With Biden’s inauguration as starting line, analysts probe the challenges ahead, issue by issue, in this ‘rare and difficult hour’ Related I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I. pic.twitter.com/I5HLE0qbPs— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 20, 2021 On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that “there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.” pic.twitter.com/mbywtvjtEH— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021 On Wednesday, Amanda Gorman ’20 stepped up to the podium to deliver the reading during the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.Her piece, titled “The Hill We Climb,” called for unity and justice, through both reckoning with the nation’s past and looking toward its future.The former sociology concentrator is the U.S.’s first youth poet laureate. At 22 years old, she is also the youngest to present the inaugural reading, following in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Alexander.Former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey lauded Gorman for her performance. The Los Angeles native also received praise from “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, which she referenced in her poem. You were perfect. Perfectly written, perfectly delivered. Every bit of it. Brava! -LMM— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 20, 2021,‘The Hill We Climb’When day comes we ask ourselves,‘where can we find light in this never-ending shade,’the loss we carry,a sea we must wade?We’ve braved the belly of the beast.We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,and the norms and notionsof what just isisn’t always just-ice.And yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew it,somehow we do it.Somehow we’ve weathered and witnesseda nation that isn’t brokenbut simply unfinished.We, the successors of a country and a timewhere a skinny Black girldescended from slaves and raised by a single mothercan dream of becoming presidentonly to find herself reciting for one.And yes, we are far from polished,far from pristine,but that doesn’t mean we arestriving to form a union that is perfect.We are striving to forge a union with purpose,to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, andconditions of man.And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between usbut what stands before us.We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,we must first put our differences aside.We lay down our armsso we can reach out our armsto one another.We seek harm to none and harmony for all.Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:That even as we grieved, we grew;that even as we hurt, we hoped;that even as we tired, we tried;that we’ll forever be tied together, victorious,not because we will never again know defeatbut because we will never again sow division.Scripture tells us to envisionthat everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig treeand no one shall make them afraid.If we’re to live up to our own timethen victory won’t lie in the bladebut in all the bridges we’ve made.That is the promise to glade,the hill we climbif only we dare it,because being American is more than a pride we inherit —it’s the past we step intoand how we repair it.We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nationrather than share itwould destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.And this effort very nearly succeeded.But while democracy can be periodically delayed,it can never be permanently defeated.In this truth,in this faith we trust,for while we have our eyes on the future,history has its eyes on us.This is the era of just redemptionwe feared at its inception.We did not feel prepared to be the heirsof such a terrifying hourbut within it we found the powerto author a new chapter,to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.So while once we asked,‘how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe,’now we assert,‘how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’We will not march back to what wasbut move to what shall be:a country that is bruised but whole,benevolent but bold,fierce, and free.We will not be turned aroundor interrupted by intimidationbecause we know our inaction and inertiawill be the inheritance of the next generation.Our blunders become their burdens.But one thing is certain:If we merge mercy with might,and might with right,then love becomes our legacyand change our children’s birthright.So let us leave behind a countrybetter than the one we were left with.Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.We will rise from the gold-limned hills of the west,we will rise from the windswept northeastwhere our forefathers first realized revolution,we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,we will rise from the sunbaked south.We will rebuild, reconcile, and recoverin every known nook of our nation andevery corner called our country,our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,battered and beautiful.When day comes we step out of the shade,aflame and unafraid.The new dawn blooms as we free it.For there is always light,if only we’re brave enough to see it,if only we’re brave enough to be it. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Recognizing pain but seizing hope The poetic perspective Harvard community reflects on the lessons of a solemn inaugural for troubled times And now, the way forward Youth laureate Amanda Gorman ’20 will deliver a special poem at Bacow’s inauguration
