TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.”
zoom Terminal operator APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an addendum to the original concession agreement with the port of Gothenburg to invest an additional SEK 250 million (USD 27.8 million) through 2024 in Sweden’s largest port. The company said that the new investment will focus on increasing operational productivity for vessels, improving gate access for trucks and enhanced rail services, adding that the addendum “also includes an ambitious volume growth target.”“APM Terminals is proud to partner with the port of Gothenburg to stimulate Sweden’s economic growth and increase the country’s global trade access,” Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals Gothenburg’s Managing Director, said.In October of 2011, APM Terminals was named the winner of the Skandia Container Terminal concession, and started operations in January of 2012 with plans to invest SEK 780 million in infrastructure and equipment upgrades through 2017.New equipment investments have included two 23-container wide reach super post-panamax STS cranes, two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs), lengthened and additional rail lines, 12 new diesel-electric straddle carriers and other terminal improvements including a new terminal operating system (TOS) and safety upgrades.
Celebrity activist couple, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed, were presented with the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville as part of the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival.Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Receive the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute at the Napa Valley Film FestivalJARR Co-founders, Monica and David Stevens presented an etched Robert Foley Vineyards, Howell Mountain Cabernet 3Liter, 2013 on stage with a special guest, a pig called Mr Moo who clearly stole the show.The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify JARR’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.“Ian and Nikki are changing lives with their outstanding humanitarian and environmental work and we are honored to present them with the award for their incredible work through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation,” said Monica Stevens, Co-founder Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, “They are a beacon of light in a challenging world and we look forward to collaborating with them more in the future. It is the hope of JARR and ISF that we inspire humans to show compassion, reverence and gratitude toward all living creatures.”Visit the JARR website here for more info on their work with companion and farmed animals in need.
While the summer is a time for jobs, internships and working on tans for many Ohio State students, it is also a great time in the world of sports. The summer of 2012 is no exception, with enough drama and intrigue to keep us glued to our televisions for the entirety of this shortened summer break. Here are a few things to watch for. Euro 2012 (June 8 – July 1) For the reader at home thinking, “There’s no way I’m wasting my time watching soccer,” I implore you to give Euro 2012 a chance. Aside from the World Cup, the UEFA European Football Championship best exemplifies why soccer is considered to be the beautiful game. The best European soccer players come together as 16 European countries compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Spain won the previous tournament in 2008 and also won the World Cup in 2010. They hope to become the first country ever to win three consecutive major tournaments. NBA Finals The Eastern and Western Conference Finals will come to a close this week, with the winners of each moving on to the finals. Regardless of who advances between the Spurs and Thunder and the Celtics and Heat, we are in for an extremely interesting finale to the 2012 NBA season. The Spurs and Celtics are two aging franchises, led by hall-of-fame players past their primes, hoping to capture one final championship ring. The Thunder are the exact opposite, a group of young but talented players trying to begin their own dynasty. And of course there is the Miami Heat led by LeBron James – the team and the player that nearly everyone seems to hate. James is still seeking his first championship after famously predicting that the Heat would win not one, not two, not three, not four… NBA offseason The most exciting action in the NBA this summer might actually take place off the court. Though it is not receiving as much hype as summer 2010, in which James and Chris Bosh signed as free agents with the aforementioned Miami Heat, this NBA offseason is just as compelling. It all begins with the NBA Draft on June 28, where teams will try to turn around their failing franchises by selecting prospects from one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory. The real fun beings on July 11 when teams can start signing free agents. Will Dwight Howard finally be traded from the Orlando Magic? Where will All-Star point guard Deron Williams sign? What will the Lakers do with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? These are just some of the questions that should be answered this summer. 2012 Summer Olympics (July 27 – August 12) Is there really anything better than the Olympics? For a few weeks the country pulls together to support our nation’s top athletes as they compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Whether you’re watching the men’s basketball team attempt to defend their gold medal or Michael Phelps swim at his final Olympics, the 26 different sports provide something for everyone to enjoy.
