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Posted by: | Posted on: June 15, 2021

Rebellion forces charges against Baltimore cops

first_imgInternational Workers Day in Baltimore. Protesters defend rebellious youths.WW photo: Monica MooreheadIt is no coincidence that Baltimore’s state attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced on May 1 that six police officers had been indicted and arrested for the murder of Freddie Grey, a day before a major march and rally had been scheduled to protest a lack of indictments and arrests of police since Grey’s death.An official autopsy on Grey has not been released yet, although it is public knowledge that at least 80 percent of his spine had been severed between the time of his arrest on April 12 and when he lapsed into a coma and died on April 19.  The charges against the officers, three white and three Black, range from involuntary manslaughter to second degree depraved heart murder, the latter charge meaning indifference to human life.The Fraternal Order of Police in Baltimore and legal experts have criticized the indictments, claiming that there is a “conflict of interest” between Mosby and her spouse, Nick Mosby, a member of the local city council who represents the district where Grey lived.  These critics also say that because there are no known eyewitnesses forthcoming in saying exactly what happened to Grey in the police van, convictions of the accused police officers will be next to impossible.  The police have called for a special prosecutor to replace Mosby, who is African American.The fact that any indictments against the police occurred at all is unprecedented. This is especially true in a majority Black inner city like Baltimore, where police terror including occupation is systemic and has lasted for decades.  Over the past three years, close to $6 million in compensation has been paid to victims who brought legal suits against the Baltimore Police Department for its brutality.The rebellion that took place in West Baltimore and then spread to East Baltimore’s commercial area on April 27 may have been ignited by Grey’s death, but it was a culmination of many years of pent up anger and frustration on the part of Black youth, who have been treated like prisoners in their own community. The cops have been their jailers and occupiers.Police riot caused rebellion  Eyewitnesses state that the police sparked the rebellion when they shut down the only way out of the area, closing off a nearby subway and major bus depot that hundreds of students use to get home from the nearby school. Cutting off this path trapped the students.Based on police rumors of a march from the high school, cops surrounded and trapped huge numbers of people in the area. Police have spread such rumors in the past to cause confusion and dissension among the masses and within the movement.Recently, cops spread a rumor that the Bloods and Crips youth gangs had united to put out a contract to kill police. This was a lie.  The truth was that these youth gangs had announced a truce with each other in order to unite and protest police repression.  They had marched together at an April 25 protest.Following Grey’s April 27 funeral, people as young as 12 years old were confronted with pepper pellets, a form of rubber bullets.  One of these pellets struck a reporter, Shawn Carrié, on the scene. The reporter was later arrested and spent 49 hours in jail, according to the May 2 issue of The Guardian. (theguardian.com)Stores at the Mondawmin Mall had windows smashed.  Youth then escaped the police and headed to nearby Pennsylvania Avenue, the closest commercial area, and finally to the intersection of North and Pennsylvania avenues in the Black community.WW correspondent Lamont Lilly, an eyewitness to the rebellion, described the conditions he saw in Baltimore:  “When you take your time and walk by foot, the intense degree of poverty completely paralyzes you. It shocked me, and I’m from the hood. The absurd amount of boarded homes is astounding. The makeshift neighborhoods, comprised of trash, forgotten debris and the countless number of dilapidated buildings, are an absolute travesty in this, the richest country on the planet.“The lack of grocery stores, playgrounds and recreation facilities is apparent. The community’s once beloved primary school was closed last year. The wasting away of Black bodies, good people and buried hope. The emphasis on protecting property over suffering people. While Freddie Grey was laid to rest today, these are the images that remain.”  (workers.org, April 28)As has been stated by People’s Power Assembly organizers, while the battle is far from over, the people in the street recognize that the indictments announced by the State’s Attorney’s Office were a direct result of the youth rebellion and the continuous protests led by the community since Freddie Grey’s death, which have been spectacular and ongoing.  The PPA is calling for a people’s tribunal against police violence and structural racism to be held in Baltimore on June 6.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 4, 2021

+CityxChange Projects unveiled to re-imagine Limerick’s Georgian Laneways

first_imgWhatsApp Print Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live StreetSeekDeepSeek AILittle Catherine Street initially with others to be addedThis will focus on drone technology and machine vision; they envisage that their un-intrusive thermal cameras can derive insights about city life and behaviour. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Advertisement Facebook Green Museum 1Hunt MuseumCollaborators: Enable Ireland, Urban Designer Harris, LITGriffith Row or Theatre LaneTransforming the laneway with 3D printed examples of Hunt Museum Art pieces (using recycled ink) in a permaculture garden, with CO2 absorbing plants Wall of BelongingLiveable LimerickCollaborators: Peoples Museum, Limerick Civic Trust, European Expo 2020Mews, Upper Hartstonge StreetTransforming the Mews laneway into an Art Gallery. with an InstaWall similar to that in Paris, a Wings of Europe Mural. All groups will be able to proceed with their pilot projects despite the Covid-19 restrictions and while adhering to the latest public health advice and guidelines.They will work collaboratively with the support of Limerick City and County Council and use the services of Citizen Observatory and FabLab to realise their visions for the laneways.For more information please check www.limerick.ie/CityxChange. Previous articleVictory for Gortadroma residents as gasification project abandonedNext articleAdare Manor Resort COVID-19 Ambassadors Meghann Scully News+CityxChange Projects unveiled to re-imagine Limerick’s Georgian LanewaysBy Meghann Scully – July 12, 2020 354 Linkedin Incredible EdiblesLimerick City Tidy TownsCollaborators: Bedford Row, Limerick Mental HealthDaly’s LaneThis project envisages transforming a Georgian laneway into a hanging garden, where the public can pick and enjoy fruits and vegetables. FIVE projects led by community leaders have been selected by Limerick City and County Council as part of a programme to re-imagine Limerick’s Georgian Laneways.As part of Limerick City and County Council’s EU project +CityxChange (Positive City Exchange) we are hoping to create a new community to drive innovation and fight climate change by working towards a positive energy city!Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This is a community of individuals, groups, businesses and agencies who are looking at ways to develop smarter cities that are open and accessible for all.We are all about the positives working together to solve problems or to create a new vision all through citizen engagement.The overarching aim is to develop a series of demonstration projects on how to become a smart positive energy city for everyone.Following a series of workshops, five groups have now been selected to develop their projects based around different themes for Limerick’ s Georgian Laneway seeing how they can be best utilised for the benefit of the city and those who live and work here.Welcoming the selection Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “It is great to see such interest in revitalising our Georgian Laneways. They can be used for so many things, as highlighted by the range of projects selected.“It is so important that we all work together on projects like these and that they are community/ group driven. It gives people ownership. Georgian Limerick is one of our great assets and we need to develop and enhance them in a sympathetic yet innovative way, and the +CityxChange project is helping to do that.” he said.Dr Mihai Bilauca, Head of Digital Services and Leader of the +CityxChange project in Limerick City and County Council said: “+CityxChange is about finding innovative solutions to how we meet our energy consumption. Sometimes it isn’t just about new technology but we need to think about how we use energy and work to change our behaviour.“Working closely with communities and fostering the resulting innovation is at the heart of this project. Having an open invitation for groups to collaborate and innovate we can co-create a place we can all share and enjoy. Often described as placemaking – we want to work together to define the place they want to live, work and play.“Limerick’s Georgian quarter with its network of laneways creates an ideal opportunity to reimagine this extraordinary city asset into a collection of wonderful spaces. We want to capture the imagination of local community groups to start the transformation of Georgian laneways and use physical interventions such as new planting, improved streetscape and decoration supported by advanced technologies such as air quality and noise sensors.” Mihai added.Claire Flynn from Limerick Mental Health Association said: “We are always looking for projects that bring people together and give us an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.“Bringing people from different communities together to work on a project really helps to foster cultural and community relationships.  For the community that lives and works around Jesuit Lane it gives an opportunity to get to know each other, to create a safe and welcoming space close to home and work. For everyone else, it will draw people to walk the laneway, enjoy the art and flora.” she explained.Ciarán O’Mara from Deepseek AI is involved in the Streetseek project: “Streetseek is a pilot programme by Deepseek AI & The University of Limerick, to measure the heartbeat of Limerick city.“Innovative technology has been developed to gather deeper insights into how people engage with public spaces in our city. This is achieved with personal privacy as a priority. We use thermal cameras which are based on temperature readings, in contrast to conventional visual cameras.“The goal of Streetseek, is to provide in depth detail into how our city is used, to facilitate smart planning and decision making into the future.” he concluded.The five projects are: Green Museum 2Limerick Mental Health AssociationCollaborators: Hunt Museum, Women’s Group and Men’s ShedJesuit LaneThis project will bring the Museum to the laneway, with CO2 absorbing plants -as a service to the environment. TAGS+CityxChangeKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post ProjectOrganisationsLocationDescription WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Picking perfect kickball team

first_imgSo Jerry Jones thinks he’s a general manager, huh? He thinks he can almost single-handedly assemble a group of individuals, balance their varying talents and mold a perfect machine out of imperfect parts? I don’t think so.According to the Dallas Cowboys website, the team’s long-time owner is now also the official GM, despite the fact he has zero experience in much else besides being a meddling, spotlight-hogging proprietor of “America’s (or what used to be, anyway) Team.” Why do I care so much? Because by giving himself the tag general manager, Jones is dragging my name through the dirt, as I pride myself on being one of the world’s premiere GMs in constructing juggernaut kickball teams.Since the second or third grade, I’ve been putting together kickball teams so unstoppable that the late Red Auerbach (may he rest in peace) wouldn’t even bother bringing a cigar to a game against my squad. In fact, my sixth-grade winning streak of 23 consecutive games at Everglades Elemiddle School still stands to this day. We only played 23 times, FYI.Jerry Jones on the other hand has to this point only signed Terrell Owens as offensive centerpiece. This leads me to my first rule of good general managing in picking a winning kickball team, since GM rules apply across the entire sporting spectrum.Rule No. 1: Never pick T.O.The first law of being a winning general manager is to NEVER pick Terrell Owens. Better team architects than I have fallen into this pit, like Andy Reid in Philadelphia, who eventually lost his title due to bringing in the boisterous crybaby. Now this rule doesn’t just apply to Owens, but all players that the wideout might want on any team of his. So, if you spot a player who is a big talker and is quick to vent his anger against his teammates, avoid him like the Brits avoid Crest. Rule No. 2: Never be the team to pick lastPicking second is like picking first but giving the other guy a head start. The difference between the top two players in a kickball game and any other game really is minimal. However, the drop-off from the second-to-last person picked and the last one is larger than the gap separating Roseanne from Denzel Washington at any awards ceremony. The last kid picked is ALWAYS terrible. That’s why they are the last picked. There is also a mental block that comes with being Mr. Irrelevant, if a player thinks he’s Chuck Knoblauch — who should always be picked last — he will play like Chuck Knoblauch. The Oakland Raiders have had the last pick in three of the last four NFL drafts — enough said.Rule No. 3: When in doubt, pick based on footwearAll too often, GMs find themselves in a quandary over how they utilize their next pick, not knowing anything about the remaining players involved. You’ve seen this often from the Minnesota Vikings, who miss their drafting deadline almost annually, and from the Detroit Lions, who can’t decide which Wisconsin Badger they want, so they pick as many as possible (Alex Lewis, Brian Calhoun and Jamar Fletcher to name a few). The answer is to always pick based on footwear. Like Forrest Gump said, “there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been…” By looking at a prospective player’s footwear you can tell a lot about them. Wearing white shoes? The guy’s probably a soft prima donna. Wearing sandals? Probably laid back and possibly lazy, and definitely not someone you want on a kickball team — though you should jump at the chance to grab anyone wearing steel toes — it shows a strong work ethic and the ball will go at least 15 percent further. Rule No. 4: Cool hair does not equal cool game,While charisma and goofiness in a teammate can lead to increased morale, which is always a good thing, the fact is that a real neato hair (facial or otherwise) does not equate to on-field success in football, baseball, bowling or whatever, kickball included. Look at some of the great hairdo’s of all-time.Oscar Gamble: Career .265 hitter.Scott Padgett: Career average of 4.4 points per game.Ben Wallace: 41 percent free-throw shooter.Ricky Williams: Smoke coming out his ears.Barry Melrose: Terrible ESPN commentary.Those are just some rules to live by when picking your next kickball team, or taking over a general managerial spot or even just putting together a business research team. I can’t reveal all my secrets for fear that Red Auerbach may come back from the dead and bring a victory cigar with him. But this should be sufficient for Jerry Jones to realize the only thing he is really capable of reconstructing is his face, and not a football team. Dave is a senior majoring in English and journalism. He is also holding a keg kickball game on his birthday, one he is sure to win. If you want to play, you can e-mail him at [email protected] — and remember your steel toes.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

Giant killers Japan look to topple Scotland

first_imgAnother side making their first appearance of the tournament are Australia – they take on Fiji in Cardiff from 4.45pm. The day begins with surpsise packages Japan’s meeting with Scotland at Kingsholm. Following the Blossoms’ win over the Springboks on Saturday, Japanese head coach Eddie Jones is confident they can repeat the trick today.Meanwhile, South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has made eight changes to his side for their meeting with Samoa. Romania will open up their Pool D campaign against a much-changed France side at London’s Olympic Stadium. Kick off there is at 8 o’clockThe Ireland squad have been training at St. George’s Park ahead of this Sunday’s game against Romania. last_img read more