Obama’s victory like Mandela’s: Tutu

first_img6 November 2008 The former president applauded Obama’s commitment to supporting peace and security around the world, and asked him to help in ridding the world of poverty and disease. Comparing Obama’s victory to that of South Africa when Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black president in 1994, Tutu said it showed “that change is possible in the world”. The 47-year-old president-elect, who will be sworn in as America’s 44th president in January 2009, said “change is coming to America”. “We wish you strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead,” Mandela wrote. “We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream of making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all.” Meanwhile, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared Thursday a public holiday “for Kenyans to celebrate the historic achievement by Senator Obama and our country.” Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was among other South Africans who congratulated Obama on Wednesday. Source: BuaNews Busa said it hoped Obama would fulfil the promises of subsidies made by the US to developing countries during World Trade Organisation talks. ‘Change is coming to America Kibaki called Obama’s victory a “momentous” day for Kenya, where Obama’s father was born. “The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya,” Kibaki said. “As a country, we are full of pride for his success.”center_img Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said Obama would bring a new and fresh approach to the economy that would change America’s relationships with the rest of the world. Obama won the key states of Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, securing him his seat in the White House. He said this was seen “by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, of people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different.” Earlier on Wednesday, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe urged Obama to use his presidency to tackle poverty. Obama won a convincing victory on Wednesday, saying his election was proof that his country was capable of change. Delivering his acceptance speech, Obama told a rally of over 200 000 people that their response to his call to vote was outstanding. “We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa, which remains a challenge for humanity, will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration,” Motlanthe said. As the world celebrates Barack Obama’s win in the United States presidential elections, former South African president Nelson Mandela has written a letter congratulating Obama on his victory. Hopes for trade subsidies In a letter sent out by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela said the achievement of Obama, the son of an African immigrant and the first black president of the world’s most powerful country, demonstrated that every person had the potential to bring about change for a better world.last_img read more

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EPA announces dicamba label changes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Environmental Protection Agency Friday announced new restrictions for dicamba-based herbicides, classifying dicamba as a restricted-use product. The EPA said that only certified pesticide applicators, or people under their supervision, will be allowed to spray dicamba. The EPA also is reducing the maximum wind speed and the hours during each day when dicamba may be sprayed, and will require farmers to keep records proving they’re complying with the product label, according to Reuters. Monsanto says the EPA decision will “ensure farmers have even more success” with dicamba-based herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. Thousands of complaints during this growing season, and many last year, of dicamba drifting to neighboring fields not tolerant to the herbicide, prompted the announcement by the EPA.last_img read more

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Opera Opens Cross Platform Mobile App Store

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Opera Software, the Norway-based browser maker, announced the opening of its Mobile App Store today. The store, which the company launched in conjunction with Appia, the “largest open application marketplace in the world,” will provide apps to Opera’s mobile browser users across a number of platforms. According to the company, the store has already been a hit and its placement in its popular mobile browsers should ensure that it continues with this success.Both the Mobile and Mini versions of Opera, which have more than 100 million mobile users worldwide and run on a variety of feature and smartphones, will highlight the store as a “Speed Dial” link. This will put the store front and center, where users can choose from “a wide catalog of applications for phones with Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems.”The store is available in more than 200 countries and during its pre-launch phase it was accessed by 15 million users, hitting 700,000 downloads per day.Opera uses data compression to increase performance on slower phones and mobile networks, so much of its use is seen on feature phones. According to one recent report, the mobile phone market’s nearly 20% growth in the fourth quarter of 2010 was not solely a result of smartphone sales. Both Opera, and its Mobile App Store, could benefit from the continued growth in lower-cost feature phones in emerging markets.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web last_img read more

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