Henry added to Denver backfield

first_imgIn other moves: Tennessee re-signed 12-year veteran Kerry Collins to back up second-year quarterback Vince Young. Collins began last season as the Titans’ starter but was benched for Young after three games. Indianapolis re-signed 32-year-old linebacker Rob Morris, a former starting middle linebacker who became a starter on the outside and helped solidify the Colts’ defense en route to their Super Bowl victory. The Texans re-signed cornerback Roc Alexander, defensive end N.D. Kalu and offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam, all free agents. Seattle added some depth on offense, re-signing reserve tight end Will Heller and backup fullback Josh Parry. Detroit re-signed journeyman defensive end Corey Smith, a former Buccaneer and 49er who had the best game of his short career in the final game of last season. The Atlanta Falcons kept up their offseason purge, releasing offensive guard Matt Lehr, who started 26 games at left guard in two years with the Falcons. He served a four-game suspension this past season for a violation of the NFL’s steroids policy. Broncos’ Nash remembered: Damien Nash was remembered as a charismatic man with a captivating smile who died as he lived – competing in sports and helping his community. “I don’t understand why he’s gone,” Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said during a eulogy in St.Louis. “We never had a guy play for one year, as Damien did, and influence so many people.” More than 1,000 people paid respects to the Broncos running back. Nash died in his suburban St.Louis home Feb. 24 after playing in a basketball tournament that raised money for heart transplant research. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death has not been determined, and autopsy results might not be available for weeks. T.O. update: Dallas receiver Terrell Owens can run routes while recovering from a second postseason operation on his injured right ring finger, but he’s not expected to catch passes until training camp. Earlier in the season, he had a plate screwed into the same finger after breaking it while blocking in a game in September. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Day 4 of free agency was a busy one, with Thomas Jones, who helped Chicago win the NFC title last season, traded to the New York Jets; Seattle agreeing to a six-year deal with former Atlanta defensive end Patrick Kerney worth $39.5million, including $19.5 million in guaranteed money; Brad Johnson signing with Dallas to be Tony Romo’s backup quarterback; Miami releasing starters Joey Harrington and Randy McMichael; Arizona signing center Al Johnson; Tampa Bay signing defensive lineman Kevin Carter; and San Francisco adding wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Jones will go to the Jets for a second-round draft pick if he passes a physical. A person familiar with the trade told the Associated Press the Jets will give up the 37th overall spot, which it obtained from Washington, for Jones, and will get Chicago’s second-rounder, No. 63. Dallas also re-signed placekicker Martin Gramatica. Miami signed tight end David Martin to a three-year contract. Martin had 87 receptions for 766 yards and nine touchdowns in six seasons with Green Bay. The Dolphins also dealt receiver Wes Welker to the Patriots for their second- and seventh-round draft picks in April. New England’s second-round pick is No. 60 overall. Henry is more than a journeyman, having rushed for 1,211 yards and a 4.5-yards-per-carry average last season for the Titans, who released him after they could not agree on restructuring a contract that called for an $8.3 million bonus. He is getting $12 million in guaranteed bonuses from the Broncos. The Broncos did not announce the signing, which was disclosed by someone familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because it had not yet been signed. center_img It took Travis Henry only two days to get a job – with a team that turns running backs into stars. The former Titan and Bill, cut by Tennessee on Saturday, agreed to terms with Denver, which has made one-year wonders of Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns and others, largely because of its schemes. last_img

TRAFFIC CHAOS: HALF HOUR TAILBACKS FOR DONEGAL SUPPORTERS HEADING TO CLONES

first_imgTRAFFIC CHAOS: There has been absolute traffic chaos this afternoon for Donegal GAA supporters heading to Clones for tonight’s double-header.Both the Gardaí and PSNI had warned motorists to expects lengthy delays due to a cycling event taking place in Omagh.The combination of the two sporting events has led to huge delays on the Omagh to Kesh Road and into Enniskillen. Some fans have vented their fury at the timing of the fixture which has been blasted since it was announced by the GAA.One irate fan posted, “Absolutely brutal traffic, would put you off going to the match.“We’re going to miss a good chunk of the minor match, I’m so annoyed.“Sky Sports wouldn’t effect the travelling punter they say, dragging us to Clones on a Saturday evening to fit into THEIR scheduling plans. “Who cares about the loyal supporter, the GAA really needs to have a look at themselves and ask them was this deal really about promoting the game globally or about them lining their pockets.Gardaí aren’t expecting traffic delays for Donegal fans on the way back from the match and said the earlier issues was the combination of the two events.TRAFFIC CHAOS: HALF HOUR TAILBACKS FOR DONEGAL SUPPORTERS HEADING TO CLONES was last modified: June 27th, 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:ChaosDelaysdonegalGAAnewsSporttrafficUlster SFClast_img

DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARIN

first_imgDONEGAL folk love a New Year’s Day dip. Click to watch some hardy souls at Narin on Sunday! DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARIN was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARINlast_img

GAA: COLAISTE INIS EOGHAIN IN ULSTER COLLEGES ACTION

first_imgColaisti Inis Eoghain v Omagh CBSAt The Scarvey, Buncrana.Referee – Mr Shaun McLaughlinDonegal is still gripped in football fever as a result of Donegal’s All Ireland victory over two weeks ago, as Ulster Colleges Football makes a welcome return to The Scarvey in Buncrana on Tuesday afternoon when Colaisti Inis Eoghain entertain Tyrone side Omagh CBS in a crucial Group A game which will help to determine quarter final places in the Rannafast Cup. Inis Eoghain recorded a good victory over Our Lady’s Castleblaney in their opening game played in Omagh and followed up with a similar result last week when they travelled to Cookstown and defeated St Colman’s, from Newry, by seven points. Having already secured their place in the quarter finals, they now know a win will see them top the group which would see them paired against the runners up in Group C in two weeks time. They will however avoid St Eunans who have also qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in twenty-six years, an indication of the standard of the competition. The Inishowen boys side have really gelled together and made good progress since they defeated St Pats Maghera in their very first game over two years ago in the Corn na nOg Cup and they also performed very well in last season’s Brock Cup, before losing out in the Shield quarter final.Already a number of players have featured on the Donegal U15 Development squad and several more were members of the successful Donegal U16 side, which captured the Buncrana Cup during the summer. Players such as Peter Doherty, Ultan Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Sean McHugh, Caolan Mailey and John Campbell are all destined for a bright future as a result of their involvement with Colaisti Inis Eoghain under the supervision of Gary Duffy and his dedicated backroom team.Omagh however have a proud footballing tradition in colleges football and will be no pushover in this game, boasting a side which won the Corn na nOg two years ago but lost out in The Nannery and Dalton Cup finals last year before reaching the Brock Cup semi final which they lost to St Pats of Cavan. Player to keep an eye on, some of which are sure to figure in Tyrone teams in the future are, Rion McKenna, Aiden Fullerton, Shane McGuigan, Andrew McGrath, Gavin Slane, Aidan McSorley, Padraig McGirr and hotshot Patrick O’Neill who is capable of scoring points on either side of the park.The late afternoon throw in time of 4.00 pm should help to bring a few parents and supporters from the schools along to the game and witness for themselves the level of football these boys are now playing at and also see the progress made as a result of an initiative which began as far back as 2009. Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Jamie Barr, Tommy Byrne, Peter Doherty, Stephen O Donnell, Ultan Doherty, Darren Gallagher, Darragh Browne, Georgie Kelly, Tony McCleneghan, Mark Coyle, Sean McHugh, Christopher McLaughlin, Caolan Mailey, John Campbell, Joshua Lafferty, Christopher McCormick, Ronan Hartin, Ryan Doherty, Danny McCarron, John Collins, Jonathan McDaid, Ryan McLaughlin, Phil Brennan,Thursday 11th October 12.30 pmUlster Colleges – Danske BankCorn na nOg Cup – Group AColaisti Inis Eoghain v St Patrick’s CavanAt Killyclogher, Referee Stephen McNameeThis will be a journey into the unknown for another young Colaisti Inis Eoghain side as they make their debut in the Danske Bank, Corn na nOg Cup. Ryan Davenport from Carndonagh is the man in charge this year and Neil Toye, Martin Mailey and Damian McIntyre will assist him. Training has been going well since they came together at the end of August and the boys have recorded wins in two challenge games to date. Some the successful Naomh Padraig U12 and U13 side are likely to feature, but all seven clubs and four schools help to form a large panel for this competition.The boys will have been encouraged by the success of previous teams over the past two years and the buzz around Inishowen since Donegal’ All Ireland triumph will have done them no harm either. The management team have been impressed by the commitment shown by the players so fare, but it is all about development for the future and indications are that another group of Inishowen players are indeed on track.Colaisti Inis Eoghain: Matty Porter, Noel McLaughlin, Tiernan Devine, James Monagle, Nathan McLarkey, PJ Walker, Mathew McDermott, Chris O’Donnell, Padraig McCarron, Oisin McGonigle, Shane McColgan, Ruaidhri McCarron, Niall Kelly, Sean Winston, James Breslin, Dermot Doherty, Sean Murray, Fergal Gallagher, Michael Doherty (T), Conor Browne, Joe Doherty, Ciaran Bradley, Denver Kelly, Josh Ardbuckle, Aaron (G) Doherty, Callum (Bobby) Porter, Ethan O’Kane, Cathal McLaughlin, Christopher McKinley, Pauric Gillan, Christopher Doherty, Kyle Dougal, Declan Diver, Ciaran Bonner, Gareth Foynes, Conor Quigley, Ben Doherty.GAA: COLAISTE INIS EOGHAIN IN ULSTER COLLEGES ACTION was last modified: October read more

