What J.R.R. Tolkien can teach us about life after Trump

first_imgThe sooner we begin, the sooner we may say along with Sam’s old Gaffer, “All’s well that ends better!”   McConnell may be right—indeed, he may continue to do damage even as we work to correct it—but we must undertake it just the same. And Tolkien provides us with insight into the way that work must be accomplished: with determination, but also with compassion. Frodo, as leader of the free hobbits, forbids violence against his fellow hobbits “even if they have gone over to the other side. Really gone over, I mean, not just obeying … because they are frightened.” He cautions that “it is useless to meet revenge with revenge: It will heal nothing.” Compare this to Joe Biden: “We must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”  Like Trump’s MAGA minions, Saruman’s thugs—hobbit, half orc, and human alike—demand respect but deserve none. What they do deserve, Frodo knows, is the chance to change—with consequences if they choose not to. “Do not kill him even now,” he instructs Sam after the disgraced Wizard has just attempted to stab him with a dagger.  “He was great once, of a noble kind … He is fallen and his cure is beyond us, but I would still spare him, in the hope that he may find it.” But Saruman’s pride, like Trump’s, prevents conversion. “All my hopes are ruined,” he tells Galadriel in an earlier chapter, “but I would not share yours.” And Frodo has no compunctions about driving him and his henchmen out of town—as we must have none about driving out the recalcitrant Trump and his goons if they refuse to go in peace.  When first apprised of Sauron’s fall and the success of the Quest, Sam wonders, “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” In “The Scouring of the Shire,” Tolkien has Sam provide his own answer: “I shan’t call it the end,” he says, “till we’ve cleared up the mess. And that’ll take a lot of time and work.” That work is now our work. To quote Joe Biden, “The work of making this vision real is the task of our time.”  – Advertisement – Nor have we rid ourselves of the scourge of Trumpism. On the contrary, Trumpists still occupy the top positions in government and have not acceded to the lawful transfer of power. High-level elected officials remain complicit. Trump loyalists have been installed in our judiciary and our career civil service. Armed militias threaten violence. And millions of our fellow citizens have thrown their lot in with the corrupt and immoral Trump regime.  Tolkien understood that the aftermath of evil is not sudden good, but rather a long, hard, unglamorous slog towards normalcy and decency. And he understood that even this menial work would face resistance from the spiteful vanquished. “I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo,” smirks Sharkey/Saruman to Frodo upon realizing he is defeated. Compare this to Mitch McConnell upon the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”    – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

NYG: SWAN Lauds Sports Ministry, Berates Non-participating States

first_imgSWAN President, Mr. Honour Sirawoo in a statement, particularly praised the sports ministry and those handling the NYG for the level of arrangements put in place for the overall success of the games.“Although I am yet to be on ground, but information from SWAN members covering the games reveal tremendous and visible improvement above previous editions and this is quite commendable.I commend in strong terms the tenacity of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the leadership of the Minister, Barr. Solomon Dalung for achieving this feat of sustainability of the youth games.“I am particularly not happy however with the inability of some states to participate in this year’s edition. With this singular act, young boys and girls from these states are being deprived opportunity to showcase their God-given talents that could help shape their future.“Let it be known that engaging young ones in positive activities such as sports is also an avenue to address restiveness and social vices, hence my appeal to states not participating in this year’s edition to consider youth empowerment and development through sports as priority going forward.”Sirawoo commended states that have committed their resources in sponsoring athletes participating in the NYG, stressing that it is a worthy venture that will yield results not only to their respective states but the country at large.He also applauded the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for engaging the sports media and assured that the sports writers will not disappoint in discharging their duties of constructive reportage of the games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adibe Emenyonu in Benin CityThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has commended the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for it’s concerted effort towards the sustainability of the National Youth Games (NYG) where young talents for grooming are being discovered yearly.This is just as the body has taken a swipe on Zamfara and Yobe states that are not participating in the ongoing 4th edition of the NYG at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.last_img read more

