Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh ¡presente!

first_imgWe celebrate on May 19 the birthdays of two world-bending revolutionaries, Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X.Born in 1890 in central Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh was the Marxist-Leninist communist who forged and led a people’s movement and army that defeated the invading imperialist might of both France and the United States and ultimately liberated Vietnam from colonialism.Born in 1925 in the U.S., Malcolm X was the African-American leader who raised to global attention the concepts of Black nationalism, Black self-defense and the right of self-determination of Black peoples. Malcolm X also made a major contribution to the global movement for Pan-Africanism.Neither met the other, yet their deeds and words intertwine, and together they continue to inspire us toward revolution.At this moment, as the U.S. ruling class fans the deadly fires of racist hatred, Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh unite to give a profound lesson in building international solidarity with oppressed people and nations.In 1924 — the year before Malcolm X was born — at the Fifth Congress of the Communist International in Moscow, Ho Chi Minh made a presentation during a session on the “National and colonial question.” He emphasized the importance of support for the Black liberation struggle in the U.S., saying in part: “It is well-known that the Black race is the most oppressed and the most exploited of the human family. It is well-known that the spread of capitalism and the discovery of the New World had as an immediate result the rebirth of slavery. … What everyone does not perhaps know is that after sixty-five years of so-called emancipation, [Black people in the U.S.] still endure atrocious moral and material sufferings.” (tinyurl.com/n5nlck6)Forty years later, in 1964, Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, put the Black liberation struggle in a worldwide context, saying: “It is incorrect to classify the revolt of [Black people] as simply a racial conflict of Black against white, or as a purely [U.S.] American problem. Rather, we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter.” (Malcolm X Speaks)And he acknowledged the centrality of the national liberation war led by Ho Chi Minh to that global rebellion, saying: ”Viet Nam is the struggle of all third-world nations — the struggle against imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism.” (1972 interview with Yuri Kochiyama, tinyurl.com/k93cq2n)The voices of both these revolutionaries ring out with the clarion call of SOLIDARITY as the path to a future of justice and liberation.They remind us that we of the multinational, multigendered, global working class have a common oppressor in imperialist capitalism.We can resist its racism, its anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ bigotry, its anti-immigrant hatred.We can — and must — rise up in resistance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mc Hugh welcomes Donegal allocation for harbour repairs

first_img WhatsApp Mc Hugh welcomes Donegal allocation for harbour repairs WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleAre You Being Served? will return to TV – with a exciting castNext articleDunfanaghy campaigners welcome HSE letter but warn there’s a long way to go admin Homepage BannerNews Almost three quarters of a million euro has been allocated to Donegal County Council for the repair and development of harbours this year.The funding is part of a €4.5 million national funding package announced by Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney, to carry out repair works following recent storms and severe weather.Minister Joe McHugh says this will benefit many fishing communities in Donegal:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/joeharbours.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – February 22, 2016 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Twitter Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

‘Golden State Killer’ survivor confronts rapist: ‘Remember what I have to say’

first_imgimaginima/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Survivors of rapes committed by Joseph DeAngelo, the man now known as the “Golden State Killer,” are making their voices heard in victim impact statements in court.“I want you to look at me, DeAngelo … I want you to remember what I have to say,” Jane Carson-Sandler loudly said in court Wednesday as DeAngelo sat silently in a white face mask.In October 1976, Carson-Sandler was home with her 3-year-old son when a knife-wielding DeAngelo broke in. DeAngelo bound her, blindfolded her and gagged her, and did the same to her son.“Then you repeatedly threatened to kill us,” Carson-Sandler said. “The fear escalated when you started tearing sheets and clothes. I had no idea what you were planning to do with all that cloth. Strangle us, maybe?”“Yes, I was frozen in fear beyond description,” she continued. “My attention was not on the rape, but fully on where did you put my son when you removed him from the bed? Where did you put him and what were you going to do to him?”“If it wasn’t for the trauma I endured, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And I am proud of what I have accomplished. I am blessed beyond words,” she said, pausing her prepared marks to say to DeAngelo, “I see your eyes are closing.”Carson-Sandler said that now, decades later, scars from her attack remain. Seeing a ski mask or hearing someone yell “shut up” will “forever cause me anxiety,” she said.“My comfort at those times is remembering that you are finally going to prison and will remain there until you die,” she said.In June, DeAngelo, 74, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal, which also required him to admit to multiple uncharged acts, including rapes.The death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for the guilty pleas.Three days of victim and family impact statements began Tuesday. DeAngelo, who was a police officer from 1973 to 1979, will be formally sentenced on Friday to life without parole.On March 18, 1978, Gay Hardwick was home asleep with her now-husband, Robert Hardwick, when DeAngelo broke in.“He kidnapped me from my bed. He raped me repeatedly, he sodomized me, he forced oral copulation. He stole the few precious pieces of jewelry that I owned,” Gay Hardwick told the court Wednesday. “He ate from my refrigerator and he drank two beers while I lay bound and blindfolded … he ransacked our home and in between he tormented me with threats of death.”“I survived those repeated attacks. The hours of terror,” she said. “However our lives were never the same.”Gay Hardwick said she’s suffered decades of PTSD, nightmares, sleeplessness, social anxiety, flashbacks and inability to be alone.“I became the Black Hawk helicopter of all parents,” she said.She recounted for the court an incident two decades after the attack at a time “I thought I was fully recovered.” Her husband and four children were out of town and she was looking forward to some alone time, but pieces of duct tape left on a counter sent her fleeing in fear to her father’s home where she spent the night in her childhood bed.DeAngelo committed 13 murders and multiple rapes and burglaries in the 1970s and 80s, terrorizing families from Northern to Southern California.The crimes went unsolved until April 2018, when DeAngelo was arrested in Sacramento County.DeAngelo was the first public arrest obtained through genetic genealogy, a new technique that takes the DNA of an unknown suspect left behind at a crime scene and identifies him or her by tracing a family tree through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to public genealogy databases.To identify DeAngelo, investigators narrowed the family tree search based on age, location and other characteristics. Authorities conducted surveillance on DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo’s DNA to the DNA found at multiple crime scenes, prosecutors said.Since DeAngelo’s arrest, over 150 other crime suspects have been identified through genetic genealogy. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

First juror selected in Derek Chauvin case, despite prosecutors asking trial be halted

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Jury selection in the murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd began on Tuesday despite prosecutors asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to halt the high-profile trial.After spending the morning questioning jurors, lawyers in the case seated the first member of the panel, a chemist for an environmental testing company who is engaged to be married to a physical therapist. The juror described himself as a “pretty logical person” and conceded that he initially had “trepidations” about serving on the case.While being questioned under oath by Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, the juror said he has never seen the viral video of Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.The first pool of potential jurors were brought into the courtroom just after 9 a.m. local time and prosecutors and attorneys for Chauvin each introduced themselves.Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill said he intends to keep the jury selection process going until the appellate court tells him otherwise.Chauvin’s lawyers filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court after the appellate court issued a ruling on Friday instructing Cahill to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin after finding that the judge erred in October when he dismissed the count.The state Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday morning acknowledging it had received the petition from Chauvin’s lawyer and giving prosecutors until 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday to file a response.Prosecutors from the office of state Attorney General Keith Ellison also filed a motion on Monday asking the appellate court to stay the trial, arguing that Cahill does not have total jurisdiction over the case while a decision over whether to include the third-degree murder charge remains pending.In opening remarks to the jury pool Tuesday, Cahill said Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but added “charges might be added or subtracted” as the case goes on.The attorneys are looking to select 16 jurors for the case, including four alternates.Before jury selection began, lawyers on both sides of the case dismissed 16 of the first 50 prospective jurors for cause, mostly due to the answers they submitted on a lengthy questionnaire.Two of the first three jurors questioned on Tuesday, were dismissed. One of the potential jurors let go was a married mother of three and an immigrant from Mexico who works as a nursing assistant. Nelson exercised a peremptory challenge to dismiss the juror due to a language barrier. Nelson had also grilled the woman on her answer to why she would want to serve on the Chauvin jury, in which she wrote, “I would like to give my opinion on the unjust death of Mr. Floyd.”Another woman dismissed said she had formed an opinion on the guilt or innocence of Chauvin and did not believe it would change regardless of what evidence she heard during the trial.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

