Obama salutes Mandela

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first_img30 June 2013 US President Barack Obama made a moving toast to South Africa’s ailing former president, Nelson Mandela, during a dinner held in his honour in Pretoria on Saturday. Guests at the dinner observed a moment of silence for Mandela, who has been in hospital in Pretoria since June 8 receiving treatment for a lung infection. Although he shared light moments at the dinner, Obama said “our minds and hearts are not fully here because a piece of us, a piece of our heart, is with a man and family not far from here”.‘We are inspired by you’ He offered Mandela’s family words of comfort, praising the 94-year-old statesman as one of history’s greatest. Obama has sought to amplify US-Africa trade and commercial ties through his three-nation tour of Africa, which began in Senegal on Wednesday. However, concerns over Mandela’s health have weighed heavily not only on South Africa, but also on the US president. Obama said the sacrifices made by Mandela and South Africa’s freedom fighters had resonated in the United States, which had its own civil rights movement. “I wouldn’t be here if not for freedom fighters … We are inspired by you to believe that anything is possible.” Obama went on to recite the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which speaks of the triumph of the human spirit and which Mandela often turned to in his cell on Robben Island. Raising a glass, Obama proposed a toast to the man he said “has always been the master of his fate, who taught us that we can be masters of ours”.Meeting with family, phone call to Graca Earlier in the day, Obama took time out of his schedule to visit Mandela’s family at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. He also had a telephone conversation with Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, who was with Mandela in hospital. Doctors have described Madiba’s condition as stable, but critical. In a statement issued after their phone conversation, Machel said she had drawn strength from the support of the Obamas. “Having taken the time to telephone me to express their solidarity and meet our children, they have added a touch of personal warmth that is characteristic of the Obama family,” Machel said. “I am humbled by their comfort and messages of strength and inspiration, which I have already conveyed to Madiba.” After spending private time with members of Mandela’s family, Obama then viewed a display of materials from Mandela’s private papers. He also wished the family, the Nelson Mandela charities and all South Africans well at this difficult time. Zuma, speaking at Saturday’s dinner, expressed gratitude to Obama and his wife Michelle for their prayers and good wishes for Mandela. ‘A personal hero to all of us here’ “As you have correctly pointed out, he is also a personal hero to all of us here tonight. And so, as we celebrate our friendship, we are also keeping Madiba in our thoughts,” Zuma said. “He reminds us of so many special leaders who have played crucial roles in our intertwined histories, such as Martin Luther King and Oliver Reginald Tambo,” Zuma said. “They taught us that freedom comes at a price, and it needs a continuous collective effort to ensure its rewards.” Zuma said it was significant that the Obamas, who were due to travel to Cape Town on Sunday morning with their daughters Malia and Sasha, would be making a trip to Robben Island. “Your lovely children need to know what Madiba and all freedom fighters were subjected to. In this way, as future leaders, they will be able to build a better world, in which no human being would be subjected to such violation of freedom, basic human rights and dignity.” Earlier in the day, following talks with Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Obama told a press conference that the thoughts of the American people and people around the world were with Mandela and his family, adding that the outpouring of love for Madiba showed what he meant to South Africa and the world.Obama, Mandela ‘bound by history’ “The triumph of Mandela speaks of something deep in the human spirit,” Obama said, describing Mandela as his personal inspiration and a sterling example of the “power of principle”. He said it was great to see what was happening in South Africa in terms of unity and justice when other regions around the world were mired in conflict. Zuma, also speaking after their meeting, said Mandela “remains critical but is now stable”, adding that the world should continue to pray for his good health. Zuma said Obama and Mandela were “bound by history, as the first black presidents of your respective countries … Thus, you both carry the dreams of millions of people in Africa and the diaspora.” Asked if Mandela would be happy with where South Africa was, Zuma told the packed press conference: “Definitely, yes”. He said the government was pursuing the policies and dreams of Mandela. On 18 July, Mandela’s 95th birthday, South Africa and the rest of the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, which encourages people to spend 67 minutes doing something of benefit to others. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Guide to the Geocaching® app’s new navigation

