first_imgAs usual, just before kickoff, the Notre Dame marching band played the national anthem at the start of Saturday night’s football game against Florida State. This time, however, as most of the crowd stood with their hands over their hearts, part of the student section refused to rise.Instead, as the marching band began their performance of the national anthem, at least 60 students at the front of the junior student section knelt to show solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling of African Americans. ANDREW CAMERON | The Observer At least 60 students kneel during the national anthem at the Notre Dame-Florida State football game Saturday night. The move was intended to signal solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling.The organizers of the protest, juniors Mary Katherine Hieatt, Durrell Jackson, Shawn Wu, Nicholas Ottone (Editor’s Note: Nicholas Ottone is a Scene writer for The Observer) and Brian Gatter, claimed to be continuing the movement started by ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked controversy when, beginning in 2016, he sat, and in later games knelt, during the national anthem played before his games.“We’re doing a protest,” Jackson said. “It’s known as the national anthem protest, but we’re not really protesting the national anthem. We’re taking a stand against social injustice and police brutality. The movement was started by Colin Kaepernick.”The idea for the protest began when Wu noticed Jackson and other African-American friends of his sitting during the anthem at an earlier game in the season, Wu said. Taking inspiration from his participation in the ‘Realities of Race’ seminar he took last spring, Wu contacted Jackson. Together with Hieatt and fellow seminar participants Gatter and Ottone, the group decided to gauge interest by making a Facebook event. On the evening of Nov. 4, the five organizers created the private Facebook event “FSU Game Kneeling in Solidarity.”“The decision that this was going to happen was contingent on how much support it had on the Facebook page,” Ottone said. “We realized the effectiveness of any kind of display would really depend on how much of a response we could get. Really, that turning point was Tuesday or Wednesday.”The event description instructed participants to enter the stadium as soon as the gates opened, to fill the front of the junior student section and to kneel, holding hands with neighbors and crossing arms for the duration of the anthem. The description of the event on Facebook included that the goal of the protest was “[t]o visibly kneel in solidarity with victims of systemic racial injustice.”Several of the organizers expressed dissatisfaction with student complacency and unwillingness to make political demonstrations on campus. Wu said part of the effectiveness of the form of the protest was its visibility.“Oftentimes we can have these events that talk about race or diversity, or that challenge them, and oftentimes these events don’t reach people or people don’t go outside of their way to put themselves into these spaces,” Wu said. “I think one of the special things about this protest is that everyone sees it and everyone is going to consider it.”Since Kaepernick’s kneeling began making national headlines in 2016, kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest has been widely criticized, including by former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz, who said kneeling players were “hurting the sport.” Asked how he would respond to criticisms that kneeling showed disrespect for the flag and for the military, Jackson said the protest was in line with American values.“The troops fight for our right to protest, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “I respect the troops and everyone here in this stand respects the troops because we know they’re fighting for us. They’re not just fighting for our country to be protected, they’re fighting for our country to be better. It’s the part of the people who are here, who are not risking their lives every day, to fight for what’s better.”Some students in the student section did not see or notice the demonstration, among them senior Matthew Piwko.“I truly didn’t notice at all,” Piwko said. “I wasn’t paying very close attention but it wasn’t very obvious on the whole, even for someone who was looking for it.“I think people can express their opinion any way they want. I don’t necessarily agree with it but it’s their right to kneel if they want to.”Junior Loyal Murphy entered the student section early and stood near the kneeling students but did not participate. He said he saw the demonstration, but did not think it was very noticeable.“When people are thinking about the Florida State game, they’re not thinking about the protest,” he said. “It didn’t make a big impact in my life. I didn’t really care. I was just like ‘Oh cool, well at least if they think they’re doing something, I guess that’s a good thing.’“You could tell it was a section that went down on one knee, but I think it was too small and I don’t feel like it had any true impact to the game or to the issues in general.”Junior Gregory Wall, who participated in the protest, described the demonstration as a success.“I think on such short notice, it was successful, especially being able to convince 80 people to come an hour and 45 minutes early when it’s 35 degrees out and almost snowing and on the last game of the season, when everyone’s tailgating and everyone’s enjoying themselves, to be willing to go out and fight for what you believe in,” he said.Tags: Colin Kaepernick, Kneeling, national anthem, police brutality, protest, racial injusticelast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have linked an unidentified woman’s torso found 19 years ago in Rockville Centre with skeletal remains discovered on Ocean Parkway amid the Long Island Serial Killer investigation, the Press has learned.Nassau County and New York State investigators reported that DNA evidence confirmed partial skeletal remains found in the brush near Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park in 2011 belong to an unidentified woman whose torso was found in Hempstead Lake State Park in 1997. Investigators have said the Jones Beach remains, which authorities had dubbed Jane Doe No. 3, was determined via DNA evidence to be the mother of Baby Doe, a toddler whose skeletal remains were found east of Cedar Beach on April 4, 2011.