Umbro has unveiled the new home and away kits for the Jamaica Football Federation National Teams, with a campaign inspired by the unique culture and energy of the Caribbean nation. The new JFF/Umbro home and away kits will be worn by the JFF this week – the away design will make its debut in today’s friendly fixture against Ecuador in New York, while the home will feature as Jamaica begin their CONCACAF Nations League campaign versus the Cayman Islands at the National Stadium on Sunday. The new home jersey is in Jamaica’s traditional vibrant gold colour, with a striking black, green and gold taping design on the sleeves inspired by the Umbro double diamond logo and the country’s iconic flag. On the body of the shirt there is a subtle embossed graphic inspired by the palm trees that line the Jamaican coastline. Black shorts with the colourful taping trim and yellow socks complete the home look. The away shirt is sure to start some lively conversations amongst football fans, with an eye-catching design inspired in equal parts by current trends for strong graphics and the vibrant culture of Jamaica. A black jersey with green collar and sleeve trims, it features a vivid, colourful graphic on the mainbody that draws from the colours of the Jamaican nation, the energy of the island’s culture and Umbro’s timeless diamond logo. The Reggae Boyz nickname features on the back neck in yellow, while a tonal black version of the home kit’s taping design runs down the sleeves of the shirt and also features on the accompanying yellow shorts. Black socks complete the away strip. Both home and away kits are crafted from lightweight performance materials designed for movement and breathability. Both designs will be worn throughout Jamaica’s involvement in the CONCACAF Nations League tournament, with the ultimate aim of qualification for the 2022 World Cup. The new Jamaican 2018/19 Kits go on sale on September 7, 2018 and replicas may be ordered at that time online at www.JFF.Live
Dear Editor,The Minister of Communities recently announced 12th November 2018 as the date for Local Government Elections (LGE).This announcement implies the obvious clear signal by the Guyana Elections Commission of readiness; albeit, the oblivion surrounding new Local Government areas, and the tight schedule implications for all concerned stakeholders.The required notice comes with a measure of pomposity as it relates to the Government’s so-called interest in democracy at this level. The superfluous talk-up must be recognised for the deception it seeks to camouflage. This is given the Coalition Government’s subversion of the Local Government Commission; the rather numerous acts of non-support, and often tolerated disruptive thuggish actions by many of their agents in councils of Local Authority Areas they did not win at the last LGE.Local Government Elections is a serious matter, and GECOM’s readiness must be transparent, timely, and equally revealing to all stakeholders, persons and groups contesting the Elections, and voters at large. The Chairman, Mr Patterson, recently boasted of his confidence in GECOM’s Public Relations mechanism to achieve this end. Observably, however, one cannot agree that these expectations have been efficiently and sufficiently met. Cases in point are as follows:GECOM is yet to prepare a budget for the elections. While it is known that G$2.9 billion has been approved in appropriations by the National Assembly for the event, it is sad that the sincerest view of the general public is that this will be yet another opportunity for the GECOM Secretariat to spend wild and have a three-month party.We are yet to hear about the clear demarcation of the constituencies in Local Authority Areas to be served by specific Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). Clear lines of demarcation of the boundaries is a must.While we are hearing that Minister Ronald Bulkan announced that there will be ten additional local Authority Areas, GECOM must clearly provide the communities and the leaders of the communities with all the relevant information, so that the candidates can prepare themselves properly for the up-coming elections.Minister Bulkan, in June this year, published in the Official Gazette an order to remove fourteen constituencies from well established areas. This gerrymandering is a matter of serious concern, and citizens are contending that this will further complicate the situation and lead to confusion. Splitting the NDCs will create serious problems, as there are several issues that are pending since 2016 Local Government Elections. The Malgre Tout and Canals NDCs suffered serious unsolved boundaries’ problems, and the Commissioners at GECOM cannot leave these boundary issues to the fantasy of the GECOM Secretariat.How can GECOM conduct an election without a budget? The Minister is absolutely correct to say that there is wasteful and un-necessary spending at the GECOM. Presently, the public is questioning the extravagant spending on transportation and meals at the just concluded continuous registration. Hundreds of friends and families of a particular party are employed, or they are on the payroll just to provide cover-up for the massive spending at the Secretariat.Guyanese are now demanding that the numerous transactions must be done in a transparent and accountable manner!!The Commission must ensure that proper consultations are done with the relevant stakeholders — inclusive of political parties and the residents themselves — regarding the newly instituted boundaries of the Local Authority Areas. In this respect, there is need for much clarity.Further, in the Local Authority Areas which now have reduced constituencies, a comprehensive boundary plan has to be established and tested before been put into operation. The Commission should edify the population on the criteria used in defining those new boundaries. A search on the website and the Official Gazette is yet to reveal the authority to which the new boundaries would be established.The Commission should also inform the nation on whether the new Local Authority Areas had their demarcation of boundaries done recently, or whether they are using the old established demarcations.In essence, the problems — old and new — MUST be effectively addressed by GECOM. As much as possible, the general public has to be informed, in a timely manner, of procedural changes, and be given clear and precise directions.We look forward to GECOM’s pronouncements on how the dissemination of key information is evaluated, and what actions are taken when the approaches prove to be less than effective.