No justice for Ramarley Graham

first_imgRamarley Graham was shot in his bathroom by police officer Richard Haste. The unarmed Bronx teenager was killed on Feb. 2, 2012, in front of his grandmother and six-year-old brother.Graham’s family had to endure more grief on May 15 when Judge Steven L. Barrett threw out Haste’s indictment for manslaughter. Barrett claims the grand jury was told to ignore whether Haste thought Graham had a gun.Nobody ever saw Ramarley Graham with a gun. The cops themselves said all they saw on the street was Graham allegedly adjusting his waistband.That was enough for police to chase the Black teenager, to break down the door to his home and for Haste to pull the trigger.Judge Barrett said that Haste’s so-called justification was “central to this case.” What justification is there to shoot an unarmed person? “There might be a different measure of reasonableness,” said Barrett, if the cop thought Graham was armed. (guardian.co.uk, May 8)There was nothing reasonable about Richard Haste killing Ramarley Graham in his own bathroom.The family, all the Bronx outragedThis latest outrage won’t prevent ­Graham’s family from seeking justice for their son.“We are going to keep fighting no matter what,” said Ramarley’s father, Frank Graham. “We will never stop until justice is served in this case, until Richard Haste goes to prison for murdering our son.” (amsterdamnews.com, May 16)The killing of Ramarley Graham is another bloody example of the racist war against poor people. In New York City alone, cops have killed at least 228 people since Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times on Feb. 4, 1999.None of the killers in blue has been sent to jail. Former Gov. George Pataki moved the trial of Diallo’s killers out of the Bronx to guarantee their acquittal.The cop who killed unarmed Malcolm Ferguson on March 1, 2000, in the Bronx was never even indicted. Neither was the policeman who killed 13-year-old Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. on Sept. 22, 1994, in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Houses.The two detectives who pumped 22 bullets into 18-year-old Anthony Rosario and 21-year-old Hilton Vega on Jan. 12, 1995, in the Bronx were never brought to justice. The killers had been volunteer bodyguards for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.Nineteen-year-old Timur Person was shot five times by police in the Bronx, killing him on Dec. 13, 2006. Three weeks before, 50 bullets were fired at Sean Bell in Jamaica, Queens, killing him on what was to be his wedding day.The only reason any cops were indicted for killing Sean Bell were massive protests, which included 50,000 people marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. After a non-jury “bench” trial, the judge sent the killers free.The FBI lied when it proclaimed former Black Panther Party member Assata Shakur to be a terrorist. Fortunately, Shakur is shielded by 11 million Cuban people, who’ve also provided asylum for many other political prisoners.The real terrorists in the Bronx, and everywhere in the United States, are the police.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Yobo’s journey serves as inspiration

first_imgNot everyone has forgotten about Reggie Bush.Senior Peter Yobo, a Ghana native and a walk-on for the USC football team, had dreamed about attending USC since he was a teenager.“When I was in high school … I was watching ESPN in Ghana and I saw a clip of USC, a highlight of Reggie Bush, the fans and the excitement,” Yobo said. “Ever since then, I was excited and I knew I wanted to go to USC.”Yobo’s dream came true when he transferred to USC from San Jose State University in 2010.Before donning the cardinal and gold, he decided to start up an organization called iStandAbove, which focuses on empowering youth worldwide.The organization teaches three core values: leadership, teamwork and creativity.  This will ultimately help them come to the realization that they can achieve their dreams.“What made me want to start up that organization came from my experiences from Ghana,” Yobo said. “If you surround yourself with the right resources, you can achieve whatever you want.”And that’s exactly what Yobo did.Rather than just settling at San Jose State, Yobo used the work ethic and discipline his parents instilled in him at a young age to achieve his ultimate goal of attending his dream school after two years.“My whole family emulates hard work and being disciplined,” Yobo said. “I stuck to school only, hit my books, made sure I had great grades and transferred over.”Once at USC, Yobo took advantage of every opportunity the university offered.He walked onto the football team in fall 2010, and despite not having any experience playing the sport, coach Lane Kiffin and staff still gave him a chance.They gave him a chance to prove himself, to show that he belonged.“I never thought or dreamed of playing football,” Yobo said. “Just the fact that the coaches would take someone who hasn’t played at all and get me to a level where I’m at right now, it shows how good of a school it really is.”The old stereotype refers to USC as just a football school, but there is so much more than just sports at this university.Embracing everything the Trojan Family stands for, Yobo immersed himself in the community and culture of the school, joining the track and field team and becoming an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.USC has provided the resources and opportunities Yobo imagined when coming to USC. Getting involved around campus, meeting new people and forming relationships have been more than he could ask for.“At USC, my interactions with people, through the networking, people being there when you need help, people always want to see you succeed and be a better person,” Yobo said. “Just those things are enough.”But Yobo is not doing all this for his own benefit.He knows he’s setting an example for his younger sister back home, as well as others in Ghana, who might not be afforded the opportunity to experience what he has in the United States.Transferring to USC and starting his iStandAbove organization has given him a platform to use and be a voice for youth and his country.“There’s a lot of [people] outside and they feel I’m not good enough to do this or I’m too little to do this,” Yobo said. “But knowing you can stand above any stumbling block that you face in life, you can overcome it and turn it into a stepping stone.”Being a role model for his family and fellow citizens back home by attending one of the premier universities in the United States has given Yobo the motivation and courage to make a difference.“I’m here, but I never dreamed of being here,” Yobo said. “ It just shows that hard work does pay off. Always look up, expect more for yourself and never settle for less.”last_img read more

Redskins cut top tackler Mason Foster, reports say

first_img Redskins’ Derrius Guice downplays hamstring injury Related News Redskins’ Trent Williams likely to hold out from training camp, report says By releasing him, Washington saves $4 million against the salary cap.According to ESPN, Foster, 30, was a target to be cut this offseason because of his limited pass-coverage skills, but the Redskins kept him on the roster as insurance. The Redskins on Tuesday informed veteran linebacker Mason Foster that they plan to release him, according to multiple reports that cited unidentified sources.CNN’s Erin Hawksworth was the first to report the news, one day before the team’s training camp starts, and it was confirmed by ESPN. Redskins’ Josh Norman says running with the bulls in Pamplona brought him ‘peace’ and ‘joy’ The team’s linebacker situation was in limbo after Reuben Foster tore his ACL in offseason work, but the Redskins signed veteran Jon Bostic and felt comfortable enough with him to let Mason Foster go.He has been with the Redskins for four seasons, starting 38 games, and was their leading tackler last year with 133 total stops. He also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack.Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson, Shaun Dion Hamilton (who can play both inside linebacker spots) and rookie first-round edge rusher Montez Sweat also are listed on the Redskins unofficial depth chart.last_img read more

DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS

first_imgMevagh Men’s Group – will have their usual meeting next Tuesday 12th March at 8:00 pm in the Resource Centre.Craft Group meet every Thursday at the Resource Centre from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon. New members are always welcome. Feel free to bring along your own craft project or just bring yourself & learn a new skill!Mevagh Busy Bees – Parent, Baby and toddler group meet every Friday morning from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Cost now reduced to €3 per family! Bring along your busy bees for some fun. Traditional Music Group – Runs each Friday evening commencing at 8:00 pm. This group is open to beginners as well as accomplished musicians of any instruments and provides a perfect opportunity to learn new songs, practice & share knowledge of Traditional music.Mevagh Ramblers Walk – will be taking place at Tra na Rossan on Saturday the 16th March. Participants are asked to meet at Tra na Rossan Carpark at 10am. This walk will be approximately 10km/3hrs. Please wear appropriate footwear & clothing and don’t forget to bring a snack and your camera! For further information contact Myles on 0868347708 Yoga for Beginners – Help reduce stress and tension, create a sense of well being and calm and improve muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina. A six-week course will commence in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Downings on Thursday 4th April at 7pm. Cost is €40. Contact Helen on 087 0545744 to reserve your place. Classes for Children and Senior Citizens to follow.  Moving Mevagh Forward propose to produce a map of an area encompassing the parish of Mevagh. It would include such items as tourist attractions, things to do, things to see, places to go and of course the many and varied tourist facilities in the area. If you would like your establishment or attraction listed on map, email your interest to [email protected] Féile Carraig Arts & Culture – Would you like to facilitate a workshop or event at féile carraig arts & culture 2013? We are currently programming events for this years Festival & are looking for some new ideas and upcoming talent to showcase! Visual art, literature, dance, music or drama or any cultural activities e.g. crafts, baking, history. Email [email protected] or contact Anna on 0877698653.DD LOCAL – MEVAGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS was last modified: March 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mevagh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 2 Bournemouth 1

first_imgArtur Boruc spilled Alex Pritchard’s long-range free-kick into his own net to give Brentford a half-time lead.The Bees had gone ahead on nine minutes when Jonathan Douglas, who signed a new 18-month contract on Friday, smashed home from inside the box after beating his marker.But Marc Pugh levelled after 30 minutes, capitalising on sloppy Brentford defending and finding the net after his original effort bounced back off the post.Brentford striker Andre Gray had an effort cleared off the line by Steve Cook shortly after the Cherries equalised, while Alan Judge, making his first appearance since January 3, hit the outside of the post just before Pritchard’s strike.Brentford (4-3-3): Button; Odubajo, Craig, Tarkowski, Dallas; Douglas, Diagouraga, Judge; Jota, Gray, PritchardSubs not used: Bonham, Dean, Saunders, Yennaris, Toral, Smith, Long.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Google I/O: What The Company Didn’t Announce

first_imgIs there anything that Google didn’t announce at the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference Wednesday morning? Google just unleashed a fury of new features for all of its properties today at the Google I/O keynote. We saw new developer features for Android, a variety of tools  and functions for the Chrome browser and OS, a boatload of pictures and communication features for Google+ (along with a redesign), the expansion of Google’s Knowledge Graph, new music, new maps for mobile and more. It is enough to make your head spin just thinking about how much stuff Google is doing these days.But there were things we thought we might see from the I/O keynote that did not show up.A New Version Of AndroidWe were almost certain that Google would at least provide a small new update to Android. Whether it was Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (or any mix thereof), how could Google go through an entire I/O and not update its most important platform? Android has seen 900 million activations. Google Play Android apps have been downloaded 48 billion times. Android has become a mature, stable platform. Google does not really need to push out new Android updates at a breakneck pace the way it has done in the past. Today’s Android news seemed more about helping the developer ecosystem and community catch up with the platform, to make their lives easier and make them more money.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Chrome OS#Google IO13#io13#Nexus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Hardly Any New HardwareGoogle announced a new version of the Chrome Pixel for Chrome OS and a “Nexus” version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. We were not really expecting much in terms of hardware from I/O this year, but compared to 2012, the new gadgets were really sparse. Google did not announce a new Nexus device (because there was no new version of Android). That means no new smartphone or tablet, no updates to Google Glass, no set top box for your television and no smartwatch. No Major Upgrade to Chrome OSChrome was a major topic during the I/O keynote. Google featured the mobile Web, the Chrome Pixel and demoed HTML5 and responsive design features.Yet Google did not do anything groundbreaking with Chrome OS. Google’s desktop operating system never really seems to take major jumps – instead seeing a constant stream of new updates and features. Chrome may not seem like it is evolving much on a day-to-day or month-to-month basis, but look back a year and you will notice that it is significantly different today than it was at last year’s I/O. Google Glass Makes No NewsGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin did not make an appearance at all during the I/O keynote. Hence, neither did his pet project, Google Glass. After all the announcements on Android, Chrome, Search, Maps, Google+ and everything, Google’s most-hyped new product these days got no mention.Larry Page addressed a question from Robert Scoble on Glass at the end of the keynote, but that was about it. It seems that Glass is not a substantial part of Google’s future. It is cool, fun, geeky, but kind of a side show.Note, lead image by Nick Statt was altered to create an empty podium. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Government Will Be Resolute and Firm on Crime

first_img “We have reached the point where we are prepared to take these firm and resolute measures to ensure that the crime monster does not destabilise the promising future that is in store for Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Holness. Story Highlights The Prime Minister said the fight against crime is not just the police or the government. He said it will take everyone to reach the point of understanding that the government must act and act in a resolute fashion with respect for the rights and dignity of the people. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is ready to take firm and resolute measures within the context of the law and the preservation of human rights to deal with the scourge of crime. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is ready to take firm and resolute measures within the context of the law and the preservation of human rights to deal with the scourge of crime.Speaking in Mandeville, Manchester, at the 50th anniversary of Fontana Pharmacy on Wednesday, January 17, the Prime Minister used the opportunity to address the matter of crime affecting the country.“We have reached the point where we are prepared to take these firm and resolute measures to ensure that the crime monster does not destabilise the promising future that is in store for Jamaica,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister said the fight against crime is not just the police or the Government. He said it will take everyone to reach the point of understanding that the Government must act and act in a resolute fashion with respect for the rights and dignity of the people.The Prime Minister went on to say that the Government must now put in place the laws and the measures to deal with those who are destabilising the country.“The truth is that the people who are committing the crime are a minute percentage – 99 per cent of Jamaicans are decent law-abiding, upstanding people who want to see this country grow and prosper,”  Mr. Holness said.last_img read more

BTVI gets ALIV sponsorship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama May 9, 2017 – The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) has received a $30,000 sponsorship from mobile company ALIV.The sponsorship is a three-year contract with BTVI making ALIV the school’s official telecommunications sponsor and covering commencement at the New Providence and Grand Bahama campuses. The sponsorship also introduces two new ALIV Outstanding Graduate awards. During a press conference last week, ALIV CEO Damian Blackburn also announced that the company will be opening ALIV mobile experience stores on both BTVI campuses soon.Blackburn said he hoped the sponsorship would encourage students to continue their education and to find fulfilling careers afterwards. He also noted that BTVI graduates were invited to look for possible openings and graduate trainee programs at ALIV on their website. “We believe in working with the community and have created programs and partnered with organizations directed at areas that will have the most sustainable and positive impact on the country,” said Blackburn.BTVI President Dr. Robert Robertson also gave remarks before the contract signing. Robertson said the school was excited about the new initiative and thanked ALIV for the sponsorship. Blackburn presented Robertson with the first installment of $10,000, which will go towards to the awards and 2017 commencement ceremonies.#MagneticMediaNews#ALIVMobile#BTVI Related Items:#magneticmedianews, ALIV Mobile, bahamas technical and vocational institute, BTVI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more