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June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Nov. 6 midterm elections have come and gone, with some outcomes  still in doubt. And while, fundamentally, political and economic conditions have remained the same, some of the outcomes are welcomed. Women, people of color, LGBTQ2S people and immigrants made history.They were elected on a wide range of progressive issues, along with who they are.For example, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latinx women to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Both are strong advocates of immigrant rights.Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Indigenous women to win seats in the House, representing Kansas and New Mexico, respectively. Haaland stated, “America isn’t broke, but we have been pillaged by billionaires and big corporations who get rich off our infrastructure and expect working people to foot the bill. No more.” (inequality.org, Nov. 7)Ilhan Omar, a Somali, and Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian, became the first Muslim women who won House seats.  Omar won her seat in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. Tlaib won her seat — vacated by Rep. John Conyers, who is Black — with over 87 percent of the vote in her Michigan district.  A month before the elections, Tlaib was arrested for blocking a McDonald’s demanding $15 and a union. Both of these women ran on a platform of Medicare-for-all and debt-free college tuition.Ayanna Pressley, a former Boston City Council member, became the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, a Puerto Rican, became the youngest woman to be voted into the U.S. House; she represents the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx in New York City.  She has called for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.In Colorado, Jared Polis was the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a state, while Christine Hallquist, a trans woman, got 40 percent of the votes for governor of Vermont.These elections alone — along with progressive referendums passed allowing former felons to vote in Florida; a stop to gerrymandering in Michigan; the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, Missouri and Utah, which should lead to overturning convictions for its sale and use — represent the first progressive electoral rebuke to white supremacist, misogynist Trumpism.These midterm elections, like so many prior ones, can serve as a political barometer on the mood of the masses, showing who the masses want out, as opposed to who the masses want voted in.What hasn’t changedDespite any progressive victories, the fundamental class features of U.S. bourgeois elections have not changed.  One important feature is voter suppression based on inherent inequality steeped in white supremacy and other class bias against people who are indigent and working class. This is especially true for sectors of the working class who are of African descent, immigrant, Indigenous and young.  And the state — which includes the police, laws, courts, prisons, etc. — is used as a repressive instrument to reinforce this inequality.Voter suppression remains acutely widespread in the deep South, where Black people won the right to vote a mere 53 years ago. It is also an issue in North Dakota, where an estimated 5,000 Indigenous people who live in rural areas have post office addresses. A federal judge at the end of October refused to overturn a new election ruling that requires a street address, thus barring thousands of Native people from voting.The right of the most oppressed to vote must be defended by the movement as an act of anti-white-supremacist, pro-working-class solidarity, first and foremost.  That is why the candidacy of Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman candidate to run for governor in a former slave state, Georgia, should be supported, no matter her political affiliation. As of this writing, thousands of votes still remain uncounted in that state.While the now Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has more people of color and women, the Republican-controlled Senate is known as the millionaires’ club, a majority of cis white males unapologetically tied to corporate interests.Currently, there are 23 women senators, including four of color, out of a total of 100. There are two senators from each state, no matter the population, large or small, which is undemocratic and unrepresentative, even under bourgeois norms.The bottom line is that elections, even under a bourgeois democracy, cannot overturn class relations of any kind, even when progressive candidates and popular reforms are front and center.  There still remains intact a small elite ruling class, which owns and controls the vast wealth of the world’s resources and is the oppressor of the global working class.Until a revolutionary process overturns those class relations, elections will continue to be just a barometer, not a game changer for workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