Radio NZ News 6 June 2020Family First Comment: Finally. We’ve asked successive governments for a cap on interest rates for years!“ the amount of interest that finance companies can charge on loans is capped. Mobile traders are now required to adhere to responsible lending requirements and lenders cannot offer credit to an applicant who has taken two high-cost loans in the past 90 days. There is also a maximum daily interest rate – of 0.8 percent per day – that can be charged on loans.”Manukau Urban Māori Authority has welcomed the government’s new regulations to crack down on predatory lending.The changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act came into effect on 1 June and are designed to reduce the impact of loan sharks and mobile traders offering crippling high-interest rate loans.Under the new protections, the amount of interest that finance companies can charge on loans is capped.Mobile traders are now required to adhere to responsible lending requirements and lenders cannot offer credit to an applicant who has taken two high-cost loans in the past 90 days.There is also a maximum daily interest rate – of 0.8 percent per day – that can be charged on loans.The government announced in April that it was fast tracking changes, due to fears desperate households would resort to high-interest loans during the coronavirus economic crisis.Manukau Urban Māori Authority general manager of whānau services Veronica Henare said for areas like South Auckland, where predatory lending is a real problem, the new regulations have been a long time coming.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/418394/people-are-drowning-in-debt-crackdown-on-loan-sharks-welcomed
Jimmy Finn expects a return to Tramore to bring out the best in stable stalwart Coldstonesober as he looks to get back on the winning trail in Thursday’s Pat Woodbyrne Memorial Handicap Chase. He tackles the larger obstacles once again in County Waterford, just four days after chasing home the Willie Mullins-trained Childrens List in a conditions hurdle at Downpatrick. Finn said: “He’s come out of the race the other day well and we’re looking forward to going back to Tramore with him, where he’s won twice before. “I think the reason he likes Tramore is because you have a better chance of getting good ground there. “He’ll like the ground, the track and the trip, so hopefully he goes there with a squeak. “He’s had a good year and we’ll see it out while the sun shines before giving him a break during the winter.” Coldstonesober is partnered by conditional jockey Jonathan Moore as he faces nine rivals over a mile and three-quarters. Press Association The nine-year-old has had a busy campaign, with this his 13th start of the year and seventh since the start of July. During that period Coldstonesober has won over hurdles at Sligo and over fences at Tipperary, as well as finishing third at the Galway Festival.
No-confidence resolution…National Assembly now estopped from revisiting motion – attorneyOutspoken political commentator and attorney Christopher Ram said according to the provisions in the Guyana Constitution, the Government’s resignation should be automatic or with immediate effect after the passage of a no-confidence motion.In a letter to the editor on Wednesday, Ram explained that Article 106 (6) uses mandatory language and imposes a duty on the Cabinet, including the President, to resign if the Government is defeated on a no-confidence motion. He added that the resignation under Article 106 (6), brings to a halt their functions, including aiding and advising the President in the general direction and control of the Government, proposing legislation, reviewing of contracts over fifteen million dollars and the making of appointments.“While the Constitution is silent on the specific date for the resignation under Article 106 (6), for the reason set out below, that resignation seems to be automatic, or intended to be with immediate effect. In any case, Article 232 (9) provides that the Interpretation and General Clauses Act (ICGA) shall apply for the purpose of interpreting the Constitution. Since no time is prescribed therefore, Section 39 of the ICGA provides that “where no time is prescribed within which anything shall be done, such thing shall be done with all convenient speed,” Ram noted.Solidifying his argument, the attorney alluded to the similar situation in the United Kingdom Parliament when Conservative Party Leader Margaret Thatcher succeeded in a motion of no-confidence against Labour Party Government led by Prime Minister James Callaghan. The vote was 311:310.Despite the UK not having a Constitution, its Parliament is considered supreme and Callaghan tendered his resignation to the Queen the day after the March 28, 1979 vote and asked her to dissolve Parliament “as soon as essential business can be cleared up”. Parliament was dissolved 10 days after the vote and elections held 36 days after the vote.Further solidifying his argument, Ram noted that former Speaker of the House Ralph Ramkarran pointed out that the inclusion of paragraphs (6) and (7) in Article 106 was to insert in the Guyana Constitution, the convention inherited from the UK regarding no-confidence motions. Ramkarran was the Chairman of the Constitution Reform Commission that inserted the provisions hence he would be the most experienced to speak on the issue of its interpretation.