MP calls for NTO shake-up

first_imgMP calls for NTO shake-upOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. National training organisations came under fire last week from minister for lifelong learning Malcolm Wicks.Speaking at the National Training Organisation National Council annual conference in London, the MP said that NTOs could make no impact on the urgent skills crisis facing industry in their present format. He underlined the need for a “strategic framework” for NTO development, which would set the context for decisions by government, employers and NTOs about sector representation.He set out plans for a consultation paper to be published next month which will outline a future framework. Wicks said, “I want to begin an open and honest debate with NTOs, employers and others with an interest in sector skills arrangements about the future direction, size and shape of the network. “A debate that will lead to a clear view by next spring about how we can move from where we are, to having strong NTOs respected by employers and the key institutions throughout the UK and beyond.”Wicks emphasised that this could not be achieved with the current network size and called for NTOs to think about how it should change to become smaller and how they could join to form new and stronger bodies.His comments follow research which revealed only 38 per cent of employers know about NTOs, despite the fact they are meant to be employer-led bodies.Chairman of the NTO National Council Garry Hawkes CBE said, “It is quintessentially important that the Government is clear about what they expect of us. For our part, we need to take the initiative and agree through consultation the way forward.”The National Training Organisation body is made up of 75 organisations which represent employers on the skills and people development needs of UK industry. By Helen Gilbertwww.nto-nc.org Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Argent Ventures buying Vornado’s Times Square hotel debt at deep discount

first_imgTagsAndrew PensonVornado Realty Trust Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* Vornado’s Steven Roth and 1605 Broadway (Google Maps)In another sign of the toll the pandemic has taken on New York City’s hospitality sector, the $195 million mortgage on Vornado’s Times Square hotel is being sold at a major discount.Andrew Penson, the former owner of Grand Central Terminal, is buying the senior mortgage on the 795-room Crowne Plaza Times Square for about $90 million, sources familiar with the sale told The Real Deal.That’s roughly 50 percent off the face value of the loan that Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and ICBC provided Vornado to refinance the property at 1605 Broadway back in 2018.Representatives for Penson’s Argent Ventures, Vornado and the three banks did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A team at Eastdil Secured marketed the debt and negotiated the sale. A representative for the team declined to comment.Vornado’s 46-story hotel sits in the heart of Times Square, an area that has been hard hit this year. In addition to the hotel portion, the property includes nearly 200,000 square feet of office space and almost 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, where tenants include Krispy Kreme’s flagship store.The hotel draws heavily from tourists visiting the city to see Broadway shows and other attractions. But with the Great White Way mothballed at least through June, the hotel is missing those crowds. The property’s website notes that its concierge service, in-room dining and restaurants are shut down until further notice.Occupancy figures for the hotel weren’t immediately available, but on Vornado’s most recent earnings call in November, company CEO Steve Roth noted that hotel values have “clearly gone down.”Penson is best known as the former landlord of Grand Central Terminal. His Argent Ventures purchased the property in 2006 in a deal that included about 1 million square feet of air rights over the train hall, and leased the terminal to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Argent sold the air rights in 2018 to JP Morgan, which is using them for its new headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and sold the land under the terminal to the MTA earlier this year for $33 million.Hotels across the city are suffering significant declines in valuations. The Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side recently sold to London’s billionaire Reuben brothers for $65 million — roughly 30 percent off its asking price.Contact Rich Bockmannlast_img read more

