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West Africa: How Covid-19 Affects the Reproductive Health of Young People   


[allAfrica] Johannesburg -- The reproductive health of adolescents in West Africa, like so many regions, is being negatively impacted by Covid-19 with maternal mortality being the second cause of death among adolescents in Senegal. allAfrica's Sethi Ncube interviewed Christine Sarr, one of 25 young change-makers from around the world gathered by SheDecides 25x25.Emphasising that reproductive health is a necessity for development, Sarr is calling on governments in both Senegal and the wider region to prioritise and commit funding to t


The Iron forts of the Zoutpansberg - by: djb   


This article was first published in the Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa 74, 01 (June 2020): pages 3-8, and is reproduced here with permission of the Editor

The town of Louis Trichardt, lying just 115 kilometres south of the border with Zimbabwe at Beitbridge, is home to a fascinating relic of a bygone era. The Makhado Local Municipality is the custodian of what the Heritage Monitoring Project describes as probably “the only extant iron fort that remains in South Africa.”1 Fort Hendrina, dating from the interbellum days in the South African Republic, is a grade II provincial heritage site as well as a national heritage site but apparently not in good condition. It may be unique: possibly the only example of its kind anywhere in the world.

The fort was procured for the South African Republic (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek) by unlikely means. Captain Adolph Zbořil, an Austrian whose father had owned a wood and steel trading company, had travelled with his brother, Joseph to the Transvaal late in the 1870s.2 Adolph became a merchant in the Cape, while Joseph is reported to have fought with the British in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 before travelling to Johannesburg.

On 8 February 1886 Adolph successfully applied for the position of captain and administrator of the Transvaal Artillery and this appointment was confirmed in July of that year. At this time the Artillery, led by Comman- dant Henning Pretorius, consisted of no more than about a dozen guns, a handful of fellow officers and only 120 of lesser rank. Captain Zbořil—who had received three years training with the Austrian military—set about immediately re-organising the artillery and improving its capability.

Among Zbořil's more interesting contributions to South African military history were his ideas and designs for three octagonal yzeren forten (iron forts). Zbořil had them made, indubitably in Austria, and shipped to South Africa. The individual armour plates, while necessarily heavy, were nonetheless light enough for two soldiers to carry the plates individually and the octagonal forts could be assembled comparatively easily.3 The sections of the forts arrived in April 1888 and were soon put to use. Around twenty-five men were stationed at one of these, named Fort Hendrina,4 and this garrison was later increased to 100 mounted troops.5

At that time the Boer leaders in the district were engaged with Makhado6—the local vhaVenda ruler—in an ongoing dispute over taxes based on the extent of his land as determined by the Native Location Commission. Makhado consistently resisted the Commission's insistence that he recognise the boundaries the Commission had allotted him. He also refused a census count of his people or to pay the taxes the Commission tried to levy in terms of these.7 The conflict grew in intensity after Makhado’s death in September 1895, when his son, Mphephu took over leadership of the vhaVenda.8

The iron forts played an integral part in the campaign mounted by the local commando against the vhaVenda and the fortifications were moved to where they were most required.9 With Swazi and Shangaan help, the white were finally victorious.10 On 16 November 1898 the vhaVenda—who had resisted for so long—were defeated. The Vierkleur was planted on a rock in front of Mphephu’s palace. Prisoners of war were taken to Pretoria. The conflict had taken a heavy toll on the vhaVenda who lost some 550 people in the fighting.11

With the conflict at an end, the iron forts were redundant. One of them— being used as an ammunition store—was blown to smithereens, killing five, when somebody dropped a shell stored inside in 1899, detonating the explosives.12

When the Anglo-Boer war erupted later that year, Fort Hendrina was still in the town of Louis Trichardt.13 The town was captured by the British on 9 May 1901.14

Fort Hendrina was then moved to Lovedale Park, near Elim (about 23 kilometres south of Louis Trichardt) and renamed Fort Edward in honour of the British King Edward VII. Among the forces who were stationed at the fort were the Bushveldt Carbineers. It was in this area that the infamous incident in which Lieutenant Harry “Breaker” Morant and Lieutenant Peter Hancock killed a wounded prisoner of war, as well as civilians in revenge for the apparent mutilation of the body of one of their officers. They were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad.15

When the war was over, Fort Edward (formerly Fort Hendrina), near Elim was used as a prison for a brief period. According to the journalist Anthony van Zyl:

In 1909, the site where the fort was situated was used by the South African Constabulary and it was decided to alienate the land. Several other buildings, including stables and a jail, were erected.16

Others, however, have convincing evidence that put the date several years earlier. The fort was handed over to the Constabulary in 190417 when Fort Edward was already in use as a prison, housing initially thirty-two prisoners.18

Fig. 1-1. “The ‘Trunk.’ Native Prison”
Photograph: Provenance unknown, courtesy of Martin Plaut

The photograph featured above (with its original, terse caption: “The ‘Trunk.’ Native Prison”) and the two that follow were taken during the period Fort Edward was a prison.19 The term “trunk” was an anglicisation of the Dutch (and later Afrikaans) word “tronk” meaning a prison or dungeon. By October 1905, the Constabulary wrote to the Commissioner for Lands requesting two additional movable cells: one to house black women, the other for white women, and these were duly delivered.

Two years later, a medical officer at the Fort submitted a medical report detailing the miserable conditions under which the prisoners were held. The original circular iron building measured 30 feet (9 metres) in diameter with a clay floor. Air circulated via a narrow opening between the roof and the walls as well as through the holes in the metal walls formerly used as gun loops when the building functioned as a military fort. With iron being an effective conductor of heat and cold, the prisoners would have experienced freezing winter nights and unbearably hot summer days in these buildings.

Fig. 1-2. “Native Prisoners at Hard Labour”
Photograph: Provenance unknown, courtesy of Martin Plaut

The second photograph (above) shows two prisoners engaged in hard labour under the eye of a black overseer. The original annotation claims they were “dangerous criminals handcuffed and leg-ironed together.” These pris- oners were tasked with rolling a large and formidably heavy rock.

The third photograph (below) shows a large gang of prisoners who had also been sentenced to hard labour, this time watched by an armed white supervisor. This group were preparing to dig a precautionary trench or system of trenches to provide shelter from enemy fire, although the hostilities of the Anglo-Boer War had ceased with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging on 31 May 1902, at least two years prior to this photograph.

Fig. 1-3. “Making entrenchments. A gang of prisoners at work”
Photograph: Provenance unknown, courtesy of Martin Plaut

In 1909 the land on which Fort Edward stood was expropriated to make way for a police station comprising a number of buildings. The last known documentation on the operations of Fort Edward is dated 22 March 1910.

