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SINGAPORE---A rare riot broke out
in Singapore's Little India neighborhood
last night, apparently after a
Bangladeshi worker was hit and killed
by a bus, a local television channel re-
Channel News Asia showed dramatic
pictures of burning vehicles and people
attacking the windshield of a bus with
sticks and garbage bins.
It was not clear if anyone was injured
in the rioting that began late in the
Such violence is unheard of in Singa-
pore, an orderly and modern city-state
known for strict punishments and gen-
erally law-abiding citizens.
In a statement, police confirmed that
rioting took place but gave no details. It
only said police were on the scene in
Little India, an area popular among In-
dian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan
and Nepali expatriates.
It has scores of restaurants, grocery
shops and a mall selling food and other
items for people from those countries.
On Sundays, the area is especially
crowded with South Asian workers.
Rare rioting shocks orderly Singapore
JOHANNESBURG---South Africans of all
races flocked to houses of worship yesterday
for a national day of prayer and reflection
to honour Nelson Mandela as a large con-
tingent of foreign dignitaries, including roy-
alty, begin arriving in the country to pay
their final respects to the liberation struggle
The government said yesterday that 53 heads
of state and government as well as a broad
range of eminent persons had confirmed that
they would be attending a national memorial
service and state funeral for the country s first
black and democratically-elected president.
The memorial service is expected to be one
of the biggest in modern times.
Hundreds attended the Regina Mundi
Church that was at the epicenter of the Soweto
township uprising in 1976 against white rule.
The Rev Sebastian J Rossouw described Man-
dela as "moonlight," saying he offered a guiding
light for South Africa. Hundreds of people
attended the Mass.
"Madiba did not doubt the light," Rossouw
said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.
"He paved the way for a better future, but he
cannot do it alone."
During the service, worshippers offered spe-
cial prayers for the anti-apartheid leader and
lit a candle in his honor in front of the altar.
Off to the side of the sanctuary was a black
and white photo of Mandela, who died Thurs-
day at age 95.
Mandela s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-
Mandela, joined one of his grandsons, Mandla
Mandela, and South African President Jacob
Zuma in a prayer service in a Methodist church
"We felt it important that we should have
a day where all of us as South Africans can
come together and pray for our first democratic
president and reflect on his legacy," Zuma said.
"But it is also to pray for our nation ... to pray
that we not forget some of the values he fought
Zuma said Mandela had forgiven even those
who had kept him in prison for 27 years, and
that he had opposed both white and black dom-
ination. A service was also held at St George s
Cathedral in Cape Town, where a prayer was
said for a man whose journey from prisoner to
president inspired the world.
"May his long walk to freedom be enjoyed
and realized in our time by all of us," worshippers
said in a prayer.
Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life
in prison with Mandela in 1964, said he was
informed shortly before Mandela s death on
Thursday night that his old friend was about
Kathrada said Graca Machel, Mandela s wife,
conveyed the message to him through another
person that "the doctors have said, Anytime. "
A national memorial service for the man who,
as the country s first black president forged a
new multiracial, democratic South Africa, will
be held at a Johannesburg stadium tomorrow.
Mandela s body will lie in state at the Union
Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria,
from Wednesday to Friday, followed by his
funeral and burial in Qunu next Sunday.
Among those who have already indicated
that they will be coming to South Africa are
US President Barack Obama and his two pred-
ecessors, George W Bush and Bill Clinton.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-
moon will also travel to Johannesburg for the
Other leaders and dignitaries who have con-
firmed that they are coming include French
President Francois Hollande, Brazilian President
Dilma Rouseff, Cyprus Parliamentary Speaker,
Yiannakis Omirou, Danish Prime Minister Helle
Thorning-Schmidt, Crown Prince Frederik of
Denmark, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent
Lamothe, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Sol-
berg and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
King Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister
Frans Timmermans will attend on behalf of
the Netherlands. (AP)
The Caribbean Telecommunica-
tions Union (CTU) is moving to
ensure unrestricted access to the
Internet for the region s nationals.
The organisation, to this end, has
signed a Memorandum of Under-
standing (MOU) with the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN), which will ensure
collaboration between the entities in
protecting the interests of member
states of the CTU towards continued,
unhindered access to the information
Secretary General of the CTU,
Bernadette Lewis, and Chief Exec-
utive Officer of ICANN, Fadi
Chehade, signed on behalf for their
respective organisations during a ses-
sion of the 12th Caribbean Ministerial
Strategic Information Communica-
tion Technology (ICT) Seminar on
December 4, being held at the Mon-
tego Bay Convention Centre, St
President of the CTU and Minister
of Science, Technology, Energy and
Mining, Phillip Paulwell, said that
the laissez-faire attitude towards the
use of the Internet has to change.
"Many of us engage the Internet
quite seamlessly and without think-
ing" he said, noting that "we have
to now take a second look at this
world of information that has been
largely unrestricted, but with a warn-
ing that there might be, in the future
this restriction and barriers, and the
need for us to ensure that that does
Part of the MoU is to ensure pro-
tection of sovereign rights of CTU
member states and management of
domain names. Minister Paulwell
said "the whole business of domain
name management," has to be seen
for its strategic importance.
He stated that in Jamaica, moves
will be made to build a broad-based
coalition of all stakeholders within
the IT sector to ensure that best prac-
tices are adopted, that will enable
more effective utilization of the
domain names to advance some of
the country s strategic objectives.
"It is going to foster a level of col-
laboration and co-operation so that
information can flow to us, and if
there is any attempt to, in any way,
infringe on some of the things that
we hold and cherish, our role at the
table will be impactful and impor-
tant," he stated.
He said that the agreement will
also advance the mission of getting
more Jamaicans to access the Internet
and see the information highway as
a strategic part of the creation of a
The CTU Secretary General, in her
remarks, argued that the Internet has
become intricately woven into the
fabric of the Caribbean lifestyle.
She said it is only fitting that the
CTU avails itself of the opportunity
to establish the MOU, which will
enable CTU member states to work
on mutually beneficial activities,
which would foster utilisation and
growth of the Internet within the
ICANN is a US-based organisa-
tion, which is responsible for Inter-
net Protocol (IP) address space allo-
cation, protocol parameter
assignment, domain name system
management, and root server system
(Jamaica Information Services)
Jamaica moves to ensure unrestricted Internet access
Day of Prayer in South Africa
Presidents, Royalty expected to attend Mandela's funeral
A Christian worshipper prays on a hill overlooking the city of Johannesburg, South Africa,
yesterday. South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and
reflection to honour former President Nelson Mandela, starting planned events that will
culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times. AP PHOTO
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