After more than two decades of work, Mozambique is now clear of landmines – freeing up valuable agricultural land, opening up tourism and infrastructure development, and ensuring the safety of rural communities. The two decade long struggle to rid Mozambique of anti-personnel mines ended with a loud bang of the final known mine in the country. (Image: Halo Trust) • Spotlight shines on African cuisine • Telling our African stories • Kenyan filmmaker takes on race and women • Powerful women shape Africa • For women, by women – Pink Taxi Egypt Ray MaotaAfter more than two decades of work, Mozambique is now clear of landmines – freeing up valuable agricultural land, opening up tourism and infrastructure development, and ensuring the safety of rural communities.The antipersonnel mines were first planted in the 1960s during Mozambique’s war for independence from Portugal, then in the civil war that followed. Mines continued to kill and maim thousands of people long after peace was declared in 1992, and made large tracts of the country impassable.The destruction of the country’s last known landmine is the conclusion of 22 years of work by the Halo Trust, a mine clearance charity.A boon for economic developmentWith Mozambique now mine-free, its 26-million citizens can now cultivate crops and graze livestock safely.Since Halo began work in 1993, mine clearance has helped the country develop its infrastructure, exploit valuable commodities such as gas and coal, increase tourism and attract international investment. Mozambique’s GDP has grown 7% a year since Halo began demining, and the country now has one of the world’s fastest growing economies.“Mozambique is a compelling example of how dealing with the deadly debris of war systematically and in partnership with government, local people and donors can bring stability, recovery and growth to countries ravaged by war,” James Cowan, CEO of the Halo Trust, said in a statement.“Halo is proud to have been part of such a powerful legacy and hopes today’s news provides the momentum to strive for a mine-free world by 2025.” A timeline of how Mozambique became mine-free. (Image: Halo Trust)More than 1 600 Mozambican men and women have been employed by Halo over the past two decades.Using both manual and mechanical demining tools, they have made over 17-million square metres of land safe. Overall, Halo staff have cleared more than 171 000 landmines – about 80% of all the mines destroyed.“This is a proud day for Mozambique,” said Alberto Augusto, director of the Mozambique Institute for Demining. “Ridding our country of landmines was tremendously difficult, but the bravery and determination of our demining teams proves to the world that it is possible for countries to become mine-free.“We are truly grateful to those who risked their lives in order to protect those of our children and future Mozambicans.”
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The semifinal loss to India in the World Cup continues to rankle Pakistan’s ODI captain Shahid Afridi who said it was a mistake to position himself in the lower-half of the batting order in the high-voltage game.”I am not a born captain and I also make mistakes. I made mistakes in the World Cup particularly in the semifinal at Mohali. I should have gone up the order like Mahendra Singh Dhoni did against Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai,” Afridi said on a show on Geo News.The flamboyant all-rounder said with Abdul Razzaq also available down the order, he should have taken a chance and promoted himself in the semifinal against India.”The move by Dhoni in the final to come up himself worked and it could have also worked for us but we all make mistakes it was my mistake,” he said.He pointed out that India had one of the strongest and best batting line-ups in the world and when Pakistan bowled them out for 260, there was total silence at the innings break in the stadium.”Once we held them down to 260, I knew we had a strong chance of winning the match. Unfortunatly, we didn’t bat well and the moment Umar Akmal got out, I had a bad feeling it was not going our way,” he said.”I am learning every day as captain because it is a big learning process.”Afridi refused to to comment on Indo-Pak relations but reiterated that there were some elements in the Indian media who were negative about the ties.advertisement”About that I am convinced there are negative elements.And if both countries want to move forward this mindset has to change.”I am not against India or Indian people or Hindus. They are Hindus living in Pakistan just like Muslims in India and since this is a very sensitive issue I have decided that from now on I will not speak on it,” Afridi said.Afridi also said he never expected to end up as the joint highest wicket-taker in the World Cup.”I didn’t go into the tournament thinking I will take 21 wickets. It is a big honor for me and I am happy that I contributed to the team’s cause.”Afridi and Zaheer Khan finished with 21 wickets apiece in the World Cup.Afridi insisted he had no immediate plans to retire from international cricket.”While the 2015 World Cup is still a long way away I am presently looking at the Twenty20 World Cup that will be held next year. I will continue to play and captain the side as long as I am performing and as long as the board and people can tolerate and accept me,” he added.He said while he was in favour of rebuilding the team after the World Cup but, radicial changes should be avoided.”First of all this assumption that seniors have been dropped for the West Indies tour is not correct. They have been rested as the selectors and management want to try out some new players. I am for change but not in a haphazard manner and we can’t just dump our senior players who have given so much to Pakistan cricket.”The Pakistan captain also insisted that he was grateful to some former players and seniors such as Younus Khan, Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq who had supported him.”The main target I and Vicky bhai (Waqar Younis) had was to ensure a clean and good dressing room atmosphere in the World Cup and to get the team to gel together and I think we succeeded in doing that,” he said.
