Baltimore PPA protests new killings by cops

first_imgBaltimoreWithin a two-day period in late January, the Baltimore City Police Department shot two Black people, killing one of them. In response, the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly held a protest in front of the Baltimore City Police Headquarters on Jan. 31 to demand justice for Darin Hutchins, whom the cops killed on Jan. 24.Later the day of the protest, the Baltimore County Police killed Edwin Bright Sr. All of the victims were African Americans.During the week before the protest, Sara Benjamin and Steven Ceci of the People’s Power Assembly conducted an investigation in the neighborhood where Darin Hutchins was killed and spoke to eyewitnesses. Those who knew Hutchins explained that he had a history of mental illness. PPA spokesperson Benjamin declared, “The police and the system criminalize Black people and stigmatize people who have psychiatric illnesses.”The story the eyewitnesses told was much different than the public relations story the police department handed the media. Benjamin explained that the witness who stood next to Hutchins when he was gunned down by Officer Donald Gaff told her that before firing the two shots, the officer gave Hutchins zero time to drop a kitchen knife.Ceci, another PPA organizer, added, “We are angry that the news media has repeated the public relations story told by police spokespeople before they spoke to anyone in the neighborhood or to any of the witnesses.” He reported that the witness who stood next to Darin Hutchins did not feel endangered by him at any time; in fact, she put her arm around him. Instead, she was terrified by the police and “at this moment has asked that her name not be published for fear of reprisal.”Ceci also said the witness, a friend of Hutchins, said, “The white cop who shot Darin moved the knife and put it on a table” even after she objected. She “had to scream at the cop to stop shooting.”One of the youngest activists at the Jan. 31 protest, Kira Lynae, concluded the PPA rally by calling for an end to devaluing Black lives: “Black lives matter, as do the lives of all those marginalized and oppressed, including the LGTBQIA community, women and those with disabilities, who are many times forgotten.”PPA organizers took note of the scores of police cars lined up during the rally, plus the plainclothes police who were standing by ready to infiltrate the demonstration, a practice implemented at all recent #BlackLivesMatter protests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

International movement demands: ‘Justice for Major Tillery!

