‘A Long Time Coming’: Black Women Celebrate Harris’s Ascension

first_img“I’m very proud to be a Black woman, very proud to witness this important time in history given the huge divide that we have in our nation right now,” she said. Ms. Hunter added that she was “encouraged that we can continue to have our little Black girls and other girls of color feel encouraged like they can do whatever they want to do and they can be whatever they want to be.” In Atlanta on Saturday, a celebration was underway on Auburn Avenue, the traditional and spiritual heart of the city’s African-American community. It sits beneath a towering mural of John Lewis, the pioneering civil rights leader who represented Congress for 33 years before his death in July. Some rode up on bicycles and toasted glasses of champagne. Others broke into song.- Advertisement – Rick Rojas and Richard Fausset reported from Atlanta, Audra D. S. Burch from Wilton Manors, Fla., and Evan Nicole Brown from Los Angeles. “It’s opened so many doors for so many little girls who feel like they have been silenced or told they couldn’t be who they are,” said Nikema Williams, who has been elected to succeed Mr. Lewis, as she stood in a parking lot below the mural. “So as a Black woman in politics, this means the world.”Of Mr. Lewis, Ms. Williams said: “I know that he is somewhere doing a happy dance.”Ms. Harris, like Ms. Williams, is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Soon, two dozen other sorority members formed a circle under the mural and burst into one of their sorority’s signature songs:- Advertisement – Hearts that are loyalAnd hearts that are trueBy merit and cultureWe strive and we doThings that are worthwhile …Charisma Deberry, a spokeswoman for the Omega Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, in San Diego, said Ms. Harris’s victory “validates the American dream for me.” “Throughout my life, I’ve always been teased for being ‘bossy,’ assertive and ‘talking white,” Ms. Deberry said, “because I had big goals and vision for my life. Today, I am proud to be a bossy Black woman. Just like the vice president of the United States, Senator Kamala Harris.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill by: – October 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — While reported cases of dengue fever have come to a standstill, approximately 7,000 cases of the vector-borne disease have been confirmed in The Bahamas over the past several months, according to deputy chief medical officer Dr Delon Brennen.Brennen was speaking at the World Statistics Day ceremony in Nassau on Tuesday morning.But even with the large number of cases, Brennen insists that the figure does not accurately represent the number of people who actually contracted the disease.“Looking at all the numbers that we’ve been able to gather over the course of the time, we’re probably pushing around 7,000 in clinical cases,” Brennen said. “But again remember, clinical cases — as in people who have symptoms and go to the hospital — still represent a very, very small percentage.”Brennen said the 7,000 confirmed cases only represent about 20 percent of the people who actually had the disease. He added that 80 percent of the people with the disease never have symptoms or likely treated themselves at home.Health care officials saw the first cases of dengue during the first week in July.According to statistics released by Brennen, the outbreak peaked in late July when 1,477 cases were reported over a two-week period.In August, 2,510 dengue cases were reported over the course of the month.Since then the numbers have been slowly trending down. In fact, Brennen said there have been no confirmed cases this month so far.Brennen said every five to eight years the country experiences a dengue fever outbreak. He said in 1998 there were 336 confirmed cases, 180 in 2003, and 10 in 2010. He said all of the outbreaks happened during the summer months.He added that fogging exercises continue to be carried out.Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.Brennen encouraged Bahamians to continue to take preventative measures by ensuring that there is no standing water in their yards in order to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reportercenter_img Share 17 Views no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council.The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster.In other NFL news:— The Bills have picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Tre’Davious White, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White was taken in the first round of the 2017 draft and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTBurrow goes to Bengals with top pick…Redskins take YoungUNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one. April 23, 2020 NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONNCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked.He retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year run in the Dodgers’ broadcast booths.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR teams can restart car preparationsUNDATED (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks. Gonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October. NFL-NEWSIncentive deal to move Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State. He joins a team that went 2-14 in 2019 under first-year head coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals scored 279 points last season, third worst in the league.The Buckeyes produced the No. 2 second as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. Young made life miserable for quarterbacks as a junior last season, recording 16 ½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss.Not since the draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. Scouts and general managers are working from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects are homebound as well, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell no one to hug after each of the 32 first-round selections are made. Goodell is overseeing the festivities from his basement. Associated Press Jackets extend netminderCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.Merzlikins has been solid for the Jackets this season, recording five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He is tied for second in the league in shutouts and fifth in both save percentage and goals-against average.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargaining Update on the latest sports — Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season.MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon. — Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.— The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said the date would be acceptable, but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.— Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party and will be broadcast on NBC. The day will be highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINS Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 Thursday and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he is still considering NASCAR’s request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators.For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars.The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without fans. South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million. UNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros.The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players.The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Syracuse men’s ice hockey defeats Oswego State, avenges prior loss

