Defend Ferguson UPRISING!

first_imgYouth protesters defy police terror in Ferguson.Aug. 19 bulletin: News sources report that 78 people were arrested Aug. 18 during a police riot in Ferguson. A 23-year-old Black man was fatally shot by two St. Louis police on Aug. 19.Aug. 18 — Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American youth, was shot at least six times by a Ferguson, Mo., white police officer, Darren Wilson, as shown in an independent autopsy requested by the family. The fatal bullet went through the top of Brown’s head into his brain, killing him instantly.Numerous eyewitnesses saw the fatal shooting of Brown, who was struck down on Aug. 9 as he walked to his grandmother’s home. A cellphone videotape captured the scene minutes after the youth was gunned down in the street, as police stood around talking.When Brown’s family members attempted to see his body, police pushed them away.  The officer’s name was not released until six days after he shot Brown — only after mass pressure.On Aug. 15, the day Wilson’s name was released, Ferguson authorities also released a video, purportedly showing someone resembling Brown taking a box of cigars from a store and pushing a clerk. The video’s contents and the timing of its release further inflamed tensions in the African-American community.On the evening of Aug. 15, the store in question was trashed.  This occurred a day after the St. Louis County Police force was ostensibly pulled back, having been criticized for its brutal actions against demonstrators, community members and even members of the media.Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, supposedly made the decision to lighten up on the police repression. He was called by President Barack Obama, who was attempting to reduce the damage these developments had on local, state and federal governments.Nevertheless, by the morning of Aug. 16, riot police units were called back into Ferguson’s areas of protest, and a curfew was imposed that evening, resulting in mass efforts to defy orders that people leave the streets by midnight.On Aug. 17, militarized police units attacked people gathered in the streets more than two hours before the curfew was to go into effect. That evening, police claimed that they were fired upon and that attempts were made to erect barricades to hold back law enforcement and to overrun their command center. These claims were made to try to justify further repression.Nixon announced that the curfew would be lifted on the evening of Aug. 18, but that he was deploying the National Guard to “maintain order.”Brown shot and killed at close rangeThe family’s autopsy showed that Brown was shot four times in his shoulder and arm and twice in the head, with one fatal shot going through his skull. The fatal wound was apparently the final one, which takes on the dimension of an “execution-style” killing.At a Aug. 18 press conference in Ferguson called by Brown’s family, attorney Benjamin Crump acted as the chief spokesperson and conveyed three questions asked by Lesley McSpadden, the slain student’s mother.McSpadden wanted to know how many times her son was shot, whether he suffered prior to his death and, finally, why the police officer who killed her child had not been arrested.“It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed,” Crump told the media. “It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution.” (CNN, Aug. 18)Crump was the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin who was killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012. Like Brown, Martin’s death galvanized African-American communities across the U.S., sparking demonstrations aimed at seeking justice and prompting world news coverage of the killings and protests.Ferguson rebellion: a crisis for the ruling class Obama has spoken twice on the situation in Ferguson. On Aug. 14, while on vacation, he was compelled to address the crisis after six days of mass demonstrations. Obama said that the U.S. was “one country with common values” and that the situation in Ferguson must be resolved through peaceful means.  He admonished individuals who engaged in attacks on private property and the police.Nonetheless, if the U.S. were one country, there would not be periodic urban rebellions throughout African-American communities across the country. Many of these outbreaks are fueled by blatant acts of police misconduct and brutality.The situation in Ferguson is by no means an isolated incident. Since the time of slavery, Africans have resisted national oppression, racist violence and economic exploitation. To even suggest that the oppressed and the oppressor have equal responsibility in a situation that was clearly provoked by the police, the authorities in St. Louis County and the state of Missouri is disingenuous, to say the least.In a second press conference on Aug. 18 after Obama’s return to the White House, he mentioned the situation in Ferguson again.Initially, as on Aug. 14, Obama discussed the current U.S. military intervention in northern Iraq with aerial bombardment and ground operations.  He sought to justify the recent deployment of U.S. “military advisors” and fighter jets. He said  civilians were being threatened and the Islamic State needed to be curtailed and contained.The president never acknowledged the U.S. role in destabilizing Iraq and creating the conditions for sectarianism. The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting against the Syrian government on the same side as Washington, which is committed to overthrowing Bashar al-Assad’s presidency.Obama refused to directly address an inquiry about whether he had any reservations about the militarization of U.S. police forces, which are given hundreds of millions of dollars in defense equipment utilized in war zones. He referred to the aftermath of 9/11 as a reason for the militarization.However, the situation in Ferguson is not at all similar to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In Missouri, the reprehensible acts were committed by a white police officer, his department and the county law enforcement agency that carried out a militarized response.Also bearing responsibility is Gov. Nixon, who has refused to address the oppressive conditions under which African Americans live. Instead of doing so, he sent in the National Guard to suppress the mass response to this enormous injustice.The only programmatic response that Obama offered to questions about the social conditions of African-American youth in U.S. society was about his so-called “My Brother’s Keeper” project. In essence, this program places the onus of responsibility for living in a racist capitalist society on the victims.  It does not provide any assistance from the federal government or the corporate institutions which are at the root of mass unemployment, underemployment, poverty and incarceration — conditions prevalent among tens of millions of African Americans.Obama said that many people of color do not feel they are part of the broader society. The fact is that African Americans and other nationally oppressed groups are not treated equally and are systematically discriminated against by disparate treatment due to their race and social class. Until these issues are corrected, nonviolent and violent protests will continue to occur throughout the U.S.Advancing demands for self-determination, national liberation and full equality on a political level requires the mass organization of the oppressed in alliance with the working class as a whole. The only way racism and national oppression can be uprooted and destroyed in U.S. society is to fundamentally transform the system of racist capitalism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Increase in those misusing disabled parking bays at local park