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On May 17, word spread via social media that Major Tillery, a political prisoner at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution Chester, was sick with chills, a sore throat and a fever for several days. On hearing of Tillery’s illness and knowing that COVID-19 was running rampant in U.S. prisons, the international prisoner defense movement sprang into action. It launched a petition, in English and French, and a phone and letter-writing campaign directed to SCI Chester administrators.Call-in campaign on behalf of Major Tillery.In addition to demanding medical treatment for Tillery, the campaign protested the total prison lockdown. Prisoners have been denied showers and cleaning of cell blocks, as well as phone calls or other communication with the outside. Food for sick prisoners was placed on the floor outside their cells.Tillery has alerted supporters that a major roadblock to receiving treatment is Dr. Paul Little, employed by Wellpath, who has the final say on which prisoners receive COVID-19 tests. Tillery writes: “They saying they are protecting the elderly by locking us up for 24 hours, but with no air and no movement for months is killing us with [our] respiratory problems, no vitamin D. In the last 9 days we have received nothing.  …  They are using this pandemic as punishment.”It was Tillery who blew the whistle in 2015 when Mumia Abu-Jamal was near death due to untreated hepatitis C in SCI Mahanoy. When the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) retaliated by moving Tillery to SCI Frackville, he filed a federal pro se lawsuit demanding medical treatment for Mumia and all prisoners. At Frackville, after he succeeded in obtaining services for aging prisoners, the PADOC retaliated again and moved him to SCI Chester.Tillery, whom Abu-Jamal describes as a “jailhouse lawyer who shook the prison walls,” has been held in solitary confinement for 20 of his 37 years in prison “because of something prison administrators hate and fear above all things: prisoner unity; prisoner solidarity.” (For information on his case, see statistics list one prisoner and 14 guards as COVID-19 positive at SCI Chester as of May 18, but do not say how many prisoners were tested. Statewide, 226 inmates and 157 guards have tested positive, with five prisoners and one guard dying from the virus.In addition to the call-in campaign, the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration rallied outside SCI Chester on May 19, urging officials to release inmates, especially the elderly and sick. The protests and call-ins had an impact. By May 20, people incarcerated at SCI Chester were getting showers, phone calls and access to prison kiosks. The prison also started randomly testing 30 to 40 people at a time. However, as of this report, Tillery has not been tested. Letter from Richard Wright’s daughterProminent among those galvanizing international support for Tillery is Europe-based activist Julia Wright, daughter of author Richard Wright. Excerpts from her letter to Kenneth Eason, SCI Chester Administrator, follow:Dear Mr. Kenneth Eason,I just watched with deep interest your January 2017 talk on “The Path to Prison” (TEDx Talks/You Tube). My father, the late African American writer Richard Wright, used to quip: “Who would ever want to be a cop or a prison guard?” But as a journalist he also taught me how to listen to all sides of all stories, so I paid careful attention to your reminiscences of your traumatic childhood years at the hands of bullies.You spoke of your fears resulting from bullying: Would you get your lunch money stolen? Would the contents of your bookbag be strewn on the ground for you to crawl all over? Would you get beat up? No wonder you developed a stutter, a difficulty to look people in the eye, and started to pull your hair out.As my father recalls in his book “Black Boy/American Hunger,” he too was bullied at an early age, but his mother, who was the wife of a sharecropper, the son of a slave, could not afford boarding school. She gave him a thick stick and sent him out to face the bullies or return home to corporal punishment. The result: a narrative which is now taught in U.S. schools.Your mother chose a different but sincere path: She sent you to the Milton S. Hershey School for Disadvantaged Children. You say in your comments: “At last, I felt safe.” You graduated and eventually become a prison custodian and now, under COVID-19, the acting Superintendent of SCI Chester.Central to the problem of bullying is the preying by virulent and violent elements over vulnerability and helplessness. The super bully today is the virus threatening bullies and bullied alike. To the extent you, an African American single parent’s son, were bullied when little, I hope you can place yourself in the shoes of the elderly, vulnerable and immunocompromised, whose immediate release would constitute no threat to the community.I was struck by your lifelong respect for your mentor Milton S. Hershey (who died in 1945, the year [Wright’s famous novel]“Black Boy” was published). Clearly, you sincerely cherish Hershey’s vision of help for the disadvantaged before it is too late.Consider that this is your opportunity to turn your prison into a safe, caring, disinfected, COVID-19-free space. Just as your mentor Milton S. Hershey turned his school into a model of safety, welcoming bullied children, now you have the opportunity of becoming the Black Hershey of the U.S. carceral system by turning SCI Chester into a new experiment of safety, justice for all and an enlightened policy of release under COVID-19 for all to emulate.I call upon you to provide testing for all inmates and staff, with transparency on numbers of positive cases; to disinfect all cells and common areas; to provide regular access to showers, hygiene and PPE for all inmates and staff.  Provide yard, phone and internet access to all prisoners on a regular basis, with regular walk-throughs by prison administrators, including yourself.And grant the immediate release of as many prisoners as possible from SCI Chester, including Major Tillery who is elderly, African American and more likely to catch the virus, [as he is] already immunocompromised. His having set up a welfare program for elders behind bars is not a threat to the community, on the contrary.  In the spirit of your mentor, yours sincerely, Julia Wrightlast_img read more

