Phlunte’ Riddle Illuminates “The Dynamics Between Baby Boomers and Millennials In The Workplace”

first_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment On May 17, 2013, Phlunte’ Riddle, the first African American woman to be promoted to lieutenant in the Pasadena Police Department, spoke at the University Club of Pasadena about her new career emphasis with Effective Consultants. Retiring after 28+ years of service, Phlunte’ Riddle has become a business consultant with a pioneering focus on changes in the dynamics of the new 21st century work environment. The key to such changes are the necessary shifts in the leadership approaches of Baby Boomers as they encounter the Millennials in the workplace. The question that Phlunte’ Riddle illuminated in her talk is “How are these two generations going to co-exist?” and what can they ultimately learn from one another.As the head of the University Club membership committee, James Harwood of Total HR Management helps to bring engaging speakers to club luncheons. Phlunte’ Riddle is a perfect example of one such speaker. Based in her relationship with her own children, Phlunte’ Riddle has expanded her personal experience with the Millennials in the workplace. Optimistic, educated and open-minded, the members of the Millennial generation are hot commodities on account of their technical savvy and skills. As Phlunte’ Riddle explained, “They sleep with their cell phones by their side, love technology, and instantly respond to emails and text messages.”Rather than being intimidated by such a tech-focused generation, the Baby Boomers should be aware of the Millennial generation’s “know thyself” emotional intelligence and apply it to the workplace. If these two disparate generations are going to the bridge the latest generation gap and work together productively, effective communication must be the number one priority. Taking it one step further, Phlunte’ Riddle outlined the leadership style preferences that Baby Boomer managers need to keep in mind when relating to Millennials in the workplace:The Leadership Style Preferences Of Millennials In The Workplace:1. Self-Awareness2. Self-Management3. Empathy4. Relationship ManagementUltimately, questions of technology and aptitude are not as important as recognizing each other’s basic human qualities. People matter and business never can and never should be just about widgets and statistics. With high expectations of themselves and their employers, Millennials are goal-oriented with a sense of immediate responsibility and the same go-for-it ambitions of the Baby Boomers. If Baby Boomer managers tap into these positive qualities, Millennials will help transform the workplace for the better, improving the quality of what is produced through a combination of technical savvy and a positive forthrightness.As a leader in human resources outsourcing and a professional employer organization (PEO), Total HR Management appreciates the workplace analysis provided by Phlunte’ Riddle in her talk at the University Club in Pasadena. Without question, the greatest human resource for any company are their employees. As a result, effective relationships between Millennials and their Baby Boomer managers are essential. After all, a happy employee means a productive employee who is working for the greater good of the company. By bridging the generation gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, the positive qualities of both generations can be employed in tandem to optimize the workplace and help take a company to the next level of excellence. 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Press release: Homes England invests in Otterpool Park

first_imgThe land that Homes England has bought from Somerston Capital lies near junction 11 of the M20, between Lympne and the Lympne Industrial Estate. It was always included in the area within which the plans for Otterpool Park are being drawn up.Otterpool Park is a proposed garden town of up to 12,000 homes near Folkestone. It is being put forward by Shepway District Council and Cozumel Estates Ltd the owners of the former racecourse at Westenhanger. This investment is further evidence of government support for a new generation of garden towns to help deliver the high quality homes the country needs.When the government announced the formation of Homes England it said it would play a major role in securing land in areas where people want to live to help deliver an average of 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s.Paul Kitson, General Manager for the South East for Homes England, said: David Monk, Leader of Shepway District Council welcomed the news: Contact Homes England I am delighted that Homes England has co-invested with the Council to deliver Otterpool Park. It shows the government has faith in our plans for this garden town. Notes to editorsHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand. Buying this land shows how Homes England is determined to use our finance and expertise to expand the delivery of affordable new homes and connect ambitious partners.center_img This investment will help us deliver an even better place so that our children and grandchildren can have the homes they need in a community that will also meet their needs for jobs, access to the countryside, transport links, schools, health centres and a great quality of life. We have been very impressed by the ambition shown by the Council and landowners to deliver Otterpool Park – a garden town for the 21st century. Owning this land will give us a voice in delivering a community that will meet the local need for homes in a place that is truly environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Email [email protected] Telephone 0300 1234 500last_img read more

The Roots To Back John Mayer, D’Angelo, David Byrne & More In NYC For Roots Picnic

first_imgBeloved fusion group The Roots just wrapped up their ninth annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA last weekend, but New York City has always been a home away from home for the band. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the group has announced the first-ever edition of Roots Picnic in NYC, slated for October 1-2 in Bryant Park.The festival will bring an enormous amount of star power, including The Roots, D’Angelo and John Mayer together (as a jam!) for night one, and David Byrne, Wu-Tang Clan and Nile Rodgers on night two, all backed by The Roots! The full lineup features X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty, Kevin Gates, Swizz Beats and so many more.The show will also be the first ticketed event at Bryant Park, opening the door for many more outdoor concerts at the beloved NYC landmark. This festival keeps things in the family, as almost all of the performers have direct ties to the Roots from years in the business.You can check out the full lineup for the Roots Picnic NYC below, and head to Ticketmaster on June 10th at 10 AM Eastern for tickets.last_img read more

I’m staying at Real, says Ronaldo

first_imgSince extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017, according to Forbes magazine.On Saturday Real manager Zinedine Zidane assured Real supporters that the superstar striker “was on holiday and would be back with us on (August) 5”.Ronaldo has been given leave to miss the club’s pre-season US tour and Zidane, speaking in Los Angeles, insisted that he would be back at the club “on the fifth (of August) and I think he’ll stay for the next two or three years he’s got left with us.”In Tuesday’s Marca interview Ronaldo also looked ahead to the 2018 World Cup with European champions Portugal.“We still have to qualify but I’m hoping that Portugal can win an incredible title.” Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP |   Ending weeks of speculation about his future, Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware.“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.Ronaldo’s declaration of intent to remain at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season comes despite rumours of his departure which surfaced last month in Portuguese newspaper O Globo.Those reports were founded on his apparent feeling of abandonment by his club over his run-in with the Spanish tax authorities.Ronaldo, 32, has been summoned to appear before a  judge near Madrid on July 31 to answer four counts of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.8 million) in taxes.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has protested his innocence with O Globo saying he had threatened to leave Real over the investigation.last_img read more

NJ Fluke Fishing Industry in Flux

first_imgIn a Jan. 19 letter to Rootes-Murdy, Martin wrote that Addendum XXVIII would “serve as a de facto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey.”If New Jersey were not to accept the Option Five measures, a precautionary default measure would be implemented for recreational fluke fishing – a 20” size limit and a bag limit of two fish. Rootes-Murdy said this measure is used as a backstop to ensure states follow the approved guidelines.Not forgotten in this equation are the commercial fisherman, who are constantly monitoring federal fluking regulations.In August 2016, the ASMFC and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council – a regional fishery management entity that covers waters from New York to North Carolina – decided that, due to the possible over fishing of fluke, a 30 percent decrease in the commercial quota would be necessary. That would put the 2017 quota down 5.66 million pounds commercially for the year.The Belford Seafood Co-Op, a fishing enterprise operating on approximately 11 acres of land on bay side of Middletown, is a key player in New Jersey’s commercial fishing scene.Roy Diehl, captain of the Donna Lynn – a 60’ commercial trawler out of the Belford Seafood Co-Op – fishes for fluke all year. He says roughly 50 percent of the dock’s income is dependent on fluke.Roy Diehl, Co-Op president and captain of the Donna Lynn, is just one out of a few year-round commercial flukers based out of Belford.He estimates that 50 percent of the dock’s income comes from fluke.“We should be at 13 to 14 million pounds per year, half of what it was in the 1980’s when it was 30 million a year,” Diehl said.While the yearly quotas are set, Diehl must meet specific guidelines which spread out his fishing days. Right now, he is allowed to catch 1,500 pounds of fluke every two weeks. In peak season, which is May and June, he’ll be able to catch 500 pounds per trip, with four trips in a week.Although a proponent for appropriate management, he says that the fishing can be regulated efficiently through new data gathering methods, a claim constantly brought up along with fluke regulations.Instead of data-gathering boats trailing the commercial fisherman, Diehl suggests the commercial folks do the data gathering themselves.“It’s just a shame that they won’t let us fish,” he said. “We’re not asking for a lot; we just want to be within reason.” On Tuesday afternoon, crew members of the Donna Lynn unload a day trip’s worth of spiny dogfish, which were being packaged and shipped immediately to Massachusetts.John Amici, the harbor manager, believes the deep fishing history is a trademark of Atlantic Highlands.Tasked with ensuring the harbor is as full with boats as possible, Amici said he’s already received calls from boaters who are questioning whether or not to dock their boats there this summer.“It’s part of the charm of Atlantic Highlands to come down, walk by the water and look at the boats,” he said. “It’s just a big attraction.”Frank McDonald, the harbor commission chairman, says Atlantic Highlands has invested money into the harbor so it can be competitive on the shore. By Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After a decision made last week aimed at protecting the Atlantic Ocean’s primary cash fish, New Jersey anglers now believe their industry is in dire straits.The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a federally regulated authority that oversees fishing management for the 15 states along the Atlantic Coast, has decided to increase regulations on summer flounder for 2017.“With what they’re proposing, it’s going to be the final nail in our coffin,” said Ron Santi, a head boat captain based out of Atlantic Highlands.On Feb. 2, the ASMFC passed Addendum XXVIII with a 7-3-2 vote, choosing Option 5, which calls for new recreational regulations on summer flounder, commonly known as fluke.Those sanctions propose an increase in keeper length from 18” to 19”, along with a reduction in bag limits from five fish to three. The season length will remain the same, though, open from May 21 through Sept. 25.“When looking at recreational and commercial fisheries on a whole, it seems as though for 20 to 30 years, we’ve been fishing at a higher level than the resources can sustain,” said Kirby Rootes-Murdy, a senior fishery management plan coordinator with ASMFC.Between recreational and commercial fishing, fluking generates nearly $2.5 billion for the state’s economy, according to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.Santi, captain of the 72-foot head boat named Fishermen, believes these are draconian sanctions which could kill the recreational fishing industry. The new regulation could effectively reduce recreational fluke fishing hauls by roughly 30 percent.“I’m sick of the bureaucracy looking down at me – we’re part of the country, too,” he said.In addition to Belmar and Point Pleasant, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor is one of the more popular head (or party) boat fishing destinations in Monmouth County. Though what makes Atlantic Highlands unique is the harbor is run as a public utility, similar to water and sewer departments in other towns.According to Adam Hubeny, the borough’s administrator, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor sends nearly $1 million back to the municipality every year, which is used to offset property taxes.“Anytime the harbor is in a position to lose any part of its fishing fleet, the tenants that lease mooring and berthing space or have boaters who don’t buy fuel, that will have an ill effect on the municipal taxes,” Hubeny said.The Atlantic Highlands Harbor, which was constructed between 1938 and 1940, oversees one primary launch ramp, eight head boat slips, roughly 475 regular slips, 171 moorings for sailboats and 125 spots for summer land storages.center_img “This is what the town has banked on, and I certainly hope we can keep it going,” McDonald said. “When you have stuff like this, it’s really tough.”Both Amici and McDonald believe these new regulations could not only hurt the fisherman, but the businesses who depend on steady and successful fluking.While most bait and tackle shops are closed this time of the year, 87-year-old Ernie Giglio was at work in his shop Monday morning, ironically preparing to make fluke rigs.“We’re really geared for fluke fishing and striped bass, those are the two big ones,” said Giglio, whose son Tom now owns Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright.Since 1961, the shop has been a fluke fishing hub, attracting anglers who fish from the head boats, the surf and on kayaks in the ocean.Not one fond of government restrictions, Giglio said his son’s business will feel the effects of these new rules, because a majority of the store’s summer time traffic comes from fluke fishing. While the shop still may stay afloat thanks to the other fish in the area, he continues to worry.“I think we’ll still survive with the striped bass and the bluefish, as long as they come around, but the fluke will definitely have a huge effect on us,” Giglio said. “I hope it doesn’t wipe us out.”As a whole, state officials sharing the anglers’ concerns are coming out against ASMFC’s decisions. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has been out front with the anglers, joining them in opposition. NJ DEP commissioner Bob Martin has come on as well.last_img read more

Early Childhood Care Learners attend ‘Nice to Meet You’ event – Pic Special

first_imgEarly childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last. The ‘Nice to Meet You’ event saw eighteen childcare employers and forty current and past childcare learners form Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service gather to meet each other to discuss their skills and hear about work experience and employment opportunities.Speaking ahead of the event, Donegal ETB’s Area Training Manager, Vinny McGroary said: “Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training service is committed to providing education options that offer our learners’ very real opportunities to progress into employment or education after they complete their learning journey with us. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Donegal County Childcare Committee to organise this unique event.“It’s an innovative approach to connecting our highly skilled Early Years learners with local employers who want to offer meaningful work placement and potential employment opportunities in the Early Years Sector across the county.”In welcoming everyone to the event, Donegal County Childcare Committee outgoing Chairperson Mary McGowan said: “Donegal County Childcare Committee has a long established relationship with Donegal ETB – this is very important and I think it’s wonderful we are linking up today to give learners and employers the opportunity to meet.”At the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Seated are Crona Gallagher, Doengal ETB, Dr. Mary O’Kane, Early Years and Lisa McGlynn, Donegal County Childcare Committee. Back from left Tara Maguire, Mairead McFadden, Bridget Casey, Noeleen Killen, Michelle O’Doherty, Mary Kerr and Derbhla Kelly. Photo Clive WassonDr. Mary O’Kane, Early Years at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonNetworking in action at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonMary McDermott, Crona Gallagher and Mairead McFadden at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonNetworking at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonMary McGowan, Chairperson Donegal County Childcare Committee, Dr. Mary O’Kane, Early Years and Vinny McGrory, Donegal ETB at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonCiara Rodgers, Michelle Murray, Community Childcare Centre Letterkenny, Michelle McNamee, Wonder Years and Mary Crawford Wonder Years at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonMary McGowan, Chairperson Donegal County Childcare Committee, Dr. Mary O’Kane, Early Years and Vinny McGrory, Donegal ETB at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonRosealeen Breslin and Caroline Byrne, Ardra Communmity Childcare at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonSuzanne Nic Geidi Comhar Naíonraí Na Gaeltachta, Mary McColgan, Little Dreamers and Edel McDermott at the ‘Nice to Meet You’ event where early childhood care learners and employers from across Donegal gathered for a unique networking event on Thursday last, organised by Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC). Photo Clive WassonEarly Childhood Care Learners attend ‘Nice to Meet You’ event – Pic Special was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Eugenics Is Alive and Well

first_imgThis book by Dr Bergman covers the eugenics involvement of leading scientists(Visited 565 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Eugenics is Alive and Wellby Jerry Bergman, PhDSteve Fuller is the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick . He appeared in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed arguing for the scientific status of intelligent design. As Professor Fuller wrote in his new article at The Conversation, “Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II.”[1] He documents the fact that the claim ‘eugenics is dead’ is false. It just comes under a new label:Historically, eugenics was primarily embraced as part of a “progressive” political agenda across the world – not only in regions under Western imperial rule. As the excellent Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics demonstrates, Mexico, Iran and China have been among the most enthusiastic eugenically oriented nations without any trace of white supremacist ideology.[2]Eugenics is now called by other names, such as “designer babies” or “gene editing,” although it is more accurately called selective abortion. The fact is, the ‘new genetics’ is now very popular in the West. The goal of this new genetics is to help mankind achieve human perfection, not by killing inferior races or people as the Nazis did, but by ‘de-selection,’ which translates into killing those persons judged inferior before they are even born.For example, as a result of the rise of prenatal screening across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have, as of yet, come as close to eradicating Down syndrome and other birth defects as Iceland. Since Iceland introduced prenatal screening tests in the early 2000s, close to 100 percent of women who received a positive test for Down syndrome have terminated their pregnancy.[3] The United States is not very far behind. From 1995 to 2011 the termination rate by abortion for Down syndrome children was around 67 percent, and in 2015 in France it was 77 percent, and Denmark 98 percent. The problem is, most prenatal screening tests for Down syndrome are imperfect and a certain percent of those aborted, estimated at close to 20%, are normal. These figures most hospitals will not release for obvious reasons.As someone who has worked with Down Syndrome children, I know they are, by and large, very delightful children and adults. A friend who has a Down Syndrome child told me this child has blessed her far more than her other three children. The others moved away and married, her husband, a Jew, died from injuries he sustained as a young child in the Holocaust. In contrast, her Down Syndrome child, who is developmentally about age 12, is still with her in her middle 90’s and is the joy of her life now, and has been for decades.The Problem is Worse NowNearly 2,300 abortions of fetuses with mental and physical disabilities were carried out in the UK alone in 2010, showing it is far too easy to again be seduced down the Nazi route. The Nazi Holocaust began with killing children and adults, first those persons with severe deformities, then those with lesser deformities and, last, killing the healthy members of the so-called inferior races such as Jews, Slavs, and Romani.Dr Bergman’s book explains the rise of eugenics from Britain to America to Nazi GermanyProfessor Graeme Donald wrote “Charles Darwin (1809-1882) could never have foreseen the long-term ramifications of his published works.”[4] He added that, in the long term, the effects of Darwinism were devastating: “‘Survival of the fittest’, a phrase attributed to Darwin, was later used by tyrannical elements for justification of, among other oppressive policies, the new ‘science’ of eugenics.”[5]  This eugenics idea was based on Darwin’s work, and that of his cousin, Francis Galton (1822-1911). Galton openly used Darwin’s work as the basis for eugenics, a field he founded, whichadvocated controlled breeding in an attempt to increase the chances of desirable characteristics in offspring. Like many intellectuals, Darwin spoke before considering the repercussions. In his The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1882) he mused on how medical and scientific advances had meant that the weaker and less productive of our species were artificially propped up to allow them to survive and breed; a harsher environment would naturally cull such parasites.[6]Professor Donald asks the most important question: “who will decide who lives and dies, and who will set the criteria? Those who believe they are qualified to make such decisions should first watch the footage of the Holocaust as they disposed of the millions they considered genetic trash.” Remember, Donald reminds us, their abhorrent crimes were carried out a mere seventy-five years ago on European soil in the most educated nation on earth then. The eugenicists had a very noble goal in mind, just as do their modern counterparts. They wanted a big government, and to turn science into a vehicle to make the state’s role not merely as a protector of the peace, but as a promoter of the people’s welfare. And what better way was there to do this than insure that every person in the land they ruled was mentally and physically healthy?Professor Fuller ended his article by reminding us that we still must deal with “many of the great moral questions that have dogged the field, not least is what counts as ‘progressive’ and ‘regressive,’” such as is the risk level that “individuals should be allowed to bear, given the overall social impact of their decisions. But make no mistake, we are still very much within the general world-view that Galton first charted a century and a half ago.”[7] History tends to repeat itself, and some feel, in spite of our good intentions, we are on the same road the Nazis were on a century ago.[1][2][3][4] Graeme Donald. 2012. When the Earth Was Flat. All the Bits of Science We Got Wrong.  London. Michael O’Mara Books. p. 57.[5] Graeme. p. 57.[6] Donald, p. 38.[7] Donald, p. 38.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.last_img read more

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

House Ag Committee looking for long-term farm safety net solution to potential trade damages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, 20 members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee urged the administration to support long-term solutions in the Farm Bill that would ensure an adequate farm safety net for family farmers and ranchers who are enduring a depressed farm economy and threats of retaliatory tariffs on farm products.National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson lauded the letter, noting it mirrors Farmers Union’s call for the administration to work with Congress to develop a Farm Bill that protects family farmers from harm as a result of retaliatory tariffs. Johnson issued the following statement in support of the letter:“While Farmers Union supports the President’s trade goals to reduce our massive trade imbalance and restore our sovereignty, we’ve grown increasingly concerned that his tactless tactics could put family farmers and ranchers in the crosshairs of a potential trade war. We’ve been urging the administration to work with Congress to develop a Farm Bill that provides an adequate safety net for farmers struggling with low commodity prices.“NFU believes the most effective long-term solution lies in increasing reference prices for the Price Loss Coverage program in the Farm Bill. We’re appreciative of Ranking Member Peterson’s leadership on this issue and support the recommendations made in this letter.“Farmers Union will continue to support the President and his administration in a transition to a fair trade framework, and we will continue to push for appropriate levels of support that recognize the precarious position farmers would find themselves in in the event of an all out trade war.”last_img read more

California Energy Regulators Prepare To Tackle TVs

first_imgLCD and plasma sets are energy hogsSACRAMENTO, CA — The California Energy Commission is preparing new regulations to address power-hungry television sets. The proposed regulations, set to take effect in 2011, would require televisions sold in California to meet new energy-efficiency requirements.According to the Los Angeles Times, “During a peak viewing time when most sets are on, such as the Super Bowl, TVs in the state collectively suck up the equivalent of 40% of the power generated by the San Onofre nuclear power station running at full capacity. Televisions account for about 10% of the average Californian’s monthly household electricity bill. … LCD — liquid crystal display — sets use 43% more electricity, on average, than conventional tube TVs; larger models use proportionately more. Plasma TVs, which command a relatively small share of the market, need more than three times as much power as bulky, old-style sets.”Among those opposing the proposed regulations is Mike McMaster, president of Wilshire Entertainment, a Thousand Oaks, California, company that specializes in the installation of home theater systems. “If a customer wants a 12-cylinder car or a 60-inch plasma that uses this much energy, they’re going to get it,” McMaster noted.Update: see “California’s Efficiency Standards Applied to TVs.”last_img read more