first_img Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Meetings have been held with council officials in Derry in relation to the misuse of Disabled Parking at Brooke Park.It follows concern raised by a number of people whose family members have disabled parking badges, but when visiting Brooke Park they could not get parked as the designated spaces were filled with cars that were not displaying the relevant parking permit.Local Cllr Patricia Logue is urging those responsible to stop mistreating the parking bays.She says that a number of options can be explored in a bid to address the issue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous article18 people awaiting admission to LUHNext articleDonegal Gardai seize car after tax was out for eight years! News Highland Twitter Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Increase in those misusing disabled parking bays at local park By News Highland – June 12, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

Jackie Greene Releases “Fragile And Wanting” Video [Watch]

first_imgIn 2018, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene released a 6-song EP entitled The Modern Lives Vol 2., the second EP of the series. Jackie has long collaborated with many of the greats in the jam band scene, including Phil Lesh & Friends and The Black Crowes, but over the past year he’s focused his efforts on his own music and band.Recently, Jackie Greene released a new video for “Fragile And Wanting”, a ballad off of The Modern Lives Vol 2. EP. Directed by Anthony Simpkins of GemsOnVHS, the video features clips of a family at a carnival, while bouncing back and forth between a band made up of multiple versions of Greene singing and playing all of the instruments, in similar fashion to how he recorded the record.Jackie Greene shared his thoughts on the song with Relix, explaining,Like most romantics, I’ve always been a sucker for a sappy ballad. Especially the kind you listen to privately, on headphones. This is that type of song. Meant to be enjoyed alone. On headphones. But, if you end up blasting it in your car while you cruise around on the weekend, that’s cool too. You might get some funny looks, though.Watch Jackie Greene’s new captivating video for “Fragile And Wanting” below:Jackie Greene – “Fragile And Wanting”[Video: Jackie Greene]For a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Jackie Greene’s website.[H/T Relix]last_img read more

Why you should second guess your financial adviser

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Trust is a huge issue when it comes to money, but few retirement savers take the time to look up records for their brokers and financial advisers before handing over their money.Well, they may want to start.Some 7 percent of advisers have been disciplined for misconduct, according to a working paper released this week by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Misconduct included selling clients investments that weren’t suitable or not consulting with them before making trades and other investment decisions.And contrary to what some investors might expect, rates of misconduct are much higher at some of the largest financial advisory firms. At Oppenheimer & Co., for instance, nearly 20 percent of advisers had been in trouble for misconduct. continue reading »last_img read more

