Unions step forward to battle racism

first_imgA large demonstration and strategy conference that is being called the “Days of Grace” is expected to take place in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 5 and 6.The gathering will honor the nine parishioners from the Mother Emanuel AME Church who were murdered by a white supremacist last June 17, as well as Walter Scott, a Black man who was killed by police in North Charleston on April 4. The march will also support an action program, including an end to police brutality, a $15-an-hour minimum wage and collective bargaining rights for all workers, expanded voting rights, Medicaid expansion and quality education. The program is largely based around the issues that were advocated for by the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church minister and state senator who was one of those killed at Emanuel.In just over a month since the call to action was issued by the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422, the list of endorsing organizations from across the South and the U.S. has grown to more than 90 — including unions, Black Lives Matter chapters, churches, civil rights groups and social organizations. Organizers report that a large turnout is expected from across South Carolina, and delegations are being planned from states throughout the region.ILA locals from all over the East Coast and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on the West Coast are mobilizing their members to participate in the weekend’s activities. The work to build the demonstration and conference has been anchored by a broad coalition of labor, civil rights, faith based and community organizations that have been making preparations and sending teams to canvass neighborhoods throughout the city.The Southern Workers Assembly has been engaged in outreach to unions and other worker organizations throughout the region. They are building for a Southern workers contingent in the march on Saturday morning and will be holding a meeting immediately following the march at 12:30 p.m. at the ILA hall at 1402 Morrison Drive.Working-class movement asked to fight racismAmong other things, the meeting will take up the need to engage the working-class movement more deeply in the fight against racist terror and confront the special conditions facing workers, particular Black workers, in the South. In a statement, the SWA said, “Young Black and people of conscience across the country are rebelling against this economic and politically driven racist climate that has declared War on Black America in the form of economic, political and social violence.”It continued, “To challenge and defeat this racist system, the power of the people, especially the Black and general working class must be organized and mobilized against the economic and political forces and system that place profits over human needs and rights. … Organized labor must become a force not only for economic justice, but also for social justice and fundamental change that benefits the majority of the people without special privileges. Labor must prepare itself to shut the economy down to stop the War on Black America and the working class!”The demonstration will begin Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. in Wragg Square (342 Meeting St.) and conclude at Marion Square, near the Emanuel AME Church. The conference will begin shortly thereafter at 2 p.m. at the ILA hall and continue on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. that afternoon.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Houses out of public view allowed to rot

first_imgPrint Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsHouses out of public view allowed to rotBy admin – September 6, 2010 740 Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleNews round up Monday September 6Next articleStrong lineups booked for Sept/Oct admin Email Residents Alliance formedHOMEOWNERS in Ballinacurra Weston remain in limbo about their future as conditions continue to decline.  They allege that the authorities have more or less ignored their plight and are allowing houses to rot.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are out of public view and consequently out of sight, and as a result do not figure on the priority list,” said one irate resident.They argue that contact or information from Regeneration since the initiative was launched three years ago has been minimal. Brendan Hayden of Southside Regeneration, responded:  “Up to recently we had no communication from Government on what was happening, now that the funding has been secured things will move on a lot more quickly”.A regeneration newsletter will be launched next month, distributed to the areas in question to keep them informed of developments.However, residents are also concerned that it is no longer economically viable for the Regeneration Agency to honour their promise to find them a new home.“I remortgaged my house two years ago for €80,000 and they will only offer me €30,000 for it now. I’ll leave here homeless still owing €47,000”, said Angela Hogan, Crecora Avenue.Mr Hayden agreed that the situation whereby more senior homeowners received market value from city council needed to be addressed.“This is a constant problem in all areas.“We understand that the elderly who dispose of their homes have very limited options as they cannot get another mortgage”.  The house next door to the lady  in question was knocked recently after lying derelict for two years.“The water wasn’t turned off properly when it was boarded up and the damp damaged my walls and flooring. Since they knocked it, the place has become a rubbish dump”.Angela is furious with both Limerick City Council and Regeneration.  “All they do is drive around the estate in their fancy cars saluting people. They never get anything done”.  Directly across the road there are three derelict houses which are also exposed and surrounded by rubbish, including broken sheets of glass.  “It’s disgusting, waking up everyday and having to look at this pig sty,” she said.These houses have been boarded up for two years, but others in the estate continue to be boarded up.One house which was occupied until last week suffered fire damage.The fire-damaged furniture and appliances are piled in a heap outside.“It’s an absolute disgrace, Regeneration need to decide to knock these houses or maintain them to some acceptable level,” said Mattie Collins, chairman of the newly formed residents group, Ballinacurra Weston Resident’s Alliance.Members were outraged after a recent plea to the authorities to clean up vacant houses was refused on “health and safety grounds”.However, Brendan Hayden said that Southside Regeneration, would have no difficulty supporting such a community scheme.The Resident’s Alliance is made up primarily of former representatives for the area on the regeneration forum.Mattie has lived on the Clarina Avenue for 30 years, but for the past two he has to look across at a row of three derelict houses.“It’s absolutely frightening, children are gaining entry at the back and climbing onto the roof throwing stones at the neighbours and passers by.He is adamant that these derelict properties are attracting drug-users and vandals which poses a serious health and safety risk.“There are people breaking in there to take drugs and when the houses are left open, the children have access. Why has it taken so long to knock these properties?”.“The priority seems to be knocking down houses and getting people out of the area” Twitterlast_img read more