May 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Written by Tags: SUU Thunderbirds Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Kris Clyburn scored 14, Shakur Juiston had 11 points and 16 rebounds and UNLV held off Southern Utah for a 76-71 win on Friday night.The Rebels (4-1) pulled away with a 9-0 run to lead 64-55 on Juiston’s layup with 4:12 left in the game. The Thunderbirds (3-1) cut the deficit to 73-70 on Brandon Better’s 3-pointer with 25 seconds left, but UNLV made 3 of 4 free throws to hold on for its fourth straight win.Southern Utah never led in the second half but tied it twice at 49 and 55, the second time with just over seven minutes to go.Jacob Calloway scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half for the Thunderbirds, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final five minutes to help Southern Utah keep it close. Dwayne Morgan added 12 points and Jason Richardson scored 10.UNLV made 30 of 43 foul shots and outrebounded Southern Utah 53-29. November 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local UNLV holds off Southern Utah 76-71 for 4th straight win Associated Presslast_img read more

May 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Kim Aiken Jr. set career highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds as Eastern Washington rallied to beat Southern Utah 82-79 on Saturday. Aiken made 1 of 2 free throws with one second left and stole it from Cameron Oluyitan in the final second to secure the win. Tags: Big Sky/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Written by Better had career highs of 35 points and seven 3-pointers for the Thunderbirds (9-10, 4-6). Aiken’s 3-pointer with 4:39 left cut the Eagles’ deficit to 68-67 and sparked a 15-2 run capped by an Aiken free throw at 79-70 with 40 seconds left. The Thunderbirds closed back to 81-79 on Brandon Better’s 3-pointer with two seconds left. Aiken finished 8 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Jacob Davison added 21 points, Jesse Hunt had 16 points and Tyler Kidd scored 15. The Eagles (7-13, 5-4 Big Sky) have won four of the last five. February 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Aiken leads Eastern Washington over Southern Utah 82-79 Associated Presslast_img read more

May 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img View post tag: Training View post tag: Navy Crew of Indian Navy’s INS Trikand Starts Training for the Ship’s Take Over Industry news View post tag: INS View post tag: crew Back to overview,Home naval-today Crew of Indian Navy’s INS Trikand Starts Training for the Ship’s Take Over View post tag: over View post tag: take View post tag: Indiancenter_img View post tag: ship View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Trikand View post tag: starts Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad started practical training of Indian crew for INS Trikand of the project 11356 which is under construction for Indian Navy…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, April 4, 2012; Image: Yantar View post tag: Naval April 4, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

April 20, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGovernment to consider new laws to protect consumers who have prepaid for products when a business becomes insolvent proposed measures will include guaranteeing consumer schemes like Christmas savings clubs can safeguard customers’ money reforms are part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy to ensure markets work in the interests of consumers When consumers prepay for items through savings clubs it is reasonable to expect that if something goes wrong, their money should have some degree of protection. The measures we are consulting on will give shoppers greater peace of mind. It’s all part of how we’re helping make markets fairer for all, especially the most vulnerable, as part of our modern Industrial Strategy – with more to come next year through our comprehensive Consumer White Paper. New laws to protect consumers who have already paid for products but not received them when businesses go bust will be considered by the government, it was announced today (Thursday 27 December).Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed that next year the government will consult on laws requiring consumer prepayments to be protected in particular sectors. This would further strengthen the government’s ability to respond quickly to problems involving consumers who have prepaid for goods or services before a firm becomes insolvent. Common forms of prepayment include internet orders, the purchase of gift vouchers and money saved in payment schemes marketed as forms of saving like Christmas savings clubs.If a business running a savings club becomes insolvent, consumers’ money is not protected unlike when it is saved in a UK-regulated bank account. New laws proposed today would see this money safeguarded, with legislation requiring businesses to adopt measures to protect customers against losses – whether that is through trusts, insurance or other mechanisms.Business Secretary Greg Clark said:center_img The consultation is part of the government’s response to a report by the Law Commission on consumer protections in the event of insolvencies. The Law Commission had been asked by the government to investigate the issue and make recommendations, and their final report was published in 2016.Today’s announcement builds on recent measures from the government to protect consumers following insolvencies, including working to increase the proportion of funds that can be paid to unsecured creditors – who are often consumers – in the event of insolvencies.The government has also worked with the card payment industry, consumer groups and others to deliver guidance on ‘chargeback’ schemes, in which consumers can ask their credit or debit card issuer to reclaim prepayments on their behalf following insolvencies. The guidance, published last year, raises consumer awareness of the availability of chargeback and clarifies to insolvency practitioners that they are not favouring consumers over other creditors if they appropriately publicise the availability of chargeback.In April 2018, the government published its Consumer green paper to examine markets which are not working fairly for consumers. This includes examining digital markets, where payments are made before delivery and insolvencies can result in customers not receiving the goods they have ordered. The findings of the Law Commission will also be considered as part of the government’s Consumer White Paper, to be published next year.Notes to editorsThe measures announced today include a commitment from the government to work with consumer groups and businesses to clarify the law so that it is clearer at what point a consumer legally owns a product.There are cases where a consumer will have paid for goods which are still in a retailer’s possession when the retailer enters administration or becomes insolvent, making it unclear if legal ownership of the goods has been transferred and can be used to pay creditors or not.By working to clarify the law, the government will ensure that consumers get what they are owed.Government response to the Law Commission Reportlast_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNotre Dame physics professor Peter Garnavich received the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on Nov. 9, for his work with the High-Z Supernova Search Team. The scientists and entrepreneurs that make up the Breakthrough Prize board awarded High-Z and another competing team of cosmological researchers for publishing paradigm-shifting evidence regarding the expansion of the universe.Garnavich said he was surprised to discover that the third iteration of the Breakthrough Prize would be awarded to High-Z.“I was reading the New York Times the morning after the prize was announced and I saw our team members and the competing team leader in their pictures and I said, ‘Oh, they’ve won another big award,’” Garnavich said. “Then I saw that physics received $3 million. It was only at the end of the article that I realized the entire team had also been named and would be receiving a share [of the prize].”Garnavich said when his team’s leaders, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam Riess, received the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics for High-Z’s discovery the whole team enjoyed several days of celebration in Sweden. Garnavich said he admired the Swedes’ celebration of science and thought the Breakthrough Awards are an attempt to bring the spirit of celebrating science to the United States.The Breakthrough Prize was awarded to High-Z for publishing their research about stars in 1998, Garnavich said. The two competing teams, High-Z and the Supernova Cosmology Project, sought to analyze the expansion of the universe by collecting data on massive star explosions known as supernovae. Garnavich said his team used high-powered telescopes in places such as Arizona, Chile and in the Hubble Space Telescope to gather data on a category of supernovae with a uniform brightness known as “standard candles.”“Just like if you look at a street light and you would know that it is 300 watts, or something like that, you would know one that is fainter is actually further away,” he said. “So we use the same technique with these supernovae, if we know what their luminosity actually is. By the late ’80s to early ’90s it became clear that this particular type of supernova was a really excellent distance indicator.”Garnavich said when the two research teams compiled the necessary data from the “standard candle” supernovae for analysis in 1997, they theorized that it would be a measure of the degree of deceleration in the universe’s expansion.“We were finding — and scratching our heads — that we don’t see a deceleration, we actually see an acceleration,” Garnavich said. “The motion of the universe would be like if I threw this pen up in the air and it zoomed through the roof off into space. That would be quite surprising, and that was the level of surprise we had.”This mysterious accelerating force is referred to as “dark energy” and its identity is one of the major unanswered questions in physics, he said. Garnavich said High-Z’s discovery of the phenomenon has raised far more questions than they have answered.“It gets this general name ‘dark energy’ because it might not even be energy, it might even be extra dimensions,” Garnavich said. “It is a huge unknown, and we’re talking about three quarters of the universe and we have no idea what it is.”Garnavich said he estimates that science cannot explain 97 percent of the universe. Regardless, he said he remains undaunted by the infinite mysteries physics has yet to explain.“It keeps us in business.”Tags: Breakthrough Prize, Fundamental Physics, High-Z, Mark Zuckerberglast_img read more