“It is hard to see what more could have been done by the CRC which couldPolitical commentator and attorney at law Christopher Ramconvince the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government; that like the Callaghan Government, it fell the time the motion was passed. That is common sense and the resignation ought to have been a formality,” Ram said.Turning to Article 106 (7) which states, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Explaining the key terms in the provision, Ram said “Government” is defined in the Constitution only to mean Government of Guyana but it is clear that the term must include the President who under Article 89 – Establishment of office of President of the Constitution is vested with several roles: Head of State, supreme executive authority and Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces. The President also has a number of functions and powers including the appointment of Ministers and the allocation of portfolios; presiding over Cabinet meetings; appointing parliamentary secretaries and an Attorney General; exercising the Prerogative of Mercy; appointing Judges, including the Chancellor and the Chief Justice.“The President’s functions are clearly diminished under Article 106 (6) but he still remains the head of Government, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. As a practical matter he can no longer perform some of the functions identified in the preceding paragraph while his tenure as President automatically comes to an end when the person elected President at the next election takes office,” he explained.He further stated that the Ministers, after the President had resigned, would only be delegated as oversight personnel in their respective Ministries.Earlier this week, Attorney General Basil Williams announced that on his advice, the Government has written to the Speaker requesting him to “reverse the passage of the No-confidence Motion”, a step which seems as absurd as the 34–32 majority arguments, according to Ram.“It is unclear whether the Government is really serious about the validity of its claims or whether the real motive behind the challenge to the result of the Motion as announced by Speaker Scotland is all about holding on to power, or to use the words of Vice President Ramjattan, ‘to bring back [their] term’. What is certain is that the country’s embrace of democracy is once again being tested and that while this is being played out, the Venezuelan President would be looking on with interest while investors become increasingly nervous,” Ram noted.EstoppedMeanwhile, Attorney JT Kissoon of Kissoons and Kissoons Chambers on Wednesday said the National Assembly is the highest court in the land with its own procedures and system with the Speaker being likened to a Superior Judge of the land, the Clerk of the National Assembly to the Registrar of the Court.“The proceedings of the No-confidence Motion has been debated and voted upon. The Speaker, the Superior Judge declared the Motion is carried on behalf of the Opposition and declared the Government has fallen, confirmed by the Prime Minister, a leader of Government’s business. The Clerk of Parliament being the Registrar confirmed the declaration of the Speaker, the Superior Judge and accordingly the Clerk (Registrar) of the National Assembly sent out the certified Order of the National Assembly to the various relevant sources, in this case the Opposition Leader, the Prime Minister and other relevant entities,” he noted.“The National Assembly in my view is now functus officio and cannot revisit the Order made as it is now estopped from so doing.No court of law can knock on the door and enter the National Assembly to regulate its functions and proceedings and therefore the order of the Speaker as confirmed by the Clerk cannot be altered. It appears only with the support of the Opposition can the proceedings be revisited,” Kissoon added.
19 August 2003The path winds over the koppie, past blackthorn and umbrella thorn, camel and buffalo thorn, low-lying shrubs hunched against the wind. Red anthills dot the landscape, and somewhere, though never seen, are the aardwolf and aardvark that feed on their occupants.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon. You can walk at your own pace on a self-guided tour. The trail and recorded commentary lead you through the history of the area and the people who lived there, the importance of the wind, the remains of a stone kraal and an ash heap, to an elevated boardwalk.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon.On piles of andesite rocks jumbled together just off the boardwalk are engravings made between 1 000 and 2 000 years ago – elephant, antelope, rhino, wildebeest, many eland, dancing human figures, geometric designs – chiselled with a hard pointed stone by artists of exceptional talent.Some of the engravings are partial figures that seem to rise out of the rock – suggesting, according to the authors of Fragile Heritage, “that the San saw the rock surface as a veil between this world and the spirit world. Is the eland’s head intended to look as if it disappears into the spirit world behind the surface of this rock?”There are more than 150 rock engravings in the Wildebeest Kuil alone, all which have been excellently preserved by the dry bushveld air. The trail at Wildebeest Kuil was opened in December 2001, which makes it one of the newest sites. It’s easy to get to – just off the road from Kimberley to Barkly West.The Schmidstdrift SanBut its claim to fame goes beyond the excellence of