South Africa’s pioneering black writer, politician and polymath Sol T Plaatje was born 140 years ago this month, on 9 October 1876. This year also marks the centenary of his most important non-fiction work, Native Life in South Africa, which exposed the catastrophe wrought on the country by the 1913 Natives’ Land Act.With only four years of formal schooling, Sol Plaatje became a brilliant journalist, novelist, activist and public educator who promoted a common and inclusive South African identity. (Image: Wits University Press)Peter RuleSolomon Tshekisho Plaatje was born 140 years ago in what is today South Africa’s Free State. When he was 40 years old, he published Native Life in South Africa, his great exposé of the ruinous effects of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act. This law almost completely stripped black South Africans of the right to own land.Plaatje, known as Sol, came from a family associated with Christian missions for three generations. He was also a proud member of the Barolong clan and treasured his African identity and culture. He lived through times of tumultuous change in South Africa, including the Anglo Boer South African War and the creation of the Union of South Africa.He transcended his own tribal and religious identities to embrace a vision of a common South Africa. He stood up against the forces of white supremacy and segregation and advocated for a united, inclusive nation based on justice, equality and the rule of law. All of this during the darkest of days and at great personal cost.In honour of Native Life’s centenary, it’s worth revisiting Plaatje’s legacy as one of our country’s greatest public intellectuals. It’s also a good opportunity to reflect on how a man with only four years of formal schooling became a brilliant public educator who promoted a common and inclusive South African identity.Download and read the full text of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa at Project GutenbergEarly yearsPlaatje is best known as a leader of the South African Native National Congress, which later became today’s ruling party, the African National Congress. He was also a novelist and journalist. But many may not know that teaching was his first job – and enduring vocation.He was just 14 or 15 when he was appointed as “pupil-teacher” at the Pniel mission station where he’d completed only three grades of school. He later finished another school year in the city of Kimberley.An early photo of Sol Plaatje. (Image: Sol Plaatje, the Man, the Author, the Activist)Despite his limited formal schooling, Plaatje received what historian Tim Couzens has described as “the very best education”. His mother, grandmother and aunts steeped him in Setswana culture and oral tradition. They sparked his fascination with African history, folklore and proverbs. These he later evocatively captured in his 1929 novel Mhudi – the first English novel published by a black South African.A gifted linguist, Plaatje used the limited opportunities at Pniel to increase his repertoire of languages. One day he overheard the missionary’s wife, Elizebeth Westphal, speaking English to a lady in the kitchen. He said to her: “I want to be able to speak English and Dutch and German as you do.” She gave him extra lessons and introduced him to English literature and classical music. He mastered other South African languages as he came across them.During his brief time at school in Kimberley, Plaatje was exposed to a diverse spectrum of children from the mining town.The resident priest at the All Saints mission school described the pupils as being:Cape Dutch [that is, “coloured”], Bechuana, Zulus, Fingoes, Malays, Indians; and classified in order of creed … Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Wesleyan, Independent, Roman Catholic; and in addition to Christians, Mahommedans, and Brahmin …The thriving multilingual, racially integrated and interfaith community at the school perhaps gave Plaatje an early taste – not realised in his lifetime – of what a cohesive South Africa might mean and how its people might learn from each other.Lifelong and life-wide learningPlaatje was a tirelessly self-directed learner throughout his life. In fact, he practised lifelong learning long before it became a policy buzzword. In his various professions – post office messenger, court interpreter, journalist, politician, author, translator – he found and learned from mentors, books and life experiences. He made the knowledge his own to share with others. Almost instinctively, he combined the role of public educator with everything else he did.In his first adult job, as a post office messenger in Kimberley – one of the few positions available to educated Africans in the Cape Colony – Plaatje learned the importance of bearing the message from sender to receiver. From this he perhaps gained insight into the power of words to connect people.He continued this “in-between” role when he became a court interpreter in Mafeking – today’s Mahikeng – in 1898. The job was about more than just translating. It involved mediating the world of the English and Dutch magistrates and prosecutors to African plaintiffs and vice versa. He made possible, through his voice and person and the virtue of listening, a dialogue between these worlds.Sol Plaatje, right of centre, wearing a cap and leaning against the wall, in his job as court interpreter in Mafeking, today’s Mahikeng. (Image: Sol Plaatje, the Man, the Author, the Activist)A pioneerPlaatje was also a pioneer of African independent journalism. He launched and edited a number of newspapers such as Koranta ea Becoana (1901-1906). These newspapers published articles in English and