US jobless claimants fall in boost for economy

first_img Show Comments ▼ John Dunne Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Initial claims for US jobless benefits hit a four-month low last week, while the trade gap narrowed more than expected in September, hopeful signs for an economy that has been stuck in a slow-growth rut.The number of workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 435,000 in the week to 6 November from a revised 459,000 for the prior week, the Labour Department announced.The bigger-than-expected dropped was underscored by the four-week moving average of claims which fell to its lowest since just before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in September 2008 in the depths of the financial crisis.Meanwhile, a separate Commerce Department report showed the US trade deficit narrowed more than expected in September, despite near record imports from China, as a weak US dollar helped American exports grow for the third consecutive month.A narrower deficit is positive for US economic growth since it suggests more demand is being met by US production.A third government report showed a jump in petroleum prices in October pushed overall import prices to their highest since April, but the rise was less than analysts expected.US stock index futures turned positive after the reports, while US Treasury debt prices added to losses. The U.S. dollar added to gains against the euro and yen.“Jobless looks a little better than expected. The trend seems to be getting better, though certainly there’s way too many as far as unemployed out there,” said Jay Suskind, senior vice president at Duncan-Williams in Jersey City, New Jersey. whatsapp Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp Wednesday 10 November 2010 9:52 am US jobless claimants fall in boost for economy Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndo Sharelast_img read more

Inside the Connacht camp

first_imgGet to know those helping to take Connacht to new heights TAGS: Connacht Ready to launch: Tom McCartney prepares to throw into a lineout for Connacht. Photo: Inpho TOM McCARTNEY swapped New Zealand for Ireland last year when he joined Connacht, but before he left Auckland his team-mates put together a tribute video.The hooker’s nickname is ‘Freak’ for his ability in the gym – “Coming through the age grades, I looked like a little white boy but a lot of the time I was stronger than the big guys,” he says – so it’s fitting that the video features the song Super Freak. Words have been changed to describe McCartney’s rugby prowess and while the 29-year-old stars in a few ‘dance’ routines in the video, he insists the idea came from his team-mates at Auckland.“I didn’t do any song writing!” he insists. “After I scored a try, one of the guys in the team wrote the whole song. As my nickname is Freak, he called me Super Freak. I was worried because I knew I might come across as a bit of a d**k, but I don’t take myself too seriously.”Leading figureIt was clear on his arrival at Connacht that his new colleagues had watched the video, but who would McCartney like to produce a film of? “John Muldoon deserves a video. Everyone calls him ‘Mole’, like ’Mole-doon’. So maybe we need to get him a new nickname first!”Long server: John Muldoon has spent his entire pro career at Connacht. Photo: InphoMuldoon has been at Connacht for 14 years, joining the academy with his brother when he came to study in Galway. His brother left to join the police, but Muldoon has never looked back. “My brother and I were both brought into the academy but he hated it,” explains Muldoon. “He didn’t like the lifestyle, saying he played rugby for enjoyment and didn’t enjoy it as a professional. I loved it – getting paid to train and play.”Youth projectMuldoon, 32, is certainly in the senior player category at Connacht but it’s the province’s youth policy that seems to be reaping rewards. As well as reaching the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup, Connacht are sitting in sixth position in the Guinness Pro12 table and have already won more league games than ever before. “We’ve been more consistent,” says Lam. “The bottom line is these guys work hard. If we put a highlights package together we’d see the amount of teamwork that’s done as a team. The lowlights would show when we’re not playing as a team. We’re not good enough as individuals to play as individuals, so it’s important we work together.”Read more from these Connacht interviews in the April 2015 issue of Rugby World – on sale 10 March. Click here for the latest subscription offers and find out how to download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is the province’s star, but Muldoon points to the other young faces in the squad too. “The big thing for us is we’re a young team – and I put myself in there!” he jokes. “The young lads coming through get better and better.“We’ve played a couple of times with a back-line which has an average age of 22 or 23. There’s Kieran Marmion at 23, Robbie Henshaw’s 21, Darragh Leader’s 21. All three of them have been training with Ireland this year. So we’re a young, young team but there is experience in there with the likes of Mils Muliaina. He’s got huge knowledge of the game.”Pulling together: Connacht gather to listen to a team talk from Pat Lam. Photo: InphoMan at the topSince taking over the reins at Connacht in 2013, former Samoa No 8 Pat Lam has focused on three areas – the game, culture and leadership – and his approach is paying off. After finishing tenth in the Pro12 last year, he has been pleased with his team’s form this season.last_img read more