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm The last time Syracuse men’s ice hockey went up 2-1 against Oswego State, the Orange let up two goals in the final two periods to end with a disappointing one-goal loss.The Orange (9-6) got its revenge against the rival Lakers (6-6) on Sunday, holding on for a 2-1 win despite a last-minute push by the Lakers to try and tie the game.SU senior goalie Austin Lefkowicz helped keep OSU scoreless in the first two periods as goals by senior forward Joseph Hockler and junior forward JR LaPointe gave the Orange a 2-0 lead for much of the game.“The guys just played really well in front of me,” Lefkowicz said. “They kept the shots out wide and played the guys out in front so I was able to see everything. So they weren’t able to get too many shots on me in the first two periods.”While Lefkowicz faced little offensive pressure from the Lakers for most of the game, OSU stepped up late in the third period to make the score 2-1 with 1:20 left to go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA late penalty on the Orange put it at a disadvantage for the final minute, one that Oswego State attempted to capitalize on by pulling its goalie for an extra threat against the SU defense. Despite being at a numbers disadvantage, SU held on.“I know that the boys got me,” Lefkowicz said of that late-game push by OSU. “I know that they’ll clear everyone out and let me see the puck. As long as they do that, then I got nothing to worry about.”The matchup was marked by the aggressive style of play that the Orange has tried to make its trademark this season. The post-whistle physicality came to a head midway through the third period after a four-player collision led to three Orange players entering the penalty box.“Oswego’s always a rival of ours, but our game plan is usually to grind and get in the dirty areas,” said junior forward and captain Nino DiPasquale. “We did a great job of doing that and it caused some turnovers which led to some good goals.”The Orange will get a week of rest before its most hyped game of the season so far, Friday’s Carrier Dome matchup against West Virginia. For now, Syracuse hopes to build upon the momentum of the past few games into the second half of the season.“It’s certainly a positive thing for us here,” LaPointe said. “We’re having a little bit of trouble as of late and along with (Saturday) night, (a 7-0 win against Binghamton), I think it’s going to give us some positive momentum going into the weekend against West Virginia.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez crumbles late to Estela Perez-Somarriba in SU’s 4-3 win over Miami

first_imgThe setup looked ideal for Miranda Ramirez. Up 40-30 in a critical game in the third set down 5-4, Ramirez needed a point to extend the match at least another two games.The ball lazily floated close to the net, waiting for Ramirez to unleash voracious forehand on it. The freshman set her left foot forward and cocked her right arm back. As she fired the shot, a collective groan came from the crowd. A look of pure disdain dashed across Ramirez’s face as everyone realized she had misfired into the net.“Not really sure what happened there,” Ramirez said. “It should’ve been my point.”That point cost No. 79 Ramirez as she double faulted the next point, losing the set and the match to Miami’s No. 42 Estela Perez-Somarriba, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6. Although Syracuse (7-10, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) defeated the No. 42 Hurricanes (6-10, 4-6) at Drumlins Tennis Center, 4-3, on Friday, Ramirez crumbled during the second half of her match. Even though she faced match point twice in the second set, Perez-Somarriba couldn’t be put away.“She played a very tough opponent who didn’t go away,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRamirez’s first set was one of her most dominant displays of the season. In about five minutes, the freshman jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the second game, after having already won the first. While Perez-Somarriba picked off the occasional point, Ramirez exercised control.A whistling forehand served as a prelude to clean backhand slice that would send her opponent scurrying across the court. Backhand rallies ceased when Ramirez would lace a pinpoint shot into the court. With every winner, Ramirez yelped, “Point!” accompanied by a sneaky fist pump.Ramirez took half an hour to build a 4-0 lead. To cap off the dominant first stanza, Ramirez won the final eight points straight.“For an hour and 45 minutes,” Limam said, “she did exactly what she was supposed to do.”The beginning of the second set played out the same. Eventually, Ramirez had match point — 40-30, 5-3. She couldn’t convert. It came again, and once more, Ramirez failed to win. Steadily, Perez-Somarriba drew herself even. With Ramirez up 40-15 and the set tied, 5-5, Perez-Somarriba rifled a shot just beyond Ramirez’s reach, inciting the freshman to smack her right thigh in frustration.“It’s really heartbreaking,” Gabriela Knutson said, “because you’re in the match saying, ‘I had that opportunity, I could’ve won it.’”After letting the second set slip away in a tiebreak, volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo urged on Ramirez from the bench. “Reset Miranda,” Lopoo said. “Reset.” His backing wasn’t enough, and he could only watch as Ramirez fell behind.“I noticed the momentum change of course,” Ramirez said, “but I was just trying to stay in the fight.”Both players looked crisp in the final frame, and Perez-Somarriba inched out to a 3-2 lead. Next break, she led 4-3. Then 5-4. After such a promising opening, odds looked bleak that Ramirez would find the points she needed to win.When she planted the ball into the net — even though it wasn’t the end — it appeared Ramirez was done. Fans muttered about how well she played and some even headed for the exits.The perfect chance to draw even and force at least two more games was wasted. The double-fault that followed made the apparent reality.“Just knowing that I could’ve won the match,” Ramirez said. “ … I was always there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more