Summer Fun in the Waters of Bath County, Virginia

first_imgThe Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers run cold as they make their way through the mountains to converge with other tributaries leading to the Chesapeake Bay. They’re perfect spawning streams for native trout and smallmouth bass, which draw anglers from all over for some of the finest fly fishermen in Virginia. The Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers are top choices for paddlers. Area outfitters equip adventurers with kayaks, canoes, tubes and shuttle services. At Douthat State Park visitors can rent a funyak, Jon boat, paddleboat, hyrdobike, or paddleboard between Memorial Day and Labor Day. On the much larger Lake Moomaw, visitors can use the lake’s boat ramps to put in a bass boat, jet ski, or even sailboat and explore all 2530 acres and 43 miles of wooded shoreline. The fishing at Douthat State Park is similar to that of LakeMoomaw but could be considered more family friendly thanks to a designated kids’fishing area. Casters 12 and younger can fish for trout below the dam in WilsonCreek. Brook, Brown, and Rainbow varieties are stocked twice per week duringthe fee-based fishing season, making the odds of getting a bite swing in yourfavor. Don’t let the adventures of summer in the mountains pass you by. Plan your trip at to experience a place just far enough off the beaten path to feel like a world away. There’s no better time to be on and in the water than summertime, and the waters of Bath County offer all the splashing fun a family could want or all the solitude an angler or paddler might desire. Lake fishing can be rewarding with a wide array of both warmand cold water species thriving in Lake Moomaw, an impoundment created byGathright Dam and fed by the Jackson River. Fish two stories of habitats topull in the cold brook, brown, and rainbow trout or a variety of warm biterslike channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Only trout are stocked inLake Moomaw. Hit the beach in the mountains of western Virginia atDouthat State Park or Lake Moomaw. Less than 45 minutes from Hot Springs,they’re both great places to float and while away the day in the sun and on thesand. Access the beaches at Lake Moomaw within the Bolar Mountain RecreationArea where you can also enjoy camping and hiking. Be sure to pack a picnic andbring the camera.last_img read more

UFC 231 results: Holloway overwhelms Ortega to defend featherweight title; Shevchenko women’s flyweight champ