Introducing… the Guinness Pro14

first_imgThe Celtic League has brought in South Africa’s Cheetahs and Kings. Things will never be the same again. This feature first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Rugby World. Dive right in: The Cheetahs and Southern Kings when they met in Super Rugby HANG ON to your hats, this is going to be a bumpy ride. The Guinness Pro12 have upped their club count for next season. From September, two South African sides – freshly culled from Super Rugby – will play in Europe, as the Cheetahs of Bloemfontein and Southern Kings of Port Elizabeth swell their ranks.There have been mixed reactions – although many, when they first hear the news, have a slightly slacker jaw. There’s a lot to consider but plenty of views, too. So here is some background on the wrangling and permutations for the future of the league…THE BIG MOVENegative is certainly not a word you would use to describe Jean de Villiers. Upon finding out that the Cheetahs and Kings will play their rugby in the North from September, the ambassadorial former Springbok captain punches in with the positives.“First off, it’s a great opportunity for the Kings and Cheetahs,” the 109-Test centre assures Rugby World. “It’s a competition that is going from strength to strength. The rise of Scotland has almost certainly contributed to that, all four Irish provinces are very strong and the Scarlets are very good after the Ospreys led the way for Welsh rugby for so long.Back in the day: Jean de Villiers in Magners League action for Munster“There are a lot of logistics to sort out and there will be a lot of travelling. But it will be so much better for (South African) fans with games in the UK and Ireland because, from a viewership perspective, we are pretty much on the same time zone. This will introduce South African audiences to Celtic nations. In the past they saw a lot more of the Premiership and the Top 14. So there are a lot of benefits.”Walking on the sunnier side of the street, you can see how the match-up with two South African sides would appeal.With the two franchises – with their own stadiums, staff, players and fans, but with no league to play in from July onwards – why not see if the South African Rugby Union (SARU) would entertain some talks? According to reports, the Pro12 made around £11m last year, compared to the Top 14’s estimated €85m. In a fierce market, they have struggled next to flashier leagues in France and England. There have been calls for radical moves for a few years now. Glances have been cast abroad.In July the Irish Rugby CEO Philip Browne said: “The one thing I’ll say about the Celtic League, and I’ve been involved since its inception in 2001, is that it’s gone through various iterations and each iteration effectively happens at five to midnight; that is the nature of this particular beast.“Yes, there are all sorts of potential issues with going to North America, if South Africa emerged as a realistic option, but what you have to do is weigh up those potential issues with the risk of doing nothing.“The risk of doing nothing with the Pro12 in the long term is the greater risk. We have to have a paradigm change, otherwise we’ll keep doing the same thing, getting the same result and fall further behind Top 14 and Premiership Rugby Limited.”It is always best to deal from a position of strength, but it is the potential being sold southward by Pro12. It’s rumoured that each current member could net an additional £500k, so it’s easy to guess at reasons for acceptance. Zebre have become a cautionary tale, with months of missing wages and a failure to set pre-season plans in place. There is discord in parts of Italy, and Treviso and Zebre only have guarantees of continued participation to 2018.In need of a wake-up call: The two Italian franchises“The Italians might take it as a threat but I see it as a wake-up call,” says former Azzurri prop Massimo Cuttitta, now coaching Romania’s scrum. “They might wake up and start delivering good things on the pitch. This is more competition, of a high level.“It is important to have two teams in Italy or we will fall down. The union have been cruising for too long and they take everything for granted. For me, this is a positive. I’m not sure what other Italians think but they have played around too long.”You may just imagine a sword hanging over Italy. There is certainly something for the South Africans to grasp hold of, with interests in two hemispheres. “We will still have four teams in Super Rugby,” de Villiers reiterates. “This does give SARU an opportunity to allow players to play abroad while still being in South Africa. A big problem for us is the player drain. So this means some will get the experience while still plying their trade here. Hopefully this means we keep more players in South Africa. Money is usually the problem.“I’m excited. Hopefully it will be good for players. With the hemispheres, you playing up there, us playing down here, there was a gap, internationally. I think the inter-hemisphere playing field is more even now and I think that is a strength for rugby.”FUTURE DEALS?South African network SuperSport is usually all over SARU’s negotiations, but Rugby World understands that as initial deals were being signed on this move, they knew little. Some rumours of big splurges flew out, with suggestions that the network could double the Pro12’s television revenue. Given the appetite for televised rugby in South Africa – and the fact SuperSport have share holdings in the Cheetahs franchise – an increase in TV money for the league was always likely.Money, as de Villiers has said, is a powerful motivator. Money comes in new markets too. Talks have been going on, elsewhere, for some time.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREFar away Vancouver and Houston have regularly been suggested as North American destinations for new franchises for the league. When approached for clarification of their own position, Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen replied with this statement: “Rugby Canada believes there is a strong market for professional rugby in Canada and North America. We have held a number of discussions with existing professional leagues, including Guinness Pro12, over the past year.“The opportunity to expand the professional sport landscape in North America with professional rugby is both an exciting prospect and one that we firmly believe is critical to our men’s national team’s future successes on the international stage.“As with all ventures of this nature, the timing, structure and location of a franchise are critical elements to get right and to ensure a sustainable and successful product. Both the Vancouver and Toronto markets provide a passionate existing fan base for a potential professional franchise to build upon.“Rugby Canada is eager and excited to work with a future franchise ownership group and professional rugby league to realise this exciting opportunity!”Happy Scarlets: Last season’s Pro12 champions, the ScarletsWhen approached for similar clarification of their city’s stance, the Harris County Houston Sports Authority did not respond in time for publication.Nevertheless, while these moves will excite some, others are shouting for caution. The recent bungling of the Super Rugby format has panicked a few, who warn the Guinness league not to make the same mistakes as those who reached too far in the South.When it became clear that two South African sides would fall out of Super Rugby, Jurie Roux, the SARU boss who has been at the negotiating table with the Pro12, said: “We have reached this painful point partly because of over-optimism and partly because we have not always taken a hard-nosed business view of what is good for rugby.”Part of the mess: Sunwolves face the nearly-extinct Rebels last Super Rugby seasonSuper Rugby is still dealing with the mess they created – their body, SANZAAR, saw money-making potential and the bright lights of distant markets, but look at how bleak the future could be for Australia, while the South Africans hop north. The Wallaby flanker Scott Fardy – off to Leinster now –has talked about his anger with the “faceless men in suits in board rooms” in reference to the long periods of uncertainty while the ARU struggled to decide which one of the Rebels and Force franchises they should axe from Super Rugby. But he also captured the mood of a whole rugby planet when he said: “I hope we get change so we’re not having these same conversations in five or ten years’ time.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Of course, with one South African rugby insider telling Rugby World that many in the nation see Super Rugby as a “dog” and that their remaining franchises could look to Europe when contracts are up in 2020, why travel to North America at all?This feature first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Rugby Worldlast_img read more

