Republic Day not “Mash Day”

first_imgYesterday, as it has done annually for 49 years, the Government spearheaded the commemoration of the attainment of Republican status through activities lumped under the rubric of “Mashramani”. As one writer reminded us in the state paper, the activity originated in Linden, where evidently they could only conceive of a “sport” to imitate the Trinidadian “Carnival”, but wanted a new name to disguise the appropriation. Even though it was claimed that the name “Mashramani” was of Amerinidan origin – meaning “celebration after a hard day’s work” – and was chosen to make the event uniquely autochthonous, no one has been able to prove that claim. Even after being exported to Georgetown the following year, and into the other regions afterwards, the blatant imitation of the Trinidad Carnival continued unabashed.The organisers of “Mash” ignored the history of the Trinidad Carnival, which evolved out of the French European carnival tradition that was brought over to Trinidad when a number of French Planters fled Haiti after the revolution of 1891, which created the second Republic in the hemisphere. They not only brought their slaves and sugar, but Carnival – as they did to New Orleans, where it is called “Mardi Gras”. So the Republican PNC Government, while insisting that Guyana must “decolonise” its practices, did not even appreciate that Carnival was a colonial relic arising out of a rejection of Republicanism. But then, the PNC’s imitations – such as also with the “Mass Games” from Korea – were always mimicry without reflection, and inevitably tended to kitsch.Because of its economic straits and also because of not being grounded into the centuries old Trinidadian Carnival traditions, the Guyanese Mash was always a very pale imitation, wherein vulgarity replaced wit and panache. But in the last few years, after a number of citizens had objected to the lewdness of the performers on the streets, the Government joined in calling for a clean-up of the “performances”. But, sadly, the organisers seem not to appreciate that we need a root-and-branch change to connect Mashramani with Republicanism, and not to the pro-monarchical antecedents of the Trinidad Carnival.As one encyclopedia notes, “Broadly defined, republicanism means a preference for non-monarchical government and a strong dislike of hereditary monarchy. Narrowly defined, and in its early modern context, it means self-government by a community of citizens in a city-state. Republicanism is a prominent concept in the history of political thought. Republican ideology claimed that citizens of republics enjoyed a liberty unknown to the subjects of monarchies because they were bound by laws that they themselves had made, not the personal whim of an individual monarch.”In 1966, therefore, while we had been granted “independence” by Britain, the colonial power, we still retained a “Governor General” who represented the British Monarch as our “Head of State”. With the declaration of “republican” status in 1970, however, the Governor General was replaced by a “President” – Arthur Chung – who now became our “Head of State”. We, the Guyanese people, could now promulgate our own Constitution and decide on our own how we would run the affairs of our country.Then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, however, had his own ideas; and, unfortunately, it was anything but to further the values of republicanism, but rather to bring back the trappings of the monarchy in the form of an “Executive Presidency”. In 1980, he introduced a constitution which, as adumbrated by the late Professor Rudy James, accumulated so much power in that office that the incumbent was above the reach of both the law and the institutions of the state. That constitution was never ratified by the people, since Burnham used a cynical sleight of hand to have a referendum before its promulgation to disavow its need.Our commemoration of Republic Day should creatively present these issues to the nation, to remind them that power resides in the people, and that monarchical unilateralism must be resisted and rolled back.Reject the crass monarchical carnival imitations in Mashramani; big up Republicanismlast_img read more

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Kenya, Sudan friendly postponed to Tuesday

first_img“It is true the Sudan F.A has requested that the match be moved to Tuesday, May 31 2016 as the earliest they can arrive in Nairobi is tomorrow (Friday),” Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi declared.Sudan alongside their junior under-20 side, who will play their Kenyan counterparts, are set to arrive Friday at 6:30am.The Federation announced the Tanzania friendly will be on as scheduled on Sunday with the Taifa Stars expected to arrive Friday.Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi has named a formidable provisional squad that mostly include local based players as he aims to scout potential players who will feature in the qualifiers.Among the players called up are Spanish-born Kenyan striker Ismail Gonzalez and rising Australia A-League star Bruce Kamau.Gonzalez, born of a Spanish mother and a Kenyan father, is eager to earn his first cap after joining training camp at Kasarani stadium on Monday.“I think it is important that we have a look at all players available, including the two. Talks with Gonzalez have been very positive and he is here with us, let’s see how he will perform,” Okumbi stated.Okumbi will use both friendlies to prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier where they host Congo June 4 in Nairobi for the return leg, after forcing a 1-1 draw in Brazzaville when the two sides meet in June 2015.Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the Gabon continental showpiece are slim after failing to win a match in four games to trail Group E on one point with only two fixtures to go.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans in all cheer before yet another limp exit from international competition.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – The international friendly pitting Harambee Stars and Sudan has been postponed to Tuesday next week on request of the Sudanese Football Association.The match was scheduled for Friday at the Nyayo National Stadium but had to be moved forward after Sudan failed to arrive in Nairobi on Wednesday night, one day before the build-up match.last_img read more

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Bruins’ Verner ready for cornerback start

first_imgDefensive coordinator DeWayne Walker’s typical stance is if a player does not practice Tuesday and Wednesday, he does not start. “Right now, I think the (starter’s) job is still open,” Verner said. “I’m ready to step in, if needed, but we’re not sure yet.” When Van left the Stanford win in the third quarter with a left ankle injury, Verner filled in. He was beaten by a double move on Richard Sherman’s 70-yard touchdown – “My eyes were in the backfield” instead of the receiver, Verner said – but otherwise had a strong game. “It was just that one play,” Walker said. “He had about three or four bat downs.” If Van does not play, Verner will remain UCLA’s nickel back. When the Bruins use five defensive backs, junior Michael Norris will play cornerback. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER Sophomore Alterraun Verner is poised to make his first career start at cornerback, even if senior Rodney Van recovers from a sprained ankle in time for Saturday’s game against BYU. Verner, who grew up in Carson, played with the first-team defense Wednesday while Van, for a second straight day, watched from the sideline. Coach Karl Dorrell said Van, who started 14 straight games, would be a game-time decision. “It’s probably the best thing so me and (cornerback) Trey Brown stay in our normal spot,” Verner said. “Mike is a versatile player for us. He fits into that corner spot real well.” Van was not made available to the media. Flicked flea Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell had a strong game in his first as a play-caller, and the Bruins were thrilled with his decision to go with a trick play early in the third quarter. Quarterback Ben Olson handed off to tailback Chris Markey, who stopped shy of the line of scrimmage and pitched the ball back to Olson, who connected with Brandon Breazell for a 49-yard gain. “We practice it so much, we should use it in the game, receiver Marcus Everett said. “He called it and everyone had a smile on his face.” Price update UCLA is still awaiting word from the NCAA clearinghouse about freshman defensive tackle Brian Price. The school and Price’s father, Frank, expect a decision this week. “We’ve got to move forward, whether we have him or not,” Dorrell said. “I know they’re probably more frustrated than we are. We’re going to remain optimistic and stay patient until we find out what’s the word.” Bruins odds and ends Backup defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but may practice today, Dorrell said. … UCLA commit Nick Crissman, a senior quarterback at Edison High of Huntington Beach, could miss a month after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. … Dorrell said backup quarterback Patrick Cowan (hamstring) was at least a week from returning to practice. Oregon wary of Michigan Michigan’s loss to Appalachian State resonated throughout the Pacific-10 Conference. Oregon (1-0) heads to the Big House on Saturday. Ranked No. 5 going into the game, Michigan fell out of the AP poll following a shocking 34-32 loss. The Ducks had already started their opener at Autzen Stadium against Houston when the Michigan game became final. Coach Mike Bellotti said he heard the crowd go crazy, but didn’t know that the score had been announced on the PA system until he asked a player what was going on. “(Upsets) happen every year, and I think in this day and age you can’t assume anything about your opponent,” Bellotti said. Around the nation Troy: Defensive end Kenny Mainor has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, Trojans coach Larry Blakeney announced. Tulsa: Running back Courtney Tennial will sit out the season because of an ankle injury sustained in preseason drills. The transfer from Oklahoma was the Golden Hurricane’s leading rusher last season with 862 yards and 14 touchdowns. Wisconsin: Running back Lance Smith, who is facing battery charges, will not be allowed to play in away games this season. Smith will miss Saturday’s game at UNLV and games at Illinois, Penn State, Ohio State and Minnesota. Smith was suspended from the team in July after he was arrested, but Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez reinstated him in early August just before the first practice of the season. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (6-1 agg): Miserable Gers miss out on promotion to Scottish Premiership

