After killer cop walks free, Uprising rocks St. Louis

first_imgDetermined resistance to militarized police in St. Louis.By Lyn Neeley and Minnie Bruce PrattFurious and frustrated, people in St. Louis have been taking to the streets since a Sept. 15 not-guilty verdict acquitting a white ex-cop for the 2011 killing of a young Black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. By Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, more than 120 people had been arrested during four days of demonstrations. Organizers foresaw more protests.Cop Jason Stockley had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for shooting 24-year-old Smith five times under highly suspect circumstances. The charge carried a sentence of life in prison without parole. Probably doubtful that St. Louis residents would find in his favor, Stockley had waived his right to a jury trial, leaving the ruling up to Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson.Prosecutors called the judge’s acquittal of Stockley appalling, given the extent of damning evidence against him. They said Stockley was out of control during a three-mile car chase at over 80 miles an hour, and that he shot Smith without provocation. Audio evidence from the dashcam video in Stockley’s car captured him telling his partner, “We’re killing this m*****f***er don’t you know it.” In less than a minute, he shot Smith five times.Stockley is believed to have planted a gun in Smith’s car. The gun was covered with Stockley’s DNA but none of Smith’s. Moments after the shooting, Stockley was shown on video rummaging through a bag in the back of his police vehicle and returning to reach into Smith’s car.In 2013 Stockley resigned and the St. Louis Police Department paid Smith’s family a $900,000 settlement. In 2016 the FBI and the SLPD turned over new evidence to prosecutors, generating this year’s charges. But, once again, with the judge’s ruling, a killer cop walked free.After Stockley’s acquittal on Sept. 15, protesters marched through St. Louis blocking highways. They surrounded Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house, throwing red paint and rocks that broke two windows, and marched to a police precinct, where they blocked a bus full of riot cops and smashed the windshield of a cop car. Five cops were taken to the hospital.As police used tear gas and shot rubber bullets, a St. Louis synagogue, the Central Reform Congregation, opened its doors to about 250 protesters to protect them from police. Rabbi Susan Talve of the CRJC stressed: “Black and Brown bodies are on the line every day just because of the color of their skin. I have to be out there putting my body on the line so that another mother doesn’t lose another child.” (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 18)White supremacist and fascist groups responded to this act of solidarity by calling on cops to invade and gas both Black people and Jews in the synagogue. One anti-Semitic tweet, which went viral, was “#GastheSynagogue.”‘Kill our kids, we’ll kill your economy!’Protests continued on Sept. 16 as demonstrators went to malls in mainly white suburbs shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “Cops and jails, the whole damn system is going to fail.” One sign read, “White silence is violence.”In an upscale suburb, the Delmar Loop area of University City, protesters demanded that the police resign. They called for an economic boycott of St. Louis, chanting, “If you kill our kids, we’ll kill your economy!” Protesters also marched through shopping malls in a wealthy St. Louis County area. (St. Louis ­Post-Dispatch, Sept. 17)Hundreds of cops in riot gear poured into protest areas and became more violent against demonstrators because they supposedly “refused to disperse.” However, protesters said cops corralled, or “kettled,” them, so they could not leave, and then attacked.This was confirmed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk, caught in the kettling, who was knocked down by multiple police, kicked in the head, pepper-sprayed and “subdued.” (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 19) One video shows a swarm of cops in heavy armor attacking an elderly woman. They shove her to the ground, walk over her, then force her into handcuffs with no attention to her injuries. (Fox2News)On Sunday, Sept. 17, more than 1,000 people gathered at police headquarters, then marched through downtown St. Louis. During Monday morning rush hour, Sept. 18, silent protesters marched arm-in-arm to city hall, and actions continued into the night.Mayor Krewson issued a statement Sept. 19 denouncing “destructive” protesters, but former St. Louis Comptroller Vivus Jones responded within two hours in a Facebook post: “Most of the destruction in North Saint Louis was government-sanctioned and promoted. N. StL poverty is 50% in zip codes.”The cops mocked protesters Sunday night by co-opting a movement slogan, chanting, “Whose streets, our streets,” while battling the crowd. Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole boasted: “I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight.” (Washington Post, Sept. 18)But on-the-ground Facebook reports documented the extreme lack of safety for those at the mercy of military-level police violence. The cop chant was a near-fascistic assertion that state control is in direct contradiction to justice for oppressed and poor people.Teresa Montgomery commented that the mayor should see “my video of being threatened with arrest for standing on a sidewalk.” Leigh Maibes wrote: “I have video of the cops using horrendous force on nonviolent observers. Not to mention they Tased other journalists this evening.”Megan Elllyia-Green posted a video of “people maced while sitting cuffed on the ground. Journalists and legal observers arrested.” Buzz Hirsch exclaimed: “The cops and police commissioner O’Toole have just escalated the war and given ordinary folk a new reason to protest. Surrounding and arresting, then handcuffing, beating and macing.”Koach Baruch Frazier recorded hours of video, posted on Facebook, to document his statement: “[The attack] goes down the same way every time. They block you in, and they wrangle you so you have no way to go, and they attack. The narrative that we are doing something wrong that encourages violence against us is utterly ridiculous and untrue. These people hate our innards, they hate us because we are Black, and they bring all their fucking police to kill us.”The Stockley verdict evokes the 2014 acquittal of the racist cop who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. That ruling sparked months of angry protests. Michael Brown’s father responded to Smith’s killing by saying: “My people are tired of this.” (New York Times, Sept. 17)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Reyes on Batang Gilas’ tough odds in U17 World Cup: Remember 2014