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Previous research determined that Beethoven had suffered from lead poisoning, first detecting toxic levels of the metal in his hair and then, two years ago, in bone fragments. Those findings strengthened the belief that lead poisoning may have contributed – and ultimately led – to his death at age 57. But Viennese forensic expert Christian Reiter claims to know more after months of painstaking work applying CSI-like methods to strands of Beethoven’s hair. He says his analysis, published last week in the Beethoven Journal, shows that in the final months of the composer’s life, lead concentrations in his body spiked every time he was treated by his doctor, Andreas Wawruch, for fluid inside the abdomen. Those lethal doses permeated Beethoven’s ailing liver, ultimately killing him, Reiter told The Associated Press. “His death was due to the treatments by Dr. Wawruch,” said Reiter, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Vienna’s Medical University. “Although you cannot blame Dr. Wawruch – how was he to know that Beethoven already had a serious liver ailment?” Nobody did back then. By George Jahn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA, Austria – Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer’s physician did – inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong. Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a very sick man years before his death in 1827. Only through an autopsy after the composer’s death in the Austrian capital March 26, 1827, were doctors able to establish that Beethoven suffered from cirrhosis of the liver as well as edemas of the abdomen. Reiter says that in attempts to ease the composer’s suffering, Wawruch repeatedly punctured the abdominal cavity – and then sealed the wound with a lead-laced poultice. Although lead’s toxicity was known even then, the doses contained in a treatment balm “were not poisonous enough to kill someone if he would have been healthy,” Reiter said. “But what Dr. Wawruch clearly did not know that his treatment was attacking an already sick liver, killing that organ.” Even before the edemas developed, Wawruch noted in his diary that he treated an outbreak of pneumonia months before Beethoven’s death with salts containing lead, which aggravated what researchers believe was an existing case of lead poisoning. But, said Reiter, it was the repeated doses of the lead-containing cream, administered by Wawruch in the last weeks of Beethoven’s life, that did in the composer. Analysis of several hair strands showed “several peaks where the concentration of lead rose pretty massively” on the four occasions between Dec. 5, 1826, and Feb. 27, 1827, when Beethoven himself documented that he had been treated by Wawruch for the edema, said Reiter. “Every time when his abdomen was punctured ? we have an increase of the concentration of lead in the hair.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The students visited the Bund and the Pudong Skyline.A group of TY students from Errigal College in Letterkenny are on a first for Donegal.The students have embarked on a trip of a life time to China, spending 11 days engaging in cultural activities and attending local Chinese school.This is the first cultural exchange in the county for a post primary school, and Errigal college are delighted to be leading the way with such an initiative. The students have been learning Mandarin Chinese in the college and now hope that their trip to china will further enhance what they have been learning.The school asked Donegal Daily to carry this daily diary of what they have been up to.Day 1- Thursday 15th:In expectation and excited the students depart from Letterkenny at 2.30am for check in at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. The emphasis of the trip is experiencing and exchanging Cultural ideas. Midway through our transfer between Dublin and Shanghai we stopped in Abu Dhabi. Day 2- Friday 16th:Being greeted at the airport.We were greeted at Shanghai Airport by our hosts from Zhida who assisted us with our transfer to our Hotel in downtown Shanghai. The students checked in and rested for a short time before experiencing the Shanghai underground and East Nanjing Road students were fascinated by the volume of people, the street entertainment and the high end shopping.Day 3- Saturday 17th:These people have entertaining down to a ‘tea’!We were warmly greeted to a civic reception at the Gonghexin Community Cultural Activity Centre. The opening ceremony consisted of a demonstration of Chinese traditional musical instruments, followed by an award winning Chinese Tea Ceremony performance.The students enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch and relaxation time which consisted of Chinese Ping-Pong. This was the opening event where the students were paired with their Chinese partners. The students were introduced to both Cultures and