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San Francisco protesters want justice for Alex Nieto, killed by cops

first_imgDemonstrators shut down the Mission police station, March 23.Photo: Juana Teresa TelloSan Francisco — Workers World received news early in the morning on March 23 that protesters seeking justice for the police killing of Alex Nieto had chained themselves to the headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department in protest, effectively shutting it down.On March 21 people had gathered at the top of the hill in Bernal Heights Park for a one-year community commemoration at the site where young Nieto was killed by San Francisco police in 2014. Nieto’s father and mother were both present. The authorities had decided in February not to charge the police who killed Nieto.An altar decorated with white, pink and red flowers marked the spot where Nieto was killed. Aztec dancers performed a ritual dance at the commemoration. After the ceremony, people marched in a “trail of tears” down the hill and into the Mission district to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts for a film premiere of “Amor for Alex.”Along the way, the dancers stopped at many intersections to perform their dance, blocking traffic for up to 15 minutes at each stop. When they got to the house where young Amilcar Pérez López, a Guatemalan immigrant, was killed by the SFPD in February, the crowd again stopped to pay respects at the altar marking the spot where Pérez López was killed.When the march finally arrived at the cultural center, they were met by another large group of people that had gathered to watch the Nieto film. The dancers again performed their dance, joined by other dancers, blocking several lanes in the busy Mission district for over half an hour during the performance, with large crowds watching in support.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Steel Sensations…Salary cap decisions must be made

first_imgLaMarr Woodley, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, arrives at the Athletes Quarterly Super Bowl Party at Hudson Terrace, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Athletes Quarterly)As the Pittsburgh Steelers progress through the offseason they’ll need to begin to look at the contracts they currently have on the books for 2014 and beyond and what those contracts mean towards the cap. There are several players that could be impacted through a restructuring of their current deal or via an unconditional release.The Steelers will navigate their way through the roster and make decisions on each and every player in an effort to remain under the cap as well as keeping the roster as competitive as possible at the same time.It’s likely the following players will be impacted in some form or fashion.LaMarr Woodley, 2014 cap hit 13.4 million dollars This one should be simple too; it’s time to part ways with Woodley. He still has three years remaining on his contract and quite simply, he’s not worth the money. He’s often injured and just not putting up the big plays and statistics that a 13.4 million dollar linebacker should. If the team can re-sign Jason Worilds; this move is highly likely. If they can’t, then the team may let Woodley stay for at least one more season.Ben Roethlisberger breaks away from Green Bay Packers’ Jamari Lattimore (57) for a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)Ben Roethlisberger, 2014 cap hit 18.8 million dollarsThe decision on Roethlisberger should be an easy one. The team must extend his contract beyond its end date of 2016, which should enable them to lower his salary and cap hit. He wants to remain a Steeler for his entire career and the team feels the same way, so why not take care of business now?Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu , left, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Troy Polamalu, 2014 cap hit 10.8 million dollarsPolamalu is a tricky one. He is overpaid at this point but he’s not a guy the team should release due to his ability to still contribute plus his legendary status.  With one year on his contract the team should try to extend him an additional year to help reduce the cap hit. If they can’t come to an agreement they should just keep him. They may release Polamalu if they can’t get his salary down, which would be a very unfitting end to his Steeler career.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)Heath Miller, 2014 cap hit 9.4 million dollarsMiller should stay no matter what and he will. His contract ends at the end of this season, so if the team is able to extend him a few more years in an effort to reduce his cap hit, they should do so and I believe they will.Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Ike Taylor, 2014 cap hit 11.9 million dollarsTaylor is in a situation where he still has some gas left in the tank but he’s clearly not the player he once was. The team has secondary issues so there is some use for him, but not at 11.9 million dollars.  If the team can find some way to extend him by one year in an effort to reduce the cap hit, then by all means they should do so. If they cannot find a way, then he must be released. I suspect his time in Pittsburgh will end and he’ll be released.Larry Foote, 2014 cap hit 1.8 million dollarsFoote missed the entire 2013 season and while his salary is very reasonable, it may make sense to move on from him and save the money. I could go either way here and think they should probably bring him back but it would not be shocking if he were let go.Steve McLendon, 2014 cap hit 2.9 million dollars.McLendon has not shown enough to be a starter in this league. If the team feels they can draft or even sign a new starting nose tackle, they should save the money and let McLendon go. I believe that’s what will happen.Ramon Foster, 2014 cap hit 1.9 million dollarsWhile the offensive line has issues, the team should try to bring back Fernando Velasco and do so by cutting Foster. Foster is nothing to write home about and his money can be better served on a guy like Velasco. I think there’s a good chance the team will bring him back however.Levi Brown, 2014 cap hit 6.2 million dollarsAbsolutely a no brainer; he should and will be released. He’s far overpaid and never even set foot on the field for the black and gold.These won’t be easy decisions but decisions the team will have to make to ensure they are set for 2014 and beyond. While some of the players under the microscope are long time Steeler vets with major contributions to their success; it has become a necessity to make these decisions for the betterment of the organization.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Africa is ‘full of possibilities’

first_imgThere was plenty of opportunity on the continent, and particularly in South Africa, according to foreign journalists covering the African Union 25th summit. But countries could not ignore the challenges facing them. Spanish journalist Jaime Velazquez at Liliesleaf Farm listening attentitively to what the tour guide had to say about the documented experiences of the people who used the farm as a safe haven and base of operations. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Shamin Chibba and Mathiba MolefeThere are many possibilities in Africa and the continent has a bright future; but it still has a way to go to achieve the economic and social harmony for which it strives. These were the sentiments journalists from China and Spain shared during a media tour of South Africa’s historical attractions.The journalists are covering the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, being held in Gauteng from 7 to 15 June. South Africa is hosting the event for the first time since its formation in Durban in 2002.During the summit, on Tuesday, 9 June, the journalists visited Liliesleaf Farm, where police captured 19 African National Congress members in 1963, and Sterkfontein Cave in the Cradle of Humankind, where one of the world’s oldest hominid fossils, known as Mrs Ples, was found.Surrounded by monuments to South Africa’s history, Spanish freelance journalist Jaime Velazquez said the country’s future would be determined by its people. “You can see that there are still a lot of differences in the country and I think that most of the people want to overcome them… Social and economic differences are still there, you can see them… [But] my perception of South Africa right now is that it’s a wonderful country with a lot of possibilities. I think there’s a real will from South Africans to overcome their differences and live together.”Velazquez has been living in South Africa for four years, covering news for Spanish media in his home country, Mexico and Argentina. He said most of his experiences had been positive. “South Africa is a country where you can live. It’s a country where even though there is a problem with security it’s not an extremely unsafe country as long as you’re on the right side of society and that’s something that I learned later.”Africa “beyond expectations”Chuanshi Zhang, a journalist for China’s largest news agency, Xinhua, said that when he first arrived in South Africa, he did not expect it to be so well developed. “I thought, just as the majority of the world thinks of Africa, as the least developed [continent] and that the infrastructure isn’t good. It was really beyond my expectation.”Now that he has lived in Johannesburg for two years his perception of the country has changed. Yet, he said the government still had some work to do if it was “to be perfect”. “There’s still a long way to go because after apartheid it seems like there are other things stuck there. The economy, infrastructure and other aspects are the same as the early nineties.”Zhang is attending the African Union summit and said he would look to write about Sino-African relations and how the Far East country was playing a more important role in the continent’s economic development.Less of a Rainbow NationVelazquez has noticed that in the last two years, South Africans have been seeing themselves less as the Rainbow Nation and more part of the cultures from which they come.He referred to the 2014 Reconciliation Barometer conducted by the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation, which found that there was a decline in national pride from 72.9% in 2003 to 55% in 2013. “I have seen that South Africans are polarising a little bit again. Do you identify yourself as South African? Do you identify yourself as Zulu? Do you identify yourself as Indian? Ten years ago maybe we were still with the Mandela magic. Right now you can see people are going back to identifying themselves as all these different local groups instead of that feeling that ‘we are all South African.’”South Africa was playing an important leadership role in the African Union because of the rights and freedoms it had. “South Africa has been very active in many conflicts on the continent and always looking for a peaceful solution. So I think that they are holding that role of a regional power that is attached to the values of South Africa as a peaceful way of solving problems.”However, he said South Africa may have become a victim of its own success. “I think that sometimes the other African countries see South Africa as a little bit arrogant and that they are trying to impose themselves.”Velazquez was impressed by the way South Africa organised the summit at such short notice. Chad was the initial host but had to withdraw because of the Boko Haram threat. South Africa stepped in at the last minute. “It’s a country that can first of all organise a summit in a very short period and also it’s probably one of the few countries in Africa that can guarantee 54 heads of state. To host it effectively and safely says a lot about the country.”last_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:23NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda Red Lions01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’ The Red Lions have shown that they won’t hesitate cashing in on those charities, as they are the league’ssecond-best free throw shooting team with their 70.6-percent clip.Those charities were also the biggest difference maker in San Beda’s semifinals clash against San Sebastian, and almost won them the game in their second round clash against Lyceum.For the Pirates to finish what they started, they have to make the right adjustments while maintaining the intensity of their dizzying defense. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truth be told, this is a post-season of firsts for Lyceum — first NCAA playoff appearance and first Finals appearance.Another first for the Pirates will be playing in big venues, and with the best-of-three Finals all scheduled at Smart Araneta Coliseum, their mettle will surely be tested under the brightest of lights and with crowds expected to swell to the rafters.Lyceum’s games have been a crowd-drawer all year long, with the biggest trove of fans coming in that final eliminations assignment against San Beda, a 107-105 double overtime classic which felt like a championship game.But playing in the historic Big Dome is a beast of its own, and Robinson has subjected his Pirates to soak in the atmosphere, bringing the team to UAAP games during their extended break.That’s a factor which could really come in handy for the Red Lions, as they are no strangers to being in venues of this magnitude, playing season openers and this time, their 12th straight Finals appearance.Cashing inIt’s not often that an opposing team gets the better of coach Boyet Fernandez.And with San Beda yet to topple the mighty Lyceum crew, the multi-titled mentor sure is motivating his crew to prove the doubters wrong.But for the Red Lions to do just that, they have to catch fire from downtown and make the most of their outside shooting prowess.San Beda has been ahead of everyone this season in utilizing the three-ball, shooting a league-best 35.3-percent, with Clint Doliguez, AC Soberano, and main man Robert Bolick all figuring in the league’s top 10. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The one man who could help the Red Lions go over the hump will be Davon Potts, who was used sparingly through the course of the eliminations but made his presence felt in the semifinals against the Golden Stags both on offense and defense.Pace or setIt’s no surprise that the immaculate Lyceum is at the top of majority of the statistical categories. Points, rebounds, assists, steals — you name it, the Pirates are the best.But what makes this Intramuros side dangerous is their frantic pace as the players have shown no let-ups when it comes to pushing the ball.Lyceum has thrived on the madness it enforces on its games, allowing it to take 7.1 steals which leads to 16.1 fastbreak points.On the other hand, San Beda makes the most of its deliberate sets as evidenced by it nabbing the league’s slowest pace.The question now is whose game will prevail once the ball gets tipped: the Pirates’ gung-ho attack or the Red Lions’ calculated approach?Let’s get physical?Lyceum’s relentlessness also bites it in the back whenever the referees call the games tight.And for San Beda, that might just be the opening it needs to finally puncture a hole on the Pirates’ ship. Lyceum and San Beda will finally have the chance to go at it again, this time with the NCAA Season 93 championship at stake.With their first two duels easily going down as the top games of the season, the clash between the Pirates and the Red Lions is no doubt going to be a must-see TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, both teams will be looking to expose even the slightest edge to tilt the title favor to theirrespective side.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next After five months of fun-filled and action-packed games, the best of the best remain.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sharper sawComing off a 19-day layoff, San Beda didn’t look like it missed a beat, escaping San Sebastian, 76-71 last Tuesday to win in the stepladder semis.That shifts the spotlight to Lyceum, which will be coming into Friday’s game from a 22-day break after last seeing action last October 19 to complete the unprecedented 18-game eliminations sweep.Coach Topex Robinson has tried his best to keep his wards sharp, but will the near-one month break affect the psyche of the Pirates going into the series against the Red Lions?Under pressureADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgIn the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. last_img read more

