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pray for Nelson Mandela

Posted: March 31, 2013 by Ellion hossain in News
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The father of the nation(Nelson Mandela), 94, is in hospital again. He transcends party politics but many fear that without him the country faces instability as memories of the apartheid struggle fade.

It has become an ominously frequent ritual. Officials announce that Nelson Mandela, 94, is in hospital; their statements are hungrily dissected for subtexts and hints between the lines; the president’s spokesman is bombarded with calls and fails to give satisfaction; TV crews gather outside a hospital on a best guess of where Mandela is being treated; editors polish obituaries and supplements; Twitter fills with prayers and unfounded rumours; and millions of South Africans are on edge, pondering: what happens after Mandela?

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Nelson Mandela in Aug 2012

Nelson Mandela is breathing without difficulty, South Africa’s presidency has said, as he spends a third day in hospital with a lung infection.

Mr Mandela, 94, was comfortable and was continuing to respond to treatment, the statement said.

It said Mr Mandela had developed a pleural effusion – excess fluid in the lungs which had been drained to enable him to breathe more easily.

There are no details yet on how long he will remain in hospital.

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Nelson Mandela is making “steady progress” after spending a second day in hospital for treatment of a lung infection, the office of South African President Jacob Zuma says.

The 94-year-old is “in good spirits” and enjoyed a full breakfast, it said.

After Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital late on Wednesday, President Zuma said people “must not panic”.

The former president first contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while detained on windswept Robben Island.

His lungs are said to have been damaged while working in a prison quarry. This latest spell in hospital is his fourth in just over two years.

Mr Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is regarded by many as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid.

Thoughts and prayers

The statement issued by President Zuma’s office on Friday said: “Former President Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning. The doctors report that he is making steady progress.”

Mr Mandela remains under treatment in hospital.

Last December he was treated for a lung infection and gallstones – his longest period in hospital since leaving prison in 1990. In February, he was treated for a stomach condition.

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Nelson Mandela: Key dates

  • 1918 Born in the Eastern Cape
  • 1943 Joins African National Congress
  • 1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped
  • 1962 Arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years in prison
  • 1964 Charged again, sentenced to life
  • 1990 Freed from prison
  • 1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1994 Elected first black president
  • 1999 Steps down as leader
  • 2004 Retires from public life
  • 2005 Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness

On Thursday, US President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned with Nelson Mandela’s health”, adding that “we will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers”.

Earlier, when asked whether people should prepare for the inevitable, Mr Zuma said: “In Zulu, when someone passes away who is very old, people say he or she has gone home. I think those are some of the things we should be thinking about.”

But he stressed that Mr Mandela had been able to handle the situation “very well” so far.

“Very few outstanding personalities in the world live to his level,” he said.

Mr Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has been rarely seen in public since.

Despite his long imprisonment, Mr Mandela forgave his former enemies and as president urged South Africans of all races to work together and seek reconciliation.

In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

His main home is in Qunu, a small rural village in Eastern Cape province, where he says he spent the happiest days of his childhood.

However, doctors said in December he should remain at his home in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Houghton to be close to medical facilities.

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Nelson Mandela in July 2012
Nelson Mandela’s health has been a cause of concern for some time

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is “responding positively” to treatment for the recurrence of a lung infection, the presidency says.

A statement said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader remained under treatment and observation.

Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital just before midnight, the office of President Jacob Zuma said earlier.

He spent 18 days in hospital in December undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

The presidency has not identified the hospital where Mr Mandela is being treated.

In an update on his condition, the presidency statement thanked the media and the public “for their co-operation in respecting the privacy of Madiba [Mr Mandela] and his family”.

Mr Mandela is regarded by many South Africans as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid.

He served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. However, his health has caused concern for some time.

Earlier, a presidential spokesman told the BBC that Mr Mandela was conscious in hospital.

“I think we need to be clear that the doctors are attending to Madiba [Mr Mandela] on a continuous basis,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said.

“They prefer to act on the side of caution, and the moment they felt there was a recurrence of the lung infection, they felt that it warranted immediate hospitalisation given his age and given his history.”

Prayers urgedPresident Zuma urged people around the world to pray for the former leader.

“We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” President Zuma said in a statement.

