Sports figures tackle Trump, racism

first_imgTwelve Cleveland Browns protest national anthem, Aug. 21.The Aug. 12 protest in Charlottesville, Va., where thousands of anti-racist activists united against armed white supremacist terrorists, has galvanized broad sectors of society to speak out against racism and fascism, including athletes and coaches.Even before Aug. 12, it was Colin Kaepernick’s silent but powerful protest against ongoing police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem throughout the National Football League’s 2016 season that sparked an unprecedented wave of various forms of protest in U.S. sports, amateur and professional.Those protests continue today as Kaepernick, who left the San Francisco 49ers, is still unemployed as a quarterback before the opening of the 2017 NFL season. Some prominent NFL players, including Richard Sherman, Michael Jenkins and Brandon Marshall, say that Kaepernick is being “whiteballed” by the 97 percent white NFL owners because they want to pressure others players to remain silent on social issues, especially racism.But this tactic will backfire, especially after ­Charlottesville.For instance, during the playing of the national anthem at their pre-season games, a few white NFL players, including Chris Long and Justin Britt, put their arms around their Black teammates — Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins and Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett — who protested.Long, a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, stated, “If you don’t see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don’t think you’ll ever see it. My thing is Malcolm’s a leader and I’m here to show support as a white athlete.” (, Aug. 19)During an Aug. 21 game, 12 predominantly Black members of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns took a knee during the national anthem, with one being white. This is the largest single number of players who have knelt on one team.Other prominent athletes who have criticized President Trump’s support for the white supremacists include Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, the 2017 National Basketball Association’s champions. Durant, who won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, stated that he would boycott going to the White House if Trump was still in office. It is a tradition that amateur and professional championship teams pay annual visits to the White House for photo ops with the president.Other Warriors players, such as Steph Curry, David West and Andre Iguodala, stated right after they won the title that they would boycott the White House due to Trump’s racism and misogyny. Durant told ESPN, “I don’t respect who’s in office right now. … I’m representing a lot of people. As far as what’s going on in our country, for one, as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 [Chris Paul and] Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year. Russell Westbrook also said something in his speech. A lot [of] guys with platforms have drove the conversation in a good direction. And what’s going on in Charlottesville, that was unfathomable.” (Aug. 17)LeBron James, recognized universally as the best NBA player today, stated on Twitter: “Donald Trump just made [hate] fashionable again!” (Aug. 15)Malcolm Brogdon, a member of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and a graduate of UVA, stated that Confederate statues “have no place in our society right now.” (, Aug. 17) Since the presidential election, the Bucks have boycotted staying in Trump hotels.Steve Nash, a former two-time NBA MVP who is white, referring to Trump’s winery in Charlottesville, stated on Twitter: “To defend white supremacists and then slang his shitty ass grape juice pretty much sums the man up.” (Aug. 15)David Fizdale, the Black coach of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. said of Trump in a Aug. 16 interview, that equating the Nazi marchers with Black Lives Matter protesters was “disgusting.” “What are you taking about here, how can you even say that?” (Dime Magazine) Fizdale also expressed his solidarity with activists taking down Confederate statues in Durham and elsewhere.Women’s National Basketball Association teams such as the New York Liberty, Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks, the current WNBA champion, have linked arms during the national anthem at their recent games to show unity with anti-racist activists in Charlottesville.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hospital moves to alleviate ED crisis

first_imgTwitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Previous articleCounting the costs of calories will effect restaurants – RAINext articleLimerick heroes to run for charity Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. by Bernie English [email protected] management at the University Hodpital in Limerick had to put an action plan in place this week as the numbers of patients waiting for admission on trolleys and in wards rocketed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The flu virus was one of the factors being blamed for the huge surge which saw a record 54 patients awaiting in-patient beds on one day this week.In a statement, a HSE spokeswoman said that the Emergency Department at the hospital had seen an increase in emergency presentations in previous days, which resulted in long delays for patients.“Amongst the key factors contributing to the increase in pressure within the ED is the increase of the flu virus and the older age profile of patients presenting along with the complexity of issues they have.  As a result, we are experiencing delays in discharging older patients home or to other appropriate settings,” the statement said.Hospital management apologised to any patient who had been waiting and reminded patients that the ED should be for emergencies only and injuries such as suspected broken bones  or sprains in patients over the age of five can be treated at local injury clinics in John’s, Ennis and Nenagh. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisementcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGScrisisemergency departmentfeaturedlimerickUniversity Hospital Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking newsHospital moves to alleviate ED crisisBy Bernie English – February 5, 2015 928 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Wild Bean extends BP bakery offer

first_imgWild Bean Café has expanded the range of bakery products served at its 230 stores in BP petrol stations.Custard and jam iced finger buns, topped with sweet fondant icing and a traditional piped icing decoration, are one of three new products launching this spring. The buns, which retail for £1.19, are injected with either raspberry jam or vanilla custard going into four points along the bun, so consumers get a mouthful of the filling with each bite.Other new arrivals at Wild Bean Café include: Belgian Bun twin-packs, containing a lemon and fruited Belgian dough swirl, topped with a fondant icing and a half cherry; and Cinnabun, an American-style dough swirl with a cinnamon paté filling. It is topped with a cream cheese icing and dusted with more cinnamon.Both products will retail for £1.39.www.wildbeancafe.comlast_img read more

Do-It-Yourself holiday gifts, Michaels employee shows us how

first_img“They pull it out, put it on their tree, they see it and they think to themselves ‘wow my kid made that for me’ or ‘my grandson made that for me’ and it just really is touching. It’s something that will forever just keep that memory alive,” Miller said. She said there are many gift ideas, from gingerbread houses to canvas paintings to designing your own ornaments. Michaels offers classes for all ages to make holiday gifts, such as a snowman shirt. Miller said crafts like this make the perfect holiday gift. Miller said children can put their own taste into the gift and make it their own way. She also said homemade crafts will make anyone smile and they are for all ages. “It wasn’t something they picked up off the shelf,” Miller said. “They sat there, put thought behind it, then built you this beautiful creative gift that you can just keep forever.” “It’s not just the ornament itself, but also the memory of that ornament,” Miller said. The first step is to pick out a design and heat up an iron. She says to cut out your shapes from iron-on heat transfer vinyl. Then, lay out the design and place a thin sheet beneath the shirt and iron to avoid burning the shirt. Finally, peel off the plastic from the vinyl and your shirt is complete.center_img It’s more than just a holiday shirt or ornament. VESTAL (WBNG) — Instead of buying a gift, you can get into the holiday spirit by making one yourself. On Wednesday, a local Michaels Arts and Crafts employee said do-it-yourself crafts are personalized gifts that come from the heart. On Michaels’ website, you can find the directions to all of the holiday crafts they make in their classes so you can do them in your own home. Their classes vary each month, but they have events most Saturdays from 11a.m.-12p.m. “You give that to a person and it’s something that they’re going to put up on a display for everybody else to see,” she said. Employee Amanda Miller said gift giving should be about the love behind the present and doesn’t have to break the bank.last_img read more

Revealed! The finalists for the England Golf Awards 2018

first_img The shortlist of outstanding finalists for the England Golf Awards 2018 is revealed today.They’ve been selected by the judging panel from a record-breaking entry which shines the spotlight on fantastic achievements in golf in England by volunteers, coaches, clubs and counties.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “We were thrilled by the number and quality of nominations we received and delighted that so many people are helping us to tell golf’s great stories to the wider community.“Our finalists are all outstanding and we are looking forward to highlighting their successes at our gala dinner and to applauding our winners.”The winners will be announced on 22 February 2018 at the Awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster London. Tickets for the glittering, black tie event are just £85 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person. Click here to book.The finalists are:Club of the Year sponsored by HowDidiDoBurghill Valley Golf Club, HerefordshireGarforth Golf Club, YorkshireLeeds Golf Centre, YorkshireStyal Golf Club, CheshireCoach of the Year sponsored by The PGAPhil Akers, The Belfry, WarwickshireAaron Lansberry, Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireAnders Mankert, Cosby Golf Club, LeicestershireMatthew Turnock, Mottram Hall Golf Club, CheshireCounty of the Year sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.CheshireMiddlesexMost Welcoming Golf Club sponsored by American GolfBurghill Valley Golf Club, HerefordshireGarforth Golf Club, YorkshireGolf at Goodwood, SussexNorwood Park Golf Centre, NottinghamshireVolunteer of the Year sponsored by Players 1stJean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, SurreySue Robertson of the Disabled Golf AssociationRichard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, WiltshireJenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, HampshireYoung Ambassador of the Year in association with the Golf FoundationMegan Field of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireJess Pinnell of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireLiam Ridgill of Drax Golf Club, YorkshireGeorgina Wrixon of Ashley Wood Golf Club, DorsetChampionship Venue of the YearFelixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk; hosts of the English women’s county finals.Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland; hosts of the English senior men’s county finals.Manchester Golf Club, Lancashire; hosts of the Reid Trophy, the English U14 boys’ open championship.Performance of the YearEngland women’s team; winners of the European team championship for the second year in a row.Tommy Fleetwood, winner of the 2017 Race to Dubai, helped by two European Tour victories.Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex; the British girls’, English women’s and European Young Masters champion.Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park Golf Club, Kent; European amateur champion, silver medallist at The Open and a Walker Cup player.The Lifetime Service Award sponsored by Bridgestone: the outright winner of this ninth category will also be recognised at the Awards dinner.Watch out for our series of New Year articles featuring the finalists. 17 Dec 2017 Revealed! The finalists for the England Golf Awards 2018 Tags: Award, England Golf, Finalistslast_img read more