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SMC hosts zumbathon for cancer

first_imgIn honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club held a zumbathon to raise funds for cancer research on Saturday in the Angela Athletic Facility gym. Club president Christi Hutch said about 125 people attended the three-hour dance marathon. In addition to the zumba dancing, the event featured prize raffling and vendors selling various products to support individuals fighting cancer in the South Bend area. Twenty zumba instructors from the area volunteered to direct the exercises for participants. To break up the three consecutive hours of dancing, Troop ND and the Irish Dance team performed at the event’s halfway point, Hutch said.    “This event is fantastic because it incorporates the involvement of the South Bend community, as well as the involvement of the student communities at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame,” Hutch said. “We have come together today to fight for a good cause.” Leah Ramaekers, club historian, said she admires her organization’s work. “This is the club’s second annual zumbathon, where 100 percent of our proceeds will go to the ‘National Organization to Stand Up to Cancer,’” she said.   Club vice president Julia Ritter said the fundraiser’s popularity makes it a successful fundraiser. “The zumbathon worked so well last year that we’ve become obsessed with zumba and therefore, we’ve decided to keep doing it as our fundraiser,” Ritter said.   Saint Mary’s alumna Kimi Troy, who graduated with a degree in English Writing, helped coordinate the event. Troy said she presented the idea of holding a zumba charity event to the student activities board as a way to connect with the community and fundraise for the national “Stand Up to Cancer” organization.  “I have been involved with the program ever since,” Troy said.   Allison Lukomski, another club member, said her own dancing ability had nothing to do with her enjoyment of the event.  “Even though I am a bad dancer, it really doesn’t matter if I am a good dancer or not; I am dancing to make a difference,” she said. “Cancer runs in my family and because of it, the fight is more personal to me … I want to combat it in any way possible.” participant  Olivia Jackson said. She said she would definitely recommend this event to friends in the future.   “Zumba is a great workout, and why not give back to the community at the same time?” she said. Hutch said approximately $1,100 was raised at the end of the Zumbathon. Contact Chelsey Fattal at [email protected]last_img read more

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Volleyball club of ‘Jedinstvo’ is the champion of BiH

first_imgAfter playing two final matches, women volleyball club ‘Jedinstvo’ from Brčko is the champion of BiH.‘Jedinstvo’ won the title by defeating ‘Kula’ from Gradačac.During the entire match, ‘Jedinstvo’ dominated, and the final result was 3:0 for ‘Jedinstvo’.UOK BL Volley and ŽOK Kakanj are the clubs that will leave the Premier League of BiH.last_img

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BH Athlete Mesud Pezer took the First Place in the USA

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) athlete Mesud Pezer, took the first place in the disc throw after only two training sessions. He achieved his new record in the early morning on the tournament in Chula Vistai, United States of America (USA).Pezer threw the disc 59.42 m and thus set a new personal record, breaking his previous record of 57.50 m.Sarajevo Timeslast_img

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Toure apology ‘good news’, says Guardiola