first_img1 Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas reacts after he deflected in both of Motherwell’s first two goals Rangers missed out on a third successive promotion, and a long-awaited return to the Scottish Premiership, as play-off final rivals Motherwell completed an emphatic 6-1 aggregate victory at Fir Park.Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at Ibrox left Stuart McCall’s team needing a miracle in the second leg.But strikes from Marvin Johnson and Lionel Ainsworth – both of which deflected off Gers defender Marius Zaliukas – and a late John Sutton penalty ensured Rangers’ lower-league nightmare will go on for at least another year, despite having Scotland’s second biggest budget.Their were shameful scenes at the end as Gers substitute Bilel Mohsni threw punches and kicks at Motherwell’s Lee Erwin, sparking a mass brawl.Home supporters also flooded onto the pitch to taunt the visiting fans despite several warnings to remain in their seats.McCall was back at his old workplace for the first time quitting as Motherwell boss last November but his return could not have ended any worse, with his hopes of landing the Ibrox job he has held on an interim basis since March appearing to be in tatters.The Light Blues knew they were seriously up against it after their first-leg collapse, and the visitors knew they had to set the pace as they chased a lifeline.Kris Boyd was on the end of his side’s first chance two and a half minutes in but headed straight at George Long, while Well defender Stevie Hammell had to scramble clear after Lee Wallace caused some panic with a long throw.But the Ibrox side struggled to maintain their early tempo and Motherwell, growing in confidence, had chances to kill the tie stone dead before a goalkeeping howler from Cammy Bell saw the hosts finally break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half.Former Kiddieminster Harriers player Johnson’s strong effort looped off a luckless Zaliukas but it was Bell who was at fault for the goal, the goalkeeper mistiming his punch to instead bat the ball into his own net, when he looked well placed to gather.And there was worse to come after 70 minutes. Johnson’s pace again proved the difference as he outstripped Nicky Law before squaring to Ainsworth, whose low shot skipped up off Zaliukas to wrong-foot Bell for a second time.Well were in a party mood by the time Erwin won a stoppage-time penalty after tricking Wallace into a rash penalty, with Sutton tucking away the spot-kick.But there was drama to follow when Mohsni lashed out at Erwin as Gers’ campaign ended in disgrace.last_img read more