Athea Vintage Club annual Road Run

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival ATHEA Vintage Club will hold is annual Road Run this Sunday, July 8.The club is based in scenic West Limerick and each year holds this event to benefit local charities. This year our main benefactor will be the Autism unit in Athea National School, which is providing an amazing service to the locality.The club is based around a passion of vintage cars, bikes and tractors, and each year people with the same passion are drawn to Athea village where annually the committee have picked beautiful scenic routes along West Limerick and North Kerry.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This Sunday will prove no different as the club have identified routes that not alone have amazing views but are a pleasure to drive for all Vintage lovers.The event is a treat for all to view the amazing array of cars, tractors and bikes from by gone years, each being preserved by their owners. It is a great family day, raffle and music afterwards in the bar.For further information please see Facebook  Athea Vintage Club. Registration will begin at 11am in The Top of the Town Bar in Athea.  Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Email Advertisement NewsLocal NewsAthea Vintage Club annual Road RunBy Alan Jacques – July 4, 2018 1405 Linkedincenter_img Previous articleKerry critical of Limerick’s non appearance in Munster JFCNext articleVictims of child sex abuse in schools like Creagh Lane must be able to seek State redress – O’Dea Alan Jacques Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSAtheaAthea Vintage Clublimerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Brian Leddin | #WeAreLimerick Episode 26

first_imgTreaty Talk EP128: 2020 Hurling All Stars Special WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGSBrian LeddinCommunityconversationdevelopmentpodcastWeAreLimerick NewsCommunityPodcastsWeAreLimerickBrian Leddin | #WeAreLimerick Episode 26By Cian Reinhardt – September 24, 2019 125 Twitter Advertisement Treaty Talk EP129: End of Season Club Awards Printcenter_img Treaty Talk EP138: Billy Lee’s footballers seek promotion spot with both Camogie sides and Ladies Footballers in action Brian Leddin, Green Party Councillor joins #WeAreLimerick host Cian Reinhardt to chat about his journey to politics, climate action, and the development on Limerick City.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleJudi to launch her new bookNext articleFormer tourist office is ‘an eyesore’ for visitors Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Limerick Post Show | Ann Blake launches a new podcast The Breakdown EP151: Munster’s Defiant Sportsground Stand & Fixture Chaos Linkedin Facebook Limerick Post Show | Villiers School Podcastlast_img read more

Vessel mobilised for 545km marine seismic programme in East Seram PSC

first_imgThe vessel is due to arrive on site in first week of November with the survey expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting Vessel mobilised for marine seismic program in East Seram PSC. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Lion Energy reports that the seismic vessel SS Barakuda, belonging to survey company PT Taka Hydrocore Indonesia, is on route from Ambon to location to undertake a 545km high resolution 2D marine seismic program offshore of Seram Island. The vessel is due to arrive on site in first week of November with the survey expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.Approximately 125 km of 2D seismic data is programmed in an area offshore Bula Bay and will investigate potential offshore extensions of the 20 mmbbl Bula oil field as well as other identified prospects and leads. A further ~420 km is scheduled in the offshore Kobi area of the PSC and will investigate a number of large leads, some with potential areal extent in-excess of 30 km2.Lion’s Chairman Tom Soulsby noted “Lion is pleased to be able to execute an exciting offshore program in challenging times. The survey, which has been expanded to 545km, will cost ~US$800,000 and is planned to delineate 7 prospects and leads with significant combined 100 mmboe’s of prospective resources (P50, unrisked) and mature them to drillable status.”The estimated quantities of petroleum that may potentially be recovered by the application of a future development project(s) relate to undiscovered accumulations. These estimates have both an associated risk of discovery and a risk of development. Further exploration appraisal and evaluation is required to determine the existence of a significant quantity of potentially moveable hydrocarbons.Mr Soulsby added that “Completion of the survey will also result in Lion meeting its commitment obligations for the East Seram PSC ahead of schedule and allow for optimised planning of the 200km onshore 2D survey scheduled for mid-2021. Covid-19 protocols are in place”Lion has a 60% interest and operatorship of the East Seram PSC through its subsidiary Balam Energy Pte Ltd. Lion’s cost of the survey is largely covered under the farmin arrangement with OPIC East Seram Corporation who hold a 40% interest. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