first_imgView comments Basketball history suggests not to count out the Philippines ahead of another World Cup stint.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The country faces a tall order in the Under-17 tilt in Argentina, but Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reminded everyone of the last time the Philippines competed in a Basketball World Cup.“Croatia was plus-20 and Argentina was plus-30 and we took both of those teams to the last possession,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReyes steered Gilas to breakthrough campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and he thinks the Philippine youth team can do the same two months from now.“You’ll never know. The fact is the team is there. And every time they’re there, they will always have a chance to win,” Reyes said. “It’s a good test and barometer on where we stand but really, we believe that with enough preparations and proper preparations we can compete with these teams,” said the younger Reyes, who serves as deputy to head coach Mike Oliver. “As you can see, we are not the small team anymore. We know, physically, we can hang with these guys.”“We have to believe that we can compete. We’re not preparing to go on vacation, we’re preparing to compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Batang Gilas, which is ranked 31st, is slotted in Group D together with No. 7 Argentina, No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.“Honestly, we haven’t looked at the teams yet. But just the names of those countries alone, they’re very tough,” said Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes.“But I believe with the proper preparation, especially in this age group level, I think we can really compete and the aim is to surprise people and see how far we can go. The first goal is to get into the next round.”With the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto, who led the team’s fourth-place finish in the Fiba U-16 Asian Championship in Foshan, China, Reyes said size is not that of a concern for the Philippines unlike before.What’s crucial, however, is having ample time to prepare.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SA

first_imgSpecial Olympics athletes look forward torunning onto the field with President JacobZuma at the Unity Cup match on 3 July.(Image: Special Olympics) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ancilla SmithSpecial Olympics+27 11 783 8533RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• Natalie wins Human Values award• Cape Town ready for 2010 draw• Fever pitch at Green PointJanine ErasmusCoca-Cola and the Special Olympics have teamed up to bring the inaugural Unity Cup to South Africa. The event will take place in Cape Town as a curtain raiser to the Fifa 2010 World Cup quarter-final in that city on 3 July.The Unity Cup will be held in the spectacular new Cape Town stadium, formerly known as Green Point stadium. The venue was rebuilt virtually from the ground up for the World Cup, and since completion has successfully hosted a range of events.According to Coca-Cola, the event will see Special Olympics athletes – who are intellectually disabled – entering into the World Cup spirit, playing football with local and international greats of the Beautiful Game.The World Cup gets underway on 11 June and the quarter-finals take place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July.Coca-Cola is a sponsor and partner of both the World Cup and the Special Olympics.“The Unity Cup is an incredible opportunity to showcase the abilities of our Special Olympics athletes on a world stage,” said Special Olympics CEO Timothy Shriver.The game will fall under the Special Olympics’ Unified Sports programme, and aims to show that the world’s most popular sport can be played and enjoyed by anyone.The Unified Sports programme allows Special Olympics and higher ability athletes to play in equal numbers on the same team. This gives each the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from the other.“The Unified Sports experience benefits not only our athletes, but also the partners involved without disabilities as we promote a global community of inclusion and acceptance.”“The Unity Cup is a testament to that power as we have brought together our partners at Special Olympics and Fifa to shine a spotlight on the important values of understanding, acceptance and inclusion that we all share,” added Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup schedule here (PDF, 232KB).Top teamUnity Cup participants include popular stars of the game such as former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, former captain of women’s national team Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis, and Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan.South African Special Olympics athletes Arnold Ngqulunga and Philane Ngwane will represent the organisation. President Jacob Zuma is also expected to don his football boots and step onto the field, wearing a number one jersey, in the hope of scoring a goal or two.Inclusive approachAlthough the Unity Cup is just one match, said Coca-Cola, it will raise awareness of the need to include athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and society.In September 2009 the global organisation’s local chapter hosted a Unified Sports football day at the end of the Special Olympics Fifa Football for Hope Soccer Week, with staff from Absa Bank joining the grand finale.South Africa has taken part in every Special Olympics since 1993 and has a number of Unified Sports initiatives on the go, such as the successful St Benedicts–Nokuthula Unified Sports basketball team, based in Johannesburg. The team is made up of children from St Benedict’s private school in Bedfordview and the Nokuthula Special School in Marlboro, both east of Johannesburg.Since they teamed up in 2004 the two schools have built a strong basketball squad and have become so good that they represented South Africa at the Special Olympics Summer Games in 2007. They also participated in the Global Youth Summit held during the games, and came home with a bronze medal.last_img read more

