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By Janet Williams and Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Democratic presidential candidates who appeared before the National Urban League’s convention Friday morning all addressed, in one way or another, the issue of inequality and the impact on people of color.But the proposals that got the loudest response and applause came when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Kamala Harris of California said they want to legalize marijuana and make sure African-Americans can participate in pot businesses as they take off.Her plan is to give them “a place where they can be first in line to get those jobs.”The National Urban League, meeting in Indianapolis for the first time in 25 years, invited every candidate for president to speak and nine accepted. Besides Gillibrand and Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and conservative filmmaker and writer Ami Horowitz spoke Friday morning at the Indiana Convention Center.On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobachur of Minnesota, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio made their pitches about why they should be the candidate to challenge President Donald Trump next year.Buttigieg, who got a smattering of applause during his 20 minutes, sounded many of the same themes he addressed a week ago when he appeared before the Young Democrats of America at its Indianapolis convention.He spoke of systemic racial inequality that has stifled opportunities for African Americans for generations and what the next president must do to deal with them, including his Douglass Plan, named for Frederick Douglass. It addresses everything from education funding to mass incarcerations, which Buttigieg said he would end by getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences.“You are four times as like to be arrested for the same offense as a white person,” Buttigieg said. “You are living in a different America and I think for too long we have believed we were on a path where systemic racism was going to take care of itself.”In a swipe at Trump, he said, “I believe a president like the one we’ve got now does not come near the Oval Office unless the ground is shifting beneath our feet. My generation saw this country elect its first black president and then turn around and elect a racist to the White House.”In a question-and-answer session with National Urban League President Marc Morial, Buttigieg acknowledged the lack of diversity and other problems in the South Bend police department where a white police officer shot and killed a black man.He said he is addressing the issue, in part, by building trust between the African-American community and police. In South Bend, he said they are starting by inviting the community to weigh in on use of force policies and police training.Gillibrand, who has struggled with low poll ratings, positioned herself as the fighter in the race before the Urban League audience as she unveiled her build local, hire local infrastructure plan. She got applause when she pledged to spend $100 million on infrastructure projects with a provision that half of the money be spent on communities left behind, with 30% of the money going to minority-owned businesses.In response to a question from Morial, Gillibrand said to loud applause and laughter, “On the first day I become president, after I Clorox the oval office, the second thing I would do is restore our moral leadership on the world stage.”She criticized Trump for being unwilling to stand up to world leaders like Vladimir Putin and for continuing to create divisions in the nation.Like Buttigieg, she said she would support policies to end the mass incarceration of African-Americans.“We don’t enforce our criminal justice laws the same,” she said. “We know there are black and brown and white young men who smoke pot at the same rate, but who gets arrested?”Harris, the final candidate to speak, took on Trump more directly than any of the others as she called the election a fight for equality. She said he stands in the way of progress.“He wants to take us back. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, what does again mean? Back before the civil rights act? Back before the voting rights act? Back before Roe v Wade?”“Well, we’re not going back,” Harris said to applause.The California senator announced her plan to provide historically black colleges with $60 billion in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—funding and another $2.5 billion to the teacher programs in the same colleges.Morial asked Harris to address one of the issues she has been most criticized for throughout the campaign—her role in California as a prosecutor.After noting that she had to explain her decision to become a prosecutor to her family members who were deeply involved in the civil rights movement, she said, “Why do we always have to be on the outside? Shouldn’t we have a role on the other side?”Harris said that as prosecutor she had the power to create a re-entry program for ex-felons so they could re-establish their lives in the community and avoid committing another crime.“And I didn’t have to ask anybody’s permission to do it because I was running the office,” she said.The most awkward moments came as Horowitz lectured the largely African-American audience about victimhood and saying that Democrats have failed them.“They take you for granted,” he said. He received little applause and at one point a few people left the conference room where the session was held.Horowitz said he, too, is focused on equality—equality of opportunity. He said Democrats focus on equality of outcome, which leads to socialism.The four-day conference of the National Urban League, a nonpartisan organization to focuses on issues urban area, ends Saturday.Janet Williams is executive editor of TheStatehouseFile.com and Haley Carney is a reporter. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island may have been spared the worst of the monstrous nor’easter whopping the East Coast but the wintry mix, strong wind gusts and impending plunging temperatures won’t make for a fun evening or, for that matter, a generally comfortable commute for those heading home.As day transitions to night on Long Island, residents can expect rain and breezy conditions with gusts of more than 30 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the temperature will drop to a low of 21, with the wind chill between 10 and 20 degrees, forecasters said. Officials throughout the day urged residents not to take the storm lightly, as the wintry mix that characterized most of the storm could transform into black ice. The message: Don’t be fooled by passable roads. “The snow has actually turned into more of a sleet and rain and that is expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a stopover in Dix Hills.“That does not mean that it is safe to go out,” he continued. “The roads are very, very nasty and the roads are very dangerous. We are still clearing the roads, many of them are filled with sleet and slush and it is very important for us to get the roads cleaned before the weather drops tonight and that slush freezes.” The consensus among officials Tuesday was that tightly packed slush creates less-favorable conditions than even more than a foot of snow. The concern is that the mixture of sleet, ice, and freezing rain could convert into all ice as the temperature drops, thus forming sheets of black ice. Their concerns notwithstanding, officials expressed relief that predictions of blizzard conditions did not manifest. “I for one am very happy when we have the occasional storm that comes in a little less than predicted and that’s what we’ve had here,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “We talked all day yesterday about the fact that we are on the edge of the storm here. Predictions up to 18, even two feet in some areas but this is what happens with the weather, it can shift, and we saw that happen here and the accumulations here were less than predicted just yesterday.” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano noted how the Island “dodged the blizzard bullet,” while urging residents not to be deceived by the unimpressive snowfall. “We’re fighting sleet, dropping temperatures, black ice,” said Mangano, who in October pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. “And those are the major concerns. There’s been a number of accidents in Nassau County.” With numbers coming in from the Long Island Rail Road Tuesday, it appeared as if commuters heeded warnings to stay home. Ridership was only at 15 percent of what it usually is during the week, officials said. Despite the sustained wintry mix falling over the region, the LIRR operated Tuesday mostly close to schedule. Later in the day, however, the LIRR was experiencing some weather-related cancellations and limited delays on at least two branches. The storm impacted a large swath of the East Coast, knocking out power to thousands and paralyzing airports. PSEG Long Island said more than 3,000 people were without power in the late afternoon. Almost all flights were cancelled out of LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, and John F. Kennedy Airport saw two-thirds of its flights cancelled, with that number climbing. Long Island and New York City escaped the worst of the storm’s wrath as it made a westward shift in the early morning.The storm comes within less than a week left of winter and off the third-warmest February on record. Mangano joked earlier in the day about the wild winter: 60 degrees one day, he said, and a winter storm the next. “You know, extreme weather is a new reality,” said Cuomo. “My father was governor for 12 years. I’ve been governor for about six years. I’ve had twice the number of federal disasters than my father had in one half the time.”(Photo credit: NY Governor’s office)
Germany’s Port of Hamburg saw a 7.5 percent decline in its total throughput during the first quarter of this year. Total throughput dropped to 32.7 million tons in Q1 2018 from 35.4 million tons recorded in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, this year’s Q1 throughput was notable for a rise in conventional general cargoes, a lower figure of bulk cargoes, a stable trend in container handling and distinct growth on container transport services by rail.General cargo throughput stood at 22.7 million tons in Q1 2018, a decrease of 1.8 percent year over year. In addition, bulk cargo throughput was 10 million tons, down 18.2 percent year over year.Conventional general cargo throughput rose by 14.3 percent to 370,000 tons in the first quarter of 2018, maintaining the upward trend started in the fourth quarter of 2017.Container handling in the first quarter of 2018 remained stable at 2.2 million TEU — down by 1.9 percent than in the comparable period of the previous year.The first-quarter trend for total seaborne container throughput of loaded boxes in Hamburg was once again positive and stood at 1.9 million TEU — up by 0.7 percent.By contrast, handling of empty boxes was again lower. The first-quarter throughput of these in Hamburg totaled 252,000 TEU, a downturn of 18 percent.“A glance at handling trends for first-quarter handling of loaded and empty containers indicates that on the one hand, the Port of Hamburg still continues to gain cargoes, but on the other has to accept a sharp drop in the volume of empty containers. Against the background of the not yet implemented adjustment of the fairway of the Lower and Outer Elbe, shipowners are primarily using their slot capacities on ULCVs calling at Hamburg for loaded boxes,” Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said.On the main sea trade routes, Hamburg’s container services with North America East Coast, Eastern Europe (Baltic) and India/Pakistan are still subject to downturns, according to the port. Among the trades where container services performed distinctly better than in the first three months of the previous year were East Asia (North), South America East Coast, North America West Coast, and North East & West Africa.“China is by a wide margin the Port of Hamburg’s most important trading partner. We can report a distinct advance of 4.5 percent in container traffic with the Peoples’ Republic. Substantial growth also occurred on container services with Brazil (up 37.7 percent), Sweden (up 38.5 percent) and Israel (up 63.8 percent). New or expanded liner services between Hamburg and these countries are one reason for the positive trend,” Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, explained.
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Source: BuaNews 16 November 2010 The positive role that Indians played in South Africa’s reconstruction and development was an example of how immigrants could help build a country, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a dinner marking the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers in South Africa 150 years ago. Addressing a gala dinner hosted by the 1860 Legacy Foundation in honour of the Indian labourers who came to South Africa exactly 150 years ago on Tuesday, Motlanthe said the country’s Indians had played a huge role in the struggle against apartheid.Chose to side with black South Africans Though under apartheid they were considered as second to whites in the racial hierarchy, Indians had consciously chosen to support blacks and coloureds and had played a critical role in the struggle for a non-racial society. He pointed to the formation of the Transvaal and Natal Indian Congresses and the African Peoples’ Organisation, which predated the formation of the ANC and played a vital role in the struggle against colonialism. The first discriminatory legislation directed at Indians, Law 3 of 1885, was passed in the Transvaal and was aimed at demarcating certain areas to Indians and ensuring that Indians did not own fixed property outside of these areas.Gandhi and his successors Motlanthe commended the role that Mahatma Gandhi, who lived in South Africa for 20 years, had played in the struggle against oppression in the country, particularly through his philosophy of passive resistance. Gandhi’s views on the upliftment of all people and castes, of the equal treatment of women and of building bridges between peoples and religions, remained as relevant today as ever, he said. He noted Gandhi’s role in the stretcher bearer corps in helping the wounded Africans during the Bambatha rebellion of 1906. When Gandhi returned to India, his work in South Africa was taken up by other Indian leaders, such as Yusuf Dadoo, Farouk Meer, Ahmed Kathrada and Billy Nair. “There were those who joined Umkhonto weSizwe, like Mac Maharaj and Laloo Chiba, and still others incarcerated on Robben Island for their roles, like Indres Naidoo,” he said.Towards a shared South African-ness Motlanthe was optimistic that South Africans would one day be able to develop a common identity not based on ethnicity or race. “We can reach a point of maturity in our national consciousness where it is second nature to think of oneself as a South African first and a black or white person after,” he said. Motlanthe said that the country’s recent history, which spanned decades of non-racial struggle, should be an “unlimited resource” to moving South Africa forward. “Based on this rich history, thrown up by the act of the arrival of the Indian indentured labourers, we would do well to define the direction we are taking as a country today,” he said. Racism in South Africa, he said, was a conscious effort at social engineering and could equally be defeated by conscious efforts. He said justice, equality and economic well-being for all South Africans were critical in expanding and deepening a non-racial future for the country. “We must reach a point where this diversity in our collective life is not a mechanical practice or a contrived outcome, but an instinctive exercise that comes naturally.”
Thabo Sefolosha will wrap his Atlanta Hawks career with a lawsuit settlement.(Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks’ forward Thabo Sefolosha will get a $4-million settlement in a police-brutality suit he filed against the NYPD that he said broke his leg and left him unable to finish the NBA season in 2015.“This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants,” the city law department said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “But, in light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the city.”The $4-million payout is a fraction of the $50 million Sefolosha originally sought from the New York City Police Department and the city it serves in October 2015.As previously reported, police maintained they had been close to Manhattan, N.Y.’s 1Oak nightclub in April 2015 addressing the stabbing of now-Turkish Basketball Super League player Chris Copeland. The cops claimed Sefolosha questioned their authority, adding they were simply trying to keep him out of the area. Sefolosha said he handed a homeless man money near the club when officers pulled him to the ground, arresting Sefolosha and breaking his leg. Former Hawks teammate Pero Antic had accompanied Sefolosha to the club and also was arrested.Sefolosha, whose suit also pointed to a “racial matter” regarding the hoodie he wore at the time of his arrest, testified that he referred to NYPD Officer Jean Paul Giacona as “a midget,” according to NYDN, before he was dragged to the ground. The act of police brutality injured the 6-foot-6 baller’s leg and could have ended his NBA career, his lawsuit said.Charges against Sefolosha stemming from the incident, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, were dismissed in October 2015.The 2016-2017 NBA season will be Sefolosha’s last as a Hawk as his three-year, $12-million deal comes to a close, Yahoo reported. He will become a free agent this summer, while Antic, who also sued the city over the scuffle, is playing for the Turkish Basketball Super League. Antic’s federal lawsuit over the incident is pending.
Recommended for you Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:anya williams, ports authority, stevedoring DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales- The Ports Authority seeing some movement in two areas… one, the cost of importing goods to the Turks and Caicos to increase; this from Cabinet which this week agreed to sanction, retroactively a 2.54% increase in stevedoring fees. Acting Governor Anya Williams, who chaired Cabinet was asked to approve changes to make the hike to load and unload ships at the docks more expensive; that change taking effect September 1st which was last week Monday. And secondly, some positivity on a request to introduce scanners at the docks. It was a proposal by the Ports Authority to improve security of containers coming in and going out; Cabinet likes the idea of scanning and a subsequent presentation is expected.
AP AP, ACLU: 911 children split at border since 2018 court order July 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says more than 900 children have been separated from their families at the border since a judge ordered last year that the practice be sharply curtailed.The group said in a court filing Tuesday in San Diego that 911 children had been separated from their families since the court order. They include 678 whose parents faced allegations of criminal conduct. Other reasons include alleged gang affiliation, unfitness or child safety concerns, “unverified familial relationship,” or parent illness.The ACLU says about one of every five children separated is under 5 years old.In June 2018, the judge ordered that the practice of splitting families at the border be halted except in limited circumstances, like a parent’s criminal history or concerns about a child’s safety. Posted: July 30, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter