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Remembering Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her birth

first_imgWhen I was three years old in 1955, my parents lived in Montgomery, Ala. They attended the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where they heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach every Sunday. That church would eventually become an historic organizing center for one of the most important struggles of the 20th century when a tired, but brave African American seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus on Dec. 1, 1955.   Rosa Parks at the time of her arrest, 1955Under Jim Crow laws, any white person could demand that a Black person sit in the back of a bus if they were occupying seats in the front.  The seamstress’s name was Rosa Parks, who was also a secretary for the local NAACP. Her arrest helped to ignite a powerful mass movement in Montgomery.  Dr. King may have been the face of this movement but make no mistake, the organizational backbone of this struggle was mainly led by Black women.   Black people organized a grassroots boycott against riding segregated buses that lasted exactly one year. Black people who had cars, like my parents, volunteered to drive carless Black people to work early in the morning and pick them up from work in the late afternoon/early evening. The boycott was successful in not only defeating the segregated bus ordinance but helping to launch the decades-long Civil Rights Movement.   Rosa Parks was born Feb. 4, 1913, and died Oct. 24, 2005. Even before taking her heroic stance in Montgomery, Parks helped to launch a national campaign to bring about attention and justice for the late Recy Taylor, a Black woman abducted and sexually assaulted by six white men in Henry County, Ala., in 1944. None of these white supremacists were ever charged with this unspeakable atrocity.   Rosa Parks was also a trailblazer for the modern-day Black Lives Matter movement, when she and her spouse, Raymond Parks, joined the worldwide campaign to free the Scottsboro Brothers, who were nine Alabama Black youth wrongfully accused of raping two white women in 1931.  For all of her sacrifices to the struggle as a Black woman, Rosa Parks rightfully earned the title – “mother of the Civil Rights Movement”.Tweet the writer at: @mmashcatFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Get Ready For Shockra’s Special Reunion Show By Listening To Them Jam With Phish In ’92

first_imgBoulder, Colorado’s The Fox Theatre threw a month-long 25th-anniversary celebration back in March featuring acts that helped build the venue up in its early days. Bands such as The String Cheese Incident, The Motet, Leftover Salmon, and The Greyboy Allstars, among others, all came back to the 600-capacity venue to celebrate, pulling packed houses night in and night out. In fitting fashion, there will be one more celebration prior to the end of 2017, as Shockra will bring it back to the old-school, early days of the jam scene on Saturday, December 9th (purchase tickets on Friday, September 15th, here).For those that may not be “in the know,” Shockra—who played one of the first shows at The Fox—was straight out of the earliest beginnings of what we now know the jam scene to be, back in the late 80’s, alongside acts like Phish, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. A lot of cross-pollination was going on at the time, with many of these bands joining up and heading out on tours together, sitting in with each other during the other’s set, and throwing many parties turned late-night jam sessions at Shockra’s band house, Neptune, making the scene what it would eventually become.[Video: WeaveGD]What initially started out as blues band Graffiti, Berklee College of Music students Felix Rentschler (guitar), Edwin Hurwitz (bassist), original drummer Jonathan Abel, along with Jeff Grove (tenor sax/vocals), eventually went on to create more of an exploratory funk/world beat fusion sound. Eventually, the group shed the Graffiti moniker for Shockra, added Dan Coutu on keys, and Abel left the band, which made room for Berklee student Dave Watts (who, as we know now, went on to form The Motet) to make a name for himself. Shockra released 1991’s Garuda’s Groove and toured heavily in support of the album, headlining venues east to west while building a loyal fanbase. The group would eventually break up in the late 90’s, but would make a few return appearances over the years, making the coming show at The Fox that much more intriguing.Shockra was a mainstay in the Boston bar and underground music scene and shared the stage with Phish on many occasions and sit-ins (Jon Fishman made an appearance with the band at NYC’s Wetlands Preserve back in ’92). Another interesting little tidbit of information is that Mike Gordon actually took slap bass lessons from Hurwitz, who was considered one of the best at the time. Gordo “bass bombs” might not quite be what they are today if it wasn’t for Hurwitz.Tickets for Shockra at The Fox Theatre on Dec. 9th will be on-sale this coming Friday, Sept. 15th at 10 am MDT and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Plus, check out this full recording from a Shockra show at Burlington’s K.D. Churchill’s, which sees the members of Phish sit-in during the entire second set of the show.[via taper james_dineen]Setlist: Shockra | K.D. Churchill’s | Burlington, VT | 2/1/92Set One: Give It Up, Spread The Word->Dimension Extension, Tone Clone*Set Two: Sippin Pippa*->The Worms Crawl In *, Don’t Let It Stop Ya ** With all members of PhishNotes via On February 1st, the members of Phish joined Shockra for their show at K.D. Churchill’s in Burlington. Mike was taking lessons in slap bass from Shockra’s bassist Edwin around that time and the two bands were spending some time together with Shockra opening some classic Phish concerts in the Northeast in 1991. On the 1st, Phish took the stage with Shockra for their second set, performing Shockra staples like “Tone Clone,” “Don’t Let it Stop Ya,” and “Underground People” as well as some funky, syncopated jamming. This was the first of a number of live jams the bands played together through the years at Boston’s Neptune House and later at Shockra club performances in 1992 and 1993.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:last_img read more

