Non-custodial sentence for small quantity of marijuana a certainty – President

first_imgAmidst mounting pressure for the decriminalisation of small quantities of marijuana, President David Granger has assured that Government will soon present the legislative for non-custodial sentences.“We have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished. After the National Assembly comes off of recess, we could look forward to that legislation being passed,” the Head of State told reporters at a press conference on Friday.He went on to note that Cabinet has already collectively agreed to pursue this and that there should be no difficulty in implementing it.The Alliance For Change (AFC) – the minority party in the coalition Government – has been pushing for legislative reform with regards to the narcotics law, which currently imposes a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum sentence of five years on narcotics traffickers.In fact, AFC parliamentarian Michael Carrington, had filed a motion seeking to soften penalties for marijuana possession. The draft bill had stipulated that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use would be required to pay a fine of $10,000, or perform community service for a period of time.However, that motion was subsequently withdrawn for further amendments on sentencing and marijuana decriminalisation. It has since been placed on the Order Paper and is expected to receive the National Assembly’s attention when it comes out of recess in October.The issue of non-custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana gained momentum back in March 2016 when inmates at the Georgetown Prisons started a fire which eventually killed 17 prisoners, while several others along with prison staff were injured. A subsequent probe had found, among other issues, significant overcrowding at the facility contributed to the events and as such, considerations were re-ignited to reduce custodial sentences for certain offences such as possession of small amounts of marijuana as a solution to reduce overcrowding within the prisons system.More recent, however, Government has also come under fire for failure to act on the matter after a 27-year-old poultry farmer, who was charged for possession of 8.4 grams of marijuana, was sentenced to three years imprisonment back in May. According to Guyana’s law, possession of any amount of cannabis over 15 grams is considered trafficking.At the time, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had explained that the Magistrates are operating within the confines of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act, which does not allow discretion when dealing with narcotics of certain quantity. The Minister of State further posited that any legislative reform on penalties for marijuana use and possession will have to be done with widespread public consultations.“It is important that we understand that that’s what the law is. The Magistrates cannot make the law in the Magistrate’s Court, then to apply it and so if it is that the law needs to be amended, it is needs to be changed that is the responsibility of the legislative branch,” Harmon had asserted.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has announced his support for custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana to be removed from the law books in their entirety, but maintained that he is not in favour of the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes.Jagdeo reminded that the People’s Progressive Party has made a commitment to support a ‘conscience vote’ should the matter come up for a vote in the National Assembly.The decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana movement is gaining much momentum worldwide, with several countries taking steps to decriminalise and legalise the drug.In fact, a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Commission on Marijuana has made recommendation for the decriminalisation of marijuana across Member States, saying that the substance can be controlled and regulated as in the case of alcohol. This recommendation was placed before the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caricom, which was held in Jamaica in July. During the conference, it was recognised that Member States would need to review the report in more detail to determine action at the national level in relation to law reform models as proposed by the Commission.last_img read more

Matano sacked as AFC Leopards coach

first_img“We have honored our part of the contract by paying him in lieu for two months having informed him of his decision. As the NEC we saw this as the best decision in the interest of the club because Kitambi took over and he has won three matches back to back,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida told Capital Sport.Igaida explained that the decision was taken because of ‘disciplinary issues’ on the side of the coach who he has accused of lacking respect for the management.The Secretary General further explained that Matano was a ‘lone ranger’ and wasn’t a team player, failing to work with the rest of the technical bench who were uncomfortable with him.“The technical bench felt that he couldn’t take their advice. The players as well were uncomfortable with him because he was too harsh and at times they found it difficult to play freely. Most of the time they were not themselves,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaking with his technical bench during the 2017 GOtv Shield final. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe also noted; “He also failed in his primary target which was to get us to the group stages of continental football. We were not happy with how we performed against FOSA Juniors.”Kitambi will now take charge of the team fully though on interim basis before the executive committee decides whether or not to hand him the job on a permanent basis.“We want to assure the fans that everything is in control and there is no vacuum. We have faith in Kitambi because he has demonstrated his abilities with three wins already and we will make a decision next week. He is definitely one of the top candidates for the job. The players like him and they think he is good,” Igaida added.Matano joined the club in July last year when the club was willowing in dire underperformance and he helped them scrape up from the relegation zone and led them to the GOtv Shield title.However, he seemed to have fallen out with his bosses at the club at the start of the season.AFC Leopards midfielder COllins Okoth dribbles the ball past Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Mieno during the Kenyan premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth’s suspension has been further lengthened by a fortnight. Okoth was also accused of indiscipline and absconding training including when the team was in Madagascar for their CAF Confederations Cup tie against Fosa.“There are several requests he has made to us and we will be considering them. By the time his suspension is over we will have made a decision on whether to keep him or not,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards currently sit second in the Kenyan premier league standings with 13 points, three shy of leaders Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Matano dishing out instructions on the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- The AFC Leopards National Executive Committee has reached a decision to fire head coach Robert Matano after what it termed as ‘indiscipline, lack of respect and failure to adhere to teamwork’ after having initially suspended him for two weeks.The decision was reached on Tuesday after a National Executive Committee meeting and Dennis Kitambi’s performance having taken over on interim basis further gave the club’s top hierarchy more sense to make the decision.last_img read more

