Community meets to condemn killer cops

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteIt was a meeting held against all odds. Hurricane Sandy had just swept up the Eastern seaboard. Public transit was shut down in Philadelphia. Yet organizers decided to go ahead and hold a scheduled forum about the police brutality epidemic in the U.S.More than 70 people came out for the Philadelphia stop on the “Fight Police Brutality from the West Coast to the East” tour, which was held in this city on Oct. 30. A meeting three days earlier at New York’s Riverside Church was cancelled when the storm forced closure of that city’s public transit system.The event featured Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford, parents of Alan Blueford, who was slain by Oakland, Calif., police on May 6, and Jack Bryson, a leader of the Oscar Grant Movement. Jeralynn Blueford poig­n­antly related memories of her youngest son, while she emphasized the need to fight to win justice against the police who killed him. The Bluefords formed an organization called Justice4AlanBlueford, and, since their son’s death, have gone from city to city organizing against police violence.MOVE leader Ramona Africa, a survivor of the 1985 bombing by Philadelphia police that killed 11 adults and children in her family, told the gathering that while she does not like to talk about what happened to her relatives, people have to know about it, if only to motivate them to get involved. “You are defeated when you give up,” she said. “As long as you continue to fight and resist, you have won.”Abdus Sabur, whose son was brutally attacked by Philadelphia police in 2009, also spoke.International Action Center organizer Berta Joubert Ceci, who chaired the event, stressed the importance of holding the meeting, noting that as the economic crisis deepens, so will capitalist state repression. She described Philadelphia as “the city that bombed itself, a city where police have impunity.” Joubert Ceci had organized local protests against police brutality after cops assaulted Puerto Rican Aida Guzman at a September community celebration.Baltimore People’s Assembly organizers Sharon Black and the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, the president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, rounded out the panel. They told of Peoples Power Assemblies being held to protest the pandemic of police violence.Witherspoon related his experience at a 10,000 strong Baltimore march earlier this year in memory of slain African-American youth, Trayvon Martin. When he asked people to raise their hands if police had victimized them, he said, “We were stunned by the response.” He emphasized, “It’s important that we have a plan of action. We need to use our cell phones as a community weapon to capture incidents of police brutality.”Black noted that former Oakland Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was recently appointed to the same position in Baltimore, and stressed: “It’s really not about who heads up the police. It’s about the system. Police occupation, police terror — this is their answer to the economic crisis.”Everyone was invited to the National Peoples Power Assembly in Baltimore on Dec. 15 to take up the campaign of police terror, community control over the police and more. Black explained, “We won’t just be dealing with police abuse but also issues of racism, sexism, violence against LGBTQ people, the lack of resources for youth and the lack of jobs. All these problems, including wars abroad, are connected.”The speakers inspired audience members, who included organizers of anti-police repression groups. The Build People’s Power Movement has been holding regular street speakouts for “Jobs not Jails!” Free the Streets has focused their attention on the construction of an unwanted new police headquarters in West Philadelphia.While the individual accounts of police killings and vicious attacks on family members and loved ones moved the audience, the overall theme of this meeting was the need to organize and fight back.Jack Bryson, whose sons were with Oscar Grant when a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in Fruitvale, Calif., killed him in 2009, explained that he had never been an organizer, but that now he has dedicated his life to organizing against this system and defeating it.Along with the Bluefords, Bryson visited political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal the day before the meeting and shared his message to those attending: “Mumia told us that what the system doesn’t understand is movements, so you have to build a movement and keep organizing. That’s all the people will believe in — not the government or the police. It’s up to us to make this happen and to defeat the system.” nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two journalists complete 100th day in prison

