Uni Roundtable: Our favorite NFL threads

first_imgThe Uni Roundtable is a tad late this week — I honestly forgot about it with all the Gundy2Gainesville hubbub at the beginning of the week — but hopefully as enjoyable as ever.Let’s get on with it.Porter: First things first, who won the OSU-UT uni matchup?Southwell: OSU easily won even with a repeat combo. I like that Texas mixed it up with the metallic logo, and their all white looks alright.If we keep this streak of scoring less than 20 points, we might revert back to W-O-W and W-W-O only.(elderly alumni initially approve then realize that’s not a good thing).And what was the deal with Phantom Fiber?[1. Carbon Fiber Resurrection. Zombie Fiber. I’m having too much fun making up names for a helmet that might not be real. Until then, RIP Carbon Fiber.] Can we expect to see it this weekend or did we get trolled by the equipment staff?Cunningham: I was happy I snuffed out the Carbon Pete bluff. Tweeting that out on a Wednesday was just too weird.As for Texas, I was in the press box. And this was my reaction when I noticed something different about the Longhorns’ helmets…When your uniform is as classic as UT’s you don’t need to do much. This was a subtle, fantastic addition.Kyle made a great point about UT’s uniforms earlier in the season: They are less “practice jersey-ish” than they used to be. And he’s right, they were better that way.It’s odd to say that, but it’s true. (How nasty was UT Roy Williams, by the way? Definitely a first ballot Uni Hall of Famer)royUTAs for OSU, they just couldn’t help themselves with the superstition. They beat Texas Tech in this combo so they tried it again. It’s a great look (one of their absolute best) but why do a repeat?I was disappointed. Black-Gray-Black is my white wale. It will never be captured.Porter: I’m sure Herman Melville had OSU’s uniform options in mind when he penned the adventures of Cap’n Ahab in 1851.I pretty much always think Texas wins its road uni matchups and this week was no different. OSU’s chrome-black-black is immense but not much can touch Texas’ whites in my book. I thought the chrome-y Horns logo was a good look.USATSI_8207006_154512258_lowres (1)I actually saw a lot of people hating on it but I was pleasantly surprised. It was melded as well as you can meld new and old school. Of course I’m more biased towards Texas’ unis than Travis Ford is towards Michael Cobbins so take everything I say with a fistful of Morton’s stock.We’re going to switch gears briefly and I want you to give me your top three NFL uni looks (alternates are acceptable). I know Carson and I are zeroed in on the same squad for this one.Southwell: 1. San Diego Chargers Powder Blue 2. San Francisco 49ers (prefer away) 3. Dallas Cowboys (white)Cunningham: 1. San Diego (Powder Blue) – It’s a crime. Repeat, a CRIME they don’t wear these every home game. I’m not as big of a fan of the updated version:Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 12.09.25 PMBut the throwback version is the best uniform in any sport:tomlinson2. San Francisco (Home) – Thank goodness they went back to their traditional uniforms. These things are simply stunning when they come on the HD broadcast.San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks3. Chicago (Home) – This was a tough call (love what Buffalo is doing these days, Raiders are still great) but the tradition and mean-ness of the Bears homes makes my top three..hi-res-187932331-matt-forte-of-the-chicago-bears-runs-against-the_crop_exactKyle mentioned last week Georgia’s red is different than everyone else’s red. Same goes for Chicago’s Navy. I love the GSH on the sleeves (George Halas’ initials), the letter C on the helmet, the stripes, the numerals.All of it is great.Southwell: I put Dallas in as my No. 3, but my gosh it’s tough to beat the Bears. Great list, Carson. I really like their throwbacks with the orange numbers, no outline. I wish they would wear their helmet logo with those.Those sleeves and socks are iconic.My bias for the Cowboys could be blurring my vision; I’m starting to think that the Bears are a true top three pick.By the way, what do you guys think about this Baylor blackout promotion? Why do you think OSU hasn’t done it yet?Cunningham: Funeral for Oklahoma State football? Mourning RG3’s time in Washington?I remember OSU tried an official blackout for the 2009 Texas game. It went poorly and Texas won 41-14. I’ve never like contrived blackouts. It just seems…high school-ish.If everyone organically and uniformly decides to unite it can be glorious. No promotion special t-shirts or anything is needed.penn-state-whiteoutPorter: Yeah I’m with Carson — not a fan of the promoted color schemes unless you’re going to go all-time like this:This is going to put Tennessee’s checkerboard to shame if it’s is executed right! #Mizzou #TigerStripeFaurot #SEC pic.twitter.com/aC3trtXD4O— Kaylee Glyder (@KayleeGlyder) October 9, 2014Otherwise it feels hack-y — like stuff bad teams do to get people to come to games (which, I guess…)As for my top three NFL unis…I’m going:1. 49ers away — They’re perfect. Niners gold = Georgia red = Bears navy and the white and red are the perfect accent.Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 10.22.34 AM2. Pats throwbacks — Everything you want in a throwback. Simple, great logo, color scheme rocks. Brady’s hair (wait..)Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 10.24.07 AM3. Eagles throwbacks — Sort of convinced this is why Chip Kelly took the job.Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 10.23.34 AMSouthwell: We’re in some disagreement here. Tennessee’s checkerboard was pretty legit and OU’s candy cane look is one of the only cool things OU does.image1 (8)Georgia had the intimidation factor with their blackout.image2 (4)I get that OSU wants to keep the Sea of Orange, but when it’s cold enough, people are wearing black coats over their orange shirts. Pretty much a blackout.image3It’s like Thunder Playoffs on a bigger scale. Not necessarily for bad teams. It looks great when it’s done right.Cunningham: Eh, looks cool for the Goodyear Blimp, I guess.I was really disappointed in Miami. This game was a chance to finally make the FSU-Miami rivalry relevant again. And while I understand wearing new uniforms for a primetime, national broadcast… this looked nothing like Miami.628x471 (1)3w3y4tpbb9sur7sl50idhi130.500x388x1The dark gray with the orange (copperish) helmets just didn’t work. It was pretty gross, actually. Not to mention it was an affront to years gone by.FSU did their part with the traditional gold-white-gold. The U should’ve worn white-orange-white. No need to mess with a traditional, powerful look.[1. When I was in high school, a majority of the football teams in Oklahoma copied Miami’s 2001 uniforms. Everyone HAD to have them. They were that cool at the time.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Texas Didn’t Offer Emmanuel Ogbah Even Though He Wanted to Go There

