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MK: In pursuit of liberty

first_imgA display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979 at the age of 23. This headline refers to the 1980 Silverton Siege, when 25 people were taken hostage in Volkskas Bank, Silverton, Pretoria, by three ANC members who were later allshot dead.(Images: Lucille Davie) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600• To arrange an appointment to view:  Ethel Arends  MNF records management specialist  +27 11 547 5676. RELATED ARTICLES • Tribute to Arthur Goldreich • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel • Sharpeville remembered • SA, Angola strengthen ties • New ward opened for Smile WeekLucille DavieAfrican National Congress (ANC) military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) turns 50 this year, and in commemoration, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting an exhibition highlighting the organisation during its active period.Movingly displayed in the foyer of the foundation’s offices in Houghton, the exhibition is titled In pursuit of liberty: legality vs justice. Its theme is “heroism, martyrdom and the ethical principles of South African liberation movements”.Visitors can learn about the struggle of MK cadres against apartheid.The exhibition has three main areas of focus – the Rivonia triallists and their capture at Liliesleaf; the story of Solomon Mahlangu who in 1979 became the first MK soldier to be executed by the government of the time; and the 1980 bank siege in Silverton, Pretoria, and the subsequent Soekmekaar and Silverton trials, which became the “turning point of the liberation struggle”.“The exhibition portrays how freedom fighters used the apartheid courts and police holding cells as sites of struggle,” said a press statement.“It evokes unpleasant memories of the turbulent apartheid years, but it can help those who were born after the dawn of democracy to understand the heavy price their forebears paid for democracy.”In pursuit of liberty runs until the end of 2011. Viewing is by appointment only.The South African Post Office, which is a participant in the exhibition, will issue a new set of stamps in support of its successful Legends of Freedom series and its 2009 Solomon Mahlangu stamp.The struggle for freedomIn a moving address at the exhibition’s opening, during which she sang a verse of a freedom song, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo talked about her time in MK.“Ours was a just war and it should be celebrated,” she said. “It was a war that had to be fought to find freedom.”She described the “vigorous training” that she and many other young South Africans went through in the 1970s, after they left South Africa in the wake of the 16 June 1976 Soweto pupils’ uprising.Dlodlo thanked guest and respected advocate George Bizos, who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki in the Rivonia Trial, for his support during the struggle years.She also mentioned the citizens of various countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Russia, Sweden and Cuba, who welcomed exiled MK members within their borders. People like the late Zimbabwean politician Joshua Nkomo, music producer Quincy Jones, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson had also offered unfailing support to the ANC.“Whites were not our enemy, the system was the enemy,” she said.Dlodlo, who is also secretary-general of the Military Veterans Association, stressed that many comrades in exile were young – some were 18 and 19 years old. The women cadres in exile were called “flowers of our revolution”, a term originally coined by ANC leader in exile Oliver Tambo.Continuing the fightJames Mange, an MK commander who was arrested with Mahlangu and 12 others, described his experience of the trial, and how the death sentence hung over them.“There was no doubt in our minds that John Vorster would hang Solomon,” he said, referring to the state president at the time.Despite a two-year wait during which the government came under intense international pressure to repeal his sentence, Mahlangu went to the gallows in 1979. His hanging “just gave us strength and more determination,” added Mange.Mahlangu’s long incarceration had not broken his spirit, and his last words were reportedly: ”My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Like a number of struggle heroes, he posthumously received the National Order of Mendi for Bravery, in 2005.Mange, too, was sentenced to death while his comrades were sent to Robben Island, but this fate was commuted to a jail term of 20 years after an appeal.“We were afraid to disgrace the generation before us,” he said, and added that the present generation needs to learn about the sacrifices made by his generation, as they go forward into the future.Taking up armsUmkhonto we Sizwe is isiZulu and isiXhosa for “Spear of the Nation”. The movement played a major role in South Africa’s armed struggle.The decision to form MK was taken in mid-1961 in response to the government’s increasing and sometimes lethal determination to oppress non-white South Africans, despite the fact that resistance action had been peaceful until then. The ANC decided that it had no choice but to take up arms.MK’s founding members were, among others, former president Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo, the secretary-general of the South African Communist Party.Other key members in cells around the country included Jack Hogson, Ahmed Kathrada, Arthur Goldreich, Chris Hani, Dennis Goldberg, Ronnie Kasrils, former president Thabo Mbeki, current president Jacob Zuma, Curnick Dlovu and Vuyisile Mini.MK announced its presence with a series of bomb attacks on government buildings on 16 December 1961 in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Now the Day of Reconciliation, the 16 December public holiday formerly commemorated the Afrikaner defeat of the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838, and was known as the Day of the Covenant or Dingaan’s Day.The government promptly banned MK as a terrorist organisation, but this didn’t stop many cadres from receiving military training overseas. During its years of activity the organisation’s operations included sabotage of transport systems and power plants – including the Koeberg nuclear facility – attacks on police stations and military bases, and bomb blasts of varying intensity.Despite fierce resistance from the government and two states of emergency, the first one in 1960 and the second in 1986, the apartheid system eventually fell away.After 29 years MK suspended its armed struggle when the ANC and other organisations were unbanned in 1990, four years before South Africa’s first democratic elections. It was completely absorbed into the National Defence Force by 1994.A display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979last_img read more

