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  • Justice for Mario Woods!

    first_imgSan Francisco — Ever since the Dec. 2 firing squad execution of 26-year-old Mario Woods in the San Francisco Bay View neighborhood by cops, the Black community and its supporters have been in the streets and at City Hall, disrupting meetings and blocking intersections.A newly formed organization, The Last 3 Percent Coalition, and Black Lives Matter Bay Area have worked to support Woods’ family in their struggle for justice. The very name, “The Last 3 Percent,” epitomizes the plight of San Francisco’s Black community, diminished by gentrification.Three now famous bystander videos graphically show Woods surrounded by officers and up against a wall when the firing began. Police claim Woods was carrying a knife.Left, Gwendolyn Woods, Mario Woods’ mother, and Elvira Nieto, Alex Nieto’s mother, hold hands during Black/Brown unity march.Photo: @4AlexNietoMost recently, protesters disrupted the inauguration ceremony of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Jan. 8. Starting with a rally on the steps of City Hall, the demonstrators then marched inside. Refusing to be herded into an isolated viewing room, they gathered on the second floor balcony, shouting “Fire [San Francisco Police Chief Greg] Suhr!” and “Justice for Mario Woods!” Cops in riot gear kept swooping in on the crowd, grabbing signs and any people they could call disruptive.On Jan. 6, there was a Solidarity Night march. This move to build Black/Brown solidarity combined the supporters of justice for Mario Woods with those of the Alex Nieto Coalition. It was held on the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Bayview “riots.”In the pouring rain, there were two marches. One, organized by The Last 3 Percent Coalition, originated in the Bay View, where Mario Woods was killed. The other, organized by the Alex Nieto Coalition, started in Bernal Heights. The two then marched towards each other for a convergence and culminating ceremony.Nieto was killed in a hail of 59 bullets by the San Francisco Police Department on March 21, 2014, when police responded to a 911 call about a “suspicious person.” Nieto, on his way to work as a security guard, was carrying his licensed taser and was far from anyone else when the police confronted and killed him.During a Dec. 24 press conference and rally at San Francisco City Hall, Clarence Thomas of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 announced that the San Francisco Labor Council had unanimously passed a resolution calling for the prosecution of the cops who killed Mario Woods.Susan Soloman, executive vice-president of United Educators of San Francisco, said that her union had passed the same resolution. After the rally outside, they marched into City Hall to meet with Mayor Ed Lee. When told he wasn’t in, the crowd promised to come back another day.In a fiery speech during a police commission hearing on Dec. 9, Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project dressed down Chief Suhr and told him, “You are inciting the rage of the people. … A new day has come. … It’s a movement sweeping this country and we are not going to stop until you stop killing us. … We will continue to shut it down, interrupt your business as usual. We’re going to take to the streets. We’re going to interrupt your election cycle. And I have news for you, Chief Suhr. We are going to shut it down until you resign or until all of you get the courage to fire him. And Oakland will be here! We’re bringing the East Bay!” (tinyurl.com/jbdaedl)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Turkish FM says 2-state deal the only way for divided Cyprus

    first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus in line with the long-established formula of federation is off the table in any future peace talks, and a peace deal should be negotiated between two equal sovereign states. Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Tuesday could further complicate a meeting that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to convene next month to gauge chances of resuming dormant peace talks. Greek Cypriots strongly reject any deal that would legitimize the east Mediterranean island nation’s ethnic partition that came about in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at union with Greece.last_img read more

  • Health Officials urge residents to test for radon

    first_imgStatewide—Radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the number-one cause among non-smokers. It is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.January is National Radon Action Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging homeowners to test their homes for radon because this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas can build up in homes without residents’ knowledge.“You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “By testing, Hoosiers can determine whether a high radon level is present and take steps to fix the problem and ensure their families are breathing safe and healthy air.” Test kits also can be purchased at most home improvement and hardware stores and through some online retailers.Radon enters homes and other buildings through small cracks and holes in the foundation, where it becomes trapped and accumulates in the air. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs. Long-term exposure can eventually cause lung cancer.Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air. There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocuries per liter). More than two-thirds of Indiana counties have predicted average indoor radon levels of 4 pCi/L, according to the EPA.If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect the occupants of the home.To learn more about radon, visit the ISDH’s radon page at http://www.in.gov/isdh/24346.htm and the EPA’s “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” at https://www.epa.gov/radon/publications-about-radon. To find out what levels of radon have been found in your community, see ISDH’s map here.last_img read more

