“Winnie Mandela Was Loved and Loathed, But She Earned Her Place in History”-Ralph Mathekga

first_imgThe flight into eternal glory of Comrade Winnie Madikizela-Mandela early this week reminds us, especially progressive humanity, of the sacrifice of countless revolutionaries in the struggle and who paid the ultimate price to restore the dignity of humanity, first of the oppressed and second of those who lost their civilization by oppressing and suppressing others.That she paid her dues well and above the call of duty is an understatement. Winnie was not just an activist in the mold of today’s briefcase toting activists — yes-men and women paying homage to the gods of plunder and false generosity and seeking any and every opportunity to line their pockets.She was a great revolutionary, steeled in her convictions and fortified with the courage to resist tyranny in all forms. She stood up to the powerful racist and facist apartheid octopus whose tentacles of oppression stretched far beyond the borders of her native South Africa.She endured not only eight years of enforced exile but also the indignity of prison — 491 days of solitary confinement in subhuman conditions that even denied her the right of access to sanitary napkins during her menstrual periods, such that she would remain covered and soaked in her own menstrual blood for days on end.When her husband, the revered Nelson Mandela was taken away from the family and locked behind bars, Winnie took up the mantle, never ceasing to challenge the white supremacist apartheid regime. For 27 years she carried in her breast the pain of separation from one she loved so dearly.In his absence and with great difficulty and amidst trying moments she nurtured and cared for her offspring produced from her union to Nelson Mandela. But as any human she shared the frailties that beset all men from the moment of birth to the time of passing.Yet her commitment to the cause of freedom for her people remained unshakeable and unyielding to the very end of her sojourn here on earth. And although her husband, Nelson, was celebrated by white supremacists as the great reconciler, she was reviled in equal measure by the very same supremacists who found her commitment to ending apartheid most obnoxious and distasteful.And for this she would pay an exacting price. Never for once did the apartheid state cease to revile and demonize her and even after the end of apartheid she remained, in the eyes of many white South Africans, a reviled enemy worthy only of loathsome qualities.And while the world still basks in posthumous glorification of her beloved Nelson, no opportunity is spared to vilify and cast aspersion on her character. Nevertheless in the eyes of her beloved South African people she remains an enduring symbol of resistance to not only white racist domination but also to exploitative monopoly capital that has created poverty traps that continue to subjugate the people of South Africa and relegate them to the role of mere hewers of wood and drawers of water.But Winnie Madikizela Mandela did not only belong to the nation of South Africa but to all of Africa and even to progressive humanity the world over. In celebrating her life and struggle we also celebrate the life and struggle of our own revolutionaries here at home and in Africa, many of whom have paid the ultimate price for freedom.In the Congo, for example, crippled by extreme poverty in the midst of rich natural resources and torn apart by strife and dictatorial rule, we can still hear the voice of Patrice Lumumba crying out loud to patriots to unite, put an end to capitalist exploitation and usher in a new beginning for its people.And even louder do we hear the voices of Thomas Sankara, Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, Edward Wilmot Blyden, Albert Porte especially who reminds us in the words: ”eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”.In today’s Liberia, we find ourselves disturbingly confronted by purveyors of a new but strange narrative that posits the false view that everything in Liberia was well and fine until the “progressives” came along and that seeking justice for the thousands killed during our civil conflict is akin to opening up old wounds.Strangely and quite alarmingly, this narrative appears to be taking hold especially if one considers the number of perpetrators of gross human rights abuse holding high positions of trust in government. Patriotic Liberians raising issues of accountability are called radicals, failed progressives, etc., who desire to reignite conflict in the country.What they fail to realize is that by vilifying those who fought against oppression and tyranny in our beloved country they endorse the very ills that plagued or country and drove it down the path of violent conflict. They forget and much too often the full extent of what it takes to overthrow oppression, especially when the morals and legal force of a bankrupt ruling class is supported by the economic might of players in the national economy such as Firestone, for example, which provided succor to a rebel leader whose bloody footprints were clearly visible throughout the national landscape.Winnie now belongs to the ages but the memory of her commitment and sacrifice will always remind us that without her courage, commitment, vision and resilience and those of her compatriots like Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Chris Hani, Oliver Tambo, Solomon Mahlangu, Bram Fisher, little Hector Pieterson and others, the obnoxious racist, facist apartheid regime would still today be a facet of daily life in South Africa.WE SALUTE YOU WINNIE MADIKEZELA MANDELA AND MAY THE GREAT GOD OF OUR ANCESTORS RECEIVE YOU AND GUIDE YOU ALONG HIS CELESTIAL PATH.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CH&PA starts clampdown on delinquent developers

first_img…CEO says Providence land being repossessedThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has started its clampdown on delinquent housing developers, who acquired lands but did not fulfil agreements to develop such land into house lots.CH&PA CEO Lelon SaulIn an interview with Guyana Times, CH&PA Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul cited housing developer Cumberland Development Incorporated. It has been reported that this company was allocated lands between Eccles and Mocha, on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).“We are repossessing land already and we are in the final process of concluding the repossession, based on the court orders. One that comes to mind is Cumberland at Providence.“But we are to meet with the developer so that we can compensate him for work he would have already done,” Saul promised. “In court, we have some other cases that we have been working on.”DelinquentBut while the CH&PA has to contend with delinquent housing developers, there is also the issue of delinquent homeowners. These are persons who acquire house lots but then do nothing with them, leaving the unoccupied land for weeds, the homeless and even criminal elements.This comes even as the CH&PA has made it clear it has no house lots to give out in certain areas. At a recent press conference, the Authority repeated this announcement. When asked, Saul also elaborated on the Authority’s position when it came to homeowners in breach of their agreement to start building their houses.“One has to take into consideration whether the person is in a position to build. Yes, we do have problems, but we’re working with people to encourage them to build. Yes, there are challenges: affordability of mortgage is a problem for the low-income family.“We don’t want to deprive anyone of their property,” Saul said, also noting that the CH&PA considered these matters on a case-by-case basis.Earlier this year, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan had revealed that of approximately 66,000 house lots allocated between 2000 and 2015, some 28,000 or 40 per cent remained unoccupied by recipients.The Minister had reported that during 2011 and 2015, some 38 new schemes were developed comprising a total of 20,000 house lots, but to date 80 per cent of those lots remained unoccupied. A total of $12.8 billion was pumped into their development and $16 billion was now required to complete infrastructural works.Additionally, from a total of 4927 interviews conducted in 2017, the CH&PA only issued 1131 house lots, with Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) accounting for the majority — 3122 interviews and 513 allocations.In Region One (Barima-Waini), 52 lots were allocated; Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 28 lots were allocated; Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 27 lots were allocated; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 513 lots were allocated; Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 20 lots were allocated; Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 99 lots were allocated; Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), 132 lots were allocated; and in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), 201 lots were allocated.last_img read more

House arrest for tiger owner

first_imgThe former owner of a Ventura County animal sanctuary was sentenced Monday to house arrest for eight months for misleading officials after a tiger got loose near Moorpark. Gert Einar “Abby” Hedengran also was placed on probation for three years. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of misleading federal officials while his tiger, Tuffy, was on the loose for nearly a month in eastern Ventura County in 2005. The tiger was eventually shot and killed by federal officials near an elementary school. The animal had escaped from a sanctuary that Hedengran and his wife had relocated from San Diego County to Moorpark in January 2005. As a part of a plea bargain, Hedengran, who now lives in Pahrump, Nev., pleaded guilty in January to felony counts of making false statements to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and of obstructing justice. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to maintain proper records for the exotic felines. Although prosecutors were asking for 14 months in federal prison for Hedengran, they said they are satisfied with the decision. “We were pleased that this matter has been resolved and Mr. Hedengran is going to be punished for his conduct that caused so much concern in Ventura County,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hedengran’s wife, Roena “Emma” Hedengran, 54, is expected to be sentenced May 14. She pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of failing to maintain records of exotic felines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Zlatan’s Galaxy debut strike voted MLS Goal of the Year

