JetBlue to begin direct flights from Guyana to New York in 2020

first_imgThe New York-based carrier, JetBlue, will begin to operate direct flights between Guyana and New York in April 2020.According to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the airline is well into its preparatory stages. JetBlue on Tuesday said that tickets for flights which are slated to commence on April 2, 2020, are already on sale in the United States (US).The non-stop flight will travel from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on a daily basis with the carrier’s new A321neo aircraft.Speaking with Guyana Times, Director General of Guyana’s Aviation Authority, Egbert Field said that the airline, though yet to file its application, ought to be lauded for its due diligence as it contacted them prior to making the big announcement.“Yesterday (Monday) they called and I had a discussion with them and they are very happy and want to come to Guyana,” he explained.The Director was keen to note that JetBlue is currently in the process of registering their business locally. When this is completed, the airline’s next step would be to approach the GCAA to iron out the “technical” aspect of the process.“Things are on stream for the April commencement of operations. The timeline is a good timeline because it gives them time to register their business here, look for the necessary facilities and also to make their application to us so we can begin the process,” Field asserted.With this new service, passengers will enjoy five hours of travel time between the two countries. Guyana will be the fourth country in South America JetBlue serves in the coming months. Presently, the airline services almost 40 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.“Guyana service introduces a diverse and underserved destination to the JetBlue route map which will benefit both leisure travellers, as well as those visiting friends and relatives,” the Director of Route Planning, Andrea Lusso posited.The Director was happy to note that Guyana will be benefitting from low travel fares but high-quality service.JetBlueThe A321neo – the newest aircraft type to join JetBlue’s growing fleet of more than 250 aircraft – boasts a 20 per cent increase in fuel efficiency which supports some 500 nautical miles of extended range. The longer-range flying capabilities of the A321neo open up a host of new markets which JetBlue’s existing fleet could not serve with nonstop flights, including recently announced service between New York-JFK and Guayaquil, Ecuador, launching this December. Additionally, each JetBlue Airbus A321neo will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which produce a smaller noise footprint and lower operating costs when compared with today’s engines.Inside the aircraft, JetBlue’s award-winning comfort and connectivity will be the focus of the onboard customer experience. The A321neo will feature the Collins Meridian seat – which is the widest seat available for the single-aisle Airbus family of aircraft – with enhanced cushion comfort, adjustable headrests, power connections at every seat and the most legroom in coach.Inflight entertainment will be powered by Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system – featuring 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screens, more than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality, picture-in-picture function and more – JetBlue will offer customers expanded entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies.last_img read more

Nagamootoo’s Office is a nest of patronage – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday declared that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s Office is nothing but a nest of political patronage whereby his family, friends and affiliates are regularly awarded.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooJagdeo expressed these sentiments during a news conference at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown.He was at the time offering his take on the controversy currently surrounding State Minister Joseph Harmon to media operatives.“I noticed Harmon said he had to sign many things for both APNU and AFC supporters. Was it that he was saying that we both did the same thing so why would Nagamootoo feel ignorance and some of the others feel ignorance of what Harmon did when he, Harmon, would have had to sign similar instruments for many AFC supporters?” Jagdeo questioned.Jagdeo explained that the Prime Minister, among other government officials, are guilty of the same yet there is no public outrage over those incidents.“Nagamootoo Office has been a nest of patronage and he has not done any work on behalf of the nation. He enjoys massive resource at his disposal, much of it personal because the benefits he get as perks of Office,” Jagdeo stated.Furthermore, Jagdeo disclosed that Nagamootoo’s relatives have been appointed to manage the old cinema government had rented for use as one of its offices.Jagdeo also reminded of the Prime Minister’s regional representatives, all of whom he posited were “jobs for the boys”.Nagamootoo has come in for harsh criticisms over his exorbitance at the expense of taxpayers’ monies.Firstly, there was the $22 million customised luxury Land Cruiser that was added to his existing fleet of 22 vehicles, which was deemed just the tip of an iceberg of extravagant expenditures in his personal life.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo has cashed in on hefty amounts for the repairs to the bridge and road to his private residence, repairs to the official Prime Minister’s residence and the Office of the Prime Minister.Moreover, in the Budget Estimates 2015, an additional $10 million was set aside for the rehabilitation of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Some of this money will go towards constructing several secondary buildings at the Prime Minister’s residence, while the remainder will be distributed for the refurbishing of cubicles, security barracks, storage houses, waiting area, and the roof.An additional $10 million was set aside for the purchase of furniture and equipment, while another $4 million is allocated for the refurbishing of furniture and equipment, Nagamootoo stated, contending that the buildings he inherited were in a deplorable state.Also, some $10 million was budgeted under the Office of the Prime Minister for “minor works”, which Nagamootoo said will be distributed to assist in various projects undertaken by the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU); the Salvation Army and the Diocese of Guyana, among others.Additionally, a whopping $15.7 million is set aside for “other expenses”. Added to that is the massive salary increases, which he had requested, now being paid to government officials.last_img read more

