State tramples First Amendment, protesters win in court

first_imgThe Republican National Convention, to take place in Cleveland July 18-22, will be targeted by a full week of protests. This includes a march the Sunday before the convention to “Shut down Trump and the RNC.” Organizers of that march have publicized a full “calendar of resistance” on the International Action Center web site and are in solidarity with any group fighting for the right to protest.The city of Cleveland has shown no restraint in genuflecting before the Republican Party, and in the process trampling the First Amendment rights of protesters. On June 23 U.S. District Judge James Gwin ruled that the city’s unreasonable restrictions on demonstrations were unconstitutional.The so-called event zone, which was to be off-limits to protesters, was deemed “unduly large.” The RNC is to take place at the Quicken Loans Arena, which is east of the Cuyahoga River, which divides Cleveland’s east and west sides. The restricted zone extended to areas west of the river and — although no floating protests have been announced — to a stretch of the river itself. The zone also extended into Lake Erie, some distance north of the arena.The allowed “parade route” took a sharp detour around the arena and confined marchers to areas of limited visibility. Free speech was further constricted by only allowing rallies in designated parks and during daylight hours — the major events of the RNC are during the evening — and imposing a ban on elevated platforms and, to quote their document, “soapboxes.”In a victory for the progressive movement, which has made clear its determination to have a forceful and visible presence throughout the RNC, all these restrictions were overturned. Two days later, after Judge Gwin ordered the case into mediation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the city reached a compromise agreement.The agreement shrinks the 3.5-square-mile event zone considerably and liberalizes all the other restrictions. “Organize Ohio,” a plaintiff in the suit, can begin its “End Poverty Now” march on the east side in the Black community. This route, originally denied a permit, was chosen to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Hough Rebellion, an uprising of the city’s African-American community that lasted for four days. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless won the unrestricted right of homeless residents to be inside the security zone, where many food and shelter resources are located. The Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC is still fighting for a permit to march on Monday, July 18, the day the convention opens.State harasses activistsWhile the city’s protest restrictions have been liberalized, protest suppression has taken another form: intrusive and intimidating visits by the FBI, Homeland Security, the Secret Service and Cleveland cops. At least a dozen Cleveland activists report that they or their families have gotten a knock on the door.According to Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson, police questioned the parents of a young woman who was arrested last year. She had been protesting the acquittal of two officers involved in firing 137 bullets into a stopped car, killing unarmed Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. The police pressed her parents for information about “anybody planning violence” during the RNC.Members of Cleveland “Food Not Bombs” have been visited by police and FBI agents working in tandem. The group is not planning to protest but has applied for permits to feed demonstrators, along with local residents in need of food, inside the event zone. “I personally believe that this is an attempt to intimidate,” said FNB member Maggie Rice.State intimidation will continue throughout the RNC. Through a $50 million Homeland Security grant, Cleveland police have acquired riot gear, retractable steel batons, fencing to pen in protesters, plastic cuffs and Long Range Acoustic Devices, which disperse crowds by emitting a loud, painful noise.The city also purchased state-of-the-art surveillance tools, including cameras, laptops, Pointer Illuminator Aiming Lasers and Stingray cell phone tracking devices. After the RNC, the African-American community will have even more reason to fear the cops, who get to keep their new instruments of terror.In response, the week of protests will be a statement not only against the racism of Donald Trump and the RNC, but against the repressive capitalist state. The National Lawyers Guild and Rust Belt Medics have pledged to assist with any situations that may arise.Shut down Trump and the RNC!The ACLU also represented “Citizens for Trump,” winning for them a rally permit inside the original event zone. Many who will protest argue that there should be no linking of the freedom to protest with any so-called “rights” of the neofascist Trump mob. Susan Schnur, a Cleveland organizer of “Shut Down Trump” and the RNC march and rally, stated: “Free speech as defined by well-meaning groups such as the ACLU includes the right to preach hate and brutality toward immigrants, Muslims and Black and Brown people. We disagree. Hate-mongers are the backbone of the Trump campaign and should not have the right to preach violence and bigotry.”The “Shut Down Trump” march will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 — the night before the RNC opens — and is intended to strike a militant political tone for the next four days of resistance. Make your plans now! Come to Cleveland to say, unequivocally, “Shut down Trump and the RNC!” For more information and to endorse, visit thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Serious traffic delays following crash near Drumkeen

