News Help by sharing this information Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Justice is finally making progress in the case of Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor who was gunned down exactly 11 years ago in Istanbul, but like most investigations into violence against journalists in Turkey, progress depends on the vagaries of political developments, which often obstruct the truth.Turkish civil society continues to bear the scars of Dink’s murder in the street outside his newspaper on 19 January 2007. He was a leading intellectual and tireless advocate of Turkish democratization and reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.After long denying the scale of complicity in order to protect the state, the justice system finally decided in recent years to move against former top security officials. Since late 2014, those questioned and detained have included Ramazan Akyürek, a former head of intelligence at the General Directorate for Security, Celalettin Cerrah, a former Istanbul police chief, and Ali Öz, a former gendarmerie chief in the northeastern city of Trabzon.But this dramatic change only happened after the government began purging senior officials who were members of the Gülen Movement, a former government ally and now sworn enemy. Dink’s murder was originally described as the work of a few individual fanatics. Then it was portrayed as the work of a secret network known as “Ergenekon”, as part of a wider investigation that was used as a pretext to persecute the secularist opposition. Now the judicial authorities are treating it as a Gülenist destabilization plot, while unprecedented purges are targeting alleged Gülenists. The trial will resume on 29 January.“The involvement of members of the security forces was clear from the start and the acceptance of this is a welcome step towards ending impunity,” said Erol Önderoğlu, who represents Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Turkey.“But justice will not be rendered if blame is placed solely on scapegoats who are convenient at a given moment, without considering the state’s role. Ulterior motives and the lack of judicial independence too often prevent the truth from emerging and undermine public trust. The families of dozens of murdered journalists are still waiting to be rendered justice.”Politicized justiceAround 40 journalists have been murdered or have disappeared in Turkey in the past 25 years. Complete impunity still prevails in about 20 murders that occurred in southeastern Anatolia from 1990 to 1996, at the height of the clashes between the Turkish army and the PKK Kurdish rebels. But the case of Musa Anter, a well-known Kurdish intellectual and columnist for the newspaper Özgür Gündem who was gunned down in Diyarbakır in September 1992, is an exception. After 20 years of inaction, the authorities saved the case from the statute of limitations at the last moment in 2012 in a gesture to the Kurdish political movement at the start of historic peace talks with the PKK.But the judicial process has faltered badly since the talks were cut short in 2015. One of the main suspects, former special agent Mahmut Yıldırım, cannot be found. The judges have still not managed to question another suspect, former double agent Abdülkadir Aygan, who fled to Sweden. The only suspect to have been arrested, former auxiliary Hamit Yıldırım in 2012, was released conditionally in June 2017.The trial is due to resume in Ankara on 4 April but, although the state recognized its involvement in Anter’s murder and expressed it regret in 1998, justice is still unlikely to be rendered.The judicial proceedings in a wave of shootings and bombings of well-known secular journalists and intellectuals such as Uğur Mumcu and Ahmet Taner Kışlalı in the 1990s no longer deserve the original label of “Umut” (Hope). Twenty-five years later, several Jihadi militants implicated in these murders are still on the run. After many twists and turns, the retrial of five suspects who were already convicted in an initial trial resumed on 9 November in Ankara, while the families of the victims continue to condemn the judicial system’s failure to identify and prosecute those in the “deep state” who masterminded these killings.The politicization of investigations continues to be the norm when the violence against journalists stops short of being fatal. The deliberate police violence against around 150 reporters covering the “Occupy Gezi” protest movement from May to September 2015 is still unpunished.The interior ministry has been ordered to pay damages to only two reporters and no police officer has been punished. And no measure has been taking against the ruling party activists who beat up four journalists – Sertaç Kayar, Mahmut Bozarslan, Veysi İpek and Hatice Kamer – on 8 June 2016 when they tried to cover the aftermath of a bombing in the southeastern city of Midyat. The journalists had to be hospitalized with serious injuries.But with good will…A few exceptions nonetheless show that, when the justice system is not subjected to political meddling or when there is sufficient civil society pressure, it is capable of shedding a great deal of light on murders of journalists.The leaders of a criminal gang in the northwestern city of Bandırma received long jail sentences for the murder of Cihan Hayırsevener, the publisher of the local newspaper Güney Marmara’da Yaşam, who was gunned down in December 2009. A court