PPP calls for CoI into drug shortage countrywide

first_img– chides Govt for awarding contracts without tendering, prequalificationthe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the drug shortages throughout the country and the massive expenditures to companies without public tendering.The parliamentary Opposition made this call during a press conference on Thursday. It comes in the wake of questions the Party fielded to the Ministers of Public Health and Communities in the National Assembly on Monday last.From left: Members of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud; Dr Frank Anthony; Gail Teixeira and Juan EdghillWhen a response came from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, it was revealed that nine out of the 10 administrative regions in Guyana did no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017. In addition, all regions indicated that no prequalification was done. This was all done in the name of emergencies.At the press conference were Members of Parliament Juan Edghill, Gail Teixeira, Dr Vindhya Persaud and Dr Frank Anthony. According to PPP Chief Whip, Teixeira, the situation demands a CoI.“However, this is a case where, as my colleagues have all spoken, 92 per cent (of drug purchases) have been based on emergencies, with no paper trails. This issue demands a Commission of Inquiry. We’re (already) having Commission of Inquiries galore.”Teixeira said that during the May 8 sitting of the National Assembly, there were a number of questions left unanswered. In addition, Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill noted that 77 per cent of the total allocations for drugs for the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) have been expended.“When we asked the question from the Minister of Health, how much money would have been spent on drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital for January 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017 she gave us some figures.“And in those figures for 2017, $2 billion has already been expended on drugs and medical supplies for GPHC. That represents almost 77 per cent of the total allocations for the year. Now you may say that that’s great, they already got the drugs.”He noted that what usually obtains is open bidding or pre-qualification where by a number of companies were pre-qualified. Edghill pointed out that among the questions to the Ministers was whether any of the companies were pre-qualified.“The answer in all cases was no. Nobody was pre-qualified. So here it is, just in the Public Hospital, without any pre-qualification or any suppliers being called upon to provide their bonafides to show that they have proper cold chain storage to show that they are actually bringing good quality drugs, two million dollars of the nation’s money is spent. The system is being manipulated.”Edghill noted that the nation has degenerated from a point where pharmaceutical company NEW GPC INC and other companies were prequalified using an international process to a point where officials can now call upon anyone to supply drugs without due process.The Ministry stated that in Region One (Barima-Waini), $76.2 million or 94 per cent of the Public Health Budget was expended by December 2016. In the case of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), $141.1 million or 80 per cent was expended, while in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), that figure was $127.7 million. This represented just 38 per cent, as $339.6 million was budgeted.In Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), $553.9 million or 94 per cent was expended by the close of the year; in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the figure was $80.6 million or just 52 per cent of the budgeted expenses.For Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), almost the full $394.5 million was expended, while in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) the figure was $61.3 million. In Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), $2.9 million was expended or just 10 per cent was used.In Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), the figure was $63.8 million, while in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), the full $141.5 million was expended.There has already been a CoI into the Public Health Ministry. This was, however, billed as a CoI on the unauthorised disclosure of information on the procurement of pharmaceuticals at the Ministry. That CoI resulted in the Ministry parting company with former Permanent Secretary, Trevor Thomas.Besides the previous CoI into pharmaceuticals, there have been a plethora of other CoIs since the APNU/AFC’s ascension to office. These include CoIs into the state of education in Guyana, the land rights CoI and a CoI into a suspicious plane found in the interior.last_img read more

