One big, happy family

first_imgPAKENHAM Racing Club and racegoers from around the region became one big, happy family on Saturday, the PRC stepping out…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Sustainable future for village festival

first_imgThe inaugural Pakenham Village Fest has been hailed as one of the most diverse gatherings in recent years. The festival,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Third Period Comeback Fuels Smoke Eaters Overtime Victory Over Vees

first_imgDonovan Buskey had an outstanding night between the pipes, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced in his 3rd win of the season while Jack LaFontaine turned aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced in contest in his 12th loss of the season. FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Smoke Eaters (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 35-31 VeesSMOKE EATERS PP: 0/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 0/03 STARS:1) Owen Ozar (2-1-3)2) Donovan Buskey (33 saves on 35 shots)3) Jack LaFontaine (28 saves on 31 shots)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Carter Jones (1-1-2)ATTENDANCE: 1,505 The Smoke Eaters (21-23-7-3) conclude their six-game home stand with their final “Retro Night” of the season as they host the Langley Rivermen (25-24-2-1) on Friday night at the Trail Memorial Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off. The Trail Smoke Eaters used a three-point night from Owen Ozar as well as coming from behind twice to help them to a 3-2 victory in overtime over the Penticton Vees on Wednesday night at the Trail Memorial Centre. Pace was the biggest take away in the opening period as not many stoppages were had in the 1st period but it was the Vees who took advantage late in the frame after getting the better of the play in the opening period. James Miller shot the puck off the end boards as David Silye knocked it out of the air and past the glove side of Smoke Eaters goaltender Donovan Buskey for a 1-0 lead with 33 seconds remaining in the 1st period. That score would remain the same into the 2nd intermission but Trail had a couple of chances to get on the board, including an opportunity for Tyler Ghirardosi to extend his point streak to six games. He knocked the puck from a Vees player at the blue line and came down the right wing with a bit of a broken 2-on-1 chance, collecting the puck in the right face-off circle and having his wrist shot blocked away from Vees netminder Jack LaFontaine to keep the visitors ahead. Kent Johnson would get the next scoring chance for Trail, after scoring a highlight reel marker on Saturday as he tried to one-up that effort with a between-the-legs move in front of the net but was stuffed on the blocker side of LaFontaine to keep the game tied into the 3rd period. The lead didn’t last long into the final regulation period as Owen Ozar capitalized on a puck to the front of the net to tie the game just 20 seconds into the 3rd period. Braeden Tuck centered the puck from below the goal line as it ramped off of a stick to the blocker side where Ozar whacked in his 11th goal of the season out of mid-air to even the score at 1-1.Chances went for both sides through the duration of the 3rd period before Lukas Sillinger re-gained the Vees lead at the 17:14 mark of the period. The Smoke Eaters weren’t able to clear the zone as Sillinger found the puck in the slot and spun it toward the goal and past the glove side of Buskey to give the Vees a 2-1 lead late in the frame. Just 7 seconds after that, the Vees had an answer courtesy of a 2-on-1 after the face-off at centre ice. Carter Jones brought the puck in on the right wing and had Ozar going to the middle as he fed a pass for Ozar to tip in for his second goal of the game and a 2-2 tie at the 17:21 mark of the final regulation period and force overtime. Once again, the Smoke Eaters didn’t need much time in the extra frame to close the game out as only 9 seconds into OT, Carter Jones ended the game. After a scrambled draw at centre, Diarmad DiMurro got the puck and moved Trail into an odd-man rush in the offensive zone. DiMurro got to the right face-off circle and sent the puck to the trailer in Ozar who gave it back to DiMurro as he slid the puck across on the blocker side for Jones who beat LaFontaine over the right side for his 17th goal of the season and a 3-2 victory in overtime.last_img read more

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Islanders Come up Short at SMU

first_imgThe Islanders (3-1) lost a tough doubles point on courts one and two as the sophomore duo of Paul Cook and Kevin Bettendroffer dropped their first loss of the season at No. 2 doubles. The pair came up short 6-1 to Nate Lammons and Arkadijs Slobodkins. SMU then captured the doubles point after Arturs Kazijevs and Markus Kerner defeated the senior-junior pair of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles. After picking up their first doubles win of the season on Tuesday, Arthur Bedel and Mitchell Cook were trailing SMU’s Samm Butler and Tony Russell, 5-2, at No. 3 doubles when the point was clinched.  The Mustangs earned their fifth and final point of the day in No. 3 singles after Butler rallied back against Ricardo Mayagoitia after being a set and a break down. Mayagoitia garnered the first set 6-4, before Butler answered back with a 6-4 second-set win and 6-3 third-set victory. SMU carried its momentum over into singles play to take a 3-0 lead after picking up straight-set wins on courts five and six. Javier Pujol fell 6-1, 6-2 to Slobodkins in No. 5 singles for his first loss of the season. P. Cook also came up short in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-4 to Charles Nettlefold. SMU battled back from a set and a break down at three and four to claim the victory at home against a scrappy Islander team. At No. 4 singles, Rauseo bested Lammons 6-3, in the first set before Lammons rallied back to top Rauseo 6-4 in the second and 6-1 in the third to give SMU its clinching fourth point.  The final four singles matches featured three-setters. Bettendroffer put the Islanders on the board with a come-from-behind victory in No. 2 singles. The sophomore dropped the first set 6-1, before bouncing back to edge Kerner 7-5 in the second set. In the third, Bettendroffer closed out a 6-1 win for his third win of the season.center_img The highlight of the night was Nagy’s thrilling match at No. 1 singles. After dropping the first set, the senior battled back with some great shots in the second and third to win, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Kazijevs, who was ranked in the ITA national rankings last season. SMU 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2DALLAS, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s tennis team suffered a heartbreaking 5-2, loss tonight against a very tough SMU squad at the SMU Indoor Tennis Complex. The Mustangs (7-1) clinched the doubles point before securing four of the six singles matches. The men will remain on the road to face Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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‘One of the best worst games I’ve ever seen!’ – Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s crazy 5-4 win at Norwich

first_img Jurgen Klopp What an utterly ludicrious game.Both defences left more than a little to be desired, but Liverpool’s miraculous 5-4 win at Norwich really was pure entertainment.Goals from Roberto Firmino, twice, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and substitute Adam Lallana in the dying seconds were enough to spark wild celebrations from the visitors at the final whistle.That was after Dieumerci Mbokani, Steven Naismith, Wes Hoolahan and Sebastian Bassong looked to have earned the Canaries at least a point, if not all three after establishing a 3-1 lead at one stage.The internet, understandably, went crazy at the result and some of the best reactions are below: 1center_img [View the story “Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s mental win at Norwich” on Storify]last_img

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BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER

first_imgThe Tax ClinicOne of Donegal’s most respected and reputable financial advice centres is helping hundreds of people across Donegal to get their tax affairs in order.For many years The Tax Clinic, which is based in both Letterkenny and Killybegs, has been helping people across Donegal to understand the tax system – and to make the most from it!Mabel McHugh from The Tax Clinic.Quite simply, The Tax Clinic take the pain out of dealing with the Irish tax system. The Revenue Commissioners are now regarded as one of the most sophisticated and efficient public bodies in Ireland. There information technology (I.T.) infrastructure is the envy of many.Last year the Revenue confirmed that they now have over 50 organisations of which they can source information from such as the banks, credit unions, department of agriculture, the department of social welfare, private residential tenancies board, H.S.E to name but a few.In 2014 the Revenue conducted 41,368 PAYE compliance checks that yielded nearly €22 million and this figure is set to increase in 2015. In conjunction with setting up a PAYE compliance section in each tax district they also issued a detailed document called “ The Compliance Code for Pay as You Earn (PAYE) taxpayers.Compliance Code for PAYE Taxpayers This code was developed by Revenue to set out a clear and consistent approach to checks carried out on PAYE tax payers.For most PAYE tax payers the correct amount of tax will have been deducted from their earnings during the year by their employer.In some instances, underpayment of tax may arise as a result of the following;–          Tax credits, allowances & reliefs granted that the taxpayer was not entitled to.–          A change in the taxpayers personal circumstances meaning that certain tax credits, reliefs & allowances no longer apply. –          Loss of entitlement to exemption from tax or reduced rate USC.In order to ensure that the correct tax is collected and to prevent any build-up of tax arrears, it is essential that taxpayers keep Revenue informed with as much up-to-date information as possible about his or her earnings/income.Tax defaults may be corrected by the taxpayer in any of the following ways:–          Declare that an innocent error has been made. –          Make a self-correction of the error.–          Make a “Qualifying Disclosure”.Revenue intervention can take the form of either:–          An aspect query.–          A profile interview.–          An audit or investigation.Why would I have been selected for a PAYE compliance check?·         The Revenue may have obtained third party information regarding additional non-paye income such as payments from the Department of Agriculture, Rental Income etc.·         You have had a gain subject to Capital Gains Tax during the year, an example would be property/land or shares sold.·         You may be in receipt of a foreign pension.·         The Revenue have recently contacted 60,000 PAYE taxpayers and requested that they complete a Form 12 income tax return.What income types are assessable under a Form 12?·         Income from a trade or profession·         Farming Income·         Income as a Musician·         Rental Income·         Dividend Income·         Foreign Incomes – Foreign Pensions, Foreign Rental Income.When should I complete and return my Form 12?Typically, you will need to complete your Form 12 by October 31st in the year following the tax year of assessment. i.e. for 2014 taxes, the Form 12 must be submitted by 31st October 2015.What should I do now?If you have received a Form 12 do not ignore it.  You must complete the form honestly ensuring that you declare your income from all sources.  In some circumstances it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.We at THE TAX CLINIC are experienced in dealing with all forms of Revenue Intervention and the completion and filing of Tax Returns.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs.Or Telephone: Letterkenny: 074 91 60550 or Killybegs: 074 97 32055BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:The Tax Cliniclast_img read more

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VIDEO: Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli scores AGAIN for Ligue 1 leaders Nice

first_img1 The striker bagged his side’s second goal against Nantes It is safe to say that Mario Balotelli is in his element in the south of France.The free transfer signing from Liverpool scored his side’s second goal against Nantes on the half hour mark after Wylan Cyprien opened the scoring for the hosts – his sixth league goal this season.Nice are set to go six points clear of second placed Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1.Balotelli ran clear of the Nantes defence after a lovely lobbed through ball allowed the Italian the freedom of the opposition’s half.And the controversial striker made no mistake as he calmly slotted the ball past the Nantes goalkeeper with an outside of the foot finish.Check out Balotelli’s goal below…last_img

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May

first_imgStar Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks ShowDuring Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, you’ll see and hear and feel the music, magic and characters from the Saga as they light up the night complete with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, pyrotechnics and more. Prior to the fireworks, there will be an exclusive interactive pre-show on the main stage. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far AwayStar Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away gives Guests the chance to see characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB-8 recreate some of the Saga’s most famous scenes—right before your eyes! The show, which takes place in front of the Chinese Theater includes clips featuring standout moments from the Saga, as well as character appearances onstage from Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and many more. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Jedi TrainingSmall ones will have the ability to o test their abilities during Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. During the show, they will learn how to use the Force and their lightsabers to face the evil forces of the Dark Side. AttractionsAttractions available throughout the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event include:Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Be on the lookout for Star Wars Character encounters taking place in-and-around Star ToursStar Wars Launch BayStar Wars: Path of the JediThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorToy Story Mania!Muppet*Vision 3DWalt Disney Presents Star Wars: Galactic Nights will last from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available for $124 per child and $129 per adult (plus tax). Tickets will be on sale soon. Share This!©DisneyDisney is bringing back Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a way to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story! This one night only event will take place on Sunday, May 27.This event is the ultimate one for a Star Wars fan.  This family-friendly invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite character, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.Here’s what you can expect to experience at the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event:Rebel BaseThe Rebel Base will serve as the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hub. Here, Guests will find a DJ dance party, as well as being the home for ongoing event information, hosted shows, interactive moments and more!Star Wars: Galactic Destinations ProjectionsThese exclusive projections will transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel. They will be visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park. Watch as the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel transforms via projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long.  Star Wars: Galactic Nights Character OpportunitiesDuring the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event, you will also be able to come face to face with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Experiences will include:Stormtroopers on Patrol: As you board your shuttle at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, you may come face-to-face with Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the embarkation ramps in pursuit of a Rebel spy.Imperial March: Make way for Darth Vader as he leads a battalion of Stormtroopers down Hollywood Boulevard during a dramatic Imperial March to the event stageMarch of the First Order:  Captain Phasma will lead her squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader: Vader will lead Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.AWR Trooper Sightings: Spy these black armor-clad operatives scanning for rebels in the Animation Courtyard.Characters at Star Wars Launch Bay: Guests will be able to meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader.Photo OpportunitiesStep into iconic Star Wars scenes throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you will discover 3-dimensional photo opportunities throughout the park. You will be able to act out your very own mini-scene or capture a heartfelt message and post your moment on social media during the event.Guests will also be able to pose in front of Star Wars-themed backdrops depicting popular scenes from the entire Star Wars Saga.Galactic Tasting SamplerTaste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. These bites and beverages are inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars.last_img read more

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Zuma speech in UK Parliament

first_imgDuring his state visit to the UK, JacobZuma shows Queen Elizabeth II a uniquechessboard made by South Africancrafters.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• SA to strengthen ties with Britain• State of the Nation 2010• Zuma welcomes world at Davos• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day• Medium-term budget: full textSouth African President Jacob Zuma is currently on a state visit to the UK. This is the full text of his keynote address to British parliamentarians at the Palace of Westminster in London on 4 March 2010. I feel greatly privileged to address members of Parliament during our State visit to the United Kingdom.This special honour speaks to the extent and the warmth of the relations between our two peoples.Our visit provides a valuable opportunity for South Africa and the United Kingdom to deepen bilateral relations and advance common positions on the broader challenge of building a peaceful, stable and more equitable world.It is heartening that in a space of just 16 years, the relations between South Africa and the UK have grown so dramatically in almost every area, from the economy to diplomacy, from education to sport.One of the main drivers of these relations has been the South Africa-United Kingdom Bilateral Forum, established in 1997, which has yielded significant results.Total trade between the UK and South Africa has increased tremendously, by 173% between 1998 and 2008. The UK is our South Africa’s largest foreign investor, as well as highest international patron of our tourism industry.This picture is the same in almost every sphere of interaction. This is a sure sign of confidence in our relationship, and the value that we attach to our partnership.With you indulgence, distinguished guests, I wish to quote some excerpts from the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s “Inquiry into South Africa” published in 2004.It said: “…given what we have seen and heard during this inquiry, we feel confident to conclude that the relationship is indeed a special one.“The cooperation that we witnessed at all levels of government; the very significant flows of trade, investment and tourism between the two nations; the shared values and aspirations, on both a continental and global scale; the large diasporas of expatriates in both countries; and perhaps even the shared admiration for the talents of sporting heroes such as David Beckham.“All of these point to a mature, honest and many-layered understanding, with both nations able to work together in a spirit of equality and mutual trust, and a relationship that is well able to weather the ‘turbulence’ of occasional disagreements.”That is as true today as it was six years’ ago.This special relationship is made visible in Parliament Square, where statues of two South African leaders are to be found among the statues of British Prime Ministers, dating back to the 19th century.I am referring to the democratic South Africa’s first president, Nelson Mandela, and General Jan Smuts, one of the co-founders of the League of Nations.Fifty years ago, President Mandela and the late ANC President, Oliver Tambo, joked that one day their statues might be in Parliament Square. Little did they realise how prophetic that idea was.There is much in the history of our two countries that brings us together.The challenges and opportunities of the future strongly encourage us to remain together in pursuit of common goals and shared interests.In just two decades, South Africa has been able to make a decisive break with a past characterised by racial discrimination and conflict.We are one nation, diverse in language, culture and history. Since the dawn of democracy we have worked hard to establish a common nationhood.We have always understood that this cannot be achieved by symbolic gestures alone. Instead, this common nationhood can be realised only through the political, social and economic empowerment of all South Africans.It can only be realised once we have overcome the inequalities that continue to separate blacks from whites, women from men, urban dwellers from rural.That is why, for the past 16 years, we have adopted economic and social policies that both tackle the legacy of apartheid and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all.We can point to many successes. We have achieved a level of macroeconomic stability and sustained a pace of growth not seen in South Africa for many years.Until the onset of the global economic crisis, we had managed to accelerate the pace of job creation, and had even achieved a budget surplus.Our social policies have also made a big impact on the lives of the poor. Our social grants programme has expanded rapidly, providing an income to the poorest and most vulnerable. The provision of nearly 3 million subsidised homes to the poor, together with mass water and electrification programmes, have visibly improved many people’s