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Federal officials offer new pandemic guidance for businesses

first_imgAug 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today released new guidance to help businesses prepare for an expected resurgence of novel H1N1 activity during the upcoming influenza season, a document that clarifies how long sick workers should stay home and suggests ways to keep employees safe and business disruptions at a minimum.The recommendations were released at a news conference at US Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, DC, and streamed live on the government’s flu Web site, where the guidance document is posted, along with a communication tool kit for businesses and employers. The guidance runs about 10 pages.Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said the business community can help limit the impact of the flu pandemic on society, but they need to strike the right tone with employees. “In America, we love to praise the puritan work ethic, but we praise common sense and responsibility for the health of coworkers and the productivity of companies,” he said.Locke said the new guidance suggests that companies adopt flexible, nonpunitive sick-leave policies that support one of the most important measures for preventing the spread of the virus: staying home when sick. The recommendations advise against requiring a doctor’s note for returning to work, because such requests are likely to further stress an overburdened healthcare system.Locke also emphasized the document’s advice for businesses to plan now for spikes in absences as well as possible school closures. “A little planning now ensures that the economy withstands whatever the H1N1 virus throws at us this fall,” he said.Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, said until a novel flu vaccine is available, employers can help mitigate the impact of the flu this fall by encouraging target groups to receive their seasonal flu vaccines. She said she hopes businesses will do some outreach ahead of time to encourage employees, especially those in high-risk groups such as pregnant women or young workers, to receive the novel H1N1 vaccine when it is available.She encouraged businesses to keep in touch with their local health departments, because flu conditions can change rapidly.One of the key components of the guidance is a recommendation on when employees who have had flu-like symptoms can return to work: 24 hours after fever ceases without assistance from fever-reducing medication. That new recommendation reflects revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released on Aug 6, on how long those who are sick with novel flu should stay home. Earlier recommendations urged people to stay home for 7 days after illness onset or for 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever was longer.Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said federal officials expect novel H1N1 activity to pick up again as school resumes and that now is the time for businesses to review and tweak their pandemic plans. “You’re dealing with a tough economy and may not have had time to think through what a bad flu season really is,” she said.Dual preparedness levelsShe said she has been traveling the country this summer meeting with critical infrastructure businesses to discuss pandemic preparedness issues. Earlier this week she spoke with oil and gas industry representative on the Gulf Coast. “The country needs to be prepared, but it also needs to be resilient,” she said.The guidance document urges employers to plan for two scenarios: a continuation of the level of novel H1N1 activity that was seen in the United States during spring and summer or a more severe outbreak. In the more moderate scenario, the recommendations say employees who have flulike symptoms at work should be separated from other workers and advised to go home. If sick employees can’t be separated from cowokers before they go home, they should be given a surgical mask if they can tolerate wearing it.If the pandemic becomes severe, the recommendations urge businesses to consider actively screening employees who report to work and devising alternative work environments for employees who are at high risk for flu complications. For example, pregnant women or those with underlying medical conditions could be allowed to telecommute or be reassigned to duties involving minimal contact with other employees, clients, or customers. A severe pandemic might also warrant social distancing measures in the workplace or cancellation of nonessential business travel, the document says.Guidance draws praiseTim Woerther, cochair of, a preparedness consortium based in St Louis that includes business, government, education, and organizational groups, told CIDRAP News that the federal guidance contains much of what businesses with continuity plans already know, but he said the document is useful because it spells out what steps are important for companies that perhaps aren’t as prepared.”It’s good that the guidance contains the sorts of things that we should be doing daily, and it’s good to see federal officials endorsing these things for private industries,” Woerther said.He said the guidance is likely to be well received because it is flexible and doesn’t include mandates for businesses.See also:Aug 19 HHS press releaseAug 19 CDC and HHS business pandemic planning guidanceAug 6 CIDRAP News story “CDC shortens stay at home for those with flu symptoms”last_img read more