first_img— If there’s anyone who is sneaking into UFC 231, it is Aleksandar Rakic. Here’s why .— It has been a rough 2018 for Max Holloway. “Blessed” details to SN the struggle to get to UFC 231.— Brian Ortega had $75 to his name when he began MMA training. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming the UFC featherweight champion. Ortega goes through the journey with SN. The fight was competitive early, but Holloway’s high-volume striking eventually wore down T-City. In the fourth round, Holloway cranked up the pressure and belted his previously unbeaten opponent with punches to the head and body. With Ortega’s face a bloody mess, the fight sapped out of him and his left eye swollen shut, the ringside doctor determined that Ortega was unable to continue.  “Is there anyone else?” Holloway asked during his postfight interview. “Let’s go.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 Here is what happened at UFC 231 in Toronto ( all times Eastern):UFC 231 resultsMax Holloway puts on a spectacular performance to stop Brian Ortega and remain featherweight champion1:06 a.m.: Holloway def. Ortega by fourth-round TKO to retain the featherweight title.  What a fourth round for Holloway. He came right out and let Ortega know that the third round was an illusion. Holloway started out throwing combinations at will and didn’t let up in the slightest bit. It got to the point that Ortega couldn’t see out of his left eye as it was swollen shut. Ortega was desperate. He kept trying for takedowns to no avail and Holloway continued to batter him. As soon as Ortega walked back to the corner, the ringside doctor took a look at the eye and wouldn’t allow him to go out for the fifth round.12:57 a.m.: Round 3 to Ortega (10-9, 29-28 Holloway).  Ortega got himself back into the fight. He threw the harder shots, controlled the Octagon and kept coming forward. Holloway and Ortega are leaving it all in there. Ortega needs to continue to keep Holloway against the cage and in the clinch. It started to wear Holloway down. We have a fight, ladies and gentleman.12:51 a.m.: Round 2 to Holloway (10-9, 20-18 Holloway).  Holloway’s striking is some of the best in the sport right now. It’s crisp, he knows how to stay at the end of Ortega’s punches, demonstrates good movement and counters superbly. Holloway needs to keep his hands up. For all of the four, five punch combinations he’s throwing, Ortega is still coming forward. The staredown between the two with blood pouring down Ortega’s face was unbelievable.12:45 a.m.: Round 1 to Holloway (10-9).  Highly entertaining opening round. Holloway and Ortega each had their moments, but the champion had more of them. Holloway landed the harder shots and wobbled Ortega with a right hand near the end of the round. Ortega needs to stay composed and not overcommit.12:36 a.m.:  It is now time for the main event of UFC 231: Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line against No. 1-ranked Brian Ortega. Holloway (19-3) competes for the first time in 2018 after defeating Jose Aldo by third-round TKO at UFC 218 in December 2017. “Blessed” was set to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but was unable to compete because of an injury. He also offered to step in on short notice to challenge lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. But Holloway was pulled off of the card by New York State Athletic Commission, as the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he’s good to go for UFC 231 and ready to make a statement to close out 2018.Ortega (14-0, one no contest) last fought at UFC 222 when he stopped Frankie Edgar after stepping for the injured Holloway. Will the issues Holloway’s been through this year be too much or can he pull through? Is this Ortega’s moment? This has a legitimate chance to be the greatest featherweight title fight of all time.Valentina Shevchenko powers her way past Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win vacant women’s flyweight title12:24 a.m.: Shevchenko def. Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to capture the vacant women’s flyweight championship.  At the end of the day, this came to down power and skill. Shevchenko fought flawlessly. She never Jedrzejczyk garner any type of momentum. Anytime she would throw a power shot, Shevchenko would respond with something harder or just toss the former women’s strawweight titleholder to the canvas. It wasn’t like Jedrzejczyk had a bad fight. Shevchenko is just that good. The “Bullet” era has now begun. 12:20 a.m.: Round 5 to Shevchenko (10-9, 50-45 Shevchenko).  Give Shevchenko credit. She knew Jedrzejczyk was going to come out and give it her all, but still stayed aggressive and ride her bicycle around the Octagon. Off to the judges’ scorecards in what should be a Shevchenko victory.12:14 a.m.: Round 4 to Shevchenko (40-36 Shevchenko).  Surprised Jedrzejczyk didn’t come out more aggressive as she was in the final minute of the round considering she’d lost every round. Now, the native of Poland needs ramp it up like she never has before to walk out with the gold.12:07 a.m.: Round 3 to Shevchenko (10-9, 30-27 Shevchenko).  Every time it looks like Jedrzejczyk is starting to gain momentum and control, Shevchenko roars back with a head or spinning back kick to keep Jedrzejczyk at bay. Jedrzejczyk needs to really pick it up, as Shevchenko doesn’t look to be slowing down.12:01 a.m.: Round 2 to Shevchenko (10-9, 20-18 Shevchenko).  