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oopsie.Emmanuel Ogbah would look might nice lined up in front of Malik Jefferson right now down in Austin. Somebody forgot to hit the “offer scholarship” button though. Ogbah would also fill the void of NFL talent at Texas this year.Charlie Strong has a massive uphill climb in Austin. NFC front office guy told me the Longhorns may not have 1 player drafted in 2016— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 2, 2015AdChoices广告“I was a pretty big (Longhorn) fan,” Ogbah (who is from Houston) told the O’Colly which pointed out he never got the offer. “I went to a couple of games. I went to a game when they played Oklahoma State.”“It’s kind of like a grudge thing when I play Texas,” Ogbah said.To be fair, nobody recruited Ogbah. Here’s a look at all of his offers.Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 9.38.10 AMProbably because he looked like this.#BodyByGlass ? pic.twitter.com/RVCcbfGUIn— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) August 14, 2015Still, that was a coup by Oklahoma State.“We like the players we have here,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “Sometimes we take players that other people don’t think are up to par to play at this level for whatever reason. But I’m a firm believer in our system and what we do here. I believe we make players better than they really are and it helps in the long run and it creates a great chemistry for our group.”last_img read more

Saliba reveals reason he chose Arsenal over Spurs

first_imgNew Arsenal defender William Saliba has revealed that playing for “the biggest club in England” led to him choosing the Gunners over local rivals Tottenham.The 18-year-old completed a £27 million ($34m) move to the north London outfit on Thursday, becoming their second signing of the day following the season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos .The defender was spoilt for choice when it came to deciding where his future lay this summer, with Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs also interested in securing his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the teenager insisted he only had one club in mind, adding: “Since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League and so on.“There are a lot of French players who have come through here, so that really helped me to make my mind up.”Saliba also revealed that current Gunners midfielder Matteo Guendouzi had his say in the move, saying: “I spoke to Matteo [Guendouzi], I even bumped into him at a funfair in Paris.“That’s where I told him that Arsenal wanted to sign me! He gently advised me to come here and explained what it was like.“It’s a massive pleasure to sign for a really, really big English club. This is the biggest club in England for me, so it was an easy decision.“I didn’t think twice about signing here, so I’m really happy.“You have to keep working when you hear that a club is interested in signing you. You have to keep working; that’s what I’m doing and I’m proud to be signing here.”The France Under-20 international made 16 Ligue 1 appearances for Saint-Etienne last season, and will be returning to the club on a season-long loan as part of the deal before joining up with the Arsenal squad ahead of the 2020-21 season.When asked why this was the right choice for the youngster, Saliba answered: “Well, it was important first of all because I wanted to prove myself for another year at Saint-Etienne, before I come to try and establish myself here at Arsenal.“This is a big club, and when you come here, you need to be ready.“I’m going to try and have a great season with the club that developed me in order to be ready for Arsenal.”last_img read more

Archives Launches Exhibit Celebrating Nova Scotian Olympian

first_imgIn celebration of the Olympic Torch relay’s arrival in Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management has launched a new virtual exhibit commemorating one of the province’s finest athletes. Aileen Meagher: Olympic Medallist and Canada’s Flying Schoolmarm contains nearly 100 digitized photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, programs and art works showcasing the life of this outstanding Canadian. “Nova Scotia has a strong tradition of producing exceptional athletes,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We are pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of our province’s Olympians, both past and present.” Aileen Meagher was an Olympic athlete, inspiring school teacher, accomplished artist, and intrepid world traveller. She was born in 1910 in Halifax and joined the Dalhousie University track team in 1928. Her award-winning career culminated in a bronze-medal win at the 1936 Summer Olympics as part of the Canadian relay team. Ms. Meagher also took medals at the British Empire Games in London, England, 1934, and Sydney, Australia, 1938. She was a member of both the Nova Scotia and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. “Aileen Meagher is an Olympic athlete for Nova Scotians to remember and be proud of,” said Lois Yorke, director, Public Services. “We’ve used her personal papers kept at the Archives to create an online exhibit showcasing her accomplishments on and off the track.” In addition to her career in sports, Meagher was a well-known artist. The virtual exhibit includes drawings and sketchbooks featuring scenes from Nova Scotian coastal villages, Halifax, and scenes of Europe, particularly Ireland and Irish crosses. Additional information on Aileen Meagher: Olympic Medallist and Canada’s Flying Schoolmarm is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/meagher/ . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Communities to Benefit from New Main Street ProgramAnnapolis Valley

first_imgNova Scotia’s main streets will be lined with new flower beds or a freshly painted bench as part of the province’s community revitalization program, Mainstreet 2.0, announced today, July 26. Mainstreet 2.0 is a companion to the First Impressions program that is part of the province’s tourism strategy. Both aim to support the development of attractive, distinctive and visitor-friendly downtowns and main streets. “Families and small business owners have great pride in their communities and the original main street program was a great success, helping make a few small improvements with big impact,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “Now that Nova Scotians have a balanced budget, the province is able to look to the future and support initiatives that help make life better for families and their communities.” Mainstreet 2.0 will provide grants of up to $1,000 to help community groups and municipalities beautify their main streets. Total funding for the program will be $1.5 million a year “Our main streets are the first thing visitors see when they arrive,” said Ms. Jennex. “A town could use a grant to purchase flower beds, art murals, or a new coat of paint for doors or benches. The province is pleased to stand with local communities and bring this program back.” “Our downtowns represent the heart and soul of our communities and are crucial to the economic and cultural success of the province as a whole,” said Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities president Russell Walker. “Reinstating the Mainstreet Program demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining and reinvigorating our downtowns.” “As a small business owner in Nova Scotia, I really appreciate the benefits the Mainstreet Program will provide,” said Jani MacDonald, owner of Jane’s Again Boutique in Wolfville. “This is good for communities and I appreciate this government providing this opportunity.” Program applications will be available this winter and grants will be approved in the spring.last_img read more

