Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered

first_imgDear Editor,Thirty-eight years ago today, Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered by the Government of the day. Since June 13, 1980, supporters of Rodney and Forbes Burnham have sparred, mostly indirectly, over Burnham’s innocence in the matter. Did he know of the deed? Did he order it? Many Rodney supporters would answer those questions in the affirmative while most Burnham supporters would exonerate the founder leader. Some Burnham supporters who have had the courage to accept responsibility for the deed have charged Rodney with intending to violently overthrow the Government and they justify his murder on those grounds.Before Rodney’s murder, there were political murders and since June 1980 there have been other political murders in Guyana. I know many Burnham’s supporters who have condemned those political murders after 1980 and have rubbished the claims by the offending Government – not their government, of course – that the victims were trying to violently overthrow them. The present Government, which includes Rodney’s Working People’s Alliance in name but not in substance, rejected the findings of the Commission of Inquiry that found the Burnham Government guilty of the offence.How could the founder leader, the god-like visionary of our independence be ever guilty of involvement in such acts, they ask. It is the contradiction of our Guyanese-Caribbean psyche that we are not ready to contemplate and accept. But it is one that we must inevitably confront not before long. Not even oil will spare us that historical task. I shall not cease reminding us of that task.So, we remember Rodney today, not to glorify him as some would have us believe – who Jah bless no man curse. His glory lies in his undying contribution to Guyana-Caribbean, African and world civilisation which directly enriches the minds of serious worker-thinkers and finds its way in policies that daily free humanity from the shackles of ignorance and unfreedom of all kinds all over the world. Where Walter Rodney walks and dwells he takes an honourable Guyana with him. Give Thanks.We remember Rodney today to remind Guyana that our Guyanese independence is still a long way from the freedom we deserve. We remember Rodney to remember that public servants and other workers still can’t earn a living wage, that sugar workers still cry out for justice, that crime and violence still haunt our streets and our homes, that Government still remains the personal property of the governors, that ethnic mistrust still is the rule.We remember Rodney to remind Guyana that political fear is still part of governance, that political spite still walks the halls of governance, that governors still like power and its trappings more than serious policy, that the poor is still powerless, and that peoples power is still suppressed by dictatorship. And above all we remember Rodney to irritate and disturb the enemies of freedom for all and uplift the angels of hope, resistance and overcoming.For me, freedom can only be attained by the overthrow of bad governance – it was so in Rodney’s time and so it is thirty-eight years after his murder. As Martin Carter wrote back then on Rodney’s murder: “Assassins of conversation/They bury the voice/They assassinate, in the beloved Grave of the voice/ never to be silent.”Sincerely,David HindsBeliever that Walter Rodney was murdered by the Governmentlast_img read more

Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition

first_imgScoil Baile An Caislean, St Johnston has won €2,500 for sports equipment in the Aldi Play Rugby primary school sticker competition.Principal Liesel Toner and pupils were recently presented with the cheque by Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana.School principal Liesel Toner receiving the cheque from Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana alongside Rachel Wilson and Conor White, pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean. ©INPHO/Bryan KeaneThe much-welcomed cash prize was won through a great show of teamwork by the school as they collected stickers from their local Aldi to fill an Irish Rugby poster. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster.Pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean with the chequeDue to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.In the same competition, Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover.Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Scoil Baile An CaisleanSt Johnstonlast_img read more

