Amiri Baraka ¡presente!

first_imgBaraka reads “Somebody Blew Up America” poem before 1,100 people at Mumia Abu-Jamal solidarity rally at the Philadelphia Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on Dec. 9, 2011.WW photo: Joseph PietteAmiri Baraka, a longtime Black revolutionary who was very influential in the struggle against racist and class oppression for over five decades, died on Jan. 9 at the age of 79, following a short illness in Newark, N.J.  At a Jan.10 public forum in New York City, Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes pointed out that Baraka used his status as a spoken word poet, writer and playwright to help elevate the Black liberation struggle starting in the 1960s — when he was first known as Leroi Jones — until his death.  It was this powerful combination of politics and artistry that propelled Baraka as a towering, respected and beloved figure within the Black movement and among other progressive sectors.A wake for Baraka will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave. in Newark from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Newark Symphony Hall, 1030 Broad Street at 10 a.m.Go to blackleftunity.blogspot.com/?view=magazine for tributes to Baraka.  A full obituary on Amiri Baraka will appear in a future issue of WW.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

How one couple climbed out of debt and became millionaires in their 30s

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Lauren GenslerIt was right after college graduation when starting a new life suddenly became very expensive. First, a brand new Honda Civic. Next, a house. Then an engagement ring for a long-time girlfriend.Student loans still lingered, too.Pretty soon the debt totaled up: $25,000 for the car loan, a $100,000+ mortgage and $45,000 in outstanding student loan debt.The Canadian couple had a combined income of just $85,000 per year — he’s an engineer, she’s a pharmacist — right out of school, which left money tight after paying bills.It was not long before FrugalTrader, at age 27, decided he was going to climb out of debt and become a millionaire by the time he turned 35. He was going to blog about it too. (He maintains the FrugalTrader moniker to protect his anonymity, since he provided net worth updates every month to the world on MillionDollarJourney.com.) continue reading »last_img read more

Delhi has delivered, says CGF boss Mike Fennell

first_imgAfter the shambolic build-up that included a dirty athletes village and other shortcomings leading to threats of pull-out by leading competing nations, the Commmonwealth Games was given a pat on the back by CGF chief Michael Fennell in his final press conference on Thursday.”Delhi has performed and the overall image of the Games has been extremely positive”, declared Commonwealth Games Federation chief Fennell on the last day of the multi-discipline event.”Leading up to the Games, people were not sure whether to go to India or not after all those reports (about the less than perfect build-up) came out. When I was going to India on September 23 I was even asked when would I announce the cancellation of the Games,” Fennell told a press conference.”I said our job is to fix the problems and not to give up. I had said in a press conference at that time (before the Games) when asked whether there was Plan B and I said Plan B is Delhi. It was always Delhi and Delhi has performed,” Fennell said.The CGF president refused to buy the line that the controversies in the lead up have damaged the integrity of the Games.”No doubt the overall image of the Games has been good.Spectators have enjoyed, broadcasting has been good. People have seen extremely positive image of the Games right across the world,” he said.”There are some details to be called into (for scrutiny).There were a number of issues but the fact is that the end result is good. I don’t think whatever has happened (in the lead-up) has damaged the image of the Games,” he added.advertisementFennell said the feedbacks from the athletes have been good while some of the competition venues and the Games Village were “exceptional”.”This is only a provisional comment. We will have a detailed evaluation and post mortem later. The athletes competed very well and they are comfortable.”Apart from one or two incidents, it was a very satisfactory experience. Some of the competition venues were exceptional. Some are of high standard. They provided high quality of competition,” he said.Taking the cue, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who had been lampooned by the media before and during the initial part of the Games, said “World apprehensions before the Games have disappeared.””The whole Games were built around athletes and they have enjoyed. They were happy with the food, Games village and everything. They enjoyed their stay here. When they go back they will take back great memories of india,” he said.”India too won a lot of medals, we have doubled the tally in Melbourne as we touching about 100. So as the head of Indian Olympic association it has been great for Olympic sport in the country,” Kalmadi said.”The technical conduct of the Games has been good. Over 75 Games records were broken. I have said (after the pull-out of some leading competitors) that new champions will emerge and that has happened. New sporting icons have come up for India also,” he said.Kalmadi thanked the CGF for its guidance and said the Games have given the country expertise to host big multi-sporting events in the future.”We might have had tiffs occasionally. That’s natural in such a big event. The guidance of CGF was wonderful. We now have a set of people, a core team who now know how big events are all about,” he said.CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said the Games have been “successful” and despite his differences with Kalmadi on some issues, both have wanted the same result.”My role was to advice. There were differences between OC and CGF. But I have steadfastly said I and Kalmadi want the same results. By and large, we can look back at the Games as successful. The athletes were happy. We are pretty pleased with the food, Games Village and competition,” he said.Fennell said the success of the Games was a team work with all the stakeholders, including Central and Delhi governments, pulling in together after the controversial lead-up.”It was a team work. We can’t describe any success to any individual or organisation. When we recognised few things not right, Delhi and national government put in a lot of resources to correct the situation. Certainly, CGF shared responsibility in getting it right with the expertise we had we mobilised to ensure that the Games got off to a good start. Many people were involved in getting it right,” said the Jamaican.advertisementAsked to rate the Delhi Games in the scale of 10, Fennell said, “What scale we are using. I am not going to answer that.That would be only after systematic evaluation and not at this stage. I am not going to give a figure on that.”On the star pull outs that have affected the Games, Fennell said the timing was the problem.”We have to ensure in future that top athletes take part.Timing of the Games is important. Some young top athletes have their examination and for some October is season end. Then the negative reports coming out have also affected a lot of people. It started off with security issues … we have to project it in a positive way (in future),” he said.Fennell said the aim of having a balance between tight security and freedom of movement was achieved.”We tried to create the balance in place and it was by and large achieved. The securitymen sometimes took strict security approach. You can’t keep everybody entirely happy.These are things we have to live with. The security personnel started with a zero knowledge of the Games but later on picked up the understanding. We must applaud me. We would not have been happy if they were compromising on security,” he said.The CGF chief was also happy with the crowd response after empty stands at venues in the first few days.”I was disappointed that in early days a lot of stands were empty. More could have been done to mobilise the people.But eventually the machinery got going and spectators came later. Delhi did not have experience of big multi-sporting events. Then there were glitches, perception of oppressive security arrangement all these played a part. This was a learning experience for Delhi. We have to learn from the experience,” he said.He praised the people of Delhi for their cooperation which ensured smooth operation of dedicated CWG lanes.”A high point is that we had a successful transport arrangements after difficulties initially. Special lanes worked exceptionally well. Police and traffic people really did a great job. The public of Delhi not directly involved responded to the needs of the Games and cooperated despite their inconvenience.”I also want to commend the 22,000 volunteers all young, bright, some foreigners. The attention they paid to the athletes and officials has been exceptional,” he said.last_img read more

