Embassy protectors continue defense of Bolivarian Venezuela in Philadelphia

first_imgFour members of the Embassy Protection Collective — Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adriene Pine and David Paul — spoke in Philadelphia on Jan. 28. They were there to spread awareness about their struggle for Bolivarian Venezuela, as well as raise money for their ongoing court battle against the criminal Trump administration. The event was sponsored by the Coalición Fortaleza Latina PA, Black Alliance for Peace, the International Action Center and Workers World Party.Philadelphia, Jan. 28. On April 24, 2019, the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, recalled his diplomatic staff from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. He gave the keys to a group called the Embassy Protection Collective in hopes that they could occupy and hold the embassy until a protective power agreement could come into play. That legal action would have prevented U.S.-backed anti-Maduro forces from taking over the embassy.While inside, the embassy protectors were besieged by a pro-U.S. coup mob that refused to let anyone come through with food or water. The coup opposition in Venezuela is characterized by extreme right-wing positions on race and class, including promoting anti-Indigenous genocide. The opposition in D.C. frequently displayed these attitudes, exhibiting homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism as well as committing physical and sexual violence. Many of the opposition mob looked like they had come for a vacation or on business, with some of them in suits and ties. On May 16, 2019, the four embassy protectors remaining in the building — Zeeze, Flowers, Pine and Paul — were arrested under U.S. law, in violation of the Vienna Convention, which affirms the sovereign integrity of a nation’s embassyThese protectors now face an uphill court battle where it is anticipated that the judge will not allow them a “discovery phase” for evidence — thus setting up a show trial to guarantee they are convicted. The documents the embassy protectors seek to submit in discovery would prove their innocence under international law. Information the jury would not be able to know includes that the four were allowed to be there by the democratically elected Maduro administration, which held sovereign power over the embassy.  At their Philadelphia presentation, the four talked about their experiences not only in the embassy but also when they travelled to Venezuela. Flowers noted, “What we hear in the United States about Venezuela is basically the complete opposite of the reality down there.”  – Report and photo by Scott WarrenFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘is an MVP in our eyes,’ Bucks coach says

first_imgThe forward is the favorite to land the NBA MVP award, and Budenholzer has no doubt that his star has earned the honor.”Giannis, what he does defensively, five blocked shots and 13 rebounds is just a special performance from him,” Budenholzer said.  Related News “That felt like a statement. He changes the game, the pass to George Hill, the touch on that, finishing, making free throws. He’s an MVP in our eyes, so we’ll keep him.” NBA wrap: Bucks seal No. 1 seed in East with comeback win over 76ers Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer marveled Thursday night over another Giannis Antetokounmpo exhibition after the Bucks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, declaring, “He’s an MVP in our eyes.”Antetokounmpo scored 45 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists in a 128-22 victory over the 76ers.center_img LeBron James reportedly struggling with recruiting — to Looney Tune Land The MVP dominated in the WIN:45 PTS | 13 REB | 6 AST | 5 BLK | 59% FG#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/aroMaQcfsL— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 5, 2019Antetokounmpo was impressed with how his team got the job done after Eric Bledsoe was ejected early on after an altercation with Joel Embiid.”I think the team did a great job keeping its composure,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously [Bledsoe] went to the locker room in the first quarter, but everybody stepped up.”Guys came in, hit big shots, played defense, played hard, and it’s big for us. A lot of guys are missing…it just feels good that we have 12 guys, 15 guys that are able on any given night to step up and help this team.”last_img read more