In 1969, the fort was donated to the Municipality of Louis Trichardt20 and moved to the site in the town where it still stands. On 23 April 1971, it was proclaimed a national heritage site.21

—Martin Plaut

1 “Fort Hendrina, Makhado, Limpopo” The Heritage Portal [online resource] .

2 Erwin A. Schmidt, “Adolph Zboril: An Austrian Officer in the Transvaal Artillery” Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies 18, 2 (1988): 47.

3 Anton van Zyl, “The Story of the Zoutpansberg’s Last Three Forts” Zoutpansberger: News with an Independent Soul (29 September 2017) [online resource] . Johann W N Tempelhoff, Townspeople of the Soutpansberg: A Centenary History of Louis Trichardt, (1889-1999) (Louis Trichardt: Greater Louis Trichardt Traditional Local Council, 1999), 31.

4 Fort Hendrina was named after Hendrina Susanna Johanna, the wife of General Petrus (“Piet”) Jacobus Joubert, Commandant General of the South African Republic.

5 Tempelhoff, Townspeople of the Soutpansberg, 40. The origin of Fort Hendrina’s name is inscribed on a plaque placed on the fort by the National Monuments Council in 1978. The other two forts were Fort Botha and Fort Schutte.

6 Makhado (c.1839-3 September 1895) was the Khosi (leader) of the Singo or Vhasenzi dynasty of the vhaVenda, ruling over the Dzanani district of the Soutpansberg region of South Africa.

7 Van Zyl, “The Story of the Zoutpansberg’s Last Three Forts” [online resource]. Lindsay Frederick Braun, “The Returns of the King: The Case of Amphophil and Western Venda, 1899–1904” Journal of Southern African Studies 39, 2 (2013): 275. Johann Tempelhoff and Henry Nemudzivadi [Nemudzivhadi], “Riding the Storm of Change: Makhado, Venda and the South African Republic (1863-1895)” New Contree 45 (September 1999): 111-114 in particular.

8 Khosi Mphephu Alilali Tshilamulela (c.1869-1924) succeeded his father as ruler until his death in 1924.

9 Mphaya Henry Nemudzivhadi, “The Conflict between Mphephu and the South African Republic, 1895-1899” Thesis (MA), University of South Africa, 1978, 130.

10 Nemudzivhadi, “Conflict,” 145.

11 Nemudzivhadi, “Conflict,” 174.

12 Tempelhoff, Townspeople of the Soutpansberg, 46.

13 Van Zyl, “The Story of the Zoutpansberg’s Last Three Forts” [online resource].

14 Tempelhoff, Townspeople of the Soutpansberg, 46.

15 Tempelhoff, Townspeople of the Soutpansberg, 48-53.

16 Van Zyl, “The Story of the Zoutpansberg’s Last Three Forts” [online resource].

17 Pétria Engelbrecht, “Fort Hendrina” Thesis (BA Honours), University of Pretoria, 1990, 46-47.

18 Engelbrecht, “Fort Hendrina,”

19 The photographs were purchased on eBay which regrettably did not accorded them any provenance.

20 Van Zyl, “The Story of the Zoutpansberg’s Last Three Forts” [online resource].

21 “Declaration of a National Monument” Government Gazette, 3072-648 (23 April 1971) South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) [online resource] http s:// iles/gazettes/30 72-648%20Fort%20Hendrina%2C%20Louis%20Trichardt%2C%20Soutpansberg.p df


Twitter Can Save Your Life   


Get this: Apparently Twitter can save your life! Well, actually what can save your life is a girlfriend who Tweets instead of calling the police. A couple of days ago, in Johannesburg, South Africa, a dude was carjacked and thrown into the trunk of his own car. Luckily, these carjackers weren’t the brightest people and […]


Week One in South Africa - Vusi   


Scott's on holiday in South Africa with his family this month. Rather than doing repeats or "best of" shows, Scott's doing man-on-the-street interviews and uploading them over cell phone. In this episode, Scott talks to Vusi, an IT sales manager from Johannesburg.


COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope?   


COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope? admin 25. May 2020 - 23:30

COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope? with Arthur Dahl

31 May 2020, 3 pm EST, 21:00 CET

You are cordially invited to a Zoom meeting and discussion with Arthur L. Dahl

 COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope?

We are facing multiple crises threatening our future and that of coming generations. The climate crisis is accelerating, biodiversity is collapsing, the pandemic is far from over and the economy may be next. What hope is there for the future? How can we prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead? What do we say to our children and grandchildren? Is this the end of civilization, or perhaps a crisis of adolescence before reaching a new maturity? Armed with systems thinking and some essential values, we can find positive ways to respond to the environmental, social and economic challenges before us, as well as the inner struggles we must go through as we try to achieve our higher human purpose. Drawing on themes from his recent book “In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker,” Dr. Dahl will explore how we can start building the better world that can emerge from the chaos of today.

Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl of Geneva, Switzerland, has more than 30 years international experience in sustainable development and environment. He is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch and first Director of the Coral Reef Unit. He has coordinated the UNEP/University of Geneva Program of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy and is a consultant to international organizations and research programs on environmental assessment, observing strategies, indicators of sustainability, coral reefs, biodiversity, islands, environmental education, and social and economic development. He holds an AB in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A specialist on small islands and coral reefs, he spent many years in the South Pacific as Regional Ecological Advisor with the Pacific Commission, and organized the Pacific Regional Environment Program. He was in the Secretariat of the Rio Earth Summit to prepare Agenda 21, the global action plan for sustainable development, and organized several parallel events at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002) and, more recently, during the Paris Accord on Climate Change (2015). He is President of the International Environment Forum and on the governing boards of Ethical Business Building the Future and the Global Governance Forum. He has published many scientific papers and books including The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis and In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker. His current interests include integrating ecology and economics, global strategies for environmental observing and assessment, and indicators of sustainability.

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Válasz erre: Lapos Föld? Hogyan győződjünk meg a Föld alakjáról?   


@yvsmad: Igen. :) Egyébként valamelyik kommentben már kiszámoltam, hogy kb. 1600 km/h-val kellene repülni azt hiszem Perth-ből (Ausztrália) Brazíliába vagy akár csak Johannesburgba, már nem tudom, hova is találtam járatot. Ráadásul az az egyenlítő felé venné az irányt, nem találkozna sarki jéggel, mint ahogyan találkozik a valóságban, van is erről utas által készített videó a neten.