Fueled by some early hitting and a strong performance from freshman right-hander Jake Post, the Ohio State baseball team defeated Marshall, 5-0, on Wednesday. “All (the offense) need to do is support this pitching staff and crunch out a few runs,” said OSU head coach Greg Beals. “You give that group of pitchers a four-run lead right off the bat, it’s going to be a tough ball game.” The Buckeyes wasted no time to take the lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. Redshirt senior center fielder Joe Ciamacco started the top of the first by singling to center field. After he stole second, redshirt senior infielder Ryan Cypret followed with a base hit to right center, scoring Ciamacco. After senior infielder Kirby Pellant was retired on a pop up, sophomore right fielder Pat Porter reached on an error when Marshall sophomore shortstop Sergio Leon slipped trying to field a groundball. In the next at bat, freshman infielder Jacob Bosiokovic scorched a double to deep left center to score the runners and put OSU up, 3-0. Marshall redshirt sophomore pitcher Kyle Kessler was then replaced by senior right-hander Matt Hummel. A wild pitch by Hummel allowed Bosiokovic to cross the plate for the Buckeyes’ fourth run of the inning. The Buckeyes threatened again in the bottom half of the second by putting three runners on base, but they were unable to get them home. A lightning delay in the middle of the third halted action for 40 minutes before play was resumed at 8:05 p.m. The delay did not seem to slow the OSU offense down, however, as they were able to tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth. Leading off, freshman infielder Troy Kuhn narrowly beat out a groundball that deflected off of Marshall senior first baseman Nathan Gomez’s glove for a single. A stolen base advanced Kuhn to second before redshirt senior first baseman Brad Hallberg was able to knock him in with a base hit up the middle. Ciamacco said that the offense is starting to realize what it does best. “Our coaches always talk about our identity as a team, and I mean, for a lot of us, we’re a whole bunch of speed guys,” Ciamacco said. “We just need to put the ball in play and let our wheels do the talking for us.” Post (2-0), tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four batters. Despite a solid outing, the right-hander thought he had more gas left in the tank. “I felt like I could have went longer,” Post said. “Either way the coaches were just concerned with the gap, you know sit down for a while and pick it up. They just wanted me to take it easy.” In relief, the quartet of sophomore Ryan Riga, redshirt senior David Fathalikhani, redshirt junior Tyler Giannonatti and sophomore Trace Dempsey sustained the shutout for the Buckeyes. With the win, OSU improves to 21-10 on the season while Marshall, which used eight pitchers in the game, dropped to 13-19. The Buckeyes are set to travel to Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend for a three-game series against the Cornhuskers. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. on Friday.
OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday when Miami University’s Henni Otten and Bea Dechant each scored twice to bring the Redhawks a 5-0 victory.Despite being outshot 18-4, the offensively driven first half gave OSU sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro a chance to shine with seven saves at the cage. Combined with the second half’s four, Tamburro finished with a season-high of 11 saves and 49 total for the season. The first goal was scored nearly 23 minutes in as a breakaway goal from Otten, with an assist from junior midfielder/forward Carla Romagosa. Seven minutes later, the Redhawks struck again when Dechant scored through a backhand shot, bringing the game to 2-0.The lead became three goals early in the second half when Otten scored her second goal of the game nearly five minutes in.OSU was unable to break through the opponent’s balanced defense for a goal during the remainder of the game, and Miami scored again at the 52- and 70-minute marks, closing the game in its favor, 5-0.Miami’s strong defense caused the Buckeyes to come out with a season-low tally of four total shots, three of which were on goal. Junior midfielder Paige Hamilton shot two of them, and the remaining two were by junior forward Brooke Hiltz and sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile. OSU is set to hit the field again for a noon game Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Big Ten competitor Penn State.
Brazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Report: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.
President Abdul Hamid (L) and Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain has sent a letter seeking an appointment to meet president Abdul Hamid on 17 December, reports UNB.A letter, signed by the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal secretary ABM Abdus Sattar, was sent to the president’s house on 13 December, seeking an appointment on 17 December, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shayrul Kabir Khan on Saturday.He said Dr Kamal, also the president of Gano Forum, will lead a 10-member delegation during the meeting if they get the appointment.
Kim Jong Un file photoNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with president Donald Trump last week.Kim’s visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in US efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The US has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute.Chinese president Xi Jinping “is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader’s talks with Trump.”I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie,” Glaser said. Those priorities, from China’s perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for US troops to remain.Security was tight Tuesday morning in the Pyongyang airport, where another flight was unexpectedly delayed and later at the Beijing airport where paramilitary police prevented journalists from shooting photos. A motorcade including sedans, minibuses, motorcycles and a stretch limo with a golden emblem similar to one Kim used previously was seen leaving the airport.Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcycle escorts was later seen heading into the compound. A ring of police vehicles and black sedans surrounded the perimeter of the guesthouse where Kim stayed on his first visit earlier this year. Kim’s presence there and the schedule of his visit, including any meetings with Xi, have not been confirmed.Kim was diplomatically isolated for years before making his first foreign trip as leader in March to meet with Xi in Beijing. This would be his third visit to China, North Korea’s main ally and key source of trade and economic assistance. Following his summit with Trump, Kim was expected to meet with Chinese leaders to discuss progress in halting his country’s missile and nuclear weapons programs in exchange for economic incentives.The Singapore meeting resulted in a surprise announcement of a US suspension of military drills with its South Korean ally, a goal long pursued by Beijing and Pyongyang. That move is seen as potentially weakening defences and diplomacy among America’s Asian allies, while bolstering China and Russia.The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the Korean War, in which China fought on North Korea’s side and which ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.The state media treatment of Kim’s visit departed from past practice of not announcing his travels until Kim returned home. Analysts said Beijing appeared to be trying to normalize such visits.Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing, said the frequency of Kim’s visits was “unprecedented.” He noted that unlike on previous visits, China’s state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim’s visit before his departure.”This is an improvement. This shows that China is moving toward a healthier and more normal direction in relations with North Korea,” Cheng said.The visit comes as a dispute over the large trade imbalance between China and the US has been escalating, straining ties between the world’s two largest economies and moving them closer to a potential trade war.Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports, a move that drew the president’s ire. On Tuesday morning China woke to news that Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move swiftly criticized by Beijing.A trade war with the US could make it less attractive for China to use its influence over North Korea to help the US achieve its objectives of denuclearization.”The potential comprehensive trade war will make the cooperation between China and US in North Korea’s nuclear issue more complicated,” Cheng said. “There will be a big question mark over whether China and US will continue this cooperation.”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina holds a meeting with officials while visiting the defence ministry at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar”Since they (Myanmar) are our close neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them (Myanmar). We’ll have to continue efforts so that they take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the defence ministry in the city.The prime minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we could provide shelter to such a huge number of people and save them.”She further said, “We didn’t go for any conflict with Myanmar. We have discussed and signed agreements with them. Our aim is to send them back to their country through dialogue.”Sheikh Hasina, also the defence minister, asked all the authorities concerned to discharge their responsibilities according to the aim.Acting army chief Lieutenant General Shamsul Haque, chief of naval staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, principal coordinator (SDG affairs) of the PMO Abdul Islam Azad and PM’s military secretary Major General Mia Jainul Abedin.The prime minister, however, underscored the need for having a strong defence system to give a befitting reply to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty in the case any attack by anyone.”We want a peaceful environment. But if anyone attacks us, we will always be prepared to give a fitting reply and protect our independence and sovereignty,” she said.”We’ll not engage in any war with anyone. We don’t want any war. We want a peaceful environment with all,” she said, adding that Bangladesh’s foreign policy adopted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is ‘Friendship to all and malice towards none.'”The prime minister said Bangladesh has proved that it can face any natural and manmade disasters.Noting that Bangladesh has the capacity to face any natural or manmade disaster, the prime minister said, “We can face any situation. We’ve proved that.”She put emphasis on developing the defence forces with newer and modern technologies alongside providing modern training to the officials to keep pace with the modern world.Terming the armed forces as the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty, Hasina said members of the armed forces are playing a very important role in safeguarding the country.The armed forces have been developed with the latest tools and technologies through imparting necessary training, she said.About maritime boundary disputes, the prime minister said it was a tough task to win the cases against India and Myanmar at international courts maintaining good relations with the two friendly countries.She noted with satisfaction that it had been possible only because all concerned in Bangladesh worked with sincerity and responsibility.The prime minister visited the ministry as part of her regular tours of different ministries after the formation of her government for the third consecutive term this January.
As the nation ruminates on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement this Black History Month, environmental justice activists are calling attention to what they say is the new frontline of the human rights struggle: chemical contamination of communities of color. “When corporations decide where to build chemical plants, landfills, or water treatment plants where chemicals leach, they most often choose low income communities of color,” Richard Moore, a long-time civil rights and environmental justice leader with the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, said in a statement. “This is the next frontier of the Civil Rights Movement,” Michele Roberts, co-coordinator for the alliance, told the AFRO. “People of color and the poor have borne the brunt of exposure to toxins and have a disproportionate share of health issues because of the prevalence of chemical sites in their communities. You even have people migrating because they are losing their communities.” Roberts pointed to Mossville, a town just outside Lake Charles, La. that was built by Black freedmen in the late 1700s, and now faces a corporate buyout because “they are surrounded by 14 of the most toxic facilities ever.” The environmental justice movement began in the 1960s when farm workers organized by Cesar Chavez fought for workplace rights, including protection from toxic pesticides in California fields, and when African-American students took to the streets of Houston to oppose a city dump that claimed the lives of two children. But the movement truly took off in 1982 when residents from Warren County, N.C., a poor, rural and overwhelmingly Black jurisdiction, fought to block the dumping of 6,000 truckloads of soil laced with toxic PCBs in their community. “For us, environmental justice is about protecting where we live, play, work and pray,” Roberts said. She added of the history, “Grassroots communities came together to form the environmental justice movement. They looked at what Dr. [Martin Luther] King said about creating the ‘Beloved Community’ and honed in on that to say that we must have environmental remediation and policies in those communities.” Those early efforts led President Bill Clinton to issue Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” in 1994. But activists complain that Clinton’s executive order and other laws, such as the General Duty Clause of the Clean Air Act which requires facilities that produce, process, handle or store hazardous substances to take proactive measures to prevent accidental releases, are not being implemented. Despite strides in legislation and executive actions, “communities continue to experience disasters,” Roberts said. “What we now need are standards and regulations to enforce these laws and protect these communities now and for future generations.” On Jan. 9, a West Virginia chemical spill contaminated the water supply of nine counties, leaving 300,000 people without drinking water. On Dec. 20, an explosion at the Axiall plant near Mossville, La., sent several people to the hospital. In August, an explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people. On June 13, a chemical explosion in Geismar, La., killed one person, injured at least 75 others and released a plume of toxic fumes across the area. President Obama’s Executive Order 13650, “Improving Chemical Safety and Security,” mandates “listening sessions” across the country, with the next scheduled for Feb. 27 in Newark, N.J. At the meetings, stakeholders who live and work near chemical plants have the chance to express their concerns. Roberts said the move signals new momentum in the thrust for chemical policy reform and the environmental justice movement. “I really believe we have a very strong chance because we’re getting more and more people involved” including the United Steelworkers, health advocates and more, Roberts said. “If we work collectively together, especially in the waning years of this administration, we would be able to get the reforms we need to protect our communities.”
