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Mandela Day: Moroe, Sen. Kalu, urge Africans to impact lives positively

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Mr Bobby Moroe, Acting South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, has urged Africans to uphold the tenets of Nelson Mandela by impacting lives.

Nelson Mandela International Day is often marked globally, July 18, every year.

The event was organised by the South African High Commission in collaboration with University of Abuja and the Nelson Mandela Foundation Initiative, an NGO.

He said that Mandela did not only symbolise an icon of South Africans, but Africans and therefore said that there is was need for people to live a life worthy of emulation.

Moroe said, “Since the launch of the day by the United Nations in New York; all we need to do is to spend 67 minutes of time doing good for humanity.

“Today is a very good example for us to espouse the principles of Mandela; this is to ensure each and every one of us promote good behaviour for 67 minutes.

“The concept of 67 minutes is derived from the life pattern of Mandela who was imprisoned for 27 years and spent most of his time doing good to encourage positive change in our society.

“As we enjoy our day-to-day life, it is important we share our privileges with those who are less privileged; so we have been challenged to play our roles to live everyday as Mandela day.’’

He identified poverty alleviation, sanitation, food security, shelter and education as priority areas of Mandela’s life that promoted good behaviour.

Speaking, the Prof. Abdul-rasheed Na’Allah, Vice-Chancellor of University of Abuja, said that Mandela’s life is a contribution to a world of knowledge.

He said that Mandela’s life principles were in line with what the University community stands for in terms of youth development.

“Mandela emphasised on active citizenship, which is what the University community is established to achieve in the life youths, while they are and become global change agents when they graduate.

“We will commit ourselves and continue as a University to support the Mandela global movement to achieve this goal.’’

In his lecture, former Abia State governor, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, said that Mandela was not just a revolutionary leader, however, his benevolence spread across citizens of many other nations globally.

Kalu, who is now the Senate Chief Whip, urged people to always imbibe tenets of humility, forgiveness, acceptance, perseverance and tolerance that Mandela bough to achieve targets.

According to him, Nigeria would fare better if politicians, irrespective of their political party affiliations, respect party supremacy.

Kalu said, “That way we will be able to build a political culture that derives its powers from the party manifesto and programmes.

“Today, South Africans are enjoying political culture that developed out of Mandela’s love for his party ‘the ANC’ and his respect for its decisions.

“That is what it means to give your people a voice and a future; shouldn’t we be asking for more Mandela’s in Africa?’’

He, however, assured that the 9th Senate would always carry out its legislative duties under the guides of Mandela’s value bequeathed on humility, which he lived and died for.

The event featured lectures on Mandela as freedom fighter by Prof. James Nda-Jacobs, 25-years of democracy; South-African experience by Mr Sunday Iyemeake and struggle for Africa’s liberation by Dr Philip Afaha.

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Riga considers charging tourist tax of one euro per night

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Riga considers charging tourist tax of one euro per night

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Riga (Latvia), Aug. 21, 2019 (Xinhua/NAN) The local authority of Latvian capital city Riga is considering introducing a tax on the nights spent by each tourist in the city’s hotels and guest houses.

The city council’s financial and administrative affairs committee announced the measure on Wednesday.

According to the proposal, all hotels and other tourist facilities would have to pay one euro per overnight stay of each tourist.

The maximum rate charged on tourists staying for more than 10 days would be 10 euros and no tax would be charged on Zero to 12-year-old children.

Hospitality services providers will be required to submit monthly reports on the number of guests accommodated and the amount payable in tourist tax.

The city council believes the tourist tax will help develop tourism and increase the number of visitors in Riga.

Rough estimates suggest that the new tourist tax may bring around 3.5 million euros into Riga’s budget annually.

According to the data of the national statistics office, the time both foreign and local tourists spend in Riga’s hotels and guest houses tends to be growing. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Former Zimbabwe Vice President Mphoko appears in court

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Mphoko had been on the run after fleeing from Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) officers at a Bulawayo police station on Monday.

The former VP was remanded out of custody, granted 1,000 Zimbabwe dollars bail and ordered to report to the police once a week.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport, not interfere with state witnesses and reside at his given address until the matter is finalised as part of his bail conditions.

Mphoko, who on Saturday refused to cooperate with ZACC officers and instructed them to leave his home after they tried to arrest him, is being accused of criminal abuse of office.

He allegedly instructed junior police officers to free the then Zimbabwe National Road Administration acting Chief Executive, Moses Juma.

Juma had been arrested on criminal abuse of office charges and was being held at Avondale Police Station in Harare.

Mphoko allegedly committed the offence in 2016 when he was still vice president of Zimbabwe.

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Indonesia sends police reinforcement to unrest-stricken province

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Indonesia sends police reinforcement to unrest-stricken province

 

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According to police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal protesters set a market on fire and threw stones at buildings following a series of violent rallies in the province over perceived discrimination.

“The extra police personnel will be deployed to major towns following information and prediction of intelligence.

“We are giving top priority to a persuasive approach and communication with community and religious leaders. The situation in the province has been under control,“ Iqbal said.

Thousands of people took to the streets in West Papua province and torched several government buildings following arrest of Papuan students in East Java province.

According to media report, a prison was also stormed that led to the escape of no fewer than  250 inmates.

West Papua is home to insurgency of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) which emerged since 1960s.

However, the OPM’s emergence sought an independent state through guerrilla war while civilians, soldiers and foreign firms had been targeted by the separatist group.(Xinhua/NAN)

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Zimbabwe’s monthly inflation fell in July

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The monthly inflation rate, at 4.4 per cent in March, rose to 5.5 per cent in April, 12.5 per cent in May and then shot up to 32.96 per cent in June.

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube, on Aug. 1, suspended the publication of annual inflation figures until February 2020 to avoid miscalculation of the country’s inflation.

He said the suspension was done due to the changes in functional currency from the U.S. dollar to Zimbabwe dollar in June.

In June, Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rose to 175.66 per cent, the highest in a decade. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Portuguese fuel tanker drivers threaten new strike in September

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The Hazardous Material Drivers’ Union (SNMMP), issued a notice of the workers’ scheduled strike, saying that it would be a standstill overtime, weekends and holidays.

The president, SNMMP, Francisco Sao Bento, told newsmen that with the strike, it had become clear that companies were built on top of these workers overtime work.

Bento added that some of the drivers already summed up to 500 hours of extra work in 2019 alone.

The development came after Tuesday’s failure over pay rise in negotiations between SNMMP and the National Association of Public Road Hauliers (Antram) under the first meditation of the Portuguese government.

SNMMP, however, commenced a nationwide strike for indefinite period on Aug. 12, but later terminated the action on Aug. 18.

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