National order for ‘Free Mandela’ songwriter Jerry Dammers

first_img“I was inspired by the spirit and positivity of that African music,” says songwriter Jerry Dammers. “I was trying to get in a few Latin rhythms, but also township jazz.” (Image: Svennevenn, Flickr) • Futhi Ntshingila Deputy Director: Protocol and Ceremonial Services Office of the Presidency +27 12 308 1619 [email protected] • South Africa’s national symbols • Full text: Jacob Zuma’s tribute to Nelson Mandela • World honours Madiba at 90 • South Africa cries for Mandela • Nelson Mandela: A life in photographsSulaiman PhilipBruce Springsteen had 17 albums of his own music to choose from to open his January tour of South Africa. Instead, he kicked off all three shows – in Cape Town and Johannesburg – with a cover, and a 30-year-old cover at that. The song? Free Nelson Mandela by songwriter Jerry Dammers, frontman for British ska band The Special AKA.On Freedom Day this year, Sunday 27 April, Dammers was awarded the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in silver, a national order given to “eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa”.Released in 1984, the four glorious minutes of ska that is Free Nelson Mandela was an immediate global success, climbing into the top 10 of the British singles chart and reaching number one in New Zealand. It became the unofficial anthem and slogan for the international anti-apartheid movement and hardened the global public’s view against the apartheid regime. A survey at the time found that three-quarters of British 16- to 24-year-olds knew who Mandela was and wanted him released because of Dammers’s hit.Watch Bruce Springsteen perform Free Nelson Mandela in Cape Town on 26 January 2014:In a recent interview with the Guardian, Dammers downplayed his role, saying he was nothing but a songwriter. “It’s a fantastic honour and it’s amazing that it’s remembered in South Africa. But it’s nothing compared to the sacrifices the people in South Africa made to fight apartheid.”It’s serendipitous that Dammers should be awarded an honour named for Oliver Tambo. It was Dali Tambo, the founder of Artists Against Apartheid and son of Oliver, who set in motion the events that led to the recording of Free Nelson Mandela and the subsequent founding of the British branch of AAA.The cover art for a Free Nelson Mandela single, reissued in the Netherlands to commemorate Madiba’s release from prison on 11 February 1990. (Image: 2 Tone Records)Music to fight Thatcher’s BritainBritain was a different place in the eighties. Class conflict was at a peak, the economy was depressed, and conservative, capital-friendly Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was intent on destroying the trade unions, and taking aim at the welfare state. Thatcher’s government also infamously labelled Nelson Mandela a terrorist, while the businessmen funders of her Tory party traded secretly and not-so-secretly with South Africa’s apartheid government.In this distressed and depressed Britain a passionate new musical movement arose, fuelled by the anger of punk and rebelliousness of Jamaican reggae and ska. Led by The Clash, the movement expressed the hopeless frustration of the young with songs like Guns of Brixton and the ironic Career Opportunities.Prominent in this scene was The Specials – later The Special AKA – founded by Jerry Dammers, a ska-influenced group that gave strong voice against the “money is everything” ethos of Thatcher’s Britain. Songs like Ghost Town, Gangsters, A Message to You Rudy and Too Much Too Young helped an activist generation identify its morals and spirit.Finding the lyrics for the musicIn 1983 Dammers was taken to the Nelson Mandela 65th birthday concert at Alexandra Palace in London. There he found inspiration for words to go with music he had recorded earlier.“I wrote the tune to Nelson Mandela before the lyrics,” Dammers told Uncut magazine in 2010. “By that time, especially in London, rock music was dead. It was all electro-pop, hip hop, jazz or Latin. And also, Joe Hagen had this African club at Gossip’s. I was inspired by the spirit and positivity of that African music. I was trying to get in a few Latin rhythms, but also township jazz. It was a very simple melody, three notes: C, A and E. That meant the public could sing it.“And then I went to Nelson Mandela’s 65th birthday party at Alexandra Palace. I’d never really heard of him, to be honest. Various bands sang about him, particularly [exiled South African jazz musician] Julian Bahula. And that’s where I had the idea to put this message into this tune I had hanging around.”Listen to Julian Bahula’s Jazz Afrika – Mandela (1983):Catchy pop, protest songAs a song, Free Nelson Mandela is effective for two reasons. First it is an amazingly good catchy pop tune. Second, it had a message its audience agreed with.It opens with Caron Wheeler, later of dance band Soul II Soul, doing a haunting a cappella version of the chorus. This it gives the melody a strange lift when it comes in. “If I had known anything about Nelson Mandela beforehand,” Dammers said, “I’d have probably come up with something earnest strummed on an acoustic guitar.”The main lyrics start: “Twenty-one years in captivity / His shoes too small to fit his feet …” The second line came from a pamphlet Dammers read. “A leaflet I had picked up at a concert said the shoes he had in jail were too small for his feet, so I put that in the lyric.” As it turns out, it was the one lyric Mandela quibbled over, Dammers learned later. Madiba’s prison shoes fit just fine; it was poetic licence taken by the anti-apartheid movement. “It’s testament to Mandela’s integrity that, even when his own freedom was at stake, he felt that the truth required no embellishment.”Watch The Special AKA perform Free Nelson Mandela in 1984:The song was a huge hit in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, England and New Zealand. In 1984 the students at Wadham College, Oxford passed a motion that every college dance must end with the song, a tradition that continues to this day. In 2010 it was placed second in the New Statesman‘s list of the world’s top 20 political songs, as voted for by the magazine’s readers and members of the Political Studies Association – ahead of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin‘ and U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.Free Nelson Mandela was, of course, banned in apartheid South Africa. But singles smuggled into the country were widely played at underground parties, nightclubs, protest rallies and football matches.The 1990 Wembley concertLess than six years after Free Nelson Mandela was released, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison. Dammers is far too modest to have ever claimed that his song unlocked the prison doors, but the effect it had was one of the keys.Until this year, Dammers had never been to South Africa. He met Mandela just once, at the 1990 Wembley concert soon after Madiba’s release from prison. Mandela walked on stage to receive a 10-minute standing ovation from an audience of 170 000 people, many of them wearing Special AKA T-shirts. “I’d gone into the audience to experience it and I’ve never known anything like it,” Dammers told the Guardian. “It was reassuring: it made you think the vast majority of human beings aren’t racist and are actually all right.”Later, he met Mandela backstage. “Someone introduced me to him as the person who wrote Free Nelson Mandela. ‘Ah yes,’ he said, ‘very good.’”Watch Jerry Dammers’s Spatial AKA Orchestra give a special performance of Free Nelson Mandela on 7 December 2013, two days after Mandela’s death:Edited by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

