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first_imgAs if further proof was needed that Trump and many administration officials  are pro-white supremacy, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, helped seal the deal on this issue with his comments during a Fox TV News interview on Oct. 30.When host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly about the recent struggle to bring down Confederate statues which honor slavery, Kelly defended them: “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which, 150 years ago, was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.”When Kelly’s views were widely criticized, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, defended Kelly: “[A]ll of our leaders have flaws,” mentioning presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy. (Huff Post, Oct. 31)Sanders went on to say: “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country, and it certainly can’t erase them from our history.  And General Kelly was simply making the point that just because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it’s not our history.”Lee, Jefferson and Washington were slave owners.  Lee was a commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.Kelly is the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps.To put Kelly’s views into political context, it was Trump who stated that “both sides” were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, when armed neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other alt-right forces  viciously attacked anti-racist activists. Their actions resulted in the murder of anti-fascist Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd.  Neo-Nazis at the same rally nearly beat to death DeAndre Harris, an African-American youth.Bring them down!These white supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to defend a statue of Lee and prevent it from being taken down. Courageous actions by anti-racist protesters have removed Confederate monuments around the country in Durham, N.C., New Orleans and other cities.The U.S. Civil War was a struggle between two social systems — chattel slavery and wage slavery (capitalism), which could no longer co-exist side by side. Although the Union army defeated the Confederate army on the battlefield, surviving members of the slavocracy were allowed to regroup into extra-legal terrorist organizations like the KKK — thanks to pro-slavery sympathizers in the White House, led by President Andrew Johnson.Because Lee and other Confederate leaders called for Southern states to secede from the Union — which was deemed treasonous — shouldn’t Kelly’s and other Trump officials’ defense of the Confederacy also be viewed as treasonous?Some members of the Black Congressional Caucus state that Kelly needs a “history lesson” on what the Civil War was about.  However, in reality,  Kelly, Trump and their ilk are more than aware of whose side they are on.  And it is not the side of the workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgNews1,500 diagnosed with cancer in Limerick annuallyBy Staff Reporter – August 7, 2014 747 Linkedin Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UP TO 1,500 people are diagnosed with cancer in Limerick every year and this year, the Irish Cancer Society is calling on the community to get active and help beat cancer during this year’s race season.The Society is appealing to the women of Limerick to join ‘Team Irish Cancer Society’ for the upcoming events throughout the province with races in Kerry, Cork and Tipperary ahead of the event here in Limerick on October 26 at the UL Campus.John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said; “The upcoming Mini-Marathons in Munster is a great day out for women to have fun, get fit and also raise funds towards vital services which the Irish Cancer Society provides to cancer patients nationwide.People of all fitness levels can get involved in these events which promise a fun day out for all the family and provide a good incentive to increase physical activity. All funds raised by those who choose to fundraise for the Society will go towards the provision of free services to cancer patients and their families all over Ireland. Advertisement Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Email Print Previous articleRegen residents haul Government to courtNext article650 fish killed in slurry spill Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

first_img The Topps Company will create women’s professional softball cards for the first time in its 82-year history.Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed.The set will include cards for 56 of the world’s top players, including 17 Olympians from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Italy. Cat Osterman, Jazmyn Jackson, AJ Andrews, Victoria Hayward, Amanda Chidester, Aleshia Ocasio, Haylie Wagner, Samantha Show, Tori Vidales and Jessica Warren are among the players who will be featured.The set will include four “About the League” cards.Topps will also offer a “Championship Set” starting October 5 that will feature the Athletes Unlimited Softball League Champion, Defensive Player of the Season and other award and highlight cards.The season started August 29 and will continue until Sept. 28.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th September, 2020 08:25 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 08:25 IST Topps To Produce First-ever Women’s Softball Card Set Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Monday, January 14, 2013:•10:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal use of a financial card of a known suspect in the 100 block. W. Botkin, Wellington.•2 p.m. Officers took a report of control of animals, no Wellington registration and tags in the 400 block. W. Harvey, Wellington.•4:40 p.m. Officers took a report of control of animals by a known owner in the 1300 block. N. A, Wellington.•4:40 p.m. Officers took a report of control of animals by a known owner in the 900 block. N. Plum, Wellington.•5:08 p.m. Officers took a report of Control of Animals by known owner in the 500 block. E. Lincoln, Wellington.