December 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img These efforts, plus another 1,000 Federal Police officers deployed in recent days, will focus on the southeastern area of the state, known as ‘Tierra Caliente,’ where governors, businessmen, and villagers live under the threat of extortion, kidnapping, and murder by criminal groups, mainly the cartel ‘Los Caballeros Templarios.’ By Dialogo May 22, 2013 Michoacán’s security “has been reinforced with an increased presence of the Navy Department and the Mexican Army,” Secretary of State Government Fernando Cano Ochoa, who preferred not to disclose the number of officers deployed in the area. Meanwhile, dozens of citizens from Coalcomán protested to demand the restoration of food supplies, after several companies decided to suspend the distribution of their products in the area due to threats from organized crime. A group of 5,000 Soldiers and Federal Police members arrived in the troubled state of Michoacán, an area in western Mexico, on May 20, in order to deter violence generated by drug trafficking cartels and armed groups, which present themselves as self-defense groups, official sources said. Last February, armed men arrived in the municipalities of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec, introducing themselves as self-defense groups, and blocking roads in the area in recent days. However, sources linked to the Secretary of National Defense and of the Federal Police, confirmed to AFP that 5,000 officers arrived to Michoacán, one of the poorest states in Mexico and a traditional route for drug smuggling, on May 20. Of the 5,000 deployed, 1,000 were Police, 2,000 were Soldiers, and 2,000 were Navy members. last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRussia said on Thursday it would be a “mistake” to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The foreign ministry statement came after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday.Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” “It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.”Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue.”Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the foreign ministry said.US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia. Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.center_img Topics :last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgManchester: India skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap as he became the fastest batsman to score 20,000 international runs when he reached 37 against the West Indies during their World Cup tie at the Old Trafford on Thursday. He also registered 9,000 runs batting at the number three spot. virat Kohli had started the game on 19, 963 runs to his name and was just 37 runs short of the record that legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar held along with West Indies great Brian Lara.The India skipper reached the 20,000-international run milestone in 416 innings (131 in Tests, 223 in ODIs and 62 in T20Is). Tendulkar and Lara, both had reached the milestone in 453 innings, followed by former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who scored 20,000 runs in 468 innings.He became the 12th batsman to this landmark and the third Indian after Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24,208 runs). The 30-year-old run-machine has been in great form in the ongoing tournament. After getting out cheaply against South Africa in the World Cup opener, Kohli scored 82 runs against Australia, 77 against Pakistan and 67 against Afghanistan.Interestingly, during the innings against Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs.Before the World Cup, Kohli was not at his usual best in the Indian Premier League. While he did score 328 runs in the 14 matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), it was not the kind of performance which one associates with India’s ‘run machine’.However, in the World Cup, Kohli is looking a lot more comfortable, be it while facing the quicks or the spinners. If one does an analysis of his performance in the four innings he has played so far, ahead of the Windies knock, one will find that the batsman has concentrated on playing in the ‘V’ and has resisted from playing cross batted shots.This approach can be seen as an attempt to tackle the swing on offer in English conditions to the pacers and also to adjust with the variable bounce which has been seen on many wickets on which India have played. IANS Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20,000 international runs, breaks Tendulkar and Lara’s recordlast_img read more

September 9, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“A few years ago, everyone was saying (another NPFL club,) Kano Pillars could not be defeated at home.“However, no one says that anymore because teams now go to Kano and win.“Any side can lose at any time and I am looking forward to a good game over there (in Maiduguri),” he told supersport.com.Sunshine Stars are currently riding the crest of a wave after defeating highly-rated Rivers United, who finished as NPFL runners up last term, 1-0 in Akure on Sunday.The Akure club currently occupies 11th place in the NPFL standings with 12 points from 10 matches while El Kanemi Warriors have shocked many with their fine start to the current campaign.The Maiduguri club is in second place on the log with 18 points from 10 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Kayode Olujohungbe, believes his side can cause a stir by becoming the first side to inflict defeat on El Kanemi Warriors at their home patch in this season’s top-flight.The Owena Waves are guests of the Warriors in Maiduguri, where the hosts boast a fearsome record this afternoon as the NPFL enters Match-day 11.Olujohungbe is upbeat about his side’s chances and predicts that his charges will upset the applecart against the overwhelming favourites.last_img read more