De természetesen "mindenki hazudik, aki ellentmond a véleményemnek"…


Looking for hosts in New York for few days in september2019   


Hi we are 2 cyclists without bikes !

Planning to spend 2 weeks in new York and looking for accommodation , happy to reciprocate  with accommodation if you come to either Stockholm or Johannesburg . 


Renata and Håkan 

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Healing Racial Trauma with Sheila Wise Rowe Feb. 09, 2020    


This episode was from a live broadcast on Sunday, 2-9-20 at 8:00 am (cst)  The guest Sheila Wise Rowe discussed her new book Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience.  She says we experience ongoing racial trauma as this lie is perpetuated by the action or inaction of the government, media, viral videos, churches, and within families of origin. In contrast, Scripture declares that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. 

For over twenty-five years she has counseled abuse and trauma survivors in the United States. Sheila ministered to homeless and abused women and children in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also taught counseling and trauma-related courses for a decade.


Impossible science: Zombie DNA and how you’re safer in a city   


Whenever something goes wrong in my daily Johannesburg life, my mother — who I misguidedly call for words of comfort and solace — tells me…


DHL Global Forwarding Partners With Xylem Watermark for Critical Aid Shipments and Humanitarian Logistics Support Around the World   


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  • The two companies have previously joined forces to provide humanitarian assistance to communities in Africa and Asia following water-related natural disasters
  • Expanding their commercial partnership will help Xylem to continue responding to water crises across the globe more efficiently


MIAMI and RYE BROOK, NY, January 16, 2020 /3BL Media/ - DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced today that leading global water technology company, Xylem, has chosen DHL Global Forwarding as their primary logistics provider for humanitarian relief activities delivered through its corporate social responsibility program, Xylem Watermark. The two global companies will work together and leverage their extensive experience and footprint across the globe to bring aid to those areas that need it most following water-related natural disasters and crises.

“We are excited to officially announce our newest partnership with Xylem Watermark to continue to help with our resilient logistics expertise and extensive footprint to respond to disasters around the globe,” said David Goldberg, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding US. “The impact and urgency of natural disasters is increasingly evident, and we are looking forward to working with Xylem Watermark on deploying equipment and aid on the ground, quickly and efficiently, where needed most.”

“This partnership brings a potent combination of capabilities to help communities deal with water crises when natural disasters strike,” said Joe Vesey, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Xylem, and Chair of Xylem Watermark. “We bring the technologies that can deal with the inundation of flood waters, or the restoration of safe, clean drinking water. But our technology only helps if it gets there quickly. DHL’s role is essential to making our water solutions matter in a humanitarian crisis.”

DHL Global Forwarding and Xylem Watermark have previously joined forces to provide disaster relief to communities in times of crisis. In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, in Zimbabwe, DHL Global Forwarding and Xylem Watermark worked together to freight dewatering pumps from India through South Africa to the affected communities. In addition, the shipment of Xylem equipment from Hong Kong to Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani region which Xylem personnel deployed, on the ground, provided clean water to a camp housing 200 displaced residents and a rural medical clinic serving nearly 10,000 patients daily, reducing the proliferation of water borne diseases such as ARI, malaria, diarrhea and cholera.

DHL Global Forwarding and Xylem Watermark also united efforts following India’s 2019 Monsoon, when they partnered to provide humanitarian assistance to 227,000 displaced individuals in relief camps. Together, they quickly coordinated responses, decreasing logistics response times by up to 60%. As part of the coordinated efforts, Xylem Watermark and DHL Global Forwarding transported potable clean water systems and dewatering pumps from Johannesburg to strategic locations in India’s Karnataka state, supplying clean water for up to 76,000 residents daily. Additionally, five schools in the region received clean drinking water through filtration and solar pumping, benefitting over 5,000 students.

The latest commercial expansion in the partnership between Xylem Watermark and DHL Global Forwarding solidifies the two companies’ ongoing humanitarian efforts, taking advantage of DHL’s and Xylem Watermark’s experience in helping support recovery and relief efforts to communities facing dire crises around the world.


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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s approximately 17,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2018 revenue of $5.2 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands. For more information, please visit us at

Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship program, was initiated in 2008, with a focus on protecting and providing safe water resources around the world and also educating people on water-related issues. The global initiative, which encompasses employee and stakeholder engagement, provides access to clean drinking water and sanitation, and humanitarian emergency response to help communities become more water-secure and sustainable. Last year, the program exceeded its three-year goal to log 100,000 employee volunteer hours and engaged ~45 percent of the company’s global employee base.

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Look What's In Large Print: December 2017   


Large print is not just a bigger font size that makes reading accessible for the visually impaired. It’s also proven to improve letter and word recognition, aid reading comprehension, and increase feelings of confidence and satisfaction when reading. That makes it perfect for beginning or reluctant readers and ESL/ELL students. Large print books are an essential resource for any literacy program.

The golfing master reevaluates his many life experiences, sharing details about familiar stories while offering new anecdotes and his time-tested insights into relationships, business success, and living a life of integrity.

Trajectory [large print] by Richard Russo

Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls --is also a master of this genre. Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward--or not. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife's illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop retreat in Wyoming. 

At thirty-seven, Sheila Kohler received the news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned, she flew home determined to find answers. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Kohler evokes a bond between sisters that changes but never breaks.

In a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice in 1945, a fisherman finds a young woman floating in the lagoon and chooses to protect the Jewish woman rather than hand her over to the Nazis.

"It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor--to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run"--.


Exploring the Best of Washington's Parks and Recreation   


Few places enjoy as much wealth in parks as Washington. While iconic features like surging salmon streams, impenetrable mountain wilderness and alpine meadows come to mind, there are also opportunities to experience the atypical aspects—such as impromptu body surfing in Olympic National Park's Shi Shi Beach shoreline section—of some of the best recreational spots in the state.

Olympic National Park

One of America’s largest and best-known parks does hold impressive temperate rain forests, from the 200-inches-a-year cedar-and-hemlock valleys of the Hoh, Quinault, Queets, Sol Duc, and Bogachiel rivers to the towering old Douglas firs of the drier north side’s Elwha and Dungeness rivers. The park was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1976 and a World Heritage Site in 1981. Its vast size (almost 1 million acres) and geographic diversity make it ever-intriguing.

One can see a marvelous restoration project underway on the Elwha, where two old dams have been removed and the once-captive river freed for the return of its famous salmon runs. Though the project is only a few years along, already the kings and cohos of the glorious past are coming back to the upper valley. It’s a taste of the environmental redemption that modern civilization can sometimes achieve.