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VIDEO Symphony Performer Hits the Water

first_imgDutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched Symphony Performer, the first in a series of two ECOBOX DP2 long range supply vessels being built for its compatriot shipping company Symphony Shipping. The 10,500 dwt ship was launched at Ferus Smit’s shipyard in Leer, Germany, on October 14, 2016.Featuring a length of 125 meters and a width of 18 meters, the newbuilding has a large loading floor area for project cargoes, including movable tweendeck.In addition, the 7,000 gross ton Symphony Performer has a large single hold of completely box-shaped form.The ship’s deckhouse is placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling to load oversized items over the stern.Both ECOBOX DP2 vessels are equipped with a DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) system which keeps them within an exact position or heading limits.The Symphony Performer is scheduled for delivery in December 2016, while the second vessel, the Symphony Provider, is expected to join the company’s fleet in April 2017.Video Courtesy: Inselvideolast_img read more

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AOL Outlines How New AOL Advertisingcom Group Will Serve Publishers

first_imgBrody says that almost all of these publishers only buy one product or service from AOL at this point, and he’s hoping this new group will offer cross-platform (video, content, surveys, etc.) solutions to publishers presently working with the aforementioned companies.Revenue is modeled differently for each branch of the group, “On the ad network side, we buy inventory for publishers; we pay them, and then we resell it to advertisers, essentially,” Brody says. “On the Pictela model and ADTECH side, we get a serving fee.”Since AOL is now looking to combine businesses and services, in many cases, ad serving will be free, if a publisher allows AOL to monetize a “significant portion of a site’s inventory through Advertising.com.”In addition to giving publishers larger (premium) ad sizes, ways to monetize video and offering custom content production (through Seed, StudioNow and AOL Answers), AOL can also syndicate HuffPo content.The Advertising.com Group created a transparent ad network model so that advertisers know exactly where they are buying inventory. Dubbed “super channels,” advertisers will know what publishers they are working with, as bundles like “travel” are offered for purchase. In time, the Group will offer integrated product suites, but its initial focus is cross-selling the company’s abilities on multiple platforms. Earlier this month, AOL launched the AOL Advertising.com Group, a b-to-b advertising division focused on serving publishers. In hopes of bringing premium advertising to the online sector, AOL has harnessed several of its companies (Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela, Goviral, 5min Media, StudioNow, Seed and AOL Answers) to create a one-stop advertising solution for publishers.Ned Brody, who was the founder and CEO of ARPU and former CFO of LookSmart, is acting as president and head of AOL Advertising.com Group. He says bringing premium brands to the Web has been one of the biggest problems in online advertising. “There is still a tremendous amount of advertising dollars sitting on the fence from traditional TV and print, as there have been no good scalable solution for brand advertisers on the Web. The average inventory sell-through is somewhere around 30 percent.”Currently, the AOL ad network works with about 5,000 publishers; European-based video service Goviral deals with 25,000 publishers; and video service 5min Media works with another 1,000 publishers. ADTECH works with upwards of 700 partners. last_img read more

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JayZ Nina Simone Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees

JayZ Nina Simone Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees

first_imgThe Library of Congress has revealed this year’s class of recordings to be preserved for their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 20, 2019 – 12:44 pm What do Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Cab Calloway, Cyndi Lauper, Ritchie Valens, Neil Diamond and Jay-Z all have in common? These artists are all among this year’s class of inductees to the Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry, an honor bestowed upon 25 recordings each year deemed to “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Twitter Jay-Z, Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees From Valens’ groundbreaking and GRAMMY-nominated 1958 hit “La Bamba” to Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 groove classic “September” to Jay-Z’s 2001 hip-hop masterpiece album The Blueprint, this year’s selections span multiple eras and genres. In addition to the musical selections, spoken-word recording such as Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech on the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are also represented.Other highlights include the1931 single “Minnie the Moocher” by Calloway, who was honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Simone’s 1964 single “Mississippi Goddam,” Diamond’s 1969 single “Sweet Caroline,” Mayfield’s 1972 soundtrack album Super Fly, which was nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special, and Lauper’s 1983 album She’s So Unusual, which was nominated for Album Of The Year.”I’m really honored that ‘She’s So Unusual’ is being recognized as being one of the nation’s audio treasures worthy of lifetime preservation,” Lauper said in a statement. “I was really determined to make a cohesive collection of songs and really determined to make sure all typed of women were represented in the ‘Girls…’ video. I had this very strong vision of how I wanted to put the music together. If this is going to be my thing, and if this is the only time I ever get to open my mouth and sing, I want it to be great.”The diverse group of inductees also includes a 1952 episode of the western radio drama “Gunsmoke,” Lefty Frizzell’s 1959 recording of “Long Black Veil,” the original Broadway cast recording of “Hair” from 1968, and the 1996-released “Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set,” and more.  Recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible, and selections are made advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board. The registry now holds a total of 525 titles dating back to the instatement of the National Recording Preservation act of 2000.”The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”Recordings representing Native-American and African-American cultures were also among the selections. Melville Jacobs collection of recordings of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939) documented 23 different separate tribal languages and have been used to revive these vanishing native dialects.   Details on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, including a full list of the 25 recording inducted, information on how to nominate for the 2019 Recording Registry and even how to listen to registry titles, is available at the NRPB’s website.Jenny Lewis Raises Money For Women’s Center During Live Album Listening PartyRead more Facebook Email https://twitter.com/librarycongress/status/1108269552893349888 News Jay-Z Among National Recording Registry Inductees jay-z-nina-simone-cyndi-lauper-among-national-recording-registry-inducteeslast_img read more

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24 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League AllStars This Spring

24 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League AllStars This Spring

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High Athletic Director Tim Alberts recently announced that 24 Wilmington High student athletes were named Middlesex League All-Star this spring:BaseballCarl BeatriceDan GraciaChris GreccoMatt RideoutGirls LacrosseOlivia CarpenitoBoys LacrosseTyler RobertsSoftballAdele BurtonDana GouletAntonia KieranAlly Moran (League MVP)Girls TennisKrista BrownJessica D’ArcoEmily HillLia KourkoutasGirls Track & FieldJade BrennanEmma GarrityHannah LavitaAlexcia LunaEvelyn Miller-NuzzoAmie RussellBoys Track & FieldSean BrazNolan KaneJohn KenneySam VinceLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related35 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League All-Stars This SpringIn “Sports”Athletic Director Tim Alberts Departs Wilmington For TritonIn “Education”22 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League All-Stars This SpringIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Death Stranding will make you cry Hideo Kojima tells Tribeca 2019