the engravings and the ease of access. Its importance is enhanced by its location: on the farm Platfontein, owned by two San communities, the !Xun and the Khwe.These aren’t the direct descendents of the San who chipped out the engravings. In the 1960s, the then-South African Defence Force (SADF) needed trackers for its operations in Namibia and Angola, and recruited the men, sometimes forcefully, sometimes not; and their families followed. A generation of !Xun and Khwe San grew up in army camps, far from their ancestral lands in Angola.The Schmidtsdrift tent townWhen Namibia became independent in 1990, the SADF offered its erstwhile trackers sanctuary in a tent town it built for them on a windy plain in Schmidtsdrift in the Northern Cape. Four years later, with the new democratic government, the San believed they would be given security of tenure there, but the land was judged to belong to the BaTlhaping, a Tswana group that had been removed from it decades earlier.Then the Department of Land Affairs bought the farm Platfontein for the Communal Property Association (CPA), which represents the two San communities. The !Xun and Khwe now own 12 500 hectares of bushveld with hundreds of ancient rock engravings.The official handover was May 1999, but by that time the Schmidstdrift San had been involved on the farm for some time, moving a craft project from two trailers and a container on Schmidtsdrift to the Platfontein farmhouse.My Eland’s HeartThere, the painters, potters and woodcarvers of the !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project create art drawn “from a tradition in which creativity was a natural part of life”, writes Marlene Sullivan Winberg in the copiously illustrated My Eland’s Heart, a book about the project.“Many of the men and women … have said that they derive their particular themes and symbols from the traditional knowledge they received from their parents. The musical instruments made by old people, their jewellery, bows and arrows, and wood carvings are rooted in their ancient culture. Even in new media like oil paintings, textiles and pottery, the symbols and images used often incorporate traditional motifs and stories.”As for the hunters, she quotes 82-year-old artist Joao Wenne Dikuanga: “When I think about this eland inside me, I take a sheet of paper and draw it.”There are elands aplenty in the colourful oils and dramatic lino prints produced at the project, but there are so many other motifs: illustrations of ancient legends, geometric designs, birds, trees, elephants – many elephants. A haunting work by Madena Kasanga, a former baker, has dancing humanoid dogs surrounded by canines; another shows neat row after row of stylised turquoise huts on an orange background – presumably the Schmidtsdrift she’s left behind.The artists in the project live at Platfontein; so do the rock art guides and the visitors’ centre staff. There are jobs at the centre, but they amount to a trickle – and the need is great.The land has been divided into thirds: one-third residential, one-third as a commercial game farm, and the final third as a commercial cattle farm.Hennie Swart, manager of the Northern Cape Rock Art Trust and former CEO of the CPA, has helped to set up a job placement agency for short-term work as a form of training. There are, he says, 988 families in the two communities. “If we can create jobs for 500 individuals on Platfontein”, he says, “the others can work outside, as trackers and security people on other farms.”Batista Salvadore: interpreting the language of San rock art. (Photo: Janet King)The first San guide of rock artBatista Salvadore describes himself as the first San guide of rock art in South Africa – “People thought we had no knowledge to do that kind of thing. In the past, it was only whites or black people – nobody from our community could be a guide for our own paintings.” Fluent in !Xun and Khwe as well as English, Portuguese and Afrikaans, he was an interpreter for the CPA until Wildebeest Kuil opened in 2001.Salvadore guides archaeologists and anthropologists from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan. The fame of the site is widespread. He’s taught a party of Chinese guides who will be bringing visitors to Kimberley, and he’s gone back to Namibia to train guides there.Still he’s not content. “I’m trapped,” he says. “By nature the San are travellers. We don’t know how to function in this society.”Willemena Calica with some of the artwork on sale at the centre (Photo: Janet King)But there is no going back. Willemena Calica, who works in the centre’s tea shop, says she longs to return to a world without fences. But she’s already gone beyond the traditional role of a San woman. An orphan, and educated, she chose her own husband – a soldier – and is very happily married. She says she doesn’t see why women must have such a hard life, and sees no reason why women must be subservient to men.So the world is changing for the Schmidtsdrift San – but the culture depicted in the rock engravings they are protecting is timeless. And with one of the richest rock art areas in the world on their land, the !Xun and the Khwe could be among the lucky ones, able to accommodate – as they have in their art and craft – both the modern world and traditional culture.This article was first published in Earthyear Magazine, The Essential Environmental Guide. Volume I, 2003 is now available at CNAs and selected bookstores countrywide. Or visit the Earthyear web site.
