PM Browne rejects call for WICB dissolution

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, said yesterday that he “categorically reject” the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to pave the way for the emergence of a new governance structure. Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Caricom Committee governing West Indies cricket, Prime Minister Browne predicted that the regional game would be plunged into “further chaos and confusion” if the WICB were to be dissolved. The Prime Minister was addressing an audience which included WICB President, Dave Cameron, during a function in St. John’s observing 90 years since the WICB became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). “Today, I categorically reject the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and I do so in my capacity as chairman of the Caricom Cricket Committee governing West Indies cricket,” Prime Minister Browne said. “I believe firmly that to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board would be to plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion.” The Antiguan leader’s public revelation puts him at odds with Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, the current chairman of CARICOM’s Sub-committee on cricket governance. Dr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of spearheading efforts to effect the restructuring of the WICB and fully endorsed the recent Barriteau Report, which last year recommended “the immediate dissolution” of the embattled WICB. The Barriteau Report was commissioned by CARICOM with agreement from the WICB and authored by UWI Cave Hill Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, but the WICB rejected the findings. “In fact I reject the notion that the problems facing West Indies cricket could be exclusively as a result of governance,” Prime Minister Browne pointed out. “It does not matter the scholars who may have written the various reports, but any conclusions that the problems facing West Indies cricket is exclusive to governance is flawed.” Prime Minister Browne’s comments are also likely to undermine Prime Minister Mitchell’s efforts to foster unity among Caribbean leaders in bringing about changes to the WICB governance structure. Only last week in Barbados, Prime Minister Mitchell repeated calls for the WICB to reform itself while delivering the 19th Sir Frank Worrell Memorial lecture. But his Antiguan counterpart has argued that revamping the WICB governance structure is not necessary, although he accepts that there are weaknesses. Prime Minister Browne is recommending that the board and stakeholders strengthen the WICB governance structure by ensuring “greater transparency and accountability” and “a better dispute resolution process”. “Whenever these disputes end up in the public domain they are literally damaging the image of West Indies cricket,” he said. “So I therefore call on the board to take responsibility to ensure there is a better dispute resolution mechanism in resolving differences between the board and players going forward.”last_img read more

Area C residents vote on dog control Saturday

first_imgVoters in Area C will have more than one decision to make this Saturday. Aside from electing a new representative to replace outgoing director Larry Houley, residents will also have to vote on whether or not to create a dog control service in the district. Current area C director Larry Houley says in his nine years in the position, dog control has been one of the most frequent requests from the public. Houley cites 2 incidents in the past few years where dangerous dogs at large in the Charlie Lake area threatened children at the elementary school and patrons at the nearby general store. These incidents had to be dealt with by the RCMP. Houley says he’s personally in favour of the service, but he also understands that others in less populated areas may not feel the same way. [asset|aid=615|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e2734180daf25482b380b962381989e9-Houley – kids_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -The service would come at a price—a fee assessed at a function of property tax. However, Houley says this average cost per household for the service would be just under $20.last_img read more

Oropeza bill would give new citizens voting right

first_imgELECTIONS: Proposal, which would allow same-day registration to only one group, passes on party lines. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER New citizens may soon be allowed to register to vote on election day if a bill by South Bay Sen. Jenny Oropeza gets the governor’s blessing. Democrats passed Senate Bill 382 out of the Assembly this week on a strictly party-line vote of 47-30. It earlier passed the Senate on a similarly partisan tally. “These citizens of the United States have, through no fault of their own, not been given the opportunity to register to vote,” said Oropeza, D-Carson. Voter registration issues typically divide the parties, as they suspect their opponents of seeking a partisan advantage. Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, said he opposed the bill because it could open the door to voter fraud. “We have made the case for many years now that same-day registration is not a positive step toward voter confidence,” Adams said. Allowing same-day registration for one group of voters could “open the floodgates” to allowing it for others, Adams said. He said he believed Democrats were trying to appeal to minority voters. But without time to verify that registrations are legitimate, Adams said he feared that operatives from both political parties could rig the system. In 2002, California voters rejected Proposition 52, which would have allowed same-day registration for all eligible voters. As the law currently stands, most voters must register by 15 days before the election. New citizens are allowed to register up until seven days before the election. The Oropeza bill would eliminate the seven-day restriction. “It seems an artificial deadline right now,” said Conny McCormack, the L.A. County registrar-recorder, who supports Oropeza’s bill. “Sometimes (naturalization) ceremonies happen a day or two after the registration deadline.” Newly minted citizens would have to go to the county seat to register, and would have to show proof of citizenship, Oropeza said. “There’s no humanly possible way to cheat on this,” she said. “We’ve covered every possible argument.” McCormack and other elections officials opposed the 2002 ballot measure, fearing people could go precinct-to-precinct voting multiple times. But Oropeza’s bill affects a much smaller slice of the electorate, McCormack said, and would be much more manageable. “That’s light-years difference,” McCormack said. Oropeza is counting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s immigrant background and his belief in the virtues of good citizenship. “I am optimistic,” Oropeza said. “If I were to guess I’d say this is something he would support.” gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Hull City 1-3 Arsenal: Dominant Gunners increase Tigers’ relegation fears

