9 Updates

Guests start arriving for Mandela's memorial service

Dec 9 2013, 8:44am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 9 (IANS) A large number of high profile guests have started arriving here to attend events commemorating former South African president Nelson Mandela, the government said Monday.

Johannesburg, Dec 9 — A large number of high profile guests have started arriving here to attend events commemorating former South African president Nelson Mandela, the government said Monday. About...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

33 weeks ago

Guests start arriving for Mandela's memorial service

Dec 9 2013, 8:44am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 9 (IANS) A large number of high profile guests have started arriving here to attend events commemorating former South African president Nelson Mandela, the government said Monday.

Johannesburg, Dec 9 — A large number of high profile guests have started arriving here to attend events commemorating former South African president Nelson Mandela, the government said Monday.

About 70 heads of state and government have confirmed that they will take part in the memorial service of Mandela, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRC), reports Xinhua.

These include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The Indian delegation will be led by President Pranab Mukherjee.

International and regional organisations from the UN and European Commission, African Union have also confirmed their attendance.

The UN will be represented by the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the African Union will be represented by Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The large number of high profile guests arriving was unprecedented, said Clayson Monyela, DIRC spokesman. "I don't think it has ever happened before," he said.

"The world literally is coming to South Africa. On the numbers for the memorial service, we are sitting at over 70 heads of state and government in office, and we are looking for 10 former heads of state and government," Monyela added.

The government has set Dec 10 for official memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Mandela's body will then lie in the Union Buildings in Pretoria for three days starting from Dec 11.

Mandela's remains will be transported Dec 14 to the Eastern Cape from air force base Waterkloof in Pretoria, where the ruling African National Congress will bid Mandela farewell.

A funeral service and interment ceremony will take place at Mandela's home and final resting place at Qunu in the Eastern Cape Dec 15.

Mandela died of lung disease Thursday at his Johannesburg home, at the age of 95.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
9

1 day ago

The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders

Jul 27 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Nelson Mandela once said, "We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." That phrase from the Noble Prize-winning global beacon should be our only mandate as we address the incendiary situation along the border as desperate droves of children fleeing violence in Central America for the refuge of the United States are met with an often impenetrable fence of antipathy.  Conversely, America has had a recent history of ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
8

1 week ago

Commons Speaker John Bercow Strengthens His Position Despite Disastrous 12 Months

Jul 22 2014 2:45am CDT | Source: Big Government

John Bercow has had a rather difficult year. Twelve months ago, the Speaker of the House of Commons suffered public humiliation at the hands of Conservative MPs, who passed to the press physical evidence of so-called "Bollocked By Bercow" badges they were secretly wearing to subvert him. The badges were designed by backbencher Simon Burns, who famously muttered that Bercow was a "stupid, sanctimonious dwarf", only to apologise t ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
7

1 week ago

Hillary Clinton on dogs, Dostoevsky and 'Goodnight Moon'

Jul 21 2014 7:53pm CDT | Source: Politics Now - Los Angeles Times

Who’s the most meaningful person that Hillary Rodham Clinton has met in her lifetime? Nelson Mandela. Her biggest influence? Her late mother. The first book that she will read to her new grandchild? “Goodnight Moon.” Her favorite book of all time? “The Brothers ...
Source: Politics Now - Los Angeles Times   Full article at: Politics Now - Los Angeles Times
 

 
Update
6

2 weeks ago

Church Of England's Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Announces Support Of Assisted Suicide Bill

Jul 15 2014 7:56am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in England and Wales to administer lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients given less than six months to live. More than 100 members of the House of Lords, England’s upper house of Parliament, have asked to speak on the second reading of the Assisted Dying Bill on Friday (July 18). The bill will be opposed by Archbishop ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
5

6 weeks ago

Scott Esk, Republican Candidate In Oklahoma, Says It's OK To Stone Gays To Death

Jun 11 2014 11:43pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Scott Esk, a Republican Tea Party candidate in Oklahoma, got into a debate on Facebook last summer in which he advocated killing homosexuals. “I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” Esk wrote in comments uncovered by Oklahoma journalist Rob Morris. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.” When pressed, Esk added: "I never said I would author legisl ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

Maya Angelou Memorial Service Attended By Oprah, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama And More

Jun 7 2014 9:09am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Family, friends and famous admirers including first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are gathering for a tribute to poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou. Angelou is being honored as a renaissance figure and one of the 20th century's most famous black writers at a private memorial service planned later Saturday morning at Wake Forest University. Angelou died ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

7 weeks ago

Bergdahl Six-Month-Old 'Proof of Life' Video Used to Justify Rushed Trade

Jun 5 2014 11:35am CDT | Source: Big Government

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said in repeated public statements that the decision to trade five high-ranking Taliban officials' freedom for the life of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was made at this time "to save his life." The Obama administration did not act immediately, however, as the video used to justify the trade deal was reportedly obtained in January. "It was our judgment that if we could find an opening, we needed to get him out of there, essenti ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
1

7 weeks ago

GOP Senator: Bergdahl Spoke English In 'Proof of Life' Video Made Last Year

Jun 4 2014 7:23pm CDT | Source: Big Government

At a Senate intelligence briefing given by the White House’s Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, members watched a “proof of life” video made by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Taliban captors late last year. According to Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Kirk, Bergdahl appeared weak but spoke English and referenced the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela died on December 5, 2013. “He didn’t look good. He said[on the video], ‘I’m private Berg ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Heavy casualties reported in China knife attack
Beijing, July 29 (IANS) Dozens of civilians were killed and a number of others injured in a knife attack in China, police said Tuesday.
 
 
US voices support for Modi vision ahead of Kerry's visit
Washington, July 29 (IANS) The US will seek to establish top level contact with the new Indian government as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India Wednesday on a visit that is expected to lay the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-awaited September visit to the US.
 
 
Birth control implant for students headed to India
Durban, July 29 (IANS) A group of South African students to be flown to India for training at an Indian university are to be given contraceptive implants to prevent them becoming pregnant, media reported Tuesday.
 
 
44 killed in Ukraine government offensive
Kiev, July 29 (IANS) Ukrainian government troops over the past 24 hours heavily bombarded two key rebel cities under siege in eastern Ukraine, Gorlovka and Donetsk, killing 44 civilians and forcing government offices to be evacuated.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Lajja qualifies for women's 50m rifle 3 positions final
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian shooter Lajja Gauswami qualified for the women's 50-metre rifle 3 positions final at the Commonwealth Games here Tuesday. The 25-year-old Indian finished sixth with a total score of 571...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Heavy casualties reported in China knife attack
Beijing, July 29 (IANS) Dozens of civilians were killed and a number of others injured in a knife attack in China, police said Tuesday. The killings occurred Monday morning in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Mick Jagger celebrates 71st birthday
New York, July 29 (IANS) Singer Mick Jagger celebrated his 71st birthday with a family brunch at Hakkasan here. The Rolling Stones rocker celebrated his birthday on July 27 and was joined by eight people including his...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Do or die match for India eves against South Africa
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) After a massive 14-0 thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago, India eves will be looking to continuing their dominating form when they face South Africa in their next group match of the hockey...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Zoe Saldana gives support and love
Zoe Saldana is able to give her husband ''support and love'' because it is in her nature. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actress - who is rumored to be pregnant with twins - married artist Marco Perego last year and...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lea Michele to guest star in Sons of Anarchy
Lea Michele is to guest star in 'Sons of Anarchy'. The 'Glee' actress has signed up for a cameo role in the final season of the biker drama and couldn't be happier to be making an appearance on her ''favorite'' program...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Miranda Kerr learned to prioritize with parenthood
Miranda Kerr credits motherhood for teaching her to prioritize. The Australian model - who has her own skincare line, Kora Organics, and is also a health coach - says since having Flynn, her three-year-old son with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cara Delevingne hangs out with Jack Black
Cara Delevingne has made friends with her ''idol'' Jack Black. The Burberry model has plenty of showbiz friends - including Rihanna, Rita Ora and Harry Styles - to keep her company, but now she has another name to add...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US voices support for Modi vision ahead of Kerry's visit
Washington, July 29 (IANS) The US will seek to establish top level contact with the new Indian government as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India Wednesday on a visit that is expected to lay the groundwork...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Harpreet wins men's 25m rapid fire pistol silver
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Shooter Harpreet Singh opened India's medal count Tuesday by clinching the silver in the men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol finals at the Commonwealth Games here. Australian David Chapman won the...
Read more on Sport Balla