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Ex-showgirl, 94, leads charmed life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThelma comes from tough stock. Her grandfather owned the legendary Silver Dollar Bar in Colorado back in the late 19th century. Her father, Daril Caley, was captain of the USC football team in 1902. And Thelma was a 19-year-old siren – a dead ringer for Jean Harlow – in 1931 when an agent spotted her working in the cashier’s window at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. “He said, `Pay me 10 percent, and I’ll make you a show girl.’ And he did. I was one of the tall girls wearing the big feathers in the back row behind the shorter girls who did most of the dancing.” She had a cameo in a handful of films, including a couple of 1933 hits, “42nd Street” and “Flying Down to Rio,” becoming friends with another young show girl named Lucille Ball. “We were making $15 a week during the Depression, and I was supporting my family on that,” Thelma says. “Lucy was going with Desi at the time, but he wasn’t working.” Thelma Wright lit another Pall Mall and offered me a beer – inviting me to pull up a stool at her vintage Polynesian bar in the den of her SOB home – south of the boulevard – that she bought 56 years ago for $8,250. She’s got a story to tell, she says. It’s about this crazy, wonderful, charmed life she’s lived – still going strong at 94. “My doctor found a pack of cigarettes in my purse last week, and asked me whose they were.” Thelma says. “I told him they were mine. He said, `Don’t quit.”‘ The former Goldwyn Girl, World War II flight school pilot and bookkeeper for all of Fox’s West Coast movie theaters back in the ’40s has no plans to quit anything. She’s having way too much fun. Lucy and Desi went on to stardom, while Thelma – after a three-year stint as a Goldwyn Girl – went on to a short, but colorful marriage. Her first husband was Lu Cook, who owned Cadet Air Academy, a flight school. “I met him on a blind date when I was 19,” Thelma says, lighting another cigarette. “One of my girlfriends was driving by the Egyptian and saw me working. She asked me if I’d go out with this guy because it was his birthday. “I ended up marrying him, but probably shouldn’t have. Lu taught me to fly, then I’d ferry the soldiers he was teaching up to San Francisco so they could leave for the Philippines. Everyone was short on pilots to fly Stateside back then. “I finally left him after five years. He didn’t have $3 to pay our overdue gas bill, but when a guy came to the door selling an airplane propeller, he whipped out $100 to buy it. “I said `OK, I get it,’ picked up my 11-month-old baby, and was long gone.” Thelma tapped her movie contacts for a job as a bookkeeper for Fox theaters in Hollywood, meeting Ken Wright along the way. “He was managing the small Filmont Theater at Hollywood and Vine, making $75 a week. I was making more, but I never told him. “Anyway, we got married, and one day he brought me out to this little piece of dirt in the Valley where they were building some new homes. When I found out they were planning to build an elementary school across the street, we bought it.” Today, the little house across the street from Nestle Avenue Elementary School in Tarzana is worth a small fortune. “Our mortgage was $40 a month, including taxes and insurance,” Thelma says, smiling. The Valley – before freeways – was a long trek from Hollywood, and Thelma was in no mood to make the drive so she opened a local beauty shop. “I was her manicurist, and when I left to open my own shop, I begged Thelma to come with me and do anything she wanted,” says Josie Cavalluzzi, who owns Michelango’s Hair House in Woodland Hills. Thelma accepted her friend’s offer and spent the next 30 years, until she turned 90, as the shop’s receptionist, bookkeeper, and teller of fascinating stories. “In the 94 years I’ve lived, I wouldn’t give up one day of it,” she said Monday, standing behind her Polynesian bar. “Now, how about that beer?” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Forest areas set to reopen slowly

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – With the massive month-old Day Fire contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that the Hungry Valley off-road vehicle park on the edge of the fire area would reopen Thursday. But a portion of the Angeles National Forest west of Interstate 5, and a large area of the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura, Kern and southern Santa Barbara counties will remain closed as firefighters douse hot spot in the 254-square-mile burn area. Under the closure, the public is prohibited from entering affected forest lands, trails, roads and recreation sites. Forest officials hope to open more of the forest by this weekend. Campfires and charcoal barbecue fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres except within facilities managed by concessionaires. On Tuesday, crews were extinguishing small fires within 500 feet of the containment line cut around the blaze. In the days ahead, firefighters also will be rehabilitating constructed fire lines to help minimize erosion, and collecting and hauling out fire hoses and other equipment. On Monday, crews hauled out 11 miles of fire hose from the north and east sides of the fire. Twenty-nine miles of hose remained. A special rehabilitation team will enter the burn area later this week to determine what can be done to stabilize the burned forest areas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipscenter_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Eye Tracking for Business Success Demo

