A personal tribute to Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson

first_imgHonorary Consul Anne Page writes a personal tribute to the three late South African greats: Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson.Almost never seen without his trusty trumpet, Hugh Masekela was more than just a legendary South African musician, he was a global iconoclast who celebrated his continent and its people through his music. Masekela died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 January 2018. (Image: Wikipedia)By Anne Page, Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of EnglandI am feeling blue at the death of Hugh Masekela, world-renowned musician, and personal friend. It is hard for those of us for whom the struggle years lasted longer than the born-free years have yet done. We are all into old age now, and meet too often at funerals.Hugh’s death comes too soon after those, also this month, of Poet Laureate Professor William Kgositsile, and anti-apartheid champion Rica Hodgson. Hugh and Rica were specially connected to the UK, Hugh and Bra Willie to the United States.All three of these distinguished South Africans began their lives of struggle at home. They moved into exile. They continued the struggle, but so differently. Each used their own platforms to alert the world to apartheid. Each was lucky enough to be able to return to the new South Africa, and continue contributing to the country’s development.Hugh should need no introduction, even to young readers. His music continued to give joy to millions around the world until last year when illness attacked him irrevocably. It was here in Suffolk, East Anglia, that I last heard him perform, at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 18 months ago. I watched him, as ever, seduce an audience new to him, young and old, with his music, his wit, and his politics.I heard him play several times with the London Symphony Orchestra and London youth choirs. I heard him do a marvellous charity gig for Johannesburg’s Trevor Huddleston Centre, in St James, Piccadilly. There he gave a trumpet to a young Londoner, and said he hoped it would bring him the same luck he had been blessed with when Trevor gave him his first trumpet.Best of all, I heard him when he arrived late, delayed by planes, one evening at South Africa House. This was for the London tribute to Oliver Tambo. People had left, with the last few just chatting, far from the basement stage. I looked up and saw Hugh charge in and down the stairs all anxious because he was late. At once he saw the event was practically over. But, un-greeted, not even noticed, he rushed through to the empty hall, got up on the stage, and blew his heart out for Oliver.Only last November, the Festival Hall was jammed to hear him together with another South African musical legend, Abdullah Ibrahim — but Hugh had to cancel. The illness had taken hold by then.On January 11, Rica Hodgson died at 97.She helped prepare the 1956 Congress of the People. ‪She was also a leader at the women’s march against pass laws, that same year. ‬In 1957, following the arrest of 156 leaders, she became fund-raiser and secretary of the Treason Trial Defence Fund and later, for the Johannesburg branch of the Defence and Aid Fund. In 1959, she was secretary for the musical production King Kong that sought to promote black jazz musicians and non-racial performances.She was detained during the 1960 state of emergency. In 1962, she and her husband Jack were placed under house arrest. They left the country illegally in mid-1963 and from 1964 to 1981, Rica worked full-time for the Defence and Aid Fund in London, heading the Welfare Section, covertly channelling money for the defence of political prisoners and the support of their families. Rica was much involved with the development of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, established by the ANC in Tanzania after the Soweto Uprising. Eventually she returned home to become personal assistant to Rivonia trialist Walter Sisulu at the ANC’s headquarters.Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, born 1938 and also known by his pen name Bra Willie, was a poet and political activist. He lived in exile in the United States from 1962 until 1975. Kgositsile was one of the first to bridge the gap between African poetry and Black poetry in the United States. He later went to live in Africa, was prominent in the arts and cultural work of the ANC in Zambia, and on returning home, was made Poet Laureate in 2006, successor to another distinguished UK- and American-based returnee from exile, Mazisi Kunene.The lives of these great South Africans are recorded more fully elsewhere. All leave us a legacy of commitment to South Africa’s future, perhaps just now more clearly back on track. In this year of the Mandela Centenary, we must all continue their work.About Anne PageAnne Page is Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of England. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, she returned to London in the early 1960s. Founding editor of Anti- Apartheid News, she worked with and came to know many political exiles. Her full story is recorded in the official archives of the Anti Apartheid Movement, link here.last_img read more

