Hope that South Africa's COVID-19 corruption inspires action
(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)CAPE TOWN – There's some hope in South Africa that this time the outrage against corruption inspires effective action. The new charges of the misuse of public money earmarked to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to be a turning point, say those experts. AdIt would be shocking, corruption experts say, if graft hadn't already been deeply entrenched in South Africa. “I get the outrage but not the surprise," said David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch in South Africa. South Africa was in recession even before the devastating effects of the virus.
Mexico's last island penal colony may now host cruise ships
Visitors will be able to tour the remote island jail, but not stay overnight. Ad“Visitors will have their first contact with the former island prison which for 100 years sheltered numerous criminals,” Torruco said. When Panama closed its Isla Coiba penal colony in 2004, Isla Marias became the last one remaining in the Americas. But in the end, the Islas Marias wound up costing Mexico far more per prisoner than did mainland jails. Chile closed its Santa Maria prison island in the late 1980s, Costa Rica’s Isla San Lucas penal colony closed in 1991 and Brazil’s Isla Grande in 1994.
Malala takes her passions to the small screen with Apple
FILE - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner, appears at the Cricket World Cup opening party along The Mall in London, on May 29, 2019. In her home country, Pakistan, she was outspoken in insisting that girls have a right to an education. You know, I’m still at the stage where I’m exploring ideas. We are often told that you have to grow older and get a PhD or something, and then once you are 50 or 40, then you can change things. Follow that path if you want, but you can change things now as well.
South Africa's president fights own party over corruption
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at a hospital in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, to receive a Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It's in defiance of Ramaphosa and ANC policy that officials facing corruption charges should step aside until their criminal cases are finalized. I’ll prove (it) in court," Magashule said outside the courthouse, where people wearing green and yellow ANC T-shirts gathered in support of him. Both Zuma and Magashule have challenged Ramaphosa since he replaced Zuma as ANC leader in 2017 and became South Africa's president in 2018. AdThat scandal further angered South Africans who have been inundated with allegations of high-level corruption during the state corruption commission, which is probing Zuma's time as president from 2009-18.
South Africans swap firecrackers for candles amid pandemic
Many South Africans will swap firecrackers for candles to mark New Year's Eve amid COVID-19 restrictions including a nighttime curfew responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to light a candle to honor those who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic and the health workers who are on the frontline of battling the disease. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)JOHANNESBURG – Many South Africans swapped firecrackers for candles to mark New Year’s Eve amid COVID-19 restrictions including a nighttime curfew. Urging all South Africans to battle the virus, Ramaphosa called on the nation to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a different way. Instead, the mayor of South Africa's largest city will light a candle on the landmark Nelson Mandela Bridge. At midnight he will light a candle with his family and pray for everybody who has suffered from the pandemic.
NYC cathedral gunman's note says he planned to take hostages
New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the church which is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. The note was first reported by NBC New York. In the note, the law enforcement official said, Vasquez wrote he did not expect to make it home.
South Africa closes beaches to fight resurgence of COVID-19
JOHANNESBURG – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the closure of many of the country's beaches throughout the festive season to fight a resurgence of new COVID-19 infections. All beaches will be closed from Dec. 16 until January in the Eastern Cape province and the Garden Route tourist area in the Western Cape province. In Kwazulu-Natal province, beaches will be closed on public holidays including Christmas and New Year’s Day. In neighboring Eswatini, Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who had tested positive for COVID-19, has died, the kingdom's government has announced. Eswatini, a small mountain kingdom northeast of South Africa, has recorded almost 7,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 127 deaths.
EXPLAINER: How do other democratic nations select leaders?
SPAINIn Spain, the Congress of Deputies elects the prime minister. In 1996, this led to an awkward situation for the would-be prime minister. As votes were being counted, Jose Maria Aznar's conservative Popular Party thought it won enough seats to make him prime minister. Then, the party that wins the largest number of the 650 constituencies generally takes power, with the party leader becoming prime minister. That means the prime minister must officially be approved by the Queen’s representative in New Zealand, the governor-general.
South Africa sees sharp rise in virus, part of African wave
A freshly-dug grave sits at the Motherwell Cemetery in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Theo Jeftha)JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is seeing a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases and bracing for increased hospitalizations and deaths, said the country’s health minister Zweli Mkhize. South Africa recorded 6,700 new cases on Wednesday night, the country’s highest number of new cases since August. South Africa accounts for more than 35% of all reported cases in Africa, a continent of 54 countries and 1.3 billion people. South Africa has reopened to international travel and lifted restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
Houston Newsmakers: Holocaust Museum Houston offers free admission Thursday for International Human Rights Day
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts free admission day“When the Holocaust ended there was a outcry for the world to realize that this should never happen again,” said Kelly Zuniga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. “And that was the beginning of the human rights movement.” That movement continues today and on December 10th International Human Rights day will be observed around the world. The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting a free admission day to help focus on the past, the present and what more needs to be done. John Walker, President, Business Operations, Houston Dynamo/Dash FC· Website: https://www.houstondynamofc.com/· Twitter: @HoustonDynamoWhy is Congress taking so long to reach stimulus agreement? Congressional members have said the best way for constituents to make a difference is to contact them.