Mount Rainier National Park

America’s most conspicuous volcano is an ivory cone in the background from many locales in the state—including Seattle, from which it is framed in countless photographs. At 14,410 feet, only a few mountains in the lower 48 states surpass Rainier.

The park itself holds more accessible wonders than its snow-and-ice-covered pinnacle. Some of the Northwest’s finest old-growth forest is here—Grove of the Patriarchs, most notably, with trees more than a millennium old—and the alpine flanks reached by hiking from Paradise hold wildflower meadows that become nature’s impressionist masterpieces in late July.

Even a relatively modest walk from the Paradise Visitor Center affords expansive views of the Puget Sound basin, and craning your head upward to inspect the peak above reminds you that this is a really, really big mountain.

North Cascades National Park

Technically, you can’t drive to this wilderness preserve east of Bellingham. State Route 20 bisects the mountains, but the park boundaries are away from the road.

The park is home to more than half the glaciers left in the lower 48 states. Here, old-growth trees tower skyward, and a profusion of wildflowers paints the alpine meadows in sublime color in late summer.

The most popular way to see both is the Cascade Pass hike: Driving to the trailhead takes you through old growth along the Cascade River Road, and as you traverse the 3.7-mile trail’s three dozen or so switchbacks, sawtoothed Johannesburg Mountain comes in view. At the pass itself, fields of flowers beckon, and marmots, pikas and chipmunks perform a cheery symphony of wilderness melodies.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Cruising a vast desert lake on a houseboat in the heat of summer? Most would think of Lake Mead or Lake Powell in the Southwest, but the impoundment behind Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington is equally appealing, almost as vast (the lake is 130 miles long, with 600 miles of shoreline) and thankfully blessed with long, warm summer days that linger well into fall.

Fishing, swimming, wildlife watching and just general relaxing are the key attractions here—and with all that expanse of water, it’s easy to find a quiet cove with no one around. Rentals are available at two large marinas—Kettle Falls and Keller Ferry—and 26 campgrounds line the lake’s shores.

If you need something to contemplate, aside from spicy-scented pine forests and the vast blue sky of the Inland Empire, consider that Grand Coulee Dam remains the largest single power plant in the United States, and one of the largest on earth, almost three-quarters of a century after it was built.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

The wonder of nature’s recovery from disaster is on display at this Cascade volcano that famously blew its top in 1980. Now, decades later, both the epic scale of the eruption and nature’s reclamation process are visible from the various viewpoints and interpretive centers that line State Route 504 up into the monument.

In particular, the gaping northern maw of the crater reminds all that earth holds forces immense enough to literally move mountains. Occasional vents of steam remind Northwest residents that this is still the most active volcano in the lower 48—and green young forests evidence nature’s quick response to cataclysm. 

San Juan Islands National Monument

Though it’s scattered among the islands in non-contiguous parcels, this monument’s designation testifies to the exceptional character of these islands amid the Salish Sea. Home to what may be the world’s best-known orca population, set between three mountain ranges and home to a larger number of charming small towns and hamlets than traffic lights, the San Juans are incredibly unique.

The monument itself preserves several dozen small parcels, most notably Iceberg Point on Lopez Island, a prime whale-watching overlook. It also awards federal recognition to a unique Northwest ecosystem in which oaks and maples, meadows and old-growth woods all hopscotch across a granite-and-prairie landscape.

Steptoe Butte State Park

The attraction here is simple: a 360-degree, 200-mile view of the Palouse, eastern Washington’s region of rolling hills that are among the most fertile agricultural areas on earth. In May and June, the almost-neon green of ripening wheat fields makes a vivid sight; two months later, golden wheat shimmers in the sun. Fences and highways thread patterns among the hills like an expressionist canvas. Though the butte is only 3,600 feet high, it is among the best viewpoints in the West.

Cape Disappointment State Park

This immense rocky headland may have been discouraging to Captain John Meares, the explorer who named it, but it’s not disappointing to visitors. Views of the Columbia River’s mouth and the North Head Lighthouse are inspiring, the shore is perfect for beachcombing and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center describes the famed explorers’ winter sojourn in the region in 1805.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

When Sam Hill and other Northwest visionaries (and tycoons) set out to build a highway through “the Gorge,” as it is known in the region, there was just one major objective: Provide auto tourists a venue from which to enjoy the impressive landscape formed by the Columbia’s passage through the Cascades—a draw just as appealing today as a century ago.

Waterfalls pour down from towering basalt bulwarks; old-growth forests shade the narrow streams flashing down from the heights. Most impressive of all is the dramatic environmental transformation that takes place over just 80 miles, from the old-growth rain forests near Stevenson to the arid grasslands near Goldendale, below which Hill built a replica of Stonehenge and a small museum in Maryhill.

Deception Pass State Park

Though it’s a marvelous shoreline preserve, with a shallow lagoon perfect for swimming, stroll-worthy beaches and a dandy little campground, the most famous attraction here is the bridge crossing its namesake passage. The dizzying view down to the narrow channel invariably reveals one of the West Coast’s most active tidal rips, surging through the channel like a mountain river. 

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

The 50.5-mile-long Lake Chelan is essentially a freshwater fjord, and though the recreation area encompasses much of the lake, the most intriguing portion is at the far northeast end. Here the hamlet of Stehekin is reached by boat, plane or trail only, and provides a serene getaway whose park lodge, small inns and campgrounds are famously complemented by a local bakery with fans found far and wide. Hiking, bike riding, fishing and wildlife watching occupy the time. Main access is from the town of Chelan

Hanford Reach National Monument

The last free-flowing, nontidal stretch of the inland Columbia plies 51 miles, just north of Richland. Floating the river here constitutes a journey into the past. Eagles and osprey wheel overhead; sagebrush form a desert forest on the riverside flats; coyotes, deer and the occasional pronghorn prowl the sage; and recent history looms tall on the southern banks in the form of World War II–era Hanford nuclear lab buildings. It’s an otherwordly experience in many ways.

Trip Tips

Download the Pocket Ranger app for more on-the-go info. An America the Beautiful Pass grants access to all national parks. A Discover Pass is required for vehicles at state parks and recreation areas.

—Eric Lucas

Photo: Hanford Reach National Monument, courtesy of Gary White/Visit Tri-Cities


Zimbabwe: SADC, AU Should Denounce Crackdown    


Click to expand Image Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga (center) and her colleague Julie Barnes hold placards as they are arrested during an anti-corruption protest march in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 31, 2020.   © 2020 ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union should urgently and publicly speak out against the Zimbabwe government’s crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020.

Zimbabwe authorities have arrested at least 60 people, including the novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga and the opposition MDC Alliance spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere, in connection with the protests. Sixteen people were injured and required medical attention. Dangarembga was released on bail the next day.

“SADC and the African Union should call out Zimbabwe’s government for its repression and rampant abuses throughout the country,” said Dewa Mavhinga, southern Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s important for these regional institutions to send strong signals to the Mnangagwa administration that flagrant violations of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other human rights treaties are unacceptable.” 

The Zimbabwe authorities have increasingly arbitrarily arrested critics of the government, Human Rights Watch said. On July 20, the police arrested and detained Hopewell Chin’ono, an awarding-winning journalist, and Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of the political group Transform Zimbabwe. Both were denied bail and remain in custody, accused of inciting public violence. Chin’ono and Ngarivhume had helped expose high-level corruption in Zimbabwe and called for nationwide anti-corruption protests on July 31. 

On the eve of the anti-corruption protests on July 30, security forces raided the house of Mduduzi Mathuthu, a prominent journalist and editor of the online newspaper Zimlive, in Bulawayo. Failing to find him, they arrested his three nephews, Tawanda Muchehiwa, 22, Advent Mathuthu, 25, and Amandlenkosi Mathuthu, 19. The security agents also detained Mathuthu’s sister, Nomagugu Mathuthu, to compel him to turn himself in, but released her hours later. Advent Mathuthu was charged with incitement of public violence after allegedly being found with flyers saying “Mnangagwa & His Cabinet Must Resign,” but was freed by a court. 

The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zimbabwe) issued a statement, emailed to Human Rights Watch, that security agents “dropped off” Mathuthu’s nephew Muchehiwa at his home on August 1 at about 10 p.m. The group said that he had been tortured by alleged security agents, resulting in serious injuries. According to medical documents reviewed by Human Rights Watch, Muchehiwa was assaulted with a wooden log and sprayed with an unknown substance all over his body. He suffered extensive bruises, an acute kidney injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

On July 31, soldiers and the police arrested and briefly detained a lawyer, Obey Shava, and his three clients, activists Joanna Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marovato, as they drove to Harare Central Police Station to report in as required under their bail agreement. Police had stopped the three activists on May 13 at a checkpoint in Harare and allegedly abducted, tortured, and sexually assaulted them.

Shava, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told Human Rights Watch that “I complied with all the instructions they [security forces] gave, that notwithstanding, I was ordered to lie down on the ground. My client, Chimbiri, was assaulted and molested in my presence. I felt helpless.” Chimbiri said that a soldier tore off her top and brassiere and fondled her. Chimbiri was later charged with disorderly conduct in a public place, even though the security forces had assaulted her. 

On August 4, President Emmerson Mnangagwa publicly denounced critics in a speech, describing them as “dark forces,” “a few rogue Zimbabweans,” and “terrorist opposition groupings.” He said: “Those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and weaken our systems shall be flushed out. Good shall triumph over evil.” He said nothing about the constitutional rights of Zimbabweans to peacefully protest or the government’s domestic and international human rights obligations. 

Following the crackdown on protesters, the chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Solomon Dersso, said in a Twitter post on August 3, “As we follow [the] situation in Zimbabwe, critical to reiterate the African Commission on Human Rights’ view that actions of states even in fighting Covid-19 should comply with principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality, thus no basis for arbitrary deprivation of liberty or life, inhumane treatment or torture.”

The Zimbabwe crackdown on activists has inspired an online campaign, with the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter, which has resulted in more than 700,000 tweets in two days, but neither SADC nor the African Union has spoken out about the situation. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the current chairperson of the African Union, should press President Mnangagwa to end the wave of repression and promote respect for human rights. 

“President Ramaphosa should muster support from within the African Union to hold Zimbabwe’s leadership to their human rights obligations,” Mavhinga said. “African regional actors should not remain silent in the face of escalating repression in Zimbabwe.”


La radio entre en résistance   


Si la radio a prouvé ces derniers jours toute sa capacité à réagir malgré le confinement, grâce notamment à des dispositifs techniques de télétravail, le reste de l'industrie est à la peine et tente de s'adapter tant bien que mal à une crise inédite et qui laissera probablement des blessures profondes, notamment sur le plan financier. Panorama de quelques entreprises emblématiques de notre secteur…
Plan de continuité d'activité
La radio entre en résistance
"Nous avons activé dès le 13 mars notre plan de continuité d'activité, et ce, jusqu'à nouvel ordre", explique Raphaël Eyraud qui dirige towerCast. Le diffuseur a voulu répondre à deux enjeux : la protection des collaborateurs et le maintien de la continuité des services qu'ils opèrent pour l'ensemble de leurs clients radio et TV. "Les équipes d'exploitation régions déjà organisées en cycles focalisent leurs interventions sur le curatif. Le travail du centre de supervision a été organisé sur deux sites distincts avec deux équipes différentes. L'essentiel des services fonctionne en télétravail." Forcément, les mesures prises par towerCast peuvent être modifiées selon les évolutions de la situation et les décisions gouvernementales.
"L'essentiel des services fonctionne en télétravail." Raphaël Eyraud, towerCast

Des tutos pour la gamme 2Go
La radio entre en résistance
Chez RCS Europe, durant cette période difficile, l'entreprise a tout mis en œuvre pour assurer une continuité de service sans dégradation tout en étant dans son intégralité en télétravail : "Notre support reste ouvert et c'est totalement transparent pour les clients", souligne Lionel Guiffant. Justement, les clients sont forcément tous très contents de pouvoir utiliser les outils de la gamme 2Go, que ce soit pour le Zetta2Go ou le Selector2Go : "La très grande majorité des clients Zetta utilise Zetta2Go pour réaliser les voice tracks en conditions réelles à partir de n'importe quels lieu et plateforme informatique et peut produire un programme non dégradé à tout moment ; Zetta2Go offre aussi la possibilité de prendre en main le diffuseur d'antenne de façon totalement transparente et d'avoir 100% des outils disponibles et donc une continuité d'antenne parfaite tout en respectant le confinement."

Pour aider au mieux ses clients, RCS Europe a créé une chaîne YouTube avec de courtes vidéos tuto pour expliquer comment bien utiliser Zetta2Go et Selector2Go, car GSelector peut être aussi utilisé au travers du web et donc faire la planification de la radio depuis n'importe quel endroit.