Final arrangements for George W. Collins are as follows:Public Viewing:Wednesday, Aug. 6:3 to 8 p.m., Estep Brothers Funeral Services, P.A.1300-1302 N. Eutaw PlaceBaltimore, Md. 21217410-728-2800 George Collins(Updated 8/4/2014) When veteran newsman George Collins died in Baltimore, July 31, he left a legacy of communications and journalistic excellence in print and broadcast media.Younger local news hounds probably know him best as the booming voice behind his most recent venture on WEAA, @Issue, a program he began in 1986.Those with greater history remember his face on the evening news on WMAR TV as an anchor, having begun with investigative reporting and working as a producer.But a piece of his story that will always stand out is when he and his colleagues from the AFRO dressed as African ambassadors were handily served at the Double T Diner on Rolling Road in spite of the restaurant’s unwillingness to accommodate “regular” people of color. The exposure of this incident served as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equal access in all areas.Collins began his work for the AFRO in 1950 and continued until 1968 having become the editor-in-chief. Service of CelebrationThursday, Aug. 7: Family Hour: 10 a.m.; Service: 11 a.m. New Shiloh Baptist Church2100 N. Monroe StreetBaltimore, Md. 21217410-523-5306
Positive Black Folks in Action is scheduled to commemorate the 52nd Memorial of Malcolm X at the Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW; on Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21. 1965. The event will include footage of the 1965 funeral procession of Malcolm X in New York; Audience testimonies; and Professor A. Peter Bailey, a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity organized by Malcolm X, will display his memorabilia. The commemoration is free and open to the public.Malcolm X waiting for a press conference to begin on March 26, 1964. (Photo/Marion S. Trikosko [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons )
By AFRO StaffThe sophomore class of historic Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore recently celebrated the end of the 2019 school year with a cookout.“The sophomore cookout was to celebrate the students’ success and achievement during the school year,” said Guy Bosworth-Meekins, Douglass’ sophomore class adviser.“The students demonstrated collective work and responsibility by cooperating with the faculty and staff throughout the school year.”The Douglass sophomore cookout was sponsored in part by several prominent community members including: attorney Billy Murphy, attorney Kenneth Ravenell, public relations expert Adrian Harpool, Ret. Judge Robert Mack Bell, and restaurant owner, Kevin Brown, among others.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.com“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business man!Let me handle my business, damn”-Jay-Z(From “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” (the Remix)By Kanye West, featuring Jay-Z)Last week, Jay-Z arguably the greatest rapper of all-time, as well as a generous philanthropist from time to time, got dragged by many through the social media muck.The “controversy” was sparked when it was announced, Jay through his company Roc Nation (a sports management entity) would advise the NFL on entertainment and the Super Bowl and perhaps engage the league on somewhat dubious issues of social justice. Afterall, this is the same league that has essentially blackballed Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest of seemingly ubiquitous law enforcement assaults against Black bodies.But, before the tumult over Jay getting in bed with NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, and the 32 other White men who own every franchise in the league, could die down, a subsequent report by TMZ asserted Jay (born Shawn Carter) will acquire a “significant ownership interest,” in an undisclosed team. So, that would be a milestone of sorts; there has never been a Black man or any person of color who had a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team.Sean YoesBut, as news of the mogul rapper’s possible NFL ownership wafted through social media, Carter stirred up the bitter gumbo of Black Twitter when he seemingly dismissed Kap (who sacrificed his NFL career for the Black Lives Matter movement) when he allegedly said, “I think we’re past kneeling…I think it’s time for action.” As I alluded to earlier in this column, the Black-lash (including myriad memes and salty comments) against Carter has been fast and furious from various corners. Eric Reid, currently a safety for the Carolina Panthers, who is Kap’s best friend also knelt with the former 49’er quarterback when he played with San Francisco. Reid not unexpectedly called Carter’s deal with the NFL “despicable.”But, I think some of ya’ll got Jay, um, messed up.The beef some have with the man born into poverty in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn (now his net worth is about a billion dollars), brings to mind for me the 1993 Nike ad when NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley declared, “I am not a role model.”