Presiding Bishop, Episcopal bishops along the border release video in…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Supporting immigrants: A video from The Episcopal Church 16:04 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the complex array of challenges facing immigrants across the United States, including support for children and other people seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, assisting immigrants who are undocumented, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and resettling refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries.In a new video, The Episcopal Church: Walking with Immigrants, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introduces five bishops whose dioceses are actively engaged in immigrant welcome. Each bishop shares ways individuals or groups can support this work. Their intent is to inspire action and to highlight the many ways people can engage with and deepen their understanding of immigration issues.The video ends with an overview of the advocacy and refugee resettlement work done at the national level. The Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church, speaks to the Church’s 80-year commitment to immigrants and displaced persons; support which continues today through Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations. Immigration The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 “Many Episcopalians have asked, ‘what is The Episcopal Church doing?’ And maybe the deeper question behind that has been the question, ‘what can I do?’” said Curry. “This video is intended to address those questions and to provide some ways that we, as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, can respond to this humanitarian crisis.”The featured bishops represent the four U.S. dioceses geographically located along the border with Mexico and the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, serving as one example of the many ways other Episcopal dioceses are engaged with people seeking asylum.Bishops appearing in the video include Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Episcopal Diocese of Maine; Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Episcopal Diocese of San Diego; Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, Episcopal Diocese of Arizona; Rt. Rev. Michael Buerkel Hunn, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande; and Rt. Rev. David Reed, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.The Episcopal Church, through the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), has compiled a list of resources, bishop statements, and information in response to the ongoing humanitarian situation at the southern border.For information mentioned in the video and more, visit the EMM website. For resources on advocacy and policy education, visit the OGR website.Join Partners in Welcome, the online learning and networking community from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and engage with others across the Church who are committed to the work of supporting refugees and asylum-seekers.To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit or text ‘EMM’ to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. This office aims to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All of its work is grounded in the resolutions of General Convention and Executive Council, the legislative and governing bodies of the church. Connecting Episcopalians to their faith by educating, equipping and engaging them to do the work of advocacy through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is a key aspect of this work.Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 13 affiliate offices in 12 states. Episcopal Migration Ministries, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska Back to Press Releases Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Aug 17, 2019 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC last_img read more