followed this up with prepared role plays they had worked on in their respective language classes.The students followed a traditional dinner of Chinese Dumplings with a visit to traditional Chinese market.The students relaxed by playing some ping pong.Day 4- Sunday 18th:In the morning the students took part in a Chinese Tea making session where they perfected the skills of Chinese tea making. This was followed by a visit to the Shanghai Tea Museum Club, where the CEO of the Centre greeted the students and showed them the ancient art of tea making and sampling of the different varieties of tea. The students returned to the Gonghexin Centre for an afternoon of traditional Chinese Painting by Ms Lü, who presented the Errigal College with a beautiful water coloured painting of a Peony flower, the traditional emblem of China.The students visited the People’s Park in the centre of Shanghai in the evening time.The students also showed their Chinese hosts how to Irish dance.TEA AND PING-PONG! ERRIGAL COLLEGE’S TRIP TO CHINA – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:Chinacultural exchangeerrigal college
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsParticipants are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, call (562) 464-3450. Cultural group to perform play WHITTIER – Grupo de Teatro Sinergia will perform “Rosa de Dos Aromas,” a comedy about two very different women who find common ground, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Robinson Theatre of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans will host a fish fry dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at 11912 Rivera Road. Dinner starts at $6. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Library discussion series continues WHITTIER – The Whittier Public Library’s “Lunch at the Library” series will feature a talk by author John Ball, who will discuss his new book about living with Parkinson’s disease, at 12 p.m. Oct. 26 in the library, 7344 S. Washington Ave. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (562) 907-4912. Veterans to hold bratwurst dinner LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13239 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraising bratwurst dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. There is a $7 per person donation. For more information, call (562) 941-4090. City polls residents on police station WHITTIER – The City Council has awarded a contract to Public Opinion Strategies to poll residents on a bond proposal to fund a new police station. The company will be paid about $22,000 conduct a telephone survey of 400 voters. City officials have said they would need a $47 million to build a police station. A bond in that amount would cost property owners about $47 per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For example, an owner whose home is valued at $300,000 would pay $141 a year. City continues oil pipeline franchise WHITTIER – The City Council has granted a franchise to Matrix Oil Corp. to continue operating its pipeline in the city. Whittier will receive $3,073 annually for the franchise. Signups open for blood drive PICO RIVERA – Register for a blood drive and bone marrow registry coming up later this month by visiting the registration booth from 6p.m. on at the fall fiesta at St. Hilary Church, 5465 Citronell St. The blood drive and bone marrow registry will be held Oct. 22 at St. Hilary. It will be held in memory of Cruz Perez Jr. and other people who have battled cancer. For more information, call (562) 261-6681. Women’s group offers dinner PICO RIVERA – The ladies auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6315, 4865 S. Durfee, will serve a meatloaf dinner with mash potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad, and desert from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The suggested donation is $5.50 per person. For more information, call (562) 949-8159. Veterans group to serve breakfast SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will serve breakfast to raise funds for veterans from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The donation is $4 per person. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. – From Staff Reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN JOSE – Portable music players, cell phones and digital cameras are poised to be in hot demand this holiday season, according to a market survey that also projects a 27 percent boost in spending on electronics gifts. Digital cameras topped the list as the most popular gizmo consumers intend to give this year, followed by a DVD player or recorder. But for the second year in a row, the most wished-for gadget – among adults and teens – was a portable digital music player. The Consumer Electronics Association is to announce its annual holiday survey Monday. With the healthy outlook, the trade group said it expects U.S. electronics industry revenues to reach $140 billion for all of 2006, up more than 9 percent from the $128 billion attained in 2005. For the holiday season, the survey indicates Americans intend to spend about $22 billion in electronics gifts, compared with $17 billion last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We’re seeing greater consumer spending across the board and what’s benefiting in particular is consumer electronics,” said Sean Wargo, the association’s director of industry analysis. After digital cameras and DVD devices, the top electronics gifts were a cell phone, portable music player, a video-game system, a portable CD player, a carrying case for laptops or audio players, a television, a cordless phone, additional memory for a digital camera, a notebook computer, and a clock or tabletop radio. Consumers said they intend to spend an average