Consumer Fraud & Military Families

first_imgBy Dr. Martie GillenThe term consumer fraud is used widely to cover sales that are both legal and illegal. This includes fraud for which sellers could be prosecuted in civil or criminal courts and practices that are not necessarily illegal, such as charging exorbitant prices. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) deceptive acts are generally interpreted as those that are not reasonably avoidable by consumers, manifest a tendency to mislead, and cause a substantial number of consumers to suffer in a material way. The FTC tracks all types of consumer fraud.Likely fueled by increased use of the Internet for making financial transactions, fraud complaints have sharply increased over the last decade. In fact, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book over 1.5 million fraud related complaints were filed in 2014. While only 55% of consumers who reported a complaint also reported the amount paid the total cost to those consumers was over $1.7 billion. The median amount was $498.In 2012, Dr. Gillen presented a 90-minute webinar on Financial Frauds & Scams. View the recording of this webinar below.Military consumers reported over 87,000 (U.S. Army 42,315, U.S. Navy 18,268, U.S. Air Force 16,691, U.S. Marines $8,568, and U.S. Coast Guard 1,558) fraud complaints in 2014. The most common status among military consumers who reported a fraud complaint was retiree and/or veteran (66%) followed by dependent spouse of an active duty services member (13%).Among military consumers, the most common reported fraud complaint was identity theft (27%) followed by imposter scams (26%), debt collection (8%), banks and lenders (5%), prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries (3%), shop-at-home and catalog sales (2%), education (2%), telephone and mobile services (2%), auto related complaints (2%), credit bureaus, information furnishers and report users (1%), foreign money offers and counterfeit check scams (1%), internet services ( 1%), credit cards (1%), health care (1%), grants (1%), computer equipment and software (1%), mortgage foreclosure relief and debt management (1%), business and job opportunities (1%), television and electronic media (1%), and advance payments for credit services (<1%).The most frequent way a military fraud victim’s information was misused was government documents or benefits fraud (45%) followed by credit card fraud (17%), phone or utilities fraud (13%), bank fraud (10%), and loan fraud (4%).The FTC provides a great deal of information on how military families can protect themselves from from fraud.This post was written by Dr. Martie Gillen. Follow her on Twitter: @MoneyMattersMG.last_img read more

Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I really prepared hard for it. I was thinking in the final round to jump over (Eugene) Toba, but he lost, so I just convinced myself to be firm. I was also thinking to jump over (Elie) Ongolo Ongolo,” kidded Flores, who was undoubtedly enjoying his time with his dance celebrations to pump the crowd. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lervin Flores jumps over three people! Perfect 50! #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/B1s93NQCeh— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Gutang paid tribute to Haruna in his championship slam with a 360 flush while wearing Haruna’s jersey, which got him a 45.Ular, meanwhile, failed to make his ambitious off-the-glass dunk in the championship and settled for 30.Flores topped the first round after completing an off-the-bounce two handed reverse to nab a 45.Letran’s Renato Ular makes his dunk, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/dVjVAdXjY5— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017Also joining the competitions were San Beda’s Toba, JRU’s Jed Sarmiento, Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, San Sebatsian’s Allyn Bulanadi, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, who all missed their dunk attempts in the first round.The competition was judged by Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag, reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, celebrities Marquez and Ria Atayde, and NCAA Press Corps president Cedelf P. Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Kapampangan forward also relished winning the title on his second try after losing last year to champion Yankie Haruna.“Without Yankie, I really took the opportunity to be a champion,” he said.Justin Gutang pys a tribute to last year’s dunk champ Yankie Haruna, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/Krsnuhjm7a— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores jumped over Renato Ular, host Andrei Felix, and judge Empoy Marquez and hammered the tomahawk dunk to win the Slam Dunk contest in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Arellano forward scored a perfect 50 in the Finals to outlast St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang and Ular.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more