Colin Kaepernick Accepts Amnesty Award on Behalf of the

NFL player Colin Kaepernick received the pristine Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday (Apr. 21) and acknowledged the killings of Blacks and Latinos in America.The Amnesty International ceremony in Amsterdam holds an annual event to honor a person or organization “dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.” Kaepernick was selected as the honoree for his stance towards racial injustice and his monumental national anthem protests.During the 30-year-old’s acceptance speech, he blasted police shootings of minorities as “lawful lynchings.”“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick explained.Although he was criticized by NFL teams and President Trump, the former San Francisco player defended his stance on kneeling during the national anthem.“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there,” Kaepernick asked.The NFL player still remains a free agent after separating from the San Franciso 49ers in 2016. Many feel Kaepernick is being blackballed in the league, but that never dismayed the player from fighting for social justice. He’s donated at least a million to different organizations and plans to grant $90 million for the next seven years to social justice causes.Secretary-General Salil Shetty of Amnesty International named Kaepernick “an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination” the Associated Press reported.The football player’s speech included quotes from civil rights leader Malcolm X to “join in with anyone – I don’t care what color you are – as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth,” according to the Washington Post.“In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said during his speech.The NFL free agent was presented his award by a long-time friend and former teammate, Eric Reid who protested alongside Kaepernick.Kaepernick paid homage to Reid and his stance against racial injustice.“Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. “But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career,” Kaepernick stated according to AP. read more

Labour Market Information System facilitates jobs for 2000 persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – Some 2,000 persons have been successfully placed in employment through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) since 2013, when the website was enhanced and redeployed.   Additionally, more than 3,700 vacancies were identified and 6,000 individuals referred for employment.Through the LMIS, employers can post job openings and search for matching candidates, while jobseekers can post résumés and apply for jobs online.   The LMIS also provides a comprehensive database with indicators on the economy, the population of the labour force, employment levels, educational levels of persons in the labour force, education and training, and the emergence and contraction of industries and sectors within the economy.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the Ministry’s Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Department has, over the years, formalised a series of partnerships which have resulted in not only improved awareness, but also increased access to the system for both employers and jobseekers.These include collaboration with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a business organisation consisting of 29 employers; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), which operates 119 branch libraries and 106 other supporting units across 13 parishes, all providing access to the LMIS portal.“The project supported the development and implementation of various labour market studies designed to improve the functioning of the labour market.   Consequently, in a fulsome way, it is providing employers, educators, students and parents, and all other labour market actors with the relevant information for making important decisions in respect of critical hiring, employment, career and educational programme decisions, in addition to addressing the mismatch between skills and jobs,” she said.Mrs. Robinson was addressing a ceremony hosted for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, who visited the Ministry on September 6.The Minister, who accompanied Ms. Katzman on a tour of the ELE satellite location at 1F North Street in Kingston, used the occasion to highlight the unit’s daily operations as well as the LMIS’ research component.The labour market study has enabled the identification of key skills gaps in areas such as science and technology, mathematics, engineering and other related disciplines, Mrs. Robinson said.“This along with the efforts of the Labour Market Reform Commission will result in a labour market which will present the potential of fostering productivity, generating higher real incomes, encouraging competiveness – in both the local and global marketplace, and providing an effective social safety net,” she added.Since 2013, the IDB has provided financial and technical assistance in support of the objectives of improving human capital and labour market outcomes in Jamaica, by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services.JIS Related Items:last_img read more

New housing construction lags in San Diego County

first_img March 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New figures released by a real estate research group show that the number of new homes built in San Diego County remained flat, at fewer than 10,000 units.According to the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California, 9,579 homes were built in 2018, declining by one unit from the year before.The trend is not surprising to Matthew Adams with the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.Adams said to keep pace with the region’s long term housing needs, we need to be building anywhere from 15-19,000 new units annually. Currently, the county is adding less than half of that. Adams blamed too many costly regulations for slowing construction.“We have to cut the time it takes to go from concept to construction of housing. Right now, it takes years and if we’re going to get serious about it, we have to reduce it to months,” Adams said.He added that new environmental laws and regulations, such as a state requirement for solar panels are factors in pushing up the costs of construction.While the county continues to lag in the production of new housing, real estate economist Gary London predicted the next year or two will be even worse. London cited more expensive building materials, a shortage of construction labor and a possible rise in interest rates as some of the reasons that housing construction may continue to decline.He said communities and policy makers also need to look at growth differently. Without the addition of new housing, London said the region’s economy will suffer.“What I tell policy makers is ‘we don’t really have a housing crisis, we have a prospective economic crisis.’ We can’t grow our economy if we can’t build housing for the people that are employed in the jobs that we want to either sustain or grow in this region,” London said. New housing construction lags in San Diego County Posted: March 7, 2019 Sasha Foo, last_img read more

State Sen Sylvia Garcia Wants Texas Truck Drivers To Help Combat Human

first_img X Share 00:00 /01:23 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia has introduced has introduced a bill to require that applicants for commercial driver licenses take a course on identifying and reporting human trafficking.This week is the first one when members of the Texas Legislature can introduce legislation for the new session and State Sen. Sylvia Garcia has introduced a bill to require that applicants for commercial driver licenses take a course on identifying and reporting human trafficking.Garcia thinks teaching these professionals about this type of crime would be productive because “we have almost 200,000 truck drivers in the state of Texas that can be our eyes and ears on the road and in places like motels and truck stops and restaurants, where victims are being exploited every day.”The Democrat senator says staff from the Texas Department of Public Safety would teach the course.If her bill becomes law, not only new applicants for a commercial license would have to take it, but also truck drivers that would be renewing their licenses.Minal Patel Davis is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s special advisor on human trafficking and she says there are some key signs that can help identify potential victims.“At truck stops in particular, I think you can look for people that are dressed in a way that may not be suitable to the weather, things like that. Oftentimes, when you are seeing them, they are going to be selling commercial sex,” Patel Davis explained at the press conference held in southeast Houston where Garcia, who represents District 6, announced her bill.According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, just last year there were more than 5,000 cases of human trafficking in the United States.The Texas Trucking Association is in favor of the bill introduced by Garcia, who is confident it can gather bipartisan support in Austin.The 85th legislative session begins next January. Listenlast_img read more

DC Plans to Memorialize Mayor Marion Barry

first_imgThe replica of a statue of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry — who was known as the city’s mayor for life — was unveiled at the John Wilson building on what would have been his 81st birthday.Cora Masters Barry addresses a group of politicians and residents who attended a reception March 6, where Mayor Muriel Bowser revealed the rendering of a future statute of former Mayor Marion Barry. (Photo by Rob Roberts)Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the D.C. Council joined Barry’s family members and friends on March 6 to unveil a model of the former mayor that will one day be a nine foot figure standing outside City Hall.“It is important to keep the memory of Marion Barry alive,” said Cora Masters Barry, his widow. “This is just the opportunity for the city to memorialize his contributions.”Barry and Mayor Bowser have worked together to keep the former mayor’s legacy alive since he died on Nov.23, 2014. In 2016 Barry unveiled a headstone and memorial at her late husband’s grave at Congressional Cemetery in Southeast.The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is managing the project that is expected to be completed in 2018, and according to Barry the two artists selected to finish the models are Steven Weiztman and Vinnie Bagwell.Ramone Baine, a spokesperson for the family, said that along with the statute, a poster of the late mayor’s legacy will be made into a medallion.Barry’s political career in the District began in 1971, after he was elected to the city’s first school board. In 1974, Barry won a seat on the D.C. City Council. He was reelected to the D.C. Council in 1976, and two years later, hr became the second mayor of the city, serving, in that position, until 1990.Even though Barry was arrested in a FBI sting and served time in federal prison for drug use, he returned to D.C. politics in 1992 by winning a seat on the D.C. Council and in 1994 he became mayor again.Barry retired from politics in 1998, but then decided to run for the Ward 8 City Council seat in November 2004 and won. He held this seat until his death in November 2014.last_img read more

Delhis romance is long gone

first_imgOnce upon a time, when the smog hadn’t settled on Delhi like it does now,  a wiry young man would turn his lens on history and capture them for posterity. Starting from 1966, the man — known to the world as Raghu Rai — would peel the layers of the city like one peels an onion and get to the crux of it, always coming up with shots that remain frozen in the history of time. But Rai wishes time stood still in Delhi even though he hails progress. ‘The romance of Delhi is long gone,’ he rues. Rai dislikes the way Delhi has changed over the years and feels modernisation has taken away from the essence of the city. ‘The change is directionless with no aesthetics. It is haphazard growth,’ he says, adding: ‘The ancient India feel is long gone. The modern architecture is nothing great. We are lost in between.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rai has now attempted to recreate Delhi’s past, although briefly, with a solo exhibition titled Delhi… that was. The exhibition has 51 photographs which capture monuments and slices of life in a Delhi that is now lost forever to the ravages of time. He hates the chaotic construction that has happened around the monuments. ‘When I started back in 1966, there were wheat fields behind Humayun’s Tomb and behind that one could see railway tracks. That ethos and feel of old Hindustan is now gone. Progress is fine but there is no aesthetics in the cityscape anymore,’ says the ace photographer.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The photographs span four decades of Rai’s works. ‘These capture scenes of Delhi that are not possible today because the monuments, skyline and landscape have changed,’ explains curator Anubhav Nath. The works are up for sale for those interested and start at Rs 51,000. These include black and white and coloured shots on various subjects and offer a slice of both traditional and contemporary India.  From Safdarjung’s tomb to Humayun’s Tomb (of which there are multiple shots capturing myriad moments), Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the river Yamuna and Red Fort before it was fenced off and given the artificial driveway look — there are many photographs which document the passage of time in Delhi. So how has Delhi changed over the years? ‘The effect of globalisation is very strong. The youth is lost in that. It is a hotch potch now. The kind of clothes people wear when they go to the monuments just don’t blend anymore,’ Rai says. He is not too fond, either, of the changes that have happened inside the monuments. ‘They have just made lawns inside the monuments, nothing else,’ he rues. And which parts of Delhi still manage to attract him enough to capture them on camera? Rai lists Jama Masjid, Red Fort, the Mehrauli area, old delhi, Tughlaqabad and Old Fort as his favourites. ‘These areas still have large chunks of landscape which relate to the essence of old Delhi,’ he says.  Since there is no way one can turn back time, we are only left with Rai’s images to look back with fondness at what we have lost.DETAILAt: Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutab Minar Main Roundabout On Till: 9 DecemberTimings: 11 am to 7 pmPhone: 26644145last_img read more