Chinua Achebe“Things Fall Apart” and “No Longer at Ease” are perhaps the best known novels to emerge from not only Africa but the entire world. Chinua Achebe, the author of these classic works, which embodied a clear anti-colonial theme, died on March 21 in Boston.Achebe had lived in the United States for many years and taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Statements and articles paying tribute to the iconic writer have been pouring out since the news of his death was reported widely throughout the world.Born on Nov. 16, 1930, in the West African state of Nigeria, which had been colonized by Britain in the late 19th century, Achebe came from the Igbo nationality, largely based in the eastern region of the country. His observations during his upbringing informed his literary style and themes.In 1948, he went to Ibadan University to study medicine. However, after one year he realized that literature was his calling. His first novel, “Things Fall Apart,” was published in 1958, just two years before Nigeria gained national independence from Britain.This book was the first in a trilogy that examined the devastating impact of colonialism on African culture and society. It was followed by “No Longer at Ease,” published in 1960, and “Arrow of God,” released in 1964.Okonkwo, the protagonist of “Things Fall Apart,” represents the challenges that Africans faced with the onset of imperialism on the continent. “No Longer at Ease” was set in the late 1950s just before independence, when the grandson of Okonkwo returns home after being educated in Britain.Taking a position within the colonial civil service, he finds that his salary is inadequate for taking care of himself and his extended family. He later takes bribes and is caught and prosecuted by the British.The third novel, “Arrow of God,” is based on a true account of a traditional priest who refuses to collaborate with colonialism. The novel illustrates the degree of resistance to colonialism that existed in Africa after the European invasion.Achebe and national consciousness in NigeriaAchebe grew into a nationally and internationally recognized literary figure. He was also well known as a broadcaster, editing and producing programs for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corp.During this period he met a young student from Ibadan University, Christie Chinwe Okoli, whom he later married. The couple had four children.By 1966, contradictions within the national independence movement in Nigeria were reaching a boiling point. His fourth novel, “A Man of the People,” dealt with a corrupt minister in the federal government and ends with a coup.The novel was prophetic. In 1966, a failed coup and a military seizure of power set the stage for the massacre of many Igbos. These developments gave birth to a secessionist effort known as Biafra, which attempted to create an independent state for the Igbo people in the east of Nigeria.The Biafra war began in the east of the country in 1967. Achebe supported this secessionist movement, but it was doomed to fail, and a long period of national reconciliation took place in Nigeria during the 1970s.The country, while formally independent, remained under the economic domination of Britain as a member of the Commonwealth. It did not achieve stability, and a series of military coups and assassinations followed.The country would not return to civilian rule until 1999, with the second ascendancy of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, this time as a politician.Achebe by this time had left Nigeria. His criticism of the postcolonial process and successive military rulers created a political situation that was not conducive for his work.He took a teaching position in the U.S. and continued to write. Unfortunately, in 1990, he was paralyzed in a car accident and remained in a wheelchair the rest of his life.Achebe will be remembered for his literary contributions and his fierce criticism of colonial and postcolonial African society. His books will remain a mainstay of libraries and classrooms for many generations to come.Nigeria today has still not overcome the legacy of imperialism. Despite its vast oil wealth, there is profound inequality in the country.Although the government receives billions of dollars annually from the extraction and export of oil, the wealth of the country has not been distributed equally. There are still regional conflicts with armed insurrections among the Boko Haram in the north and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta in the south.In order for real development to occur in Nigeria, there must be a break with the imperialist and neocolonialist economic and political models. There has to be a national program for the reconstruction of the country based upon the interests of the workers, farmers and youth. This effort must be linked with the broader struggle throughout Africa and the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Organisation News BrazilAmericas Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Radio presenter Francisco Gomes de Medeiros’ murder on 18 October in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte was carried out on the orders of a jailed drug trafficker, according to a report in the Diário de Natal daily newspaper on 3 December, quoting the local police.Valdir Souza do Nascimento, who was arrested in 2007 and is now serving a sentence for drug trafficking in Alcaçuz prison, ordered accused hit-man João Francisco “O Dão” dos Santos to shoot Gomes because the journalist’s reporting was affecting the criminal activities that Souza was continuing to run from prison, the newspaper’s report said. Santos was arrested the day after Gomes’ murder.“The solution of this case in a very encouraging sign for the fight against impunity and the Brazilian authorities are to be commended,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Gomes’ murder is nonetheless a cruel reminder of the dangers to which journalists are exposed when they dare to cover organized crime. And the fact that a murder was ordered from inside a prison raises serious question about the state of the prison system in certain regions of Brazil.”_______________21.10.10 – Journalist murdered in Rio Grande do Norte because of his reportingA suspect has reportedly confessed to murdering local radio host and politically committed blogger Francisco Gomes de Medeiros because of something the journalist reported. Gomes was shot five times as he left his home in Caicó, a town in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, on the night of 18 October by two men on a motorcycle.The two gunmen fled the scene immediately after the murder but one of them, João Francisco “O Dão” Santos, was arrested last night and is said to have admitted to shooting Gomes because his reporting had led to Santos getting a longer jail sentence in 2007 for his role in a hold-up. Santos served an 11-month sentence. Investigators are not however convinced by the motive Santos gave and suspect he may have been the hit-man for an organised crime group.A crime reporter as well as a presenter on Radio Caicó, Gomes had recently written about organised crime in his blog and had accused local politicians of being involved in a crack-for-votes swap during the first round of the general elections on 3 October.Gomes said he began getting threats after writing about this issue on 29 September. In his last post on Twitter, Gomes also criticised the lack of media attention being paid to paedophilia cases involving priests.Although Brazil has risen in the latest world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released yesterday, it continues to be a dangerous country for journalists who cover organised crime, drug trafficking and corruption, especially in the north and northeast, where these problems are particularly serious.Until very recently, 2010 had seen a relative fall in cases of violence against the Brazilian press but the Gomes killing came just 48 hours after reporter and newspaper owner Wanderley dos Reis was murdered in the state of São Paulo.Aged 46, Gomes was married and had three children. His murder sent a shockwave through Caicó and an estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral. December 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Convicted trafficker alleged to have ordered journalist’s murder from inside prison Follow the news on Brazil to go further BrazilAmericas Reports Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Director Kathy Kraninger called NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday further building on the ongoing relationship between bureau leadership and NAFCU staff. During the call, Berger congratulated Kraninger on her new role and shared credit unions’ top priorities that specifically concern the bureau.“We appreciate Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger’s interest in issues critical to the credit union industry, and we thank her for the continued focus on protecting consumers,” said Berger. “We look forward to working with Director Kraninger to ensure a healthy regulatory environment in which credit unions can grow, thrive and successfully serve their membership.”NAFCU and credit unions’ priorities were also hand-delivered in a letter to the bureau Tuesday. In the letter, Berger listed the top five tenets the association focuses on throughout the year, including: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
With over 90 land trusts in New York, the mission of such groups is to provide the permanence and stewardship to keep local landscapes, farmland and special outdoor places left just as we have known them, for us, our children and our children’s children. I know first-hand how MHLC is helping our Capital Region with over 5,000 acres of preserved land. It’s reassuring to know that this permanence will be provided regardless of who is in power.Of course, it takes resources to provide this stability. I encourage everyone during this time of giving to consider supporting a local land trust.Knowing that we can make a difference is empowering, and our actions today can affect the lives of generations to come.Dan LewisDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increase Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo recent news events have me thinking about what it means to provide permanence and stability in this ever-changing world.The plan by the Berkshire Art Museum to sell works that have been a part of their “permanent” collection, and the plan by the current administration to significantly reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, makes one wonder if there is anything that we can hold onto as permanent. There is.We need to look no further than our local land trusts.As a business owner in Troy and a long-time board member of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), I see the good work that local land trusts are doing on both sides of the Hudson River to preserve land in perpetuity.
Proserv, an energy services company, has completed financial restructuring with aim to strengthen the long-term plans of the company.Through a debt-for-equity exchange and injection of a $50 million investment, the company’s two largest lenders – KKR and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management – will become owners of the company.As part of the restructuring, David Lamont is stepping down as CEO.KKR and Oaktree representatives Lauren Krueger and Colin Smith, jointly said: “Now that the restructuring process is complete, we look forward to the next stage of the company’s evolution which we believe is very bright. At this time, we would also like to thank David Lamont for his leadership at Proserv for the last several years and for all he’s done to position the company for future success.”David Currie, who previously held positions as CEO of JDR Cable Systems and UK President for Aker Solutions, will assume the role of CEO.He said: “I am delighted to join the Proserv team and embark on this exciting next chapter for the company. With committed shareholders, a strong balance sheet, and a more positive evolving outlook in our sector, we are well positioned to drive significant growth across our business by providing superior value to our customers.”
When the F1 circus reached Barcelona, he led by 43 points.On May 15, the first major pivot in the drama arrived. The two Mercedes men collided into each other on the opening lap, Verstappen blazed to glory, aged 18, and F1’s order was truly shaken up.Phenomenal run Two weeks later, he almost won in Monaco, but for a messy pit-stop strategy and the excellence of Hamilton in the rain, the Briton winning for the first time in more than six months.In the same two races, Rosberg’s early-season confidence went from easy to brittle. He led the points’ chart, but he could sense Hamilton’s heat and speed and the chase was on.It stayed that way with Hamilton eventually taking over the championship lead in July after a phenomenal run of wins.But his engine failures and other assorted mechanical problems cost him dear with penalties when the action resumed in Belgium where he took as many new parts as possible and conceded victory to Rosberg.Revived Rosberg took full advantage of Hamilton’s wavering concentration and won again in Italy and then in Singapore and Japan, after Ricciardo had triumphed in Malaysia.Mercedes dominance was unquestioned, but Red Bull were back as their main rivals while Ferrari blustered and flustered, accompanied by a rumour machine suggesting weekly fallouts in the team.All this left Hamilton a distant second, but he ended the year as Rosberg began it with four straight wins, including a demonstration in the rain in Brazil where Verstappen raced from 15th to finish third.By then, too, it was clear only a minor miracle could enable Hamilton to keep his crown as Rosberg finished second and second and second and second. It was all he needed in the nerve-shredding duel in the desert.There, he wept with joy while others, including popular veterans Briton Jenson Button and Brazilian Felipe Massa signed off. In a year of some upheaval, McLaren also said goodbye in acrimonious circumstances to their long-serving boss Ron Dennis after a board-room shake-up.str/cw Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | In Formula One, it was the year that had everything and more.From the arrival of a precocious teenage star to the abrupt retirement of a first-time champion, 2016 will be remembered as a roller-coaster of surprises, accidents, rivalries and farewells.Dutchman Max Verstappen, the son of journeyman racer Jos Verstappen, won on his debut with the Red Bull team at the Spanish Grand Prix and went on to dazzle and, sometimes, ignite hostility. A champion was born.Defending champion and three-time title-holder Lewis Hamilton drove brilliantly, but not often enough to overcome a sequence of setbacks that cost him glory – and handed his team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg the crown.The Englishman’s 10th win came in November’s season-ender in Abu Dhabi, where he was foiled in a last-gasp attempt to create a trap for his team-mate. No-one has won so many races without taking the title.Rosberg survived and overcame his nerves to finish second in a tense conclusion to a championship that had seen him lead from the front, fall behind and then regain the initiative in the closing months.Five celebratory days later, the 31-year-old German son of the 1982 champion Keke Rosberg announced he was leaving the sport to be with his family.Mercedes, the dominant force that carried him to success on the crest of a third successive constructors’ championship, were left chasing after a replacement.Team boss Toto Wolff also had to face up to the likely departure of his ever-reliable and even-tempered sidekick technical boss Paddy Lowe who looked set to join Williams.In typical F1 fashion, it appeared likely that Williams’ star driver Finn Valtteri Bottas was being lined up as Rosberg’s replacement in the most coveted seat in the pit-lane for the faster ‘new-look’ cars of 2017.The placid Bottas may prove to be a perfect choice, not least because of his temperament. He has plenty of speed, too, but is unlikely to match Rosberg’s run of wins.Rosberg reeled off wins in Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia to leave Hamilton panting in pursuit.
The National Football Exhibition are hosting a football themed table quiz and raffle with proceeds going to Cara House, Letterkenny. The quiz, on September 26, is a part of the National Football Exhibition, which is rolling into Letterkenny this month.The Exhibition is a celebration of Irish football and 60 Years of European Championships. Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition. The Exhibition is heading to the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from September 20-29Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email [email protected] quiz takes place at Arena 7, Letterkenny, at 9pm on Thursday, September 26. Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person. The free Exhibition, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings. The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.Know your football? Then try National Football Exhibition’s football quiz! was last modified: September 10th, 2019 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)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Brent Burns assisted on two goals by Dylan Gambrell and one each by Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl — all in the third period — as the Sharks topped the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Thursday at SAP Center in their next-to-last preseason game.Stationed in front of the Flames’ net, Kane redirected a Burns shot past Flames backup goalie Artyom Zagidulin 3:17 into the third period. Hertl scored at the 10:59 mark before …
20 December 2010 A team of experts advising the South African government on acid mine drainage has recommended a series of short-term measures to address the problem. The measures are benchmarked against countries that have experienced similar problems, such as Canada and the United States.They include pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The government’s inter-ministerial committee on acid mine drainage said in a statement on Friday that it had received an updated report from the team of experts on Wednesday.The scope of the team’s work included assessing work done to date as well as available solutions and technology, and proposing integrated short-, medium- and long-term solutions.It also included assessing costs viability, as well as exploring possible partnerships with the private sector.The committee said the government has acknowledged and accepts that acid mine drainage is a problem that South Africa needs to address urgently.This, the committee said, should be done in a co-ordinated manner between a range of stakeholders that included the mining industry, with the government always play a leading role.The team’s report advocated for the three priority basins (North, Central and Western) to have implementation plans that included pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The committee believed the proposals were founded on scientific research and engineering instead of simplistic, quick-fix solutions.Some areas needing revisiting included the liability of polluters and costing of implementation.The recommendations were benchmarked on some countries that had experienced acid mine drainage problems, such as Canada and the United States.The report would be presented to the Cabinet early in January. The Cabinet would then determine the way forward.Sapa
Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were reeling from floods on Monday following incessant showers over the past few days.The death toll in rain-related incidents has mounted to 145 across the country. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of deaths — 111 since last week. Twenty-five have died in Bihar.The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several areas still remain submerged due to heavy rainfall over the past three days.Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, whose own residence was affected by the deluge, was seen doing the rounds of the city clad in a T-shirt and shorts, and issuing instructions to officials.Highest since 1994India recorded its highest rainfall since 1994 this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it as ‘above normal.’ The season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17 Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions of the IMD, two regions — west Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra and Kutch — recorded precipitation in “large excess.”In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee-deep waters. The State’s disaster management department said the government had urged the Air Force to send a helicopter for dropping food packets and other relief material in affected areas.Though there was a let up in rainfall in the morning, the IMD has predicted showers later on Monday in the Bihar capital.Deficient in DelhiDelhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office. In a year the rest of India witnessed “above-normal monsoon,” the city recorded the lowest since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 per cent, the IMD said. The city recorded 404.1 mm rainfall this monsoon — from June 1 to September 30 — against the 30-year average of 648.9 mm, a shortfall of 38 per cent, an official said.In Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, authorities had to shift about 900 prisoners to other jails after flood waters entered the barracks of the district jail located near the Ganga river.In Jharkhand’s Dumka district, three members of a family died after a wall collapsed on them following heavy rains in the region.As many as 13 deaths were reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.In in Rajkot district in Gujarat, three women drowned after their car was swept away at a flooded causeway on Sunday following heavy rains in several parts of the Saurashtra region.