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New figures reveal demand for buying has slowed, but rental demand is up

first_imgDemand for rental property is on the way up.DEMAND to buy property has slowed down with new figures revealing a drop in every state.The latest REA Group Property Demand Index showed a 2.2 per cent drop nationally in June, with all states and territories experiencing a downturn in buyer demand.Queensland was below the national average with demand down 1.4 per cent for the month.It was one of only two states or territories to record an increase in demand for rentals during the same period.The ACT also recorded an increase.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoREA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said Queensland had experienced some small declines in buyer demand in June.“What we suspect is that this is down to seasonality, you will often see a little drop off in buyer activity as we head into winter,’’ she said.Ms Conisbee said the good news for buyers who were actively looking was it might be an opportunity to grab a bargain with less competition.“What we are seeing on is that buyer demand for property in Queensland for houses and units is still well up on the same time last year.’’Ms Conisbee said rental demand in Queensland during June was up slightly, 1.58 per cent.She said that was opposite to what other states were experiencing.“The strength of the rental market in Queensland is still really strong,’’ she said.last_img read more

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Pedro agrees two-year Roma deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Pedro is close to ending his five-year stay with Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with Roma, according to a report.The Spanish forward is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and has been told that he is free to find a new club. Football.London claimed that the 32-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in a £21 million deal in 2015, is close to officially sealing a switch to Roma.Pedro is said to have held talks with the Serie A side in April and an agreement was struck on a two-year deal, which will go through at the end of the season.Major League Soccer side Inter Miami have previously been linked with the Barca academy product, as have La Liga pair Sevilla and Real Betis.Tags: AS RomaChelseaPerdo RodriguezSerie Alast_img read more

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Kiladangan among winners in today’s divisional action

first_imgMoycarkey-Borris defeated JK Brackens 4-20 to 0-16 in the Quarter-Final of the competition, which was played in Holycross. They defeated Toomevara 2-18 to 1-17 in Dolla.In the day’s other First Round encounter, played at the same venue, it finished Burgess 4-24 Moneygall 1-13.There was also action in the Centenary Agri Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship today.last_img

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Djokovic in action in Eastbourne today

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay World tennis number four Novak Djokovic is up against Gael Monfils in the final of the Eastbourne International later.It’s the first time he’s used the tournament as part of his preparations for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.Former number one Caroline Wozniacki faces Karolina Pliskova for the women’s title. Her Russian opponent didn’t have to play in the last four after Britain’s Johanna Konta withdrew with injury.last_img

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DeBoer speaks honestly about the Sharks goaltending issues

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Logan Couture gave Sharks territory a crash course on how tough he is on Friday. Unfortunately for the Sharks, his will power fell short of earning the team two crucial points in the standings.After missing Thursday’s game with flu-like symptoms, Couture rejoined the Sharks lineup in Orange County, logging 20:36 while battling illness to lead the team’s forward group in ice time. Despite his dogged effort, the Sharks lost in overtime, extending their season-high losing streak …last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho proud of Mane assist

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho proud of Mane assistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is delighted after his assist for Sadio Mane’s opener in victory over Manchester United on Sunday.The Brazilian laid on his first goal for Liverpool before turning in a dominant display that led to an eventual 3-1 victory.“It’s a thing I always try to perfect, to train,” Fabinho said of his chipped pass. “I get a lot of [the] ball, in a position that normally the opponent’s defence is making the move outwards, and our attackers are getting in.“I saw Mane making the sign with his hand and I launched it.”It was a good pass.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more