TRAPATTONI…SURE HE’S LIKE JIM McGUINNESS

first_imgAT last there has been some more recognition of the achievements of Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.It appears the defensive tactics of our Jim are being compared to those of one Giovanni Trapattoni!That’s right – the manager of the nation’s soccer team, it seems, has learned a few things from the Glenties man. So says Irish Times journalist Carl O’Malley!And who are we to disagree. If defensive tactics worked for the soccer heroes in Moscow against Russia (and the nation is delighted), then what’s the big deal?You can read what else he has to say here:www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/0908/1224303699378.html TRAPATTONI…SURE HE’S LIKE JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: September 8th, 2011 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) Tags:donegalGAAgiovanni trapattoniIrelandJim McGuinnesssoccerlast_img read more

Liverpool ace branded ‘the epitome of a true pro’ as he is named Scotland captain

first_img 1 Liverpool defender and ‘true pro’ Andy Robertson was the clear favourite for the Scotland captaincy, according to manager Alex McLeish.The 24-year-old Reds left-back has been handed the Tartan Army armband at the age of just 24, taking over from Scott Brown following the Celtic midfielder’s international retirement earlier this year.It marks another high point of an incredible journey for Robertson, who in six years has gone from the Scottish lower leagues to signing for Liverpool and playing in the Champions League final.MORE: Andy Robertson can become a Scotland great alongside Dalglish and Souness, says Ally McCoistNow he has been chosen as the man to lead out his country on the pitch, and Scotland boss McLeish can think of no player better suited to the role.“Andy is the epitome of a true pro and he sets an amazing example,” said the manager, speaking to former Scotland internationals Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast.“He’s had rejection before and he’s shown that spirit of never giving up. He chose to be a professional footballer and he’s living that dream. Robertson battles Cristiano Ronaldo in last season’s Champions League final center_img “Now he’s playing at such a high level at Liverpool, he carries himself extremely well in the dressing room and in training with the guys, the boys really like him.“I don’t want to say he was the obvious choice, but he was the correct choice.“There are other leaders in the dressing room but Andy stood out with just his fantastic demeanour.”Robertson has 22 caps for Scotland and will make his first outing as the team’s new full-time skipper in a friendly against Belgium on Friday, before their UEFA Nations League opener against Albania on Monday.Listen back to Scotland manager Alex McLeish on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