first_img4:18 E3 2018: Lengthy Death Stranding preview revealed Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos Death Stranding features a very honest depiction of Norman Reedus. Kojima Productions If Death Stranding does its job, you might weep while playing it.Developer Hideo Kojima elaborated on his upcoming PlayStation game’s theme and its development Thursday during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in a wide ranging conversation with starring actor Norman Reedus and game journalist Geoff Keighley.No new gameplay footage or images were provided — Kojima hinted that’s possibly coming next month — but he did tell audiences that the open world action game is designed to bring out all kinds of emotions from a player. Tags The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Sonycenter_img 0 “I think people will cry, yeah,” Kojima told the crowd, noting that players will make decisions in the story that are intended to get them emotionally attached. But he also noted plans to stir emotions other than despair, alluding to for example seeking one’s own relationship when seeing a romantic couple in public.”When you actually go out with someone, sometimes you have a great time but maybe [decide] actually I want to go and stay at home,” Kojima said to his audience’s amusement.Without revealing plot elements, Kojima noted that the game depicts a very honest portrayal of Reedus in order to help bring out that emotion, updating the game to reflect the actor’s tattoos in real life.death-stranding-tribeca-film-festival-4Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima first met through Guillermo del Toro and then in-person at Comic-Con. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I really want to replicate his whole life in the game,” Kojima said, joking that if Reedus gets more tattoos that they might be included as downloadable content. The game director said that Reedus’ character of Sam is also intended to be an amalgamation of several of the actor’s famous roles, including Murphy from The Boondock Saints, Daryl from The Walking Dead and the actor himself on AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus.”It’s not a turn left, turn right [game], it’s emotion. You get invested. I think that’s why there’s such an honest depiction of me in the game,” Reedus said.Kojima also spent a lot of time elaborating on the open world nature of the game, which sounds somewhat similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Grand Theft Auto series in terms of how a player can go anywhere, but must go to certain locations in order to progress in the story.death-stranding-tribeca-film-festival-6Reedus’ character was updated when the actor got tattoos in real life. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I want the player to play freely but at the same time there’s more dramatic storytelling … It’s really difficult but I’m trying really hard to do both,” Kojima said.The game’s fuller theme has been shrouded in secrecy, with Kojima elaborating that a feeling of connection will be a big part of the story.Enlarge ImageDeath Stranding will produce a feeling of connectedness, but Kojima did confirm fans should expect a bit of crazy. Sony “There’s so many things happening in the real world, America and Europe, everything is actually connected by internet. I’m kind of putting that metaphor in the game. So the player will have to reconnect the world in the game. You are very alone and solitude feeling as well but trying to get connected,” Kojima said.The director also noted that the game will produce some type of feeling that multiple people are playing together, but did not elaborate further as he didn’t want to become “disconnected to Sony.””In Death Stranding I do have a little secret that you get tied into and you have to make a decision,” Kojima said.Reedus also praised the performances of costars Mads Mikkelsen and Léa Seydoux, noting that the former gives an “intense” performance while the latter gives “hope” in her depiction.”In this open format you can go in any direction and do all these different things. It’s a 360 of possibility. You get emotionally involved in so many different ways,” Reedus said.And some meta-zaniness is to be expected in true Kojima-fashion as seen in the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima teased that players can take Reedus’ Sam to a location where the player would strictly control the camera and watch as Reedus reacts, possibly giving a knowing wink back.death-stranding-tribeca-film-festival-5Reedus has completed substantially more motion capture since the first 2016 trailer, including scenes where his character is hiking. Mike Sorrentino/CNET Reedus also went into the motion capture and body scanning process for the game, which has been ongoing ever since the first E3 2016 trailer revealed a nearly naked Reedus and an attached baby.”First I get there and there’s a skintight blue Lycra bodysuit. Never done that before. Put all these velcro balls on me and I’m sticky… a zillion little dots on me… and I pick up a plastic baby and I’m crying and it’s gone,” Reedus said regarding the creative process for that trailer. Just the body scanning alone took two days.Kojima said since then, many more scenes have been created, with Reedus doing motion capture for sequences that even included a simple hike.The talk also stretched into how the director and Reedus met through Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con. Originally Reedus showed up in P.T., the terrifying 2014 playable teaser for the game was intended to become the next chapter in the Silent Hill franchise, but Kojima’s sudden departure from Konami in 2015 changed that.”Unfortunately we could’t get P.T. out. I’m really sorry about that. And Norman was really concerned about that. I always thought if I go independent and make a new game I’m going to have Norman and I’m going to have every aspect of Norman in my main character,” Kojima said. Post a comment Share your voice Kojima has said since moving to development of Death Stranding with the actor, Reedus has remained a collaborative partner through the process.”When Norman gets an idea I give an idea back and it’s real fun. He does a lot of ad libs as well and I thought that was great,” Kojima said.Death Stranding does not currently have a release date, but is expected to eventually come to the PlayStation 4. Video Gameslast_img read more