NPSS Student signs with UNBC Timberwolves

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School Grade 12 student, Kenzie Chilcott, has signed to play soccer with the UNBC Timberwolves as recently announced in a release by UNBC .Chilcott points to the TimberWolves’ team-first approach as a major factor in her decision to commit to UNBC.“Seeing how this team works as a community, and Neil not pushing the culture on anyone. It just happens naturally around him. I am really a community-based person, and I love having a culture where everyone is equal.”Chilcott will graduate from NPSS in June and plans to pursue Civil Engineering in her time at UNBC. She will join her new teammates this summer, ready to grow as a player.- Advertisement -When asked for a scouting report on herself, Chilcott gave Timberwolves fans an idea of what they can expect from her over the next five seasons.“I like to get into tackles. I am fast, so I have been the one to chase opposition down. I really have been trying to take more risks playing forward, because I play so defensively. That will be something to see, along with, hopefully, some goals.”A video to Chilcott’s interview can be found below:Advertisementlast_img read more

DD Gardening: Is it too late for bulbs?

first_imgThis past week I’ve been in a few garden centres and everyone has masses of spring flowering bulbs at reduced prices. I don’t know if garden centres bought in too many in the Autumn or if customers were just not buying them but whatever the reason there are lots about… and they’re cheap, really cheap… at least half price in every garden centre I was in.Now you might walk down your path and see your existing daffodils popping through the soil, indeed cruise down the Port Road in Letterkenny and you’ll see some early flowering varieties actually in flower, and you’re right to question the success of planting Daffodil bulbs now when they’re already so far advanced in the garden. Advertisement But what will happen is that these late planted bulbs will flower later this year but then fall back into sync with the rest of your garden next year.The thing you need to be doing is giving the bulbs in the packs a squeeze, a little softness is grand (this will happen as they start to shoot in the bags) but bulbs which are very soft may be completely rotten in the packs so obviously best to avoid these as your chance of success is nil.In contrast to Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths which are still fine to plant, don’t chance the Snowdrops. Snowdrops must be planted fresh and don’t like any period of drying so although the Snowdrop bulbs may be rock hard – the chance they’ll bloom is probably nil. Advertisement Now when it comes to planting bulbs into your garden the secret is to bulk them out, don’t plant them in singles or lines plant them in drifts of clumps, such as 9 Tulip bulbs planted 6” apart makes a good show, Daffodils planted in clumps of 9’s look well too, Crocus bulbs work best when planted in dozens – and work especially well planted through a lawn to naturalise.When your planting the golden rule is to dig a hole twice as deep as the bulb is tall, so a 3” bulb should be planted 6” deep, and at the bottom of the planting hole put a sprinkling of multi-purpose compost as this is easy for the bulbs to root into.The best time to seed the bulbs is with a liquid fertiliser just as they go out of flower, so just as the flowers are fading off your daffodils go out with some Tomato food then.In addition a sprinkling of Fish, Blood & Bone Meal just as the bulbs are poking out the ground (ie Now!) will help to bulk the bulbs up.I adore bulbs as they are low maintenance additions to the garden, you plant them and they flower, every few years you dig them up, split the clumps and replant them in different parts of the garden.So this week try to get into the garden centres are pick up some of the many half price bulbs about and start adding some more spring colour to all areas of your garden! Job of the week:If you’re not sourcing these great value bulbs then a job to get on with now is sowing some Sweet pea seeds. Pick up a pack of seeds, open and soak the seeds in some water for a few hours then sown into small pots – maybe 5 seeds per pot, or sow one seed into old toilet roll tubes filled with multi-purpose compost.Water and sit somewhere nice and warm to germinate. Once germinated harden off and then sit outside for them to grow away until you’re ready to plant them in the garden.DD Gardening: Is it too late for bulbs? was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bulbsdd gardeningwinterlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH DRAWN TO FACE GLENSWILLY IN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News: Open membership sessionsThere will be open registration sessions in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 12th March from 6.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 14th March from 12 to 2pm. The deadline for 2015 club membership is approaching rapidly and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Some key points to bear in mind:-· Paid up members will receive preference for tickets to Donegal’s championship matches, including All-Ireland final tickets. · In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.· Only fully registered players on the GAA online registration system are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.· Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.· Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the annual draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon’s Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager.FootballThe draw for the under 21 championship has seen Aodh Ruadh drawn in the preliminary round where they will have a home tie against Glenswilly. The winners of that will play Buncrana in the first round proper, with the winners of that facing the winners of Saint Eunan’s and Gaoth Dobhair. It was a game of two halves for the minors on Sunday as they took on Naomh Columba in the Park on Sunday. The Ernesiders were shorn of the talents of Philip Patton, Cookie O’Halloran and Oisín Roper for this one and faced a brisk breeze in the first half. They duly delivered an outstanding half of football to go in leading by three points at the break. The second half was a different matter. Glen ground their way back into the game, Ballyshannon’s conversion rate dropped and come the final whistle the visitors had amassed a three point winning margin. A tough defeat to take, but there were still many positives in the game. Jason Granaghan and Colm Doyle, both at corner back, had exceptionally good games, while in the middle of the field Shane McGrath produced an outstanding performance. Conall Sweeny, one of the youngest members of the panel, really stepped up to the mark, dominating at centre back. Nathan Boyle was having a super game until forced off with ligament injury and we send him the club’s best wishes for a speedy recovery. Despite that defeat Aodh Ruadh are through to the quarter-finals. However the minor programme is in flux at the moment as a few more games remain to be played before the final quarter-final composition is determined, so as yet we have no indication as to when that game will take place or who will provide the opposition. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.Training continues for the under 14s this Saturday 14th March from 10am-11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.Indoor training finally returns for the under 6s and under 8s this Friday in the Mercy Hall at the usual times, under 6s: 6-7pm; under 8s: 7-8pm. Indoor training continues for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.Many thanks to everyone who attended the Bord na nÓg quiz in Owen Roe’s last week as we raised €300 for the club. It is getting near the end of the time to collect Lucozade codes. We have 166 collected so if anyone if collecting them for the club please send them on to me here. If anyone drinks Lucozade please keep collecting the codes until the 31st March.HurlingMany thanks to Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA who conducted an interesting and enjoyable Coach The Coaches workshop in Creevy National School on Saturday last. Coaches from Ederney, Erne Gaels and Four Masters also took part in this workshop. The following Aodh Ruadh underage hurling coaches took part in this session: Mike Lynch, Peter Horan, Pauric Keenaghan, John Larkin, Paul O’Sullivan and John Rooney. Many thanks to principal of Creevy NS Aoibhinn Kelly and her staff for the use of their fine sports hall.Donegal minors lost out to Tyrone in a challenge game in Garvaghey on Saturday 3-14 to 3-10, Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney started for Donegal while Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan came off the bench in the second half, with Brennan grabbing a goal. Donegal play Derry this Saturday in Letterkenny in their opening game of Division 1 of the Ulster Minor League.We had great numbers at our training on Sunday morning, with numbers increasing in all age groups, training again this Sunday at 12 noon all welcome especially beginners, hurls and helmets are provided for training. Membership forms available at all training sessions very important that all players be registered by the 31st March 2015 for insurance purposes.There is a foundation award for hurling course in MacCumhaill Park this Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March. If you would like to attend please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.LadiesThe seniors lost their first game of season at home to Naomh Conaill on Sunday. You can check out some images from the game in the aodhruadh.org image gallery.There is a home game this Sunday against Four Masters. Training for under 16s, minors and seniors takes place on Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 11am.There is training for under 12 girls (Born 2003 or 2004) on Mondays in the Mercy Hall from 6-7pm. There is a €2 charge to help cover the cost of the hall.Remember Garda vetting forms to be filled in and returned to Teddy Kane as soon as possible.TwitterWe are making a concerted effort to boost usage of our Twitter account, @aodhruadh. Already our committed volunteers have been hard at work over the past weekend in putting up updates from around and about the club and it looks like it could turn into a great resource for breaking club news. Get following @aodhruadh for the very latest news from the club.Club kitWe now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available shortly, watch the Facebook page for images. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on salw. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Abbey Centre BingoAnn Mulhern of Donegal Town was the winner of last week’s big bingo jackpot of €400. Bingo returns to the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. The winter snowball is still waiting to be won, now standing at €650 on 52 numbers or less. Books available priced €10/€5.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,700. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 16.In the lucky dip €20 went to: John Faherty Portnason; Jane Maguire, Knather Road; Gerry Timoney, Belcoo; John McGrory, Dunmuckrim; and Freddie Henry, Garrison. Next draw in McGinley’s with a Jackpot of €4,800 on Monday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH DRAWN TO FACE GLENSWILLY IN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

