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Visionary tackles racial injustice in communities

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Tim Wise, an author and anti-racism activist, led a discussion about race and privilege Monday night in Bovard Auditorium.The event, called “White Like Me: An Honest Discussion About Race and Privilege,” was sponsored by the USC Latino Student Assembly in conjunction with El Centro Chicano, the Black Student Assembly and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.“We thought it would be interesting to have someone who is Caucasian talking about these issues, since it would usually be someone of color,” said Valerie Fernandez, executive director of the Latino Student Assembly.Wise’s lecture informed students that issues of race should be spoken about more frequently and openly. He discussed how society should be unafraid to look at the systems in which we operate, and analyze how we tackle issues of race.He placed responsibility to be aware of racism on all members of society, not just people of color. Wise explained the importance of being aware of the issues that people of color face, especially for Caucasian people.“We’re not intentionally oppressive, but we are often oblivious to the experience of others and this is very dangerous,” he said.Wise said fighting white supremacy is an issue all people should be concerned with. During the lecture, he spoke of his views regarding how continued racism is a prevalent issue today.“When you fight white supremacy, you are not doing it to save people of color as a charity. If we don’t make change now, it will destroy our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “This is not charity, but rather self-help.”Students appreciated the new perspective that Wise gave on issues of race through his experiences as a Caucasian male.“He was able to talk about issues that are usually only addressed by black people. It really touched me that a person that is not my color skin is willing to help my cause,” said Levi Powell, the student affairs and diversity chair of BSA.Having these discussions about race is only the first step, Wise said. He told audience members that everyone needs to take these conversations as an impetus for action.Aneesha Gupta, a freshman majoring in computer science, said that Wise’s words opened her eyes to ways to take action to help defeat racism in society.“The discussion was really interesting for me since I grew up in a primarily white area,” Gupta said. “The lecture was a nice reality check that these issues exist, and to hear the effects they have on people here,” she said.last_img read more

Syracuse encouraged by positive signs as Zion Williamson leads Duke past SU in ACC Tournament

first_img“Playing against a guy like (Williamson), it’s hard to stop,” Buddy said. “And no matter what you do, he’s gonna score. I think there’s a lot of good things we can take away from that. And just to fight back was huge and showed a lot about what we can do.”Syracuse has shown what players call “fight,” this season. About a month ago, Elijah Hughes said that the Orange were still searching for a basketball identity. But it had “heart.” SU often chopped into second-half deficits through short runs. Against the Blue Devils, that’s what happened.Syracuse carried over its late first-half surge with an early Howard jumper. The Orange, even without Battle for the second-straight night, were in the game. Buddy, coming off a career-night, hit a right-corner 3 to bring the Orange within one with over 13 minutes remaining. Then, Buddy curled off a screen to drain a right-wing 3 moments later and tie it at 46.Howard kept coming, making shots right down to a 3 near the final buzzer to finish with a career-high 28 points. He knew he’d have to be more aggressive without Battle, and he was.“Around this time of the year I finally got my body right to feel comfortable to attack, and that’s just what I’ve been trying to do,” Howard said.More coverage The Final Word: Beat writer’s discuss Syracuse’s ACC Tournament loss to DukeFrank Howard, Jim Boeheim insist Howard’s trip of Zion Williamson was unintentionalSyracuse’s ACC Tournament run ends, Zion Williamson’s return and more takeaways from SU’s 84-72 loss to Duke For a postseason, rubber-match game against a Duke team that Syracuse fans want to be a rival, Thursday’s game didn’t mean a whole lot. The Orange were without their star. And the game didn’t have any implications on SU’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament, either. But Syracuse’s players have never been happy after a loss.“It sucks right now, losing the game like that, knowing that you had a chance,” Buddy said. “But I think just to come back in the first half against the best team in the country, I think, was huge for us.”The Orange believe that each and every game, they can compete with anyone. That’s what they did Thursday. In the end, Williamson and the Blue Devils were too good. But that won’t stop the Orange from feeling they can play well against any opponent.“The fighting thing will never get out,” Marek Dolezaj said. “… Next game, we will fight 40 minutes. It’s really hard to beat us.” Comments CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At Duke’s postgame press conference, a media member asked Zion Williamson how badly he’s wanted to be on the floor in the last couple of weeks. Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski jumped in.“Forget about him,” Krzyzewski joked. “How badly I wanted him out there. Why is it always about you?” Krzyzewski posed to Williamson.“I don’t know, ask them,” Williamson responded.The freshman phenom made it very obvious on Thursday night. Williamson returned from injury to lead No. 3-seed Duke (27-5, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) past No. 6-seed Syracuse (20-13, 10-8) at the Spectrum Center, 84-72. Williamson finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. He made all 13 of his field goal attempts, tying an ACC single-game record. Williamson and Duke didn’t relent, but the Orange hung around all game after an early double-digit deficit, a promising sign, players said. That meant that after the game, in the locker room, Syracuse’s players were forced to grapple with a difficult balance: A loss set in contrast with positive signs with the NCAA Tournament coming up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew how great we played in the second half,” Oshae Brissett said. “And if (Battle) was there, he would’ve had way more than 12 points. We look at that as a positive.”Williamson’s presence in the first two Syracuse-Duke games led to the opposite result than anticipated. His 35-point, 10-rebound performance at home wasn’t enough to prevent an SU upset. And his absence in the second meeting didn’t stop the Blue Devils from exacting revenge.In Williamson’s first game back from a knee injury suffered on Feb. 20, the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year made the difference one would expect. SU head coach Jim Boeheim has said he’s never seen a player like Williamson, and Thursday, Syracuse had no answer for such a unique talent.“I’ve seen a lot of great players, I’m not saying he’s better than those guys, but he’s a different player,” Boeheim said. “He can do things that nobody has done in this game.”Williamson dunked. He finished through contact. He even swished a 3 from the left wing in the first half. Going into the break, the potential No. 1 NBA Draft pick had 21 points and nine rebounds to go along with five steals.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIt looked like Williamson and Duke would run away with it in the first half. But Frank Howard brought Syracuse back with 10-straight Orange points in the last four minutes. He hit a floater, an elbow jumper and two 3s.For more than nine first-half minutes, the Orange trailed by double digits. But when Buddy Boeheim drained a 3 inside of a minute to play in the first half, it brought SU within six.center_img Published on March 14, 2019 at 11:34 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Miami Mayor and City Commissioner reaffirm commitment to immigrants

first_imgCity of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Ken Russell says the City of Miami remains open and committed to immigrants and those seeking freedom, democracy and opportunity, from all over the world.At the same time, the Miami officials called on the Miami-Dade County Commission to re-affirm its commitment to protecting the county’s “most vulnerable populations, in particular undocumented immigrants.”Mayor Regalado and Commissioner Russell have indicated they will be working with the Cities for Citizenship initiative to provide space in the City where workshops will be conducted to help legal residents become citizens.“The City of Miami has a long-standing policy of treating all people that interact with our public officials and officers equitably, no matter that person’s immigration status,” Mayor Tomas Regalado said.Regalado emphasized the Miami Police Department has internal policies that require all persons that come into contact with city officers to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their residency and citizenship situation. He also made it clear the Department does not release persons to federal immigration officials if a person is a crime victim, material witness, involved in a domestic matter, suspected of a minor offense, or seeking medical attention.Ken Russell…says immigrants including his own mother built Miami City“Immigrants from abroad, including my own mother, built this City,” Commissioner Russell said. “Miami is an immigrant City and we should embrace that identity. Policies that make people who are here for a better life fearful of our law enforcement is not only bad for them and dangerous to our officers, but also turns our back on basic American values.”“Fostering unity and respect for all our communities is vital to our City’s mission,” stated Commissioner Russell. ” While a large portion of our City’s residents were born elsewhere, our common future vision of a thriving Miami is what keeps us united. No law, statute, ordinance, executive order, policy, memorandum or edict should be allowed to divide us.”Mayor Regalado and Commissioner Russell are hopeful their statements, and their partnership with Cities for Citizenship, will help to alleviate some of the negative rhetoric about immigrants that is currently circulating.Florida has the third largest immigrant population in the nation, with 3.8 million immigrants calling the Sunshine State home. About 830,000 of these immigrants are legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship. Some 494,000 of these residents live in Miami-Dade, representing 19 percent of the County’s population. Unfortunately, more than half of these have not pursued citizenship due to communication barriers and limited financial resources to pay the $725 application fee, and possible attorneys’ fees. Others simply do not feel motivated to bother with the complex and oftentimes intimidating process of applying for citizenshiplast_img read more

