37 persons trained in oil-spill response

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon on Saturday said Guyanese can be assured there are strong measures in place to protect their shoreline in the unlikely event of an oil spill. He was at the time speaking at the closing ceremony of the Oil-Spill Response Training Course, which was held at the Splashmins Resort, Linden/Soesdyke Highway. This training course marks the culmination of the Incident Command System (ICS) Workshop for Oil-related Disaster Preparedness, which commenced on Monday last.Minister Harmon explained that while an oil spill is unlikely to occur, this exercise is a necessary part of ensuring that the country is prepared for all eventualities as the oil and gas sector is developed. It brought together important stakeholders such as the Guyana Energy Agency; the Ministries of Natural Resources, Legal Affairs, Public Infrastructure, Agriculture, Public Health and Foreign Affairs; the Guyana Defence Force; the Guyana Marine Conservation Society; the Guyana Revenue Authority; the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission; and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority along with ExxonMobil.“I trust that we will never have to get to this point [the point of an oil spill], but the fact that we are preparing for it, we are prepositioning equipment, we are training people and we’re putting them in various parts of the country, speaks to our ability to plan for these events,” the Minister said.  The workshop was organised by the Natural Resources Ministry in collaboration with the Civil Defence Commission and ExxonMobil, which provided the instructors. A total of 37 participants undertook to workshop and were awarded with certificates after they gave a practical demonstration of the skills and training they received over the past few days.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Luke Shaw will benefit from England Under-21 squad omission

first_img Luke Shaw Louis van Gaal believes Luke Shaw will benefit from a summer of rest after he was left out of the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship.Young Lions manager Gareth Southgate was expected to name Shaw in his squad, but the Manchester United left-back was not included in a 27-strong party that was announced on Wednesday.Southgate would not go into detail about the teenager’s omission, stating that he had been left out because he was “medically unfit”, and Van Gaal suggested Shaw’s problems may in part be borne out of his struggle to adapt to the pressures of playing for a club of United’s stature.“It was maybe too fast this step from Southampton to Manchester United and we have to protect that,” said Van Gaal, who revealed talks had taken place in March between United and the Football Association over the left-back’s fitness.Shaw has suffered from ankle, groin and hamstring injuries this season and two weeks ago he was carried off with suspected concussion following an accidental elbow to the face from Crystal Palace’s James McArthur.Van Gaal, however, insists Shaw’s absence from the tournament in the Czech Republic should not be regarded as a victory for United in a battle between club and country.“I have read I’m the winner of the debate, but that’s not true because the winner is Luke Shaw,” van Gaal added.“He is the winner because we have to develop great talents. Luke Shaw is a great talent.“The most important thing is that Roy Hodgson, Gareth Southgate and the medical department of Manchester United and the manager of Manchester United are agreed and that we have to protect him and that he can develop that talent.“Then maybe we can all benefit from that.” 1last_img read more

EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION ON GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEME DELAY

first_imgSinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has today commented on a response received from the European Commission to a submission made by him in relation to decision to delay the construction of the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.Carthy, who is working with local TD Pearse Doherty on this issue, said it is a scandal that this issue has to be resolved by the European Commission when it is clearly the responsibility of the Irish Government.“I welcome the thorough response of the Environment Commissioner to my submission on this scheme and the interest shown in this case.“I also welcome the fact that the European Commission intends to raise this matter with the Irish authorities with a view to including the failure to progress the scheme in an existing infringement case against Ireland in respect of the Urban Wastewater Directive.” He added it is unfortunate that the people of Gweedore have now had to seek redress from the European Institutions for the complete failure of successive Irish Governments to deliver this long promised and necessary scheme.“Sinn Féin will continue to raise this matter with the relevant authorities in Ireland and Europe in order to ensure that all avenues for the progression of this scheme are exhausted and we will continue to fight for the delivery of this scheme for the people of Gweedore.”EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION ON GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEME DELAY was last modified: June 17th, 2015 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:GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEMEMatt CarthyPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Naomh Ultan CLG supports YMCA programme which is now enrolling