OnTheMarket returns to radio with national marketing blitz

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket returns to radio with national marketing blitz previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket returns to radio with national marketing blitzPortal’s strategy to spend big on promoting itself on mainstream media is paying off, its commercial director has claimed.Nigel Lewis4th March 20191 Comment797 Views OnTheMarket is to begin a radio marketing blitz that it claims will see nearly half the population exposed to its radio adverts six-and-a-half times on average.During March and April the portal is to pay for over 3,000 radio spots on some of the UK’s leading commercial radio stations including Heart FM, LBC, talkSPORT, Radio X, Kiss FM, and Absolute Radio.The huge advertising campaign is to include the portal being mentioned during travel and traffic updates on 200 radio stations across the UK.Its radio appearances are to coincide with exhibition stands at several industry gatherings during March and April including Propertymark’s regional conference in Glasgow, Hunters’ annual shindig in York and Propertymark’s national conference in London.Rugby fans will also be able to spot its pitch-side stadium advertising at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on 9 March during the Scotland v Wales Six Nations rugby match.“Our marketing strategy is working. It has played a key part in producing strong network effects. We are continuing to invest heavily to create value for our customers by generating strong growth in visits to the portal and providing increasing numbers of quality leads to our agents,” says Helen Whiteley, Commercial Director of OnTheMarket (left).“This multi-channel activity is strengthened by the integrated co-branding and advertising which so many of our estate and letting agent customers continue to provide across the UK.”Before this latest marketing blitz, the  portal’s most recent figures released in October revealed that it had spent £12 million so far on marketing including TV and poster advertising. March 4, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentJon Lindsay, Spacedust Films Spacedust Films 4th March 2019 at 9:58 amGreat to see OTM getting awareness but those ads are so cheesy and dated. You need to be bolder and more distinct Helen! Target the millennials, not the oldies!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

US Navy establishes first unmanned undersea vehicle squadron

first_img The US Navy has established its first dedicated unmanned undersea vehicle squadron – UUVRON 1 – at a ceremony at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, September 26.In addition to the establishment of a new squadron, the ceremony saw Submarine Development Squadron 5 change command with Capt. Stephen Mack relieving Capt. Robert Gaucher as commodore during the ceremony held at Barb Hall.Cmdr. Scott Smith will be in charge of the newly-formed undersea vehicle squadron.“It’s very important to note that today is not only a very important day for Capt. Steve Mack and me, but it is a historical day for the Navy, Submarine Force and DEVRON 5,” said Gaucher. “Today we are transitioning our UUV Detachment into the first UUV Squadron. Why is this historical? It’s because in standing up UUVRON 1, it shows our Navy’s commitment to the future of unmanned systems and undersea combat.”Gaucher assumed command of DEVRON 5 March 23, 2016. During his leadership, Gaucher supported the development and launched the Navy’s first Unmanned Undersea Vehicle squadron, oversaw the successful deployments of the Seawolf-class fast attack submarines USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), and provided Immediate Superior in Charge-level oversight of all three Seawolf-class submarines during major shipyard maintenance periods.“I have truly enjoyed this tour and hate to turn over the reins, but if you read Steve Mack’s biography, you’ll see he has an exceptional resume and I know that he’ll do great as commodore,” said Gaucher. “To the team of DEVRON 5, it has been an honor to be your commodore.”DEVRON 5 is charged with multiple submarine warfare mission areas to include submarine rescue operations and the activities of its three Seawolf-Class submarines. DEVRON 5 is responsible for developing and testing new submarine warfare capabilities, including the use of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles. Authorities View post tag: UUV September 27, 2017 View post tag: US Navy Share this article View post tag: UUVRON 1 US Navy establishes first unmanned undersea vehicle squadron Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy establishes first unmanned undersea vehicle squadron last_img read more