of $804 per household on all holiday gifts – about a quarter, or $195, for electronics. But consumers might be underestimating their electronics spending in responding to the survey. Apple Computer Inc.’s best-selling iPod player, the Nano, ranges in price from $150 to $250. For video games, Nintendo Co.’s upcoming Wii console will cost $250, while Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 will be $500 or $600, depending on the model. Though some digital cameras cost about $150, many mainstream models ring up to twice that or higher. Buying just one item could eat up or surpass that $195 figure. Consider also that households were planning to buy nine items apiece on average, up from eight last year. Top-five must-have gifts 1. Digital camera 2. DVD player/recorder 3. Cell phone 4. Portable music player 5. Video-game system160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The 20-year-old committed his long-term future to the Hammers in December by signing a new five-and-a-half year contract but they could be tested if an offer too good to refuse comes in.The Daily Express report Spurs are plotting a £35million raid for the versatile midfielder while Liverpool are also considering a bid. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 no dice REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Declan Rice is wanted by both Liverpool and Spurs RANKED Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly battle it out in the summer to try and sign Declan Rice.The West Ham startlet has caught the eye of a number of top Premier League clubs and he looks destined for big things. BEST OF Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not spent a penny in the last two transfer windows but could be forced to make signings in the summer.The future of some of their stars is in doubt as Christian Eriksen will have just a year left on his contract in the summer with both Real Madrid and Barcelona keen.Toby Alderweireld, meanwhile, can be snapped up for just £25million in the summer after Spurs triggered a clause in his contract last month.
Speaking last week, Gerrard said: “I had a conversation on Wednesday with Daniel and he said he wanted to go and speak to a team in Turkey. We’ve had an approach and we had a real adult conversation.“I said I wanted him to stay and fight for the shirt and be part of the squad but he said he wants to go and explore the situation in Turkey so we reluctantly but respectfully granted him permission.“I have to respect Daniel and keep a lot of the conversation private but it boils down to him wanting to be a regular starter as in every single game.”Gerrard has signed wingers Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones this summer while fellow new arrival Greg Stewart can also play the position and Jamie Murphy is returning following a season out with a knee injury. Daniel Candeias has completed his move from Rangers to Turkish club Genclerbirligi for an undisclosed fee.The newly promoted top-flight club announced on Twitter that the winger had signed a two-year contract with the Ankara-based club, where he will link up with former Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reluctantly allowed the Portuguese wide player to move on after Candeias decided to seek more regular football after being left out of the Ibrox club’s squad for their first Europa League ties.The 31-year-old was one of Pedro Caixinha’s more successful signings, hitting 14 goals in two seasons in Glasgow. He made 52 appearances under Gerrard last term.
n 1897, Enoch Sontonga, then a teacher,composed the hymn “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”(God Bless Africa), which was lateradopted by the liberation movement and,after 1994, became part of the nationalanthem of a democratic South Africa.Sontonga’s black granite memorialreflects the image of the viewer, andis meant to encourage a state ofreflection.(Image: Find a Grave)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jenny MoodleyJohannesburg City Parks+27 11 712 6615 RELATED ARTICLES • Local heroines in the spotlight • Opening up SA’s heritage • Craft celebrated on Heritage Day • Building bridges with classical musicSource: SouthAfrica.infoEnoch Mankayi Sontonga, a teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, died in obscurity 106 years ago today, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy.His hymn “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God bless Africa) went on to become the continent’s most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.Sontonga wrote the first verse and chorus of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”, a prayer for God’s blessing on the land and all its people, as a hymn for his school choir in 1897. Later in the same year, he composed the music.The famous song has since been reworked and adopted as South Africa’s national anthem, translated into numerous African languages, including Swahili, and incorporated into the national anthem of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.African anthemThe song was first sung in public at the ordination of Reverend Boweni, a Shangaan Methodist minister, in 1899.On 8 January 1912, at the first meeting of the South African Native National Congress, the forerunner of the African National Congress (ANC), it was sung after the closing prayer.Solomon Plaatje, a founding member of the ANC, first recorded the song in London in 1923, accompanied by Sylvia Colenso on the piano. In 1925 the ANC adopted the song as the closing anthem for their meetings. The song was published in a local newspaper Umthetheli Wabantu on 11 June 1927, and was included in Incwadi Yamaculo ase-Rabe, the Presbyterian isiXhosa hymn book, as well as a Xhosa poetry book for schools.Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi, and a Sesotho version was published by Moses Mphahlele in 1942.Popularised at concerts in Johannesburg by Reverend JL Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings.Prior to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the country’s official anthem was “Die Stem van Suid Afrika” (The Call of South Africa), composed by Afrikaans poet CJ Langenhoven in 1918. “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” was the unofficial anthem, sung by the majority of the population.In 1994, the two anthems were amalgamated into one through the talents of a team of South African music experts, including renowned composer and choral director Prof Mzilikazi Khumalo, and Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, currently Professor of Composition at Wits University’s music school.Searching for SontongaAlthough Enoch Sontonga had become a national treasure in the years after his death, and especially after 1994, the location of his grave remained unknown for nearly a century.An act of vandalism at Johannesburg’s Braamfontein Cemetery helped locate the grave, ending months of detective work by Johannesburg officials, archaeologists and historians.The search started by chance at a dinner by the National Monuments Council in honour of then-President Nelson Mandela, in Cape Town in late 1995.A relative of Sontonga’s who was present told Mandela that Sontonga was believed to be buried somewhere in the Braamfontein Cemetery. Mandela called for a memorial to Sontonga in the cemetery, to be erected in time for the first post-apartheid Heritage Day, which takes place annually in September.The National Monuments Council instructed the Johannesburg Parks and Technical Services Department to investigate, but finding the grave proved far from simple. It took project manager Alan Buff almost nine months of intensive research – a lot of it in his own time – to locate the exact spot.One problem was that in the early 1970s, the city council covered much of the long-disused cemetery with a metre of soil, and grassed it over, hiding all traces of the older graves. Another problem was that although records of several graves under the name of Sontonga could be found, no grave could be found under “Enoch Sontonga”.A suggestion that Buff search under “Enoch” proved correct: grave number 4885 was revealed, buried in the Christian Native section on 19 April 1905. Sontonga had died unexpectedly the day before, of gastro-enteritis and a perforated appendix.“It was a common cause of death at the time,” said Buff. “The water wasn’t very safe.”Sontonga’s death was confirmed by a notice found in the newspaper Imvo Zabanstundu.The Christian Native area consisted of three sections covering 10 acres, with 600 graves – but the plan for that section of the cemetery was missing. This called for sharp detective work.Buff scanned all the registers and eliminated sections one by one until he arrived at an L-shaped plan within which Sontonga was likely to be buried.Infra-red photographs, taken in 1979, indicated long-covered grave shapes and pathways.Professor Tom Huffman of nearby Wits University’s archaeology department was called in to do a shallow excavation to help establish the precise burial spacing.This helped narrow down the likely area to a 40 square metre triangle containing 33 graves. But this still didn’t answer the question: where exactly was grave 4885?Vandalism and lateral thinking“At the end of February, in the middle of my investigations, vandals removed tablets from the cremation wall,” said Buff. The vandalism prompted him to take a look at documents from the cremation section of the cemetery – which he had not considered before – and there he discovered a plan of the cemetery.“It was the original cemetery plan and showed the starting point of the section where Sontonga was buried.”The Wits dig uncovered a grave number plate with 17 inscribed as the last two digits, with a faint 4 preceding the 17. A check of the register showed that a number ending in 417 was situated four graves away in the same row as 4885.Further checks of the registers and plans revealed discrepancies and inaccuracies in the original plans. But the final clue was that the family had registered for private rites, which gave them the right to erect a headstone at the grave.The Wits archeologists were called back to excavate further, and although no actual headstone was found, the mark of a headstone was visible. This had to be the site.Memorial: reflectionsBy this stage the National Monuments Council had formed the Enoch Sontonga Committee. On Heritage Day, 24 September 1996, a large, striking black granite cube was unveiled on Sontonga’s grave, and the site was declared a national monument.At the ceremony, the Order of Meritorious Service in gold was bestowed on Sontonga posthumously, accepted by Ida Rabotape, his granddaughter. This award was given to citizens who served their country to an exceptional degree. It was replaced in 2002 by the National Orders.The granite cube placed on his grave was designed by architect William Martinson, and is meant to signify reflections, especially as one moves closer to the monument and one’s image becomes visible.Nelson Mandela unveiled the monument, and said: “By the pride with which we bellowed your melody and its lyrics – in good times and bad – we were saying to you, Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, that with your inspiration, we could move mountains …“In paying this tribute to Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, we are recovering a part of the history of our nation and our continent … Our humble actions today form part of the re-awakening of the South African nation; the acknowledgement of its