Operations cease as Stabroek Market floods

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council has temporarily ceased operations at the Stabroek Market after excessive high tides resulted in flooding.The Stabroek Market constantly floods from high tidesOn Tuesday, the Council informed that they were currently looking at ways to address the situation after it was brought to their attention. This decision comes at a time when stallholders would see a large crowd of customers.According to the Council, flooding would usually occur when there are expected high tides. To factor in a more holistic approach, ‘disruptions’ will take place. But the Council has decided to put the matter on the back burner until next year.Guyana Times understands that a nearby sewer system would have significantly escalated the issue by infiltrating the market with a pungent odour.“To treat with the issue holistically, there will be significant disruption of the market operations; selling will be ceased temporarily. The Council contemplated its action and considered the quest of the stallholders to yield sales, especially being the Christmas season. Nevertheless, the Council remains committed to dealing with the issue in early January 2020,” the Georgetown Council disclosed.In October, the Market was also closed for a few days owing to high tides which caused widespread flooding. During that time, all the items stored on the ground were damaged, especially perishable and consumable items.This situation comes just days after vendors had complained about leaking roofs and poor drainage. Vendors of both the Stabroek Market and Bazaar have expressed discomfort while plying their daily trade after leaking roofs resulted in damaged goods.“I come in last Wednesday or Thursday and when I look down, the ground wet wet. That’s when I tell my son that the roof leaking bad and look at how much [things] get wet… All the soap and things that went open wet and I had to throw them away,” the woman told this publication after the incident.While the areas have been known for its dilapidated state, only droplets would fall from the roof and fixed with the placement of a bucket. However, it has become a bigger issue now and other stalls have also complained about losses. More importantly, this occurrence poses as a discomfort.In both cases, complaints were filed at the Mayor’s Office for better drainage but there has been no response to date. It was revealed that if these issues are fixed, the probability of future flooding would be unlikely and damages lessened.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Canada selling its 19 stake in the Terra Nova offshore oil

first_imgCALGARY – Exxon Mobil Corp. says its Canadian arm has put up for sale its 19 per cent interest in the Terra Nova offshore oil project 350 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador.Spokeswoman Suann Guthrie confirms that the company is marketing its stake after a review of its portfolio to ensure it meets its strategic objectives.She says the decision has no impact on Exxon’s other assets in Canada and adds the company will remain a long-term investor in the province.ExxonMobil Canada is the operator of the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil project off Newfoundland and Labrador, which pumped its first oil in November, and a part owner of the Hibernia offshore project. It operates the Sable offshore natural gas project in Nova Scotia which is being decommissioned due to production declines.Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods said in January the company would invest more than US$50 billion over the next five years to expand its business in the United States, helped by reduced U.S. federal taxes on corporations.Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the operator of Terra Nova with a 38 per cent stake. Production began in 2002.Companies in this story include: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Elderly man killed as car rams into his cycle

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 65-year-old man was killed after a car rammed into his bicycle in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.The accident happened on Wednesday night at around 10:45 pm when the man took a right turn from a signal and the car, which was coming from the opposite direction, rammed into his bicycle. The car was coming from Vidhan Sabha area and was on way to IP college in Civil Lines. Prakash Tiwari, a resident of P&T Colony in Civil Lines, was rushed to a hospital but he was declared brought dead by doctors. Tiwari was a local vendor at civil lines. “The accused has been arrested and he was the driver of the car. He could not react in time and hit the cycle. The victim was rushed to the hospital bit was declared brought dead by doctors,” said a senior police officer. Gaurav Saxena, the diver of the errant vehicle is a resident of Gandhi Nagar, was working as a driver for the past six months. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC was registered at Civil the Lines police station and the accused, identified as Gaurav Saxena, was arrested, the officer said.last_img read more

Marrakech’s FIFM: Princess Lalla Meryem chairs royal dinner

first_imgMarrakech – Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, on Saturday at the Marrakech convention center, a dinner offered byKing Mohammed VI on the occasion of the official opening of the 13th edition of Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM).The 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, opened on Friday at the city’s convention center.The opening ceremony was marked by the attendance of figures from several spheres mainly culture and the movie industry. This edition is marked by the attendance of Indian star Deepika Padukone and Egyptian actor Adel Imam, in addition to US star Sharon Stone who was granted the FIFM Star award.Now in its 13th year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has grown in size and star power, with Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson as jury members of this year’s edition.This year’s edition opened with a vibrant tribute to American actress Sharone Stone. With MAPlast_img read more