first_imgIf you’re interested in learning about eye tracking and are in the downtown Detroit area next Tuesday, January 14 between 9:00am and 10:30am, drop by the Compuware Building for a demo and chance to try out an eye tracker.Jon West, director of marketing and opportunities for LC Technologies, will be available to demo their eye tracking equipment and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to observe as well as use the equipment. I’m not sure what equipment Jon will be using to demo eye tracking next week, but here’s a demo of LC Technologies NYAN 2.0 product: If you’re not familiar with eye tracking, it’s the process of of measuring where someone is looking, including the point of gaze (where someone is looking) and the motion of the eye. From the event announcement:Eye trackers have come of age and have grown to be an extremely usable, reliable, and popular complement in the data collection and analysis of market research, usability testing, and other activities that test and predict consumer and customer behavior, and that facilitate the design of products that range from software to websites to mobile apps to automobile controls and displays to assistance for people with disabilities.The demo will be held at the Airea Studio, located next to the waterfall and Texas de Brazil restaurant on the ground floor of the Compuware Building. Additional info can be found on the event page.Thanks to my friend Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus for organizing this drop-in event. If you want to learn more about the future of eye tracking, be sure to register for Jon’s presentation the evening of January 14, Beyond the Heat Map: The Future of Eye Tracking, hosted by the Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association/Michigan Computer Human Interaction groups at Cengage Learning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from Demystifying Eye Tracking for UX ResearchAt today’s User Experience Professionals Association webinar, Laura Rivera shared her lessons learned from eye tracking research. Rivera is a user experience (UX) researcher at Facebook and has been instrumental in getting their eye tracking capabilities fine-tuned for mobile. Here are my takeaways from her presentation. Why You Should Use…In “User experience”January 2014 Web Professional and User Experience EventsLast September I started publishing a monthly user experience and web professionals events calendar for southeastern Michigan. I admit I didn’t keep up with posting the calendar each month. So, it’s a new year. With plans to do better in 2014, here’s the January calendar of events in southeastern Michigan:…In “Calendar”January 10, 2014: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesThankfully, the snowstorm and deep freeze in southeastern Michigan is finally over. We had so much snow in our area I had to change from a ruler to a yardstick to measure it. Hope you made it through the first full week of the New Year without any issues. In…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

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Ethiopia beckons intrepid travellers