•On January 13, at 6:37 p.m. Officers took a report of Control of Animals by a known owner in the 200 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•Officers took a report of control of animals by a known owner in the 600 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Ridden with the biblical patience of Job, All Star Bub rallied late to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one length under Rafael Bejarano, while covering a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.12.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Midshipman filly was a restrained fifth at the rail heading to the half mile pole and Bejarano had to bide his time at the fence before switching out to the three-path inside the sixteenth pole.“I had a bad position at the rail,” said Bejarano, who registered his third win of the day. “I knew that (favored) Divina Comedia and Tiz Ladys Legs would take off, so I just tried to hold my position and I stayed right behind the speed.“In the stretch, I didn’t have anywhere to go but finally Divina Comedia (on the lead at the rail) and Show Stealer (second, just outside of “Divina”) took off a little, so it gave me a chance to get out and in the clear.”The second choice in a field of six older fillies and mares at 9-5, All Star Bub paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.80. Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, Campbell and Hollendorfer, All Star Bub got her third win from 15 starts. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $147,360.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer, who finished a half length in front of Backintheacademy, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.Backintheacademy, who split horses turning for home under apprentice Brayan Pena, rallied strongly for third, finishing a nose in front of Divina Comedia. Off at 17-1, Backintheacademy paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.31, 48.52, 1:12.99 and 1:38.68.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most well-known school book and stationery stores will enter its final chapter with a large closing down sale, beginning this week’s.Sprint Educational Supplies is a shop which many children and adults fondly remember as the place where they would stock up on school books, pens, paper, arts and crafts.Located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, the stores have had a loyal customer base since the company was first formed by the late Tom Gallagher three decades ago. The closure of Sprint Educational Supplies was first announced to school principals last week. In a statement, company director Angela Gilligan said the decision to close was made ‘with deep regret’, adding:“As you would have been aware that my husband Tom Gallagher founded the company over thirty years ago and he was the main driving force behind it. lndeed, he was our front man and would have personally known all his customers. Unfortunately following his untimely death in 2017 it has not been feasible for us his family to continue to give the heavy commitment required to continue trading. To this end we have taken the difficult decision to close the business.”Yesterday marked the end of an era as the two Sprint outlets begin closing down sales. Everything must go, with 50% off stationery, arts and crafts, learning resources, toys and games.There is 15% off school books and revision books. Plus, there is 25% off ink cartridges.This sale, on a cash and carry only basis, will continue at Spring Market Centre Letterkenny and Sprint Glebe Shopping Centre Donegal Town until all stock is gone.Sprint Educational Supplies announce closing down sale was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — So how did the Warriors manage to sweep two games at Oracle Arena against the potent Houston Rockets after losing twice at home in their opening playoff series to the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers?“I think Houston’s raised our awareness, our level of play,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “We respect them greatly, especially the battle we had last year in the seven-game series. So we want to take care …last_img read more

first_imgWoyzech on the Highveld brings togetherpuppets, actors and animated filmto graphically illustrate Woyzeck’s torturedmind as he tries to make sense of thehappenings in his life.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Basil Jones and Louis Seboko, who playsthe title character, with the puppetWoyzeck.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Busi Zokufa and puppet play Maria,Woyzech’s love interest.(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) During his travails Woyzek allows himselfto be subjected to medical experiments(Image: Ruphin Coudyzer) Tamara O’Reilly Puppets, like most things, have evolved: from talking socks and paper origami to life-sized, life-like manipulable objects enthralling kids and adults alike in productions around the world.One such production for grownups can be found at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg’s city centre, where Woyzech on the Highveld is being performed for the next six weeks. The play premiered here in 1992, when it ran for twice as long, now and accumulated honours such as the 1993 Vita Award for Production as well as the 1995 Vita award for Director of the Year.The genius behind the design is internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, working with the Handspring Puppet Company, founded by director Basil Jones. Together they bring together puppets, actors and animated film to graphically illustrate Woyzeck`s tortured mind as he tries to make sense of the happenings in his life. Woyzeck on the Highveld tells the story of a man who falls in love with a young woman in his village. To earn enough money for her and her child, he undergoes a series of medical experiments. When he discovers the woman is unfaithful, he becomes delusional and murders her.The German connectionThe play is based on the classic 19-century German play Woyzek by writer and dramatist Georg Buchner, but adapted to suit South African audiences. Buchner’s Woyzek was a German soldier in the 1800s but in this version the protagonist is a migrant worker surrounded by a lonely barren landscape of industrialisation that is Johannesburg in 1965.From the Market Theatre the play travels to Cape Town and then tours the world. First stop is Perth, Australia to participate in a world puppetry festival – an annual gathering of serious to novice puppeteers and like minded fans of this art form – thereafter Norway, the US and hopefully Germany, with whom the play and puppets share a strong kinship.