FIND OUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND KEEP WARM THIS WINTER AT THE REN NET SHOW!

first_imgThe Ren Net Save Show will take place in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny tomorrow from 11am to 5pm and admission is free.This show will offer free advise on how to stay warm, safe and healthy this Winter and will include an exhibition of products and services including insulation, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, stoves, tax and financial matters. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland or SEAI will be there to give advice on grants and funding available. There will also be a pharmacist on hand giving free blood pressure checks and providing confidential advice.This event is being held as part of this year’s Social Inclusion Week and will include a Save Energy Save Money talk from 11.30am to 12.30pm with complementary refreshments served before and after. This talk will be hosted by John Breslin from Highland Radio who will question exhibitors at the show about their products and services. Visit www.ren-net.org for a full list of exhibitors.Joanne Holmes, Ren Net Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council said “if you are looking to save money and are worried about rising energy costs, water charges and want to find out best to keep your home warm this Winter then come along to the Ren Net Save Show to get your questions answered and learn more about what options you have”.She added “the Save Energy Save Money talk will be of particular interest to older people and I would encourage people to come along to the show at 11am for complimentary tea and scones and take an hour to listen to John Breslin from Highland Radio question exhibitors at the show about their products and services”. The Save Show is being organised as part of Donegal County Council’s Social Inclusion week 6th – 10th October 2014 by Ren Net – the only Renewable Energy Business Network in the Northwest and admission is free.The Renewable Energy Business Network (Ren Net) is a network of local businesses involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Northwest.The Ren Net project is being delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council is the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The Ren Net project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).The Save Show is open from 11am to 5pm in the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 9th October. Everyone welcome and admission is free. Save Energy Save Money talks will take place from 11.30am to 12.30pm with complementary refreshments served before and after. You’re sure to find something of interest at the show and learn new ways of saving money and keeping cosy this Winter.For more details contact Ren Net Project Officer Donegal County Council 074 9153900 email: info@ren-net.org  FIND OUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND KEEP WARM THIS WINTER AT THE REN NET SHOW! was last modified: October 8th, 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:donegalRen Net Showlast_img

Humboldt Crabs host PUF Caps as home stretch of 2016 season approaches

first_imgSome of those players will head to college in the fall and will be college teammates with players on the Crabs’ roster. Others will be … ARCATA >> If you were to take a quick glance at the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists’ 2016 roster, you would see one singular commonality no matter what name you come across.Division I school. Division I school. Division I school. Division I school.It happens 30 times as you scroll down from name to name.The Caps, by the way, have 30 players.last_img

Haeckel Given Soft Gloves in Nature

first_imgHow should a scientist’s career be evaluated if he was a known fraud?  How also if he promoted views that fanned the flames of racism and genocide?  Here’s what Philip Ball said about Ernst Haeckel in Nature:1Reckoned to have been instrumental to the introduction of darwinism to Germany, Haeckel has also inspired generations of scientists with his stunning drawings of the natural world….Ball is reviewing a new book on Haeckel by Olaf Breidbach, Visions of Nature: The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel (Prestel, 2006).2  But despite enjoying the beautiful drawings of radiolarians, antelopes and other things, did Ball have any comments about Haeckel’s well-known forgeries of embryos supposedly illustrating evolution?Few scientists of his time were more complicated.  He was the archetypal German Romantic, who toyed with the idea of becoming a landscape painter and venerated Goethe.  He promoted a kind of historical determinism, akin to that of the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, that sat uncomfortably with Darwin’s pragmatic rule of contingency.  Haeckel’s view of evolution was a search for order, systematization and hierarchy that would reveal far more logic and purpose in life than a mere struggle for survival.  His most famous scientific theory, the ‘biogenetic law’, which argued that organisms retrace evolutionary history as they develop from an egg (‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’), was an attempt to extract such a unifying scheme from the natural world.    It can be argued that this kind of visionary mindset, with its strong preconceptions about how the world ought to be, does not serve science well.  Haeckel supplies a case study in the collision between Romanticism and science, and that tension is played out in his illustrated works.Still no mention of the word fraud in the embryo drawings.  Maybe a little euphemism and some mercy quotes will help as Ball also considers the more serious charges that Haeckel fueled the rise of Nazism:For example, historian Daniel Gasman3 and others have proposed that Ernst Haeckel’s influence on German culture at the turn of the century was pernicious in its promotion of a ‘scientific’ racist ideology that fed directly into Nazism.  However, Breidbach goes no further than to admit that Haeckel became a “biological chauvinist” during the First World War, and that “sometimes the tone of his writing was overtly racist”.  Breidbach admits that his book is not a biography as such, more an examination of Haeckel’s visual heritage.  Yet one could argue that Haeckel’s dark side was as much a natural consequence of his world view as was Art Forms in Nature.    The claim that Haeckel doctored images to make them fit with his preconceived notions of biology is harder to ignore in this context.  He was even accused of this in his own time, particularly by his rival Wilhelm His, and to my eye the evidence looks pretty strong (see Nature 410, 144; doi:10.1038/35065834 2001 and Science 277, 1435; 1997).  But Breidbach skates over this issue, alluding to the allegations only to suggest that the illustrations “instructed the reader how to interpret the shapes of nature properly”.Now that Ball almost warmed up to the fraud word, can he excuse Breidbach’s euphemisms? On the whole, Breidbach simply explains Haeckel’s reliance on image without assessing it.  Haeckel’s extraordinary drawings were not made to support his arguments about evolution and morphogenesis; rather, they actually were the arguments.  He believed that these truths should be apparent not by analysing the images in depth but simply by looking at them.  “Seeing was understanding,” as Breidbach writes.  But if that’s so, it places an immense burden of responsibility on the veracity of the images.    This is the nub of the matter.  Breidbach suggests that Haeckel’s drawings are schematic and that, like any illustrator, Haeckel prepared them to emphasize what we are meant to see.  But of course, this means we see what Haeckel wants us to see.Ball continues his argument, saying that “whether he hid any nascent appendages that challenged his biogenetic law,” Haeckel’s propensity for exaggeration makes the value of his other drawings questionable.  The German advocate of darwinism was creating, in a sense, platonic forms loosely connected with reality.  At this point, Ball seems impatient with Breidbach’s euphemisms.  The book author excused the fabrications as images of “nature properly organized” and “the labour of the analyst was replaced by the fascination of the image.”  Ball adds, with sarcasm, “Absolutely – as ‘fascinate’ originally meant ‘bewitch’.”    Ball further criticized Haeckel for using photography later only as a backup against charges of forgery.  He did not accept the excuse that aesthetic styles permit a scientific illustrator to gild the lily.  In the end, he felt that Breidbach’s book, read more

Internet promotes African freedom

first_img. Malou Mangahas of the Philippines, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Uganda and Brenda Burrell of Zimbabwe accepted the Breaking Borders award on behalf of their organisations in Santiago, Chile. MEDIA CONTACTS • Global Voices Founder: Ethan Zuckerman ethan@globalvoicesonline.org Founder: Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca@globalvoicesonline.org Executive director: Ivan Sigal i.sigal@globalvoicesonline.org MD: Georgia Popplewell georgiap@globalvoicesonline.org • Bosco Uganda Fr. Joseph Okumu 0772 613517 lagwok54@yahoo.it • Bosco USA Gus Zuehlke 1 (574) 255 1437 gusaz@bosco-uganda.org gusaz@aol.com • Kubatana.net +263 4 776008/746448 admin@kubatana.net RELATED ARTICLES • Google’s SMS internet for Uganda• Eassy to go live soon• Chile on top of Chile quake data• African reality TV fights HIV• Talk 11 languages on your phoneTwo African organisations are among the three winners of the inaugural Breaking Borders awards, given by Google and alternative media group Global Voices to those fighting for free expression via the internet and other technology platforms.The winners are Kubatana.net from Zimbabwe in the advocacy category, Uganda’s Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach (Bosco) for technology, and the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism for policy.Supported by Thomson Reuters, the awards honour groups who use the internet to give voice to those once silenced, make the activities of governments more transparent, and standing up for the rights of dissidents.Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.The winners were announced in Santiago on 6 May at the Global Voices Summit, a gathering of internet activists from 60 countries have gathered. The awards were launched on 3 November 2009, when Google and others marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the aim of celebrating how the internet has become a vital ally in worldwide efforts to advance freedom and political change.“This is particularly true at a time when dissidents, journalists and bloggers remain under severe pressure in the online and offline worlds,” Bob Boorstin, Google’s director of public policy, said in a statement.An international jury of experts reviewed nominations from around the world and chose the awardees in three categories: advocacy, technology and policy. Each group wins a US$10 000 (R75 000) grant to further their work.The winners are:Kubatana.net – Zimbabwe (advocacy)An online community for Zimbabwean activists, Kubatana uses the internet, email, SMS, blogs and print materials to broadcast information to the public. Cited for its extraordinary contributions while operating under in a tense and dangerous political atmosphere, Kubatana’s contributions also include an online library of more than 16 000 human rights and civic reports together with a directory listing over 240 NGOs.Beyond its significance as a resource for information on Zimbabwe, Kubatana has also developed Freedom Fone, innovative software that marries the mobile phone to audio voice menus and SMS to give citizens new ways to communicate.Bosco – Uganda (technology)Bosco was cited for its tremendously effective and creative use of long-existing technology to foster social and economic development and peace building in rural communities of northern Uganda.Launched in April 2007 as Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach, Bosco began as a solar-powered, long-range wireless computer network covering locations in camps for internally displaced people across the Gulu and Amuru districts. Low-power computers and VoIP phones were installed in schools, health centres and parish offices, bringing internet, phone and intranet connectivity to remote areas.Bosco’s long-term vision is to build collaborative, web-based networks. Today it focuses on Web 2.0 training, online digital ethnography and collaborative online communication mediums between internet sites.The Philippines Centre for Investigative Journalism – Philippines (policy)An independent, not-for-profit media agency, the PCIJ was founded by nine Filipino journalists in 1989 – with borrowed office space, an old-DOS-based computer, a second-hand electric typewriter, and office furniture bought from a thrift shop – to promote the values of investigative reporting in fostering good governance, freedom of expression, and the people’s right to know.In 20 years, the PCIJ has produced 500 investigative reports, two dozen books on journalism and governance, five full-length films and dozens of video documentaries. It has conducted a hundred training seminars for journalists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and won over 120 national and international awards.The PCIJ maintains a multimedia website, an institutional blog, read more

Pietie Coetzee sets hockey world record

first_imgSouth Africa will take on Spain in the quarterfinals. In the other games, India face Japan, Scotlands play Azerbaijan and hosts Ireland take on the USA. 221 and countingCoetzee was given a black T-shirt. It read: “I am Pietie and I broke the world record … 221 and counting”. South African striker Pietie Coetzee broke the women’s hockey world record of 220 test match goals with a stunning first half hat-trick and four goals in total in a 5-5 draw between South Africa and the USA at the Champions Challenge tournament in Dublin on Tuesday. Coetzee became South Africa’s youngest ever full international player back in 1995 at the age of 16. Had she not halted her international career for a number of years to concentrate on her career, she would have long ago become the leading goal scorer of all time. The Bloemfontein-born Johannesburg resident added a further goal after the changeover to level the game for South Africa with only three minutes remaining. It took her record to a stunning 222 goals in 224 tests. South Africa got what they needed from the game against the Americans, the one point they needed to top Pool A. Coming on the back of a scintillating 5-1 thrashing of tournament favourites Japan, it was, however, an unconvincing performance that will be of concern to head coach Giles Bonnet as the tournament goes into the knockout phase. Coetzee had been threatening the 20-year-old world record of Russia’s Natalya Krasnikova for some time, but she made sure it didn’t become a protracted goal watch with a stunning display against the Americans. Drag flickcenter_img The South African team celebrated Coetzee’s achievement by donning white T-shirts after the game that read: “I played with Pietie when she broke the world record.” Wednesday is a rest day before the teams go into Thursday’s quarter-finals. She has long been one of the leading exponents of the drag flick at penalty corner time, and that skill and power was again on display on Tuesday as she struck twice from the set piece in the first half against the Americans. 22 June 2011 Those two goals were followed by a sizzling action goal 12 minutes before the break, which took Coetzee to the record. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

