For many black Americans, nothing has changed since civil rights movement

first_imgFor three generations, black Americans have learned the same cautionary tale about the police. And many, speaking on the fringes of George Floyd’s memorial ceremonies, say that nothing has changed in the US since the mid-20th century struggle for civil rights.”Some things have changed, but not enough has changed,” Norman Mitchell told AFP during a memorial service for Floyd at his former school, Jack Yates High, in Houston’s predominantly black Third Ward neighborhood.He acknowledged political advances made for the African American community, such as the election of Barack Obama as the first black president in the history of the US, but at the same time recounted the discrimination he and his children continue to face because of the color of their skin. “It took an individual kneeling on someone’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds for the world to see the issue that we’ve been fighting for the last 100 years,” said the 55-year-old.”When I was a young man, my father used to tell me to be very careful when I went out because there was a possibility that I could be stopped by the police,” Mitchell added.He said he “had this exact same conversation with” his sons, whose ages range from 17 to 32.Floyd’s agony as a white police officer knelt on his neck in a Minneapolis street hit Mitchell’s youngest son particularly hard. He “did not think it was real until May 25, and he knew the stories we had been sharing for years,” Mitchell said, whose own brother was killed by a Houston police officer in 1991. At 63 years old, Laura Allen was a child when marches and protests against police brutality started in the Texan city’s streets.”I was three or four years old with my family down (in) the streets, and we’re having to march for the same civil rights that we did years ago,” she said.”Not much has changed at all.”The former Yates student — class of 1975 — slammed the inequality and “double standard” of police policies in Houston, where “almost every black male I know have been profiled.” Scared of cops Like many others, Allen has countless stories of arbitrary arrests and intimidation. In 1980, she was detained by park police “for carrying a glass.”This year, she was pulled over during a trip to Alabama with her husband and daughter.”As soon as we crossed the Alabama border, we were instantly stopped. They ask, ‘Is this your car?'” recalled the small, gray-haired woman.Just as her father brought her to protests, so Allen accompanied her daughter, Leah, last week to a massive rally in Houston, where 70,000 people demanded justice for Floyd.At 28, Leah Allen has the same distrust of police officers as her mother, since “you never know what could happen.””I’m very scared of cops,” she said, recounting how police officers have followed her or leered sexually at her.Tragedy can strike at any moment. Syreeta Polley, 38, points to the death in 2016 of black motorist Philando Castile, who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop near Saint Paul, Minnesota.As with Floyd, his shocking final moments were caught on video.Polley has taught her teenage daughter, Nia Madison, to “respect authority figures” and be “cautious.”The 17-year-old has started driving, and the lesson is clear: “Make sure you’re prepared if you’re being pulled over,” said Polley.”It’s 2020 and it’s a big step back, it pushes us back to the 50s and 60s and the stories my 92-year-old grandmother would tell,” Polley added.Even the Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, admitted that “there is a lot of work to do” to change the police force’s mindset.Houston-based rapper William James Dennis — or “Willie D” — hopes that Floyd’s death will serve as a catalyst.The black community “can use [the death of George Floyd] as a short window of opportunity to move America forward,” the artist and activist told AFP on Tuesday, during Floyd’s funeral. Topics :last_img read more

Bristol to `adopt’ Jason `AK 47’ Barker

first_imgOVERSEAS-based boxing manager and promoter Seon Bristol has pledged to adopt Caribbean super heavyweight champion Jason `AK 47’ Barker as a `son’ leading up to his December 26th boxing card. Bristol told Chronicle Sport that his Bris O Promotion company had promised to have several boxers adopted before the card, which would allow for much-needed assistance to be offered to those selected.“We have asked that our former boxers and supporters adopt a current fighter for this upcoming card. So you may find Lennox Blackmoore, Kenny Bristol, Winfield Braithwaite, Gairy St. Clair and so on adopting ‘sons’.This would ensure that the current boxers have what it takes to be properly prepared for the Boxing Day tournament,” Bristol said.Barker, an inmate of the Georgetown Prisons, won the Caribbean super heavyweight title last December in Barbados and will defend the crown in St Lucia later this year.He is the national heavyweight champion and has remained undefeated since losing to Quincy `Biggy’ Small in the National Open in October 2014.Bristol related that details of the undertaking would be worked out with the 6” 2” orthodox fighter and the prison authorities when he (Bristol) returns to Guyana shortly. When contacted, president of the Guyana Boxing Association,Steve Ninvalle welcomed the move.“Mr. Bristol has been finding new ways to give back to the sport. We applaud his latest show of generosity and hope that others would follow,” Ninvalle said.last_img