FOOTBALL – INISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS

first_imgINISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTSUlster Junior Cup Semi Final Ulster Junior Cup Semi Final Carn 3-1 KillyloughAll the action in this game came in the first twenty five minutes Carn started the brighter and had a good chance on the 3rd min when Michael Byrne’s corner found Gerard Mc Elhinney but he headed wide when well placed, Carn did take the lead on 10 min when a good run by Daniel mc Laughlin on the left he picked out Shane Doherty in the box and he slotted low past David Balintine in the Killylough goal it was two nil a minute later when Doherty grabbed his second after Ballintine fumbled a cross and three minutes later it was 3-0 when in a repeat of the first goal Mc Laughlin crossed for Doherty to complete his hat trick Killylough pulled a goal back on 22 min when Darragh Stirrup’s corner found Colin Mc Kenna and he headed past Crossan in the home net on 27 min Shane Doherty turned provider bur Connor Doherty turned his cross wide from 15 yards, Killylough’s Mc Keague then had a good run on the right his cross found Ronan Stirrup but he drove wide Killylough were unlucky on 43 min when Mulligan found Stirrup he rounded keeper Crossan but Kevin Hirrell got back to clear off the line in the second half Mc Elhinney fired wide from a Mathew Byrne corner, Gerard Crossan had to be alert on 60 min to tip a Stirrup free over the bar Connor Doherty then put in a cross which Cathal Doherty drove over Carn restricted Killylough to long range efforts which didn’t trouble Crossan and Carn progress to the Ulster Junior Cup final Jackie Crossan Premier Division ReportsMoville Celtic 5 2 Illies CelticHome striker Nigel Mc Monagle consolidated his position at the top of the Premier Division goalscoring charts with a four goal blast against the visitors.Illies were first to threaten when Liam O’ Connor set up Joe Mc Daid but his effort was off target. Moville moved in front after 8 minutes when Sean Doherty crossed from the right allowing Joe Doherty to square the ball to Nigel Mc Monagle who drove home from close in. That lead could have been doubled but Graham Doherty reacted well to fingertip Raymond Campbell’s header onto the crossbar before it was cleared. At the other end Hutchinson pulled his shot wide of the target when he gained possession at the edge of the Moville box. Barr then released Mc Monagle who raced clear but his shot was outside the post. Illies James Mc Gonagle then ran at the home defence but after cutting inside his shot was saved by Mc Guinness. With half time approaching goalkeeper Doherty denied Boyce who bore down on goal after accepting a pass from Campbell. In a counter attack Joe Mc Daid won a ball and teed up Hutchinson but he shot over when well placed. The visitors threatened early in the second half with Niall Mc Daid unsuccessful with an overhead kick and Joe Mc Daid shooting wide. They drew level on 62 minutes when Joe Mc Daid broke away on the left hand side and chipped over Mc Guinness for 1 – 1. Moville replied immediately when Conor Mc Laughlin floated the ball into the box where Mc Monagle controlled and fired home from 8 yards. Then Boyce got on the end of an over the top chip from Barr to beat the offside trap and shoot to the net. With 5 minutes remaining it was 4 – 1 when Mc Monagle latched onto a Boyce header, rounded Doherty and scored. Illies then reduced the deficit when O’ Connor got on the end of a rebound after Mc Guinness had parried a Paddy Doherty long range shot. Right at the end sub Michael Brendan Doherty won the ball in midfield and laid off to Mc Monagle to race from close to the half way line and finish to the net.Clonmany Shamrocks 3-1 Aileach F.C.The wind had a big part to play in this game with a very low key opening half hour. After this the game came to life when Anthony Shivey drove across goal from the right for goalkeeper Patrick Harkin to parry out as far as Darren Mc Monagle but his fiercely driven attempt could not find anyone to apply the final touch. Harkin was again called into action when Mc Monagle broke through but the keeper blocked his effort and a Mickey Grant header completed the clearance. On 39 minutes Clonmany’s Paul Mc Laughlin delivered a free to Jason Devlin and he carried the ball forward and teed up Mark Mc Laughlin for a shot which was saved by the keeper. Just before the break, the deadlock was broken when Devlin unleashed a shot from 30 yards and the ball went all the way to the bottom corner through a crowded penalty area. With the wind to their advantage in the second half the home side upped the tempo. After Mark Mc Laughlin’s cross shot was dealt with by the keeper Clonmany struck for a second goal. Devlin took a free on the left and the alert evergreen Raymond Mc Daid flicked the ball to the net past Carlin. Clonmany pressed home their advantage and went further ahead minutes later. Good interplay involving both Jason and Mickey Den resulted in the latter lobbing the ball across to the back post where sub Alan Friel headed home. To their credit Aileach kept plugging away and Harkin had to make a double save from Ciaran Craig and a follow up shot from Stephen Doherty. The visitors did get on the scoresheet with 7 minutes remaining when Shivey was brought down in the box and he converted the resulting penalty.Strand Hotel First Division ReportsRasheney F.C. 1 2 QPS Earlier league encounters between these two sides ended in a clear cut victory to each side. This was their third meeting and the visitors victory in this match kept them on course in their attempt to clinch the title. A strong wind in their backs saw QPS having the upper hand throughout the first half. Early on a short cross from Raymond Buchanan saw Odhran Mc Colgan head just over. On 18 minutes the home goal had a let off when Dean Barron’s goalbound shot cannoned off the head of defender Paddy Nelson who was well positioned close to the line. In continued pressure both Paul Grant and Barron had attempts on goal but the ball was just over on both occasions. At the other end John Grant twice released John Mc Laughlin with diagonal forward passes but the ball was wide of target each time. Buchanan then had a shot from 22 yards that went wide and Mc Colgan drove for goal after the ball fell kindly to him but Noone hacked away his low shot. The home side benefitted from the wind in the second half and went ahead on 50 minutes when Mc Laughlin’s corner was bundled home in a crowded goalmouth with Donal Kelly getting the final touch. After Buchanan’s free from 23 yards was just wide of the right hand post, QPS equalised on 57 minutes when Karl Donnelly’s shot was partially blocked allowing Mc Colgan to score from 4 yards. Then Barron had a snapshot gathered by Noone. However Rasheney were also creating openings of their own. Friel just failed to connect at the back post with Kelly’s shot from the angle of the area before Mc Laughlin had a strong shot parried up into the air by Conor Mc Colgan. At the other end Buchanan drove across goal only for Mc Carron to draw a neat save from Noone. With 10 minutes remaining QPS claimed the winner when Donnelly’s left wing cross into the centre allowed Barron to score from 14 yards. Shortly afterwards Buchanan’s free evaded all in the box but Noone made a low claim.Moville Celtic Res. 1 2 Dunree UtdThis victory keeps Dunree out in front at the head of the division. The home team with the benefit of a strong wind dominated the first half but found it difficult to carve out goalscoring opportunities. Mid way through the half the visitors took the lead when T.J. Mc Kinley’s cross was deflected past Maurice Mc Geady by an unfortunate defender. Moville drew level after half an hour when Josh Lafferty fired a 30 yard free past Paul Mc Gettigan into the top right corner of the net. In the second half and with the wind in their backs it was Dunree who were on top. They pressed Moville back although they found goalscoring chances difficult to create. However, on 82 minutes substitute Ryan Bradley sidestepped a defender and fired past Mc Geady for what turned out to be the winner. Moville did have two chances to get back on level terms late on. Mc Gettigan saved smartly from Sean Downey before Christy Mc Geoghan missed the target from 6 yards.Greencastle 2-0 Carrowmena This game was reversed to Carrowmena and the home side created the first chance on 2 min when Finbar Mc Callion crossed for Eamonn Doherty who’s shot was blocked by Mike Price, Greencastle responded with Jamie Mc Cormick’s 20yd drive saved by Mark Doherty in the Carrowmena net, Greencastle created another opening when Connor Barrow picked out Kieran Moore and his shot was just over the bar, then James Henry won the ball in midfield and found Mc Cormick his effort was wide of the post, Greencastle took the lead after 15 min when a long ball out of defence by Gavin Harkin was headed on by Michael Barr to Mc Cormick who volleyed to the net from 8 yards, Carrowmena responded with JP Mc Dermott’s 30 yard effort being tipped over the bar by Philip Mc Clennaghan, at the other end Sean Mc Quillan broke down the left and drew a fine save from Doherty from the resulting Mc Cormick corner Ruari Dougal’s header was tipped over the crossbar, Carrowmena’s Gerard Gill had a long range effort saved by Mc Clennaghan early in the second half Sean Mc Quillan picked out Barrow his effort was blocked by a defender, Carrowmena then had a great chance when Mc Callion raced clear but Mc Clennaghan was quickly off his line to deny him, Michael Barr then shot wide for Greencastle from the edge of the area play swung the other way and John Crumlish was denied by Mc Clennaghan, Greencastle went two ahead on 70 min when Mc Quillan was upended in the box and mike Price converted the spot kick, Carrowmena then created two good chances the first when Greard Gill rounded the Keeper but Price got back to clear then a Benny Doherty shot was cleared off the line by Gavin Harkin following a cornerGleneely 1-5 BuncranaBuncrana took a early lead when Kieran Mc Daid scored after 2 min from a Johnny Eccles cross, the second came on 43 min when Patrick Mc Myler scored from 6 yards following a cross from the right and Eccles made it three on 56 min when he shot low past Keeper Monney Gleneely pulled a goal back on 63 min when Daniel Nolan crossed from the left and Billy Mc Cann converted from the edge of the area, Buncrana increased their lead on 70 min when Paddy Fletcher rounded Mooney for 4-1 Alan Friel then completed the scoring when he chipped Mooney from 35 yardsInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division ReportsQPS 2-0 Sea RoversAs Sea Rovers failed to field QPS are awarded a 2-0 vivtoryCockhill Res 2-1 Culdaff ResLike all games today the strong wind affected the game Culdaff had the first opportunity when Niall Gordon had an effort from 12 yards which drew a fine save from Lee Mc Carron in the home net, on 17 min Cockhill’s Ryan Duffy’s header at the back post drew a good save from George Houghton in the Culdaff net, Cockhill’s Seamus Mc Laughlin put in a good cross but Mc Dermott’s shot flashed wide Cockhill took the lead on 41 min when a free into the box was misjudged and Connor Allen controlled and shot past Houghton Culdaff equalised on the stroke of half time when David O’Connor’s shot hit the crossbar Philip Mc Laughlin was on hand to slot the rebound past Mc Carron the second half produced few chances and Cockhill grabbed the winner on 84 min when a corner fell to Alan Fletcher and he shot past Houghton from close rangeClonmany Res. 2 2 Aileach ResThis match was switched to Lakeside where the home side squandered a two goal lead and had to settle for a share of the points. With a strong breeze in their favour Aileach opened brightly and Stephen O’ Donnell came close when his header went just wide. They took the lead after 14 minutes when O’Donnell pounced on a poor cleareance, advanced in on goal and scored past Mc Gilloway from inside the box. Clonmany’s best effort of the half fell to Marty Doherty but his free kick was off target. The home side almost doubled their advantage but after an exchange of passes between himself and Ruairi Bradley the wind took the ball away when O’Donnell got himself into a very promising position. However, O’Donnell had better luck after 58 minutes after he got on the end of a Bradley pull back to score at the near post and put his side two up. The visitors were out of luck shortly afterwards when Marty Doherty set up Jason Doherty (T) whose shot hit the bar before being cleared to safety by Mark Mc Laughlin. A double substitution by Clonmany when they introduced Dean Kelly and Dessie Doherty gave them fresh impetus allowing them to pull a goal back after 75 minutes. Brian Devlin won possession and laid off to Marty Doherty and his close control mazy run took him past several defenders before pulling the ball back to Jason Doherty to score from 12 yards. Clonmany continued to exert pressure but were leaving themselves exposed at the back allowing the home team to break. In one break Mc Grath ran clear but with Mc Gilloway advancing he shot wide. This was followed by Burke getting on the end of an O’Donnell pass and advancing in on goal. Despite the defensive efforts of Mc Gilloway and Martin Kelly he managed to get his shot away but was out of luck when it hit the base of a post. Clonmany kept pressing forward and Mc Geady make an excellent save from Dean Kelly. They eventually salvaged a point deep into injury time when Jason Doherty controlled a high delivery into the box and fired home for the equaliser.Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division ReportsDunree Res 2-2 Cockhill ColtsAfter a fairly even opening Cockhill had the first chances when Garry Breslin shot over after 10 min then Breslin beat the offside trap only to be denied by Philip Doherty in the home net, then after 20 min Cockhill’s martin Mc Dermott shot wide after making a good chance for himself Dunree’s first opportunity came on the stroke of half time and they took the lead against the run of play when Joey Carlin headed home a free from the right Cockhill started strongly in the second half and Paddy Mc Laughlin and Breslin brought fine saves from keeper Doherty, Cockhill got their deserved equaliser on 55 min when Johnny Doherty crossed for Paddy Mc Laughlin to slot home at the back post, Dunree came close on 70 min when a good passing move fell to Paddy Mc Gilloway and he shot narrowly wide Cockhill took the lead on 75 min when Shaun Gillespie converted a penalty awarded for handball, Dunree then threw men forward and were rewarded on the stroke of full time when Johnny Lynch crossed and Paddy Toland shot low to the net from the edge of the area,FOOTBALL – INISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS was last modified: March 24th, 2013 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:Inishowen Leaguelast_img read more