“I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court,” Barkley added in the now iconic ad. “Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It was an incendiary message in the ears of some and people have been debating the role of actors, athletes and yes, rappers in the vital and often perilous affairs of Black people ever since.I know three things about Jay-Z: he can rap, he has a beautiful wife, he has a lot of money. That means I know virtually nothing about him. And neither do the millions of people around the globe who have an opinion one way or another about how Shawn Carter moves through the world.I also know he’s been listing his priorities for decades and it seems clear for Jay the bottom line has always been the bottom line. He said the following in the song, “Moment of Clarity,” on his 2003 offering, The Black Album:“We as rappers must decide what’s most importantAnd I can’t help the poor if I’m one of themSo I got rich and gave back to me that’s the win, win”Why would anybody (who has been paying attention for the last two decades) be surprised or appalled to know this uber capitalist is making a paper play with the NFL? People keep asking, why is he doing this?Maybe what they should be asking is, why wouldn’t he?Shawn Carter is actually only charged with making provision for a hand full of people on this earth: himself, his wife and their three children.Although he is also known as “J-Hovah, the god MC,” Jay-Z most assuredly is not God. We should treat him accordingly.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC Louisville needs 12,900 fans to attend the game on Thursday to eclipse an average attendance of 10,000 for the season. It would mark the first time since the first two seasons (2010-11 – 10,859, 2011-12 – 10,670) at the KFC Yum! Center to eclipse 10,000-plus fans per game for a season. Jeff Walz Louisville ACC Carolyn Kieger Marquette BIG EAST Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12 Geno Auriemma UConn AAC Tara Vanderveer Stanford Pac-12 ATLANTA (February 27, 2019) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz is one of 15 coaches in the running for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year honor.Walz has led the No. 3 Cardinals to a 25-2 record this season and at 12-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, they are two wins away from clinching a share of their second consecutive regular season conference title.The winningest coach in Louisville women’s basketball history, Walz recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season at Western Kentucky, where he began his coaching career under the tutelage of Paul Sanderford.The Cardinals host Senior Night vs. No. 10 NC State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Lisa Bluder Iowa Big Ten NAME SCHOOL CONFERENCE Print Friendly Version Amanda Butler Clemson ACC Katie Meier Miami ACC Wes Moore North Carolina State ACC Story Links Lynne Roberts Utah Pac-12 Scott Rueck Oregon State Pac-12 Lisa Fortier Gonzaga WCC Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12 Park Community Credit Union will donate $1 to Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana for every fan over 8,000 at Thursday’s game. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Take a moment to survey your office and the people sitting behind computers. Or, if you have a remote workforce, picture your employees in their home offices or on the road, all within arm’s reach of a laptop or mobile device. These individuals, whether you realize it or not, play a vital role in protecting your company from a security breach.You can install all of the latest and greatest security innovations, but if your employees aren’t properly using these technologies and adhering to safe computing practices, you may be more at risk than you think. Many small businesses don’t have an onsite IT staff, so it takes time to get employees to understand and then take proper action to maintain data security. But your business and its valuable data are worth it.To ensure that your team is ready to defend your business to the best of its ability, begin by ensuring that your employees do the following:1. Use email responsibly. Hackers and scammers have become very sophisticated in targeting individuals via their email accounts. Malicious intruders often try to persuade email recipients to take actions that can expose business and personal information without employees even knowing they’ve done anything wrong.Related: 5 Easy-to-Use Tools to Make Business Email More SecureTo protect your valuable business information, advise employees to:• Exercise judgment before opening email attachments. If they are suspicious of an email or email attachment, they should not open it. • Be especially wary of any attachment with a “.exe” filename extension, which may begin executing a program as soon as the attachment is opened.