“It’s an interesting story, our relationship with Germany,” says the show’s producer, Basil Jones. “After four years of performing the show we decided that was it. We weren’t going to do Woyzech on the Highveld anymore and so we sold the puppets to the Munich City Museum to help fund a theatre we were building.”In 2007 the producers could not turn down a recommission of the show. But puppet maker Adrian Kohler, despite his adeptness, would have been unable to carve the puppets in time and to his liking for the show. “Besides, Woyzech is such a special character that only the original was an option,” says Jones, “so we literally had to beg the museum to lend us Woyzech for the next two years.”Puppets and actorsThe puppets are made from light wood, which allows the actors to hold them upright for the 90-minute play without tiring. Their gestures and expressions are achieved as the actors tug on the appropriate strings attached to them.As much as the show is about the life-like dolls, the actors are an integral part of the production, as they provide a two- and sometimes three-dimensional take on a scene. Adding another dimension to the production is the use of visuals and music.“We found that when a puppet is still, by using moving objects in the background – in this case images – it’s as though you are going into the mind of the puppet,” says Jones. “Audiences love this technique and when it’s combined with music it achieves something extraordinary.”According to Jones, puppeteering has quite a following in other countries. He has just returned from the Olivier Theatre in London where Warhorse, a production he lent his expertise to, had an extremely successful run.“The TimeOut London magazine loved it … they even wrote an article potently claiming that ‘Puppets are the new rock and roll’ and for them to make such a poignant statement was really brave and showed just how much they embraced this kind of theatre,” says Jones.But at home many people still see puppets as playthings for children’s amusement.“I don’t think South Africans are really used to this type of theatre,” says Busi Zekofa, who plays Maria, Woyzech’s love interest. “There’s something really magnificent about puppets and there are things you can do with them that you won’t be able to achieve with human actors but people don’t really understand that.”Adds Jones: “It’s a hell of a thing to take a wooden thing and make it live. You have got to trust the objects and pour all your feelings into it.“I’m expecting Woyzech to be very popular because South Africans truly appreciate theatre and since it played all those years ago, it has come to be known by many as a one-of-a-kind production.”Useful links Market Theatre William Kentridge Handspring Puppet Companylast_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Depending on which half of Ohio you farm in, corn planting is either pretty far along (if not done) or hasn’t even started. The corn in the ground has unfortunately been sitting in some cold, wet conditions for a few days, but is the yield penalty greater for the corn facing those adversities in the ground or for the corn that hasn’t been dumped into the planter yet? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out in the week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report with Account Manager Troy Putnam.last_img read more

first_imgFor the U.S., it’s like getting a C-plus on its carbon-reduction report card, to which the teacher has attached an admonishment: “Sam is definitely doing better, but still has lots of room for improvement!”The “report card,” in this case, is the 2009 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index, which has been developed by the Environment Institute at University College London to track 34 countries’ progress toward reducing carbon emissions in their built environments. The index, also known as ZC2, is based on measures of energy consumption in the residential, commercial, and transportation sectors, and on implementation of national policies aimed at achieving zero-carbon performance.UCL released the ZC2 for 2009 this week along with results for 2008 to show not only current rankings but year-over-year improvements or declines in each country’s standing. Norway’s performance pushed it to the top of the 2008 ranking, and its performance in 2009 kept it in first place. Right behind it are Brazil, the UK, China and Australia (which share 4th place), and New Zealand.Researchers said they analyzed International Energy Agency data focused on three principal sets of indicators: 1) energy consumption associated with the residential, transportation, and tertiary (i.e. commercial and public services) sectors, since “the energy demand from these sectors is closely associated with the form, layout and structure of the built environment”; 2) progress toward “decarbonization” through the use of renewable energy as a “total primary energy supply” (TPES); 3) and an evaluation of the policy frameworks in place to promote carbon reductions in the built environment.EU policies bearing fruitThe U.S. is in a lowly position in the ranking, currently sharing 25th place with Poland. It is just ahead of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, and South Africa, and right behind Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, and Spain.The five countries whose ranking improved the most are the Slovak Republic, which went from 26th place (which it shared with Canada) in 2008 to 20th in 2009; France, which went from 24th to 17th place; Germany, which went from 15th (tied with Turkey) to 9th place; and the U.S, which went from 30th to 25th place.In general, UCL researchers note, countries in the European Union – including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK – ranked relatively high on the index chart, indicating that the EU’s ambitious carbon-reduction policies are prompting significant shifts in built-environment practices and behavior.last_img read more