Olson scores another pole start with second win at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Matt Olson led all 25 laps of the first Hobby Stock qualifying feature Monday at Boone Speedway.Matt Olson led every lap in winning the first qualifying feature for Hobby Stocks on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)As a result, he’ll start on the pole for a second race on championship night Saturday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Olson, the pride of Franklin, Minn., ran ahead of Eric Stanton past midway, before three-time Super Nationals champion Shannon Anderson took over the runner-up spot.Anderson, from Des Moines, had made his way up from 13th starting and while he got close, he was never able to get to the front.“I was just thinking don’t miss my marks and stay calm,” Olson said during post-race tech. “Starting on the pole for both the race of champions and the feature is something I never dreamed of doing.”Lining up behind Olson and Anderson on the inside row of Saturday’s main event will be Stanton, from Carlisle, Aaron Rudolph of Grand Junction, Eric Cross of Salina, Kan., 19th starting Brandon Nielsen of Spencer, 25th starting Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., and Justin Wacha of Vinton.Anderson qualified for the Saturday night show at Boone for the ninth time, Stanton for the eighth, Rudolph for the fourth, Olson, Nielsen and Hernandez each for the third and Cross for the second. Wacha is a first-time qualifier.Feature results – 1. Matt Olson, Franklin, Minn.; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 6. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 7. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 8. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 9. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 10. Matt Brown, Dysart; 11. Jeremiah Wilson, Waterloo; 12. Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 13. Corey Madden, Avoca; 14. Tory Harazin, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 15. Andrew Claus, Des Moines;16. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; 17. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 18. Daniel Ayers, Webster City; 19. Derek Willert, Rockford; 20. Ross Marshall, Johnston; 21. John Briggs, Cherokee; 22. Lenny Tucker, South Sioux City, Neb.; 23. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 24. Ryan Wells, Runnells; 25. Chris Cox, Boone; 26. Tyler Jackson, Lincoln, Neb.; 27. Keeran Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 28. David Castellano, Des Moines. Matt Olson led every lap in winning the first qualifying feature for Hobby Stocks on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)last_img read more

WBB : Balanced offense leads Orange to victory over Golden Eagles

first_img Published on February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img A smile stretched across Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ face as Kayla Alexander elevated for another bucket on the left block. Her expression remained the same as the layup bounced around the rim before eventually dropping in.And the smile was still there as the Syracuse guard waited to make eye contact with Alexander before turning to run back on defense as Marquette rushed up the floor.Tyson-Thomas’ shovel pass to Alexander seconds earlier pushed the Orange’s expanding lead to 16 with nearly 12 minutes to play, and the junior knew Syracuse was well on its way to a win.‘When they’re playing Kayla up, she’s getting deep position in the paint, we’re getting her the ball up top with lobs, so I mean it’s just working,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘When your inside and your (outside) game’s working, that’s how you get Ws.’Syracuse (16-11, 5-8 Big East) defeated Marquette 79-63 behind a balanced offensive performance in the Carrier Dome in front of 892 Saturday. Four Orange players scored in double figures, and SU shot 54.4 percent from the field to run away from the Golden Eagles (13-13, 4-9 Big East) for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexander led the way with 23 points on an efficient 10-of-13 from the field. Tyson-Thomas added 15, Elashier Hall poured in 14 and Iasia Hemingway finished with 13 in an impressive offensive performance for the Orange.‘That’s huge, obviously, to have floor balance and to have balance in scoring is big,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I thought they did a very good job of scoring the basketball, and our team shot a high percentage.’SU got off to a slow start, hitting just one field goal in the first four minutes of action to fall behind the Golden Eagles early. But then the Orange found its rhythm and responded with a 14-2 run led by 10 points from Alexander.Syracuse took a seven-point lead into the half. The Orange appeared ready to break the game open after Alexander hit a tough shot inside to put SU up by 11 three minutes into the second half. But Marquette ripped off seven straight points in less than two minutes to close the gap to four.With the momentum quickly shifting after a 3 by Marquette guard Katie Young, Syracuse needed an answer. Hall provided it on the ensuing possession with a 3 of her own from the left wing, ending the Golden Eagles’ run to give SU a 46-39 advantage.‘It was just about being at the right place at the right time, honestly,’ Hall said. ‘… I just stepped in with confidence and knocked it down.’The Orange didn’t get overexcited after Hall’s clutch shot as the Syracuse guard, and her teammates showed no emotion getting back on defense. Instead, they dug in and went on a 16-0 run to put the game out of reach for Marquette with just more than nine minutes remaining.And unlike SU’s first big run of the game, Alexander got some help from her teammates.Four different players — Hall, Alexander, Rachel Coffey and Phylesha Bullard — scored during the decisive sequence. Coffey added a 3 after Hall’s, Bullard knocked down a jumper and finished a layup and Alexander made plays in the paint for SU.‘I thought we took great shots,’ Hillsman said. ‘I didn’t feel we forced any shot during that run. I thought that we got good floor balance, we got the ball reversed and we got very good, good shots.’The fifth player on the court, Tyson-Thomas, handed out two of her four assists in the game during the dominant run.Her first came on a perfectly placed lob pass to Alexander from the free-throw line to put Syracuse up 12. Tyson-Thomas could feel the Orange taking control of the game as she held her fist in the air, backpedaled down the court and urged her teammates to keep the energy level high.After Bullard came up with a steal and broke down the court for an uncontested layup, Tyson-Thomas made another play. The Syracuse guard grabbed an offensive rebound off a miss by Hall and dropped a pretty pass off to a wide-open Alexander with two Marquette players around her.That’s when she finally smiled and knew SU had the game in hand with just more than nine minutes to play.‘When we’re playing the way that we play, inside out and high-low and drive and kicking, you’re going to get open shots on the perimeter,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’s just up to us to knock them down.’[email protected]last_img read more