Heather Schwarz and Abbey Miller lead Syracuse ice hockey past No. 7 North Dakota, 3-0

first_img Published on November 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ A shutout performance in net by Abbey Miller coupled with a pair of goals from Heather Schwarz propelled Syracuse (4-6-3, 3-2-1 College Hockey America) past No. 7 North Dakota (6-5-4, 5-4-3 Western Collegiate Hockey) to a 3-0 shutout at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.Syracuse notched its first goal late in the first period as Lindsay Eastwood deflected a puck home on the power play. It was Eastwood’s second goal on the year and SU carried the lead into the first intermission.Schwarz tallied her first goal with about eight minutes to play in the second period to give the Orange a two-goal advantage.Schwarz notched her second goal of the afternoon when she put home an empty-net goal with 49 seconds remaining to give Syracuse a decisive three-goal lead.Miller once again was impressive in net saving all 19 shots she faced. Special teams also shined for the Orange as the penalty kill did not allow a goal, continuing the unit’s impressive track record. The power play also got in the action early, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange led most statistical categories including saves, faceoff wins and penalty kill.Syracuse finishes its weekend series with No. 7 North Dakota on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Commentslast_img read more

Lakers miss out on Goran Dragic, who would still consider L.A. in offseason

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After once talking to his team about championship aspirations, Lakers coach Byron Scott has experienced too many losses and absorbed too many injuries, so he has made a pretty understandable conclusion.“We need pieces at every position,” Scott said on Thursday after practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo.The Lakers (13-40) enter today’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (21-30) at Staples Center with the same roster as they had before Thursday’s trade deadline. The Lakers expressed a “ton” of interest in guard Goran Dragic, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation. But the Lakers “just didn’t have assets,” the league source said. Instead, the Phoenix Suns traded Dragic and his brother, Zoran, to the Miami Heat for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton and two first-round picks. “I didn’t think about it,” Scott said. “When someone told me he went to Miami. I was like, ‘Okay.’ That’s my attitude with everything. If they’re not here, there’s nothing I can do about it.” “We’re not going to be able to solve that problem in one year and one summer,” Scott said. “So it’s going to take us some time.”The Lakers’ players, however, remained more focused on the present.“I didn’t think Miami was the team he was going to go to,” Lakers forward Nick Young said of Dragic. “I thought it was going to be here or Houston as everybody was saying. It’s nerve-wracking. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”That explains why Young felt uneasy when Lakers trainer Gary Vitti jokingly told him on Thursday that Kupchak wanted to see him. Scott pulled a similar stunt on Wednesday to Lakers forward Jordan Hill. “It’s a blessing,” Hill said after Young playfully interviewed him. “Still here, still holding on by a thread.”That sums up most of the Lakers’ roster. Only Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Young and Ryan Kelly have guaranteed contracts beyond next season.“What I can do is implement my plan as a coach on what we have to do as a basketball team and starting to build those blocks right now,” Scott said. “Some of these guys who are here will be here. They’ll have a year under me of what I want done on both ends of the floor. I’ll still build that culture.”Scott’s optimism with the Lakers goes beyond spending 11 seasons of his 14-year NBA career here, where he won three NBA championships. He experienced rebuilding projects with the former New Jersey Nets (2000-2004), New Orleans Hornets (2004-09) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2013)The Nets went 26-56 in Scott’s first year in the 2000-01 season before making two consecutive Finals appearances. The Hornets went 18-64 in the Scott’s first year in the 2004-05 season before making two consecutive playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008.With that framework, Scott said that has helped him “understand the process better.”“I believe in it and see it. It’s a matter of us making it happen,” Scott said. “It gets me excited for this summer.”center_img A person familiar with Dragic’s thinking said he “loves the opportunity” to join the Lakers and sees them as a “perfect fit” when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. But the Heat can sign Dragic a five-year deal worth up to $100 million, while other teams can offer up to a four-year deal worth $80 million.Meanwhile, the Lakers still kept a first-round pick owed to Phoenix as part of the Steve Nash deal if it lands in the top five. The Lakers also have a mid-first round pick stemming from the Jeremy Lin trade.That explains why Scott expressed a vote of confidence in Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss in rebuilding the roster this summer. “I believe in Jim and believe in Mitch,” said Scott, who added they provided an unspecified rebuilding plan that he liked. “It’s going to take us some time. We know it’s going to be a process. You just have to stick to your guns.”Still, Scott tempered his optimism with some cautiousness, mindful that the Lakers are on pace to miss the playoffs and finish with the worst record in franchise history.last_img read more

Report: Raiders looking to trade for linebackers, pass rushers

first_imgThe Raiders had just nine sacks before Sunday, which was fifth-worst in the NFL.Their defensive issues were a large part of Sunday’s disastrous game in Green Bay as the Raiders allowed six touchdowns in the Packers’ first seven possessions in a 42-24 loss. Aaron Rodgers, who hadn’t had one 300-yard passing game this season, eclipsed that barrier in the third quarter on his way to going 25-for-31 for 429 yards and five touchdown passes.Passer rating vs #Raiders the past 2 seasons: 105.3QBs with passer rating of 105.3 in NFL history (min 200 att): Patrick Mahomes, 113.6— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 20, 2019 Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon With the NFL’s trade deadline approaching, the Raiders are reportedly shopping for linebackers and pass rushers as they look to upgrade their defense for a possible playoff run.The Raiders will be buyers before the Oct. 29 trade deadline as they’ve been calling multiple teams looking to deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday. No particular players targeted by Oakland were revealed, but two intriguing edge rushers said to be available are Vic Beasley Jr. of the Falcons and Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals. Beasley, a free-agent-to-be has just 1.5 sacks this season and 11.5 since leading the NFL in 2016 with 15.5 sacks. Dunlap, who made two Pro Bowl appearances while working with current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati, would seem to be a perfect fit in Oakland. The 30-year-old Dunlap has two years left on his three-year, $40.6 million contract but has missed the past two games with a knee injury.The Raiders lost an important part of their defense when oft-penalized middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the season after a helmet-to-helmet against the Colts on Sept. 29. It also hasn’t helped that Oakland hasn’t received much help from three of their top draft choices, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, safety Johnathan Abram and cornerback Trayvon Mullen. Ferrell has the third-worst pass-rush win rate among all pass rushers, according to In addition, Mullen hasn’t been seeing much action — has him with a sub-par 55.5 grade. Abram, the promising first-round pick from Mississippi State, suffered a torn rotator cuff injury and is on injured reserve.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Despite some issues on defense, the Raiders were a surprising 3-2 before getting blown out by the Packers on Sunday. The Raiders defense came into the game 21st in the league in points allowed (24.6 per game) and 17th in yards allowed (355.6 per game). Their unit was ranked 29th out of 32 teams, according to Pro Football Articleslast_img read more

