Update from the frontlines in Charlotte, N.C.

first_imgCharlotte, N.C. – On Nov. 30, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office announced that Brentley Vinson, the pig who murdered Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 21, won’t be indicted.This did not surprise anyone who has been organizing to end police terror, as the capitalist state will never hold accountable the same agents who enforce its own violence. In the same fighting spirit as the day Keith Scott was murdered, but in smaller numbers, protesters hit the streets for several hours. The action was called by Charlotte Uprising, a coalition of groups fighting to end police terrorism, the same coalition that has been in the streets since the Charlotte rebellion started.As the action began, protesters gathered on the steps of the Charlotte Metro Police Department headquarters, and speakers called attention to the cops behind us, watching us. We faced them and confronted them for their lies about their murder of Justin Carr, killed while protesting the night after Keith Scott was killed.The big-business media painted this confrontation as a “conversation” to try to make CMPD look good. But this had nothing to do with an exchange of information. Rather, community members were publicly denouncing the police.Protesters continued to turn up at the CMPD, then took the streets for about three hours. During the direct action, four core organizers from Charlotte Uprising were targeted and arrested, a clear repression tactic of the CMPD. Each of the four freedom fighters was trans or gender nonconforming, reflecting the fact that most of the central organizers of Charlotte Uprising are trans/GNC. All freedom fighters were out of jail by the next day.In the recent release of the autopsy of Justin Carr, no gunpowder residue was found on Justin’s skin, though the CMPD’s story alleged another protester murdered him with a handgun. The people have been saying the whole time that a rubber bullet, fired by police, killed Justin, and the evidence exposed the cop lie.Many community members believe that a white pig, and not Brentley Vinson, who is Black, murdered Keith Lamont Scott. However, the Mecklenburg County DA’s office certainly did not make their decision not to indict based on absolving an individual cop, but on absolving the entire police force of any blame for enforcing white supremacy.As Charlotte saw last year with the mistrial of killer cop Wes Kerrick, an indictment probably wouldn’t have led to a conviction. It certainly wouldn’t have addressed the fundamental system of capitalism that is to blame for Keith Scott’s murder. It would have given Scott’s family something to materially hold onto, but once again the state refuses to give dignity to the people or validity to the people’s justice.The Charlotte Uprising has been one spontaneous struggle, one of many, to show that this racist capitalist system must be overthrown.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