first_img Receive email alerts News RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Related documents Media and justice in Turkey – mistrust and repressionPDF – 6.83 MB to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Turkey News April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists complete 100th day in prison Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Read the previous Reporters Without Borders releases on this subject:-Wave of searches and arrests of investigative journalists (04.03.2011)-Court orders two journalists held on terrorist conspiracy charge (07.03.2011)-Courts refuse to back down, so journalists to remain in prison pending trial (17.03.2011)-Seizure and destruction of Ahmet Sik’s unpublished book: “a very dangerous precedent” (25.03.2011)(Picture: Ayça Söylemez, Bianet) Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit As investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener completed their 100th day in prison, hundreds of people marched down Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue on 18 June to demand their release and the release of all the other journalists detained in Turkey. It was the third big march since their arrest on 6 March.There is no sign of any weakening in support for Sik and Sener, whose fourth request for provisional release has just been rejected by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office. They have yet to be formally indicted.“Now that the 12 June elections are over, the government must move quickly to end the persecution of journalists by the police and judicial authorities and to guarantee the right to news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The immediate release of Sik and Sener would be an important symbolic step in this direction.”Reporters Without Borders notes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement that he is withdrawing the defamation suits he had brought against 14 people including several journalists such as Ahmet Altan of Taraf or Meriç Velidedeoglu of Cumhuriyet.But this gesture does not affect the thousands of other lawsuits and prosecutions currently under way against journalists, as CNN Türk journalist Ridvan Akar said on behalf of the “Friends of Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener” during the 18 June demonstration.“Such an expression of anger by just one man in a position of power, like his forgiveness, is incompatible with democracy,” Akar said. “Democracy in our country does not need half measures. It needs a judicial system that functions properly. What journalists want from the prime minister is repeal of the Anti-Terror Law and abolition of the special courts, instruments that thejudicial system keeps using to prosecute and often imprison journalists.”These demands head the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders makes to the Turkish authorities in a newly-released report entitled “Media and justice in Turkey – mistrust and repression.” The report focuses above all on the Sik and Sener case, which typifies judicial persecution of journalists in Turkey.Read the Reporters Without Borders report: TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Jam Cruise Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Twiddle’s Jammed-Out ‘Gatsby The Great’

first_imgAs part of their weekly video releases with TourGigs, Jam Cruise has shared pro-shot footage of Twiddle‘s unforgettable Pool Deck set. Performing “Gatsby the Great” on the day of the ship’s “Great Jamsby” themed evening, Twiddle delivers a high energy, jammed-out version of their original tune that lasts beyond the twenty-minute mark.Performing “Gatsby the Great,” watch Twiddle’s performance below:Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, and so many more.last_img read more

Business School Professor David A. Garvin dies at 64

first_imgDavid A. Garvin, Harvard Business School’s C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, died at his home in Lexington, Mass., on April 30 after a long battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.An influential and prolific scholar, during a distinguished career that spanned almost four decades Garvin studied business and management processes; the principles of organizational learning; the design and leadership of large, complex organizations; graduate management education; and case method pedagogy. He authored or co-authored 10 books and 37 articles.“David Garvin was an extraordinary teacher and gifted scholar who excelled in reaching a wide audience on a broad range of topics,” said Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria. A member of the HBS faculty since 1979, first in what was then known as the Production and Operations Management Unit (now Technology and Operations Management) and then in General Management beginning in 1994, Garvin taught a variety of courses in the School’s M.B.A. and Executive Education programs. He served as faculty chair of the M.B.A. program’s Elective Curriculum from 2006 to 2009.Promoted from assistant to associate professor in 1984 and then to full professor in 1989, Garvin was named to the Robert and Jane Cizik Professorship in 1991. He became the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration in 2002.At Harvard Business School, Garvin developed more than 70 case studies, along with multimedia exercises and technical notes. Nearly a dozen of his cases are among the most popular in the School’s case collection, including Paul Levy, Boeing 767, and Emerging Business Opportunities at IBM. Among his many awards was the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize in 1998 for the best Sloan Management Review article on planned change and organizational development. He also won two Robert F. Greenhill Awards for outstanding service to Harvard Business School.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the David A. Garvin Wilderness and Environmental Conservation Fund, established by friends and family at Harvard Business School to further its faculty and student involvement in this social responsibility field. Please email [email protected] or contact Kerry Cietanno, Harvard Business School, Teele Hall, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163.To read the full obituary, visit the Business School’s website.last_img read more