Was pretty much an even round until Shevchenko took Jedrzejczyk down twice with about 90 seconds left. Right now, Shevchenko is controlling every facet. Jedrzejczyk needs to come up with something quick. Shevchenko is fighting the perfect fight and looks to be hard to beat.11:55 p.m.: Round 1 to Shevchenko (10-9).  It’s evident right away that Shevchenko is the more powerful of the two by the way she took Jedrzejczyk down to the mat and when they were in the clinch against the cage. Jedrzejczyk needs to be constantly throwing and commit to her shots.11:49 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of UFC 231 as No. 1 ranked Valentina Shevchenko squares off with Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight title. Shevchenko (15-3) was supposed to face Nicco Montano at UFC 228 for the belt, but Montano was hospitalized and subsequently pulled from the fight and stripped of the title. Jedrzejczyk (15-2) is the former women’s strawweight champion and won her last fight, defeating Tecia Torres by unanimous decision. She’s competing at 125 pounds for the first time. Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk fought three times in Muay Thai bouts with the former winning every bout. MMA is different than Muay Thai, but the fact Shevchenko did win does give her a psychological advantage. Should be a fantastic title fight.Gunnar Nelson submits Alex Oliveira in bloody fight11:30 p.m.: Nelson def. Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of the second round.  Entertaining affair. Oliveira won the first round after reversing Nelson’s body triangle and laid down hard ground and pound punches at will for the majority of the round. About two minutes into the second, Nelson took Oliveira down to the mat and immediately went into mount position. Oliveira tried anything and everything to get out of it, but couldn’t escape. With blood gushing down his nose from Oliveira busting it up in the previous round, Nelson threw an elbow with everything he had and blood poured out like a geyser from Oliveira’s forehead, Oliveira rolled over and Nelson immediately secured the choke and the Brazilian tapped out instantly.Great comeback win for Nelson. You never how a fighter is going to react after being sidelined for a significant amount of time and then lose the opening round and get bloodied up in the process.  11:14 p.m.: Coming up next at UFC 231, No. 13-ranked Alex Oliveira battles No. 14-ranked Gunnar Nelson. Oliveira (19-5-1) has won four of his last five, with all four wins coming by stoppage. Nelson (16-3-1) returns for the first time since July 2017 due to injury, but lost his previous fight to Santiago Ponzinibbio by first round knockout. Oliveira is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. He doesn’t get paid by the hour and is always looking for the finish. Nelson possesses some of the best ground work in the sport. The fight has the potential to steal the show, as hard as that is to say considering what everyone saw in the main card opener.Hakeem Dawodu dominant in decision victory over Kyle Bochniak11:00 p.m.: Dawodu def. Bochniak by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).  How was this a split decision? Who could give Bochniak one round, let alone two? Good performance for Dawodu. He showed exemplary Muay Thai from start to finish and never let Bochniak get started. Someone to definitely keep your eye on in the featherweight division.10:42 p.m.: Up next at UFC 231, Hakeem Dawodu takes on Kyle Bochniak in featherweight action. Bochniak (8-3) is coming off a loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov in April at UFC 223. Even though he was down on the scorecards, Bochniak left it all on the line and showed a lot of heart by absorbing a ton of punishment and never giving up. Dawodu (8-1-1) suffered the first loss of his career in March to Danny Henry, but bounced back to defeat Austin Arnett. This appears to be a showcase for Dawodu, but never sell Bochniak short.Thiago Santos viciously KO’s Jimi Manuwa in fight of the year contender10:31 p.m.: Santos def. Manuwa by knockout at 0:42 of the second round.  An unbelievable fight. The first round is in the conversation of 2018’s round of the year. Santos started it off by almost finishing Manuwa with a left and right hook. Santos and Manuwa threw the heavy artillery in every way possible and showed chins of steel. Manuwa and Santos began the second round the same way they ended the first, throwing every shot with evil intentions. They were exchanging with Manuwa’s back against the fence when Santos connected on a vicious left uppercut followed by a blistering left hook to knock out Manuwa to earn the tenth knockout win of his career and put the light heavyweight division on notice.A great way to begin the main card. The remaining four fights have a lot to live up to.The LHW division’s newest nightmare. @TMarretaMMA #UFC231— UFC (@ufc) December 9, 201810:19 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of UFC 231 are light heavyweights Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos. The No. 7-ranked Manuwa (17-4) has struggled as of late, having lost his last two fights. Santos will be fighting for the fifth time in 2018, going 3-1 thus far. The Brazilian made a successful debut at 205 pounds in September, finishing Eryk Anders in the third round. Don’t blink because this won’t last long as Manuwa and Santos are two of the hardest punchers in the sport.9:59 p.m.: Ansaroff def. Gadelha by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).  