is given to scholars studying Africa or the African diaspora. A Mandela scholarship fund administered by Leiden University in the Netherlands offers African postgraduate students the chance to study for a year at the university. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation supports the development of leadership capacity in Africa.Building on the legacy Needless to say, Mandela himself has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, life memberships, civic honours, freedoms of towns and cities, and various other accolades. According to the Mandela Centre of Memory, the statesman has collected more than 1 100 of these honours over the years. They include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, which he won jointly with then-president FW de Klerk, and an honorary doctorate in liberal arts from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1997. He can also add the Civil Order of the First Class from the Sultanate of Oman (1999), the Order of the Lion of Malawi (2001), the freedom of the city and county of Cardiff, Wales (1998), and honorary citizenship of Canada (2001) – the first time in history that the honour was given to a living person – to his list, as well as hundreds more. There are a host of living creatures, organisms and plants named after the former president, such as Protea cynaroides Mandela, which was revealed in 1988 as an 80th birthday present; Triacanthella madiba, a species of springtail named by scientists at Stellenbosch University; Australopicus nelsonmandelai, an extinct species of woodpecker named in 2012; an indigenous species of African orb- weaver spider named Singafrotypa Mandela in 2002; the Paravanda Nelson Mandela orchid, named in 1997; and the beautiful Strelitzia reginae Mandela’s Gold, named in 1996. Some unusual offerings include a landfill site in Georgetown, Guyana, an apartment block in the long-running British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, called Nelson Mandela House, and a fundamental nuclear particle discovered at Leeds University in 1973 and named the Mandela Particle. Then there is the nudibranch, or sea slug, Mandelia Micocornata, named in 1999. However, this gesture was eclipsed by the naming of an entire family and genus of sea slugs after him – family Mandeliidae, genus Mandelia. Poems, stamps, aircraft, racehorses, trees, gold coins and medallions named after him or bearing his likeness – there is seemingly no end to the respectful tributes bestowed on this symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more