first_imgNaomh Ultan – Bruckless/Killaghtee/Dunkineely Notes 25/07/16Donegal YMCA STEP 201617; programme recruitmentYMCA’s Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) in Letterkenny is currently recruiting for their September 2016 to July 2017 programme. The 47 week full time programme offers a full FETAC/QQI Level 4 major award in Employment Skills. There are components in Communications, Work Experience, Career Planning, Customer Service, Information Technology, Computer Applications, Functional Maths, Understanding Interculturalism and Team Working. There are also two work placement components totalling 6 weeks within the course. The aim of the programme is to support participants in gaining employment or accessing further education.The programme is primarily aimed at early school leavers who are unemployed and between the ages of 17 – 25 years, having left school at least 6 months previously.Participants receive the equivalent of SOLAS training allowances and also receive a transport & meal allowance. The course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund. For further information and application forms please contact Stewart on 0868395954 or phone the centre 0749161485. You can also email us at stewart@ymcaireland.net.Future interview dates will be on Tuesday 26 July and Monday 15 August. Applications should be withus at the very latest on the previous Wednesday. Cemetery SundayCemetery Sunday for the Church of St Joseph and St Conal, Bruckless will take place on Sunday 31st July at 4:00pmCúl CampsThe Kellogs cúl camp proved to be a great success this year again, There were 58 children catered for and a great time was had by all. Well done to the coaches Donie McCole, Darragh byrne, Layla Alvey, Dermott Mcglynn, Ellen Campbell, and Colm Shovelin, The tea ladies Margaret Shovelin, Cait lyond, Teresa Daly, The registers Kathleen Breslin and Patricia Byrne, The photographers Michael O Donnell and Margaret Shovelin, Shop workers Jacob Steele, Shaun White, Lee Breslin and last but not least County player Hugh Mc Fadden who took time out to visit the camp which was much appreciated.LottoThere was no winner of the royal flush jackpot Numbers drawn were 1,11,12,13Consoltation prizes went to Leanne Shovelin St, John’s Point, Mary Mcgowan St. John’s Point, Margaret Mcnicholas Ballymogawan, jackpot next week €1,600. Thank you for your support.Local bingo in the Dunkineely clubhouse every Friday at 9.Underage training every Saturday at 10:00am O’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. MusicLessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional MusicMc Intyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday At 9:30pm. All musicians and singers welcome.SITT Extended Rural TransportBus between Donegal Town and Glencolmcille, serving all towns in between; now running six days a week. For more info contact 074 9741644 or sittdispatch@gmail.com. Chronic Pain Support Group.First meeting on Wednesday 3rd Aug @ 7pm, in the Community Room, Donegal Family Resource Centre. For more info contact Miffy Hoad on 087 9109661.The Point 10kCharity Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Saturday the 13th August 2016. Same course with the addition of Chip timing added this year. The two main beneficiary of this year are The Good and New Cancer Bus and The Bruckless Boat Club. Let the training begin!Sunday servicesDunkineely 12.00Ardara 10.00.Sunday 31st July Joint service Killaghtee Church of Ireland And Dunkineely Methodist at 11am.Sunday 31st July Annual Rock Service in Doylins with guest speaker Jim Wray at 4pm.Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday &Wednesday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.We are looking to see what interest there might be in any of the following courses; please contact Dcl on 97 37678 or dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com if you would like todo any of the following…1st Aid 1 dayOccupational 1st Aid (3 day)Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)Art CourseCalligraphyCar Mechanics/ ServicingCarpentryChange MakersJewellery makingCard makingComplementary First AidHomeopathyCreative WritingCreel MakingDefibrillatorFamily HistoryGetting the most out of your Smart PhoneInterior DesignIntroduction to ComputersMake-up ArtistryMore computer skills for beginnersNature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore)Night-time PhotographyOn-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet SecurityPhotoshopPilatesUpcyclingYoga.Going on a sun holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL officeDCL Library:One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is to teach him or her to read; it is something that will help them throughout their lives, and will bring them a lot of pleasure. It is sad to see so many libraries closing, through lack of funding, but we are happy to report that Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (‘The Fault in our Stars’), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – ‘Pride and Prejudice’), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comNaomh Ultan CLG supports YMCA programme which is now enrolling was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BrucklessDunkineelyGAA noteskilaghteeNaomh Ultanstep programmeymcalast_img read more

Man City refuse to comment on claims about lenient Financial Fair Play punishments

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football Stories 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice ADVICE Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester City have refused to comment on Football Leaks claims FIFA president Gianni Infantino helped give them a lenient punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play laws.The story appeared on Friday alongside other documents, including talk of a European Super League, and Paris Saint-Germain also receiving lenient treatment when they were also found to have breached FFP rules . Paris Saint-Germain published a lengthy statement on their website, in which they said: “Paris Saint-Germain has always acted in absolute compliance with the laws and regulations issued by sports institutions.“The club has always complied strictly with the laws and regulations in force and strongly denies the allegations published today.” shining center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move UEFA said it could not comment on specific cases due to confidentiality obligations, while FIFA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.A Manchester City statement said: “We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.“The attempt to damage the Club’s reputation is organised and clear.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

