Mary AlexanderHands on hips, wearing a relaxed smile and somewhat psychedelic shirt, South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is on the cover of a special issue of Forbes magazine listing the world’s 1 125 dollar billionaires.Motsepe is the first black South African billionaire to make the prestigious Forbes list, his net worth of US$2.4-billion (R18.6-billion) giving him a rank of 503. He joins fellow South Africans Nicky Oppenheimer and Johann Rupert, ranked at 173 and 284 respectively.Oppenheimer and family, owners of the De Beers mining group, have a net worth of $5.7-billion (R45.8-billion). Rupert and family have a fortune of $3.8-billion (R30.5-billion) from their publicly traded Swiss luxury group Richemont, owners of Cartier, Chloe, Dunhill and other premium brands.Motsepe is the executive chair of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), with a large stake in the company. ARM was set up in 2004 when Motsepe, in collaboration with the Harmony Gold Mining Company, took over Avmin. A diversified mining company, ARM has interests in ferrous and platinum group metals, nickel, coal, copper, cobalt and other base metals.A total of seven Africans are on the list, including three Egyptians and a Nigerian. The latter, industrialist Aliko Dangote, joins Motsepe as the first black Africans to make it into the Forbes billionaires’ club.New at the top of the list is Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, with a net worth of $62-billion (R769-billion). Mexican telecoms mogul Carlos Slim Helu is second, with $60-billion (R745-billion), and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who held the top spot for 13 years, falling to third, with a fortune of $58-billion (R720-billion). This year showed increasing dominance of emerging economies, with the top 10 including four billionaires from India, and one each from Russia and Mexico.The prince of minesOnly 46 years old, Motsepe was born in Soweto in the south of Johannesburg. His family are Tswana royalty – Forbes‘s profile of him is titled The Prince of Mines and includes the comment, “He is, in fact, a prince” – while one of his great-grandmothers came from Scotland.Around the time of Motsepe’s birth the anti-apartheid activities of his father, Augustine Motsepe, led to the family being banished to the dusty rural area of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria. There Augustine opened a store and a beer hall. The story goes that the younger Motsepe began his business career at the age of six, helping out his father from behind the counter at the store. “Whenever my father made a profit, he always ploughed it back into the store,” Motsepe told Forbes.Education was important to his parents, who managed to get their seven children into an Afrikaans-language Catholic boarding school reserved for coloured children. From there Motsepe went on to the University of Swaziland and then the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating with a law degree.In 1988 he joined Bowman Gilfillan, one of South Africa’s largest corporate law firms, and in 1993 became the firm’s first black partner. “Energetic and affable, Motsepe never wore his race on his sleeve,” Forbes quotes Bowman partner and longtime Motsepe lawyer and confidant Neil Rissik as saying.A modest billionaireFifteen years ago Motsepe turned from law to mining, transforming a “low-level mining services business into the country’s first black-owned mining company, African Rainbow Minerals, with 2007 revenue of $875-million,” Forbes says.Over the past year ARM’s share price has rocketed from $12 to $24, pushing the value of Motsepe’s net worth to $2.4-billion. Motsepe has a 42% stake in ARM, as well as a 5.5% stake worth $295-million in Sanlam, a publicly traded financial services company based in Cape Town.“By billionaire standards Motsepe has a modest lifestyle,” Forbes says. “His three sons attend prestigious private schools, but he has only one home, in the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston, and no yacht or plane. His one indulgence is to own the Mamelodi Sundowns, a soccer team.”Useful linksAfrican Rainbow MineralsForbesDe Beers GroupRichemont
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.(Image: Vimeo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Genevieve Hofmeyr Founder, Partner & ProducerMoonlighting Films+27 21 447 2209Melissa Jane CookA Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.Directed by Ian Gabriel, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.Threading together universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption, Gabriel acutely reveals the gritty realities of a vicious gangland subculture. Harvesting depravation and violence, at the pinnacle of the narrative is a captivating message of inspiration and hope.The cast of Four Rooms is an ensemble of talent and combines veterans including Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and many actors and bit players drawn from a pool of real people and actors, schools and chess clubs, all familiar with life on the Flats in the various gang-associated areas where filming took place.With the exception of the lead supporting actor Farakhan ( Brendon Daniels) and the lead actor Ricardo ( Jezriel Skei ) all the prison cast (youths and adults) were cast either from Victory Outreach, an outreach rehabilitative programme for ex -gang and drug users, and the Ottery Reformatory where actual juvenile offenders appeared in the juvenile quad scene.Filmed over five short weeks the film centres on a 13-year-old chess prodigy who’s drawn into Cape Town’s notorious child-gang culture. His absent father, recently released from prison, tries to break the pattern of violence and keep his son away from the ‘Four Corners’.Four lives change forever as the destinies of a reformed prison ‘general,’ a local cop, a charismatic gang leader and a surgeon back from London intersect with Ricardo.“Four corners, four lives and sounding boards influencing one boy’s life, reflecting the Four Corners of a chessboard and the Four Corners of a prison cell (literally ‘Vier Hoeke’ in Sabela prison slang – the secret language of the prison Number Gangs); each of these simple stories connected with the next to make up the Four Corners in the chessboard of Ricardo’s life,” says director Ian Gabriel on the Four Corners movie website.South Africa’s Cape Flats, located just outside Cape Town, an area of brutality and struggle. A society that spawned gangs and the gangs’ violent retaliation within it. For generations this hostile environment has been plagued by issues of poverty, depravation and disorder.Gabriel states on the website: “The world of the Cape Flats is so unique and such a different world that I knew the more we told the more we would need to tell. It wasn’t only with the actors that I wanted to achieve the sense of being ‘in the moment’ – I wanted that from the audience as well if that was possible, so that when finally there is a chase or there is a gun fight, which are staples of the gangster film genre, I wanted people to really feel and be in those moments and experience them, just as the community of families in the Cape Flats experience gangster turf outbursts from day to day on the streets, school-fields, playgrounds and block yards which are the chosen ‘battlegrounds.’”According to the Twitchfilm.com website, the Cape Flats district of Mitchells Plain has the highest rates of murder, violence and property crime in the nation by a large margin, with neighbouring districts having what are described as ‘abnormally high’ murder rates for more than a decade.Cape Town is home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor, so this space makes for a compelling setting for Gabriel’s Four Corners.This is the first film to delve into the hundred year-old war between South Africa’s Numbers Gangs, the 26s and the 28s. It blends Sabela, Tsotsi taal (slang originally used by criminals), Cape Afrikaans and English.In an article titled South Africa Comes of Age, the pre-eminent industry trade publication, The Hollywood Reporter, enthused about “the high hopes for the child gang thriller Four Corners, the country’s contender in the foreign language Oscar race”.Gavin Hood, director of the 2006 Academy Award winning South African film Tsotsi introduced Four Corners at a VIP screening on the 24 November in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles in the United States. He said: “Watching your beautifully made, heartfelt film brought tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, and of pride.”Hood specifically acknowledged the outstanding performances of undiscovered, bright new talent alongside more seasoned actors. “This is a story about a group of young people, many of whom have never acted before, seeing their community on screen for the first time, making a searingly honest piece of art.”Giant Films’ Cindy Gabriel and Moonlighting Films’ Genevieve Hofmeyr produced the independent and South African-financed Four Corners – which is director Ian Gabriel’s second feature film, following the highly acclaimed Forgiveness.Producer, Genevieve Hofmeyr, said that they were able to produce the picture – which was in development for four years – with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The Little Film Company is handling international sales.The movie releases on 7 February 2014 in South Africa through Indigenous Film Distribution.“It’s a great privilege for us to be representing such a prestigious film,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “As it is South Africa’s official submission for the Oscars, we are all keen to see how the world responds. It’s an ambitious film that delves deep into the human story behind the longstanding gang warfare that has a daily impact on the lives of people living on the Flats.”The soundtrack for Four Corners is composed by South African composer Markus Wormstorm. The film uses ‘found’ and original South African music by musicians as diverse as Felix laBand, Khuli Chana, Hemelbesem, Rattex, Jits Vinger, Cream, Kyle Shepherd and Isaac Mutant.“I hope to leave the audience with an experience that will stay with them after they leave the cinema. If they remember that this special world of the Cape Flats exists and is not only more dangerous, but also much richer than they knew, that will be very satisfying for us as film makers and for the communities and families we worked with,” concludes Gabriel.