first_imgAn Alexis Sanchez brace helped to all but guarantee Arsenal’s Champions League qualification next season as the Gunners cruised to a 3-1 victory at relegation threatened Hull.The visitors showcased their superiority in a blistering first half performance, striking twice in a devastating spell after the half hour mark through Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey.Ramsey then turned provider for Sanchez to put the game out of sight before half time, as the Chilean rounded Steve Harper to make it 24 goals in a stellar individual campaign.Stephen Quinn grabbed a second half consolation for the Tigers but it was all Steve Bruce’s side could muster, and their top flight status hangs firmly in the balance with just three games remaining.The void between the two sides was apparent almost immediately, and Harper had to be sharp to deny Sanchez’s fierce low drive.Arsenal’s top scorer, many pundits’ choice for signing of the season, wasn’t to be denied for long though, as his free kick wrong footed Harper via a cruel deflection off Michael Turner.Santi Cazorla was instrumental to the visitors’ stranglehold on the game, and his arrowed pass from deep just four minutes later found Ramsey, whose shot was also deflected past the helpless Harper – this time off Robbie Brady.Arsenal’s third, just before half time, lacked even a trace of luck though as the two goalscorers were central again; Ramsey finding Sanchez brilliantly for the Chilean to unerringly round Harper and slide into an empty net.The Gunners’ dominance faded after the break, and Hull were handed a lifeline when Quinn headed home Ahmed Elmohamady’s fine cross to grab his first goal of the season.A dramatic comeback failed to materialise for the relegation strugglers who remain just one point and one place above the bottom three, while Arsenal were further buoyed by the return of Jack Wilshere as a late substitute after five months out.The result means the Gunners are now nine points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with a far superior goal difference, while they also moved level with Manchester City in the race to finish runners-up. Alexis Sanchez 1last_img read more

Church presents drive-through Bethlehem display

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsVisitors of all ages will be transported back in time as they watch more than 100 members of the congregation in period costumes cooking over fire pits and dancing to traditional Hebrew music. “It’s a pretty big production,” Arndt said, adding that people might have to wait up to an hour in their cars to see the whole thing. “People are moved by it and have come back to church because of it.” The Rev. Richard Thompson said the Bethlehem Experience makes people reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “They re-enter into what it may have been really like at Christ’s birth,” he said. “Your car becomes a time machine. When you drive through the front gate, you go back in time with smells and sounds and the people.” For more information, visit www.gotobethlehem.com. WESTLAKE VILLAGE – The first-century village of Bethlehem will be reborn in the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church for two nights this month to give modern-day folks a look at the times into which Jesus was born. Thousands are expected to “drive-through” from as far away as Burbank and the Santa Clarita Valley to glimpse what the first Christmas Eve must have been like. The re-creation happens Dec. 8 and 9, during the 12th annual Bethlehem Experience, featuring costumed church members portraying Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, Roman guards and others. “People look forward to this all year long,” said Steve Arndt, event chairman. “It’s our gift to the community to bring the message of Christmas to everybody.” Hundreds of volunteers are expected to put in dozens of hours apiece in manpower to build the bustling marketplace, which includes live goats, sheep, chickens, a donkey and a camel. Church members also sew their own costumes. angie.valencia@dailynews.com 818-713-3699160Want 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

England fans salute the ‘Great Wall of Maguire’

first_imgBe very surprised if any of the top 6 don’t go for Harry Maguire, been absolute quality defensively, superb on the ball and a threat at set pieces— paul bedwell (@bedders06) July 4, 2018 Get in there!! Great character shown from the lads. We go again. @England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/hG9lzSrD74— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 3, 2018Two years ago, at Euro 2016, the defender travelled to France with his friends to watch the team play as a fan. Now he is a key man in their run to the quarter-finals where they face Sweden, live on talkSPORT.It will be the first time the team have featured in the last eight of a World Cup since 2006 when Portugal sent them home after a penalty shoot-out.Here, talkSPORT.com looked at a selection of tweets from impressed supporters both during and after England’s dramatic last 16 win and one theme in particular was clear. Had no faith in Southgate when appointed but fair play to the man he has got us playing with a bit of quality and pride. Done far better than I thought we would have. He’s brought in guys like Trippier and Maguire who are there on merit as well as playing the young lads 👍— Charlie Rogers (@rogers_c24) July 4, 2018 Harry Maguire – brick wall. Won everything tonight, true lion behaviour 🦁 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿— Lloyd Kempson (@LloydKempson) July 3, 2018 I have to say a few years back I remember all you Blades going on about Harry Maguire and thinking here we go again. I have to admit he is the real deal. Man mountain last night who does the right thing at the right time 👍 #quality #itscominghome— 🦉 Andy Stevenson 🦉 (@AndyStevenson20) July 4, 2018 Maldini has posters of Harry Maguire on his wall— Thomas Place (@tomplacee) July 3, 2018 1 Can we all just stop for a second and take a minute to think about that performance from Harry Maguire. Might be the best performance I’ve seen at a World Cup in my lifetime. pic.twitter.com/cYPktcdSGP— ً (@StokeGeorge) July 3, 2018 Maguire is such a wall, everyone that touches him falls over— •Baggy (@Stokesy619) July 3, 2018center_img England’s ‘Great Wall’ aka Harry Maguire Franz Beckebauer has posters of Harry Maguire on his bedroom walls pass it on— Adam James (@adamjames949494) July 4, 2018 He’s built like a landmark. I’m surprised tourists weren’t talking pictures next to him with the caption “the Great Wall of maguire.— Gerard Saint-Etienne (@saintgerard81) July 3, 2018 England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT at 15:00 (UK time) on Saturday 7 July here.What a performance, Harry Maguire.That’s what almost every England fan was saying during the win against Colombia and then at work the following morning. Even people who only watch football every four years will have been impressed by that display from the Leicester centre-back.Harry Kane took many plaudits, and rightly so, but the defender was equally immense, as you can see from these tweets below. Maguire was a beast when England’s backs were to the wall. Anyone who says he isn’t good enough is off their heads; and £13m a year ago was an absolute steal.— Tom F (@13thoughts) July 3, 2018 Sir Harry Maguire. Absolute brick wall last night. ❤🔥 https://t.co/k2bkepTMxn— Ed (@Head_Langdon) July 4, 2018 Rather run into a wall than Harry Maguire, what a man— Ashley Sandiford (@ashsandiford90) July 3, 2018last_img read more

MANAGER CONFIRMS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL WILL HAVE A CHAPEL AGAIN

first_imgThe General Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital has confirmed the hospital will have a chapel once again.Sean Murphy said that once they have finished consulting with the chaplaincy teams and designers, work will commence on the chapel.Speaking while giving an update following last summer’s horrific flooding, Mr Murphy said he understands the subject has been contentious but they are addressing it. “We are looking at the chaplaincy team saying “what do you need to provide good pastoral care and spiritual care services to our patients, visitors and staff? Is there a better way of using the facilities we have?“For instance, is there an option that says rather than segregating religious worship into two ends of the corridor, is there actually a better way to bring things together and then provided things like sacrament, reconciliation, patient counselling etc, that you don’t have at the moment,” he explained.He said he wished to categorically confirm the hospital will have a chapel in the future.“We will have a chapel in the hospital. The chaplaincy team have been very clear that for Roman Catholics it is important that there is a presence of the blessed sacrament in a chapel, to worship the blessed sacrament, that will also be addressed. “There are different ways you can do that. One of the ways is to go back exactly as it was, with all the disadvantages. There are other different ways you can achieve the same objective. They have met several times with the chaplaincy team. They have met with the design team, the architects and engineers, and they have said “If we were starting to build a new hospital on a green field site this is what we would do’.“They have given them those details, the design team will come back to them and ask ‘what do you mean by this?’ or ‘How does this work’, ‘How many will it need to accommodate and what religious services will be going on at what times’ and they will come back to the chaplaincy team with proposals and ideas and plans next week. Then we will make decisions what it the best lay outs to meet the need of our patients, visitors and staff.” MANAGER CONFIRMS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL WILL HAVE A CHAPEL AGAIN was last modified: January 26th, 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:chapelLetterkenny General HospitalSean Murphylast_img read more

