Tribute to VS Naipaul

first_imgDear Editor,Renowned West Indian author Vidya S Naipaul drew his last breath on Saturday, August 11, 2018, just a week shy of his 86th birthday. Naipaul was perhaps the most controversial contemporary literary figure, vilified and criticised as a man, but as a writer, he drew unparalleled admiration from the literate world.Naipaul not only wrote in a lucid, unambiguous style but he playfully exposed men and women for their falsity. VS Naipaul was just 18 years of age when he entered Oxford University in the United Kingdom in 1950. By 1957, he had published The Mystic Masseur which lovingly poked fun at the Trinidad he grew up to and remembered from every angle but which also exposed false gods, men who were mimics and who had no sense of identity. His characters, such as “GR Muir”, “MBE”, are emblematic of the wider society.We in fact came to that delightful book of short stories, simply titled Miguel Street (1959; Somerset Maugham Award), before we came to The Mystic Masseur, and those stories made us realise that ordinary people were the characters in fiction, that the purpose of fiction is to hold up a mirror to the society and who stared back was yourself (and many of us did not like what we saw in the mirror). Characters such as “Hat”, “Bolo”, “Man-Man”, “B Wordsworth”, “Bogart”, and the unforgettable “Laura” became immortal for us of that age. Those characters are timeless. Novel after novel by VS Naipaul revealed the dilemma of being a colonial, the complex matters of dispossession, placelessness, and identity, the emptiness of the post-colonial world, the quest for self-knowledge and freedom.Among the fictional works Naipaul wrote are The Suffrage of Elvira (1958); A House for Biswas (1961); The Mimic Men (1967; WH Smith Award); In a Free State (1971; Booker Prize); A Bend in the River (1979); The Enigma of Arrival (1987). Naipaul embarked on travel in 1960, and produced writings too many to list in this letter; in one of them, Finding the Centre (1984) is a perceptive discussion of his emergence as a writer.His travel writings were a way of questioning the imperialist form of the novel that we had inherited. He even ventured into the Muslim world in his pursuit of truth and said things which angered Muslims. He angered Africans, women, and West Indians by saying, “History is built around achievement and creation; and nothing was created in the West Indies….”, but Naipaul did not care what people thought of him; he was a man with a mission even if he was accused of transferring his own neuroses onto his characters.A writer does not need philosophical training to write; he is the philosopher.Naipaul richly deserved the Nobel Prize (2001) and his Honour of Knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1989.In 2007, on a visit to Trinidad, VS Naipaul appeared on a public platform, a few of us from Guyana (including Bernadette Persaud, Ryhaan Shah and myself) travelled to Trinidad to celebrate Naipaul week with the hope of catching a glimpse of the man who had done us all proud.At question time, a man from the audience ventured a question whereupon, Naipaul, as gentle as a lamb, like a father to a four-year-old child, replied, “Please find another question, you asked me that one already.” That is the writer who people vilified as being “strange” and “cold”.At that meeting, I presented the writer with copies of The Arts Journal. I doubt he gave them a second glance, and I don’t fault him for that because I appreciate that he spent this life educating us, giving us a clear sense of who we are and our place in the scheme of things.VS’s younger brother, Shiva, was also a prolific writer whose Fireflies (1970; winner of three awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Jock Campbell New Statesman Award, and the Winifred Holtby Prize) and The Chip-Chip Gatherers (1973; Whitbread literary Award) are also profound statements on the complicated questions of culture and place of Indians in Trinidad. Shiva died in 1985 at age 40 but not before he had written four more works: North of South (1978); Black and White (1980); A Hot Country (1983); and Beyond the Dragon’s Mouth (1984).In fact, it was their father, Seepersaud Naipaul, a journalist, who was first bitten by the writing bug; by example, he led the family into a scalding awareness of the post-colonial world.His Gurudeva and Other Stories was ultimately published (1976) by Andre Deustch long after his death. Now, the news has it that their sister Savi has just released a book about her brother.Perhaps, in her book, we shall discover the reason her brother, so critical of the imperialist world, chose to spend his entire life in England. Trinidad and the English-speaking Caribbean owe much to this family and Hanuman House has a place in history.The Arts Journal records its condolences to family and admirers. VS’s passing has left a lamentable void; it would be decades before the West Indies produces a writer as fearless as Naipaul to tell us bluntly about ourselves.Ameena GafoorFounder andSecretary, The ArtsForum IncFounding Editor, TheArts Journallast_img read more

