President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Portuguese Republic on the occasion of that country’s National Day.In her message to Anibal Antonio Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, President Sirleaf extended warmest felicitation on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in her own name. She acknowledged that the day is in remembrance of the anniversary of the death of the National Literary Icon Luis de Camôes 1580. She noted that as the people of Portugal celebrate this joyous occasion, the ties of friendship and cooperation existing between the two nations and Peoples will be further enhanced to their mutual benefits.President Sirleaf added that as a result of Portugal’s support, including those of other members of the International Community, Liberia was on May 9, Liberia declared free from the Ebola Virus transmission. She observed that the end of Ebola in Liberia has ultimately created an enabling environment for the re-launching of the country’s reconstruction efforts.She then wished for President Cavaco Silva good health and for the people of the Portuguese Republic, a happy festive season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Susan Shabangu, led the launch of the National Child Protection Week (CPW) campaign on Sunday 27 May 2018 in Pretoria, Gauteng. This year’s theme for the week-long campaign is: “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward.”It is of great importance that every person takes up the responsibility daily to protect children and play their part in contributing to a South Africa where all its citizens can live in safety, peace and harmony. Children need special protection because they are among the most vulnerable members of society. They are dependent on others – their parents and families – for care and protection.Great things are done by a series of small things brought together, therefore, each person can participate in the CPW campaign by educating themselves and sharing with others The Bill of Rights in the Constitution Section 28 which states the rights that every child has;Every child has the right –a) to a name and a nationality from birth;b) to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;c) to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;d) to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;e) to be protected from exploitative labour practices;f) not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that –i) are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; orii) place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;g) not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be –i) kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; andii) treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;h) to have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result; andi) not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.2. A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.3. In this section, “child” means a person under the age of 18 years.The CPW campaign was initiated in 1997 to raise awareness about the need for communities to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence and ill-treatment.Let us be reminded by the words of Nelson Mandela, in his speech at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane Schools in June 1995 when he said; “our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people”.Share how you are Playing Your Part and protecting children in your home, school and community @PlayYourPartSA #Getinvolved #Bethelegacy
The BJP-Sikkim Krantikari Morcha alliance has swept the bypolls in Sikkim, winning all the three Assembly seats that went to the polls. Sikkim Chief Minister and SKM candidate P.S. Golay won the Poklok Kamrang seat securing about 84% of the votes. Mr. Golay secured 10,585 votes, while his nearest rival Moses Rai of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secured 1,858. The victory has firmly cemented Mr. Golay as Chief Minister of Sikkim. Mr. Golay could not contest the Assembly polls earlier this year because of conviction in a corruption case. The term of his disqualification to contest polls was subsequently reduced by the Election Commission of India. At Martam Rumtek Assembly seat in East Sikkim, BJP candidate S.T. Venchungpa won by securing 8,010 votes, while N.K. Bhutia of the SDF secured 2,033 votes. BJP candidate Y.T. Lepcha won the Gangtok Assembly seat, securing 2,492 votes. Former Indian football captain and Hamro Sikkim working president Bhaichung Bhutia, who also contested from Gangtok, finished fourth after securing 578 votes. The bypolls were necessitated after the State’s former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, D.T. Lepcha and Kunga Nima Lepcha vacated the Poklok Kamrang, Martam Rumtek and Gangtok seats respectively after winning two seats each during the Assembly poll held in April.
Critics were up in arms the moment chairman of selector K Srikkanth and his panel decided to pick Yuvraj Singh for the ICC World T20 in August, arguing the call was based on emotion and not on cricketing logic.They felt that while the left-hander could be a part of any international team before being diagnosed with cancer, four months wasn’t enough time for him to regain match fitness – after going through rigorous therapy for a rare germ cell cancer – and be a part of Team India.Even well-wishers questioned the decision saying that only in India could such a selection happen and comparisons were drawn with teams like Australia and South Africa.Back then, Srikkanth and team had stayed silent. But not on Monday after Yuvraj hit a well-deserved double ton for North Zone against Central Zone in their Duleep Trophy semi-final.Ex-chairman of selectors Srikkanth hailed Yuvraj as a fighter and said that he had repaid the faith they had shown in him while picking him for the World T20 in Sri Lanka.”A lot of discussion was regarding his fitness and if we were being emotional by picking him just four months into his recovery from cancer. Not many supported our case, but deep within we always knew he is a champion cricketer and on Monday he proved that once again.”I am very happy for him and wish him further success. In a way, he has also justified us backing him and bringing him back into the national fold. He has repaid the faith we showed in him,” he told Mail Today. Srikkanth feels that Yuvraj is ready for the longer formats of the game and not just T20.”His knock in the Duleep Trophy proves that he has regained enough fitness to not only play the shortest format of the game – T20 – but also the longer versions. Even if it might be too early to consider him for Tests, he is definitely ready for the ODI format,” he said.Srikkanth found support from one of the current selectors who refused to be named. He too feels that Yuvraj’s double hundred is the best way that he could have answered his critics.”Yuvraj’s double ton not only shuts his critics up, but also augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. It once again proves that if you are determined and willing to go that extra mile to bounce back, even the Almighty takes your side,” he said.When asked if Yuvraj was ready to don national colours in the ODI format and ultimately the whites that every cricketer dreams of, he said: “As of now, he is definitely ready to go through the rigours of 50over cricket. Test cricket could still take a little bit of time, but with the dedication he has shown while training, I won’t be too surprised if he is back into the Test team sooner rather than later.”advertisement