Setswana, targeting the country’s small minority of mission-educated Africans. His titles gave this group a public voice and educated them about current affairs.Plaatje’s newspapers also attacked unjust laws and racial discrimination in the Cape Colony and later the Union of South Africa. He also wrote very widely in English medium newspapers such as the Diamond Fields Advertiser and The Star, educating their white readership about black experiences and perspectives.Plaatje’s journalism gave him a national profile and he was elected secretary-general of the newly formed South African Native National Congress in 1912. A response to the white-dominated Union of 1910, the SANNC united Africans across tribal, regional and language divisions. Later to become the ANC, it gave them a national political voice and identity.Plaatje travelled to England as part of the congress’s delegation to protest against the Land Act. He joined a second delegation in 1919, visiting North America as well. On these visits, he addressed hundreds of gatherings to present the “native case”.His publication in 1916 of Native Life in South Africa was part of this campaign. This and his travels took his role as public educator to an international audience. Although these delegations were ultimately unsuccessful, they laid roots for the later anti-apartheid movement.Sol Plaatje, far right, as part of the South African Native National Congress delegation to England, June 1914. With him are, from left, Thomas Mapike, Rev Walter Rubusana, Rev John Dube and Saul Msane. The delegation tried to get the British government to intervene against the Native Land Act but the outbreak of the First World War thwarted their hope. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Plaatje returned from his travels disappointed by the failure of the delegations to effect change and heavily in debt. He resumed his journalism and travelled the country showing films – a novel technology – to black African audiences. These showed the progress that black Americans had made in politics and education.Again, this was an effort to educate and connect people. But, in a rapidly urbanising and industrialising South Africa, Plaatje’s messages of educational self-help and moral improvement did not resonate as they once had.In his final years he increasingly turned to literary concerns: a book about Setswana proverbs and folktales, and a translation of Shakespeare into Setswana. These works bear testimony to his profound and visionary engagement in a dialogue between the oral and the written, Setswana and English, the past and the present.The most well-known photographic portrait of Sol Plaatje. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)A fitting tributePlaatje died of pneumonia in 1932. His riches lay not in material wealth but in the range and depth of his contribution to society.As his daughter Violet recited as his funeral:For here was one devoid of wealth / But buried like a lord.Perhaps the greatest testament to these gifts, for a man who valued education and learning so deeply, is the living memorial just around the corner from his Kimberley house at 32 Angel Street: the brand-new Sol Plaatje University.A page from Sol Plaatje’s diary during the siege of Mafeking, a key event in the Anglo Boer South African War. (Image: Wits University Historical Papers Archive)Peter Rule is a senior lecturer in Adult Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.A version of this article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original.
Somdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.
SYOSSET, N.Y. — The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay.They need to find a way to beat the Lightning’s defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive.Returning home after the loss in the last game evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece, the Islanders will look to get back on the winning track when they host the Lightning in Game 3 on the night of May 3. (7 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).“As a group, we know we can do more, guys have seen it on video,” coach Jack Capuano said May 2 after the team’s practice. “We just weren’t ourselves there for a big part of that game. So we all need to be better and I’m sure we will.”Islanders captain John Tavares agreed, adding: “We obviously want to play a lot better than we did on Saturday. We know it wasn’t our best.”New York, held to eight shots over the final two periods in the 4-1 loss on April 30, knows it has to generate more offensive chances — and that starts with shooting more.“I think it’s just a function of us not moving our feet,” Capuano said. “(The Lightning) are a good team. They rely on their speed and skill and quickness and deception, and if you’re going to stand around and watch, it’s going to be a long period for you.”The coaching staff made it clear that the players needed to pick up their intensity and be more physical.“Message was served,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said, “and that’s the style of our play that we’ve had all year, quite frankly, since I’ve been here my six years. … It’s probably one of those things where it’s quite never good enough, you can always try to do more and be more physical.”New York displayed some of that in latter parts of the third period with some pushing and shoving in the closing minutes, and seeing his players backing each other up was one of the positives for Capuano.