Gallery displays photo works

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The show is dedicated to the photography association, the Antelope Valley Allied Arts Association and the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild for working to raise the standards of art in the Antelope Valley. A reception is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, on Cedar Avenue at Lancaster Boulevard. The works will be on display until Jan. 8. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. The new digital technology has resulted in people taking better photographs, said Trusty, who uses a professional-grade Nikon single-lens reflex digital camera. The Lancaster club has gained many new members who joined after they bought a digital camera and wanted to learn how to use it. “Now you can take a picture and see if it’s good. If you didn’t get a good one, you can take another right away,” Trusty said. With a digital camera, a photographer can scan the images into a computer, examine them, turn them into the best pictures they can make, and print them out at home, Trusty said. LANCASTER – Lancaster Photography Association members have been involved in a photographic revolution. Many members have embraced new digital technologies, shooting images captured electronically rather than on chemical-coated cellulose film, while others continue to practice their craft in familiar black and white and color processes. “Photography has been rediscovered,” said Lyle Trusty, the show chairman. Some 80 recent works by about 25 association members go on display as fine art in a show opening Friday at the Cedar Centre art gallery. “You have a darkroom in your office,” he said. The club has about 90 members, who range from “point and shoot” novices to professionals, Trusty said. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St. It also hosts photography field trips and workshops, ranging from basic photography for novices, to advanced sessions such as how to operate the advanced Adobe Photoshop software. 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

Ray Community Notes: Nifty at fifty – local resident Fiona Boyle celebrates 50th birthday

first_imgThe following is the community news and notes from Ray.NIFTY AT 50!Happy birthday to our committee member Fiona Boyle as she celebrates her 50th birthday from all her team at Ray 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSHappy birthday to Mary Mc Ateer  Rathmullan as she celebrated at the weekend her 90th birthday from all at Ray Community CentreRAY CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTWe are having our annual christmas night out in the Bonnan Bui on Saturday 14th December. Cost for dinner is€29 and we are inviting all committee, staff, and participants at any of our classes at Ray. To book your place call text Liam 086 4519656 DRUMHALLA SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTALFundraiser for St. Garvan’s School Drumhalla.We have a blue recyle bin sponsored by Sharkeys waste at centre where you can drop off your crisp and biscuit wrappers.COMMUNITY RECYCLING INITIATIVEThanks to Pauric Mc Garvey in Kernans Ramelton who has kindly extended their community recycling initiative for all proceeds will go to Ray Community Centre. Bring them to one of the clothes banks located outside Kernan’s stores all across Donegal with the nearest one at Moorfield, Ramelton. So clear out your drawers, recycle, and support a great cause all in one.You can drop off your bags to our centre or if you have lots bags we are happy to call yours and collect.Pm us on facebook/Call Liam 086 4519656 to arrange opening times and collections.SOCIAL DANCING Social Dancing,Saturdays from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm, where an enjoyable evening is had where you can meet friends, have a cuppa and maybe learn a few steps as well. We are always looking for new people to join and there’s plenty of people there to help even if you’re not twinkle toes.TRIUMPH PERFORMING ARTSTriumph Studio is a fun, confidence building and safe environment where every style is celebrated and every child supported. Wednesdays ages 4-8 years is from 4-5pm and Ages 9-18 years 5-6pm. €8 per class (Closed 30th October), 6th November,13th November and 20th November. For more info PM Triumph Studio on Facebook.WOMEN ON THE MOVE Every Tues 6.45pm-7.45pm.There will be no class this Thur 31st OctMEN ON THE MOVEEvery Tues 8pm-9pm.There will be no class this Thur 31st OctBUMS & TUMS/CORE STRENGTHENING CLASSEvery Tues & Thur morn 10am-11am.ZUMBA LKZumba Lk with Ciara every Wed 6.15-7pm.€5 per class. all queries PM Ciara on fb page zumba lk.LINE DANCINGWednesdays at 8pm-9.15pm. New Beginners joining weekly. €5 for adults and €4 for teenagers (13-18yrs)per class. Details contact Eileen on 086 1664332IRISH DANCINGSaturday mornings 10-11am, class are €5. (Closed 2nd Nov)RAY PARENT & TODDLER GROUPNo parent &Toddler group this Friday 1st Nov as schools are off. Returns following Friday 8th Nov 10am-12noonFUNDRAISINGWe need to raise in the region of €20,000 to €30,000 for structural work at Ray Community Centre.As an effort to raise much need funds committee members will be actively trying to encourage community members to join our weekly Take Your Pick. You can also join by getting in touch with Fiona on 0872514790 or Liam on 0864519656MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPNovember monthly membership is €30 and covers for the Women & Men on the Move, Bums& Tums/Core strengthening class and the Social Dancing on Saturday evenings.TAKE YOUR PICKWinners of €20 each on Sunday 27th October were Teresa Gordon, Josephine Patton and Eugene Sheridan New Jackpot for next Sunday 3rd November is €275.RAY COMMUNITY GROUP CONTACT DETAILS& OPENING TIMES Liam 086 4519656 /landline 0749158361 / Ray community centre fb/email info@raycommunitygroup.comCentre opening hoursCaretaker Liam Begley availableMon – Thur 9am -1pm & Fri 9am -12noonAdmin/office -Liam Friel availableMon -Thur 5pm -9pm & Fri 5pm -8.30pmCentre can be arranged to be open outside these hours by appointmentOutside office hours queries please leave message and we will return your callRay Community Notes: Nifty at fifty – local resident Fiona Boyle celebrates 50th birthday was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Hastings: forgotten hero of 1976