Chemutai third female athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgPeruth Chemutai clocked a personal best time of 9:31.34 in the 3000 Metres Steeplechase at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League race today to qualify for the Rio Olympics.Chemutai finished 10th in the sixth fastest women’s steeplechase race of all time, becoming  just the third Ugandan woman to qualify for the Rio track and field events.   The race was won by Kenyan world champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who won in a glorious 9:07.42.Chekwel was the second woman to qualify on Uganda’s track and field team to Rio last month. She has been joined by Chemutai, below, who is stepping in the shoes of Inzikuru in the steeplechase (IAAF and Zimbo photos)Chemutai’s time was 15 seconds into the Olympic qualifying time of 9:45.00 on a great day for Uganda in Shanghai, with Joshua Cheptegei, who had already qualified in the 10000m, running a personal best of 13:00.60 in finishing 2nd in the men’s 5000m. (see video below)The Ugandan is clearly walking in the shoes of Dorcus Inzikuru who won the first World Championship SteepleChase race in 2005. Like Inzikuru,  Chemutai first made her mark at junior level, making history in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa by winning two silver medals.The other women who have hit the mark are Juliet Chekwel who qualified in the 10,000 metres last month in a national record time of 31:37.99 and marathoner Adero Nyakesi (2:34:54 in Amsterdam Oct 2015). Muktar edged Uganda’s Cheptegei in the final 100 metres. SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE PHOTOCheptegei beaten in last 100 metresA storming last 200m for the unfancied former world champion Muktar Edris helped him win a five-man last lap bust-up in the 5000m race.Former world junior champion Muktar exploded off the final bend to pull clear of two fellow Ethiopians, Uganda’s Cheptegei and Kenyan Olympic medalist Thomas Longosiwa in the second stop of the IAAF Diamond League.Muktar crossed the line in 12:59.96 to claim the Shanghai meeting’s first ever sub-13 minute, as Cheptegei took second in 13:00.60 – a huge personal best for the Uganda world junior 10,000m champion.“The pace was slow at the beginning, but end very good. I like to have the battle with the Ethiopians. Improved my personal best with a half minute. You know, you have to focus and I have to work on my speed. This was a good race, but I believe I can still improve,” said Uganda’s Cheptegei.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Athletes compete in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Shanghai Diamond League athletics competition in Shanghai on May 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTOlast_img read more