HARPS FIND IT THREE AND EASY AGAINST ROVERS IN TALLAGHT

first_imgFinn Harps secured their first away boys this afternoon and boy did they do it in style.Goals from Keith Cowan, Michael Funston and Pat McCann gave Harps a terrific 3-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers B at Tallaght.Cowan scored at the perfect time just before the break in the 4th minute. The central defender latched onto Damien McNulty’s cross and headed home into the top corner to make it 1-0.And they added to their lead in the 56h minute when Liam Traynor was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area and Fusnton calmly slotted home the penalty to make it 2-0.But if Funston’s job was taken with ease, Harps’ American midfielder Pat McCann showed a bit of class to make it 3-0.McCann let fly with a superb 20 yard volley to give Rovers goalkeeper Michael Kelly no chance. Credit to Rovers that they didn’t give up the ghost after that.Two great efforts from Daniel Purdy and a point blank effort from Chris Lyons should have perhaps put the home side on the scoreboard.Ruairi Keating, Harps on-loan signing from Sligo, enjoyed a great afternoon before being taken off.Rovers made a double substitution but Harps were never going to squander a three goal cushion.Ollie Horgan and the lads can enjoy a well-deserved Paddy’s Day after this performance. HARPS FIND IT THREE AND EASY AGAINST ROVERS IN TALLAGHT was last modified: March 16th, 2014 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

PACKED MEETING AS THE PEOPLE OF LETTERMACAWARD OPPOSE POST OFFICE AXE

first_imgThe huge crowd in Lettermacaward tonightTHE people of Lettermacaward came out in force tonight to send a message to Minister Pat Rabbitte: “We won’t let you close our post office.”Politicians from all sides united behind the local community as An Post admitted its review of their services could see the local post office closed.Under its policies, every time a post master or post mistress retires, and the post office business case is not met, it shuts it. But tonight people aged from nine to 90 said ‘No’ to the proposed closure.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher was among those who welcomed the large crowd that attended public meeting she called to save Lettermacaward Post Office.“The strength of numbers that turned out tonight has sent a strong message to An Post that the people of Lettermacaward will not sit idly by and watch local services stripped from their community,” said Cllr Gallagher“I would like to congratulate all those who took part and attended the meeting, there is a lot of work to be done between now and the deadline for submissions to retain the post office on the ninth of May, and I pledge my support to the committee. “There were many heartfelt contributions from the community of the importance of the retention of the Post Office to them individually and as a community.”Outgoing postmaster Brian Cannon spoke eloquently and pleaded with all present to stand together and fight for their community – and fight for their post office.A local committee was formed on the night and are meeting on Friday 25th at 8.30 to decide the next steps to retain Post Office services in Lettermacaward.Children drew posters in support of the post officePACKED MEETING AS THE PEOPLE OF LETTERMACAWARD OPPOSE POST OFFICE AXE was last modified: April 24th, 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:Cllr Therese GallagherLettermacawardpost officePublic meetinglast_img read more

NO BUTTS – THE GLASS MENAGERIE IS A TREAT FOR DRAMA FANS

first_imgA scene from the original Glass Menagerie starring Kirk DouglasTHE Butt Drama Circle presents its 2015 festival play ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in Ballybofey this week.Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by gentleman callers.Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse longs for adventure and escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long awaiting gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed.The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee William’s evocation of loneliness and lost love is one of his more powerful and moving plays and a classic of American theatre.The cast includes Kathleen McGowan as Amanda, Shaun Byrne as her son Tom, Orlaith Gilcrest as her daughter Laura and Cronan Scanlon as the Gentleman Caller.The Glass Menagerie will be staged in the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey from today, Tuesday 24th to Thursday, February 26th at 8pm nightly. Tickets are €12/10 and available for booking from the Balor Box office on Tel 074 9131840 or www.balorartscentre.com.NO BUTTS – THE GLASS MENAGERIE IS A TREAT FOR DRAMA FANS was last modified: February 24th, 2015 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