lives.Thanks to our economic policies, a sound regulatory environment, and a massive investment in infrastructure, the prospects for our economic recovery are promising.The challenge we face is not only to ensure that growth is accelerated and sustained, but also to ensure that it leads to greater employment creation.We have brought along to the United Kingdom, 216 businesspeople representing various sectors. This indicates our interest to take our economic relations forward, as we are determined to improve investments and the creation of decent jobs.South Africa provides an excellent destination for investments in all sectors, from manufacturing, agriculture, tourism to mining and others.Some United Kingdom potential investors have enquired about our policy on the ownership of mineral resources.Let me use this opportunity to state that South African law does not provide for the nationalisation of mineral resources, and there is no discussion within government about the nationalisation of mines.Our Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act gives effect to the notion of State custodianship of mineral rights.The law recognises the mineral wealth as a national asset, a common heritage that belongs to all in South Africa and pronounces the State as the custodian thereof.Lord Speaker we are also pleased that our policy of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) has not been identified by UK companies that have invested in South Africa as a barrier to doing business.This means that UK companies are fully aware of the strategic importance of ensuring that the ownership and management of the South African economy should be broadened, especially to ensure that the participation of black people, women, youth and people with disabilities.We have established a Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Council to advise government on the implementation of this policy.Lord Speaker, for us to achieve the economic growth we envisage and create decent jobs, we need to address the challenge of skills development.We have therefore put education at the centre of our priorities for the five years of this administration. We are putting in place measures to improve the quality of our education outcomes, and to expand the skills base of our workforce.We should mention at this point, the support that the British government has provided over the years to the development of our education sector. It is but one of the areas of assistance for which we remain truly grateful.It demonstrates to us the clear determination of the United Kingdom to invest in the long-term development of the South African people.Ladies and Gentlemen,A similar determination is evident in the UK’s commitment to assisting Africa in meeting the challenges it faces. In recent years, the UK government has consistently championed Africa’s cause in multilateral institutions and in forums like the G8.Its direct assistance to African countries is significant, and has done much to help the continent towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.The UK’s commitment to reach and maintain the aid target of 0.7 percent of GDP is an impressive example to other developed countries. As we welcome this commitment of assistance, we also acknowledge that we Africans must bear primary responsibility for the fortunes of our continent.The people of Africa are determined to act in concert to address the common and separate challenges we face. We remain convinced that the unity of the African continent is its greatest strength. Yet, in our history it has often proved elusive.That is why we are firmly committed to strengthening the African Union and its organs, and to establish them as the primary vehicles for the advancement of peace, security, democracy, growth and development on the continent.There is much cause for hope. Twenty years ago there were said to be just eight democratically elected governments in Africa. Today, there are 32. In the last ten years, economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has increased from an average of 2.4 percent to an average in 2008 of 5.5%.Even as the global economic crisis took hold, African economies have continued to grow. While there is certainly much reason to be optimistic about Africa’s future, we must recognise that its problems are many and its challenges substantial.Conflicts continue in many parts of the continent, undermining efforts at development, and leaving millions of people in conditions of misery and destitution.Many democracies are fragile, governance weak, and human rights all too frequently violated. Many economies, particularly those heavily dependent on commodity exports, are vulnerable to even the slightest drop in world demand.Though its earth is rich, Africa’s people are poor. To change this – to ensure that Africa’s people benefit from its wealth – we need to develop the continent’s infrastructure and invest in its industry.We need to foster regional integration, as a first step to continental