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‘End police terror’ rings out in midtown Manhattan

first_img‘Black lives matter’ takes to NYC’s streets.More than 1,500 people took the streets of New York City on March 28 to demand an immediate end to police terror and abolition of the New York Police Department. Protesters lifted up the name of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old father of two who had been shot eight times by police in Sacramento, Calif., on March 18. He was killed in the backyard of his grandmother’s house, unarmed and with his back to the cops. His death is one more in a long line of Black lives murderously taken by police.The march was organized by Workers World Party, the People’s Power Assembly and NYC Shut It Down. Four days earlier, organizers had raised the banner of Black Lives Matter at the NYC #MarchForOurLives and distributed 3,000 flyers about the March 28 protest to the many teenagers and adults marching against gun violence.The U.S. is the world’s number one arms dealer. Large U.S. cities are more and more aptly described as occupation zones as cops equipped with body armor and assault rifles regularly attack Black, Brown and migrant youth. As capitalism grinds down to its dead end, the ruling class must deny the working class and oppressed any opportunity at revolutionary action and organizing — hence, the heavy investment in the police.During the March 28 event, the NYPD brutally tried to crack down with scooters, bicycles, cars and even a helicopter, making 13 arrests. Many teenagers who had heard about the action from the anti-gun march expressed outrage. They brought homemade signs to the kickoff rally, held at Columbus Circle, co-chaired by members of WWP, PPA and NYCSID,  The rally featured speakers from Why Accountability and Swipe It Forward and was followed by the march, with filled the streets as it headed to Times Square.So many people were outraged at another senseless and racist police murder that the NYPD did not have enough scooters and bicycles to contain the march. Despite brutal arrests, the people moved fast and held the streets for most of the march. Local, national and international media were present and moved with the march to Times Square, where youth held numerous clustered speak-outs before dispersing to do jail support.This incredible show of force from the movement and the youth, mainly Black and Brown, showed that the Black Lives Matter movement is not abating but is clearly reproducing itself. Some who had been only eight- years-old when Trayvon Martin was murdered were militantly marching for him, as well as for Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Stephon Clark and all Black lives taken by racist police.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Norway approves new development plan for Hod field in North Sea

first_img The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru handed down the PDO for the Hod field to the robot dog Spot. (Credit: Aker BP) Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved Aker BP’s plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Hod field in the North Sea.Located in production licence PL033 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Hod oil and gas field is planned to be redeveloped by Aker BP.The field, which was proven in 1974, commenced operations from 1990. Production, however, from the platform was stopped in 2013.Norwegian oil company Aker BP is the operator of the field with a 90% ownership interest, while the remaining 10% stake is owned by Pandion Energy.The new NOK5.7bn ($648.6m) development of the field involves a normally unmanned wellhead platform with 12 well slots. The installation will be remotely controlled from the Valhall field centre.In a press statement, Aker BP said: “The Hod development provides activity and jobs for suppliers located in all parts of Norway; Aker BP has already awarded 100 contracts above one million NOK to suppliers in 23 municipalities in nine counties around the country.”Aker BP plans to commence production from the new Hod platform field, which will be named Hod B, in the first quarter of 2022. It is expected to be operational until 2049.As per the estimates, the field has recoverable reserves of about 40 million barrels of oil equivalent.In order to increase recovery from the Hod field, five wells with sidetracks will are planned to be drilled. It will receive power from shore via Valhall field centre.In July, Aker BP awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract to Subsea 7 for pipelines, umbilicals and tie-ins for the Hod field development project. Located in production licence PL033 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Hod field is planned to be redeveloped by Aker BPlast_img read more

Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilizes

first_imgThe city would also reopen sports facilities for professional athletes and relaunch its popular bike sharing program.The Russian capital emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic in the country with around half the total of more than 370,000 cases.The mayor said that lifting some restrictions was justified because of an improvement in the situation since May 12, when around half a million laborers were allowed to return to work in the construction and industry sectors.The number of hospitalizations in Moscow has fallen 40 percent since then, he said.”We acted proactively and didn’t waste time,” Putin said of anti-virus measures taken in Moscow.Sobyanin also proposed allowing residents of the capital to take walks under some limitations, expanding rules that have kept Muscovites within a 100-metre radius of their home. Sobyanin proposed as a test measure allowing people to go on walks according to a staggered schedule based on their home addresses. Topics : Difficult decision He described the decision as “very difficult,” because he feared allowing unrestricted walks would mean “there will be about as many out as at a May 1 rally,” referring to a Soviet holiday celebrating workers.The number of commuters has gone up by a million from May 12, Sobyanin added.Details of the new measures are expected to be published on the Moscow city hall website in the coming days, with questions remaining over when shopping malls will open and whether there will be a limit on numbers of shoppers in stores.Putin announced in mid-May that nationwide anti-virus measures were being eased as the situation improved and dozens of regions throughout the country have already begun to return to normal.During Wednesday’s meeting, Putin reiterated that the peak of the pandemic had passed in Russia and the capital, praising Sobyanin for halving infections in Moscow and introducing widespread testing.”The situation in Moscow and in the country in general is stabilizing,” Putin said. With 370,680 total infections, Russia has the third-highest number of cases after the United States and Brazil, which officials say is due in large part to a massive testing campaign.Official virus figures released Wednesday showed a decrease in active cases for the second day in a row.After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new cases per day, the number of daily infections has dropped below 9,000.Putin on Tuesday ordered a World War II victory parade delayed by the pandemic to be held on June 24, cautioning that “strict safety measures” would need to be put in place for the event, originally set for May 9. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital’s lockdown starting June 1 after the Kremlin said the coronavirus pandemic had passed its peak in the country.”Today we can already talk about the next steps out of the crisis situation,” Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin during a televised video conference.”I propose from June 1 to reopen not only food retail but all non-food retail.”  The mayor also called for the reopening of retail services where there is minimal contact with the customer, listing dry cleaners, laundry services and repair workshops.Moscow has been under lockdown since March 30, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for brief trips to a shop, to walk dogs or travel to essential jobs with a permit.In a decree published Wednesday evening, the mayor said the permit system will be extended until June 14.Walks and exercise outside would be permitted from June 1 only with masks on, the decree said.last_img read more

Ghana: Bumi Armada in FPSO JV

first_imgMalaysia’s Bumi Armada and India’s Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas have established a joint venture company in Ghana.The Joint Venture named Bumi Armada Shapoorji Pallonji Ghana Limited (“BASPG”), was established on June 5, 2017, in Ghana, and it received the certificate of incorporation June 10, 2017.The two companies have joined forces hoping to combine their respective capabilities and expertise in „with the intention of ultimately securing the award of a floating, production, storage and offloading (“FPSO”) project in Ghana.”“The JV arrangement will enable the Bumi Armada Group to expand and carry out its business, as well as mitigate its financial and project risk exposure in respect of any FPSO project awarded, by leveraging on the parties’ strong history and experience in fabrication and construction related activities and the local experience,” Bumi Armada said.last_img read more

Clairton honors state champion Bears

first_imgSENIORS—The departing seniors with some of the coaches. (Photos by J. L. Martello) Many members of the Clairton Bears team have been playing some form of football together since they were kids.  Those years of playing together mixed with the shear determination and desire to win led the team to accumulate some amazing statistics: 42 consecutive conference wins, 613 all-time wins, 335 shut outs in four years, four consecutive PIAA titles, nine WPIAL titles, and four PA state titles. All of these accolades have given the Bears the best four-year record in the state and the number one all time wins in Allegheny County.“The team chemistry is why we are so good,” said Robert Boatright, a senior defensive end/fullback that has been on the team for three years. “Other teams have to recruit and we don’t have to do that. We know everyone’s personality and we’re like brothers.”“It’s a real blessing to have such wonderful players. It’s amazing what these guys have done. This couldn’t have been done without the players,” said Clairton Bears head coach Tom Nola. “All of the 17 seniors are going to college or joining the military upon graduation.”The team was recently honored for its astonishing season through the annual PIAA/WPIAL championship banquet. There the players were honored with championships rings to commemorate it. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was scheduled as the keynote speaker but was a no show.“We work so hard each year and we don’t want to lose the winning streak. Ever since we were young playing together we were told we were winners. I’ll never play with these guys again and I love Clairton and will never forget where I am from,” said senior Vincent Moody who held the team’s running back position for three years. Senior and defensive back Titus Howard, who’ll be joining several of his teammates at the University of Pittsburgh next year, agrees with Moody.“I enjoy all of this It’s a great feeling to have four rings,” Howard said, sweeping his arms around the Georgetown Centre ballroom during the banquet and flashing his newest ring. “But I want to show that there’s something better coming out of Clairton than what people see. A lot of people don’t see a lot of good coming out of Clairton. People should never give up and keep fighting. We have faced adversity but we kept fighting. “Clairton was created at the turn of the 20th century when Crucible Steel Company purchased a large piece of land along the western side of the Monongahela River in the 1930’s. Not long after, U.S. Steel erected one of the world’s largest steel mill and coke production facilities there. In its heyday, Clairton had a strong and thriving business district and educational system. The City of Prayer peaked in the 1950’s with a population of almost 25,000.  When the steel industry decreased in the 1980’s, so did Clairton. Currently there are about 7,000 residents there. More than half are White while only two of the 40 bears football players are Caucasian.“It’s a lot going on in the streets of Clairton,” said senior center/nose guard Damond Flowers. “People are fighting, but every Friday they came together as a big happy family. We bought everyone together through football.”The underclassmen on the team plan on continuing the Bears winning streak next season.“I don’t feel any pressure,” said first-year player junior Brandon Murphy. “I’m excited. Hard work and dedication is what’s needed. I think we can go all the way next year. We’ve stuck together and we don’t talk down to each other.”Like the team, assistant coach Remondo Williams, Sr. is ready for next year which will see three freshmen, two juniors and several sophomores returning to the Bears line up.“You can never count Clairton kids out. I can see them all doing well academically, with sports and giving back to the community,” Williams said.last_img read more

Sharks are bringing back icon Patrick Marleau

first_imgNASHVILLE — A Patrick Marleau reunion with the Sharks might happen, after all.Off to an 0-3 start and encountering depth issues — perhaps not unexpectedly — with their forward group, the Sharks are among a few teams that recently have reached out to Marleau’s camp, according to Pierre Lebrun of TSN and The Athletic.The Sharks had scored just scored three goals before Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators. They’ve lost 4-1 and 5-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights and 3-1 to the Anaheim …last_img read more

India and South Africa: 150 years of history

first_imgIndia and South Africa’s shared historygoes back one and a half centuries.Gandhi, the young lawyer, shortly afterhis arrival in South Africa in the late19th century.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Di SparksBehind the Scenes Communications+27 11 648 7385 or +27 73 208 8483 RELATED ARTICLES • Trade show to boost India-SA ties • India-SA trade booming • News Cafe opens in India • SA possible new BRIC memberChris ThurmanAsk most people who they think of when you say “South Africa” and “peacemaker” and the answer is most likely to be Nelson Mandela, or perhaps Desmond Tutu.Some people might even recall South Africa’s two other Nobel Peace Prize laureates, FW de Klerk and Chief Albert Luthuli. But few will come up with the name of Mahatma Gandhi.That’s because the most famous peacemaker never to win a Nobel – although he was nominated four times – is remembered internationally more for his political protest and statesmanship in India, the land of his birth and death.It is often forgotten that Gandhi spent 20 years in South Africa. These were mutually formative years during which he developed his philosophy of satyagraha, or non-violent resistance, in response to the racial oppression he encountered here. During this time his presence in the country shaped a tradition of opposition to racism that Madiba himself would later adopt.Of course, the young Mandela – a firebrand, an angry young man with good reason to support a military struggle against apartheid South Africa – was very different from the reconciliatory figure who emerged from prison to become president in 1994.Likewise, the young Mohandas Gandhi, who arrived in South Africa in 1893, newly qualified as a lawyer after studying in London, would change over the course of time into the iconic Mahatma: a barefoot mystic, wearing only a dhoti, or loincloth, and shawl, sitting at a weaving loom and preaching to pilgrims.It has been argued that Gandhi’s early political pronouncements expose him as an elitist who endorsed notions of racial hierarchy and segregation. It was only through his experiences of the South African or Anglo-Boer wars at the turn of the century, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1906, imprisonment, discrimination against all so-called non-Europeans in the South African Union, and frequent abuse by state officials, that Gandhi became disillusioned with the British Empire and its racist practices.Following his return to India in 1915, Gandhi began to campaign for Indian independence – which was finally achieved shortly before he was assassinated in 1948, although the event was marred by Muslim-Hindu violence and the partition of India and Pakistan.A significant day in India and South AfrucaAll of this means that the great man’s birthday, 2 October – a national holiday in India – is also a significant day in South Africa. In 2010 it has an additional resonance because this year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in the former colony of Natal, now known as the province of KwaZulu-Natal.Today, it is calculated that South Africa has the largest population of people of Indian descent, but born outside India, of any country in the world. Of the million plus who live here, many can trace their roots back to the labourers who were imported to work in sugar cane plantations and in mines, but historians are quick to point out that there are some variations to the story.On the one hand, some of the “Indian” labourers actually came from further afield in south-east Asia; on the other hand, there were thousands of Indians who immigrated to South Africa independent of the indenture system.Shared historyNonetheless, commemorating the 150-year mark provides an opportunity to reflect not only on historical but also current ties between the two countries. Shared History – the Indian Experience, a festival affirming these connections, has entertained audiences in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg during August and September. As in previous years, the festival has included a wide range of events centred on dance, music, visual art, literature and food.While the overall tone has been one of celebration, those participating in the festival have also been able to offer critiques of their respective Indian and South African societies. Where The Streets Have No Name, an exhibition of work by Indian artists curated by Alka Pande, is a response to the plight of street children – a phenomenon common to both countries.Pande and her artists worked together with children from the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation providing refuge to thousands of children in New Delhi and elsewhere. The result is a fascinating series of twin pieces: one by the artist alone, the other a collaborative painting to which the children contributed.One of the dominant themes in the exhibition is dreaming: it seems that art offered the children a chance to dream of a better life, to escape – if only temporarily – the deprivation that defines their worlds.In Seema Kohli’s Memories, for instance, the collaborative piece depicts families and homes – memories of happier times, perhaps, but more likely imagined – while Kohli’s own work alludes to an archetypal or cultural memory that must be recuperated if poverty is to be combated.This theme is also apparent in Mahua Sen’s Home is a Self-Portrait diptych, while Viren Tanwar presents an ironic take on the consumerism that often informs dreaming in My Dream, which is dominated by brand names and the illusory appeal of bright lights in the big city.The desire to escape is poignantly manifested in the frequent invocation of airplanes and birds, as well as in the repetition of aerial views of city street plans: from up high, the streets aren’t nearly as dirty and dangerous. Nelly Meignie-Huber’s Kids Who Have No Name” is a sobering re-working of the exhibition’s title, emphasising the difficulties that these children face in creating an autonomous identity for themselves.Despite its social inequities, India, like South Africa, remains a richly diverse country, and the Shared History festival was a reminder of its complex heritage. There was a particular focus on the south-western state of Kerala and its dance forms and food, but there were also Indian authors and artists whose presence attested to the country’s multilingualism and multiculturalism. The electronica produced by Delhi-based duo The Midivil Punditz, for instance, fuses international pop music trends with Indian classical and folk styles.In a different vein altogether, poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, who was part of a delegation of Indian writers in conversation with South African writers under the banner of Words on Water, spoke about the “cycles of linguistic give and take” through which Indian languages and literature have developed: Hindi and Portuguese, Tamil and Arabic, English, Sanskrit. “Writers,” he says, “tend to resist the limitations of national or regional categories.”This affirmation of international exchange as a vital component of both individual and collective cultural identity is at the heart of the Shared History programme – and, as we mark the annual anniversary of Gandhi’s birth along with the 150-year anniversary of the mass arrival of Indians in South Africa, it is a principle that should be affirmed again and again.ilast_img read more

See what Coffs Harbour has to offer

first_imgWhile you’re in Coffs Harbour for the X-Blades National Touch League, make sure you experience the many other activities on offer in the area. Besides sampling the beautiful Coffs Coast and several patrolled beaches, there’s plenty of exciting adventure sports from bare-knuckle action such as white-water rafting on the Nymboida River to scuba diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Take a cycling trip from Dorrigo along quiet country roads surrounded by lush green countryside or check out surf-rafting at Coffs Harbour or a tandem skydive on to the beach.Find out more by clicking on the following link of Coffs Coast tourist delights and see ‘Where Memories are Made’:  http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/coffs-harbour-area?utm_source=eventreferral&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=xblades  Related LinksCoffs Harbourlast_img read more

16 days agoEx-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer is training with Aston Villa.He is seeking a new club after departing Millwall in the summer, says the Daily Mail.Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option for a number of clubs, having clocked up more than 200 senior appearances in his career.The 26-year-old will work with Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler and the ‘keepers who have not departed on international duty, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer, as well as the rest of the squad who have remained at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.Archer started his career at Tottenham but never made a senior appearance for the club. He joined Millwall permanently in 2015, following a successful loan spell, and made more than 150 appearances for the Lions. last_img read more

Eldorado Gold suspends work at Skouries project in Greece amid government dispute

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek governmentThe company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project.Eldorado (TSX:ELD) also says the company also initiated legal action.The company says it will re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Eldorado has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government and accuses it of delaying key permits and licenses. In September, it threatened to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece, but backed off when it began talks with the government.Elsewhere in Greece, Eldorado says work at its Olympias project continues, while exploration drilling at its Stratoni project to extend the mine life are positive.last_img read more