first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_imgLos Molinos >> In the opener of two Five Star League battles, the Mercy High girls volleyball team proved to be the aggressor most of the night, besting its Tehama County small school rival Los Molinos in straight sets, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 Thursday night in Los Molinos. Allie Adams led the way with nine kills and seven aces, while Elizabeth Carlos collected five blocks — three solo — for the Warriors (8-9, 1-1 FSL). Mercy, which snapped a four-match skid to Los Molinos, is back home Tuesday …last_img read more

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Joe Staley used to be so naive.As a rookie, he witnessed a fellow 49ers offensive lineman get injured, then cut from the team. That’s when a stunned Staley launched a profane tirade against the injustice of it all.“I got really worked up,” Staley, now 34, recalled as he prepared for Sunday’s season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. “I said, ‘This is (bull)! A guy gets injured and you get rid of him …last_img read more

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Walter and Albertina were avid freedom fighters who played a big deal towards the liberation of South Africans. The Walter and Albertina: Parenting a Nation exhibition was first launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation before moving to the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu.(Images: Musa Mkalipi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Noel Solani  Nelson Mandela Museum head of programming  +27 47 532 5110 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons • Albertina Sisulu remembered • The Rivonia Trialists today • Freedom Day: long time coming Walter and Albertina Sisulu: Parenting a Nation explores the private and political lives of the Sisulu family during the apartheid struggle. The exhibition, at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, in Eastern Cape, gives the viewer a deeper understanding of their role in the emancipation of South Africa, as well as of their deep love and abiding affection for one another.Items on display include Nelson Mandela’s desk calendar, which not only notes his blood pressure but also Walter Sisulu’s prison release date in 1989, as well as family photos. Mandela’s summing up of the couple is also highlighted: “One cannot talk about Walter without Albertina – they were an indomitable team,” he said.Theirs was “a unity of such deep friendship and mutual respect, a personal and political partnership that transcended and survived all hardships and persecution”. Walter and Albertina met at the General Hospital in 1941, where the latter was a nurse. Their extraordinary love story traversed 59 years. They married in 1944, with Mandela as best man, and went on to have five children.Even though they had a big family of their own to raise, Walter and Albertina dedicated their lives to the liberation of South Africa. “Although politics has given me a rough life, there is absolutely nothing I regret about what I have done and what has happened to me and my family, throughout all these years,” the exhibition quotes Albertina. “Instead, I have been strengthened and feel more of a woman than I would otherwise have felt if my life were different.”Political beginningsHer political life started after she met Walter. She became a member of the ANC Youth League and the Federation of South African Women, and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Women’s March on which more than 20 000 women walked to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the extension of the Pass Laws.Walter was made the general secretary of the ANC in 1948, a position he held until 1954. For his anti-apartheid activities, he was sentenced to life in prison in 1963. But even as single parent while her husband was in jail, Albertina continued to keep the ANC name alive and in the 1980s was a co-president of the United Democratic Front (UDF), a civic resistance organisation.“On the outside, Albertina Sisulu played a motherly role to comrades in the UDF. In other words, both Albertina and Walter were seen by young people in the struggle for liberation in South Africa as parents not only to their children but also to others,” explained Noel Solani, the head of programming at the Nelson Mandela Museum.The Sisulus’ relationship was one full of hardship and separation; however, their affection for one another never diminished and they remained married for their entire lives. “The two icons are not exhibited in isolation from others, but the exhibition … was aimed at highlighting the specific and unique role they played in the education of young people and nurturing them as parents,” said Solani.Exhibitions were an educational tool and a window to our past, he added. These exhibitions educated the general public about the South African liberation struggle and were a reminder that we should not forget where we came from and repeat the mistakes of the past.Freedom fightersWalter (18 May 1918 – 5 May 2003) and Albertina (21 October 1918 – 2 June 2011) were both born in Eastern Cape, in villages just kilometres apart. From those humble beginnings they went on to become two of South Africa’s most prominent political figures. Their contribution to the freedom of black South Africans was admirable and courageous, and will continue to be written in the nation’s history books.While Mandela is widely celebrated as the man who led the struggle, it is important to remember he was one of many comrades. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela mentions the Sisulu name several times, and describes the Sisulu home as being “a home away from home”. He lived with the family in the 1940s for several months when he had nowhere else to stay. Mandela also speaks fondly of Albertina, saying she was “a wise and wonderful presence, and a strong supporter of Walters’s political work”.Also known as the “Mother of the Nation” she was a nurse by training and one of the most important anti-apartheid activists by conviction. All five of the Sisulu five children also contributed to the struggle – Max, Anthony Mlungisi, Zwelakhe, Lindiwe and Nonkululeko. The couple also adopted three children, Jongumzi, Gerald and Beryl, whose mothers were Walter’s sister and cousin, as well as Samuel, who was a former Robben Islander.It was with her husband that Albertina attended the first conference of the ANC Youth League, where she was the only woman present. The couple’s life was full of arrests and detentions. In 1963, while Walter was waiting for the outcome of an appeal against a six-year sentence, he decided to forfeit bail and go underground. Security police then arrested Albertina and Zwelakhe. She was the first woman to be arrested under the General Laws Amendment Act, which gave police the power to hold suspects in detention without charge.Walter was convicted in the Rivonia Trail in 1963 for planning to sabotage and overthrow the apartheid government. He was sentenced to life in prison together with other activists, including Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada and Raymond Mhlaba. He was released from prison 26 years later, in 1989. In July 1991, he was elected deputy president of the ANC at the party’s first national conference.The party was elected to power in the first democratic elections just three years later, making Mandela the first democratically elected president of the country.First displayed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: Parenting a Nation will be at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, in Eastern Cape until the end of the year. Thereafter, it will travel to another Eastern Cape venue that is yet to be decided.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The ongoing escalation of the trade war between the U.S. and China is threatening the livelihood of Ohio soybean farmers. Since tariffs were put in place last year, soybean prices have dropped 20 to 25%. The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has been fighting against the use of tariffs from the beginning because farmers want to be able to compete in a free market. When they do, they thrive.“This is simply unacceptable,” said Scott Metzger, OSA president and Ross County soybean farmer. “We understand the reasons for bringing China to the negotiating table to address technology transfer and intellectual property issues. However, there are other tactics that can be used to accomplish that without harming farmers and our rural economies.”On May 10, the U.S. increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, from 10 to 25%. It is also taking steps for an additional 25% tariff on the remaining $325 billion in annual imports from China. China recently announced its plans to retaliate.“Farmers have been patient and supportive,” said Ryan Rhoades, OSA vice president and farmer from Marion County. “That patience is wearing very thin. These are not hypothetical losses we’re talking about, this is real. This is our livelihood and how we support our families, and the ripple effect is going to touch all of rural America.”OSA and its national affiliate, the American Soybean Association (ASA), continue to support the Administration’s overall goal of negotiating with China to achieve structural changes to the way it conducts trade business. OSA and ASA cannot support the use of tariffs as a tactic to achieve that goal.“We ask the Administration to end this back and forth escalation of tariffs and pursue other options,” Metzger said. “Farmers and the rural economy are not winning right now.”last_img read more