Michigan organization brings human trafficking awareness to the sunrise side

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“They had injected her right in birch run mall. And she said ‘bull crap, that’s my daughter, I’m calling 911.’”Community members shared their questions and concerns at Saturday’s seminar, reinforcing the harsh reality that human trafficking is real and affects even the most oblivious communities.Co–chair of Human Trafficking Community Group, Becky Schirrick, says that’s part of what makes the crime so scary.“It can take place anywhere. People are under the misnomer this is a big city or an urban issue, and actually, victims can be from all walks of life and from any socio–economic statue of any region in Michigan.Schirrick brought in experts from christian–based Night Angels anti–human trafficking organization to explain that what we assume about trafficking isn’t always accurate.“I was there at one time in my life as well. I thought I was a very smart guy, I thought I was very well read, I was on top of the news and understood the problems in the world. I did not understand this problem. And we need to teach people so they can rise up in righteous indignation to this problem and to this issue and once they get educated, once they understand the problem, how it occurs, where it occurs, when it occurs, and the fact that we’re all vulnerable to it in some way, shape, or form, that people need to rise up, the church needs, to rise up, to deal with this problem.”If nothing else, Baggett wants to leave community members with this message.“It’s time to wake up. Don’t think because of where you live or the socio–economic background or strata that you live in that you’re oblivious to it. You can’t do enough to protect your children, you can’t do enough to protect yourself to some degree. And you need to be wise, and you need to be educated, because if you can help yourself, you can help others.Lauren Mixon, WBKB News.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Human Trafficking, sex trafficking, tawas, traffickingContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Shipwrecks ready for Saturday Night OpenerNext Photo of the Day for Monday, April 29last_img read more

Abubakar Damba jumps to the defence of Soulama Abdoulaye

first_imgFormer Ghana keeper Abubakar Damba has jumped to the defence of Hearts keeper Soulama Abdoulaye after his howler gifted Kotoko a 1-0 victory over Hearts of Oak.The keeper had a torrid day after he was red carded in the second half after denying Dauda Mohammed a clear goal scoring opportunity.The Burkinabe was playing against his former employers for the first time in a league game in Accra and for Damba, Soulama was keen to prove himself to his former employers.“In football, everything can happen, the fans were great and the stadium was charged but Soulama should have kept it cool but he wanted to prove himself to his former employers that they were wrong to let him go,” he told Asempa Sports.“He should have understood that he is playing against his former club and he should have again recognized that the pressure will be unimaginable but he was anxious to perform against his former side and that was what cost the team and him as a player.” “I know and I believe he has played in big stadiums and he is the goalkeeper for his national team and he seen big crowds than what we saw at the Accra Sports Stadium.” “The problem was, there was a big miscommunication between Soulama and his defender but in all, let’s treat him very well and motivate him or else he will lose his confidence as a player because he has a lot of football in him.”Abubakar Damba was once goalkeeping coach of Accra Hearts of Oak.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov hits back at critics after 5th cancellation of fight vs. Tony Ferguson

first_imgKhabib Nurmagomedov says he is more upset than anybody that his fight with Tony Ferguson has been postponed for a fifth time, this one because of the coronavirus pandemic.The unbeaten UFC lightweight champion was due to face Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant the event could not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurmagomedov had been informed it was “99 percent” certain that he would still do battle with Ferguson, and Abu Dhabi was set to stage the event. Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? – I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? – Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes. – Сижу дома на карантине и читаю реакцию людей на ситуацию вокруг моего боя, получается весь мир должен сидеть на карантине, правительства всех стран и известные люди всего мира призывают людей соблюдать требования безопасности, чтоб ограничить распространение болезни ради спасения людей, а Хабиб, освобождён от всех обязательств и должен демонстрировать свободу воли и тренироваться летая по всему миру рискуя своей жизнью ради боя ? – Я все понимаю и точно не меньше вас расстроен отменой боя, наверно у меня , как и у всех других, было много планов после боя, но я не в силах контролировать все это. Сверх державы и крупнейшие компании нашего времени в шоке от того, что происходит, каждый день ситуация меняется непредсказуемо. Но Хабиб все равно должен драться, так получается? – Берегите себя и поставьте себя на мое место.A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on Apr 1, 2020 at 12:02pm PDTRewatch classic fights on DAZN”Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. “(G)overnments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?”I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all.” The 31-year-old Russian on Wednesday said there is no chance he can fight as he follows orders to remain at home.center_img View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