first_img15 June 2006The doctor interrupted his mid-morning tea break, rushed into the casualty section and was greeted by “a grisly scene”. Lying on the stretcher was the body of a young boy dressed in school uniform, his head covered in blood, a gaping bullet wound exposing his brain.The doctor, Malcolm Klein, describes what he saw: “A bullet wound to one side of his head, blood and brains spilling out of a large exit wound on the other side, the gurgle of death in his throat. Only later would I learn his name: Hastings Ndlovu.”Klein is now an anaesthetist living and working in Tampa, Florida. The boy, 15-year-old Hastings Ndlovu, is believed to be the first child to be shot in Orlando West in confrontations with the police on 16 June 1976, the day Soweto exploded in violent uprisings against the apartheid government.The day Hector Pieterson died“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture.” These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photo of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of 16 June 1976.Another boy, 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, has come to symbolise the day. The World newspaper photographer Sam Nzima was on hand to capture the unconscious Pieterson being carried by pupil Mbuyisa Makhubo, with Antoinette Sithole, Pieterson’s sister, running alongside. Pieterson had been shot by the police.The photograph went around the world, and today Pieterson’s sacrifice is acknowledged in the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial in Orlando West.In fact it’s most likely that Ndlovu was the first child to be shot, although it’s probable that Pieterson died before Ndlovu. Pieterson was declared dead when he arrived at Phefeni Clinic, while Klein puts the time of Hastings’ death at around noon or shortly thereafter, several hours after he was shot.But, for Ndlovu, there was no photographer on hand to record his shooting.This aerial photograph, taken from a police helicopter, shows children on the march on 16 June 1976 (Photo: Hector Pieterson Museum)Klein’s report, written in 2003, is now in the archives of the museum, which commemorates 16 June 1976. It records the events of that day from the moment pupils starting marching towards Orlando Stadium, where they planned to hold a meeting, to when they were intercepted by the police in Moema Street. Things quickly got out of hand, and the first shot was fired.The call was taken up around the country, and the uprising spread nationwide. By the end of 1976 some 566 people had been killed.Klein was dumbstruck as to how a school child, in the middle of the morning, was being admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital with gunshot wounds, and questions raced through his mind.Shot by police“Children with bullet wounds?” he wondered. “But how? And by whom? A robbery? By school kids? In the middle of the day? Where would the guns come from? Black South Africans are prohibited from owning guns.”The answer came: “They were shot by the police.”Klein says a quick survey in the casualty ward revealed that all except one child were shot above the waist: in other words, the police had shot to kill. Then his old high school friend and a neurosurgeon, Dr Risik Gopal, arrived and checked Hastings’ condition.Gopal confirmed what Klein had suspected: no one could survive such an injury. And indeed, a “short time later, Hastings was dead”, having been in a coma from the moment he was shot, Klein says.Klein worked in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for several years, and had been warned that it would be a “baptism in blood” – particularly on Friday nights. But after years of handling “grisly injuries” from assaults using a range of weapons, he thought “nothing could penetrate the emotional barriers I had learned to erect”.Not that day.The sight of “uniformed children riddled with bullets”, accompanied by their “terminal breaths”, left Klein feeling helpless and hopeless, and he could only watch in despair as life ebbed from the “fragile frame” of Ndlovu.The white hospital administrator walked into the ward and Klein told him to expect trouble that night in Soweto. The administrator replied: “Oh, no, by tonight everything will have blown over.”Klein, a coloured doctor who under apartheid ethos had no authority to shout at a white person, couldn’t contain himself. He yelled: “In Soweto, you do not shoot children and get away with it. There is going to be shit!” He walked away with tears in his eyes.Klein had to break the news of Ndlovu’s death to the boy’s friends and relatives, a difficult task not made easier by repeating the news to other relatives of dead children. “I remember the looks of disbelief, the anguish, the tears. And I remember my own grief