A list of 10 constituencies that should provide interesting races in Manitoba

first_imgWINNIPEG — Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister has officially launched the campaign for Manitoba’s Sept. 10 provincial election. Here are 10 races worth watching:Wolseley: The Manitoba Green Party came within 400 votes of winning its first seat here in 2016 and is optimistic based on Green breakthroughs elsewhere in Canada. The close race in 2016 was due partly to a bitter internal battle in the NDP and the constituency also has new boundaries that include an area that has not been strong for the Greens. Small business owner David Nickarz is running again for the Greens. Lisa Naylor, a school trustee, is making her first bid for the NDP.Brandon East: The New Democrats held this seat from its creation in 1969 through to the last election when it swung to the Progressive Conservatives. Political observers feel this is one of the seats the NDP has to recapture if it is to rebuild. The part is running former city councillor Lonnie Patterson against Tory incumbent Len Isleifson.Thompson: Like Brandon East, this northern constituency was a longtime NDP stronghold that swung Tory blue in 2016. The city of Thompson, a northern mining community with a strong union history, is the biggest municipality in the riding. Boundaries have been expanded to include Churchill, a town that suffered for 1 1/2 years when the rail line from the south was washed out in 2017. Danielle Adams, a former constituency assistant to NDP MP Niki Ashton, is carrying the New Democrat banner against Tory incumbent Kelly Bindle.St. Boniface: Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont won this longtime NDP riding in a 2018 byelection, giving the rookie leader his first legislature seat. Lamont does not live in the constituency, which is in Winnipeg’s French quarter, but has been visible at community events and has worked on his French-language skills. He is facing off against New Democrat Laurissa Sims, who previously ran for school trustee.Rossmere: If the government’s health-care reforms turn off voters, this former NDP seat that turned Tory in 2016 could swing back. The northeast Winnipeg area is close to Concordia Hospital, where the emergency department was recently downgraded. Tory incumbent Andrew Micklefield is being challenged by New Democrat Andy Regier, who co-founded a group that fought the hospital change.Tyndall Park: A rare battle of incumbents will see New Democrat Ted Marcelino face Liberal Cindy Lamoureux in this north Winnipeg seat. Lamoureux has moved over from Burrows, which she won in the last election.Fort Rouge: Two party leaders are facing off in this seat south of downtown Winnipeg. New Democrat boss Wab Kinew kept this longtime NDP stronghold orange in 2016 and has an army of supporters to get voters to the polls. Green party Leader James Beddome, a lawyer, is among the challengers. Beddome lives in the area and has previously run in four other provincial constituencies without success.McPhillips: This new constituency is a blend of former NDP and Tory-leaning areas: urban neighbourhoods in north Winnipeg and rural homes outside city limits. The Progressive Conservatives are putting up Shannon Martin, whose former Morris seat has been eliminated under boundary changes. The NDP candidate is school trustee Greg McFarlane. The Liberals are counting on John Cacayuran, who finished a strong second in a 2017 byelection in the Point Douglas seat in central Winnipeg. Keewatinook: The longtime NDP seat in the province’s north went Liberal in 2016 by just over 300 votes. Incumbent Judy Klassen has stepped down to run federally.St. Vital: There is a rematch here between Tory Colleen Mayer and New Democrat Jamie Moses The suburban Winnipeg seat had been held by the NDP until Mayer’s 300-vote victory in 2016. Mayer has had a higher profile since being elevated to cabinet last year. The New Democrats have been putting Moses front and centre at recent pre-campaign events. Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

South African singer and Guyanese cricketer join UN efforts against AIDS pandemic

28 April 2010Grammy award-winning musician Lebo M and West Indian cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan are the latest personalities from the entertainment and sports worlds to join United Nations efforts against HIV/AIDS, lending their talents and public profiles to boost awareness about the disease. Lebo M, a South African producer, composer and singer whose real name is Lebohang Morake, was on Monday named UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, allowing him to use his music, outreach and understanding of HIV to raise awareness about the epidemic globally, including helping to break the cycle of stigma and discrimination associated with the virus.In conjunction with the International Cricket Council (ICC), Mr. Sarwan of Guyana was unveiled on the same day as a new Think Wise Champion, part of a global cricket partnership to raise HIV awareness.He joins high-profile cricketers Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara and Virender Sehwag, as well as his female West Indian colleague Stafanie Taylor, in becoming a Champion for the ICC’s partnership with UNAIDS, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Media AIDS Initiative.The global partners are also working with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS as part of the “Live UP” campaign to coincide with the cricket tournament ICC World Twenty20 2010, which begins on Friday and runs through 16 May. The initiative encourages youth in the region to take positive action by informing themselves about the facts about HIV, getting tested and protecting themselves.Lebo M is a long-time HIV advocate and founder of the Lebo M Foundation, which focuses on HIV as well as child welfare and housing issues in South Africa.“I have always dreamt big and that has carried me from smoky township nightclubs to Los Angeles. Since my dreams have come true, I want to make sure that other children grow up and reach for the skies. The AIDS epidemic must be stopped and prevented from cutting short lives,” he said.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said: “With his outsized talent, Lebo M has dazzled the world stage. Now he will use his rich and resonant voice to speak up for people living with HIV. Lebo M moves audiences with his music and his insatiable spirit will not rest until AIDS is overcome.”Lebo M was a co-composer and member of the core creative team for the movie and Broadway production of The Lion King. He is the founder of the Johannesburg-based company Till Dawn Entertainment, which co-produced and staged The Lion King in South Africa. He is currently working with the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa to co-produce the opening and closing ceremonies. read more

UN relief agency launches 117 million appeal to help Palestine refugees

Responding to deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following 16 months of strife, closures and sanctions, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today appealed for $117 million for its emergency operations this year.”In an environment of such political uncertainty and instability, it is our hope and expectation that the international community will respond generously to this appeal,” said UNRWA Commissioner General Peter Hansen. “In so doing, the world can show its concern for those who have been injured and disabled, the families who have lost their breadwinner or their home and the children who have been traumatized by the daily violence that blights their lives.” UNRWA will use the emergency funding to provide food aid, medical care and work programmes for 1.4 million refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.According to the Agency, with 72 permanent Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank and 9 in Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have lost their livelihoods because of closures imposed on their communities. The destruction of agricultural crops has added to the hardship, and fully half the population is now living in acute poverty, with that figure rising to 65 per cent in Gaza.UNRWA plans to distribute $26 million worth of food aid to 217,000 of the very poorest families in the West Bank and Gaza. An additional $55 million will be allotted to emergency work schemes. For 40,000 of the most desperate households – often those with no breadwinner – UNRWA will distribute cash, clothing and other in-kind assistance.Responding to the violence which has claimed hundreds of lives – and injured thousands more – UNRWA will spend $4.3 million on emergency medical supplies, supporting mobile health teams for the West Bank and other badly-needed clinical services. The Agency has also earmarked $5 million on compensatory education for 108,000 pupils, trauma counselling, university grants and other emergency educational needs.In the Gaza Strip, over 4,500 refugees had been made homeless by the demolition of their shelters and thousands more have seen their shelters badly damaged, according to UNRWA, which plans to spend $7.6 million emergency repair and reconstruction work this year. read more

Ban concerned about provocations after latest DPR Korea missile test

The latest action comes despite repeated calls by the international community, including Mr. Ban and the United Nations Security Council, for DPRK to refrain from any actions that might exacerbate tensions on the Peninsula. In February, the DPRK conducted its third, long threatened nuclear test, a move that was in violation of Security Council sanctions and drew widespread condemnation, including from the Secretary-General. The test prompted the Security Council to tighten sanctions on the country’s trade and banking, as well as travel by targeted officials. The DPRK then reportedly said it was cancelling the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said today that the Secretary-General remains concerned about provocations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula, “particularly given the risks of miscalculation and dangerous escalation.”The Secretary-General stands ready to help facilitate the process of peace and trust-building on the Korean Peninsula, the spokesperson added. read more

British Open back on agenda for Muirfield as golf club passes move

first_img WOMEN WILL FINALLY be allowed to join the famous Muirfield golf club after members passed the proposal for change with an 80.2% majority today, in a decision that could see the British Open return to the Scottish venue.More than 92% of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers members, which owns and runs the Muirfield course, took part in the vote, 498 being in favour of the move and 123 against.The motion needed a two-thirds majority to be passed, and after a previous attempt to change the rules failed last May, there was no such trouble this time around.After last year’s push for change narrowly missed the two-thirds quota, the R&A, golf’s ruling body, announced that the course would not be in the mix to host the British Open again while the rule remained in place.However, on the back of today’s decision, the R&A has already confirmed that Muirfield will be able to host the iconic event once more. British Open back on agenda for Muirfield as golf club passes move to allow female members The vote for change cleared the required two-thirds majority this time around. Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:20 PM Mar 14th 2017, 2:20 PM Muirfield’s famous clubhouse. Share Tweet Email1 8,193 Views http://the42.ie/3286508 Muirfield’s famous clubhouse. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Source: Sky News/Twitter Short URLcenter_img By Alan Waldron “We look forward to welcoming women as members” at #Muirfield says captain of HCEG club after second vote pic.twitter.com/Op5SMp4Du7— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 14, 2017 Source: The R&A/Twitter Image: PA Archive/PA Images The complete chancer’s guide to getting through the Cheltenham FestivalBernard Jackman parts ways with Grenoble with immediate effect 15 Comments In light of today’s decision by the Honourable Company we can confirm that Muirfield will become a venue for @TheOpen once again. pic.twitter.com/hlGK33vcXS— The R&A (@RandA) March 14, 2017 The club, which was founded in 1744, has previously hosted the British Open on 16 occasions, most recently in 2013, when Phil Mickelson prevailed.Dublin’s Portmarnock Golf Club is one of the remaining venues around the world that still retains its male-only policy.Meanwhile, BBC has announced an extension of its deal to broadcast the US Masters which will see the British broadcaster continue to screen highlights from the opening two rounds at Augusta and the third and fourth rounds in full.This year’s tournament will run from 6-9 April. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Those who were denied a voice for too long will continue to