varied achievements.”At a ceremony in 2005 to mark the centenary of Sontonga’s death, then-arts and culture minister Pallo Jordan appealed to the country’s writers, artists and composers to deposit copies of their work with the National Archives, since “we all have the responsibility of preserving our heritage”.Jordan was lamenting the loss of Sontonga’s exercise book in which, it is believed, he recorded many of his songs.Sontonga’s exercise book was lent out to other choirmasters and eventually became the property of a family member, “Boxing Granny”. She never missed a boxing match in Soweto, hence the nickname. She died at about the time Sontonga’s grave was declared a heritage site in 1996, but the book was never found. In 1897, Enoch Sontonga, then a teacher, composed the hymn Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa), which was later adopted by the liberation movement and, after 1994, became part of the national anthem of a democratic South Africa.Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=35:culture_bg&id=106:music#ixzz1JsQZoCCb
If an employer opts to hide their head in the sand and not share the ‘real deal’ they can be assured their current and former employees are doing it for them; online reviews at sites like Glassdoor can attest to that. Why an RJP? Technology as Foe The first step in the interview process, of course, is making sure the right candidates are applying; being ‘realistic’ in recruiting, targeting and acquisition strategies helps at this point. Accurate, complete and meaningful job descriptions, postings, and messaging means you should be able to successfully limit the number of candidates – resulting in applications from only those who are truly a fit for both the job and the organization. But technology is not really a foe. In this case technology is a bit like Jiminy Cricket – serving as a conscience and reminding employers of the importance of telling the truth. There is great value for both the employer and the candidate when the candidate truly understands the realities of the job, the work environment, and the dynamics of the team/co-workers. There are one of two outcomes – either the employee makes the decision to remove themselves from consideration (good thing!) or they have a keen sense of what the job and work environment will truly be like and agree to move forward (also a good thing!). I’ve worked with hiring managers to successfully provide RJPs during the hiring process for route sales positions, health care professionals, HR staff, manufacturing jobs and high-volume phone/customer service positions. It makes a difference. It’s important to provide the opportunity for candidates to ‘see’ where they will be working; I’ve always made sure that final candidates check out the physical space (office or cubicle), get a tour of the facility in which they will toil, and observe other employees in action. Being realistic means resisting the urge to market malarkey; not every moment in the job you’re trying to fill or in your organization is filled with sunshine, champagne and jubilant employees. Throughout the recruiting process you need to share a balanced view of what day-to-day life is really like including being brutally honest about the job’s inherent joys and satisfactions as well as the challenges and frustrations. Technology as Friend Some organizations are successfully using video to share some of this information with job seekers; as an example check out the series of Home Depot’s Behind the Apron videos on their career site. Sure, the videos are snazzily produced and full of corporate-speak but notice that amongst all the talk about passion and pride it’s also mentioned that the job in customer service is “hard work” and “challenging.” And remember Joe the Coder? He also wants to learn all he can about the job; from the expectations to the time demands to the type of equipment and technology he’ll have available. The RJP applies to all positions. While this may make sense in a high-volume hiring environment, I don’t think a video can replace a deep and heartfelt conversation between hiring manager and candidate nor can it replace time spent on-site by the candidate. But it’s better than nothing. The eBook for the North American 2013 Candidate Experience Report was released this week by The Talent Board. If you work in HR or Recruiting I encourage you to read it; you can register to receive the eBook here. The report covers a wide range of topics from candidate attraction to the application process to screen and selection and nearly 50,000 candidates who applied to close to 100 companies shared their insights. To read the original post on HR Schoolhouse, please click here. I was somewhat surprised that the percentage of candidates participating in an in-person RJP was so small. Granted, this probably has a lot to do with the type of position; it’s highly unlikely that a company will take Joe the Coder Candidate through a RJP and tell him “Hey Joe; we want you to sit with Steve for 4 hours and watch as he knocks out some Python coding!” Paint = drying, am I right? One of the areas I found quite interesting was the information gathered around Type of Interview Events. Per the report, “A small number (5.3 percent) of candidates participated in a realistic job preview (RJP) via a ride along, job shadow or actual workplace experience. Traditionally, the RJP serves two functions – educate the candidate on a range of workplace conditions and demands of the performance environment and inviting candidates to self-select out. RJP research shows candidates that are given a fair and balanced understanding of the job are more likely to increase their commitment and work through rough spots they encounter.” Wishing upon a star is not good enough.