One world, one human race (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Black Africans in Africa insist that they are not descendants of slaves. Quite true, but black Africa was not unaffected by African Slavery. Apart from not being distinguishable, my main take-away from my reading of Walter Rodney’s “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” is that, in the loss of so many of its citizens, the drain of scarce capital inherent in their loss, and in the very distraction of the domestic trade that fed the trans-shipment of captive Africans, Africa might have been prevented from reaching a point where population density and other consequential social pressures might have sparked a sustained agricultural and industrial revolution of its own.And it should be noted — as I learnt from Bobby Moore in my 1959/60 Modern Britain history course — that for many in England and Europe during those years of agricultural and industrial revolutions, which years were more or less contemporaneous with African slavery, their lives, in tangible material ways, may have been little better than the lives of slaves.Spare a thought for English girls of twelve years or so pulling small trolleys of coal out of narrow coal seams; the conditions of work in those dark, satanic mills; having nothing to live on but the discarded heads and tail bones of the fish caught. Life in the poor house was really a life of last resort.There have been lots of enforced and self-imposed hard times in the growth and development of Mankind in our journey of sustaining, growing, and developing Humankind. However, as adverse as the conditions were for working people in Europe, they could hold the hope of their children rising and enjoying some of the benefits of their labours.Today, whilst we, the people of African descent in the Americas and the Caribbean, have left slavery 150 years and more behind, the consequences of that period of black African slavery are still largely with us.A recent series on BBC World chronicled how slave-owning families benefited, and how their descendants still do. On the other hand, too many of the descendants of black African slaves are trapped in a cycle of discrimination, poverty and need.What is to be done? Exact reparations? From whom, and to whom? There may be as many answers as the many experts with whom you might choose to consult. How is the success of this UN decade to be assessed?Mr. Editor, it may be considered escapist, but I see the answer in a greater awareness of, and commitment to, the idea of “One World, One Human Race”; and this is what I urge my fellow ‘People of African Descent’ to work towards.I would argue that this would be what Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, both inspired by the Mahatma, were working towards, and would have us continue. And as Bob Marley reminds us, freeing ourselves from slavery is not merely a material thing; it is essentially a mental thing.True, when we recall the period of black African Slavery, a great rage, a great anger, a great bitterness can well up within us; a rage, anger and bitterness that must be safely vented. Let us set aside a day or two a year to rage, to be angry, and to rail at the hand fate has served us; but for the rest of the year, let us be what we should be aiming to be: just members of the one Human Race — earnest, conscientious, responsible; not devoid of fun and laughter; no better and no worse than others, as we make our contributions.There has been much progress won through the lives and sacrifices of many persons, of whom King and Mandela are the best known. Keep the faith, brothers and sisters; that by our work, and through the traditional values which all Mankind hold sacred, we can and will get this period of black African Slavery behind us.Yours truly,Samuel A. A. HindsFormer President,and formerPrime Ministerlast_img read more

Killbillies home opener this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Killbillies rollerderby team will be hosting their home opener this coming weekend.The Killbillies will be hosting the North Coast Nightmares from Terrace for a pair of bouts at the North Peace Arena on Saturday. The Rated PG rollerderby team from Prince George was also supposed to be coming up and playing both other teams, but have had to drop out of the matches. Instead, players from the Chetwynd Chetty Betties, the Dawson Creek Mile Zero Mercy, and the Grimshaw Grim Reapers will play for both teams for an exhibition scrimmage to the start the action. The main event will see just the Killbillies and Nightmares battle it out in a league match.Killbillies President Jennacide says that the first match will see a bunch of childrens activities, including kids’ games, face-painting, poster-making, and an appearance by the Killbillies’ mascot. Kids under 12 also get in for free.- Advertisement -The Killbillies’ first two home bouts of the year will take place at the North Peace Arena this Saturday, May 6th. Doors and beer gardens open at 3:00 p.m., the first match starts at 3:30 p.m., while the second match starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the doors, while kids 12 and under get in free.last_img read more

‘Wall of sound’ producer Spector’s trial set for TV?

first_imgThe judge has the option to allow television cameras in court during trial, and can consider the views of prosecution and defense lawyers before making a decision. “We do not oppose cameras in the courtroom,” said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The judge in the murder case against music producer Phil Spector said Wednesday that he’s leaning toward allowing the trial to be televised and will make a decision after hearing from lawyers later this month. The 67-year-old producer – famed for creating the “wall of sound” recording technique that revolutionized rock music – is charged with killing actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion Feb. 3, 2003. “This is a trial of public interest,” said Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. “I always have a problem with commentators telling people what is going on rather than letting the public see the trial for themselves. I’m a firm believer in having the public see it.” Attorneys said they wanted time to consider the proposal. The next pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 16. Spector, who did not attend the hearing, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail. last_img read more

Brazil focused on Argentina semi at traumatic venue

first_imgThey lost 7-1 in a match that went down in history as a defeat at least as, if not more, painful than their infamous Maracanazo — the 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium that denied Brazil a first World Cup success in 1950.“No-one here has amnesia, nor will they forget what happened, but that’s life, we can’t get stuck in the bad things from the past. We have to think about good things,” said Silva.Brazil have to a certain extent already overcome their Mineirao demons by beating Argentina 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in that stadium in 2016, but this will be their first return to the theatre of horrors in a major competition.“We played well in the last match against Argentina here, and most of all for the upcoming match we need to focus on that positive aspect.”The stadium and painful memories are less significant than the task of playing against fierce rivals boasting the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, according to Silva.The Paris Saint-Germain defender said Brazil are “more aware that we’re up against an Argentina that is on a par with us technically and tactically.”While three of the four Copa quarter-finals finished goalless — and were decided on penalties — Silva insists the semi-final against Argentina will provide better attacking entertainment.“You can expect dedication, force of will, responsibility but with joyful football, attacking players with sufficient qualities to ensure a great game,” he said.“The fans will see a great spectacle.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thiago Silva says fans can expect a great spectacle when Brazil take on Argentina in Tuesday’s Copa America semi-final © AFP / DOUGLAS MAGNOBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jun 30 – Brazil center-back Thiago Silva says the hosts are concentrating on positive thoughts ahead of their Copa America semi-final against Argentina, at the scene of one of their most disastrous experiences on a football field.The Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, where the two South American giants will face off on Tuesday for a place in the Copa America final, was where Brazil collapsed spectacularly in the World Cup semi-final against Germany in 2014.last_img read more


first_imgA team of Marine biologists have visited Co Donegal this weekend starting at Lough Foyle to conduct a survey on eel grasses – right where the county council wants to put in a new sewage pumping station.The team was led by Dr Karin Dubsky Co-ordinator for Coast Watch Europe . Sponsored by “Celebrating Water”, a local sub aqua team and boats from Foyle Rowing Club assisted the members of the team as they conducted their examination of two prominent sea grass beds at Glenburnie and at the Blackrock, north of the same site.Samples were taken and the extent of the beds mapped, using GPS equipment. Further sites were examined outside Lough Foyle. Foyle Rowing Club member Don McGinley welcomed Karin Dubsky’s visit , saying that she has visited the area for the past twenty years and is very familiar with Lough Foyle.“We are glad to be associated with this event which is sponsored by “Celebrating Water”  who have organised a number of very worthwhile events this summer along Moville Shore highlighting the bio diversity of our waters and providing taster sessions for rowers and kayakers alike,” he said.The initial survey shows that the bed at Glenburnie is larger than expected extending out to 2.4 metres at low water. However even though the roots and plants are healthy, they are affected by other organisms, probably as a result of putrefaction. Dr Dubsky  will complete her report in due course  with her final results and assessments.Don McGinley added that such visits are very important so that the proper assessments are made to  “protect our local environment”. He went on: “It is important for us to know what is happening to our environment adjacent to our shore which is so valued by our community.“These past few years, efforts have been made to protect Moville shore. Indeed Donegal Co Council has given Sli na Slainte special designation  within its County Development Plan, being one of two designated walks within the county.“Further efforts are being made to designate the traditional pocket beaches at Dan Lafferty’s Lane. An application is before Donegal County Council since 2010 and fulfils all the criteria for designation.  Achieving such designation will further enhance the protections both to Lough Foyle and to the local community who will continue to use this popular beach.”The problem of the lack of proper sewerage treatment for both Moville and Greencastle is complicating the issue.A highly controversial proposed scheme is currently before the courts for judicial review. A judgement will follow at the end of the year. Notwithstanding the result of the judgement designation of Glenburnie beach will offer protection to these beaches and the local population, but the council has yet to do this. Jennifer O Donnell, who is the City of Culture & Trade Liaison Officer with Inishowen Tourism, is hoping to bring thousands of tourists into the county next year when Derry hosts the event.She has written to the council pointing out that under EU laws, beaches along the Moville foreshore need to be designated as bathing waters.Here is here letter to the council>I am writing to you regarding the Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) and believe it is the responsibility of the Local Authorities to identify Bathing Waters within their functional areas. I understand that there has been an application made from the Community for Clean Estuary group in Moville to request that Carnagarve Beach become designated under this directive. I am currently working with Derry – Londonderry City of Culture 2013 as City of Culture Liaison officer for Inishowen Tourism. My main role to ensure Inishowen benefits from the increased visitor numbers to the Northwest throughout 2013 and work on projects throughout the peninsula to promote Inishowen as a leading tourist destination. Expected visitor numbers to the Northwest region by month include : May – 154,300, June –  85,200, July – 104,050, August – 415,200.Inishowen will see a huge increase in visitor numbers into the region especially towns like Moville with its direct route from Derry. This beach area is extremely popular with both locals and visitors and attaining full accreditation as a designated bathing area would be a huge boost for the tourism economy in Moville especially in the run up to and during City of Culture 2013.Is this something you feel you could start tests on and have designation complete by Summer 2013.I look forward to hearing from you soon.Best RegardsJennifer O DonnellCity of Culture & Trade Liaison OfficerInishowen TourismMARINE BIOLOGISTS VISIT ‘IMPORTANT’ MOVILLE SEABEDS – WHERE COUNCIL WANT TO DISCHARGE SEWAGE was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGardai have sealed off the scene where a body was found in Buncrana.BREAKING NEWS: Gardai are investigating the discovery of a body in suspicious circumstances in Buncrana.The body of a man in his late 60s was found in a house last night and following an initial assessment of the scene, Gardai have sealed of the scene.It is believed the man’s body was found in the hallway of his home. A pathologist from the State Pathologist’s office in Dublin is due to examine the scene of the find today.The area has been preserved by Gardai.Gardai are making no official comment on the matter at this stage.We will bring you further details on this story as they emerge. * Gardai have now removed the body, that of a male, from the house and it has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death.GARDAI SEAL OFF SCENE AFTER DISCOVERY OF BODY IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodybuncranaGardaipathologistlast_img read more

Fearless approach: Rookie defenseman gets set for NHL debut

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Defenseman Mario Ferraro said he has about 11 friends and family members coming to T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night and was springing for nearly as many tickets so they could all watch the Sharks play the Vegas Golden Knights in the season opener for both teams.From Ferraro’s perspective, it was money well spent. After all, your NHL debut only happens once.“Just seeing the excitement that’s on their face for me is really special,” said Ferraro, who is from King City, Ontario. …last_img

Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico The Scratchers built a seven-point cushion with 4:04 to play in the payoff period as Haruna gave them a 94-87 lead.Cedric Ablaza and Earvin Mendoza tried to will the Generals back, cutting the lead to three, 94-91, before Alejandro and Gutang delivered the finishing blows.Ablaza paced Batangas-EAC (1-6) with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, while Cedric de Joya got 18 in the loss.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 106 — Haruna 23, Gaco 21, Gutang 15, Alejandro 13, Leutcheu 8, Casiño 7, Dixon 7, Naboa 6, Salem 3, Domingo 2, Pasturan 1, Ocampo 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT BATANGAS-EAC 95 — Ablaza 21, De Joya 18, Maguliano 11, Altamirano 10, E. Mendoza 8, Garcia 7, Dela Peña 6, Diego 6, Bautista 4, Tampoc 4, J. Mendoza 0.Quarters: 22-22, 48-46, 75-75, 106-95. Justin Gutang also poured nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, while hauling down 10 rebounds, while J-Jay Alejandro got 13 markers and five assists.Despite the victory, coach Charles Tiu was displeased with how he felt Go for Gold presented itself against the lowly Batangas-EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a tendency to think that we’re better than we really are,” he lamented. “Sometimes, we play so well, but we lost to JRU, and we’re the only team that lost to them. I do’t know why our guys are thinking that way.”“We have never proven anything in the NCAA or D-League. it’s disappointing in that sense, but we’re happy with the win. We battled back despite Batangas controlling the game for the most part.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next ‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESGo for Gold needed a huge fourth quarter to defeat Batangas-EAC, 106-95, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Yankie Haruna exploded for 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while Jerwin Gaco chipped in a double-double of 21 markers and 10 boards for the Scratchers’ second straight win to tie Zark’s Burger-Lyceum at 4-3.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lifters facing an uphill task

first_imgIndian weightlifting is synonymous with doping controversies. The medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) may have camouflaged the malaise but once the competitions begin here on Saturday, India will find it tough.It is no secret that Indian lifters have shamed the country time and again because of failed dope tests. Had they not gone with a begging bowl to the CWG Organising Committee, the Indian federation may not have been able to pay the fines and the competed in New Delhi.As the Chinese lifters and the other Asian heavyweights launch their assault on the barbells, it would be worth taking a look at some of the Indian who will be on view. National coach Harnam Singh says he expects a good show from the Indians, but that is a statement which seems to be laced more with emotion than hope.Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari told Mail Today: “In the Commonwealth Games, the competition was easier. It will be much tougher in the Asian Games. The standard of Indian lifters has gone down and the women weightlifters will find it tough.”In the 48 kg class, Sonia Chanu won silver at the CWG with a 167kg effort. In the Asiad, that will only fetch a fourth or fifth position and gold could be in the region of 200-205kg. Monika Devi won a bronze with 216kg at the CWG. In Guangzhou, the gold will probably be decided in the 255-260kg bracket.last_img read more

Modi goverment ups scholarships given under National Defence Fund

first_imgNew Delhi: In its first decision of its second tenure, Narendra Modi government has enhanced the amount to be paid as part of ‘Prime Ministers Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2,500 per month for boys and from Rs 2,250 per month to Rs 3,000 per month for girls. The ambit of the scholarship Scheme has also been extended to the wards of state police personnel who “were martyred during terror/naxal attacks”. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The quota of new scholarships for wards of state police personnel will be 500 in a year. The National Defence Fund (NDF) was set up in 1962 to take charge of the voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) is being implemented to encourage technical and post-graduate education for widows and wards of the deceased or ex-service personnel of armed forces and paramilitary forces and Railway Protection Force. Prime Minster Narendra Modi had taken oath on Thursday along with his council of ministers after leading BJP-led NDA to a big election victory in the Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more