ruled that an influential local businessman, İhsan Kuruoğlu, had Hayırsevener killed for accusing him of corruption. Kuruoğlu was sentenced to 17 years in prison on appeal on 8 December 2017, while the gunman was given a life sentence.The case of Metin Göktepe, a young reporter for the newspaper Evrensel, is also exceptional. In 2000, seven policemen were finally convicted of beating him to death in January 1996 in the Istanbul sports centre where he was being held along with hundreds of other people.For a long time, the authorities insisted that he had fallen from the top of a wall, but they finally recognized the truth after a great deal of pressure from journalists’ organizations and civil society. RSF attended 28 of the 30 hearings in the case from 1996 to 2000, which were held far from Istanbul in an attempt to reduce the size of the protests. Of all the Turkish murder cases referred to the European Court of Human Rights, the Göktepe case is the only one in which the court finally ruled that the Turkish justice system had done what was necessary.New Syrian challengeMost of the journalists murdered in Turkey in recent years have been Syrian refugees. These cases pose additional challenges to Turkish investigators because the perpetrators may have fled to Syria and because the range of possible instigators includes the Syrian government and Islamic State.The double murder of Syrian activist Orouba Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla Barakat in Istanbul in 21 September has reinforced the climate of fear among Syrian dissidents living in self-imposed exile. A former employee arrested nine days later said he killed them because he had not been paid, but many doubt that this was the real motive.An alleged Islamic State member received a life sentence from a court in the southeastern city of Gaziantep on 9 June after being convicted of murdering the Syrian journalist Naji Jerf there in December 2015. But the trial was held behind closed doors and the Jerf family was not represented, so many key questions, including possible complicity, were left unanswered.There are also many unanswered questions in the murder of Syrian journalist Mohamed Zaher al-Sherqat, a Halab Today TV presenter who was gunned down in Gaziantep in April 2016, and the murder of Ibrahim Abdelqader, a Syrian citizen-journalist who was killed together with a Syrian friend, Fares Hammadi, in nearby Urfa in October 2015.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a bloody coup attempt in July 2016. 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EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 262 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Pasadena City Women’s Golf Championships will be played as scheduled on August 8 and 9 at the historic Brookside Golf Club, beside the Rose Bowl Stadium, despite the Coronavirus pandemic, tournament officials announced.“This is one of the few women’s amateur events NOT being cancelled!” Tournament Director Lew Murez said in a report by California Golf + Travel.“All Covid-19 protocols will be in place and safety will be the No. 1 priority.”The organizers said they will not be allowing any caddies or spectators this year in observance of COVID-19 restrictions. Murez indicated they may allow parents to watch their minor children play despite the overall ban. An official announcement is expected soon.The tournament will be a 36-hole championship flight, gross scoring only, with one round on each Brookside course. The $125 entry fee includes golf, scrip prize fund, food and apparel tee prize. The minimum age is 12 for the Junior girls flight. All Juniors will only play in their specific Junior girls flight. Girls age 18 who have not yet started college will play in Junior flight, the organizers said.Senior (age 50 and above) and mid-amateur (30 and older) flights may also be added if the organizers received enough entries.Brookside’s No. 2 Course will be played for the first round on Saturday, August 8, and winners will be determined in the second round on the No. 1 Course on Sunday, August 9. There will be no cut after the first round, but the pairings will be reset after 18 holes.Last year, Kelly Xu of Claremont won the Pasadena City Net title in a playoff over Leeyen Rose Peralta of Brea.The event was not played for many years until it was revived a few years ago.For complete information including registration, visit www.sbplgc.com/PasadenaWomensAm.htm.Entry deadline is Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News Sports Pasadena City Women’s Golf Championship Won’t Be Canceled By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 1:25 pm Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
It’s worth noting that NASCAR’s package for Cup cars will change yet again with the introduction of the Next Gen car, which among other tweaks will feature a shorter spoiler and a raised splitter. In theory, those aero changes should address some of the factors leading to driver complaints about the cars being too forgiving.”It’s not about what drives the best, what’s the easiest to drive. We don’t want that,” Logano said after testing the car at Phoenix Raceway in March. “We want something that’s challenging that will show that the best driver and the best team will prevail.”NASCAR in April announced that the debut of the Next Gen car will come in 2022 rather than next season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As you get farther and farther back in the pack, I think no matter how good a driver you are, unless your car is just way, way superior — which it’s very hard to get that big of an advantage — it’s just very difficult to pass and work your way through the field,” Kenseth, 48, told Sporting News during a Tuesday phone interview. “When you start there, you really don’t know what you have a lot of times unless you can get a little bit of separation; green flag pit stops and some clear air, something like that.”It’s way more about track position and having that air than what it ever has been.”MORE: How All-Star Race became big test of fans returning to venuesTo many, a 20-year Cup veteran and the 2003 series champion saying “no matter how good a driver you are,” to use a racing reference, raises a red flag. This is the issue Brad Keselowski referenced after Sunday’s Texas race while making the suggestion that drivers should be promoted and/or demoted based on their performance at NASCAR’s highest level. Keselowski fears it’s becoming too difficult to judge that performance.”When you’ve got this rules package with cars that are super easy to drive by themselves,” Keselowski explained (via NBC Sports), “it’s very hard for NASCAR, I think, to be able to tell who’s got it and who doesn’t.”The rules package Keselowski refers to was implemented before the 2019 season. NASCAR increased Cup cars’ spoiler height, splitter length and radiator pan width, and for bigger oval tracks, a smaller tapered spacer would limit horsepower to the 550 range rather than 700-plus. Aero ducts at certain tracks also would increase drag and downforce. Veteran driver Joey Logano told Sporting News last year that it was the “most significant rules change” NASCAR had forced “in a very long time.”Kenseth has a unique perspective on the matter considering he sat out the entire 2019 season before Chip Ganassi Racing tabbed him to take the seat of Kyle Larson, who in April was suspended by NASCAR and fired by CGR after he was caught using the N-word during an iRacing event. (Getty Images) Matt Kenseth is 19th in the NASCAR Cup Series team owner points standings halfway through the 2020 season, meaning he will start Thursday night’s race at Kansas Speedway from a position somewhere between 13th and 24th.Two years ago, before Kenseth “took some time off” from NASCAR racing and spent the 2019 season in quasi-retirement, that might not have been an issue. Now, with the rules package NASCAR has been running in the Cup Series at tracks like Kansas since last year, Kenseth knows a deeper spot in the field means he won’t be able to adequately gauge what his car needs to improve. Matt Kenseth https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/26/2d/matt-kenseth-03-26-2017-getty-ftrjpg_1kk6311tql54e1gct6vb89y8nu.jpg?t=215119075&w=500&quality=80″It’s very noticeable,” Kenseth said of the package he is learning to manage a year later than his rivals. “I think the biggest thing I’ve struggled with coming back, and I feel like it’s getting a little bit better, is the air is so disturbed mid-pack with these huge spoilers, lower power and all that stuff. In the middle of the pack, particularly when cars are still side by side, it’s just so hard to get a read on your car and to kind of figure out what you need as far as balance and adjustments.”That’s definitely the cars. Totally different race car in 25th than it is in 15th, and totally different in fifth than it is in 15th. That part was a big adjustment, and it still is.”Kenseth agreed with Keselowski’s assertation that Cup cars are easier to drive than ever, adding the caveat that they still present a lot of challenges: “Obviously you take power away, add downforce, add side force, add all that stuff, that creates grip. Obviously that makes the car easier to drive. Faster through the corners, slower through the straightaways.”The veteran driver raised another point that speaks to how a team such as Richard Childress Racing was able to produce a 1-2 finish at Texas on Sunday despite middle-of-the-pack average running order stats.A green-white-checkered finish between @AustinDillon3 and @Tyler_Reddick.In the end it was Dillon, winning in the No. 3 car for the third time in his @NASCAR Cup Series career at @TXMotorSpeedway. pic.twitter.com/PWC58I4iC6— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 20, 2020Austin Dillon won Sunday’s race ahead of teammate Tyler Reddick after a late-race caution gave them the track position they needed to contend. To their credit, the RCR drivers held their positions through three high-pressure restarts and earned their finishes, but even Reddick admitted the pair “had to catch a few breaks.”Dillon and Reddick left Texas ranked 17th and 18th with average running positions of 16.755 and 16.989, respectively, in the Cup Series this season. While both were having good runs at Texas, there’s no doubt the rules package influenced the race’s result when the RCR cars discovered clean air.”At a lot of these tracks, with all this downforce and drag and side force, the leader can run wide open, and fairly easily,” Kenseth said. “I think you can definitely make a mid-pack car look really good if you put it out front, and vice versa.”TIMELINE: How Kenseth ended up in the No. 42 car
“This unbeaten record has not only been achieved this season, but also last year under (former coach) Luis Enrique,” said Barca coach Valverde.“It’s a shared record, because it crossed over between seasons. It has been quite difficult, because of the fact it’s an old record that hasn’t been broken for a long time.”Valverde named a strong side despite having a Champions League quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday at Roma, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all starting.Suarez passed up two good early chances to put Barca ahead, prodding wide and then seeing visiting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar deny him with an excellent save. But the hosts moved in front in the 27th minute through a trademark Messi free-kick.The Argentinian stepped up and curled the ball over the ball and into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to score his 27th league goal of the season.It didn’t take the 30-year-old long to double his tally for the day, latching onto Coutinho’s through ball and firing low into the corner. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.Messi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou with a magnificent treble, as Barca stretched their lead at the top to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s derby against Real Madrid on Sunday. Barcelona eased off in the second half, perhaps with the midweek clash at the Stadio Olimpico on their minds, and Leganes hit back midway through the second half.Former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar cut inside and fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box despite slipping as he shot.But the home side finished off the match as a contest late on with Messi completing his third hat-trick of the season in style.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
by Jim Litke(AP)—Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.“After 61 years,” Sue Paterno said to the man who had just fired her husband, “he deserved better.” On the other end was John Surma, vice chairman for a Penn State Board of Trustees that couldn’t muster enough courage or decency to fire Paterno in person. Board members were desperate to stanch the tidal wave of bad news that followed the indictment of Paterno’s longtime former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, on multiple counts of child sex abuse just a few days earlier.So an assistant athletic director knocked on the front door of Paternos’ home that cold November night and wordlessly handed over the note with Surma’s name and a phone number on it. In that mercilessly brief call, Paterno was told that after nearly a half century as coach of the Nittany Lions, he was being fired “effective immediately.”Like that conversation, the one that began with Sue Paterno’s call back didn’t last long.“He deserved better,” she repeated, and then hung up.Yes, he did.And there may be no more fitting postscript for the life and career of a football coach, husband and father who became not just the face, but the unyielding, cantankerous soul of a school that over the course of his tenure was transformed from a “cow college” into a top-shelf public research university. Now all those people who rushed to judgment about Paterno’s role in the Sandusky case will have to find their way out from under the sordid scandal without the longtime coach.Paterno, 85, died Sunday of lung cancer. Those who knew him well believe it was something more akin to a broken heart.“The thing you hear about people who live long lives is that they were still passionate about something, still striving,” said Brett Conway, who played for Paterno before graduating from Penn State in 1997 and embarking on a six-year career in the NFL as a placekicker. “Once they took that away from him, a lot of us felt he was going to have a tough time surviving.“I talked to a few teammates this morning and tried to think of something profound to say about the man who did so much for so many of us. But I can’t think of any single thing. … I had my 4-year-old daughter in my lap when the news came on and she asked me who Joe Paterno was. I told her he was my coach, that we called him JoePa and that he was one of the finest men I ever met in my life.”In his quiet moments, Paterno occasionally invoked the fate of Bear Bryant—another coaching legend who died within weeks after stepping down at Alabama—as though it were some kind of cautionary tale. Yet he remained stubborn to the end, beating back more than one previous attempt by higher-ups at the school to force his hand, most recently in 2004. He kept insisting the game hadn’t passed him by, and that getting through to kids who weren’t as old as some of the sportcoats in his closet was no big deal.In the only interview granted since his Nov. 9 firing, a frail and sometimes-foggy Paterno told Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post many of the same things he said when news of Sandusky’s indictment broke. Most important, that he wished he’d done more when assistant Mike McQueary came to his house on a Saturday morning in 2002, shaken by what he would later tell a grand jury he had seen the night before in a shower at the team’s football complex: Sandusky raping a young boy.Except that out of deference to his aging and decidedly old-school coach, McQueary apparently withheld the most gruesome details from Paterno.It was a story Paterno couldn’t—or wouldn’t— comprehend.“You know, he didn’t want to get specific,” Paterno told the newspaper. “And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man. So I just did what I thought was best. I talked to people that I thought would be, if there was a problem, that would be following up on it.”We know now that didn’t happen. Paterno never sufficiently explained why, after meeting his legal obligations by notifying his superiors at the university, he didn’t satisfy his moral obligation to do more. He said several times he wish he had. People who judged him guilty then will not change their opinions.“This is not a defense, or an excuse, and maybe it’s even a bad analogy,” Conway began. “But there were so many things about Joe and his ‘old-schoolness’ that probably kept him from comprehending the horror of what Jerry had done. He knew something was wrong, something of a sexual nature and ultimately, all he could bring himself to do is what he was supposed to do.”And if the people who ultimately made the decision to fire him measure up to being even half the man he was,” he said finally, “I’ll be plenty surprised.”Paterno’s legacy will forever be clouded, in large part because the chance to prove his remorse in the final chapter of his public life was taken by the trustees and now is gone forever. For the lion’s share of his 85 years, though, Paterno piled one good deed atop one another that had nothing to do with football—things that time can’t erase, like the library that sits several blocks from the football stadium and was built in large part with his donations back to the school.On balance, all that good should have been enough to earn him one final opportunity to erase the stain that he called one of the great tragedies of his life.He deserved better. LEGENDARY COACH—In this Sept. 4, 2004 photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before a game against Akron in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
DNA is packed like spaghetti in a basketball (07/28/2004), but must constantly be accessed by transcribers, duplicators and other molecular machines. Scientists at the Karolinska Institute, according to EurekAlert, have found a complex of protein machines that know how to untangle DNA. Machines that can keep DNA from separating too early (cohesins) and keep DNA coils compact (condensins) have been studied extensively, but these scientists looked more at another mechanism. When they artificially perturbed DNA strands, the machines went to work fixing the damage:The research group has studied the third, less well understood, protein complex, known as the Smc5/6 complex. This protein complex was found to bind to locations on the DNA strand that the researchers had artificially damaged, suggesting that it is directly involved in the repair process. Moreover, the Smc5/6 complex also seems to be required for the disentanglement of undamaged chromosomes before cell division. If these tangles, which are a natural consequence of the DNA copying process, are left unresolved the chromosomes cannot be separated and sent to the two nascent daughter cells. Like in the repair process, the Smc5/6 complex appears to resolve these intertwines by direct interaction with the DNA molecules, but this process is differently regulated as compared to the function in repair.The press release starts with a “wow” factoid: “Every second, the cells constituting our bodies are replaced through cell division. An adult human consists of about 50,000 billion cells, 1% of which die and are replaced by cell division every day.” Machines like the Smc5/6 complex are essential to maintaining our genomic integrity.So, evolutionists, tell us again about how this all worked out in the mythical RNA world when none of these repair and maintenance mechanisms had yet accidentally emerged.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Story Highlights The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final.The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.“Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.The first semi-final match will commence at 10:00 a.m. when the JIS and the Ministry of National Security will debate the moot: ‘Be it resolved that corruption remains a problem in the public sector because of the lack of political will to address it’.The second match is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. when the Trelawny Municipal Corporation will take on Victoria Jubilee Hospital, debating the moot: ‘Be it resolved that the profit motive of the private sector should be a guiding principle for Jamaica’s public sector’.Under the competition’s theme, ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, earlier rounds of the competition saw various public-sector workers engaged in parliamentary-style debates on transformation and other topical matters within the public sector.Friends, families and well-wishers of the teams are encouraged to track the competition on the TIU’s social media pages.Team supporters are also encouraged to follow the TIU’s Instagram and Facebook pages and vote for their favourite team in the online ‘Fan Favourite’ competition, which ends on April 18. There will be a special prize for the most liked team photo on the TIU’s Facebook page TIUjamaica and Instagram page @tiu_jamaica.The competition is spearheaded by the TIU in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in partnership with the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited. The winning team will walk away with more than $600,000 in prizes and the champion trophy. “Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 