What an upset. The name of the game for Ansaroff was her striking and it all started with the jab. She would the flick the jab and then switch to a sidekick or a head kick. The biggest win of Ansaroff’s career and now puts herself in the conversation of a title shot after beating a former title challenger and one of the best the women’s strawweight division.9:40 p.m.:  Time for the featured prelim at UFC 231, a women’s strawweight contest between No. 3-ranked Cláudia Gadelha and No. 11-ranked Nina Ansaroff. Gadelha’s won three of her last four fights and is coming off of a fantastic split decision win over Carla Esparza at UFC 225. After losing two fights in a row, Ansaroff (9-5) is on a three-fight winning streak. This is the biggest bout of Ansaroff’s career because a win against a top contender will vault hers to the top tier at 115 pounds. Gadelha’s now training in the United States to help climb over the hurdle and win UFC gold. 9:32 p.m.: Burns def. Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).  Dominant showing for Burns. He controlled the action on the feet and the ground. Let’s see if Burns can now get on a winning streak. He’s 3-2 now in his last five. The talent is there. He beeds to put it all together consistently to be a contender at 155 pounds.9:19 p.m.:  Like what we saw in the first fight, Burns had a chance to finish Aubin-Mercier in the first round after blasting him with a left hook and a series of vicious ground and pound punches. Instead of continuing to hit Aubin-Mercier, Burns went for a rear-naked choke. Hopefully, it doesn’t cost Burns as it did for Anders.9:11 p.m.:  Next at UFC 228, Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces Gilbert Burns in lightweight action. Aubin-Mercier (11-3) had his four-fight winning streak snapped in July when he lost to Alexander Hernandez. Burns (13-3) has been uneven as of late, as he’s gone 2-2. Can Aubin-Mercier put on a show for his countrymen or can Burns spoil the party?8:59 p.m.: Eye def. Chookagian by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).  Very good fight. Consistent back-and-forth action, but Eye gained the decision because of her activity. She was the aggressor and continuously pushed the pace with inside leg kicks and throwing two, three and four-punch combinations. Three straight wins for Eye since she returned to 125 pounds. She should get the winner of the title fight later in the show between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.8:38 p.m.:  Right now at UFC 231, No. 3-ranked Katlyn Chookagian fights No. 9-ranked Jessica Eye in women’s flyweight action. Chookagian (11-1) is on a good run, having won three consecutive fights. Since returning to 125 pounds earlier this year, Eye (13-6, one no contest) has won both of her fights. A key contest in the division as the winner is likely to get a crack at the winner of the co-main event.8:27 p.m.: Theodorou def. Anders by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).  The lost opportunity by Anders in the second round cost him. Theodorou’s volume in the third round won the fight. Three fights, three wins in 2018 for the Canadian. Time to see Theodorou against a top ten opponent and see if there can be a new contender at 185 pounds.8:18 p.m.:  Not a fan of Anders’ game plan in the second round. He rocked Theodorou on more than one occasion and didn’t try to finish him. I get taking your time and not wanting to burn yourself just in case you don’t get the stoppage. But when the opportunity is there, take it. He may not get another chance.8:03 p.m.:  Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 231. Starting the action will be No. 14-ranked Elias Theodorou taking on Eryk Anders in middleweight action. Theodorou (16-2) comes in having won back-to-back fights and four of his last five overall. This will be the fourth time Anders (11-2) has competed in 2018. The former University of Alabama football has gone 1-2 so far. Both guys looking to end 2018 on a winning note.UFC 231 fight cardMain cardMax Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s featherweight titleValentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight titleAlex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; welterweights Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; featherweights Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; light heavyweights Preliminary Card Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; women’s strawweights Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; women’s flyweights Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; middleweightsOlivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; lightweights Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic; light heavyweightsBrad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; bantamweightsChad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; welterweights Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; lightweights UFC 231 latest news— Brian Ortega explains to Sporting News that he anticipates an all-time classic vs. Max Holloway. Many were doubting Max Holloway heading into his UFC 231 main-event fight against Brian Ortega because he had a hard time making weight when he was going to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 and because health issues forced him to pull out of UFC 226.The UFC featherweight champion silenced the skeptics by battering Ortega from pillar to post Saturday night in an emphatic TKO victory.last_img read more

FWC Tells “Big Old Fish” Story about 350lb Grouper Caught off Florida Coast

first_imgAccording to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this is “a big old fish.”In late December, a fisherman caught a massive Warsaw-grouper near southwest Florida. Now, biologists from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined that this is one truly impressive catch.According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the angler landed a Warsaw Grouper weighing a whopping 350 pounds.The big catch happened in December with a hook and line in roughly 600 feet of water.Biologists with the FWC Research Institute estimate the fish is 50 years old.Warsaw groupers can grow to nearly eight feet long and can weigh up to nearly 600 pounds.The largest ever caught in Florida weighed nearly 440 pounds.While the FWC appears to be excited about this particular catch, they don’t promote fishermen targeting these fish. According to them, the “status of the population in the Gulf is unknown.”last_img read more

Recreational pot proposal shelved for 2020

first_imgAccording to reports, the proposal for recreational marijuana use in Florida will not go on the November ballot.Make It Legal Florida, a political committee, has been attempting to meet a requirement to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state of Florida by the deadline- February 1st.However, they need more time. Reports say the committee went to court to try to get more time.Nick Hansen, chairman of the committee, said supporters will try to put the issue on the 2022 ballot.The proposal would allow people 21 or older to “possess, use, purchase, display, and transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and marijuana accessories for personal use for any reason.”last_img

FHP: Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down Turnpike near Jupiter

first_imgMajor problems for motorists heading out of Martin County into Palm Beach County this morning afte an Amazon Prime semi burst into flames.The big rig was engulfed by flames Wednesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County approaching Indiantown Road, closing all southbound lanes north of Jupiter.Delays were back to Bridge Road.The Florida Department of Transportation website reported the incident occurred at 6:53 a.m.FDOT traffic cameras at 7:10 a.m. showed the tractor-trailer was still on fire with large flames coming out of the trailer and cab.It’s unclear if anyone was hurt, but there are heavy southbound delays between Jupiter and Stuart.By 7:30 a.m., fire crews had arrived and extinguished the blaze, but traffic cameras show the cab and a portion of the trailer were destroyed.last_img read more

Watch Live: Speaker Pelosi to Announce Impeachment Managers

first_imgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi is naming the managers who will prosecute the case in the Senate’s impeachment trial.She is expected to name the team prior to today’s vote on a resolution that triggers sending the articles to the Senate.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that the impeachment trial will likely start on Tuesday and he is planning to call witnesses.last_img


first_imgDonegal are making hard work of their clear favourites tag against Antrim in the semi-final of the Ulster Championship in Clones.Jim McGuinness will read the riot act at half-time.Jim McGuinness’ side started well with early points from Christy Toye and Darrach O’Connor and led comfortably 0-5 to 0-2 midway through the opening half.But the loss of Neil Gallagher through injury and a heavy marking presence on Michael Murphy turned the game around. Antrim sweeper Kevin O’Boyle is doing a great job mopping up the loose ball as Murphy finds himself frustrated.Antrim boss Paddy Bradley has set out his stall from the start with an onus on defence and catching Donegal on the break.Some would say they are playing Donegal at their very own game.Despite being on top, Donegal have been sloppy in their attacking play. A number of Donegal attacks have broken down with many attempts at points through the like of Murphy and Anthony Thompson falling short.For their part Antrim look more clinical when they do manage to break through the Donegal defence.Michael Murphy missed the opportunity to put his team in front as the sides went in 0-7 to 0-7 at the break.Donegal have had seven wides compared to Antrim’s three – a statistic which speaks for itself form the opening half.Needless to say the Donegal players should receive the hairdryer treatment from a certain Glenties man at the interval. ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL HALF-TIME: LACK LUSTRE DONEGAL FINDING ANTRIM HARD TO BREAK DOWN was last modified: June 22nd, 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:AntrimdonegalUlsterlast_img read more

Humboldt State held scoreless for first time this season in loss to 17th-ranked Sonoma State

first_imgArcata >> After starting the season on a four-game winning streak, the Humboldt State women’s soccer team has found the waters of the California Collegiate Athletic Conference a little rough to navigate.The Jacks were shut out for the first time this season, falling 2-0 to the 17th-ranked Sonoma St. Seawolves on Wednesday at College Creek Field, sinking to 0-2-1 over their last three games in the process. “Sonoma is a very good team. They’re well coached and No. 17 in the country for a …last_img

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

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 27th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cool soil temperatures deterred corn planting, even where declining moisture surpluses allowed opportunities for fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 26th. Cold temperatures and frosts did little to alleviate the conditions that have delayed the season. Fertilizer application, chisel plowing and manure application occurred this week in preparation for planting. Pastures and hay fields continued to green up and looked fairly good as spring calving progressed. Fruit producers are uncertain whether the frost will cause damage to the crop this year.View the full reportlast_img