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted nothing has changed in his stormy relationship with Yaya Toure although he welcomed the Ivory Coast international’s apology for controversial statements issued by the player’s agent.The City manager was talking on Friday just hours after Toure issued an apology over his dispute with the Spaniard as he attempted to bring an end to an impasse that has seen him left out of the team since the opening weeks of the season.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk had originally created the problem by criticising Guardiola for his treatment of Toure and other City stars.But while Guardiola has accepted the apology and Toure is available for selection for the Premier League leaders’ clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday, his hopes of a recall look slim given several in-form players are currently ahead of him in the pecking order at City.“I spoke with Yaya this morning and of course it is a private conversation so I know what happened, what he said, of course,” said Guardiola at a news conference.“It’s so important for Manchester City, that’s the most important thing.“And of course for Yaya, who I appreciate. I have known him for a long time,” said Guardiola, who met Toure when they were both at Barcelona.“I read what he wrote and that’s all. Of course it’s good news for Manchester City but it’s most important for Yaya as well.“Yaya was in all our meetings and training sessions. You knew the situation. Nothing changed.”The relationship between Guardiola, who arrived at City in pre-season, and Toure collapsed after comments from the Ivorian’s controversial agent Seluk which had the City manager demanding an apology before he would consider recalling him to the team.Seluk accused Guardiola of “humiliating” Toure by leaving him out of the Champions League squad for the current group stage, launching an astonishing personal attack on the manager in the process.‘Misunderstandings’  While Toure apologised, his agent may not have helped when he claimed that he had personally not said sorry, but merely called for peace in the feud between the club and his client.Guardiola was in no mood to clarify the situation when pressed further on Friday, saying: “I answer about Yaya. I am not saying any more.“I spoke with him, it’s good, that’s all. I’m now focused on Middlesbrough. I know the situation.”In a statement published earlier on Friday on his website and his Facebook page, Toure said he apologised on behalf of himself and “those who represent me” for all the “misunderstandings from the past”.He added: “Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there.“I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club.”Toure, who is in the final year of his contract, has been at City since joining from Barcelona in 2010 and has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup during that time.Meanwhile Guardiola also denied there was any major altercation between City players and staff and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi following City’s 3-1 midweek Champions League victory over the Catalan side.Reports claimed a furious Messi was involved in a confrontation with City coach Mikel Arteta.But Guardiola insisted: “I spoke with Arteta. It’s impossible, he admires so many things about Barcelona, the institution, about Messi in this case.“And knowing Mikel as I know him, he’s one of the best people I’ve met in my life, it’s impossible that he could have an argument with another excellent person like Messi. Impossible.“First it was Fernandinho, now it’s Arteta, let’s see who it is tomorrow (Saturday). Let’s see if you finally guess,” added Guardiola sarcastically.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Eric and Lara Trump Welcome Baby Girl

first_imgThe baby girl has an older brother, one-year-old Luke. Congratulations! Eric and Lara Trump are welcoming their second child, a girl. Carolina Dorothy is President Trump’s ninth grandchild.The President’s son made the announcement on Twitter late Monday night. last_img

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Irish Water shut down drilling operations in Lough Foyle following protests

first_imgDrilling operations on Lough Foyle have been suspended indefinitely by Irish Water following ongoing pressure on the Irish Utility. A drilling pontoon had been constructed at Carrickarory Pier in Movllle in recent weeks, however, that plan has since been abandoned and the construction has since been dismantled.This rig was to carry out a geophysical investigation in anticipation of a sewage discharge pipe being installed in the centre of the fishery. Crane arrives to dismantle drilling pontoon at Carrickarory Pier, Moville.The move follows concern raised from politicians, fishermen and local protesters in the area.Last week, the Campaign for a Clean Estuary received confirmation from John Mc Cartney, Director of Conservation and Protection,  that operations had been halted following concern about Oyster breeding in July/August on the Lough Foyle.Operations will not resume until an opportunity to evaluate concerns have been raised.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Enda Craig, said: “Cranes have arrived to dismantle the Irish Water drilling rig that would have destroyed a very valuable and important fishery at Carnagarve on Lough Foyle. “Irish water were told by the fishermen that the rig would be blocked if it attempted to locate onto the pipe site.“A fortune of money squandered because Irish Water did not think it worth their while to consult with the stakeholders of the fishery.“The crane driver at the pier confirmed the rig be loaded onto lorries and transported back to Scotland after spending two weeks anchored at the nose of Carrickarory Pier in Moville.“It is now time for Irish Water to confirm how much this debacle has cost the taxpayer of Ireland.”Irish Water shut down drilling operations in Lough Foyle following protests was last modified: August 14th, 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

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Video in HTML5: Still an Unresolved Issue

first_imgTags:#web#Web Development A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinoiscenter_img It only took 3 years to go from HTML2 to HTML4, but the HTML4.01 specifications were published 10 years ago and even though today’s web looks very different, we are still waiting for HTML5. The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group started preliminary work on what is now known as HTML5 in 2004 and the W3C HTML Working Group was adopted this draft as the basis for the HTML5 specs in 2007. Some modern browsers already offer partial support for HTML5, but there are still quite a few issues that need to be resolved before we will see the finalized version of the HTML5 specifications. One area where there is still a lot of discussion is support for video in HTML5.What Codec?Philippe Le Hegaret, the interaction domain leader for the W3C, talked about this issue in an interview with WebMonkey’s Michael Calore. According to Le Hegaret, video support is still one of the main issues surrounding the development of HTML5. Safari and Chrome are both based on the same open-source WebKit engine. Video support, however, is not part of WebKit yet, so every vendor implements it differently. Currently, browser developer disagree over how to implement this feature and what codec to use. Apple wants to use uses H.264 and Mozilla, Google and Opera support Ogg Theora. As of now, HTML5 still includes the

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