New Deputy Chief Executive at NCVO

first_img Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Ben Kernighan said: “As membership of the organisation continues to grow, I will be working with Stuart on NCVO’s long term strategy, ensuring that we continue to provide the support and answers to the sector’s burning questions.”Kernighan also worked at The Terrence Higgins Trust as Communications Manager, Fundraising Manager and managed its volunteer services. He is a trustee of the Basic Skills Agency and a Director of Futurebuilders England. Howard Lake | 30 October 2006 | News New Deputy Chief Executive at NCVO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has appointed Ben Kernighan as its Deputy Chief Executive, a new position. Kernighan was previously the organisation’s Director of Services and Development.Kernighan, who has been with NCVO for eight years, will deputise for NCVO’s Chief Executive, Stuart Etherington, as well as heading up the Services and Development Department.The new position was created following NCVO’s expansion of services and membership, which is now over 4,800 organisations. Advertisement  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Tamir Rice family: ‘Race is still a problem’

first_imgThe following is a Dec. 28 statement from Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, following the announcement that no indictments of the cops responsible for Tamir’s death were handed down by a grand jury in Cleveland.12-year-old Tamir Rice, killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann Nov. 22, 2014.My family and I are in pain and devastated by the non-indictment of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback for the murder of our beloved Tamir. After this investigation — which took over a year to unfold — and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal-justice system, which we view as corrupt.Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system.I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with.As the video shows, Officer Loehmann shot my son in less than a second. All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade.I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pennsylvania inmates subjected to dangerous and demeaning treatment, sexual harassment