The former president is often fondly referred to by his clan name, Madiba.

The governing African National Congress also called for prayers for Mr Mandela.

 

“During these trying times we wish President Mandela well and for his family to be strong,” the ANC said in a statement.

“We are confident that the treatment will be successful as he is in professional and competent hands,” it added.

It is the fourth time Mr Mandela has been admitted to hospital in just over two years.

He first contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while detained on the windswept Robben Island where he served 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for sabotage.

His lungs are said to have been damaged when he worked in a prison quarry.

Despite his long imprisonment, Mr Mandela forgave his former enemies and as president urged South Africans of all races to work together and seek reconciliation.

In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The treatment Mr Mandela received in December 2012 was his longest spell in hospital since leaving prison in 1990.

Earlier this month he spent a night in hospital following a check-up.

Mr Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has been rarely seen in public since.

His main home is in Qunu, a small rural village in Eastern Cape province, where he says he spent the happiest days of his childhood.

However, doctors said in December he should remain at his home in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Houghton to be close to medical facilities.

Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk

Oscar Pistorius is currently free on bail, charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: APOscar Pistorius is currently free on bail, charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

OSCAR Pistorius’ lawyers are in court in Pretoria today arguing for the removal of some of the paralympian’s bail conditions.

The South African star is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead in the couple’s home last month.

Pistorius was granted bail with a wide range of provisos, such as not returning to his home or drinking alcohol.

The sprinter is also banned from travel, a ban which Pistorius’ legal team argue is unfair as the magistrate who granted bail deemed that Pistorius posed no flight risk.

Pistorius is not expected to make any appearance at court today.

source:http://www.scotsman.com

Windows phone

Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and “rest of central and eastern Europe“.

In terms of market share, Windows Phone-based products trail far behind the iPhone, withMicrosoft‘s mobile OS languishing around 3%. Even Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates labelled the company’s smartphone strategy a “mistake.”

It’s no wonder, then, that questions arose after Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s head of public relations,announced in a blog post Tuesday that Windows Phone outshipped the iPhone in seven countries during the fourth quarter.

The New York Times did some digging, and asked IDC, the research firm that provided the stats in Shaw’s post, to elaborate. Which countries, exactly, did Windows Phone have the iPhone beat?

Six were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine, while the seventh “country” was actually a group of smaller nations that IDC categorizes as “rest of central and eastern Europe.”

Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst, provided further context. Windows Phone actually sold less than 100,000 units during the fourth quarter in each of the following three markets: Ukraine, South Africa and “rest of central and eastern Europe”

What’s more, there is a sizeable “gray market” for cellphones in some countries (e.g. Argentina) — which IDC doesn’t count — so it’s difficult to determine exact market share in those areas.

Restivo added that Windows Phone does well in countries that are established strongholds for Nokia, which is Microsoft’s flagship handset partner, according to the Times. In those markets, there tends to be fewer iPhone shipments due to its high cost and scant subsidies from carriers.

Do these revelations diminish Microsoft’s announcement that Windows Phone outshipped the iPhone in seven countries — or not? Tell us in the comments, below.

collected from-http://mashable.com/2013/03/28/windows-phone-outselling-iphones-countries/

 Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela Again has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection

Former South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela Again has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection!!! God Bless HiM

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been re-admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection.

A statement from the South African presidency said Mr Mandela, 94, had been admitted just before midnight.

Mr Mandela spent 18 days in hospital in December undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

He is widely regarded as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid.

Mr Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. However, his health has caused concern for some time.

The government statement said President Jacob Zuma wished “Madiba” – as Mr Mandela is affectionately known in South Africa – a speedy recovery.

“We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” President Zuma said.

It is the fourth time Mr Mandela has been admitted to hospital in just over two years.

He first contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while detained on the windswept Robben Island where he served 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for sabotage.

His lungs are said to have been damaged when he worked in a prison quarry.

The treatment he received in December 2012 was his longest spell in hospital since leaving prison in 1990.

Earlier this month he spent a night in hospital in the capital Pretoria following a check-up.

Mr Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has been rarely seen in public since.

He lives in Qunu, a small rural village in Eastern Cape province, where he says he spent the happiest days of his childhood.

Collected from-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21963864