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Serious traffic delays following crash near Drumkeen Twittercenter_img Pinterest Previous articleBlaney elected in MilfordNext articleSam Moffett wins Cavan Stages Rally with Declan Boyle in 2nd News Highland There are severe traffic delays in the vicinity of Drumkeen following a collision, with traffic travelling from Letterkenny towards Ballybofey particularly badly affected.There are no reports of serious injuries, but emergency services are at the scene, and gardai are assessing the situation. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – May 26, 2019 Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more

Get Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Fair OfficeWant to buy your admission passes and carnival ride armbands in advance of the Thurston County Fair for discount prices but can’t make it to the fair office? You can now purchase them online at!What: Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsFair Season Pass – $10 to $21One-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $25Children ages five and under are always FREE!When: On sale now through Tuesday, July 31, 2018 for carnival armbands and season passes or Sunday, August 5, 2018 for daily admissionWhere: Online at or at the Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503Get the biggest savings with your advance purchase of carnival ride armbands for only $25 each—that’s $5 off the regular price! Carnival armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2018 fair that runs Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5.Season passes are also a bargain at 40 percent off the full price daily admission rate. Remember, admission for children five years old and younger is always free!For even more savings, bring your carnival armband on August 1, for “One Buck Wednesday.” All adult, youth, and senior admission prices are just $1 with a non-perishable food donation per person to the Thurston County Food Bank. Doors open at 10 a.m. on One Buck Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the One Buck Wednesday specials, including one buck food specials.Kid’s Day is Thursday, August 2, when all admission tickets for kids 6 to 14 years old are just $2 when purchased at the gate. August 2, is also Buddy Day when you can get two carnival armbands for $30 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase. You cannot advance purchase for the Buddy Day special.Friday, August 3, is Military Appreciation Day at the fair, where admission tickets are $2 at the gate when fairgoers present their military ID.To learn more about 2018 fair events, entertainment, and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at 360-786-5453 or visit“Have a ‘Egg-citing time at the Thurston County Fair!”August 1-5, 2018last_img read more

Bhajji and CSK troll Ross Taylor for having his tongue out during match winning…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CSK/Cricket Island/AFPAdvertisement 4imNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2yfoaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E54qip( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 67fj83Would you ever consider trying this?😱9qt6mdCan your students do this? 🌚wiug4Roller skating! Powered by Firework New Zealand has finally tasted the feeling of victory after starting the ODI series against Team India with a swift win yesterday at the Seddon Park cricket ground. Although India put up a mammoth target of 348,it was the hosts who finally came on top, thanks to  a destructive Ross Taylor, who’s swashbuckling century fell overwhelming in front of the Indian bowlers. However, Team India icon Harbhajan Singh has taken a dig at the Kiwi batsman for his bizarre celebration, and his IPL franchise CSK also joined in the trolling!Advertisement Image Courtesy: CSK/Cricket Island/AFPRoss Taylor is known for his peculiar gesture of poking out his tongue after scoring a century, and he did the same yesterday. The Black Caps run machine’s 21st ODI hundred came off of just 73 balls, and he did the iconic ‘tongue poking’ celebration.Although, there’s a big reason behind Taylor’s peculiar way of celebrating. Back in 2015, the 35 year old revealed the reason behind poking his tongue out, which was a fun gesture for his 8 year old daughter Mackenzie Taylor.Advertisement “Right back when I was at age group I got dropped a couple of times when I got hundreds. Then I poked my tongue out – (after) I got dropped – against Australia, my second ODI hundred,” Taylor said in an interview with Australian sports broadcaster Nine’s Wide World of Sports.The Black Caps veteran then said that it was to make his little girl happy: “Ever since then my daughter has been pretty happy when I poke my tongue out and that’s pretty much for her as well,” he added.Advertisement Since then, Taylor has always performed this century celebration. However, the reason behind it was probably not known to Bhajji. Yesterday on his official Twitter acount, Harbhajan posted a picture of Taylor with his tongue out, with a query on the reason behind his bizarre way of cherishing the moment. Along with complimenting Taylor for his superb performance.Bhajji tweeted: “What a knock @RossLTaylor well done.. tell me why do u put the tongue out every time score 100??? 😜 good game of cricket #indvsnz”Soon after Harbhajan’s tweet going viral all over social media, Chennai Super Kings’s official Twitter handle came up with a witty response, word playing the phrase “What a knock” as “What a naak!(nakku meaning tongue in Tamil)”Taylor, who kept his strike till the end of the chase, scored a stunning 84-ball-109 with ten fours and four sixes. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award.The second ODI match is on this Saturday at the Eden Park stadium.Also read-Watch: Sourav Ganguly finds his dancing avatar, all thanks to Harbhajan SinghRohit Sharma and the rest of Twitter troll Yuzvendra Chahal after he is compared to The Rock! Advertisementlast_img read more