first_imgPrisoners and prison abolitionists in Pennsylvania have debunked bogus claims by Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, who asserted that drug trafficking in the summer of 2018 led to the sickening of dozens of prison staff by exposure. The two accused prisoners and their loved ones of smuggling in contraband drugs through the mail and visitations, and in August 2018 they ordered an indefinite lockdown of all state facilities that lasted over a month. Since then, two corrections officers have been arrested for trafficking K2, a type of synthetic marijuana. The first officer was arrested in Delaware County after being caught trying to distribute the drugs during the lockdown. In February, a second prison officer in Northumberland County was caught with synthetic drugs in their locker at the facility. It should be clear that the illegal market within Pennsylvania prisons is a side hustle for the guards to make money selling illicit drugs to inmates. However, it is the prisoners themselves who are facing repercussions for the crimes committed by these agents of the state.“We’re the ones being forced to pay the piper for the misdeeds of others,” says Bryant Arroyo, who is serving life in prison at SCI Frackville for a crime he did not commit. Inmates have faced draconian punishments, including the unconstitutional suspension of attorney-client privilege through the interception of attorney-client mail, which was recently ruled illegal as the result of a lawsuit against the DOC by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Abolitionist Law Center and other human rights groups.Fresh abuses, sexual harassmentBut despite some relief from last year’s repressive crackdown, new measures have been implemented by the state aimed at discouraging visits to the prisons. It is now standard policy in Pennsylvania to force inmates to strip naked and submit to full body searches before and after being allowed into the visitation room to meet with friends and loved ones. As Arroyo wrote in a letter detailing this abuse at the beginning of March: “Upon entering the visiting-search area, I was strip-searched prior to going to my visit. After the completion of my visit, I was subsequently strip- searched again. … I was ordered to report to the property room to be subjected to a full-body X-ray scan for contraband.“I am bringing this incident to your attention because it typifies the patterned-practice to many similar occurrences I’ve witnessed and personally experienced being arbitrarily subjected to the unnecessary strip-searches via visiting-room procedures.”Arroyo and other inmates say these punitive strip-searches constitute sexual harassment and are a violation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Moreover, the state has shown a systematic “failure to protect people who reported sexual harassment abuse from retaliation. … My body is subjected to multiple excessive, punitive strip-searches which by policy is tantamount to sexual harassment.”Multiple prisoners have filed grievances against this intrusive and abusive new imposition on the visitation process.Moreover, the DOC has once again spent money to line the pockets of prison profiteers, this time to purchase expensive X-ray machines produced by the security company Adani. Adani’s website advertises their “people X-ray screening” devices as a means of catching “terrorists” and “drug dealers.” Inmates are subjected to these X-ray scans without any protection, not even the bare minimum of an apron or collar to protect vital organs, such as those used when X-rays are taken at the dentist’s office. Prison officials refuse to inform prisoners of potential harmful consequences from being regularly exposed to this type of radiation.Dan Hernandez, another inmate at SCI Frackville, says he was strip-searched before and after a visit, then forced to submit to the X-ray scan. After the scan proved that he was not carrying any contraband, corrections officers still exposed him to X-ray radiation a second time on a whim, claiming a (unfounded) “suspicion.” Around the same time, Jonathan Diaz Garcia was subjected to the X-ray scanner, and prison staff asserted that it showed he was smuggling contraband that he had ingested. Diaz Garcia was forced into the “dry room” for hours — a solitary cell even more sparse than the prisoner’s standard quarters — until he passed the alleged “contraband” through his digestive system. After four hours, it became clear that he had not swallowed a packet of illicit drugs, but that he was merely constipated.This recent experience of Jonathan Diaz Garcia exposes not only the perverse intrusion of privacy, but also another alarming revelation: The staff techs who operate the X-ray devices and monitor the scans, who mistook a blocked small intestine for “contraband,” have absolutely no idea what they’re looking at. “A cop is a cop is a cop,” says Arroyo of the Adani techs and the prison staff who subject prisoners to these humiliating new practices. “They are doing everything they can to deter us from visits, to deny us comfort.” Amid all these repressive measures, prison staff still dangle the threat of a new lockdown over inmates’ heads and stoke racism and hatred.“They don’t like to see camaraderie. They know how this affects us psychologically and physiologically. The human being was not made to be without contact.“They’re thinking we still have it too good.” Strength in the face of adversityArroyo himself has been subjected to a seven-day cell restriction this month —  a clear case of retaliation by the administration for his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow prisoners. It’s a common practice for inmates to briefly hang a small towel or sheet over part of their cell window while using the toilet, both for privacy’s sake and, as Arroyo makes clear, out of courtesy to the guards. Yet Arroyo was reprimanded for it and was confined to his cell without privileges for a week.But Arroyo is a spirited warrior, fighting back against this prison plantation system from “within the entrails.” His sense of humor, as always, never fails to punctuate a conversation about the gross injustices he faces. “Hey, I got a headline idea for you,” Arroyo said after explaining his cell restriction: “Jailhouse Environmentalist Faces Administrative Retaliation for Taking an Environmentally Conscious Dump.” When meeting with Arroyo, it is not uncommon for raucous laughter or the sound of a sudden high-five to draw the attention of surly guards who tell us to quiet down. This in itself is a small victory in such a grim place.“I know what it is to be mistreated, to suffer an injustice,” he continues. “But this kind of ugly retaliation is just a tap on the shoulder from God, saying, ‘You’re doing right.’ ”Arroyo is an innocent man, sentenced to a nightmare that has been going on for over 25 years. He demonstrates that all prisoners are political prisoners, whether they committed the crime they were convicted of or not and regardless of the circumstances of their capture and confinement. In this prison nation, the very struggle to maintain one’s dignity is a revolutionary act for the most oppressed members of our class. Arroyo, Hernandez, Diaz Garcia and others have all demonstrated profound courage by telling deeply personal stories of their oppression and humiliation at the hands of prison staff.“This is a global problem,” says Arroyo. “Look at Trump. Trump doesn’t like to talk about the past. Because he is the past, incarnate. He is the dog biting a Black woman on the street. He is the fire hose pointed at protesters. He is the cop hitting a young man upside the head.”And just like the struggle for justice in the past, our duty is to organize a mass movement of freed people and those imprisoned, of siblings, children and allies. Abolition is the demand for the permanent end of the occupation of oppressed communities and warfare against our class. The people behind bars are the most acutely aware of this class antagonism and are on the front lines of the struggle.For this reason we say: “Free ‘Em All!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Europe urged to remember Cuban repression on 1st anniversary of crackdown

first_img News March 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Europe urged to remember Cuban repression on 1st anniversary of crackdown New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 12, 2018 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information CubaAmericas CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Cuba One year after Cuba arrested 27 journalists in a crackdown on dissent, Reporters Without Borders held a press conference in Brussels to proclaim “Europe says NO to repression in Cuba” and to unveil new initiatives designed to inform the European public and rouse the EU to action. Reporters Without Borders also unveiled “Cuba, le livre noir” (Cuba, the Black Book), a collection of reports about Cuba by human rights groups – Amnesty International, Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, Human Rights Watch, Pax Christi Netherlands and Reporters Without Borders – which is being published in French-speaking countries to coincide with the anniversary.The book reveals the scale of the spring 2003 crackdown and the way a totalitarian regime functions. It includes passages from Cuban legislation that is used to crush individual freedoms, as well as extracts from the main manifestos of the dissident groups that are trying to steer Cuba towards a democratic transition, and which are accused by the government of being the agents of US imperialism. Leading personalities and witnesses condemn the human rights abusesPoland’s former dissident Bronislaw Geremek was asked to open the press conference in part because it came just six weeks before eight former Soviet-bloc countries join the European Union on 1 May. In view of their past, these nations are expected to press for human rights to remain at the centre of the EU’s relations with their former bloc-partner Cuba.After Geremek’s introduction, Bernard-Henri Lévy spoke about the relationship between Europe’s intellectuals and Cuba, while Latin America specialist Elizabeth Burgos talked briefly about the history of repression in Cuba since the early years of the Castro regime.Reporters Without Borders also wanted to give victims a chance to speak on this first anniversary. So several mothers of currently imprisoned journalists and dissidents who belong to the Miami-based group Mothers and Wives Against Repression (Madres y Mujeres Anti Represión – MAR) spoke next. Humberto Medrano, the former editor of the daily Prensa Libre, which was closed by the authorities in 1960, also described how the Castro regime imposed its centrally-controlled, uniform press system in the revolution’s early years.The personal accounts concluded with “Monologue of a guilty person” by journalist and poet Raúl Rivero, which was read for him by Spanish film-director Fernando Arrabal. Winner of the Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France Prize in 1997, Rivero is one of the leading exponents of independent journalism in Cuba. He was arrested on 20 March 2003 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.Cuba became the world’s biggest prison for journalists on 18 March 2003Cuba’s constitution only allows the governmental press to exist. Independent news agencies have tried to challenge the state’s monopoly of the news media for the past 10 years or so. As they are unable to get their reports and articles published inside Cuba, these agencies send them abroad where they are used by both websites and print media.A total of 27 independent journalists were arrested in the course of the March 2003 crackdown, joining the three who were already in prison. They were convicted of actions against Cuba’s “independence and economy” under law 88 or “actions against the state’s independence and territorial integrity” under article 91 of the criminal code. In general, they were accused of collaborating with the United States by writing articles that gave a different view of Cuba from what the official press offers. Their reports were usually about the (not officially recognised) opposition, human rights violations or Cuban daily life.Shortly after being convicted at the start of April, the journalists and all the other detained dissidents were transferred to prisons often hundreds of kilometres from their homes. Forced to undertake long and expensive journeys in order to visit them, their families complained of “a second sentence.” The prisoners receive the harshest treatment provided by Cuba’s prisons and are allowed only one family visit every three months (instead of every three weeks).All have complained of abominable conditions : a lack of hygiene (cells infested by rats and cockroaches), a lack of medical care, revolting food, a lack of access to water and interception of their mail. Some, such as Oscar Espinosa Chepe, are seriously ill. The latest reports concern Ivan Hernández Carrillo of the independent Patria agency, who is held at the Holguín provincial penitentiary in central Cuba. He went on hunger strike from 23 February to 14 March to press his demand to be moved to another wing after receiving death threats from cell-mates and being harassed by guards. Two other inmates at Holguín, journalist Adolfo Fernández Saínz and dissident Alfredo Domínguez Batista, also went on hunger strike in support of Hernández’s demand on 2 March. All three later reportedly called off the protest after he got his wish.A special section of the Reporters Without Borders website, entitled “Cuba, the