Mandela’s head rises in Howick

first_imgNelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal.Nelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. His face is sculpted in 50 thin steel columns, marking the spot where he was arrested in 1962.It was here, on 5 August 1962, that Mandela’s car was stopped by the security police, and his life took a completely different course. He was on his way back to Johannesburg after visiting Chief Albert Luthuli, at the time the president of the African National Congress (ANC), in Groutville, some 80km north of Durban. He posed as a chauffeur, driving with Cecil Williams, a theatre director and member of Umkhonto we Sizwe or MK, the armed wing of the ANC.The sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli, consists of 50 steel columns, ranging in height from 6.5m to 9.5m. A path leads to the sculpture; at 35m, the portrait comes into focus, with the 50 columns perfectly in line to represent his face in a flat image. The site was unveiled in August 2012 – the 50 columns representing the 50 years since Mandela’s capture. It was designed by architect Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates.Cianfanelli says that they “wanted to create an iconic and monumental sculpture of Mandela, that was unique and unconventional”.“I love the experience of moving towards the focal [point] and recognising the image of Mandela but my favourite part is the experience of walking amongst the columns of the sculpture.”Another Mandela sculpture by Cianfanelli was unveiled in May this year, depicting him in a sparring match with professional boxer Jerry Moloi on the rooftop of the South African Associated Newspapers building in downtown Johannesburg. The work, entitled Shadow Boxing, stands 5 metres tall and is based on Bob Gosani’s 1953 photograph. The flat steel sculpture soars into the sky, juxtaposed between Chancellor House, where Mandela had law offices with Oliver Tambo, and the Magistrate’s Courts, where he often represented clients.On the runMandela writes in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “I wore my chauffeur’s white dust-coat and sat next to Cecil as he drove. We often took turns behind the wheel. It was a clear, cool day and I revelled in the beauty of the Natal countryside; even in winter, Natal remains green.”He was looking forward to getting back to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and his young children. He was engrossed in conversation with Williams, discussing sabotage plans, as they passed through Howick, which is outside Pietermaritzburg, but he noticed another car. “At Cedara, a small town just past Howick, I noticed a Ford V-8 filled with white men shoot past us on the right. I instinctively turned round to look behind and I saw two more cars filled with white men. Suddenly, in front of us, the Ford was signalling to us to stop. I knew in that instant that my life on the run was over; my 17 months of ‘freedom’ were about to end.”That “freedom” consisted of Mandela travelling around the country in various disguises. He was co-ordinating plans and a three-day anti-government demonstration, and for the formation of MK, which the ANC had decided was a new strategy direction in its fight for democracy.Shortly after the discharge of the accused in the Treason Trial in March 1961, a trial that lasted almost five years and which ended in 156 people acquitted of charges of treason, Mandela went into hiding as the apartheid government cracked down, keen not to be embarrassed again. “I became a creature of the night,” he writes. “I would keep to my hideout during the day, and emerge to do my work when it became dark. I operated mainly from Johannesburg, but I would travel as necessary.”In disguiseNormally tall and elegant, and speaking confidently and with gravitas, Mandela changed his gait and manner entirely, not standing as straight and speaking more softly, and becoming more unobtrusive. He stopped shaving and cutting his hair, and took on the disguise of a chauffeur, chef or “garden boy”, wearing round, rimless glasses and a chauffeur’s cap and blue overalls.There was soon a warrant out for his arrest, with roadblocks thrown up around the country. He was labelled the Black Pimpernel, a reference to the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution. He travelled across South Africa, attending secret meetings in the townships at night. “I would pop up here and there to the annoyance of the police and to the delight of the people.” His disguises were so good that he was sometimes snubbed by people he knew.He lived in empty flats, in people’s back rooms, with Muslims in the Cape, with sugar workers in KwaZulu-Natal, with factory workers in Port Elizabeth. He moved into the farmhouse at Liliesleaf, a plot acquired for the underground ANC, some 20km from the city centre of Johannesburg. It was here that he was visited by Winnie and the children. “The loveliest times at the farm were when I was visited by my wife and family,” he writes. “At these weekends time would sometimes seem to stop as we pretended that these stolen moments together were the rule not the exception of our lives.”Mandela decided to attend the Pan-African Freedom Movement for East, Central and Southern Africa meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, in February 1962. This movement later developed into the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), with the aim of drawing together the independent countries of Africa in promoting liberation movements on the continent.He visited several African countries, as well as London, and received military training in Addis Ababa before he was asked to return to South Africa. Williams met him at the Botswana border town of Lobatse and from there they drove to Liliesleaf.Non-racialism and communismMandela then visited Luthuli again in KwaZulu-Natal and briefed