Thierry Ascione, coach of Tsonga, intends to mount a ground tour in France

first_imgNo particular locations or dates are recognized but, however the gamers have reacted positively to an thought comparable to the one the Spanish Tennis Federation desires to perform. “I’ve talked to some gamers like Jo (Tsonga), Lucas (Pouille), Jeremy (Chardy) … they’re all ,” says Ascione. “I’m going to speak to others. We are going to proceed hand in hand with the FFT (French Federation) with this undertaking.” All the pieces will depend upon the liberty of motion that exists in France and it should be remembered that Roland Garros It might be held between September 20 and October 4, the dates that it unilaterally selected for its postponement. In accordance to experiences L’Equipe and it echoes Tennis.com, Thierry Ascione, coach of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga along with the Spanish Sergi Bruguera and organizer of the ATP 250 match in Lyon, intends to mount a dust tour of southern France if the state of affairs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic permits it.Ascione’s thought is to launch a collection of occasions for French gamers from the area and residents of that half of the nation, resembling Daniil Medvedev, who lives in Monte Carlo. “We are going to attempt to set up a match circuit to assist those that want it most,” stated Ascione. “It would additionally assist tourism, which has been hit exhausting. The advantages might be totally shared.”last_img read more

AMEU Instructors Want Better Incentives for Faculty, Support Staffs

first_imgDr. Q. Somah Paygai, Vice President for Administration of the faith-based African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), on Camp Johnson Road, in Monrovia, has called on the Board of Directors to increase the salary of  employees.Dr. Paygai’s appeal was contained in a statement he delivered on Monday, June 11, at an honoring program of 35 “hardworking and long-serving staffs for their commitment to duty along with 25 students for academic excellence.”He informed the Board that in order for the university to remain focused in the pursuit of academic excellence, its faculty and administrative staffs must be paid salaries that will at least meet some of their basic needs.Dr. Paygai lauded the honorees for their dedication to job and study.At present, according to him, the university has a student enrollment of more than 4,000, over 138 academic staffs and 200 administrative staff members, who are dedicated and devoted to their respective duties. But he said they work under difficult situations that are incredibly hard to endure.“We know that many of you have stayed for long hours working for the good of the AMEU, so we say, thank you very much for your time and contributions to develop this university. It is through your collective and individual commitments that this university has been transformed into what it is today,” Paygai commended.He indicated that with the great achievements already made in its 23 years of existence, the institution still has a bigger goal to pursue in the coming years.Clemenceau B. Urey, the chief executive officer of the Atlantic Life and General Insurance Company, lauded the administration for providing “quality education to the students over the years.”Urey said amid some challenges that the institution has endured for the past 23 years, it has stood tall, delivering quality education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man granted bail on fraud charge

first_imgThirty-six-year-old Safraz Bacchus appeared on Monday before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer a charge of obtaining money by false pretence.He denied the charge, which stated that on May 17, 2018, at King and Charlotte Streets, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $550,000 from Yolanda Persaud by falsely pretending he was in a position to sell her motor car PKK 8727, knowing the assertion to be false.According to the facts presented in court, the accused advertised motor car PKK 8727 on his Facebook page, and the virtual complainant called to express her interest in purchasing the car.On the day in question, Persaud and the defendant met and an agreement was made out in relation to the purchase of the vehicle. However, the previous owner of the car made contact with the VC and informed her that the accused had breached their agreement.The matter was reported, and the defendant was contacted, told of the offence, and later charged.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris did not object to Persaud being placed on bail, thus he was placed on bail, and the matter was adjourned until November 12, 2018.last_img read more

New Agreement to Recruit Teachers for Rural Areas

first_imgStudents in rural and remote school districts will benefit from a new agreement that will help districts recruit and retain teachers, Education Minister Shirley Bond announced today.The BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have reached an agreement as to how to disburse the Remote Recruitment and Retention Allowance designed to attract teachers to rural communities and retain teachers in those communities.As part of the 2006 labour negotiations between BCPSEA and BCTF, funding was set aside to address recruitment and retention of teachers in rural and remote communities. This allowance has now been expanded to include more communities. Boards of Education will receive $3.5 million annually to help attract and retain teachers in remote communities.- Advertisement -Teachers who qualify for this allowance will receive a $2,200 yearly allowance and up to 3% on the salary grid. The Public Education Recruitment and Retention Support Committee, made up of representatives from BCPSEA and BCTF, have established eligibility criteria based on the size of the community, distance from major centres and medical care facilities, and whether accessibility is limited to ferry, airplane or train.last_img read more