with spectacular New Years Eve fireworks in London, and best of all they're free, guaranteeing you see the New Year in with style.New Years Eve Fireworks in LondonWith Bonfire Night a fading memory there’s one last chance to see a spectacular fireworks display in London on New Years Eve. The skies of the capital will be alive with light and colour on 31st December 2007 with a grand fireworks display at the London Eye, promising something special for New Years Eve and the beginning of 2008.World class fireworks for a night to rememberThis year’s New Years Eve fireworks in London will be produced by the team responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. As a result, the area around London Eye and along South Bank will be a vibrant place to see in 2008. The 2006 fireworks were even awarded the Public event of the Year 2006 at the Eventia UK Awards, just showing you how good these puppies are.Travel around town for freeThe crowds will be out in force but getting where you need to go shouldn’t be too much trouble on New Years Eve, rumour has it that there'll be free tube travel again from 11.45pm – 4.30am on New Years Day.The New Years Eve fireworks in London will take place at the London Eye, South Bank on 31st December 2007, and is due to begin shortly before midnight. The event is free to attend.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Monday, 31 December 2007
Kenyans riot over president's re-election - Haroon Siddique and agencies Monday December 31, 2007
The UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice on Kenya has been updated 31 December 2007 'This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary (continuing serious unrest).
The overall level of the advice has not changed.' Source: http://www.fco.gov.uk/
Opening Ceremony, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Opening ceremony, Commonwealth Business Forum
'Transforming Societies, Changing Lives' is the title of the 2007 Report by the Commonwealth Secretary-General. The report is prepared biennially for Commonwealth Heads of Government, outlining the current work of the Commonwealth Secretariat and its vision for the future.
Transforming Societies, Changing Lives - Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 2007
Commonwealth Secretary-General condemns assassination of Benazir Bhutto
27 December 2007
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon, has strongly condemned the killing of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi earlier today, and expressed his deep shock and sorrow. The following is the text of his statement:
“This is a heinous and cowardly act of violence, and an utterly senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to Ms Bhutto’s husband and children, to other members of the bereaved family, and to all her followers and admirers. On behalf of the Commonwealth, I convey my deepest sympathy at the loss they and the people of Pakistan have suffered. My condolences go also to the families of the many others killed in this attack.
This is a dark day for Pakistan and the Commonwealth. I strongly condemn this outrageous act. Violence can serve no useful purpose in any society, especially in one that is seeking to rebuild democracy and reconcile deep divisions. Such an act can only strengthen the hands of those who seek to repudiate the path of democracy and dialogue.
Benazir Bhutto was a woman of charisma and courage. Barely two months ago, on the very day of her return to Pakistan, she escaped narrowly in another appalling attack on her convoy, which claimed 150 innocent lives. She still pursued her political and public life, as she wanted to make a contribution to her country.
I hope that this terrible tragedy will make crystal clear the folly of violence and the importance of restraint and reconciliation as the only way of consolidating the democratic process. The Commonwealth stands by Pakistan in that effort.”
Note to Editors
On 22 November 2007, on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala, Pakistan was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth over “the serious violation of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values”.
The Commonwealth has pledged to remain closely engaged with Pakistan, as a valued member of the Commonwealth, in the restoration of democracy and the rule of law. It promised in Kampala to review progress following the conduct of scheduled parliamentary elections in January 2008. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group underlined its support for and solidarity with the people of Pakistan, “who have a right to enjoy the provisions and protections of its Constitution, with fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly, and the rule of law”.
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The Ghana president Kuafor Arriving at the closing ceremony retreat at CHOGM
New Year Honour for Commonwealth Secretary-General
31 December 2007
McKinnon receives New Zealand’s highest award
Rt Hon Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary-General, has been made a member of the Order of New Zealand, his country’s highest honour.
The award marks 30 years of public service to New Zealand, including the past eight years at the helm of the Commonwealth.
“I have had a fantastically interesting and inspiring time. The work is always demanding, occasionally it is frustrating but more often it is possible to make a real and positive difference to people’s lives,” Mr McKinnon said.
He added that during his eight years as Secretary-General, he had seen the very best and the very worst of what people can do to and for each other.
“I think the expression ‘humbled’ is usually employed when accepting an honour. For me the word was redefined on a visit to war torn Sierra Leone in 2001. At a rehabilitation camp, I was greeted by smiling children, from babies, toddlers, bright-eyed six and seven year-olds, to those a bit older.
“After my warm welcome they then offered a prayer for me -- this from children, all of whom were missing hands, arms, or their legs -- victims of frenzied violence in which their parents were also murdered. That is a truly humbling experience.
“I have encountered many acts of cruelty but even greater examples of courage among people from all parts of the Commonwealth. Sometimes it takes courage and nerve simply to continue working steadily in seemingly hopeless situations.”Mr McKinnon added that he wanted to share his honour with those who had worked with him to help others, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, his staff over the past 30 years, and NGO workers.
Mr McKinnon was a member of New Zealand’s Parliament from 1978 to 2000 and served as Foreign Minister from 1990 to 1999, as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House.
He thanked his family for their support, especially his wife, Clare de Lore “who makes me laugh, and also keeps my feet on the ground.”