Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning paid respects to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and hailed her as a champion of freedom.The anti-apartheid freedom campaigner died today (April 2) in her homeland South Africa. She was 81 years old.Prime Minister Holness said Winnie Mandela’s death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa.“Winnie Mandela was a symbol of the black struggle against oppression and injustice. We here in Jamaica supported her in that struggle as she maintained the legacy of her then husband Nelson Mandela while he was locked away for 27 years,” said Prime Minister Holness.He noted the tremendous impact both Winnie and Nelson Mandela had on him and throughout the world.“As a young man the Mandelas were inspirations to me and many of my peers. We were cognizant of the evolution of the struggle that culminated in the release of Nelson Mandela and majority black rule. We still strongly remember their visit to Jamaica in 1991 as I know do many Jamaicans today”.Prime Minister Holness added that Winnie Mandela is immortalized in the Jamaican socio-cultural consciousness with songs and stories about her life and struggles.“Winnie is a part of us. We identified with her struggle and we recorded songs about her. Jamaica embraced her not just as the wife of Nelson Mandela but importantly the mother of modern South Africa – a woman who was a freedom fighter and liberator in her own right”.The Prime Minister said Jamaica has lost a friend and inspiration.Prime Minister Holness conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of Jamaica, to the nation of South Africa.
KUSI Newsroom, June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer met Tuesday with President Donald Trump at the White House, where they discussed U.S.-Mexico border and homelessness issues, among other topics.“I had a chance to briefly meet with the president to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego,” Faulconer said in a Twitter post. “We talked about the pending USMCA deal, California’s homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley — and encouraged more federal action to fix it.” Updated: 10:05 AM Posted: June 18, 2019 I had a chance to briefly meet with the President to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego. We talked about the pending #USMCA deal, California’s homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley – and encouraged more federal action to fix it.— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) June 18, 2019In another Twitter post prior to his meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, Faulconer wrote that he was in Washington, D.C., for the Border Trade Alliance annual conference and had “a full schedule today with some of our nation’s leaders on trade, transportation, border staffing and more.”The mayor’s press secretary, Ashley Bailey, said, “It was really rewarding that (Faulconer) got to meet with the president and push issues that are important with San Diegans.”Bailey said immigration was not get discussed during the meeting.The mayor was originally scheduled to meet with the White House Intergovernmental Affairs Team, but Trump heard Faulconer was in Washington and invited him for a meeting in the Oval Office.A White House Press Office statement says the president discussed with Faulconer “the importance of the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and his ongoing advocacy” of the trade pact that the Trump administration negotiated with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA.That support includes a joint resolution supporting the USMCA, co- sponsored by Mayors John Giles of Mesa, Arizona, and Brian Barnett of Rochester Hills, Michigan, to be considered at the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, according to the White House.“Mayor Faulconer also raised cross-border concerns with polluted water flowing into the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico and the ongoing impact on local beaches and coastal waters,” the White House statement continued. “Finally, President Trump and Mayor Faulconer discussed San Diego’s innovative solutions to homelessness, an issue that is challenging California municipalities.”Faulconer serves on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s National Trade Advisory Committee, co-chairs the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association and is the chair of the Trilateral Alliance for Trade in the Americas.Earlier in June, Faulconer met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a North American mayoral summit.The mayor will return to San Diego on Wednesday, Bailey said. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Trump at the White House KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter