Cleveland, July 17.Cleveland, July 18 — In the weeks and months leading up to protests at the Republican National Convention, the state, the right wing and the corporate media went out of their way to sow fear and intimidation throughout the movement to keep people from coming to protest.Cleveland, like all cities that host conventions, received a multimillion-dollar grant from the federal government to further militarize the police and buy new instruments of repression. Downtown Cleveland was under military occupation, with eight-foot-high metal fences lining downtown, armed soldiers stationed at dump truck barricades, and cops on bikes and horses in full body armor.The morning of the demonstration on July 17, three cops were killed in Baton Rouge on the heels of an earlier shooting of Dallas police. The state and the media — as they did after Dallas — immediately went into overdrive to use this as an opportunity to demonize and attack the Black Lives Matter movement and create an environment for increased state repression on the growing movement filling the streets and shutting down highways across the U.S.In spite of their best attempts, the righteous opposition to racist billionaire Donald Trump and the police war on Black and Brown people brought many hundreds into the streets of Cleveland for the first protest during the RNC.The multinational demonstration was a tremendous success that helped set the political tone for the protests held throughout the RNC.State, right wing attempt to silence protestsDuring the buildup to the RNC, the corporate media went out of its way to promote the fact that Ohio is an open carry state and that right-wing Trump supporters would be coming to the convention heavily armed. They circulated the call by the Traditionalist Workers Party — the fascist organization that attacked and stabbed counter-protesters in Sacramento, Calif., on June 26 — that they would be coming armed to defend Trump.The FBI, Cleveland police and various state agencies also knocked on doors of activists and harassed those organizing protests to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.Cleveland is the city where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by police in 2014, and the city where Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were shot 137 times by Cleveland police in 2012. John Crawford III was shot dead by police in 2014 in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart. No cop has ever been brought to any semblance of justice for these deaths or for the many martyred in the escalating police war on Black and Brown people in the U.S.Militant protest takes the streets of ClevelandFrom the bed of a pickup truck, speakers addressed the crowd gathered at the opening rally chaired by L.T. Pham from Durham, N.C. Many in the crowd lived in or around Cleveland, and were joined by delegations from Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Texas and from as far away as Utah.Many speakers raised the urgent need for the broader people’s movements to come to the defense of the Black Lives Matter movement, and drew links among the struggles for immigrants and migrants rights, women’s and LGBTQ struggles, the fight against Islamophobia at home and U.S. imperialism abroad. Throughout, speakers denounced Trump’s demagoguery and the entire two-party system, and raised the urgent need not only for unity and solidarity, but to raise a militant anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist struggle to fight for a revolutionary socialist future.Abbas Hamideh, of Al-Awda, told the crowd, “The Palestinian people are being murdered every single day by racist, colonialist police. And this same entity trains the police here in the U.S. … It is natural for the Palestinian people to stand with all oppressed people — with the Native Americans here, with Black people, with Latinos, with Mexicans, against the racist Donald Trump! Black lives matter!”Bee Schrull, with the Cleveland American Indian Movement, called on the demonstration to boycott the Cleveland Indians until they change their racist name: “I watch my people suffer every day. We are the group most likely to be killed in police interactions. Our women are most likely to be the victims of sexual assault, most often at the hands of non-Native people. … I came here today to ask for you to stop supporting the Cleveland Indians! We are dehumanized every single day, and we demand the recognition of our humanity!”Additional speakers from the Coalition to Dump Trump and the RNC, CODEPINK, Freedom Road Socialist Organization and a group of Muslim doctors, nurses and health care workers planning a July 21 march called “Standing Together Against Trump” also addressed the crowd, among others.