19 Jan
2020

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make [America] Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan.While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest — report A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in VirginiaBut in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

Let freedom reign in our hearts and minds

first_imgDear Editor,Today, August 1, we celebrate 180 years of the abolition of slavery in Guyana. This significant event is better known as the Emancipation, and is widely acknowledged for the celebrations and festivities that surround it. The abolition of slavery came centuries after our ancestors were ripped from their homeland in Africa, brought all those miles across the Atlantic Ocean to this part of the world, sold into a system called slavery, and thereafter worked and lived in the most inhumane conditions there ever were.The achievement of emancipation came after decades of struggle, enduring hardships, privation, demoralisation, torture, and death at the hands of the slave masters. All of their freedoms were taken away. Stripped of their identity, they were removed from the status of a human being to that of an animal. Hence it was with great jubilation that they welcomed the dawn of August 1, 1834.It could be said that it was this sad and dark era of history that influenced the conceptualisation of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, 114 years after Emancipation.Enshrined in this declaration are 30 articles, five (5) of which speak to the right to various forms of freedom. Article 1 – Innate freedom and equality; Article 13 – Right of freedom of movement; Article 18 – Right of freedom of thought and religion; Article 19 – Right of freedom of opinion and expression; and Article 20 – Right of freedom of assembly and association. Of these five rights, Article 19 in particular states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.No one can dispute the fact that these rights were withheld from our ancestors, and it was for these very rights that they fought for on many occasions via uprisings and rebellions against the slave masters. In the early 1920s, it was one of their offsprings, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, who continued the struggle for these rights, which led in later years to the attaining of another right, as is enshrined in Article 20, which states: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.It is this particular right that helped to advance the work of the trade union movement. The attainment of Independence and Republican status over the decades were all achieved by way of struggles in various forms. However, 184 years later, we, the descendants of those noble men and women, are seemingly engaged in another form of struggle. This time around, we are fighting to maintain our democratic freedom at various levels of work and representation.During this period of emancipation, there are many songs that are reflected upon as they point to the many injustices experienced by our ancestors. The most popular is “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, only we can free our minds”. At this point in time in our history, these words hold fast to present day experiences and outcomes. At times it would seem that we are still to remove from our minds the shackles which keep us in a subdued position. Time and again, we are psychologically whipped by present day massas, whose whips are their token positions and authority which are used to “keep us in our place”.It is these present day plantocracy cabal that is guilty of violating our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and opinion by seeking to muzzle us by driving fear using various tactics that do not augur well for our and the nation’s wellbeing.Therefore, it is with much hope and expectation that, as the descendants of our distinguished fore-parents, we strive to emulate their values, hard work, sacrifices and togetherness, which paved the way for their removal from the harsh and inhumane conditions of slavery and into a world where freedom was opportune.As we celebrate Emancipation 2018 with songs, dances and all the festivities relating to this auspicious occasion, let freedom reign in our hearts and minds. Let it become the mantra of nation building, a process that began 184 years ago. Happy Emancipation.Sincerely,Gillian Burton-PersaudMember of Parliamentlast_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

MS Dhoni’s advice means a lot, Team India lucky to have him: Ajinkya Rahane to India Today

first_imgIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday reiterated Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and coach Ravi Shastri’s sentiments that MS Dhoni’s presence in the team is very much needed.Dhoni had drawn some criticism from a few former cricketers over his performances in T20 cricket after the New Zealand series earlier this year but the World Cup-winning captain has found plenty of support from his own teammates.”Definitely MS Dhoni has cricket left in him. He is taking care of his fitness, he is looking after his body, he is looking after his diet I mean and also his advices on the field to Virat is such a big difference,” Rahane told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar.Rahane also said that the team is lucky to have a player like Dhoni because his suggestions on the field are of great help to the players.”And he has a skill and he is so experienced that he has actually seen everything. I feel he is the guy and we are lucky to have him in our team. His advice means a lot to us, it taught us a lot and he definitely has cricket left in him,” Rahane added.WATCH FULL INTERVIEWLast month during the T20I series against New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli was the first to throw his weight behind Dhoni and said the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman was still an integral part of his team.Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma also backed Dhoni and said he was shocked when people still questioned Dhoni’s role in the T20 team.advertisement”I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still talking about it,” Rohit told India Today.Coach Ravi Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today, had also slammed the 36-year-old’s critics and said they should instead look at what they were like when they were 36.”If they (Dhoni’s critics) look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, ‘what they were at the age of 36?’, would they have run two runs faster?’.”But the time they finish two, this guy will run three. Then he has won only two World Cups and averages only 51. He is still one of the best around, not only in the Indian team, but the world. Some of the things you see with him are not sold in the market. You will not get it anywhere else,” the former India all-rounder had told India Today.Dhoni has been tremendous to say the least this year, amassing 788 runs in 29 ODIs at an average of 60.61 with one hundred and six half-centuries. In 13 T20 internationals the right-handed batsman has scored 252 runs at an average of 42 with a highest score of 56.With no better alternative in sight, Dhoni is still an irreplaceable asset for the Indian team in limited-overs for sure.last_img read more

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