“When things got a little edgy there, we had some pushback,” he said. “We play hard, we’re resilient and we want to continue to see that.”Playing more aggressively could help against the Lightning’s speedy forwards, including Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin. Those four have combined for five goals and four assists in the first two games.Tavares believes one way to slow them down would be for New York, outshot 67-42 in this series, to step up its own intensity on offense.“Any time you can make those guys defend and use their energy in their own zone, having to get the puck and have to defend, you see it wears them down,” Tavares said. “They’re less effective down there, so make it harder on those guys, I think all over the ice. Use our size, our strength, and obviously use our speed, too.”Better puck movement could also help against Tampa Bay’s strong penalty-kill, which has allowed two goals in nine chances in this series, and just three in 34 overall in this postseason.The Islanders dealt with a packed schedule down the stretch with six games in the final nine days of the regular season, then beat Florida in the first round in six games over an 11-day stretch. They’ve had to contend with extra rest in this series — due to arena availability issues in both Tampa and Brooklyn — with two off days between each of the first four games.“It takes you out of the rhythm a little bit,” fourth-line forward Matt Martin said, “but at the same time it allows you to spend some time with each other, with your families and get some rest along the way. They’re dealing with the same thing. We just got to be ready for (Game 3).”The Islanders might be benefiting from the extra gaps between games as forward Josh Bailey and defenseman Ryan Pulock — both injured in the opening round against the Panthers — have had time to heal and could be back in the lineup May 3.New York will also be looking to be energized back home in front of the raucous Barclays Center crowd that was fired up in the first round as the Islanders — playing their first season in Brooklyn after 43 years at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — advanced to the second round for the first time since 1993.“Our crowd obviously has always been a big boost for us,” Tavares said. “(We’re) looking to feed off them, play with some controlled emotion and be able to fuel some of that and get some of that energy.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
After all three teams lost Wednesday, the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants remain locked in a three-way tie for the National League’s two wild-card slots. Our prediction model, which is based on a simulation that uses each team’s Elo rating, gives New York a 75 percent chance of grabbing at least one of those two slots, with St. Louis at 62 percent and San Francisco at 59 percent.1There’s also a slim chance — 4 percent — that either the Pirates or the Marlins sneaks into a wild card. But what are the odds all three end up tied after the final game of the regular season, thereby triggering a crazy three-game sprint to the Division Series?Elo assigns a 3 percent chance that the Cardinals, Mets and Giants have the same record on Oct. 2. However, it also projects that there’s a 0.5 percent chance a three-way tie could include the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies or even the Dodgers, if San Francisco somehow chases them down for the NL West title. Add it all up, and there’s about a 3.5 percent chance of a three-way tie in the NL.What might surprise you is that, although the NL has three teams tied right now, the odds of a three-way tie in the AL are almost double those of a tie in the NL. The AL’s possibilities are more varied; most include some combination of Toronto, Baltimore, Houston and Detroit, with other, more exotic combos that also involve the Mariners, the Yankees and even division leaders such as the Red Sox and Indians (if they botch the season’s final week and a half). No single AL trio is more likely than the NL’s Cardinals/Mets/Giants combo — the AL’s most likely is Baltimore/Houston/Toronto with a 1.1 percent chance of occurring — but because there are more viable contenders, the sum of all the various permutations comes out to a 6.2 percent probability of some three-team tie happening.In any event, today’s odds of 3.5 percent in the NL and 6.2 percent in the AL imply a 9.6 percent chance that we’ll see a three-way tie somewhere.2Multiplying 96.5 percent by 93.8 percent — the respective chance of each league not having a three-way tie — and subtracting the result from 100 percent yields 9.6 percent. There’s also a 0.2 percent chance that both leagues will have three-way ties. If we do, MLB’s tiebreaking rules are going to be a treat for those who love geeking out over strategies and hypotheticals.Say Mets/Cardinals/Giants does happen in the NL. In that case, the Cardinals would have top priority among the three (because of their superior intradivision record over the Mets and head-to-head-record over the Giants) and host a game for one of the wild-card slots. But the fun really begins in determining their opponent. The Mets have the next-highest priority, and they could choose to play on the road against St. Louis and, if they lose, play on the road again versus San Francisco in the next tiebreaker. Or they could let the Giants travel to St. Louis for the first tiebreaker game, then face the loser in a do-or-die contest at home.As Jayson Stark wrote Thursday morning, no team has chosen to slice its tiebreaker chances in half by taking the single-home-game option instead of having two cracks at it on the road, if necessary.3New York wouldn’t need the second try if it won the first tiebreaker against St. Louis. The Mets’ injury-riddled staff is in such shambles, however, that the team might ponder it. Elo would give New York a 73 percent