first_imgAlso winning in fan voting was Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei with the MLS Save of the Year, a quick reflex stop by the Swiss against Colorado’s Shkelzen Gashi in the 82nd minute on July 4. That kept Seattle’s lead at 2-1 and the Sounders won by that margin.Zlatan’s first MLS goal was a memorable one against Los Angeles FC on March 31, a right-footed blast from long range over LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller into the back of the net to ignite cheers at StubHub Center.Zlatan later nodded in the winning goal in stoppage time for a 4-3 victory.Also among the nominees for top tally was Zlatan’s 500th career goal, a sweeping leg kick blast against Toronto on September 15.He became the third Galaxy player with a year’s top MLS goal, joining Landon Donovan from 2009 and Carlos Ruiz in 2002.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, shown celebrating a second-half goal last March in his Los Angeles Galaxy debut, in which he scored the 2018 MLS Goal of the Year awarded Tuesday © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Jayne Kamin-OnceaNEW YORK, United States, Nov 14 – Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy, a 77th-minute equalizer from 40 yards last March, was named Major League Soccer’s Goal of the Year on Tuesday.In fan voting from among 16 finalists, the spectacular scoring prize went to the 37-year-old striker whose European stops included Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, AC and Inter Milan, Juventus and Barcelona.last_img read more


first_imgA man allowed his pet dog to crawl around on its back legs for up to six months after it had been stood on by a horse.Leslie Stewart was banned from keeping dogs for two years and fined €300 when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Stewart of The Thorn, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a collie dog. The court heard that Stewart’s farm was visited by ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley accompanied by the Donegal County Dog Warden on Monday 5th September 2011.Inspector McGinley found a black and white Collie dog that had no use of its back legs.On closer inspection of the dog he saw that it had open wounds on its legs from dragging itself along on hard surfaces.A shocked Mr McGinley described how there was “an offensive smell emanating from these wounds”.Mr Stewart told Inspector McGinley that the injury to the dog, a seven month old female, had occurred some four to six months previously and he suspected that a horse stood on her but he was unable to be more specific.No veterinary attention had been sought after the injury occurred.Mr Stewart surrendered the dog to the ISPCA and it was taken to a veterinary surgeon who euthanized the animal on humane grounds.Speaking after the case Inspector McGinley said “We are pleased that this case has been brought to a successful conclusion and particularly welcome the imposition of a ban from keeping dogs”.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a €300 fine, ordered Mr. Stewart to pay €151.48 costs to the ISPCA and banned him from keeping dogs for a period of two years.Inspector McGinley commented “We are pleased that this case has been brought to a successful conclusion and particularly welcome the imposition of a ban from keeping dogs”.DONEGAL MAN BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS AFTER HORRIFIC CRUELTY CASE was last modified: September 20th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Donegal man appears before court on seven firearms charges

first_imgA 46-year-old Donegal man has appeared in court on seven counts of unlawfully possessing firearms.Stuart McIntosh, of Carnmoney, Cranford, was before Judge Deirdre Gearty at Letterkenny District Court. McIntosh is charged with the offences from July 20, 2017, at Bracken Hill Farm, Carnmoney, Cranford.The court heard that, following his arrest, McIntosh remained silent when each charge was put to him.McIntosh is charged with unlawfully possessing a .72 calibre bullet, an action rifle, a shotgun, a revolver, an air revolver, a magnum air revolver and an air rifle.Inspector Barry Doyle said Gardaí had no objection to bail. The defendant, he said, had co-operated fully with Gardaí.Solicitor for McIntosh, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was self-employed, but that his work was of a ‘seasonal’ nature.McIntosh was remanded, on his own bond of €250 to appear at the October 8 sitting of the court.Donegal man appears before court on seven firearms charges was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgRory Kavanagh wins another ball in midfield for St Eunan’s today.Pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioCOUNTY Champions captain Rory Kavanagh has led praise to his club veteran John Haran and St Eunan’s manager Maxi Curran after today’s title victory over Glenswilly.Kavanagh had a superb game himself, popping up when needed despite tight marking – and his catch in his own square at the death prevented a Glenswilly goal chance, and led to a ninth point for Eunan’s at the other end.The Scoil Cholmcille teacher said Man of the Match Haran had been immense again this season, despite planning to retire from the game a year ago. “He has been absolutely wonderful and I’m delighted that John was awarded Man of the Match. He fully deserved it today,” said Rory.On the manager, he went on: “I know there were a few people who questioned the appointment of Maxi to the club management, bringing in an outsider.“Well I can tell you he has been fantastic with us. He has brought in a new level of preparation for games and he has opened the eyes of players young and old at the club from everything he does.”  Man of the Match John HaranCAPTAIN FANTASTIC RORY KAVANAGH HEAPS PRAISE ON MAXI AND HARAN was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:John HaranMaxi CurranRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal MEP, Pat the Cope Gallagher, a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries, has called on the EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, to protect Ireland’s €125 million mackerel fishery during crucial talks in London.The high level meeting to be held tomorrow is a further attempt to resolve the long running dispute over mackerel.Representatives from the EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands will attend and Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will attend on behalf of the EU. Mr Gallagher said: “All parties must go into the talks tomorrow with a clean sheet. I firmly believe that if all sides enter the talks with a constructive approach, a basis for a fair sharing arrangement can be put in place. However, the Commissioner must take a firm approach on behalf of Irish fishermen as the demands by Iceland and the Faroe Islands are unjustified.“No deal is better than a bad deal for EU and Irish fishermen. Iceland has unilaterally increased its mackerel catch from only 363 tonnes in 2005 to 147,000 tonnes in 2012.“The Faroese quota for mackerel has soared from 27,830 tonnes in 2009 to 149,000 tonnes in 2012. It would be grossly unfair to reward countries engaged in unsustainable fishing practices with higher quotas.”Mr Gallagher also confirmed that on the 12th of September in Strasbourg, the European Parliament will adopt the agreement which he brokered with the Danish Presidency of the EU to introduce sanctions against non EU countries engaged in unsustainable fishing practices. PAT THE COPE CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF IRISH MACKEREL FISHERY ON EVE OF CRUCIAL TALKS was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 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:FISHERY TALKSMACKERELPAT TEH COPE GALLAGHERlast_img read more

Shafic Kagimu brace ends KCCA home unbeaten run

first_imgKCCA’s Allan Okello dribbles past URA Captain Shafic Kagimu on Tuesday (Photo by KCCA FC Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 1-2 URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 26-02-2019LUGOGO – Shafic Kagimu’s two goals ended KCCA ‘s unbeaten run at home this season.Kagimu scored a penalty in the 25th and 80th minute to give URA an early lead.Timothy Awany would be equaliser turned consolation as the hosts lost only their second game in the league this season.URA dominated the early proceedings at Lugogo forcing Charles Lukwago into two fine saves.KCCA reacted by introducing Muzamiru Mutyaba for the Mike Mutyaba and in the 61st minute, they won a controversial penalty which was converted by Awanyi.With ten minutes to the final whistle, Mustafa Kizza brought down Joachim Ojera in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.Kagimu converted the penalty and hence scoring in both halves.URA stay fourth with 35 points but now only a point behind third placed Mbarara City who lost 2-1 away to Kirinya Jinja SS.Despite defeat, KCCA stay top of the standings with 45 points but only three ahead of Vipers who played to a goalless draw at Onduparaka.Comments Tags: KCCA FCShafic KagimuStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueURA FClast_img read more

QPR ‘face wages crisis’

first_imgQPR will face a crisis over player wages if they are relegated, according to the Daily Mirror and The Sun.The Mirror report that unlike transfers agreed by fellow promoted clubs Norwich and Swansea, most of Rangers’ signings this season arrived on deals that don’t include relegation clauses, meaning their huge salaries would remain the same in the Championship.QPR have won only one league game since Mark Hughes became manager.It is suggested that they would therefore struggle with the wage bill in the second tier and are now trying to renegotiate the contracts of several players, including Jamie Mackie.The Sun declare that Rangers will face a ‘financial apocalypse’ if they go down, because some players are on four-year deals worth over £10m.Meanwhile, the Mirror say Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has added Fulham’s Andrew Johnson to the list of players he would like to capture on a Bosman free transfer this summer.Johnson could be available for no fee at the end of the season as his Whites contract is due to expire and he is yet to agree a new deal.And McLeish, who was yesterday linked with Fulham cult hero Pavel Pogrebnyak, is said to want the former Birmingham striker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more