Family basks in Vijender Kumar’s success

first_imgNothing beats an Olympic medal in India. With it comes a lot of glory and money. It can change the life of not only those who win it, but also their family.Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar ‘s success story is one such example. While Vijender gained star status in India, his brother Manoj Kumar, an ex-national level boxer and ex-armyman, and father Mahipal Singh are now among the A-listers in Haryana.Top politicians, including chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala drop in whenever they come to the airport near the village.Vijender has invested his money smartly and his property dealer brother has helped him in that endeavour. “Vijender owns property in posh areas like DLF, Gurgaon, and Punchkula,” said Vijender’s uncle Vedpal. Apart from that, the boxer owns a fully air-conditioned three-storey house in the village where a highcapacity generator ensures constant power supply.Manoj left the Army after Vijender’s success at the 2008 Olympics. He has turned into a property dealer and is quite happy in his new role. He said that Kaluwas took centrestage after Vijender’s medal and the village now has proper roads.”Earlier, it was a secluded village. Kaluwas is widely known for Vijender and his medal has brought a lot of prestige to our family and village,” Manoj told Mail Today. He said Vijender’s feat encouraged the villagers to take up boxing as a career.”Sport blurs social boundaries. Earlier, boxing in the village was mainly a sport for higher castes, but now parents from other sections of society are sending their children to academies,” he said.advertisement”Our family had been known for producing boxers for a long time, but after 2008 many boys from the village took up boxing seriously and now around 25 of them have got government jobs through the sports quota,” he said.Success comes at a price, for Vijender’s family, it’s the freedom of roaming around in the village and nearby areas, which has become a thing of past.”Now at least one TV van is stationed permanently outside our village home. The number increases whenever Vijender is in the village. Earlier, we used to play cricket with the village boys, but we can’t afford that freedom since we are chased by media wherever we go,” said Vedpal.last_img read more