(Eds: Repeating after making correction in heading)Hyderabad, Oct 31 (PTI) In the best form of his life after winning four Super Series titles in five months, star India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth today said that the days of domination of Lin Dan or Lee Chong Wei are over and the tournaments are more wide open than ever.Srikanth, who became the first Indian and only fourth mens singles player in the world to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year, said not a few but many players, including him, are capable of winning top tournaments these days.”For a long time I think (Malaysian) Lee Chong Wei and (Chinas) Lin Dan have dominated badminton. And now it has become more open. Me, Viktor (Axelsen) and even other Indian players are winning tournaments. It has become more wide open and its always good for the sport when you have so many champions,” he told reporters here.Srikanth was felicitated at the P Gopichand Academy here after his recent victories at Denmark Open and French Open. He won Indonesia Open and Australia Open in June and then bagged the Denmark Open and French Open this month.”These days, there are many players who are playing really well and anybody can beat anyone on their given day. So, its always important to be at your best against anyone,” he said.Asked if he thinks Lee Chong and Lin Dan are nearing the end of their careers, he said, “I cant really say thats their end. They have played at the highest level and really have the experience to come back. One cant really take them lightly. Lin Dan played in the final of World Championship. They definitely are tough every time you play them. But, we need to believe in ourselves that we can do well.”advertisementSrikanth might be inching towards the World No. 1 sport after winning the French Open last weekend but he said he was not thinking too much about the rankings.”To be frank I dont really think too much about the rankings. I really did well in the last eight to ten months. I want to just keep playing tournaments and enjoy playing the sport,” he said.Asked if he will become World No. 1 if he wins the upcoming China Open, Srikanth said, “Thats how it is. If you do consistently well, rankings do follow and I dont want to run behind the rankings. I really want to play well in the tournaments.”Srikanth said he will be competing in the Nationals (next week), besides the China and Hong Kong Open and the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai in December.”I am very happy now. All the four Super Series are different. After I won the India Open in 2015, it took a long time to win the Indonesia title,” said Srikanth, who beat Axelsen in mens singles quarterfinals in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier.He said match against compatriot H S Prannoy in the French Open was also a tough one.”I was really thinking to play well because I played a great match against him (Viktor) in Japan Open but I lost with by just two-three points. I didnt want that to happen. I wanted to do better and luckily I was able to do it. I am happy with the way I played that quarter final match. He has been in a great form and that win gave me a lot of confidence,” Srikanth said.”Going into the French Open, it was a tough draw and with top players losing in initial rounds, there were so many thoughts running in my mind, but still I told myself that I will take it round-by-round. I fairly did well at the French Open,” he said. PTI VVK PDS PDS
Colin Munro is showing some form and this could be great for him on a personal note ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions later in the month.The southpaw struck his third T20I hundred during New Zealand’s third T20I against West Indies at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.He is the only batsman to hit three hundreds in T20Is. Rohit Sharma, Brendon McCullum, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle all have two to their name.Munro got to his third T20I hundred off 47 balls in the 17th over of the bowling off Ashley Nurse. Nurse bowled a ball full on middle and he calmly pushed it down to long on to move to 100.NEW WORLD RECORD!Congratulations Colin Munro on becoming the first player to score three T20I centuries! #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/YcV35VHUQZ- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018However, he couldn’t kick on from there as he finally fell for 104 from 53 balls in the last over to Carlos Brathwaite while trying to take New Zealand’s score past the 250-run mark. Bratwiate bowled a full ball on middle, Munro looked to swing this over long on but for once, his mistimed shot found the fielder, Hetmyer took the catch to hand Brathwaite his second scalp.WATCHNew Zealand finished with 243/5 from their 20 overs — their highest-ever total in T20s and the seventh highest overall. The Black Caps innings was studded with 12 fours and 17 sixes, out of which Munro hammered three and 10 respectively. The visitors were bowled out for 124 from 16.3 overs and lost