Gratis License Plates Jump from US$25 to US$175

first_imgBFF’s Augustine ArkoiThe abrupt cancellation and increase of gratis license plates (GP/NG) for non-governmental organizations have claimed the attention of the management of the Better Future Foundation.In a formal statement recently submitted to organizers of the assessment discussion on Civil Society Sustainability Index (CSOS), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and being implemented in Liberia by SUBAH-BELLEH ASSOCIATES (Management Consultants), BFF president Augustine Arkoi called on the government to revisit the decision.He said “The abrupt cancellation of gratis plates (GP/NG) which, over the years, were used by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other charity organizations for service delivery to the needy and other vulnerable people in the country, should be revisited.”According to Mr. Arkoi, the increment in the cost of the gratis plate from US$25 to US$175 by the immediate past government and which is being exercised by the current government is not only exorbitant but also has the potential to undermine the smooth operations of NGOs in Liberia.Arkoi also underscored the need for the Government of Liberia (GoL) to provide budgetary allotments for the nation’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and institutions to annually advance proposals, including innovative approaches geared towards fast-tracking national development and the consolidation of peace and tranquility in the country.“Such an increment in the cost of gratis plate by previous Liberian governments is not only detrimental to the best interest of ordinary citizens who constitute the vast majority of the nation’s population but also runs contrary to the much-heralded pro-poor development agenda of the current Liberian government, headed by President George Weah,” he emphasized.The BFF President, in his presentation, however applauded the SUBAH-BELLEH ASSOCIATES (Management Consultants) for organizing the forum, which sought to generate the candid views of Liberian civil society actors and institutions as it relates to the critical appraisal of the CSOSI which has been developed by USAID.According to the BFF president, the Index analyzes CSOs, using seven interrelated dimensions which included legal environment, organizational capacity, and financial viability, and advocacy, provision of services, infrastructure, and public image.“Each of these seven dimensions was discussed by the panelists in terms of accomplishment made, problems remaining unresolved, recognition of the nature of understanding challenges by local actors, and strategies to address these challenges,” he said.The BFF president also recalled that under an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL), representing CSOs, has the obligation to ensure that: All CSOs are fully registered and accredited; contribute to the establishment of a GOL/CSO Partnership Policy Technical Working Group; update the Directory of CSOs every two years and to ensure that the Directory locates all member CSOs, provide information on areas of specializations, linking them with the various sectors, ministries and agencies; review, revise and adopt a CSO Code of Ethics consistent with the National Code of Conduct, and ensure its implementation by the entire NCSCL members; ensure that as a Council, it will be faithful to its organic rules, other governance documents and regulations and to ensure transparency and accountability in its operations, just to name a few.“Unfortunately,” Mr. Arkoi observed that “the implementation of almost all of the GOL’s obligations as enshrined in the GOL-CSO Accord is yet to be fully actualized.”“We are not aware that since the inking of this MOU, the Government of Liberia ever convened any National Partnership Summit bringing together representatives of GOL-CSOs to review their partnership obligations,” he stressed.Moreover, the BFF President pointed out that “Little or nothing has been done in terms of providing the necessary support and resources “In fair and reasonable ways”, as coined in the MOU, including the establishment of the “Civil Society Trust Fund” by parties to this Accord.“On the other hand, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, which is a direct representative of CSOs to said MOU is yet to commission any studies aimed at strengthening and expanding the GOL-CSO partnership as provided for in section 1.3 of the Accord,” Arkoi disclosed.According to him, “Little or nothing has been done to ensure competent, principled and committed CSO representation and participation at all levels of consultations with government on policy formulation and implementation as clearly spelled out by section 2.1 of said MOU.“Beyond the GOL-CSO Partnership Agreement, Civil Society Organizations (CSOS), which should be seen as implementing partners to complement government’s development efforts, are faced with multiple challenges as it relates to their operations and sustainability,” he emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boat capsizes in Essequibo River

first_img…captain feared drownedA boat captain is now feared to be dead, while three other persons were rescued after the boat in which they were travelling capsized on the Essequibo River on Monday.Missing is Junior Benjamin of Fairview Village, Kurupukari, Upper Essequibo River, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) have since launched an investigation into the incident. According to reports reaching this newspaper, at about 14:00hrs on Monday, the captain along with three other men left Mabura in the boat which subsequently encountered an engine failure during the trip. At the time of the engine failure, the men who all work at Mabura, were in the vicinity of Levi Falls heading to the Ewing Backdam. Guyana Times understands that after the boat capsized, the three other occupants swam to shore but as they reached the shore they realised that Benjamin was not with them.When contacted, Divisional Commander Linden Lord on Wednesday noted that Police at to the Mabura Police Station received a report of the incident at about 17:30h on Tuesday. Given the remote nature of the area, he said it usually takes a long time for information to travel. Lord said that ranks have since travelled to the area to investigate. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more


first_imgOutgoing President Barry Ramsay helping Anne Condon with her President’s blazer on her history making appointment as Letterkenny Golf Club President 2015.Letterkenny Golf Club have made an historical entry into their history books by electing their first Lady President. The honour goes to well-knwon club stalwart Anne Condon who will take up the position as the 2015 club President.This event was made possible by a proposal, carried in 2011, that a committee, made up of representatives of ladies and gents, would make recommendations to the Parent Club for selection of the post of President. And therefore, it was with the greatest of joy and pleasure, that Anne’s nomination was accepted.Since relocating from Dublin in 1990 to Golf Course Road, Letterkenny, it was inevitable that Anne, a sportswoman of talent in Dublin having played cricket for the famous Phoenix Cricket Club, reputedly the sixth oldest cricket club in the world, and also playing hockey for the Old Alex Hockey Club, would “fancy” partaking in another sport and what better hobby than golf, with the local golf course practically on her doorstep.Anne states, “At the time, Dermot and myself thought that the golf club was exclusively for members but, it was only when a friend of our’s invited Dermot down to watch a rugby match in 1991 that we realized that the club was open to membership and therefore, we joined” Anne recalls with laughter, tinged with sadness, that the first person to greet them as members was Michael Diffley, with whom they had remained friends until Michael’s sad passing a few years back. Indeed, Michael had chosen Dermot as his vice captain in 2007.Even though Anne was just a beginner in mid-90’s, she elected to become one of a small band of lady members who opted to take out full membership of the club. She also recalls that “I was too scared [embarrassed] to ask any of the lady members to show me the game so I tortured a few of our new friends such as Michael Boucher-Hayes and Michael Boyd. I soon realized how wrong I was about the other lady members for, when they learned that I was also a member, and a beginner, they were abundant in their willingness to help me and make both Dermot and myself so welcome, not only as club members but also socially. Another new “lady beginners” member at that time was Angela Kilgallen whom I became firm friends with and we still play golf together to this day”.Previous to moving from Dublin, Anne had been appointed the first female honorary officer of the cricket club and therefore, it was inevitable that she would eventually “take up” a position within the golf club.In 2003 Anne, by then a member of the parent club and previously a sub committee member which overseen the opening of the new clubhouse, took up the post of Bar Convenor.“This gave me the honour of being the first female honorary officer of the parent club in the club’s history so, remembering the coincidence with the cricket club, I was overwhelmed”Since then, Anne’s list of posts are “arm-length”. Parent committee, ladies club committee, handicap secretary, beginners’ convenor, p.r.o. and, most recently, ladies’ secretary. “I remember once during my tenure as bar convenor that I was left with the task of stocking, staffing and running the bar. This was in addition to my day job with Letterkenny Chamber. It was good “craic” but, without the help of members such as Pat Coleman, Seamus Farren and the late Joe Foley, I would never have survived!”Another milestone in Anne’s association with the club arrived in 1999 when Letterkenny hosted the Ladies Irish Open. Through the chamber, there was the organizing of the players’ accommodation, working with all the hotels, guest houses etc.“It was fabulous to witness the generosity of local members, families and friends who opened up their homes to players, officials and guests to such an historic event in the club’s history”.“My most prestigious honour within the club to date has been my election to Lady Captain in 2011”, states Anne. “But I must admit that my most daunting task has been the project I undertook in 2013, our centenary year, which I believe was “daunting” to say the least. I asked that each lady committee member would complete a square depicting their golf memories, and these squares were then sewn together to form a small quilt which is now framed and hung in the clubhouse, a lasting contribution to the centenary celebrations”.The Condon family contribution to Letterkenny Golf Club does not lay with Anne only.Dermot Condon, Anne’s husband, has served the club dilligently over the years. From his time on the mens’ and parent committees, Dermot has also “reigned” as club captain in 2008 and in recent years as a very helpful and efficient subscriptions secretary.Their son Garret, a well renowned junior and student golfer in Donegal who has played in numerous club teams, had practically “grown up” on the course. Being friends with Neil Daniel Mc Cole, son of the then club caretakers Niall and Clare Mc Cole, Garret also worked in the bar area, in the restaurant and, before it’s demise, in the old shop with Sean and Ann Boyle. Before his departure to Galway for employment, Garret also worked in the club’s pro shop with PGA Professional Seamus Clinton.“As you can see”, says Anne, “Letterkenny Golf Club has played a large part in our lives, and will do for a long time yet. The friends that we have made through golf, and the club, has been upmost to our settling into life in Letterkenny, and it is here that we now consider to be our forever home. The club Presidency is a great honour for me and I recognize that there are other members, both ladies and men, who probably deserve the position more than I, but I feel privileged to be able to accept and would like to thank all my relations and friends whose council I sought and who gave me the courage to accept”Anne’s appointment as Letterkenny’s 23rd President, an honour for which she is both extremely proud yet humbled by, will ensure that the prestige and high standard of professionalism that has become synonymous with Letterkenny Golf Club will remain in safe hands during 2015.ANNE MAKES HISTORY BY BECOMING LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB’S FIRST LADY PRESIDENT was last modified: December 17th, 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:Ann CondonBarnhilldonegalLetterkenny Golf clubPRESIDENTlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Town Farmers Market has been saved – after getting a new home!The market has been forced to leave the Diamond after objections from at least one local business who claimed some stalls were breaching trading laws.Now the market holders will re-launch their popular event this Saturday at its new home in the car park behind Begley’s Chemist. Market founder Jim McLaughlin said: “We are sad to be leaving the Diamond but we are also delighted to have our new home which we know will be very popular.“We are looking forward to seeing all our regular customers again – as well as a few new ones.”* Get out and support the market – it opens at 10am this Saturday.DONEGAL TOWN MARKET GETS NEW HOME was last modified: September 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal Town Farmers Marketnew home for marketlast_img read more


first_imgA GARDA has been treated by doctors after being bitten by a woman who was due to appear in court.The incident happened at Donegal Town court house.The woman – with an address in Letterkenny – has been in custody facing other charges. She was taken to Donegal Town court yesterday for an appearance and lashed out at gardaí, biting one of them during the incident. DONEGAL GARDA TREATED AFTER BEING BITTEN BY PRISONER was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:assaultbittencourtcourt houseDonegal TownGardalast_img read more