South African big business helps entrepreneurs

first_imgRay Maota Small businesses like this tombstone seller from Hoedspruit in Limpopo can expand their business with funding from the NEF. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) Philisiwe Buthelezi, the Enterprise Development Fund’s CEO, said that the fund aims to bridge the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged citizens. (Image: Engineering News) MEDIA CONTACTS • Department of Trade and Industry  +27 12 394 9500 RELATED ARTICLES • SAB’s R6bn empowerment deal • New youth agency for South Africa • MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme • Black economic empowermentThe National Empowerment Fund (NEF), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, has launched the Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) to fund small, medium and micro black enterprises with loans ranging between R250 000 (US$37 000) and R75-million ($11-million).The only difference between the EDF and other agencies of the department is that the EDF raises its funds from contributions by big businesses, who will invest 3% of their annual profits in the venture.This means big business will be helping smaller ones get established.The NEF has already received funding of R2.3-billion ($298-million) from the Treasury, and is looking forward to a potential cash injection from the top 40 companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This sum could exceed R5.3-billion ($749-million).Contributing towards empowermentPhilisiwe Buthelezi, the fund’s CEO, said: “We want to create a new industrial capacity with inputs driven by black South Africans.”She said that the fund aims to bridge the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged citizens – “not by taking from the haves, but saying how we can partner to empower the have-nots.”By donating 3% of their profits, private businesses will earn points as a measured entity under the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003, which states that contributing companies will earn a 15% weighting towards 100% compliance.The funding is voluntary but if businesses do not comply, they face losing their empowerment accreditation points.Contribution will result in certain tax advantages – businesses that do comply will receive a tax benefit of up to 10% off their taxable income because the NEF is tax-exempt, so companies that invest in the fund will not be subject to a donations tax.Lawrence Mavundla, president of the National Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The law states that companies should contribute 3% towards enterprise development and 2% should be allocated to corporate social investment.”Mavundla expressed his hope that big corporate will be willing to contribute to the fund.“I hope the NEF will also provide post-funding mentorship to help these small black companies to grow,” he added.Because a lack of expertise and knowledge is a threat to the survival of small companies in a competitive industry – and many of them do succumb even after funding – post-funding mentorship is seen as a solution to this problem.Major groups such as Volkswagen, Chrysler, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Nestle and Edcon have expressed interest in the fund, said the NEF.“To invest in the fund a company needs to sign a letter of participation, agreeing to pay over a minimum contribution of R5 million ($747 000),” said Buthelezi.Funding small business in South AfricaSouth Africa has a number of agencies aimed at boosting small businesses.They include the Small Enterprise Development Agency, which provides business development and support services for small enterprises; Khula Enterprise Finance, which is involved in funding small to medium enterprises; the Industrial Development Corporation, and others.Young entrepreneurs aidedThe inclusion of young entrepreneurs into the economy is also a national priority, supported by entities such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).With its primary target group aged between 14 and 35 years, the NYDA seeks to reduce unemployment in this age bracket, and promote social cohesion.The NYDA helps young entrepreneurs launch new businesses or to expand existing ones. It was launched on Youth Day, 16 June 2009 by President Jacob Zuma and was the result of a merger between the Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission.One of many NYDA success stories is that of 25-year-old Ntokozo Kenneth Ngcobo, who owns Miazi CC, an electrical design and installation company. Miazi boasts a number of big clients such as Eskom and government departments.Ngcobo said: “I think my electrical engineering diploma and employment experience gave me a solid foundation and enabled me to network with the relevant people.”He said that his goal for the next five years is to break into new markets, as he currently operates only in his home town of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.last_img read more

Racal smothers Gamboa in 2nd half to halt 3-game slide

first_imgRian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgBates said even though her team is confident of putting Bates said even though her team is confident of putting up a good show, she would not like to talk about the final now. “We have made it to the semi-final round, we have got to play as good cricket as we have played in the tournament. I am definitely confident, but we have still got semi-final against the West Indies before we (can) talk about the final,” she said. Stating that her team would like to draw inspiration from New Zealand mens team, which reached the final of the 2015 ODI World Cup, where they lost to Australia. “The guys go out there and express. And we are doing that in this tournament,” she said. PTI NRB CMlast_img read more

PM Modi, Rahul have no one at home, so go around hugging people: Owaisi

first_imgNearly three weeks after Rahul Gandhi’s impromptu hug to PM Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi called the incident a “farce”.Owaisi also advised Rahul Gandhi to get married as he has no one at home to hug him.”As both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi are single and have no one to hug them at their homes, they are going around hugging people outside,” said Owaisi amid bursts of laughter from the crowd.Speaking on Sunday, Owaisi said that Hitler also hugged the Jews before executing them.”10-12 lakh Jews had embraced Hitler but despite that they were killed in gas chambers. Rahul Gandhi hugging Modi was like an episode of a Hindi TV serial. On one hand our ‘Shariyat’ is getting targetted, we are getting lynched in the name of cow and we are fighting against Modi and what you are doing? Hugging him,” asked Owaisi.Owaisi also came down heavily on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam.The Hyderabad MP, on Sunday, said that since the ruling party failed to perform so they came out with the NRC.”When people asked about the 15 Lakh, Modi and Shah said take 40 lakh from Assam instead. It’s unfortunate that the President of the ruling party is calling these 40 lakh people ‘intruders’. Whether Amit Shah is so illiterate that he is unaware about the fact the Apex court never called them ‘intruders’, and if they are ‘intruders’ then conduct an NRC in Tripura and Jammu too.”advertisementThe AIMIM chief also alleged that the BJP-led central government is trying to intimidate people with NRC and only fanning the issue for political mileage.Owaisi expressed grief over the continuous attacks on Muslim community in the country and said that the lynchings are weakening India.”Killing us in the name of cow, cutting our beard will not deter us to follow our religion. It’s our constitutional right to follow our religion, sport whatever look we want. Who are they to stop us. We will grow an even longer beard now and with our peace and honesty attract more people to embrace Islam,” said Owaisi while mentioning the incident of a youth who was forced to shave off his beard in Haryana.The three-time MP from Hyderabad Owaisi also challenged the BJP to defeat him in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election.last_img read more