“[The Black Lives Matter movement] has been criminalized in the press, but we are not criminals, we are freedom fighters!” Workers World Party vice presidential candidate Lamont Lilly told the crowd. “African descendants fighting for our liberation is not new. We are descendents of the Black Power movement. We are descendents of the Civil Rights movement. … We are Malcolm X, we are Ida B. Wells, we are Harriet Tubman, we are Huey P. Newton, we are Fred Hampton, we are Angela Davis — we are the people and we will not be turned around! Black lives matter!”Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party candidate for president, followed Lilly and explained the party’s election campaign: “We don’t give a damn about these elections. We are using them to put forth a message to defend Black Lives Matter, to stop the deportations and raids against our migrant sisters and brothers and their families, to abolish capitalism, and to fight for a new socialist society. …“It is a victory that we are out on the streets today,” Moorehead continued. “Because of what happened in Dallas, and what is happening in Baton Rouge right now, they want to divert attention away from the righteous struggle of the Black Lives Matter movement. We cannot allow them to push back this movement. They want to silence this movement and scare people out of the streets. The fact you are here today is a testament to the fact that our movement is not going anywhere; in fact, it’s going to grow stronger and more multinational!”As the march prepared to step off, Teresa Gutierrez, WWP election campaign manager, told those lining up: “We are gonna march to shut down the RNC and Trump! We are gonna march to shut down the DNC! The world knows that the movement is here, that we are not silent, that they tried to tell us not to march, to hold our heads down, but we are holding our heads up and we’re gonna march!”The spirited, multinational march snaked through downtown Cleveland, navigating past police barricades and answering Trump supporters with militant chants denouncing Trump, racism, the police, Islamophobia, attacks on LGBTQ people, and solidarity with migrants, Black Lives Matter, the struggle for liberation in Palestine, and all people fighting to free themselves from the yoke of U.S. imperialism.Chants like “Black Lives Matter!”; “From Palestine to Mexico, these border walls have got to go”; “No Trump, No KKK, No racist fascist USA!” and “March on with no fear, we’re doing this for Tamir!” elicited cheers and applause from bystanders as the march moved by.On July 18, protests continued with a march by the Coalition to Dump Trump and March on the RNC. Organizers of that demonstration reported that 1,000 people came into the streets of downtown Cleveland for the march, which approached the sites where the RNC was taking place.More protests are planned throughout the week as the convention continues in Cleveland, and many are gearing up to travel to Philadelphia next week to join protests at the Democratic National Convention.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
This was Hasler’s first event that she’s participated in with Farm Bureau, but it is leading her to want to do more. Facebook Twitter “I think we had one contestant who had internet issues at one point, but then we even stopped the conversation and said, ‘Okay guys, let’s wait on him to get his internet back,’ and I think that is a testament to ag and who ag kids are. They’re willing to go out of their way to maybe lose some time on something they want to say to make sure other people are included.” By Eric Pfeiffer – May 6, 2020 Purdue College of Ag sophomore Grace Hasler from Columbus, IN won the American Farm Bureau 2020 Young Farmer & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet last week. She qualified for the event by winning the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Collegiate meet in 2019. Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Sophomore Wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Hasler won a $3,000 scholarship for her win. She is studying ag communications and ag economics at Purdue. SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron told Hoosier Ag Today, “Discussion meets have been a part of the Farm Bureau family for a number of years, and I think it helps people learn how to be advocates, how to stand up and have a debate and a discussion. The contest is typically held in person, but due to COVID-19 the competition moved virtual where they discussed cell-based meats and farm labor among other issues. Hasler says she couldn’t believe how well it went online. “Specifically, I’m thinking that I want to look into something policy related. This summer, actually, I’m going to be an intern in Washington, D.C. in the White House. So, I’m going to have