Students urged to apply early for SUSI grants to avoid delays

first_imgStudents thinking about third level education this September have been urged to get their SUSI student grant application in early in order to avoid the possibility of delays in having the grant approved. Applications for SUSI opened last Thursday, however, students who think they’re eligible for the financial support have been warned to submit their details on time.Cllr Liam Doherty said: “Application for SUSI opened to applicants last Thursday however, given that this coincided with the Easter holiday period, it’s likely that many students and their families overlooked it. “Of course, those hoping to start or return to third level education this September should make applying for the SUSI grant a priority, particularly given the importance of the payment to families and college goers at what is a very expensive time.“As many will be aware, the SUSI grant is means tested, so many students thinking of applying will probably need the help of their parents when filling out their applications.“Whether you’re a dependent, mature dependent or an independent will determine what income is taken into account for the purpose of determining if you are eligible for funding or not, so it’s important that applicants don’t put off getting their application in.“I’m therefore encouraging students and those returning to education to make their application as early as possible now and to make sure that all the information they supply is correct and up to date to avoid the possibility of the processing of their payment being delayed. “Anyone who is considering applying for student grant support should visit the SUSI website ‘’, where they will be able to find all the information they need in relation to eligibility criteria, how to submit an application and where they can also monitor its progress once submitted.”Students urged to apply early for SUSI grants to avoid delays was last modified: May 5th, 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)last_img read more

H-DNL football: Players of the week

first_imgTrevor Bell, Antorious Bell — EurekaEureka picked up its fourth win in the last 25 years over Shasta on Friday by a 35-21 margin.Its two Bell-cows had a heavy hand in the win.Trevor Bell opened the game with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Graham and ended it with a 20-yard touchdown run. In-between, Antorious Bell rushed for two touchdowns to keep Eureka in front.Will Omey, Justin Hagler — St. Bernard’sThe lone undefeated team in the Humboldt-Del Norte League received another big …last_img

Three Reasons You Resist Coaching

first_imgThere aren’t many things that will improve your results as quickly and as certainly as will coaching. I’ve noticed three common, recurring reasons people resist coaching.You are unwilling to face changeSome people fear being coached because they know it is going to bring up areas in their lives where they need to make changes. Whether that coaching is personal or professional, the goal of coaching is improved performance, and that means you have to be willing to change your beliefs and change your actions in some area of your life.If you don’t believe that change is necessary, you won’t believe you need coaching. You would be wrong. The very best performers in every human endeavor work with coaches. Their core belief is that, if they change something, they can perform at an even higher level.You are afraid it means you aren’t capableCoaching doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good, capable person. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability or the resources to achieve your performance goals. Coaching isn’t an indictment of you personally (although there are some executives who are recommended coaching because their people skills are lacking).Coaching is an indication that you are capable. It’s evidence that someone (maybe you) believes that with some insight and ideas from a professional coach, you can perform better. No one invests in coaching when they believe that they are hopeless. And no company invests in coaching for their people who they believe those people aren’t capable of turning in their best performance.You are afraid of being held accountableThis one is a biggie. It’s the deep-seated issue that prevents a lot of people from embracing coaching.Some people don’t want to be held accountable for changing. They want to avoid being asked about their performance. They don’t like anyone shining a light on the difference between what they say and what they do. More than anything, they don’t want to have to answer to someone; they’d rather hide from their problems, their challenges.But the best performers embrace accountability. They fearlessly look at the gaps in their performance so they can close those gaps. They look at a coach as an accountability partner. They expect their coach to ask them the tough questions, and they anticipate their coach asking them tough questions to help them expand what they believe is possible, what they are capable of.Coaching isn’t something negative. It’s positive.last_img read more