Summertime and the Living’s Not Easy

first_imgRainy, hot weather brings good and bad for Shore businesses The wet and then hot weather has meant different things to area business owners who were looking forward to summer as a time to return to “normal.”“It’s been a weird summer,” said Frank Bain, who owns and operates Bain’s Hardware on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Super Storm Sandy severely damaged his store. It took Bain months to make the extensive and necessary repairs and restock his lost merchandise.Bain’s employees Maryann Marino of Holmdel (left) and Sandy Skurat of Sea Bright, check out the beach chairs in front of the hardware store on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Sitting across from the community’s public beach, Bain’s stocks seemingly everything necessary for a day at the beach or pool – including sunscreen – along with all the usual items found in a traditional hardware store.The wet June got his summer off to a rocky start just when he hoped to make up for business lost over the winter.“Rain is only good to grow corn,” he said.July, however, has already been looking stronger with kids out of school and the weather heating up.“I can’t control the weather at all,” he said, adding his strategy is to “say thank you to all my customers” who continue to come through the door.June was the wettest June in New Jersey since 1895 – when records were first kept – with 9.5 inches of precipitation, said David Robinson, state climatologist, Rutgers University. “Monmouth County was in the weather crosshairs,” for that month, he said. “It was one of the wettest parts of the state in the month of June.”July is now shaping up to be hot – like June was wet – with the first seven days of the month, never dropping below 70 degrees, Robinson said.“It’s been so damn hot they don’t come out of the house,” said Bill Geltzeiler, who recently opened Billy G’s Beach Bistro, also on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.Geltzeiler relocated to Sea Bright after Sandy wrecked his Long Branch location. He has been open for just a few weeks, but noticed the weather affecting his business. Too hot isn’t good, because people won’t come out; if the day starts off rainy, business can be expected to be equally slow, he said.Geltzeiler believes “85 degrees would be perfect,” with customers arriving before 8 a.m. and then after 3 p.m. – before and after the beach.“A lot of people think when it’s hot it’s good for business,” said Frances Rooney who sells hot dogs from her cart on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Surf Street. “It’s not.”“Sometimes it gets too hot for the beach,” she said.Monday, which topped off at in the high 80s with high humidity, was Rooney’s first day at her post this year. “I couldn’t stand it,” she said. She even considered calling it a day earlier than her usual 4 p.m.As she looked out around Sea Bright from her vantage point, Rooney said she has noticed that the beach has begun to fill on hot days. She added, “I have to say the beach clubs are packed,” strong indicators from someone who has been in business since the 1960s.Brian George, whose Northshore men’s and women’s clothing store reopened in March on the eastern side of Ocean Avenue, said unlike malls, “weather does play a role,” with his shoppers. Conditions have to be good – not too extreme – to attract customers.Construction workers Liam Monahan of Middletown (left) and Alfonso Carrillo of Red Bank, take a break and enjoy a cold drink at the former Brahma Yoga storefront.He also has observed a difference between how men and women shop. “In men’s wear, it’s a knee-jerk reaction,” with men buying, by and large, when they realize they need something like swim trunks when it gets hot. “For women, shopping is a sport,” and will do it pretty regularly, said George whoseshop recently added women’s wear to its inventory.“Hot’s not good,” for Giglio’s Bait and Tackle, next to Northshore, owner Tom Giglio said.“Lightning storms are real bad and we’ve been seeing them,” he said. “Hurricanes are worse.”Milder temps, between 75-80 degrees with a soft northwest breeze, is what “brings out all kinds of fishermen,” he said.“I guess it’s the same for everyone in this area,” Giglio said. “Bad weather, bad sales.”The weather hasn’t been the most conducive for his business but it’s still been fairly steady and Giglio is hoping for a strong enough summer to hold him over until his busy season in the fall begins. “That’s our best time of the year, but it’s the summer that pays for the fall,” he said.The recent hot weather has Giorgio Migliaccio hoping it continues and helps to put Highlands businesses back on track after the storm.Migliaccio owns and operates Francesco’s Restaurant, a small pizza and sub shop on Bay Avenue. He said for his business, “if it gets very hot and dry people don’t cook,” and may look to have a pizza delivered. Rain can be a plus to his business, too. If drops start falling at about dinnertime, preventing people from barbecuing, he can get calls, he said.“This past week is suppose to be the busiest week,” with the July 4 holiday and long weekend for many. “It was just OK,” he said with business overall still down 30 to 40 percent over last year.“We survive,” he said. “We have one good day and then the next not so good.”The wet June has worked out, in some regard, for Windansea on Shrewsbury Avenue in Highlands, said owner Dan Shields.The rainy days last month seemed to occur during the earlier part of the week, with weekends clearing up enough to bring people out – and they are coming out, Shields said.“In general, people are really happy to be out of that rotten winter,” he said and they are showing up to see and hear the live bands and sit outside.“It’s definitely a strong season for us,” and one he hopes continues, Shields said.“The overall impression of the summer is the grass is still green and the air-conditioners have been humming,” Robinson said.As for what we could see, the state climatologist believes, the weather will be persistently humid and warm but not necessarily oppressively hot, at least for the next six weeks or so.“We certainly have no drought threat in the short term,” Robinson said. 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Fuhr Thoughts —The Madness experience live and in person