Police Records Noticed Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 1, 2017 – Providenciales – We are pleased to update the public that the police records office on Providenciales will be open with some restrictions from Monday 2nd October 2017.   New applications for Police Records will be accepted on the following days:Monday 2nd, Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th October 2017 between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm.   However applications will only be accepted where the police record is required for travel or any other reason within 14 days of the application date.Applicants will have to prove by way of an airline ticket or other documentation that the police record is required within the 14 day period.   Please be advised that due to the restricted service that we are able to provide, applications will take seven (7) working days (This includes the day of application) to process.There were a number of records that were applied for prior to Hurricane Irma and these will be ready for collection in the following manner:Persons with last name beginning with A to M collect on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.Persons with last name N to Z pick-up on Thursday 5th October 2017.Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Botting said, “I am pleased that the Police Records will be opening from Monday of next week.   Due to damages to our IT infrastructure caused by Hurricane Irma we have faced significant challenges in getting the Police Records office up and running.    I am aware of the frustration and difficulties that have caused the community and the recovery of the service has remained a priority for us.   I am grateful for the patience and the support that community have given us.   Although there are limitations to the service we will be able to provide next week, we hope to improve on the time-scales that we can currently work to and further information will be issued next week.   The above does not apply for Police Records applied for on Grand Turk.   At this time, there’s no new applications or pick-ups on Grand Turk for records, we will update you once this becomes possible.”Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Merson slams Ramseys contract situation

first_imgPaul Merson lambasted his former side Arsenal for their poor handling of Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.Arsenal are set to lose Ramsey to Juventus for nothing this summer after the Wales international agreed on a deal with the Serie A champions after his contract was allowed to run down.Merson went on to call his former club “stupid” for letting an experienced player like Ramsey leave the club in the prime of his career.“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,” he told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.“In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.”last_img read more

Wilmington Art Centers 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31June 1

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the 39th Annual Art Exhibition.  The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington).The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Come, and meet your local artists!Exhibit Hours:Friday, May 31, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Reception with refreshments and live musicSaturday, June 1, 1pm-4pm: Artists can be seen working on their paintingsThere is still time to enter!  Submit your application before May 23rd to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington. Entry forms can be downloaded HERE or picked up at the Wilmington Memorial Library or the Wilmington Town Hall.For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email jeanachang@comcast.net(NOTE: The above is a press release submitted by the Wilmington Arts Council.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Arts Council Looking For Entrants For Spring Art ShowIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Chairmans fishery blocks flow of Ichhamati