welling up afresh each time I delivered the grim news.”Gopal, now the chief neurosurgeon at the hospital, said they stood at the window and watched police shooting children. Some of the staff members saw their own children being brought in with gunshot wounds. “There was a lot of emotion on the day. It was just chaos,” he says.Prohibition on assemblingBy late afternoon the government had prohibited blacks from assembling in groups larger than three. Workers, when they disembarked from trains and taxis, got together before walking home, wondering what was happening, unaware of the ruling.Police opened fire on them, expecting them to know about the prohibition, and they arrived at hospital asking innocently why the police were shooting at them.Others arrived at hospital with strange wounds, says Klein: small entrance holes in their upper bodies, with larger exit wounds lower down. One man said: “We were sitting in our kitchen, having dinner, when bullets came in through the roof and hit us.” Police were firing from helicopters overhead.And worse. Klein says he had earlier wondered if the police had been caught by surprise and had overreacted, “never intending to cause grievous bodily harm”. They were shooting at whoever they saw – men, women and children – in a situation that had got out of control from the moment Ndlovu and Pieterson were shot.Worse still, the police wanted to follow up all victims who were brought to hospital, and prosecute the survivors for “rioting”. So the administrator in charge of the casualty section, himself a doctor, instructed his staff to compile a list of all victims of gunshot wounds. The doctors refused to comply, says Klein.The police then issued instructions that the admission clerks were to compile this list. The clerks and the doctors then jointly decided to file the reason for admission as “abscess” and “drainage of abscess”.“In this way we protected an unknown number of patients from being victimised twice by police brutality,” Klein says.By the end of the day an unknown number of children and adults had been killed, and many more died from their wounds the next day.By nightfall the township was a brooding battleground with black smoke rising from government buildings, including schools, libraries and local community halls.The schoolchildren’s anger was finally being released as they torched the buildings, looting others like government bottle stores before torching them too. Smouldering cars littered every other street.It took the authorities months to restore the status quo; only by the end of the year had some semblance of normality been re-established.Re-awakeningThe day marked the reawakening of black resistance, stilled in June 1964 when the top echelons of the African National Congress – including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela – were tried for treason and sent to Robben Island for almost 30 years.The tide of resistance had begun, and was unstoppable. By the mid-1980s the United Democratic Front, a coalition of anti-apartheid organisations, was formed and continued pressure was applied. In 1990 the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress, South African Communist Party and other organisations were unbanned after almost 30 years of underground resistance.International solidarity movements had added to the pressure and helped bring about the end of apartheid.Many of the children who survived that day went into exile and never completed their education, only returning to South Africa in the 1990s when apartheid finally collapsed. Many of those who stayed dropped out of society and became the “lost generation”, with little education and no prospects for the future.Outcome of the uprisingThe spark for the uprising was the instruction to teachers that some subjects should be taught in Afrikaans, a language they would not be comfortable with, particularly in subjects like science and maths. Directly after the uprising Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was abandoned.More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants.And most importantly, urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Previously they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, often inferior pieces of land far away from cities and jobs.Klein emigrated with his family in 1985, three years after his daughter was born. “I could not imagine raising her in a society that would regard her as a second-class citizen.”Ndlovu’s father died towards the end of 2003. His two sisters went into exile shortly after 16 June but have subsequently returned to Johannesburg. It’s believed his mother died shortly after her daughters left the country.Ndlovu and Pieterson are buried at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more