first_imgThe view from Imet Gogo near Geech camp, Semien Mountains near Ras Dashan. Bet Giyorgis, one of the mysterious cross-shaped churches hewn out of rock at Lalibela. A view of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, from the Sheraton hotel. Crowds gather at the Fasiladas’ bath in Gondar, Ethiopia, to celebrate Timket – the Epiphany for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. (Images: Wikipedia)Samson Mulugeta Still stuck on the image of Ethiopia as a land of war and famine? Think again.These are the little-known facts about this Horn of Africa nation: it is the third most populous country in Africa at 74 million, is twice the size of France, and the climate in the highland capital of Addis Ababa is more akin to Johannesburg than nearby sweltering Khartoum, Sudan.After the ousting of a military dictator nearly two decades ago, Ethiopia has been one of the most stable countries in an African region home to such failed states as Somalia or rogue states such as Sudan, with its crisis in Darfur.But the current Ethiopian government is functional and thriving only in comparison to others in its neighborhood. Its human rights record has been criticised by the US State Department and the nation’s last election, in 2005, was marred by violence and irregularities.Despite these setbacks, Ethiopia has shown steady economic improvement in the last decade, including in the tourism sector, and is one of the world’s least-explored gems.To travellers and students of history, Ethiopia is a magical and enchanting land because of its vivid, uninterrupted connection to antiquity and the larger canvas of recorded human history.  Archeological finds have pointed to Ethiopia as the birth place of the oldest Homo sapiens. Pre-Christian Ethiopia was a major player during antiquity – the Old Testament mentions Ethiopia dozens of times.  Ethiopia’s ancient empire extended on both sides of the Red Sea – Ethiopian kings frequently ruled over south Arabia. Around the time of the birth of Christ, Ethiopia was a centre of commerce and learning along with Egypt, Persia and Greece.“Ethiopia always had a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined,” Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. “I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.”With Axum at its capital, in what is now Tigray Province, Ethiopia’s recorded history dates back to 1 000 years before the birth of Christ.Its founding mythology is still steadfastly held by many modern Ethiopians, that a union of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba begat a royal line that extended from Menelik I to Haile Selassie, whose reign was overthrown in 1974.Ethiopians believe that the Ark of the Covenant, containing the tablets of the 10 commandments, are kept at Mount Zion church in the ancient capital of Axum, guarded by a priest sworn never to leave the premises.Ethiopians have a unique alphabet dating back 2 000 years, rooted in the Gee’ez language which remains the language of the church while Amharic evolved into the people’s language, with a linguistic kinship akin to Latin and English.  Ethiopians keep time in a unique manner, counting the start of the day with one at daybreak (or what would be 7am in Western timekeeping) and ending it with 12 at sundown and then starting with one again. The Coptic calendar is also different. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar and is marked its second millennium this last year, seven-and-a-half years after the Western calendar.The only African nation to avoid colonisation, Ethiopia was an inspiration to South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, and the Rastafarians who idolized Ras Teferi, who was later crowned as Haile Selassie.  Other intriguing aspects of Ethiopia’s heritage include it’s Jewish population (now almost entirely transplanted to Israel), its early acceptance of Christianity in 400 AD (before England, for example, became Christian) and  its veneration by the Prophet Mohammad, who exempted it from jihad, leaving Ethiopia an island of Christianity in a sea of Islam.Ethiopia is even the birthplace of that morning picker-upper the world cannot do without, coffee, whose name derives from Kefa, the region where it was first discovered, according to legend, by a goatherd named Kaldi.The ancient capital Axum, with its towering obelisks and royal tombs anchors one of the three legs of Ethiopia’s northern “historic route.” After invading and occupying Ethiopia from 1935 to 1941, fascist leader Benito Mussolini broke one of the obelisks into three pieces and shipped it to Italy. It was returned to Ethiopia recently after decades of lobbying by the Ethiopian government.The castles of Gonder are the second stop of the historic tour. Gonder was Ethiopia’s capital from 1635 to 1855 and is home to castles built by Emperor Fasilidas, a network of stone structures featuring sauna baths and lion cages.The final and arguably most stunning example of Ethiopia’s former glory is Lalibela, a mountain village in the highlands of Wello Province that pays homage to a sophisticated civilisation that saw itself as the embodiment of a new holy land.  King Lalibela, who had supposedly visited the holy land before he embarked on his building project, wanted to create a new Jerusalem. The stream flowing between the churches is named the River Jordan and the adjoining hill is known locally as Mount of Olives.Heading north from Addis Ababa, the capital, the first thing visitors see from the air as they approach the historic village is Lalibela’s most famous icon, the House of St George, the cross-shaped church.On a towering plateau formed by molten volcanic rock, St. George squats, carved into the rock as if by a giant hand wielding a laser-like surgical tool. It is in the shape of a cross, cut into the rock in a 12-by-12-metre trench, and is formed out of a single seamless rock.  The engineering marvel of churches’ design remains a mystery to this day. The precision, sophistication and astounding scale of the building have defied easy explanation by archeologists and historians. Ethiopian legend has it they were built in 24 years with the help of angels. Modern historians believe the churches took about 100 years to build.Lalibela has remained a living monument, to this day used as a place of worship by thousands of pilgrims who arrive from near and far.The Lalibela churches are among the World Heritage List, a selection of manmade and natural attractions judged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to be of such universal value that they ”should be preserved for all time.”The Lalibela churches are, according to Unesco “a remarkable coupling of engineering and architecture and a unique artistic achievement.”It has astounded every visitor who came upon them, including Portuguese priest Francisco Alvares, the first European to visit Lalibela, in 1512.“I weary of writing more about these buildings,” he wrote. “Because it seems to me that I shall not be believed if I write more.”Several airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, fly to Addis Ababa regularly from destinations around the world. There are daily flights from Addis Ababa to Lalibela. Flights on a fleet of turboprops from Addis Ababa-Gonder-Lalibela-Axum “historic route” costs US$400.Trips to Lalibela are best during the colorful festivals of Timkat (Epiphany, January 19) or Meskel Finding of the True Cross, September 27). However, flights and accommodation tend to be fully booked so planning ahead is essential during for visits during those events.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesMount Mabu yields hidden bounty A holiday – in Zimbabwe? The treasures of Afrika House Saving priceless African history Biggest nature park in the world Useful linksEthiopian Airlines Lonely Planet – Ethiopia Ethiopian Tourism MediaEthiopia CyberEthiopialast_img read more

