Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 6th 2014 Contents A19
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
Pope Francis is dismissing
the commander of his Swiss
Guard, Daniel Anrig.
The Vatican quietly an-
nounced the move in a short
paragraph buried in its
newspaper, L Osservatore
Romano, on Thursday.
"The holy father has or-
dered that Colonel Daniel
Rudolf Anrig end his term on
January 31, at the conclusion
of the extension of his man-
date," the note said.
The Holy See didn t pro-
vide a reason for the dis-
missal in the notice, al-
though Italian journalists are
speculating that Francis dis-
approved of the "rigid" style
of leadership that Anrig had
over the young men tasked
with protecting the Pope.
"From what we journalists
have been able to recon-
struct, there is a different vi-
sion between the Pope who
wants relationships inside
the Vatican to be humane,
brotherly, even paternally,"
Franca Giansoldati, an Il
Messaggero journalist said.
"And then, there is the vision
of the Colonel who is the
Colonel of the smallest army
in the world, but it is still an
army, with very rigid rules,
very severe soldierly." ---The
Events are being held across
South Africa to mark one year since
the death of Nelson Mandela,
including a wreath-laying ceremony
and a cricket match.
veterans joined Mandela's widow,
Graca Machel, at a remembrance
service in Pretoria.
Sirens and vuvuzelas sounded
across the country before a
commemorative three minutes'
silence was held. There was a
worldwide outpouring of grief when
South Africa's first black president
died a year ago aged 95.
Mandela, also known by his clan
name of Madiba, spent 27 years in
prison for fighting white-minority
rule in South Africa.
In a statement, US President
Barack Obama said the world lost a
leader one year ago "whose
struggle and sacrifices inspired us
to stand up for our fundamental
principles, whose example reminded
us of the enduring need for
compassion, understanding and
reconciliation, and whose vision
saw the promise of a better world."
"On this day, and on every day,
we honour his spirit and his
South African President Jacob
Zuma, who is currently visiting
China, described the anniversary as
a "sad day in our country."
One of Mandela's
granddaughters, Ndileka, said that
South Africans were still upholding
Mandela's legacy and honouring his
memory by living by his values of
peace and reconciliation.
"That's just the spirit of who
granddad was, that even after a
year that he's gone peace still
prevails, people still upholding his
legacy and what he stood for,
because he stood for peace and
Prosecutors dropped charges of
crimes against humanity against
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
yesterday, signalling failure for the
International Criminal Court in the
highest-profile case in its 11-year
Judges in The Hague had on
Wednesday given prosecutors a
week to decide whether to
proceed against Kenyatta, who
was accused of fomenting ethnic
violence after the 2007 election,
or withdraw the charges.
Prosecutors have said Kenyatta,
the first sitting president to have
attended a session of the court,
used his powers to obstruct the
investigation, especially since
becoming head of state last year.
Kenyatta's lawyers denied this.
The collapse is a blow to the
court, which has secured only two
convictions, both against little-
known Congolese warlords, and
has yet to prove it can hold the
powerful to account.
Many Africans say the court has
unfairly targeted their continent,
while a lawyer said it had failed
victims of the post-election
bloodshed in which 1,200 people
"The evidence has not improved
to such an extent that Kenyatta's
alleged criminal responsibility can
be proven," prosecutor Fatou
Bensouda said in a court filing.
When the news broke, Kenyatta
was at a meeting of Kenyan
officials and business executives,
who applauded. Some hugged
He reacted by saying: "One
down, two to go", a reference to
his wish to see similar charges
dropped against his deputy,
William Ruto, and a Kenyan
The court did not acquit
Kenyatta, so charges could be
brought again if more evidence
becomes available. (Reuters)
At least 100,000 people have
fled coastal areas of the Philip-
pines, the Red Cross said yes-
terday, as Super Typhoon
Hagupit remained on course to
batter shorelines with a storm
surge up to 13 feet high.
The vast Category 5-equiva-
lent storm---packing life-threat-
ening wind gusts of up to 143
mph and intense rainfall of up
to three-quarters of an inch per
hour---was only about 200 miles
from eastern coastal areas at 10
pm Friday and is expected to
make landfall today.
Many of those evacuated were
still living in tents after the dev-
astation caused last year by
Super Typhoon Haiyan, which
left more than 7,300 people dead
"The storm is so big, covering
such a wide area, and is causing
us a lot of concern," said Richard
Gordon, chairman of the Philip-
pine Red Cross which is mobil-
ising an international rescue plan
in case of disaster.
"We are hoping for the best
but preparing for the worst. We
have moved 20,000 families so
far, which is more than 100,000
people and a lot more are to
The UN Global Disaster Alert
System said almost 32 million
people---a third of the country s
population---were likely to be
affected in some way by cyclone-
force winds when the storm
arrives in central parts of the
island nation this afternoon.
Dozens of domestic flights
were canceled and inter-island
ferry services were suspended.
In Tacloban, where Haiyan s
tsunami-like storm surges left
thousands dead and wiped out
entire villages, the airport was
closed on Friday, leaving families
to seek help in emergency shel-
Hagupit, known locally as
Ruby s slow movement is
expected to cause significant
The Philippine weather bureau
said it could be as late as
Wednesday before the storm
clears the islands, leading to rain-
fall totals Sarsalari called "extra-
ordinarily high," causing land-
slides, debris flows and
life-threatening flash floods.
Residents take shelter inside the provincial capital of Surigao in the Philippines yesterday. AP PHOTO
Pope Francis dismisses Chief Of Swiss Guard
S Africa marks
ICC drops case
Links Archive December 5th 2014 December 7th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page