Poetry May 21, 2015

first_imgOur HeartsBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarMade of only soft flesh without a boneMade to be flexible and ready to bendMade of how we see the world aroundmade to swifter big problems suddenlyOur hearts plead to go on……………………Made to shed tears as a vent for hurtMade firm by the sound of pleasantriesMade bubbly when your smile radiatesMade weak by actions of the unfriendlyOur hearts sing a song…………………….made a hero by the loud acclaim of allMade to rock against all the odds in lifeMade green as a lawn new spring timeMade to glow as candles behind a glassOur hearts rests in a cradle……………Made to break when placed in shockMade to rejuvenate its self-healingMade to rosy again after the deep fallMade to tango in lilac and purple yetOur hearts soft but stronger than goldTwo Blind MenBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarAlong the metal wall of the presidential groundsTwo blind men felt their way down a clean pathThey multi stepped as slowly their hands gropedWith swinging white canes to navigate graduallyMuch vigor was placed into getting to destinationMy heart skipped a beat to see them do their bestThese…………. Two Blind MenOne wore slacks while the other was suited fineThe ironed black pant with white shirt was sharpSeemed like the suited guy was a office workerHis pal in slacks was matching in red and blueThey were sure to get to duty as they huggedIn close commune their goal was singular hereThese……. Two Blind MenInspiring puffs rise from their journey of a dayHands on each other back serves as self-beltsGuarding each from the cars busy Capitol HillTen thirty daily means commitments to themReady to face the pains and drains of todaySentiments float over why there is little careThese………. Two Blind MenHer SacrificeBy Varney L. S. GeanFrom the instant she knew beforehandA child growing her small belly heldThe sings all there she knew the truthHappy was she months later she boreThe moment when joy had no boundaryHer SacrificeHer love her nursing for the child she boreForsaking many things for the child’s futureToil and sweat for the child must be nurturedHer aim to make better won’t be ruinedThroughout times she did the best she couldHer SacrificeThat youngster will be greater she acclaimedFor all her efforts smiles her sweet face carriedShe did not falter not even in dire momentsHer newborn she prayed should be betterShe knew how far and whatever it tookHer SacrificeToday she laughs when mothers wailToday she smiles when people ask herWho is that greater man or woman with you?For all her efforts it is time to beam motherFor without YOU life would have been futileHer SacrificeA Whole New LevelBy Varney L. S. GeanStarted out like a blur out of nowhereStreaming down so rapid like cascadeA whole new levelHeadlong to get the paramount of allNot halting as everything spiral fasterA whole new levelIn this time minds jump start like boltsLike thunderbolts the sharpness mattersA whole new levelIn the long run results will be probableSomething to make frowned faces smileA whole new levelShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border

first_imgProtests have been staged at border crossings along the Donegal-Derry border tonight (Weds) amid ongoing efforts to reach a Brexit deal.The Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) Group held the silent action as hundreds of local people from both sides of the border came together along 38 of the 200 different border crossings.Protesters held candles and posters to indicate their opposition to the uncertainty created by Brexit. Anti-Brexit protests held along Irish border on Wednesday night (Pic: Cllr Gerry McGonagle)Cllr Jack Murray told Donegal Daily: “The people of the border community will not tolerate a hard border because of the consequences would be absolutely devastating.“This has nothing to do with party politics, it is about the free movement of people across the border.“It has huge economic and social factors and if there was a hard border it would be catastrophic for the people of Inishowen and Derry.”“Protesters carried signs with slogans such as “No Boris Border” and “No to Borders in Ireland”.A spokesperson for BCAB said border communities would be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit. Advertisement “What is happening at Westminster today is giving us cause for concern and too much uncertainty around the border issue remains,” he said.“Border communities are going to be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit so we want people living on the northern or southern side to come out and make a stand against any hard border returning.”It is understood that members from the group are set to meet EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the Brexit impasse and the impact it is having on people living in border communities.Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:border communities against brexitBrexitDonegal-Derry Borderlast_img read more

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SA launches Open Source Centre

first_img16 January 2003The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Open Source Centre to help stimulate the adoption of open source software technologies in Africa.According to the CSIR’s business unit, icomtek, open source software is very much like digital meraka – a Sotho term for common grazing land. “People may engage in private or communal productive activity o­n this land, but the land itself is kept for the common good.”Unlike most proprietary software, open source software is available at little or no cost. More importantly, the intellectual property of its inner workings – the source code – is not a closely guarded secret of any individual or organisation.The free availability of the source code encourages a model of software development, testing and modification based o­n public collaboration.icomtek specialises in information and communication technology projects which are geared to development and societal needs. The Centre plans a number of strategic interventions within the private sector, government and civil society, as well as in education and training.South Africa and Africa, icomtek argues, “will not be able to afford the investments in imported technology that are required to be a full participant in the global information society in future, if conventional approaches are followed.“Open source software has emerged as a software model that is particularly viable in the developing world, providing local software developers with access to quality code generated by international experts, allowing users to escape from the cycle of ever-increasing international licensing fees, and facilitating the development of systems that address localised needs.”The importance of open source software within the South African context is underscored by its inclusion as a component in almost every major ICT strategic proposal, such as the SA National Reseach and Development Strategy document, the bilateral Indo-SA initiative, and the proposed Advanced Institute for Information and Communications Technology.The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has already helped the government save millions of rands by implementing open source software in the public sector.SITA spokesman Mojalefa Moseki says the government can save still more money on licensing, software procurement, support and upgrades through the use of open source software.According to Moseki, the Northern Cape provincial government is the largest user of open source software, while the Western Cape government also uses an OS-based document management solution, and bases its portal on the system’s platform.“The department of Land Affairs uses Linux and is about to implement Oracle on Linux”, Moseki says, adding: “We believe open source software is as good if not better than commercially available software. In many cases, it’s more stable and more reliable.”Open Source Centre initiatives include the following:Digital Doorway project – An initiative which explores the viability of “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy.Open School project – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Culturally adaptive software – The development of systems that change their look-and-feel, context, content and language according to the culture of the person accessing the system.Open source school management system – The CSIR is part of a consortium, along with the Wits School of Computer Science, Kgatelopele Technologies and NetDay, that are working towards creating a school management system that caters for outcomes based education, and releasing it under an open source licence.The Open school initiative – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Cultureware project – Together with South African Tourism, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency and the University of Fort Hare, the CSIR initiated a culture preservation project known as Cultureware, which aims to bringing cultural heritage into mainstream economic activity and commercial exploitation.Open source in government – Various proposals have been submitted to the Centre for Public Service and Innovation as part of their open source thrust in government.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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