first_img Short URL By Ciaran Tierney https://jrnl.ie/4789245 ‘WHY CAN’T THEY just move on?’It is a question which sometimes surfaces after the survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and the families of the 796 Tuam babies who died there come together to call for justice and the truth to emerge about the missing children. Some people claim that it would be too costly and too painful to carry out a thorough investigation and exhumation of the bodies at the site to find out how many children are really buried there and to give them dignified burials.The families and survivors are often told that the pains of the past should be left in the past, and that the children of today should be prioritised, in the midst of what many see as healthcare and homelessness crises.They heard and read those comments again when they staged a peaceful protest earlier this month.But can they really move on?When you talk to the families of the 796, who may or may not be buried in a septic tank, the most important thing of all is that the truth should emerge and that there should be some sort of belated justice for the children and their mothers.The people who have had their lives turned upside down over the past five years – many by discovering they had siblings they knew nothing about before 2014 – believe they deserve some answers.Otherwise, for all they really know, they and people like them could have brothers and sisters alive and well in the United States and Canada, completely unaware that they may have been adopted illegally from institutions across Ireland in the 20th century.This story is not just the story of Tuam. An estimated 10,000 women were locked up in institutions across Ireland until the 1980s and nobody knows the true horrors of their stories and those of their so-called illegitimate children.Only some of them were single mothers who were taken away from their families to cover up their pregnancy. Others were just locked up for being destitute or too much of a burden on their families in hard times.Everyone deserves to know where they came from, to find out what happened to their missing siblings and a chance to heal.Defeated, institutionalised Take Peter Mulryan.He was 70 years old when he received a call from historian Catherine Corless, whose painstaking trawl through the records from the Tuam home showed that he had a little sister among the 796 children.Her death was recorded, but her body has never been found.Nobody had ever told him about his younger sister and he still has no proof that she was buried in the vicinity of that infamous septic tank in Tuam.He had tracked his mother down to the Magdalene Laundry in Galway before he married in 1975, discovering that she had been locked up in institutions for all of her adult life.Even when he brought her on day trips to the seaside with her grandchildren, the sparkle had gone from her eyes. She was defeated, institutionalised.Peter’s mother was buried in a common grave with other ‘fallen’ women from the Magdalene Laundry at Bohermore Cemetery in Galway in 1989.After finding out about his little sister for the first time 25 years after his mother’s death, how could he just shrug and move on?Now 75, he is hoping that his sister is still alive. Only a full exhumation of the site will tell him whether she is buried among the bodies in Tuam.When he went to New York and Boston for screenings of a documentary about the Tuam babies last year, he kept hoping an American woman would approach him and solve the mystery.A tiny part of him clings to the hope that his younger sister is still out there in the US, blissfully unaware of where she came from.Peter believes passionately that the Irish authorities are stonewalling him, that they see him and other family members as an inconvenience, and that they would prefer to seal up the site and mark it with a memorial stone.It would certainly be the cheaper option.He does not want any politician or official to put a price on his efforts to find out the truth about the younger sister he never knew he had.Another example is Anna Corrigan. Growing up in Dublin as the only child of a Galway woman, Anna had no idea that she had two older brothers, John and William, until after her mother Bridget passed away.Her mother’s first son died in a horrendous state of neglect, two years after he was born, and her second son was taken from her arms, never to be seen by her again.Anna’s childhood was a happy one after her mother married a man from Dublin, but she cannot accept that the Irish State will not tell her and the other family members the full truth about the children who lived and died in institutions across Ireland.She has written to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone to insist that no cover-up takes place at the Tuam site. Tributes to the Tuam babies at the Stand4Truth march last year. Source: RollingNews.ieDark secrets of youthTake Annette McKay, who grew up in the UK.She considers her late mother one of the “lucky” ones, because she escaped to the UK after being locked up in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.One of eight children, Margie O’Connor was detained in an institution in Galway City, aged 11, when she was found destitute after her own mother had died. Margie became pregnant after being raped by a caretaker when she was 17.After Tuam, she was moved to another institution in Loughrea, Co Galway. It was there she was told “the child of her sin” was dead.After moving to England, Annette’s mother never told her family about the dark secrets of her youth. Consumed by grief, perhaps haunted by the memories of her first child, she spent a year in bed after one of her sons drowned in an accident, aged 25.Although she went on to have six children in England, Margie only spoke once – on the day her first great-grandchild was born – about the child she lost in Tuam. Until then, Annette always thought she was the oldest sibling in the family.Annette, an elected member of Bury Council near Manchester, travelled to Tuam last month to be with other family members and survivors.She wanted to mark the first anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland and to highlight how little has been done for the families of the 796.She has accused the Irish State, the Catholic Church and the religious orders of abdicating their responsibilities to Irish citizens by refusing to face up to the human rights abuses in institutions all across Ireland, not just in Tuam.She believes that the women provided slave labour in the Magdalene Laundries and the mother and baby homes, that the institutions were run like concentration camps and that the site of the Tuam home should be preserved as a crime scene.Annette says the children who were branded as illegitimate used to walk around like ghosts in their own country and were never expected to have the confidence to speak up for themselves.For Peter, Anna, Annette, and the other family members, there is too much truth to be uncovered for them to forget about the past and simply move on.Only a full exhumation of the site and dignified burials for their siblings, if they are actually buried in those unmarked graves in Tuam at all, will allow them to let go of the past and start some much-needed healing.Until then, those who were denied a voice for too long will continue to fight for justice for the lost children of Tuam. Aug 31st 2019, 9:31 PM Historian Catherine Corless placing a baby coffin at a shrine for the Tuam babies last year. Image: Brian Farrell Share73 Tweet Email2 center_img ‘Those who were denied a voice for too long will continue to fight for justice for the lost children of Tuam’ Family members of the 796 babies who died and survivors of the home held a peaceful protest last month. 15,706 Views 30 Comments Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 9:30 PM Historian Catherine Corless placing a baby coffin at a shrine for the Tuam babies last year. Image: Brian Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Astronomers Catch Young Star in Rare Growth Spurt

first_img Rare Glimpse of Dying Star Confirms Prediction of Our Sun’s FateScientists Spot Two Dead Stars Dancing in Space Luminous spheroids of plasma—they’re just like us!Astronomers discovered a young star in the midst of a rare growth spurt.Instead of sprouting three inches, releasing strong BO, growing unwanted hair, and developing acne, the astronomical object is experiencing a “dramatic phase of stellar evolution.”According to the California Institute of Technology, matter swirling around the star has begun falling onto it, bulking up its mass.The youngster, called Gaia 17bpi, was simultaneously spotted by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite and NASA’s asteroid-hunting Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft.NASA’s infrared-sensing Spitzer Space Telescope also detected the flare-up in more than a year before.Illustration of a young star undergoing a growth spurt (via Caltech/T. Pyle/IPAC)Stars are born from collapsing balls of gas and dust. Over time, a disc of material forms around the object, which continues siphoning elements. But previous observations suggest stars don’t pull matter onto themselves fast enough.So how do they manage to reach their final mass?FU Ori events—in which mass is dumped from the disk onto the star over a period of about 100 years—may help solve this riddle.Scientists believe all stars undergo 10 to 20 of these events in their lifetimes, but the stellar shows are likely hidden behind thick clouds of dust.“Somebody sketched this scenario on the back of an envelope in the 1980s, and, after all this time, we still haven’t done much better at determining the event rates,” Lynne Hillenbrand, a professor of astronomy at Caltech, said in a statement.The location of Gaia 17bpi, which lies in the Sagitta constellation, is indicated in the center of this image taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (via NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Kuhn/Caltech)Gaia 17bpi is only the 25th member of its class found to date, and one of about a dozen caught in the act of an outburst.“This is actually the first time we’ve ever seen one of these events as it happens in both optical and infrared light,” Hillenbrand said. “And these data have let us map the movement of material through the disk and onto the star.”As matter started to accumulate on the disk, it warmed up, giving off infrared light, Caltech explained. As this material fell onto the star, it heated up even more, giving off visible light—which is what Gaia detected.The study was published this week by the Astrophysical Journal.More on Geek.com:Astronomers Discover ‘Farout,’ the Most Distant Solar System ObjectWe Now Know How Bright the Universe IsAstronomers Spot Evidence of Ancient Milky Way Merger Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hockinson school bus involved in four-vehicle crash