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BNP backs Salma 15 others

BNP backs Salma 15 others

first_imgMain opposition BNP has extended its support to Salma Islam, an independent candidate for Dhaka-1 seat, as the party contestant was declared ineligible for the election by court, reports UNB.Besides, the party’s local units have also lent their support to 15 other independent and opposition candidates in as many constituencies where BNP aspirants’ candidatures were annulled by the court.Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government was given 32 seats as a gift by the authorities concerned as our 16 candidates are in jail while candidatures of 16 others were declared invalid. We’re not centrally extending our support to any candidate in the vacant seats as our local units are doing it,” he said.Asked whether they gave support to Salma Islam, Nazrul said they did it as there is no other alternative candidate of their party and alliance.Businessman Salam F Rahman is contesting the election from Dhaka-1 seat with ruling party ticket while Salma Islam, wife of Jamuna Group chairman Nurul Islam Babul, as an independent candidate as she did not get nomination from either Jatiya Party or the grand alliance. Salma was elected MP in 2014 from the same seat with Jatiya Party ticket.BNP nominated Dohar upazila parishad chairman Khandker Abu Ashfaq as its candidate, but the apex court revoked his candidature as his resignation from the chairman post was not accepted.last_img read more

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50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: A tremor was felt at some places in South Bengal districts, including Hooghly and West Midnapore.The magnitude of the tremor was 5.0 on the Richter scale and the intensity was moderate. According to the regional meteorological department, the time of origin of the earthquake was 6.33 pm and its epicenter was somewhere near Khanakul block in Hooghly district, at a depth of 10 km.Concerned officials of the state Disaster Management department have initiated collecting information about the situation in the districts after the tremor was felt.last_img

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ER runs special train to commemorate 123rd day of Swamijis return to

ER runs special train to commemorate 123rd day of Swamijis return to

first_imgKolkata: The Eastern Railway ran a special EMU train from Budge Budge to Sealdah station, to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of Swami Vivekananda returning to Kolkata. The train left Budge Budge at 12.50 pm and stopped at all stations en route.Swami Vivekananda had returned to Kolkata on February 19, 1897, after spending four years in the West. He was given a hero’s welcome at Sealdah station. The whole station was decorated with flowers and petals and welcome arches were built on Harrison Road, which is Mahatma Gandhi Road now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBraving sharp winter cold, thousands had gathered at the station to welcome the local boy. Youths removed the horses of the carriage and drove it themselves. Swamiji was accompanied by Mr and Mrs Savier and J J Goodwin. They were taken to Ripon College, which is Surendranath College now. He was then taken to the house of Dr Pasupati Bose in North Kolkata. Thousands stood on the road to have a glimpse of Swami Vivekananda. Swamiji tried to address the gathering both at Ripon College and then at Bose’s house but because of the huge crowd, his words became inaudible. Later, in the last week of February, Vivekananda was given a civic reception at Sobhabazar House of the Debs. Sobhabazar Football Club had also accorded a civic reception to him.last_img read more

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