6 Truths: Bayern win the day, Chelsea in total disarray, Tim Sherwood will be on his way

first_imgSaturday was comprehensively won by Bayern Munich, while Jose Mourinho and Tim Sherwood were left utterly devastated by Chelsea and Aston Villa’s defeats.Bayern Munich won the dayIt’s pretty fun being a Bayern Munich fan on Saturday. Not only did they have the opportunity to bask in the glory of their side’s record 1,000th Bundesliga victory, but they were rewarded for following a brilliant team with a free beer amid the wild celebrations.The 4-0 thrashing of Cologne simply paved the way for the glorious celebrations which followed, with the club’s greatest heroes and memories recalled on social media, and current players afforded the luxury of rounding off the feat while also stretching their lead at the top of the table to a ridiculous 10 points.Oh, and Arjen Robben marked his belated return from injury with a goal after a sublime backheel from Robert Lewandowski. Ah, it must be so enjoyable being a Bayern fan. Chelsea are in total disarray Okay, so Chelsea’s Premier League campaign really does seem to be beyond repair now. Mourinho’s side slumped to yet another defeat at West Ham and the manner of it was incredibly alarming.Quite what Roman Abramovich will have made of seeing his club’s name three places above the relegation zone after 11 games is anyone’s guess, but the solution does not appear remotely simple. While Abramovich could sack Mourinho, the issues throughout the team are now so significant that simply changing the manager may not help much at all.The only teams which lie below Chelsea now? Norwich, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Sunderland. Unbelievably, Chelsea find themselves in the wrong mini-league and it’s shocking to see.Sherwood’s reign will soon be over Perhaps the only man who will be feeling more disconsolate than Mourinho is Sherwood, who saw his side suffer yet another defeat… at the hands of Swansea City… at home.Not only did Sherwood see his side throw away a lead after the hour mark, but he also suffered the uncomfortable confirmation that he bought the wrong Ayew having spent a significant amount of money over the summer. He may have been declared a hero towards the end of last season, but now Sherwood appears a sorry, forlorn figure with his natural positivity and enthusiasm sadly seeping away.He joked about turning his phone off so he can’t get sacked after the match but at some point soon it seems the news will reach him regardless.Real Madrid don’t really need David De Gea Keylor Navas had very big gloves to fill after taking over from the legendary Iker Casillas in the Real Madrid goal, but the 28-year-old is doing a fine job at the moment and Rafa Benitez must realise just how valuable his keeper is proving to be this season.Navas was again in sparkling form against Celta Vigo and made half a dozen superb stops to deny the hosts in the second half as Real Madrid closed out a valuable win. The goalkeeper has had everything to prove since the botched deal for De Gea over the summer and he’s seized his opportunity with relish.The question will now be whether Real Madrid can resist the temptation to go back in for De Gea or if they will be happy to keep putting their faith in Navas.Andy Carroll is back – with an improved recipe Dimitri Payet continued his excellent start to life in the Premier League, cementing his tag as arguably the signing of the summer. But it was the scorer of the winning goal that should cheer West Ham fans after their best start to a season in 40 years.After the success of West Ham’s new signings, many of whom look to play on the floor, it offers real encouragement to see the England forward prosper as the Plan B in Slaven Bilic’s set-up. It was his first goal since January, and with Euro 2016 waiting in June this has the feel of a defining season for a striker who turns 27 in January and should be approaching his peak.The future could be very bright indeed for Carroll without too much pressure playing under Bilic – if he can stay fit, of course.Jamie Vardy clearly is the real deal You know that Vardy chap? Yes, well, he’s scored in seven consecutive games. Seven! The Leicester City forward is doing much, much more than simply poaching goals: he’s proving a constant threat for Premier League defences, from out wide and down the middle.He’s the form striker in the England set-up right now so will surely get further opportunities to establish himself at international level under Roy Hodgson if he maintains his level in Claudio Ranieri’s thriving side.There is a lot more to Vardy’s game than purely his electrifying pace, and opposing teams are now having to directly plan for negating Vardy’s qualities in the final third of the field. Right now there seems to be nothing and no-one capable of stopping him.– All EPL and Bundesliga games and highlights can be seen live on SuperSport, your world of champions. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.last_img read more

A’s Piscotty returns to team and awaits melanoma test results

first_imgOAKLAND — Stephen Piscotty walked in to the Athletics clubhouse around 2 p.m. Saturday, four hours before Game 2 of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, looking no different than any other day other than a bandage on the outer lobe of his right ear.He visited with manager Bob Melvin and a couple of teammates, updating them on his condition after having surgery to remove a melanoma, and through an Athletics spokesman declined to speak to he media, saying he’d talk “at a future …last_img read more

A 150-year African Indian Odyssey

first_img16 November 2010“African Indian Odyssey” brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the 150-year-old story of Indians in South Africa. The result is a powerful documentary that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.November 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in South Africa. It’s a month that is being honoured with festivities and reflection in the Indian community.What is perhaps not well known is that South Africans of Indian origin are the world’s largest non-immigrant Indian population outside of India: people of Indian origin in the US and UK may be bigger in number, but they are recent immigrants. A hundred and fifty years is a considerable milestone.A new documentary commemorates this incredible history. African Indian Odyssey recently wrapped shooting in Johannesburg, and premiered on 13 November on Saffron TV open time (DStv channel 456), with further screenings in the month of November.The documentary brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the kaleidoscopic story of Indians in South Africa. It’s an anthology of dreams and sacrifices that started in the cane fields of Natal and went on to touch the heart and soul of the country’s anti-apartheid movement. The result is a powerful portrait of a South African minority, one that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.Watch a promo of the film:“We wanted to make a film during the 150th anniversary that would contribute to the story of contemporary South African history,” says Stan Joseph, executive producer of the film and head of Ochre Moving Pictures. “We don’t see this as something just for the Indian community; it’s a part of all of our history. We hope it will contribute to the ongoing struggle to respect diversity in South Africa.”Forgotten historiesThe film is an erudite exploration of forgotten histories and goes some way to identifying subject matter to future documenters of an African Indian past. Shot on the streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, African Indian Odyssey combines location, archive material and interviews with ordinary people, historians and social commentators.So who were the early indentured labourers? Why did they leave their homeland for the south east coast of Africa? And what would the future hold for them on shores so vastly different from everything they knew? These are some of the pressing questions that the documentary attempts to answer through interweaving the personal journeys of four narrator-presenters: Amrita Gandhi, an Indian television personality and the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, artist Riason Naidoo, author Achmat Dangor, and historian William Gumede.The notion of home is inextricably linked to identity, and so the histories of immigrant populations provide a fascinating view of how human beings create communities and forge relationships with their host countries. It is a complex question compounded for the Indian community by their diverse origins and ethnicity, indentured or “passenger” status and the evolving sociopolitical climate of the last century and a half.Academic Uma Dhupelia-Masthrie sketches the background: “The first Indians to South Africa were actually slaves. They arrived from the 17th century to the 18th century … were captured or sold in bondage, and made there way to Cape Town on the Dutch ships.” Many came from Bengal, Bihar and the Malabar or Coromandel Coasts. But no record remains of these people because they were soon absorbed into the Malay community of the Cape Colony.Slavery by another nameBy 1860, indentured labour took the place of slavery. Now labour was tied by contract to an employer for fixed duration (usually five years), in return for wages and the cost of passage. It was a pernicious system – slavery by another name. A little known fact is that Indian labour was designed to fill a gap resulting from the refusal of a proud Zulu nation to be co-opted into the labour economy of the time.Ashwin Desai, sociologist and political analyst, maintains it was akin to scab labour. He points out that it was only after the sacking of Ulundi and the subjugation of the Zulu kingdom by the British that Indian labour was replaced by a local black workforce. This was when Indians started leaving farms for the cities. The trend continued so that by the end of the 19th century there were over 20 000 Indians in the Cape and Transvaal, lured by the diamond and gold economies of the hinterland.Desai also debunks the myth that the indentured labourers were all of lower caste, “thugs and criminals … In fact [they] cut a huge swathe through Indian society.” He points to evidence of this in the first people to disembark from the SS Truro – the first ship to arrive in South Africa from India, in November 1860. All creeds were represented, including Christians and Muslims. What is also fascinating is that language divisions, rather than caste, were the defining feature of indentured society. Religion and culture was maintained throughout and places of worship became the meeting ground for resistance to colonial oppression.By the 1890s, indentured Indian labour gave way to “passenger” immigrants, workers of all kinds who came to find formal employment. In the 1920s, even more established merchant families found there way to South Africa on the immigrant trail.Roots of a political identity based on nonracialismThe film details the amazing story of Mahatma Ghandi and his attempt to unite the Indian groupings, culminating in the 1913 strike. This little-publicised event – and under-reported part of South African history – saw cane fields burned and labourers leave their employ en masse. The strike led to a unification of Indians above caste, culture and creed, and was a step toward creating a mass movement against oppression.There are memorable interviews with playwright Ronnie Govender on growing up in Cato Manor and a guided tour through the Fordsburg area by Fietas festival director, Feizal Mamdoo. Interestingly, Fietas was the name given to the area in Johannesburg now known as Pageview and is another example of a forgotten part of the colourful history of South Africa’s multicultural communities – such as the better-documented Sophiatown. Fietas disappeared with the monstrous forced removals of the 1950s. As Desai says, it was only after 1952 and during the Defiance Campaign that one sees the start of a common political identity in nonracialism.The film unpacks the uneasy relationship between the African National Congress and the Indian political groupings at the time when Mandela first joined the ANC youth league. This fact is frequently glossed over in popular discourse, which often chooses to see struggle history through rose-tinted glasses. This tension continues into the present, and historian Goolam Vahed issues a warning: historians should not glorify the Indian-African relationship; it is still something that needs to be resolved.African Indian Odyssey is a fascinating interrogation of identity, origin and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is by no means a definitive account of the community or the history, but it offers previously untold insights into a people that have carved themselves a home during a tumultuous time in modern South African history.The film is directed by Hina Saiyada and written by Jon Soske. The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits University (Cisa) contributed the academic research to give the documentary a credible and entertaining account of the stories.The film premiered on Saffron TV on Saturday 13 November (DStv open time, channel 456). The Johannesburg premiere is hosted by Cisa and Saffron TV and is on Thursday 18 November at Wits University. The Durban premiere is screened in association with the Avalon Group at the Supernova Theatre at the Suncoast Casino on 24 November. To reserve a seat at the opening night screenings, space permitting, contact Mary Smith on 011 639 0050 or email [email protected] transmissions of African Indian Odyssey on Saffron TV:Sunday 14 November at 07h30, 13h00 (open time) and 20h00Monday 15 November at 08h00 and 16h30Thursday 18 November at 20h00 and 00h00Friday 19 November at 08h30, 12h30 and 16h30This article was first published by the Gauteng Film Commission. Republished on SAinfo with kind permission.last_img read more

Heimerl named NPPC president

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council elected new officers and members to its board of directors at the National Pork Industry Forum.Elected as president of the organization was Jim Heimerl, of Johnstown, Ohio. Heimerl and his wife Kathy, along with three sons and a daughter-in-law, run three farrow-to-finish farms in Ohio and own 80 contract finishing farms in several states. Heimerl Farms LTD also consists of crops and cattle, as well as a trucking division and feed mill. Among other positions, Heimerl previously served as president of the Ohio Pork Council and as a board member of the Ohio Soybean Association.Heimerl takes over from Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill., chairman of Maschhoff Family Foods and co-owner and chairman of The Maschhoffs, the third-largest pork producer in the United States. Maschhoff now is NPPC immediate past president and chairman of the organization’s Trade Policy Committee.last_img read more

A Good Quarter For Social Media: LinkedIn And Yelp Overachieve

first_imgIn what’s turning out to be a good earnings season for social media companies, on Thursday LinkedIn and Yelp joined Facebook and Yahoo! in reporting better-than-predicted third quarter numbers. LinkedIn reported net revenues of $252 million, and Yelp boasted $36.4 million for the period.Below are some details why both companies had such good days. The Linked In Story Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification adam popescu Related Posts LinkedIn’s revenue grew by $24 million from the second quarter of 2012, and $113 million versus the third quarter of last year. That’s huge. And those gains can be attributed to how the company is taking advantage of advertising in a way that’s unique to the social media medium. Net income (GAAP) grew to $2.3 million from a loss of $1.6 million for the period last year, but down from the $2.8 million recorded in the second quarter. Non-GAAP net income hit $25.1 million from just $6.6. million in Q3 2011 – it was $18.1 million in the second quarter. LinkedIn’s success is based on getting businesses to use its platform to advertise professional services, particularly recruitment and enhanced user accounts. it’s working, in part because of a redesign that revamped the site back in September. Revenue from talent solutions was up 95% year-over-year, marketing income rose 60% year-over-year and the service’s premium subscription sales were up 74%. Homepage traffic has increased more than 60% in the past few months. Analysts from S&P CapitalIQ reportedly expected LinkedIn’s quarter revenue to be $244.2, which the company exceed by about $8 million. The San Francisco based company stock is up about 70% for the year, challenging the notion that this stock (like most social media companies) is over-valued.What’s Up At Yelp?Yelp’s success can be traced to its growing mobile prowess and accessibility. In today’s conference call for earnings, chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman said the company was “very pleased” with its September Apple iOS6 integration, which is officially tied to both Siri and Apple Maps. Yelp’s mobile apps have been used on about 8 million mobile devices each month during the third quarter, with 45% of all Yelp searches performed via the app. The company now projects its total revenue upwards of $136 million for all of 2012, which would represent growth of more than 60% over last year. And Yelp lost less money this quarter versus this time last year, to the tune of a net loss of $2 million or $0.03 per share, compared to a $3.8 million, or $0.24 per share in 2011.While Yelp underperformed slightly in sales, pulling about $5 million less than it expected, it matched its projected total revenue. But the real story here are the company’s recent moves to broaden its reach.Yelp is now in 96 markets worldwide and last week acquired Europe’s biggest local review website Qype GmbH for about $50 million. Qype is in 13 countries and its site boasts 15 million unique visitors monthly. This quarter Yelp’s cumulative reviews grew 49% year over year to more than 33 million. With the addition of Qype, those numbers should keep going up. Bottom-line: These moves help position Yelp to go head-to-head with Google and Facebook for users and advertisers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#earnings#LinkedIn#yelp last_img read more

WWF Kickstarts Countdown To Earth Hour 2015

first_imgAs nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour has kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video.Video: Earth Hour 2015 Official VideoSet to the international hit song ‘Pompeii’ by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organisations around the world to take action on climate change.Showcasing memorable moments and achievements from past Earth Hour events as well as powerful statements from world leaders and personalities such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and actors Emma Thompson, Li Bingbing and Mark Ruffalo on the issue of climate change, the Earth Hour 2015 video aims to inspire people with the message to act and ‘use your power to change climate change’.“This is the ninth time the Earth Hour movement will roll across the world. Millions of people will come together to use their power to change climate change and we want to work with them to deliver real solutions for a sustainable future for our planet,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications WWF International.In the past eight years, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic lights-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories.“We would like to thank the band Bastille, Universal and EMI Publishing for helping us create an inspiring video that captures the energy and power of the Earth Hour movement to impact climate change,” said Sarronwala.Earth Hour 2015 will take place on 28th March 2015 between 8:30 and 9:30 P.M. in your local time zone. To know more about the event and activities happening in and around your city and how you can use your power to change climate change, visit www.earthhour.org.last_img read more

What If Tom Brady Missed Four Games Every Year

201011 200711 201325Bye 20031T1Possible home adv. 20012T4Bye 201111 Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP; Tom Brady, NFL icon; Tom Brady, scofflaw. The Deflategate punishments have been handed down by the league office, and the official report on the incident refused to speculate about whether the New England Patriots got any advantage from their deflated balls, saying: “It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was.” But suspending Brady (and taking away draft picks) is almost sure to have an effect.The Patriots owe the league $1 million, one first-round draft pick in 2016, and one fourth-round draft pick in 2017. All of that for “violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.” Meanwhile, for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” Tom Brady — the Patriots’ reasonably well-known quarterback — received a 4-game suspension, which he is planning to appeal.The best spin on this news for Patriots fans is that Brady’s value is relatively unknown. While he has a history of great accomplishments and stats, QB success is much more of a team accomplishment than an individual one. Unlike certain other quarterbacks who have played for multiple teams and multiple coaches, Brady has only played for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. We don’t know if the Patriots would collapse without him — the one season where he missed significant time (in 2008), the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center.1I certainly look forward to some empirically significant games next year if Brady’s appeal fails. The Patriots’ backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, actually had a higher passer rating than Brady last year, though he only had 27 attempts and was sacked five times.But while I don’t know what Brady is really worth, I can lay out a couple of estimates and see what the effects of his suspension might be. Let’s use history as our guide and look at the past 14 years to see what might have happened had Brady been forced to sit the first four games of each season.While I’m not always in love with how Vegas values QBs, it’s a decent place to start: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the betting line in the Patriots opener against the Steelers has shifted by about 5 points, though Bell claims gamblers usually consider Brady’s value to be closer to 7 points. So for this first test, I took each game that Brady played for the Patriots in the first four team games of each season and took away 6.5 points. In other words, if the Patriots won by 7 or more, I assumed that they would have won even without Brady, while if they won by 6 or less I counted it as a loss (if he didn’t play, I left the result as is). I then re-jiggered the playoff standings to see how the Patriots’ new record would have affected their playoff position each season. This recalculation cost the Pats eight wins since 2001, knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2009, and cost them a first-round bye in 2013.2Assuming everything else had played out the same — which is unlikely, but counterfactuals are pretty much always just mind candy. However, it also leaves all of their Super Bowl-winning seasons unscathed: 200311 2008outout This one looks a lot worse. If you took one win away from every Pats team since 2001, not only could they have missed the playoffs two more times (depending on whom they lost to), but they would also lose a playoff bye at least twice and possibly four times, again depending on which game they lost and by how much. It’s also probably worth noting that the 2008 Patriots, who had Brady for less than one quarter of one game, would have been a No. 3 seed if they could have squeezed out one more win, or even been a bye team if they managed two more wins. Instead, they missed the playoffs.More importantly, losing one more game would have had negative effects on New England’s playoff position in three of its four Super Bowl-winning years. And that’s why four games of Brady might be even more valuable than the draft pick — to the Patriots. For most teams, a first-round draft pick is probably worth more than a single win. But if that one win is crucial to your Super Bowl chances, you take it. 20093outPlayoffs 20054outPlayoffs 201222 YEARSEEDSEED W/ ONE FEWER WIN IN FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 20093T4Possible playoffs 200122 200422 2002outout 2002outout 200711 200644 20111T1Possible home adv. 201011 200644 20141T2Possible bye 201223Bye But that version of this examination is probably too granular. In the Patriots’ four games without Brady, there are only so many outcomes — they can only win zero, one, two, three or four games with or without Brady. While technically every swing has some probability (they might have won zero games with Brady but now win four games without him), the most likely effect is that the Patriots drop zero or one games — that’s the outcome the 7-point estimate produced in 10 of the 12 years in which Brady played in all of the season’s first four games. That is, if they would have gone 3-1 with Brady, without him they’d probably stay at 3-1 or drop to 2-2. Now let’s focus on the most likely negative scenario. What would happen if we just took one teensy-tiny win away each season? 20054T4Possible playoffs 201411 200422 20132T2Possible bye 2008outout YEARSEEDSEED W/ BRADY OUT FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST read more