Showcase Hockey Camp opens doors some players never experienced before

first_imgThe Nelson and District Community Complex Arena was filled with pond action this weekend as Princeton Posse head coach Dale Hladun hosted a Showcase Hockey Camp.More than 80 junior-aged players from as far away as Quebec and Philadelphia, Penn., traveled to the Heritage City to display their skills in front of Junior A scouts.“Year’s ago the Royal Bank was held in Prince George and I thought there’s going to be a lot of scouts coming to watch so why don’t I run a Showcase (hockey camp) as well,” said Hladun.“So I did that and for the last four or five years I’ve run a camp in Prince (George).“But then a good friend of mine Simon Wheeldon suggested I come to Nelson,” Hladun added. “Last year we had 65 and this year we hosted 85 players. So I was pretty happy with that number.”The camp was mostly game scenarios so scouts from Junior A to college and university can see the players in action against their peers. “I just believe that there’s a lot of kids in the KIJHL (Kootenay International Junior Hockey League) that need an opportunity to play in front of scouts,” Hladun explained.“Many of them go to the same (BCHL) camps hoping to get a roster spot. But they’re so many good kids in this province that there are not enough roster spots for all of them.”Hladun boasted scouts from leagues in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as Adrian College in Michigan, Portage College in Alberta.There was also KIJHL coaches, including Frank Maida of the Leafs and Castlegar’s Steve Junker.“I don’t care what their level is, we have a spot for you,” said Hladun, putting players from the KIJHL up against other leagues in Western Canada and the United States.“And thanks to these camps some of the older kids in our league, they’re now getting chances to continue playing when a lot of them thought their careers might be over.”Some of the local Nelson players in camp included Dryden Hunt, who spent last season in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats, Carsen Willans of the Nelson Leafs, Adam DiBella, who played last year in Saskatchewan and Nelson Midget Rep prospect Colton Dawson.The camp started Friday, concluding Sunday afternoon with the final scrimmage [email protected]last_img read more

Concern raised as €100m beef fund for farmers announced

first_imgConditions in applying for the Beef Emergency Measures Scheme (BEAM) are restrictive and may limit the take up of the scheme.Those are the thoughts of Donegal TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.Speaking on Monday, McConalogue said: “Beef and suckler farmers have been under massive income pressure since last Autumn as a result of poor factory prices and it is absolutely essential that income support is provided to help address the heavy losses that have been incurred. “In this regard the €100 million in potential funding allocated to the BEAM Scheme is welcome.  However, the Government is failing to deliver a scheme that is fair to farmers and could result in this funding not being fully drawn down.“The requirement on participating farmers to reduce stocking rates by 5% between July 2020 and June 2021 is unnecessary and should have been resisted by the Government at the European level.“Their proposed implementation of this requirement as part of the scheme takes no account of a farmers existing circumstances or stocking rate and is entirely arbitrary.“It will be particularly difficult for farmers who are already lightly stocked to implement and for those with smaller holdings. “I believe the Minister should look again at the terms and conditions of the Scheme and at a minimum, exempt holding with less than 20 suckler cows or already low stocking rates from the stock reduction requirement.“He should ensure that the Scheme is made available to all farmers with a beef enterprise and that funding is delivered to farmers promptly.“I am also concerned that the 5% stock reduction requirement will lead to reduced demand for cattle next year and see a dampening in prices as farmers seek to scale back to meet the 5% threshold during the destocking period. This runs the risk of creating further downward pressure next year on store and suckler prices in particular.“Minister Creed must look again at the scheme terms and conditions to avoid the full funds not being drawn down,” he added.“While the €50 million EU funding under the implanting regulation is guaranteed, the fact that any underspend would mean the Government not having to fully follow through on their €50 million allocations will leave many farmers sceptical as to the reason behind the onerous terms and conditions for the scheme. “The Minister must now act promptly and address concerns regarding the Scheme.“He must ensure that the Scheme is made available to all farmers with a beef enterprise and that funding is delivered to farmers promptly.”Concern raised as €100m beef fund for farmers announced was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eskom wins R1.3bn French solar loan

first_img16 October 2013 France is to lend €100-million (R1.3-billion) to South African state company Eskom to help finance a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power plant near Upington in the Northern Cape. Eskom and the French Development Agency (AFD) agreed on Monday night, during French President Francois Hollande’s state visit to South Africa, to facilitate the signing of the loan. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies concentrate the sun’s energy through large mirrors and uses this concentrated thermal energy to produce steam to drive a conventional steam turbine for electricity generation. The process is similar to that of conventional power plants in that steam is used to power a turbine and generator, but differs crucially in that fossil fuel combustion is replaced with non-polluting solar energy. Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said in a statement on Monday that the Upington CSP project, one of Eskom’s first commercial-scale renewable energy projects outside of its existing hydro portfolio, “puts us on a path towards reducing our carbon footprint and investing in a sustainable energy future”. The Upington CSP project is expected to deliver an annual energy production of 525 GWh and will be sufficient to power 200 000 homes. In 2011, Eskom and AFD signed a €100-million loan facility for the financing of Eskom’s 100 MW Sere wind farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape. “The AFD is a valued partner and has been a key contributing factor to the progress we’ve achieved at both the Upington CSP plant and Sere wind farm,” said Eskom’s acting chief financial officer, Caroline Henry. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African producer’s film wins Oscar