world’s biggest prison for journalists” , offers Internet users information about detained journalists, international reactions to their long prison sentences, and background briefing about how the news is controlled in Cuba. European Parliamentarians who signed the Brussels DeclarationNuala Ahern (Irish, Greens)Anne André-Léonard (Belgian, ELDR)Pervenche Bérès (French, PSE)John Cushnahan (Irish, PPE)Emma Bonino (Italian, Radical Party)Johanna Boogerd-Quaak (Dutch, ELDR)Alima Boumediene-Thiery (French, Greens)Kathalyne Buitenweg (Dutch, Greens)Marco Cappato (Italian, Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Paulo Casaca (Portuguese, PSE)Daniel Cohn-Bendit (German, Greens)Gianfranco Dell’alba (Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Benedetto della Bedova (Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Gérard Deprez (Belgian, PPE)Harlem Désir (French, PSE)Olivier Duhamel (French, PSE)Olivier Dupuis (French, Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Fernando Fernandez (Spanish, PPE)Concepco Ferrer (Spanish, PPE)Monica Frassoni (Italian, Greens)Jas Gawronski (Italian, PPE)Vitaliano Gemelli (Italian, PPE)Alfred Gomolka (German, PPE)Michel Hansenne (Belgian, PPE)Adeline Hazan (French, PSE)Pierre Jonckheer (Belgian, Greens)Alex Kenz (British, PSE)De Keyser (Belgian, PSE)Karin Junker (German, PSE)Alain Lamassoure (French, PPE)Alain Lipietz (French, Greens / ALE)Astrid Lulling (Luxemburguese, PPE)J. Maaten (Dutch, ELDR)Cecilia Malström (Swedish, ELDR)José Maria Menoiluce Pereiro (Spanish , PSE)Reinhold Messner (Italian, Greens)Enrique Monsonis Domingo (Spanish, ELDR)Jean-Thomas Nordmann (French, ELDR)Marco Pannella (Italian, Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Béatrice Patrie (French, PSE)Berad Possett (German, PPE)Pronk (Dutch, PPE-ED)Luis Queiro (Portuguese, UEN)Mayol i Raynal (Spanish, Greens)José Ribeiro e Castro (Portuguese, UEN)Michel Rocard (French, PSE)Alexander de Roo (Dutch, Greens)José Ignacio Salafranca (Spanish, PPE-ED)Sanders-ten Holte (Dutch, ELDR)Marielle de Sarnez (French, PPE)Elisabeth Schröder (German, Greens)Dirk Sterckx (Belgian, ELDR)Charles Tannock (British, PPE)Maurizio Turco (Italian, Radical Party / Emma Bonino List)Jaime Valdivielso (Spanish, PPE)Joan Vallvé (Spanish, ELDR)Bob van den Bos (Dutch, ELDR)Johan Van Heche (Belgian, ELDR)Anne Van Lancker (Belgian, PSE)Ari Vatauen (Finnish, PPE) Graham Watson (Scot, ELDR)Jan Marinus Wiensma (Dutch, PSE)Matti Wuori (Finnish, Greens)Astrid Zulling (Luxembourg) Organisation to go further Proclaiming “Europe says NO to repression in Cuba,” Reporters Without Borders held a news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels today to mark the first anniversary of the start a wave of arrests in Cuba on 18 March 2003, which ended with a total of 75 dissidents, including 27 journalists, being sentenced to long prison terms.Leading personalities and witnesses of the crackdown came to voice their views on the situation in Cuba. Spanish film-maker Fernando Arrabal was among those at the event, which was sponsored by Polish former dissident and former foreign minister Bronislaw Geremek and French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.New campaigns to get European citizens and EU authorities involvedReporters Without Borders unveiled new initiatives at the press conference that are designed to alert the European Union’s public and its decision-makers about the human rights violations that are still being committed by Fidel Castro’s regime.The organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, urged European parliamentarians to sign a “Brussels Declaration” in which they undertake to constantly petition the Cuban government for the release of the 75 dissidents and to call on the “European Commission and Council to pursue policies consistent with this goal.” The declaration’s first signatories included Daniel Cohn-Bendit of France (president of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance); Emma Bonino of Italy (radical group of Non-Attached); Pervenche Berés of France (vice-president of the Group of the Party of European Socialists); Graham Watson of Scotland (president of the Group of the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party – ELDR); José Ribeiro e Castro of Portugal (Union for Europe of the Nations Group); Gérard Deprez of Belgium (European People’s Party) and Jules Maaten of Netherlands (ELDR). (List of all the signatories below).Download the declaration : Reporters Without Borders also announced the launch of a poster campaign aimed at encouraging the approximately 800,000 European tourists who visit Cuba each year to think about what goes on there behind the promotional clichés. The campaign’s visual is a young woman on beach wearing a T-shirt that says, “Cuba Si, Castro No.” The accompanying text says: “Are you tempted by Cuba for your holidays, by its dreamy beaches and its frenetic rhythms? Watch out ! Except in picture postcards, the Cuban sun doesn’t shine for everyone. The Castro regime arrested some 80 journalists, dissidents and human rights activists in March 2003 and gave them long prison sentences. For daring to talk about democracy in their country, some of them are going to spend up to 28 years in prison… Wise up to where you’re going!” May 6, 2020 Find out more Related documents BRUSSELS_declaration.pdfPDF – 5.45 KB October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