chance of winning at least one of two road games against the Cardinals and Giants with top two starters Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz4Assuming Matz is available after an injury knocked him out in late August. This calculation also is based on the assumption that the Cardinals and Giants trot out a starter as good as the average of their respective rotations for these tiebreaker games. on the mound — if it can manage to set its rotation enough for that 1-2 punch — compared with only a 55 percent chance with Syndergaard starting one game at home. But burning through two starters could leave the Mets with a subpar starter on the hill — and as low as a 45 percent chance of winning the wildcard game.5Assuming the Mets use their worst starter, Robert Gsellman, against St. Louis or San Francisco. Compelling, but probably not enough to justify giving up the 18 percentage point difference between having two tiebreaker chances6Again, if necessary. and just one.Of course, that’s all assuming the 3.5 percent chance of a three-way tie even becomes a reality. A two-way tie is far more in the realm of possibility — 30 percent likely in the AL, and 22 percent in the NL — but right now it’s only about 50-507Based on a 36 percent chance of some tiebreaker in the AL and 25.3 percent chance in the NL, there’s a 47.8 percent chance that neither league produces a tie to be broken with an extra game and a 7.9 percent chance that things get really wild and both teams need at least one extra game (using the same kind of calculation we used for the chance that neither league has a tie.) that we’ll see any tiebreaker at all, despite how the standings look currently. Still, that’s a lot higher than the 1.4 percent chance of one before the season.
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Since parting ways with LiveNation – as well as his brainchild production company HARD Events, of which LN owns a controlling share – in Sept. 2017 to take over as President of North American events for LiveStyle, he has acted quickly to establish his new flagship events brand “All My Friends.” First up: a new summer music festival set to take place in downtown Los Angeles.Richards has been expertly teasing the rollout for the AMF brand with a series of activations and smaller events, first teeing up the inaugural voyage of Friend Ship cruise festival – which has already sold out almost a year before the event dates – then hosting a marathon day party during Miami Music Week under the “All My Friends” banner that kicked off at 5 a.m. and ran until midafternoon.The dance festival czar’s latest project will continue to expand his LiveStyle footprint with All My Friends Festival Los Angeles, set to take place in the large outdoor venue ROW LA (which L.A. natives might recognize as the home of the Smorgasburg weekly farmer’s market).The two-day event’s official lineup is still forthcoming, but the press release announcing the new venture promises three stages packed with futurebass, R&B and top tier hip-hop acts.All My Friends Festival Los Angeles will take place Aug. 18 – 19. 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Core processesJaguar Land Rover: Virtual road load dataTata Motors and Tata Steel: Indigenous development of advanced high strength steelTitan Company: Smart fusion – in-house laser welding automation Awards in the other three categories were given as under:In the piloted technologies category, the award went to:Tata Consultancy Services: Microbiome-based diagnostics: Preterm birth and CRCIn the dare to try category, the award went to:Tata Steel (Europe): Superhydrophobic bacterial coatingsThe design honour category award went to:Jaguar Land Rover: Push lock-pull open door latch for interior paintTata Consultancy Services: Next gen customer experience in industrial serviceTata Steel: Dual discharge wagons – debottlenecking logistics. A name board is pictured at the entrance of Bombay House, headquarters of Tata Group, in Mumbai, India October 27, 2016.Reuters fileTata companies have showcased over 3,300 implemented innovations in its annual Innovista programme, representing a growth of 110 percent in two years. A significant number of these innovations incorporate digital technologies, particularly in the areas of industrial automation, customer experience enhancement and advanced engineering simulations, the Tata group said on Thursday.Commenting on the rate of innovation in Tata companies, Dr Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, said, “Our industries are in in the midst of tectonic shifts driven by the democratisation of digital, automation of decisions, and a focus on the environment. The Tata group has continued to lead in intellectual property generation from artificial intelligence to microbiomics and from driver assist technologies to new 2D materials. I am happy to see the Tata group companies leverage digital extensively in their innovations, while also pushing the limits of adopting emerging science and materials.”The implemented innovations include new products, new services, core processes, support processes and design.Examples in industrial automation, incorporating digital, include TCS’s embedded security for internet of things (IoT) devices, Tata Steel’s smart desulphurisation utilising infrared thermal imaging camera and image processing algorithms, and Tata Motors tyre life extension that leveraged real-world road usage data to incorporate realistic wear patterns into the design process, utilising digital approaches.Indian Hotels showcased the Taj VR experience and Taj.Live, both of which employ digital tools to enhance customer service processes through immersive experiences