“They call her ‘Peaches,’ Eric Smith, a forensic medical investigator in the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, previously told the Press, referring to the torso that had a bitten heart-shaped tattoo of a peach with green leaves on top and droplets below it on her left breast. When asked Tuesday how the connection helps the case, Smith said: “Each additional piece of information helps in getting an identification.”The revelation—which comes on the week of the sixth anniversary of police discovering the first of 10 sets of remains in the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK) case—means that Peaches is Baby Doe’s mother, although both remain unidentified. It’s also the biggest revelation in the case in years—indicating that the mother and child were either slain by the still-at-large serial killer responsible for the Gilgo Beach murders or died at the hands of another assailant that used the same dumping grounds as LISK.Related Story: Did Police Name A Suspect in The Long Island Serial Killer Case?A hiker found Peaches’ remains stuffed in a black plastic bag inside a green Rubbermaid container in a wooded area of the park off Park Drive in Rockville Centre on June 28, 1997. A maroon towel and a dark-colored apparent pillow case adorned with flowers were found with the torso. Investigators said that Peaches was black, between 20 and 30 years old and had a surgical scar indicating that she had a Cesarean section, but her head and some of her limbs have yet to be recovered.“Somewhere out there she has a child, and at this point, that child is at least 13 years old,” then-Nassau Homicide Squad Lt. William Brosnan, who has since retired, told the Press in 2010, a year before Peaches’ child was found dead on Ocean Parkway. A police spokesman declined to comment on the news, citing the ongoing investigation.Since Peaches’ skull has yet to be found, investigators have not been able to put together a composite sketch of what she looked like. But her case had aired on America’s Most Wanted and her tattoo was published in a tattoo magazine, which prompted a tip from a Connecticut tattoo artist, the ex-detective had said. The artist recalled that Peaches was visiting from LI with her aunt and cousin and mentioned having boyfriend trouble, Brosnan had said.Both the extremities discovered at Jones Beach and Baby Doe were found with similar gold jewelry. The skeletal remains of Baby Doe—estimated to be between 1 and 4 years old—were found wrapped in a blanket with a 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings. The Jones Beach extremities had two gold bracelets.Related Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Long Island Serial Killer CaseSuffolk police and prosecutors said in 2011 that they were unsure of Baby Doe’s cause of death. This week, police told the Press that her death has been ruled a homicide. Suffolk authorities had also said that they believed the child was a girl, but records show county medical examiners listed Baby Doe’s gender as “unsure.”Investigators revealed the link between Peaches and Baby Doe in a recently updated case file listed in NamUs, a federal database used to help identify Jane and John Does nationwide. The case file was updated following inquiries from Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, filmmakers who produced The Killing Season, a docu-series about LISK and similar cases nationwide that recently aired on A&E. The duo, who produced a bonus video about Peaches in which they interviewed her tattoo artist, said they hope the new info will help both investigators and the Websleuths community crack the case.“I think in so many ways this changes the case quite considerably,” said Zeman, who provided emails showing that he asked the Nassau medical examiners office to update NamUs with more information on Jane Doe No. 3 days before the case file was clarified. “While it provides some clarity, it also deepens the mystery of the Long Island Serial Killer case.”Mills noted that Peaches is the only victim found on Ocean Parkway who’s identified in NamUs as African American. She also noted that while Peaches’ torso and extremities were found 15 miles apart, the mother and child were discovered nearly 10 miles apart on Ocean Parkway and the tot was dumped about 150 feet from another unidentified victim dubbed Jane Doe No. 6.Mills and Zeman additionally share the Press‘ observation that the conditions of Peaches’ remains and the method in which she was dumped most closely resemble the plight of Jane Doe No. 6 and Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-old sex worker. Taylor’s decapitated and handless torso was discovered in Manorville in ’03, three years after Jane Doe No. 6 was found in similar condition a quarter mile away. Both of their skulls and limbs were found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 during a massive search sparked by the May 2010 disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, another sex worker who was found dead in Oak Beach.Authorities have said that two or more killers have used Ocean Parkway as a dumping ground. One killer is believed to be responsible for four female sex workers found dead in Gilgo Beach in December 2010 and another is suspected of killing Taylor and Jane Doe No. 6, according to Suffolk prosecutors. Whether another killer or killers are responsible for the other four victims—including Peaches and Baby Doe—remains to be seen.The remaining two sets of remains found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 include an Asian man wearing women’s clothing dubbed John Doe No. 8—the only man among the group—and the skull of Fire Island Jane Doe, whose severed legs were found in Blue Point Beach, just west of Davis Park, in ’96. Police have said they suspect Gilbert drowned, although her family believes she was murdered.No arrests have been made and police have not named a suspect in any of the cases.Top: A 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings found on Baby Doe. 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first_imgLocalNews Delices residents asked to honor commitment to DOWASCO by: – September 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Hon. Amborse George. Photo credit: GIS (file photo)Residences of Delices have been told to honor their commitments to water company Dominca Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO).That call has come from Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment Ambrose George who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the commissioning of the 2.8 million dollar water supply for Delices and neighboring villages on Wednesday. “So you the people in Delices, you are fortunate that you do not have to wait that long. What I can say is that you have the water cherish it, protect it and use it wisely. Also remember to pay your bill on time,” he said.Meantime George says the people of Delices have always had a history of cooperation.“I know that we have some very powerful agriculturist in the south east and we know that the farmers have over the years made a meaningful contribution to the gross domestic product,” he added.George also encouraged the people of that community to continue to invest in the agriculture sector in the country. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share 7 Views   no discussionslast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Syracuse added a second player to its incoming Class of 2019 on Tuesday. John Bol Ajak committed to Syracuse, according to Prep Circuit. Ajak posted an Instagram photo of him in an Orange jersey, announcing his commitment to SU.The 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward hails from Paoli, Pennsylvania, and attended Church Farm School before transferring to Westtown School for his upcoming senior year.Ajak is rated as a three-star recruit, according to 247 Sports. He’s ranked No. 371 in the nation, and the No. 61 center. With Paschal Chukwu graduating after the 2018-19 season, the Orange will have minutes to fill at the center position.He joins guard Brycen Goodine in Syracuse’s confirmed Class of 2019. He said during the summer that he had remained in close contact with Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry.Ajak said back on July 12 that Autry was regularly checking in on him after what he called a “bad spring.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim also made contact with Ajak throughout the summer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve been really honest with me,” Ajak said in July. “They told me to continue to be aggressive, finish at the rim and be a good teammate.”Ajak played AAU basketball for Team Final over the summer, where his play improved. He said then that Syracuse was near the top of his list.“Syracuse is an awesome school,” Ajak said in July. “I love everything about it, the coaches, the style of play.”Ajak took an unofficial visit to Syracuse for a game last year, then made an official visit to campus last weekend. Ajak had multiple Division I offers, including major interest from George Washington and St. Joseph’s. Commentslast_img read more


first_imgDUBLIN, Ireland, CMC – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock has joined Irish outfit Sligo Rovers on a one-year deal, the club has announced.Bermuda captain Dante LeverockThe deal, subject to international clearance, follows the defender’s announcement 24 hours earlier that he had left top-flight Estonian outfit Narva Trans after one season.“It’s an honour to sign for Sligo Rovers today,” 26-year-old Leverock said. “I’ve done my research on Sligo Rovers and I see the community aspect of the club, that there’s a family within the club, and that really attracted me here.“It’s important to me to be part of a close-knit group and I see football is very popular in Sligo.”Sligo are seventh in the 10-team SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.Manager Liam Buckley said he expects Leverock will be a strong asset to the team.“He’s a good big centre-half and while his goal record might stand out, he’s a defender so clean sheets are his target,” he said.“He’s got a good background of experience in English non-League and he’s coming with the knowledge of playing abroad and international level.“That’s useful as we have a lot of youth in our squad and we need a balance.“He’s hungry to make as good a career as he can for himself. This is another step forward for him again, which we think he can take.”Leverock, who has captained Bermuda in their last two outings in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, succeeding UK-based winger Reggie Lambe, made 34 appearances and scored eight goals for Narva Trans.Leverock has previously played for English non-League sides Ilkeston, Staines Town and Leatherhead.last_img read more


first_imgThe World Council of Credit Union Incorporated (WOCCU) in collaboration with the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) has disclosed plan to train staff of the newly established credit union bank in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County.The training, according to WOCCU Chief of Party (COP), Patrick Muriuki, will enhance the productivity of staff as well as provide better services to their customers.Mr. Muriuki’s comment was contained in a speech he delivered recently at a dedicatory ceremony of the Trust Savings Credit Union Bank in Ganta, Nimba County.“As per our commitment to the revitalization process, for the next three years, WOCCU and LCUNA will continue to train staff of the bank to better serve the members as well as the customers.”According to him, executives of the bank will eventually organize members of the credit union as well as other members of the association to inform them about their products and services where they would in return provide feedback from them.“We will organize members’ education days to inform our people about the credit union products and services; and to get feedback from Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties, because these are areas we need to improve our services better,” he said.Mr. Muriuki noted that the credit union is a not-for-profit making cooperative, but able to offer lower loan rates to their members, who want to venture into business.The credit unions, Mr. Muriuki said, are democratic, member-owned cooperatives, which ensure that members have power to direct credit union policy, but not-for-profits.  “Our organization is there to help raise Liberians out of poverty, by empowering them through business establishments,” said Muriuki.He said that surveys have shown that members are more satisfied with the services they received from their respective credit union organizations than customers of banks.However, the WOCCU COP added that the union is poised for positive, economic and social change that is currently providing significant value to both developed and emerging nations.At the same time, the WOCCU boss used the occasion to inform members of the union that, if majority of the members are dissatisfied with the directors because of bad policies, they have the right to replace them.Credit union elections are based on a one-member, one-vote structure, this structure is in contrast to for-profit, public companies where stockholders vote according to the number of shares they own, he added.He concluded by presenting the Ganta Trust Savings Credit Union Bank to members of the entire region three, comprising Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties. The bank is to be used as headquarters to benefit and serve all members equally in the region.Meanwhile, The Trust Savings Credit Union is one of the four credit unions bank formed under the micro-lead program funded by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and implemented by the World Council of Credit Union, Inc. (WOCCU).The program started in April 2013 for the purpose of revitalization of Credit Unions in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more