US plastic maker to open SA facility

first_img28 June 2012ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange-listed PolyOne Corporation and a leading innovator of liquid colour and additives for plastics, has announced plans to open a new facility in South Africa as the company eyes growth prospects on the African continent.The new facility, which will be located in the Montague Gardens industrial precinct in Cape Town, South Africa, is expected to open in August and will support customers throughout Africa.Services will include sales, technical support and an on-site laboratory for rapid colour development, the immediate target market being manufacturers of plastic bottles and other containers for drinks and personal care products.“ColorMatrix is dedicated to helping our customers grow by advancing the performance and value of polymer-based goods globally,” William Ravenna, ColorMatrix’s MD for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement on Monday.“Opening this facility in Cape Town will provide us with a strong, customer-focused presence in this important region.”Robert Patterson, PolyOne’s chief operating officer, said that when PolyOne acquired ColorMatrix last year, “we committed to a global ‘invest to grow’ strategy that would add value to our customers and our shareholders. Our new facility in South Africa illustrates our commitment to this strategy.“While these operations will initially focus on ColorMatrix products and services, this affords us an excellent foothold to leverage other PolyOne businesses and services throughout the region in the future,” Patterson added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South African entrepreneurs: tips to grow your business

first_imgShoprite’s mobile soup kitchens help feed vulnerable South Africans across the country every day. (Image: Shoprite)A South African supermarket group is helping feed thousands of hungry people every day by donating unsold food to relief organisations.The Shoprite Group – which runs Shoprite and Checkers stores across the country – has a no-waste policy. Instead, surplus food is donated to Foodbank South Africa, which in turn distributes the food to hundreds of non-profit organisations, collectively feeding thousands of hungry people every day.In 2015 alone, the supermarkets donated close to R100-million worth of surplus food to organisations in need.Shoprite also directly services vulnerable communities across South Africa every day with its fleet of 19 mobile soup kitchens. Since they took to the road in February 2007, the kitchens have served over 27-million meals.Acting for changeThis winter, the supermarket group’s customers can also play their part to fight hunger by simply donating R5 or more to the #ActForChange Fund at any till-point in stores across the country. The funds go towards the work of FoodBank South Africa.“It costs FoodBank South Africa R1.08 to provide enough food for one meal, so a donation of R5 will allow us to provide nearly five meals,” said Kate Hamilton, fund development manager at Foodbank South Africa.“Considering that more than 13.8-million South Africans go hungry every day, we have a collective responsibility to work towards ending hunger in our country – and every little donation helps.”The #ActForChange Fund was launched in March this year after customers asked to be part of efforts making a difference in communities affected by the ongoing drought gripping the country.Customers have since donated well over R200 000 to the fund, which hopes to raise even more through winter.On Mandela Day this year, FoodBank South Africa will be holding a meal and hamper packing day in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The events will happen in 67-minute slots from 9 am to 3 pm on 18 July 2016.Check out Foodbank South Africa’s website on www.foodbanksa.org on how your donation will be used to make a difference.last_img read more