and social listening. TCS demonstrated Access Infinity, incorporating digital workflow and functionality to enable accessible media for the print disabled.Digital innovations in the engineering simulation were well showcased by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which used 3D simulations of automotive components’ performance under virtual road conditions to significantly improve design timelines. JLR also presented pedestrian automatic braking system using a stereo camera and algorithms for driver assist.Companies also showcased advanced R&D at the intersection of biology, computing and materials. Superhydrophobic material coatings by Tata Steel Europe attempted a coating technology using proteins produced by bacteria to prevent corrosion for organic coated steel. TCS presented potentially revolutionary microbiome-based bio-markers to flag those at a high risk for preterm birth and those at high risk for colorectal cancer.These innovations were showcased through the multi-stage and multi-country Tata Innovista 2017, a group-wide programme held annually by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF). The TIF is tasked with encouraging the culture of innovation in Tata companies, and Tata Innovista is the platform which recognises outstanding innovations by Tata companies under four broad categories: implemented innovations, piloted technologies, dare to try, and design honour.Implemented innovations are those that have been successfully implemented and have accrued benefits to the businesses. Piloted technologies are at various stages of development and promise to deliver significant benefits after implementation. The dare to try category comprises courageous attempts that did not achieve the desired results but have potential for success. The design honour category comprises innovations focusing on design thinking.Tata Innovista 2017 AwardsFrom 52 Tata companies from across 22 countries who submitted their projects in Tata Innovista 2017, 36 Tata companies reached the second round. The projects in the second round, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, London, Novi (USA), and Bangkok, were judged by eminent external experts, and 51 teams from 18 Tata companies were shortlisted for the final global round that took place in Mumbai.The awards for the implemented innovations category, including its sub-categories, were given to:New productsTata Chemicals: Low oil absorb besan: A simple path towards healthTata Global Beverages: Eight O’clock coffee infusionsTata Steel: Smart raking system for DS in steel making shop New servicesTata Consultancy Services: Access infinity – accessible content ecosystemTata Consultancy Services: Embedded secure element – digital transformation Support processesTata Power Delhi Distribution: Leaders from learners
BGB and BSF exchange sweets to mark the Independence Day of Bangladesh along Dinajpur border. Photo: ASM AlamgirThe Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) – the neighbouring frontier forces of Bangladesh and India – exchanged sweets to celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh on no-man’s-land along Bangladesh-India border near the Hili border outpost. Before exchanging sweets, BGB company commander of its Hili camp, Abu Nasir, and assistant captain of BSF, Hashuni Kape, exchanged salutes around 10:00am Monday, according to the BGB officials.Afterwards, the BGB commander handed a packet of sweets to his Indian counterpart marking our Independence Day and the BSF official reciprocated with another packet of sweets. They also hugged each other.Female members of the forces were present there. Locals from both countries witnessed the programme. BGB’s Abu Nasir and his Indian counterpart expressed hope that the relations between the two countries and its border security forces would be strengthened in the days to come through such programme.
Logo of BNPThe BNP on Thursday termed ‘dangerous’ the arrest of female students who waged a movement seeking safe roads by law enforcers, reports UNB.”Detectives are arresting female students one after another. Picking such adolescent girls up is an alarming sign,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.Rizvi alleged that over a hundred students have been arrested and thousands others made accused in 51 cases filed with different police stations in the capital on ‘false’ charge of provoking violence on social media during the safe-road movement.He said the student movement shook the conscience of people as they showed the right path. “The prime minister also said the children and adolescents showed a path. But they’re now getting scared seeing the path the government is now showing them.”The BNP leader said the students are being sent to jail after serious repression on remand. “The head of the government has indulged in a brutal game of revenge on children and adolescents, frightening the guardians over their children’s lives.”He said the government is not sparing even female students as police arrested Eden College student and quota reform leader Lutfur Nahar Luma from Sirajganj, 12 hours after the arrest of Dhaka University student Tasnim Emi. “The way the government is repressing the innocent students it has outshined all the fascist regimes in the world,” Rizvi said.He alleged that the government has also turned desperate to eliminate the opposition by abusing power out of its political vengeance.The BNP leader said the government is not only depriving Khaleda Zia of justice, but also of medical treatment as she is very sick.He demanded the government free Khaleda before Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated in the country on 22 August.