  • Five challenges facing Solskjaer as Man Utd manager

    first_imgThe Chilean became the club’s highest earner in January 2018 but has scored just five goals for the club, only two of which have come in 23 appearances this season.Solskjaer has previously said only Sanchez himself can recapture the form he showed at Arsenal and Barcelona but at 30 his best days may be behind him.Unless the Norwegian can spark a revival in Sanchez, United will likely have to pick up some of the tab for his reported £14 million ($18 million) a season wages just to ship him out.De Gea a prioritySanchez’s deal has not only been problematic given his own lack of form, but it set a new benchmark for United’s wage bill.David de Gea’s contract expires in 2020 and the Spanish goalkeeper, who has won United’s player of the year award for four of the past five seasons, reportedly wants at least parity with Sanchez.During a disappointing period for the club under three previous managers, De Gea has been a rare shining light and keeping hold of one of their world-class talents is vital.“To know who is the manager for the club next season is helpful for any player to decide where he wants to play,” said Solskjaer.“We’ve got a couple of players we are in talks with and hopefully we can get their futures sorted.”Reign in fiercest rivalsThe Premier League title race makes for grim viewing for United fans as historical and local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City battle it out.Solskjaer has made ending a title drought since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 a top priority but is also realistic that there remains a huge gap to breach.“There is a lot of hard work still to do in the coming months and years to get Man Utd back to where it was before,” warned Neville.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has achieved his first target by landing the Manchester United manager’s role on a permanent basis but plenty of work remains for the Norwegian to do, starting with Watford’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.The 46-year-old was a popular choice to become full-time successor to Jose Mourinho after an impressive caretaker spell in which United won 14 of his 19 games in charge.AFP Sports looks at what comes next and the challenges that lie in wait for Solskjaer.Top-four finish a prioritySince Solskjaer’s arrival, United have cut the gap to the Premier League’s top four from 11 points down to two but a strong finish to the campaign is still needed to secure Champions League football next season.Beat Watford at Old Trafford and United will pull level on points with third-placed Spurs, who have taken just one point from their past four league games and travel to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.“Now we’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in the top four, even the top three,” said Solskjaer on Thursday. “That’s got to be the short-term target.”Strengthen the squadRegardless of whether United are in the Champions League or Europa League next season, Solskjaer faces an intense summer of rebuilding.“Now it’s easier to be clear about what we need to do because we will do some business this summer,” said the Norwegian.England wonderkid Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund has been widely reported as a top target for a club record fee but it is in defence that Solskjaer’s former teammate and United captain Gary Neville believes most change is needed.“Defence is the main priority in terms of getting the centre-back pairings right because there have been so many changes,” he told Sky Sports.“Solskjaer is not going to be a success at Man Utd unless he gets the right people around him on recruitment and gets the right players in. That is absolutely essential.”Sanchez for the scrap heap?Interest in Sancho casts even more doubt over Alexis Sanchez’s future.last_img read more

  • Boys’ basketball: Hofman won’t be on sideline

    first_img Spark plug: If there was an award for the best sixth man in the area, Dallas Rutherford would have to be considered one of the front-runners for the honor, particularly after Saturday’s performance. The 6-foot-3 junior from Campbell Hall of North Hollywood scored eight of his season-high 17 points in a crucial stretch of third quarter and added five rebounds in 78-64 victory over Francis Parker of San Diego in the Div.IV regional semifinals. The breakout game comes as a good sign for Rutherford, who’s been hampered by a troublesome knee injury for a majority of the season, and for the Vikings (31-1) heading into Saturday’s regional final against Horizon of San Diego (24-6) at 7 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton. “That was the real Dallas that everyone saw on Saturday,” Rutherford said. “I’m feeling normal again. Everything is coming together now. “The coaching staff has taken some heat for me this year, but they’ve kept their faith in me and that’s been big. I just needed one game to get things going. I’ve got my confidence back.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s an unfortunate situation,” said Hofman, who was ejected from a game for the first time in his 21-year coaching history with the program. “I wonder about the referees’ judgement. From my experience, 99 out of 100 officials use a little more professionalism.” Hofman picked up the first technical midway through the first quarter and was tossed after picking up his second at the 3:46 mark of the second quarter after Darren Ho was called for a blocking foul. “I certainly didn’t demean the officials in any way,” Hofman said. “In fact, I was sitting down on the bench when I got thrown out. There was no warning on either technical. It was a little bit outrageous.” Veteran assistant Jeff Stephens will take over for Hofman. He’ll be aided by Jim Harvey, Ray O’Brien and Chris Evelyn. “My assistants have more than 60 years of coaching experience, so they’re competent and I have all the faith in the world in them,” Hofman said. “The kids know what we expect from them too. They know the system better than anyone.” Most consider Tom Hofman to be one of the more personable, mild mannered boys’ basketball coaches in the area. The door to his office at LaCanada High is seemingly always open to players, parents and the media. He’s more than willing to take time out of his busy schedule to answer just about any question, often providing insightful and informative responses in his own unique, subdued way. center_img That’s what makes the circumstances surrounding his two technical fouls and subsequent ejection from Saturday’s 65-58 victory over Mission Bay of San Diego in a Div. III Southern California regional semifinal game all the more puzzling. According to Southern Section rules, if a coach is ejected from a game, he’s automatically suspended from the next contest, meaning Hofman won’t be on the sideline when the Spartans (30-3) face Artesia of Lakewood (31-2) in Saturday’s regional final at Pauley Pavilion. last_img read more

  • Liverpool’s deal of the window? ‘What a wonderful signing!’ Reds fans react to impressive display by Joe Gomez

    first_imgIt may only have been a pre-season friendly against Brisbane Roar, but Liverpool fans were encouraged by the performance of new signing Joe Gomez.The 18-year-old joined from Charlton this summer for £3.5m and was a relatively unknown quantity for most Liverpool fans.His display down under, slotting in at left-back, had Kopites purring, however.Take a look at some of the reaction… 1 Liverpool’s Joe Gomez last_img