Sophiatown unveils Sekoto mural

first_img1 November 2004The recently completed Gerard Sekoto mural “Sekoto in Sophiatown”, painted on the northern exterior wall of the Anglican Christ the King Church, was recently unveiled at a ceremony in the Johannesburg suburb.The mural, depicting Archbishop Trevor Huddleston walking the dusty streets of Sophiatown, with two children tugging at his cossack, as well as Sekoto’s famous “Yellow Houses”, was painted by 12 apprentice artists under the patronage of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation.Gerard Sekoto FoundationThis is the seventh mural to be painted, all copies of his works, in memory of Sekoto, with the aim of providing training to young up-and-coming artists, and is sponsored by the De Beers Group. Other murals have been painted in Westdene, a neighbouring suburb of Sophiatown, Mamelodi West outside Pretoria, and Polokwane in Limpopo.The foundation has in the past 10 years seen 150 to 200 students receive training as artists. Its aim is to paint murals of Sekoto’s works on significant walls.These hand-picked apprentice artists have had guidance from master artists like Sam Nhlengethwa and Mbongeni Buthelezi, who helped them plan the composition and divide the wall into segments.The Foundation is also involved in publishing Sekoto’s children’s stories and songs. The books will contain a recorder in the back cover, encouraging children to expand their skills.Sekoto, Huddleston, SophiatownGuests of honour at the unveiling ceremony were Sally Motlana, activist and former resident of Sophiatown, who now lives in Soweto, to which she and her family, along with many Sophiatown residents, were removed in the 1950s and 1960s; Gary Ralfe, MD of De Beers Group; and Marie-Helene, wife of the French ambassador, Jean Felix-Paganon.Sekoto spent most of his life in France after leaving South Africa in 1947, never to return to his motherland.Sekoto lived in Gerty Street in Sophiatown for a short while, and painted his “Yellow Houses” in 1940.Motlana described with nostalgia and affection her time in Sophiatown, recalling Huddleston, the fiercely anti-apartheid stalwart, and how fondly he was looked upon by its residents. He greeted Sophiatowners with “Hello, creature” because, he said, “everyone was created by God”.Ralfe said he felt lost for words after listening to Motlana, but recounted how as a young man he had read Huddleston’s autobiographical “Naught for your comfort”, and how moved he was by Huddleston’s affection for the residents of the suburb.He ended his speech with: “Sophiatown forever, viva Sophiatown”, which was greeted with enthusiastic nods by the crowd of around 60 people.Father Andrew Norton from the Community of the Resurrection in Rosettenville then blessed the mural, and Motlana was asked to unveil a plaque, which will be positioned alongside the mural.It contains a quote by Sekoto: “There was always the movements of comings and goings and all sorts of happenings. Many little children mixed with the old people visiting the yellow houses. The yellow sun turned the ground and rolling stones into many different colours.”One of the artists, Ras Esop Tshovu Tshovu, was called in to paint the figure of Huddleston, when other artists were struggling with the depiction. Tshovu Tshovu, who teaches art in Fourways and does commissions for corporates, specialises in portraits and said he found Huddleston “easy to draw”.“This project made me feel special. I was surprised to feel accepted by the Sophiatown community, who I thought would be a cold community,” he said.Each artist received a certificate and a book on Sekoto, written by Barbara Lindop, the executive trustee of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation.“I will frame the certificate, and treasure this book,” said Tshovu Tshovu, clutching his book closely.Besides being an artist and writer, Sekoto also composed music. Lindop has spent two years bringing to fruition the recording of his music and songs, to hit the music stores in November this year.The music has been recorded by a group of Soweto musicians, who call themselves “The Blue Heads”, a reference to a set of paintings of the same name by Sekoto. Lindop says the songs were discovered two years ago in his papers.Sekoto died in 1993 and is buried in Paris.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Watch out for slugs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a cold and wet conditions, we need to watch out for slugs. They appear harmless but can cause considerable damage, especially in low lying areas of the fields.There are several species of slugs. They are not insects and are related to snails or mollusks but don’t have a shell. They are usually about one inch long but can grow to 7 inches. Slugs usually show up in wet areas of the fields. They generally attack young plants but can also eat mature plants.These slimy little creatures are gray to black in color and have a tremendous appetite. They leave a silvery trail behind as they crawl. All slugs lay eggs which are perfectly round, in bunches and are made of jelly like material. A slug may lay 20-30 eggs in a bunch.Most slugs over-winter as adults. They start laying their eggs in the spring or early summer in moist areas and normally reach maturity by fall. They usually mate from August to mid-October and eggs are laid 30-40 days after mating.According to Purdue University, properly sealing the seed slot helps in reducing slug infestation. Using some form of tillage discourages slug build-up in fields with history of slug infestation.Slugs are difficult to control in the fields. Baits may be used to control slugs. Insecticides don’t work on controlling slugs. Since slugs are like snails or mollusks, we need special type of commercially available baits which contain molluscicides which are poisons that can kill slugs.There are no established rescue treatments for slug control. However, if significant number of corn leaves is being eaten away and the plant stand is affected, control steps may be necessary.Pelleted chemical baits are available for slug control; however, they are expensive and difficult to spread evenly over the field, about 5-8 pieces per square foot over the affected areas of the field.last_img read more

India is willing to snub the Dalai Lama to please China

first_imgOn March 17, 1959, a 23-year-old Buddhist monk disguised as a soldier fled Tibet, travelling for three weeks across the Himalayas before reaching the border with India. Since then, the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, has run a government-in-exile from India, which is also home to some 95,000 Tibetan refugees.So, to mark the 60th year of his arrival, the Dalai Lama and his Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) had planned a series of events this year, starting March 31. “Tibetans will thank India for promoting its rich ancient culture and unique identity, assuring the viability and sustainability of Tibetan leadership and Tibetan communities..,” the CTA said in an invitation sent out in January.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img read more

League teaches players how to play game of life

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross and former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz led the parade of speakers, discussing the sensitive issue of mental health.Other speakers included legend Ronnie Magsanoc, Chesca Tenorio, wife of Ginebra floor general LA Tenorio, and Inquirer columnist and broadcaster Sev Sarmenta, who talked about how to deal with media interviews. The talks varied from financial literacy, investments, social media etiquette and even grooming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We spend maybe five, six hours [on basketball], but in the other 18 hours, you’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard,” Ross said. “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players. Well, a lot have families, a lot of people have businesses, so it’s good to be versed and taught in those things today.”“At least we know that the league is taking care of us for what comes after in life,” NLEX rookie Kris Porter said. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Foton leads Grand Prix opening playdate PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA commissioner Willie Marcial —DENISON DALUPANGThe Philippine Basketball Association held a Players’ Orientation as part of the league’s Player Development Program at Meralco Theatre on Friday afternoon to help its athletes navigate life as public figures.“This could help in promoting themselves and the league,” commissioner Willie Marcial told reporters in Filipino. “This is also going to teach them how to groom themselves as well as bolster their financial literacy.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPraising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said Praising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said New Zealand is benefiting for the faith shown in him by the selectors. “He went through a tough time. But the selectors were confident and stuck with him. New Zealand cricket is reaping the benefit. We are very fortunate to have someone as explosive with him at the top. He will be one of the senior batters in the team. We are seeing someone who is really maturing as a player.” Another South Africa-born teammate Colin Munro, who made his T20 debut in 2012, said he prefers batting at number three as it gives him more freedom. “I prefer batting at three because its give me more freedom than at 6 and 7. At number three I can go out and play my natural game, so number three suits my game,” said the left handed batsman. “India is going to be a tough (side), playing in their conditions. They are playing very good cricket at the moment as well. But we are worried about our preparations.” The 28-year-old player said that retired Brendon McCullum, who was aggressive both in his batting and approach as captain, had asked him to adopt a similar approach. “The biggest thing he (Brendon McCullum) said to me was to take the aggressive option. Both McCullum and (current captain Kane) Williamson take the aggressive option (as captain). Obviously Kane is going to bring his own style into the game, the way he leads. Kane has learnt a lot from Brendon,” he added. MORE PTI NRB SSR NP KHS ATadvertisementlast_img read more