the match by 119 runs.advertisementA storming series from @manuz05 sees him win the #NZvWI Player of the Series award.Would Munro be part of your ultimate T20I opening partnership? pic.twitter.com/dlJLBhV7Ra- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018Munro’s 47-ball effort is his fastest century in T20Is and the sixth fastest overall. Rohit Sharma and David Miller are joint fastest to hit hundreds in the shortest format of the game. Both reached the three figure mark in 35 balls. While Rohit’s ton came few days back against Sri Lanka at Indore, Miller smashed the Bangladeshis around the park at Potchefstroom on October 29, 2017.Munro’s other two hundreds came against India at Rajkot and Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui in 2017.Ã¯Â¿Â½??Yeh itÃ¯Â¿Â½??s going pretty well at the moment & it was nice to put on a partnership with Guppy.Ã¯Â¿Â½?Ã¯Â¿Â½ – the man of the moment Colin Munro #nzvwi pic.twitter.com/rV5JjMGbB7- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 3, 2018This was also Munro’s third 50 plus score in a row. He smashed 53 and 66 in the first two T20Is respectively.The hosts won the three-match series 2-0 as the second match was washed out.ALSO WATCH:
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar joined several other former cricketers in questioning India’s bizarre batting performance against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. Chasing 338, India fell short by 31 runs for their first defeat of World Cup 2019.India lost KL Rahul for a duck and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were so cautious thereafter that they managed to reach only 28 for 1 off 10 overs.However, both Kohli and Rohit upped the ante before Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played entertaining cameos to give India some hope. But MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav baffled experts and fans alike with their go-slow approach as India slumped to defeat.India’s defeat has now also complicated matters for Pakistan who would not be cerain of a semi-finals berth even if they beat Bangladesh in their final group match.Shoaib Akhtar said India could have worked wonders but conceded they were not batting for Pakistan and it was their match.”India could have played better. An aggressive approach in first 10 overs and then with 5 wickets in hand, they could have done wonders. But it was their match, they were not batting for Pakistan,” Shoaib Akhtar tweeted.On air during their commentary stint, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and former England skipper Nasser Hussain slammed MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav who dealt mostly in singles when sixes and boundaries were the need of the hour.”I am completely baffled. What’s going on! This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air. It’s a World Cup game, top 2 sides, give it a go! Indian fans would want their side to do a little bit more. They want their side to go down with a fight. Risk it to win it,” Hussain said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to England Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervous
Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0: Valencia, Martial and Lukaku trim gap at the top Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:50 1/16/18 Getty Images Alexis Sanchez may be bound for Manchester United but Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku showed they have ample firepower against Stoke. Manchester United closed the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City to 12 points with a 3-0 win over struggling Stoke City at Old Trafford.Manchester City were beaten in the top flight for the first time this season on Sunday, 4-3 at Liverpool, and United’s victory, along with reports they are set to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez at the expense of their neighbours, means there is a fleeting instance this term of the bragging rights residing on the red side of town.Stoke, with newly appointed manager Paul Lambert watching from the stands, acquitted themselves well and carved out some clear first-half chances, only for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial to breach the Premier League’s most porous defence with fabulous first-half finishes, while Paul Pogba was influential in the hosts’ midfield. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Martial and Juan Mata passed up chances to compound the Potters’ misery after the break, meaning Romelu Lukaku’s 72nd-minute third goal felt wholly inevitable, as thoughts began to turn towards the Belgian’s prospective new strike partner.Lambert must now rouse a side in the relegation zone who have suffered eight defeats in 11 league games, with 50 in their goals-against column this season.The #MUFC striker controls @AnthonyMartial’s pass, turns past two defenders and fires low and hard past Butland – get in! pic.twitter.com/ygIIvqhww1— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Stoke’s caretaker boss Eddie Niedzwiecki handed a debut to right-back Moritz Bauer and the £5.5million signing from Rubin Kazan was a touch fortunate not to be punished for hauling Martial down inside the area after six minutes.It was Bauer’s opposite number Valencia who raided forward from full-back to cut inside Josh Tymon and arrow an excellent left-footed shot into the top corner shortly afterwards.Xherdan Shaqiri called United goalkeeper David de Gea into action as he looked to add to his catalogue of spectacular volleyed goals, while Stephen Ireland – making his first Premier League start since April 2015 – should have done better when he hooked a shot wide from inside the United box in the 17th minute.There was a more glaring miss from the former Manchester City midfielder when he lost his footing and shovelled an attempt past the post from Shaqiri’s ball into the box, before De Gea was bested by Peter Crouch in the air and Phil Jones bailed out his goalkeeper with brilliant block to deny Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Martial had an effort deflected behind off Kurt Zouma as United look to reassert themselves and the France forward accepted a pass from Pogba to curl a wonderful shot beyond Jack Butland from 20 yards and make it 2-0 after 38 minutes – an advantage preserved when De Gea got a strong hand down to Shaqiri’s thumping strike in the final action of the half..@AnthonyMartial’s scoring record v Stoke at Old Trafford:2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 pic.twitter.com/hkzo2NglI3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2018Butland rushed out early in the second period to thwart Martial, by which point Stoke’s resolve seemed to have dissipated.The ex-Monaco youngster should have had a second before the hour when he bundled between Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi to sidefoot at Butland from close range.Under pressure from Jesse Lingard, Zouma then sold Darren Fletcher short with an awful pass and Lukaku scampered towards goal, with the ball finding Mata via Lingard.The Spanish playmaker threaded the ball narrowly wide of Butland’s far post and chose to forgo precision for power when he lashed over the bar in the 65th minute.It remained for Lukaku to offer a timely reminder of his centre-forward qualities, taking down a drilled pass from Martial to muscularly turn and finish with aplomb.Marcus Rashford came off a bench lacking rumoured Sanchez makeweight Henrikh Mkhitaryan to test Butland with a deft backheel, while fellow substitute Mame Biram Diouf fired into the side-netting after De Gea saved to crown Stoke’s misery. Key Opta stats: – Manchester United have won 28 of a possible 30 points in Premier League home games against Stoke.- Stoke have conceded 50 Premier League goals this season – five of the previous six sides that conceded 50+ goals at this stage of the season were relegated (exception: Swansea in 2016-17).- Stoke have conceded more league goals than any other team in Europe’s big five divisions this season (50).- Antonio Valencia has scored three Premier League goals for Man Utd this season (19 apps), as many as in his previous four seasons combined (103 apps).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games (4 goals, 10 assists).- Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd at Old Trafford this season (10 goals, 3 assists).- Anthony Martial has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Stoke at Old Trafford.- Stephen Ireland made his first Premier League start since April 2015 vs Sunderland – 996 days ago.- Jack Butland (43) has conceded more Premier League goals this season than any other goalkeeper.- In contrast, David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other goalkeeper (13). read more
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraged people over the weekend to donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help British Columbians affected by raging wildfires and he made a similar appeal for Ontario and Quebec flood victims earlier this year.However unlike many international disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal two years ago or in Haiti in 2010, Canada’s appeal for domestic donations isn’t shored up by a pledge that the government will pony up an equal amount of cash to match the individual donors.The federal government has had matching contribution programs for more than a dozen international events since 2004, but it has only ever done it once for a natural disaster in Canada, the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. last year.The government matched $104.5 million donated to the Canadian Red Cross to respond to the forest fire which forced evacuation of the entire northeastern Alberta city.Kimberley Nemrava, Canadian Red Cross vice-president for British Columbia and Yukon, said such government involvement seems to make people more apt to reach into their wallets.The Red Cross has seen a “bump in donations” whenever a government runs a matching program for charitable giving, she said.