a really firsthand look at everything that’s going on behind the scenes.” “Not for a second for me was it ever a contest. I was so excited to be able to talk to so many different people about these issues because there’s so many different outlooks and incredible solutions that we couldn’t find on our own.” “The discussion meets help develop our future young leaders on how to talk about issues…Grace did a phenomenal job. There’s no doubt we’re very, very proud of her in here in Indiana.” Facebook Twitter Purdue Sophomore Wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet SHARE Purdue Sophomore Wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Previous articleAgriculture Businesses Eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Cold Effect on Early Corn on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleSec. Perdue Issues Letters on Meat Packing Expectations Eric Pfeiffer
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Following a critically acclaimed year-long tour, David Byrne’s American Utopia will makes its way to Broadway for a run of performances at New York City’s Hudson Theatre, set for October 4th through January 19th, 2020. Prior to the Broadway run, David Byrne’s American Utopia will play 18 performances at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 11th through September 28th.Alongside David Byrne, David Byrne’s American Utopia features Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stephane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III.David Byrne shared his thoughts on the Broadway production. He explained,As I was recording the songs for my ‘American Utopia’ album it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play live- and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in….I imagined a live show….I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drum line/samba school/second line- that would create the rhythms.Because of how theatrical the show is, others started telling me ‘this needs to go to Broadway.’ Why not? But what did that mean? Parked in a beautiful Broadway theater we can perfect the sound, the lights, the movement. I thought to myself that this new context might be good- it might bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit. I asked Alex Timbers, whom I’d worked with twice before on musicals, to help. He brought some original and insightful ideas to the room, ideas I was too close to imagine, and we used those to build on what we had. Read a full statement from David Byrne on the upcoming Broadway production here.Tickets for the upcoming Boston performances are on sale here, with tickets for the New York City performances available here.
While milder temperatures may be on the way, don’t put those skis away just yet. In fact, the conditions are just right for a final trip up the mountain to hit the slopes. There is no better way to do that than with a visit to Haywood County, NC and it’s five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde. Home to one of the best ski areas the southeast, Cataloochee Ski Area is located at an elevation of over 4,000 feet high on Fie Top Mountain in Maggie Valley. Cataloochee boasts 18 total slopes ready to take you on and you know the Upper Omigosh at 5,400 feet is calling your name. Snowboarders and skiers alike can get their kicks at the Cat Cage Terrain Park, offering 10 total features to flip tricks on. You will also be happy to know that Cataloochee Ski Area reigns king for offering one of the longest running ski seasons in the region. With plans to stays open until late March, so you still have plenty of time make the trip, or even several before spring arrives. The ski area offers a variety of packages and sweet deals, like the Slide in Five where upon the completion of five lessons you can snag your very own free pair of Elan skis with bindings. If you’ve got fellow winter enthusiasts in your party who aren’t quite ready to take the leap into skiing and snowboard, Cataloochee Ski Area also offers snow tubing. Located just down the mountain from the main ski area, Tube World offers multiple snow tubing runs that are perfect for the whole family, from the youngest snow bunny to oldest “big kid”.You can even find live entertainment at several them on the weekends. Haywood County is also home to a long list of locally owned and operated restaurants ranging from down home southern cuisine to upscale farm-to-table and beyond. Now all you need is the perfect basecamp to launch your adventure from. Haywood County offers a variety of accommodations from hotels and motels in the heart of the action to cozy cabins with sweeping views of the Great Smokies. To learn more about the accommodations, activities and all the Haywood County has to offer, check out visitncsmokies.com.