Company landlords on the rise, says Hamptons

first_imgIn the first half of 2019, 12% of homes were let by a company landlord, reaching the highest level since 2011 and up from 9% in 2015 (before the tax changes for non-company landlords were announced).Hamptons International estimates that company landlords now own 641,480 homes in Great Britain this year, 42% more than in 2015 and that London landlords are most likely to own a buy-to-let using a company structure (13%).The average cost of a new let in the UK rose to £986 pcm in June, a 3.1% year-on-year increase driven by rising rents in the South.Hamptons International’s research estimates that, this year, company landlords own 641,480 homes in Great Britain, 42% more than in 2015 when 452,600 homes were let by company landlords.  The increase is partly due to the rise in the proportion of homes let by company landlords, but also due to the increase in the overall size of the rental sector.London landlordsLondon landlords are most likely to own a buy-to-let property in a company structure.  In H1 2019, 13% of new lets were owned by a company landlord, up from 12% in 2015 and 2018. Meanwhile landlords in Wales are least likely to own a buy-to-let in a company name.  Scotland has seen the biggest increase in the proportion of homes let by a company landlord since 2015 (+6%), followed by the North (5%) and South of England (3%).Aneisha Beveridge, Head of Research at Hamptons International, said, “More than one in ten rental properties are now owned by private companies, an indication that the sector continues to professionalise. Increasing taxation for private landlords combined with the growth of the build to rent sector has meant that more companies are letting homes than at any time since our records began.“London, where landlords tend to have higher levels of debt and often the most to gain from corporate ownership, has the largest proportion of homes let by a company.  However, it’s not always more profitable to put a buy-to-let into a company as other associated costs come into play.”International Monthly Lettings Index rented homes Hamptons landlords Hamptons International Aneisha Beveridge buy-to-let Sheila Manchester July 24, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Company landlords on the rise, says Hamptons previous nextHousing MarketCompany landlords on the rise, says HamptonsInternational Monthly Lettings Index shows that 12% of rented homes are at the highest level in eight years.Sheila Manchester24th July 20190430 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford introduces A* entrance requirements

first_imgAfter a review of this year’s A-level achievements, the A* is being introduced into the University of Oxford’s entrance requirements for 15 degree courses from 2012 entry.The subjects include Chemistry, Engineering Science and Physics. Mathematics, Mathematics and Philosophy, and Mathematics and Statistics will require two A*s, with the A*s required in Mathematics and Further Mathematics if taken. A full list of courses asking for at least one A* is listed on the University’s website.The A* was introduced in 2010, after several universities claimed that it was becoming difficult to distinguish between several candidates receiving the top grade. 8% of A-level entries received the A* mark in its first year.Oxford University initially resisted including the A* in their requirements. In a note sent out when Oxford announced its change in policy, the University stated that, ‘Oxford’s policy on the A* grade was to wait two years as teachers indicated that they were uncertain about predicting who would get the new grade.‘It is now clear that many students in the sciences who take A levels get the A* grade, and that it would be reasonable to ask for A* in many science and math courses. In addition, by 2012 Oxford believes teachers will have two years of running the syllabus and will be familiar with content and student performance, and therefore be able to predict those getting the A* with more confidence.’ Many other universities across the country, including Cambridge, University College London, and Imperial are already asking for the A* for some courses. Now Nottingham and York universities are also introducing the A* grade for the first time.A-Level results from August 2011 indicated that the number of A*s achieved by students at private schools was 50% higher than for state grammar schools. The University rejected claims that the decision to postpone introducing the A* was driven by state / independent student numbers. Reacting to the story, Nathan Akehurst, Lincoln student and a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party, referred to the fact that of 100 offer-holders from ‘flagged’, i.e. disadvantaged, backgrounds, 50 did not meet their grades.He commented, ‘The A* introduction is regressive, and also destroys the potential applications of those who may progress throughout Year 13. Oxford is meant to level the playing field through innovative aptitude tests and interviews; this is a step in the wrong direction in the context of a vastly and increasingly unequal education system that will only compound the already grim situation for UK universities.’Basil Vincent, a second year Historian and Keble JCR President, added ‘given the amount of aptitude tests that Oxford set for admissions, I don’t see how it’s necessary. What the admissions department should be focusing on is the Fonding and Bridging Provision that OUSU are highlighting at the moment’.However, Oxford University pointed out that ‘A-level grades are far from the only selection criteria for Oxford. Academic ability and potential are assessed through a range of measures: details provided through the UCAS application, such as attained grades (including GCSEs), the personal statement, predicted grades and academic reference, then also aptitude tests for around 85% of applicants and written work in some subjects. Where candidates are shortlisted, their performance at interview is also taken into account.’last_img read more