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Wetsuweten members say pipeline company removed cultural property

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation are alleging the company trying to build a natural gas pipeline through its territory “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” cultural and private property this weekend.In a statement issued Monday, members of the nation say the area in question is not included in Coastal GasLink’s plans and the company has not provided copies of any work permits for the area.It is the same area along a logging road leading to the company’s planned work site where RCMP enforced an injunction on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people and removing a barrier on the road. Coastal GasLink says in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.It says the property in question was a tent structure on the road, plus two other tents in a pullout area that were deemed unsafe or unstable by crews.It says the areas are active work zones and any obstructions impeding crews from safely accessing them is in contravention to the court order.last_img read more

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Chetwynd Hospital to experience temporary diversion over Labour Day weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Northern Health has issued a notice in regards to the operation of the Chetwynd Hospital this Labour Day weekend.According to Northern Health, the Chetwynd Hospital must go on diversion for 12 hours this weekend.Northern Health says this temporary suspension of emergency room services will be from 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1 to 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, and is due to a lack of available registered nursing staff. During this time, community members requiring urgent medical care are asked to call 9-1-1 for ambulance assistance or to make their way to the nearest hospital of their choice.People who need non-emergency health advice and information can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, or visit healthlinkbc.ca.last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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Spalletti no longer wants to discuss the Juventus controversy

first_imgIt has been discussed a lot lately in the Italian football as Juventus managed to turn around the match against Inter in the final minutes and some of the decisions of the referee were really doubtful.However, Luciano Spalletti insisted that it is time to move on and focus on the upcoming game against Udinese as Inter have to fight for the top positions and the defeat against Juventus didn’t help him at all.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s next game as he said, according to Football Italia:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.It has not been an easy week and the result of the Juventus game speaks for itself.”“Clearly we are not happy, but we have to react. We are playing these final weeks of the season thinking that everything still depends on us. That means we have to win in Udine.”“I don’t want to answer any more questions on Daniele Orsato, that case is closed. We showed against Juventus that we are a very strong side, but we shouldn’t need something exceptional to prove that. We ought to prove it every time.”last_img read more

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