NBA Scores on Debut in Cricket-Mad India But Questions Remain

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. basketballindiana pacersNBAnba in india First Published: October 6, 2019, 3:34 PM IST Mumbai: Seconds after the NBA’s first games in India ended, the packed Mumbai stadium erupted with cheers as spectators — some of whom were still struggling to understand basketball etiquette — rose to their feet. In a country where cricket reigns supreme, basketball has long struggled to make a mark, and the NBA took no chances, launching a promotional blitzkrieg before the pre-season games between the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers. As Indiana Pacers power forward Myles Turner, who helped his team to victories on Friday and Saturday, put it: “When you think of basketball, you don’t necessarily think of India.”But the 7,000 sold-out seats and howls of enthusiasm at Saturday’s match suggested that, at least for some Indians, basketball matters.”It was an exhilarating experience… a brilliant experience,” said 22-year-old graduate student Akash Saraswati, who saved up for his ticket costing more than $90.Even a broken leg could not stop him travelling to Mumbai from the neighbouring city of Pune. “I didn’t hesitate,” he said.Many of those who packed the stands were die-hard fans like Saraswati, travelling from as far afield as Delhi and Bangalore.Others were there for a taste of something new, grappling with the rules as they watched the players dribble, dive and dunk.”There’s so much grace and effortless co-ordination among the players. It’s beautiful to watch,” said sales executive Rajesh Kamble, who admitted he was still trying to figure out the sport.The game may have confused some, but the entertainment was familiar territory — Bollywood dances replaced cheerleader routines and a Mumbai hip-hop group took over the floor before the tip-off. The courtside audience included celebrities such as Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra-Jonas. The biggest ovation of the night however was for NBA legend Larry Bird, whose presence brought the crowd to its feet.WHAT HAPPENS ONCE ‘CIRCUS’ LEAVES?But questions remain about how much the NBA — whose 2017-18 season revenue was a staggering $8 billion, according to Forbes — is willing to invest in India and whether its audience will be restricted to hardcore fans and wealthy urbanites.”The fact that the circus has come to town is a great thing,” said Vishal Jhunjhunwala, partner at Mumbai-based sports marketing firm, Square Consulting. “But what happens once the circus leaves town?”You need a local connect, a superstar with Indian roots for basketball to take off. That doesn’t exist at the moment, unlike say China where the presence of a star like Yao Ming galvanised his whole country into following the sport,” Jhunjhunwala told AFP.No Indian player has ever taken part in an NBA game and although NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that he hopes to see that change within five years, few are holding their breath.And, unlike cricket which is played everywhere from India’s slums to members’ clubs, basketball enjoys a limited appeal in the country of 1.3 billion people.The cheapest ticket for Saturday’s game cost 4,500 rupees ($65), going up to an astronomical 85,000 rupees for courtside seats. In comparison, a season pass for next week’s second Test between India and South Africa in Pune tops out at 5,000 rupees. Although the high price did not deter well-heeled sports fans, analysts say the NBA risks losing out on a huge chunk of India’s audience if it doesn’t build up mass appeal.”You are asking people to spend a lot to watch a sport they don’t know much about,” said Jhunjhunwala.To those in the stands, however, the spectacle was well worth the big bucks.”I am a cricket fan but… basketball also has huge potential and hopefully this is the start of a new sporting journey”, said 25-year-old Danish Contractor.In his comments, NBA’s Silver said the games “required us bringing in a court, a scoreboard, seats, locker rooms” to Mumbai.They will have to do much more if the sport is to have a long-term future in the country, experts say as the NBA pre-season Asia tour now heads off to Japan and China for further matches over the coming week.”One game isn’t going to turn India into a basketball-loving nation. But it’s a first step,” said Jhunjhunwala.”If they lose money on it, well, they have deep pockets”. last_img read more