For the first time, Canadian Environment Week uses the GPS enabled treasure-hunt of geocaching to share the beauty of Canadian Parks.The Canadian Environment Week geocaching contest runs from April 30 to June 11, 2011. During this time, geocaches containing a password can be found in National Parks, at National Historic Sites and on National Wildlife Areas throughout Canada. It’s an opportunity for geocachers to explore these areas and even have a chance to win prizes. Adventurers wishing to participate in the contest must collect a password from the selected geocaches and submit it on the Canadian Environment Week website. Contest participation and the password are not required in order to simply log your finds on any of these great caches.Click here to view the bookmark list of the Canadian Environment Week geocaches that are listed on Geocaching.com, thanks to the Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association. A few others can be found through Environment Canada directly.Even without prizes, geocaching during Canadian Environment Week is a great opportunity to explore Canada’s natural beauty. Canadian National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Wildlife Areas are located on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts, across the interior mountains and plains and Great Lakes, reaching as far north and south as Canada goes!Geocachers will enjoy the breathtaking scenery and inspiring natural surroundings of Canada. National Parks provide the perfect setting for tuning into nature, learning about it, appreciating it, respecting it and pledging to protect it. Celebrate Canadian Environment Week by doing just that, and don’t forget to CITO to help preserve the environment. SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Environmental initiatives of geocachingMarch 19, 2019In “News”Sky House – Geocache of the WeekMarch 28, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Badou Jack celebrates after winning by TKO in the fifth round of his WBA light heavyweight championship bout against Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSweden’s Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter’s WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday.Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly from start to finish to score a technical knockout after 2min 47sec of the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES The bout was one of the scheduled highlights of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena.Cleverly, defending his title for the first time, was struggling from the opening bell, with Jack’s piercing jab and right hand finding their target repeatedly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleverly looked to be finding his range with a flurry of punches at the end of the first, connecting with a right to the chin.But it was a fleeting rally with Jack firmly back in control thereafter. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A dominant fourth round display saw the 33-year-old rock Cleverly with a thunderous left hook to extend his lead.The fifth round was almost entirely one-way traffic, Jack connecting with a stream of jabs and hooks to force Cleverly onto the ropes.With Jack jolting Cleverly at will, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, halting the fight to protect the champion from further punishment. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Man Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwoodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was happy to involve Joe Garner and Mason Greenwood in last week’s Champions League defeat at Valencia.The two teens were involved in the traveling party.Mourinho said, “I think it’s always a nice experience for them even if they don’t play, to be involved, to feel a new habitat and, I think, to even feel the pressure of being on the bench and thinking ‘maybe I have to play’. “To feel that extra adrenalin and responsibility, I think it’s always a good experience for them. But they had pre-season with us, they trained with us many, many times. Last week they were training with us almost every day, so it’s not really something new for the boys.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho: Our best hope is fourthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says a top four finish is the best they can hope for this season.United are reeling after their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Mourinho said afterwards, “We can still finish fourth. “It’s not easy, but for sure we are going to finish in the top six like all the other historically top teams but the best we can get is the fourth position. Right now we need to look to fifth and probably later we can look to the fourth.”
Tottenham ace Alli: Why Chelsea striker Morata a nice guyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Dele Alli admits Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata shocked him last year.He was surprised he was approached by the Spaniard after the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.Morata had only just joined the Blues and clearly wanted a keepsake from the win.Dele told BT Sport: “I always get surprised by a player who you think is a very good player and then after the game they came up to you and ask can I have your shirt.”It is always a bit of shock. I think that can change your perspective of that person – it shows you how humble they are.”I think the biggest one that surprised me was Alvaro Morata from Chelsea because of the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea.”I think he even posted it on his Instagram after so it just shows what a nice guy he is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say