first_imgA school bus carrying students home from Hockinson Heights Elementary School was rear-ended as part of a four-vehicle crash at 2:33 p.m. Friday.Colleen Anders, director of teaching and learning with the Hockinson School District, said one student suffered minor injuries. A parent picked up that student after officials recommended an evaluation by a doctor. The rest of the students were transported home on a second bus.The bus involved in the crash was Bus 200, according to a release from the district, and Bus 209 ran late to help transport the students.Four people in other vehicles also were injured, according to Sean Smith, battalion chief with Fire District 3. Two were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Smith said. Their names were not available.The crash occurred in the 18900 block of Northeast 164th Street in Brush Prairie. Smith said the street was blocked for close to an hour, delaying some other buses and drivers in the area.last_img read more

Ninth victim in I84 crash was Wash man

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon authorities have made public the final name among the nine people killed Dec. 30 in a charter bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton.The State Police said Tuesday that he was 19-year-old Richard Michael Sohn of Bellevue.The police said eight of the 38 people injured remain in the hospital.The bus crashed through a guardrail and down a ravine. Authorities haven’t said what caused the crash. The bus was returning to Vancouver, B.C., after a nine-day trip.last_img

OBITUARY Camille A Guzzetta Lane 82

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Camille A. (Guzzetta) Lane, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, August 29th. She was 82.Born in Medford, she was raised in Somerville and was the daughter of the late John J. and Angela N. (Gianino) Guzzetta.Camille was first and foremost a mother and homemaker. She devoted her life to raising her family with love and strong family values. After her children were grown, Camille worked in the printing industry as a Bindery Operator. She enjoyed her work and the relationships she built.Camille was a strong Italian woman and was very proud of her heritage. She built her life around family and food. When it came to visiting Camille, visitors often found themselves staying in her kitchen, the heart of her home. When she was at a family function, Camille always had to have her four daughters sit with her. She liked to have them surround her. The rest of the family was aware of this and would know that when it came to sitting at the table, they better get up and make room for her four daughters.Camille was a woman of great faith and a devout Catholic. She lived her life and raised her family life the best she could in accordance with the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. Camille had a special devotion to Jesus and to the Blessed Mother. She was a regular daily Mass communicant at Sacred Hearts Church, Malden and always carried and prayed her Rosary.Her favorite dish was shrimp scampi. She enjoyed ordering it almost everywhere she went. Of course she did have other things, but if there were ever any doubt, shrimp scampi was the way to go. Camille loved to dine, and her favorite restaurant to visit was Bertucci’s. She loved the atmosphere, the food and the feeling of togetherness.In her spare time, Camille enjoyed playing bingo and taking trips to Foxwoods to play the slots. In her later years, Camille joined senior citizen groups, classes and trips. She also became fond of making jewelry, and would make special pieces as gifts for holidays and birthdays. When Camille wasn’t out and about, she loved to watch her favorite television programs: Judge Judy, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and The Price Is Right. Camille also liked to watch the old movies on the classic stations, because it brought her back to her younger years. She liked to do word searches and other puzzles and listen to music. Her children remember her having a pretty singing voice and have many memories of hearing Camille sing the song: “Stop The World And Let Me Off” by Patsy Cline. Camille loved going to her grandchildren’s sporting events, talent shows and especially loved to watch cheerleading.Camille and her family took many trips over the years. When her family was younger, they would take the children to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. She always enjoyed the beach, but was never the type to lie out on the sand. Camille preferred to be near the water, close enough to smell the ocean, feel the sea breeze and sit somewhere comfortable to people watch. As time went on, Camille liked going to the beach more and more. In her last months before her death, she would often ask to go to the beach to sit in the sun, feel the sea breeze on her face and breathe in the fresh ocean air. She found it comforting and peaceful.Camille was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. Lane, who passed away in 2009. The two married on April 27, 1957 at St. Joseph Church in Wakefield and renewed their vows in 1990 at Sacred Hearts Church in Malden. Together they shared 52 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Karen Thissell, and her husband Frank of Lancaster, Theresa McCormack and her husband Joseph of Chester, New Hampshire, Gail King and her husband Paul of Wilmington, Debbie Coleman and her husband Evan of Twinsburg, Ohio. Camille was the loving grandmother of Krystin Thissell and her partner Christian Parry of Lancaster, Jacob Thissell of Lancaster, Erica Gerlitz and her husband Jared of Chichester, New Hampshire, Joey McCormack and his partner Nerissa Minor of Freemont, New Hampshire, Aaron King and his wife Rebecca of Wilmington, Angela King of Wilmington, Hunter, Abby, Isabel and Max Coleman, all of Twinsburg, Ohio. She was also the loving great grandmother of Alanna and Riley Murphy, Evey Gerlitz, all of Chichester, New Hampshire, Olivia and Mason Parry, both of Lancaster and Parker King of Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her dear sister, Rose de Garavilla.Her funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford onTuesday, September 4th at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main Street, Malden, at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4 through 8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Camille’s name may be sent to the PKD New England Chapter by visiting: http://www.pkdcure.org/tribute-donation.Camille A. (Guzzetta) Lane(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Apple to move massive chunk of manufacturing out of China as US