Hero’s welcome for Nat Nakasa

first_img20 August 2014He called himself a “native of nowhere”. But on Tuesday, 49 years after his death in exile in New York, the remains of anti-apartheid writer and journalist Nat Nakasa were given a hero’s homecoming welcome at King Shaka International Airport outside Durban.“Today marks the reunification of Nat Nakasa with his people,” Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa told the large gathering, which included government and political party representatives and retired journalists.“We are proud to say to the world Nat Nakasa has returned to his ancestral land not as a native of nowhere, but as a true South African patriot, an African, and as a citizen of the world.”Buried near Malcolm XMthethwa was at the head of a delegation including family members that travelled to the United States last week, first to visit Nakasa’s gravesite at Ferncliff cemetery in upstate New York, where he was buried a few metres away from human rights activist Malcolm X, with whom he had become friends and who died only months before he did.Following the exhumation of Nakasa’s remains on Friday, a moving memorial service was held at Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York.“The last few days offered us an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and impact of Nat Nakasa’s life,” Mthethwa said on Tuesday, standing on a podium beside the flag-draped coffin bearing Nakasa’s remains.“This is a life that has touched many people in a variety of ways. There is no doubt in our mind that Nakasa was a complex figure, an articulate journalist and a highly gifted writer. In fact he was a man who defined his time though his lived experiences and writings.”Mthethwa reminded his audience that the repatriation of Nakasa’s body and spirit to his ancestral land came just over a month after the passing away of his friend, colleague and fellow writer, Nadine Gordimer – the last person to see him off at the then Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg when, 50 years ago, he left the country on a one-way ticket.A pioneer in South African journalismNakasa was born in Chesterville outside Durban in 1937. He worked for the isiZulu newspaper ILanga Lase Natal before moving to Johannesburg to join Drum magazine, joining a long line of famous Drum writers that included Henry Nxumalo, Can Themba, Lewis Nkosi and Casey Motsisi.He also worked for the Golden City Post, and was the first black columnist to write for the Rand Daily Mail, providing a black perspective for the newspaper’s predominantly white readership.In 1963 he founded The Classic, the first black-owned literary journal in South Africa.Death in exileHe was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1964 to study journalism at Harvard College in the US. However, the apartheid government rejected his application for a passport. As a result, he was forced to leave South Africa on an exit permit, which meant that he could not return.Nakasa soon found that racism existed in America as well, albeit in a more subtle form. He did not like New York and soon moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent his time at Harvard steeped in the sombre business of education, battling with isolation and homesickness.He wrote articles for several newspapers after leaving Harvard, appeared in the television film The Fruit of Fear, and was planning to write a biography of Miriam Makeba. But two days before his death, he told a friend: “I can’t laugh any more, and when I can’t laugh, I can’t write.”On 14 July 1965, Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa plummeted from a seventh-storey window on Central Park West and 102nd Street in Manhattan. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Knickerbocker Hospital in Harlem, having suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.The apartheid government would not allow his body to return home, so South African musicians Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, New York residents at the time, and photographer Peter Magubane, raised money from South African exiles to have Nakasa interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.Hero’s return“Today Nakasa returns to a South Africa that is remarkably different from the one that he left 50 years ago,” Mthethwa said. “He would be pleased to know that this year we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the freedom that he fought for so courageously.”As part of a progamme celebrating Nakasa’s life and legacy, an exhibition will run at the Oral History Museum in Durban for the rest of the year.The Department of Arts and Culture has also partnered with Drum magazine and the SA National Editors’ Forum in running the Nat Nakasa Essay Competition for second-year university journalism students, with three journalism internships as prizes.And a series of debates, panel discussions and public lectures will take place in the week leading up to Nakasa’s final reburial at Heroes’ Acre in Chesterville, Durban on 13 September.SAinfo reporterlast_img