“Heartless” End Doesn’t Stop Sand Art at O.C. Beach

first_imgBy MADDY VITALESue and Michael McElwee moved to Ocean City full time over the summer with their four children, ages four to 13.Sue, a stay-at-home mom, has brought a bit of her creative side to the North Street beach over the last couple of years.What started out as a photo op for the McElwees and their children, Harlow, 4, Mason, 8, Maddox, 10, and Michael, 13, in 2019, complete with a decorated Christmas tree on the beach with shells, grew into an attraction for locals the following year.This year, Sue McElwee decided to do something with the leftover shells.She and her family began creating sand art. And the community joined in.“Everybody loves it. People enjoy it,” she said in an interview Friday. “I don’t know everyone who helps, but the art grows and grows.”But this week, McElwee was alarmed to find out some upsetting news.She posted photos on social media of what was left of a rainbow in the sand complete with a heart in the middle of it.“Someone took a picture and sent it to me. I didn’t want to go down to see it,” McElwee said of learning that it was destroyed. “I hoped the waves washed it away, but it looked like someone stomped on it.”The remnants of Sue McElwee’s rainbow beach art are scattered in the sand. (Photo courtesy of Sue McElwee)Some people who appreciate the special artwork carved into the sand by the McElwees and others commented on social media:Linda Lowes said: “Bring it to life again, we all loved it and wait for it to be bigger and better. Again, thank you for your vision.”Diane Reid Hinman simply said, “So sad why???”And Cheryl Hyson commented, “Breaks my heart! So sad!”McElwee said after reading the posts, “It is so nice to hear that something so simple, means so much, to so many people. That is what I want to teach my kids.”The first piece of sand art done by her family this year was a peace sign created out of seashells. She said it was the perfect sign — a touch of calm — during a turbulent time in history with the pandemic and divisive politics.“The peace sign just grew. It was so cool. It was just the right time to create it,” she said. “When we were checking the waves we saw that it washed away. I told the kids to grab whatever shells they could.”The peace sign grew as visitors added more shells. (Photo courtesy of Sue McElwee)So close to Valentine’s Day, the kids asked their mom if they could create a huge heart.They did.And others helped, too.People in the community, although McElwee isn’t certain who, helped the heart to grow.When the heart disappeared with the recent storms, the rainbow came next.And although it was likely destroyed by one person or a few, it will not deter the McElwees or the community from continuing the creative tradition at the North Street beach.In the case of the rainbow, the McElwees created it, but someone else added the heart.“I have no idea who did it,” McElwee said. “There are a lot of teenagers who come down to surf. It was really sweet.”What is to come promises to be as special as the last, and the one before that, McElwee said. Because, as McElwee explained, it is about the kindness of others and being able to bring people together in a time that has been difficult for so many.They might rebuild the rainbow, possibly over the weekend, or create something else just as significant in its place – maybe a four-leaf clover in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.It seems that what they create isn’t as important to them as how they come together to make something that the whole community can treasure, McElwee said.“We will do it as long as we can. I guess until summer time,” she noted. “It really makes our beach special.”Lines of visitors come to see the Christmas tree on the North Street beach in 2020. There are plans to rebuild the now-destroyed rainbow art work on the North Street beach. (Photo courtesy of Sue McElwee)last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Charity at BIA ==British Baker can announce that the total amount raised at the Baking Industry Awards for the Bakers Benevolent Society is £5,577.50.== BBS tea ==The annual Bakers’ Benevolent Society Afternoon Tea for the residents of Bakers’ Villas in Epping, will take place on Sunday 23 November, in conjunction with the Association of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST). This year the event is being sponsored by California Raisins and BakeMark UK.== Paul gets moving ==French bakery and patisserie Paul UK has placed an order for four new refrigerated vehicles, to support its continued growth in opening new retail outlets throughout the UK. The vehicles, from Seven Asset Management, have been designed specifically for Paul’s product range and will enter into service from December.== Credit crunch lunch ==BB’s Coffee & Muffins is hoping to draw in increasingly price-conscious customers by promoting its special meal deals as Credit Crunch Lunches. Meal deals include: a pizza baguette and Coke; a sandwich and coffee; soup and a sandwich; soup and a sausage roll; and a baguette and coffee, which will be advertised on posters inside and outside the cafés.== Partnership awards ==Coca-Cola has scooped two golds in the Food and Drink Federation’s Community Partnership Awards. Coca-Cola GB’s Talent from Trash recycling scheme used football to encourage consumers to recycle more, while Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Education Centres and School Outreach initiatives, enabled secondary school students to develop their understanding of business.last_img read more