first_imgMarch of late has been deemed the month Canadians dig out from another spring snowstorm as winter continues to hold off spring.South of the 49th parallel, March is known for its Madness on the college hardwood as 68 teams take their shot at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.Seeing how a taste of March Madness was going to be in Spokane with Washington State hosting the second and third rounds of the tournament Thursday and Saturday, I decided to take a trek to see what all the hoopla was about.Now I have to admit college basketball has ballooned just a little since an old college buddy and I used a friend’s living room to watch three straight games in living colour one afternoon back in the Marques Johnson UCLA days. (I dare you to google to see when Marques Johnson played for UCLA.)In Kamloops, being a poor college student, the only affordable luxury was a B&W Marconi for our pad viewers, which for $25 had difficulty keeping up with the travel of the ball. So it was a treat to see the games in colour.This weekend in Spokane was definitely a step up from Kamloops — a basketball purists dream.Four games to take in of NCAA Division One Men’s Round two games Thursday followed by two more third round contests Saturday.Thursday was an eye opener right from the start as No. 12 Harvard upset fifth-ranked Cincinnati.Later in the day odds-on favourite Michigan State manhandled Delaware Blue Hens before another 12-seed, North Dakota posted the upset over Oklahoma State.And you ask about the final game? Well that contest went into overtime with San Diego State surviving against Canadian Sim Bhullar of Toronto playing for New Mexico State.That’s 7’5”, 360-pound Sim Bhullar. Sim is one big man. Basketball has fallen off the sports map the Kootenays over the past years since a group of boys put the Heritage City on the map with back-to-back provincial titles at Grade nine and ten division and a fourth-place finish in the Triple-A Championships during their senior year.LVR didn’t even have a Senior Girl’s team for the first time since anyone can remember. But it was nice to see former Bomber and now LVR Senior Boy’s coach Jeremy Phelan scrape together enough funds to talk his Triple-A provincial tournament.It’s obvious soccer, hockey and individual sports like skiing, snowboarding mountain biking and skateboarding have taken over.But that doesn’t mean there is still a following locally.And by the number of people I ran into at the Spokane Arena, there’s still a following.From warm-up through to the final buzzer there’s dunks, steals, pin-point passing and shooting along with bands, cheerleaders and mascots all packed into one single game.Saturday’s finale between Harvard and Michigan State saw those future Crimson billionaire CEOs and Nobel Peace Prize winners erase a 16-point deficit to take a one-point advantage late in the game.The rally had the arena rocking. Most of the crowd, except for a section of Spartan supporters, was amped up hoping to see another upset.However, President Obama’s pick to win it all showed resiliency, answering the Crimson run with one of their own to off the 80-73 victory.It was quite a weekend in the Spok despite no one winning college basketball’s first $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. It took only 25 games for everyone to be eliminated from the contest that had the winner taking home $1 BILLON for picking the winners of 63 NCAA Tournament games.Television, colour or B& W, doesn’t do the March Madness justice. Being there was gave me whole a new perspective.Americans love their college hoops. And the Canadians playing on scholarship south of the border are proof success doesn’t always come from a puck and a stick.Oh did I tell you the minute I crossed the Nelway border Saturday night back into Canada Saturday, it started snowing — flakes the size of saucers.Which is good, because now I don’t need an excuse — even if its sunny — to spend Sunday in front of the television watching more games — that saw top-ranked Wichita State Shockers and second-seed Kansas get SHOCKED!last_img read more