him on his African tour, emphasising that African leaders were prepared to support MK but that they were surprised that the ANC was taking the stance of non-racialism and communism, instead of the breakaway Pan Africanist Congress’s stance of pure African nationalism. Luthuli was not happy. “He said we had evolved the policy of non-racialism for good reasons and he did not think that we should alter our policy because it did not suit a few foreign leaders.”Mandela responded by saying that the foreign politicians were not dictating policy but that they were the ones who were going to finance MK and so some adjustment had to be made. He suggested that the ANC become the dominant organisation in the Congress Alliance, with partners the South African Indian Congress and the Coloured People’s Congress, while still keeping to non-racialism as the ANC’s basic principle.Mandela and Williams then decided to return to Liliesleaf. He spent the evening before they were to travel at the home of GR Naidoo, and enjoyed an evening with activists Monty Naicker, JN Singh, and Ismail and Fatima Meer, in a “combination welcome-home and going-away party”. “It was a pleasant evening and my first night of relaxation in a long while. I slept well and I met Cecil on Sunday afternoon – 5 August – for the long drive back to Johannesburg in his trusty Austin.”They were stopped, Mandela was taken to The Fort in Joburg, and was charged with unlawfully leaving the country, and incitement to strike. He had been on the run for 17 months. He was convicted and sentenced to five years on Robben Island.Nine months into his sentence, on 11 July 1963, police swooped on Liliesleaf, and the top ranks of the ANC were arrested. The Rivonia Trial followed, and Mandela and seven others were sentenced to life. Six of them were immediately flown to Robben Island, the seventh served his sentence at Pretoria Central Prison.Secret interviewWhile on the run, Mandela gave a secret interview to journalist Peter Hazelhurst in Johannesburg. The article, published in the Sunday Express on 14 May 1961, went missing, but with the assistance of the South African National Library, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has traced it, and given it to Hazelhurst.One day in May 1961, activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and subsequently great friend of Mandela, approached Hazelhurst, asking him if he was interested in meeting the Black Pimpernel. The meeting was suggested by activist Ruth First, who was later killed by a letter bomb sent by the apartheid government to her in Maputo, Mozambique. Hazelhurst was taken to a shop in downtown Johannesburg, and interviewed Mandela in a back room for 70 minutes.The reporter used a ruse to protect the shop owner, saying he was blindfolded and driven around before being introduced to Mandela. His article, headlined, “Native leader says: ‘Violence is out’”, begins: “They took the blindfold off. Sitting in front of me was Nelson Mandela, the most wanted man in South Africa.”Hazelhurst was upset that his headline of “African leader” was changed to “Native leader”. He wrote: “The blindfold was removed and Mr Mandela rose from his desk to greet me. Wearing a black polo-neck jersey and khaki slacks, the new leader of black South Africa told me he was prepared to answer white South Africa’s uncertainty about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Mandela was planning three days of demonstrations, protesting against the Nationalist Party government. He was at pains to indicate that the protests are not against whites, whether English or Afrikaans speakers, but against the government. “Mr Mandela, 42-year-old attorney, sat back and gave assurances about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Nothing to fearMandela said: “White South Africa has nothing to fear from our side. The main purpose of the three-day demonstration is to express to the Nationalist government our disapproval of the republic. It is the republic of a minority of the people of South Africa.”He stressed that strict instructions had been given that no violence was to be used by the demonstrators. Mandela headed the National Action Council, which had one simple goal: “a national convention of all groups of the country which would form a new non-racial constitution to bring about a new non-racial and democratic South African society”.Half a century later, when he met Kathrada again, Hazelhurst said he was amazed that he said exactly that when he came out of prison.It was a message he reiterated: Mandela spent a lot of time in his first years as president assuring minorities that they had a place in a democratic South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden Vs Germany Preview

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Credits: The Sun)The second weekend of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see Sweden take on defending champions Germany.World Cup holders Germany need a win against Sweden today after Joachim Low’s side kicked off the defence of their title in a disastrous fashion. Mexico shocked World Cup holders Germany with a 1-0 victory in their first group game, and the second matchday will go a long way to deciding who makes the last 16 of the tournament. A loss in this fixture will see Germany waving good bye to the World Cup.Germany looks strong on paper as they are unbeaten in their last eleven games against European underdogs Sweden, with the Scandinavian’s last win coming 40 years ago in 1973. The recent game between these sides produced a 8-goal battle as the game resulted in a draw. Let’s see how this game unfolds.Here are lineups for the game:And so, to our final match of the day…Here are the teams for #GERSWE! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ehJXyVfTcU— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018last_img read more