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share NewsRegional Grenada and Saint Lucia energy consumers to benefit from improved delivery and greener sources by: – June 20, 2011 16 Views no discussions Photo credit: alum.mit.eduWASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two zero-interest credits for a total of US$5.6 million to help Grenada and Saint Lucia establish the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA).As a regional entity, ECERA will improve electricity service delivery and diversify sources of energy generation, including renewables, benefiting electricity consumers across the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries.“ECERA will maximize economies of scale among OECS participating states in establishing and operationalizing a regional policy approach for the development of the electricity sector, enable better use of scarce skilled human resources, and increase the capacity of OECS countries to implement regional arrangements for electricity supply,” said Len Ishmael, OECS director general.Demand for electricity in the OECS countries has been growing at an annual rate of 3-4 percent, driven mostly by commercial and residential sectors in tourism-led economies, while electricity prices are among the highest in the world. The high tariffs are due, in part, to the countries’ insular and small electricity systems, an almost complete dependence on diesel, as well as insufficient regulatory enforcement.In order to ensure a reliable energy supply in the OECS, regional electricity utilities need stronger and more efficient regulation to improve oversight, tame the growth of electricity costs, diversify energy supply away from fossil fuels, and attract cost-effective investments in electricity generation.“This initiative will make it easier for OECS members to provide incentives to save energy, reduce electricity costs to consumers, and, in the longer term, lower electricity price volatility by relying less on diesel,” said Françoise Clottes, World Bank director for the Caribbean.Specifically, the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority Program will finance the following activities:• Setting up ECERA. This includes carrying out the legal and consultative process leading to the formulation and ratification of the ECERA treaty, defining options for the ECERA self-financing mechanism, reviewing tariffs, and examining incentive mechanisms to promote renewable energy.• Making ECERA operational. This component will fund ECERA’s initial three years of operation, including day-to-day operations and execution of core regulatory tasks, such as tariff and investment plan reviews, and definition of a regional licensing framework for electricity market participants.The OECS heads of state officially endorsed the creation of ECERA at the 44th OECS Authority meeting in January 2007.The World Bank, in collaboration with the OECS Secretariat, and in consultation with a range of stakeholders, has been accompanying the governments by assessing the feasibility of ECERA and developing a comprehensive proposal.OECS member states confirmed their commitment to set up ECERA at the 49th meeting of the OECS Authority in Tortola, in May 2009. The endorsed proposal specified that ECERA is to be located in Saint Lucia.The first phase of the ECERA program will launch the process with Grenada and Saint Lucia. Other OECS members have expressed interest in joining ECERA at a later date.The two US$2.8 million zero-interest credits from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) are repayable in 35 years, including a 10-year grace period.Caribbean News Now Share
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The newly proposed Clean Water Rule would empower America’s farmers and ranchers to protect the nation’s water resources and provide much-needed regulatory clarity to guide those stewardship efforts, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.Duvall recently spoke in Tennessee during an agricultural stakeholder meeting on the newly proposed Waters of the United States Rule. The event, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and kicked-off by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken, included presentations by Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who provided farmers and ranchers additional details about the proposed rule.Duvall said farmers and ranchers are committed to protecting America’s waterways and drinking water, and the new Clean Water Rule will provide them the regulatory certainty they need to farm confidently with those natural resources in mind.“For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow,” Duvall said. “This proposal promises to do just that, by giving farmers and ranchers the clarity they need to farm their land while also ensuring the nation has clean water. Farmers should not have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to work their land.”During his comments, Aiken, a member of the AFBF Board, said it was an honor to host Wheeler and Perdue for the informational meeting about the new Clean Water Rule.“To echo Acting Administrator Wheeler, since we provide food for the table, we deserve a seat at the table,” Aiken said. “Farmers, homebuilders and businessmen from across Tennessee and surrounding states were excited at the announcement, which will provide clarity to farmers and allow them to continue to be good stewards of the land and environment.”More information about the newly proposed Clean Water Rule is posted at https://www.fb.org/cleanwaterrule.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma is happening this weekend, and Wednesday is the final day to pick up tickets to the dinner portion of the event.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back to October 6th since Natalie Small would not have been able to attend. The 4-year-old has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma since last December, and had a bone marrow transplant too close to the August date.Event co-organizer Kate Hadland said that tickets for the dance portion of the Ball, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, will be available up to and including the evening of the event for $40. Tickets for the dinner are only available until the end of the day Wednesday from Tenacious Detail on 100th Ave. Those tickets are $65 for adults, $25 for kids aged 6-10, while kids 5 and under get in free.With more time to organize the event, Hadland said in August that the event will feature more auctions and prizes, as well as live music.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by the Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens, with the Foundation’s first fundraiser going towards helping Natalie and her family.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864, or message the Tenacious Detail Facebook page.