No stopping in busway debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “There are all those who say it’s not going to do a darn bit of good. There are others who feel it is going to. There are people throughout the Valley who are fearful it’s going to bring about some zoning changes that will bring increased density in their neighborhoods. “I think it’s just going to be a case of waiting to see what happens,” he said. The $330 million busway debuts next weekend among a national wave of so-called “trains on rubber wheels” – buses that operate like trains in their own lanes but that can be built for a fraction of the cost of rail lines. The Federal Transit Administration has launched 10 similar demonstration projects nationwide to experiment with how to get more bang for the buck out of struggling urban bus systems. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has gone to great lengths to make the Orange Line look like anything but a regular bus route – with stations instead of stops and natural gas-powered buses painted sleek silver, like trains. Long after downtown got its subway, and Long Beach and Pasadena got their trains, a divided San Fernando Valley community is about to open its Metro Orange Line busway, a long-promised piece of Los Angeles’ regional transportation network. After years of debate and new transportation taxes, the Valley’s still unsure about the value of what it is getting: Is it an innovative new busway that’s the latest nationwide transit trend or a consolation prize that will only live up to its derisive nickname, the “Lemon Line”? Debates also have begun to swirl about whether the Orange Line will usher in a redevelopment boom along tired Valley storefronts or will simply bring an urban-style building bonanza that few single-family homeowners want. “It’s a really mixed bag out here in the Valley,” said Leonard Shaffer, president of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and a former county prosecutor. Even critics agree that all the pretty new landscaping and the bike path are a vast improvement over the old abandoned railway. But whether the busway will bring about a “revolution” in transit solutions – as its champion Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky believes – or is an anemic attempt to get Valley commuters out of their cars remains in question. Some Valley residents are thrilled to see anything that offers an alternative to the dismal Ventura Freeway. They say they’re willing to try mass transit and even endure a longer commute for the chance to quit staring at the brake lights in front of them. They know the Valley’s chance for a train zipping across the floor of the region is long gone for now, a victim of NIMBY battles and lost funds. “I will be buying a bus pass for the first time in my life,” said Bill Haller, a dad of two and president of the West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council. Haller said he plans on taking the bus to teach classes at Los Angeles Valley College and to do studio work in Universal City. “I see it as for what it is. This is what we got,” he said. “For all of us, it’s going to be a step at a time for those of us who are used to our cars.” But others say the busway is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and a far cry from the subway or light rail that voters were promised when they passed a pair of half-cent sales taxes over the past 25 years to fund transportation. “The public has not gotten what it needs, which is real transportation,” said Diana Lipari, chairwoman of Citizens Organized for Smart Transit, the group that sued in 2002 to stop the line and won a $300,000 settlement from the MTA. “This is what I’ve been saying from the beginning.” She and others see the busway as nothing but a handout for developers who can swoop into the Valley, pick up the density bonuses the city hands out along transit lines, and build up neighborhoods. They point out that getting a mass transit line across the Valley has long been penciled in on the city’s general plan and is a requirement for any additional development if Warner Center – the Valley’s miniature downtown – wants to expand. But others say that’s exactly the kind of organized planning the sprawling Valley needs – mandated traffic improvements before development can go forward, and density next to transit so residents can leave their cars at home. Supporters see a chance to rebuild old commercial corridors near the route, like Van Nuys Boulevard, or on Park and Ride lots that could be built up with housing on top. Still, many of those debates remain talk until Valley residents vote with their feet – either by boarding the Orange Line or continuing to put the pedal to the metal on the freeways. The MTA is projecting 5,000 to 7,000 riders the first year, which some call a low-ball estimate, with 21,000 to 25,000 riders by 2020. Those who already ride transit also have been mixed about the busway – with some saying it will help speed up their commutes across the Valley with buses going nearly twice the local bus speed of 12 mph, and others saying it does little for those who’ve had their lines trimmed to bring resources to the Orange Line. Plus, as the busway prepares to open, the community has continued concerns about its safety after seeing many close calls with motorists during test runs at intersections that have no crossing gates. After crashes with motorists at a similar busway in Florida, the nation’s first, officials there are now considering crossing gates. For now, after years of debate over what kind of transit line the Valley would have, residents have just days before they find out whether they like what they got. “It’ll take some time. I wouldn’t judge it until perhaps a year has gone by,” said Shaffer. “I think there are a lot of people who are taking a wait-and-see. I’m truly hoping it is going to make a difference to local commuting.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nick Bosa among 49ers leading in fan voting for the 2020 Pro Bowl

first_imgNFL fans are speaking, and they’re loving themselves some 49ers. And the Bosas.In fan balloting for the 2020 Pro Bowl, the 49ers had the second-most cumulative votes through Wednesday, according to an NFL press release. Four 49ers led their positions in the NFC: Kyle Juszczyk (fullback, 87,534), rookie Nick Bosa (defensive end, 72,506); George Kittle (tight end, 59,958); Richard Sherman (cornerback, 42,889).Bosa leads all NFL defenders in Pro Bowl online voting. Most votes among AFC …last_img

Manchester City Routs Schalke 7-0, Eases into Champions League Quarters (Pics,Vid)

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City tied the record for the biggest win in the last 16 of the Champions League by thrashing Schalke 7-0 on Tuesday, completing a 10-2 aggregate victory to reach the quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons.This season’s round of 16 has featured some memorable comebacks so far — notably by Ajax and Manchester United — but Schalke’s chances of overturning a 3-2 first-leg deficit virtually disappeared when Sergio Aguero chipped home a 35th-minute penalty to make it 1-0 in the second leg.Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with his teammate Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Aguero doubled the lead three minutes later, Leroy Sane rolled in another goal before halftime, before Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus added second-half goals for City against the demoralized visitors from Germany.Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)It equaled the 7-0 wins recorded by Bayern Munich against Basel (2012) and Shakhtar Donetsk (2015). The latter was achieved when City manager Pep Guardiola was coach at Bayern.With two months left of the season, a quadruple of trophies remains on for City, which has already won the English League Cup, is top of the Premier League, and plays second-tier Swansea in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, right, shakes hands with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Schalke 04 at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Winning the Champions League for the first time will be the toughest task but City’s chances have improved with Paris Saint-Germain and titleholder Real Madrid getting eliminated at the last-16 stage.City joined United, Tottenham, Porto and Ajax in the quarterfinals and also Juventus, which beat Atletico 3-0 on Tuesday thanks to a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING.? 7-0 ? (10-2) #cityvs04 #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 12, 2019By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The NRL Rookie

first_imgMissed our appearance on the NRL Rookie last week? You can watch the episode on the NRL Rookie website! Six of our Australian athletes travelled to New Zealand late last year to battle it out against the NRL Rookie contestants in a game of Beach Touch. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all featured on the episode, showcasing their skills against the remaining NRL Rookie contestants. The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract.After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with just a handful of players remaining in episode five. After a big game against the Warriors under 20’s Academy earlier in the episode, the Rookies head to Piha Beach for what they think is recovery. Enter the Australian athletes, for a recovery session with a difference! To watch the episode, please click here – read more

Stringent Vetting Process for Jamaican Citizenship – PICA

first_imgStory Highlights The PICA CEO was responding to questions regarding the process after a ceremony held at the Police Officers’ Club, St. Andrew, on August 9 to grant Jamaican citizenship to 32 persons. “In Jamaica…it’s not a free for all. You have to bring in your police records, we check with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and other international agencies. On the local scene, we carry out internal investigations to satisfy ourselves that persons are fit and proper to be granted citizenship of this country,” he pointed out. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Andrew Wynter, says persons who apply for Jamaican citizenship have to undergo a stringent vetting process. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Andrew Wynter, says persons who apply for Jamaican citizenship have to undergo a stringent vetting process.“In Jamaica…it’s not a free for all. You have to bring in your police records, we check with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and other international agencies. On the local scene, we carry out internal investigations to satisfy ourselves that persons are fit and proper to be granted citizenship of this country,” he pointed out.The PICA CEO was responding to questions regarding the process after a ceremony held at the Police Officers’ Club, St. Andrew, on August 9 to grant Jamaican citizenship to 32 persons.The men and women hail from countries such as Syria, Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka, Cuba, the United Kingdom, Suriname, Canada and Myanmar.Mr. Wynter indicated that the length of time taken to become a Jamaican citizen depends on the category of applicant.“If you are applying by registration or naturalisation or marriage, it can take some time. It will take up to a maximum of two years providing that we have all the information and depending on the findings of the investigations,” he explained.“The shortest is the Jamaican by descent. The Constitution provides that any descendant of Jamaicans is entitled to citizenship,” he continued.Citizenship by descent, as the name implies, means that the applicant must be the descendant of a Jamaican, no matter how many generations removed.PICA has indicated that foreigners of Jamaican descent constitute one of the largest categories of applicants for citizenship.An agency of the Ministry of National Security, PICA is responsible for the processing of applications for citizenship as well as for the renunciation and reinstatement of citizenship.last_img read more