Estwick pulls off big Contender upset win

first_imgGuyanese boxer Charwin Estwick pulled off the biggest upset of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series on Wednesday night when he defeated American Daniel Powell by unanimous decision at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Judges Laurence Neufville and Lindell Allen scored the five round fight 49-46, while judge Eion Jardine had it 48-47.Because of his 11-0 record, which included nine victories by knockout or technical knockout, Powell was seen as the favourite to win, as Estwick went in with a record of only two previous fights, both of which he lost.At the weigh-in on Wednesday, however, Estwick, who had to take off weight to get to the 147-pound welterweight limit, declared, “I am not intimidated by his record because records do not win fights. Fighters do, and I am going to win this fight.”These words proved prophetic, as Estwick went on the attack from the opening bell, and his awkward southpaw stance clearly confused Powell, who never really got going. He was the better technical fighter, but it was Estwick who did the scoring, and the judges awarded him for his efforts.Estwick was busy right from the start, and threw a lot of punches to both the head and body. His work rate was impressive, but the cool, orthodox Powell gave the impression that it was just a matter of time before he took over. His jabs looked good and he scored primarily to the head, but it was Estwick who won the round.SUPERIOR WORKPowell was decisive at the start of the second round, and a good right hook to the head gave a glimpse of what he was capable of. He landed more punches in this round and took it comfortably, but Estwick came out blazing in the third round, and his superior work rate and quick flurries gave him the edge.Estwick also had a good fourth round, but in the fifth, he started to fade as Powell put pressure on him. Estwick suddenly seemed vulnerable, and it was at this stage of the fight that his defensive side was seen, and he was able to weather the storm to the final bell.With all the quarter-finalists in place, seeding of the top four boxers took place. American boxer Demarcus Coley was seeded at No. 1 and Caribbean boxers Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes and Ramel Lewis were seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. They then drew their opponents, and Lewis will meet Michael Gardener in the first quarter-final bout next week.In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sherine Williams from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a technical knockout (injury) second-round victory over Nyoka Hewitt from the Stanley Couch gym. Hewitt injured her right knee and had to be assisted from the ring for medical attention. In the second bout, Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic gym scored a unanimous decision over Nico Yeyo from Stanley Couch gym.last_img read more

Lukaku, Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2

first_imgBelgium had a two-goal lead within 16 minutes. Hazard scored with a sixth-minute penalty kick he earned by being tripped, and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of the opposing goal.“We knew that if we scored early, the game would be easy,” Hazard said. “So after five minutes we scored, and we controlled the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Tunisians cut the lead when defender Dylan Bronn headed in a goal in the 18th minute, but Belgium wasn’t done.Lukaku clipped a right-foot shot over advancing goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in first-half stoppage time to match Cristiano Ronaldo with four goals as the tournament’s top scorers. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hazard then ran on to a long pass in the 51st, flicked the ball around Ben Mustapha and shot into an empty net. Substitute Michy Batshuayi made it a rout in stoppage time, and failed with three other good scoring chances.Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team’s second with almost the last kick of the match.Belgium has shown the most complete attacking force at the World Cup, though without yet playing a European or South American team.Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favored to advance as the winner of Group H.The temperature inside the tightly packed Spartak Stadium was 28 degrees C (82 degrees F) at kickoff, and rising humidity spilled into heavy rain.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s Eden Hazard shoots a penalty kick to score the opening goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MOSCOW — Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display on Saturday, leading their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup.The Red Devils were rampant at times and rested both forwards in the second half for tougher tests ahead. A spot in the round of 16 is almost certain after an opening 3-0 win over Panama.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Edward Kelly bows to Jadambaa via TKO Earning the penalty kick, Hazard darted forward at speed and was clipped by Syam Ben Youssef. Video review confirmed the trip was on the white line of the penalty area, not outside as Tunisia claimed.Tunisia’s defense was unsettled by two first-half injuries. Bronn and Ben Youssef were both replaced after leaving the field on stretchers.GROUP DYNAMICSBelgium has all but qualified from Group G with two wins.A point from Belgium’s last game against England on Thursday in Kaliningrad will ensure a place in the round of 16.KEY TO SUCCESSBelgium pressed Tunisia into giving up the ball in its own half, and attacked with pace and skill in a dizzying mix of talented play.Tunisia also used pace and direct running to expose Belgium’s defense, though rarely tested goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READlast_img read more

Legislation crucial in honey industry’s expansion – Holder

first_img…honey demands greater than productionThe Guyana School of Agriculture on Monday facilitated the ninth biennial Caribbean Bee-keepers Congress, which placed emphasis on the difficulties facing the sector, and ways to improve production.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, in his presentation, made amidst delegates from Dominica, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Bahamas and Nigeria, asserted that a bee legislation would enable Guyana to expand its production rate; and moreover, the industry.He pointed out that while there is a desire to export honey to First World countries, the setbacks are monumental.“Bee legislation and honey regulations are basic necessities for this industry to be expanded. This is especially important as we aspire to export to high-value markets such as the European Union. However, these remain out of reach due toMembers of the ninth congress at the GSAthe complex import regulation and procedure standards of natural produce,” Holder said.As international markets remain out of reach, Holder is under the impression that Guyana’s small scale production can be developed with the right tools. These consist of partnerships and synchronization of involved countries.“Collaborative actions, greater coordination, and regional integration are required to concrete outputs in the short and medium terms. Our locale in the industry is considered to be a small-scale developing industry,” he explained.Meanwhile, a representative from the Business Ministry, Safrana Cameron, focused on the difficulties in the bee-keeping industry, as she explained that honey demand is greater than production, causing prices to skyrocket.“The amount of honey that we produce in Guyana is not enough to match our demand, and when you put market forces together, as demand rises and you are not able to supply that demand, prices for that commodity go up,” said Cameron.She said key indications for business opportunities in the honey industry lie in a simple analysis of the demands for the product.“We have the fauna, the water resources and acres of land. We have one of the best honeybees, and not forgetting the existent knowledge and experience in beekeeping,” she detailed.Constraints leading to low honey production include meeting standards, marketing, trading barriers, and high energy costs.For 2018, the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) has trained 200 individuals in beekeeping and other skills-related areas.The congress is open from November 19 to 23 under the theme: “Natural Bee-keeping for a green economy”. Topics to be discussed include pest control, breeding, hive and apiaries, and production costs.In September, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, announced that his country is looking into the 80-year-old law which restricts Guyana from trans-shipping honey exports through the twin-island republic.The 1935 T&T law prohibits the transportation of honey within one mile of the country; and back in 2015, Laparkan was fined US$3000 by the island’s customs for facilitating the shipment of honey.While they have been strictly defensive of beekeeping and Bee Products Act and regulations, given its vibrant honey sector, they are mandated to deal with its Caribbean Community (Caricom) trading partners fairly. As a result, necessary actions must be implemented to ensure that its laws are in compliance with regional and international obligations.last_img read more

Senate rejects Dems’ plan to withdraw troops in 2008

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic resolution to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq in 2008, but a similar measure advanced in the House, and Democratic leaders vowed to keep challenging President George W. Bush to change course in Iraq. The vote in the Senate was 50 against and 48 in favor, 12 short of what was needed to pass, with just a few defections in each party. It came just hours after the House Appropriations Committee, in another vote largely on party lines, approved an emergency spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan that also includes a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. The House will vote on that legislation Thursday, setting the stage for another confrontation. Democratic strategy The action in both houses threw into sharp relief the Democratic strategy of ratcheting up the pressure, vote by vote, to try to force the White House to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq. But it also highlighted Republican unity in opposition; in the Senate, only one Republican, Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, voted with the Democrats. Republican leaders said they counted the day as a victory. “It is clear now that the majority of the Senate opposes a deadline for the withdrawal of troops,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, countered: “The Republicans are rubber-stamping the president’s failed policy. That’s the message here.” Bush, speaking at a Republican fundraising dinner, applauded the senators who voted against a timetable. “Many of those members know what I know: that if American forces were to step back from Baghdad now, before the capital city is more secure, the scale and scope of attacks would increase and intensify,” he said. Prospects slim The Democratic resolution in the Senate would have redefined the U.S. mission in Iraq and set a goal of withdrawing U.S. combat troops by March31,2008, except for a “limited number” focused on counterterrorism, training and equipping Iraqi forces, and protecting U.S. and allied personnel. The House measure set a withdrawal deadline of Sept.1,2008. The prospects for either the House or Senate measure winning final passage were always considered slim, given that the Senate legislation needed a supermajority of 60 to advance. Even so, the White House issued forceful veto threats, sending a clear signal to Republicans where the president stood. The White House also worked behind the scenes to keep Republicans on board. Political statement Both parties consider these measures an important political statement, a measure of how far the debate about Iraq has moved recently, and a sign of Americans’ discontent with the war. But Sen. Norm Coleman, a moderate Republican from Minnesota who voted against the Democratic measure, argued that the final vote could still be misleading. “There is frustration and deep concern about the war,” said Coleman, who is facing a tough re-election fight next year. As they left the Senate floor, several other moderate Republicans who are facing difficult re-election campaigns next year were quick to register their opposition to the president’s overall Iraq strategy. But they said they were leery of legislating a troop pullout to begin within four months. “That is such a short time frame for withdrawal,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who opposed the president’s plan to send more troops to Iraq. In the end, the Senate resolution did not attract the contingent of seven Republican moderates who joined Democrats in opposing Bush’s troop buildup plan last month. The only Republican defection was that of Smith, who said in a statement, “Setting specific dates for withdrawal is unwise, but what is worse is remaining mired in the quicksand of the Sunni-Shia civil war.” Crossed party lines Two Democratic senators, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, crossed party lines to oppose the withdrawal plan. Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent and staunch supporter of Bush’s Iraq policy, voted as expected with the Republicans. Democrats asserted that the only alternative to their plan was endorsing, once again, the status quo in Iraq. In a debate steeped in anger and dismay, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia declared, “We were wrong to invade, we were wrong to think victory would be quick or easy, and we are wrong to stay on in occupation that earns us only hatred – with no end, no end, no end in sight.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BBC: DONEGAL CLERICAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION IS ‘HARROWING’ – NEW EVIDENCE ON SCANDAL

first_imgA TV investigation to be broadcast tonight will hear ‘harrowing’ stories from clerical sex abuse survivors in Co Donegal – and will unearth new scandals, the BBC said today.Reporter Darragh MacIntyre (pictured) will interview victims of notorious paedophile priest Father Eugene Greene and examine how he was allowed to continue to abuse dozens of boys over a 30-year period.The scandal in the Raphoe Diocese will be examined in detail, as well as other cases throughout Ireland. A BBC spokesman confirmed: “Darragh MacIntyre investigates the failure of the church to deal with abusing priests in Ireland.“As he travels around the country he hears harrowing stories from victims of clerical abuse, and uncovers new evidence that shows the scandal is far from ended – and that it reaches the very top of the Catholic Church in Ireland.”MacIntyre is no stranger to Co Donegal, having lived in Gortahork for a number of years.His previous investigations in Raphoe for the BBC has unearthed shocking allegations. It’s understood new allegations will be made tonight about senior Catholic clergy in Ireland and the Vatican’s attempts to cover it up.A report released last November identified 14 priests in Raphoe and 20 in the Derry Diocese who had allegations made against them over a 30-year period.Our report yesterday is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/04/30/bbc-programme-will-make-donegal-abuse-story-global/This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church. BBC1 Northern Ireland 10.35pm tonight (Tuesday) BBC: DONEGAL CLERICAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION IS ‘HARROWING’ – NEW EVIDENCE ON SCANDAL was last modified: May 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBC: DONEGAL CLERICAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION IS ‘HARROWING’ – NEW EVIDENCE ON SCANDALlast_img read more

Maroons FC, Centenary Bank enter partnership

first_imgCentenary Bank’s Michael Jjingo (second left) hands over a UGX 10m cheque to Maroons FC on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – Maroons FC and Centenary Bank have entered into a partnership worth UGX 10m.The deal was confirmed on Tuesday, 24th September after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two parties.It is believed to be a one-year partnership that will run until next year (2020).Centenary Bank General Manager, Michael Jingo handed over a dummy cheque of UGX 10m to the Commissioner General of Prisons at the Prisons’ head quarters board room.Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Jjingo praised Maroons FC for developing and grooming talents and thanked them for their partnership with Centenary Bank.“It is a pleasure to partner with Maroons FC and we are so grateful that the Prisons’ department has always been vital in developing talents, said Jjingo.“We at Centenary Bank are ready to contribute more as we continue to appreciate our partnership with the institution.”Also speaking at the event, Commissioner Byabashaija thanked Centenary Bank for their generosity.“Am very gratified for your generous offer of this sponsorship, noted Byabashaija.“We want to assure you that we shall strive to make this relationship mutually exclusive.The financial boost comes at a period when Maroons are enjoying their best start to a league campaign in ages.Douglas Bamweyana’s side are currently third on the standings having won three of their opening four games of the 2019/20 Uganda Premier league season.They will take on BUL FC in their next league fixture, on Tuesday 1st October at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru.Comments Tags: Bul FCCentenary BankDouglas BamweyanaMaroons FCUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Special tractor run for Lucy McGeehan (6) raises vital funds – Picture Special