“The feedback I have from donors is often that they like the concept of their funds being doubled,” said Nemrava.The first international matching relief program was established to help after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and Canada has matched almost $800 million in charitable giving by Canadians for 12 other disasters since then.That doesn’t include the amounts donated for the African famine this spring, or up to $2 million Trudeau pledged in May to match donations to aid rebuilding efforts following earthquakes in Central Italy.Most often the eligible donations to be matched can be made to a number of different aid agencies, although Canada’s matching dollars don’t always go to the same agencies, but rather to multinational organizations like the United Nations or the International Development Bank.In the spring, Ottawa pledged $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross to aid families displaced by major flooding along the Ottawa River, St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.A week ago Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada would contribute an amount equal to whatever the Canadian Red Cross spends on direct aid to registered fire evacuees in B.C. this summer. Trudeau made an appeal for people to donate during a stop in Revelstoke, B.C. on Saturday.The agency is providing $600 to every family displaced, another $600 for those who can’t return home for more than two weeks and $300 per family when they can return.The Canadian Red Cross has received $9.6 million in donations since the first fire appeals began in the second week of July.For Fort McMurray last year, Canadians donated $86 million in just 10 days following the Canadian government’s announcement of matching funds.In May Goodale told the Canadian Press the government would have to consider matching funds for spring flood victims but no announcement came. His spokesman said Sunday it was used for Fort McMurray because of “unique circumstances” but that normally national disasters are handled by the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements that helps cover provincial expenditures following floods, hurricanes, fires and the like.When Trudeau announced the $2 million matching donation fund for the Italian earthquakes he raised the ire of Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, who complained Italy was a rich country.“Can’t we use taxpayers $ (dollars) on our flood victims,” he tweeted May 14.A Conservative Party spokesman said nobody wouldn’t comment on the matter right now because of the ongoing crises faced by British Columbia’s wildfires.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
4 June 2010Boosting maternal health and developing ways to overcome and respond to diseases such as HIV/AIDS will be the focus of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s upcoming visit to Washington and five African countries starting on Monday. In Washington, Mr. Ban will open the Women Deliver 2010 conference, which is the largest-ever gathering on maternal health, drawing 3,500 participants from 140 countries, according to organizers.The three-day event, starting on Monday, will focus on the theme, “Delivering solutions for girls and women,” underscoring the need for maternal and reproductive health to be a top priority.Participants are expected to discuss how the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight anti-poverty and other socio-economic targets with a 2015 deadline – will not be reached without investment in women. They are also set to confer on how the world can achieve the MDG on improving maternal health if governments and donors commit the necessary funding now.While in the United States capital, Mr. Ban will speak at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. He is also scheduled to meet with Senator John Kerry and hold talks with the National Association for Evangelicals.Later on Monday, the Secretary-General will make the second of his three scheduled visits to Africa in the course of a month, travelling first to South Africa to discuss the MDGs and attend the start of the World Cup soccer tournament.He will also visit Burundi, Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone, before returning to New York on 16 June.Last weekend Mr. Ban visited Malawi and Uganda, where he addressed the first-ever review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC).For the court to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support, he said. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide.”So far 111 countries have become parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined.The Secretary-General’s third visit to Africa will be to Gabon, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a UN peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – has been in operation for 11 years.Last week, the Security Council agreed to transform the operation into a stabilization mission in the coming weeks, authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel by 30 June from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal.
Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.The High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 68th Republic Day of India today at India House in Colombo. He highlighted India’s achievement in social, political and economic fields in the last six and half decades. Today, India is the fastest growing economy amongst the major economies of the world. India is the second largest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower, the third largest army, the sixth member of the nuclear club, the sixth member in the race for space, and the tenth largest industrial power. From a net food grains importing country, India is now a leading exporter of food commodities.Highlighting recent initiatives of the Government of India, President mentioned flagship initiatives such as Swachh Bharat Mission, MGNREGA, Aadhaar, Digital India programme, Start-up India, Atal Innovation Mission, and Skill India initiative. (Colombo Gazette) He stated that the Indian flagship housing project, aiming to construct 50,000 houses, is proceeding well with over 45,300 houses constructed till date. The High Commissioner also cautioned against the threat posed by the dark forces of terrorism and stressed the necessity of defeating these forces decisively.The High Commissioner and officials of the High Commission paid their respects to the memory of fallen soldiers of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in a solemn ceremony at the IPKF memorial in Colombo.The High Commissioner credited strong democratic institutions built over the last six and a half decades for making India an oasis of stability. High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu unfurled the Indian flag and inspected a Guard of Honour presented by a contingent of the Border Security Force. Speaking here, the High Commissioner congratulated the Government on the completion of two years in office. Stating that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy, he expressed hope that Sri Lankan businesses will take advantage of their proximity to the fastest growing major economy in the world.The High Commissioner added that India’s total development assistance commitment to Sri Lanka is now around US$ 2.6 billion, with over US$ 435 million as outright grants.
It was around Easter at the end of March 1989 and Caroline had been for a night out to the Coach in Banbridge with a girlfriend. She stayed part of the night with her friend in a hostel in Portadown but was gone in the morning. I have information that suggests Caroline returned to Hanover Street to get some clothes but she has not been seen since. I believe she was murdered some time later and that her remains are somewhere in Portadown. OFFICERS IN PORTADOWN investigating the murder of a woman who’s been missing for over 25 years will today use sniffer dogs as part of the search of a house where she used to live.It’s part of a fresh effort being made in the case of Caroline Graham who was last seen after a night out in Portadown in 1989.Today’s search operation will take place at a property in Hanover Street where 19-year-old Caroline lived. Specially trained PSNI victim recovery dogs which can identify traces of human remains will be deployed.Caroline was living with her boyfriend in Hanover Street at the time of her disappearance in April 1989 but was originally from Newry. It’s understood she had been living in the Portadown area for around two years before her disappearance.The PSNI say that today’s search is being carried out under warrant but with the consent of the current owner adding that they do not believe the current occupant has knowledge of the events of 1989.The officer leading the investigation detective chief inspector Peter Montgomery says that “he still believes a form of closure is possible for Caroline and her family”: The current phase of the investigation has been ongoing for the past two years with police saying that their appeals for information have been “very prodcutive”, something which led to today’s search.The nearby Carleton Street area has been searched as have areas of waste ground and a number of different premises.Montgomery says that detectives believe that the key to recovering Caroline’s remains “lies with a small group of local people” because whoever was responsible for her murder may have spoken to people.“I need to speak to anyone who saw Caroline at the Coach with her friend that night,” he said.“Did you pick up Caroline and her friend and drop them off in Portadown? Six weeks ago I appealed to two men, possibly off-duty soldiers, who gave Caroline a lift in a black Ford XR3i car that night to come forward. Although I am not treating them as suspects, they have yet to make contact. I would urge them to do so.”This latest search comes just six weeks after Caroline’s mother, Barbara, appealed for information about her daughter’s disappearance and murder.A 76-year-old woman arrested in June in connection with a murder was also released.Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on +44 2890 700 727.Read: 76-year-old woman released after being arrested in connection with 1989 murder >Read: Ireland’s cold case detectives say ‘it’s never too late’ >