Welding school sparks new hope for youth

Over the next seven years, Eskom will train at least 700 young people to be welders - and not just ordinary welders, but high class welders, chief executive officer Brian Dames said.

Jordaan named special adviser for 2014 Brazil WC

Jordaan, who is also vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa), has also been appointed to work with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Foreign Secretary to attend Friends of Syria meeting

The second meeting of the Friends of Syria will be held in Istanbul on 1 April. This follows the first meeting last month in Tunis.

This week at the Foreign Office

A look at the work of the Foreign Office and its embassies overseas this week.

Worlds largest no take marine protected area celebrates 2nd anniversary

April 1st marks the second anniversary of the creation of the worlds largest no-take Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

SA, Zim talk business

She was speaking at a business seminar at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Bulawayo on Thursday, which was attended by over 250 business people from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Azamara cruise ship incident

The Foreign Office is aware of an incident on board the Azamara Quest cruise ship.

Foreign Secretary statement on political prisoners in Syria

Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed concern about reports that Ali Mahmoud Othman has been captured by the Syrian regime, and has also voiced concern about prominent activist Noura Aljizawi.

Travel advice update for Mali

The overall level of the travel advice to Mali has changed: we advise against all travel to Mali and you should leave if you have no pressing need to remain.

Hong Kong: Yellow fire warning

Attention duty announcers, radio and TV stations:

Hong Kong: Special traffic arrangements for race meeting in Sha Tin tomorrow

Police advise motorists that special traffic arrangements will be implemented in Sha Tin to facilitate the race meeting tomorrow (April 1).

Hong Kong: Licence of employment agency revoked

Operators of employment agencies are reminded to conduct their business in compliance with the Employment Ordinance and the Employment Agency Regulations, or else they will face prosecution and their licences may be revoked.

Hong Kong: Appointments to Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation

The Government today (March 31) announced appointments to the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (HKCPEC) for a new term of two years with effect from April 1, 2012.

Hong Kong: 2012 Voter Registration Campaign launched (with photos)

The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Raymond Tam; the Chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission, Mr Justice Barnabas Fung Wah; and the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan, officiated at the launching ceremony for the 2012 Voter Registration Campaign today (March 31) at the Park Central Shopping Arcade, Tseung Kwan O.

Hong Kong: SDEV speaks on unauthorised building works at New Territories exempted houses

Following is a transcript of remarks (English portion) by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (March 31) on unauthorised building works at New Territories (NT) exempted houses:

Hong Kong: EPD to promote community recycling in Islands District (with photos)

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (March 31) launched two schemes, namely the "Islands Community Recycling Booths" scheme and the "Islands Food Waste Recycling Scheme" on Cheung Chau and at Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island respectively, with the aim of engaging local residents and shop operators in waste reduction and recycling.

Norway’s ‘Sinhalicisation of development’ in Tamil country continued in 2011

Recent revelations on Norwegian foreign ministry’s deployment of funds have shown that Norway had allocated major funds to Sinhala institutions in Sri Lanka even in the year 2011 to carryout activities in the country of Eezham Tamils, which Tamils see as ‘Sinhalicisation of development’. Following a controversy about handling of funds by Norway’s foreign minister allegedly favouring one of his friend’s foundations, Mr. Torry Pedersen, the chief editor of VG, Norway’s largest newspaper, came out with an open call to the public on Thursday to assist journalists in the investigation on the spending of all ministries. It was unusual for Norwegian media to investigate the country’s ‘foreign spending’, but when it happened this time it also exposed Norway’s controversial role played on the affairs of Eezham Tamils facing structural genocide.

India to wage documentary war countering West’s exposure of Sri Lanka crimes

India to wage documentary war countering West’s exposure of Sri Lanka crimes: The Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi has embarked on deploying India’s expertise in cinematography to campaign against recent exposures of Sri Lanka’s war crimes by Western documentaries and to defend the partnership efforts of the two Establishments in the island.

Iraq: Visit of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani

Question: What can you tell us about Iraqi Kurdistan Regional (IKR) President Barzani’s visit to Washington? Who will he meet with?

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