• Manually scan attachments with antivirus software before opening or downloading to your computer.• Be sure the option to automatically download attachments is disabled. Some email programs offer automatic download as a convenience, but it can lead to trouble if a harmful attachment comes through.• Use complex email passwords to make it difficult for hackers to access email accounts. Passwords should include upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks or other symbols.The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has a number of other helpful tips on how email users can protect their systems by using caution with email attachments.2. Be cautious about wireless internet connections. Wireless internet connections are a remote worker’s best friend. Yet, public wireless hotspots can be notorious access points for cybercriminals because they are open networks that do not encrypt data, emails, passwords or any other information transmitted across them. If employees have the choice between a secure wireless connection, which will require a password, and a public hotspot, they always should choose the secure connection.Related: 3 Scary Online Security Mistakes to AvoidBecause employees may sometimes need to use a public hotspot, they should know how to make sure their firewall is on, how to disable file and printer sharing, and how to make folders private. These tasks can be managed through every computer’s System Preferences or Control Panel, where security, internet and user settings can be reviewed and adjusted. Advice on how to manage these tasks can be found in your computer’s help and support index.You also can safeguard data by protecting it on a corporate network or in the cloud. There are numerous cloud storage options for small businesses. Available through Microsoft’s Office 365 offering, SharePoint Online allows users to create online sites to securely store, manage and share files with colleagues and customers. It’s priced at $8 per user per month with an Office 365 subscription, or $4 per user per month for the standalone service. Another cloud storage solution is CloudBerry Labs’ Cloud Drive offering, which allows businesses to store and backup to their cloud vendor of choice simply and seamlessly, starting at $29.99.3. Use smartphones conscientiously. Smartphone use adds an entirely new layer of complexity to managing your data security. These days, employees commonly conduct work-related tasks from their personal mobile devices, opening new gateways for security breaches.Develop a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that provides parameters on how and when employees can use their personal mobile devices for work purposes. The policy should include specific guidelines for smartphone security, such as a password policy, a list of supported devices and others that are not allowed to connect to the network, and protocol for installing applications, which can become easy entryways for malware.Smartphones also can be easily misplaced or stolen, so take steps to prevent a data breach if this occurs. You can require employees to use mobile tracking services offered by carriers, such as AT&T’s Mobile Locate or Verizon’s My Mobile Recovery, to find the location of lost devices, remotely lock them or erase data. For more assistance in developing a BYOD policy that’s right for your business, consider getting guidance from a local IT provider or expert.Related: 3 Tips for Beefing Up Password Security Register Now » December 27, 2012
French transmission services provider TDF and Italia public broadcaster Rai this week began trial LTE-A+ mobile TV broadcasts in Paris and Aosta. The trial is based on a ‘Tower Overlay’ concept developed by the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. US outfit GatesAir is a partner in the project, which is also supported by Expway and German broadcast research institute the IRT.According to TDF, the principal object of the trial is to demonstrate the possibility of convergence between LTE and existing distribution infrastructure by adapting eMBMS-based LTE Broadcast for traditional TV distribution towers.The trial will involve two streams sharing the same UHF channel, with one stream aimed at DVB-T2 reception and the other aimed at delivering specific content to 4G smartphones and PCs and tablets.TDF has received permission from French media regulator the CSA to use a UHF frequency to broadcast the streams from the Eiffel Tower. The stream for mobiles is made up of a mix of live TV, VoD, catch-up TV, live radio, podcasts, magazines, news services and software updates.In Aosta, two adjacesnt transmistters in the Val D’Aosta and northern Italy will use the same frequency to deliver content and this trial will be extended in the coming months to two further transmitters, airing four HD TV streams in DVB-T2 and four mobile video streamins using ALTE-A+, encoded in HEVC.