Future of Lava Ignite uncertain

first_imgLuminar, the firm that owns Lava Ignite, has gone into administration following a failure to meet the October 27th deadline for its banking covenants.According to a report published by the Financial Times, the group owes approximately £85m to Lloyds TSB, Barclays and RBS. The banks gave Luminar a temporary banking waive in May, which they then extended in August. The deadline has now expired.The administration comes after several years of financial underperformance. Luminar was hit hard by the smoking ban, changes to pub licencing laws and the riots over the summer. In particular, the economic downturn has affected the chain’s core 18-24 year old customer base because of increasing levels of youth unemployment.Luminar’s shares were supended at 0.7p on Wednesday, having fallen from over 600p in the last five years. Another recent incident saw the chain having to stand by its safety and security procedures when a stampede in its Northampton club led to the death of 22 year old Nabila Nanfuka. The crush happened in the early hours of last Wednesday as a fire alarm caused the crowd to rush for the exits. One 19 year old remains in hospital in critical condition.Lava Ignite has maintained that “customer safety is the number one priority” and that the chain “already complies with and exceeds” stringent regulations on late night entertainment. The Northampton club remains closed pending a police investigation and an internal inquiry.Lava Ignite’s “Shark End” on Wednesdays is one of Oxford’s most popular club nights. Izzy Fitzharris, a second year linguist, commented, “It’s scary that something like that could happen on a night out”. Classicist Keir Macdonald agreed, emphasising that the club’s responsibility is “not just getting people in but also safety”.“The queue for Park End often stretches past The Junction and inside it’s like being on a Piccadilly line train at rush hour” said second year Adam Rachlin, however he rejected calls to lower capacity, arguing that to do so would “ruin the ambience”.Tributes to Nanfuka, who was studying Leisure and Tourism at the University of Northampton, described her as “one in a million” and “a beautiful person”. It remains unclear what the future for Lava Ignite will be.last_img read more


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Nile Rodgers Named Chief Creative Advisor At London’s Storied Abbey Road Studios

first_imgAcclaimed guitarist, producer, composer, and songwriter Nile Rodgers has been appointed as the chief creative advisor at Abbey Road Studios in London, a new position created especially for him. According to Billboard, “Rodgers will be responsible for nurturing new talent, as well as acting as the studio’s global ambassador and assisting with its ongoing developments in audio and recording technology.”The new partnership comes as Rodgers is in the process of recording Chic‘s first album in a quarter of a century, the aptly named It’s About Time, at Abbey Road. “From the first time I heard the Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ I dreamt of Abbey Road,” said Rodgers in a statement regarding the announcement. He also thanked the Abbey Road Studios team, as well as Paul McCartney for sending his congratulations.As Abbey Road Studios head of marketing Mark Robertson noted, “With an incomparable career and reputation, there is no other artist or producer who has the legacy, influence and relevance to be awarded this role at Abbey Road Studios…the whole house dances with joy when he is in residence.” The sessions have seen Nile get completely comfortable in the famous space. He even recently welcomed contemporary stars like Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Disclosure to join him there (though those recordings are likely not for the new Chic LP).For generations, Abbey Road Studios has served as the vessel for some of the world’s greatest artists create and experiment with new, innovative recording techniques. From several records by all-around American Rennaissance man Paul Robeson back in the early 30’s, to the pioneering work of 1960’s psychedelic visionaries like The Beatles and Pink Floyd, to the final recording of late vocal powerhouse Amy Winehouse (along with her idol, Tony Bennett), the output of beloved records from 3 Abbey Road over the years has been uniquely astounding.Nile Rodgers is an appropriately decorated choice for a new partnership with the storied studio. His prolific output has managed to stay current throughout decades in the industry and has worked with some of music’s biggest names, from Diana Ross to Daft Punk and virtually everyone in between. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in addition to countless other prestigious honors.Congratulations to Nile Rodgers on the new gig at Abbey Road Studios. Sounds like a match made in Heaven! Now, let’s get back to finishing that new Chic album…because, you know, it really is “about time.”[H/T Billboard]last_img read more