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Airbus has bumper year

first_imgAirbus has had yet another stellar year with commercial aircraft deliveries in 2017 up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers.Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016.The 2017 total comprises 558 single-aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380s.Read: Boeing’s bumper yearAnd just to show that wasn’t a one-off Airbus recorded 1,109 net orders from 44 customers.Airbus delivery graphic Airbus order and delivery graphic for 2017. AirbusAt the end of 2017 Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft valued at US$1.059 trillion at list prices an extraordinary number by any measure.Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft commented: “A new Airbus delivery record coupled with our fifth best order intake wraps up a remarkable year for us. This outstanding achievement is a testimony to the dedication of all our teams, and makes the company fitter, stronger and ready for the opportunities ahead.”With this year’s performance, Airbus has steadily built on deliveries year on year – with 15 consecutive years of production increase.From its four A320 Family plants in Hamburg, Tianjin, Mobile, and Toulouse, Airbus is on track to achieve rate 60 per month on single-aisle by mid-2019.It also said that the A350 XWB is on track for rate 10 by the end 2018. .The company had a host of milestones in 2017, which included: delivery of its 100th A350 XWB; the delivery of its 50th A320 Family aircraft from its FAL in Mobile; delivery of Emirates’ 100th A380; first flight of the A330neo; certification of the A350-1000; first A321neos delivered with CFM and P&W engines; inauguration of the new A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China, with two first deliveries; and structural completion of the first Beluga XL.last_img read more

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Alderman’s Shoplifting Charges Upgraded to Felony

first_imgIllinois Alderman Lynne M. Johnson has now been charged with felony burglary for allegedly stealing $55.21 worth of merchandise from a Meijer store according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. She had initially been charged with misdemeanor retail theft.You may remember the story. On January 31st a loss prevention associate at Meijer allegedly witnessed Johnson hiding in her purse $55.21 worth of markers, pencils, holiday party favors, and two bottles of ibuprofen. Johnson paid for other items she had in her shopping cart with a credit card but according to the LP associate, she never opened her purse and left the store without paying for the items inside. The associate stopped Johnson outside the store, escorted her to the office without incident, and then notified Aurora, Illinois, police.She was arrested with her brother outside the same Meijer store in August 2013. For that arrest, Johnson pled guilty to failing to pay for $86.60 worth of grocery items and to having $63.64 worth of health and beauty items concealed in her purse. According to court records she was granted supervision in that case.- Sponsor – “It is troubling any time an elected official is accused of wrongdoing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement, adding that the retail shoplifting charges were upgraded “following a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations”.Johnson was elected in April 2013, and her term is up in 2017. Her bail after her arrest was originally set at $1,500, and she was released later that evening, records show. Johnson is scheduled to appear in court March 7 at the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton, Illinois.A judge issued the upgraded $50,000 arrest warrant Friday, prosecutors said. Johnson turned herself in Monday and was released after posting the necessary 10 percent of the warrant. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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