Maintien de la production chez Digigram
La radio entre en résistance
Jérémie Weber, PDG de Digigram, insiste d'abord sur l'après-crise : "Nul ne sait comment va évoluer la situation ni combien de temps cela va durer. La seule certitude, c'est que ça ne sera pas sans conséquence pour notre économie." En termes d'organisation, Digigram a, bien sûr, privilégié le télétravail : "Nous avons veillé à ce que ceux qui sont sur site ne courent aucun risque sanitaire. Tous nos services sont fonctionnels et nous produisons encore, mais nous avons réduit le niveau d'activité. Nous avons également pris quelques décisions comme de rouvrir des studios blu que nous avions fermés et de proposer IQOYA GUEST, un produit qui n'est pas encore à notre niveau d'exigences, mais qui peut rendre de bons services à des radios qui souhaitent faire des contributions."
"Nul ne sait comment va évoluer la situation ni combien de temps cela va durer. La seule certitude, c'est que ça ne sera pas sans conséquence pour notre économie." Jérémie Weber, Digigram

Voyages annulés et confinement
La radio entre en résistance
Depuis le 16 mars dernier, les bureaux de WinMedia en France, Canada, Chili, Johannesburg et Singapour sont fermés, mais tous les employés répondent aux besoins des clients en télétravail depuis chez eux. "L'équipe commerciale a été obligée d'annuler tous ses voyages, et s'est vue obligée d'ajuster son agenda en raison des annulations des grands événements du secteur tels que NAB et Broadcast Asia. Elle reste néanmoins joignable par mail et par téléphone et possède tous les outils nécessaires pour organiser des réunions télématiques et ainsi poursuivre les affaires et engagements commerciaux en cours", rassure Stéphane Tésorière, président de Win-Group Software, qui prévoit d'ores et déjà que "l'annulation de beaucoup de recettes publicitaires va engendrer un manque à gagner colossal pour les radios, qui sont bien souvent dans des économies déjà fragiles".

IP-Studio sur tous les fronts
La radio entre en résistance
Jérôme Gahéry, à la tête de l'entreprise IP-Studio, s'est évertué à mettre à disposition des équipements matériels pour équiper les animateurs, journalistes et producteurs (consoles, ordis, codecs, traitements, etc.) : "Grâce à notre stock important, nous avons pu répondre à l'ensemble des demandes. Pour chacun de nos clients, nous avons mis en œuvre des solutions diverses qui vont du voice track contextuel à la contribution de contenus PAD et d'insertion de prises de direct depuis des studios live virtualisés." Ajoutons la mise en place de studios virtualisés grâce à l'application IP-Tablet qui permet "le contrôle complet du studio à distance de la console aux inserts en passant par les décros".
"Grâce à notre stock important, nous avons pu répondre à l'ensemble des demandes." Jérôme Gahéry, IP-Studio

Limiter l'impact
La radio entre en résistance
"Nous faisons le maximum pour respecter nos engagements en matière de livraison, de support et de maintenance, et nous suivons de manière proactive l'état de notre chaîne d'approvisionnement et de nos canaux d'expédition afin de réévaluer la situation si nécessaire", explique Joffrey Heyraud, directeur des ventes en France pour l'entreprise Lawo. "Nous suivons les directives du ministère allemand des Affaires étrangères et des autorités sanitaires concernant l'exclusion des déplacements de nos employés dans les zones à risque et l'accueil des visiteurs dans l'ensemble de nos bureaux dans le monde. (…) Cette pandémie nous affecte tous à différents niveaux, et Lawo fera son possible pour limiter son impact sur l'activité de nos clients", promet Joffrey Heyraud.

Une hausse de l'utilisation chez RadioKing
La radio entre en résistance
Dans le nord de la France, dans les bureaux de RadioKing, Maxime Piquette rappelle : "Nos solutions sont facilement utilisables avec uniquement un PC et un micro. Aussi, on remarque une progression de 60% sur le nombre de créations de démos depuis le confinement. Il semblerait que les Français aient encore plus envie de s'exprimer pendant cette période difficile." Là-bas aussi toute l'équipe est en télétravail : "Pas de changement sur le service que nous proposons. On est de tout cœur avec le monde radiophonique et podcastique qui n'a pas forcément la même chance", souligne Maxime Piquette.

La radio entre en résistance


Under Construction Arts: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Process Through Dance   


Daily Recap: Thursday

Thursday, the final day of the Under Construction Arts residency, was focused on new creation, reorganization as well as the Facebook livestream that evening.

The morning began with Megan Bridge and dancer Tyra Jones-Blain arriving before everyone else to choreograph a new solo for Tyra to be used that evening. Megan wanted to add the solo because it allowed her to introduce some of the material that appears later in the work and allows the audiences to more properly enter the evening.

 A note received from a viewer of the Wednesday night Livestream spurred Megan to rethink the order of the pieces that had been created for The Alt.terre. She realized starting with the pieces that focused more on presence allowed the night to flow in a more logical way. It became a more deliberate and gradual flow for the night. This required time to practice the new order and build transitions.

Megan worked with the technical team on lighting, camera angles and music transitions in preparation for the final Livestream which went off successfully. The final presentation showed all the work created over the last week and ended with a moderated dialogue about the whole experience with Megan and the dancers.

A major storm had run through Annapolis during the performance and we were all greeted with a stunning rainbow when we departed Maryland Hall for the final time.

A very special thank you to the performers from Fidget and the Annapolis community for participating in this inaugural Under Construction Arts residency.

Daily Recap: Wednesday

We opened Wednesday morning with another interview recording. This time we focused on one of the major underlying themes of The Alt.terre: presence and altered states of consciousness. The conversation flowed through the research done for the piece and Megan’s own history of exploring presence in her choreographic practice.

A majority of the day’s work was spent preparing for that evening’s work in progress live stream. Megan worked with the dancers to hone in specific movements and made sure they felt comfortable with the material that was created throughout the week. Two distinct worlds of The Alt.terre have taken shape over the residency and in preparation for the showing, Megan and the dancers created a choreographed segue between the two sections to create one cohesive structure.

As the rehearsal day came to a close, Fidget and the Maryland Hall tech team experimented with lighting, camera angles and music transitions for the livestream.

The evening’s Facebook Livestream went off without a hitch. Audiences were encouraged to watch the work created and look specifically to see how they felt about the transition between the two distinct worlds and whether they noticed any of the performers really embodying a state of presence during the performance. The evening closed with a brief discussion about the evening’s showing and Fidget’s reaction to the presentation.


Daily Recap: Monday/Tuesday

Under Construction Arts kicked off Monday morning with another interview with Megan Bridge. This time we discussed more in depth what she is trying to accomplish this week in the residency.​

After the interview and dancer warm ups, the Fidget team spent the morning in some structured improv activities in order to build the movement worlds that will inhabit the piece. The worlds have taken the names of ‘particle lines’ and ‘quivering/bouncing’. Each world has a different energy that the dancers inhabit and each world has its own structure and rules the dancers use to create.