Managers await US fiscal stimulus after rate hike

first_imgRick Rieder, fixed income CIO at BlackRock, said the move towards positive real rates was “not only still extremely accommodative and economy/market supportive, but it brings the financial system closer to equilibrium”.He predicted that the Fed’s move could be “the first stage in a cycle that will later this year see the European Central Bank discuss a more normalized rate policy”. The Bank of Japan could also make changes to its target for government bond yields.“In our estimation, these are all healthy developments for the global economy,” Rieder said.Others said the Fed’s future actions depended largely on the success of president Donald Trump’s planned fiscal stimulus measures.Darrell Watters, Janus Capital’s US fixed income chief, said if Trump was unable to live up to his promises of fiscal stimulus it could force the Fed to remain “on a path of modest and gradual increases”.Watters also cast doubt on expectations of two further rate increases this year, saying growth and inflation were likely to be “challenged” in the next few months.“Without a pickup in wage pressures or a reacceleration of commodity prices, it is unlikely that inflation will increase at the pace of recent months,” he said. “A stronger dollar would also be deflationary and diminish the Fed’s inkling to further tighten.”Luke Bartholomew, fixed income strategist at Aberdeen Asset Management, warned that it was “hard to imagine that the rest of this hiking cycle will go off without a hitch”.“Over the last few years [the Fed has] consistently overestimated how many hikes it will deliver because the economy has turned out weaker than expected,” Bartholomew said. “But now the risk is that the Fed will need to catch up with easier fiscal policy and stronger growth outlook. Meanwhile, they’re facing increasingly shrill calls for their independence to be curtailed.”Andrea Iannelli, investment director at Fidelity International, said yesterday’s move was positive for risky assets in the short term.“The longer term picture, on the other hand, remains heavily dependent on the fiscal stance that the new US administration decides to adopt, although it may be difficult to pass any meaningful stimulus measure before next year,” he added.Guy Plater, principal at Punter Southall Investment Consulting, said pension funds with unhedged exposure to US markets could benefit from a strengthening currency.“Further comfort may also be taken from the fact that the early reaction from equity markets appears to be positive,” he added.The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% yesterday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4%.Meanwhile in the UK, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee today voted to maintain its base interest rate at a record low 0.25%. Asset managers expect the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates twice more this year after its rate-setting committee announced a 25 basis points hike last night.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised its target for the federal funds rate to 0.75%-1% in a statement yesterday, a move largely expected by investors. It was the second increase in four months, but just the third since 2008.In the immediate aftermath of the FOMC’s announcement, yields on US treasury bonds fell dramatically. The FT reported 10-year bond yields fell more than 10 basis points, its biggest intraday fall since the US elections in November.The majority of reactions from asset managers indicated they still expect two further increases this year, although some investors had expected more.last_img read more

Find out who are the most Talented young Players in Serie A

first_imgBH national player and Roma star Miralem Pjanic and member of Cesena and prospective BH national player Milan Djuric found themselves at the list of the most talented young football players in Italian Serie A, published by Bleacher Report.Although Italian Serie A is in decline in recent years, still numerous young talented players are playing in this league. The mentioned portal has used several criteria while making the list. The portal considered only players under 24 years, how much Pjanic and Djuric are old, and they are classified in their clubs although some of them are playing on loan to other clubs. Quality, quantity and clubs’ rating have been considered. Clubs have been ranked on the basis of these criteria, and players are sorted alphabetically.Miralem Pjanic is the absolute star of Roma, he is the best midfielder in Italy and the key player in the game of Roma but BH National Team as well.Milan Djuric is 198 cm high, plays as striker, and gest more air duels than any other player in Italy. According to experts, Djuric has a great future in football. He attracted the interest of the new coach of National Team of BiH  Mehmed Bazdarevic, and it won’t be a wonder if he became a part of “Dragons“ in the future.(Source: read more

Hawks outlast Leafs to grab lead in Murdoch Final

first_imgMitch Foyle and Tyler Hartman scored in the opening frame to give the Hawks an early 2-0 advantage.However, goals by Logan Wullum, on the power play, and Nicholas Wihak 22 seconds apart tied the game for Nelson.Hawks Ryan Terpsma and Wihak, on the power play, exchanged goals in the final minutes of the frame as defence took a holiday in the wide open first period.Tyler Ghirardosi scored the lone goal in the second period for Beaver Valley on a 3-on-1 rush to give the home squad a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 27-24 in the game giving the Hawks and netminder Tallon Kramer a fifth-straight playoff win.Devin Allen saw his three-game winning streak stopped in the loss.The series shift back to Nelson Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena for Games three and four.Puck drop in Nelson is 7 p.m. A goal by Dylan Heppler two minutes into the third period proved to be the winner powering the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Game one of the Murdoch Division Final.Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale.Heppler took a pass from former Leaf Nolan Percival and Kyle Hope to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead.Sawyer Hunt scored with 12 seconds remaining in the game to cut the lead to a goal but that would be a close as Nelson would get.last_img read more