FALLING STREET LIGHT WAS SECOND SUCH INCIDENT IN SAME VILLAGE IN RECENT YEARS

first_imgA county councillor has asked Donegal County Council to examine street lights in Convoy village after a man’s car was struck by one of the lights.A fallen lamp post which damaged a parked car in the town of Convoy in Co. Donegal. (North West Newspix)Local county councillor Liam Doherty has now revealed this is the SECOND such incident involving the same street lights at the Green.A local man, Paul McHugh, revealed how his car was damaged when one of the 15 ft street lights came toppling down on his car. It smashed the back windscreen and caused other damage to the rear of his BMW car just minutes after he got out of it to go to some nearby shops.Now Cllr Doherty has told Donegal Daily that another street light in the same area came crashing down four years ago.Cllr Doherty has now contacted Donegal County Council and asked them to examine the remaining three lamp-posts to see if they may be vulnerable.“Approximately four years ago another street light went missing and people thought it had been stolen. “But what actually happened was the it too had fallen and I took it to my property and later told Gardai what had happened.Colr Liam Doherty at the site of where a lamp post fell onto a parked car in Convoy. (North West Newspix)“I have contacted the engineer from Donegal County Council with regard to carrying out an examination of the remaining street lights in the area.“If there is a fault in any of them then they will have to be replaced before there is an accident,” he said.The Sinn Fein county councillor agreed that it was pure luck that someone was not hurt during the latest incident on Saturday last.“I was asked to come top the scene of this incident just after it happened and it could have been much more serious. “There is a local man who sells potatoes from a stall close to where this happened and children and young mothers often pass by this area.“It could have caused a very serious incident if the street light had come down while they were passing.“I will keep in touch with the council to see what exactly can be done,” he said.FALLING STREET LIGHT WAS SECOND SUCH INCIDENT IN SAME VILLAGE IN RECENT YEARS was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accidentCllr Liam DohertyconvoyPaul McHughstreet lightlast_img read more

Policy targets `freak’ dancing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARCADIA – Arcadia High School has a reputation for braininess, but that doesn’t mean the students don’t know how to party.Things got so wild at this year’s Homecoming Dance, for instance, that the administration had to institute a new policy.From now on: no freaking.“Freaking” is a form of dancing in which participants grind against each other’s pelvises. To adults, it looks a lot like simulated sex.“It’s been around for a while,” said Assistant Principal John Tipton. “I think we’ve seen kind of an escalation in it over the past few years.”Schools across the country have been banning freaking for at least the last five years. Other schools, though they don’t have a formal written policy against it, simply stop it when they see it.“We give them two warnings,” said John Blackstock, spokesman for La Salle High School in Pasadena. “The big caveat is: `Hey, you do that again, your parents are coming in and you’re gonna perform that in front of them.’ In the Pasadena Unified School District, students are expected to follow a “common decency” standard, said Assistant Superintendent George McKenna.“They should be prevented from doing anything that would be embarrassing,” McKenna said.Last school year, a PUSD dance had to be shut down because the dancing got out of control, McKenna said.In Arcadia, students who attended the Winter Casual dance two weeks ago had to sign a contract. A new clause requires students “to conduct themselves appropriately both on and off the dance floor.”What qualifies as “inappropriate”?“You can’t define it, but you know what it is when you see it,” Tipton said.Tipton said some students were supportive of the new policy, but others were not impressed.“I think it’s stupid,” said Jimmy Huh, a junior. “It’s irrational. You have your clothes on. And people are having sex at home. So why are they concerned about that?”Some students said that when done appropriately, freaking is not offensive.“It depends on how far you go with actual freaking,” said junior Sheena Yee.Lori Phillipi, president of the Parent Teacher Student Association, said that parents were not happy with the freaking at Homecoming.“We all know what it’s like to be a teenager, and how hard it can be,” Phillipi said. “But sometimes parents have to put things in place to make sure kids have boundaries.”At the Winter Casual dance, chaperones shone flashlights on offenders. Only a few students were caught freaking, but no one had to be thrown out, Tipton said.“The real test will come at prom in May,” he said. gene.maddaus@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444last_img