New-Look PCC Football Scrimmages Fullerton Saturday

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Sports New-Look PCC Football Scrimmages Fullerton Saturday By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 12:23 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday With one-time Mission Conference winning head coach Tom Maher (1996-2004) back in charge, the 2016 Pasadena City College football team will be introduced to fans in a pre-season scrimmage against Fullerton College at Robinson Stadium this Saturday, Aug. 27.The scrimmage begins with drills at 3:30 p.m. and an abbreviated game starting after 6 p.m.Admission is free with a $10 donation acccepted for dinner that is catered by local eatery Lee’s Hoagie House and Patticakes of Altadena. Besides watching the Lancers in action, a contingent from the Lancers Marching Band will perform.Members of the 1974 undefeated Metropolitan Conference champion Lancers team will be holding a reunion at the scrimmage. Among the guests will be Myron Tarkanian, the head coach of that talented squad (10-0-1 record) and PCC Sports Hall of Famers Harvey Hyde and Skip Robinson, the school’s athletic director from 1995-2007. Robinson and Hyde both were assistant coaches to Tarkanian in ’74. Expected to attend is All-American offensive lineman Ned Vessey with the reunion spearheaded by ’74 alumnus Eric Imhof.PCC is led this season by redshirt freshman quarterback Jesse Hanckel, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound bounceback from Fresno State, who broke every passing record at Village Christian High. The defense is paced by letterman defensive back and safety Kendell Jefferson (No. 17 in action photo last year).This is the first year that football teams across the state are holding scrimmages involving opposing colleges since 2008 when cost containment measures were passed by the CCCAA to limit the number of contests in every sport. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribelast_img read more

Death threats against Derry Community Safety Wardens lifted

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Death threats against Derry Community Safety Wardens lifted Pinterest Previous articleFire service treating fatal Derry fire as accidentalNext articleCPWP to hold 24 hour water charge protest outside Joe Mc Hugh’s office News Highland Death threats made against a number of Community Safety Partnership workers in Derry have been lifted.A group calling itself the IRA made the threats against Community Safety Wardens.The workers had been transferred to other duties, and over the past number of days, council staff, unions, churches and other groups called for the threats to be lifted.The lifting of the threats follows a meeting at the weekend involving community workers, a number of councillors and figures from the trade union movement.Mayor Brenda Stephenson has welcomed the breakthrough and thanked all those involved in reaching it.She said there was a very real fear that the situation would escalate and council services would be compromised…………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp By News Highland – November 17, 2014 last_img read more