Dinosaurs Lived in Vast Ecological Zones

first_imgDon’t think of dinosaur species living in small ecological zones.  Their habitats covered vast areas, according to a new study: “Researchers at McGill University are unlocking the mysteries of the little-known habits of dinosaurs in discovering that the entire western interior of North America was likely once populated by a single community of dinosaurs,” reported Science Daily.    Dinosaurs in North America inhabited ecological niches comparable to those of mammals today.  They were mobile and adaptable: “They were able to colonize and dominate the landscape over very large distances, and were not nearly as constrained as we might have once thought,” said Matthew Vavrek, a PhD student at McGill.  The team compared “alpha diversity” (diversity within an area) to beta diversity (diversity between areas) and found that beta diversity was low – comparable to wide-ranging mammals.  This speaks of homogeneous communities covering the entire Western interior.    The team recognized that they are “just beginning to scratch the surface of dinosaur ecology.”  This initial study raises many new questions about gene flow, migration, and affects of the dinosaurs on other megafauna and plant communities.To the extent the conclusions in this study are reliable, they raise interesting questions about climate as well.  Today’s western interior is highly stratified into biomes characterized by temperature, rainfall, flora and fauna.  There are deserts, riparian zones, grasslands, chaparral, arboreal forests, and timberline meadows.  Does the presence of dinosaur species across nearly continent-sized regions indicate that the climate or geography was radically different in the past?  If so, what would that imply about earth history as well as political debates over human impact on the environment?  These are questions that can be posed, not answers we are proposing.    One needs to be cautious with concepts, techniques and inferences in studies like this.  Some terms that are taken for granted in science become rather slippery when one has to pin them down.  Take ecological niche, for instance, or predator.  The differences between elements of these set can arguably outweigh the things they have in common.  A wolf spider and a grizzly bear can both be considered predators, for instance, and a human and a bedbug can both inhabit the same ecological niche.  Terms like these are useful for human theories and conversations.  It is difficult to defend the notion that they refer to realities that are actually “out there” in the world, independent of human reasoning.  To what does alpha diversity and beta diversity refer?  Sounds Greek.  The Greeks were humans, after all, not dinosaurs; although they were mammals.    The authors themselves admit that they are barely scratching the surface of dinosaur ecology.  Let’s let them scratch some more.  There can be surprises in lower layers.  Maybe they are not even scratching the right surface.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Neighborly fence care

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension Noble CountyFence care can make tempers flare between neighbors. Typically, when neighbors have similar goals, an agreeable strategy for fence maintenance can be worked out easily. When land use pursuits differ, there is a higher likelihood for conflict.One of Ohio’s oldest rural laws is built around the care of partition fence. Ohio R.C. Chapter 971 defines a partition fence or “line fence” as a fence placed on the division line between two adjacent properties. In 2008, the law was updated to state “Partition fence includes a fence that has been considered a division line between two such properties even though a subsequent land survey indicates that the fence is not located directly on the division line.”If both neighbors utilize the fence for similar purposes then the responsibilities are typically split evenly, which includes keeping the fence line clear of brush, briers, thistle and weeds within four feet of the fence.Historically, in all cases, the responsibility of maintaining the fence fell on both landowners equally, but revisions made in 2008 determined that the responsibility of existing (prior to 2008) fence can be divided more fairly by considering six factors:The topography of the property where the fence is or will be located.The presence of streams, creeks, rivers or other bodies of water on the property.The presences of trees, vines or other vegetation on the property.The level of risk of trespassers on either property due to the population density surrounding the property or the recreational use of adjoining properties.The importance of marking division lines between the properties.The number and type of livestock that each landowner may contain with the fence.If new fence is constructed, the responsibilities are different than in decades past. By definition, a “new” line fence is one constructed where a partition fence has never existed. In this case, the construction and maintenance responsibility are wholly the initiating landowner’s responsibility, unless the neighbor uses the fence for livestock containment within 30 years of construction. In that case, the landowner who built the fence could seek reimbursement from their neighbor by filing an affidavit with the county recorder.To be compliant with state law, a new partition fence containing livestock must meet the standards of “preferred partition fence.” The following are considered preferred:A woven wire fence of either standard or high tensile wire and topped with one or two strands of barbed wire that is at least 48 inches from the ground.A nonelectric high tensile fence with at least seven strands of wire constructed in accordance with NRCS standards.A barbed wire, electric or live fence to which the adjoining landowners agree, in writing.Neighbors who wish to construct new fence must be granted ten feet on the adjoining property to perform construction and maintenance. However, the fence builder is liable for damages caused by the entry onto the adjoining property, including damages to crops.Alternative landowner agreements are tools that can allow neighbors to create their own fence line agreements that alter how state law applies in their situation. In order to be considered valid and binding the agreement must:Be in writing.Include a description of the land where the fence is located.Include a description of the purpose and use of the fence.Be filed with the county recorder in the county where the land is located.If a dispute regarding partition fence cannot be resolved between neighbors, there are two ways to proceed through resolution. A complaint may be filed with the board of township trustees or directly in the court of common pleas. Working through a resolution in these manners can be lengthy and complicated. Details on appropriate procedures for filing a complaint can be found in R.C. 971.09.By far, the easiest way to decide on a plan for fence care is communicating with your neighbor. Openly stating your intentions and wishes in a courteous and polite manner with each other is best. Once you have reached an agreement, seal it with a handshake, but also, put it in writing and file it appropriately.The information communicated in this article is gathered from Ohio Revised Code Chapter 971 and OSU Extension’s Fence Law Factsheet by Peggy Hall, which can be accessed online at: http://go.osu.edu/aglawlinefence.last_img read more