Correcting compaction infractions below the surface

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderIt will come as no surprise to farmers that compaction issues will play a role in the future productivity of their fields after the last two growing seasons. Across Ohio, 2018 finished with a wet harvest with many farmers unintentionally committing compaction “infractions.” The equally wet spring of 2019 did not help heal the already injured soil profile, and in some areas, the fall of 2019 was also a challenge. Soil structure was severely damaged by multiple passes of heavy harvest and planting equipment. While many farmers attempt to follow controlled traffic patterns, it is not always practical when the weather only allows for brief windows of opportunity for field work.This scenario was a text book example for both topsoil and subsoil compaction to occur according to research conducted by Randall Reeder, Ohio State University emeriti and Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Soil Specialist. Their work has found farm equipment with high axle loads on wet soil causes compaction in both the topsoil and subsoil. This is exactly what occurred in a number of fields in Ohio since the fall of 2018. The research also revealed that low axle loads will cause compaction in the topsoil and only the upper part of the subsoil. Contrary to popular belief, deep subsoil compaction can only partially be alleviated with subsoilers. Freezing/thawing and drying/wetting cycles have been shown not to eliminate deep subsoil compaction. Deep subsoil compaction is permanent according to the research findings. The recommendation is that deep subsoil compaction should be avoided at all costs. In a sense, the only good way to eliminate it is by not creating it in the first place. Unfortunately, many farmers realize that with the limited windows of opportunity we have experienced recently, avoiding field work in those conditions is not a realistic option. More information can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/avoiding-soil-compaction“Compaction was a huge issue this year,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension, Agronomic Systems Field Specialist.Hawkins coordinates the field-scale on-farm research for the The Ohio State University Extension Digital Ag Program known as eFields. This program is dedicated to advancing production agriculture through the use of field-scale research. The program is committed to completing research and extension activities regarding soil compaction. The program has a strong focus on researching pinch row compaction from planters (tracked vs. wheeled tractor and planter configurations), and investigating the potential of utilizing smaller equipment to limit loading while maintaining efficiency and profitability. More information can be found at https://digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/soil-compaction-management“Precision U will have a session on Jan. 8, 2020 focusing specifically on mitigating the compaction issue,” she said.Precision University is a program hosted by The Ohio State University and the Digital Ag Program to help farmers make better management decisions. This specific program will help those in attendance learn how to minimize compaction and maximize soil productivity from industry and academic experts. More information and to register go to https://digitalag.osu.edu/events/precision-university-2020To share more information, the Ohio State University Extension, Agronomic Crops Network, Agronomy and Farm Management Podcast has an episode available specifically dealing with compaction. Episode 37 focuses on soil compaction. The extremely wet fall in 2018 and spring in 2019 led to field operations needing to be conducted even when soil conditions were not ideal increasing the risk of soil compaction occurring. Scott Shearer sits down to talk about soil compaction, what it is, the causes, how to avoid it, and how to mitigate it. To listen or learn about the podcast, visit go.osu.edu/AFM.last_img read more

Are you brave enough Canadas newest rollercoaster will boast three World Records

first_img Thursday, August 16, 2018 Share VAUGHAN, ON — Usually when you hear about the world’s longest, fastest, tallest something-or-other, cities like Dubai or New York usually come to mind. But this time around, Canada is getting its due with its new World Record-holding roller coaster.Yukon Striker will be the star of the show at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ont., when it opens in summer 2019. Situated in the park’s newly themed area called Frontier Canada, it will be Canada’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, putting Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.Upon completion, it will boast four inversions, a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally hang on the edge of their seats, three ‘floorless’ trains, a 90-degree drop, and an underwater tunnel.But here’s the real kicker: Yukon Striker will hold not one, not two, but three world records, including: The Fastest Dive Coaster at 130 km/hr; The Longest Dive Coaster at 3,625 feet; and The Tallest Dive Coaster at 245 feet (includes underground).More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Frontier Canada’s arrival at Canada’s Wonderland is more than 37 years in the making, as it was originally planned and designed as one of five themed sections to be developed for the park’s opening in 1981. The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s. Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly themed section of the park.When guests purchase their 2019 Season Pass now they not only get unlimited visits next year, but also unlimited visits for the remainder of 2018 for $72.99.Canada’s Wonderland is also introducing an all-new Gold Pass in 2019 that includes all the benefits of a Season Pass, plus free admission to WinterFest and Halloween Haunt. The Gold Pass is available for $99.99 for a limited time. Tags: Canada’s Wonderland, World Record Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Are you brave enough? Canada’s newest rollercoaster will boast three World Records << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more