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first_imgYou’re always looking for ways to move faster, find more geocaches, and get more out of each adventure. So Geocaching HQ has designed a new navigation that will help you do all that and more.The new navigation is based on more than six months of research into how cachers like you use the Geocaching® app every day. We found out pretty quickly there were some things we could do to make it easier to navigate to geocaches and find the information you need to succeed at ground zero.What you’ll find in the new navigationNew navigation mode. The navigation map now orients based on what direction you are facing. As you turn, the map will too so you can easily identify which direction the cache is. Plus, your distance from the geocache is now more accessible at the top of the navigation screen.If you prefer “north up” mode, simply visit your settings and select “Keep map north up.”New cache preview. The information you’re most likely to need is all included in the cache summary tray. Here you’ll find the number of Favorite points, distance from you, difficulty, terrain, and cache size with one quick glance.New cache details header. When you open cache details you’ll see the geocache pin on the map, geocache name, cache type, and two buttons: “Navigate” which switches you into navigation mode, and “Log” so you can easily start a draft or log your experience.Other updates.While navigating to a geocache or while in north up mode, if you manually pan, zoom, or rotate the map your location arrow will indicate the direction you are facing. If you’d like to return to the navigation mode, simply tap the “Center on me” button to resume. We changed the ‘close to geocache’ notification sound to a more subtle vibration. Visit your Settings to select this stealthier option. Your phone will vibrate when you are within 32 feet (10 meters) of the geocache.When and how you’ll get the new Geocaching® app experienceWe know that it can take time to adapt to a change. In the coming days, you’ll start to see an upgrade available to your Geocaching® app in the Apple App store or Google Play store. If you are having a hard time finding something that moved, please visit the Help Center, reach out to us in the forums or through our customer support.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 17): Geocaching® app updateNovember 16, 2018In “Community”The Classic app is retiringFebruary 2, 2017In “News”10 Useful Geocaching® app features you may not even know you haveMarch 23, 2017In “News”last_img read more

French Cirque du Soleil performer dies after falling at Florida show

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first_imgA 38-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer died after falling during a Saturday evening performance in Tampa, Fla., the Canadian entertainment company announced Sunday. In 2013, acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after falling more than 30 metres during a show in Las Vegas. Advertisement He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries. Advertisement The company’s president described Arnaud as an experienced aerialist who was well-loved by his peers. The Montreal-based entertainment group said that French aerialist Yann Arnaud fell to the stage while performing an aerial straps number during a performance of the company’s VOLTA show. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him.” Advertisement While accidents are rare, it’s not the first time that a Cirque du Soleil artist has died during a show. “In a case like this, the human element trumps the financial aspect. We have to give priority to employees.” “I explained to them that the show wouldn’t restart until the whole team feels able to start back,” he said, adding that psychologists had been sent to the site. Reached by phone, Lamarre said the group was offering support to its employees, many of whom are devastated by Arnaud’s death. Cirque du Soleil cancelled its two Sunday performances and has said it is working with investigators. Login/Register With: “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy,” Daniel Lamarre said in a statement. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bonnier Acquires Sport Diver UK

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first_imgSport Diver UK has a print audience of 10,000 and digital audience of about 150,000 monthly unique visitors. “We hope to get it about the same size as that we are in the U.S.—175,000 in print and almost 1 million in monthly unique visitors,” says Freygang. “The amount of divers in that region is equivalent to what’s in the Americas, but in partnering with PADI and marketing to that diving database hopefully, in five to six years, we’ll get to that level.”In advertising, Sport Diver UK is at roughly 600 pages, which is pretty good given the size of its audience, and currently collects about $1.5 million in total revenue.“Our opportunity is really to grow that and go beyond the U.K.,” contends Freygang. “Ultimately we think Germany makes sense as a market to go into, France and Spain.”The magazine’s editorial and advertising staffs will remain intact. Bonnier says plans are in place to have both the U.S. and U.K. teams behind Sport Diver and Sport Diver UK collaborate on future projects with special issues like “World’s Best Diving & Resorts” and an annual “Gear Guide” title.“In pairing, we want to look for content synergies between the brands,” says Freygang.The next step for Bonnier is taking the Sport Diver brand expansion into Europe and strengthening its relationship with PADI in the Asia Pacific market, specifically.“We want to introduce a print product there, so we might look for a partner—Australia probably makes sense,” Freygang says. “For the time being, that’s where our focus will be.” Bonnier Corp. extended its dive market portfolio by acquiring Sport Diver UK, an international magazine that mirrors its own U.S.-based Sport Diver brand. Bonnier CEO Dave Freygang would not divulge the terms of the deal, but did say the move to purchase the title was very strategic in the company’s efforts to grow their U.S. brand’s global presence.Sport Diver UK grows Bonnier’s portfolio of dive market titles including Scuba Diving, The Undersea Journal, produced in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and the digital-only Sport Diver Asia Pacific launched last year.“The opportunity is to take our Sport Diver brand, which we operate as the official publication of the PADI diving society in the Americas, into the Europe, Middle East and Africa region,” Freygang says. “We’ll start in the U.K., which is one of the largest diving communities in that region, and ultimately expand.”Freygang contends it made more sense for Bonnier to acquire Sport Diver UK than it did for Sport Diver to expand into the market unknown, especially considering the name confusion.last_img read more

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley Zaya

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the eleventh (and final) in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Riley ZayaThere is always that one kid who, when you watch them they look like they were born to be a ballplayer.  Riley Zaya is that type of kid.  He always seems to be in the right place, is fundamentally sound, and looks like he belongs on the baseball diamond.   He comes from a family of ballplayers and spent a lot of his formative years with his dad and brother at baseball camps, run by the coach of Reading High. He is also the kind of player who would run through a wall for you. He once gutted out an entire game with a sore arm, never letting the coach know so that he could help his team. Riley is a quick witted kid who knows how to keep everyone loose, but also knows when to buckle down and get serious.Riley began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Yellow Jackets, coached by Fred Russell.  Once on the field, his skills and ability were evident to anyone who saw him play.  That first year on the small diamond was filled with many exciting memories.  He remembers getting his first hit, catching his first popup, turning his first double play, and turning a single into a double.   He remembers how much fun it was go to the field, get dirty and play baseball.Drafted by the Indians as a ten year old, he played his first season under Coach Jim Dee. His final two seasons he played for Coach Fred Russell.  The highlight of his Majors career was getting to play one season with his brother Connor.He was selected to play on the All Star tournament team each of his three seasons.  Other memorable moments included pitching a complete game, getting his first hit as a 10 year old,  and turning a game saving double play during a 11 year old All Star tournament game.  He really enjoyed playing for Coach Russell, and helping the Indians to the playoff semifinals during his final year in the Majors.  Riley played on the Indians with future Wildcats Jack Boyle and Jarred Aucoin.  He also always enjoyed marching in the Opening Day parade and hanging with his friends on the outfield fence watching the other teams play their games.Riley finished his WLL career playing two years in Juniors.  Along with the spring teams, he also played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony, and Northeast teams in the summer. He was a valuable contributor to the first Wilmington Middle School team. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. He also played on the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Riley’s second year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the his first two years. He was a member of the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year.  He also played four years on the WHS Soccer team.Riley is thankful for all the years his mother Claire, Father Tom, brother Connor, and sister Mackenzie made the time to see him play. He is grateful to have gotten the opportunity to play that one year in the Majors with his brother.  He is planning on attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study business. (NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jarred AucoinIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jack BoyleIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”last_img read more

Asian streaming service Viu looks to grow with more original content

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first_img Tags Viu’s latest show, No Sleep No FOMO, features a pan-Asia cast of celebs completing challenges in unknown destinations.  Viu You may not’ve heard of Viu, a Hong Kong-based video streaming service, but it’s already used by 30 million people.That’s a far cry from Netflix’s 137 million, but Viu’s reach is smaller. It’s focused in 17 markets, including South Africa and the company tells me it’s gained 14 million new users just last year alone.Relying primarily on subtitled licensed Korean content, such as dramas and entertainment variety shows, Viu also has Hong Kong content and some of its own originals. But now it’s hoping a new show, No Sleep No FOMO, featuring a pan-regional cast, will catch on.The show is a travelogue, dropping celebrities into unexpected locations around the world, including Switzerland. They’re given 60 hours to complete 60 missions without sleep. The program will feature Singapore-based host Paul Foster and Korean singer and variety star Kim Jong Kook, as well as a slew of celebs from the region.Social media will also play a big part, letting viewers use hashtags to influence the show and create what Viu calls “co-segments.” “Instead of casting a single regional celebrity, we also selected different celebrities and social media stars who can connect with audiences digitally and socially in various segments and countries,” said Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW Media, which operates Viu. “They together account for a remarkable fan base of more than 12 million social media followers apart from Viu’s own 30 million user base.”Lee added that the company plans to focus on social engagement as a way to connect with its “Viu-ers.”nsnf-ep04-01-jpgThe No Sleep No FOMO cast doing a Korean heart sign. Viu Korean programming will still play a big part — Viu partners with Korea’s top five broadcasters: KBS, MBC, SBS, CJ ENM and JTBC. But the company is also teaming with Samsung to get its content to certain markets in Asia, a move similar to marketing efforts by Netflix and Amazon, which involve dedicated buttons on LG remotes.Whether the strategy pays off remains to be seen, but more and more streaming services are pushing into delivering more original content.”We are seeing this an opportunity for us to create more original content as well as localizing pan-regional popular content to offer more relevant content to our viewers,” said Lee.”The growth in both our user base as well as in our revenues from ad-supported and subscription tiers strengthens our belief that we’re on the right track.” 0 Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment TV and Movieslast_img read more

BNP not optimistic about Jaishankars visit

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first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.BNP on Monday said there is no reason for Bangladesh to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport, reports UNB.”There’ve been media reports about it (India’s desire to use Bangladeshi land in Brahmanbaria). We’re closely observing the matter,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “Bangladesh government hasn’t agreed yet, and there’s no question about providing any land. There’s no reason to give our land to any other country.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, marking its 39th founding anniversary.Media reports said India wants a piece of Bangladesh’s land in Brahmanbaria to expand the Agartala airport, but the country is yet to make any proposal in this regard.Fakhrul said their party is not ‘optimistic’ about getting any positive outcome to resolve the outstanding problems with India from the visit of its external affairs minister S Jaishankar.”We’ve been hearing for 10-12 years that the Awami League government’s relation with India reached the highest level, but we still didn’t get the fair share of water from the Teesta River. Border killing could not be stopped while no step has been taken to remove the trade deficit with India,” he said.The BNP leader said Bangladesh’s no pending issue with India has so far been resolved. “But India solved its own problems with us. That’s why we can’t be optimistic and we also don’t expect much from this visit.”S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday night to discuss bilateral issues and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.Fakhrul protested prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark involving Zia with the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 15 August 1975, saying the ruling party is trying to distort history.”It’s historical fact that Ziaur Rahman in no way was involved with the assassination. Their people (AL leaders) were involved with it (the murder of Bangabandhu). Those who formed the government and parliament after the assassination were involved with it,” he observed.Fakhrul criticised industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun as he accused BNP of involving in rawhide disaster, and said the minister made such an imprudent comment to hide his failure.He said the current government has failed to run the country as it lacks people’s mandate. “There’s no representative of people both in the government and parliament. The unelected ministers have nothing to do except making unguarded remarks.”The BNP leader alleged that the government is trying to be the ‘master’ of people by eliminating politics and political parties. “They want the country to be run by a single party, but people won’t let it happen.”He warned that people will surely restore democracy in the country through a movement as they did in the past.last_img read more