first_img23 February 2015Ida, the film produced by South Africa-born film and theatre producer Eric Abraham, won Best Foreign Language Film at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.The Polish-language black-and-white film shot in a square aspect ratio format was also nominated for best cinematography.This is the second Academy Award for Abraham, the owner and founding producer of the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. He won an Oscar the Czech film Kolya in 1996.Speaking from Los Angeles, a delighted Eric Abraham said,”It’s wonderful when the underdog triumphs. A small, short black-and-white film in Polish about two women who go on a road trip to learn about who they are and where they come from.“Ida seems to have touched people across the barriers of language and culture in over 30 countries so far and restores my faith in the appetite for films that make us think and feel about the human condition. South Africa has so many such stories waiting to be told on film”.Silence and contemplationThe film, set in 1962 Poland, tells the story of 18-year-old Anna, who is preparing to be a nun. A meeting with her aunt reveals that she is, in fact, Jewish and that her real name is Ida.The film is directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, who wrote the film with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.Accepting the award, Pawlikowski thanked Abraham and all those involved in the making and success of the film, saying: “We make a film about silence and withdrawing from the world and the need for contemplation – and here we are, at the epicentre of world noise and attention. Fantastic – life is full of surprises.”Ida has also been selected as best film of 2014 by the European Film Academy and won best film not in the English language at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards.Abraham commissioned the screenplay from Pawlikowski six years ago, and put up 40% of the financing for the project through his companies Portobello Pictures London, Phoenix Film (Denmark) and Portobello Film Sales (Denmark). The rest was raised from European media agencies.Memory“Ida is about many things. Cross-generational Holocaust trauma. The loss of family, home, identity and even memory,” Abraham said in an interview with the Cape Argus, a Cape Town newspaper after the film’s nomination.“With my family history – my father is a Hungarian Jew who fled anti-Semitism before World War II. I fled South Africa after being banned and house-arrested for reporting on human rights and black politics for the international media, into 15 years of exile. So I can understand and identify with the trauma of loss of family, home, identity.”Abraham, who grew up in Rondebosch and attended SACS in Cape Town, was banned and put under house arrest by the apartheid government in 1976.A former journalist and foreign correspondent, he left Cape Town in January 1977. He now lives mostly in London, but regularly returns to Cape Town.The Fugard Theatre will be the first theatre in Africa to screen Ida on Saturday 21 March at 7:30pm. Tickets at R100 will be available from the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or via Computicket. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

DRDO UAV crashes in farmland in Karnataka none injured

first_imgBengaluru: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district on Tuesday, police said. However, no casualties were reported. The DRDO tweeted, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) being developed by DRDO on experimental flight trial in new configuration has crash landed in fields near ATR Chitradurga. Data is being analysed.” The incident created a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard when the aerial vehicle fell. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Soon, large number of people gathered at the spot, police said. Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in the arecanut farm this morning, but no one was injured. Videos of the broken UAV went viral on the social media. According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called ‘Rustom-2’ was in progress when the incident occurred.last_img read more

St Patricks Day Family Dinner and Dance

first_imgThere will be a Photo Booth and a DJ for the dance and other prizes to be won.Free tickets can be picked up at;-Party Town in Fort St John-The Taylor Hub in TaylorTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Phoenix Volunteer Club FB Page; CLICK HERE TAYLOR, B.C. – The Phoenix Volunteer Club is hosting their 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day, Free Family Dinner and Dance to say thank you and give back to the community.Friday, March 8th from 5 pm – 9 pm at the Taylor Community Hall, there will be prizes for best dressed in St. Patrick’s themed outfit.Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served for dinner, with pop, water and coffee to drink.last_img read more