integration. Africans must trade with each other, share skills with each other, access each other’s markets, and invest in each other’s economies.We need to improve governance, tackle corruption, align standards and regulations, and ensure the consistent application of the rule of law.Ladies and Gentlemen,The support of the United Kingdom to efforts to consolidate peace and democracy in Africa cannot be understated.South Africa and the United Kingdom share a common desire for the peaceful resolution of conflict and the achievement of the right of all peoples to self-determination.A country where, I believe, we share such a determination is in Zimbabwe.It is a determination, I believe, that is shared by all the leaders and parties in Zimbabwe itself.Those of us who share this view, should welcome the progress represented by the Global Political Agreement and by the work already done by the Inclusive Government.But we should understand that obstacles still remain.We should also understand that the political and economic reality of Zimbabwe requires an inclusive solution.Though some may suggest otherwise, there is no lasting solution in Zimbabwe that excludes Zanu-PF, just as there is no solution that excludes the MDC.That is why, as South Africa, as the Southern African Development Community, and as the African Union, we have expended great effort to ensure that the parties in Zimbabwe reach agreement on the most critical issues facing the country.South Africa is greatly affected by the crisis in Zimbabwe. The influx of economic refugees from Zimbabwe places a significant strain on our capacity and resources.That is why we have consistently sought to follow the path that holds out the greatest prospect of success.The people of Zimbabwe must determine their own future. That is why all parties within the country, on the continent, and in the broader international community, must do what they can to ensure the attainment of conditions for free and fair elections.Ladies and gentlemen;South Africa and the United Kingdom share a firm determination to respond boldly and decisively to the challenge of climate change.It is a matter on which we have engaged on numerous occasions and in many forums, and on which we share many common positions.We went to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit hoping that the leaders of the world would agree on an ambitious, legally-binding agreement. From an African perspective, such an agreement is critical. Though we do not bear responsibility for climate change, we are among the regions of the world most vulnerable to its effects.We need to agree on emission reduction targets that are in line with what is required to constrain increases in global temperatures. We must acknowledge that developing countries require substantial financial assistance to compensate for the effects of climate change, and to develop their capacity to reduce their own emissions.The Copenhagen Accord is a step in the right direction, but there is a great deal more that needs to be done. As we prepare for next climate change summit, in Mexico in December, we must intensify efforts to find agreement on these extremely complex matters.We are hopeful that, as the United Kingdom and South Africa, we can do much to advance the effort towards such an agreement. There are a number of international matters on which we can, should and do cooperate. One of our international policy priorities is to strive for significant reform in global governance, particularly in respect of multilateral financial institutions.There is a need to broaden Africa’s representation in the IMF and World Bank. In forums like the G20 we remain fervent critics of protectionism, strong advocates of reform, and committed proponents of a greater voice for countries of the South.Ladies and Gentlemen,In a few months time, South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Our preparations are almost complete. The progress we have made, we have not made entirely on our own. We have received assistance, guidance and support from other countries.Our stadiums have been completed. Our airports and transport links have been upgraded. Ticketing, transport and other logistical arrangements are in place. We have also heightened preparations around safety and security to ensure that fans, tourists and indeed our own citizens are able to enjoy themselves unhindered.The people of South Africa are preparing to welcome the world to our shores.We look forward, in particular, to welcoming football fans from this country. We have worked hard to make the tournament succeed. We will continue working non-stop to ensure that everything goes according to plan.Honourable members, ours is a partnership that we continue to value, and which we shall continue to nurture, confident that it will endure and prosper for many years to come.Let me thank you for your continued support of our country and Africa.I thank you.last_img read more

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