President Raúl Castro: ‘ Mandela is an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the Caribbean’

first_imgPresident Raúl Castro at the Mandela memorial in Johannesburg, Dec. 10.Taken from a speech given by Army Gen. Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honors for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution.The entire talk can be found at granma.cuWe pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who is recognized as the supreme symbol of dignity and unyielding dedication to the revolutionary struggle for freedom and justice; as a prophet of unity, reconciliation and peace.Together with his comrades in struggle, he led his people in the battle against apartheid, in order to open the way to a new, nonracial South Africa, united in the search for happiness, equality and the well-being of all its sons and daughters, and to overcome the consequences of colonialism, slavery and racial segregation.Mandela is an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the Caribbean, which are advancing toward unity and integration to the benefit of their peoples, respectful of their diversity, with the conviction that dialogue and cooperation are the way forward for the solution of differences and civilized cohabitation among those who think differently.Cuba, which has African blood in its veins, rose up in the struggle for independence and for the abolition of slavery and, subsequently, has had the privilege of battling and building together with African nations.We shall never forget Mandela’s moving tribute to our common struggle when he visited us on July 26, 1991, and stated, “The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa.”A symbol of the sisterhood between Africans and Cubans, I recall his close friendship with Fidel Castro, who ­affirmed: “Nelson Mandela will not go down in history for the 27 consecutive years he spent incarcerated without ever renouncing his ideas; he will go down in history because he was able to expunge from his soul all the poison that such an unjust punishment could have created; for the generosity and wisdom with which, at the hour of the already uncontainable victory, he was able to so brilliantly lead his self-sacrificing people, knowing that the new South Africa could never be constructed on the foundations of hatred and vengeance.”Eternal honor and glory to Nelson Mandela and the heroic people of South Africa!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Buza’s Christmasland sparks holiday spirit

first_img“The little children who are looking out the windows in awe, and just the excitement and wonderment that they have and the innocence they project is what Christmas is all about,” said Buza. The house, features dozens of inflatables, messages spelled out in lights, and even a nativity scene. It didn’t start this way, though. Buza’s Christmasland is also collecting donations for Catholic Charities and Mother Theresa’s Cupboard. If you would like to help, you can drop donations off at the home while you’re enjoying the decorations. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Driving around town, you might see a few homes decorated with Christmas lights. This home, however, doesn’t have ordinary Christmas decorations. “We’re probably around 70,000 lights. That’s probably a conservative estimate, but when it takes 15 days to set up, we don’t have time to count every lightbulb,” said Mark Buza, owner of 285 Lower Stella Ireland Road. “It was really very modest, it was just a string of lights and a Santa Claus. It just grew, year by year we added stuff and doing more and more with it. It is what it is today,” said Buza. The home is a popular spot for Christmas light viewers, drawing hundreds every year. “This is a tradition our family has, so each year we go to these Christmas lights because they give us free candy canes and it makes us all happy,” said Kiley Davis, a resident of Binghamton. Just in time for Christmas Eve, Santa Claus even stopped by to collect some last minute gift requests. last_img read more

Best Gold Coast suburbs to buy a house for under $500K

first_img Gold Coast suburbs rank in top 20 Homesites are selling fast in Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in Pimpama.The Gold Coast’s most affordable suburbs have been revealed, with five suburbs presenting the best chance of buying a house for under $500,000.CoreLogic’s Top Affordable Suburbs report for March 2020 identifies the top 100 suburbs across Australia where the median house value is under $500,000.Homes in the Hinterland suburb of Lower Beechmont are the lowest on the Gold Coast, with a median value of $450,993. But with only 21 homes sold there in the past 12 months, budget buyers may be wise to consider other options. Pimpama is the next best thing when it comes to affordable housing — the median value of a home there is $469,855 — and budget home buyers are onto it. Gainsborough Greens by Mirvac at Pimpama on the Gold Coast.The latest release of homesites in Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in Pimpama saw 70 per cent sold within two weeks.Sized from 400sq m and priced from $260,000, 46 of the 61 homesites in Habitat Release were snapped up for a total of $13 million.Warwick Bible, Mirvac General Manager, Residential Development Queensland, said affordability, access to the highway for commuters, Pimpama City shops and services, and a proposed train station made the suburb a smart option.“The northern Gold Coast continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the city and it is easy to see why, with the ability to build a brand new and relatively affordable home with everything you could need in easy reach,” he said. MORE NEWS: Mums births twins then bids at auctioncenter_img The neighbouring suburb of Coomera is the Gold Coast’s third most affordable, with a median house value of $472,149. And with 252 homes changing hands in Coomera in the past 12 months, buyers have plenty of stock to choose from.In Nerang, house values have a median value of $475,710, while in Ormeau Hills buyers pay around $493,957 for a house. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoFor those with a little more in the budget, several suburbs offer a median house price that’s under $550,000.Canungra ($507,851), Ormeau ($516,709), Upper Coomera ($518,877), Coombabah ($522,185) and Labrador ($530,725) rank among the top ten most affordable suburbs on the Gold Coast.Highland Park, where the median house value is $536,609 also represents good value, as does Merrimac where a house will set you back around $545,951.At the other end of the scale, Mermaid Beach is the most expensive suburb in which to buy on the Gold Coast, with a median house value of $1.389 million.Hot on her heels is Surfers Paradise where you can expect to pay around $1.307 million for a house, while $1.132 million is the median for houses in Broadbeach Waters.Eliza Owen, Head of Australian Research at Core Logic, said affordability metrics showed property on the Gold Coast was more affordable than the Sunshine Coast and the Richmond Tweed region, but less affordable than greater Brisbane.“As of February 2020, the median house value across Brisbane is $551,770, compared with $661,560 on the Gold Coast,” she said.“Prices across the Gold Coast have risen since September, and this will have weakened the affordability position in recent months.”last_img read more

Hontiveros seeks to criminalize discriminatory acts vs frontliners

first_imgWhile the bill has yet to be filed asSenate is still on its annual 2-month Holy Week break, the Department of Healthand local government units should “invest in information campaigns thatwill dispel rumors and fake news regarding COVID-19, especially those that putthe safety of health workers at risk,” Hontiveros said. “Hindi sapat ang ating pasasalamat sa ating mga frontliners kung hahayaan lang natin silang masaktan omaabuso. Let us repay the hard work and selflessness of Filipinos fightingthe COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that they are safe and welcome in ourcommunities,” she said. (ABS-CBNNews/PN) The bill will “establish clearmechanisms” on how frontliners can report those who discriminate againstthem, the senator said. Deploying more law enforcementauthorities and providing free transportation to health workers may also helpcurb acts of violence against health workers and other frontliners, she said. Hontiveros’ statement came amid reportsthat hospital workers were being harassed in their communities, including beingevicted from their houses or avoided in public places.   “Hindi katanggap-tanggap na ang ating mgafrontliners na lubos na nagsasakripisyopara iligtas ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan ay nagiging biktima pa ngdiskriminasyon mula mismo sa kanilang mga komunidad,” Hontiveros said in astatement. In late March, a health worker in SultanKudarat was doused with bleach.  “Our frontliners are heroes and should be treated with respect and compassion,” says Sen. Risa Hontiveros. RISA HONTIVEROS VIA FACEBOOK Hontiveros did not specify what proposedpenalties await those found guilty of discrimination against frontliners. MANILA – Sen. Risa Hontiveros said shewould file a bill to penalize those who discriminate against health workers andother frontliners battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as soon assession resumes in May. “They and other frontliners areheroes and should be treated with respect and compassion, not hate andsuspicion,” she said.last_img read more