first_imgFish farming using bamboo and net fencing continues unabated in a four-kilometer area of the Ichhamati river in Nawabganj, Dhaka. Local residents suffer. The photo was taken recently. Hasan RajaA local chairman has been fish farming on the Ichhamati river in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj in Dhaka, hampering the river’s natural flow.This has caused local residents a lot of suffering.Chairman of Shikaripara union Alimor Rahman Khan erected a bamboo fence around a four-kilometre area on the Ichhamati river about five years ago and started fish farming.As a result, residents cannot freely use the river for bathing, fishing, or travelling. The life of aquatic animals is also in danger and river traffic cannot move.Residents say they have complained to the district administration.Under the authority of mobile courts, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has had the fence removed a number of times, but the chairman and his associates put up a new fence and start fish farming again.The residents allege this fish cultivation has been going on for the last five years. Around 600 fishermen from seven villages used to fish in the river. Now the chairman’s henchmen do not allow them to fish. They also prevent villagers from bathing in the river. When, The chairman’s men snatch away stray ducks from the river that belong to local residents.There are also allegations of local residents being beaten up and  residents on both banks of the river are leading troubled lives.There is a large bridge over the Ichhamati river in front of a bazar in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj. Under the bridge, bamboo and net fencing form clusters of fisheries. Such operations can be found in other sections of the river including Mahespur, Garibpur, and Hagradi bazar.During a recent visit, this correspondent, on Sunday, found a  bamboo and net fence stretching some 300 metres wide on the river near the Kashiakhali dyke.Local residents say such fences are there at about eight different places on the river.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a number of fishermen, including Amar Haldar, a fisherman from Daudpur, and Maron Barmon from Ananda Nagar, said they were not allowed to fish in the river for five years. Earlier, fishing on the river was their livelihood.Ali Hossain, Shikaripara bazar trader says there was a time when they travelled by launch on the river. Now, not even a boat can move on it. Because of a dyke built at Dasher Kandi, where the river originates, sand builds up in the area.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Awami League president of Shikaripara union, Mozammel Hoque, said the chairman is grabbing the river and water bodies of the locality using a “pocket” committee.According to chairman Alimor Khan at his home, the river flow is falling due to an embankment at Kashiakhali and water dries out during the lean season. Following these circumstances, the Directorate of Fisheries launched a project in 2017 to cultivate fish by dredging seven kilometers of the river. He said a 104-member committee comprising of fishermen, freedom fighters and their beneficiaries, are running the project. Alimor, who heads the committee, said Tk 1M is invested in the fish farming enterprise and the profits are distributed to the aforementioned beneficiaries.Asked whether it is fair to cultivate fish by obstructing the river, Alimore said, “The directorate of fisheries is not concerned about the flow of the river. The organisation focuses on fish production in the country.”About the allegations of local residents, chairman Alimor Khan said, “We do not torture anybody. Out of jealousy, some people spread false propaganda’.When contacted about the project, Iqbal Azim, deputy director of fisheries, , in charge of Dhaka division, said a project of dredging rivers and ponds across the country to cultivate fish was indeed undertaken.by. He also said the local administration leased out the water bodies to various beneficiaries. The department of fisheries provides the scientific and technical support, said Iqbqal Azim, adding that they provided technical assistance for the fish farming project on the Ichhamati river.He said the local administration attends to matters like grabbing, , and any hardships of local people.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Nawabganj-Dohar, AKM Al Amin, said he would investigate the allegations and take action.Prothom Alo Nawabganj Corresondent cooperated to file this report. * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Texas House Elects Dennis Bonnen As New Speaker

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTDennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), the CEO of Heritage Bank in Pearland, has been elected speaker of the Texas House.Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) is the new speaker of the Texas House. The 150-member body selected him 147-0 shortly after being sworn in for the 2019 legislative session Tuesday.Bonnen told lawmakers the agenda of the House is up to the House.“My job is simple,” he said. “I’ll bring passionate people to the table, then keep you in the room until we find a solution.”During the nomination process, a bipartisan list of House members spoke of their hopes and expectations from a Bonnen speakership. Most focused on how they believe he will work to bring together a body that has become bitterly partisan in recent years.Bonnen will announce his top bills for the session in the coming days, but he’s already made it clear public school finance and property taxes are his top priorities for the legislative session.“These are complicated issues that can no longer wait,” he said Tuesday, “pressing issues that deserve meaningful results.”He also listed several issues related to Texas children – early childhood education, improving the Child Protective Services system, addressing mental health and school safety – as priorities.“This House is the possession of all Texans and it is our privilege to serve all of them with a passion, pride and a willingness to put that common good above all else,” he said.Bonnen replaces retired state Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). Straus, who served as speaker for the last decade, announced his retirement in October 2017.Several lawmakers announced plans to run for speaker soon after Straus announced he would leave the Legislature; Bonnen was not one of them. He publicly announced his intention to run at the end of October 2018. Less than two weeks later, he held a press conference to reveal he had the votes needed to win the race.Bonnen was first elected to the Legislature in 1996; this will be his 12th term in office. Away from Austin, Bonnen is the chief executive officer of Heritage Bank in Pearland.This article was originally published on http://www.kut.org Sharelast_img read more