The White Zulu on stage in SA

first_imgUbuhle Bemvelo (beauty of nature) wasreleased in 1982. Clegg receives his honorary doctoratein music from Wits University.(Image: SAMRO) A poster for a concert in the UK showsClegg in full indlamu flight. Clegg demonstrates a dance move duringa visit to Dartmouth College, US, where hedelivered a lecture on Zulu culture in 2004.(Image: Dartmouth College) An early picture of Juluka. Sipho Mchunustands at the back, while Clegg is front left.(Image: Talking Leaves)Janine ErasmusSouth African music icon Johnny Clegg takes to the local stage again in September, in a new production titled Heart of the Dancer. Clegg is a trailblazer in South Africa’s music industry, having cofounded Juluka, the country’s first racially mixed group, with Sipho Mchunu in 1979, and thereby changing the face of South African music.After a successful run in Johannesburg, Heart of the Dancer is set to take Cape Town by storm, playing two shows in September 2008 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The show takes a look at Clegg’s career, and particularly the role that dance has played in his music and live performances.Clegg has used various styles of traditional dance in his songs, each style imbuing his live shows with excitement and energy. Today, at 55 years of age he still dances as enthusiastically as ever, although he jokes that the muscles “get a little sore”.As a solo artist, with his Juluka (isiZulu for “sweat”) collaboration with Mchunu and his later group Savuka (isiZulu for “we have awakened”), Clegg combined traditional African musical structures with folksy Celtic lilts and rock music to create an accessible and hugely successful world music sound. At the same time he managed to encourage deeper respect for Zulu culture.In the liner notes for the 1992 recording of Juluka’s performance with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Cologne Zulu Festival, Clegg was described as “symbolising the positive utopia of a freely integrated society”. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate of music from his alma mater Wits University. The citation read, “Johnny Clegg’s life and productions give meaning to the multiculturalism and social integration South Africans yearn for.”Singing and dancingThe indlamu is a Zulu dance performed traditionally at celebrations such as weddings. Derived from the war dance of Zulu warriors, it is danced by men and calls for full traditional dress and the accompaniment of drums.The dance is characterised by dancers lifting one foot high above the head, and bringing it crashing down to the ground. Clegg and Mchunu would perform this dramatic movement to enthusiastic acclaim from audiences worldwide in songs such as Impi, which tells the story of the battle of Isandlwana. In KwaZulu-Natal on 22 January 1879 British forces were slaughtered by Zulu warriors in the largest single military defeat of the British Empire ever, although it was a Pyrrhic victory for the Zulus. An impi is a body of armed men – not necessarily Zulus.Other dance styles used widely by Clegg include the ibhampi, a lighter form of the indlamu where the dancer lightly bumps his foot down, and the inqo-nqo, which evolved in the crowded hostel environment. Here the dancer lifts his foot only a little way off the ground, brings it down hard enough to make an audible sound, and then throws himself backwards to land on his bottom.Defying the systemClegg, a social anthropologist who completed an honours degree at Wits University, was born in 1953 in Rochdale, near Manchester, England. When he was a year old his father left home and was never seen again. His mother moved to then-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, her homeland, before moving to Johannesburg. Clegg was seven at the time.While still in his teens he encountered the culture of the Zulu migrant workers who lived in Johannesburg hostels. Mentored by Charlie Mzila, a flat cleaner by day who played music in the street near Clegg’s home in the evenings, the youngster became fluent in isiZulu, the Zulu language, and mastered the maskandi style of guitar-playing. He also gained a deep understanding of and respect for Zulu culture, later earning the nickname White Zulu.So interested was the young Clegg in the hostel musical culture that he often entered such premises illegally, as the Group Areas Act was still in force, and even took part in dance competitions.Around this time Clegg met gardener and musician Sipho Mchunu, a migrant labourer from Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal. The two formed an acoustic musical duo which later grew into the successful group Juluka, named after a bull owned by Mchunu – but which also implied that much of South Africa’s wealth was built on the sweat of migrant labourers. The group’s first release was Universal Men in 1979.“Universal Men still sounds fresh,” said the late bass guitarist Sipho Gumede, who performed on the album, in 2000. “It’s one of those albums that will be there for life. It was an innocent album. We went into the studio with the aim of making great music. No one was thinking about how many units we would sell. We just thought about the music.”Juluka contravened the apartheid laws of the time and the authorities took a dim view of the group. Clegg and Mchunu were arrested on a regular basis and their music was censored and banned, but they pressed on regardless, fighting against the system in their own way. Their music was a statement of political defiance. Songs like Asimbonanga from the 1987 album Third World Child and One (Hu)Man, One Vote from 1990’s Cruel Crazy Beautiful World carried profound messages, as did many of Clegg’s songs of the time.The iconic song Asimbonanga (“we cannot see you”) was a call for the release of Nelson Mandela and paid tribute to other heroes of the liberation struggle such as Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.Released in 1990, One (Hu)Man, One Vote was Clegg’s reminder that voting is a basic human right that was denied for so long to millions of South Africans. “The right to vote has become a hassle for a lot of people in the West, it’s taken for granted,” Clegg said of the song. “With One Man, I tried to emphasise that this is a universal right that people fight and die for in other parts of the world.”Taking the world by stormJuluka disbanded in 1985. Clegg immediately formed another band, Savuka, which was a direct response to the tense situation in South Africa at the time and featured a more conventional pop-rock sound as well as more explicitly anti-apartheid songs. Savuka was launched just one month before South Africa declared a national state of emergency in 1985. The group began touring abroad extensively and by the end of 1987 was the leading world music group touring the francophone countries.Savuka broke up in 1994 after great international success, including a 1993 Grammy nomination for best world music album for its final release Heat, Dust and Dreams. Clegg felt that the group had lived up to its name. “The Savuka project is over,” he said in 1996.Juluka reformed for a short time, and Clegg and Mchunu released their last album as Juluka, Ya Vuka Inkunzi (The Bull has Risen) in 1997.Clegg then embarked on a solo career, releasing albums such as New World Survivor and One Life. The latter, released in 2006, features the singer’s first-ever Zulu/Afrikaans tune, Thamela. The album also included the anti-Mugabe statement The Revolution Will Eat Its Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob).“The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole,” said Clegg of the album, ”and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world.”Describing the South African experienceIn spite of the political nature of many of his songs, Clegg has never viewed himself as political. “It’s very important to understand that I’m not a spokesman for South Africa,” he said in 1990. “All I’m doing is describing the South African experience. There are already too many politicians in South Africa; it doesn’t need another.”Clegg is a published academic, with papers such as “The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg: A Focus on Concertina and Guitar” and “Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style”, published in 1981 and 1982 respectively.He was honoured by the French government with its Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) in 1991, and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate in music from Wits University.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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