New York City's first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 1990, file photo, David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, in New York. Dinkins, New York Citys first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)NEW YORK – Few American leaders have faced the battery of urban ills that confronted David Dinkins when he became New York City's first Black mayor in 1990. De Blasio, who worked in Dinkins’ administration, named Manhattan’s Municipal Building after his mentor in October 2015. Newly freed Nelson Mandela made New York City his first stop in the U.S. in 1990.
Holocaust Museum Houston to show ‘Invictus’ during drive-in movie night
HOUSTON – The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting a drive-in movie night for the film, “Invictus.”The movie night is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The museum is located at 5401 Caroline St.“We’re so excited that our first drive-in movie hosted on our campus will be about Nelson Mandela’s incredible leadership,” said HMH CEO Dr. Kelly Zúñiga. “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. In the film, newly-elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. During the movie night, guests can also enjoy local food trucks Smok’d It Up!
Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela
FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela
FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)MEDELLIN – Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. It is unclear how López left the ambassador's residence, given the heavy state security presence permanently stationed outside the property. The putsch was easily quashed and López took refuge in the ambassador’s residence. Even as his whereabouts remained unknown, some opposition leaders were praising López’s decision to flee.
Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, says global leadership during the pandemic has been 'inadequate'
Graça Machel, an internationally-renowned advocate for equality and the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, told CNBC the response from global leaders to the Covid-19 crisis has been "inadequate." Machel, who is also the founder of the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique, specifically criticized the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization. Trump has also previously cited what he called "the World Health Organization's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus." A senior administration official at the White House told CNBC that the president has been clear that the WHO needs to reform. We account for more than 40 percent of total global health funding," the official said in a statement.cnbc.com
Resorts to RV parks: Parents take school year on the road
This photo shows the Brown family of Atlanta, from left, Jayde Brown, JayElle Brown, Jayson R. Brown, Tammy Brown and Jayson E. Brown at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2019. Since the start of the pandemic, families of means have decamped to second homes or taken long-term rentals in vacation spots around the world. For Jayson and Tammy Brown, schoolcations for their three kids have been both ongoing and life-affirming over the past five years. They're stuck on screens all day or sitting there at home, with their parents over their shoulders, doing work sheets." Logging in to school and homework is mandatory, the parents said.
U.S. premiere of Mandela exhibition on view now at Holocaust Museum Houston
The premiere of “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom,” at Holocaust Museum Houston is finally here. Born 102 years ago, he was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th century, and the face of a movement against racial injustice that inspired the world. As a member of the Houston Museum District Association, the museum waives admission from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Thursday. Entry includes access to the Mandela exhibition, along with all galleries, including the Holocaust, human rights, young diarists and Samuel Bak galleries. “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa).
Holocaust Museum Houston debuts ‘Mandela: Struggle For Freedom’ exhibition
HOUSTON – Holocaust Museum Houston aims to educate future generations, by teaching them about the past. The museum is home to four permanent powerful galleries, and two changing exhibits, including the U.S. premiere of the “Mandela: Struggle For Freedom” exhibit on view now through January 3rd. People can visit the exhibit for free during the museum’s Human Rights Expo, featuring 9 localhuman rights organizations. You will need to register for a time slot to see the Mandela Exhibit that day, and you can do so at HMH.ORG, or by calling 713-942-8000. Watch as Houston Life reporters Lauren Kelly and Joe Sam speak to Holocaust Museum Houston CEO, Kelly Zúñiga about all the museum has to offer.
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts U.S. premiere of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
HOUSTON – The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting the U.S. premiere of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. “We’ve waited nearly two years to hose this extraordinary exhibit,” said Dr. Kelly J Zuniga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. “It is an honor, and we’re very, very proud, and it is integral to our mission here at the Holocaust Museum Houston,” Zuniga said. Free admissionHMH will be hosting a Human Rights Expo on Sept. 26, inviting more than eight human rights organizations to the museum. Guests will need to reserve a timeslot to view the newly opened exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom.
This Week In History: Nelson Mandela freed from jail, Dick Cheney shoots his friend, and Donald Trump's divorce drama
Nelson Mandela is freed from jail after 27 years, Princess Diana announces her second pregnancy, and "Taxi Driver" makes its theater debut. All this and more as CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers and Kristine Johnson take a look in the CBS News archives in "The Way It Was."cbsnews.com
Morgan Freeman on "Madam Secretary," directing and his voice
The Academy Award-winner is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, having played characters like a prisoner in "The Shawshank Redemption" to Nelson Mandela in "Invictus." He's even played god -- twice. Freeman joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his experience directing and acting in Sunday night's premiere episode of “Madam Secretary.”cbsnews.com