They closed the morning exercises by expanding on pieces that were created for The Alt.terre in January/February of this year.

Monday afternoon was spent expanding on the work done earlier in the day. Fidget has found a balance between moments of intellectual/structured development and improvisational work, finding that switching between these different creative energies allows the dancers to balance their energy while both building movement and exploring presence.

On Tuesday Megan encouraged the dancers to build a phrase on their own. She showed them three movement ideas and told them that she wanted them to travel in space, exhibit certain movement qualities (weight and momentum) and asked them to build it for 16 counts. This is what the dancers created:

After lunch the dancers and the Maryland Hall team did a Facebook Live test to prepare for our scheduled livestreams on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Not only did this allow us to practice our sound and camera angles, the dancers were able to watch a video of their work and learn from it.

We closed the day out by working specific movement sections to allow different dancers to inhabit different roles in the piece.

Daily Recap: Saturday/Sunday

The Fidget dancers arrived in Annapolis early Saturday evening. After checking into the Westin, the crew met at Maryland Hall for a walking tour of downtown.

After strolling down to city dock, the artists enjoyed Dinner Under the Stars at Tsunami on West Street before turning in for the night.

Megan Bridge, Co-Director of Fidget, arrived at Maryland Hall first on Sunday morning to record an interview about her company and the project, The Alt.terre she will be developing in Annapolis this week.

Here is a quick introduction to the team that is visiting. All performers engaged in the Temple University Dance program. The Alt.terre is a part of Megan’s MFA thesis.

 "Royalty Free Music from Bensound"

The rehearsal day was split into two blocks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning workshop was focused on improvisational play and trying to embody different movement worlds.

A special thank you to Preserve Restaurant for providing lunch and dinner for the artists during their stay in Annapolis.

Afternoon rehearsal was focused on building structure for the dance. Instead of Megan choreographing the movement for the dancers, the collective worked collaboratively through a structured ‘game’ to develop content.


The day wrapped with the development of about 4 minutes of material that the company can use and refine for The Alt.terre

Under Construction Arts: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Process Through Dance


Photos from Fringe Arts by Kevin Monko

This week we are launching a new program at Maryland Hall called Under Construction Arts, a week-long residency that will become an annual and ongoing project to celebrate the artistic process.

In this inaugural developmental residency, we will work with Philadelphia based company Fidget, a platform for the experimental, collaborative work of Megan Bridge (choreographer) and Peter Price (composer/video art). Fidget is a think tank for research and discussion, offering historical, political, and philosophical access points for a deeper understanding of the art. Maryland Hall will share their development process on a new artistic piece, The Alt.terre, with our community and provide opportunities for you to connect with the creative process.

Under Construction Arts focuses on the artistic process, hosting and highlighting work in progress in order to build a deeper connection between artists and audiences. There will be opportunities for digital interaction with dancers through feedback on performances and daily group conversations.

You will be able to follow the entire process here, on this blog, with daily recaps, videos, and more. We will also be sharing throughout the week on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.


(left) Photo by Kevin Monko from Fridge Arts (middle) Photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art (right) photo by Kevin Monko from Fridge Arts

Save the dates for two Facebook Live events:

Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30pm we will share a work in progress showing and solicit your feedback on different aspects of the work.

Thursday, June 25 at 6:30pm we will present a final look at what Fidget created in their time in Annapolis as well as discuss the importance of supporting the creative process now more than ever

Under Construction Arts is a part of how Maryland Hall envisions gathering people together again in our new environment. We encourage you to read our Call for Artists and see how we plan to activate our space through the summer and into the fall.


Photos by Kevin Monko from Fridge Arts

The Alt.terre - The Alt.terre is a multi-sensory performance experience that uses dance, music, video projections, and architectural lighting design to construct an uncanny world. Performers dance along the line where deeply embodied movement practices tip into alternate states of consciousness. Tension grows between the warm, generous presence of the dancers and a crisp, post-human aesthetic.

The Alt.terre Concept & Background
Dance and performance can catalyze altered states of consciousness, for both performers and audience. Many dance practitioners talk about performance presence as if they are brought “to another place” in the moment of performance, and share stories of profound or life changing experiences through the act of performance. Where do dancers “go” when they enter an altered state of consciousness? What happens, and what is brought back? Where do audience members go when they experience being profoundly moved or have an epiphany in response to a performance or any artistic experience? The Alt.terre grows out of all of these questions.

The Alt.terre creates a holistic experience for audience members—sonically immersive, visually inviting, and relational. The concepts of hospitality, generosity, and presence are central concerns in this work.

The Alt.terre is also a play on the words “altar” as a place of reverence, focused attention, and worship, and “alt-“ (meaning other) and “terre,” the French word for ground or earth. Magic, artificial or other-worldly intelligence, and the uncanny are all conceptual underpinnings of this work.

About Fidget

Founded in 2008, Fidget is a platform for the experimental, collaborative work of Megan Bridge (choreographer) and Peter Price (composer/video art). Bridge and Price have created more than twenty original works that involve live performance, sound, and visual design. Fidget is a think tank for research and discussion, offering historical, political, and philosophical access points for a deeper understanding of the art. In 2009, Bridge and Price opened Fidget Space, a warehouse live/work space and experimental performance venue in Kensington, Philadelphia, which serves the arts community by providing education, space, production support, employment and internship opportunities for local artists. Central to Fidget’s mission is decreasing the distance between art and life, and between theory and practice.


(left) Photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art  (right) photo by Daniel Kontz



Megan Bridge (choreographer) is an internationally touring dance artist, producer, and scholar based in Philadelphia, USA. Her choreography presents formalist structures that are populated by somatically generated, often improvisational movement material. She is particularly interested in the historical lineages and discursive frameworks that situate her work. Bridge has worked with choreographers and companies such as Group Motion, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, Jerome Bel, Willi Dorner, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and Susan Rethorst. Deborah Hay, Manfred Fischbeck, Brigitta Herrmann, Erin Manning, and Merian Soto have been major influences. Bridge is currently a graduate fellow in the Dance Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she is pursuing her MFA.  