first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Donegal company is seeking to recruit a Senior Software Engineer to become part of their hardworking, innovative and dynamic workforce. Management at Eointech Solutions want a Senior Software Engineer to work on the design and implementation of leading edge multimedia applications for the security industry.The successful candidate’s first task will be to build their own engineering team. Located in picturesque South Donegal by the sea and just two and half hours from Dublin, two hours from Galway, this is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking a work life balance with a great salary.Job Title: Senior Software Engineer:Salary: 40K plus relocation package.Required: An honours degree or post-graduate qualification in computer science.Electronic engineering or related discipline with at least 4 years experience.Experience or knowledge in some or all of the following areas required:Strong C and C++ development.Experience in Linux Embedded Operating System.Developing, maintaining and enhancing build scripts and other tools for building softwareIn addition, experience with the following would be an advantage:Embedded software development for device drivers, protocol stacks or integrated applications.Digital TV and Audio/Video technologies.SQL database technologyCloud TechnologiesApply:Send CV to careers@eointecsolutions.comJOB VACANCY: DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT A SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more

Help Marty to help others with his amazing 555km cycle!

first_imgA well-known Letterkenny man is to undertake a massive 555km cycle in aid of diabetes research – after one of his daughters was recently diagnosed with the condition.Marty Temple, of Crievesmith, is set to compete in the Donegal Ultra Cycle 555km around the Wild Atlantic Way next week.Marty undertook the huge cycle back in 2017 as part of a three-man team but this time he’s doing it solo! Training has been tough but he has now been given the perfect incentive to complete his gruelling training schedule and take on the 555km course.Cheers on by wife Lucia and four beautiful daughters, Marty knows everyone is willing him on.He explained “I have decided to raise funds for the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland.“We ourselves have recently become a Diabetic family as one of our daughters has been diagnosed with the long term illness of Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 with no family history on either side. “It’s been a steep learning curve for our daughter and as a family growing each day and educating ourselves daily with all there is to learn.“I want to contribute funds for the family support services provided locally for the Donegal Association.“As a family, the support we have received from the Diabetic Team and the Diabetic Specialist nurses, Avril and Rosemarie, and the staff in Letterkenny University Hospital have been amazing.”So if you see Marty about on the road on the 14/15th June make sure to make some noise.But better still why not donate a fiver, tenner or whatever you can afford by clicking on this Go Fund Me link Help Marty to help others with his amazing 555km cycle! was last modified: June 7th, 2019 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:555cyclediabetesdonegalGo Fund MeletterkennyMarty Templelast_img read more

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Govt offers to mediate talks in bid to avert strike

first_img22 January 2014 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has offered the government’s assistance in mediating talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and platinum mining companies. Amcu workers are set to down tools at platinum mines and gold mines on Thursday over wage increases. The union is demanding an entry-level salary of R12 500 per month. Motlanthe’s spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, said on Wednesday that the Deputy President had offered the government’s assistance in mediating talks during a meeting with Amcu on Tuesday. The offer was also made to the mining companies. “The Deputy President has made an offer to assist in talks, through [Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant]. Three of the platinum mines – Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum – have accepted the offer for mediation,” Masebe said. He said they were now waiting to see if Amcu would agree to join the talks. Once all parties had agreed to the mediation, Oliphant would convene the meeting, Masebe said. Call for peaceful protest action Earlier this week, the government urged all parties involved in the current wage dispute to engage in meaningful negotiations to resolve the dispute. Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said: “Whilst workers have the right to protest, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, we encourage the protest to be within the confines of the law. “As South Africa remains a destination for investment and business opportunities, government urges the parties to resolve their disputes promptly in the interest of the country’s economy.”Consolidate social dialogue: Motlanthe Motlanthe, addressing the annual Nedlac Labour Conference at Kaameeldrift, East Pretoria on Wednesday, reiterated the need for labour, business and the government to consolidate social dialogue as their guiding principle. “Social dialogue opens up space for all key players to make a contribution, bringing on board their unique insights even as it recognises existing mechanisms for resolving disputes,” Motlanthe said. He stressed that labour and business and the government sought to enter into mutual beneficial relations not because they had forsaken their parties and interests but because they needed each other. “At the end of the day the country’s people needs decent sustainable jobs, just as business needs prosperous enterprises and profits. “When we speak of a better life for all, we are essentially referring not just to working conditions but to the overall lives of our people even outside of the working venue.” Source: read more