first_imgPeople from all over Donegal and the North West came together last week at a tractor run to raise vital funds for Lucy McGeehan. The six-year-old schoolgirl was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare cancerous tumour of the bone.The tractor run, which started at Biddy Friels in Drumoghill, was organised by Donegal Vintage Working Day Association. Clive Wasson was in attendance to capture the day’s best moments.David Smyth at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonLiam Sweeney at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonLucy McGeehan and her mother Lynn (Centre) at the Tractor Run to raise funds for Lucy which started from Biddy Friels, Drumoghill on Satruday last. Photo Clive WassonAlan Robb at the Tractor Run he organised to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonMichael Boyle at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonBill Devenney from Manorcunningham at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan arriving at Biddy Friels on Saturday. Photo Clive WassonBilly Malcolm and Willie McHugh at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan at Briddys Friels on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonJanet Woods and Chanice Gordon at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonViolet Hamilton, Niamh McCrory and Patrica Tinney at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonPaddy, Damien and Paddy Snr. O’Brien at the Tractor Run to Raise funds for Lucy McGeehan. Photo Clive WassonSpecial tractor run for Lucy McGeehan (6) raises vital funds – Picture Special was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors icon Al Attles, 82, feeling well enough to attend an NBA Finals game at Oracle

first_imgWe interrupt this get-away Friday for an unexpected and heartening addition to the Warriors injury list:Al Attles, probable.Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated is reporting that Attles, Warriors icon and newly minted Hall of Famer, intends on attending an upcoming NBA Finals game at Oracle Arena.“My goal was to get to at least one game and not be in a wheelchair,” the 82-year-old Attles told Spears on Monday. “A cane will work. I am looking forward to coming out. I am hoping that the team can …last_img

Bonds for people with HIV/Aids

first_img27 January 2004Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin has announced changes to the Usury Act to protect both banks and borrowers when the latter suffer from incurable diseases and become too ill to repay their loans.The move will see banks having little reason to refuse housing finance to people with incurable diseases such as HIV/Aids.Erwin said last week that the department of trade and industry (DTI) intends “to exempt certain money lending transactions, secured by a mortgage bond over immovable property, from the loan guarantee policy”.Under the current policy, such properties may be sold to recover amounts owed on housing loans.The notice of this exemption was published in the Government Gazette on 16 January.Under current policy, the DTI said, people with incurable diseases such as HIV/Aids can lose their homes as a result of their failure to make repayments on their bonds, with banks then selling their homes to recover the money owed to them.The new changes seek to stop such practices.The new policy will see banks getting home loan guarantees from section 21 companies such as the Home Loan Guarantee Company (HLGC), and should a person fail to repay their bond, the guarantee will pay off the loan and save the borrower’s home from being sold.HLGC chief operating officer Rudolph Willemse said his company welcomed these changes, as they wanted to see more people accessing home loans despite their HIV status.He added that his company would provide a guarantee to banks when people with incurable diseases applied for home loans – with high premiums because of the risk -as is the case with low-income earners.“Borrowers suffering from incurable diseases, whose money-lending transactions meet the notice requirements, may qualify for this exemption”, the DTI said. “As a result, special protection will be accorded to such borrowers.”The new changes will also see outstanding debt being settled without banks having to sell the bonded property in order to get their money back.The DTI said the changes would help reduce homelessness, as in the event of the death of the borrower, the person’s next of kin, particularly his or her children, would inherit the fully paid-up property.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2004 National Orders awards

first_img18 June 2004Forty-seven men and women have received South Africa’s highest honours for exceptional service rendered to their fellow countrymen and for the role they played in South Africa’s fight for freedom.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the Order of the Baobab, Order of Luthuli, and Order of the Companions of OR Tambo on 25 South Africans and 22 foreign nationals at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Youth Day, 16 June.The recipients included diplomats, activists, trade unionists and “ordinary” people who made various extraordinary contributions to South Africa’s destiny. Order of the BaobabMbeki presented nine South Africans with the Order of the Baobab for distinguished service that went beyond the call of duty. They included:Brigalia Bam – the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission was honoured for her contribution to the democracy and the upliftment of women.Mirriam Cele – for devoting her adult life to providing homes for abused and abandoned children and Aids orphans.Frene Ginwala – South Africa’s former Speaker of Parliament was honoured for her contribution to the democracy and the upliftment of women.Allan Hendrickse – the reverend-turned-politician was honoured for the part he played in the struggle for democracy.Fabian Ribeiro, a Mamelodi doctor who was shot dead by security police in 1986, was honoured for his stance against apartheid and his role in community upliftment projects.Mpho Sebanyoni-Mothlasedi – a nurse who quit her to set up a hospice at Temba outside Hammanskraal.Cabangokuhle Zulu – a social worker who helped black veterans of World War II get welfare and pension payouts. Order of LuthuliMbeki presented 16 South Africans with the Order of Luthuli for for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace. They included:Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) – politician, journalist, human rights campaigner, novelist and translator at the turn of the 20th century. A founder member of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912, Plaatje spent lengthy periods away from home to campaign against laws aimed at the disenfranchisecment of his people. He was the first black South African to publish a novel in English (“Mhudi”) and to translate Shakespearean plays into Setswana. He was also one of the most influential of early African newspaper editors, and the first person ever to record Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.ZK Matthews (1925-1983) – distinguished Fort Hare academic, ANC chairman and treason triallist, ZK Matthews was one of the outstanding African academics and politicians of 20th century South Africa. He was also one of South Africa’s Christian leaders who saw to it that the gospel “escaped” from the hands of missionaries in order to be appropriated authentically by African communities.Thomas Nkobi (1922-1994) – the former ANC treasurer general and MP was a senior leader of the organisation and a key figure in the liberation struggle.Chief Frans Rasimphi Tshivhase – paramount chief of the Tshivhase people from 1930 until his death in 1952, credited with frustrating the apartheid government’s attempts to dispossess his people of their land.The Order of Luthuli was also bestowed on veteran anti-apartheid activists Amina Cachalia, Hilda Bernstein, Laloo Chiba, Mapetla Mohapi, Josie Mpama, Billy Nair, and Rita Ndzanga.Former Intelligence Minister Joe Nhlanhla, late Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete, former Pan Africanist Congress leader Clarence Makwetu, and the African National Congress’s former chief representative in the UK and Western Europe, Reginald September, also received the Order of Luthuli. Order of the Companions of OR TamboThe recipients of South Africa’s highest civilian award for foreign nationals went to 22 people who, through their roles in the struggle against colonialism worldwide, served as inspiration for the fight against apartheid. They included: Marti Ahtisaari – former UN commissioner who helped negotiate a settlement for Namibia’s independence.Salvador Allende – Chile’s first socialist president, killed in 1973 when his offices were bombarded during a coup.Kofi Annan – United Nations secretary-general since 1997.Ahmed Ben Bella – first president of independent Algeria.Amilcar Cabral – activist against Portuguese colonisation in Africa, murdered in Guinea in 1973.Martin Luther King Jnr – leading US black civil rights leader in the 1960s.Patrice Lumumba – first prime minister of independent Congo.Michael Manley – Jamaica’s prime minister from 1972 to 1980.Eduardo Mondlane – leader of the Mozambican liberation movement Frelimo, assassinated by the Portuguese secret police in Dar es Salaam in 1969.Agostinho Neto – Angola’s first post-colonial president and co-founder of the ruling MPLA.Kwame Nkrumah – first head of independent Ghana and one of the founders of the Organisation of African Unity.Julius Nyerere – founding president of Tanzania.Salim Ahmed Salim – former Tanzanian prime minister and OAU secretary-general from 1989 to 2001.Sweden’s Reiulf Steen and Thornvald Stoltenberg were among the other recipients of the order.Mbeki said the recipients of the orders stood out as beacons to guide South Africa on its journey to freedom, justice and equality.“Regardless of the long road we have to travel to translate this vision into reality, the people of South Africa are convinced that they must walk along the only highway in their universe on whose paved stones the words are engraved – we are one people, despite our diversity.”2004 national orders awards – II2003 national orders awards2002 national orders awardsSouth Africa’s national ordersOrders for ‘ordinary people’SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more