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Queens leaders reflect on Mandela’s world-changing life


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Photo courtesy of Congressmember Gregory Meeks

The death of former South African President and Nobel Prize Peace winner Nelson Mandela at age 95 last week resonated around the world as people reflected on his legacy.

His impact was felt by local leaders in Queens, some of whom met the influential leader.

Congressmember Gregory Meeks traveled to South Africa to attend Mandela’s memorial, which has held on Tuesday at Johannesburg’s FNB stadium.

“I will always cherish having met Nelson Mandela on several occasions — especially the laughter, stories, and insight he shared with me and other members of a congressional delegation during a wonderful lunch at his home,” said Meeks.

Following the memorial service, Meeks said “it was inspiring to see over 101 head of states come to memorialize a man who changed the course of history through his dedication focus and sacrifice. [And] to know that if one stands on high moral ground you can have people from all over the world come to salute you and aspire to achieve a more equal world no matter your race, religion, ethnicity or wealth.”

Reverend Floyd Flake, a former U.S. congressmember and senior pastor at the Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, who also had the opportunity to meet Mandela, said “even in his jail time he stayed a force.”

“I think his legacy will be an empowering legacy and the legacy of a person who could have given up but did not” he said.

“The way his life has gone is of such a nature, people of such [different] persuasions, of all races, of all classes have come to love what he represents.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Snow likely. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
Tuesday Night: Clear skies. Low 21F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Re-Gift of the Magi 

This comedic play reveals why the Wise Men made their perilous journey. Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar give Joshua an education in the shul of real life. Shows run until Dec. 21.at The Chain Theatre in LIC. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

‘Snow Alert’ issued for New York City

New York City’s sanitation department has issued a “snow alert” starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Read more: ABC New York

Whitestone family wins ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ on ABC

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Port Authority: 5 planes struck by snowy owls in tri-state area

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Audit: State DOT lacks records on railroad bridge inspections

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World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela on Tuesday at a Soweto soccer stadium that was two-thirds full amid cold, driving rain. Read more: AP

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of rain. High around 45. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low 33. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing. Submit an event of your own

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Nelson Mandela remembered near and far on national day of prayer

While South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the former South African president and civil rights icon was also being remembered in the United States. Read more: CBS New York

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 53. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Friday night: Rain early followed by a mixture of wintry precipitation overnight. Low 37. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Bach & Brew: Dongsok Shin & Leah Nelson

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Bus shooter’s insanity defense fails; jury convicts

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Mandela’s influence felt in New York City

When a newly freed Nelson Mandela visited the United States in 1990, his first stop was New York City. From elected officials to everyday New Yorkers, the political giant is remembered fondly for the strength of his character and the power of his example. Read more: AP

Nelson Mandela dies at 95


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons/South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

HEATHER CHIN, MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela had died on Thursday at 8:50 p.m. South African Standard Time (1:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the world renowned civil rights activist went on to become South Africa’s first black president as well as a major mover in the fight to end the South African apartheid regime. His efforts and continuous activism earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Mandela was hospitalized in April 2013 for 18 days due to a lung infection. He had previously been treated for gall stones in December 2012. His last public appearance was in July 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa.

Following Mandela’s passing, national and local leaders offered their condolences and spoke of his legacy.

“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said President Obama. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-staff in Mandela’s honor.

“When I presented Nelson Mandela with the Key to the City in 2005, he spoke passionately about the work of his foundation and his ongoing efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic and many other important issues. He devoted his life to building a more just, equal and compassionate world, and we are all better for it, said Bloomberg. “On behalf of the people of the City of New York, I offer my sincere condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa.”

 

 

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Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 91. Winds from the SW at 5 to 20 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 75. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: First Fridays at the Noguchi Museum

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 93. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday night: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

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Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition on Monday, after his condition deteriorated in hospital over the weekend. Read more: NBC News