The polls are not far. A subtle realisation of the same exists in the sub-conscience. For a democracy, general elections are more or less a festival. The entire mood of the country changes with the political parties rising from their slumber to proactively advocate either their novel offerings or abject criticism of the current incumbency. The mandate drives the politicos to great extent, sometimes breaking their personal threshold, in order to ascertain that the public is familiarised with their agenda. While the opposition parties carve lucrative sops to capitalise on the shortcomings of the retiring regime, the ruling party graces the opportunity of being in power by spreading its wings and taking the highest flight ever in the entire period hoping it will yield them tremendously. That is natural. The stated behaviour is rather expected. Polls draw out the eclipsed sincerity of the politicos which, otherwise, is expected across the incumbency. Democracy gets to experience permissiveness in all aspects with the people’s voices being heard, development ideas being circulated with full force, lacunae being rampantly tended to, a populist budget and an equally populist manifesto – a range of things presented in the national interest. Such work ethics, otherwise, can catapult any democracy into a fast-progressing one. Alas, that is not how affairs are once the polls culminate and the results provide new incumbency. In between the two extreme ends of the continuum lie the people who, by and large, acknowledge their choice by accepting whatever fraction of the promises have been delivered while simultaneously preparing for another mandate. In thought, our hopes are always aligned towards a choice that yields us more but in reality, it is more like a choice which will hurt us less. Time and again, polls have tinkered our curiosity over what all might be in store for the country, for us, once our choice assumes office. The high hopes with which the public mandate constituted the 16th Lok Sabha, after a long spell of the UPA government, certainly unpacked a series of surprises for us – beneficial or not is subject to perspectives. Fast forwarding to the final days of the current government’s term, a similar disappointment seems to exist in the minds of people as it did back in 2014. Plagued with inconsistencies in its decisions – Rafale, demonetisation, GST, a collective of ambitious schemes, et al – has not augured well for the ruling NDA. Yet, their appetite for pleasing the public seems larger than ever. With one eye on the Lok Sabha polls scheduled this summer, Union Cabinet and Cabinet Committee of External Affairs (CCEA) have jointly undertaken an astonishing 96 decisions in a fortnight pertaining to all sections of society. Farmers, youth, poor, ex-servicemen, central govt. Employees, weaker sections, the decisions are to ascertain that the people don’t repent their mandate five years ago. Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Cabinet and CCEA approved a series of projects which spark the development engine of the country in full swing or at least look to do so. 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to enhance student enrolment and raise employment opportunity – after being heavily condemned for the pertaining unemployment that has plagued the nation. Three of six metro corridors planned under Phase IV cleared with a project outlay of Rs 24,948 crore – with AAP unhappy over the remaining three which were not approved. Rs 31,600 crore for proposals on investment in 4 power projects likely to be operational by 2023-24. Approval of an ordinance on the changed reservation policy for faculty recruitment in universities and colleges. The list may run down to feature a lot of projects and policy alterations that have been approved in what may be the last meeting of the Union Cabinet. A comprehensive look at it is enough to answer the questions of why, or more precisely, why now. Had these projects and other developments being approved earlier, the need for such hasty decisions would not have been there. And, the public would not have brewed discontent, to whichever extent, in the first place. The massive outlay for development seldom neutralises the controversies that the Centre’s facing, yet an attempt has been made nevertheless, as expected. Discussions would rather not spark over what has been done now since all these projects will be the responsibility of the next government. What the discussions may instead constitute is whether the current government is deserving of another term based on the general attitude evident across their term. Almost everyone knows, thanks to media for those who still couldn’t, the reason behind the Centre’s rampant approval of projects. In such a situation, the existing discontent must be channelised to decide if the other choices are better or not. It is, seemingly, a choice between the lesser evil after all.