2, 2016 – With a foreword by Sir Sidney Poitier and praise from leading Bahamians, Sir Orville Turnquest’s new book What Manner of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, unsparingly examines the character of the man who abdicated the throne of England and was appointed Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945, a post that he considered banishment rather than the honour it was.Author Sir Orville Turnquest served as the fifth Governor General of an independent Bahamas from 1995-2001, uniquely qualifying him to address this historical subject. He began writing the history of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s years in The Bahamas when he left the governor’s mansion, Mount Fitzwilliam. Fifteen years later, the book What Matter of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit book stores December 5. The book sheds new light on the reign of the Royal Governor and on the lives of Bahamians during the tumultuous backdrop of World War II.Fifteen years after former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest pledged to dedicate his literacy prowess and fascination with history to writing the story of the Duke of Windsor’s reign in The Bahamas, his much-anticipated work, What Manner of Man is This, The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit local bookstores on December 5. The book, now available in hardcover and paperback, will also be sold through online retailers shortly after publication in paperback and e-Book editions.An official launch will be held at Government House with a small group of family, friends from The Bahamas Historical Society, Historic Bahamas Foundation and media. Sir Orville, who served as Governor General from 1995-2001, will present the first copy of the book to the current Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling with a brief ceremony celebrating the book’s worldwide publication.Although many books have been written about the royal couple, Sir Orville’s incisive book is the only one that focus exclusively on the Duke’s administration while Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945 after he abdicated the throne as King of England in order to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson.While the world reveled in what was portrayed as both one of the greatest love stories of all time and the scandal of the century, the reality for The Bahamas was that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor viewed his assignment as Royal Governor as severe punishment, banishment to a far-flung island country without any of the trappings of a royal life. Though they gave of themselves personally in times of crisis, they never truly warmed to the people of the island nation, nor did they reciprocate the warmth with which Bahamians showered them.As World War II raged, disrupting lives globally including in The Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor was both symbolic of the superiority of royalty and symptomatic of the times. Turmoil surrounded his tenure in this island nation – the Burma Road Riots, the Bay Street Fire, The Project, The Contract and the still-unsolved murder of Sir Harry Oakes, the richest man in the world at the time.The Duke’s friendship with a German industrialist who had taken refuge in The Bahamas during the war further aroused suspicion and, moreover, he never denied his affiliation and friendship with those who British allies would have considered their most bitter enemies. He also never entertained a black Bahamian at Mount Fitzwilliam (Government House), though black Bahamians were so excited to see the ‘romantic couple’ that they insisted on a ceremony at Clifford Park to welcome them to The Bahamas when only a private ceremony had been planned.Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, states that, “This incisive book reveals the Duke and Duchess as racially biased, unwilling to disturb the status quo, and who fell far short of making a positive impact during his tenure.” In the foreword, Sir Sidney Poitier calls the book “an unvarnished fresh look” at a crucial period in Bahamian history. He points out that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s time in The Bahamas was not unlike apartheid, and notes that although the term was never used, the foundation was there – economic and political rule by a white oligarchy.Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called the work “insightful, informative.” Turnquest, he said, “has produced an easy, readable history of the period, well-informed by his own personal experience as a young black, who overcame the absence of the opportunities gifted to the Duke of Windsor to become the Duke’s successor in the office of governor general of an independent Bahamas.” Other praise came from Tribune publisher Eileen Carron, two former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Dame Ivy Dumont and from Lyford Cay resident Harry Oakes.The book will be available at all major book stores in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and Abaco as well as the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The Linen Shop on Bay Street, Nassau. The hardcover edition will be available at $35 and paperback for $25.20 and the eBook on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other eBook retailers worldwide. Publisher is Grant’s Town Press (www.grantstownpress.com). Related Items: