Zero tolerance for racism

first_imgAn historic Black church in Charleston, S.C., has been hit by an act of racist terrorism. The nine people killed on June 17 may not be victims of the systematic racism of the police and courts that the Black Lives Matter movement has been combatting. They also may not be the victims of an organized conspiracy — that remains to be seen. But their deaths were not accidental.The killings took place in a local atmosphere where it is normal for the state government to fly the flag of slavery on its lawn. Where the local cops have mingled with the Ku Klux Klan and recruited their members. And vice versa.It’s a national atmosphere where capitalist corporate media hacks can call African-American youths “thugs” on network and cable television. An atmosphere where cops gather in demonstrations to demand their “right” to shoot Black and other people of color at will, without question or redress. A country where the airwaves and written words are still heavy with racism 150 years after slavery’s official end.Those in power are already calling the suspect, Dylann Roof, a “lone, deranged individual.” If this individual is guilty of pulling the trigger, however, there is no doubt that his “derangement” was crafted in a society steeped in racism. Assuming the media reports are accurate, the suspect felt comfortable wearing the symbols of apartheid South Africa and racist, colonial Rhodesia — the country that is now independent and named Zimbabwe. And according to survivors, he repeated the vile lies racists have used for centuries to focus anger at Black men.Those who fell from his bullets were women and men, churchgoers and political activists, union members and people who fought for their rights. Their church was the church of Denmark Vesey, whose name will live in the history of the fight for freedom because he made plans in 1822 for a massive slave uprising in the city of Charleston. Only torture and executions by the slave masters were able to prevent it.As with all those who have died on the front lines of the struggles for rights, the cause of those just murdered in Denmark Vesey’s church should be taken up by all who want justice in this country and in the world.Trade unions, rights organizations, progressive political organizations from all communities in the United States should rally together and bring this message to the streets across the country:Zero tolerance for racism against Black people and any people of color! Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with all who are victims of racist police violence! Class solidarity of all working people, who must stand together to win rights for all!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ribbon cut on credit union ‘leave behind’ project at Cleveland RNC

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital joined the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) and RealClearPolitics to open a horticultural therapy suite in Angie’s Rooftop Garden at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Wednesday. Janna Ryan, wife of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), cut the ribbon with the help of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital child patients and siblings Cordelia Willets, CC Willets and Constance Kammerer.CUNA and RealClearPolitics honored the RNC by taking on the project. Representatives from CUNA, the Ohio Credit Union League (OCUL), UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the RNC and RealClearPolitics, along with special guests, were on hand for the event and discussed the importance of the event.“It’s an honor to be able to work with local credit unions, RealClearPolitics and the Republican National Convention on such a meaningful and lasting endeavor that will impact the lives of children and their families for years to come,” said Rich Meade, CUNA chief of staff/chief operating officer continue reading »last_img read more

Van Gaal hopeful of keeping De Gea

first_img But Van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up. ”I believe still that David de Gea shall stay,” the United manager said. Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year. Two days after saying he had drawn up a list of potential replacements for United’s player of the season, the Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland may end up being too strong for De Gea. Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference last weekend: ”He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays.” But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday. The Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea after he suffered his hamstring injury. ”I want to play him against Hull City because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team,” Van Gaal said. Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and contract talks between United and the Spaniard have so far been unproductive. The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last week after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Press Association Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of goalkeeper David de Gea staying at Old Trafford. ”And I think with David de Gea we have the strongest team. “I think De Gea is a better goalkeeper (than Valdes). ”He (De Gea) has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see tomorrow.” It is not just De Gea’s future that has been the source of speculation over the last few weeks. A number of players still have question marks over their futures. Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez all could be playing their football elsewhere next year – either on loan or permanently. Van Gaal has spoken to a number of them about their futures already and will conclude discussions over the weekend. ”I shall talk with them maybe tomorrow,” Van Gaal said. ”We have a farewell drink after the match. I have the Monday to talk, and I have already this week for some players to talk so I shall do that. ”You have to wait and see how these talks develop in staying or going away.” After those discussions end, Van Gaal will fly to his villa in the Algarve for a well-earned rest. The 63-year-old had just two days off after the World Cup so he is looking forward to a break, but his phone will be close by his side just in case he is needed for any transfer business. “Immediately after the match we will have a farewell drink and after that we have a recovery day, and then we go off,” he told MUTV. “All the players have to fly out to international duties but I will go on holidays and I’m willing to go to my paradise in Portugal.” Asked if all transfer business will be left to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during that time, Van Gaal said: “No, not to Ed because you also have a telephone and computer, so we are always in contact. “As a manager, you never have holidays but I am in a better climate than here in Manchester. I am sorry to say that!” Van Gaal, who has Wayne Rooney available for Sunday’s match, wants to end the season on a high even though he knows victory against Hull would mean relegation for former United defender Steve Bruce. Van Gaal added: ”I have said to the players in spite of him being a Manchester United guy, we have to do what everybody is expecting from us. ”We have the same approach as ever. We have to give our utmost best.” last_img read more

49ers 24, Broncos 15: Top takeways amid Garoppolo’s clumsy debut

first_imgDENVER — This first step was a clumsy one.This wasn’t what Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers or their quarterback-loving fans envisioned during his past 11 months of grueling rehabilitation on a rebuilt, left knee.Suiting up for the first time since his catastrophic injury last September, Garoppolo was just 1-of-6 with one interception and a 0.0 passer rating in three unflattering series.The upshot: Monday night’s 24-15 win was merely an exhibition, the first chance to knock off rust and test …last_img read more

Comparison: Mahindra TUV300 vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster vs Hyundai i20

first_imgOn Thursday, Mahindra pulled the veil off the TUV300 pricing it at a base price of Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Homegrown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra has pinned its hopes on the new sub-compact SUV TUV300 to revive its flagging sales. The TUV300 is the first major release from the stables of Mahindra & Mahindra in the last four years and as such, the Mahindra group is banking majorly on the vehicle to pick up its numbers.But can the butch-looking car that Mahindra has come out with actually give it the required push and bring up its sales numbers? For the TUV300, which Mahindra has designed with inspiration from a “battle tank”, it will have to go head on with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster/Nissan Terrano and even the sporty Hyundai i20.First things first. At a starting price of Rs 6.9 lakh and a top price of Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), Mahindra has priced the TUV300 in a wide number of segments whereby it can effectively dent the sales of not just its expected competitors but also the likes of Swift Dzire and the Ertiga as also the Honda Mobilio which are likely to begin feeling the heat once the car begins rolling out of the showrooms and on to the roads.The 7-seater configuration of the TUV300. The rear row is a little cramped, but usable.A good question to ask here would be why would anyone buy a Mahindra TUV300 when one can easily buy a top model Maruti Swift Dzire for an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of Rs 7.89 lakh.The answer lies in the packaging of the vehicle. Mahindra has, with some smart engineering and seating alignment, turned the TUV300 into a 7 seater with facing foldable seats in the last row. It also has the 2nd largest bootspace at 384 litres after the Renault Duster’s 475 litres. What’s more, in terms of safety, the T4+, the second from base model, comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Comparatively, the same is not available on the Duster RxL which gets only a driver’s side airbag with the passenger side airbag being optional. The Ford EcoSport, however, gets the dual airbags and curtain airbags only in the third and top-end trims. advertisementThe TUV300 also gets a premium dual tone dashboard.In terms of engine and performance, the TUV300 has almost the same sized engine (1493cc) as the Ford EcoSport (1498cc) and the Renault Duster (1461cc), but about a 100cc bigger than the Hyundai i20 Active SX (1396cc). The other major difference is that the TUV300 comes with an inline 3 cylinder engine, while its competitors all boast of a 4-cylinder engine. Even with the three cylinders, the TUV300’s 1.5 litre engine can churn out a hefty 230Nm torque, more than its nearest closest competitor the Hyundai i20 Active SX at 220Nm. The TUV300’s 5-speed manual gearbox is a direct lift from the Scorpio.In terms of looks, Mahindra has carried forward its jeep legacy and that shows up in the TUV300’s butch appearance. The high shoulder and the blacked out B-pillar along with the high bonnet line give it a solid appearance, which at first sight appears disproportionate compared to the sleek and polished lines of say the Ford EcoSport and even the Hyudai Creta. The TUV300 also sports perhaps the shortest front and rear overhangs.There are chances that Mahindra might upgrade the TUV300 and turn it into a 4WD in its next avatar with a revision in prices. However, till then, the only thing Mahindra can sit and do for the time being is wait and watch how the market reacts to its first offering in four years.last_img read more

Videos: Florida Created Cool NBA Jam-Style Promos For Tuesday’s ’90s Night Game

first_imgThe Florida Gators mascot performing on the court during a basketball game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.last_img read more

Rogers beats expectations as wireless segment grows looks to new TV system

first_imgTORONTO – Strong wireless results helped Rogers Communications Inc. beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.Wireless revenue climbed five per cent while churn, a measure of customer retention, was the best in a decade, said company CEO Joe Natale in a conference call Friday.“In wireless we’ve delivered another strong quarter. We’ve continued to reduce post-paid churn, delivering the best Q3 postpaid churn since 2009.”The improved financial picture saw the company increase its outlook for adjusted earnings growth before taxes and other charges by two percentage points to between seven and nine per cent.Cable revenue climbed a modest one per cent in the quarter, but the company expects to see future growth with its new Ignite TV system introduced in the quarter.The move to the internet-based television product, which Natale said they’re rolling out at a “thoughtful pace,” has the company seeing an end to conventional television products some time in the future to drive down costs and boost simplicity.“At some point in the future you will see us stop selling legacy TV, and then really kind of drive further efforts in getting the built op-ex and cap-ex efficiencies of that move,” he said.Installation costs alone would lead to substantial savings, with conventional cable costing about $1,100 for a full install, compared with $400 and potentially lower with internet-based services, said Natale.Service costs would also be lower in the future with fewer systems, he said.“Having various vintages of TV set-top boxes and home gateways drives complexity in the field for our people.”The new service, which allows customers to browse Netflix and YouTube as well as cable channels from one source, will also allow a boost to revenues per account as they spend more time watching.“Customers have an easier time finding content, navigating through content, and therefore we think a much easier time consuming content,” said Natale.“We’ll continue to find other ways of packaging and merchandising content in the fullness of time, which we think will also help with economics of the business.”Overall, Rogers net income was up 17 per cent to $594 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 from the same quarter last year.The telecom company says the earnings per share for the quarter worked out to $1.15 per diluted share, up from 98 cents per share last year.Adjusted net income hit $625 million, or $1.21 per share, which beat analyst expectations of $601 million and $1.17 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was up three per cent to $3.77 billion, driven by the wireless gains. Media revenue was down five per cent because of lower revenue from the Toronto Blue Jays.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

BJP in damage control mode PM says wont forgive Pragya

first_imgNEW DELHI: Following the huge outcry over comments by BJP leaders glorifying Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, including by Pragya Singh Thakur who called him a “deshbhakt (patriot)”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a television channel on Friday: “I will never be able to forgive them for insulting Bapu.”On Thursday, Pragya Thakur had said: “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a fitting reply in the election.” This was followed by more comments from three more leaders, Anant Kumar Hegde, Nalin Kumar Kateel and Anil Saumitra. The BJP tweeted PM Modi as saying in an interview to the channel: “The comments on Gandhi and Godse are deplorable, disgusting and are not language fit for civilised society. Those who say such things should think 100 times. It is a different issue that they have apologized, but I will not be able to forgive them from my heart.” The ruling BJP Friday launched damage control after a rash of comments in favour of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, just two days before the final round of voting for the national election. Pragya Singh Thakur, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel, all contesting the election, have been asked for an explanation within 10 days, BJP president Amit Shah said in a series of tweets on Thursday. “These comments have nothing to do with the party. All three have apologized, but these comments are against the ideology of the BJP and are being referred to the disciplinary committee,” Amit Shah tweeted. Friday, Nalin Kumar Kateel, a BJP lawmaker compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Another Karnataka parliamentarian, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde, tweeted that “seven decades later, the condemned were being heard”. Both the tweets have disappeared from their Twitter timelines. Anant Kumar Hegde put out a message claiming his account had been breached.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