Roger Federer admits he faces real battle against Medvedev

first_imgMiami: Roger Federer admits he faces a real battle to land the 101st title of his career with the in-form Daniil Medvedev next up after Serbian Filip Krajinovic was dispatched 7-5 6-3 on Monday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The Swiss superstar produced an excellent all-round performance despite being tested by the world number 103 who belied his lowly ranking by producing some excellent tennis during an exciting first set. Federer, however, stylishly weathered the storm to seal the win – the 52nd of his career in Miami – and set up an intriguing last eight match with the highly-rated Medvedev. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Russian, who is at a career high ranking of 15, saw off American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/0), and has won four ATP hard-court titles, including three since last August. Federer beat him twice last year but is already a fan. “He’s clever how he plays the court because he can play it up and down, and he’s unusual when he plays from back,” said the Swiss, who hit 14 aces and won an impressive 74% of points on his first serve. “It’s a bit of a different approach.Thankfully I played him last year twice in Basel and Shanghai and I’m very impressed about his progress. I must say the last year has been unbelievable for him.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKrajinovic struggled with injury last year as problems with his ankle, left foot and hand restricted him to just seven tournaments in the first seven months of 2018. Yet some fierce hitting from the back of the court surprised the predictably pro-Federer crowd and a brilliant run and flick over the net handed him an early break for 3-2. Keeping the pressure on, however, was a different matter as Federer broke straight back before pocketing the opening set. The second set wasn’t as competitive, Federer easing home and finishing with 35 winners compared to the Serbian’s 18. Elsewhere, number 24 seed Grigor Dimitrov was beaten by world number 77 Jordan Thompson in straight sets ensuring the Australian will meet 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson who beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6 (8/6). Simona Halep, meanwhile, got the better of Venus Williams once again as the Romanian made light work of the 38-year-old American to book a place in the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win. “I was pretty strong with my serve and knew where to bother her,” said the reigning French Open champion who will meet China’s Wang Qiang in the last eight. “When I saw I can win easy games with my serve, it gave me great confidence,” she added. Bianca Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian sensation who won the title in Indian Wells, was forced to withdraw in the second set of her fourth round match with Anett Kontaveit. Andreescu was 1-6 0-2 down before a shoulder injury ruined her chances of another run to the finals. The Estonian will meet Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei who continued her excellent form with a 6-3, 6-7 (0/7), 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki. Petra Kvitova, the world number 3, booked her place in the last eight, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 in a match which was held up for one hour and 40 minutes because of rain in South Florida. Kvitova plays Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Mizzous AllAmerican Michael Sam Says Hes An Openly Proud

Mizzous AllAmerican Michael Sam Says Hes An Openly Proud

Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for Missouri, revealed to several news outlets that he is gay, setting the way for him to become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Sam, a defensive end, said his teammates and coaches at Missouri have known since August.“I am an openly, proud gay man,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be. . .  I want to be a football player in the NFL.”Last year, NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay after the season. Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, was a free agent and has not signed with a new team this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago. Division III Willamette kicker Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman, said last month he was bisexual. There have been several NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.The 255-pound Sam is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Sam said many people at the Senior Bowl all-star game for NFL prospects seemed to know that he was gay. His team has known since August, he said.“I didn’t realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me,” he told ESPN. “I want to own my truth. . . No one else should tell my story but me.”Before coming out to all his teammates and coaches, Sam said he told a few close friends and dated another Missouri athlete who was not a football player.“Coaches just wanted to know a little about ourselves, our majors, where we’re from and something that no one knows about you,” Sam said. “And I used that opportunity just to tell them that I was gay. And their reaction was like, ‘Michael Sam finally told us.’ ”Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement Sunday night: “Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others. He’s taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn’t matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we’re all on the same team and we all support each other. If Michael doesn’t have the support of his teammates like he did this past year, I don’t think there’s any way he has the type of season he put together.”Missouri linebacker Donovan Bonner has been a teammate of Sam’s for five years.“We knew of his status for five years and not one team member, coach, or staff member said anything says a lot about our family atmosphere,” Bonner tweeted. read more