Meghan Frederick (performer) is a dance artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her choreography has been presented and supported by creative residencies throughout New York City and the Northeastern United States, most recently by VOX POPULI and Leah Stein Studio in collaboration with Kate Seethaler; Space Gallery (ME), Movement Research (NYC) Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NYC), Arts on Site (NYC), Center for Performance Research (NYC), STUFFED Dinner and Dance (NYC), and The Living Room (ME). Meghan teaches dance to children and adults, as a Guest Artist at Summer Festival of the Arts (ME), and at institutions throughout the Northeast. Meghan was a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company from 2008-2014 and has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Carlye Eckert, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, and Kendra Portier, and as a guest with SUBCIRCLE Dance Company.

Tyra Jones-Blain (performer) is a recent graduate of Temple University’s dance program. She is currently working as a teaching and performing artist throughout the Philadelphia area. By her sophomore year, she began teaching children and hosting her own adult workshops at local studios. Jones-Blain also participated in Philadelphia's first non-binary performance competition, Mx. Everything. In this 12-week competition, she went head to head with drag queens, magicians, contortionists and ended up taking home the grand prize. She has presented original works in Temple shows, and performed for choreographers including: Dara Meredith, Merian Soto, Laura Katz, Marion Ramirez, Megan Bridge, and Dinita Clark. Dance for Jones-Blain has always been second nature. It exists within her habits, how she talks, how she interprets; It is her soul's playmate. She discovers new things about herself and her environment everyday through the act of dancing, and she loves to share her discoveries with the world.

Rachel DeForrest Repinz (performer) is a New York based dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and creative director. Rachel received her BA in Dance from SUNY Buffalo State College, and is an MFA candidate in Temple University’s Dance Performance and Choreography program. Rachel has presented her work nationally and internationally, at venues including the biennial Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance conference at UWI Barbados, the 2018 NDEO conference held in San Diego, the 2019 NDEO conference held in Miami, DaCi’s 2017 national gathering, the Institute of Dance Artistry and more. In the past year, Rachel has been honored to perform premiere works by Dr. S. Ama Wray using Embodiology techniques, Merian Soto, Awilda Sterling-Duprey, and as a principal dancer for Enya Kalia Creations among others. Rachel has created works for the UN’s World Water Day, Utah All State Dance Ensemble, the Buffalo State Dance Theatre Company, and more. Most recently, Rachel has returned from Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted fieldwork research on pedestrianism as improvisation in preparation of her upcoming MFA thesis concert, All You Can Eat! 

Peter Price (music) is a composer, electronic musician, video artist and media theorist who creates sonic and visual environments for live performance. His musical compositions, dance films, multi-media productions, and lectures have been presented in Bogota, Warsaw, Kraków, Tokyo, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, Philadelphia, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Zurich, and the Universities of Basel and Lausanne. Peter’s deepening engagement with digital media technologies/practices and critical theory/continental philosophy led him to study at the European Graduate School (EGS) where he earned his MA and PhD. Peter has published two books of music philosophy with Atropos Press: Becoming Music: Between Boredom and Ecstasy with in 2010, and Resonance: Philosophy for Sonic Art in 2011.

Tiana Sanders (Performer) is a dancer and choreographer from Wilmington, Delaware. She is currently an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a dance major, and Delaware Technical Community College as a business major. She trained at Christina Cultural Arts Center also in Wilmington, Delaware, under Dara Meredith. She attended the DCNS Summer Dance Intensive where she’s taken numerous Master Classes with Nationally and World-Renowned choreographers. In 2015, she joined Eleone Connection, under Charon Mapp, and was a part of this company for two seasons. She also taught an introduction to modern and two hip hop classes with Christina Cultural Arts Center’s HeArt Under the Hoodie Program.

Mijka Smith (performer) is a dancer and choreographer from Elverson, Pennsylvania. She has been dancing since age three, primarily trained in ballet, contemporary/modern, and hip hop techniques. She spent her junior and senior years of high school as a dance dual enrollment student and company member at West Chester University while continuing to study, teach, and choreograph at her home studio, Remix Dance Collective LLC in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Mijka is now studying at Temple University where she pursues a BFA in dance. Since coming to Temple in 2018 she has had the opportunity to perform various works, some of her favorites including Megan Bridge’s Malo as part of the Grounds that Shout! project and Marion Ramírez’s kNots and Nests. Now working as an Administrative Assistant for Fidget, Mijka continues to study, perform, and choreograph as she enters her final year at Temple.

Under Construction Arts is Supported by:

Sallie Findlay and Gene Nelson

Food for artists provided by Preserve Restaurant

Housing for artists provided by The Westin Annapolis

Recording and streaming made possible by the Goldstein-Cunitz Center for Film & New Media

Logistical support for Call for Artists and reopening provided by Katcef Brothers Inc.

Special thanks to Wiley H. Bates Middle School for providing the dance floor



In preparation for the Under Construction Arts residency, the six Fidget artists decreased their non-essential activities for a period of two weeks before their arrival and showed no symptoms of COVID 19 during that period. Maryland Hall has established a separate section of our facility for the activities associated with this effort including a separate entrance for arrivals and departures from that of current building users and contractors working in the space. The Maryland Hall technical team will maintain safe social distancing procedures in addition to other measure to provide a safe environment for these artists to create. The dancers will be performing together in a way they feel comfortable and have mutually agreed to.


MRI Software Acquires PropSys, Cementing Position as South Africa’s Leading Provider of Commercial Real Estate Software   


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Port Louis – safe city with the best quality of living   


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Siemens WayMAX system allows everyone to get WiMAX-enabled   


At an ITWeb IT Confidence Conference held in Johannesburg, Canadian technology entrepreneur, venture partner and author Leonard Brody claimed that the country has to roll-out WiMAX if it is to be a global competitor in the technology arena. He pointed out that Canada had learned many lessons in turning around from a disastrous financial deficit […]

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Commodity outlook: coal mines to keep lights on   


Lesley Jeffrey interviewed by Mining Review Africa
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
First presented:

Lack of timeous investment in a number of key cost-plus coal producers in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa is one of Eskom’s main challenges in securing coal supply for its power stations. The situation is exacerbated by steadily falling quality of the country’s coal output.

At a media briefing in Johannesburg in November 2018, Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe acknowledged that Eskom’s lack of investment in the ‘cost-plus’ coal mines had led to a decrease in supply from these sources of about six million tonnes.

“We realise that we need to engage with coal mining companies differently,” said Hadebe, and explained that Eskom was rebuilding relationships with certain mining companies and looking for new ways of negotiating affordable coal supply.

He noted that “to some mining companies we need to apologise because some of the decisions we have made spoiled the relationship” – and that some of those companies were “coming back and even reviewing their own prices, because at the end of the day we are all South Africans and what is good for Eskom is good for South Africa.”

Acknowledged: Mining Review Africa and


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