Corn neutral, soybeans bearish in today’s USDA numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileToday’s USDA report had corn production at 13.661 billion bushels, yield of 167.0, and ending stocks at 1.910 billion bushels. Soybean production was 3.550 billion bushels, yield was 46.9, and ending stocks of 475 million bushels.The market has been anticipating this report for weeks. Anticipation can be highly overrated. Yet, it can also be disappointing as the amount of time and energy spent is quickly forgotten once the report is released. Don’t be surprised to just move on.Will USDA finally get it right with corn acres and yield? However, with only 52% of the U.S. corn harvested shown on this week’s progress report, it means even less corn had been harvested when USDA compiled and field reports the beginning of November. Many anticipate the corn yield would decline in the last 20% to 40% of harvest. It could easily be the January 10, 2020 report to get a much better handle on corn yields when final 2019 production and yield are released.Corn has been under pressure in recent weeks due to shrinking export demand. This week it has made several new 30-day lows on the December CBOT contract. Improving weather in South America along with increased acres have combined as negatives for corn. U.S. weekly export sales have been disappointing with actual shipments light as well. Exports could be cut again today. Last month, U.S. corn exports were reduced 150 million bushels to 1.9 billion bushels. It follows a trend which has reduced exports multiple times from the May report when they were projected to be 2.275 billion bushels.Shortly after the report release, corn was 4 cents, soybeans were down 5 cents, and wheat was up 1 cent. Prior to the noon report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat down one cent.The U.S. and China trade talks continue to dominate the news. No one is thrilled with this reality but it is where we are. With the mid-November Chile APEC meeting cancelled, it means a new location must be secured for a trade signing to take place But, first the trade deal needs to be accomplished. The last two days there have been numerous news stories of the tariffs being removed in stages. For word buffs, the word of the day this week has been, “tranche,” defined as slice or portion. It has appeared in multiple news reports. Yesterday, there was even a report in which China denied the idea of slices, instead stating the translation had not been done properly.Trader estimates had the U.S. corn yield at 167.5, last month USDA had 168.4; corn production estimates were 13.643, USDA was 13.779 last month; and corn ending stocks estimates were 1.817 billion bushels, with USDA in October 1.929 billion bushels. Soybean trade estimates had the U.S. soybean yield at 46.6, last month USDA was 46.9; soybean production estimates from traders were 3.510 billion bushels, last month USDA was 3.550 billion bushels, and soybean ending stocks estimates were 428 million bushels, last month USDA was 460 million bushels.The funds have been short corn and long soybeans for many weeks. Their positions have increased both for corn and soybeans this week. It will take a major surprise for them to suddenly change.last_img read more

a month agoSevilla boss Julen Lopetegui: Chicharito will improve

first_imgSevilla boss Julen Lopetegui: Chicharito will improveby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla boss Julen Lopetegui says Javier Hernandez will improve after making his debut in victory over Alaves.The former West Ham striker came on as a second-half substitute.Lopetegui said, “In the moment in which he entered the game, he had to take advantage of the spaces.”It wasn’t difficult, he tried and he has to continue doing what the team is asking for.”A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Garvey to be Cleared of All Criminal Charges

first_img “We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.center_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130 th birthday of Jamaica’sfirst National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”.The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… . We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power. In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.last_img read more