BMPCC4K Tips: The Difference Between Constant Bitrate and Constant Quality

first_imgIn this write-up, we take a look at the new encoding options that come with Blackmagic RAW: constant bitrate and constant quality.Earlier this year, Blackmagic Design retired the CinemaDNG format from their camera line (not you, URSA Mini 4.6K) and replaced it with Blackmagic RAW. The new codec offers some exciting features to the BMD camera lineup. We’ll look at the specifics at a later date; however, Constant Bitrate offers four encoding options: 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1. And Constant Quality offers two quality settings: Q0 and Q5. What do these new settings mean? Let’s take a look.Constant BitrateConstant Bitrate is Blackmagic RAW’s offering to make sure your file sizes remain predictable and manageable because your media is never going to surpass the selected data rate. Low on card storage but have a lot to capture? Setting the RAW encoding to 8:1 will ensure that the data will not surpass 50MB/s. (The ratios, by the way, are derived from the file size of a single, unprocessed frame from the camera’s sensor.) While Constant Bitrate is a surefire setting, to make sure the file sizes and quality will remain as advertised, it may cause issues when the footage being captured could do without the extra compression, ensuring that all details of a busy scene are clear. Such examples include confetti, snow, bustling trees, and anything with a high number of interconnecting, moving objects. The system will need to adjust for more detail, but it can’t because the information to account for this is unavailable, which results in a drop in quality.Image via Blackmagic.Likewise, you may be recording something that doesn’t need a high bitrate, but due to this encoding, the camera will continue to capture footage that could have been captured at a significantly smaller file size.Constant QualityConstant Quality, on the other hand, has a variable bitrate with no upper data limit. This means if you’re filming a wedding and the guests start throwing confetti and rice, and more objects enter into focus, the bitrate will adjust to account for the increase in complex frame information, maintaining the overall quality of the entire image. Of course, this comes with larger file sizes that you can’t predict.Note, however, that the drop in quality between the two encoding options and between the various options is, of course, minimal. It’s not as if you’re dropping from 4K to 720p. The difference in image data, at most, is only going to be visible at a zoomed-in level, and the discrepancy in quality will be yours to judge for your content. In the images below, can you tell which photo was shot at Constant Bitrate 12:1 and Constant Quality Q0?Image 1Image 2Okay, both stills are only 755 x 400. It may be tough to compare, but on the surface, there isn’t a noticeable difference. It’s only when we zoom in at 225 percent that we can see the level of detail disregarded at 12:1. Even then, at 225 percent, it’s not terrible.We can see the image detail holds less clarity, which would be more predominant in the flowers and foliage. Ideally, we would need a video comparison to properly show this. In the following video from LumaForge, Patrick Southern demonstrates (using video) an example of the encoding difference — along with further deconstructions of the Blackmagic Raw Encoding. But still, we need to acknowledge that at the lowest 4K RAW setting, this is zoomed in at 225 percent and still holds up great.Deciding how to shoot ultimately comes down to what you’re filming. Visual effects (VFX) plates and scenes with bustling information should be shot at Constant Quality, while elements that maintain similar image values throughout the entire scene can be shot at a Constant Bitrate.Looking for more articles on filmmaking and video gear? Check these out.Aputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern AttachmentHow to Take Photos with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KSony Announces The A7R IV with a 61-megapixel SensorThe Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus PullingHas Sigma Joined The Pocket CineCamera Game?last_img read more

India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020

first_imgThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League next year after pulling out of the inaugural edition, which began in January.Welcoming India back in the league, the international hockey federation (FIH) said the move has been supported by other participating countries.”…India’s men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations,” the FIH said in a statement after its Executive Board meeting.In July 2017, Hockey India had decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the competition.Hockey India never gave any official reason for the decision but it was speculated that the inferior ranking of the women’s team prompted India to pullout from both the competitions as there was no option to take out just one teamHockey India also believed that the country had better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League.In the inaugural Pro-League which began in January, nine teams are competing in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches till June. The top four teams will earn a ticket to the FIH’s Olympic Qualification events.”It is great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest competition,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.”Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport together.”advertisementThe EB also approved the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles. The League competition will be held within the first six months of every year and all these matches will remain ‘home games’.The away games will be kept too but will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example: In 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days, and in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days.”This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format, therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact on the environment,” the FIH said.As India are not playing in the FIH Pro League this year, they are banking on the Hockey Series Finals to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Bhubaneswar is hosting one of the three Hockey Series Finals in June.Also Read | Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey teamlast_img read more

a month agoMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying this

first_imgMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying thisby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho says he deserved to be sacked as Manchester United manager.But speaking after United’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sunday, the Portuguese insists he did not enjoy watching the club struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I’m not the right person to answer it,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports when asked about United’s problems.”They are far behind. It’s difficult for me to answer. I was there for two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel the direction to go in, then obviously the third season was not good enough.”I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before.”And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more