Police Statement issued confirming attempted theft and shooting of TCI woman

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 23, 2016 – This released from Police: Thieves used a truck to rip out a Scotia Bank cash machine from a MoneyGram location in Down Town area of Providenciales earlier this morning (Sunday 23rd October, 2016.)Before the ATM Theft, around 10:44 PM on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016, a group of three masked men robbed a man at gunpoint in the Discovery Bay area before making away with his black F150 Ford Truck including his phone and small amount of cash.  Police responded to the scene and a search begun for the stolen vehicle.Around 3:59 AM this morning, police noticed two bandits ripping the Cash Machine out of its position with a chain connected to the same Truck that was reported stolen earlier.  Upon approaching the bandits, they open fire at the officers.  An exchange of gunshots has ensued before the culprits made good their escape on foot in the nearby bushes in the direction of Kew Town.At 4:20 AM, a complainant approached officers while on scene and reported that she had just reached home on Walter Cox Drive when she heard a loud noise and was immediately approached by two masked males described as one wearing all black, while the other wearing black and red shirt, long black pants with black cloth over his face and a black rifle in his possession.  They threw her to the ground and kicked her about the body before attempting to get away in her vehicle but were unsuccessful.  The lady then realized that she received a gunshot to the thigh.  She was taken to the hospital where she is being treated.The bandits remain at large.Anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not yet spoken to the police by calling the Chalk Sound Police Station 338-5901/941-8067, or who has seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the Moneygram location in the Downtown area next to the Shell Gas to please call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc, the information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidences.  We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

40 Honored at DECR Stewardship Awards

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Environmental Stewardship Awards TCIG, world environment day Environmental Awards by DEMA this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI June 8, 2017 – A mixed group of schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies were among the 40 awardees at the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) Environmental Stewardship Awards held on Monday.The award ceremony was held in commemoration of World Environment Day and sought to honor those who have been promoting conservation and environmental sustainability in the TCI year round.DECR Deputy Director Ethan Griesbach lauded the honorees for their ongoing commitment to protecting the environment. “World Environment Day is but one day to celebrate, acknowledge and promote our commitment to environmental stewardship. But it does not and cannot stop there. Environmental stewardship must be practiced daily. The kind contributions of these recipients are a testament to this, and for this the DECR is thankful,” he said.Welcome remarks were also given by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage & Gaming, Michelle Fulford Gardiner, who encouraged honorees to be creative when sharing their experiences. The 40 awardees are: Amanyara, Angela T. Freites, Department of Culture, Beaches TCI, Big Blue Unlimited, Blue Haven Marina, Blue Water Divers, Bohio Dive Resort, Clement Howell High School Environmental Club, Department of Disaster Management & Emergency, Department of Environmental Health, Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre, FilCom TCI Inc, Fortis TCI, Graceway IGA, Jennifer Martel (Provo Ocean Warriors), Johanne Karam (Karam & Missick Attourneys), Lynn Robinson, Majestic Taxi and Tours, Marine Conservation Society, UK, Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Centre, Meridian Trust, Pine Cay Project, Provo Primary School, Provo Turtle Divers, Reef Action Team, British West Indies Collegiate, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, School for Field Studies, Silly Creek Water Sports, Surfside Ocean Academy, TC Crystal Pure, Tito Seymour (Represent Turks & Caicos), Turks & Caicos Friends of the Arts Foundation, Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association, Turks & Caicos Islands Swimming Federation, Turks & Caicos National Museum, Turks & Caicos National Trust, Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Turtle Cove Marina and Turks Head Brewery.#MagneticMediaNews#EnvironmentalStewardshipAwards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

De Jong on PSG move I havent made a decision yet

first_imgAjax midfielder Frenkie De Jong claims to not have come to any decision over his future yet, amid strong interest from some of the biggest clubs in EuropeThe 21-year-old continues to impress this season in Amsterdam with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City all interested in his services.Recent reports have suggested that PSG are now the front-runners for De Jong with fellow young star Kylian Mbappe endorsing the move.But De Jong insists no decision over his future has been made.“No, I definitely haven’t made a decision yet,” De Jong told Voetbalzone, when asked whether an agreement with PSG has been reached.The Netherlands international played in Ajax’s spectacular 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich in their final Group E match of the Champions League.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…A Dusan Tadic double had given Ajax a 2-1 lead before Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman restored Bayern’s advantage.However, Nicolas Tagliafico’s 95th-minute equaliser ensured Ajax would get a point with both teams being reduced to 10-men.“In the first half we were not good enough,” added De Jong.“We were a bit ill at ease because of the difference in formation. In the second half, we had a different game plan, we played much better. Until the equaliser, we reached a very high level.“We felt we could have won, but then there was the red card. They attacked more because they had an extra man. Then they had a red card, and the game was open again.“It was crazy until the final whistle.”last_img read more

Spalletti hails Skriniar amid links to United and PSG

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has warned Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain that Inter Milan’s defender Milan Skriniar “is priceless suggesting “Nobody can afford him.”There has been a great deal of interest around the Slovakia international who turns 24 next month.Inter Milan secured the services of the defender for €34m from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and his value has since sky-rocketed.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.”The Serie A giants secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after beating Benevento 6-2.last_img read more