first_imgApple CEO Tim CookApple Inc. plans to move up to 30 percent of its supply chain from China to Southeast Asia due to the worsening of the China-US trade dispute, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday.Apple has requested its suppliers to assess the cost implications over the restructuring of the supplies to Southeast Asia. As per the report, there is a huge risk to the iPhone maker if it continues to depend heavily on China for its manufacturing.Nikkei reported that iPhone assemblers Foxconn, Pegatron Corp, Wistron Corp, as well as major MacBook maker Quanta Computer Inc, iPad maker Compal Electronics Inc and AirPods makers Inventec Corp, Luxshare-ICT and Goertek have been asked to assess the cost implications for assembling their products outside China.The iPhone makers are considering hotspot countries that have growing demand for smartphones as their primary hubs. Apple Inc. is focussing on countries like Mexico, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia to settle their product assembling firms, stated the Nikkei report. Considering the US-China trade war and the dependency of Apple Inc. on China, analysts at JP Morgan trimmed its price target and sales estimates while keeping the ratings steady, citing macroeconomic uncertainty fuelled by the trade war. As per a recent report, Trump might enforce new tariffs on China-made products worth about $300 billion. This would increase the cost of production for the smartphone giant by 14 percent. Watch: Trump Calls Apple CEO Tim Cook Tim Apple IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:21Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:18?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

Union digital centres hardly effective hardly digital

first_imgKajaldighi Union Digital Centre broadband switch room. Photo: CollectedA young man in his early 30s, Mesbah Uddin from Mollarchar of Gaibandha, waited hours for a document to be downloaded at the local union digital centre (UDC). But he failed to get the task done due to low speed of the internet there.“I had to cross the river by boat and that takes almost two hours from here,” he said recently, venting his frustration about obtaining the land document he went to collect from the UDC.But for Rahim Sheikh, 43, from Poyla Bazar, Manikganj, the choice is different. “Why should I go to the centre when I can pay the bill easily here in the market? I had to come to shop here anyway. Is there any extra privilege there?” he commented, about relevance of his going to the UDC, earlier called union information centre.Local shopkeeper Noyon added that the people of Poyla in Ghior upazila, hardly go to the UDC, except for birth registration and land records – two major services that the centre is supposed to provide.“We have been paying our bills at the banks for a long time. They are long trusted. Why should I suddenly stop going there and go a new place like UDC?” said Abdur Rahim.Some other services such as paying bill, browsing the internet, online application for exams and jobs, scanning facilities, and photocopying that UDC provides, are available in most local bazaars, where there is electricity, correspondents from a number of districts confirmed.The services are supposed to be provided by two appointed ‘entrepreneurs’.But, Nasim Akhtar, one such entrepreneur at Narayanpur in Chapainawabganj, said he had spent Tk 8000 to repair his photocopier machine before it broke down. “I can’t take the risk again, since people don’t come here,” Nasim said, adding that the people go to the local shops for such services.Entrepreneur Ismail Hossain, working on the banks of river Padma in the same district, faces a different situation. “People come to the UDC in Narayanpur but the solar power-run digital centre cannot serve them due to slow speed of the internet,” Ismail said. “People come and get irritated.”More than 4554 union information centres were established across the country in 2009, under the a2i (access to information) programme of the prime minister’s office with technical assistance of UNDP and USAID. It was one of the key components of the Digital Bangladesh vision as pledged in the Awami League’s 2008 election manifesto.Talking to local people at the grassroots about the centres, Prothom Alo understands that where people need the services most, the centres are ineffective and where they are effective, they struggle to run viably.In some cases, lack of public awareness remains a serious issue as Manir, Salma and Noor in Nossaikandulia in Gohalakanda union of Netrakona do not know anything about the digital centre.However, the people of Narayanpur union in Chapainawabganj upazila along with the unions of Mollarchar, Haripur, Kapashia in Sundarganj upazila, and Fazalpur, Phulchhari and Endamari in Gaibandha sadar upazila, have no options.They said they struggle to avail services for birth registration, passport application, land records, exam applications, job queries, photocopying, scanning and internet browsing facilities. And the UDCs in their localities are mostly ineffective, they added.Although a female entrepreneur is also to be appointed at the centre, in several cases, none was found. Sadaf, a local of Chapainawabganj Sadar, explained, “Women in our area are shy.”Elsewhere, as the case in Narail, there is no building even for several union councils, let alone proper power supply. Nine of the UDCs are found to be hardly functional.A local government deputy director, Md. Siddiqur Rahman, said the entrepreneurs do not get any remuneration from the government.“The union councils are granted money for building construction, but they are not given money for land purchase. As land is unavailable, permanent structures cannot be made,” he added.Inquiries found that the unions of Hobkhali, Mulia, Auria, Kalora, Sheikhatiin Narail Sadar upazila; Lahuria, and Lokkhipasha in Lohagara upazila; Jaynagar, and Panchgram in Kalia upazila of Narail district are in a miserable state.Hobkhali UDC entrepreneur Rasel Sheikh said the modem does not work inside the room. The building is old and in damp condition too. Union council secretary Rajibul Islam added, “Rainwater leaks through the roof in the monsoon.”Panchgram UDC entrepreneur Hossain Sheikh complained about frequent power outage and poor internet service as reasons of hampering services.Union Digital Centre in Kajaldighi of Boda, Panchagarh. Photo: CollectedThe Lahuria entrepreneur sits in a photocopier shop in a market as there is no office. Union chairman Md. Daud Hossain said computers and furniture were provided for the centre, but there’s no building to keep them.The Dulalpur union council secretary from Homna, Cumilla, told Prothom Alo that the council never sits in the office situated in a school compound far from the market. The council took a room in the local market. And the UDC remains closed, locals said.According to December 2017 report of Transparency International Bangladesh, 98 per cent of the centres used SIM-based modems instead of high-speed broadband connections. It said only 38 per cent have alternative power sources such as generators and IPS.The telecommunications and ICT minister, Mustafa Jabbar told the media that his 2018 challenge is to set up high speed broadband connection in UDCs.However, a field engineer working in the Info-Sarker project for the broadband installation work, said, “The equipment supplied to the centres is of poor quality whereas smarter ones with far more longevity and capacity are available in the market. They hardly meet the requirements.”Even with such equipment, the centres that remain closed include Dulalpur and Joypur of Homna upazila; Jagatpur in Titas; and Umedpur and Ishappur in Debidar of Cumilla. The ones that have also been found closed are Elahichandi in Parbatipur of Dinajpur; Dhamar in Atwari of Panchagarh; and Alinagar in Kalkini of Madaripur.The Info-Sarker engineer concluded, “Setting the UDC and furnishing it with high quality instruments is not enough. Taking into account local culture and making people aware is important. Assigning priorities according to specific needs of a region is essential.” * Prothom Alo correspondents from Gaibandha, Narail, and Chapainawabganj contributed to filing of this report.last_img read more

Kashmir shuts after Indian troops kill 6

first_imgIndian army soldiers carry a box containing bulletproof shields near the site of a gunbattle with suspected militants in Srinagar 12 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersIndian authorities on Monday shut schools and suspended internet services across swathes of Kashmir after soldiers killed at least six people including four alleged civilians in the restive region.Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a military checkpoint came under fire Sunday evening in Shopian, a southern district of Indian-administered Kashmir, sparking a skirmish that left four dead.One of those killed was a suspected militant and a weapon was found at the scene, Kalia said.Three others were found dead in a car some distance away. The army described them as accomplices but police were investigating this claim.Police later found another apparent civilian dead in a separate car.A sixth victim found Monday was identified by police as a suspected militant but no weapon was found on his person.The shootings sparked an outpouring of anger among locals, who said the civilians were non-combatants. An alliance of separatist groups resisting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory called for widespread protests.Authorities ordered schools and shops to shut Monday amid fears unrest would spiral into violence, and suspended internet services across much of the Kashmir Valley.Civilians often break curfews to rally whenever militants are killed or holed up in firefights, hurling stones and chanting anti-India slogans.Kashmir has been divided since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. India and Pakistan each administer part of the territory but claim it in full.Rebel groups demanding independence for all of Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan have been fighting Indian troops since 1989, leaving tens of thousands — mostly civilians — dead.About half a million Indian soldiers are deployed in the Muslim-majority state, where more than 200 suspected militants and roughly 60 civilians were killed in 2017.last_img read more

NAACP President Loudoun County Beset with Race Problems

first_imgIn promotional brochures, Loudoun County, Va., is portrayed as a place where prosperity and racial and ethnic tolerance are encouraged and practiced, but the president of the county’s NAACP takes exception to that premise.Phillip E. Thompson is the president of the Loudoun County, Va. NAACP. (Courtesy Photo)Phillip E. Thompson, president of the Loudoun County branch of the NAACP, told the AFRO that he ran for president because he wanted to address issues that face Black people in the county.“Loudoun is an affluent county,” Thompson said. “However, there are problems Black people face problems with the county government, the school system and the police.”Loudoun is 7 percent Black, with Asians being the largest minority at 14 percent and Latinos not far behind with 12 percent. The county is best known for the Dulles International Airport, hightech companies and a healthy equestrian industry.In 2015, its population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 375,629, making it the third most populous jurisdiction in Virginia behind Fairfax and Prince Williams counties. The largest municipality in Loudoun is Leesburg, which has a 2010 census population of 42,616 that consists of a 9.5 percent Black population.Since 2008, the county has been ranked first in the U.S. in median household income among jurisdictions with a population of 65,000 or more.Thompson said that in the school system, there is tension among the Whites and people of color on multiple fronts.“Academically, Asians outperform Whites and Black students are punished more harshly than Whites when it comes to disciplinary actions,” he said. “While the school system is nearly 50 percent students of color, only 12 percent of the teachers are minorities.”Thompson said that the various minority groups have learned to work together on issues.“When people of color in this county feel threatened, we do team up and that is a good thing,” he said.Black residents of Loudoun expressed outrage when the Asburn Colored School, an institution that instructed Blacks students in the county in the early part of the 20th century during legalized segregation, was vandalized with hate signs at the beginning of October and the NAACP worked to make sure that the school was cleaned up and that the matter is currently being investigated by the proper authorities. Phyllis J. Randall, who is the first Black to chair the county’s governing body, the board of supervisors, made it clear that type of behavior isn’t encouraged in her jurisdiction.“Loudoun, I’ve been made aware that the historic ‘Asburn Colored School’ has been vandalized with racist symbols and words,” Randall said on her Facebook page. “Now is the time for our county to rise above retaliation or revenge. We will let our law enforcement do their jobs and complete the investigation and as a county we will send a message that this behavior is neither welcome or tolerated in Loudoun. This is not Loudoun.”Thompson also led a rally in the summer to protest the statue of a Confederate soldier at the front of the county courthouse, saying that Union soldiers and Blacks in the county also deserve representation in the public space.While Loudoun doesn’t have the high-profile problems with minoritypolice relations that other jurisdictions, such as Baltimore and the District of Columbia have had, Thompson said that works needs to be done in that sector also.“We have told sheriff that more minorities need to be hired,” he said. “We are also working to see that Blacks and Hispanics who are caught up in the criminal justice are treated fairly and their rights are recognized.”The NAACP has called for the county to organize and fund a diversity commission, just as the Leesburg has done.“Minorities are underrepresented in county government positions and a diversity commission could help quantify that,” Thompson said.Nevertheless, Thompson recognizes that progress is being made in the county. Leesburg has its first Black police chief, Gregory Brown, and Randall’s election on Nov. 15 as the Democratic chairman of a Republicandominated body with a Black supervisor of her party, Koran T. Saines representing Sterling. Black multimillionaire Sheila Johnson owns her resort, Salamander Lodging, and lives in Middleburg, Va.Nonetheless, Thompson said Blacks in the county need to be more politically and civically proactive.“We need people to get involved,” he said. “People come to the NAACP when they are in trouble but don’t want to seem to work when things are okay. It gets old when it’s the same people fighting on behalf of the cause. We need more engagement.”last_img read more