Both Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal have stormed into the Wushu semifinalsWushu player Thoudam Sanathoi Devi today assured herself of at least a bronze in women’s Sanda 52kg category after storming into the semifinals on the third day of competitions at the Asian Games here today.Sanathoi beat Amgalanjargal Sangidorj of Mongolia in a 2-0 ‘Win By Round’ (WBR) verdict in a dominating performance in her quarterfinal contest here at Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium here.The Manipuri will now meet Zhang Luan of China in the semifinals tomorrow.Sanathoi will be the third Indian to have won a medal in wushu in the Asian Games while her medal will be the fourth won by the country in the history of multi-sporting event.W Shandyarani Devi won a silver in women’s Sanda 60kg in 2010 while M Bimoljit Singh bagged a bronze each in men’s Sanda 60kg even in 2006 and 2010.However, Sajan Lama came a cropper in both men’s Nanquan and Nangun events. He was ninth in Nanquan with a score of 9.06 while he finished 13th in Nangun with a score of 7.95.Indians had one more reason to rejoice as Narender Grewal beat Pakistan’s Abdullah in the Men’s Sanda -60kg Quarterfinals at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium. Grewal won 2-0 to assure India of a sureshot bronze medal and was only the second one after Sanathoi Devi opened the account for India in Wushu.
Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Baha Mar deal should not be secret Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – New partners, new cities for a bigger impression when the public and private sector team up for a second Road Show and this time the talk will be far more than tourism. Premier Rufus Ewing with the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association on Friday made the announcement that now the trip will include the Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Association and the Airports Authority. Premier Rufus Ewing: “We will meet with tourism professional as well as Mayors of some cities, Chambers of Commerce of some cities to discuss tourism in Turks and Caicos and to invite those individuals to either invest, visit or do business in the Turks and Caicos islands.”Michel Neutelings, returned recently as president of the TCHTA explained the bigger representation brings a stronger cross section. “We’ll have travel professionals, journalists, and we’ll have business professionals, stakeholders and potential investors and potential real estate buyers and it’s very exciting to be able to promote the Turks and Caicos as a family, as a team.”Nikheel Advani, Vice President of the Association explained how the cities were selected. “We sat down as a team to look at the data with the Tourist Board and the various parties to see where the best business comes out of, where the new flights are coming out of with partnerships. I will speak a little bit about Houston, where the new flight will come from United. The TCIAA together with the Tourist Board, the Hotel Association and the Government worked out to try to get these flights and we support having an increase in flights. We’re doing Houston, Dallas – they are a big market for us – we’ll start in Atlanta, we’re also going back to New York which is our key market as you all know, the North East and the tri-State is definitely very big for us; we will also do Chicago and Boston; Boston is the first time…”New Tourism Minister Hon Porsha Smith called it exciting. It allows us to showcase Turks and Caicos and it also helps us to build upon the expectation of increasing our tourism numbers and tourism arrivals so we are excited to be a part of this.” The Premier’s Tourism Road show will happen May 18-22. Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Recommended for you Related Items:houston, Portia smith, remier rufus ewing, tourism, tourist board Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp